When you put stuff in a box, it is limited to the space of that box, is it not? We put all kinds of things in boxes like clothes, books, and dishes. What we try to put in boxes that may surprise you, is humans. People do not fit so well in a box. When we do this we put limitations on those people. Why would you want to put any limitations on a person? Some may do it because they are scared you are going to get their job. Others may do it out of vengeance. How about “Greed”, if one can keep another in a box then they can claim everything outside the box for their own. DO NOT let someone put you in a box! The only limitations you face are the ones you set upon yourself. All others in your life brought on by outside source(s), are not limitations but obstacles! Obstacle equals a thing that blocks one's way or prevents or hinders progress. You were built to over come these things!
When you come upon an obstacle; do you sit and ponder how you cannot over come it or do you ponder your options to solve it? Are you willing to look outside yourself? Can you put a side your pride or fears of another getting credit, to get the problem solved? We are not built to go through life alone; it takes us working together to solve things. We may be able to do somethings on our own but we need others in most case.
Let’s look at a scenario:
You are a business owner who deals in widgets. You deal in the millions and ship all over. Can you run a business, manage the accounts, build the widgets, test the widgets, sell the widgets, design new widgets, and so forth and so on by yourself? NO! It takes a team working together to get the job(s) done.
You may break a single twig, but you will not so easily break a bundle of twigs.
We say all this to simply say the following. We had a chance to work on a new iMac. The iMac had only thunderbolt and USB connections. We needed to get an image of the drive but the iMac is an all in one computer. What do you do now? Give up? Call a friend? Research? Find a solution?
In this case we used MacQuasition but with a few tricks to connect to the suspect machine.
- Purchase Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable
- Set Suspect machine in to “T”arget mode
- Boot supported MacBook Air with MacQuasition
- Plug in external hard drive to MacBook Air
- Set external hard drive to read/write
- Image read only “T”arget machine to the external drive
We had the luxury in this case to assist with how to read the emails which are in a proprietary format found in Apple Computers. The email extension found was “EMLX” and you may ask why this is important. When looking at an image file of a hard drive, you do not always have the actual software at hand that created that file. Not everyone has thousands of dollars to spend on high end programs. They all have their place but we are here to show there is no limitation or obstacle we cannot over come together.
We attempted to contact the developer(s) at “Cosmicsoft” to get the contact information of the developer of the program called “emlxconvert”. We never heard back from them at the point of this article. None the less we want and need to give credit where credit is due. So please check out Cosmicsoft.net when you get a chance and send them a thank you email for this handy little program. They have Mac OS X version and Windows version for download. Always check their site for any updated versions.
We are quoting the download page from Cosmicsoft here:
emlx to mbox Converter
In Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger", the default message format for Mail messages changed from the Apple custom mbox-package format to the new emlx format (where messages are stored in individual files for Spotlight indexing). However, if you need to recover from a hard drive crash, it's almost impossible to recover your mail messages easily since Mail won't import emlx files and you can't add them to your mailboxes any other way.
This tool will convert your individual emlx mail files (found in ~/Library/Mail/) to the old mbox format, used by almost every UNIX/Linux mail client and recognized by many more.
With this tool, you could convert some individual emlx files to mbox and then import the mbox file using Mail for Mac OS X or almost any other mail client.
To use the tool, drag your emlx files into the main window. Click the "Save mbox..." button and a prompt will appear, allowing you to save an mbox file.
Version 1.0.4 adds support for Intel and Mac OS X Lion.
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I attempted to contact at the email listed but it was bounced back. So now that you have the tool you need to convert the emlx files to an easy readable mbox file, just run the program and select the files you want converted.
How do you work? Do you set limitations on yourself? Do you let others set limitations on you? Are you letting someone confine you to a box? If we tell you today that you cannot, would you find a way or except what we tell you?
When facing an obstacle, find a solution that works for you, not what others tell you! Life is but a journey, so let’s make it a good one!
When told it won’t work, find a solution and show them it will work. The only limitation in your life is the ones you allow. If you do not know, I promise there is someone out here that does. Do not be scared to seek advice and answers from others. This goes for complete strangers as well.
Thanks for stopping by and as always we look forward to hearing back from you.
Author - Emory Mullis has been in Law Enforcement for roughly 19 years including military and civilian law enforcement. He started learning about computers back when Gateway 266 MHz was the top of the line and cost about $2000.00.Right out the box, I was compelled to take my new found 266 apart. Why I have no idea other than pure curiosity. Once I had the computer out the box and on the floor in pieces, my wife walked in. Trust me people; this was not a good thing! Either way I got a good understanding at this point on how a computer is put together and / or the components inside. This was my starting point with computers and I still hear my wife in the back ground “It better work when you put it back together!” That was my humble beginnings as a Cyber Investigator. Now with many Cyber cases under my belt, I have learned that you must question, challenge and test almost daily to keep up with all the new tools, software, computers and cell phone formats to be able to forensically acquire evidence and it is a real challenge. I enjoy the challenge and look forward to learning more every day!