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13.05.2004

Apple's moralisierende Trojaner-Reaktion

Apple reagierte natürlich ebenfalls auf Integos Pressemeldung:
"This is not a virus, does not propagate itself and has only been found on a peer to peer network," Apple said in a statement given to TMO. "This is an example of the perils of seeking illegal software."
Soviel zum Thema: "I downloaded the file in the hope that perhaps Microsoft had released some sort of public beta." Wer sich fünfmillionen sarkastische (und teilweise mitunter erheiternde) Anmerkungen zum Thema durchlesen will, wird bestens bei Slashdot bedient.
IT&W hat noch eine interessante Anmerkung: "Das Computer Emergency Response Team CERT der Carnegie Mellon University, das die Un-Sicherheitsfirma Intego gestern angeblich vor dem Word-»Trojaner« gewarnt haben will, kennt keinen »AS.MW2004.Trojan«, wie das AppleScript durch Intego pompös getauft wurde."

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12.05.2004

Integos zweiter Trojaner für OS X

fakewordEs tummelt sich offenbar ein angeblicher Demo Installer für die Mac Word 2004 Variante (wie bereits vorhin verlinkt) im Gnutella-Netz, 108KB groß, mit einem dem Office Installer ähnelnden Icon, wobei es sich allerdings um ein AppleScript handelt, welches auf ein shell command zurückgreift und damit das komplette Home-Verzeichnis des doppelklickenden Nutzers löscht:
"Basically, my guess is that the trojan horse is a one-line AppleScript that contains the following UNIX command (in the script, the command will be accessed via the AppleScript method for calling a shell command, but I'm not going to bother including that part here):
rm -rf ~", schreibt Rob Griffiths bei macosxhints.com.
Ein Leser von Macworld UK machte die löschvolle Erfahrung, wandte sich an die genannte Publikation, die daraufhin ausgerechnet mit den Spezialisten für OS X Trojaner-Hypes namens Intego in Kontakt trat, woraus eine entsprechende Pressemeldung und die obligatorische FAQ (inklusive Antworten von MS) entstand:
"Can this technique be used with other commands?
Nothing prevents users from creating other, similar AppleScripts, with different names and custom icons that can run the same damaging command. The current version that is in the wild only deletes a user's files and folders. Other such commands could attempt to delete all the files on a Macintosh computer running Mac OS X, but they would need to request an administrator password. However, users may not hesitate to type their administrator's password for what they think is an installer; after all, Apple's Installer requires this password to install any applications and updates to Mac OS X.
This Trojan horse highlights a serious weakness with Mac OS X. Since it is built on a Unix foundation, it can run powerful commands very easily. These commands can delete or damage a user's files with no warning, and AppleScript offers no protection against malicious commands."

Es ist eigentlich simpel: Was der Nutzer auf seinem Rechner löschen kann, das wird auch ein wie auch immer geartetes Programm für ihn trashen können, solange sich diese Applikation nun noch albern getarnt dem Doppelklicker schmackhaft macht, wird das zwangsläufig zu weiteren bösen Überraschungen führen.
Verschwörungstheoretiker dürften bei dem wilden Gemische aus Intego, Microsoft und P2P-Netzen durchaus auf ihre Kosten kommen...

Kommentar von Joe Wilcox bei MacCentral:
"This so-called Trojan horse demonstrates the dangers of file trading and downloading files from untrusted sources," Joe Wilcox, senior analyst for Jupiter Research, told MacCentral. "I say so-called because this file appears to be nothing more sophisticated than a simple AppleScript. Calling it a Trojan is a long stretch of the word's meaning."

Schönste Anmerkung bei MacDailyNews:
"...we think it's called "Intego-Schmintego."

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iTunes Music Store bekommt zwei Webby Awards

Der iTunes Music Store konnte zwei Webby Awards für sich verbuchen, sowohl in der Kategorie Commerce, wie in der Kategorie Music (dort erhaschte der iTMS zusätzlich den People's Voice Award). Ebenfalls nominiert war der iTMS für die Kategorie Services, in der allerdings Google den Preis mit nach Hause nahm.

