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Opinions about Zinio -- Macworld Magazine has begun distributing an electronic edition using Zinio software. How does it compare to PDF, and what do readers think of it? (8 messages)

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Belkin iPod voice recorder -- Steve Jobs showed off Belkin's iPod add-on for recording audio, but is it any good in real life? (10 messages)

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Open proxy servers exploited -- Chuck Goolsbee's TidBITS article about how spammers are exploiting older Mac OS-based proxy servers prompts several readers to plumb their own server logs looking for intruders. (7 messages)

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Not all open proxies are bad -- Readers look at the difference between "open" and "anonymous" proxy servers, and lament that we have to lock down so much of the Internet due to malicious activities. (2 messages)

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Where should mail be stored? You'd think that the Mail application would store mail in your user folder, but that's not the case. Why not? And should application preferences locations be transparent as well? (33 messages)

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