Thursday, November 29, 2007

Google Gadgets on OS X Dashboard

So Google announced this yesterday, but pushed implementation to today (11/29/07). I installed it as soon as it was allowed.

This is not quite what I expected....

Although useful, the gadgets available for OS X implementation are not as available as they are for iGoogle, which I use frequently to monitor different data sets and to do lists.

However, even given this, it will make development a since for people wanting to hit both the OS X dashboard and the Google desktop markets.

The installer is only available through the "Google", which comes with the build of the Google Desktop for Mac OS X.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Apple Airport Disk Utility

Why would Apple not give everyone a link to download the Apple Airport Utility software, but then include it in the stupid update to 5.1, hidden, nested in the directory of the mpkg?
The only answer I have is that it must have the plans to a top secret jet plane embedded somewhere in the files. Now all I have to do is find Dabney Coleman, my Atari, and go to the Alamo to get it all worked out.....

If you want the software, lost your disk, and don't have time to "play a game", then you can feel free to use my backup of the disk image located here.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Securing your files in OS X

If you are like me, you are concerned about privacy and security regarding your files. In OS X you can use Apple's FileVault, which will encrypt the entire disk, or you can rely on 3rd party applications to secure individual files for you.

If you want though, there is a much easier way. Apple's Disk Utility will create 256bit AES encrypted disks for you, which of course are images, so you can read/write/and keep safe.

This is a perfect way to keep files compressed, together, organized, and encrypted. It also makes it much easier to back them up to NAS, DVD, or using any of a number of backup utilities. My only suggestion is to use a large password. A friend of mine recently posted that he uses this method to keep his quicken files encrypted. If you are running on a laptop, you would definitely want to keep any financial records, lists of passwords, email, etc, encrypted. If it gets stolen you can always replace the laptop, but you cannot always replace the damage caused by identify theft or credit score loss.

Take it from a guy with bachelor's degree in criminology, a master's degree in criminology, and a professional information security certification, you need to keep private or sensitive data encrypted.