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acl-tools-osx v0.1.1 and an Introduction

Back in 2013, I hacked together (and silently released to GitHub) a set of command line utilities for working with OS X file ACLs (Access Control Lists) and ACEs (Access Control Entries), collectively named acl-tools-osx. Included are three utilities written in bash:

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23 Years of the Newton

It’s amazing how quickly the years flow by and that it’s been nearly 25 of them since the introduction of Apple’s Newton. Actually, it has been a full quarter century since John Scully, then CEO at Apple, was pitched the concept of a smaller, handheld device by Michael Tchao and decided to make it a reality. This week marks the 23rd anniversary of the MessagePad’s release on August 3rd, 1993, at MacWorld Expo in Boston, which Scully had initially previewed to press at CES in Chicago, back on May 29th of 1992. Crazier still, the release of the Newton came less than a decade after that of the Macintosh. Sadly, it never really got the chance to see its full potential.

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iPad Pro — What’s a Computer? (Video)

I’m sure Apple was hard at work making this commercial well before Michael Gartenberg’s piece for iMore which I linked to a little over a week ago, but it does seem to start addressing the issue he raised as to why more people aren’t buying the iPad Pro to use as a computer. The ad starts off:

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Santa: A binary Whitelisting/Blacklisting System for Mac OS X

While developed internally by Google, Santa is not their Santa Tracker:

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The iPad Paradox

Michael Gartenberg writing for iMore:

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Neon Drive and Demoscene Roots

Neon Drive is a fun, retro-futuristic game for iOS which I reviewed for the 959th issue of Small Dog Electronics’ Kibbles & Bytes newsletter back in November:

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Compass 2 Stand for iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and Newton MessagePad

A few months ago I reviewed the Twelve South Compass 2 iPad stand for the 973rd issue of Small Dog Electronics’ Kibbles & Bytes newsletter:

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Use Your USB Peripherals with Your iPad

Just before my departure from Small Dog Electronics, I extolled the usefulness of the new iPad Lightning to USB 3 Adapter in their 985th issue of the Kibbles & Bytes newsletter:

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Independence

After nearly thirteen years, many months of agonizing personal deliberation, and three further months of attempting to wrap up projects as cleanly as possible, June 1st marked my departure from Small Dog Electronics. Finding myself in utter burnout was not an easy reality to come to grips with, and deciding to make such a large change was downright scary, but everyone stood by me and I believe we’re all going to better off for it.

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Meet the loyal Newton fans who keep the device alive and kicking

Many thanks to David Pierini over at Cult of Mac for interviewing me for this piece regarding those of us who have been helping preserve what bits of Apple’s Newton platform we can. I am honored to have helped carry the torch—from all those who came before, including Victor Rehorst—and be counted with the likes of Grant Hutchinson. Definitely worth the read and a gander at Grant’s amazing photos.

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Keeping Up with Ever-changing Browser & Internet Security Standards

My advice on which browsers to run on which versions of iOS and OS X, from Small Dog Electronics’ Barkings! blog:

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Save the Xserve

It is our goal to make Apple recognize the breadth of users who deploy and rely on XServe systems running Mac OS X Server.

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An Open Letter to Apple on Server Technologies

Dave Schroeder of UW-Madison and MacEnterprise:

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Xserve, Your Day Has Come

As of today, the Xserve’s days are officially numbered. 87, to be exact. Come January 31st, 2011, Apple will no longer be selling Xserves.1 What a shame.

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MacPaint and QuickDraw Source Code

An historic release by the Computer History Museum for two reasons: not only the significant impact QuickDraw had on Mac developers and MacPaint on many a Mac user, but also because Apple has actually approved of it’s release. Steve Jobs doesn’t like to look back, but those were his salad days.

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Patch 711000

Eckhart Köppen has released an improved Newton OS 2.1 patch addressing the Y2010 bug:

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Cairo

Cairo is a remastered true type version of the Mac OS6 classic font originally designed by Susan Kare. It includes all your favourites, like cow dog, grapes and omelet.

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iPad (Née 'Latest Creation') Event Video

Definitely need to watch this.

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'iPad App Wish List for a Server Admin'

Me, as a Mac OS X Server admin, regarding the iPad:

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iPad Camera Connection Kit

This make it far more usable as one’s only computer:

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Apple iPad

It’s for real. Two models: just WiFi or WiFi & 3G. 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB storage. $499-$699 (WiFi) or $629-$829 (WiFi & 3G). Compatible with existing iPhone apps (small or stretched; either way it looks a bit odd).

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Lessons Learned from the eMate

Scott Andress on the eMate and tomorrow’s rumored Apple tablet:

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frog design's Apple Tablet

Some great tablet-like work from frog design during Apple’s “Snow White” era.

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Retr0Bright Gel Ingredients

Retro0Bright is a UV sensitive chemical for restoring the original color of yellowed plastics. The following is James Wages’s proven gel mix:

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'The Original Tablet'

John Gruber on the Newton’s downfall:

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Michael Tchao Rehired by Apple

The man who approached John Sculley on the company jet all those years ago, starting the Newton project, has been re-hired by Apple. He’ll be taking the position of Vice President of Product Marketing, working directly under Phil Schiller.

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Музей Apple Newton

A beautifully designed museum site for Apple Newtons in Russian. Especially excellent device photography as well.

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Java Vulnerability on Mac OS X

My advice for preventing vulnerability to the latest proof-of-concept attack vector utilizing Java:

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'Newton Year 2010 Problem'

Eckhart Köppen chimed in this morning to further explain the issue that Newton OS 2.1 faces with the year 2010 and also noted that producing OS patches is, “less black magic than anticipated.”

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Apple redirects to Wikipedia!?