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Fake Word 2004 Demo killt home folder unter OS X

Macworld UK:
"A Macworld reader alerted the magazine to the malware after he downloaded the file from Limewire. The reader told Macworld: "I downloaded the file in the hope that perhaps Microsoft had released some sort of public beta. The file unzipped, and to my delight the Microsoft icon looked genuine and trustworthy." However, he added: "I clicked on the installer file, and to my horror in 10 seconds the attachment had wiped my entire Home folder!"
Macworld has been able to acquire the file from Limewire, and has received confirmation from Internet security company Intego that its contents appear to be malicious."
Intego löst erst einmal große Fragezeichen aus, abwarten wie sich das weiter entwickelt...

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Zweiter iPod Fabrikant soll für Nachschub sorgen

Das berichtet zumindest Computex:
"Cheng Uei Precision keeps receiving follow-up orders from Apple. The mass delivery of the new model is expected to begin in the third quarter this year, aiming at a 2.5 times of growth. Meanwhile, Ji-Haw Industrial is expected to receive authorization from Apple to be its second suppliers. Deliveries are expected to commence from June or July this year." Passend zur weltweiten Einführung es schwerlich zu erwerbenden iPod mini.

Interessant im Kontext der gestrigen Gerüchte über neue PowerBooks im Juni, die aus einem Artikel der DigiTimes (siehe AppleInsider) herausgelesen wurden: "in June, Quanta will begin delivering new notebook models to Hewlett-Packard (HP), Apple Computer, NEC and Sony, further helping the company expand its notebook shipments for the second half", ist die Formulierung bei Computex, die über den gleichen Sachverhalt berichten: "Quanta has won OEM orders for various new models from HP, Apple, and the Japanese firms NEC and Sony. It is expected that the deliveries will largely heat up from June..." Daraus lassen sich schon schwerer neue PowerBooks (oder alternativ iMacs) an den Haaren herbeizaubern...

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Luxus-Accessoires für den iPod und Karl Lagerfeld Teil 2

Leander Kahney schreibt heute bei Wired über weitere Luxus-Täschchen für den iPod, z.B. Fendi's Jukebox für 1500$:
fendipod
"In fact, most of the major international design houses sell iPod cases, including Pucci, Dior, Chanel and Coach. Anya Hindmarch's bespoke Ebury handbag, a hot item this season, has a special compartment just for the iPod. The famous Colette boutique in Paris sells several. "The same consumer who buys an iPod buys luxury goods," Floriane de Saint Pierre, a Parisian fashion-industry headhunter, told the International Herald Tribune."
Und wir kehren zurück zur alten Frage nach Karl Lagerfelds iPod Ansammlung:
"Although at first glance the reader may assume he means a single 40-GB iPod, he meant what he said: He has 40 iPods. Lagerfeld has converted his collection of 60,000 compact discs to a unique iPod storage system, according to a recent report in Womens Wear Daily. Lagerfeld keeps most of the iPods scattered around his various homes, which, in turn, are scattered around the globe."

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MacOrama für den 12. Mai 2004

