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Mind the gap.

'For the rectification of the Vuldronaii, we come as a Torb! The Shubs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of a Sloar that day, we can tell you!'

There it is. That's it.

That's all you need to stay safe with Apple's 10.14 Mojave, 10.15 Catalina, 11 Big Sur, and beyond.

Pictured there is Keymaster for the ACP activated and running to protect two directories: ~/Desktop and ~/Downloads. ~/Desktop is where you by default get all your screenshots and ~/Downloads is where you get - you guessed it - all your downloads.

And all the files deposited there are laden with shit.

Not that ordinary users see any of it of course. Oh no - they're kept in the dark by the company they trust. But the shit is there still and all.

But you can see it. You've got the ACP. And now you've got Keymaster.

History won't be kind to Tim Cook. Neither computer history or history in general. No corporation, public or otherwise, has so desecrated something so universally lauded and appreciated as Tim Cook's Apple did with Unix and NeXTSTEP. No other Unix platform makes such a mess of things. No other Unix platform attempts to constrict developers and users like Apple. Paul Graham hasn't condemned other Unix platforms - only Apple.

Perhaps you're primarily a developer. On OS X macOS, for example. You share files with other developers. You see - or at least feel - what's going on under the bonnet. And it gives you a royal pain.

Perhaps you're an ACP developer. (Lucky you.) Then you not only feel but you see this shit all the time.

You see the gunk plastered on your files, either from the innards of the quarantine in ~/Library/Containers or in your files in your ~/Downloads directory. And you can't be pleased about it.

Keymaster rescues you from all that.

Mind the Gap!

There's namely a 'gap' in Apple's scheme of 'total control': the gap between your download and when you first make your local system aware of its existence. That's when Keymaster comes to the rescue - automagically.

Start a new Keymaster document. Populate it with the directories you want to protect, like ~/Desktop and ~/Downloads. Other developers want to also protect /usr/share. Fine. They can. Then click Keymaster's 'Go' button and kick back and relax. And Keymaster takes care of the rest.

No more supercilious nonsense attached to your files. No more software you trust being put in quarantine and being told where and where not it can read and write things. Your computer is once again your computer - as it should be. As it was before Tim Cook got those greedy visions of grandeur.

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