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ZOC Terminal 7.19.1 - Telnet/SSH/SSH2 client and terminal emulator.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:54

ZOC Terminal is a Telnet/SSH/SSH2 client and terminal emulator. Featuring tabbed sessions, typed command history, scrollback, and multi-window support, ZOC Terminal's implemented emulations have made it the preferred tool for anyone who needs to access Unix shell accounts from a Windows or OS X platform.

Emulate widely-used or specialized terminals:

  • vt102
  • vt220
  • TN3270
  • TN5250
  • Wyse
  • TVI
  • Sun's CDE

Transfer files through major protocols:

  • X-, Y-, and Z-modem
  • Kermit
  • SCP

Version 7.19.0: Fixed:
  • VT emulations processed "esc % @" incorrectly
  • on areas that were invisible, mouse highlighting also became invisible
  • REXX ZocDeviceControl "SETDTR on/off" did set DTR signal incorrectly (inverse)

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Senior judge: Put AI in charge of reviewing social media evidence

The Register - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:45
Court of Appeal beak reckons tech will help solve disclosure scandal

A senior judge has said that "technology has created many of our current disclosure problems" – and then added that AI will fix them.…

Rest Time 1.09 - Simple and elegant break reminder.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:16

Rest Time is a small, simple, elegant and unobtrusive break reminder. Taking regular rest breaks away from your computer is essential for remaining focused, maintaining your energy levels throughout the day and preventing discomfort and repetitive strain injuries. Rest Time lives under an icon in your Mac's menu bar and detects for how long you have been working without requiring privileged access that might put your privacy as well as your internet security at risk.

  • Intelligent Activity Monitoring - Dumb timers are annoying. That's why Rest Time is clever: It will never start a timer when you're not actually at your Mac and it will detect when you have taken a break without needing any prodding. Unlike other tools, Rest Time does so without requiring you to give it the dreaded "Access for Assistive Devices", which would lay you wide open for key logging and risking your privacy, as well as your internet security.
  • Chilltastic Breaks - During a break Rest Time takes over your display and shows you a relaxing animation that gets you straight into a chill-out mood. While it locks the screen to gently force you away from your Mac, the unique time lock button allows to unlock it with only a little of fuss but a lot of guilt.
  • Your Companion, Not Your Boss - Rest Time recognizes that there are times when taking a break is not an option and allows you to disable its countdown for up to 12 hours. This allows you to safely get it out of your way during presentations or other times when its use might be inappropriate without having to quit it and likely forget about it altogether.
  • Simple and Elegant - Rest Time reminds you to take breaks and has everything it needs to do so well; and nothing else. The resulting design is uncomplicated and easy to live with, day in day out.
  • Features
    • Simple, elegant menu item bar user interface
    • Privacy preserving activity monitoring
    • 10, 5, and 3 minute warnings before breaks
    • Soothing break animation
    • Disabled without quitting
    • Clock only starts running when you become active
    • Detects informal breaks
    • Deals gracefully with Mac going to sleep
    • Locks entire screen, but can be unlocked if necessary
    • Supports multiple displays
    • Automatic software updates
    • 14-day free trial
    • From a team with over twenty years of continuous Mac development

    Version 1.09:
    • Allows the digits in the menu bar to be hidden to save space

    • OS X 10.11 or later

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Usenetic 1.00 - Usenet client with MegaSearch (beta).

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:06

With Usenetic, you search, download, and post articles from/to usenet. It has its very own search engine with a retention of almost 10 years.

  • MegaSearch with 3347-day retention
  • Search engine includes general and erotica newsgroups
  • Keyword search on subject, newsgroup, poster, file-size, and any combination
  • Filter to exclude password protected files
  • Filter to exclude obfuscated titles
  • Watchdog auto search and download
  • Full NZB support, import and export
  • Download statistics
  • Very fast auto-repair and extract
  • Auto-join files
  • Auto-correct reversed filenames
  • Bandwidth speed limiter
  • Post messages to usenet
  • Post binaries to usenet
  • Cleanup unwanted files
  • Download individual files
  • Supports unlimited news-servers
  • Supports unlimited backups-servers

Version 1.00:
  • First non-beta release.

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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Cray slaps an all-flash makeover on its L300 array to do HPC stuff

The Register - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:03
ClusterStor node uses slower SAS SSDs

Cray has announced the L300F, an all-flash array for high-performance computing functioning as a speed booster for ClusterStor installations.…

What is Our Martian Quarantine Protocol?