I just happened across a hyperlink to apple.com/hypercard that redirects to wikipedia.org/wiki/HyperCard. Yes, I confirmed that the source of the page contains both meta & JavaScript redirects to said Wikipedia page, so it’s for real.

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iPhone 2.0 Software Update for iPod touch

Get the iPhone 2.0 Software Update for iPod touch, and you also get the new features added in the January ’08 update. Google Maps, Mail, Weather, Web Clips, a customizable Home screen and more.

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'Enable default host' Restored in AirPort 7.3.2 Firmware

Regarding my previous report that the “Enable default host” functionality for the AirPort Extreme and TimeCapsule was broken in firmware version 7.3.1: the issue been resolved in firmware version 7.3.2 which was released nearly a month ago (July 11th).

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Snow Leopard Server

While Snow Leopard may be aimed at improving performance & stability and reducing its overall footprint, it appears that Snow Leopard Server will be getting some new features: the MobileMe -like calendar & contacts sharing (i.e. iCal Server 2, Address Book Server, and Remote Access) and read/write ZFS.

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Ars Technica's WWDC '08 Live Coverage

We’re at Moscone West for the first ever sold out WWDC in history. We will be live updating this post when the keynote starts, so check back with us at 10:00am Pacific Time for all the goods.

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WWDC 2008

Today marks the start of Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference for 2008. The Keynote starts at 10:00 am (Pacific) and always requires extra attention, but this year’s iPhone, Mac, and Information Technology tracks should provide some great information as well.

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'Enable default host' Broken in AirPort 7.3.1 Firmware

Unfortunately I’ve been out of town for the last two weeks due to the death of Emily’s father whom I’ve now known for the past six years. There have been many additional stresses tossed my way during this time, but the one that has affect others was that my AirPort Extreme (Gigabit) has been a bit flaky and requiring numerous reboots.

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Google's Macworld Makeover

This morning Google went live with the Macworld Makeover of their mobile portal with a number of new updates for iPhone/iPod touch users. It’s now very much iPhone-like as well as including improvements to both Gmail & Google Calendar and adding iGoogle to the mix.

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An AppleScript to Launch Front Row

A friend wanted to Launch Front row by pressing the programmable button on his new LaCie D2 Quadra hard drive, but the software wasn’t letting him program a keystroke, so I whipped up the following AppleScript to press Command-Escape for him and so launch Front Row. I’m sure there are plenty of other solutions out there or maybe even this same one, but here it is anyway:

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Less Is More (Or, The Master Plan)

While I subscribe to the "Less is more" philosophy, I’m actually pretty poor at adhering to it. I have a major case of information overload in my digital life and junk clutters up both my digital and anolog lives. I’ve been pretty good with the RSS feeds that I subscribe to, I’ve slimmed down this site, and I’ve started attacking the piles of unused computer gear in my apartment.

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Say Goodbye to the iPhone in Vermont

There’s been some recent iPhone-related news that gave the impression that we were getting closer to legitimately using using iPhones in Vermont. Unfortunately, I think we lost all progress today.

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iPhone: The Week In Review

A week ago I discussed the ways not to get an iPhone in Vermont since we’re not covered by AT&T’s own network and in honor of the iPhone’s release. Now that people in other states have had their iPhones for a week, the in-depth reviews have been rolling in: Steven Frank’s, James Duncan Davidson’s, Steve Dekorte’s, and Jason Kottke’s are my pick o’ the litter.

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iPhone: The Day After

Well, the iPhone’s been out for 24 hours now and the initial reviews are in: it’s totally kick-ass and what the videos show is absolutely the real-deal.

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iPhone Today (or Ratatouille Instead)

Today’s the day everybody’s been waiting for! Yup, we’re little more that twelve hours away from the release of Apple’s new iPhone! Some are queueing up for them already, some will be ordering online, and others yet are prepping to rejoice over the impending flop.

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Classic Mac Collection

I have quite a [messy] collection1 of Apple hardware and paraphernalia taking up much of my old bedroom at my parents house2 that I would love to still have available to show off and to play with occasionally. Some of the collection is actually scattered throughout the closets of our current apartment, but my Color Classic still sits out since I still tinker with it frequently.

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On The Possibility of the Mac Tablet

Update: Wow, I’m really kicking myself right now!
The following is a rough post that I wrote on January 7th, but held of posting for a little spit and polish. Unfortunately, I never got a chance to clean it up last night (I was planning to do it somewhat Chandan-style and actually provide a little description of the technology behind it, including comparisons between iChat & Starfire). Well, with Steve Jobs’ announcement of the iPhone — which, honestly, I was extremely skeptical about — you can really see why I should really have just made it live. Doh!

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En Route To Santa Clara

I’m currently sitting in JFK on my six hour layover between Burlington, VT, and Santa Clara, CA en route to Apple Channel Camp and then Rack ‘n Roll.

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Apple's New "Get a Mac" Ad Campaign

Apple has launched a new Get a Mac campaign, including six new funny TV Ads.

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Solution to Frequent Restarting Problem with Newton & BlueTooth

Thanks to a post by Giulio on the NewtonTalk mailing list, my Newton MessagePad 2100 with Blunt and a Pico Card is entirely stable. Transferring notes from the Newton to my MacBook Pro has been extremely fast and very reliable (although you can only send one note at a time).

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Newton BlueTooth Progress Report

I don’t receive packages from overseas very often, so I’m not as good at estimating shipping times as well as Adriano obviously is… my Pico Card arrived today. I don’t think the timing could have been any better! (Is it odd that the first thing that comes to mind to say is, “Happy, happy, joy, joy!”? Ren & Stimpy has stained my generation.)

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Classic Mac Workshop

My first personal web project: a website supporting users of Classic Macs (early Apple Macintosh computers).

www.classicmacworkshop.com

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