Monday, August 31, 2009

A List of OS X Malware Threats


If Windows is famous for anything - it's virus's and other malware - lots of it!


Strangely, even though Apple's OS X is famous for having very few malware, the very first computer virus that ever appeared in the wild was Rother J, written for the Apple II by Richard Skrenta in 1981.


According to Microsoft and others, however, they would have you believe that the Mac is just as susceptible and as vulnerable to malware as is the PC, but is that true? Just how many pieces of malware is actually out there for OS X anyway?


Well, for one, experts like Kaspersky Lab's just happens to maintain a full and detailed list. In their Virus Watch, they actually maintain a very, very, very long list of all of the known OS X's malware threats to date. This covers, and now get this..... two whole whopping pages of them! And, oh, by the way, the second page happens to list just one measly malware threat, the IM-Worm.OSX.Leap.a. This brings the total count, for both pages, of all of the known OS X malware threats to a whopping 31, assuming that I counted them correctly.


Here's a partial listing of Kaspersky OS X malware threats:


Name of malicious program

↑ Detection time

Update released

8 July 2009

Trojan-Downloader.OSX.Jahlav.k

13:35

07:53

29 June 2009

Trojan-Downloader.OSX.Jahlav.j

09:01

07:51

17 June 2009

Trojan-Downloader.OSX.Jahlav.i

03:06


16 June 2009

Trojan-Downloader.OSX.Jahlav.h

02:04

14:18

14 May 2009

Trojan-Downloader.OSX.Jahlav.g

05:57

17:07

13 May 2009

Email-Worm.OSX.Tored.a

07:18

11:16

5 May 2009

Virus.OSX.KL-Demo

04:37

09:03

1 April 2009

Trojan-Downloader.OSX.Jahlav.e

06:42

15:35

19 March 2009

not-a-virus:FraudTool.OSX.iMunizator.d

04:09

08:42

11 February 2009

not-a-virus:FraudTool.OSX.iMunizator.c

02:38

06:08

29 January 2009

Trojan-Downloader.OSX.Jahlav.d

02:36

14:25

27 January 2009

Backdoor.OSX.iWorm.c

06:15


Backdoor.OSX.iWorm.b

03:27


26 January 2009

not-a-virus:FraudTool.OSX.iMunizator.b

07:48


not-a-virus:FraudTool.OSX.iMunizator.a

06:50


23 January 2009

Backdoor.OSX.iWorm.a

07:29




You can access Kaspersky's full list here.


Remember: this is the combined total of all known OS X threats, including worms, trojans and virus's to date! Now lets contrast these with the well over 100,000 plus Window virus's, and the additional 400 new ones that come out each and every day, and tell me if you believe, if you ever did, Microsoft and all of the others who boldly claim that OS X is just as insecure as Windows, if not even more so?


And what's really important to remember here, about the these threats, is that most of them were not really that much of a threat to begin with in the first place! Most of these threats are quite harmless and couldn't have cause that much damage even if you had gotten one! Yes, let's not kid ourselves, of course, because there certainly were a few nasty stuff among the list that were potentially very dangerous, but still, none of them ever spread in the wild either, or caused any reported real damage to as much as even a single Mac computer, at least none have been reported thus far, or that I know of?


The biggest threat to Mac users is by people falling for social engineering tricks, whereby someone volunteers to give out their personal banking information, etc. Sadly, a few people will fall for such nefarious schemes, and that includes, I'm sure, a few Mac users among them. But that's not an OS security issue, but rather it's a social one and hence the name, social engineering. In this regard, all computer users, including Window users, as well as Mac and Linux users have a duty to be always on their guard, since no OS can protect it's users from plain ignorance, and lets be honest - just plain stupidity!


So, in conclusion, its obvious that even though Mac users can't remain indifference to the treat of malware, neither do they have to overly fear security issues in the same way that Windows users have had to, and still do, because OS X, despite what some would have you believe, is simply a lot better and a lot more secure of an OS than Windows.




And that's my 2 cents 4 this Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The iPhone: Will It Succeed In China?


