Category: General

  • DNS Operations Workshop

    Operations Analysis and Research Center for the Internet (OARCI) will hold it’s third annual DNS Operations Workshop at Brooklyn College this upcoming June. Registration is now open, and you do not have to be a member of OARCI to attend the workshop! Check out OARCI DNS Operations Workshop website for more information!

  • Safari/MacOS X are not crippling the performance of other browsers.

    Much to-do has been made over the past week regarding Apple’s Safari web browser using “secret” undocumented code to make it run faster than competing web browsers. It’s important to note that this was simply an overreaction on the part of a Mozilla developer which became a shot heard around the world. An important comment […]

  • First iPhone Trojan

    Last week Symantec, F-Secure, ZDnet, and many others have reported on the first iPhone trojan called iPhone firmware 1.1.3 prep. The user must jailbreak their iPhone using unauthorized software. Find unauthorized software from an unreliable source. Willingly install said software. Holy shit! You mean when you do that something bad can happen?! Symantec and F-Secure are yet to report on […]

  • OS X Trojan Horse – OSX.RSPlug.A

    Generally speaking Mac OS X has very good security background and that is commonly used as a sales pitch, rightfully so, or to simply rub it into your Windows using friends face. Because of that, every single time there is a minor Mac OS X security advisory every Windows users comes out of the woodwork […]

  • iPhone native apps

    Evidently the intention has been to allow third party apps on the iPhone all along. This is good news – while the current selection of web apps are higher in quality and usefulness than the unofficial native apps, official support will result in some vendors stepping up and creating some good stuff (and as mentioned, […]

  • Considering Windows Vista as a Media Center?

    Continuing my recent theme of examining the true value of a computer system by basing the evaluation on more than just price, here are a couple of great articles which outline the limitations imposed on something as trivial as audiovisual playback in Windows Vista. Both are based on information from Peter Gutmann, a security researcher […]

  • First time I’ve seen this question directly answered…

    11:30AM: Last question: “There has been a suggestion that Apple appeals to smaller elite than mass customer base. Is it your goal to overtake PC in marketshare?” Steve: “Our goal is to make the best personal computers in the world and make products we are proud to sell and recommend to our family and friends. […]

  • The Myth of Insecurity

    Great article here covering the technology media’s discussion of security on the Mac. It’s long been a peeve of mine that people claim *nix and the Mac by extension are insecure because they’re not widely deployed (this ignores the majority deployment of Apache webservers on *nix based systems, which the article doesn’t cover). The fact […]

  • How to Install Safari 3 beta without replacing Safari 2

    I derived the following from the method Michel Fortin uses to create standalone copies of older Safari versions. Right click the .pkg file for Safari 3 and ‘show package contents’, and unpack Archive.pax.gz. navigate into the new Archive folder. Take Safari.app out of Archive/Applications and place it somewhere. Grab all frameworks from Archive/System/Library/Frameworks/ and place […]

  • More fun with zealots

    It’s common knowledge that Mac users promote their OS of choice with particular fervence, but this is easily dwarfed by the zeal shown by Linux users. This is particularly evident when Linux and Mac people end up coming into some kind of contact. One of the key differences between the two types of users is […]