Once you go through the process of setting up and getting a certificate from a certificate authority, signing and encrypting mail in Mail.app is remarkably transparent. But there are drawbacks, such as each computer you use for sending and receiving mail must have a copy of the certificate, and if you use a webmail client to access your mailbox, you cannot read or send encrypted or signed mail. Being locked out of webmail is a bother for people who use different computers in the day.
This could be an opportunity for Apple to deliver more value with the .Mac service: Set up a relationship with Thawte or Verisign, or even become your own certificate authority, then make the certificate registration as painless as possible. Sign up for .Mac, go through the usual setup routine, and boom, there’s your certificate.
After that, include the certificate in iSync to make it super easy for people to get it on to different machines, and also include it in the .Mac webmail interface.
All of a sudden, Apple’s way ahead of the pack in enabling painless message signing and encryption for customers around the world.
Music: “Hands Around My Throat” by Death In Vegas [Opens in iTunes]
Posted Thursday, 29 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.