June 2006 Archives

Fri Jun 23 12:29:10 CEST 2006

How hot is your computer?

Looks like people have (many different) problems. What else could be the reason to start website named Intel Mac Temperature Database or use comments like "It seems getting a good MB Pro is pot luck."?

I'm now thinking about exchanging my current machine (DELL Latitude X200) with new one and MacBook Pro was a candidate. For my OpenOffice.org related Mac work, I thought I'd buy Mac portable to be able to work on the port even when not at home where I do have Mini. But Apple and co. make this decision difficult: CPU noise, display noise, very hot surface, only large display Pro machines, no docking station, bad services in our country etc. :-(

Unfortunately other manufacturers have also their problems (e.g. red stick in the center of the keyboard instead of touchpad or "dual color" instead of "Dual Core" notebooks etc.). Who gets it right first?

Looks like I have to wait a bit (does Apple plan to release 13 inch aluminium Pro machine, solve the service level issues here in CZ or will DELL release decent design notebook with good performance earlier? ;-) or re-think the method I use computers (Mac Mini is "portable" enough anyway ;-).

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: Mac OS X

Wed Jun 14 22:47:41 CEST 2006

CarbonMiniApp: menu bar and commands

I have (yet) again extended my sample Mac OS X/Carbon application. I added a menu bar to it.

You can download source code and also the final diskimage.

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: OpenOffice.org, Mac OS X

Mon Jun 5 10:05:43 CEST 2006

Virus story: what went wrong?

"Virus" case was the source of lost time of many people who spent time on providing PR messages, opinions on them etc. LOST time. But what went wrong? What was the primary mistake?

My opinion: the blogger from Kaspersky simply should have contacted OpenOffice.org security team first, not only because it is "standard way" to report security issues to vendors but it could also prevent everyone from this faux pas ;-)

So, please: next time, instead of making you look like an idiot, please do everything "the standard way".

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: OpenOffice.org

Fri Jun 2 08:31:26 CEST 2006

KasperskI reported virus in every GNU/Linux distribution!

Today, KasperskI Labs reported that every GNU/Linux distribution contains virus able to raise the privilege level of regular users to super user.

The virus has suspect name su.

The scenario of its work is very easy: user who wants to raise its privileges just runs this program and enters root's password. KasperskI's analyst told that it is only a proof-of-concept of attacking Linux distributions and more such attacks will come. And in fact, his words are confirmed today, because gtksu and kdesu were also confirmed as vulnerable!

It is very easy to get rid of it, just remove it from your system.

Posted by Pavel | Permanent link | File under: OpenOffice.org, Jokes