At 5:00 PM -0700 7/1/04, John Willkie wrote: >"endless vulnerabilities" is an interesting point, since in one week last >month, there were two Mac virii that -- as I predicted years ago -- affected >hundreds of computers around the world. The problems were in OS 10. I >heard that Apple supplied patches. Let's see what the next moves are, but I >thought it apt to mention in this off-topic post, that not just PCs are >infected, it's just that the Mac target is smaller, and perhaps harder to >target. There was a significant difference with these vulnerabilities in OS-X. There were NO viruses. These vulnerabilities were found by a Mac anti-virus company and used to promote the sale of their anti-virus software, based on the "potential" vulnerability. Apple immediately fixed them. I do agree that all platforms are vulnerable, and I appreciate the fact that I can ignore most of this stuff because I use a Mac. I have not had a virus that broke anything in more than a decade. I did detect the MS Word Macro virus in several documents, but Microsoft came up with a fix for that before it could do anything evil. > >P.S. Unfortunately, many problems with IE are not the browser itself, but >the Internet plumbing behind it. EVEN IF YOU REMOVE IE, the internet >plumbing remains. Many people with PCs know this, and it was a prominent >feature of the Justice Department case against MS. Yup. This did not receive the attention it deserved. I often wondered why the government did not raise a very basic question: How is it that Internet Explorer can run as an application on the Mac, but it must be integrated into the OS on a PC? Clearly Apple figured out how to create the enabling OS plumbing in both OS9 and OSX, and Microsoft was able to use the Apple OS to provide nearly equivalent functionality for IE on the Mac. But on the PC they commingled OS services and application software to create the appearance that integration is necessary with windows. Regards Craig ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.