Scott's Weblog The weblog of an IT pro specializing in virtualization, networking, open source, and cloud computing

New Apple Security Update

Apple released another security update today, Security Update 2006-002, that addresses the security flaw that was unsuccessfully plugged with Security Update 2006-001.

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Vista on Intel-Based Macs

Apparently, there are some rather heated arguments occurring in certain circles about the inability to boot Microsoft Windows Vista on the new Intel-based Macs (as a side note, I seriously do not like the term “Mactel,” so I’ll instead be referring to them as “Intel-based Macs”). While I can see both sides of the debate, I personally feel that holding Apple to blame for not being able to run Windows is a bit of a stretch.

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My Tiger Upgrade

I’ve posted a couple of other entries about stuff related to the Tiger upgrade (like my discovery of continued development of the Virtue virtual desktop application and weirdness with Spotlight), but hadn’t yet actually discussed the upgrade itself, and everything that was involved. So here’s the sordid details.

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Spotlight Weirdness

One of the key features in Tiger that I was looking forward to was Spotlight. I know, I know—lots of users have complained about Spotlight’s background indexing and its impact on performance, and there’s a lot of chatter on various forums and in the newsgroups about disabling Spotlight. I, on the other hand, was interested in having all my stuff indexed by Spotlight so that I could take advantage of the indexes (indices?) in native Mac applications such as Mail (via Smart Mailboxes), Finder (via Smart Folders), Address Book (via Smart Groups), so on and so forth.

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A New Life for Virtue

My favorite Mac OS X virtual desktop manager, Virtue, has found new life with a new owner. After stalled development, Virtue is progressing on, now with full Tiger compatibility and soon to have a Universal binary so that Intel-based Mac owners can use it as well.

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Mac OS Security Flaw Persists

The extremely critical security vulnerability released by Secunia a couple of weeks ago was apparently not fixed with the security update released by Apple last week. According to researchers, it is still possible to disguise an executable as a picture or other type of document.

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March 13 Changes Everything

Well, everything will change on March 13. OK, maybe not everything, but lots of things. On March 13, my company—Mercurion Systems—will end its five-year run. It’s been a great five years, but the time has come to pursue new horizons. Unfortunately, those new horizons can’t be attained working for myself.

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Application Virtualization

I’ve worked with Citrix products for quite a while, even dating as far back as the WinFrame products (before the relase of Windows NT Server 4.0 and WinFrame’s evolution into MetaFrame). I’ve always been a strong supporter of their products, because let’s face it—when it comes to delivering applications to remote locations in a reasonably bandwidth-sensitive way, Citrix is a great solution. But it’s not just about application delivery, it’s also about application virtualization.

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Creating Users for a Postfix-Based Mail Relay

This is a really, really, really simple task, but to save me the time of looking it up on those rare occasions when I need to do it I’m capturing the information here. This is how to create, delete, or modify users for a Postfix-based mail relay using SASL.

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Staying Open

You might think, given my technological tendencies, that this post has something to do with industry standards, free/open source software, or similar. Not exactly. It’s about keeping an open mind—just not in the way that you might think.

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