Favored Freeware: App Update

App Update is a free Dashboard Widget that can automatically check for updates to your installed software. It supports Apple’s software directory, MacUpdate and Version Tracker. It will present you with a tidy link list of all the updates found, enabling you to read release-notes and download the the updates quickly and painlessly.

Pros: App Update is a much-needed widget, with a simple and easy-to-use interface, which checks for available updates to your installed applications.

Cons: None significant.

Categorized as Freeware

Blogroll Dive: 4/9/07

Here are the highlights from today’s Blogroll dive:

  • Bryan is done with Epson printers.
  • Michael shared his favorite podcasts.
  • Rick discussed Twitter.
  • Jim released Yasu v2.0.7.
  • Joen published his April 2007 creative installment.
  • And, Sarah posted information on an upcoming concert of Baroque music in Claremont, California.

A Massive Pet Food Recall

Did you know that a massive pet food recall has been in place since March 16th? I sure didn’t, but I’m glad to know that, out of all of our pet food, only one bag of cat treats may have been contaminated, and all of our cats are fine. In response to reported pet deaths, the FDA has been testing pet food for a variety of contaminants, so the whole issue is rather confusing. I’ll try to summarize it as best I can.

On March 16th, Menu Foods recalled most of its wet cat and dog food products after reports of kidney failure and some deaths in an unknown number of cats and dogs. On March 23rd, Menu Foods expanded its recall to include products from 95 brands of its wet cat and dog food products after the discovery of aminopterin, a cancer drug used to induce abortions and also used as rat poison, in some of the recalled products. On March 30th, the recall was expanded to include some dry cat food products from Hill’s Pet Nutrition after the FDA discovered melamine, a chemical used to make plastics, in the wheat gluten of Menu Foods’ recalled products. On April 5th, Sunshine Mills recalled various dog biscuit products that had been produced with melamine-contaminated wheat gluten, and Menu Foods expanded its recall to include over 100 brands of pet food and treats. Both Menu Foods and Sunshine Mills produce a wide variety of branded and private-lable pet food products for major retailers.

For more information on the pet food recall and lists of recalled products, see the FDA’s Pet Food Recall page. If you have any of the recalled products, dispose of them immediately, and give careful consideration to any pet food product containing wheat gluten, even if it is not part of the recall.

WordPress Security Updates v2.0.10 and v2.1.3

Two security updates have been issued for WordPress. These releases, versions 2.0.10 and 2.1.3, include several security fixes and are recommended for all users. The release notes are available here. Read the Favored Freeware entry for WordPress here.