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Saturday, April 10, 2004


Physical Geography
National Park Service Field Lecture Program

April 17 Saturday, 9:30am

Rancho Sierra Vista

Join Dr. Melanie Renfrew of Los Angeles Harbor College on a moderate hike to the waterfall. Learn how landform shape, sun angle, and water pathways affect plant and animal habitats. Meet in the main parking lot. 3 hours

Friday, April 09, 2004

Mac trojan not a real threat

It seems that Intego, the anti-virus software maker abused our security pre-occupations to sell more software. A few days ago they announced the discovery of a Mac Trojan Horse program that could have dire results. After some investigation, others have found that the risk was grossly over-stated and a ploy to increase sales of their anti-virus software.

It is bad enough that there are viruses and spyware attacking our computer system without companies using it as a promotional tool. Anti-virus companies already have a tenuous reputation, with many people thinking they generate many of the viruses they claim to protect against. While I personally don't believe that to be true, stunts like this are sure to harm their already fragile trust with computer users.

MacMerc has further info in their story, Intego Exaggerated the Trojan.

Career-Op: Referrals
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

Referrals are the life-blood of anyone working in high-tech, whether a freelance consultant and coach, like myself, or an IT staffer working inside a large corporation. Word of mouth is one of the strongest methods for developing new clients or finding the next job up the corporate ladder. As with most career issues, referrals can be a double-edged sword. Friendships, family and business can suffer when referrals become a contentious issue instead of simply one person, or business, helping another.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Mac OS X Trojan Horse Program

It was only a matter of time. Macintouch reports that a Trojan Horse Program effecting Macs running OS X has been discovered.

I often hear from people that believe Macs are immune from viruses and worms. This simply isn't true, even if there are fewer malicious programs targeted at the Mac.

This is simply one more warning to keep your anti-virus program up to date.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Blogstakes Winner

You may have noticed a posting about a Blogstakes contest a few weeks ago. The free giveway was a fancy CD case from Slappa.

A reader of My Word was a Runner-Up Prize Winner in this contest and, since I referred them to the Blogstakes site, I won the same prize.

Blogstakes is very neat and I will post other contests as they come available. Maybe one of you can win, too!

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Chill Out LA

L.A. Observed is letting people know about this new web site and email newsletter dedicated to " ...devoted to helping you become a happier, healthier, more centered Angeleno."

There is not much content available, yet, but I have subscribed and will be watching for more.

Create your own South Park Character

Hey, that's me as a South Park character. He even looks as befuddled as I am sometimes.

Try out this fun online tool and "South Park" your friends, family and co-workers!

As seen on LibrarianInBlack

Monday, April 05, 2004

Apple Mac OS X Security Update 2004-04-05

Apple released a new security update for 10.3 (Panther) today. You may not see this update if you are using earlier versions of Mac OS X. The update is available by using the Software Update system preference on your computer.

Below is a copy of the info from Apple:

Security Update 2004-04-05 delivers a number of security enhancements and is recommended for all Macintosh users. This update includes the following components:

CUPS Printing

Sunday, April 04, 2004



SAT 4/10 9am
Sooky Goldman Nature Ctr

Friendly dogs and their owners, come meet and greet other doggie pals on a moderately-paced dog hike. Learn dog hiking safety tips while enjoying the trails of Franklin Canyon. All dogs must be on leash and cleaned up after. 1.5hrs WODOC