Archive for 'Apple'

To iPad or not to iPad, that is the question for my readers

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 […]

pbcopy / pbpaste in OS X

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 […]

Apple file vault and good backups save the day!

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 […]

Locking down the OS X firewall

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 […]

Microsoft Word is broadcasting on my network!

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 0x0, ttl 64, id 28912, offset 0, flags [none], proto: UDP (17), length: 180) > UDP, length 152 15:52:25.765492 IP (tos 0x0, ttl 64, id 28951, […]

Implementing backoff timers in RSS readers

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 […]

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