Apple Innovations

I usually skip over the Mac versus PC adds, but due to the hazards of watching football live I caught one today.
It was about the hardware innovations of the Mac. Kind of silly since last time I checked my hardware was from Dell not from Microsoft.
How about Macs software innovations. Apple went all out with XProtect in Snow Leopard.
Here is Sophos’ writeup

When files are downloaded through the following applications:

  • Entourage
  • Safari
  • Mail
  • Firefox
  • Thunderbird
  • iChat
  • and other programs that use LSQuarantine
    XProtect is invoked.
    Unfortunately, if variants of these threats find their way on to your system via an application that doesn’t set the com.apple.quarantine extended attribute, for example via:
    Skype
    Adium
    BitTorrent
    and Finder (via USB keys, network share, etc …)
    Then you’re sort of out of luck.

– source: Sophos
But hey, you’re not missing that much anyway. This “feature” only scans for the hash of 2 Mac trojans according ZDnet’s Zero Day blog.
Now that is innovation.