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I'd like to create a Virus Log describing each virus that becomes known for the Macintosh Platform. Inside each announcement, the following information shall be included: Virus Name: Mac OS threatened: Date of Detection: Sources of Information: Brief Summary of what the Virus Does: Links to steps on how to Remove: Brief steps for protection:

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Hi, When talking with Dani this past week or so on ICQ, I found out that on the East Coast, where she lives, they do a lot of eating out, and not much cooking. As the conversation unfolded, I found out that Dani hasn't cooked much at all, and decided that she should learn a few dishes in order to try and learn how to cook. In this thread, I would like to have the community pass along serious, delicious things to make. Cooking, after all, is science. It is eatible chemistry. So to start it off, I'll write about …

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Below are the thoughts from a computer professional who has spent the last 10 years supporting Mac, Windows, and Linux computers in a variety of network applications. By no means will this general tips section be exhaustive -- that is what a good book is all about. I am also not going to spell out how to do everything by hand -- if you have a question, please post it to the Mac forums, and let our team of moderators look into the solution. Let's get started: [b]Setup [/b]Every new computer that I receive coming out of a box, either …

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Hello Community, I just wanted to write and say goodbye. With the coming of parenthood, and some other things beyond my control, I am departing DaniWeb and the Community. I wish you all well. To the folks whom I have had the pleasure of meeting and growing with, I'd like to thank you for your company. As a Super Moderator here, I've had to work with numerous technical questions and responses, and have also experienced organizational / managerial questions that helped me grow in my personal and professional life. May you all take care, and keep on reaching for the …

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For those who may not have heard, former network leader Novell (who owns SuSE Linux) made a deal with Microsoft exchanging some intellectual property rights. Those in the business-end of IT know that Microsoft is busy applying for thousands of patents concerning Intellectual Property -- have a look at Network Computing and Information Week for all the good details. From Groklaw: Under the Patent Cooperation Agreement, Microsoft commits to a covenant not to assert its patents against Novell's end-user customers for their use of Novell products and services for which Novell receives revenue directly or indirectly from such customers, with …

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The purpose of Marketing is simple: get your message to a customer, with as little cost as possible, and motivate them to purchase your product. As an engineer / scientist, I thought some of the gizmos such as free pens, the little footballs, the shirts and coffee cups were all neat gestures, and nice subtle advertising. The most useful thing that I ever picked up at a tradeshow was the retractable telephone cord. But these products cost things. What about the marketing team that comes up with free, or renewable forms of advertising? I caught a brief blurb the other …

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Does anyone ever watch "live" TV anymore, aside from Football games? With today's busy schedules, and active people, I am willing to bet a lot of us record our shows, such as ER or CSI or Law and Order, and then view them at a comfortable time and date. Today's gadget folks have a DVR, like TiVo; others use the old VCR. Either case, we both get burned when the networks run a show "overtime", and when they move it to a "special date and time". TiVo, a leading DVR service, has designed into TiVo 7.2.1 software the ability to …

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WinFS is Microsoft's new Relational File System, and the company released a Beta 1 edition of the software to members of the Microsoft Developer Network. Originally planned for a Windows Vista release, the software runs on Windows XP. A forthcomming Beta 2 release should work on the beta releases of Vista. The driving goal behind WinFS is a new filing system paridgm: allow a single file system to store documents such as email messages, your scanned photos, music, and databases in a common file format that other programs could access more quickly without a conversion utility. Applications coded to work …

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A couple of years ago, I thought I would never have seen an "Intel Inside" sticker on Apple hardware. Looking at the news today, I was surprised at the revelation that Intel Macintosh hardware can now run Win XP SP 2! Somebody please check if hell froze over. WOW. Go look for yourself: [url]http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp/[/url] Apple has made it so easy! You need to make sure your firmware is up to date, some hard drive space, updated OS software, a blank recordable CD, and a legal copy of Windows XP. What is really the easy part of all of this is …

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Fedora Core 5, the next version of software based on RedHat Linux of long ago, was released in Mid-March to the masses. I am sure that others have looked at the alpha and beta releases -- I waited until the the official release before looking at the software. Initial reactions: I love it. My hardware, for those to compare, is an AMD Athalon 1.2 GHz computer with 756 MB of RAM or so, ample hard drive space, and an ATI Rage Pro 128 video card. Actually, it is an ATI All-in-wonder TV card, with Rage 128 video horsepower, but the …

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As many of you already know, Apple has released a new line of computers with Intel chips inside -- namely the new iMac, and the MacBook. I took delivery of my new one the last week of February, and it was a wonderful new tool to take me into the next line of computing. My new MacBook came in a nice styrofoam box that was thinner than the one I purchased back in March of 2000, the bronze Lombard PowerBook G3. The unit ships with 2 DVD-ROMS for system restoration. On the outside, the laptop is nice and sleek and …