Hack a Day - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:01

If you somehow haven’t read or watched War of the Worlds, here’s a spoiler alert. The Martians are brought down by the common cold. You can argue if alien biology would be susceptible to human pathogens, but if they were, it wouldn’t be surprising if aliens had little defense against our bugs. The worrisome part of that is the reverse. Could an astronaut or a space probe bring back something that would ravage the Earth with some disease? This not science fiction, it is both a historically serious question and one we’ll face in the near future. If we send people to Mars are they going to come back with something harmful?

A Bit of News: Methane Gas Fluctuations on Mars

What got me thinking about this was the mounting evidence that there could be life on Mars. Not a little green man with a death ray, but perhaps microbe-like life forms. In a recent press release, NASA revealed that they not only found old organic material in rocks, but they also found that methane gas is present on Mars and the amount varies based on the season with more methane occurring in the summer months. There’s some dispute about possible inorganic reasons for this, but it is at least possible that the variation is due to increased biological activity during the summer.

These aren’t the first potential signs of life on Mars, either. In 1996, David McKay, Everett Gibson, and Kathie Thomas-Keprta from the Johnson Space Center announced they had found microbial fossils in a piece of meteorite that originated on Mars (see picture, below). The scientific community came up with a lot of alternative explanations, but to this day we don’t know conclusively if it is evidence of Martian life or just an inorganic process.

History Repeats

So far, there’s nothing really worrisome about Martian microbes because they are far away. But we have had contact with one other extraterrestrial body already: the moon. If you think the moon landing was fake, you’ve clearly overestimated the ability of the government to keep a secret. In 1969, two astronauts who had walked on the moon returned to Earth. Would they go down in history as modern-day typhoid Mary’s?

There was a very low chance that the moon harbored any sort of dangerous microbes, but there was a chance. And the price to pay for being wrong could have been very high, so NASA erred on the side of caution. That’s how the Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) came into being.

Chillin’ in an RV

If you have ever seen an Airstream trailer, you’d recognize the MQF. It was a 35-foot trailer that had no wheels but did have an elaborate air filtering system. Once the Apollo capsule landed in the ocean, the recovery crew threw down isolation suits the crew put on until they were brought to USS Hornet where they were installed in the MQF.

Although 35 feet doesn’t sound very big for three men, it was spacious compared to the lunar capsule they’d been in. Actually, there were five men inside — an engineer and a doctor were sealed in with the crew for the 65-hour observation period. Carried by airplane and truck, the MQF made its way to Pearl Harbor and then Houston. Once in Houston, the space travelers were released for two more weeks of isolation in the Lunar Receiving Lab.

The same procedure was in place until Apollo 15. Of course, Apollo 13 didn’t reach the moon, so it didn’t use the MQF either. Looking back on it, it seems almost silly that there was so much concern.

Now There’s Mars

It might seem silly now, but back then the logic was sound. First and foremost, if there was any chance at all, you had to be sure. Being wrong would have been devastating — possibly even killing everyone on Earth. Second, this was a well-funded and highly-visible government project so there was some political need to look cautious and a lot of money available to do so.

Mars may be a different story. NASA isn’t funded like it used to be. Elon Musk’s company may get there first, or maybe another country will go. We are at a time when people aren’t as careful as they used to be, in a lot of areas. Will we take precautions against a Martian plague?

Even if you think native Martian life is not likely (or not likely to want to feast on humans and other Earth creatures), there’s another concern. In fact, it may be more likely and more likely to be deadly. It turns out that despite NASA’s unwillingness to go out on a limb and say there is life on Mars, we know that there is almost certainly some life on Mars. We know that because we brought it there ourselves.

Every spacecraft we send to the red planet — or anywhere — will have some amount of Earth life within it. The process even has a name: forward contamination. NASA has a planetary protection officer that ensures the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) standards are met. This international standard requires that all space exploring nations limit the chance of contamination to 1 in 1,000 total. It even goes as far as to allocate that total to different nations. The US is allowed a 1 in 40,000 chance.

The initial Viking probes were baked almost sterile, but after discovering the harsh environment on the Martian surface, future probes were given more latitude. However, more recent research has shown that on Earth, microbes can live under some hellish conditions, so there is some likelihood we’ve already contaminated Mars.

Don’t think the microbes would survive the ride to Mars? Think again. Experiments on the International Space Station confirm that the cleaning done by NASA leaves only the hardiest strains of bacteria and it appears that at least some could hibernate until they found the right conditions for life. In fact, under current COSPAR rules, if NASA’s Curiosity probe finds water, it can’t get near it because it is not clean enough.

Double Threat

So there are really two threats. Native Martian microbes hitching a ride to Earth, or mutated Earth organisms catching a lift back to their home planet. Either way could have serious consequences. The same COSPAR group that dictates how many microbes you can take to Mars and other planets also specifies how to quarantine things coming back. The United States actually had the “Extra-Terrestrial Exposure Law” at the time of the moon landings, but that was removed in 1991. So it isn’t clear if a private entity like Musk would be required to follow any such procedure.

