Mac Attack: Get ready IT doofus, your world is about to be turned right-side-up

“Macs may be a minority of PCs in any business, but these days they are used by most businesses,” InfoWorld reports. “And as more companies roll out ‘choose your own PC’ and ‘bring your own PC’ policies, IT will only need to be more familiar with managing Mac OS X systems.”

“To help IT manage Macs, InfoWorld has put together an 18-page ‘Business Mac’ Deep Dive PDF special report that’s chock-full of hands-on tips, techniques, and tools for managing everything from user access to security from our roster of Mac experts,” InfoWorld reports.

InfoWorld reports, “The Deep Dive report gives special attention to the newest Mac operating system: Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and its Server counterpart.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Why suffer with an upside-down and backwards pretend Mac when you can bring your real Mac to work instead?

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

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45 Comments

  1. YIKES! I’m skimming through the PDF and immediately notice a panning of Mac OS X 10.7 Server. Sadly it does not point out that nearly all the GUI apps are available for FREE from Apple’s website. The GUI tools are NOT GONE!. Sheesh!

    AND! Some dumbass (Roger A. Grimes) from Microsoft was allowed to write a BOGUS ‘Security through Obscurity’ HIT essay. I want to KILL. I personally have proven this IDIOTIC concept to be a LIE with no basis in reality. Run along to my Mac-Security Blog if you care.

    I wish I could cheer for this “Deep Dive’ document, but it is RIDDLED with IGNORANCE.

    Poor show InfoWorld. You continually remind me why I never bother to read your rubbish.

  2. I cleansed myself of the Winblows stain by committing virtual ritual harakiri. I took a sledgehammer to the Winblows PC and sent it to Ballmer heaven where 72 bearded virgins await. 

    I’m among the first batch of employees buying Macs on a stipend from the company but there are many, many left to convert. 90% are too lazy or too entrenched in the Winblows ecosystem for a separation not to be traumatic, and many are trapped under the influence of the Stockholm Syndrome. It’s mainly inertia that Apple has to battle against but a journey of a thousand miles must begin with the first step.

    On a related note, have you seen the number of Macs deployed by NASA engineers working on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity in JPL, Caltech? An amazing number, more than 50%, which just goes to show Mars is free from the bane of MS.

      1. I finished it off with a kick directed at Ballmer’s groin area administered as if from a 7th Dan black belt master yoji. Which leads into an interesting side tale of what happened to the right nut…it flew off to Jupiter and never came back….

  3. We are not at 100% mac availability at work yet but getting closer all the time. I’d say probably 40% of our workforce has a choice currently so its a work in progress currently and will happen eventually.

    The only thing slowing us down is red tape, certification for certain projects and some areas where inhouse tools are tied to windows currently.

  4. @Derek Currie

    The “computer store worker” who is telling the world and telling the hackers in security that they are full of crap and don’t know what they are talking about. If you followed the world of pentesters and true security hackers YOU would know that OS X has been saved through ‘Security through Obscurity’. The pentesters/hackers just laugh and make fun of idiots like you. They have spent their life hacking and then some people like you “the computer store worker ” tells then they are full of crap. (whats wrong with this picture)

    Derek, you are a “want to be” security expert. Granted OS X Lion was a great leap in security. Leopard and Snow Leopard could be hacked with ease to a skilled hacker. Lion has changed the game and Lion is now just a hair more secure than Windows 7.

    And with your “computer store workers security expertise”
    YOU will disagree with the latter statement. right???

    Lion is just a hair more secure then Windows 7 . Windows 7 is more secure then Leopard and Snow Leopard.

    The above statement is fact in the real world of security.

    Derek, “my shit does not stink” Currie calling industry leaders in security IGNORANT . Yea, we ALWAYS believe
    the “computer store worker” on his hacking and security prowess.

    1. Your “security through obscurity” premise has been thoroughly and completely debunked numerous times. Not by Currie, but by noted cryptography and security experts like Bruce Schneier.

      Most of your argument reminds me of a quote from Sinclair:
      It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. — Upton Sinclair

      1. Or “It is discouraging to try and penetrate a mind like yours. You ought to get it out and dance on it. That would take some of the rigidity out of it.” – Mark Twain

      2. “noted cryptography and security experts like Bruce Schneier.”

