Archive for the 'Computer Science' Category


Monday, November 1st, 2010

Does the idea of wielding power—a lot of power—intrigue you? Check out fileXray. Start with the ebook. If you are one of the target audiences, it will be worth your time.

A TPM for Everyone

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Suppose you have a Macintosh without a TPM. This, of course, is highly likely because only the first few x86-based Macintosh models had TPMs. Now suppose you really want to experiment with Trusted Computing or features of the TPM in general. Your needs could be development-related or they could be purely academic. Well, you can [...]

XBinary: Extended Binary Format Support for Mac OS X

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

XBinary is software that lets you add kernel-level support for executing arbitrary binary formats on Mac OS X. To read more about it and to download it, visit the XBinary page.

AncientFS on Linux and FreeBSD

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

By popular demand, I’ve "ported" AncientFS to Linux and FreeBSD. It was reasonably straightforward. Largely on purpose, AncientFS depends on the cross-platform interfaces of MacFUSE for the most part. Most people don’t realize that MacFUSE is much more than a "Mac OS X implementation of the FUSE API." Of course, the name "MacFUSE" doesn’t help [...]

Extended Notes on AncientFS

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Here are some extended notes on understanding, compiling, and using AncientFS, the file system I talked about in the previous blog post.

More User-Space File System Goodies

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

There has been much buzz about new features and functionality in MacFUSE 2.0. Besides the MacFUSE 2.0 release, there are still more new and interesting things to be discussed in the realm of user-space file systems. As I described and briefly demonstrated during my recent talk at the Googleplex, I wrote several new user-space file [...]

Extending HFSDebug

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Recently, I had a need to know if any files or folders had been modified or created on an HFS+ volume in the past N seconds. There are many ways you could generate this type of information on Mac OS X. To begin with, you could try asking Spotlight. Besides Spotlight, Mac OS X has [...]

/bin/aural: The Solution

Monday, July 14th, 2008

1200 Baud Archaeology


Monday, June 30th, 2008

Here is a unique computer puzzle: the audio file (MP3 encoding) contains something that could well be music to many a hacker’s ears. What is it? Can you "prove" that it is what you say it is?


Thursday, January 31st, 2008

A Myth That Won’t Die

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