Cook breakfast with your MacBook – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)


Cook breakfast with your MacBook: “Everyone knows that Apple’s Intel powered portable lineup gets hot, but this is insane! An enterprising fellow figured out that it would be possible to actually fry an egg on the bottom of his black MacBook.”

Okay now this is just crazy. What are these people doing on their MacBooks? I’ve had mine since day one and have very little problem with the heating. Then again, the most taxing thing I do with my MacBook is play World of Warcraft, at which point it’s not in my lap. I suppose if you were say… compiling multiple Linux kernels at the same time or some other crazy nonsense you could get the temps up there, but sheesh, who in their right mind would do that?

(Via TUAW.)


Oracle talks smack about Red Hat


Oracle talks smack about Red Hat: “Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has stated that the database company could soon be providing Linux support services to Red Hat customers. During an interview several months ago, Ellison announced plans to enter the Linux distribution business, potentially by acquiring Novell. Citing distribution compatibility concerns, Ellison claimed that Oracle would be better off with its own complete middleware stack rather than trying to support Oracle database and middleware software on a rapidly growing number of Linux distributions. Now it appears Ellison is leaning towards simply appropriating what Red Hat produces and building a support services business on top of it rather than buying up a distributor.”

Oracle Support for RedHat…. hrm…. :runs screaming into the hills:

(Via ARS Technica.)

The Tao of Mac – .Mac’s Missed Opportunities


.Mac’s Missed Opportunities: “Like a good deal of people, I’ve been wondering whether to renew my .Mac subscription for next year. I held on until 10.4.7 to see if iDisk syncing improved, but I’ve come to the conclusion that .Mac’s problems regarding IMAP access and iDisk aren’t just due to Mac OS X bugs – at this point, I squarely blame Apple’s servers.”

Personally I just signed up for .Mac. The integration and ease of blogging with iWeb are what sold me. That and I want to get away from dealing with hosting companies. Many good points are made here though.

(Via The Tao of Mac.)

What are you proud of?


What are you proud of? – Lifehacker: “A few weeks ago it occurred to me that a sense of accomplishment is pretty important but it’s not always obvious where it comes from…I don’t think there’s any single answer for everyone in every situation, but it’s clear that there are a few common sources. And they seem to match the different roles people find themselves in at work.”

(Via Lifehacker.) – Pink Floyd legend Syd Barrett dies – Jul 11, 2006


Pink Floyd legend Syd Barrett dies: ‘Syd Barrett, who founded Pink Floyd but later lived as a recluse, has died at the age of 60, according to a spokeswoman for the band.

A spokeswoman for Pink Floyd told the Press Association: “He died very peacefully a couple of days ago. There will be a private family funeral.”‘

(Via CNN.)

Mac OS X Keybindings.


: “Mac OS X allows for some powerful control over key bindings. The method I
describe below allows you to modify the key binding behavior for every program that
uses the standard Cocoa AppKit text edit objects.”

Ever have one of those days in OS X when you keep swearing because you his ESC-G? Well, I can’t help you there. HOWEVER!!!… I can help those of you that use the Home and End keys….

(Via Llew Mason.)

OS X Terminal Exploit SANS – Internet Storm Center – Cooperative Cyber Threat Monitor And Alert System


SANS – Internet Storm Center – Cooperative Cyber Threat Monitor And Alert System
: “We received notice from Juergen Schmidt, editor-in-chief at, that a serious vulnerability has been found in Apple Safari on OS X. “In its default configuration shell commands are execute[d] simply by visting a web site – no user interaction required.” This could be really bad. Attackers can run shell scripts on your computer remotely just by visiting a malicious website.”

So… the .scp Outlook exploit has come to OS X. Grand. I guess the honeymoon is over.

(Via SANS Internet Storm Center.)