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April 22, 2004

Downgrading to Airport 3.3.1

If you're experiencing problems after upgrading to Airport 3.4, typically loss of signal strength and disconnection, you'll find instructions on how to downgrade at,


More info and discussions on,

I didn't manage to upgrade to Airport 3.3.1 after reinstalling 3.1. xlr8yourmac has several workarounds. The first one worked for me.

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April 08, 2004

MP3Concept (MP3Virus.Gen)

Well, believe it or not, this afternoon at 16:15 CET Intego publishes a press release announcing the launch of a Mac OS X Trojan Horse, just after my copy of VirusBarrier popped up with this alert around 15:50 CET:


My definitions were updated this morning by NetUpdate adding the ability to detect MP3 Concept.

I immediately checked the net for more in fo, but was unable to find anything before this evening. But when I write these lines, the CIAC, McAfee, Sophos or Symantec don't mention it. Even Google didn't turn up anything..

MacNN and Slashdot have a post, but the info remains sparse and unconfirmed.

The alert was triggered when I launched BBEdit, and was reproducable once eventhough I clicked 'Repair' on the VirusBarrier alert dialog box. No MP3 files in my case..

Here's a copy of the e-mail alert:

Date: 04/08/2004 15:50:35 Europe/Zurich +0200
File: /.vol/234881033/2656577
Virus: MP3Virus.Gen

Date: 04/08/2004 15:50:52 Europe/Zurich +0200
File: /.vol/234881033/930750
Virus: MP3Virus.Gen

It's actually the first time I've seen it work

April 9 update:

MacNN has an full update on the matter, and a Usenet thread sheds more light on this matter.

0x2a posted an interesting comment which I fully share.

April 11 update:

More info and comments from MacFixIt, Wired, and a clarification from Intego.

Likewise, Apple spokeswoman Natalie Sequeira said the company was investigating. "We are aware of the potential issue identified by Intego and are working proactively to investigate it," she said.

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April 07, 2004

Boost Mail.app's junk mail filtering


The other discovery of the day: JunkMatcher

A set of scripts that can be added to Mail.app rules. It uses various effective techniques such as IP-based filtering, and flexible regular expressions to identify junk mails, and comes with a GUI front end which enables you to analyse what's going on and tweak it efficency. You can even report spam to SpamCop.net directly from the log window.

There's a clip on the product's website that shows it in action.

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Horizontal scroll built in Mac OS X

Have you tried the latest Microsoft Wireless Optical mouse ? What interested me to try was the new scroll wheel, which gives you the smoothest scroll I have ever experienced, and the possibility to scroll horizontally by tilting the scroll wheel to the left or right.

The scroll experience is awesome, unfortunately the ergonomic design of the mouse gaves me cramps in the wrist, and the horizontal scroll required the Microsoft driver to be installed.

But I discovered quite by accident this morning that horizontal scrolling is built in Mac OS X. (for as long as you own a scroll wheel mouse)

Hold the shift key down while using your scroll wheel, and the content scrolls horizontally.

This is not new. MacOSXHints published this hint back in October 2003 - but I was quite pleased to stumble upon it by accident!

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April 04, 2004

Safari not supported by GMail

Google's new free e-mail service, GMail, doesn't support Safari (yet). You get 1Gb free storage with Google's search engine (Don't sort, search).

Among the notable features, you'll find,

  • Select a message and all relate message are highlighted (threads, replies)
  • Customisable spam filter
  • No popups, no ads - but relevant text-ads à la Google ..

The service is still in beta, and widely available, and English is the only language available at the time of writing.

What should we think about this new service? After indexing the web, usenet, weblogs (Blogger), Google will track our e-mail content..

PS: noticed today's cool date? 04-04-04

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April 01, 2004


Can't stop laughing..

I won’t spare the niceties: what Doug Bowman and Stopdesign have done is disgraceful and unprofessional.

For a so-called “Design Consultancy” to rip off the work of another for its own site shows a total lack of regard for others in the profession, and undermines — no, cheapens — the industry as a whole.

What makes this particularly heinous is that not two weeks ago, Mr. Bowman had the audacity to talk about CSS Theft in front of a packed conference room at SXSW2004. In one ear, out the other…?

A sad day for those of us working on the web. Please feel free to go over to Stopdesign and make some noise in protest.

Mezzoblue or Stop Design or Mezzoblue or ..

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