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    Suggestions....

    Hi everyone, For those of you that don't know already I'm part of the team that will be maintaining (and hopefully improving upon) InsanelyMac. We're eager to hear what suggestions you have for improving things around here, both on the forums and the homepage/news front. So if there's something that's been annoying you, or you can think of a really cool feature that you'd love to see, now is the time to let us know! Any suggestions (unless completely ridiculous) are welcome! -CF
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    Macbook Pro LED update in June?

    According to ThinkSecret, Apple are looking to update their Macbook Pro range with LED-backlit displays next month: "Apple placed its first order in mid-April looking for in excess of 100,000 15.4-inch LED backlight displays...Based on Apple's standard schedule that it has used in the past, it would allow for a three to four week window to manufacture and ship" This could well coincide with the Worldwide Developer's Conference, which opens with a speech from Steve Jobs on Monday June 11th. This story does seem to be a little speculative to us, but it does at least agree with a Digitimes report which is along the same lines. ThinkSecret suggest that Apple are not planning to update the MacBook line until the third quarter of this year.
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    The Lunatics Are Running The Asylum!

    In 2002 a group of juvenile delinquents were sent to a detention centre for a crime they didn't commit. These boys promptly escaped from the medium security rehabilitation facility to the relative comfort of their parents' suburban Hampshire homes. Today, still wanted by their parole officers, they survive as Mac-fanatical website designers and administrators. If you have a Mac, and you've got design skills, maybe you can join The iTeam. Today we formally introduce ourselves as the iTeam: There’s Mr G (Ed), Mad Maunders (Paul), Brennibal (Brendan) and Arse (Jim). Our mission statement is simple: We aim to make InsanelyMac more informative & up-to-date, easier to search, and more attractive. We’re committed to the support and development of the existing community and eagerly request your thoughts and suggestions for the future of IMac. Here are some of the changes we have planned: Homepage redesign, including new logo More regular news stories More active and effective Blog section Front page polls on popular topics Reorganisation/restructuring of forum And here are some of the existing things we plan on keeping: Competitions with prizes Rewards for hard work and contribution Collaborative contribution and moderating with existing and future staff A date & time for an IRC chat sometime next week will appear here soon. Look out for more info on the iTeam in the ‘About Us’ section in the near future! -The iTeam P.S. Big thanks to Rollcage for the inspirational name!
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    More Apple Updates

    Rather unusually Apple have re-released their latest security update (2007-004) to include a fix for Airport connection problems (affects OS X v10.3.9 only) and a security update for FTPServer (OS X Server only). More info here. Perhaps more topical for those interested in the $10k Mac Hack story is the news that Apple have released an update for Quicktime, which addresses the exploit. It also includes support for the recently released Final Cut Studio 2. Both updates should show up in OS X's 'Software Update' facility, though you'll need to be on version 10.4.9 for the QuickTime update .
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    InsanelyHacked!

    So it appears someone with nothing better to do took it upon themselves to bring down the site for no good reason. They used an Invision PowerBoard exploit which allowed them to gain root access to the database, and after backing it up for their own gratification and future exploitation, they deleted it. I guess this is some people's idea of fun, but the simple fact is: it's a serious crime. So serious in fact, that the investigation has been passed to the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), and we have been able to provide them with a number of leads thanks to some sterling work from our excellent mods! We'd like to take this opportunity to appologise for the fact that your email addresses have been compromised and may be passed/sold on to third parties who may like to inform you from time to time that is indeed possible to double the size of your genitalia and perform like a god or goddess in the bedroom. This is extremely unfortunate, but we can assure you that your passwords are safely encrypted on our server so we should be free of account abuse. However, if your password is not particularly strong, we recommend you change it to something stronger ASAP. This is because commonly used passwords could be compared against a list of their encrypted versions, so passwords such "hello" are really not a wise choice. We recommend that your password be at least 8 characters long and contain a mixture of letters and numbers. When we purchased InsanelyMac we wrongly assumed that it was set up securely, and since the hosting equipment was part of the purchase, we saw no immediate reason to move the hosting away from ThePlanet. Obviously this incident has forced us to look carefully at the security arrangements, and as a result we have migrated the site over to our own servers, patched the forum to the latest version and added another layer of authentication where required. We have also revised our back-up strategy so that any future incidents can be recovered from more quickly. So despite being blackmailed by those claiming to be responsible for the attack, we are pleased to announce the return of InsanelyMac, now more secure than ever.
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    iPhone on Vodafone?

