Finally got around to setting up S/MIME encryption on my email thanks to the great instructions at Joar.com. Thanks to Joar for creating that document.
The Thawte site is well put together, if a bit spooky. Lots of scary exhortations about creating strong passwords, never letting anybody even know the location of those passwords, and the legal ramifications in case somebody hacks your certificates. Gulp.
Once you’ve gone through the scary bits and gotten a certificate, Apple ease of use takes over. Mail.app automatically sees the certificate and uses it. No configuration required.
This is a great step towards making encryption much less of a mirror shades phenomenon and more of something that anybody can–and should–use. Just think about it, a few minutes of pain getting a certificate, and now nobody will know the location of your secret lair or the plans for the “laser.” Mohahaha.
This could be an opportunity for Apple to establish itself even further in the vanguard of personal computing by building in a nice GUI front end to certificates in OS X, so that both creating and using certificates becomes available to the masses.
Now if I could only get my Evil Henchmen to go through the process and set up certificates of their own…
Music: “Who Am I? (Animatrix Edit)” by Peace Orchestra [Opens in iTunes]
Posted Wednesday, 28 January, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.