iOS is not better than Android, so why do people pick on it so bad?

  • First off, If the UI for your phone is slow, you did something. Granted update will do that, and that is where iOS comes in. First versions of iOS 4 and 5 crippled alot of phones until the next update was released
  • Second, If a huge selection of phones seems to much you, you probably don't need a smartphone.
  • Third, Yes, iOS 5 does work on the iPhone 3gs, but with more limited functionality, because Apple wants you to buy that nice new phone with the bigger processor, almost making it look like you need it.
  • Fourth, Don't like the Crapware, Take it off your phone. Don't complain about it, beside the issues with CarrierIQ.
  • Fifth and last, iOS is FAR more vulnerable than Android. Apple has had just as much malware as anyone else, they are just hush hush about it. 
What do you do when you forget your OS X password... Boot up the OS X installation CD, which if you are like me you lost or misplaced (and will find next month some time.) This time the Unix command "passwd" will be used, it is not as neat as the other way I have posted here, but is quicker

Alert... Allarme... Tpebora... :   Be warned this involves Darwin ( OS X's Unix side). That said if you follow these you will be fine.

1. If the Mac is running Restart it

2. Hold down Apple/Command button + S before the chime

3. When you get text prompt enter this command:

"mount -uw /" now press enter

"mount -uw /" mounts the files so we can use the commands

4. Next type this command:

"ls users" 

"ls users" listing all accounts in the Users folder

5. Now this command:

"passwd" followed by the username you would like changed
"passwd" Resets password

6. Enter the new password twice and run ths command:

"shutdown -r now"
"shutdown -r now" Starts a restart right after enter is pushed
7. This will restart your computer, once it loads up you will be able to login to the machine with the new machine
My latest recommendation for SOHO installations. It is fairly secure (for Linux) and runs decently stable.
   Many large companies have jumped on the Linux band-wagon because of the overall cost. Most of these companies underestimate what actually goes into the every day usage of a Unix Based free Operating System. In reality, These operating systems are Lacking in a number of areas. There are very important things that Linux needs in order to truly compete with other modern Operating Systems.

The first big problem is Ease of Usability of the OS. In all Linux Based OSes, at least a fair amount of Command Line in any moderate or advanced usage. Further more, You have to use command line to troubleshoot almost any problem, no matter what the problem is. Other OSes have minimized the need for Command Line usage to the point that it is the option of the user. They include wizard and menus to assist the user in what he or she might be doing. Most Linux Distributions do not take this much time, Thinking the user can figure it out or learn it on his own. This takes away from the companies time and resources, costing the company more money than they saved.

Not only is the OS hard to troubleshoot, so is the software. Generally the software is painfully hard to configure. Usually consisting of finding a configuration file, editing it, and correcting the problem with very little documentation. If it is not edited correctly the incorrect configuration could degrade functionality to the point of not usable. This is a huge risk for server installations that can not be taken down for any circumstances.

The last issue is the security of the entire OS. No operating system is 100% secure. Although, anyone who has hardened a Unix server can tell you it is a chore in itself. All software (including the OS) configurations have to be checked, again with very little documentation to go by. Which again is a major headache and takes up a good bit of resources. The kicker is that new vulnerabilities go unnoticed on a regular basis, that have been hiding for years, some close to decades or more.

Linux is still a tinker toy for most of the community that maintains the code for the operating system. They volunteer their time and to these people it is a hobby. That is not to bash this group of highly intelligent programmers and computer enthusiast that enjoy Linux. But that does not mean that it is ready for main stream computer users out there. This will only happen when the Linux operating system is looked at as a business and business product as its predecessor (Unix) was.
What do you do when you forget your OS X password... Boot up the OS X installation CD, which if you are like me you lost or misplaced (and will find next month some time.) This is a quick way to change your password in no time.

Alert... Allarme... Tpebora... :   
Be warned this involves Darwin ( OS X's Unix side). That said if you follow these you will be fine.

1. If the Mac is running, Restart it

2. Hold the Apple/Command Key + S after you hear the chime.

3. When you get text prompt enter these commands:

"mount -uw /" now press enter

4. Next type this command:

"rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone" now press enter

5. Next the last command:

"shutdown -h now"

6. Now when you boot the computer back up you will get the New User Setup. Follow the steps and you will get a new Administrator user account. 

7. Log in to the account. To change the password, just goto System Preferences> Accounts. 

8. Now select the account you want to change the password to. Click Change password and Enter your the new password. 

9.  To delete the account you just created, Select the account and press the minus.

10. Now you can log in to your account with the new password.

You are now Done and can enjoy your Mac again.
Facebook chat is clear text as it is sent over the Internet. Basically this means any one can see your chat that is sniffing a network. Here is a packet of a chat I had with a friend on Facebook, kind of scary....

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