WankerWeasel writes: Widely credited as the inventor of email, Ray Tomlinson, passed away on Saturday. Email existed in limited capacity before Tomlinson. He created the first system that allowed person-to-person rather than entire groups. He also chose the "@" symbol to connect the username with the destination address.
WankerWeasel writes: Facebook isn't know for ensuring user privacy and here is just another example of user information likely being shared with others without the user's knowledge.
The default user settings on Facebook allow any applications your friends install on their own Facebook account to have access to all of your Facebook info (the only things not shared are "Interested in" and "Religious and political views" by default). This is a concern since almost anyone can apply to be a Facebook Developer and create an app to harvest the information of users.
WankerWeasel writes: The sad news of the dead of another tech great has come. Dennis Ritchie, the creator of the C programming language and a key developer of the Unix operating system, has passed away. For those of us running Mac OS X, iOS, Android and many other non-Windows OS' have him to thank. Many of those running Windows do too as many of the applications you're using were written in C.
WankerWeasel writes: The latest version of Apple's operating system, OS X 10.7 Lion, has a hidden Wi-Fi Diagnostics application that allows the user to view information about their wireless network performance, record performance and also capture raw frames. Hidden away in the System folder the application is meant for Apple tech diagnostic use but is also very useful for any user interested in diagnosing wifi problems or checking network performance.
WankerWeasel writes: With the release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion this month, Apple will no longer offer a bootable installer DVD and is making 10.7 Lion available only through the App Store. This guide provides quick instructions on how to use the OS X 10.7 Lion installer to create a bootable flash drive (instructions for making a bootable DVD are also included on the blog).
Ben writes: MacForensicsLab.com published a white paper on Malware technologies on the Apple Mac OS X platform. The paper details the history, present, and future of virus and malware technologies with a specific focus on how these things affect Mac OS X users. Mac users have long lived with the belief that their OS wasn't vulnerable to these malicious attacks. The paper shows that it is in fact vulnerable in a number of ways. It's a great read and shows some of the insecurities of Mac OS X along with what can be done to secure the system. A link to download a PDF version of the paper is also provided on the website.