We wrap up our Panther release coverage this week with Jeff Carlson’s look at what’s new and interesting in some of Panther’s utilities and applications. Jeff Porten also joins us with a review of El Gato’s EyeTV digital video recorder for the Macintosh. In the news, we announce the release of our first free Take Control ebook update, explain more about WPA passwords, and cover the releases of Snapz Pro X 1.0.9, PhoneValet 1.1, and NoteBook 1.2.
Apple Updates Panther to 10.3.1 -- Late today, Apple released an update to Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, saying version 10.3.1 offers "enhanced functionality and improved reliability" with Panther's FileVault document encryption feature, printing technology, WebDAV networking, and FireWire 800 drives
WPA Weakness Discovered, but Easily Solved -- Following last week's article about the implementation of WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) in AirPort Extreme cards and base stations (see "AirPort 3.2 Update Adds New Security Options" in TidBITS-704), a security expert alerted me to a weakness in choosing keys for the WPA system
New Snapz Pro X 1.0.9 Works Better with Panther -- Ambrosia Software has released Snapz Pro X 1.0.9, improving compatibility with Panther (version 1.0.8 wasn't working for me at all), and fixing a couple of bugs
PhoneValet 1.1 Improves Integration -- Parliant today released PhoneValet 1.1, a software upgrade to the company's Mac OS X-based hardware/software telephone management package (see "PhoneValet, Can You Get That?" in TidBITS-699 for a full review)
NoteBook 1.2 Adds HTML Export and More -- Circus Ponies Software has released NoteBook 1.2, a significant update to their note-taking, outlining, and snippet-keeping application for Mac OS X
We've hit another small milestone with our Take Control electronic book series: the first free update to Joe Kissell's "Take Control of Upgrading to Panther." We released it Friday, 07-Nov-03, exactly two weeks after the initial release
While there's been a bit of hoopla recently over the release of TiVo Series2 and the new Mac-integration features of its $100 Home Media Option (see "TiVo Series2 Improves on Original" in TidBITS-698), it bothered me that the TiVo wasn't a Mac-friendly device for its core function: recording and playing TV.
It's possible, so I'm told, to pry open a TiVo and plug in various hardware adapters that enable you to grab the video off the hard drive and send it zipping around your home network
So you've installed Panther, started to get used to the new Finder, and worn the ink off the F9 key showing off Expose to your friends. Isn't there more to Mac OS X 10.3? In TidBITS-703, I looked at some of Panther's marquee features, while Adam poked around the corners of Apple's newest operating system (see "Mac OS X 10.3 Panther Unleashed" and "Interesting Bits of Panther")
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)
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)
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