Of course, this is Hackaday, so what’s the hacker angle to all this? In my opinion, part of the problem here is defining life. What’s alive and what’s not? Like Justice Potter Stewart said about pornography, “I know it when I see it.” On Star Trek it was easy to “scan” a planet and announce you’d found life forms. But what does that mean exactly? There have been cases found of inorganic matter self-organizing. There are macromolecular systems that self-replicate. There is no assurance that alien life would be based on the carbon chemistry we associate with life.

A few decades of scientists haven’t figured that out yet. Maybe its time we took a crack at it. How can you detect life? For safety, how much life do you need to detect? Microbial life? Is it possible that inorganic life (e.g., silicon-based life) would not be harmful to people? Are we sure? Even just determining Earth-like life — preferably over at least a short distance — would be a great benefit to science.  If you want some reading on that topic, stop off at NASA’s astrobiology web site.

All the images in this post are from NASA, as you might expect. If you want to see more about the MQF, Airstream has an interesting video with a few internal details of the facility’s construction. You can see that video, below.

Swiftify 4.2 - Objective-C converter for Xcode.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:00

Swiftify Xcode extension allows you to convert Objective-C code to Swift right from Xcode.

Version 4.2: Fixed:
  • Xcode needs to be closed and reopened to see the changes.
  • [Filename] couldn’t be moved to [Folder] because either the former doesn’t exist, or the folder containing the latter doesn’t exist.
  • API key gets successfully verified given a bogus input. Moved API key verification to a background thread.
  • FAQ and support links.

  • macOS 10.12 or later

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IP Camera Viewer 6.39 - $59.99

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:50

IP Camera Viewer is the next generation of our multi-camera video-surveillance app. IP Camera Viewer allows you to monitor and record video from any number of IP cameras on your Mac. It allows you to record video always, on schedule, or on motion events only. Intuitive video search allows quick review of recorded video and export incidents as movies or just images. The app allows you to email motion events, upload video to your FTP server, setup maps of your building, put the cameras on the maps, and more.

  • The app supports thousands of popular IP camera models
  • In addition, the generic camera drivers allow to support many other models: ONVIF-compatible cameras, RTSP, and MJPEG streams.
  • Recording of video and motion detection is available for any camera model.

Download the 7-day trial to see how the app simplifies your video surveillance tasks. We appreciate your purchases. It allows us to continue improving the app. Let us know if you have a camera that is not supported yet, or if you need any other additions to the app. Please send requests and feedback to

Version 6.39:
  • Added support for ONVIF2 cameras

  • macOS 10.12 or later

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GNS3 2.1.8 - Graphical network simulator that allows simulation of complex networks.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:38

GNS3 is a graphical network simulator that allows simulation of complex networks.

To allow complete simulations, GNS3 is strongly linked with:

  • Dynamips, the core program that allows Cisco IOS emulation
  • Dynagen, a text-based front-end for Dynamips
  • Qemu, a generic and open source machine emulator and virtualizer
  • GNS3 is an excellent complementary tool to real labs for network engineers, administrators and people wanting to pass certifications such as CCNA, CCNP, CCIP, CCIE, JNCIA, JNCIS, JNCIE
  • Design of high quality and complex network topologies
  • Emulation of many Cisco IOS router platforms, IPS, PIX and ASA firewalls, JunOS
  • Simulation of simple Ethernet, ATM and Frame Relay switches
  • Connection of the simulated network to the real world!
  • Packet capture using Wireshark
  • Important notice: users have to provide their own IOS/IPS/PIX/ASA/JunOS to use with GNS3

Version 2.1.8:
  • Add error information when cannot access/read IOS/IOU config file. Ref #2501
  • Fallback when using process name to bring console to front.
  • Use process name to bring console to front. Fixes #2514.

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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Review Sherlock 1.0.7 - App Store and Mac App Store analysis.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:30

Review Sherlock allows you to analyze all the reviews posted on the App Store and the Mac App Store, retrieving all the reviews of all countries at once. It has a clear and precise interface containing all the necessary elements to analyze and understand the reviews and scores for your application. Enter your software in Review Sherlock, then retrieve all the reviews. You can then--thanks to Review Sherlock--get a pie chart or stick notes, study a specific review, export a review, all the reviews, or a list of all authors for a given application.