Finally, late last week we learned that Apple will get to officially sell it's "Jesus" phone in the world's largest mobile market - China!


It was a long time coming and rather strange, especially when considering that it is in China were everybody else's iPhone is manufactured, that you couldn't legally or officially buy an iPhone in China itself.


Of course, many are asking, now that the iPhone is about to officially go on sale in the world's most populace country, just how many iPhone's Apple can reasonably expect to sell? That's a good question to ask, as CNNMoney did in a post recently. According to them, several analysts have chimed in on the matter, including the following who have predicted that the iPhone will sell:

  • 1 million in fiscal 2010 - UBS analyst Maynard Um
  • 2.9 million by end of 2011 - Sanford Bernstein's Toni Sacconaghi
  • 4 million in calendar 2010 - Standard & Poor’s Clyde Montevirgen
  • 2 million to 5 million - Susquehana Financial's Jeffrey Fidicaro
  • 5 million to 7 million in 2010 - Broadpoint AmTech's Brian Marshall
  • 14 million in the first year of sales - iPhonAsia's Dan Butterfield


As CNNMoney also said, these guys are really only guessing and time will tell just how close, or just how far off they are in their predictions. Personally, I have never really taken too much stock in analyst's predictions, because, quite frankly, they seem, most of the time, to be completely off the mark anyway.


One of the biggest hurdles that Apple faces in China is the illegal and flourishing Chinese sale of iPhones, and even worse - the sale of fake iPhone's, fakes that have already sold in the multiple millions and at extremely low prices! Some of these clones are almost identical copies of the iPhone itself, leading some to speculate that they may have been created from actual leaked or stolen iPhone schematics!


On the other hand, most of the fake iPhone's are of such pathetic poor quality, and of such abysmally poor reliability, that some now feel that they may have may have given the iPhone a big black eye and such a poor image in the eyes of the Chinese public that its going to be very hard for Apple to convince them otherwise.


So, is this really the case and will these problems really hamper Chinese iPhone sales? Will the iPhone sell well in China, or not, and what kind of numbers can we expect....... 1 million, 5 million, 14 million - 20 million?


Well, to be perfectly honest, I have to admit that I don't know that any more than any of the analysts, and probably a lot less so, so I won't venture to even guess, but as far as my 2 cents worth goes, none-the-less, I'm still predicting that despite the various and unique problems associated with the Chinese market, the iPhone should still do extremely well in the mammoth country.


At least I sure hope so, because the iPhone mammoth's profits have become such a cash-cow for Apple that it has begun to be able to subsidize the price of it's existing products, such as the MacBook Pro's, and, hopefully, soon will be able to do the same for the iMac itself, and who knows, maybe even the MacPro's as well?


So, with that in mind, I really hope that the iPhone succeeds and does extremely well in China, because the more successful the iPhone has over there, the more likely it's success will help to subsidized the Mac's prices over here.


And that would be a good thing, a very good thing indeed.



And that's my 2 cents 4 this Monday, August 31, 2009


iPhone/China Unicom graphic via: iPhonAsia via CNNMoney

Friday, August 28, 2009

MacTablet: The Rumor I Hope Isn't A Rumor!


Wow, here's one rumor I sure hope is anything but a rumor, and is something that I've been hoping for all along!

It's now being rumored that Apple's upcoming new, whiz-bang MacTablet will be one based on - get this - a full implementation of OS X!


Yeah baby! No stinking slimed down iPhone OS X either!


This will be great for many reasons. For one, if this rumor pans out, and according to Gizmodo it comes from a source that has been 100% historically correct in the past, this means that it's performance will absolutely blow away any netbook, or cheap PC laptop, to utter smithereens! It also means that any upcoming MacTablet will be able to do things that mere netbooks could only dream of doing with their dumbed-down cpu's, etc.


Yes, according to Gizmodo's post, someone has not only seen what could be prototypes, but quite possibly the actual finished tablets themselves! These units were reportedly seen recently in a Chinese factory in Shenzuen, and were "..... running Mac OS X 10.5." Not only that, but they saw not one, but three such devices - 10, 13 and 15 inchers!


