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Apple Mac OS X Not Accepting Login

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

So, there it is an Apple Mac configured to auto login is now showing a Login screen and it doesn’t seem to like any of the usernames and passwords that we could think of. In other words we’re locked out. I haven’t done an awful lot of Mac support, but I do know that it [...]

Mac OS 7/8/9 troubleshooting

Friday, December 7th, 2007

It’s an older platform, but there are still some around. I found this nice guide to troubleshooting startup issues on these versions of Mac’s OS.    Send article as PDF   

Hard drive testing utilities

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Windows users know chkdsk, linux users know fsck… users of each MIGHT have heard of SMART. These are different ways of TESTING hard drives. Well, there’s also a utility called TestDisk that looks promising for recovering data… Here’s the clip from their site. “free data recovery software! It was primarily designed to help recover lost [...]

Mac/Linux/Windows usb wireless adapter D-link DWL-G122

Monday, January 8th, 2007

One of the tools I looked at having for my expanding kit has been a usb wireless adapter that would work with minimal install on Windows/Mac or Linux. As you can imagine…. it’s not as straightforward as just getting one that’s compatible with Windows…. well, after much searching I found the D-Link DWL-G122 802.11g Wireless [...]

Live filesystem “capture” into a virtual disk image

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

ah… the joys of *nix utilities…. I’ve just successfully tested a “capture” of a live, running system into a virtual disk image. No, I don’t mean that I booted up with an imaging utility. I took a live, booted and logged in system and imaged the primary hard drive that it was living on, into [...]

Vmware launches beta of real to virtual converter

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

Vmware has launched a tool (windows only it seems) aimed to convert a REAL running system into a virtual machine. (For use with VMWare’s virtualization products. The converter also can convert images from competing virtual machine “platforms”(?) (Microsoft Virtual PC, Microsoft Virtual Server, Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery (formerly LiveState Recovery) and Norton Ghost9 (or [...]

Exploits in wild for recent Apple vulnerabilities

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

If you’ve been delaying on updating with the recent Apple Mac OS X updates…. don’t, there are exploits in the wild now for at least one. It’s speculated that this code may have been in the wild before Apple released the security updates.    Send article as PDF   

Multiple Apple updates as Mac goes to version 10.4.8

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Apple is fixing 15 security flaws with the 10.4.8 version upgrade of Mac OS X. (There is a second update as well…. Security Update 2006-006). In typical fashion there are a bundle of issues in these updates. Several address remotely exploitable vulnerabilities.    Send article as PDF   

Some days you really want to slap someone at Microsoft….

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

So, I was formatting a drive the other day. It’s an external hard drive that will need to be readable AND writable by both Mac and Windows XP machines. So, the only choice (without paying for MacDrive to read/write to HFS+) is really FAT32. The drive is in the 250GB-300GB ballpark. So, I reference the [...]

Firefox zero-day vulnerability (or is it?)

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

I saw a comment somewhere else that zero-day was overused and in essense ANY previously unknown vulnerability in open source software is technically zero day… the intent here though is to use the word in this context…. “vulnerability has been released without giving the vendor an opportunity to patch…” Yes, the fun vulnerability weekend seems [...]


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