X on Mac OS X Part 1

For several weeks I have been sitting on a project to install the X Window System for Mac OS X. Xfree86, the freely available product offered under an open source license agreement, has been compiled for OS X, and I was just working up enough courage to tackle the command-line install for it. Meanwhile, someone else beat me to it.

If Movies Were Macs

Long story short: Macs good, Windows bad. That is the usual gist of this column though I usually provide some substantial evidence for my claims. Since writing the same thing over and over can get a bit tedious (I feel for the folks who actually read this stuff, particularly for the guy who owns this site.

Mac OS X Security Part Two: Firewalls

Last week we considered some of the hazards of cable and DSL internet connections, with a walk-through of each technology. Among other things, we saw that upgrading from dial-up internet to a full-time service such as cable or DSL also exposes your computer to the internet's intrigues full-time. Today let's look at firewalls, your front line defense against internet hacking.

Mac OS X In The MacWorld 2001 Keynote

Among other new developments announced at MacWorld 2001, Mac OS X gets more than a makeover. It appears that speed has been most people's concerns, and Apple addressed it. CEO Steve Jobs demonstrated OS X's new-found agility by selecting a folder-full of applications, and started the lot. Everything was up...

Mac OS X Security Part One: Cable and DSL

Last time we introduced the concept of internet security for the home user. With that backdrop, I would like to focus on specifics from here on. Today let's consider some of the hazards of cable and DSL internet connections.

Kill OS X’s Aqua

This is an exciting first for many Mac users… The chance to actually install and work face-to-face with a real UNIX operating system and command line. You may think this is complicated, but you’re actually adding industrial strength to your Mac with only a few simple clicks!

Mac OS X Criterion

Mac OS X's Cmd-H (Hide) feature is fast becoming my favorite reason for loving Aqua. While you could hide an application in previous versions of Mac OS by using the mouse, this is the first time that a key sequence has been defined for it system-wide. When it comes to reducing clutter, what better way than to hide it?

Mac OS X Security Introduction

My publisher informed me that my Mac Security article a while back continues to be pretty popular. In that spirit, he has asked me to consider writing an additional column for macwrite.com that would expand on that theme, perhaps with a particular focus on Mac OS X. I replied that the issue of computer security is mostly about banging the same drum over and over, so what's to write? But there are indeed lots of specifics, and maybe we can talk about some of those. Rather than do this as an on-going series,

Mac OS X.1: Shocking Preview

With the passing of the Summer MacWorld keynote, Steve Jobs tantalized us by demonstrating the new mouth-watering features added to the much-anticipated Mac OS X.1 update. If you missed the keynote address, get the lowdown here.

FlashUSB Removable Drives for Mac and Windows

One of those must-have gadgets for one's computer is the new FlashUSB drive, a keyring-sized removable disk drive. It's marketed in Canada by K&C Tech here in Richmond, B.C. It's not exactly a `disk', as there are no moving parts. It's all done in flashable RAM chips. The FlashUSB is about the length of my pinky finger, with the cross-section of a typical USB connector. This is a very durable package. It comes with a cord for wearing the drive like a keychain around your neck. Surprisingly, that combination looks quite stealthy, at least in my work environment where pocket protectors are de riguer.

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