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PHILADELPHIA (Rixstep) — Research in networking leads one inexorably to Nmap. When it comes to networking, all roads lead to Nmap.

Even now, Nmap is very much up-to-date. As per Uncle Fyodor's missive from DEFCON last year.

Fellow hackers,

I'm here in Las Vegas for Defcon and delighted to release Nmap 7.80. It's the first formal Nmap release in more than a year, and I hope you find it worth the wait!


[If you don't know what Nmap is, click this link. You don't belong here. Bye.]

But, anyway, back to our topic. Presuming that you are, for some reason - because shiny Macs appeal to you, whatever - going to be running a Mac to run Nmap. After all, should you be discriminated against just because you hang out in that crowd?

Why indeed. And installing Nmap on your Gaybook is a no-brainer.

But there can be snags! These two screenshots come from a much earlier version of Gay OS X. (The latest version, Gayalina, is likely to get PMS if you try the same thing. Grrlpower!)



[Note that none of this nonsense happens on a Mac protected with the ACP and the Keymaster suite. See below.]

This is what an adept has to go through to just run a bloody application on Apple's current Kindergarten OS. And for those of you who still believe this is Apple's way of protecting their snowflake fanboys, think again. No one at Apple cares about them.

This is all about money - lots of money. Current ball park estimates are in the neighbourhood of US$ 6 billion annually. And the dimwitted fanboys are the bait.

Keymaster (and Seahaven)

Keymaster and its predecessor Seahaven both protect you from such nonsense.

Seahaven is built into Lightman and CandS. Merely having Lightman running will afford minimal protection. And you can always run CandS on your downloads to make sure they're fully sealed and protected.

But that's manual labour and there's no reason to exert oneself that much. Not when Keymaster's there for the taking!

You don't have to interact with Keymaster once you set it up. Keymaster takes care of everything for you. On its own.

The Lineup

Here are the ACP utilities that defeat the totalitarian rule of Tim Cook's Apple. No one else in the 'Mac Community' had the balls to even try, or even speak a word of protest against what's going on. No one.

  • CandS. Shorthand for 'Clean and Seal'. Cleans your target files of Apple Kindergarten cruft and then seals them so Apple can't contaminate them again.

  • Changes. The diagnostic tool developed by Rixstep to dig into the diabolical schemes Apple perpetrated on this once-pretty Unix system. Yours with the ACP.

  • Lightman. A general-purpose diagnostic and information tool developed by Rixstep to dig into system params and how both the legacy NeXT and the feeble new Apple interfaces deal with them. And, inasmuch as it's already set to monitor system activity, it can do a bit of cleanup too, with Rixstep's Seahaven technology. Yours with the ACP.

  • Keymaster. The unstoppable Gatekeeper-Killer. Yours with the ACP.

  • Xattr. The world's first GUI-based extended attribute editing utility, no matter what certain amateur Swift programmers claim who only turned up fifteen years later. Very powerful. Full granularity. Yours with the ACP.

The ACP also contains command-line tool versions of several of the above Cocoa (GUI-based) applications. Apple's Kindergarten tactics are of no consequence to ACP users.

Back to Uncle Fyodor

So now you can go back to Uncle Fyodor again and download (and run and enjoy) his Nmap. And you never need be bothered by that mean Apple Auntie ever again.

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Stockholm/London-based Rixstep are a constellation of programmers and support staff from Radsoft Laboratories who tired of Windows vulnerabilities, Linux driver issues, and cursing x86 hardware all day long. Rixstep have many years of experience behind their efforts, with teaching and consulting credentials from the likes of British Aerospace, General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Lloyds TSB, SAAB Defence Systems, British Broadcasting Corporation, Barclays Bank, IBM, Microsoft, and Sony/Ericsson.

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