Updates 2009-07-17

Hey folks!

Apple iTunes 8.2.1 was released Wednesday, shortly after Patch Tuesday, as Apple has become prone to doing. This update provides a number of important bug fixes and addresses an issue with verification of Apple devices. Get it here:
Or use the “Apple Updater” to get the most recent version:
  Start, (All) Programs, Apple Software Update
Check everything at the TOP, but leave the bottom options unchecked.

For you Mac people, there’s another stability update for iMovie that you should obtain through Mac Update as well, released yesterday.

Mozilla has released an update to Firefox, to version 3.5.1. This update resolves several security and performance issues, including two cross-platform security holes currently being widely exploited in the wild and a slow startup issue on Windows. If you have Firefox installed, you are advised to update ASAP.
  Mozilla Firefox: Help > Check for Updates

Notepad++ 5.4.5 was released late Tuesday night, correcting the 5.4.4-introduced issues. If you’re using Notepad++ as a Notepad replacement, get the update here:

Several months ago FileHippo started public testing of an application intended to help people keep their systems up-to-date. I’ve been using it for months – and it has reduced the time necessary to perform the steps of “try the install to see if it’s already up-to-date” on every computer I’ve touched since then, reducing my own time investment (yay!). That application is quite appropriately named “UpdateChecker”, and was finally released (v1.033) Wednesday.
If you’re the kind of person that needs to have shortcuts made for you, use the installer. Otherwise the standalone version is more than sufficient to put on your USB key and use each Patch Tuesday on your PCs and laptops to ensure that many of the “non-standard” but very common applications and plugins you use are up-to-date. It does *not* check for separately packaged security updates (or “patches”) to applications like Windows, OpenOffice.org and Adobe Reader, but it will tell you about updates to plugins like Flash Player, video drivers, compression applications, and graphics applications. And then it provides you with a direct link to download the updates. Cool, eh? Even if you use UpdateChecker, you should still check Windows Update, Apple Updater, and the “update” options of each Adobe application installed.

That’s all for now folks. Keep it clean out there. 😉


Shawn K. Hall