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29 April, 2004

iTunes 4.5

iTunes 4.5 has just been made available for download. The “What's new in iTunes 4.5” section of the readme states,

Using iTunes 4.5, you can DJ your own parties with Party Shuffle, share playlists with friends, print jewel case inserts, and much more.

Also announced in the USA is an iTunes campus licence scheme, allowing educational institutions to provide music licences to students. This offer has clearly come in the wake of attempts by the RIAA to shutdown illegal file trading on college campuses in the USA.

(based on Currawong's news article on AppleTalk Australia, used with permission from Disko.)

Something you may not know, but Microsoft has a freeware vector-based drawing application called Expression. It was not originally written by MS, but comes courtecy of them having taken over a small software house. Although not as comprehensive as the commercial equivalents, this could be very handy if you wished you had Illustrator or Freehand, but can't afford them.
Microsoft Expression 3

(based on Currawong's news article on AppleTalk Australia, used with permission from Disko.)

Posted by Antony at 3:37 PM | permanent link and Comments (2)

25 April, 2004

ANZAC Day

Anzac Day is held on 25 April each year to commemorate Australians and New Zealanders killed in war and to honour returned servicemen and women. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli.
SD Forums ANZAC theme

Posted by Antony at 1:01 AM | permanent link

13 April, 2004

April online chat

We will have an online chat on 15:01 Saturday (GMT 0) Sun 17th April 2004, please see this thread for detail.

Posted by Antony at 3:39 PM | permanent link

12 April, 2004

Intego's clever ploy to sell copies of VirusBarrier?

Two days ago, I reported Mac is not virus-free. Although I did used the word concept, a number of users did not pay much attention on that word.

This seems to have been just a clever ploy to sell copies of VirusBarrier and to be blown out of proportion.

According to MacMerc

...
The Trojan horse, named MP3Concept (MP3Virus.Gen), would exploit a weakness in Mac OS X where applications can appear to be other types of files. The code would be encapsulated in the ID3 tag of an MP3 file but in reality would be a hidden application that could run on any Mac running Mac OS X.

This seems to have been just a clever ploy to sell copies of VirusBarrier, but if any reader has actually found a Mac infected with this Trojan, please comment below.

    Intego claims this Trojan horse has the potential to do any of the following:
  • Delete all of a user's personal files
  • Send an e-mail message containing a copy of itself to other users
  • Infect other MP3, JPEG, GIF or QuickTime files

But as Apple-X.net rightly points out, "This alert seems to be blown out of proportion. The only working code seems to be just a CONCEPT trojan for Mac OS X (especially since "concept" appears in the trojan's name). A Google groups thread has an actual working trojan that does not harm your computer, but just illustrates the 'vulnerability'."

> Our discussion: OS X flaw may leave Macs open to viruses.

Posted by Antony at 1:17 AM | permanent link

10 April, 2004

SillyDog701 - Better Than Ever

SillyDog701 is proud to provide a friendly community for our users. Over past 7 years, SillyDog701 has grown from a relatively unknown website to one of the most important Netscape-related websites.

The Netscape Browser Archive was previously the main section of SillyDog701, but still is one of SillyDog701's main sections. Three years ago, Netscape Browser Archive created the popular Streamline series of Netscape of the Netscape browsers. Netscape Streamline from SD701 helped a number of internet users getting the best Netscape browser, without any of the junk. It became a popular option, especially for dial-up users.

The SillyDog701 Message Centre is now the heart of SillyDog701. Since the starting of the Netscape Browser Archive in 1999, there has been a message board for all discussions and support. Two years ago, the message board software was upgraded, - Since then, SillyDog701 is becoming more popular day by day.

This July will be the Netscape Browser Archive's fifth anniversary. Over these years, a few versions of Netscape were released, but with quite a few disappointments (particularly with the early Netscape 6). Although the market share of Netscape has decreased considerably, we are still here and we are growing!

This April, we have upgraded to a faster datacentre and better hardware. We want you to have a faster, better and enjoyable experience with SillyDog701.

SillyDog701 has changed a lot over those years, a detailed look back will be made available later. SillyDog701 has grown without support from the Unofficial FAQ of Netscape, Netscape Campaigns, Mozilla Campaigns, Mozilla Foundation, or MozillaZine.

Finally, SillyDog701 would like to thank you for your support. SillyDog701 will work harder to provide a better community, and richer database.

Stay tuned for our exciting fifth anniversary of Netscape Browser Archive.

> Read Celebrating SillyDog701 (SD701 Forums thread)

Posted by Antony at 7:01 AM | permanent link

9 April, 2004

Mac is not virus free?

..., but don't worry, not as serious as Windows.

Intego issued a security warning regarding a concept Trojan on Mac OS X.

Mac OS X displays the icon of the MP3 file, with an .mp3 extension, rather than showing the file as an application, leading users to believe that they can double-click the file to listen to it. But double clicking the file launches the hidden code, which can damage or delete files on computers running Mac OS X, then iTunes to play the music contained in the file, to make users think that it is really an MP3 file . While the first versions of this Trojan horse that Intego has isolated are benign, this technique opens the door to more serious risks.

SillyDog701's advice, don't download unknown files.

Posted by Antony at 11:40 AM | permanent link and Comments (0)

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