AMITIAE - Thursday 29 January 2015

Cassandra: OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Update - Two Steps Forward, Half a Step Back

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By Graham K. Rogers


The latest update to OS X, Yosemite, arrived in the Mac App Store yesterday and I updated the 13" MacBook Pro I am using yesterday evening, Thai time. I noticed no immediate problems and none of the instability that I had experienced a few weeks ago reappeared. Thus far the wifi has not dropped the signal, which had been particularly galling at the office.

I tend to use QuickLook quite a lot. Yesterday, before the update, I used it in a couple of classes: video, files and even a ZIP file (there is a plug-in). I am able to switch tasks really fast using QuickLook so that I can show students ideas almost as fast as the subject comes up.

Today, while writing, I was looking for an article I had put online a while back, so used Spotlight to bring up a number of possible results. However, when I linked to these HTML files in a Finder window, all that was shown was a blank page.


I tried this with a couple of files; and I also tried other formats such as TXT, GIF, PNG and JPG. I pushed this a little more, trying DOCX, Numbers, Pages and Keynote as well as RTF. In short, whatever QuickLook was designed to display, it did. Except HTML.


I did check with other users who also reported the same blank page as I was experiencing. I hope this is fixed soon as it is incorporated into the workflow of writing new web pages as a way to confirm quickly what I had already written, instead of opening the page in a browser, or accessing the file online.

Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.



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