* Posts by Aaron

17 posts • joined 21 Feb 2008

Six months on, Macs still plagued by critical Java vuln

Jobs Halo


Who uses JAVA anymore?

/I keed... I keed...

Lame Mac 'email worm' limps into view

Jobs Halo


Sounds like Tony is poor and cannot afford a Mac.

Adobe PSD pushes programmer too far

Paris Hilton

Goto statements...

...aren't inherently evil. What do you think a JMP statement in Assembler is?

Paris, because she keeps insisting I'm misspelling "jump".

Windows 7: MS plays a Jedi mind trick on netbook owners

Gates Horns

Netbooks are for...

...those times when you need portability in a lappy that won't break your heart if it gets stolen or broken on a trip. Just because the computer is small in stature, it doesn't mean we expect any less of it.

Why can't Microsoft make ONE version of the operating system, a'la Apple? At last check, there are 8 versions of Windows 7. Please enlighten me on how this doesn't confuse punters.

Jackalope gets jaunty with Ubuntu nip and tuck


Mini Me...

My new Dell Mini 9 LOVE the Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR). Even with the stock 512MB RAM (yes, I upgraded it), UNR took only about 240MB at boot time with NO swap usage. Performance is snappy, even with the relatively slow SSD. CPU utilization at idle is minimal, allowing for about 5 hours of "real" usability out of the battery. I love it!

eBay scammer gets four years in slammer


Jail humour

@Anonymous Coward: Yes, he keeps the $7,000 but he pays for it in the end... hahaha!

Apple rides fanbois to popularity crown (again)

Jobs Halo

Got my parents back...

It used to be that when my parents called, it was almost always a troubleshooting call for their PCs, never just a "how are you doing" call.

Now they both have Macs and love them, and when they call me, I know it's just to say "hello".

Thanks, Apple, for giving me my parents back.

Mac and Linux Bastilles assaulted by new attacks

Thumb Down

Physical Access...

If you have physical access to ANY computer, you can hack it. Yes, even Macs.

When Mac OS X 10.5 came out, I installed it on my PowerBook G4 and played with it on an overseas flight. Unfortunately, 10.5 had a bug that caused privilege DEMOTION, and both previously administrator-level accounts were demoted to standard users, with no "sudo" capability.

Since I had physical access to the machine (duh), I was able to get into the system and manually promote my access. Yes, on an airplane and without the Mac OS X DVD disc. No, I won't tell you how I did it.

The HFS+ bug is stupid. Without physical access, it doesn't work. I hope Apple patches it, but I don't see this becoming a huge issue for Macs.

Dell MacBook Air Adamo officially launched

Gates Horns

@Mike Richards

The required Microsoft and Intel stickers are under a magnetic cover over the laptop's hinge. It's truly, truly sad that being a minion of Microsoft requires these stickers to be plastered on your computer.

Devil Bill for obvious reasons.

Apple sued over iPhone smooth scrolling

Jobs Halo

Prior Art

Apple will have no problems establishing prior art and completely invalidating their patent. I was writing games back in 1982 that used a similar technology for scrolling the screen.

Obama unfurls master plan for US cybersecurity



I hope this includes finally embracing IPv6 for the masses.

Is Microsoft's Silverlight evil?

Jobs Halo


Silverlight is a mixed bag on the Mac for me. The plugin crashes Safari on both of my Macs, though I can use Firefox with success.

@Lewis Wernham: Flash 10 (beta) for the Mac is fast!

OpenGL 3.1 promise follows gamer revolt

Paris Hilton


I haven't laughed that hard since I was a little girl.

Pioneer's 500GB Blu-ray disc


Burn baby burn

Assuming (poorly) that we can burn these disks at 8x (as the latest BD burners are), that would take over 200 minutes or about 3 1/3rd hours.

Apple is Fisher-Price of sound quality, says Neil Young

Jobs Halo

Ear of tin

Neil Young may have a "heart of gold", but he obviously doesn't have a golden ear.

I downloaded Nine Inch Nail's latest from their site (legally, thank you) in 24-bit, 96kHz lossless audio quality. I converted it to Apple lossless format (still 24-bit, 96kHz audio) and it plays perfectly on my AppleTV through my Harmon-Kardon amplifier and sounds brilliant.

Are the earbuds that Apple supplies rubbish? Indeed. Get a Sony in-ear kit and be done with it.

Leopard pimpin' method madness

Jobs Halo


It is possible to have a window with no header, essentially enabling you to make your own UI. Kai's PowerGoo is one application that decided to make their own GUI... and I think they intentionally made it confusing.

Windows has a lot more flexibility when controlling aspects of the GUI. However, there are some really ugly-assed Windows applications out there (mostly freeware and shareware) with no sense of good, usable GUI design at all.

The Mac OS X restrictions help reduce bad design. It's pretty rare that you find a freeware or shareware OS X application that looks like shit.

Microsoft opens APIs and protocols to all

Gates Horns

Back to the future?

Their initiative is named OSII? Who else read that as "OS/2"...


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