Godspeed, John Glenn »

John Wilford at The New York Times:

John Glenn, a freckle-faced son of Ohio who was hailed as a national hero and a symbol of the space age as the first American to orbit Earth, then became a national political figure for 24 years in the Senate, died on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. He was 95.

Glenn had one hell of a resume:

America lost a hero today.

Mac OS X Installation Documentation 

I was recently digging around a bunch of old Mac OS X installers, and thought it would be fun to share Apple’s installation documentation for a bunch of releases.

All of these links are to PDFs. Right-click to download. The entire group can be downloaded as a .zip here.


Developer Previews and Beta

Mac OS X Releases

OS X Lion was the first version of Mac OS X purchased and downloaded via the Mac App Store. It and all later versions do not include this type of documentation.

Mac OS X Welcome Videos 

Up until Snow Leopard, new versions of Mac OS X would play a welcome video during installation. These helped set the stage for the new operating system.

Cheetah, Puma and Jaguar shared a video that highlighted the new Aqua interface. Panther’s featured the bright blue background with nice, crisp, white text. Tiger brought Spotlight, and as such, the welcome message was highlighted by a moving light. Leopard and Snow Leopard shared a darker clip that is reminiscent of the initial Time Machine interface.

I spent a little time digging through disk images to pull them all together into one quick video:

Kbase Article of the Week: iTunes Gift Card Scams »

This week, we look at some helpful consumer advice from Apple:

A string of scams are taking place asking people to make payments over the phone for things such as taxes, hospital bills, bail money, debt collection, and utility bills. The scams are committed using many methods, including gift cards. As the fraudsters are sometimes using iTunes Gift Cards, we want to make sure our customers are aware of these scams.

Regardless of the reason for payment, the scam follows a certain formula: The victim receives a call instilling panic and urgency to make a payment by purchasing iTunes Gift Cards from the nearest retailer (convenience store, electronics retailer, etc.). After the cards have been purchased, the victim is asked to pay by sharing the 16-digit code on the back of the card with the caller over the phone.