In a comment on “Software Usability Thoughts: Some Advice For Movable Type,” Beau Smith asks “What Mac software do you like?” That’s a tough question for three reasons: First, there’s enough decent software (consistent, attractive, discoverable) that the bad stuff can generally be avoided. Secondly, I’d like to choose examples which are either free or…Read More What Software Do I Like?
The folks at eEye and Fortinet have identified a variety of image based heap overflows that allow for arbitrary code execution on both OSX and on Windows. Also an article on news.com.com claims that the patch initially caused some issues for some users on both platforms, that have been addressed now. Seems that poor implementation…Read More Quicktime WMF like Vulns on OSX and Windows
I recently bought a Netgear WGPS606 ‘print server.’ It’s a nifty little device with a 4 port 100mbs ethernet switch, a wireless bridge, and an LPD print service. I needed each of those as part of reconfiguring my office space, and here it was in one little package. It turned out to be something of…Read More Netgear WGPS606 and Mac Printing
People often become emotionally entangled with the software they use. It’s not a geek-only thing, although geeks often become more entangled with a broader range of the software they use. Normal people speak of “My Excel is screwed up,” or feel bad that their Sony CD has messed things up for them. One of the…Read More My Software is Mine.
[Update: Welcome Wired readers! If you enjoyed Bruce Schneier’s article on who’s responsible for security flaws, please explore a little. The economics of security and privacy issues are an ongoing theme.] It wasn’t a plan that I was going to slag Apple this week. Really, I’m fond of my Mac, I’m just tired of claims…Read More Macs and Sony's Rootkit
MS05-038 and MS05-052 contain a number of defense-in-depth changes to the overall functionality of Internet Explorer. These changes were done mostly for security reasons, removing potentionally unsafe functionality and making changes to how Internet Explorer handles ActiveX controls. As a result of these changes that we made for security sake, for a limited amount of…Read More Kudos to Microsoft, Brick-brats to Apple
In the midst of an excellent long article on how the Wine Windows emulation layer will interact with OSX86, (“I invite you to wine“), Wil Shipley writes: When you can run Windows apps on Mac OS X, you’ll still be protected by Mac OS X. Viruses are going to be dead. D-E-D. Ok, yes, there…Read More The Approaching Apple OSX86 Security Nightmare
There’s a new security update from Apple, for both 10.3.9 and 10.4.2. If you browse the internet, or read email, you need it. I’m getting really annoyed at Apple’s update mechanisms. Not only the agreeing to a new license as part of the update, but the awful way in which they’re arranged. The technical data…Read More Apple Security Update 2005-08
The Mac’s Terminal.app is way too easy to quit; it seems to absorb any command-Q typed near it, even if the menubar is showing you that you’re in another app. (This may be an interaction with the preference FocusFollowsMouse.) Anyway, having just lost a bunch of terminals with useful data in them, I went and…Read More Command-Q Getting Me Down
It has a lot to recommend it, but there are a number of niggling annoyances: Saved pages are poorly named. (Safari gives the page a name based on its title; Opera uses the filename, often “index.html.”) Since I save a lot of web pages, this is an issue. Cookie management doesn’t seem as good as…Read More More on Opera