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New and Noteworthy: Happy Birthday, Mac; Best of Apple 2003; Muckraking; Not understanding the problem

New and Noteworthy: Happy Birthday, Mac; Best of Apple 2003; Muckraking; Not understanding the problem

Happy Birthday, Mac! In a Forbes article, Quentin Hardy celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Macintosh: "It ought to be dead by now, beset by time and big competitors. Be grateful it isn't." More.

The Best of 2003 from Apple ComputerWorld offers a look back at the past year and names the best Apple "solutions": "After much deliberation I came up with this: Apple is not a computer company, but a solution company. Apple delivers innovative, elegant and friendly solutions to a specific community with a problem. Apple delivers utility in a decidedly nonutilitarian way... Using those criteria for measurement, there were a few releases in 2003 from Apple that I see as more evolutionary than revolutionary." More.

Muckrading, the PC Way Richard Forno, former Chief Security Officer at Network Solutions, responds to the recent PC Magazine article celebrating OS X's "security vulnerabilities": "Trustworthy computing must be more than a catchy marketing phrase. Ironically, despite a few hiccups along the way, it's becoming clear that Mac OS, not Windows, epitomizes Microsoft's new mantra of "secure by design, default, and deployment." More.

What happens when you don't understand the problem Related to the previous item, John Welch 's Networking blog takes issue with the original security advisory itself: "Apple's implementation is in compliance with RFC 2131, the DHCP RFC. They are not doing anything non-standard, nor are they extending the standard in a proprietary fashion, ala Microsoft and Kerberos. The reason this is important is because it points out the real source of the vulnerability. Not Apple's code, or really even their implementation. But the DHCP standard itself." More.

 

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