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January 9th, 2006

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01:40 am
hi, folks. i'm a happy 0S X [just pre-tiger; woe is me] user who loves his PowerBook G4 like his firstborn child. unfortunately everyone else doesn't love it equally.

1. is there any program available to protect folders/drive[s] with a password? is my computer already capable of this beyond my knowlege?

2. also, i'm running panther on a tiger capable computer [the newer 80gb], and i have to stare at my keys knowing they can be backlit, but they're not. is there any way to make this happen w/o tiger?

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Date:January 15th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
If you're running Panther, then you have FileVault (System Preferences -> Security) which encrypts your entire homedir. This can be problematic if you have a lot of stuff in your home directory (I, for one, have about 30GB of Music in iTunes music folder which is in my Music Folder which is in my home directory... you get the idea). Encrypting and decrypting a lot of stuff on the fly can be slow. If you just want to protect some stuff, a good way to do that is to use /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility to create a password protected disk image of a chosen size that you can keep stuff, and which you'd need a password to open and close. It could even be kept on a CD, DVD, or flash drive if you wanted it portable.

Tiger did not introduce backlit kbs, Panther supported them all along. Just use the control keys at the top of your kb (F8 on/off, F9 down, F10 up) to control the lighting. If left on, the ambient light sensor should automatically adjust it and your screen brightness as you move from light to dark or back.

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