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ATPM 7.06
June 2001


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About This Particular Web Site

by Paul Fatula,

Macintosh Security Site

While Windows security issues tend to make the news, Macs, especially with the advent of OS X, are not immune to security issues. This site hosts articles about issues related to OS X security and posts bulletins about viruses and trojan horses. There is also an extensive list of security-related programs, in various categories ranging from firewalls to file encryption.


Looking for a good game? From here, you can play a host of different games—like chess, backgammon, and blackjack—against other players on the Internet. Not only is the site free, but you can actually win prizes from it. You can chat with your opponent as you play, though I’ve generally found players to not be too talkative, other than about the game being played. The interface on the games is intuitive and quick. While it’s good enough to be worth paying for, the site is free and even awards prizes. I couldn’t get it to work with the latest version of iCab, but it works fine in Internet Explorer.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

This last month saw the unfortunate demise of Douglas Adams, but his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy lives on. On this site, users can post information about, well, anything you can think of, resulting in a sort of encyclopaedia of Life, the Universe, and Everything. The thousands of entries include Potato Recipes, Weebles, and Canadian Toponymy.

Lark in the Morning

I stumbled on this site while looking for a new stand for my favorite gong. It (the site, not the gong) has a great selection of musical instruments from around the world, such as an Afghani Rebal, a Nepali Lizard Skin Drum, and a Carved Dragon Digeridoo. Of course they also stock less obscure stuff, as well as children’s toy instruments, books, recordings, and videos. You can also request a copy of their print catalog if you just want to browse.

Petition Online

Sometimes it’s hard to be heard by large organizations. Whether it’s your favorite computer company or your government, a single voice often gets lost in the shuffle, even if you really do have a good idea to share. A petition can bring more attention to your cause, but how do you get one started? Go here. There’s a search engine to help you find petitions that may be of interest to you: a search for Apple turned up a petition to save Clarus the Dogcow and a list of ideas to help Macs regain their dominance in education.

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