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Part of my new job as a Linux Engineer is to evaluate different Operating Systems. I am most familiar with RedHat, having grown up with their OS since 5.2 back in the mid-90's. Wow, have things changed. So, I looked at a linux that a lot of people are talking about: Ubuntu, and was pleasently surprised at how easy it was to work with. I worked with Ubuntu "Breezy Badger", the most current installation available. It installed onto my older Compaq E500 laptop without a problem, as it recognized the hardware and software (except the PCMCIA wireless card) right out …

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The Washington Post, among other news agencies is reporting a "severe" security flaw that affects Microsoft Windows 98 - XP. According to the article, the flaw allows computer virus and spyware manufacturers to disribute malicious programs designd to take control of affected computers. Macintosh and Linux users are immune to the problem, even those computers that operate Microsoft Software. The issue is a core Windows problem that has not been addressed since Windows 98. Feel free to read the article at: [url]http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/29/AR2005122901456.html[/url] Unfortunately, due to limited time, your author (me) has not had the chance to track down and determine …

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Microsoft's new Visita OS -- expected to ship mid-2006 -- was recently reviewed by the Gartner group. The original document is available at Gartners' website for $95... unfortunately, I'll have to reference comments from others concerning it, instead of comments directly from it. The Windows Vista beta was released in July, and as beta software, it should not be judged for functionality or performance. Analyst Michael Silver said in his report that "users may not find them [Vista's features] compelling enough to upgrade." He continued to say that that Vista would offer "incremental, evolutionary improvements" over Windows XP and 2000. …

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A couple years ago, RedHat Linux was a completely open-source, freely-available linux solution that brought linux to the masses. Then, RedHat changed the paradigm: they wanted to transform RHL to a corporate supported linux, and enjoined with the Fedora Project for community support. But now a choice had to be made for linux users-- stay with RedHat 9, purchase RedHat Enterprise Linux, or migrate to Fedora Linux. But now, there are some new guys on the block, and one of them is CentOS -- the Community Enterprise OS. CentOS is not related to RedHat in any way -- what they …

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Accusations are nothing new to Microsoft -- they continue to battle various groups in Europe and Asia for various antitrust violations. That is nothing new. What is new is that South Korea continues investigating, and Microsoft replied with a threat. "It might be necessary to withdraw Windows from the Korean market, or delay offering new versions in Korea" Microsoft said in a U.S. regulatory filing. WOW! Microsoft actually leaving a market instead of correcting it's code and policies to conform with fair trade practices, and IT common sense. It is no secret that Microsoft wants a Windows & IE world …

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In the past, Apple Computer has used San Fransisco's MacWorld Expo to release new hardware and software. What's next on the list? The highly anticipated Intel-based computers, as Apple migrates away from the PowerPC architecture, and into Intel's chipset. At least one Apple-News website has credible information that Apple is looking at releasing an Intel iBook at MacWorld. While the sites did not elaborate on prices or capabilities, they did suggest that the new computers would be based on Yonah processors, the next-generation chip after the Pentium M. Yonah has single and dual core options, and the dual core processor …

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As many on Iceland recently found out last week, it certainly matters where you dig! I caught a recent article on the net mentioning Iceland was left without internet access when a local digger in England cut the fiber optic line that connects Iceland to Europe. Called the Farice Line, the 1400 km long fiber optic line is the only connection that Iceland has for internet access, aside from the few people whom have satellite access. But then again, satellite access is expensive for internet access. In Europe and the United States, we are spoiled with our internet access. Multiple …

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Files, emails, and folders. Even the best of us sometimes misfile or loose things. Then, we need to locate that document in a hurry. Where did it go? Does this sound familiar? Microsoft launched this week a new tool called Windows Desktop Search ([url]http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/web/desktop_search.mspx[/url]) and it works to help you locate your documents in a quick and easy fashion. Similar to Apple's Sherlock, the Windows Desktop Search will make an internal database of the collected files, and provide an interface to it. Using simple boolean operators (OR, AND, NOT), you can customize the results of the search, and narrow the …

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Sony BMG, a company that makes a variety of consumer electronics such as the Walkman, CD / DVD drives and burners, has released a product called XCP (eXtended Copy Protection) that prevents copying musical materials from the media onto the computer. According to investigators, XCP uses rootkit technology to run spyware applications to manage the digital rights software. A rootkit is a software package that modifies core system files to perform an undocumented feature -- often with negative side effects. For example, you can modify the DIR command so that instead of just performing a directory listing, it will also …

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Happy Birthday to Firefox! Mozilla.org today confirmed that November 9, 2004 was when it's popular web browser Firefox, was released at version 1.0 Today, the software is at revision level 1.0.7 (Mac, Windows, Linux), and the company is working on 1.5. The announcement website: [url]http://www.mozilla.org/press/mozilla-2005-11-9.html[/url] mentions a contest to "extend" Firefox by providing updates to popular extensions, and introduce brand new ones.

