Install a Firmware Password Today

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Date: Sunday, January 30th, 2005, 23:04
Category: Software

I know that we’ve mentioned this here before but an easy and free way to protect your PowerBook’s data in the event of it getting lost or stolen is to install a Firmware Password. Every PowerBook user should install one, right now.

The Open Firmware Password application allows you to enable security features in Open Firmware. You can use it to prevent others from starting your computer using a CD or other disk with an operating system on it. You can use Firmware password protection to enhance access security to your computer.
When you set a Firmware password, it prevents others from starting up the computer from a volume other than the one you have chosen as the startup disk (chosen in the Startup Disk preference panel within the System Preferences.) Once security is enabled, you cannot startup from other devices such as an external FireWire disk, a CD-ROM drive, or another partition or disk inside the computer.
For addition information see the KnowledgeBase article.

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Why I May Fire the 'Fox

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Date: Friday, January 28th, 2005, 10:07
Category: Software

FireFox 1.0I’m all about cool new Web browsers that are super fast and have features that aren’t available in Safari (the ability to control cookies on a site by site basis comes to mind) but Firefox has got me hopping mad.
The alt-browser of choice at PowerPage World Headquarters has been Firefox for a while now, but some of its annoying issues have got me ready to run back to Safari.
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An iLife '05 Incompatible with Original iBook

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Date: Friday, January 28th, 2005, 09:43
Category: Software

An Apple Support article mentions that the company’s new iLife ’05 software suite is incompatible with the original iBook because the software now requires a display resolution of at least 1024 x 768 pixels. The original iBooks are Blueberry, Tangerine, or Graphite in color. The iBook (FireWire) computers, which are Indigo, Key Lime, and Graphite in color, are also affected.

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Firefox Speed-up Tip

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Date: Monday, January 24th, 2005, 02:29
Category: Software

FirefoxI posted this Firefox speedup tip on JBLOG awhile back and forgot to post it here. Worth its weight in gold. Read More…

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iLife '05 Not Pre-Installed on Mac mini

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Date: Saturday, January 22nd, 2005, 22:12
Category: Software

New Mac mini users may be in for a slight shock when playing with their new machines: iLife ’04 is installed. Don’t panic though, Apple just didn’t have the release candidate for iLife ’05 complete when the Mac mini went into production. The CD-ROM for iLife ’05 is included in the box, just pop it in and update.

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Dan Frakes' Mac Gems

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Date: Monday, January 17th, 2005, 13:03
Category: Software

Dan Frakes has posted the software titles mentioned is his “Mac Gems” conference session with Ted Landau at last week’s Macworld Expo SF 2005. Definitely a good read…

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No iPhoto Printing or Books for Australia

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Date: Monday, January 17th, 2005, 08:28
Category: iLife, Software

Seems we won’t be getting iPhoto printing and books down under according to a report from an Apple reseller who has spoken with Apple Australia.
Straight from the horses mouth (by way of an authorised reseller contact of ours), it seems that Australia will NOT be getting iPhoto photo and book printing in the near future, despite Steve Jobs saying that Apple was making it available worldwide.
No reason was given for the decision, we’re trying to get more details, but needless to say we sure are disappointed. I guess we are but a tiny percentage of Apple’s market. The sooner we decide to live with that the less we’ll get depressed I suppose.
Discuss: http://forums.ozimac.com.au/viewtopic.php?t=43

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MWSF05: A Look at iWork

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Date: Tuesday, January 11th, 2005, 16:21
Category: Software

iWork '05Apple’s new iWork productivity suite strikes me as a curious beast. Pages and Keynote 2.0 make beautiful documents and presentations yet it seems that Apple recommends you have iLife on your system too. From Apple’s initial marketing pages (oh what a word to choose) it seems that integration is the word of the day – using movies, pictures and pages to make your Keynote presentation fly. Read on…

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Capacity Meter

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Date: Sunday, January 9th, 2005, 08:12
Category: PowerBook, Software

I recently ran into problems with one of the batteries in my 400MHz TiBook. The machine dropped into sleep mode without warning with about 40% remaining charge showing in the menu bar while running on its original 3600 mAh battery, so I downloaded Capacity Meter. This nifty utility reports not only the state of charge, but the working capacity of the battery.

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Complete Your Migration to Firefox

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Date: Friday, January 7th, 2005, 17:43
Category: Any Laptop Computer, Software

FirefoxLooking for a way to complete the migration from Safari? Look no further than Safari Bookmarks Exporter. If you find yourself using Firefox 1.0 and mumbling about bugs or other weirdness, try updating your version. Reinhold Penner’s excellent FireFix automatically updates Firefox to the latest nightly version. No user intervention is required, everything is fully automated.

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