Fri 12 Sep 2003
SMTP-AUTH actually works on Postfix on OS X
Category : Commentary/postfixsmtpauth.txt
We've finally got SMTP-AUTH working on Postfix on OS X. So it's really going to be exciting this move to Panther. We're going to have this first-class Unix system to work on that loses nothing to Linux.
It wasn't easy and I wanted to give up a few times. But I felt that this was going to be a key piece of technology, if the Mac is going to be accepted as a first-class computing platform for the enterprise. I can imagine corporate IT departments frowning on the use of a roving SMTP server enabled by either Sendmail or Postfix Enabler. They'll be pushing to have all mail sent out exclusively from the corporate server.
So we'll always want have this SMTP-AUTH option working when we need to. And this is just the start. Imagine being able to authenticate against an enterprise-wide LDAP server or against a MySQL database, or both. The tools on OS X just gets better and better.
Yet another PC Guy goes Mac
Category : Commentary/computerworldguygoesmac.txt
From InfoWorld to ComputerWorld, yet another PC guy goes Mac. The thing about these conversions is that these are probably the guys who were most vociferously anti-Mac in the days of OS 9. How can I tell? Well, the first thing he recommends you do is to activate the OS X firewall. After all, he found the Mac after a search for an easy to use and secure operating system. And he writes a book, "Securing the Network from Malicious Code."
The first thing a real Mac user does, in the days of OS 9, is to create a printed page and experiment with all the fonts and the layout, and dream about impressing the boss or the client with all the printed stuff, viruses and hackers be damned. But try to get another Mac into the department? Not if the IT guy can help it. I've gone through all these fights.
Come on, Apple. Play the game well. You're going to get a stab at the huge enterprise market. Just don't lose it this time. It may be your last.