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Earlier this week, Apple announced a new Australian iTunes Music store. This means that Australian Windows and Mac people can download and enjoy music on their computers and iPods just like those of us in the states. According to internet sources, Apple typically pays AU $.99 per song, and sells the song for AU$1.69 -- an understandable markup. Unfortunately, I do not have details concerning Apple's fees here in the US to compare. I think this is a great idea to expand the iTunes market further overseas. It makes a lot of sense to me to distribute the songs (intellectual …

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Once upon a time, Symantec was a known leader in the computer software industry. They had compilers (Think C/C++), purchased and maintained Peter Norton's DOS / Windows Tools, and developed some products for the Mac. Today, they are well known for their Corporate Antivirus tools, although their reporting and functionality leaves room for improvement. More recently, they have expanded into fighting spyware, and as discovered by Network Computing, the spyware component fails to measure up. Feel free to go over to Network Computing's site, and read the article for yourself. To the general public, anything that causes the computer to …

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As of Sunday afternoon, Oct 30, 2005, DaniWeb has taken on a new look! I have been active with DaniWeb since early 2004, and we now have the 3rd revision to our community! I like the new changes, and I am sure that on behalf of the administration, others do too! Welcome Aboard! Designed to make navigation more easier for the user community, the webmasters installed a new look-and-feel to help users find the answers they are looking for, and also post questions in the proper locations. DaniWeb operates like a library, with different topics in different locations. One would …

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Early in November, Microsoft began a free web-based Virus Scanner, allowing members of the general public to come to their website, download a tool, and then proceed to tie up your box and scan it for all of the creepies that have infested your computer while on the internet. What they haven't readily disclosed, however, is that the scanner reports materials on your computer back to Microsoft HQ. BOOO! Windows Live Safety Center works with Windows XP Home, XP Professional, 2000 Professional, Server 2003, or Windows 2000 Server. You need to also run it with IE 6.0 or better, as …

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Operating System software is an entity that lives and breaths on it's own. It requires little tweaks and enhancements here and there to make it better, and to fix problems. Such is the case with Apple's Tiger OS X, 10.4, and the release to 10.4.3 Let's look at some of the highlights of the update. Available by web or via Apple's Software Update, the software is available in 2 formats: a Delta Update that will work with 10.4.2 --> 10.4.3 or a Combo Update that will 10.4.0 and all inbetween --> 10.4.3 Apple's website details all of the updates -- …

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Microsoft this week updated Microsoft Works -- the consumer-level "home" edition of Microsoft Office. Microsoft Works Suite 2006 is now available for SRP $99.95 Microsoft Works is an integrated word processor, spreadsheet, database, calendar, and email client wrapped up into one large program. The programs are sufficient for most home users -- keep a checkbook, write some letters, perhaps sort some recipies and/or keep track of your music media. Works does not easily interact with Microsoft Office, however, especially the database file format. One would think that MS Access could open a works database file, but that is not the …

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An interesting paradigm shift came across my eyes today -- I caught an ad that some Adobe Photoshop experts are now doing Podcasts on how to work the state-of-the-art digital photo editing package Photoshop! PhotoshopTV! Their first podcast aired on October 24, and the show featured techniques on how to do some neat photo sharpening tricks and special effects. Other experts discussed some Photoshop trivia, and Apple's Aperture. Photoshop TV can be found on iTunes, and there is a web page out there for it: [url]www.photoshopguys.com[/url] I am going to check out an episode, and see what I can learn! …

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GIMP -- the GNU Image Manipulation Program -- is about to be upgraded to version 2.4 Presently available as 2.3.4, the program that makes digital image editing easy on a Mac, Windows, and Linux, is about to see major positive enhancements. GIMP is comparable to Photoshop, the industry standard for digital photo editing. GIMP is freeware, released under the GNU license, whereas Photoshop has a hefty pricetag for a lot of power. Photoshop is the superior product, but people should not discount the power of GIMP. GIMP 2.4 features three new tools: the Align tool, the Foreground Extraction tool, and …

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Studio To Go is a Knoppix-based Linux musical software environment that allows Windows users access to linux-based open-source software tools, without having to install Linux onto the Windows PC. Knoppix is a Linux that runs completely from a CD-ROM, although it probably takes some RAM and turns it into a ram disk for housekeeping duties and temporary files. Knoppix supports a number of external devices, such as USB thumbdrives, network interface cards, and modems. According to the FAQ on the Studio to Go website, you can boot into the musical environment, and then create songs, and mix music. It is …

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