Creating a Low End G3

So, where do you start? How about with a NuBus Power Macintosh. You have basically two choices if you want to add anything at all to your system. These choices are the 7100 series or the 8100 series. The 7100 is a desktop machine, with a single hard drive bay, a CD-ROM drive bay, a floppy drive, 3 NuBus slots, and one PDS slot. The 7100 has 4 RAM slots and 8MB built in to the logic board. The 8100 is a minitower Mac, and has 2 hard drive bays, one capable of holding a full-height drive. The 8100 also has 8 RAM slots, 8MB on the logic board, 3 NuBus slots, and one PDS slot.

MacGIMP for Mac OS X

We have been following an X Window System on Mac OS X track for the last few weeks. Today I would like to look at a bona fide X application called MacGIMP, made expressly for Mac OS X. It may well be the very first shrink-wrapped X application ever produced for OS X, and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to review a copy.

Mac OS X Security Part Five: Email Encryption

Last week we tweaked a few things for security in some Mac OS X email programs. Today we look at encryption of email messages. As they say, don't write in email anything you wouldn't have printed on the front page of the New York Times. Good idea.

The Evil Twin Syndrome

Anyone who has watched more than seventeen minutes of television is familiar with the evil twin plot device. Somewhere around the second or third season the writers are bereft of original plot ideas and reach into the emergency plot device notebook and pull out either the evil twin emergency story line or the super condition Critical clip show gimmick. You can't go to the evil twin school of plotting very often if you're hack writing your way through Hollywood, but once you do it's thankfully easy.

X on Mac OS X Part 3

Last week we successfully installed the Xfree86 version of the X Window System on Mac OS X. In fact, we had actually looked at three different variations of the Xfree86 core. One thing is certain. This isn't your father's Mac.

Creating an Extreme OS X Monster

With many diehard Mac fanatics now switching to OS X as their full-time primary operating system, many are also switching their hardware. If you have been thinking about upgrading, or buying new, and plan to use OS X, you must read this article!

Mac OS X Security Part Four: Email Setups For Security

Last week we looked at virus scanners for Mac OS X. This week we will work through specific settings and techniques for Mac OS X email client software with a view to security. The packages I'll be referring to are Apple Mail, Eudora, Pine, and Mozilla, all for OS X. Microsoft will have a version of Outlook or Entourage for OS X presently. Those will give us plenty to do. Of course there may be other packages as well, to which you can extrapolate the general principles we take up here.

All Things iSpawned

I was walking through my local home improvement store looking for something flammable I could use to soak the rags I keep next to the water heater (because my house needs the kind of home improvement only an insurance company can provide) when I noticed a translucent stud finder. It was a compact stud finder with one light,

X on Mac OS X Part 2

Last week we took a look at an implementation of the X Window System for Mac OS X. I made a mistake in part of my testing. In my mind's eye I read the SourceForge rootless release of X to be self-contained and ready to go, where in fact it is a patch that assumes a full install of the rooted version of Xfree86. My apologies to all.

Mac OS X Security Part Three: Virus Scanners

Last week we discussed firewalls for Mac OS X. Just when I thought this week's security article on OS X virus scanners would be a slam-dunk for Norton AntiVirus for Mac OS X, Apple's Mac OS X Product News for this week announces Virex for Mac OS X from McAfee. It also announced another firewall product for OS X called Firewalk X.

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