    According to American Technology Research Analyst Shaw Wu, Vodafone is very close to closing a deal with Apple to become the carrier for the iPhone in Europe: “Our sources indicate that Vodafone is most likely iPhone’s carrier partner for Europe...We believe Vodafone’s 200 million subscriber base (compared to 61 million for AT&T, its USA partner), broad country coverage, and investment in advanced technologies make it a strong fit for Apple.” A somewhat more obscure rumour involving two guys in a bar in Amsterdam hints that Vodafone may already be working on iPhone integration. Whatever the truth, it seems that we're not likely to see the iPhone in Europe until late this year, and according to BusinessWeek the US launch may well be later than expected: "Various iPhone suppliers have been told that the iPhone may not be available until the end of June, according to Jagdish Rebello, an analyst with iSuppli, a market intelligence firm in Silicon Valley."
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    $10k Prize Won for Macbook Hack

    Dino Dai Zovi and Shane Macauly succeeded in gaining OS X user-level shell access to a MacBook Pro over a wireless network, Macworld reports. The hack was written and implemented on day two of the CanSecWest security conference held at the end of the last week. It was accomplished in just nine hours, but only after contest hosts eased rules and allowed security experts to attack through code sent through malicious websites instead of directly compromising the OS itself. Apple has turned down an opportunity to comment on the Safari flaw, but the vulnerability will be disclosed to them by 3Com, who put up the cash prize.
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    Crime-proof iPods Please...

    Reuters reports that British Home Secretary John Reid will reach out to Apple and Sony for help in curbing "gadget" related crime. The UK saw an 8 per cent rise in street robberies in the last quarter of 2006, prompting the government to draw up a shortlist of MP3 player makers who it hopes to convince to take part in an anti-crime summit. According to a spokesman, the Home Office already enjoys a close working relationship with mobile phone manufacturers. "New technology, lifestyle changes, new commodities and new gadgets mean that the criminals continually move on," Reid told the BBC's Sunday AM programme. "So when we defeat them on mobile phones, they move on to Sat-Navs and then on to iPods."
  9. We think this could be a world's first: Forget Cisco or Juniper, yesterday Fubra (the new owners of InsanelyMac) hooked up two Mac Mini boxes running Quagga in to the London INternet eXchange (LINX) to act as BGP border routers for the Fubra Network.<br><br>For those of you who don't know, an Internet Exchange is where a bunch of ISPs and content providers get together to swap traffic. LINX handles 95% of total UK Internet traffic, and as their newest members Fubra had to come up with a clever solution to keep costs low and speeds high. Utilitising just 3U of rackspace, they were able to install 2 low latency HP gigabit switches and a pair of 1.83 GHz Mac Minis with 2 GB Ram, giving them fully redundant connections to the largest Internet Exchange Point in the world.Fulfilling their environmental obligations, the total power draw of this setup is less than 2 typical household lightbulbs (< 120W).<br><br> Setup 2 x HP Procurve 1800 24G Switches 2 x 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo Mac Minis (with 2Gb Memory upgrade) Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn (Server Edition) + OpenSSH + Quagga 2 x 100Mbps connections to LINX (eXtreme LAN and Foundry LAN) Fubra Director, Paul Maunders, commented "Installing Feisty Fawn on the Mac Minis was a breeze, although we did have problems with the boot-loader with previous versions of Ubuntu. We think Fubra may well be the first to use Mac Minis in a setup like this, but let us know if you've seen it elsewhere."<br><br>You can read the full article, and see more pictures over on the Fubra Blog.<br><br><script type="text/javascript">digg_url = 'http://www.fubra.com/blog/2007/04/first-mac-mini-bgp-routers-on-worlds.html';</script><script src="http://digg.com/tools/diggthis.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
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    Leopard to be released in June!

    According to <a href="http://www.thinksecret.com/news/0704leopardjune.html" target="_blank"> Think Secret</a>, Apple is planning to release their latest and greatest at or around the <a href="http://developer.apple.com/wwdc/" target="_blank">WorldWide Developers Conference</a>, which will run June 11th through to the 15th. The release date is later than anticipated, suggesting that Leopard might be a more significant release than expected. The release coincides with new versions of Apple's iLife and iWork suites, which will pack extensive Leopard dependent features and may be bundled for free to help trump Vista. The wealth of <a href="http://www.apple.com/macosx/leopard/" target="_blank">new features and improvements in Leopard</a> include: Time Machine (built-in backup software) Re-vamped Apple Mail and iChat Spaces (multiple desktops) More flexible Spotlight searches ...and hopefully some secret features that Apple have been holding back!
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    Best March Quarter Ever for Apple

    Apple has announced revenue of $5.26 billion and net profit of $770 million for its fiscal 2007 second quarter ended March 31, 2007. This represents a growth in profit of 88% on last year's quarter. During the quarter, Apple shipped 1,517,000 Macintosh computers and 10,549,000 iPods, representing 36 percent growth in Macs and 24 percent growth in iPods over the year-ago quarter. These figures really reinforce the fact that Apple is gaining market share, but what about from the osx86 community? cavemonkey wrote an excellent article a few months ago sharing his experiences on the switch from osx86 to the "real thing". I personally first encountered OS X through osx86, and it was enough to entice me to buy a Macbook. So we want to know how many of you have taken the plunge and forked over your hard-earned cash for some genuine Apple hardware? Let us know by taking part in our poll!
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    Apple fastest growing computer vendor!

