MacCast 05.09.2005

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about Macs done by a Mac geek for Mac geeks. Show 58. Dashboard Widgets susceptible to attack, Four new European iTunes Music Stores launched, iTunes 4.8 released with support for video and new iPod+iTunes “Skater” ad debuted on SNL. How to chat with MSN and Yahoo users on iChat using the Jabber interface, why Stuffit Expander and Internet Explorer are not included with Tiger, Kenneth says try Camino, it’s fast and an iPod Shuffle review, tips and commentary from the Frat Pack. New music, Someone by Charlie Don’t Surf. The sound your hearing is the future calling, don’t tie up the line. Shownotes in HTML or OPML

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  1. Mark (an IT pro.) | May 10 2005 - 11:59

    Re: Evil widgets.
    Did you know there is a Widget Manager released.

    As a recent ‘switcher’ I am disturbed by this recent development. I hope this helps.

    Have fun.

  2. rhithyn | May 11 2005 - 06:20


    Widgets can be far more malicious than originally stated in this podcast:

    There is one command that allows calls to command-line events… including the “rm” command… and with that one and your access rights, someone with malicious intent could remove every file that you have access rights to, trashing all accounts and even some system files depending on the affected account’s access rights.

    This is a very dangerous loophole if left exploitable.

    – rhithyn

  3. Frank | May 11 2005 - 08:18

    Kenneth seems a little confused. Camino isn’t new. Camino has been around far longer than Safari. In fact, if you’re interested in its roots, searching for Chimera (it’s original name) will reveal all kinds of information.

  4. macFanDave | May 11 2005 - 08:40

    One obvious solution to the widget-from-hell problem is simply to go to your Safari Preferences and UNCHECK the Open “safe” files option.

    I’ve always disabled this preference on all browsers I’ve ever used on all platforms and I’ve never had problems with renegade software, even on Windoze. Installing software is a process that requires human judgment and shouldn’t be left to a computer, especially a gullible Windoze PeeCee.

  5. jenny | May 14 2005 - 04:44

    adam, i asked you for the title of a song the day before… and guess what? i got the date of the episode wrong… it’s supposed to be this episode. could you do me another favor then?? i’m sure i got it right this time… the title of the opening tune… thanx a bunch!!!

    PS. please email me the answer… i’m afraid i might miss it

  6. jon from vancouver | May 17 2005 - 08:54

    Firefox still rocks on the mac. Quicker than Safari and very compatible with many sites. There’s alot of extensions too.

  7. Manuel | May 20 2005 - 04:48

    In regards to using Jabber to conect to MSN using iChat I have hot been able to get it working. I see in iChat all my contacts but offline. If i connect using PSI to my MSN account, then contacts become online in iChat, but as soon as I quit PSI I can’t see them online anymore.

    Any ideas?