Article:
  Dot Mac Reloaded
Subject:   Probably won't renew
Date:   2003-07-11 11:26:18
From:   anonymous2
Don't get me wrong, .Mac is a great service, with loads of interesting and unheard of features. But I have DSL, so I might as well host my website on my Mac at home, and it would have less downtime. Email and Web services are often offline, sometimes for large periods of time and with no notice or confirmation of inaccessability. And .Mac Bookmarks and Address Book I don't really need. I'm not going to ever get a virus, so I don't need McAfee Virex. And additionally, the Backup tool is a bad idea: My iDisk is WAY too small and slow to backup to, instead I use a program that backs up to DV tape: Much more economical. Everything .Mac does that I need I can do myself or do for free.
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  • Web serving from Mac (Probably won't renew)
    2003-07-17 13:46:53  sbj [View]

    You still need to worry about infected data on your web server - for the sake of the visiting Wintel browsers!

    I had set up the web server on my mac for one project. We had many files meant for Wintel PCs. The first day that the server was up for the folks in the project, someone called to say that his anti-virus program had caught a virus in the data I was serving.

    My mac was not affected, but I could infect the unprotected PC visitors. I had to take down the server, download Virex, and clean the data, before I could go online again!

    All anti-virus programs rely on pattern matching of the data. So the nice thing is that running Virex on Mac takes
    care of other platforms as well.