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  • John Cartwright 6:55 PM on October 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: apple, , , SteveJobs, Wozniak   

    Steve Jobs passes away. 

    The leader of the Apple corporation, Steve Jobs has passed away, leaving a huge legacy. The company he co-founded with his 26 year old friend Steve Wozniak in his family garage has grown to become a world famous corporation with many incredible products such as the Apple Ipod, Itunes and the famous Ipad. His computers were always very easy to use and designed with a very stylish look; something that the competition did not have except maybe the Silicon Graphics UNIX machines of old. And Alienware, but they do not have the sleek look and lovely white casings of Apple Macintosh computers that have always been very popular due to their ease of use and the fact they are simple to set up. Steve Jobs will be greatly missed and I hope that someone else can take up the reins and run the company in his absence and do his legacy justice. There has been a lot of negative trolling directed at Steven Jobs, but this is not helping anyone and is best kept to yourself. It does not belong in the public arena. He came from humble beginnings and built up a very successful company. The reign of Steve Jobs brought us the greatest innovations in computing history, especially the Ipad that introduced Star Trek styled tablet computing that has become one of the most popular gadgets released by Apple. Apple corporation hit a second quarter profit of US$ 7.31 billion dollars in July of 2011 on revenue of US$28.57 billion.

    Steven Jobs started Apple corporation with Steve Wozniak in 1977, starting up the company with US$1,300.00 from the sale of an old beat-up Volkswagen van and a programmable calculator to finance the first prototype. In that year, Apple’s revenues topped US$184,000,000 and when it was floated on the stockmarket, in December of 1977, the company became one of the most successful stock offerings Wall Street had ever seen. A very good investment for US$1,300.00. The Apple II computer retailed for US$1,435.00 and was a very popular machine using a mouse and a good quality screen allowing users to edit graphics and type documents like never before. Even though the 1981 Xerox Star computer system was the first to introduce the concept of a mouse and keyboard controls, the Apple Macintosh computer had an enormous mass market appeal. In the Spring of 1981, Apple Corporation shipped their one hundred and fifty thousandth personal computer, which is impressive for a company founded in 1977. In 1977, Apple had amassed sales of US$3,000,000, which by 1980 had rocketed to US$160,000,000. The initial financing for the fledgling company came from Markkula and a group of venture capitalists that included Venrock Associates, Arthur Rock & Associates and Capital Management Corporation. Apple also managed to obtain a line of credit from the Bank of America. Subsequent retained earnings by the company have provided most of the financing required for the growth of the company.

    The company grew to about 800 employees in 1980, who occupied 560,000 square feet of floor space both in the US and in Europe. Apple corporation has grown significantly since then with the Iconic Apple stores in just about every town and city. The Iphone seems to be dominating the mobile telephone market. R.I.P Steve Jobs, you will be missed. The world has lost a great pioneer of computing that revolutionized the world of Information Technology.

    I have recently had to copy a Fedora DVD to my hard drive to make a copy on a blank DVD as the disc was reporting errors. I used this command to copy the disc to my computer as a ISO image.

    [email protected]:~$ dd if=/dev/cdrom bs=1 of=Fedora15.iso

    This took a very long time even with a 22x drive, but this was successful. Now I can burn this to a clean disc and install Fedora 15 to try out the Gnome Shell desktop. The dd command can be used to copy any DVD to the hard disk and if it is a Video DVD you can play the ISO image, or you can burn it to another disk and make a 1:1 copy of your DVD collection.

    And this is also a very useful command, I wanted to unmount a mounted NTFS volume, but the system said it was busy, so I used this command to see which user was accessing the drive.

    [email protected]:/home/john# fuser -u /media/Elements/
    /media/Elements/:    32041c(john) 32082c(john)
     
  • John Cartwright 6:42 PM on September 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: apple, , , , syncing,   

    Syncing your Apple Ipad with a GNU/Linux machine. 

    I have uploaded a couple of very useful PDF files, Syncing your Apple Ipad with Linux and a Sysadmin permissions Ebook.

    http://securitron.securitronlinux.com/lc/Sync%20your%20iPad%20with%20Linux.pdf.

    http://securitron.securitronlinux.com/lc/112_sysadmin_permissions.pdf.

     
  • John Cartwright 9:30 PM on August 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: apple, jobs, , NeXT, ,   

    Steve Jobs leaving quite a legacy. 

