ZDNet has a video of a MacBook afflicted with random shutdown that seems to be afflicting more and more MacBook owners.

The test for whether a MacBook has this problem, is to type the following in the terminal, hitting return at the end of each line:

yes >/dev/null &
yes >/dev/null &

Enjoy the video. I wish I could post it here.


Ok. Ok.

Let’s see what the Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference is all about. It begins today.

Live coverage at MacRumors.
Many of you are ready for a .Mac update. We’ll see what happens shortly.

2600‘s summer 2006 edition contains these highlights:

  1. An interesting article on account security on T-mobile and Cingular phones;
  2. Ways to get downloads from Warner Brothers Records, legally;
  3. Facebook hacking;
  4. How to get around GPOs on Windows machines;
  5. How to bypass the program security (i.e., MCX) in Mac OS X.

At Black Hat 2006, David Maynor and John Ellch showed off wireless hacking of a MacBook. Windows and Linux also show vulnerabilities, of course, but attacking a Mac was just too tempting, apparently.

There’s a video of the demo on the site. And a follow up post.

Thanks! This is new Web 2.0 stuff is fun!

Best thing is people, on aggregate, make their own news.  And they get to understand that they aren’t alone in their aggravation.

Now, if only Steve Jobs will listen. . ..

I’m massively disappointed in .Mac Mail’s lack of anti-spam tools. I primarily utilize the website and over the last few months I have seen a huge increase in the amount of spam in the account I use. I’ve noticed on your .Mac discussion boards there are numerous and voiciferous complaints regarding the increased rate of spam in .Mac accounts.

As a systems administrator, I am very mindful of avoiding spam and know how best to avoid spam. I have been a .Mac member since it was free. Now, I understand that it is foolish to pay $99 for the right to have a year’s worth of email, a website, and an iDisk account, when I could get more robust versions of most of this stuff for free somewhere else. It is particularly for me to pay for this since I don’t use a Mac much anymore. I support Macs some, but they’re no longer my bread and butter. Still, I have been a long-time user of your products and I enjoy having the same address and being associated with Apple in some way.
If there is not some work done to address this, I will think twice before renewing my subscription. I think there are others out there who would agree, after some of these complaints on your discussion boards are the kinds of things one has been able to find on Dell customer service discussion boards for some time now. And that part of their business isn’t going so well, now, is it?

I recognize that .Mac represents these days just a tiny portion of your overall revenue stream. It’s not sexy like iTunes or the iPod. Or at least it isn’t anymore. .Mac is becoming more and more like my old ’93 Honda Accord. Useful, but definitely showing its age.

Of course, .Mac isn’t a ’93 Honda Accord, it was, at least, an initial cornerstone to the whole Mac lifestyle idea you had envisioned. Now, Mr. Jobs, might I respectfully suggest, some upkeep be performed on .Mac.

Thank you for your time.

Yours, for now,

Jon Strand

Black Hat 2006

Black Hat 2006 USA starts tomorrow in Los Vegas and has an interesting schedule, with sponsors including Microsoft and Cisco. Apparently, Microsoft is showing off the security of Internet Explorer 7 and Vista at the show.

I would love to go to the conference. Perhaps next year…

If you’re interested in a taste, there are copies of the Power Point presentations from Black Hat 2006 Europe and Fed available, with audio archives forthcoming.

If you for some reason think that this is only for illegitimate root kiddies, think again. It can become an important part of your skillset, if you take the time.

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