Writer needs help with iBook!

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by am1971, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I'm hoping somebody can help me. I didn't know quite which forum to post this in so if it doesn't belong here please feel free to move it.

    I am writing a novel in which a character finds a computer (an iBook) belonging to a murder victim.

    I need for that character, who is not really computer literate, to find out how he can access the user's account, view his emails etc. This character has access to a couple of computer friendly people - one of them a DJ who uses a Mac for his work (spreading the word of Apple via great literature ..*cough*...) and they could advise him.

    It has to be something not too overtly technical but not something as easy as just guessing the password based on the hint given after three bad attempts.

    If anyone can think of a realistic way of getting around this I would be tremendously grateful.

    thanks

    am1971
     
  2. macrumors 65816

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    I believe there an option to reset the administrator's password if one boots from the OS install CD. This works most of the time because the only way to thwart is to modify some firmware settings that most people don't bother doing. I'm pretty sure this is the case. Others will correct me if I'm wrong.
     
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    wordmunger

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    I think you can gain access to the <i>files</i> on a computer just by booting from a DVD. Maybe one of those files could have the password in it? Or some clue that leads to the password? Then, once logged in, typically email passwords are automatically entered, so e-mail access would be a snap.
     
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    Blackheart

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    I'm with moof, just insert the OS install cd, boot from it, and change the password.

    Don't let Filevault be on in your story though... otherwise your file-obtaining escapades are going to end fairly quickly. ;)
     

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