Macintosh

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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