Now this is getting interesting!


As Gizmodo also further pointed out, "..... Apple may be just exploring other form factors, and these three models may or may not be future products." However, I can't see Apple "just exploring" here. No, I think that these, if not the actual finished products themselves, they should be very, very close to the final form factor once these sweet babies start hitting the streets in early 2010!



Can you just imagine these baby's being sold at the high-end of the netbook scheme of things, and at the low-end for budget PC's, and what kind of impact that these products would have on the overall market place? I do - it would virtually kill off most if not all of the netbook market, and seriously endanger the low-end on the PC laptop side.


I've heard it several times before, that Apple's upcoming tablets would be a game changer and now I'm really beginning to believe it. As you can see from the opening concept design pics (via Gizmodo) for Apple's "Next insanely great" product, it does kind of look like a giant iPhone on steroids, but this time around it would be sporting a full implementation of OS X Snow Leopard, meaning it could do even more than any existing iPhone could hope for. One thing for sure, even though these tablets were sporting Leopard, it's quite obvious that Snow Leopard will be in the final product release, considering it's increased speed, power, stability and security and it's new underlining technologies that easily could propel any Apple MacTablet successfully into the stratosphere, and a place where no PC tablet have ever previously and successfully gone before.


The tablet concept may have originally come from the PC side, but just like the iPhone and the iPod, USB, DVD drives, the old 3.5 inch diskettes, and many other things, it looks like once again that it will be Apple who will take this concept and finally make it mainstream.


It's going to be fun watching the whole world go googled-eyed over Apple's new baby, and at the same time watch as Microsoft, HP, Lenovo, Dell and a million other mom and pop outfits, the world over, all scrambled to catch a ride on Apple's tablet dust!



And that's my 2 cents 4 this Friday, August 28, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Snow Leopard Compatibility: Should you Upgrade Now, Or Should You Wait?


Well, tomorrow, good old Friday, is the big day that Apple's newest big cat, Snow Leopard, finally gets to pounce!


Yes, for all of you have been lusting after Snow Leopard, well, the long wait is finally almost over! Of course, even though this big cat comes with a small price, does that mean you should rush out and get it, or should you wait?


Of course, naturally that will depend on various individual factors and circumstances. As far as the $29 price goes, that's not a big problem at all. However, take into consideration - there could be a problem if the new OS just happens to be incompatible with any applications that are of a critical-mission nature. Most applications should be fine, but there are bound to be a few that are not.


Yes, I'm sure that Apple did it's best to insure that everything will run as smoothly as possible for it's latest kitty, and that everything humanly possible was done to ensure that all will go according to plan, once people upgrade, but that's no guarantee that it will!


For one, the last thing that Apple doesn't need is to see that the experience of upgrading to Snow Leopard' is anything like what those poor hapless souls experienced after upgrading from Windows Xp to Vista!


Oooh la, la, now that really would hurt and give the new pussy cat one hell of a black eye, and is something that Apple certainly will be doing everything in it's power to prevent.


However, even though I believe that, for most people, upgrading to Snow Leopard should be a smooth experience overall, and with minimum problems, there is always the possibility, that for some people, and for some applications, there could be some downside. There always is, and I'm sure that we will see some with Snow Leopard as well, but, hopefully, not anything like or near what we saw with Vista!


Even though there's bound to be some incompatibility problems, hopefully, they will be far and in between, and that most problems, if any, should be relatively minor and fixed rather quickly. This certainly has been the case with past OS X upgrades, and I'm sure it will be true of Snow Leopard as well.


Still, it would be great if there were some kind of compatibility chart or list, a chart that could tell you if any of the programs that you really like or really are mission-critical are presently compatible with the new kitty. Well, guess what? Yuppers, you hit it right on the Leopard's nose - there just happens to be such an animal! This animal happens to be in the form of a website, http://snowleopard.wikidot.com..


Unfortunately, yesterday it was down for a bit, but it's back up and seems to be running fine this morning. Hopefully, it will continue to work, and you'll be able to check your applications against their list?


