7. OS X
2005 : A few of my favorite things #
/misc | Dec 29, 2005Batch convert TIFF files into a single PDF via iPhoto #
Olivier Drolet explains how easy it is to concatenate and convert a group of image files into a single PDF via iPhoto:
/mac | Dec 18, 2005Deleting apps locked by Windows File Protection #
Wes Miller describes how to banish Movie Maker (or other unwanted apps protected by Windows File Protection) from your XP system via Sysinternal's Handle.
/windows | Dec 16, 2005Trusted Computing explained #
This animation by Benjamin Stephan and Lutz Vogel makes Trusted Computing/TPM crystal clear (hint: it ain't pretty). The low bandwidth summary, courtesy of RMS:
"Treacherous computing" is a more appropriate name, because the plan is designed to make sure your computer will systematically disobey you. In fact, it is designed to stop your computer from functioning as a general-purpose computer. Every operation may require explicit permission.
/misc | Dec 14, 2005Spotlight replacement / supplement #
EasyFind 3.8.1 [308k] Index-free file search for OS X.
/mac | Dec 13, 2005Daily report of OS X S.M.A.R.T. and RAID status via email #
I use SendEmail to receive the results of an OS X S.M.A.R.T. and RAID check (scheduled to run daily via cron):
Why SendEmail rather than Sendmail or Postfix?
/mac | Dec 12, 2005SendEmail - Command line based SMTP email agent #
SendEmail is a lightweight, completly command line based, SMTP email agent. If you have the need to send email from a command prompt this tool is perfect. It was designed to be used in bash scripts, Perl programs, and web sites, but it is also quite useful in many other contexts. SendEmail is written in Perl and is unique in that it requires NO SPECIAL MODULES. It has a straight forward interface, making it very easy to use. Windows binary available (Windows users should also check out Blat).
/nix | Dec 12, 2005Open source spyware, trojan, and virus protection #
Winpooch 0.5.9 is an open source anti-spyware and anti-trojan watchdog for Windows. Integrated with ClamWin, it can also provide live virus protection. (via Tom Nichols)
/windows | Dec 07, 2005Reviewing reviews #
Consumer Search is a neat site that reviews product reviews from a wide variety of sources. Take online backup services, for example. There is a quick glance of top rated solutions, an up-to-date full summary, and a detailed breakdown of all reviews.
/misc | Dec 06, 2005Barracuda HTTPS tunnel #
Wilfred (author of the phenomenal BarracudaDrive covered in yesterday's post) kindly informs us of a new beta: Barracuda HTTPS tunnel. It allows you to encrypt arbitrary TCP connections inside SSL such as telnet, FTP, VNC, etc, by having the HTTPS tunnel provide the encryption. The HTTPS tunnel can also be used, for example, to tunnel traffic out from behind a restrictive firewall/proxy that only allows outgoing HTTPS web connections.
/misc | Dec 03, 2005BarracudaDrive (Thanks, Wilfred!) #
BarracudaDrive V1.5.2 [196k] + Multi-user secure HTTPS file manager which eliminates the need for FTP access. Securely upload, download, and manage your files on your home computer from anywhere in the world. BarracudaDrive also bypasses firewalls and proxies since the communication protocol is HTTPS. The communication is protected by using SSL so no one can eavesdrop on your file transfer. Linux and OS X versions also available.
For example, if you have a high speed internet connection at home, you can use the BarracudaDrive web file manager to securely copy files to and from your home computer from any remote computer that has internet access. Remotely operating the BarracudaDrive web file manager is easier if you have a static IP address, or you use a service such as No-IP. BarracudaDrive comes with an integrated 1024-bits SSL certificate.
You download and install the executable in any directory on your hard drive. To uninstall, simply delete the executable and the two XML files created by the executable... Unlike most PC applications, BarracudaDrive does not mess up your hard drive. BarracudaDrive is one file; you select where to install it, unzip the zip file or run the self extracting zip file.
/misc | Dec 02, 2005Freeware drive imaging & cloning app #
DriveImage XML is an easy to use and reliable freeware program for imaging and backing up partitions and logical drives under Windows XP.
Image creation uses Microsoft's Volume Shadow Services (VSS), allowing you to create safe "hot images" even from drives currently in use. Images are stored in XML files, allowing you to process them with 3rd party tools. Restore images to drives without having to reboot. You can also run DriveImage XML from a BartPE boot CD-ROM. (via Shell Extension City)
/windows | Dec 01, 2005
2013: 5 4 3 2 1
2012: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2011: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2010: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2009: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2008: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2007: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2006: 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
2005: 12 11 10