A couple of days ago, I posted a new version of iAlertU. This new version had one change it in, and that was to replace the now-obsolete use of whatismyip.com with a new service.
iAlertU used whatismyip.com to retrieve the Internet Address of the Macbook. Late in 2012, that service started asking for money and turned off the free service. I hadn't realised the impact on iAlertU at first.
A recent bug report brought it to my attention so I decided to deal with it by creating a similar service myself via my pkclsoft.com website.... read more
I've just released v0.79 of iAlertU.
This is not a big change, but it adds two new alarm sounds created and provided under license by Stephen Angelini.
The other change I made this time around was to allow passwords to work to unlock even if you've disabled the arm from system menu option.
As of v0.78, I will no longer be committing code changes to the SVN repository. I've created a new GIT repository here, and future updates will be delivered there.
I've finally done an update to iAlertU. This is basically a bugfix release in that it addresses a number of issues with false alarms, allowing the app to be armed without being properly configured, etc.
I'm hoping that this will mean I get fewer emails from people who have not finished configuring (i.e., no password) and then closed the lid.
There are also a number of improvements with connection management for the uAlertMe app, and enhancements to better allow iAlertU to work with Mountain Lion.... read more
I've just released v0.77 of iAlertU.
* Prevent arming without a valid disarm password.
* Optimise the interface to uAlertMe so that connections are quicker.
* Fixed an intermittent problem that could prevent photos being included in emails or displayed on the Camera tab of the preferences panel.
I've issued another update to uAlertMe which improves it's management of the camera roll within the iPhone. One user had reported lock-ups when he turned the "save photos" feature.
v1.2 of uAlertme is available in the app store.
This version should be far more stable as I've revamped the interface to the camera roll.
Thanks to a very helpful iAlertU user, uAlertMe also supports Korean now.
I've also added a history function to the app, so that you can track where your Macbook has been by remembering the location of each alarm event. Locations are also tagged to images.... read more
For people that don't know, I also have an iPhone app called uAlertMe that can be used to control iAlertU remotely.
Take a look at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ualertme/id432090826?mt=8&uo=4
I have just released a new version of iAlertU. This adds support for Korean, plus it attempts to fix the problem that some people have had when they haven't configured a password.
As usual, let us know if there are **NEW** problems.
A couple of people (and only a couple) have had problems with using their disarm password with v0.74.
It would seem that some people have managed to skip releases. A couple of releases ago, I changed the encryption method for passwords. When I did, I kept the old method in so that passwords stored with the old method were automatically converted.
When I released v0.74 I mistakenly assumed everyone would have gone through this phase, so I pulled the old method out.... read more
I have tonight finally released v0.74!
There have been a few minor bugs fixed, plus a couple of biggies, mainly relating to device change detection, and recovering from sleep mode.
The big new feature is that iAlertU can now send Push Notifications to your iPhone if you have uAlertMe 1.1 installed, and have used it to connect to iAlertU at least once. Now, you'll get a notification directly to your iPhone whenever the alarm goes off!... read more
I've recently been trying to add Leopard support into the latest version of iAlertU, with no real success.
At this point, I'm deciding to stop supporting ongoing Leopard with any new releases. It's too time consuming, and with Lion about to hit our doorstep, I need to draw a line in the sand.
I will continue to support Snow Leopard for the foreseeable future as I'm sure a lot of us won't upgrade to Lion straight away. I will however try to ensure that iAlertU continues to work in Lion.... read more
I've just released 0.73. This fixes a couple of problems, one with email and one with new installations that aren't setup properly with a disarm password.
As of today, uAlertMe, the iPhone app I've put together to interface with iAlertU has been made available on the App Store.
You can find it at:
For updates on this, I've also created a Twitter account, that you can follow at:
A couple of people were experiencing problems with gaining access to the Macbooks after having closed the lid. This release addresses this, plus an issue with first time users that enabled the "Save password language" feature.
I've released v0.71 which fixes a few minor bugs, and adds the iPhone server functionality required to allow uAlertMe to work. Assuming that all goes well with Apple, uAlertMe should be available on May 1. You can read about it at http://www.pkclsoft.com/pkclsoft/ualertme.html
Well, v0.70 has finally been released to those of you using the auto-update feature.
Release notes can be found in the usual spot.
Please use the support request mechanism if you need assistance with anything, ensuring that you have a configured email address so that I can contact you if I need to ask questions.
For those of you wanting to update or contribute new translations, please see the new (though brief) instructions downloadable as a PDF from the files section.
For those users of iAlertU that celebrate Christmas, have a great Christmas. For all of you out there, thanks for the support, and have a prosperous new year.
I've released 0.69 today. See the release notes for changes. Note that I haven't updated the auto-update settings yet as I'm hoping to get some testing done first by a few willing testers.
As soon as I'm happy, I'll update the auto-update settings.
See the release notes for more information.
I've spent a great deal of time over the past week trying to iron out some issues with Leopard compatability, specifically with 10.5.8. Most of these revolved around the underlying use of Java for the sending of email. iAlertU was overriding the settings, opting for a v1.6 of Java if it was available. There seems to be a problem on 10.5.8 systems where the only v1.6 of Java is 64bit.
Other issues were related to disarming, and emailing when either the camera was disabled, or emailing of images was disabled.... read more
0.66 has gone well, though one issue with unarm passwords needed to be fixed, so I've released 0.67 for those people affected.
It turns out that my attempt to make the latest version backwards compatible with Leopard 10.5.8 didn't work. This version uses the same mechanism I used to allow it to run without CoreWLAN, so all _should_ be fine (I have no way to test this myself).
The other thing was that for people that like to arm without the black screen and logo, disarming from the keyboard wasn't working. This release fixes that, though I note that the only way to do this whilst keeping the screen idle-off functionality working was to dim the screen by a tiny fraction.... read more
This is becoming a bad habit. :(
It turned out that some people used passwords that caused problems due to a long standing bug that was introduced back around v0.5.
Another crash reported on a Mac running 10.5.8 because it doesn't support the CoreLocation framework used by iAlertU (now) to geo-locate your Mac.
Again, sorry for these multiple releases over such a short period of time.