More Mac OS X Pleasant Surprises

Last week I shared with you the very few loose ends I found with the new Mac OS X version 10.1 upgrade. Success begets success. One after another, practically every one of those concerns has already been addressed, and almost without patches or other software updates either. Allow me to elaborate.

Computer & Technology Showcase Vancouver 2001

Today ended the Computer and Technology Showcase at the Convention Centre here in Vancouver, Canada. Aimed squarely at the business-to-business sector, the show was a resounding success amid tough economic times in tech.

Mac OS X v10.1 Pleasant Surprises

It's been almost two weeks, and my upgraded OS X installations work fine. Except for minor teething pains when I made my first upgrade to X.1 - make sure you do one extra reboot before using it - it's been an altogether pleasant experience. Nothing crashes, and things generally work well. Internet Explorer positively snaps! And, the big news, DVD Player for OS X is a peach. Love it!

How to Conserve a PowerBook's Battery Power

Starting in the late 1980's, people have been able to take their computing with them on the road. Computers appeared with all different types of screens (most unusual was the original Compaqs, which used a special red display- instead of being shades of grey, it displayed shades of red), disk drives, and of course, batteries.

Starting with the original laptops, battery power was important because it allowed you to use your laptop in places where there is no electrical power, such as on an airplane.

Mac OS X Security Epilog

Last week we took up our final subject in this series on Mac OS X security, online resources and tutorials. Today let's reflect on where we've come from and draw some conclusions.

First of all, thanks to you who stayed through this series from the beginning. Thanks for listening, as one of my professors used to say!

Day of Infamy Part 2

It happened. This morning the West struck Afghanistan, on the supposition that its government was shielding our number one suspect in the World Trade Center atrocity of September 11th.

Traditionally when an enemy appeared on your shores no-one had to prove to anyone that you were at war. Today we fight an unseen enemy, who strikes then evaporates. All we have is a post factum trail of evidence, which we piece together for a never-complete picture.

The Mac OS X Version 10.1 Upgrade

Finally! I snagged a copy! It took a couple of tries. But now the Latest and Greatest from Apple is mine too. And it was free! Thank you, Apple! Allow me to share a few experiences of the new OS X.1 with you.

Mac OS X Security Part Ten: Online Resources & Tutorials

All of these are accessed in System Preferences. The same article then goes on to recommending BrickHouse, which we ourselves discussed early on in this series. Finally it notes that quite a lot of information is logged to file by default in OS X, helpful if disaster does strike.

The Ethereal Mac OS X.1 Upgrade

We have a date! The much-vaunted major upgrade to Mac OS X is now in sight, and goes on sale tomorrow, September 29th. If you need me Saturday morning, you can find me at my neighborhood Mac store.

Mac OS X Security Part Nine: Configuring BrickHouse & ZoneAlarm

Last week we looked at an affordable solution to the security issues introduced by running Classic Mode, VirtualPC, and DAVE. This week we resume our firewall studies, and spend some time under the hood with BrickHouse for OS X and ZoneAlarm for Windows.

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