Security Update 2005-001
Apple has released 4 version of a security update, you can read the details Here
Security Update 2005-001 (Mac OS X 10.3.7 Client) 1.0
Security Update 2005-001 (Mac OS X 10.3.7 Server) 1.0
Security Update 2005-001 (Mac OS X 10.2.8 Client) 1.0
Security Update 2005-001 (Mac OS X 10.2.8 Server) 1.0
Macworld SF 2005
By now everyone has heard the main announcements from Macworld. The new iPod shuffle is awesome (we want one!) and the Mac mini is really cool. We'll have to withhold judgment on the new iLife and iWork packages because we really haven't had a chance to play with them. We like the upgrades to the Keynote part of iWork but our first impression of Pages is that it's more like a simple desktop publishing program then a word processor (It's kind of like a DTP version of Keynote). We're not sure how useful it would be to the average user.
The rest of the expo was fun (what mac geek wouldn't love hanging out at Macworld) but this year's show was a bit of a disappointment in that it was much smaller than any show we've been to in the last ten years. It only filled the south hall (in past years it was also in the north hall) and even then, a great many of the booths were geared towards iPod accessories, backpacks and camera bags, and even cool office cubicles. Great stuff but not quite what we had expected.
Some of our favorite things from the show. Well, it might not sound that glamourous but we were really impressed with the Brother printers. We spent some time talking with the sales rep and were blown away to find an all-in-one printer that is network ready (You can share it between OS 9, OS X, and windoze out of the box) for under $150. Brother printers have been off of the radar of many Mac users but they really deserve a second look.
We've already mentioned Bare Bone Software has come out with TextWrangler 2 (and it's now Free!) but it deserves mentioning again that this is a piece of software that you'll want to have if you do any programing, system administration, or web mastering. Just it's ability to edit files remotely via FTP/SFTP is worth it.
Speaking of programing, we talked for a while with the folks at Andescotia Software about their new graphical programing tool called Marten. It's the descendant of a popular graphical programming tool from the mid 90s (sorry, we forgot it's name, para-something?) and if it's everything that's promised, it could really make creating simple apps something that is accessible to the non programmer.
It's that time of year again and there is a show special of only $24.95 for H&R Block's Tax software TaxCut. Get it now, the offer expires on 1/21/2005.
Lastly, we really like the utilities at Prosoft Engineering. We mentioned their Data Safety Suite in our Macworld report last year (we think their "Data Backup" is one of the best backup solutions for the home user) and this year they have a new utility call "Drive Genius" that could really give Norton Utilities, Tech Tools Pro and Disk Warrior a run for their money. We've just begun testing it but so far it looks pretty good. We'll have a more complete report on it later.
Macworld SF 2005
We'll do our own report on Macworld at the end of the week but for now we suggest you go over to the macintouch site and read the Macworld SF 2005 Reporter's Notebook
TEXTWRANGLER 2.0 (It's Free!)
Bare Bones Software : TEXTWRANGLER
You have to jump through a couple of hoops if you are not a member, but this article at Salon.com is worth the read.
One last post for the night
Think Secret - Eve of Expo: Rumor recap
Another iPod Rumor
Scoop: here it is, the new iPod
The MacInTouch Site has an interesting rumor about "iPod Radio" to be announced next week.
We want one!
New Mactipsandtricks Forums
We have forums up and running at this address...
This only a rough start and we will be adding more categories and forums to it soon. If you have and suggestions please let us know in the feedback forum.
Major upgrades to two of our favorites
The Omni Group has released OmniOutliner 3 and Dan Schimpf's MacJournal (now a part of Mariner Software) is now also at version 3. These are two great programs that are worth a look.
Mac OS X Q & A
Check this out - Advanced Mac OS X Articles from Ask Dave Taylor!
Re: Pop-up blocking
Ken Just sent us this this feedback regarding today's tip...
I read your tip today in connection with Safari Pop-up blocking. It seems that Safari will not block in-line frames however, which a few sites seem to be using in place of pop-up. Firefox does appear to block these in-line frames.Thanks for you input Ken, we'll have check Firefox out.