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Apr 15

Peter Norton is no longer Doctor Mac!

7 comments 2004 at 05.57 am posted by Veerle Pieters

First it was rumor but now it’s official Symantec has stopped development of Norton Utilities for Macintosh and Norton SystemWorks for Macintosh. Symantec will concentrate its efforts solely on Internet security products for the Mac. Norton Utilities and SystemWorks on PC are not affected by this decision.

Apr 09

Trojan Horse for Mac OS X

5 comments 2004 at 01.43 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Yes you read it right! Intego makers of the Intego virus software have released a press release that they have found a Trojan Horse (MP3Virus.Gen) that affects Mac OS X. A Trojan Horse differs from a virus as it is a stand alone program. The Trojan Horse DOES NOTHING BAD but has the potential to delete all of a user’s personal files; send an e-mail message containing a copy of itself to other users; and infect other MP3, JPEG, GIF or QuickTime files.

Mar 30

A new XHTML/CSS tool on its way?

14 comments 2004 at 01.55 am posted by Veerle Pieters

I came across an interesting read this morning on MacOS Rumors. So yes this is still speculation but certainly something to think about for a minute. I’m talking about the rumor that Apple is maybe considering making a web design application. First thing that pops into my mind is a consumer based app (ala PageMill), easy to use but not for us pros ;-)

Mar 26

Utility fest!

7 comments 2004 at 02.50 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Mar 24

Xserve G5

2 comments 2004 at 03.28 am posted by Veerle Pieters

None of our Macs at Duoh! have joined the G5 world yet, but that’s now about to change since we have ordered an Xserve G5 to replace our aging G4 server. The server has been on order since the beginning of February. Yesterday Apple released a press release that they started shipping the Xserve to customers. I have no clue when it will arrive here in Belgium since the US will probably be first. The Virginia Tech cluster has ordered 1.100 of these and I can imagine that Apple will make that a priority. I know that my dealer Macline has several Xserve’s on back-order. It seems that this is a much wanted item.
Xserve G5
The server will be used for file, print and web development. It will also host our company’s extra-net. With Apache on it together with MySQL and PHP this will be a great new toy to play with ;-) I’m already curious in its speed and how cool the packaging will be, because as most Mac users know, unpacking is part of the fun if you buy a Mac.

It could very well mean that even this blog and [url=][/url] will eventually be hosted on a Xserve in the future.

Mar 16

50 million songs and still going strong…

0 comments 2004 at 02.31 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Last week there was much talk about Virgin also launching its own music service and some of the journalists seem to think that Apple has to worry about Richard Branson.

I have serious doubts about that. The company is called Virgin Digital, and is developing its own digital jukebox and online music store with music delivery company MusicNet that will be available by the end of August, the companies said Sunday. Some years ago Richard Brawson also launched his own Coke and thought it would beat Coca Cola from the first spot but as we all know that didn’t happen either.

Mar 02

Nothing beats the real thing!

5 comments 2004 at 04.15 am posted by Veerle Pieters

A while ago there was some turmoil about somebody who dismantled his G5 internals to replace it with PC parts. It turned out to be hoax.

Feb 18

Serial numbers, logins and passwords… What a mess!

0 comments 2004 at 03.46 am posted by Veerle Pieters

Over the years I’ve “collected” so much serial numbers, logins and passwords that it’s always a pain when I need to look up something. There is a limit on how much software boxes you can stack, especially if you’re a regular updater and use a lot of programs. My office life was pretty much a mess until I discovered this handy tool that organizes all of this.

Feb 12

iTunes Music Store Europe facing more delays?

7 comments 2004 at 01.52 am posted by Veerle Pieters

According to the rumor mill Apple is still facing some heavy red tape in bringing the Music Store over to Europe. The original target was to get it in place in the first half of 2004. The European Union wants us to believe that Europe is one unity but this proves them more then wrong. So what’s the hold up? Well, Apple wants a European-wide deal to provide a consistent and uniform Music Store. However, regional licensing fees and distribution of those fees remain to be an obstacle. In other words everybody wants to fill their pockets and nobody sees the greater good.


In the mean time they’re still losing money. A few months ago Apple past the 30 Million mark in the US alone, so are those decision makers really that blind? It should be clear that regional stores are not the answer here. A lot of songs in the US store are interesting for me, like all those great songs from the 80’s. I love the 80’s btw. A direct result of all this is that the launch-goal may fall as far back as August 2004… but this remains a moving target. I am ready to buy and I think a lot of others too but this is becoming a joke isn’t it?

Feb 03

OmniWeb 5 Public Beta

0 comments 2004 at 01.22 pm posted by Veerle Pieters

Safari 1.2 isn’t the only browser out today, the Omni Group has released the first public beta of OmniWeb 5.0. This browser was shown at MacWorld In January and can now be tested by Mac users. I haven’t tested it long enough for a serious review but I can definitely say that this browser has serious potential to be one of the best software releases of 2004. I viewed my blog in it and it has the same bug as safari a while ago. The part that fits on the screen is ok but as soon as you scroll the background is gone.

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