February 08, 2009
We finally got around to updating our recommended list of OS X applications, bringing the virtual “distro” of mendax.mac to version 1.16. Changes include the removal of ClamXav in light of the fact that we rarely used it. That fact brings us to the second reason for ClamXav’s removal: anti-virus apps for OS X are pretty much pointless. (And, it doesn’t help that many users of ClamXav have experienced some major issues with the program.)
While Remote Buddy still has many uses, the main reason we adopted it was for controlling iTunes from our iPhone. The iPhone Remote application has made this redundant, however, so we’re sticking with the newer, simpler solution. In the meantime, Remote Buddy no longer makes the cut. Besides, lots of people gawked at the 19.99 â‚¬ price tag.
Azureus treated us well for some time on both the Windows and OS X platforms, but Transmission for OS X is simply simpler, with may features still packed in for handling all one’s BitTorrent needs. So, out with Azureus, and in with Transmission.