Mozilla Thunderbird authentication failure with Gmail

Even the latest version of Thunderbird mail, present by default in Ubuntu 19.10 Eoan Ermine is distributed with bug that prevents this linux flagship mail app from connecting to Gmail account successfully.

When setting up IMAP connection with 2-Step Verification turned On it initially goes through all the authentication process and finally crashes with Authentication Failure.

Fortunately there is nice and easy solution!

Open Thunderbird Menu and go to Preferences > Advanced > Config Editor…

Thunderbird Preferences

Search for ‘general.useragent.compatMode.firefox‘ and set it’s value to be ‘true‘.

Config Editor

Now try to establish connection to your Gmail account again and it should go through with no problems.

I’m not sure if it is Ubuntu’s Thunderbird distributed application problem, Mozilla’s problem or Gmail issue. Also can’t say how many users might be affected, but I think this is quite essential and either Ubuntu, Mozilla or Google should not let it like this.

iOS 13.2.2 Update

On 7 Nov 2019 Apple released an update to it’s iOS and iPadOS version 13.2.2 bringing the build number to 17B102.

Probably the main point of this update is to fix quite widely reported memory management issues, resulting in aggressive application killing by the operating system in previous version, sometimes making multitasking features nearly impossible.


According to release notes iOS 13.2.2 includes bug fixes and improvements for your iPhone. This update:

  • Fixes an issue that could cause apps to quit unexpectedly when running in the background
  • Resolves an issue where iPhone may temporarily lose cellular service after a call
  • Addresses an issue where cellular data may temporarily not be available
  • Fixes an issue that caused replies to S/MIME encrypted email messages between Exchange accounts to be unreadable
  • Addresses an issue where using Kerberos single sign-on service in Safari may present an authentication prompt
  • Resolves an issue where charging may be interrupted on YubiKey Lightning-powered accessories

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

macOS Catalina 10.15.1 Update

On 29 Oct 2019 Apple released its latest version of macOS Catalina 10.15.1 which brings the build number to (19B88).

It is available via System Preferences > Software Update or for direct download as a standalone installer.

Download size is 4.53 GB (fairly big for ‘point’ update).

Make sure you have enough of free space on your system disk because this update says it will take 9.53 GB of space on your computer.

This update does not bring EFI firmware updates for Macs without T2 chips. (Boot ROM and SMC versions for models without T2 chips remain unchanged.)


According to release notes the macOS Catalina 10.15.1 update includes updated and additional emoji, support for AirPods Pro, HomeKit Secure Video, HomeKit enabled routers, and new Siri privacy settings, as well as bug fixes and improvements.

Emoji

  • Over 70 new or updated emoji, including animals, food, activities, new accessibility emoji, gender neutral emoji, and skin tones selection for couple emoji

AirPods

  • Introduces support for AirPods Pro

Home app

  • HomeKit Secure Video enables you to privately capture, store, and view encrypted video from your security cameras and features people, animal, and vehicle detection
  • HomeKit enabled routers let you control how your HomeKit accessories communicate over the internet or in your home
  • Adds support for AirPlay 2-enabled speakers in scenes and automations

Siri

  • Privacy settings to control whether or not to help improve Siri and Dictation by allowing Apple to store audio of your Siri and Dictation interactions
  • Option to delete your Siri and Dictation history from Siri Settings

This update also includes the following bug fixes and improvements:

  • Restores the ability to view file names in the All Photos view in Photos
  • Restores the ability to filter by favorites, photos, videos, edited, and keywords in Days view in Photos
  • Fixes an issue where Messages would only send a single notification when the option to repeat alerts was enabled
  • Resolves an issue that caused Contacts to launch to the previously opened contact instead of the contact list
  • Adds a two-finger swipe gesture for back navigation in Apple News
  • Resolves issues that may occur in the Music app when displaying playlists inside folders and newly added songs in the Songs list
  • Improves reliability of migrating iTunes library databases into the Music, Podcasts, and TV apps
  • Fixes an issue where downloaded titles were not visible in the Downloads folder in the TV app

For more detailed information about this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT210642

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

iOS 13.2 Released

On 28 Oct 2019 Apple released its lates version of iOS and iPadOS 13.2 for iPhone 6s and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch 7th generation.

According to release notes iOS 13.2 introduces Deep Fusion, an advanced image processing system that uses the A13 Bionic Neural Engine to capture images with dramatically better texture, detail, and reduced noise in lower light, on iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Additional features include updated and additional emoji, Announce Messages for AirPods, support for AirPods Pro, HomeKit Secure Video, HomeKit enabled routers, and new Siri privacy settings. This update also contains bug fixes and improvements.

