In article <user-3C1C49.10282910072003scream.auckland.ac.nz>,
Peter KERR <userhost.domain> wrote:I think there are two separate points here. First, you're right -- small>There's some material on versiontracker.com that would be regarded as
>libelous in some jurisdictions...
>I've always thought of Nortons as like ResEdit or a sharp knife,
>you can fix amazing things on your system, or you can destroy it.
>IOW, Keep away from Children
>So, any adults out there got anything useful to say about NU8?
>(DiskWarrior groupies ineligible ;-)
children and similarly intellectual adults ought not to be playing with
That agreement notwithstanding, there is disillusionment and outright
disgust with how Symantec has developed Norton Utilities for Macintosh.
I would argue that they've been going slowly downhill since around version
5.0. Even if you disagree with that assessment, I think you'll have to
concede that their Mac OS X version(s) are pure crap. The design of the
programs shows that they don't get it, and really missed the boat.
The death knell for my faith in them came when I saw the OS X-native
version of Norton Disk Doctor instruct me to stop using my
applications, mouse, and keyboard while NUM waited for the system to
become as quiescent as possible, so that any corrections it made to my
disk would be relatively safe. That's an incredibly irresponsible
assumption for a disk utility, and I felt it was playing Russian Roulette
with my hard drive. That was the end of NUM on my system.
Well, *almost* the end. Removing it was trickier than expected, because
the product had installed some kernel extensions that I had to chase
after... things that made my system crash without the rest of NUM
Sorry for the rant, but I've just had enough of that software flotsam.
Gregory Pratt [email]usenetgp.users.panix.com[/email]
East Rutherford, NJ, USA
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