Secure Wireless Email on Mac OS X Part 2

sirdeath (whom I trust in such things) passes this along in an email followup to the earlier post about secure wireless email on Mac OS X:

The person that wrote it didn’t really make it clear that you need an ssh server to connect to and that it would most likely not be your mail server. So, in effect I could use my unix box as the ssh server, but it would still send the username and password out to the mail server in the clear. True, it won’t be over the air, which was the point of the article, but it was a little misleading.

As far as I can tell, cox [our mutual ISP –ed.] doesn’t support ssl via pop or imap.

Secure wireless email on Mac OS X

Doug Bowman [Stopdesign] on setting up secure wireless email on Mac OS X:

After more than a year of implementing my own measures, I think it’s time to help raise awareness of email security. And in doing so, document the way I use SSH to read and send email securely on Mac OS X. If you’re concerned about strangers having open access to your usernames and passwords, and all the email you send and receive while connected to a public wireless network — whether you use a Mac or not — you’ll want to read this. [via lifehacker]

blivet – 2002/08/24


“Humility is achieved more easily when you look at what you’ve just created and realize that all you have to do is change the labels on the ideas and you’ve got something that someone else already thought of.”
–John VanDyk [View from an Iowa Homestead]


Dave, Alwin and Doug have all seemed to have good luck with the move to 10.2 (X.II?). I’ll go ahead and order it since we’ll get it as part of the purchase of the new iMac.

Grad School II

Audrey survived her encounter with the GRE. The new (to me anyway) computer-based test tells you your score immediately, thus eliminating the six weeks of score anxiety following the several hours of exam anxiety. “Why when we took the GRE, we had to wait for months to get our scores!” “Scores? You got scores? We just got rocks with little tiny scratches on ’em. You had to count them all to know what your score was! And we liked it that way!” [spelling edits]

Skull and Cactus Society

garret and Kevin Drennan are climbing Santa Fe Baldy as I write this. They will be unconcerned about volcanic activity during their adventure. later:bloggers bag baldy, feed fauna and live to tell the tale!

On this day

It was a sunny morning in A.D. 79 when the volcano Vesuvius erupted and buried the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

The Visigoths overran Rome in A.D. 410, the event which now generally symbolizes the fall of the Western Roman Empire. I don’t know if it was sunny or not.

blivet – 1/30/2002

Happy Birthday to Tina at the Homestead. Are we to infer that there will be a new chicken wrangler come, oh, mid-July? (I may have missed something earlier, I have been known to do that.)

[] Apple: It’s not About the OS Anymore [CamWorld]

"AppleScript is a way cool technology. Speaking as a NeXT bigot, I’d have to say that AppleScript is by far the coolest software technology that NeXT acquired when they sneakily executed their buyout of Apple for negative $400 million. :-)"

blivet – 12/12/2001

Another page flip at the 23rd hour…

I have a job interview on Monday for an archaeologist position at the Preserve. I’ve been working there as a ‘Temp Field’ since 3 January 2000. This is a pretty good position with vacation, sick leave, and health care. The pay is pretty exceptional as well. I’ll get a haircut, put on a tie, and the whole nine yards because I’m just one of the fish in the application pool.

Good email today:

In response to customer requests for continued support of Mac OS X, IBM AIX and Compaq Tru64 Unix for Alpha platforms, Research Systems Inc. (RSI) has announced that it will reverse an earlier decision to discontinue support for these three platforms in future releases of IDL and ENVI. For complete information on this announcement, please go to:

[corporate blurb] “ENVI, the Environment for Visualizing Images, allows earth scientists to easily process, analyze and display multispectral, hyperspectral or radar remote sensing data. Extendable to suit your requirements, ENVI is the most powerful, flexible and easy to use image processing software available.”

On top of that, it’s very cool software that Audrey uses. I hope some other companies reverse their decisions about Macs now that OS X is here. I mean, if you’re already supporting X Windows and Motif, why not? I guess we have to get that dual processor G5 when it comes out. Right honey? (ducking, running)


MacWorld SF 2000

Hey, I’m a Mac user, did you expect me to talk about something else?

My observation is that Job’s keynotes are real-world benchmarks for the evoloution of the delivery of QuickTime streaming video. Last keynote I couldn’t even connect, so there is incremental improvement. Apple has invested $200 million in Earthlink and they will be major partners in providing internet services. Most of the UI of MacOS X looks pretty familiar to this Unix user.

Dave has some good observations at Scripting News

Here are some links to news about MacWorld SF: