[KS] Access to KINDS database

Frank Hoffmann hoffmann at koreaweb.ws
Tue Jul 29 11:43:22 EDT 2008

Hello Ayami, and List Subscribers:

First, let me use the opportunity to thank everybody for the postings 
to the (somewhat) related post on the "Korean online article database 
?" thread. Still having some problems with credit card payments, but 
all the infos were extremely helpful, especially for getting access 
to Korean theses. Thank you!

Yes, Korea is a Mac hostile environment. In below case there is no 
solution. KINDS has most recently installed the security software you 
mention, a product of the Korean company Fasoo.com called "XDRM-W" -- 
yet another peninsular-nistic solution. Unfortunately, local is not 
always global, and the slogans of the 90s never worked for the 
Internet anyway. There is *no* Mac version for this module 
(http://www.fasoo.com/Eng/product/xdrmw.asp). I should add that there 
are also no Mac solutions for e.g. the KERIS database downloads 
discussed in the before mentioned thread ... this only works in about 
10% of cases, depending on the institutional e-library that KERIS 
connects to. In fact, KERIS and many other sites use IE technology, 
thereby opening any PC that installs such auto-installed modules (for 
IE) wide to all sort of hackers. For sites like KERIS you won't be 
able to use Firefox, which is far more secure, exactly because is 
does not use the same module technology. In any case, there are many 
more KOREAN e-resource websites that you will have problems accessing 
on a Mac.

The only solution I can suggest is to install Windows 2000 or XP or 
Vista on your Mac. If you have the latest OS -- that is Mac OS X 
10.5.x (Leopard) -- you can install it using the tool "Boot Camp" (in 
Applications -> Utilities -> Boot Camp Assistant). But you will need 
to have a DVD or CD with a registered version of one of the above 
Windows versions. For Vista your Mac should have 4 GB of RAM, for the 
others it would also work with 2 GB or less. XP works just fine for 
all Korean sites.) With such install you could reboot your Mac under 
Another solution, more efficient, I think, if you only use Windows 
for such Korea related purposes -- because you will not need to 
reboot to start Windows, and very nice if you want to push documents 
from one desktop to another, e.g. from Windows to Mac, is to use a 
3rd party program called "Parallels Desktop for the Mac" 
(http://www.parallels.com/en/products/desktop/). It works fine for 
me, you can even install several different Windows versions. In case 
you have an older, non-Intel Mac, with Mac OS X 10.4, then use 
"VirtualPC for Mac" -- now discontinued, but still downloadable, for 
free, I believe 
(http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/1006) ... works 
just as fine on older Macs as Parallels does on Intel Macs.


Frank Hoffmann

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