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  1. doz

    Money Management on the Mac

    Other options include MYOB, Billings and MoneyWorks
  2. doz

    Wiretap studio assistance please

    In Wiretap Preferences > Format > MP3
  3. Mine has more pictures And mine covers some topics not covered by Apple's offering: Internet Tracking, Flash cookies, IP Anonoymization, TOR, GPG, AdiumX, Firefox, Little Snitch and the Netstat command... The Apple document is sound and full of lots of detailed information. I highly recommend people read it too. I particularly like the instructions for SSH tunneling. I'd argue the Apple manual is aimed more at Sys Admins and less at average users. Maybe mine is a little more 'plain and simple'? Seriously though - mine does have more pictures
  4. For your pleasure please download this free Mac OS X Security & Privacy Manual. Originally written for Tiger much of its content is relevant to Leopard. A Leopard version is in the works but in the meantime enjoy this one. Download it for free at: http://machacks.tv/?p=46 Please leave any comments, suggested improvements or errata you come accross. Cheers
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    I'd say if you have a fast iMac or Mac Pro and don't spend lots of time out of the country go for a Macbook. It's a terrific laptop and matches the Macbook Pro in CPU prowess. It's more portable and probably has slightly better Wi-Fi reception. Its hard to justify the added expense of the silver laptop unless... ...the laptop is going to be your primary (or only) Mac. Then I'd go for the Macbook Pro. The quality of the screen (in the 15") is stupendous and far better than the Macbook's. Of course there's always the option of hooking up a Macbook to an external display... To focus on your question though, if gaming is important to you then it's a no brainer. Be warned though, Apple could be revving their laptops soon. By soon I mean maybe 2 months. Then again maybe not!
  6. doz

    iBooks in Eastern Europe

    All you need is either a plug adapter or a local figure-of-8 cable. The plug cable is a figure-of-8 cable and they are commonly found in Hi-Fi's, VCR's, DVD players, Radios, etc etc. So even if you lose the plug adapter you can normally pinch a figure-of-8 cable from somewhere. Lots of electrical good resellers have them and they normally cost less than a dollar. I would not buy Apple's World Adapter Set, it really is a shameful rip-off! See this pic of a figure-of-8 cable (in this case it has a European plug): http://www.powersuppliesonline.co.uk/publi...7/PC026_250.jpg No Wi-Fi issues. Joke funny.
  7. doz

    Address Book problems

    Address Book data stored in your_home_folder/Library/Application Support/AddressBook/
  8. All Macs I've ever used only ever supported DL DVD+R discs. Things may well have changed in the new Macbook Pros but I'd make sure you were using this type of media. I also like Verbatim. Are you using Toast? Or Finder? Try using different software to burn the discs (for testing purposes). What error messages are you getting (if any)? Check Console for more clues. To repeat the main point though: As far as DL's are concerned I've always used + and all the Macs I've ever used only support DL+.
  9. doz

    Weird Proccess

    Just KILL it. Although before killing it inspect it (with the Inspect button!), look at Statistics and check for the 'parent process'. Oftentime this is an app the user is familiar with. And find the culprit! Also check Console's crash logs for more clues, but you probably already know this. This thread may provide a clue too: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=6535729
  10. Actually yes. They only open in VLC. Does anybody know what gives?
  11. Here's the howto: http://machacks.tv/?p=24
  12. doz

    Removing flash cookies

    My bad There are several databases which would know some of this information. And so you do not care who buys or is ultimately able to access the information stored by any major web database? But it would affect what information they have to chat with I'd guess 80% of people have DoubleClick cookies and less than 0.01% have ever navigated to www.doubleclick.com. (And hardly anybody has even heard of infousa.com and yet they are the largest aggregators of private sector data in the US. Naturally Steve tells us who their largest customer is. No big surprise.) It may be dead, or certainly dying, but Steve never says its pointless to worry about. By virtue of the fact he discusses the lack of privacy he forces the audience to consider, and in some cases worry about, the implications of that. Good on u for watching the vid. Sorry you didn't enjoy it. Others have. There's that one where some people's insurance premiums were in danger of going up when their local supermarket was gonna sell its customer loyalty card record data to the local health authority...(you eat how many burgers a month?) d-)
  13. doz