Camera

  • Deep Fusion for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max uses the A13 Bionic Neural Engine to capture multiple images at various exposures, run a pixel-by-pixel analysis, and fuse the highest quality parts of the images together resulting in photos with dramatically better texture, details, and reduced noise, especially for mid to low light scenes
  • Ability to change the video resolution directly from the Camera app for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max

Emoji

  • Over 70 new or updated emoji, including animals, food, activities, new accessibility emoji, gender neutral emoji, and skin tones selection for couple emoji

AirPods Support

  • Announce Messages with Siri to read your incoming messages aloud to your AirPods
  • AirPods Pro support

Home App

  • HomeKit Secure Video enables you to privately capture, store, and view encrypted video from your security cameras and features people, animal, and vehicle detection
  • HomeKit enabled routers put you in control of what your HomeKit accessories communicate with over the internet or in your home

Siri

  • Privacy settings to control whether or not to help improve Siri and Dictation by allowing Apple to store audio of your Siri and Dictation interactions
  • Option to delete your Siri and Dictation history from Siri Settings

This update also includes bug fixes and other improvements. This update: 

  • Fixes an issue that may prevent passwords from autofilling in 3rd party apps
  • Resolves an issue that may prevent the keyboard from appearing when using Search
  • Addresses an issue where swipe to go home might not work on iPhone X and later
  • Fixes an issue where Messages would only send a single notification when the option to repeat alerts was enabled
  • Addresses an issue where Messages may display a phone number instead of a contact name
  • Resolves an issue that caused Contacts to launch to the previously opened contact instead of the contact list
  • Fixes an issue that may prevent Markup annotations from being saved
  • Resolves an issue where saved notes could temporarily disappear
  • Fixes an issue where iCloud Backup might not successfully complete after tapping Backup Now in Settings
  • Improves performance when using AssistiveTouch to activate App Switcher

For information on the security content of Apple Software updates, please visit this website:

https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

macOS Catalina 10.15 Supplemental Update

After initial release of macOS 10.15 Catalina, on 15 Oct 2019 Apple released Supplemental Update. The latest version of macOS now have build number 19A602.

Direct download link is not yet available.

If you’re using macOS Mojave or later get the update via System Preferences > Software Update or alternatively Get macOS Catalina from the Mac App Store.

Apple says:

The macOS Catalina Supplemental Update includes installation and reliability improvements, and is recommended for all users.

This update:

  • Improves installation reliability of macOS Catalina on Macs with low disk space
  • Fixes an issue that prevented Setup Assistant from completing during some installations
  • Resolves an issue that prevents accepting iCloud Terms and Conditions when multiple iCloud accounts are logged in
  • Improves the reliability of saving Game Center data when playing Apple Arcade games offline

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

Hello world!

Welcome.

Do you think I didn’t even bother to change the title of my very first post? But how to better start than using these two iconic words, which developers, admins and power-users use for ages whenever they wanna say: “It works!”

What this site’s gonna be about?

Mainly about Macs and my tips, guides and solutions (sometimes not that obvious) which I came across while working around some of the macOS problems.

Have to say, Apple still does great job to keep their system and apps nicely “simple”, clean and safe, consistent in terms of UI design and optimized for privacy and performance. But with something so huge as operating system and amount of code it’s based on there’s always space for bugs, troubles, security flow and no company, even Apple, is immune to that. We will take a look at some of those problems in following posts on this site and also on possible fixes and solutions.

Today’s Apple might be not so obsessed with perfection and sense for details, which we all loved, like they were before. Probably because they become overwhelmed with so many new features they’re adding and on the other hand which give our systems so fresh and attractive feeling.

Unfortunately we see more and more “mess” sneaking slowly in, there’s lack of documentation to new functionalities which is often incomplete, outdated or simply missing. Today many new things Apple pushes silently in their system without letting anyone know, just keep them “secret” and it’s nearly impossible to find relevant information anywhere.

But no matter how much you would complain about annoyances in system and apps, bugs taken over and over from version to version or unpopular steps Apple have taken regarding butterfly keyboards, ports, great and unique device discontinued like AirPorts, etc. There’s probably still nothing better than that, right? …and that’s why we love Apple and maybe also why you are here.

Join me and keep an eye on my website for a lot of interesting stuff coming up in following posts.

Have a great day everyone and…

“Think different.”

Steve Jobs