Mattia Campagnano

Mattia Campagnano

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Internet of Things? Not a sure thing!

Recently there's been a whole lot of talking about Internet of Things and the possible wonders it could deliver for us.

A necessary premise: I deeply hate this term, along with all the fad words created by marketing people who don't have a clue about IT.

Internet of Things doesn't mean a darn thing in IT. If we want to say something meaningful, we should talk about "Internet of Hosts".

Monday, March 23, 2015

Office for Mac 2016 Beta Preview - A Standardizing Overhaul

On March 5 Microsoft has released a preview of the coming Office 2016 for Mac, available for download here.

The Beta features new versions for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook and includes OneNote, previously released as a free standalone application downloadable from App Store.

I installed it and tested for you (a special thanks to my buddy Brandan for this lead).


Friday, March 20, 2015

Google Drive for OS X - Share (again) with a right-click

Google Drive for OS X allowed, before Yosemite, to share a file stored in the Google Drive folder with a simple right-click.

With the latest OS X release (10.10), this option had been taken out, forcing users to do it from the Web.

Yesterday, after pressing requests by dissatisfied customers, Google has taken the sharing functionalities back.

Mountain View has surely taken action to address the risk of losing to other sharing platforms, such as DropBox, but I consider this a very positive news.

One more reason to use Google Drive,  even though I don't recommend doing it for sensitive or very personal files.

Monday, March 16, 2015

How to force quit a Mac application

Mac applications may sometimes crash, even though not so often as in Windows, and, when this happens, you can force quit them in several ways:

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Ghost USB devices? Windows registry is your friend

Are you a system administrator and suspect one of your users has utilized a USB device, Infringing the company's policies?

Do you share your computer with other persons and fear someone could have copied your files elsewhere?

You can discover it by analyzing the following Windows registry key: HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\USBSTOR\.

Every time a USB device is plugged in, a sub-key is created under the above key.

Here is an example of what I found for a forensic lab I've done for my File System Analysis class.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

(Not) Another brick in the wall - Cyber security & Big Brother


We live in an age where privacy and individual rights are at stake and are constantly threatened. For years we've been told that it was necessary to trade our liberties for more security but the question than needs to be answered is: how far can this go? Is it sustainable to allow the government, security agencies, financial institutions, credit score companies, collection companies and other subjects collect any sort of data about private individuals without their knowledge?

Picture from the movie "1984"

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

(Un)comfortably dumb - Cyber security and awareness

Hi, I'm a computer junkie, sitting all day in front of a PC.
During my career I've gone a long way, from the mysteries of a word processor to the deep caves of Windows, then I've plunged into the darkness of a command line where nobody gets out alive. Afterward I started feeling the UNIX call and I did it, I switched to Mac. I've dated the Big Bitten Apple and I'm still deeply in love with it but I started wondering what was so cool about the Penguin and so I learned that his name was Linux. I've met all of these guys we grandly call "operating systems". They're nice guys, even though they have their bad days, but every time I cussed and yelled at them I learned something new.

Monday, March 9, 2015

4 Quick overlooked Windows hacks

  1. Open up Task Manager right away (SHIFT/ALT/ ESC): most people are used to access Task Manager with CTRL/ALT/DEL but this implies one more step, while the alternative combination opens it up directly. 

Friday, March 6, 2015

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Pre-Release (with a sneak peek at Photos)

On March 2 Apple has made available for download the pre-release of the upcoming Yosemite 10.10.3

As I had previously signed up for the beta release of the new Apple operating system back in October, I received from Apple an official email invitation to test the new version.
The email contained a link to the webpage of the OS X Beta Program. In order to download the beta you need to click Enroll your Mac to receive beta updates and download a package, called YosemiteBetaAccessUtility.dmg, that allows you to download beta updates through the App Store.

After installing the above utility, you'll see the Pre-Release listed among the available updates within the App Store.
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