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Monday, January 7, 2002

Little Buddy


Sit right back and you'll hear a tale—a tale of a mysterious Apple server at littlebuddy.apple.com!  In November 2000, several people noticed that their Macs were connecting to the elusive server, but no one knew why.  Some speculated that the IP address was used for data mining, allowing Apple to surreptitiously collect personal information from unsuspecting customers.  Others wondered if the legend of Gilligan's Island was true, and if the motley crew of castaways had somehow constructed a server from coconuts and sticks.  The truth was much less interesting:   Apple's Setup Assistant used the server to transmit registration information.

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