Wednesday, July 5, 2006

Mac OS X calling home

With the 10.4.7 update of Mac OS X, the OS is calling back to Apple's servers periodically.  There is a new process called dashboardadvisoryd with makes the tcp connections.  The tech note on 10.4.7 has this entry:

You can now verify whether or not a Dashboard widget you downloaded is the same version as a widget featured on ( before installing it.

If this were just for this purpose, this check could have been done when installing a widget.  I assume that this process is also checking the currently installed widgets to see if they are up to date.  I think a better implementation would be to have a button in the area of the screen that shows all of the installed widgets, that would check for updates.

[via The Apple Blog]

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