It would have been nice if Apple had provided such a compatibility list themselves, but since they haven't, this compatibility list should do just fine, so be sure to check back regularly. Hopefully, however, most, if not all of your favorite apps will have little or any compatibility issues at all, and that your apps will all continue to play nice with Snow Leopard, or as I prefer to call it, "Snowy."


So, should you immediately rush out and upgrade this coming Friday to Snow Leopard? After all, it's only $29 for an upgrade from Leopard, or just a mere $9.95 if you purchased your Mac recently.


Well, that depends on just how critical some of your applications are. For example, if you depend on some apps for your living, well, I would tend to wait a wee bit longer at least until any potential incompatibilities are fixed, before taking any chances on upgrading.


On the other hand, for most people, and for people who don't have absolutely critical-mission apps, then the answer is definitely a resounding yes! When taking past OS X upgrades into consideration, its most likely that most people will have only a minimum of incompatibility issues, if any, what-so-ever! So, by all means, if you want to upgrade please do, because your much more than likely to be very please than very sorry!


As for little old me, I'm planning on waiting just a wee bit longer, if I can, since I'm saving up to buy a new Mac anyway. But knowing me, I doubt if I'm going to be able to resist that irresistible low, low kitty price of $29!




And that's my 2 cents 4 this Thursday, August 27, 2009


PS. Here's Apple's official list of incompatible software.

Unix: Happy 40th. Anniversary!


It was 40 years ago that out of utter failure, a great success was born!

That failure was Multic, an attempt to create a new and flexible operating system at AT&T's Bell Labs.

The great success, on the other hand, was Unix!

Multic may have failed miserably, but thanks to the work and dedication of two pioneering scientists, Ken Thomson and Denis Ritchie, Unix was born in August of 1969, and now, this very year Unix will celebrating it's 40th. anniversary, a remarkable feat when you consider how many other operating systems have since come and gone in that period!

Unix was, and still is, based on an a free and open philosophy that is described by Wikipedia as:

"...... designed to be portable, multi-tasking and multi-user in a time-sharing configuration. Unix systems are characterized by various concepts: the use of plain text for storing data; a hierarchical file system; treating devices and certain types of inter-process communication (IPC) as files; and the use of a large number of software tools, small programs that can be strung together through a command line interpreter using pipes, as opposed to using a single monolithic program that includes all of the same functionality. These concepts are known as the Unix philosophy."

This all led, in 1975 , to Unix being designated and chosen as the official backbone of a new and little venture known as - the internet! Unix, from day one, was designed for networking, and it was this built-in ability in mind that made it such a natural choice for becoming the backbone of one of the greatest undertakings in all of human history.

Though primarily deployed on mainframes in the beginning, the decision by AT&T to allow it's code to be offered for free helped the new OS to spread it's wings and onto machines of all sizes, including desktops, and as the BBC reported:

"Once it had jumped out of the lab and out of AT&T it caught fire among the academic community,"


Once this happened, Unix gave rise to various offshoots such as BSD, Linux and, of course, OS X, all of which are systems that now can run by just about anybody, rather than just those in big business's, universities and government agencies, and their highly and specially trained computer scientists in their white trench coats.


So, in conclusion, I just want to say "happy 40th. birthday Unix", and a big thank you to all of it's many pioneers, such as Ken Thompson, Denis Ritchie, Joe Ossanna, Doug McIlroy and Brian Kernighan, who, by the way, gave Unix it's name.


It's thanks to the hard work and dedication of these men and women, too many to list here, that we now have the wonders of the web, OS X and the various and numerous Linux distros.


So thanks again guys, and many more happy returns to you Unix, one of the most ancient, and yet, at the same time, one of the most modern, powerful and flexiable OS's ever created!



And that's my 2 cents 4 this Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Unix illustration via: Wikipedia

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

New Apple Ads and New Snow Leopard Graphics: Good or Bad?



Well, it's been awhile, but there's another new "I'm a PC, I'm a Mac" ad out, as you can see above.

This particular ad features Patrick Warburton who's better known as being Puddy from Seinfeld, and The Tick from the Tick. There's also a girl who looks an awful lot like Lauren from the Microsoft "Laptop Hunter" ads.

