Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Macintosh Security: ZeoBIT MacKeeper Crapware Marketing Moron Attack


ZeoBIT MacKeeper Crapware Marketing Moron Attack

Yesterday I got hit with my first ZeoBIT MacKeeper bomber page while searching on Google. I call it a 'bomber' page because it uses JavaScript (the sworn enemy of web security) to force a popup page into your web browser, despite your popup settings. When the nasty page appeared and blared its rhetoric at me, I thought I must have found a new version of MAC Defender. But no, this is a legal Mac software suite being foisted at you via offensive marketing moron methods.

The nasty ZeoBIT MacKeeper popup page attempted to tell me that the Google result page I had open was considered potentially dangerous. Right. Therefore, I used Google again to find out what this crapware really was. I was pleased to discover that my net colleague Thomas Reed had created an excellent write-up about this crapware last week. Thomas and I work together in a Mac malware discussion group on the net. Enjoy:

I also found an article about MacKeeper provided by Daniel Feeney:

To quote one comment from Daniel's initial review of MacKeeper:

Mostly what they do is take existing features of your operating system and put it in one place, and make you pay for the privilege. Add in their aggressive marketing, the fact it uses Wine (classic half-assed windows developers trying to cash in on gullible Mac users), and the reports of horrible system performance after installing this crap, and well, do you really want to deal with it?
Needless to say:
I suggest that NO ONE install MacKeeper or believe a word ZeoBIT spew at you via their marketing moron attack methods.

[Marketing Moron: Any human who uses abusive or disrespectful methods of selling or promoting a product or service. Antonym: Marketing Maven. Use in a sentence: 'The decay of the modern business practices is morbidly illustrated by the unprecedented increase of marketing morons, self-destructive brigands who treat customers with contempt. ]

Friday, August 26, 2011

Outline of August 25, 2011 NCC-Mac Meeting


If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements. If you're a former Verizon email user, please give us your new address.

Some of Apple's software updated since the July meeting

Run Software Update or visit Apple - Support - Downloads

Brother Printer Drivers v2.7

This update installs the latest Brother printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS vX 10.6.

August 03, 2011 - 136.55 MB

Samsung Printer Drivers v2.2

This download includes the latest Samsung printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS vX 10.6.

August 03, 2011 - 26.86 MB

HP Printer Drivers v.2.7

This download includes the latest HP printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6.

August 03, 2011 - 494.47 MB

QuickTime 7.7 for Leopard

QuickTime 7.7 improves security and is recommended for all Mac OS X Leopard users.

August 03, 2011 - 68.85 MB

Lion Recovery Disk Assistant

Lion Recovery Disk Assistant lets you repair disks or reinstall OS X Lion without the need for a physical disc.

August 08, 2011 - 1.07 MB

Migration Assistant Update for Mac OS X Leopard

This update addresses an issue with the Migration Assistant application in Mac OS X Leopard that prevents transfer of your personal data, settings, and compatible applications from a Mac running Mac OS X Leopard to a new Mac running Mac OS X Lion.

August 10, 2011 - 4.98 MB

OS X Lion Update 10.7.1 (Client)

The 10.7.1 update is recommended for all users running OS X Lion and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability and compatibility of your Mac

August 16, 2011 - 79.29 MB

iTunes 10.4.1

iTunes 10.4.1 provides a number of improvements.

August 22, 2011 - 90.26 MB (Mac) 77.47 MB (Win 32) 78.32 MB (Win 64)

Epson 2.8 Printer Drivers

This download includes the latest Epson printing and scanning software for OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6

August 23, 2011 - 961.5 MB

The next meeting will be held Thursday, September 29, 2011, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

(subject to confirmation)

Q&A, General Discussion

Thursday, August 25, 2011

TidBITS Tech News: The Steve Jobs Resignation FAQ


The Steve Jobs Resignation FAQ

When important Apple news bubbles up to the mainstream media, it's often distorted — or flat-out incorrect — by the time it pops out at the surface. Steve Jobs's resignation from Apple yesterday made the front pages of major news outlets, and the amount of ill-informed "analysis" is piling up.

So here's an overview of the facts, broken down into questions and answers, to make it easy to answer a friend, family member, coworker, or anyone else who doesn't follow Apple and has only heard quick news snippets. Feel free to send them this article by clicking the Email button above, or by copying this link and pasting it into your favorite email program: http://tidbits.com/article/12447

Question: Is Jobs no longer involved at Apple?

Answer: Although he has stepped down as CEO, Jobs was elected by Apple's board of directors to be Chairman of the Board. Apple has said that he will continue to contribute to Apple's products and directions, no doubt on his own schedule.

Question: Who is replacing Jobs? Is he any good?

Answer: Apple's board of directors announced that, following its succession plan, Jobs will be replaced by Tim Cook, previously Apple's chief operating officer. Cook has worked at Apple for 13 years, and each time Jobs has taken a medical leave of absence, Cook has ably taken over Apple's reins.

Q: Does this mean the iPhone 5/iPad 3/Mac Pro/iPod touch will be delayed?

A: No. Apple has been functioning without Jobs as the active CEO since January 2011, and they've done quite well, both in terms of releasing products and in continued stellar financial results. (See "Apple Reports Q3 2011 Record Financial Results ," 19 July 2011.)

Q: What about future products? Can anyone replace Jobs's vision?