    The figures from research firm Gartner show an impressive 30% increase in market share since the first quarter of 2006. This compares favourably with the -15.5% of Dell and +25.8% of HP, despite the release of Vista, which may well have caused a spike in sales: "On a monthly basis, mature regions experienced a bubble in demand following its release." Gartner notes. If a similar spike occurs on release of Leopard, perhaps Apple can expect to gain even more market share in the year to come... source: Gartner
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    LED-backlit displays in 2007

    As part of their new Green(er) approach to the environment, Apple is planning to introduce LED backlighting to its range of LCD displays. After coming under some criticism from environmental organisations (including Greenpeace), Steve Jobs outlined exactly what Apple is doing to remove toxic chemicals from their products: "Apple plans to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of mercury by transitioning to LED backlighting for all displays when technically and economically feasible...we plan to introduce our first Macs with LED backlight technology in 2007" But the plus points for LED backlighting aren't all environmental; the technology offers increased colour saturation, lower power consumption, cooler operation and a longer life span when compared to the existing cold cathode fluorescent backlights (CCFLs). It's not clear exactly how soon we'll see these new displays across the board, as Jobs is careful to mention: "Our ability to completely eliminate fluorescent lamps in all of our displays depends on how fast the LCD industry can transition to LED backlighting for larger displays."
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    Major Security Update for Tiger and Panther

    Apple has released their second biggest security update of the year, covering 25 vulnerabilities in 20 components. Most of the vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to execute malicious code, although no exploits have been reported so far. Components at risk include iChat, fetchmail and Libinfo. Apple has also addressed an issue with the Login Window that would allow the local user to obtain system privileges and execute arbitrary code. You can learn more about the vulnerabilities here. Early indications suggest that the update is safe to run on OSX86 installations.
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    InsanelyHacked!

    So it appears someone with nothing better to do took it upon themselves to bring down the site for no good reason. They used an Invision PowerBoard exploit which allowed them to gain root access to the database, and after backing it up for their own gratification and future exploitation, they deleted it. I guess this is some people's idea of fun, but the simple fact is: it's a serious crime. So serious in fact, that the investigation has been passed to the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), and we have been able to provide them with a number of leads thanks to some sterling work from our excellent mods! We'd like to take this opportunity to appologise for the fact that your email addresses have been compromised and may be passed/sold on to third parties who may like to inform you from time to time that is indeed possible to double the size of your genitalia and perform like a god or goddess in the bedroom. This is extremely unfortunate, but we can assure you that your passwords are safely encrypted on our server so we should be free of account abuse. However, if your password is not particularly strong, we recommend you change it to something stronger ASAP. This is because commonly used passwords could be compared against a list of their encrypted versions, so passwords such "hello" are really not a wise choice. We recommend that your password be at least 8 characters long and contain a mixture of letters and numbers. When we purchased InsanelyMac we wrongly assumed that it was set up securely, and since the hosting equipment was part of the purchase, we saw no immediate reason to move the hosting away from ThePlanet. Obviously this incident has forced us to look carefully at the security arrangements, and as a result we have migrated the site over to our own servers, patched the forum to the latest version and added another layer of authentication where required. We have also revised our back-up strategy so that any future incidents can be recovered from more quickly. So despite being blackmailed by those claiming to be responsible for the attack, we are pleased to announce the return of InsanelyMac, now more secure than ever.
  16. Hi all, We've applied the latest IPB update, which mainly improves upon performance. If you notice any strange behaviour since the update (which was about 6pm today UK time) then please say so here. Everything seems fine to me, and it actually seems to run a little faster
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    Recent Update Applied

    We applied a security update (http://forums.invisionpower.com/index.php?showtopic=235316) shortly after the hack, and as far as I can tell there aren't any other security enhancements in this recent update.
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    InsanelyHacked!

    Yep that's right, MD5 encryption is used. Can we prove that we didn't hack our own server and sell your email addresses? Yes thanks
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    Post-Hack oddities

    One can attach a file, like so: But can one attach an image? CF.rtf
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    Post-Hack oddities

    The CAPTCHA problem has been fixed, but we are still working on uploads/downloads/image problems. -CF
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    InsanelyHacked!

    I see that you are in the US. We have found that it takes just 70ms (i.e. 0.07 seconds) longer to ping the new server here in the UK from the US, and we put the blame for that squarely on the Atlantic Ocean However, we are using more sophisticated equipment and separate servers for the database and apache, which has resulted in significantly faster page loads, which should make up for that slight delay.
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    InsanelyHacked!

    We've certainly not got any immediate plans to change the current forum rules, but I will have a look at the implication of losing the DMCA law. Yeah I agree on the jail sentence It's not clear if the hacker was a user of IMac, but it certainly seems that they are or have been involved in the OSX86 scene. Hopefully SOCA and any other foreign agencies will be able to get to the bottom of it.
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    Linux - What would you like to see get fixed ?

    iTunes would be nice...unless there's some other way of using the iTunes store that I'm unaware of?
  24. Dino Dai Zovi and Shane Macauly succeeded in gaining OS X user-level shell access to a MacBook Pro over a wireless network, Macworld reports. The hack was written and implemented on day two of the CanSecWest security conference held at the end of the last week. It was accomplished in just nine hours, but only after contest hosts eased rules and allowed security experts to attack through code sent through malicious websites instead of directly compromising the OS itself. Apple has turned down an opportunity to comment on the Safari flaw, but the vulnerability will be disclosed to them by 3Com, who put up the cash prize.
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