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Mac vs. Wintel

( Security andTech andThoughts )

Here is a different take on the Mac vs. Wintel debate. Winn Schwartau, a noted computer security consultant, switched last year, and this article from Network World is his conclusion on the true total cost of ownership of a Mac vs. a Wintel-based PC. Going above and beyond Selected by five Network World contributors, these […]

MacBook Pro: The Switch to Intel

( Mac andTech andThoughts )

I recently sold my 15” 1.67 GHz G4 PowerBook to my friend for her daughter to use. Then I went and purchased a MacBook Pro. Yes, I know… I keep warning people about purchasing Rev. A hardware, but I am generally bad at taking much of my own advice. Photoshop, running under Rosetta is significantly slower on my MacBook Pro than it was on the PowerBook. The MacBook Pro is fully loaded, with 2GB of RAM and a 2 GHz Intel Duo processor, so the fact that Photoshop is slow is very telling. These are my current thoughts on Apple’s switch to Intel-based computers.

A Couple More Boat Projects

( My Life andSailing andTech andThoughts )

I’ve been corresponding with several Telstar owners, as well several people interested in the Telstar 28. Two subjects that seem to come up fairly often are: the head and holding tank design; and the electrical system design and shore power. The Head and Holding Tank Performance Cruising has designed the head system on the Telstar […]

More Sailing Gear Arrives

( My Life andSailing andTech )

In the last week, I have gotten a few new toys for the Pretty Gee—flares, GPS, and smart controllers.

WiFi Ethics

( Security andTech andThoughts )

There is an article over at Ars Technica on WiFi Ethics. WiFi is everywhere, even in Prague panelaks, where I faced the dilemma common to every traveler with a laptop: to leech or not to leech? See, from our flat at the edge of the city, my wife and I discovered a range of WiFi […]

Mac Security Issues Overblown

( News andSecurity andStupidity andTech andThoughts )

There is a good article over at Wired News on how the current Mac-related security issues are being blown way out of proportion. But by taking reasonable precautions, there is actually very little risk to the Mac platform in reality. As I have said before, Mac users should be running a firewall, like Intego’s NetBarrier, and a good anti-virus package, like ClamXAV, at a minimum. Good computer security is an on-going, ever-evolving process.

More Miscellany

More stories I would like my readers to know about, but not worthy of a full post. Corporate Greed AOL has seen fit to screw over its loyal dialup customers. Now dialup customers will pay the same price for their service as AOL’s broadband customers do, increasing their monthly fee to $25.90. AOL has done […]

Corporate Hubris

( News andStupidity andTech )

Dell, which changed its name from Dell Computers in 2003, is going after a web designer, Paul Dell, because of his two websites. Dell claims that Paul Dell’s use of www.dellwebsites.com and www.dellimages.com dilute their trademark, and is suing for both transfer of the domain names as well as monetary damages. Paul Dell is a Menorca, Spain-based web designer and photographer.

Miscellaneous Links

( Mac andMisc. andNews andPolitics andReligion andSecurity andStupidity andTech andThoughts )

Here are a series of stories that I thought were worth reading, but I don’t believe warrant a post of their own. Some are related to previous posts, and I will try to link them back to the related posts.

Apple Sued Again

( Events andMac andNews andTech andThoughts )

Apparently, the powers that be are angry with Apple for succeeding where the other technology companies could not….or for that matter the music labels failed too. Thomas Slattery has been given the green light for his monopolization claim under the federal Sherman Anti-Trust act according to the articles at eHomeUpgrade and Tera Patricks’ blog. I […]

Dell vs. the iPod

( News andTech )

Apparently Dell has given up the fight against the iPod.

Customer Service Kudos

( Tech )

Now, while I can’t say much good for the folks over at Verizon Wireless, the people who support the Verizon FiOS service are phenomenal.

Welcome to the United States of Litigation

( News andStupidity andTech andThoughts )

Do you want to know why there are so many nasty lawyer jokes. This article is probably one of the reasons why. Some overly litigious lawyer has decided that there is merit in a class-action suit against Apple over the iPod. The basis for the lawsuit is the possible hearing loss caused by the use […]

Microsoft Security Flaws Redux

( News andSecurity andTech )

Just a quick note that it has been less than a day since Microsoft released the IE 7.0 beta 2 and there’s already a security hole announcement. Granted, this is a beta… but still, you’d think that with all their previous security problems, they’d have tightened up the code a bit better than this. Thanks […]

RFID Passport Security

Technology, being used for technology’s sake, rarely is effective, unless it is done with a thorough understanding of the underlying issues and requirements. That is not the case here. RFID technology is not a technological panacea that will make national security or identifying the bad guys easier, unless it is properly used. In fact, it is more likely to make national security, especially for our citizens abroad, far lower, and make them more easily identifiable by the bad guys.

Why a Telstar 28?

