Tuesday, April 08, 2008

MacBook Air hacked first...

A hacker in a contest remotely took control of a MacBook Air when the computer was sent to a website run by the hacker. A Windows Vista machine was also hacked but it took longer. Apparently Vista on that machine had just been updated with a brand new Vista upgrade which surprised and held up the hacker.

I read some speculation that perhaps the MacBook Air was hacked first because it was very desirable. The hackers got to keep the computers that they took control of, and they were able to prepare before the contest, so it is possible that the hackers put in extra time preparing to hack the MacBook Air.

For anyone wishing to dig into this more, some computer experts (and non-experts) discuss it on TidBITS Talk: http://emperor.tidbits.com/TidBITS/Talk/1928

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Inexpensive Bootable Backups for Your Mac Now Possible

"Bombich Software has released Carbon Copy Cloner 3.1 (CCC), a notable update to the popular disk cloning and backup software."

This is very good news because a) it is very inexpensive, b) you don't have to pay unless you like it, and c) it has passed the tests for duplicating your hard drive exactly which makes it reliable for creating a bootable backup (you can start up your computer from the backup)--see the front page of their web site for details.

This article goes into more details and gives a link to the home page for downloads: http://db.tidbits.com/article/9524