macoramaWired über das Aufstocken des iTMS Katalogs mit vergriffener Musik: "Even Steve himself will occasionally send me an e-mail pointing me in the direction of a missing album or artist that he's looking for, and we'll go and find it," said Alex Luke, director of music programming and label relations for iTunes."
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Einiges Interessantes bei MacBidouille. So hat sich Apple angeblich darauf eingelassen die französische 'MP3-Player-Steuer' zu bezahlen:
" This tax is of 15 € on 15 and 20 Go iPods and 20€ on 40 Go.
This shouldn't be incidental on public prices (that is, most of that tax shouldn't be), but will be covered by Apple's margin."
Virgin's Online Music Store soll schon nächste Woche in Frankreich starten, mit Preisen zwischen 0,99 und 1,10 EUR, wohl unter WMA-Verwendung. (Coca-Cola startet übrigens zusätzlich zu seinem UK-Store nun in Österreich)
Und eine Festplatten'wiederbelebung' per Rasierapparatvibrationen.
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ConsumerReports.org berichtet einmal mehr von guten Ergebnissen für Apples Telefonsupport:
" Overall, when it comes to technical support for desktop computers, Apple rated significantly better than Dell, while Compaq and HP rated significantly worse. It’s not clear how those other companies handle support; Apple, Compaq, and HP did not comment."
Die Details gibt es allerdings nur gegen Geld.
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Reuters über die drei Erfolgsrezepte des iPod mini:
"First, the 1,000-song capacity is at the sweet spot of the market -- not too many songs, but not too few, either. Second, the colors --silver, gold, green, pink or blue -- which Apple has said have been especially popular with women. And, third, the ease of use in using the mini while exercising."
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MacFixIt über das PowerBook mit mehr als 1GB RAM + Airport Problem:
"This particular problem appears to be separate from the various AirPort issues we've been covering the past couple weeks. Lending support to the theory that this issue is related to the amount of installed RAM is the fact that, for many users, removing RAM so that the computer has 1GB or less solves the problem -- connections are stable with no drop-outs."
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Apple stellt einige interaktive Tutorials auf seiner Pro/Design-Seite bereit, unter anderem zu 'Fonts in OS X' und 'Printing in OS X'.
(via xlr8yourmac.com)
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Während MS Office 2004 offenbar ausgeliefert wird, verzögert sich Virtual PC 7 in die zweite Jahreshälfte; TMO:
"In explaining the delay, Sommer said, "This is the first version of Virtual PC for Mac developed by Microsoft. Initially, our development and testing timeline was estimated based on our experience with development of Office. The developing, testing, and bug fix cycle with Virtual PC is longer than that of Office and the testing more vigorous than previous versions of Virtual PC. Because of this, we have adjusted our release timing to match a more realistic schedule."
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Steven Frank denkt über die richtige Backup-Strategie nach:
"Not too long ago, it wasn't so hard to just back up your important documents onto a DVD or some CDs, but now I have something like 20 GB of just MP3s and AACs. That's about 5 or 6 DVDs just for the music. If I wanted to back up my whole drive to removable media, I'd need around 20 DVDs and a whole lot of spare time.
There's no question that backups are critical, and if you're not making them, you are going to regret it someday. I've had numerous hard drive failures over the last few years, and while they're always a pain, they're not the devastating losses that they would have been without backups."
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In der Schlachtplatte der MacGuardians wurde fuckapple.com verlinkt, was hier natürlich nicht fehlen darf.
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Jim Heid warnt vor der 'Erase after transfer'-Option in iPhoto:
"Just for the record: I'm not claiming iPhoto has an importing bug. As far as I know, the problem the original poster described -- and that my friend once encountered -- is extremely rare.[…]
All's I'm sayin' is, to lose photos even once is one time too many. Don't use "erase after import." Why take the chance?"
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Starbanner.com über den europäischen iPod mini Graumarkt:
"For years, European buyers have been breaking down traditional retail distribution channels by using online auction sites to buy small electronics goods for lower prices than available locally. Now comes another strain on those distribution channels, with the online gray market giving Europeans access to goods that won't even be available in their home countries for months."
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Ein erster Blick auf PulpFiction bei decaffeinated:
"They’re what every company wants you to see in their product launch —the great stuff— and having me harp on about all the great stuff in PulpFiction doesn’t really help anyone; you can get a feature report anywhere, so we’re gonna get right to the part that I like… the part where I say everything sucks and make suggestions as to how this insanity can be overcome. It’s a grand tradition, indeed."
Und die Antwort des Entwicklers im eigenen NSLog.
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Für Bloglines und Mozilla/Firefox Nutzer, das Bloglines Toolkit für Mozilla:
"You'll need to restart your browser for the Toolkit to be loaded. Once you do, you'll see a small Bloglines logo in the lower-right hand corner. Right click it to view the preferences. You'll be able to turn on the context menu, indicate how you'd like to open links and enable the Bloglines notifier. Even if you're not sure how you'll like them, try each option and experiment. You might find something you like, and you can always turn them off again later."
Unter OS X funktioniert allerdings der Rechtsklick nicht, man muss sich über Prefs->Extensions->Options zu den Einstellungen bewegen.
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Ab Juni als kostenloses Update zu Toast 6:
'Roxio to offer DVD Double Layer burning capabilities'.
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Außerdem (Halb-)Wissenswertes aus dem Terminal - heute:
05/12 Florence Nightingale born in Florence, Italy, 1820
(So geht das).

