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This is the weblog for Pete Finnigan. Pete works in the area of Oracle security and he specialises in auditing Oracle databases for security issues. This weblog is aimed squarely at those interested in the security of their Oracle databases.

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OT: Another Apple post

This is starting to seem like a weekend tradition, to post off topic and also to post about Apple computers. I don't think it will become a regular thing though as I don't have enough material on Apple's computers..:-). I posted last week an entry titled "OT: A book on how to build an Apple 1 replica" - where I talked about the book Apple I Replica Creation which I had seen advertised. I have not had the chance to buy it yet but I probably will. I went into Borders in York today to have a look and see if they had it but had no luck. Out of interest in my last post I mentioned the book Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution by Steven Levy and said that I had a copy that had circumvented the globe twice with me. Josh Wright who is teaching the 6 day hands on SECURITY 509: Securing Oracle track that I wrote for SANS Institute told me that if I could circumvent the globe then could I let him know how it is done!, Of course I meant circumnavigated..:-)

Back to the plot... As I said I was in Borders looking for the Apple 1 replica book and by chance came across another book about Apple called Revolution in The Valley which I picked up with interest. I have read most books on the personal computer revolution and its history. My favourite being Steven Levy's Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution but I also liked his book on the history of Apple and Macintosh - Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer That Changed Everything. The new Andy Herzfeld book is very well laid out and designed and looks like a very interesting read. There is a forward by Steve Wozniak that says this is the best and most true book that he has read about the history of Apple and the Mac. The book includes loads of photos and even copies of Andy's notebooks from the time. The book is based around short stories that Andy had written down and published on a website about Apples history and the history and memories of creating the Mac. There are a number of other authors that have now written for the site and you can search and add comments. This is a good website. The book -
Revolution In The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made
- is based on the site and includes key events and stories mostly written by Andy. Anyway i bought it and will read it mostly because I like these types of history books.

Of interest this evening i also note that Mark is also talking Apple in his post Apple Move To Intel Processors From 2006. This is an interesting post by Mark and could prove a good alternative platform for Oracle in the future.

OK, that is it, back to Oracle security now..:-)