Connected #262: The Ghost of Bilateral Charging »

This week on Connected: new iPhones, the new Apple Watch, iOS 13.1, Shortcuts updates and more. That’s not to mention the Galaxy Fold, iCloud woes and whatever Amazon has announced.

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Group of Mac Pros in Hollywood Affected by Reboot Bug »

This is a weird story. Yesterday, Variety’s Janko Roettgers reported that a bunch of Mac Pros in the Hollywood area were refusing to restart:

Film and TV editors across Los Angeles were sweating Monday evening as their workstations were refusing to reboot, resulting in speculations about a possible computer virus attack. Social media reports suggested that the issue was widespread among users of Mac Pro computers running older versions of Apple’s operating system as well as Avid’s Media Composer software.

The folks at Avid were in for a rough week, as Roettgers goes on:

Avid said in a statement Tuesday morning that it was aware of the issue, and that its engineers had made it a top priority to resolve the cause of it. On Tuesday afternoon, the company followed up with a video featuring its CEO Jeff Rosica and its CTO Tim Claman. Rosica said that the company has working “around the clock, whatever it takes” to solve the issue, and added that company engineers were on site “at a number of sites” to further investigate the problem.

Today, it looks like the problem is actually Google’s fault. Here is Roettgers again:

A serious data corruption issue that resulted in Mac Pro workstations being rendered unusable at a number of Hollywood studios Monday was likely caused by a browser update gone haywire: Google told Mac Pro users Tuesday evening that an update to its Chrome browser is likely to fault for the issue, which particularly impacted video editors across Hollywood and beyond.

“We recently discovered that a Chrome update may have shipped with a bug that damages the file system on MacOS machines,” the company wrote in a forum post. “We’ve paused the release while we finalize a new update that addresses the problem.”

That forum post is wild:

We recently discovered that a Chrome update may have shipped with a bug that damages the file system on macOS machines with System Integrity Protection (SIP) disabled, including machines that do not support SIP. We’ve paused the release while we finalize a new update that addresses the problem.

If you have not taken steps to disable System Integrity Protection and your computer is on OS X 10.9 or later, this issue cannot affect you.

SIP was introduced in OS X 10.11 El Capitan, which would make sense with the original reporting that this failure was showing up on machines running older versions of Mac OS X. The 2013 Mac Pro originally shipped with OS X 10.9 Mavericks, so it’s certainly possible that these machines just haven’t been updated very much.

That’s not super unusual in production workflows, especially when tools like Avid are expensive to upgrade and require the developer to spend time certifying later macOS releases.

Liftoff #108: Hungry for Artemis Details »

This week on Liftoff, my space podcast with Jason Snell, we discuss a recent exoplanet discovery, NASA’s ordering of additional Orion capsules and what Jim Bridenstine can do to ensure ARTEMIS is a success, even beyond his tenure.

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Kbase Article of the Week: PowerBook 100 through PowerBook 5300: Resetting Power Management Unit »

Apple Support:

This document describes the PowerBook Power Manager and explains how to reset it. Resetting the power manager also resets the date and time. After the reset, on some PowerBooks, the system clock is set to 00:00 on 1 January 1904.

This document refers to Apple products manufactured before November 1997. Click here for products manufactured after that date.

Naturally, that link is broken, but the Internet Archive grabbed it.

Mac Pro to be Manufactured in Texas »

Apple PR:

As part of its commitment to US economic growth, Apple today confirmed that its newly redesigned Mac Pro will be manufactured in Austin, Texas. This latest generation Mac Pro, which was unveiled at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference in June, will begin production soon at the same Austin facility where Mac Pro has been made since 2013.

The new Mac Pro will include components designed, developed and manufactured by more than a dozen American companies for distribution to US customers. Manufacturers and suppliers across Arizona, Maine, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Vermont, including Intersil and ON Semiconductor, are providing advanced technology. The US manufacturing of Mac Pro is made possible following a federal product exclusion Apple is receiving for certain necessary components. The value of American-made components in the new Mac Pro is 2.5 times greater than in Apple’s previous generation Mac Pro.

This comes on the heels of Apple requesting tariff relief from the US government. It’s unclear if Mac Pros for customers outside the United States will be manufactured here or not.

The Relay FM St. Jude Podcastathon »

Video of Friday night’s Podcastathon for St. Jude is live now:

I also posted the audio on Relay FM, but video is the far better way to enjoy this if you missed it over the weekend.

Doing this show was the highlight of not only my year, but the last five years of running Relay FM. All of us at Relay are so humbled at the quarter of a million dollars you have helped us raise for the kids at St. Jude.

Danny Thomas believed that no child should die in the dawn of life, and St. Jude won’t stop until that vision is realized. We’ve done a small part to bring that future to life, and it’s amazing to get to do so while talking about new iPhones and throwing plastic balls at Myke Hurley.

We will be raising money through the end of the month, so if you haven’t donated yet, there is still time.

It has been exactly one month since we announced this campaign live on stage in San Francisco. If you had told me then that we’d be at over $250,000 I would not have believed you, but this nerdy community has blown me away.

Thank you. Even though I talk for a living, I’m speechless.

Mac Power Users #501: iOS 13 and the Shortcuts Field Guide »

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iOS 13 is here, and is full of new features. This week, David and Stephen talk about some of their favorites, after talking through the changes Apple has made to Shortcuts.

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