Why OS X Security Still Wins

More sudo vs. su

You can 'get root' using sudo or by using su, however, be aware that they handle things a bit differently.

I've still been seeing some debate about which is better: the use of sudo, or simply using root or su.  They both have their place, actually, but the point here is that they work differently.

Long Live Firewire

OK, perhaps I'm not that electrified by Firewire.  However, after the 5th generation iPods dropped Firewire, and then the first MacBookPro lost FW800, many people began to surmise that Apple was going to abandon Firewire altogether.  Well, today's announcement of the first 17" Intel-based MacBook should set everyone's mind at ease: the FW800 connectivity has returned.  I actually do use FW800 quite a bit, and it did irk me that it disappeared on the 15" MacBook.  So much for rev. 1.

ARD 3.0: Up and Running

Apple just released Apple Remote Desktop version 3.0. I don't need to be an advertisement for the product. Apple does that well enough at the product page. So? What's left to say? First, ARD got an image overhaul:

ARD 3.0

Figure 1 - ARD's new look

MacTech April 2006: It's out!

Security: The Weakest Link

I realize this is a bit old, but it's the first it happened across my radar:

Times Bank Robbery Story

Amazing.  Just remember: The weakest link in security has been, and always will be, people.

Microsoft's Marketing Genius?

Updating Windows Default Domain

Every few months I need to update a Terminal Server or Citrix box to login, by default, to a particular Windows Domain.  Every few months just isn't enough to sear the info into my brain.  So here, for my benefit as much as anyones, is how to change the default domain that Windows logs into.  Of course, we're headed for the registry.  Run regedit and dive down:

HKLM
SOFTWARE
  Microsoft
  Windows NT
    Current Version
    Winlogon

(I'd take a screenshot, but we're buried a little too deep this time)

Please Stop Hurting the Web

First disclaimer: I'm a Tron fan. Love the movie. Seriously. So when I was pointed to an article at Tom's Hardware (see that? I just linked to their site...more on that in a moment) all about the making of Tron, I wanted to read it. As I'm reading the article, I start noticing green underlined links. When you mouse-over these links, they display an ad:

OS X sudo vs. root Commentary

Over at Linux Box Admin, there's an article that compares the use of sudo versus the use of root under OS X.  Not sure why an article like this is appearing on a primarily Linux oriented site.  Of course, Linux has the option of using sudo, and the sudo vs. root debate is a little older than OS X.  My gripe is that the author misunderstands the issue.

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