Force Dropbox on Mac OS X to Respect Your Disk Space

Dropbox is one of those tools without which it’s probably no longer possible for me to live. It just syncs files between my computers, and it makes those same files accessible through any Web browser. It’s not like my love for it is . The Problem But it so happens that over the last year or so, I’ve increasingly run into a pretty major issue: Dropbox on my MacBook Pro will happily fill its .dropbox.cache folder with gigabytes upon gigabytes of files, sometimes filling 50+GB of disk space before finally the system chokes up and apps start crashing because, as…

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Silverlight vs. Flash Battle to Heat Up Next Year

It’s been a while since I last blogged about . So long, I had to search for the post in my blog dashboard (it’s no longer on the first page of results for the tag “Microsoft”). But the news media is covering it again, this time as part of New Year’s stuff (predictions for 2008, duh). PC World’s article from a couple hours ago suggests, using mostly quotes and its tagline, that the battle between Adobe and Microsoft will get hotter next year, as Silverlight battles Flash, Flex, and AIR for supremacy in the rich Internet application (RIA) arena. Microsoft’s…

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Apple Discontinuing Boot Camp

If you use Apple Mac OS X Tiger (10.4) with or without Boot Camp, be warned. Apple will be discontinuing support, updates, and new downloads of the dual-boot software on December 31. The installation software will no longer function, though existing users will continue to be able to use their Windows partitions. Apple made the announcement yesterday, saying that they “hope you’ve enjoyed the opportunity to preview an exciting new feature of Mac OS X Leopard.” The announcement comes as an apparent marketing move to push users to the OS X 10.5 upgrade, which offers built-in Boot Camp. I call…

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Leopard Mail Another Security Risk

A Mail bug patched in Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) has been rediscovered in Leopard’s Mail program. The bug allows malicious code to be executed when opening certain types of email attachments, and was thought to be fixed until now. The problem arises from improper handling of additional file-handling instructions included with file types such as JPEG. Malicious code can be inserted into the information slot, and will be executed when the file is opened. Fortunately, not all file types are affected, and the researchers at Heise Security had difficulties consistently reproducing the problem. Does this mean the end of…

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Apple’s OS X Leopard Wi-Fi Problems

Some users who upgraded their Mac OS X Tiger to Leopard (including users of all three upgrade options [upgrade, archive and install, wipe and install]) are reporting that their Wi-Fi connections degrade through use. One example given details the following chain of events: the connection starts at speed 54, then it falls through 11, 3, 1, and finally it drops out. Other users have suggested things ranging from installing a post-Leopard update that fixes some unidentified issues relating to IEEE 802.11 networks, deleting a configuration file, and toggling IPv6 support. It is interesting that Apple’s latest operating system upgrade has…

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Apple’s Spotted Firewall: Tsk Tsk

Apple has been selling the new Leopard OS X upgrade on its improved security, but it’s not as secure as you might think. By default, the firewall is set to off, the opposite of Windows Vista. (Why don’t people talk about XP anymore?) Even with the firewall enabled, incoming connections targeted at certain system services can still succeed; researchers were able to access the NetBIOS Naming Service over a LAN with full blocking enabled. Not the most ideal setup. UDP can’t even be turned off from within the OS controls. Apple also doesn’t include the latest versions of bundled open-source…

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Leopard: 2,000,000 Copies Served

Just in the time since October 26, when Apple’s Leopard OS X upgrade was released, over two million (yes, 2,000,000) copies have been sold, according to Apple. This number would put Tiger, the previous version, in second place when it comes to first-weekend sales. Steve Jobs says that the new upgrade is getting good reviews, and the innovative features are making more people than ever think about switching to the Mac. Personally, I’m not too much of a Mac fan — I find them pricey, and the interface is a little weird to me, a Windows user — but the…

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Firefox 3 Visual Refresh

Apparently the Mozilla developers working on the next major Firefox release, version 3, are planning big integration changes. Operating system-wise, that is. Firefox will have Windows XP, Vista, and Mac OS X themes, each carefully matched to the existing native applications and interface style. Alex Faaborg, part of Mozilla’s user experience design team, has more details on his blog. I won’t get into too many details. However, I do hope the new ‘Fox will support switching between OS themes if the user wants. I might like to try out a Mac or Linux theme on my XP computer.

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