Now a perhaps even more critical flaw has been found
in Snow Leopard. Reportedly, Snow Leopard users have been
making the unpleasant discovery that logging into a guest account and
then logging out can delete user information on all accounts.
Apple computers store user info such as pictures, documents, and
downloads in a common location, much like Windows "My
Describes user "parshallnet" to
Apple, "When I logged into my MacBook Pro this morning, it was
as if I had logged into my Guest Account and not my standard user
profile. No icons on the desktop, the desktop wallpaper was the
default 'space' photo and not the one I had assigned, no documents in
the docs folder, apps behaved as if I'd never opened them
With 5 threads prominently displayed on Apple's
Support Forums (1,
its clear that the problem is being experienced my more than a few
users, though its unclear exactly how widespread it is.
Compounding the confusion is that it does not appear to be readily
reproducible, perhaps indicating a deep flaw lurking inside the belly
of Snow Leopard.
For now the only real solution for Mac owners
is to disable guest accounts. Otherwise they potentially having
all their user information wiped clean by innocent mistake or perhaps
Apple representatives acknowledged the issue to
"We are aware of the issue, which occurs only in extremely rare
cases, and we are working on a fix."
That fix may come in
the form of OS X 10.6.2, Apple's latest service pack that's currently
in beta and available to developers. The service pack comes
with nearly 150 "general focus areas" -- various fixes and
tweaks. With the last
update, 10.6.1, Apple fixed the aforementioned flawed
Despite its flaws, Snow Leopard has posted
strong sales and has drawn largely rave reviews by Apple's
traditionally vocal fan base.
quote: ...seriously dude? You expect the entire internet to believe you missed the sarcasm that was slathered six inches deep all over that post?
quote: Here's your sign.
quote: You are not good at it.
quote: No, here's yours, Wii Lover.
quote: The OP was so obviously, blatantly, over-the-topishly sarcastic that if you somehow missed that, THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU.
quote: Making fun or the Wii is a total non-sequitor.
quote: You're an anti-Wii fanboi - we get that. There is no basis in reality for you to be anti-Wii, because it most certainly is obviously not intended for fanbois like you to buy, use, or like.
quote: Taking shots at Apple's insistence that their crap is "more secure" or "unhackable" or "unvirusable" or whatever is an activity totally based in reality, with obvious empirical evidence that can be shown to support it.
quote: You not liking the Wii is an opinion. Pointing out the pompous fallacy of Apple's "more secure" platform is pure fact.
quote: You are a colossal failure. Now go crawl back into your momma's basement and don't come back out until you grow a brain.
quote: Really? So you were sarcastically saying not to feed the trolls?
quote: No, I'm not making fun or (sic) the Wii, I'm making fun or (sic) YOU
quote: The anti-apple fanboi against the anti-Wii boy! Oh, wait, I own a Wii and all I ever play on it is Twilight Princess and Wii Sports/Wii Resort with friends.
quote: Good. Please show us an infection on the level of Blaster or Conflicker, Mr. Empirical Evidence.
quote: Except in the nine years (11 counting beta, 17 counting NeXTSTEP) of OSX's existence, nobody has managed to cause any infections like they did with Win9x or XP. And losers like you keep repeating like parrots those doomsday pundits that OSX will be pwned soon. They've said that since 2003.
quote: Wait, isn't this where you are supposed to say, "Here's your sign" ?
quote: I feel sorry for you, I really do. Where would Microsoft be without Apple, DEC, Novell, Spyglass, IBM, and many others to copy then promptly screw over?
quote: Somehow, I doubt even you are stupid enough to believe that.
quote: You've proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that you lack basic language cognition skills.
quote: The empirical evidence against Apple's moronic claims of superiority are littered all over DT. And the rest of the internet. And right here, in this article - which apparently you lack the proper brain functions to read properly.
quote: This tired "argument" again? The same argument that has gotten you "pwned" every time you and your fellow Macolytes have ever brought it up? Go and read every other Mac "security" article ever written on DT again.
quote: I dislike Microsoft only slightly less than Apple - however, I choose to use Windows because it's the only rational choice - granted that I want to have easy access to 99%+ of all software ever written, reasonably priced hardware, and I like playing PC games. I use Windows because there's no reasonable alternative. You want to use a Mac, go right ahead - that's kind of another little sign for the rest of us, if we happen to be unlucky enough to meet you in the real world. Which seems rather unlikely, since it doesn't seem you live in the real world anyway...
quote: The drag-to-maximize and drag-to-side maximizing features are gimmicks. They're stupid and useless. Perfect example of feature creep.
quote: Touchscreen control is completely worthless. Touchscreen devices need an OS and software specifically designed for touch control.
quote: Security settings are cryptic and meaningless.
quote: Gadgets are still worthless.
quote: Aero Peek is a gimmick, like Flip 3D.
quote: I can't believe people are actually paying for this crap.
quote: With Microsoft's history of Win9x and OEMs penchant for the lowest cost hardware, any issue with them is just "business as usual."
quote: Windows isn't a big security issue
quote: Just being connected to the Internet makes you vulnerable
quote: Is there anyway we can get him banned from here?
quote: We need it even more than that mythical "Edit" button! :)))
quote: Maybe it is the AI thing, I don't know - but over 50% of members are much more than biased Apple fans - most of them, actually, can be classified as Apple Extremists. Honestly. Number of people there - significant number - are religious about everything Apple, starting with Mr. Jobs.
quote: Maybe it is about being minority in IT world.
quote: Microsoft's monopoly has kept computers from advancing. They are too complex and convoluted.
quote: They are too complex and convoluted. That makes them difficult to program which creates problems like this one.
quote: Windows 7 is a fantastic desktop OS, one that will be warmly met by hundreds of millions of users around the world. But you know what? It's also the past. Google Chrome OS marks the end of an era, and whether we end up using that system or something called Windows isn't yet clear. But I hope Microsoft is serious about this change, and ready to do the hard work it will take to lead in this coming generation of cloud-based computing. This is the turning point.
quote: Mac bugs, like this, are covered by blogs and news sites because they're unusual.
quote: If you need guest account functionality and do not trust the built-in account because of this problem, for now just create a new non-administrator account (call it "Visitor" if you need a semi-decent alternative name) for use as a guest, and customize restrictions for it with parental controls. In most instances this will work just fine, since the only real difference in behavior for guest accounts is that data and settings are reset upon logout.
quote: I lost about 400MB myself on Vista, but luckily I had backed it up.
quote: but you're there suffering Vista, and you've also suffered Windows 7