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Apple und die Sicherheit

Es gab Zeiten, da hatte man Apples Mac OS X Betriebsssystem für all diejenigen empfohlen, die sich nicht mit GNU/Linux und der doch nicht ganz trivialen Einrichtung und Wartung befassten wollten, aber trotzdem einen sicheren und leistungsfähigen Unterbau für Ihre alltägliche Arbeit brauchten.

“Hol Dir doch einen Mac, der läuft stabil, ist (verhältnismäßig) sicher vor Malware und unberechtigten Zugriffen, einfach und intuitive zu bedienen und sieht noch dazu schick aus.”

Dann kam High Sierra. Das neueste Betriebssystem aus Cupertino mit dem Versprechen: “Dein Mac. In Höchstform.”

Ganz und gar nicht in Höchstform ist zur Zeit die Entwicklungsabteilung von Apple. Continue reading Apple und die Sicherheit

HowTo: Debian GNU/Linux Stretch as Dual Boot on a MacbookPro11,3

Right in time for the WWDC 2017 and the release of Debian 9 Stretch, a quick guide on how you can enrich your Macintosh with a free operating system.

The challenge

Meanwhile older hardware from Cupertino like my Macbook Pro (Late 2013) is well supported by most GNU/Linux distributions. It is not anymore a thrilling adventure to get its components working like it used to be a few years ago. They just work out of the box.

What I still find quite challenging is to choose for and set up a working boot process. My goal is to be able to easily boot GNU/Linux as well as macOS. So this is mainly what this HowTo is all about.

My recipe includes rEFInd as boot manager, without GRUB and relying on the EFI stub loader that is since kernel version 3.3.0 an integral part of it.
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HowTo: Installing Yosemite into VirtualBox

This post should give a quick overview and some background on how to install Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite in VirtualBox version 4.3.22.

VirtualBox is great because it is probably the only free and open source software based virtualization environment that supports most common platforms (like GNU/Linux, Windows, and Macintosh) and where the virtual machines are portable in case you want to switch the host’s operating system.

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One more thing …

This is normally the phrase when every serious fanboy gets very excited at Apple’s Keynote. What Jonathan Zdziarski – a forensic scientist – recently summarised in his talk “Identifying Back Doors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices” at the Hope X conference is the other one more thing that any Apple addict should be (made) aware of and that probably might cause a quite different sense of excitement. In short his summary reads like this:
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The untold story of planned obsolescence

Did you know that the lifetime of light bulbs once used to last for more than 2500 hours and was reduced – on purpose – to just 1000 hours? Did you know that nylon stockings once used to be that stable that you could even use them as tow rope for cars and its quality was reduced just to make sure that you will soon need a new one? Did you know that you might have a tiny little chip inside your printer that was just placed there so that your device will “break” after a predefined number of printed pages thereby assuring that you buy a new one? Did you know that Apple originally did not intend to offer any battery exchange service for their iPods/iPhones/iPads just to enable you to continuously contribute to the growth of this corporation?

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Lieferschwierigkeiten iPhone 3GS

Kaum hat man sich dazu durchgerungen, sich so ein “cool new fast iPhone 3GS” zuzulegen, gibt es Lieferschwierigkeiten …

Gestern war die Aussage des neuen T-Punktes am ZOB, dass es zwei und mehr Wochen dauern könnte. Pro Woche bekommt diese T-Mobile-Filiale wohl um die 4 iPhones. Zur Zeit gibt es dort etwa 10 Vorbestellungen. Der T-Punkt im Zentrum Münchens (Kaufingerstraße) hat wohl schon über 100 Vorbestellungen. Auf der Homepage von T-Mobile wird von “Lieferzeiten von bis zu vier Wochen” gesprochen, Computerwoche.de berichtet von bis zu sechs Wochen.

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