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10.5.4 Review

So, after looking through the 10.5.4 update, I see a bunch of updates.  All ones that we described in the Apple Documents, but anyone that puts two and two together can see that this update is basically getting your computer ready for MobileMe functionality.  There are updates to all the software that MobileMe will have something to do with.
iCal Mail  (Including an update to To-Do's.  Please let MobileMe have todo syncing?!) Webdav (iDisk) Address Book
There are also some updates that I am not sure of, like updates to the Dock, and to iChat.  (Although iChat would need to be updated with new encryption keys for .Mac IM service if Apple was going to rename .Mac.  
Also some updates to Safari, which they did tell us about in the update, but if Bookmarks are going to be synced with MobileMe (name of service again) instead of .Mac, Apple might have to change something in Safari.
So we'll see.  If the MobileMe roll out is on July 11th with the rest of the Apple News, that'd be great.…

10.5.4 Review

So, after looking through the 10.5.4 update, I see a bunch of updates.  All ones that we described in the Apple Documents, but anyone that puts two and two together can see that this update is basically getting your computer ready for MobileMe functionality.  There are updates to all the software that MobileMe will have something to do with.
iCal Mail  (Including an update to To-Do's.  Please let MobileMe have todo syncing?!) Webdav (iDisk) Address Book
There are also some updates that I am not sure of, like updates to the Dock, and to iChat.  (Although iChat would need to be updated with new encryption keys for .Mac IM service if Apple was going to rename .Mac.  
Also some updates to Safari, which they did tell us about in the update, but if Bookmarks are going to be synced with MobileMe (name of service again) instead of .Mac, Apple might have to change something in Safari.
So we'll see.  If the MobileMe roll out is on July 11th with the rest of the Apple News, that'd be great.…

Infected tomatoes? What infection?

Infected tomatoes? What infection?

Caption Contest

Whomever makes the best caption wins.  I don't know what you win, probably a pat on the back.  But this picture is begging for a caption.  Please leave them in the comments section.
Oh yeah, Bill Gates retired, may he enjoy his 'retirement'.  You did good things Bill, now is the chance to take all that money and do BETTER things.

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Caption Contest

Whomever makes the best caption wins.  I don't know what you win, probably a pat on the back.  But this picture is begging for a caption.  Please leave them in the comments section.
Oh yeah, Bill Gates retired, may he enjoy his 'retirement'.  You did good things Bill, now is the chance to take all that money and do BETTER things.

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Me.com is up?

I received a report of me.com email addresses working, so I decided to give my account a try (I'm a .mac user).
Turns out it works.  So if your username is username@mac.com, try sending yourself an email at username@me.com.
Cool.
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Me.com is up?

I received a report of me.com email addresses working, so I decided to give my account a try (I'm a .mac user).
Turns out it works.  So if your username is username@mac.com, try sending yourself an email at username@me.com.
Cool.
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I ditched Mail Tags

I recently wrote a post on GTD with Mail.app and iCal and everything like that, and I mentioned that I use Mail Tags.
Well, I uninstalled it.  I noticed that it really didn't provide me any value added that I couldn't do with some Smart Folders.  So now I have two more Smart folders and no more Mail Tags.  I still keep all my email (except for listserv email) in one mailbox named Read.  
Basically instead of the traditional way of using email by putting it all into separate folders, I put everything into one folder and search it by using Smart Folders.
I created two more search folders to make stuff a bit easier, one called "Today" and one called "Yesterday" so I can look for email by day.

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Blog Comments

I changed how commenting works on the blog.  Comments are no longer moderated, but you must have an account.  (No Anonymous posting anymore)  However, I do allow OpenID postings, so you don't have to have a Google or Blogger account.
I originally turned on comment moderation because of the types of postings I was getting, now I changed it to not allow anonymous commenting because lots of people were trying to plug their own website or product by posting comments about articles on the blog.  
I'm half and half about this kind of thing, so instead of rejecting their comments, I'll just require them to have an ID.
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I ditched Mail Tags

I recently wrote a post on GTD with Mail.app and iCal and everything like that, and I mentioned that I use Mail Tags.
Well, I uninstalled it.  I noticed that it really didn't provide me any value added that I couldn't do with some Smart Folders.  So now I have two more Smart folders and no more Mail Tags.  I still keep all my email (except for listserv email) in one mailbox named Read.  
Basically instead of the traditional way of using email by putting it all into separate folders, I put everything into one folder and search it by using Smart Folders.
I created two more search folders to make stuff a bit easier, one called "Today" and one called "Yesterday" so I can look for email by day.

