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June 5, 2012 by

Do Mac and iPhone users really need a file system?

Many Mac power users and developers are concerned about the iOS-ification of the Mac OS and how much more of that process will be found in sessions at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) next week in San Francisco. A recent developer blog post recalls talks by Steve Jobs from a 6 years ago, where he speculated on whether computer users really needed to interact with a file system. But to me, it also recalls a mostly forgotten Apple OS from around 20 years ago.

April 16, 2012 by

Mac botnet: Who's at fault?

At least 600,000 Macs were infected by the Flashback Trojan. Did Apple fail to protect its users? Or were users defeated by their own misguided fantasies of invulnerability?

April 9, 2012 by

How big a security risk is Java? Can you really quit using it?

As OS vendors get better about patching their own flaws, malware authors are increasingly turning to third-party code to get their dirty work done, and Java is high on the list. It's easy to say, "Just don't use Java," but what if a program you use requires it? I've got a list of problem apps and solutions.


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