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27 May, 2004
Mac OS X 10.3.4 (Panther) is now available from Software Update
Apple released the Mac OS X 10.3.4 update. Check your Software Update for the 41MB upgrade from Panther 10.3.3. (81.5MB for the combo version to update 10.3.0)
The update moves Safari from v1.2.1 to 1.2.2 adding a fix for downloading hotmail attachments, and takes the Darwin Kernel from 7.3.0 to 7.4.0. The updated build number is shown as 7H63.
Posted by Antony at 1:44 PM | permanent link
25 May, 2004
Profman told us a way to detect if there's any URL spoofing, "phishing". The practice, PHISHING, is where you are sent to page that looks like an official site, but the site really is just designed to steal personal data.
This works in Mozilla based browsers and as well as Safari.
> More detail, see A check for address spoofing
Posted by Antony at 12:56 PM | permanent link
24 May, 2004
Yes, more bugs discovered in Panther after the release of “Security Update 2004-05-24” (10.3.3) which address the security issue in Help Viewer.
Two more serious holes in OS X have been discovered. The latest Security Update fixes the help-viewer vulnerability and seems to have done the same on one of the newer holes. That just leaves this hole which so far only Paranoid Androd seems to be able to patch so far.
So are you paranoid?
(Based on AppleTalk AU's news article)
Posted by Antony at 6:04 PM | permanent link
21 May, 2004
Can you compete with the software giant? We've seen the success of Microsoft, and dominance of Microsoft, and the unavoidable of Windows platform. We know Netscape had their time, but Netscape can't compete with Microsoft. They just don't have enough money and resource.
Google is now the leading searching company in the world, just like Netscape was once the leading browser company. Netscape fought hard, but failed. Google has it's unique technology and its reputation, but Microsoft is not happy, as always. Microsoft is spending millions on its new search technology... will this technology win Google's search engine? Don't forget, Microsoft has its near monopoly desktop operating system - Windows.
> Join our discussion: Compete with Microsoft? Can Google survive? in SillyDog701 Message Centre.
Will Google be the new Netscape? by Antonio Michaelangelo D'souza. (OS news 19th May 2004)
To draw a parallel between Netscape & Google in their fight against Microsoft, it is necessary to examine the various similarities between the two situations and see if the tactics that worked then will work now.
Source: Will Google be the new Netscape? by Antonio Michaelangelo D'souza. (OS news 19th May 2004)
Posted by Antony at 10:51 AM | permanent link
19 May, 2004
Mac OS X and earlier versions used to include a nice nifty utility, Key Caps. In How to type accented characters we showed you the method of typing special characters as well as two screenshots from Key Caps.
The problem with Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, the Key Caps is gone.
Now, there's something called “Keyboard Viewer”, accessible from your Input Menu.
Posted by Antony at 8:29 PM | permanent link
17 May, 2004
In January, I reported one company charge a software called WinExposé for 9.95(USD) (it later renamed to something else.)
Exposé is one of the most exciting feature introduced in Mac OS X 10.3 Panther.
A while back, I reported Sun's Project Looking Glass, featuring 3D desktop work space.
Now, guess who's the biggest thief now?
> Join our discussion at this thread.
11 May, 2004
Virtual PC for Mac is a great way to show those PC-loving friends of your how powerful Mac is - but it looks like there is a similar application being developedd for PC: PearPC allows x86 processors to emulate PPC. It's in early stages yet, but there are screenshots for you to gawk at if you feel the need.
Posted by Antony at 1:11 AM | permanent link
9 May, 2004
There are quite a few people like me who need to run Windows applications all the time, and don't won't to get a PC. Virtual PC for Mac 6 seems like a perfect solution. It allows Mac users to run most x86 (PC) operating systems under its emulating environment.
The main draw back about that is the speed of Virtual PC.
We all know that we need faster computer to get more satisfactory performance. One of the main thing we want to see is how fast the CPU does Virtual PC emulate? And how well do they perform?
In Windows, under My Computers (or System Properties). There's no indication about the CPU speed.
With 3 machines of different specifications all running Virtual PC 6.1.1 under Mac OS X 10.3.3 (Panther) I run the PCMark 2002 Free to get some results.
From the first generation of G4 (400MHz) to the most powerful PowerMac G4 Apple has ever released - dual 1.42GHz, and a recent release of PowerBook 12 (revC)... results of benchmarking are available ...
for more detail and the results, please read Virtual PC for Mac performance (SillyDog701 Message Centre)
Posted by Antony at 1:59 PM | permanent link
8 May, 2004
How important is the size of the laptop? We all want a bigger screen to work with, but bigger isn't necessary better.
There is a nice review by Vincent Laforet, Does size really matter? Debating the 12 - Inch vs. 15 - Inch PowerBook.
In addition to his points, do I need to carry a large screen around? There's comes the considerations.
Basically, PowerBook 15 inch provides better (brighter) display in addition to work space. the ratio is 5:3.
For real professionals, they carry 17" PowerBook with external FireWire drives. They use 22 megapixel digital cameras. (Steve Kalalian - Digital Imagiing on Steroids)
For film makers, they definitely need 15" or 17" PowerBooks.
For rest of us, a laptop should be easy to carry. PowerBook 12" is still the most compact, full feature laptop notebook around. Unless you are able to carry the 17" around, or you want to use it as desktop replacement... I would opt out that option. Between 15" and 12", it's a bit harder to decide, when the weight is not much lighter in 12" (compared to 15").
My recommendation, unless you really need to work in larger screen. Go for 12", make your life easier and you will sure be able to carry it around a lot easier. It's a laptop, make it portable!
> Join our discussion at Size matters. PowerBook 12, 15, or 17? (SillyDog701 Forums)
Posted by Antony at 1:35 PM | permanent link
2 May, 2004
In less than 24 hours of the release of iTunes 4.5, a 20 year old student, crazney, in Melbourne University (Melbourne, Australia) announced that he has it successfully reverse-engineered.
Apple's new iTunes 4.5, which deliberately broke the 4.2 authentication scheme, which had been successfully reverse-engineered.
It certainly isn't a good thing.
Best of all, it's free. BTW, Mac only.
1 May, 2004
Wired has an article on people modding their Windows XP interface to look like Mac OS X, XP Users Cop a Feel of OS X.
But, remember, that's just the interface. Windows XP is still Windows XP, is still not as stable as OS X, not as easy to use as OS X, and of course do not have the UNIX strength as OS X has.
Get a Mac, I'd suggest.
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