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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Security Update!

Well late yesterday Apple released a sercurity update for OSX. You can get it through software update or through Apple or Version Tracker.

Apple notes "Security Update 2005-007 delivers a number of security enhancements and is recommended for all Macintosh users. This update includes the following components: AppKit, BlueTooth, CoreFoundation, cups, Directory Services, HIToolBox, Kerberos, loginwindow, Mail, OpenSSL, QuartzComposerScreenSaver, Security Interface, Safari, X11, and zlib. Wanna know more? Click here. By the way I would run Disk Utility and repair disk permissions. Always a good help to keep things in good running order.

Seems like Dell is losing in the customer satisfaction area to Apple. As noted on "Dell is dropping in large part because of call-center problems, including long-wait times and difficulty with consumers getting their questions answered,'' Fornell said yesterday in an interview from Ann Arbor, Michigan. "Consumers are also questioning the reliability of their PC's.''

Um duh.... After a while even the blind get other senses working. In this case their common sense. People hate to have a DMV type of wait time. Plus Apple is getting more exposure with the Intel switch, the possibility of lower priced Macs, better satisfaction and zero viruses.

Talk about Intel, The Apple Insider reports Intel ahead of schedule, and announced it is accelerating the availability of its dual-core, hyper-threaded Xeon and Xeon MP processors.

Going on to say "Originally due in 2006, Intel plans to introduce the dual-core Xeon processor MP, codenamed “Paxville, for servers with four or more processors later in 2005. Paxville will provide more than 60 percent better performance over previous generations and will use the Intel E8500 chipset, which has been architected for dual-core performance and was introduced earlier this year."

MMMM, sounds tasty if this chipsets end up in Apple servers and/or PowerMacs.

Lastly Consumer Reports has a report on how the threat of Viruses are rising. a quote form Consumer Reports says "Use the Internet at home and you have a 1-in-3 chance of suffering computer damage, financial loss, or both because of a computer virus or spyware that sneaks onto your computer."

Then goes on to say "Macs are safer than Windows PCs for some online hazards. Only 20 percent of Mac owners surveyed reported detecting a virus in the past two years, compared with 66 percent of Windows PC owners. Just 8 percent of Mac users reported a spyware infection in the last six months vs. 54 percent of Windows PC users."

Just wondering, of the 20% of Mac owners who detected a virus, how many of those where for a Mac?? My anti-virus software every once in a while says it detects a virus and quarantines it. But a second look at the file reveals it's a .exe or other form of file windows file. Well guess what, my Mac says' What are you doing her here? you can't do anything to my files or Hard drive, buzz off".

My main problem is spam!, where the report goes on to say "The overall level of spam decreased within the last year, but 33 percent of respondents reported getting much more spam than in the year before. People who used a spam filter were more likely to report less spam. Thirteen percent said that the need to avoid spam and e-mail scams had induced them to shop online less." Well it maybe less but those pop unders are spam to me and are annoying and that is the new form of spam.


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