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    Coming January 31: On this week's all-star episode, outspoken commentator Jim Dalrymple, Editor in Chief of The Loop, explains how he got accustomed to using an iPhone 6 Plus after working with an iPhone 5s. He'll also cover Apple's amazing financials and some issues involving Microsoft, Windows 10, and other products.

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    The Night Owl Revisits Mac Malware Protection

    January 20th, 2015

    It all started for me back in 1989. I bought some software from a local computer shop in Edison, New Jersey known as Egghead Software. The possibility of a virus didn't occur to me. That was a problem others confronted; it rarely happened on Macs. But things went bad real fast, and I soon realized that, yes, my brand new Mac IIcx system, which, with laser printer and display, cost me more than a fully decked out Mac Pro in 2015, had been infected so badly that I had to erase the drive and restore all my apps.

    How did it happen? Well, evidently one of the apps I bought, which came from Fifth Generation Systems, a well-known publisher, had somehow been infected, perhaps during the production process. In passing, that company was sold to a well-known security software publisher, Symantec, in 1993. And you can bet that I installed anti-virus software on my Mac then and there.

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    Newsletter Issue #790: A Short Report About Upgrading to a Mac Server

    January 19th, 2015

    When I first got online, I didn't pay much thought to whether the server was a Mac, a PC, or a dedicated Linux server. The main reason was that, in those days, Mac web servers were few and far between, and thus not very cost effective. At a time when I could only manage a few dollars a month to have my site hosted, I looked for hosts who had low prices with the promise of high performance.

    I never once considered a Windows server, although they are still widely used. In large part, Linux owns the web. You see, Linux servers are plentiful, cheap, speedy, reliable and not subject to much in the way of malware. They are also predictable, and though management isn't always as easy as I'd like, my sites rarely go offline.

    Now some manage web services with the command line, just as you can do in OS X. While I have some level of command line experience, I am mostly a dabbler in such things. Of course, I'm quite good at copying and pasting an appropriate command, and that largely keeps me out of trouble. For day-to-day use on my Linux servers, I mostly use cPanel, which is published by a Houston-based company and powers sites run by some of the largest — and smallest — web hosts. It has a fairly decent graphical interface, and if you stay in your comfort zone, you can manage your sites without much difficulty.

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    The Fate of Google Glass: Is Google Finally Killing Useless Products?

    January 16th, 2015

    I can't imagine what the developers at Google were thinking when they came up with Glass. Were they depending on the images of Internet connected devices in sci-fi films as inspiration, in the belief that the public would embrace such a misbegotten gadget? Did they think that all it took was an endless public beta program to make customers curious about getting their own set of Google Glass?

    Now Google Glass, essentially a pair of glasses with an integrated mobile computer and web cam, cost some $1,500 for early adopters (testers) and developers. That's not exactly cheap for a public beta test, and it's not as if it wasn't controversial. I mean, if you were confronted by someone watching you, making videos of you, in a public setting, at a restaurant, or even in the privacy of your own home when someone came over to visit, how would you react?

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    The Why Did Apple Do That Report

    January 15th, 2015

    Just the other day, I read a report that Apple had added some more hard drive options to the Mac mini, including a 2TB Fusion Drive. You can even have Apple install a 1TB solid state drive if you're ready and willing to waste an extra $800 on a computer that starts at $499. If you throw everything in there, including 16GB RAM, the total comes to $2,199. That's just $300 less than the entry-level 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display.

    Now I happen to be a fan of the Mac mini. I think it's just a great computer for regular people who are ready to give up on Windows and want something relatively inexpensive, but pretty fast and reliable. Of course, it works best if they already have a mouse and display around that they can hook up to their new box. Otherwise, there are loads of cheap peripherals around that'll suit.

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