The filesystem in OS X is relatively clean by default when viewed through the Finder. The only folders you see are the system folder, applications folder, user home directories, and a few others that might be useful when configuring the system for your needs. In reality there are a number of hidden files and folders that help govern the behavior of OS X, and occasionally when configuring software packages you have to interact with these items.
The drama surrounding the departure of Acer's CEO is ratcheting up, as both Gianfranco Lanci and his former board of directors have taken their dispute public.
Following an interview the ousted executive Lanci gave AllThingsD on Monday, in which he pointed to Acer's fear of "de-Taiwanization" of the company, the company released a statement denying his assertion. It also went further, blaming Lanci for being unable to execute on a mobile strategy.
Acer today said that despite Lanci's claim that the company feared hiring for software and hardware development outside Taiwan, the globalization of its … Read more
Linex Technologies has filed suit against the makers of several technology companies, accusing them of violating patents it owns on wireless communications.
Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Aruba Networks, Meru Networks, and Ruckus Wireless are listed in the complaint filed with the International Trade Commission on May 6. Linex has asked the commission to ban the import of offending products. Among the products listed are HP's Pavilion and Envy laptops, Apple's MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Airport Extreme, and Time Capsule.
Linex, a Florida company that licenses wireless technologies, also filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the … Read more
One of the convenient features in early versions of Windows (yes, Windows) was the ability to easily create an MS-DOS boot disk out of any floppy disk, which could then be used to troubleshoot certain problems with the system. Given how difficult it was to load and reload operating systems, this type of feature came in rather handy, but while current operating systems can be loaded and configured much easier, having an alterate boot source is just as important (if not more so) to have around.
In OS X creating an alternate boot device can easily be done, with no … Read more
In a recorded message directed atNetwork users outraged by the cyberattack that has kept it offline for three weeks, the hacker group Anonymous again denied orchestrating the attack.
The audio statement was posted online today at Anonops.blogspot.com, and for the first time allows for the possibility that individual Anonymous participants may have acted apart from the group as a whole.
"While it could be the case that other Anons have acted by themselves, AnonOps was not related to this incident and does not take responsibility for whatever has happened," the message says.
While Anonymous … Read more
There are a couple of reasons--besides replacing a broken drive--why you might consider swapping out your Mac's hard drive. One is to increase your available storage capacity, and another is to better the performance of your drive. While most Macs ship with 500GB to 1TB drives that should be adequate for most home purposes, you can now get up to 3TB of data on a single drive, and the standard 7,200rpm mechanical drive crawls in comparison to the performance of some SSD drives these days.
Generally if you are just looking to increase the storage capacity of your … Read more
iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users can now access Amazon's new Cloud Player on their mobile gadgets, bypassing the initial lack of support for Apple iDevices. It doesn't work flawlessly, but if you follow the instructions detailed below, you'll be streaming cloud music to your iPhone in no time.
Unveiled late March, Amazon's cloud-based music player lets you play music purchased and downloaded from Amazon or uploaded from your own local music collection, providing a way to retrieve your various music libraries online.
For the first time since Gianfranco Lanci resigned from Acer, he is talking about the rift over strategy between him and his former board of directors that led to his ouster.
Lanci sat for an interview with AllThingsD published today that revealed disagreements over how to approach the mobile space and globalization.
When Lanci abruptly resigned more than a month ago, Acer Chairman JT Wang said in explanation that, "The personal computer remains the core of our business. We have built up a strong foundation and will continue to expand within, especially in the commercial PC segment. In addition, … Read more
A group of hackers that planned an attack against Sony's servers this weekend was unable to execute its plan.
CNET has learned that our publication of the group's plan may have caused Sony to secure the remaining servers this group claims it had access to, shutting off any avenues for another attack.
Wrote one of the members in the Internet Relay Chat channel the group uses, "Apparently Sony saw that article because the last server that I could access is offline now...its probbaly (sic) being patched like the other servers. There goes our window."
On … Read more
A group of hackers says it is planning another wave of cyberattacks against Sony in retaliation for its handling of the PlayStation Network breach.
An observer of the Internet Relay Chat channel used by the hackers told CNET today that a third major attack is planned this weekend against Sony's Web site. The people involved plan to publicize all or some of the information they are able to copy from Sony's servers, which could include customer names, credit card numbers, and addresses, according to the source. The hackers claim they currently have access to some of Sony's … Read more