Figure anyone reading here can use the help, as well as at the Mac Forum. There is a new product like the old "Oil Change" for PCs, for Mac. It's called Version Tracker or Version Tracker Pro, and it scans your Mac and tells you when a new update is available on the Web for your programs and hardware.
Cool, right? Not really. I was multi-tasking, as usual, when I started doing updates. Virex, which is the McAfee product for Macs, indicated it needed an update. Antivirus and firewall updates are really critical, so of course I'll accept the latest update! Should have read it more thoroughly. Okay, my feeble excuse is that it was sandwiched in between three other updates. Yes-yes-yes-yes. . .okay. . .computer nuked. Turns out I got Beta programs in with what I thought were standard updates. My fault entirely for not paying attention.
Well, since I've already installed this junk, I agree to test Virex on the Beta test for a bit. After all, it's not an Alpha Test, but a Beta - how bad can it be? (I hadn't figured out yet the cause and effect relationship between installing it and the death of my machine and sound system plus drive). Yipes!!!! Getting my Email inundated with other users furious over half their computers getting nuked and information permanently lost, plus all the permissions changed!!!! Yes, it's from the Beta testing. Dang! No more volunteering to test things on this machine! Luckily I have mirroring, RAID and three drives to back things up. But still, it will take hours, if not days, to recover from this. I even got the Mac version of the Blue Screen of Death - supposedly people can go for decades and never see that normally on a Mac.
Not real happy with Version Tracker right now either, since I kind of feel it should not pop up with Beta versions indicating you need to download them, since some users may not know what that means. It just takes you to the URL and gives you a convenient "idiot button" to hit to download the program. Sure, you get the user disclaimers and legal nonsense for pages on end, but let's be real when we look at how many people really read all that.
It even wiiped out my speakers, and all my ability to access that one and only CD/DVD hardware device. Good lesson on Beta testing here. Finished product only, unless you like to live dangerously and don't value the contents of your machine!
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