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11.05.2004

Neues aus Apple's Patentküche

John Kheit zeigt beim Mac Observer drei neue Apple Patente, darunter befindet sich das UI für iTunes:
itunesuipatent

Eine weitere interessante Monitoraufhängkonstruktion für den iMac (im April gab es schon den Schlangenarm-iMac zu sehen, ebenfalls im fscklog verlinkt):
imacpatent

Und Nummer 3 ist eine alte Geschichte namens 'Switching between appearance/behavior themes in graphical user interfaces', die durchaus unter OS X zum ein oder anderen Zeitpunkt wieder aufleben könnte.
Alles in allem jedenfalls ein mehr als lesenswerter Artikel:
"The other interesting thing about this spate of patents is just how seriously Apple is taking the UI. If you look through the iTunes UI patent, you'll notice there are a lot of claims and the claims basically cover the display and interaction of a three pane media player. Apple also filed to secure the UI for the iPod. Basically, Apple is covering its entire user experience for digital music."

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Freeware: DeskCover

DeskCover hat eine so grandiose Selbstbeschreibung, dass kaum mehr etwas hinzuzufügen ist: "DeskCover solves an unrecognized yet widespread aesthetic error in Mac OS X. On lightly colored or busy desktop pictures, icon names become nearly unreadable. DeskCover inserts a customizable translucent sheet between your icons and the desktop picture."
Ein klassischer Vorher-Nachher-Vergleich sollte es verdeutlichen:
ohnedeskcover
Einmal ohne.

mitdc
Und einmal mit DeskCover.

Einzig störend ist das zwingende Menüleistenicon, wenn diese sowieso schon schwer überfüllt ist.
DeskCover 1.2 ist Freeware (bzw. natürlich Donationware), 72KB groß und läuft ab 10.3 .
DL bei versiontracker.
DL bei macupdate.

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iPod mini sorgt für Schmerzen

ipodminisWährend der Kolumnist bei DenverPost.com über seine leidvollen Erfahrungen auf der Suche nach einem pinken iPod mini plaudert: "If you want to be assaulted by a humiliating burst of laughter, go to Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA or even Apple Computer's own stores and ask for an iPod mini. Tell them you want it in pink and insist that you need it now. "I don't mean any offense," an Apple rep at a CompUSA store told me on Saturday, "but most of the people looking for this are 15- to 16-year-old girls" und letztendlich nicht in der Lage war, einen direkt in die Finger zu bekommen: "As soon as stores get them, people snatch them up immediately," Stan Ng, director of product marketing for Apple told me. "They've become an incredible cultural phenomenon", zeigt MacBidouille ein Foto aus dem New Yorker Soho Apple Store, in dem zumindest einige mini iPods eingetrudelt sind:
ipodmini
"This has been taken yesterday in the Apple Store Soho, where, as you can see, iPod mini are available. Let's hope that it is not a single isolated occurence."
Die 'Wahrheit' über die iPod mini Knappheit wurde vor noch nicht allzu langer Zeit hier im fscklog enthüllt.

Derweil titelt Reuters in bahnbrechender Weitsicht zum nur für Japan vorgestellten Sony Vaio Pocket VGF-AP1 (wie im gestrigen MacOrama verlinkt): 'Sony takes aim at Apple but iPod seen safe for now':
"Industry watchers say Sony will struggle to gain a stronger footing in the fast-growing industry now dominated by Apple. The U.S.-based company has nearly 50 percent of the market for digital MP3 music players thanks to the iPod's success. "In terms of actually attacking Apple it's only a start. I don't see any major shake down in the industry right now," said Standard&Poor's equity analyst John Yang. "I just don't see how Sony could really turn the whole thing upside down with iPod."

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