Dan Nosowitz, writing for Gizmodo, says that the ad is irritating and that Patrick wastes his considerable talents and the chance to really make a funny ad. I don't know if I find it so much irritating, but he's certainly right about it repeating the now familiar theme that Windows is bogged down in viruses' and the Mac is not.

It's time for a change, don't you think?

I do, and with Snow Leopard now ready to pounce, this coming Friday, I personally would have preferred to see Apple do a straight forward looking ad on the virtues of it's new OS. With the perception that Windows 7 is just as good of an OS as OS X, its vitally important that Apple educates those with such mindsets as to why that is not the case, and why its also true that Snow Leopard is significantly a much better OS.

Apple would be much better off show casing Snow Leopard's futuristic new technologies such as it's Open CL, or it's Grand Central feature, or Expose in the Dock (my favorite, by the way), and what have you? There is considerablly more to OS X Snow Leopard than meets the eye, and a lot more then you'll ever find in Windows 7! I mean, if ComputerWorld can highlight Snow Leopard's seven best features, then why can't Apple's ads do something along the same line? After all, most people don't read ComputerWorld, but just about everyone watch's the old telly tube.


Speaking of Snow Leopard's new graphic's, particularly the box, Gizmodo's Jesus Diaz says that he hates it! He thinks its a backward step from OS X's history of producing excellent box designs. Even though I heartedly agree with him on OS X's past box designs, (they really were gorgeous) I'm not too sure I agree with him on the new one for Snow Leopard.

Personally, since Snow Leopard departs from the traditional view of simply adding new features in a new OS, and goes instead for making the OS much more stable, faster and more secure, the change in graphics is really quite appropriate. Besides, just look at that Snow Leopard's puddy little face.......... it's absolutely adorable, don't you think?

So is the new Apple "I"m a PC, I'm a Mac" ad and the it's Snow Leopard graphics good or bad?

Well, the jury is still out on the ad as far as I'm concerned, but, for me, Snow Leopard's new box and CD graphics are just hunky dory, but, what ever, what's really important is what's inside of the box! As far as I'm concerned, I couldn't care less as to what the box looks like, just as long as what's inside is everything that Apple claims it supposed to be, then I'll be one happy camper.



And that's my 2 cents 4 this Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Snow Leopard Box photo: Apple via: Techgage

Monday, August 24, 2009

Snow Leopard: Officially Pounces Friday, August 28th.!


It's official - Snow Leopard pounces this coming Friday the 28th. of August as rumored!

Well, now, that was sure bloody fast!

And that's my 2 cents again 4 this Monday, the 24th. of August, 2009

Source: Apple

The App Store: C64 Back on Track?


A few months ago I gave my first, and thus far only, Dumb Ass Award to Apple for it's somewhat hap hazard and seemingly senseless acceptance and rejection policies for it's hugely successful APP STORE.


One of those rejections was for a program that Techcrunch and I both agree could have been a contender, an application that would have brought most, if not all, of the many thousands of Commodore 64 games to the iPhone, iPod Touch ecosystem.

The Commodore 64 just happens to be the number one selling computer in all of history! I mean seriously, what a dumb ass move on Apple's part to reject such a fantastic program, and one that I'm sure that Microsoft, Palm and just about every other mobile platform would have killed in order to have running on their own systems!

Well, I'm very happy to report that apparently Apple has been getting the message that it has to do something to address the growing outcry against it's acceptance and rejection policies! Hopefully, I now might just have to reverse and take back my Dumb Ass Award, because, as Arcade Touch reported yesterday, it now appears highly likely that the Commodore 64 emulation program may be coming to the APP STORE after all, and very soon!

The developers have put a lot of hard work, time and money into this program, and they have gone through all of the necessary steps to license all of the code for all of those games, and I, for one, would hate to see all that hard work and effort go up in smoke, or worse.... to another mobile platform! Happily, however, Arcade Touch reported that it's developers have stated:

"C64 for iPhone UPDATE: Contacted by senior director at Apple today and we have BIG news coming. Thank you to EVERYONE for the support."

