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MAC OS X 10.6.6 Not to Provide support for Windows XP and Vista

Windows Vista and Windows XP support has been apparently dropped from the Mac Operating System X 10.6.6’s Boot Camp.  This has been deduced from the news on the official website of Mac, MacNN, where it says that the company is trying to assign a the Windows 7 OS abandoning the Operating Systems Windows Vista which was launched in the year 2007 and Windows XP which was discharged in the early years of the millennium. With this news a conclusion was drawn that the support for Windows Vista and XP deserted. It is also essential that the user using Boot Camp must download a program which supports Windows that is privately designed for Mac systems.

The 3.2 version of the Boot Camp, which was booted out in the month of November, last year supported Windows Vista and XP along with the Window’s 32 and 64 bit versions. As it is well known, the MacBook tablet Air, supports the Windows 7 Operating System. Except for this there is no other discussion at the apple website, regarding the forsaking of the Windows Vista or Windows XP. Many updates were brought in by the OS X of Mac early last year, most importantly the App Store. The official website of Mac, MacNN, published a news that few light changes were done to the Boot Camp by Apple Inc. Boot Camp is a service program which helps the users of the Mac Computers to install various Operating systems into their computers.

One can notice that the older versions of Windows like Vista and XP are not supported by the Boot Camp, by seeing the screenshots of installation wizard while launching the Boot Camp on the older desktop Operating Systems of Microsoft. This is the reason why the users are asked to check the windows support before installing the Boot Camp instead of using OS X installing disk. As already said, Boot Camp requires specially designed software program for any Mac and it has to be downloaded. This software program consists of various drivers for elements like track pads, web cams, key boards etc. these instructions are given by Apple in the Assistant Instructions of Boot Camp. It is always advisable to install the latest version to avail all the best services provided by Apple. Apple precisely tells that the Boot Camp supporting windows software should not be installed from the OS X installing disc of Mac or any other Mac computers.

Though no specific reason was given by Apple for such instruction, it is a appearing reasonable to follow the instruction to avoid any unneeded fuss or hassles with possible complaints of users who uses software which is not updated to latest drivers. All these circumstances are providing a strong assertion regarding the forsaking of the Window Operating Systems like Windows Vista or Windows XP in the Mac OS X 10.6.6 in Boot Camp. Hence users who are installing the latest version of Boot camp must have a latest version of Windows Operating System

Mozilla Unleashes its First Beta Firefox 4

Firefox 4 beta (revision 1) based on the Gecko 2.0 Web platform is available for trail from Mozilla website and is ready for Windows, OS X and Linux.  The version released to public on 7th July, 2010 boasts some amazing first time features and enhanced crash protection.

Cosmetic

The overall look of the browser is mainly improved cosmetically by having the Tabs point upward from the previously downward hanging effect of Firefox 3.6 version and earlier.  This effect is currently set as default and is in use only for Windows platform, while OS X and Linux will be have to wait either until the final version is released or until modifications are made to support this change.

The other changes are made to the bookmark option, which is no longer a toolbar but a button, again set automatically as default and can changed to alter according to personal use. Rather than having two separate buttons for refresh and stop, the new browser now combines both into one. The stop button transforms to refresh, as soon the page is fully loaded.  Also the Menu bar for Windows Vista and Windows 7 has been replaced with the Firefox button.

Technical

There is a new Add-on manager, although not all current add-ons have been fully tested. Users can download the Add-on Compatibility Reporter to test Add-on’s and themes from previous versions of FireFox.  Full WebGL support and a test Direct2 rendering backend (for Windows platform only) is included, but both has to be enabled manually.

For the first time out-of-process plugins (OOPP) is been supported for MAC OS X. The browser supports HTML5 parser and form models for video control playback by incorporating Google’s video codec –WebM.

Web Developers

For low complexity, low latency and Bidirectional communication API, Websockets are used. The URL field can be used without actually reloading the page using HTML History API’s. The UI will be changed or modified before the final release.  Also, page rendering is improved with the use of lazy frame construction.