( Sailing andTech andThoughts )

I’ve recently gotten a few e-mails asking why I chose the Telstar over monohulls or other trimarans. Instead of firing back a bunch of e-mails, I decided to post my response here, on my blog. My reasons for picking the Telstar are based on about four years of pretty solid research into what I wanted […]

Getting Too Big

( News andStupidity andTech )

SBC is getting a bit too big for it’s britches. You might not know this, but SBC just recently acquired it’s former parent company, AT&T. Most recently, SBC has been trying to turn its ISP services into a new profit center. Unfortunately, the way they’re trying to do this is by asking large websites, in this case Google, to pay fees to get sufficient broadband to their site for customers on SBC’s ISP network.

Republicans and War

Apparently, the Republicans really don’t care if our troops die in Iraq or Afghanistan. Our troops have been told that they may not qualify for the $400,000 SGLI life insurance policy if they are KIA wearing non-government issue body armor, as seen in this story.

Taking Security for Granted

( Essays andMac andSecurity andTech )

I often get asked if I run anti-virus software on my Mac, and if I do, why do I bother. The reasoning of the people asking me is usually something like: “There are no viruses for Mac OS X, so why waste the time/money running an anti-virus package on a Mac.”

More WiFi Security Problems

( Security andTech )

There are two more security problems with WiFi. Both are Windows-related, even though one is due to a flaw in the WiFi drivers, not in Windows itself. You can read about them here and here.

Apple, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and Intel

( Mac andTech andThoughts )

With the new Macs being Intel-based, there is now the possibility of running MS Windows on a Mac. One might ask, why would anyone want to run MS Windows on a Mac…especially given how expensive the Mac hardware has been….if you want to run Windows, why not just get a cheap no-name computer to do it with.

Innovation—Microsoft Style

( Rants andTech andThoughts )

Here’s a new Windows application that allows you to control your BlueTooth-enabled PC via a BlueTooth equipped cell phone. I’ll quote something from the “article” about the new software: Use Bluetooth Remote Control both for buisness and pleasure! Give PowerPoint presentation and see the actual slides in the phone. Change songs that are currently being […]

WARNING: Serious Microsoft Outlook Bug

( Security andTech )

If you thought that the WMF (Windows MetaFile) bug was bad…there’s another bug that is far worse. The flaw is in the way Exchange, Microsoft’s e-mail server and Outlook communicate. I’ll post the most relevant quote from the article. The original article can be found here. “All that’s required to exploit this is an e-mail […]

More Gear Arrives, Part II

( Sailing andTech )

The two solar panels arrived late yesterday. I won’t have a chance to check them out until Sunday, as I’m headed off to DC/MD/VA for a few days. Based on a rough energy audit I’ve done, I think the two solar panels will be enough to prevent reliance on the outboard’s alternator for charging the system, but I won’t know if my calculations are accurate until sometime in April or May.

Unnecessary FUD

( Stupidity andTech )

Apparently, the people over at BoingBoing are jumping the gun on the spyware/adware accusations against Apple’s new iTunes 6.02. While I haven’t had a chance to play with iTunes 6.02 all that much, I have taken a look to see what this idiotic screaming was all about. He is accusing Apple of installing spyware because […]

More Corporate Data Breaches

( Events andNews andSecurity andTech andThoughts )

These companies really need to be brought to task about their careless handling of important customer data. The financial institutions which allow identity theft to occur should also be brought to task, and be held responsible for any losses they authorize.

MacWorld San Francisco

( Events andNews andTech )

MacWorld San Francisco is underway, and Apple has not disappointed the Mac faithful.

On schedule with their switch to the Intel-based Macs, they announced two new Intel-based Macs today. The first is the iMac… not surprising, as it was in need of an upgrade.

The other, more important announcement was the MacBook Pro, which is the Intel-based PowerBook replacement. This was the announcement I was expecting, as the PowerBook line has had little to really distinguish it from the current iBook line, and is the line of hardware in most need of an upgrade.

E-Bay Fraud

Should eBay be responsible for fraud committed through their services. I think they should be. My reasoning is this. They profit from even the fraudulent transactions. They should be responsible for vetting the people who use their services, both buyers and sellers, and should take responsibility when their vetting of users fails.

A New Cell Phone

( My Life andTech )

I just got new cell phone. I generally don’t do this, but my aging Sony Ericsson T610 was getting a bit flaky. A day in the snow and salt will do that to fine electronics. My new phone is a Samsung SGH-D600. Samsung has come a long way in cell phone design. While there are […]

Microsoft Strikes Again

( News andSecurity andTech )

Well, Microsoft has once again managed to screw their customer base over again. Apparently, there is a new series of WORMs going around that exploit a security hole in the WMF image file format. WMF stands for Windows Meta File, and was originally a Microsoft-proprietary graphic image file format.