Well, that says a lot, and it suggests to me that the app is finally back! Hooray, I say, because this looks like one hell of a great program. It's acceptance should also bode well for not only for it's developers, but also for other developers who have thus far had their apps rejected. It's also bodes well for the iPhone and iPod Touch ecosystem itself and, most importantly for of all it's millions of customers. Everyone wins with a more relaxed and practical rejection and acceptance APP STORE policy - except, of course, Apple's competitors!

Many initially rejected apps are already now finding themselves back on the APP STORE, thanks, in part, to the personal intervention by none other than Phil Schiller himself, one of Apple's highest ranking executives. The very fact that Phil is directly involved shows, to many, just how important this matter is to Apple, and that this mess be resolved as quickly as humanly possible.

The C64 is not the type of program that I would personally use (I'm not a gamer), but it's still one hell of a killer product and one that Apple simply can't afford to let slip through it's fingers, or see go to it's competitors! Now, hopefully, all those who want to get their hands on this great program, plus many other thus far rejected, will now be able to finally do so.

Way to go Apple, and don't stop now - keep em coming baby! :0)


And that's my 2 cents 4 this Monday, August 24, 2009


Friday, August 21, 2009

Palm Pre Ad Lacks Originality, So It Copies Apple's!


Well, what can I say except that apparently Palm, in desperation to sell it's Pre, knows absolutely no shame what-so-ever!

Yes, after all the dirty tricks that they have used thus far, like using Apple's iTunes to sync music, violating Apple's multi-touch patents, poaching it's employee's, etc., now they have gone even farther!

Yuppers, apparently they can't think of anything original, so they just decided to use Apple's own originality, by this time copying and styling their Pre ads to mimic much of the iPhone ads, as seen above in the YouTube video.

As Engadget said, concerning it's latest Canadian Bell Pre commercial, that it "..... couldn't be more Apple if it had an Orba Squara soundtrack'!

As Dan would say, "I mean think about it", are these people just plain lazy, or what? Do they really think that we are all so gullible that they can pass off the Pre, with these knock-off ads, as if it was an iPhone, or what?

I don't know about you, but these bozo's are really beginning to cheese me off big time with their childish antics. Its almost as if they were deliberately trying to piss off Apple, or as if they have some kind of a personal axe to grind (maybe they do, at least for some of it's ex-Apple employees)!

For one thing, if they think that they are somehow coming across as some type of a righteous little David, battling an unrighteous big, old and bad Goliath, and that their fighting for all that is good, decent and American, well, thats not the impression that I'm getting. If you ask me, Bozo's is a word that comes more to my mind, but then again, maybe I'm dumber than I thought and I'm just not picking up something up here?

In conclusion, whatever it is that Palm is up to, what ever is their logic behind them seemingly aping every move that Apple makes, I'm sure its not the last we shall see of this kind of blatant Apple mockery.

If their going to go head-to-toe with Apple, for crying out baked beans and fried toenails and liver guts, and for Pete's sake, and for all that is good and decent, why can't they be just a little, wee bit more original?

You know, kind of like ....... Apple!.


And that's my 2 cents 4 this Friday, August 21, 2009


YouTube video via: WebOShelp.net, via: Gizmodo and: Engadget

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Who Uses A Mac Anyway?


Who uses a Mac these days, anyway?


I use a Mac for one. I use it to play games (not too many though - I'm not a gamer), I use it write, I use it to surf the web, I use it to run Linux and Windows, and whole bunch of other things besides.


But who else uses a Mac?


