Archive for May, 2009

Enterprise Mac Administrators Guide

May 11, 2009 Comments off

Enterprise Mac Administrator's Guide
From three consultants at including two of the authors of the Foundations of Mac OS X Leopard Security (highly recommended) this forthcoming book “.. will cover the aspects of integrating the Mac, en masse, into enterprise environments. From Directory Services and managed preferences to storage, Xsan, DFS integration, virtualization and middle-ware scripting, this title covers a lot of ground!”

As the book will be published by Apress who are featured in Safari Books Online I got in touch with one of the authors – Charles Edge, to ask whether a Rough Cuts version would be available. Unfortunately as the book includes coverage of OS X Snow Leopard, due to NDA restrictions it seems unlikely.

My opinion however – One to put on your Amazon Wish List.

UPDATE: state publication dates of 21st and 23rd September and according to Charles Edge this will be followed in early October on Safari Books Online .

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Undercover: iPhone

May 11, 2009 Comments off

Undercover: iPhone
Interesting idea but as noted in the FAQ, due to the fact that the iPhone OS does not currently support background processes the application or one of its “helper” applications needs to be run manually i.e. by the thief and as such the only way they could do this is if PIN mode is not used (!).

Worth another look post iPhone OS 3.0 release but save your money until then.

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Cloud Computing: Web-Based Applications That Change the Way You Work and Collaborate Online

May 10, 2009 Comments off

Cloud Computing: Web-Based Applications That Change the Way You Work and Collaborate OnlineAt the time of initially coming across this book I was experiencing problems finding materials on cloud computing and the potential changes that it was going to make to the typical persons current computing experience which as an IT professional I have a vested interest in. After reviewing its contents however, I initially dismissed it as being too consumer orientated when I was looking for something from a more corporate/enterprise viewpoint.

Upon taking another look, however – books on this topic only recently becoming more prevalent, the author’s approachable writing style is welcome throughout and generally provides a sound summary of the benefits and considerations of the resources available from the associated providers from the perspective of individuals/community groups/corporations. The exception to this being in the chapters under the section entitled “Cloud Computing for Everyone” where their structure obviously copied from one to another with only the keyword being changed makes for somewhat tedious reading for anyone wishing to obtain a comprehensive understanding.

Of more significance (particularly in hindsight) under the chapter discussing social networking is a complete omission of twitter, which at the time of publication was already on its way to reaching critical mass.

As per the nature of the subject matter the landscape has and is rapidly changing but this book provides a useful starting point without getting bogged down in the technology itself.

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