Beta Test OS X Versions For Free Now

No longer do you need to be a $99 member of the Apple Developer Program to test OS X betas… of course, this isn’t to be confused with testing iOS betas…

OS X Beta Seed Program

What is the Apple Beta Software Program?

The Apple Beta Software Program lets you test-drive beta software and provide feedback to help us make it even better.

How do I participate?

Sign up today with your Apple ID to access the latest public beta release. Then install the beta software and start using it. When you come across an issue that needs addressing, report it directly to Apple with the built-in Feedback Assistant application.

What else do I need to know about using beta software?

Before you install beta software, please be sure to back up your Mac using Time Machine or your iOS device with iTunes. The public beta software is still in development, which means some applications and services may not work as expected. You should not install beta software on production or business-critical systems. We strongly recommend installing on a secondary system or device, or on a secondary partition on your Mac.

OS X 10.9 SMB Workaround

With Apple’s new SMB2 stack changes, network shares for my 10.9 Mac users stopped working once they upgraded. I didn’t get the news until we started receiving complaints from users saying they could not connect. Strangely, some could connect but something was wrong with the temp file permissions used with MS Office files. Office will sometimes create a hidden file when opening on a network drive and in this case, users had to copy the file to their desktop, save there, and then drag back to their network share. As if the file were locked because of another user already accessing it. What a pain!

Here is a workaround I found (use at your own risk):

So far this has proved to be a good fix…

iOS Safari Web Inspector

iOS 6 now has the web inspector for Safari which is a much needed tool for anyone wanting to fine tune their website (or UIWebviews for that matter) for iOS. It’s a new option in the Settings > Safari view as shown below…

Scroll to bottom of Settings > Safari and choose Advanced:

ios safari settings panel

Then toggle the Web Inspector ON:

ios safari advanced settings panel

From there all you do (as it says on the same pane) is open Safari on your Mac, click Develop from the menu and choose iPhone (if you don’t have that menu option in Safari, go to Safari System Preferences > Advanced, then select the “Show Develop menu in the menu bar” checkbox).