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Hit the Road Jack!

by Derrick Story
Mac Newsletter for 09/12/2003

Dear Mac Reader,

Whether it's an upcoming conference, a business trip, or a late summer vacation, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind while traveling with your trusty iBook or PowerBook.

Since I've been working on the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference, which is coming up the last week in October (and arly-bird registration ends this weekend!), I've been writing about how to prepare for our conference. In addition to the tips I've published on Mac DevCenter, I have a few more that I'm going to share right here.

First, before you leave the office or your home, be sure to "log out" of Mac OS X. Unfortunately, you can lose your laptop in a twinkle of an eye. Lost hardware is one thing, but having someone access all of your data is another. Always log out before hitting the road.

When you're going through airport security, put your laptop on the conveyer belt last. Then go through the metal detector and grab your notebook as it comes out the other side of the x-ray check. If traveling with a buddy, have your friend go through the metal detector first, then the laptops, then you. This will reduce the odds of someone stealing your notebook as you're trying to get through security.

Finally, check all of your dial-up and hot-spot connections before leaving town. If you need to use a secure connection to access your work server, test it ahead of time too. It's much easier for your system administrator to assist you when it's not an emergency.

I hope one of the upcoming trips on your agenda is to Santa Clara, California this October for the Mac OS X Conference. The show is coming together wonderfully. Mac newsletter readers can receive early-bird pricing through this weekend. After that, the registration fees go up a few hundred bucks.

May all your travels be safe and well connected. :)


Derrick Story
Mac DevCenter Editor

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