    After co-founding Apple computers corporation in 1976, Steve Jobs he helped create the whole personal computer revolution and enable homes and schools to have simple and easy to use computers that revolutionized the world of education and home businesses. In the year of 1984, he once again revolutionized the world of personal computers with the development of the Macintosh computer that was the second computer to use a mouse and a Graphical User Interface, the first was the Xerox Star system in 1981, that featured a monochrome screen and a mouse and icons on the desktop.

    The rise of Microsoft with their Disk Operating System and then Windows 1.0 was a worthy contender, but judging by the rabid fanboyism displayed by Apple users, the Apple hardware will not be going away anytime soon. After leaving Apple corporation in 1985, Steve Jobs ran a computer company named NeXT, the NeXTSTEP operating system was the seed that became MacOS X and NeXT also founded evolved into the iOS operating system that is present on Apple corporations mobile devices, such as the famous Apple Iphone. Steve Jobs ended up purchasing a small animation company named Pixar that went on to be a very famous animation company and making breathtaking quality computer animation. Pixar was sold to Disney corporation for US$7.4 billion.

    Movies these days would not be the same without the incredible detail they can generate these days and Pixar are at the forefront of computer graphics. Weta, who famously worked on the Lord of the Rings films are also a premier company, but they are more special effects rather than wholly computer animated movies. When he returned to Apple in 1997 the company was in a slump with a mediocre product line and reputedly only months from bankruptcy. Fourteen years after this major event, Apple corporation is an extremely profitable company, the major contender and trend setter that are designing extremely stylish computers and deploying the extremely successful Itunes music service for the Ipod music player. Allowing anyone to purchase music and have the track or album on their music player as fast as their Internet connection will allow.

    This is the legacy he leaves, having re-built the struggling Apple corporation into the gigantic revolutionary monster it is today. The latest device, the Ipad and the Ipad2 is currently selling like hotcakes and there are rumors that Apple are intending to re-invent the television, this could take the form of a television connected to the Internet that can download movies and television shows from the Itunes store, but we will have to wait and see what happens with that.

     
  • John Cartwright 10:55 AM on May 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: apple, , , vulnerable   

    Macintosh Malware is a reality now. 

    In the coming days, Apple will deliver a Mac OS X software update that will automatically find and remove Mac Defender malware and its known variants. The update will also help protect users by providing an explicit warning if they download this Malware.

    So the Apple OS is vulnerable to malware after all. They thought their ivory tower was impregnable due to the UNIX based operating system that Apple machines run, but it seems that was not the case after all. This is only the beginning of the malware that might target Apple Macintosh systems in the future if something is not done very soon to fix this horrible mess that will cause many problems with all Apple Macintosh OS X users. You would expect a UNIX based operating system that is based on a very secure codebase would be very secure, but that depends on who the developers and maintainers are does it not? Apple need to get a clue and work out how to best protect their users from dangerous malware and do this very soon before the king tide of keyloggers and other malicious software ends up on the computers of Apple Macintosh computers, which are rather good computers actually, but are not as secure as the fans believe and need to be protected from viruses and malware just like Windows computers do, they are famously vulnerable to viruses and many, many other threats. Linux and UNIX distributions like OpenBSD are very secure as long as you keep maintaining your system and keep up to date with your software patches and updates.

    The Mac Defender software is actually a malware program that can be automatically downloaded to your Macintosh machine and then execute to install the malware program on your computer that will attempt to steal your credit card details. The OS X versions affected are: Mac OS X 10.4, Mac OS X 10.6 & Mac OS X 10.5.  The future of Mac OS X looks like the same one as Windows, where the users have to install something like Nortons Antivirus suite or Symantec. Linux has plenty of security issues with various packages, but they once the problem is identified, it is dealt with very quickly and a security patch pushed into the standard update cycle quite soon after the exploit was discovered. This is the strength of Linux over the proprietary operating systems like Apple Macintosh operating systems and Windows. Sure Microsoft Security Essentials is actually a very good anti-virus suite but it is not perfect, you just need to use a more secure browser than IE. That reminds me that possibly installing Firefox instead of Safari would help with this whole situation, as  far as I know, Firefox will not automatically download files, they are saved in ~/Downloads and then you can do whatever you want with the file. You can disable automatic file downloads by following this simple tip [http://answers.yahoo.com]. Then this malware should not affect you at all, unless they can trick the Firefox web browser into doing the same thing as Safari, but that is unlikely. It seems they will be busy pushing out quite a lot of updates to fix this, but that will take a lot of patches and would be a huge job considering the amount of users which makes the Macintosh platform a huge target in the first place.

     
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