  • Unlimited number of applications
  • Unlimited number of extracted reviews
  • Application
    • Export the application
    • Remove all applications
    • Remove one application
    • Update the application
  • Reviews
    • Export the reviews
    • Tools to help deleting a review
    • Update the reviews
  • Users
    • Export the author’s list
    • Export the user’s review
    • Tools to find an user
  • Tools
    • Reviews world map.
    • Choice of the extraction method. (JSON or XML)
    • Diagrams to analyze and understand the ratings
    • Full screen mode support
    • HTTP 1.0 or HTTP 1.1 suport
    • HTTP Proxy support
    • Logs to analyze the connection and data extraction
    • Logs cleaning
    • Notifications support
    • Parameters to optimize extraction
    • Preferences cleaning

Version 1.0.7:
  • Optimization of the code
  • Correction of the menu
  • Correction of the translations

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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WebKit 232920 - Open-Source Web-browser engine.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:27

WebKit is an Open-Source Web-browser engine. WebKit is also the name of the OS X system framework version of the engine that's used by Safari, Dashboard, Mail, and many other OS X applications. WebKit's HTML and JavaScript code began as a branch of the KHTML and KJS libraries from KDE.

Version 232920:
  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • macOS 10.13 or later

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Worktime 1.1.8 - Stopwatch and time-tracking tool.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:26

Worktime is a stopwatch application which allows you to calculate the time charged for your achievements and work. Moreover it is a simple stopwatch software and a complete time tracking tool.

  • Import and backup of your time data to CSV
  • Management of your activities and your hourly rates
  • Manage your time tracking

Version 1.1.8:
  • Optimization of the code.
  • Correction of the menu.
  • Correction of the stopwatch.
  • Correction of the windows position.
  • Correction of the translations.
  • Correction of the currencies.

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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Outguess 1.1.6 - Conceal your document inside a JPEG image.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:25

Outguess is an advanced steganography tool. Outguess will hide your file inside the picture of your choice in easy steps.

To hide a file within an image:

  • Select your image (container) and a file to hide (content);
  • Write a key in the preferences (used to hide data);
  • Click "hide data" to hide your file within your image.

To extract the hidden file from an Outguess image previously saved:

  • select an Outguess image in the extract panel;
  • write the correct key in the extract panel;
  • click extract.

Version 1.1.6:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.11 or later running on a 64-bit Intel processor

  • Optimization of the code.
  • Correction of the translations.

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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Norton AntiVirus Definitions 20180619-002 - Virus definitions for Symantec/Norton AntiVirus.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:24

Norton AntiVirus Definitions are the latest anti-virus detection files. The installer will automatically update Norton AntiVirus virus definitions and engine files to detect and repair the most recently discovered Mac viruses. This file is a self-extracting archive which contains the Norton AntiVirus Virus Definitions Installer. Once downloaded and expanded on your hard drive, simply double-click on the Installer and the appropriate files will be installed on your computer.

Version 20180619-002:
  • Includes the latest virus definitions

  • OS X 10.4.11 or later
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0.6 through 12.1.3, Norton AntiVirus 11.x, or Symantec AntiVirus 10.2

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Cryptext 1.1.1 - Secure your writings and notes.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:24

Cryptext helps you secure your writings and notes easily. Cryptext use AES algorithm to protect the content of your texts.

  • AES encryption of your texts
  • Choice of two AES methods for encryption and decryption
  • Passwords are stored securely inside your keychains
  • Logs of encryption and decryption
  • Export,import,print your secured texts
  • Comprehensive help

Version 1.1.1:
  • Optimization of the code.
  • Optimization of the graphics.
  • Correction of the translations.

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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Yang 1.1.3 - GUI for optimal utilization of Nikto.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:23

Yang is "Yet another Nikto GUI" leading you to an optimal utilization of Nikto, the security scanner. It helps you to secure your Web server using port 80 or others to analyze lack into scripts and into servers but most of all it will help you lead investigations into your website.

  • Yang is unlimited use and domains
  • Yang secures your network with one easy-step 'Launch button'
  • Yang is easy to configure for network administrators
  • Yang is currently translated into English and French

Version 1.1.3:
  • Optimization of the code.
  • Correction of the translations.

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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Universal Media Server 7.1.0 - DLNA-compliant UPnP media server.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:22

Universal Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP media server. It is based on PS3 Media Server by shagrath. It is actually an evolution of the "SubJunk Build" of PMS. UMS was started by SubJunk, an official developer of PMS, in order to ensure greater stability and file-compatibility. Because it is written in Java, Universal Media Server supports all major operating systems, with versions for Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows. The program streams or transcodes many different media formats with little or no configuration. It is powered by MEncoder, FFmpeg, tsMuxeR, AviSynth, MediaInfo and more, which combine to offer support for a wide range of media formats. A list of device support and a comparison of popular media servers is available here.

Version 7.1.0:
  • This release improves support for Panasonic and Samsung TVs, improves stability, improves the web interface, fixes many bugs and more!

  • OS X 10.7.3 or later

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