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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Another Virus Alert!!!

I sit here with my thumb pressed my nose, wiggling my fingers saying, "nah-nah-nah-nah, nah,nah". I laugh because up to this date no virus has affected Macs, and noway like this last virus.

This new worm unleashed over the weekend infected more computers on Tuesday that run Microsoft operating systems, with Windows 2000 users most seriously affected. The Zotob worm as it's being called and several variations of it, known as Rbot.cbq, SDBot.bzh and Zotob.d, infected computers at companies such as ABC, CNN, The Associated Press, The New York Times,UPS and Caterpillar Inc. David Perry, a security analyst at Trend Micro Inc said "He called the worm's effects "small potatoes" in terms of the potential damage, and anticipated that corporate information technology staffs would quickly neutralize the worms."

A quote from MacWorld says "the worms spread using the TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) port 445, which is associated with Windows file sharing, and take advantage of the Plug and Play system bug to seize control of the operating system. Infected computers are then told to await further instructions on an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) channel, meaning that they could then be used to attack other systems, according to Johannes Ullrich, chief research officer at The SANS Institute, a security training company in Bethesda, Maryland."

Funny how it went on to quote Johannes Ullrich, chief research officer at The SANS Institute, a security training company in Bethesda, Maryland. "Many enterprises don’t apply patches immediately for fear of crippling custom software"

Lets see, let me not update my software because it might cripple my company, but let a virus in and let it cripple it. Wow that's logical.

As we roll on with windows news the MacNightOwl Reports that a lot of low end $300-500 PC's maybe out of luck because low-end PCs typically use integrated graphics that require video RAM to be shared with system RAM.

The article goes on to say that older notebook owners may also be out of luck. the quote states "Well, most Wintel portables also include integrated graphics. Worst, graphics chips that support DirectX 9 only premiered on Windows notebooks this year, so if you have an older notebook, get ready to buy a new one if you want to enjoy the full Windows Vista experience." Also you better have more then 256mb of memory.

All I can do is laugh now, as PC's could possibly go up in price, as Mac's with a much better OS (10.4 "Tiger") go down and by then a even better OS (10.5 Leopard) and get faster. Can life get any better? Still wiggling my fingers saying, "nah-nah-nah-nah, nah,nah"


Also don't forget to listen in to Your Mac Life, because joining this week will be Holmes Wilson, co-director of Participatory Culture and the creators of DTV - a large-scale Internet video creation and distribution platform which, because it is based on open standards and open source software, will be available to everyone - but it's available to Mac users first!

Your Mac Life's Graphics Guru, Lesa Snider of GraphicReporter.com will be on to talk about "Dark Matter" and Peter Cohen of MacCentral.com and Macworld magazine will also be on to talk about all the latest Mac Gaming News.

A lot of students are going back to school in the coming month and, thanks to a couple of kind listeners who have donated prizes, Your Mac Life will reward two of them with either a $50.00 iTunes Music Gift Certificate or an iPod mini!

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