Apple UUIDs

Yesterdays news was that Antisec hacking group had somehow gotten 12 million Apple UUIDs from the laptop of an FBI agent. Today the FBI denied such a hack occurred and Apple denied ever supplying the FBI with any user’s UUIDs. What strikes me as most interesting is another post on The Next Web allowing you to check if your UUID is in the list of hacked UUIDs. The whole thing begins to seem like a social engineering hack. If I wanted to get a few hundred or million UUIDs very quickly along with a lot of information about the device’s owner what better way than to have them enter it on an insecure web page under the guise of checking to see if it has been hacked?

Reed Hastings versus Steve Jobs

Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view. -Obi-Wan Kenobi

Recently I received a letter from Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, telling my why he raised prices on my service and why he was making changes that would make Netflix less convenient for me to use.

UPDATE: Of course Netflix back pedaled on this whole thing. They had to do this considering the huge backlash from thousands of people and bloggers. But as of this update I still think that Reed doesn’t understand his business that well, and I’d be happy to try out the first competitor that comes along that does what Netflix can do. Certainly the streaming has been full of buffer under-runs of late and all the DVDs on my queue are marked as “Long Wait”. This is not a good user experience. It is just the only thing reasonably close to what people want.

FURTHER UPDATE: While I complain that Reed doesn’t understand his customer or business model I have to admit the guy is thinking straight when it comes to networking and net neutrality. He understands who the bad guys are. See All Things D.

Metro and Windows 8

I took some time to look at the videos of Metro/Windows 8 and also download the Developer Preview. Plenty of information is already available at the MSDN website. Probably the best of the presentations is the one given by Jensen Harris - 8 traits of great Metro style apps. Taking these 8 great traits point by point I’d like to give you my impressions as a long time iOS and Mac developer.

iPad application Design (sort of a retweet)

Just read this and thought it worthy of a link:

Matt Gemmel talks about application design on the iPad.

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Apple's iPhone 3Gs

My last iPhone post I said video and voice dialing were the only things missing from the iPhone. Well iPhone OS 3.0 and the 3Gs hardware are here and not only have those features been added, but a compass as well which perfectly rounds out the GPS function to allow driving assistance to truly work.

Boot Camp

What does today’s big announcement by Apple of software that will dual boot an Intel Macintosh mean? After all if I buy a Mac I want to run Mac OS X all the time. I regularly use Windows XP from my Macintosh and I do it using a program from Microsoft called Remote Desktop Connection. About the only thing I might prefer over having the ability to remotely access a Windows XP machine and its screen, would be to run Windows virtually. By Virtually I mean to run Windows software from within Mac OS X. Nonetheless this announcement is important for two big reasons.

Mac OS X Security Challenge

Recently there has been a lot of news about the security of Mac OS X. A lot of the press would like to sell the idea that the Mac isn’t fundamentally any more secure than any other operating system (read Windows). The reasoning is based upon popularity. Surely the less popular operating system has fewer problems because it naturally has fewer attackers.


Does Microsoft Deliberately Crash On Macs?

Spencer Critchley wrote:

Tell The Truth Pt 2: Microsoft Deliberately Crashes On Macs by Spencer Critchley – Wow! Big response to my post, made with tongue only partly in cheek, accusing Microsoft of designing Office apps to crash on Macs. More on my experience as a crash test dummy, plus other perspectives.

I remember back in the days of the Mac Plus. It was during a snack break at one of the very first MacApp courses offered by Apple. An Apple engineer (who I won’t name here) explained something to us then that has always stuck in my mind. Before the days of protected memory ordinary users (not us tech types) saw crashes as a problem with “the computer”. Most people don’t know where to assign the blame when things go wrong. So the blame would lie with Apple.

Should Developers be Accountable For Flaws?

Howard Schmidt, former White House cybersecurity advisor is quoted in an article suggesting just this. Like many politicians his comprehension of the real issues borders on ignorance.