Panther Reviewed in the Times

The New York Times loves Panther!

Wherever you stand in the Macs vs. Windows debate, this much is certain: In Panther, Apple has taken an already sparkling, super-stable operating system and made it faster, better equipped and more secure.

I can’t wait to get my hands on this!!!!!

iTunes for Windows Today

Here’s ten reasons that it will destroy the competition.

Don’t look now, but just as Apple is about to launch the iTunes Music Store for Windows, here comes a slew of competitors high and low. Here’s why the competition doesn’t stand a chance:

I sure hope that he’s right! [[Apple]] has a history of throwing away its technical leads.

Panther Reviewed

In contrast to all the problems with the latest Windows software, here’s a review of the next version of MacOSX, Panther.

…a worthy operating system, easy to use, easy to set up, easy to get pleased by it. It just works.

I can’t wait!

Yet Another Security Flaw

I shouldn’t be surprised anymore.

Microsoft released yesterday a whole bunch of critical security updates. Out of these, MS03-043 is a flaw in the Windows Messenger Service (not MSN Messenger) with the possibility of a remote attacker gaining complete control of a Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 based PC remotely.

Take another look at [[Computer Security and Operating Systems]] for a refresher on wny.

Game 7 Here We Come!

With Nixon’s homer in the 9th, it’s time for a Clemens/Martinez rematch!

Unbelievable! I had counted the [[Red Sox]] out, but they delivered.

[[News for 10/12/99]] I got really excited about their chances, but it was nothing like this!

Regardless of the outcome before, I like our chances with Martinez vs. Clemens.

It’s anybody’s game now!!!

Macs in the Workplace

I’ve successfully done this, and so has my neighbor.

It’s been said that bringing a Macintosh into a corporate environment dominated by Windows-based PCs is not an easy task. Once you cut through the corporate red tape, then get through ignorant IT staff you still have to connect and gain access to all the services on the network. osViews editorial contributor Kevin Ledgister took on this challenge and passed the test with flying colors.

It can be done people! People at work poke fun at me good naturedly, but at the same time, those with laptops wish they had one like I do.

The IT department told me point blank that they would not support my computer, and I told them that that’s just fine with me. My wireless hooks right in and works better than anyone else’s, I can print to any of the corporate computers just fine, and I can interract beautifully with the linux boxes using standard UNIX tools… none of the PC’s does any of this quite as well.

Stereophile Reviews the iPod

Me thinks they like it.

Apple’s 30GB iPod is an extremely sexy gadget. As a piece of industrial design, it is remarkable in its beauty and operability. As an extension of Apple’s lifestyle-friendly suite of music-photography-video applications, it is a screaming success. It’s fun to use, and if just seeing one is enough to induce lust, actually holding one is enough to tempt a righteous man to larceny.

I have to agree. I have my entire music collection on mine ripped at 160 bit AAC, the sound is beautiful, and it’s only 1/3 full. It’s brought my music back into my life (for years it’s been missing).

**Thank you Apple!**

Computer Security and Operating Systems

An oxymoron?

We’ve all heard it many times when a new Microsoft virus comes out. In fact, I’ve heard it a couple of times this week already. Someone on a mailing list or discussion forum complains about the latest in a long line of Microsoft email viruses or worms and recommends others consider Mac OS X or Linux as a somewhat safer computing platform. In response, another person named, oh, let’s call him “Bill,” says, basically, “How ridiculous! The only reason Microsoft software is the target of so many viruses is because it is so widely used! Why, if Linux or Mac OS X was as popular as Windows, there would be just as many viruses written for those platforms!”

Security is, as we all know, a process, not a product. So when you use Linux, you’re not using a perfectly safe OS. There is no such thing. But Linux and Mac OS X establish a more secure footing than Microsoft Windows, one that makes it far harder for viruses to take hold in the first place, but if one does take hold, harder to damage the system, but if one succeeds in damaging the system, harder to spread to other machines and repeat the process. When it comes to email-borne viruses and worms, Linux may not be completely immune – after all, nothing is immune to human gullibility and stupidity – but it is much more resistant. **To mess up a Linux box, you need to work at it; to mess up your Windows box, you just need to work on it.**

This is exactly what I’ve been saying for years! Now maybe someone will listen to me.

Reversed Curse?

Given all the strange things that happened this weekend during the Red Sox Oakland series, you gotta wonder if there’s something helping the Sox out!

Four years ago I wrote that [[News for 10/12/99]].:

And thus sayeth the Lord: “I have given you 82 years of trials and ye have not wavered. Your forefathers had but 40 years in the desert and thus I say to you it is time to quench your thirst! Yea, tho you walked through the valley of the shadow of Babe Ruth, you feared no fielding errors. For when the others laughed, you did not waiver. When the others scoffed, you held firm in your faith. Go now and rejoice for the time of your redemption is at hand”

Well, OK… maybe that’s a bit much, but you get the idea!

That year, the Sox were robbed of a World Series bearth by two horrible calls by the umpires. Now the calls seem to be going the **right** way.

###Just in case

Just in case you thought that the umpires got that obstruction call wrong on Saturday, here’s what happened:

** The runner was obstructed **before* he arrived at third, thereby he was awarded third automatically

* The runner advanced toward home at his own risk and was tagged out.

This is **precisely** the right ruling. So if you’re an Oakland A’s fan… stop your whining!!!