Mac Users, This One’s for You, Nov 04

BY JIM KARPEN

Ah, the joy of owning a Macintosh: no viruses, no spyware. I started to wonder if I should be concerned about viruses on my Mac and posted a question in a Mac discussion group about updating my Norton Antivirus. The response was “Why bother? There are zero known viruses for Mac OS X.” Audible sigh of relief.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean computer heaven for Mac users. While we may not need to spend as much time in the care and feeding of our computers as those who use Windows, there are some simple but essential things you must do to keep Mac OS X tuned up…

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Jim Karpen, Ph.D., college professor, Internet devotee. Jim teaches writing at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. Jim has been interested in the revolutionary consequences of computer technology ever since writing his Ph.D. dissertation in 1984 at Bowling Green State University on the study of the "digitized word".