Even though I’m your typical IT geek, I’m not one to jump on technology just because it’s new. I like to wait until technology stabilizes, prices drop and the lines at your favorite geek store decrease in size. I’m fortunate to have a Macbook Pro, and use it for just about everything I do. While [...]
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I came across a nifty utility in OS X that allows you to copy / paste data to/from the clipboard without having to select text and command+c/command+v Michael-MacBook-Pro:~ (michael)> echo foo | pbcopy Michael-MacBook-Pro:~ (michael)> pbpaste foo Thats kind of neat. What about connecting to a remote machine, executing some command, and then having that [...]
I frequently travel with my Apple powerbook, and have always been concerned that someone might steal my laptop, or the disk drive would fail (this is ahuge single point of failure). To address both concerns, I enabled file vault to encrypt my home folder, and backup my data once a week to a central file [...]
I attended Jay Beale’s Discovering OS X weaknesses and fixing them with the new Bastille Linux port at Defcon last week. Jay did a great job presenting, and pointed out several HUGE flaws that are present with the default OS X “stealth” firewall rule set. The first major problem Jay pointed out was the fact [...]
While performing some basic traffic analysis on my home wireless network, I noticed the folllowing broadcast traffic: $ tcpdump -i en1 broadcast or multicast 15:51:25.761928 IP (tos 0×0, ttl 64, id 28912, offset 0, flags [none], proto: UDP (17), length: 180) 192.168.1.10.52330 > 255.255.255.255.2222: UDP, length 152 15:52:25.765492 IP (tos 0×0, ttl 64, id 28951, [...]
I have recently been on a quest to find a new RSS reader for OS X. NetNewsWire looks to be the leading candidate, since LifeRea doesn’t have a native port to OS X. One thing I noticed in the clients I tested, is that they have fixed times when they will check ALL feeds for [...]