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Stories by Glenn Fleishman

  • Embracing the new MacBook lifestyle: It works, adapters and all

    The single-port MacBook provoked fear and loathing ahead of shipment. Apple had lost its mind. It was shipping a chiclet keyboard. One port? A new standard? What in goodness' name had gotten into Cupertino's water supply? (No word on whether Apple is pumping its own water for its new headquarters.)

  • Mac classics: Twenty one years later, still using Photoshop

    It was August 1991, I was 23, and I had a plane ticket that would take me from New Haven to Seattle. I was ready to shake off my college town, having already spent a year longer there than I'd intended after graduating from Yale with a degree in graphic design. I was headed to the Pacific Northwest with my mad skills as a typesetter, layout artist, imagesetting expert, computer programmer, Internet guru (seriously, even in 1991), and Mac troubleshooter, with a portfolio full of projects and a plan to apply for jobs at the top design studios in the Northwest.

  • Waze for iPhone and iPad

    Were you ever trying to find your way to an address you’d never visited before and thought to yourself, “If only this frustrating experience had been gamified!". Your wish hass been granted. Waze, a free (and quite capable) iOS navigation app, relies on its users to populate its maps and provide automatic and manual traffic reporting—all with an overlay of game playing.

  • Solid State Drives accelerate into market

    SSDs (Solid State Drives) will change the face of mobile computing one day, by making high-capacity storage more reliable, dramatically increasing the battery life of laptops, and speeding up performance of reads and writes. But that day hasn't come yet.

  • Mac (insecurity): How to secure Macs in business

    Macs are immune from security threats, right? It's Windows we have to worry about. That water-cooler wisdom needs to be flipped on its head, security experts and IT managers warn. Microsoft has gotten its security act together with Vista and its current security-response program; meanwhile, Apple is fast becoming the company most in need of getting its security mojo going.

  • Enter the Wi-Fi alliance: key to security

    Convential wisdom says wireless LAN access to an enterprise adds enormous risk because the broken security model at the heart of Wi-Fi networking allows crackers to break encryption, snoop traffic, insert packets, and associate at will. WLAN access points must be outside the firewall, with VPN connections tunneling through. No exceptions.