Bad News For Awesome Open Source Email Client Thunderbird, Mozilla May Fully Stop Committing To Thunderbird Development Future

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I’d used Thunderbird before now, but right now I’m using Apple Mail.  I had made a switch to Apple Mail from Thunderbird for two months or so just to test out how well Apple Mail would fair against Thunderbird.  Why not right?  After all, I love to try out new software anyway!  Anyhow, it turned out that I loved both email clients.  In another word, I don’t mind using Thunderbird or Apple Mail for a long period of time, because either one will totally satisfy my email routine.

In my opinion, Apple Mail is somewhat slower than Thunderbird in retrieving new emails, but it might not be true since I’ve not yet heard of anyone else is complaining of the same thing.  Nonetheless, I think the latest Apple Mail in Mac OS X Lion is aesthetically more pleasing than the latest Thunderbird (i.e., Thunderbird 13.0.1), but not by much since I do like the layout of the latest Thunderbird too.  On the flip side, Thunderbird appears to be more intuitive in term of application functionalities, but you may disagree.  With that being said, Apple Mail isn’t hard to use at all, and it does a really good job at recognizing the remote settings so you can set up email accounts fast.  Such remote settings would be something as IMAP settings.  Let keep this comparison short, I think you will do very well in aggregating email accounts and emails into one email client application with either Thunderbird or Apple Mail (i.e., Apple Mail is for Mac only).

Today, Cnet’s “Mozilla calling it quits on Thunderbird, report says” article suggests that Mozilla may eventually fade out their support for Thunderbird.  The article also suggests that Mozilla is hoping that there will be an open source community with similar technical know-how will step up and take over the development of Thunderbird.  This means Mozilla is planning to cut back resources on improving Thunderbird, and Mozilla hopes that others who may not be as dedicated as Mozilla once was for developing Thunderbird to continue the development of Thunderbird.  Cnet suggests that Mozilla is trying to use their talent resource smarter by transferring the Thunderbird’s talent resource to other projects that Mozilla deems to be more important than Thunderbird.

Personally, I definitely feel sad to see Mozilla may cease their development of Thunderbird.  Nonetheless, I know Thunderbird is an excellent email client which many people have been using to aggregate their emails, and so I have great hope that Thunderbird will be taken under the wings of talented people or group of people — who have the knowledge on how to improve Thunderbird — well into the future.  The worst thing that may happen to Thunderbird is it will be outdated and people will not use it anymore as not that many developers want to improve the original features or develop newer ones for Thunderbird.  Let hope the worst possible scenario will not come too soon for a great email client Thunderbird!

Source:  http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57467973-93/mozilla-calling-it-quits-on-thunderbird-report-says/

Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.7.4 To Fix Security Bugs

Mac OS X 10.7.4 Update Image From Vinh Nguyen's MacBook Pro

Mac OS X 10.7.4 Update Image From Vinh Nguyen’s MacBook Pro

Last couple days, people have been reported that there has been a bug in Mac OS X 10.7.3’s system-wide debug log file, consequently allowing anyone or any malicious program that knows where to look and have access to a Mac OS X 10.7.3 machine to steal users’ passwords.  It appears that the passwords are saved in plain text in Mac OS X 10.7.3 as the bug prevents the system from encrypting the passwords.  As people are panicking and wondering when will this bug be patched by Apple, Apple has quickly released Mac OS X 10.7.4 to address this password security bug.

Furthermore, this new update to Mac OS X 10.7.4 will also address other security bugs within Safari web browser.  Of course there are few other enhancements to other features too by updating to Mac OS X 10.7.4, but you can easily whisk over to Cnet’s Apple releases Safari 5.1.7, Snow Leopard updates, and more article for an in-depth look into Mac OS X 10.7.4 update.  So, don’t you hesitate to update your Mac to OS X 10.7.4, because your Mac will be more secure than before with the newer update.  To update your Mac to Mac OS X 10.7.4, just use the Software Update feature within Mac.  You can find Software Update feature if you left click on the Apple logo at the top left corner of the monitor/screen.

