The Life of Josh

Computer Engineer, Security Consultant, and Tech Nerd.



Customizing Symantec LiveUpdate on OS X

If anyone uses Norton AntiVirus on OS X in a big company then you know how annoying it is to configure it for a big company. Well I learned some stuff that I thought I’d share with the world. Tomorrow maybe I’ll share my daily cron job that replaces the Symantec Scheduler for updates on my corporate build.

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iTunes for Windows 2000 / XP released!

This is the transcript from today’s Apple meeting…

2:24 Event ends.
• Jobs thanks Sara and also everybody else: “Thank you. We love doing what we do.” Thanks Apple employees and other people. Reminds attendees of poster and $20 gift certificate.
• Sara Mclachlan on stage to give live performance (two songs).

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Press Release: Apple Unleashes the World’s Fastest Personal Computer—the Power Mac G5

First 64-bit Desktop Processor; First 1 GHz Front-Side Bus

WWDC 2003, San Francisco—June 23, 2003—Apple® today unleashed the world’s fastest* personal computer—the Power Mac® G5—featuring the world’s first 64-bit desktop processor and the industry’s first 1 GHz front-side bus. Powered by the revolutionary PowerPC G5 processor designed by IBM and Apple, the Power Mac G5 is the first personal computer to utilize 64-bit processing technology for unprecedented memory expansion (up to 8GB) and advanced 64-bit computation, while running existing 32-bit applications natively.

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Press Release: Apple Previews Mac OS X “Panther”

More Than 100 New Features Push “Panther” Way Ahead of Competition

WWDC 2003, San Francisco—June 23, 2003—Apple® today previewed Mac® OS X version 10.3 “Panther,” the next major version of Mac OS X that will ship by the end of this year. The fourth major release of Mac OS X in four years, Panther sets a new gold standard for desktop operating systems with more than 100 breakthrough new features including a completely new Finder™; Exposé, a revolutionary new way to instantly see all your open windows at once; and iChat™ AV, a complete desktop video conferencing solution for business, education and consumers.

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Press Release: Apple Introduces iChat AV and iSight

Video Conferencing for “The Rest of Us”

WWDC 2003, San Francisco—June 23, 2003—Apple® today introduced a major breakthrough in video conferencing—the iChat™ AV software application and the iSight™ digital video camera. Together they enable high-quality video conferences between two Mac® users over any broadband connection, revolutionizing the way people communicate with business associates, colleagues in education, friends and family. iChat AV also features audio conferences even over dial-up connections to the Internet. iChat AV requires no set up or configuration beyond installing the software and plugging in any FireWire® video camera and microphone. Buddies with audio or video conferencing capability automatically show up in your buddy list, and initiating a video or audio conference is as simple as pushing one button. iChat AV is a key feature of the upcoming release of Mac® OS X version 10.3 “Panther,” and is available as a public beta today for Mac OS X version 10.2 “Jaguar.”

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iSight: The eyes and ears of iChat AV

This thing is so freaking cool. I have to get one; iSight is a state-of-the-art video camera that’s the easiest way to video conference with your colleagues, friends and family over broadband. Featuring an autofocusing autoexposure F/2.8 lens which captures high-quality pictures even in low lighting, iSight also includes a dual-element microphone in its stylish compact aluminum body.

Visit Apple’s website at to see more about it. It’s $149, but if you are a developer like I am then it is only about $112 when you use a hardware discount. Look for me on iChat AV as jlevitsk (at)

Apple WWDC Notes…

I’m watching an IRC chat, getting a blow by blow of WWDC, and it would appear that the specs I got are accurate. The new boxes seem to be really nice. There is a 1.6Ghz G5 desktop for $2000. The middle of the road is $2399, and the high end is $3000. Not bad price points at all. There is also a new add-on for laptops called iSight. It’s a camera that clips on to your laptop for video conferencing. iChat now does video conferencing! The new memory speed on desktops is 400mhz, and new bus speed is 1Ghz.


Apple reportedly posts G5 specs on Web site

As usual Apple has leaked specs “by accident.” It’s so funny how we all can’t wait even a couple of days to hear this stuff, and at the same time I always wonder why Apple has to keep secrets. I mean like who are they competing with anyway? Even as an engineer at a large corporation I am never able to get my Apple reps to leak info to me. Apple is about the only company unwilling to give a roadmap to corporate customers. This really sucks about Apple, but what can I do? Even though the Apple stuff is way overpriced I still love my Mac, and I hate Microsoft more than I dislike the prices and attitude Apple gives to corporate customers.

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