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Blog Comments

I changed how commenting works on the blog.  Comments are no longer moderated, but you must have an account.  (No Anonymous posting anymore)  However, I do allow OpenID postings, so you don't have to have a Google or Blogger account.
I originally turned on comment moderation because of the types of postings I was getting, now I changed it to not allow anonymous commenting because lots of people were trying to plug their own website or product by posting comments about articles on the blog.  
I'm half and half about this kind of thing, so instead of rejecting their comments, I'll just require them to have an ID.
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Review: Dropbox

For those of you that haven't heard of DropBox, it's essentially a synced drive that is stored on DropBox's servers (in the cloud).  Any file you put here is automatically synced to all the computers that you have the Dropbox software installed on.  Sort of like push email, but for whole files.
Signup was easy (I was given a beta code number), and took about 3 minutes from signup to download of the software, to installation, to the syncing of my first file.  Files are instantly synced and are very easy to tell the status of the sync by looking at the icon on the top of the screen (on my mac) as you can see in the below example.  A small unobtrusive icon that has the two arrows syncing when a file is being transferred.
Once all your files are sync'ed and the status is good, the icon will look like this:
So it's very simple to be able to see the status of your sync at any time.  How easy is it to drop files and get them uploaded?
See the DropBox folder the software insta…

Review: Dropbox

For those of you that haven't heard of DropBox, it's essentially a synced drive that is stored on DropBox's servers (in the cloud).  Any file you put here is automatically synced to all the computers that you have the Dropbox software installed on.  Sort of like push email, but for whole files.
Signup was easy (I was given a beta code number), and took about 3 minutes from signup to download of the software, to installation, to the syncing of my first file.  Files are instantly synced and are very easy to tell the status of the sync by looking at the icon on the top of the screen (on my mac) as you can see in the below example.  A small unobtrusive icon that has the two arrows syncing when a file is being transferred.
Once all your files are sync'ed and the status is good, the icon will look like this:
So it's very simple to be able to see the status of your sync at any time.  How easy is it to drop files and get them uploaded?
See the DropBox folder the software insta…

My Theory: Apple is making a huge push for Enterprise

I've said it before a couple times, and especially recently in the SC Magazine Podcast and the ISC Podcast that I did last night, I believe Apple is making a big push for the Enterprise.  I also believe that Microsoft's focus is changing.  I can't really explain what I mean by that yet, but I definitely think they are taking the emphasis off of the fact that they are a desktop operating system for everyone.  Anyway, back to Apple.
Let's look at a few examples.   1)  iPhone / Exchange compatibility -- Apple is finally going to have the ability to natively communicate with Microsoft Exchange on the iPhone.  This alleviates the need, like RIM, to have a separate server on your network that you have to maintain in order to have email functionality on your phone.  Plus, and the less noticed thing is, this is really the first big time, and certainly the big time that a major competitor to Microsoft has had native functionality with Exchange.   I think Microsoft is going to con…

My Theory: Apple is making a huge push for Enterprise

I've said it before a couple times, and especially recently in the SC Magazine Podcast and the ISC Podcast that I did last night, I believe Apple is making a big push for the Enterprise.  I also believe that Microsoft's focus is changing.  I can't really explain what I mean by that yet, but I definitely think they are taking the emphasis off of the fact that they are a desktop operating system for everyone.  Anyway, back to Apple.
Let's look at a few examples.   1)  iPhone / Exchange compatibility -- Apple is finally going to have the ability to natively communicate with Microsoft Exchange on the iPhone.  This alleviates the need, like RIM, to have a separate server on your network that you have to maintain in order to have email functionality on your phone.  Plus, and the less noticed thing is, this is really the first big time, and certainly the big time that a major competitor to Microsoft has had native functionality with Exchange.   I think Microsoft is going to con…

Podcast Episode Seven has been posted

The publishment (like that word don't you) of Podcast Episode Seven of the Internet Storm Center Podcast.

I'd like to thank all the viewers that were live on the show while broadcasting, it was great having you, maybe next time we'll be able to get more?  We had about 20 I believe (I didn't count) at one point.  It would be great if we could increase this count, as I'd like to do a live Q&A via the listeners.  (Couple new segments I'm working on)

We had Paul Asadoorian of PaulDotCom Security Weekly as a guest, and it's probably our best podcast yet!

Go grab it through iTunes, and for those of you that are not listeners of PaulDotCom, please subscribe to that one too!

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Podcast Episode Seven has been posted

The publishment (like that word don't you) of Podcast Episode Seven of the Internet Storm Center Podcast.

I'd like to thank all the viewers that were live on the show while broadcasting, it was great having you, maybe next time we'll be able to get more?  We had about 20 I believe (I didn't count) at one point.  It would be great if we could increase this count, as I'd like to do a live Q&A via the listeners.  (Couple new segments I'm working on)

We had Paul Asadoorian of PaulDotCom Security Weekly as a guest, and it's probably our best podcast yet!

Go grab it through iTunes, and for those of you that are not listeners of PaulDotCom, please subscribe to that one too!

