Where are untitled textedit documents in Yosemite stored?

OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite

I really enjoy the autosave feature in OS X. Any app that uses OS X’s built-in word processing features benefits from the autosave feature. Even if you have never saved the document, it is being saved as you type. This is an enormous improvement from the days where we could lose an entire day’s worth of work because we never saved the document, and we quit the app or it crashed or there was a power failure or the cat walked across the keyboard and wiped out all of our hard work. Of course many of us learned to save manually as we typed but tat really is a workaround that slows us down and interferes with our stream of consciousness when we get into some really good writing. Continue reading Where are untitled textedit documents in Yosemite stored?

NSA exposed illegally tapping cell phones

NSA by EFF

NSA by EFF

Its happening so often that we now are no longer surprised at the various number of unauthorized NSA intrusions into our private lives, with here and abroad. It seems that his agency forgets that they are public servants who are employed to serve us, they are not prison guards entrusted to containing us, there is a huge difference. Continue reading NSA exposed illegally tapping cell phones

U.S. Justice Department tries to do an end run around mobile device encryption

NSA by EFF

NSA by EFF

Frustrated with the use of encryption to protect personal information on mobile devices by Apple, and now Google (Droid), the U.S, Department of Justice is now attempting to use a 225 year old law to get mobile devoice manufacturers to help them break into people’s phones and tablets to extract all their personal information. Continue reading U.S. Justice Department tries to do an end run around mobile device encryption

Yosemite WiFi workaround for AirDrop and AWDL slowdowns

OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite

A few Yosemite and iOS 8 users have been reporting that there WiFi speeds has mysteriously dropped noticeably and no recent update has corrected the issue. I’ve not experienced the issues (and have been a Yosemite user since day one of the Beta, so it cannot be a widespread problem). Mario Ciabarra believes that he has discovered the sources of the anomaly and offers a workaround for Yosemite users.

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President Obama supports Internet Net Neutrality

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

President Obama, in an unprecedented announcement threw his formidable support behind Net Neutrality for our Internet, in a move that helps to protect our Internet from corporate commercialism. My hat is off to the president for supporting We the People of these United States, thank you sir. At stake is Continue reading President Obama supports Internet Net Neutrality

Masque Attack and WireLurker not a threat to normal iPhone or Mac users

iPhone 5, 6, 6 Plus

iPhone 5, 6, 6 Plus

 The media is once again trying to freak out iPhone and Mac users with a misinformation campaign. Masque Attack and WireLurker cannot infect or affect your iPhone or Mac if you are a normal user. What does “normal” mean, it means you, if you haven’t Jailbroken your iPhone or turned off Gatekeeper (disabling Protect) on your Mac. Apple’s built-in default security will prevent both Masque Attack and WireLurker from infecting you in any way. What the media is incompetently or intentionally not telling you is that you are not at risk from these malware. Continue reading Masque Attack and WireLurker not a threat to normal iPhone or Mac users

Microsoft at fault for Home Depot credit card data breach

Microsoft

Microsoft

Home Depot was innocent after all, they followed industry best practices for securing your personal credit card information but what caused them to et hacked was yet another security flaw in Microsoft’s Windows operating system. How many breaking over how many decades will it take before these corporation finally learn that Microsoft cannot be trusted, there software is repeatedly and demonstrably insecure and they patch too little too late, so you’re always insecure. To be fair, Microsoft should pay for all the damages that their inferior operating system causes, since that are responsible for 99% of all data breaches and financial loses every year. Continue reading Microsoft at fault for Home Depot credit card data breach

XProtect once again defends Mac users against Chinese attack

OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite

Wirelurker is a new piece of malware apparently designed to infiltrate Chinese iOS (iPhone) users, by attempting to infect Macs which in turn would infect iPhones as they were attached via USB cable. It seems to be a way to intentionally spy on these users so the speculation is that its their own government doing the spying. The only fly in the ointment is that Apple immediately released an update to XProtect to protect against that attack vector and rescinded the digital certificate for the software developer that produced that software so that any Mac running any reasonably recent version of OS X will automatically stop the software from launching and will alert the user the anomalous software. Continue reading XProtect once again defends Mac users against Chinese attack

Apple TV about to clear its biggest hurdle

Apple TV 2nd Generation

Apple TV 2nd Generation

Its been said that Apple TV will come to fruition because Steve Jobs cracked the interface problem, but I think that was always in Apple’s wheelhouse and not its primary obstacle. The primary obstacle to shift Apple TV from a hobby to a commercial success is availability of the TV programming itself. Today the FCC chairman shed some light on very good news for current and future Apple TV owners and millions of folks that want to cut themselves off from the exorbitant rates that existing cable companies seemingly extort from customers, in a monopolistic fashion. Continue reading Apple TV about to clear its biggest hurdle

 Apple Pay already the #1 contactless payment system, bigger than everyone else combined

Apple Pay

Apple Pay

In less than a week, Apple’s Apple Pay contactless (tap-to-pay) payment system already has more users than all other contactless payment systems, including Google Wallet, combined. The media was skeptical that anyone would use it because it was limited to iPhone 6 users but I stated that the number of iPhone 6 users is so high (and millions more on the way by this Christmas, that by themselves they could make Apple Pay a success. it looks like we are doing exactly that. Continue reading  Apple Pay already the #1 contactless payment system, bigger than everyone else combined

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