Archive for July, 2008

Mac Security Software

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

I like Intego more than Mcafee on the Mac side.  I’m running a triple boot MacPro and a MacBook Pro.  Since I’m a staff member/student I purchased a couple licenses from a company called CreationEngine.  It was half the price of the retail version of Internet Security Barrier X5 Personal Antispam Edition DP.  The software comes with a license for BitDefender Internet Security 2008 for Windows and a link to a 32 bit download of the software. 
I’m not crazy about running 32 bit software with a 64 bit OS.  So I downloaded a trial version of the Bitdefender from Bitdefenders website, which has 64 bit drivers, and plugged in the serial #.  Hey it worked!  I didn’t see anything in the license agreement preventing this, so it seems kosher.
I contacted Bitdefender support and asked if I could run the same serial # for two Windows partitions on the same hardware/PC.  Amazingly they said it was Ok.  Woo hoo!

In case you don’t recall, Safari doesn’t have much in the line of antiphishing technology.  That’s why I purchased the software.

MacPro- Extra SATA ports

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

There’s a company called NewerTech that’s selling ESATA cables that will take advantage of the SATA ports on the motherboard.  This will allow you to hook up an external ESATA hard drive to your Apple.

http://www.newertech.com/products/esata_cable.php

Things you should be aware of:

If you use the extra SATA ports on the motherboard (located near the fan) and have a dual/triple/etc boot with another OS, the additional OS’s will not recognize the drives.  The Apple EFI BIOS will automatically set the other OS’s to go into Legacy mode instead of AHCI.  You can use a grub bootloader to tweak the settings for Windows/Linux and trick it into going to AHCI mode, but then you will have to reinstall the OS with a driver disk (along with Intel AHCI drivers…See “RAID” drivers on Intel’s website).

If you use the extra ports for an Optical drive (Blueray), then be aware utilities like Toast will not work with Blueray.  Roxio Toast does not recognize SATA buses in viewing Blueray and there are reported problems with burning (Of course Windows won’t see the drive at all).  If you want Blueray for burning/viewing get a drive that’s EIDE/IDE/PATA or buy an IDE/SATA converter. If you use the SATA ports for extra drives only seen by Apple (ESATA), then everything should work fine.  I’m testing a LG GGW-H20L Blueray/HD-DVD/DVD/Lightscribe (SATA drive) player now.  I’ve ordered a SATA/IDE from http://www.cooldrives.com/sahadradtoid.html since it seems to fit inside of the MacPro’s confined space.   I’ll let you know how it turns out.

P.S. 

I’m not 100% sure that Fusion or Parallels will see the ESATA drives.

*** Update ***
I received the IDE/SATA converter.  It’s an easy install *IF* you’re planning on only 1 drive in the bay.  If you have two drives, get a power splitter or an short 3 inch power extender cable.  Then try to work that blasted thing in.  You’ll know what I mean when you try it.  Geez.
Anyway, everything seems to work in Windows and the Mac side now.  I even ran a firmware update on the drive from inside Windows Vista64.