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Apple macOS update Mojave 10.14.6: Track

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Painless. But a few reflections.

Our stylish Tracker, for one reason or another completely unique to this system, in this world & # 39; always makes awards for system updates. It is nice to see what happens to one's system, especially when one no longer has control over the system that one once had, not since Snow Leopard.

And because we were able to jump and jump around Apple's desecration of the major default systems from NeXT, Tracker can also persist over system boots to show us everything that happens. Just make sure to fire up the Tracker and hit it & # 39; Go & # 39; button in the ULHC before leaving and allowing the system to restart, and then picking up the time stamp when you are back on. Easy as pie. And even the version of Test Drive will do this for you. ( Free. )

But the number of files that were touched … The famous sleuth Daryl Zero said there is an ontological difference between searching for one thing and searching for anything . In the former case, of all the things you can find, only one will be something you are interested in, but in the latter case you will surely have to find at least a few things of interest.

Daryl knows his craft. And he is right about system update after death done by the unmatched Tracker.

We find 37,854 items modified by the update 10.14.6, and a total of 52,595 items accessed for some reason. No new files seem to have been created (if we read it correctly).

We drove Tracker from root, with root privileges, and we just skipped diagnostics, system state, uuidtext and ~ / Library / Developer . (We now see that we should have skipped /Applications/Xcode.app to save some nanoseconds – that the Xcode hive has over 300,000 files and 90,000 directories.)

[19659006] ] Going through the text export is a desultory task. There's so much there. There's too much there. Somewhere down the road from Redwood City, this system forgot about strength (and elegance) in simplicity. We see once again how different skunkworks create and maintain what must be superfluous caches everywhere. Should anyone at a later date appear to reveal it all …

~ / Library / Containers is a gem. How someone might think this would work, that this would be durable … Here we find over a gigabyte of essentially duplicate files. 1,013,101,781 bytes, with an additional 561,527 bytes in extended attributes. Ah, but who cares? No one is going to see it anyway. Just like .DS_Store stuff that has never seen. According to Apple & # 39; Evangelists & # 39; at least …

√ The actual number of modified files was 12605 .
√ The number of updated binary files in Cocoa application bundles was 146 . (Note that this does not necessarily mean that Apple has made 146 applications modifications, only that the update script overwritten 146 application banners. They may still be identical. It depends on who wrote the script.)
√ Number of code signatures updated 2,712 .
√ Number of updated language projects ( lproj ) directories are 2,450 .

Otherwise, it seems that the system is running well. (One difference: Preview retains the visibility setting for the Info sheet.) Nothing strange has been discovered yet. And we are, as always, like you all: very grateful to Apple for once again making such a Herculean effort to bring out this fine product.

A question: Will they ever fix the screenshot format strictly? It has a strange space figure before full stop. This was fixed earlier. Now it's back again.

Screenshot% YYYY% MM% DD at% hh.% Mm% Ss [space] .png

And the hour should always be two digits, yes? Then you do not need to rig the Finder with special sorting algorithms? Yes. Of course. Right on that, boss!

As always, the colors and rendition with Dark Mode are amazing. One had hoped for a deeper system integration, but it is behind us now.

What was not welcome was how they made it all a kind of mousetrap, with Dark Mode like cheese: too many strange changes in the underlying API, and you had to slalom through them all to get to the Dark Mode cheese and Get it out again.

Too many things happen in that API. You knew it was cleared on drag-drop, and Apple released the drag-drop code? Oh yes! Because a bad (incorrectly listed || disenfranchised) app can try to harm one of your good apps. And we can't let that happen!

From the Rock Solid Foundation ™ … to this. One wonders how many people remember that the Rock Solid Foundation ™ & # 39; used to be one of Apple's proudest slogans? Because it was Unix under the hood. Something we should all be proud of. A Good Thing ™ .

But hardly anyone remembers anymore.

Do you remember when OS X was the place to be because it was so safe? Do you think it is not least curious that Apple's late thank you now is to make you feel the opposite?

Anyway. 176060 elements in ~ / Library / Containers . Because you have to stop applications that interact with each other. It can be dangerous. Over a gigabate of files there . But you never see them because Apple closed your own ~ / Library for you. (This can be part of the reason. Of course you don't have to use their Finder, then all those 17 860 files would be visible, but you care? No, you don't. Confirm it. You just want the Mac to run smoothly. When your Mac gets tired, let it take a little nap, you don't need to know anything else. Your Mac is built for the rest of us – for you – and not for "the best." It was NEXT – and NeXT is almost gone now, fortunately!)

Of course, the bottom line of all this is that Apple can increase its control over you … On your own computer. The computer you paid very expensive for. So you can join the club. And the control they now have can ultimately net billions in new revenue every year. But everything is for the best! Look at the dark mode. Isn't it fabulous? Microsoft can't. Linux can't either. No, Mac users are the happiest computer users on the planet – if you consider your Mac as a computer, most Apple customers don't. Heck – we're happy, why do anyone complain again?

They are shooting all weapons against Apple now. The larger Unix and open source communities were disillusioned many years ago. And now, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times before that, is now the drumming of an upcoming Justice Department investigation. Packed with an official look at what the people on Google are doing. High-level executives seem to be talking about how they are ready for 2020 – how they will never leave & # 39; 2016 & # 39; happen again, no more nasty "Trump situations" whatever it means. Now Apple is being pushed into the same prison cell as Google. It's a little uncomfortable.

Apple once seemed to be the big white hope ™ – they were the company that would lose an alternative to Microsoft Windows, and all the chills and diseases that came from there. The first few years of the New Millennium were a very rocky road. Apple seemed to do more than flirt with open source. Ah, but it was just an illusion. And canard. Yes, NeXT was compatible with almost all systems, including Windows, but why bother? That's enough if it's compatible with Mac. And now the iPhone. And iPad. And the clock. Times are good.

10.14.6 gives 10.15. It will be the sixteenth iteration of OS X. Steve Jobs once said that a software product at this level can have a lifetime of just ten years. So did Steve Jobs wrong?

Oh – try Tracker. It's free (in Test Drive ). At least you can see what happens to your system. Join our forum if you need help.

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