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Watching Under The Hood Of Tiger's Spotlight 43

jaketheitguy writes "Over at, Amit Singh has released a commandline app called FSLogger for looking under the hood of Tiger's Spotlight. You can watch all kinds of filesystem changes going on in realtime. The utility apparently intercepts and displays filesystem change data as it goes out to Spotlight from the kernel. It even tells you which app is making the changes. Looks like Apple has included some pretty powerful API's in Tiger and there may be some othre really interesting uses of this API as mentioned on the app's page. I for one would really like to be able to tell if somebody changed ANY files on my system without my knowledge. I think you can do that with Singh's program, but how do you make sure somebody cannot disable the program?"
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Watching Under The Hood Of Tiger's Spotlight

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday May 23, 2005 @08:14AM (#12610922)
    So all the article says is that the Silver Bullet or Holy Grail of Searching didn't turn out to be something one could create simply by telling the programmers to do it?

    Apple (and MS for that matter) try to create a system where you don't have to keep any order on your computer and find anything you want instantly. I am sure I am not the only one with a gut-feeling that this is closer to the area of unsolvable problems, right with "Making Software Idiotproof" and "Creating the perfect user-interface everyone can use without any prior computer experience" and "Creating a 100% secure computer on the internet",...
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  • by That's Unpossible! ( 722232 ) * on Tuesday May 24, 2005 @11:17AM (#12623679)
    Here are three reasons why:

    1. ASOT is too familiar with the technical underpinnings of Apple technology. Steve Jobs is smart smart smart, a great businessman, but there is no way he is this familiar with all the technical details. That was what Woz was for, remember? (No I'm not implying this is Woz, since he clearly no longer has this much access to Apple.)

    2. There's no way the CEO of a public company would risk the MAJOR, MAJOR, MAJOR lawsuits and trouble that could be caused from the SEC and shareholders by divulging valuable information on Slashdot. There are rules the company officers must strictly follow in regards to how they divulge information previously unknown to the public. The information must reasonably be made publically available, not posted anonymously on Slashdot.

    3. Steve Jobs gets more bang for his buck by keeping things top secret until the next time he's doing a keynote.

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