macintosh Articles


Intel XServes and intolerance

Some of you know that I run a small fleet of Apple XServes. There are some in two-post racks at the house, and some at our super-secret hosting center in four-post cabinets. We're going to talk about what we've found with rack mount hardware and the older and newer generation …

TaxCut upgrades and Time Machine

This is a warning for those using TaxCut (a pretty good Macintosh Tax program) and possibly other installers and upgraders. The TaxCut upgrade installer scans all connected disks looking for copies of the software to upgrade. This is going to become an increasing issue going forward not only because of …

Securing your private data on the Mac with Disk Images

Many of you Macintosh users out there are concerned for the safety and security of your data. This article will describe how to use the built-in disk image capability of the Macintosh to create a secure file storage location for your important documents. Disk Images are special files that function …

Yankee Group thinks iPhone security risks overblown

An article from MacWorld tells that analysts from The Yankee Group (unlike those from Gartner and some other IT analysis groups) think that both the security and policy issues about the iPhone have been overblown. Basically, it boils down to not being any worse than any other smart phone, and …



First iPhone software update appears

Last night, Apple released the first update to the iPhone, software version 1.0.1. The update is only available via iTunes and is automatically applied the next time you sync. If you haven't applied it yet, you might want to do so before the weekend, as the big hack …

Steve Jobs sends message to Greenpeace

Apple's biggest name has finally sent a reply to Greenpeace about the environmental leadership (or lack thereof) of the Company. On May 2, Steve Jobs posted his second open letter, this time discussing Apple's environmental policies. The letter serves as mostly a defense of the company in view of efforts …

Sun adds engineering support to OpenOffice for Mac

According to an article from MacWorld, Sun has committed some engineering resources to getting OpenOffice running on the Macintosh natively. OpenOffice is a multi-platform office productivity suite that acts as a substitute for Microsoft's Office products. Of particular interest is the rationale provided by Philip Lohmann, project lead at Sun …

Grumble... Leopard delayed

Yes, I know it's not the end of the world. Yes, I know it's not Vista's 4-year trek through the world of vaporware. Yes, I'm aware that I'm not currently writing anything that depends on it, but there are some people I know who have been waiting for Leopard to …

Computerworld on why Microsoft should be concerned

It's not a Microsoft-bashing column, but this Computerworld article by Scot Finnie, Computerworld's online editorial director, takes Microsoft to task over what he sees as ignoring demands in the market and Apple's recent moves. In particular, he's talking about the enterprise, so he doesn't go into the Xbox vs …

Switching friends (to the Mac)

Last year, I managed to convince 8 people to get Macs who either had not done so in the past, or who were coming back to the Mac from a long hiatus. Although I had for many years not considered myself an evangelist for "the cause", recent changes in Windows …


Apple ranks 7th most admired company

Fortune Magazine is out with their America's Most Admired Companies 2007 report and you-know-who made it in the list at #7 overall. They were bested by: GE, Starbucks, Toyota, Berkshire Hathaway, Southwest, and FedEx and managed to squeak by Google for the top tech/computer spot in the overall competition …

More on Apple and SOX

For a much more thorough description of the intricacies, check out this post on CNet about the issue. As some have pointed out in private correspondence, there is, in fact, no requirement that this be done exactly the way Apple is doing it. However, it is a requirement that the …

Apple blows out numbers (again)

Everyone's favorite computer company (pardon me, after the removal of the word "Computer" from Apple Computer Corp's name, it should read "everyone's favorite company") has announced their FY1Q numbers (4th quarter 2006 calendar year) and they're huge. $1B in profit, $7.1B in revenues, 21M iPods sold, and 1.6M …

Lithium Corp. shows SNMP Management system

Maybe not applicable to everyone, but for those with network monitoring needs, the folks in Australia at Lithium Corp. are showing a nice commercial client-server network monitoring system. What's the big deal? There are a ton of these and most of them are free? Well, this one has an XML-based …

iPhone name disputed by Cisco

Cisco Systems's general counsel has stated online that the company is suing Apple over the name "iPhone". Sounds reasonable, as we all know that Cisco's iPhone has been shipping (most recently) for the past 9 months or so (after an hiatus in the previous five years or so). But …


Axiotron ModBook is very cool

Carol and I had a chance at the OWC booth to speak to the CEO of Axiotron, the German manufacturer or the ModBook, about the new device. In short, it's going to be a great portable tablet for people who need or want one. If you are even thinking about …