The Norman Transcript


February 24, 2013

China hacks America:upgrades needed



Unfortunately, Apple, just like Microsoft, discontinues support for earlier versions of its operating systems. That means no more updates, no more security patches, no more anything. You are on your own. No more help from Apple.

With this latest Java snafu, millions of 10.5 Leopard users have been hung out to dry. It may sound crazy, but if you use Leopard, then you have now officially been abandoned by Apple, because the latest and best Java versions will not work on your computer. Other products, like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, bailed out of Leopard last year. Now, you have been abandoned by the mother ship, itself.

That means, to be truly up-to-date and safe, you need to upgrade to at least 10.7 Lion. I would skip 10.6, because it only allows a crippled version of Java to run, and will be the next version Apple will abandon. I would also avoid 10.8, Mountain Lion, as it too new and needs more bugs ironed out. To use the best version of Java, Mac Java 7, and to insure longevity for your machine, upgrade to 10.7 Lion.

I’ve got some Apple Mac updating to do, and maybe you do, too. There’s more to this story than newspaper space will allow, so, if you get stuck, contact me and I’ll try to point you in the right direction.

Dave Moore has been performing computer consulting, repairs, security and networking in Oklahoma since 1984. He also teaches computer safety workshops for public and private organizations. He can be reached at 405-919-9901 or

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