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Apple Rolls Out New Update Patch, Combating Mac Flashback Trojan’s Java Exploit

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Apparently Apple has just rolled out a new Java security patch which addresses the Mac Flashback Trojan’s Java exploit, because I has just updated my MacBook Pro with this patch through Software Update.  This is one quick patch that Apple has rolled out, and Mac users definitely are going to be safer than before in regarding to using Java on Mac OS X.  Still, you never know that sometimes in the near future another trojan might be able to find another exploit through Java, therefore the security philosophy that I have came to practice religiously is to deactivate what you don’t need — only activate the things you need and activate the things you don’t need at the time of having such needs.  Cnet has a nice article (How to check for and disable Java in OS X) which explains to you how to deactivate Java in Mac OS X.  One of the tips from this article stands out is how it mentioned of Java Preferences utility.  Through Java Preferences utility, you can basically disable Java from running on your Mac system.  So, even with the new patch is ready for you to download and update so Mac Flashback Trojan won’t be able to invade your Mac system, I still think you need to deactivate Java from Java Preferences utility.  Only reactivate Java from Java Preferences utility when you really have to use Java (i.e., an application that must have Java runtime environment activated in order for the application itself to be functioning)!  Check the screenshots below to see how you can find Java Preferences utility!  The screenshots below will also show you how to disable Java through Java Preferences utility!

  

Source:  http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-57408841-263/how-to-check-for-and-disable-java-in-os-x/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title

When It Does Come Down To Size, Samsung Is Huge Indeed (Employing 160,000 Employees); When It Does Come Down To Products, Even Making Tanks Is Part Of The Routines

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Samsung has got a lot headlines lately, because it has been sued by Apple in many parts of the world in regarding to smartphone patents.  Anyhow, Cnet made a video on Samsung’s history.  It is an intriguing video, because it points out how large Samsung has become.  Did you know, besides the making of awesome smartphones that Apple loathes, Samsung made so many things that even a tank was a Samsung product?  Come to think of it, my modern refrigerator is a Samsung.  By the way, Samsung is not only big in brand, but it’s also big in size.  According to the Cnet video below, Samsung employs just about 160,000 employees.  Indeed, Apple is picking on somebody Apple’s own size!

Source:  http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/20/cnet-shows-us-samsungs-history-talent-for-building-tanks-vide/

Passware Claims To Break FileVault 2 Encryption In 40 Minutes

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Cnet reported Passware, password recovery company, has claimed that FileVault 2 for Mac could be broken under or around 40 minutes.  In case you have never used Mac before, FileVault 2 is similar to TrueCrypt and Windows’ BitLocker.  These three major popular encryption software help computer users to securely wipe (i.e., format hard drives, partitions, external drives, etc…) and then encrypt hard drives and the likes.

Using encryption technology supposes to be helping computer users to secure their data, but it seems companies such as Passware do have ways around the encryption technology after all.  Nonetheless, since we now know encryption software are vulnerable, we can at least understand that relying on encryption software alone to protect our most precious data might not be enough.  This way we only have ourselves to blame and be angry at when we’re not actually going to the extend to protect our precious data beyond the deploying of encryption software.

To the best of my knowledge, I think most software that are designed to break encryptions (i.e., encrypted data) need to have access to the physical machines before such software can actually decrypt the data.  I wonder will this be the case for Passware’s claim too.  If it’s, then as how it has always been so; computer users best protect their precious data by physically secure their machines better.  This way, hackers have to jump more than one hoop to actually attain your precious data.

In the end, I think security is at best when wise computer users go to the extend in deploying whatever that is necessary to protect their computer data, that’s if such computer data are that important to some folks.  For now, let hope Apple, TrueCrypt, and Microsoft can soon come up with better encryption software so computer users know they can rely on encryption technology to protect their data better.  Let hope Passware isn’t claiming to have the ability to decrypt data from the cloud also, because such a scenario might be horrible for people who rely on encryptions to protect their data in the cloud.  So far, I don’t think this is possible yet.

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