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Friday, July 11, 2003

Virus consultancy and software firm Sophos states in a Marcworld UK report that just 0.16 percent of the viruses reported to the company were Mac-specific. According to Ron Carlson of "Insanely Great Mac" and the Sophos story, that makes PCs 625 times more likely to become infected by a virus.
"The greatest inconvenience for Macintosh users is likely to be receiving harmless email-attached viruses from infected PC users," Macworld UK writes. "The only other viruses that are generally found on Macs are Microsoft Word macro viruses ... [and] these are a minor annoyance rather than the catastrophic PC viruses, such as the Bugbear-B and the slammer virus."

Read the full article here.

IMHO, many of the things people think are viruses are just computer glitches. That's not to say you shouldn't protect yourself (I occasionally let Virex run automatically on startup). But if something happens to your computer (and it's a Mac), unless you have solid evidence, chances are it's something besides a virus. Click here to see my entry titled "Hackers Offered Most Points to Hack a Mac" for some thoughts and experience I have along these lines.

Article found at IGM, Insanely Great Mac.

The smiley Mac image came from the The 68k Mac Revival Computer Museum.

Adam Curry's making use of the latest technologies. See him here taking a picture on the job, from a helicopter, with his Nokia 3650 phone. He apparently makes entries to his blog via the phone, in the helicopter, from time to time. He writes:

After a plea on my dutch blog I've got several people now sending me sms messages on my cellphone when something worthwhile happens. I can receive those in flight reliably.

I wonder if he wrote this particular entry in the air? Though I'm admittedly new to the blogging world, I haven't yet ever heard anyone refer to themselves as a "bogger" (missing an "L"?), as he does in the title of this entry, "Thousand foot bogger".

Not Too Shabby

Regarding the picture-taking quality of these new phones: (I know there are lots of people that have them, but I don't yet), it looks pretty good. Click on the photo, or here to take a closer look.

Here are some other pictures taken from the air on Adam and his partner's helicopter outing yesterday (in Breda, Netherlands), though I'm rather certain these were taken using the Nikon camera shown in the above photo, not the Nokia phone.

Also, click here to see pictures taken yesterday above Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Read this entry of Adam Curry's weblog here.

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Federico Fellini's Classic "I Vitelloni" -- Filmed in Rimini Italy


"Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion" Movie -- And Dalai Lama Statement

Antarctica Was Once Warm and Wet: Dinosaurs & 'Lost World' Found


Mel Gibson's Movie "The Passion of The Christ" -- The Pope Says, "It is as it was."

Lithium-Ion Battery Care -- How to Prolong Your Laptop Computer's Battery Life


Apple G5 Supercomputer - World's Most Powerful University Supercomputer


Spencer Tunick - One Day in a Photographer's Life - 450 Unclothed Women at NYC Grand Central Terminal


Bill Joy - Legendary Software Designer


Diane Arbus' Favorite Thing

Clive Barnes on Television

Martin Luther King Jr. on Being Vocal

Samuel McChord Crothers on Facts

Ernest Shackleton on Optimism & Courage

Supercomputing - The Grid: The Next Web Revolution

File Swappers Beware - Legislation & Legal Action

Blogs: Talk Radio for the Wired -- Blogs' Shake the Political Discourse

JULY 2003

Allure of Europe Is Drawing Students

Windows Viruses and Spam

Apple G4 Cube - Alive and Selling

Napster Version 2.0 -- Napster Comes Back To Life

Rabbit-Proof Fence

Love Me - A Story by Garrison Keillor

San Francisco Harbor & Ferry Building Restoration

Patents: Rewarding Innovation

Vaclav Havel on Hope & Truth

Hackers Defacement Challenge: a Hoax

Technology Meets the Mob

Matrix Revisited? HotZaz #1 Matrix-XP

Work-Life Balance, Edwald Kist

Emerson on Energetics

Windows Messenger Service -- Spam Stopped

PC Viruses 625 Times More Likely than on Macs

Holland's 1000 Foot Blogger

Scientists pick the G5

Emerson - Paths & Trails

Dog versus iMac

A.C. Clark - Advanced Technology

[Hoax] Hackers Offered Most Points to Hack a Mac

Laptop Sales Beat Desktops For The First Time

New 'TV's': Project into 'Thin Air'

JUNE 2003

Katharine Hepburn: 96 Years of Life

Vatican Virtual Tour


World's Fastest Personal Computer

"Video-Phone's" Time Has Come -- Video Conferencing Made Easy

Movie-Making Possibilities, Sharing Tea with a Moth

Travel Back-In-Time 12 Billion Years

Four Secrets to Staying Young, Being Happy, and Achieving Success

What's a Domain Name?

Net Identity -- Feature-Rich Email and Web Services

Evening Walk, Trident Cafe Writing & Photo Capture

64 Bit Macs & Mac OS X

Brunch on Pearl Street Mall

Best of The Web

Weblog-O-Rama, Hi Profile Bloggers, & David Winer

Cebuano Anyone? Translation On-The-Fly: Hindi to English

100% Up-Time DNS

What's a Blog? (Part II)

What's a Blog? (Part I)

U.S. Computer Coach

Moving to India

The Land of Blog -- Sudden Impact

Dot Pro - Confidential Quid Pro Quo


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