        Thanks 8^þ.
        I got into studying and writing about security because there was nowhere coherent to read about it for Mac, and I enjoy translating and evaluating ‘pro’ tech lingo into user tech lingo. I have never read Bruce Schneier previously. I’ll be adding him to my list of usual suspects for security news and opinion. (Maybe you should consider doing the same, psycho stalker ‘TED’). I frequently site my other sources via my blog, which I have linked around here somewhere.

        1. To me, Bruce Schneier is the Bob Dylan, or the Ludwig Wittgenstein, of Cryptography. All three men didn’t stop with a best seller: they continued to study, to think and innovate, and reinvent themselves, even contradict themselves. And all three revered truth as the penultimate goal, not as a treasured but desiccated possession to be secreted away from the rude masses of humanity.

          But, that’s just me…daughter of a Cold War cryptanalyst…

    2. I don’t believe in security through obscurity, never have, and yes I am a security expert.

      I do believe in a false sense of security through ignorance, and there has been plenty of that from users of all platforms.

      Agreed about past OS X security from a counter measure perspective. There really was very little beyond basic Unix permissions for a long time.

      No idea who Derrick Currie is and I don’t trust any ‘expert’ who clings to one platform. Generally those are the ‘experts’ who are incapable of seeing the big picture and their tendency to turn a blind eye to their platform of choice destroys their credibility in my mind. i feel that way about MS devotees just as much as I do about ‘experts’ who can’t see beyond SE Linux (a lot of security professionals fall into the SE tunnel vision syndrome)

    3. you “the computer store worker ”

      AHAHAHAHAHA! Anonymous Coward ‘TED’ lays another load. Astoundingly deliberate ignorance there TED. But you already knew that.

      So when are you going to tear away the mask and shock us all with your horrifying visage? But you won’t let that happen because you know you’d be embarrassed to let anyone know you’re a psycho stalker in your spare time. 🙄

  5. I think its time people occupy the server room and tell IT managers to let go of their 1990’s mentalities.

    Corporate managers should be aware that their business may be suffering from employing these IT people that don’t want to convert. I am not saying this to turn away from PCs completely because there is still some value in using them i.e; (door stops, bookends, desk partitions, etc.) but to refuse to utilize Macs in any computer environment is restricting growth and expansion.

    If you manage a business without Macs, you will get left behind.

    If you are an IT person in a non-Mac environment, get out.

    If you are in the IT field, learn OS-X server and see your employability expand.

    Just my 2¢

    1. I agree with the part about IT not wanting to even look at a Mac. I run those fools off regularly.

      I cannot however agree to spending time learning OS X server, UNIX sure, OS X’s GUI administration tools um no. Its DOA in the enterprise and I do not see that changing anytime soon considering Apple got out of Enterprise servers.

      If you want to be forward thinking in the server room then learn Linux, that is the game changer in the server room, not OS X.

      1. “I cannot however agree to spending time learning OS X server, UNIX sure”

        Mac OS X Server = UNIX. The CLI is only the Terminal app away and it runs all the UNIX commands.

        “It’s DOA in the enterprise and I do not see that changing anytime soon considering Apple got out of Enterprise servers.

        I can’t argue with that. Apple shot themselves in the foot with MOSX Server hardware removal from the market. On the other hand, they’d been pushing MOSX Server for ten years and were only successful in the education enterprise business. IMHO Apple gave up.

        Nonetheless, MOSX Server remains a brilliant and in many ways superior alternative to Windows Server. You can’t beat the price at $50 with no user limits. Apple give away their Xsan software for free with every client copy of Lion. I’ve been running Mac OS X Server 24/7 as an Internet FTP server for several years. I can’t kill it. It does everything I need.

  6. My University obliges students to rent a laptop computer. Over the years it has been IBM, Gateway, Toshiba, and more recently HP or Mac. Mac has gone from a handful of users to 60 % in 4 years. Give smart kids a choice….

    1. I love how you can walk in, throw your BS lies around.
      oh yeah…. WITH NO PROOF OR LINKS…. so it’s 100% OPINION.
      and then tell someone else that calls you out for the dipshit you are…. to show proof that you are wrong.

      oh wait, if you had any amount of brainpower, you would have noticed he DID post a link for you to read.
      must have been too much for you.. I’m pretty sure we can find some Cartoons for you to read.

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