I'll probably be out shopping for a lot of this weekend, and I imagine many of you will be as well. But at some point, you're going to have to come home, drink eggnog, and rest. While you're home, you might need something to do, so why not check out my Christmas present to all of you: some Friday links, of course.
The Leopard firewall took some flak for initially being, well, crap, but the 10.5.1 update made some changes to the firewall. Issues were fixed and behaviors were changed, making the OS X firewall a more attractive proposition. And if you're still not using the firewall, Macworld has written a handy guide that should help you get started.The conventional wisdom is that OS X is more secure than Windows, but one set of vulnerability numbers shows quite the opposite. OS X averaged over 20 vulnerabilities per month according to ZDNet, and a total of 234 "highly critical" vulnerabilities for the year. I suspect the numbers represent differences in the way Apple and Microsoft report vulnerabilities, but at least Apple didn't have any extremely critical problems. This whole post has generated quite some buzz, so take everything with a grain of salt. A new Consumer Reports study has placed the iPhone ahead of the BlackBerry Curve in the magazine's rankings, citing better battery life, a better email client, and better media features. In other news, I wasn't aware that anyone still read Consumer Reports, but there you go.If low resolution previews in Quick Look are getting you down, a new hint has the answer to your woes. By simply deleting the file's icon/preview (that may have been created by another application), Leopard will generate a new high-resolution preview. It's a neat trick, and it even works for multiple files at once, so get to it.If you're sick of dealing with software-based iPhone unlocks, a number of new SIM-based unlocking tools have apparently been released. Both SonicSIM and StealthSIM are small cards that work alongside your existing SIM to trick the iPhone into working on any network. The manufacturers claim they work with the hard-to-unlock 1.1.2, but the downside is that both will cost you money. Still, if you're desperate for a reliable, roaming iPhone, they might be worth a look.Among the list of patents published on Tuesday were two patents granted to Apple that are related to the Nike+iPod system. The first patent is for the design of the sensor itself, whereas the second patent is more technical and deals with the way the signals from the sensor are transmitted, received, and turned into usable information.I don't know why this is the case, but everybody seems to be bashing Leopard security this week. CIO is running a piece about the security changes in Leopard and possible future attack vectors, and also includes a few handy tips for IT departments with Macs.Ambrosia Software has been doing a whole lot of updating, and has released new versions of iToner, pop-pop, EasyEnvelopes, iSeek, WireTap Studio. I'm not sure what the occasion is, but if you're an Ambrosia lover, have fun downloading all those updates.
Alright, that's a whole lot of link loving, so I think I'm done. We'll be writing for most of next week, so there should be material to read if you need to escape your drunken uncle or wait for your eggnog hangover to wear off. Have a great weekend, don't shop too much, and have a very merry Christmas (if you're into that sort of thing) as well!