Happy Holidays from Tao Effect!

Hey there blog readers! Hope your holiday break is going *fantastically well*! If it’s going less then stellar, remember, what matters most is not so much the situation that you find yourself in, but how you decide to react to it. I was reminded of this during a walk today, where I saw plenty of […]

Espionage 2.8.6 Released!

The changes below have been updated to include those of 2.8.7. Espionage 2.8.6 is finally out, and it’s highly recommended as it fixes many important issues and adds plenty of polish: IMPROVED: Intelligence of application templates w.r.t. dependencies and more IMPROVED: “Choose Password” changes to “Password Required” when re-adding an encrypted folder to Espionage IMPROVED: […]

Espionage 2.8.4 Released!

The changes below have been updated to include those of 2.8.5. Espionage 2.8.4 is out! Here are the changes: IMPROVED: SyncServices folder is now encrypted for many apps. Espionage tries to make sure it remains unlocked IMPROVED: The ‘Lock On Quit’ option is now per-folder instead of per-application IMPROVED: Relationship between ‘autounlock at login’ and […]

Espionage 2.8.3 Released!

Espionage 2.8.3 is a minor point update with some significant changes: NEW: Converted EspionageHelper to launchd agent, resulting in improvements to: Improved security for non-enrypted folders (which are still obviously insecure) Removes startup errors associated with Apple’s buggy Login Items code Crash recovery NEW: iPhoto application template IMPROVED: Notification regarding moving or renaming unlocked encrypted […]

Espionage 2.8 Introduces SmartMove!

We’ve been working hard to make Espionage even easier to use, and with 2.8 we think we made a little bit of a breakthrough in usability when it comes to moving and renaming folders. We call this new feature SmartMove. That isn’t the only change in 2.8 though, here’s the complete list: NEW: SmartMove – […]

The Ultimate Test Machine Saga

So, you want to quad-boot your Mac? What could possibly go wrong? This post explores that question. Motivation After upgrading to the latest Unibody, I decided to turn my old MacBook Pro into the ultimate testing environment. My goal was to be able to test and develop software for Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Windows XP, […]

Espionage 2.7 Released!

The changes below include the changes for 2.7.1 and are marked as such. We’re pleased to announce the release of Espionage 2.7, as usual, here’s the complete list of changes, followed by some of the key improvements: NEW: Espionage can now import sparseimages and sparsebundles, converting them to folders. NEW: Espionage now prevents the symlink […]

Existing iPhone Apps Breaking the TOS

Wow. It looks like someone made a Google Docs spreadsheet of existing iPhone applications breaking the TOS. Some of these “sub-standard” applications appear to include: The popular Rolando 2 for breaking 3.3.1 and 3.3.2 (Lua interpreter) Zombieville, #1 in all Games for a while, a Unity3D game (breaking 3.3.1) Ravensword: The Fallen King, #1 in […]

Steve Jobs’ Response: A Brief Followup

The attention that yesterday’s post received is astounding, but unfortunately from the looks of it a lot of people seem to have a poor understanding of the situation. I feel compelled to address some of the sticking points. On MonoTouch and other 3rd Party Tools Some people appear to be under the mistaken impression that […]

Steve Jobs’ response on Section 3.3.1

After posting my reaction to clause 3.3.1 of the iPhone SDK terms I decided to write Steve Jobs the following email: Hi Steve, Lots of people are pissed off at Apple’s mandate that applications be “originally written” in C/C++/Objective-C. If you go, for example, to the Hacker News homepage right now: <http://news.ycombinator.com/> You’ll see that […]