There are already some known issues, which the Firefox team is aware of, like the glitch with bookmark options, which by default without asking the users changes to the button mode and if there are locked profiles, the browser crashes.

The highlight of the version is certainly it’s crash protection feature, effective on  all platforms (Windows, OS X and Linux), ensuring an uninterrupted performance when Flash, Quicktime and Microsoft Silverlight plugins unexpectedly crashes.  But what I like the most is the increased security features like having the browsing history hidden and not letting hackers or blocked websites access those information.

AVG Brings Link Scanner Malware Detector to the Mac

AVG, a company which offers antivirus facility to PC users, is introducing a free link checker for Mac.

AVG Technologies prepares to reveal AVG Link Scanner’s Mac version, a free to download tool which scans website links for possible threats. According to AVG, this Link Scanner application verifies web pages in quick-time, and sends warning message to users if software detects any website which could cause possible problems.

“Every time, you click on any of the links at any given time, you’re processing data on Internet, we scan all of them, searching for malware and phishing efforts,” said J.R. Smith, the CEO of AVG.

The software of AVG doesn’t rely heavily on blacklisted sites which flagged for possible unsafe content. The AVG application makes use of the real-time checking to give alert to users for possibly problematical sites. The company depends a great deal on large user pool with around tens of millions users, according to AVG, to make sure, users are doing surfing for securing Web pages.

Up till now, Mac users lived easy and viruses and malware free life because the malware creators’ main focus was to attack more commonly used platforms. But now, the figures are changed and the Mac included in more commonly used systems, because of development of both Apple’s mobile iOS and OS X. But the genuine threat comes through the development of social networking sites which amplify the risk of web surfers who could become victim to phishing as well as other hateful attacks.

“We aren’t screaming that Macs are susceptible,” said Smith. He also added that like any other platform, the Mac Operating System has its own weaknesses. Smith also continues by adding that, threats caused by attacks through social networking terrorize users despite the consequences of platform. “We’re defending people from themselves in some cases.”

After looking at the increasing importance of abbreviated URLs, Smith said, Savvy Web users generally, capable of looking at any URL and detect possible phishing attempt if any; condensed URLs create it harder to perform. “You can’t spot [the complete URL],” Smith added. “You can’t be the policeman of your own.”

AVG Link Scanner’s free download is specially made for Mac Operating System X 10.5 as well as 10.6. It mainly runs on Apple’s newly released Web browser version 5, Mozilla Firefox‘s 3.x and later version and Safari’s 3.x and later version.

How to Build an External Hard Drive

One of the greatest methods to feed your laptop with additional hard disk capacity, or to backup all of the critical data without storing them on DVDs or CDs is to make your external hard drive. The hard drive will have the ability to connect with any machine with a spare USB port. This technique enables you from transferring large data inter alia computers in a very quick and easy way, also you can consider it a backup form of in the event something ever happens to your computer. The external hard drive works on machines that run OS X, Windows 2000/XP and Linux.
Steps to follow:

If you are convinced with what we previously mentioned, just follow the coming steps to make your own:

• First you must have an internal hard drive, in this article we will refer to it as the HDD. You have to begin with deciding which HDD is your standard physical size. There are three HDD capacities: 1.8 inch, 2.5 inch, and 3.5 inch. Both 1.8 and 2.5 are the ideal sizes for HDD of laptops. The HDDs of laptops could be powered through a USB cable, therefore, No AC adapter demanded.
• In this step you should get a compatible enclosure by fetching a connection way that fits the demands of all machines that might get connected to yours. USB2.0 is a great one. After connection, make simultaneous comparisons of fan noise; also check to if you have a power-switch on the 3.5 inch enclosures because without it, you will have to unplug the adapter to turn off your drive
• Strait up both the HDD and enclosure
• Stick to instructions on how to open the enclosure.
• Make your HDD the Master hard, this operation could be done through the jumper. On your HDD you will find a diagram shows the jumper settings of how to make it operate as master HDD or Slave HDD.
• Connect both the Molex power connector of the enclosure and the ATA/SATA ribbon cable to the HDD.
• Screw your HDD to the enclosure, you will find 4 holes for 4 screws distributed on the HDD sides.
• Make sure that you missed anything to connect and make sure you covered all of the steps.
• Close that enclosure.
• Attach both the USB or FireWire cord and the power-cord to the drive.
• Attach the other terminals of those cords to your machine
• Turn on your machine. Open My Computer, to see the new connected device in the Removable Storage portion
• Format the device by moving your pointer over the device, right click on it and choose, Format
• The format type should be NTFS, if you are operating Linux Format it in ext3 File System. Also you can name that drive with a Volume Label according to your desire… it might be helpful to distinguish it from the others , recommended names like Secondary Backup, External and so forth. When we say Format the drive, we mean the Full format not the Quick one, in order not to leave bad sectors. This might take longer than you are used to.
• Once you are finished, we can say that you do have an external hard drive.
I think it was a very interesting experiment , but we have two warnings in here to keep your self on the right track , the first one is : when remove the drive , use the “Remove Hardware” technique , you can do it by clicking the “Remove Hardware” icon on your task bar , just to be safe when cutting out power and data stream flowing of that drive , if not this might cause it not to work again , or even not in a proper way. The second one is you have to keep the drive in the enclosure to be safe from the static discharge. With this you are very safe and free to extend, congrats.

Even a Genius Will Need Keepass

In a survey blogged by Kevin Haley, a Symantec employee, 263 out of 400 respondents commit their passwords to their memory. This is a whopping 59 percent of the 80 percent who said that they maintained more than six password-protected accounts on the Internet. There are 33 percent who use password management programs.

Any average password user has probably tried their middle name, pet’s name, birth date and any other variations of these as their password. Be warned, the Internet is peppered with security risks and flaws and the security measures that almost every tech-savvy user advises are not just there to scare you. It doesn’t matter if you have an IQ that puts Einstein’s to shame, simply remembering those passwords is not going to make you less prone to a hacker assault.

Keepass 2.10 is a free password management program that lets you securely keep track of your password. Installation of this program will only take an average of 45 seconds, but this is optional. Keepass can run from any directory in your computer and USB. Unlike other programs, this will not leave any trace in the registry. It also offers multi-platform support for Linux, Windows, and Linux, to OS X, iPhone, PalmOS, BlackBerry, Android, and J2ME devices.

Although this is not the best there is at password management, for a free program, it does its job effectively. To start, you have to make a new database (Keepass automatically saves it as a .kdbx file, but you can rename it if you don’t want the extension) and set a composite master key. It offers two ways of creating a master key: one with a keyfile and one without the keyfile. It has its own keyfile maker but you can use almost any file you have. You just have to be sure that your keyfile doesn’t get altered or you won’t have access to your database even if you enter the right password. Using both, password and keyfile, is highly recommended since it heightens the security for your database.

With your own database created, you can categorize your account according to your needs. Though it has the default categories, you can start a new group of your own and add an entry. Entries will have four fields to fill: title, username, password and URL. Keepass has its own password generator and it will automatically generate one for you when you add a new entry. You can choose to generate a new one using your own conditions by clicking the generate password button on the right side of the second password field. It also has a fifth field for comments or notes about the account you are creating.

Organizing your passwords into categories, can take some time but it’s all worth it. It may take you a few minutes or a few hours, but having the assurance that your passwords are secure will make you sleep better at night. It also offers to keep your passwords hidden from curious people hovering over your shoulder. Performing the copy function also copies it to the clipboard for twelve seconds, an assurance that your pass word will not be left for someone else to paste in another site or program. To automatically enter your user name and password to your site you can perform Ctrl + Alt +A. OR you can just drag each item to the fields.

A certified OSI (Open Source Initiative) software, there are lots of plug-ins that other software developers have made available to augment the program’s limitations. A favorite is the KPEntry Templates which enables the user to make templates for filling-out web forms. Added security is also offered by the plug-in Twofish Cipher.

Bottom Line

It’s free and it’s secure. It’s doesn’t hog disk space and can even run on USB. You will now have other things to occupy your mind with, like remembering the details you gave for this or that account. But wait, Keepass covers that, too.

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