A: No one can be the "next Steve Jobs," and neither Jobs nor Apple seems interested in finding one. Instead, new CEO Tim Cook and the rest of the executive team will guide Apple according to their own strengths. As John Gruber so aptly put it, "Jobs's greatest creation isn't any Apple product. It is Apple itself."

Q: Is Steve Jobs's health suddenly dire?

A: We don't know, and frankly, extensive speculation by anyone other than Jobs's family and doctors is irresponsible. It's possible that Jobs is pulling back to focus on other things, or that his health has gotten worse. Jobs has received treatment for pancreatic cancer and undergone a liver transplant, and he stepped away from active duty as CEO in January 2011 due to health reasons. But he also appeared on stage to introduce the iPad 2 in March 2011 and at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in June 2011.

According to an article by Walt Mossberg in the Wall Street Journal, "To be very clear, Jobs, while seriously ill, is very much alive. Extremely well-informed sources at Apple say he intends to remain involved in developing major future products and strategy and intends to be an active chairman of the board... His health is reported to be up and down, and even an active chairman isn't the same as a CEO."

Q: Is this the End of Apple as We Know It?

A: Certainly not. The executives that Jobs has surrounded himself with have been with the company for many years and have been executing Apple's vision both while Jobs has been the day-to-day CEO and during his leaves of absence.

Also, if you look at Apple's recent history of products, you'll see that years of groundwork were laid to reach the point we're at now. Consider the iPad as an example. Apple began work on the iPad well before 2007; the multi-touch interface and a few initial apps showed promise, but the company chose to take that work and develop the iPhone instead. The lessons learned from the iPhone, and the foundation for creating and running the App Store, led to the iPad in 2010. Compare that to companies like HP, Samsung, and RIM, who have unsuccessfully rushed tablets to market since the iPad was introduced.

We're certain Apple has a secret roadmap that extends a few years into the future. And the company has been actively working to sustain its unique corporate ethos. In 2009, former Dean of the Yale School of Management Joel Podolny joined Apple to head Apple University, which, according to an extensive feature in Fortune magazine is an internal program that documents and teaches how the company functions and makes important decisions.

Of course it's possible, even likely, that Apple will change over the years, but that's to be expected. The Apple of today is significantly different than the Apple of 1985, when Jobs last left Apple, the Apple of 1996 when he returned to Apple, and even the Apple of 2006, before the iPhone was released. But change is one of the things Apple has done best.

As ever, we wish Jobs the best possible health, and if you have any other questions, please ask them in the comments and we'll address them as is feasible.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

NCC-Mac August 2011 Meeting Reminder

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, August 25, 4:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

This time we're having a prolonged Q&A session focusing primarily on "How the heck do I get this done?" type of problems. Think of it as Stump the Moderator day. In order that the moderator isn't totally stumped, it would help a lot if we could get a few questions in advance. Either reply to this message or email you question(s) to .

Also, due to the unwitting generosity of Macworld, we have a valuable door prize this month.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

AppleInsider | Apple offers buyback program for old iPhone, iPad, Macs


AppleInsider | Apple offers buyback program for old iPhone, iPad, Macs

By Daniel Eran Dilger

Published: 07:00 PM EST
Apple has enhanced its recycling program to add a new "reuse" option that pays owners of existing iPhones, iPads, Mac or PC desktop or notebook computers a fair market value for their old equipment, paid via an Apple Gift Card.

Apple continues to offer a variety of recycling programs: a place to dump unwanted electronics of any kind at its Cupertino, California head quarters (which it has operated since 2002); free recycling of Mac batteries at any of its retail stores; and free pickup and disposal of any brand of computer or display contracted through WeRecycle!, which user can obtain a free prepaid shipping label from at www.werecycle.com.

Now, users who own an iOS device or a computer from any manufacturer can obtain a credit for the fair market value of that device, calculated by PowerOn, a third party company Apple contract with to run the reuse program.

While recycling old products dismantles them and harvests valuable components such as metal, plastic and glass for recycled use in new products, reuse is an even greener option, as it extends the useful life of products that have value in the second hand market.

"If your product qualifies for reuse — meaning it has monetary value — you'll receive an Apple Gift Card equivalent to its fair market value as determined by PowerON," Apple states on its new recycling program website.

"You can use the gift card for eligible purchases at any U.S. Apple Retail Store or the U.S. Apple Online Store. If your product does not have monetary value, we'll recycle it at no cost to you."

Users can get a preliminary valuation for their old devices online, then arrange to ship them to PowerOn at no cost. The company will then contact the user if the apprised value is different than what was quoted online, a figure based on the user's own description of the product's condition.

If the user chooses not to accept the final value, it will be returned at no charge. Otherwise, PowerOn will arrange to credit the user via an Apple Gift Card within three weeks of receipt. The company also securely erases all data remaining on the devices while preparing them for resale.

PowerOn's estimated value of a functional, first generation iPad in very good condition is $165, for example. Users may likely be able to find their own second hand buyer for relatively new products in good condition, and fetch a higher price.

However, for older devices with some damage or dysfunctional features, the reuse option may provide an easier, more convenient option that still recoups some value they can then reinvest in new Apple gear.

Friday, August 5, 2011

How Martha's iMac spent its summer vacation

Details here. The moral of this story: It can be a real bitch when the closest repair shop is in Far Far Away.