Jason Shellen of Google notes that the Word plug in for Blogger is Windows only, and as an aside mentions:
As Ev mentioned in his post, the biggest tradeoff is that this is Windows-only. As a Mac-fan I tried to find a good developer to do a Mac version and came up short. If you have any recommendations, I’m all ears.
If you know anyone – point them in Jason’s direction!
Steve Rubel: Podcasting Will Be a Losing Game for Most Big Media
As podcast listening becomes more popular, big media will try a few avenues to monetize their investment. Some will eventually try audio ads. However, this will lead many listeners to revolt and unsubscribe. Those who do stick around will certainly fast forward passed the ads. Others will try paid subscriptions. Personally, I doubt anyone will pay for podcasts from the MSM when they can get the same content free through other channels. Would you pay to listen to Ebert and Roper on your iPod or just simply TiVo it and skip the ads?
I can’t help but think that Steve’s wrong on this one. Seven or eight years ago, you could have written virtually the same paragraph – but with the word “podcast” replaced by “web site”. I’m already listening to Podcasts with audio ads, courtesy of The Podcast Network – but I keep on listening to their shows because they’re of high quality compared with a lot of shows out there.
That’s not to say that small companies won’t come in and make money, or that enthusiastic amateurs won’t carry on making great podcasts. Just as News.com has survived and prospered despite the presence of older media companies, and just as millions of people wrote blogs and do their own sites, so others in the Podcasting sphere will do likewise (I’d back the Podcast Network boys, personally).
The Apple Blog normally gets things right, but if you’re looking for coverage on Windows, Apple sites aren’t the best places to go for information. In its report on the Zotob worm, it includes this:
It apparently does a buffer overflow exploit on Windows 2000 and XP machines running the LSASS service on TCP port 445, just as the Sasser worm did before it.
It’s a shame this service is still running on a default installation of Windows 2000 and XP. Machines with all the latest security patches should be doing OK.
This is incorrect. As Johannes Ulrich of the SANS Institute explains:
Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 systems could be vulnerable in certain rare circumstances, however. In order for this to happen, the system’s registry file would have to be altered to allow the computer to list system resources without requiring a login, a practice called “enabling Null sessions.” Null sessions are not enabled by default in Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, Ullrich said.
There’s plenty of misinformation about Zotob floating round the Macosphere. Hopefully, this won’t become one of those urban myths (like “Macs don’t have any software”).