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Apple Patches DNS problem

Normally, I wouldn't post about an Apple security update, because they're relatively common and generally attack most of the issues within a period of time that everyone agrees is a bit too long. However, there was a lot of hubub about Apple's "delay" in getting the security patch out for the recent BIND issue that could allow for users to be sent to the wrong sites. This wouldn't have caused me to write, except that after Apple patched the problem, there have been a few articles (no links provided, so as not to give them advertising revenue) that indicate the patch did no good. This is UNTRUE. Full details in the rest of the article.

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Macintosh Keychain syncing tip

Since the iPhone 2.0 release, more people are considering Mobile Me (the follow on to Dot Mac). For those of us with more than one computer, it's a very easy way to keep your contacts, calendars and other data in sync. However, there are some tricks for some kinds of data. This installment talks about Keychains.

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Indie Fever

Michiel van Meeteren of Made by SOFA "fame" has issued a report entitled Indie Fever that stretches to over 100 pages of mostly text analyzing interviews that he made with a group of independent Apple software developers. I haven't had a chance to read it completely, although I did skim it, and it's an interesting survey of how the community looks and how it got here and possibly where it is going. Thanks to Ranchero.com for the pointer.

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Thoughts about the iPhone announcements

Well, Apple made for a lively Thursday this week by announcing the software roadmap (although not the hardware roadmap) for the iPhone. There was a lot to take in, and it took forever to download the SDK (ok, in reality, it took only a few hours, but Apple clearly wasn't prepared for the demand), but I now have some initial impressions on what I've seen and played with and what the announcements appear to hold in store.

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Computer ads site features Apple and others

Thanks to The Unofficial Apple Weblog for a pointer to these Apple ads of the past from the advertisements section of the web site, Attached. There's not a lot of recent stuff in here, but some of the older stuff, such as the every-ad-page-in-newsweek ad are classics.

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VLANs supported in Leopard Client

Warning! Geeky content within. Those of you who know what VLANs are are probably interested in this article. In the past, Apple only supported VLANs (802.1q) when using OS X Server. It wasn't a huge deal, as servers are much more likely to need this than clients, but it is an important feature nonetheless, especially for those of us who do weird networking things.

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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 computers.

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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.

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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.

 

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Yankee Group thinks iPhone security risks overblown

An article from 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 the analyst finishes with "Security worries about the iPhone are overblown. To boost employee productivity, enterprises would be better served thinking about how to accommodate the iPhone."

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