The FBI paid $1.3 million to hack into the San Bernardino iPhone. This is after Apple refused to open up the iPhone, after the FBI could not access it by brute force due to the security features implemented by Apple. From the Washington Post:
Federal authorities have not publicly revealed who helped the FBI unlock the San Bernardino iPhone, which was at the center of an extended fight between the government and Apple. The Justice Department had maintained that only Apple could help it access the phone without erasing all of its data before abruptly saying it had gotten help from an outside party and no longer needed Apple’s assistance.
According to people familiar with the issue, the FBI cracked the phone with the help of professional hackers who were paid a one-time flat fee. Law enforcement officials have said recently that the FBI has found no links to foreign terrorists on the phone, though they are still hoping that geolocation data on the device could help reveal what the attackers did during an 18-minute period after the shooting.
A few days ago, I wrote about repurposing my 1TB hard drive as a storage device after a SSD upgrade. I won’t be using this drive for booting up the OS. I reformatted my hard drive and created a new partition using the GUID Partition Table. Using this table allows you to have the option to boot from this device.
Since I will only be using this drive for extra storage, it probably wasn’t the right choice. In addition, it was constantly asking me to enter the root password every time I created a new folder. The obvious fix was to repartition the hard drive and select the Apple Partition Table instead of GUID partition table. It worked.
If you’re on the same boat, then do exactly what I did. Repartition the drive and select Apple Partition Table.
When I migrated to SSD on my Mac mini, I kept the original 1 TB hard drive to store my old Mac OS data. That was just in the SSD migration failed. After two weeks of non-event, it was time to blow up my 1 TB hard drive. That means deleting the entire drive and using it as a backup drive for storing miscellaneous and less frequently accessed files. I’m not worried about the new SSD failing, because I have Time Machine. I can always restore the entire OS from my Time Machine backup. So, I dumped everything on the 1 TB drive and emptied the Trash Can. I took awhile, but now I have all that real estate for storage.
Ransomware is no longer just for Windows users. It’s now made its way into the Mac OS. The ransomware called KeRanger, was distributed via a legit and popular BitTorrent client called Transmission.
Users who have downloaded Transmission 2.90 since last Friday are infected. Transmission has removed the malicious version of their software and made a patch. Users should upgrade to version 2.92.
The KeRanger malware imposes a 72 hour lockout window requiring victims to pay 1 bitcoin or equivalent to about $400.
I upgraded my Late 2012 Mac mini with a new SSD. I picked up a new 240 GB OCZ Vector 180 SSD from Frys Electronics this morning. My first SSD was a 120GB Patriot given to me by a friend. It ran for several weeks, but it had all kind of issues. I ended up reverting back to my hard drive.
A week ago, I tried a Toshiba Q300 (pictured below). It failed. I couldn’t even get it to clone my hard drive. I tried using the Mac’s Disk Utility, Carbon Copy Cloner and Super Duper, but none worked. It must have been just a bad drive. I returned it and got the OCZ. I paid more for $30 more for it, but it’s worth the price.
I used Super Duper to clone the drive. The clone/restore process took just a little over an hour. Super Duper was able to make the disk bootable. I selected it and rebooted. Just like that, I’m now running my Mac mini on the faster and much more responsive SDD.
Here’s a picture of the Mac mini taken apart. I’ve done it a few times that I can probably do it blindfolded. Not really, but you get my drift. You can see the Toshiba Q300 on the right which I ended up returning. My 1TB hard drive is on the left side. My Focusrite USB audio interface doing its job, holding down all my power, ethernet and USB cables from falling off the table.
I’m quite happy with this upgrade to say the least.
If you’re having a little trouble identifying your iPad, Apple has a page that identifies the year and the model of your iPad. You need to search for your model number at the back of your device between the FCC ID and the Serial Number. You’ll find some number that starts with an “A” similar to this “A1489.” On the Apple page, you need to search for your model number. It will tell you what iPad version do you have.
Link: Identify Your iPad Model
What’s the best way to run Windows 10 on a Mac?
You need to run one of these virtualization software that runs on the Mac
TekRevue has a comprehensive benchmark covering Bootcamp, VirtualBox and Fusion.
They recommend the free Virtualbox. If it doesn’t suit you, then you can try Fusion and Parallels.