eficheck in macOS High Sierra protects against firmware attacks

High Sierra

High Sierra

Apple has quietly slipped in a new feature into macOS High Sierra which checks for firmware tampering once a week. This is a fantastic improvement on personal security and is Continue reading eficheck in macOS High Sierra protects against firmware attacks

macOS High Sierra [Production Release] Flash Drive Installer Instructions

High Sierra

High Sierra

Apple has released the official version of macOS High Sierra if you want to create a flash drive installer, to be able to install it on multiple Macs without having to download it over and over again or if you like to have a safety net just in case your disk crashes at any time. The normal process that Apple offers for any operating system install will automatically erase the installer, when the install in completed, so a special procedure is needed to create the flash drive before you run the installer, as follows. Continue reading macOS High Sierra [Production Release] Flash Drive Installer Instructions

iPhone X Facial Recognition blows Samsung out of the water

Apple Logo

Apple Logo

At the Apple Keynote presentation yesterday Apple announced the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X (Ten) at the same time. the iPhone 8 is a continuation model, essentially an iPhone 7 with massively upgraded horsepower via Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip (64-bit architecture) with a Neural Engine and the iPhone X which is a celebration model to commemorate iPhone tech birthday. There are several notable new features including an all screen display (there is no Home Button anymore, the display goes all the way down to the both of the screen and the most interesting new feature is Facial Recognition.

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Handbrake, MakeMKV and VLC Guide

Handbrake

Handbrake

Handbrake, MakeMKV and VLC are extremely popular software, each one is superior in its area of specialty but there is a lot of confusion on when to use them and how to make them work. If you are attempting to transfer movies from DVDs or Blu-rays, that you legally own, to your computer or mobile devices then there is even more confusion. This guide aims at clarifying this mess and making it crystal clear. Continue reading Handbrake, MakeMKV and VLC Guide

NYC Police Department Dumps 36,000 Microsoft Phones in favor of iPhones

Microsoft

Microsoft

The New You City Police Department now has egg on face after admitting that purchasing 36,000 Microsoft-Nokia Phone smartphones, which have completely failed to meet the department’s needs. This disaster was completely predictable and to be perfectly honest it completely befuddles me that a profession IT person would be so naive to think that Microsoft or Nokia could even attempt to satisfy this mission. Continue reading NYC Police Department Dumps 36,000 Microsoft Phones in favor of iPhones

FBI warns to not use Kaspersky software due to Russian backdoor

FBI

FBI

The FBI is now issuing a waring the US business should not use any products from Russia based Kaspersky Lab, after having already banned their products from government use. Kaspersky Lab is well known in the computer industry for its anti-virus software, and if you roll back the clock then you’ll remember that I warned against using any Russia based anti-virus software because Continue reading FBI warns to not use Kaspersky software due to Russian backdoor

High Sierra flash drive installer instuctions

High Sierra

High Sierra

Apple has finally released the Public Beta of High Sierra macOS 10.13, much to the surprise of so many website that erroneously report it being available prior to today, when in fact it wasn’t. Of course we are very excited to test it as quickly as possible. Naturally every Beta has its advantages and its risks so it seems prudent to make a USB flash drive based installer so we can erase and re-install the prototype OS as many times as we need to, without having to waste time and bandwidth downloading it over and over again. Continue reading High Sierra flash drive installer instuctions

High Sierra is Apple’s new macOS, APFS finally arrives!

High Sierra

High Sierra

Apple made several announcements today at their Worldwide Developers Conference, including upgraded hardware and software, among which I find the new macOS High Sierra to be most interesting. Continue reading High Sierra is Apple’s new macOS, APFS finally arrives!

What Handbrake doesn’t want you to know

Handbrake

Handbrake

Handbrake is now the most commonly used software to transcode video from one format to another format or from a large file size to a smaller file size or you can even do both. Its flexible, with a huge array of options you can fiddle with if you are so inclined, its updated occasionally, it actually works and its free. The most common use of Handbrake is in making backups of your personal DVD and Blu-ray collection. Here is where the story gets strange. Years ago Handbrake had the ability to RIP movies directly from disc, which was super convenient but then one dark day that feature mysteriously disappeared and that is where our story begins. Continue reading What Handbrake doesn’t want you to know

VLC plays Blu-ray again! (Handbrake users rejoice!)

Handbrake

Handbrake

VLC is a long time internet darling program for its ability to allegedly play any kind of video fine you might encounter on The Net. In decades past this was of some use, since Apple invented (digital) video on personal computers with Quicktime which was released on 2 December 1991. Prior to that there was no such thing as video on computers and although no one made a CPU powerful enough to handle displaying full screen video, we were quite content (and rather blown away) at being able to watch post stamp sized videos on our first generation Macs. Continue reading VLC plays Blu-ray again! (Handbrake users rejoice!)

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