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Podcast Episode Seven Record Notice

Hey all, just to let you all know Johannes, Paul Asadoorian, (Of PaulDotCom Security Weekly fame) and I will be recording the Internet Storm Center Podcast (Episode 7) tonight at 7:30 pm EDT. 

I'll be broadcasting it live on Stickam (Ustream seems to be having issues today):
http://www.stickam.com/joelesler

See you there if you can make it!

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Podcast Episode Seven Record Notice

Hey all, just to let you all know Johannes, Paul Asadoorian, (Of PaulDotCom Security Weekly fame) and I will be recording the Internet Storm Center Podcast (Episode 7) tonight at 7:30 pm EDT. 

I'll be broadcasting it live on Stickam (Ustream seems to be having issues today):
http://www.stickam.com/joelesler

See you there if you can make it!

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SC Magazine Podcast

I did a 15 minute Podcast with Dan Kaplan, Senior Reporter for SC Magazine today.  Here's the link to the Podcast.
Description: "Mac expert Joel Esler discusses a number of security issues that affected Apple last week, including a fix for the Safari for Windows "carpet bomb" vulnerability, in addition to a new Mac OS X priviledge flaw that gave rise to a rare but in-the-wild trojan."
Thanks Dan! http://podcasts.scmagazine.com/show/2_2008-06-23T15_36_25-07_00

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SC Magazine Podcast

I did a 15 minute Podcast with Dan Kaplan, Senior Reporter for SC Magazine today.  Here's the link to the Podcast.
Description: "Mac expert Joel Esler discusses a number of security issues that affected Apple last week, including a fix for the Safari for Windows "carpet bomb" vulnerability, in addition to a new Mac OS X priviledge flaw that gave rise to a rare but in-the-wild trojan."
Thanks Dan! http://podcasts.scmagazine.com/show/2_2008-06-23T15_36_25-07_00

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My adventures with Microsoft Vista

Where I am currently working, I am being forced to not only use a Thick Client, but also using Microsoft Vista with Office 2007.  So, when I left Friday I was using XP, and Office 2003.  So you can imagine my transition.  I've never used Vista before, so I'll be posting a few experiences. 
That all being said.  I want to at least give Vista a fair assessment.  So I am going to try and be unbiased.
Oh, and Outlook already crashed (2 minutes into using the thing).
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George Carlin died

For those of you that have not heard, George Carlin died this past weekend.  So passes a genius.
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What's wrong with this picture?

My adventures with Microsoft Vista

Where I am currently working, I am being forced to not only use a Thick Client, but also using Microsoft Vista with Office 2007.  So, when I left Friday I was using XP, and Office 2003.  So you can imagine my transition.  I've never used Vista before, so I'll be posting a few experiences. 
That all being said.  I want to at least give Vista a fair assessment.  So I am going to try and be unbiased.
Oh, and Outlook already crashed (2 minutes into using the thing).
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George Carlin died

For those of you that have not heard, George Carlin died this past weekend.  So passes a genius.
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Classic

I don't know who did it, but this is funny, knowing that I watch my logs, someone typed this in as a search string into Google and then came to my site with this as the referring string:
"joel esler reads his logs too much"
Sorry, just thought that was good.
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Classic

I don't know who did it, but this is funny, knowing that I watch my logs, someone typed this in as a search string into Google and then came to my site with this as the referring string:
"joel esler reads his logs too much"
Sorry, just thought that was good.
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SC Magazine Interview #2

I actually did two interviews with Dan Kaplan today.  Here is the article as a result of the second interview.  (It was one long conversation, two separate topics.)  Also looks like I am going to record a podcast on Monday with SCMagazine about various vulnerabilities.  More on that after it happens.
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SC Magazine Interview #2

I actually did two interviews with Dan Kaplan today.  Here is the article as a result of the second interview.  (It was one long conversation, two separate topics.)  Also looks like I am going to record a podcast on Monday with SCMagazine about various vulnerabilities.  More on that after it happens.
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Article in SCMagazine

Did a short interview with SCMagaineUS.com this morning with Dan Kaplan.  Article is here.
Thanks Dan!
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GTD in Leopard, with Mail.app and iCal, redux, again

Okay, so, again, I've redone (refined) how I GTD with Mail.app, I've added the Inbox Zero method of Email processing from Merlin Mann.  Check out 43folders.com for more info.
The above picture is my inbox.  I've obviously removed a couple things from sight ;).  I have two add on apps for Mail.app, one is MailTags, and the other is Mail Act-On.  When email comes into the inbox, I use the thought process of "what do I need to do here", if I need to respond and it won't take but like a second, I'll just respond right then.  If I need to plan my response, or need to look something up in order to respond, i'll flag it.  Now, you can flag with the flag button in Mail, but I have a Mail Act-On rule to flag it.  Check it out.  If I need to do something with the email, or something in the email, I'll create a to-do with the built in to-do system of OSX.  I highlight what I want to "to-do" and I'll hit the "create to-do" button.  Then…