    Removing flash cookies

    Where do you say you believe some databases are bad for privacy? Where do you admit deleting a cookie is a perfectly reasonable measure to take in order to reduce the efficacy of the aforementioned database? If you agree then you see that deleting such a cookie does much more than simply diminish your user experience in that site? Clearly it has a repercussion on the database at large. Besides I don't think it diminishes much. The statement "There is no personal information in that database unless you supplied it" is not always true. And even if it was it would not strengthen your case. Privacy issues really kick in when the data stored in the database is shared or sold. To quote myself from before: "3. The waitress would record your request for a blueberry pie in a database accessible by all her colleagues in the company she works for. That database in turn would be accessible by all companies affiliated to and partnering the company she works for. Read the waitresses Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more info on who she shares her data with. ... 5. The waitress would sell the information ...." There is nothing for you to be heartened about. I always admitted cookies tin themselves do not contain personal information. But cookies cannot be seperated from the databases they point to and it is these databases that, in some cases, are bad for privacy. In these cases the cookies could be said to be, by extension, bad for your privacy. "Google most certainly doesn't need cookies to amass lot's of data about you." Even if that is true they clearly gain a hell of a lot more information by using them. "Don't worry that Google bought DoubleClick. You know that and I know that, but your browser doesn't and won't give your Google cookies to DoubleClick or vice versa." Seriously - wake up and smell the coffee! You think Google does not currently, in some capacity, cross-reference the DoubleClick database with its own? You may believe that taking sweets from strangers sounds like a good idea. I don't. Please watch this most entertaining talk given by private investigator of over 20 years, Steve Rambam, on Internet Privacy and Databases: http://machacks.tv/?p=16
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    Removing flash cookies

    First, IP tracking is rubbish compared to using a cookie and you know it. Second, you missed my main point: 1. Cookies (http or flash) are not, in themselves, 'bad for privacy'. 2. The databases the cookies communicate with are, in some cases, 'bad for privacy'. 3. Since the efficacy of these databases rely on the cookies they issue, it is perfectly reasonable to delete those cookies. Do you disagree?
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    Removing flash cookies

    !?! Oh really? People don't value their privacy? Nonsense. I'll bet you value your privacy. Do you put you mail in an envelope? Do you rip up your bank statements? Do you close your curtains before you get changed? Do you tell anybody you meet who you voted for? Or your sexual orientation? Do you always give correct information when filling out forms and surveys? Do you always give people you meet your real name? If your answer is, "that's none of your business", your darn right it isn't. And if you actually do value your privacy, why assume others don't? Most don't know Facebook's TOS. But already stories are appearing in mainstream press about Facebook's deplorable (and vague) privacy policy. I anticipate that privacy issues will become a 'hot topic' over the next couple of years. And the more the issue is debated the worse Facebook's image will become and (unless Facebook makes changes for the better) the amount of people using the service will decline. Just to clarify my cookie views: 1. Cookies (http or flash) are not, in themselves, 'bad for privacy'. 2. The databases the cookies communicate with are, in some cases, 'bad for privacy'. 3. Since the efficacy of these databases rely on the cookies they issue, it is perfectly reasonable to delete those cookies in order to better protect your privacy. Since you are so partial to similes, you might say deleting a cookie is like saying to a store owner "I'd prefer to pay in cash". Credit cards are fine but sometimes cash is better. This is not paranoia. There are no tin foil hats. It is quite understandable that somebody might want to reduce their digital footprint, or pay for something with cash. And since nothing bad happens when you delete a cookie, why not? It is also of concern that those most relaxed about privacy issues in this thread are web developers. Remember it is not the cookie as much as it is the database the cookie points to that is of concern in the privacy debate. d-)