Obviously, a lot of other people do, millions and millions in fact, and growing by another 6 to 10 million new users each and every year, including a lot of very famous and powerful people, just like these fine folks below:


George W. Bush

Al Gore

Lindsay Lohan

Paris Hilton

Beyonce

The Dalia Lama

Miley Cyrus

David Bowie

George Clooney

Bill and Hillery Clinton

Heather Grahm

Jennifer Anniston

Jerry Steinfeld

The King of Saudi Arabia

The president of Russia

Ronaldo

Mariah Carey

Bruce Willis

Stephen Fry

Lance Armstrong

Britney Spears

Ryan Gosling

Jsessica Simpson

Nicole Kidman

Jeff Goldblum

JCyndi Lauper

Even Microsoft's, Steve Ballmer passionately use's a Mac! Ok, ok....... so he just uses them to passionately poke fun at and deride! But, hey, at least the lovable PC Guy from Apple's now famous I'm a PC, I'm a Mac ads, John Hodgman himself, has been a happy Mac user ever since 1984!

Well, you get the point, a lot of people - a lot of people use Mac's these days and, as I have said, that number is growing by the millions each year! The AppleMuseaum has a much more extensive list here, if your interested in seeing even more of these movers and shakers that also just happen to be dedicated Mac users.

Also, believe it or not - there have been actual studies that suggest that Mac users are also people, who, for the most part, also just happen to earn more money, are better educated, more artistic, better speakers and also happen to be far more tech knowledgeable than their PC counter parts! Well, if thats the case, then that would help to explain the above list, would it not?

Yes, but in addition to all of those powerful politicians, scientists, rock and movie stars, Mac users also happen include us, the little folk as well. We, the farmers, the doctors, scientists, educators, writers, laborers, ministers, sales clerks, beauticians, carpenters, moms and dads, etc., who do are part in helping to make the world a better place for ourselves, families and neighbors.

So, just let me say that if your already a Mac user, or if your just thinking of becoming one, then you either are, or will be, in very good company indeed.

No, I'm saying that using a Mac will actually make you into some kind of rich, famous movie or rock star, or even make you smarter in the process, but I do guarantee that it will help you to 'Think Different," and to work and play better, and with a lot less hassles in the process to boot, which come to think of it, is kind of a hoot!


And that's my 2 cents 4 this Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Whacked Out Apple Tablet Concepts!



Those creative and crafty folks over at Gizmodo took a funny look at Apple's supposed upcoming iTablet yesterday.


Their irreverent look at Apple's much rumored device features a gallery of some whacky and humorous 64 rendered iTablets, some of which where very funny indeed, like the one below that featured a young Bill Gates holding the upcoming device.


After all, if anyone needs to get their hands on an Apple device it's Microsoft, so that they, in turn, can tear it apart in order that they can then build their own buggy and half-ass baked copy of it!



To prove that he's now the big man in charge, Microsoft's own beloved Steve, Mr. Ballmer himself, holds the coveted Apple tablet with that look on his face - you know, the look of utter disdain, and the one just before he goes on to thrash the thing and just before he says something like:


" what the.... #^$#%#%#%#% !


You mean #@#@#$#%$@$# dollars for this thing and it doesn't even have a physical keyboard!


Now thats got to be the most $#@#@! expensive tablet in the world!


No, I think I like our strategy better ...... providing millions and millions of cheap, inferior and crappy products that frustrate and %$%$#$@$$ up our customers with viruis's and blue screens of death! Yes, I like our strategy better ....... I like it a lot!"




And hey, don't forgot the hilarious iTablet being used as a remote to control the ridiculously humongus iPod just hanging on some guy, or girl's living room wall! For crying out pizza, I sure would hate to try and slip that baby comfortably down my back pant pockets! Imagine if the sound was anywhere equal to the size of that thing? Busted ear drums anybody?





Also, as you can see from the above pic, this sexy looking iTablet (or what ever Apple ends up calling it), is seen with an even sexier looking girl, and one that I hope comes with the tablet, because in that case....... I don't care if the tablet works or not.......... I'm ordering a DOZEN of them!


Well, in conclusion, as funny as these supposed and decidedly Photo Shop creations are, the ones above are just a fraction of the 64 that Gizmodo listed, so if you haven't already seen their whacked out post... then what on earth are you waiting for? For crying out pizza with anchovies and gravey, head on over and laugh your head off!


I know I did.



And that's my 2 cents 4 this Wednesday, August 19, 2009


PS: Be sure to check out PCWorld's rendering of not 'so funny' possible Apple Tablet renderings as well.