Thursday, August 31, 2000
New Computers For North Platte Schools
With the students becoming familiar with the Macintosh computers early in grade school, the faculty and administration is confident that each graduate will be computer literate by graduation time.
I suppose some things would move me to choose Windows, writes Peter H. Lewis in the New York Times, if, say, the alternative was eating rats. Both are acquired tastes. But the new Macintosh G4 Cube computer, like the Parthenon in Athens, is a thing of classic beauty. [Aug 31]
How Do You Like Them Apples?
You don't hear Michael Dell giving his servers hickeys in public.
No Easy Way To Exterminate 'Web Bugs'
Personal firewalls and Microsoft's coming "cookie cutter" may help users squash these pests. But privacy regulation may be the ultimate answer.
Seybold Exhibitors Showcase Pro Scanners
Microtek, Fuji and Kodak are demonstrating new scanners aimed at graphics professionals at Seybold San Francisco 2000.
Why Can't PowerBooks Be More Like Lego?
An Apple Service supervisor once remarked to me that computers are just big Lego sets. I like that analogy, but would love to see extended to a degree that PowerBooks really were almost as easy to take apart and put together as Lego creations.
Circuit City — Just Settle Down Now!
We sometimes forget because we use our Macs in ways similar to the ways most people use their PCs, but to non-Apple fans the iMacs literally ARE "computers from another planet."
Casual fans will enjoy Scrabble simply because it's a good game. That's what makes it a classic. But the built-in base of hardcore fans will also find the game challenging as an opponent and useful as a learning tool for when they play in tournaments.
I suppose some things would move me to choose Windows, writes Peter H. Lewis in the New York Times, if, say, the alternative was eating rats. Both are acquired tastes. But the new Macintosh G4 Cube computer, like the Parthenon in Athens, is a thing of classic beauty. [Aug 31]
Apple: If you're not happy, we're not happy.
MacAddict under new management?
Intel, AMD: Addicted To Speed?
Tracking the clock-speed wars between Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is a little like handicapping the Indy 500; sometimes, you get the feeling that a lot of the spectators have turned out to watch someone crash.
Low-End Celeron PCs To Get Bus Boost
Bus boost may close the gap between Celeron and AMD Duron chips. But will it be enough?
Intel CEO: We Could Have Done Better
Intel Corp's Chief Executive Craig Barret said on Tuesday that the company had fallen short in the development of its newest and fastest chip, which the chip maker was forced to recall on Monday.
Microsoft Is Your Friend, And Other Useful Tidbits From Salon
If we were worried that Microsoft had decided to take a nap for a while and leave the rest of the world in peace, Salon, the online magazine, has favored us with evidence that Microsoft's crack team of snake charmers never sleeps.
Wednesday, August 30, 2000
Prelude To Mac OS X Public Beta
What can we expect when Apple releases the long-awaited public beta? MacWEEK contributor Raven Zachary, picking up clues from Steve Jobs' Seybold keynote, discusses what features will likely be included in the first public offering of Apple's next-generation OS.
Building An OS X Beta Team
Should network administrators allow users to install the public beta? Yes, writes MacWEEK contributor John C. Welch, as long as you take some common-sense precautions.
You were too old for the event, weren't you? See the Bus in all its glory without you in school uniform.
New Mac OS Finally Ready
The long-awaited successor to the stagnating Macintosh operating system will be available in the middle of September — as pre-release software.
Jobs: Mac OS X Beta Due September
Jobs said the beta software will include many features not in the last Developer's Preview 4 release — including support for the 3-D standard OpenGL, a full implementation of Sun's Java 2 standard and symmetric multiprocessing — so as to take advantage of the dual-processor Power Mac G4 systems Apple rolled out at July's Macworld Expo/New York.
Market Yawns Over Update Of Corel Graphics Software
nvestors showed moderate enthusiasm as embattled Corel yesterday launched the latest version of its flagship CorelDraw graphics software with a minimum of fanfare.
Adobe's fabled workgroup collaboration tool, known for years by its code-name 'Stilton,' became reality this week at Seybold San Francisco.
Jobs Keeps Mac Faithful Excited About OS X
Apple CEO Steve Jobs has reassured the Mac faithful that the long-delayed Mac OS X will finally debut — at least in general beta form — in two weeks.
Steve Jobs Puts G4 Against PIII
Requires RealPlayer G2.
Motorola To Discuss New G4 Chips
Motorola plans to disclose information on the future architecture of the PowerPC G4 family of processors at Microprocessor Forum 2000 this October. The company will discuss a revision to the G4 that uses silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology and allows the chip to operate faster than 1GHz.
Mac OS X Beta Due In Two Weeks
As many expected, Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs made no major product announcements during his keynote presentation Tuesday at Seybold San Francisco. However, he revealed that the public beta of Mac OS X will be released Sept. 13 at Apple Expo in Paris.
The Hypocrites At Motorola
We urge him then, to put a Mac on every employee's desk. That's a good first step towards showing pride in their products and applauding their brand.
Jobs Sticks To Mac Design Strategy
The arrival of software of that caliber on the Macintosh shows that Apple has gained a lot of respect in a market where it's traditionally played second fiddle.
Could Eazel Kill The Mac?
Make no mistake: a computer shipped with Eazel would be a formidable competitor for Macs. At the very least, Linux is sexier than Free BSD because all of the media attention lavished upon it.
Has Java Failed Its Cross Platform Goals?
If your Java application runs well only under Windows, why are you bothering to write in Java?
Harman/Kardon SoundSticks 3 Piece USB Speaker System
The SoundSticks won't become the perfect gaming speakers, but they'll look great trying.
Yes, other games may let you frag killer aliens, but how many let you break up families? Others allow you to steal the crown jewels, but can you seduce your neighbor? And which is more fiendish, world conquest or not flushing?
Apple Studio Display (15-In. Flat Panel)
The icy-cool 15-inch Apple Studio LCD Display, part of a new generation of Apple monitors, tips the scales at less than 12 pounds, and your eyes will love you for it. Too bad the proprietary connection excludes so many users.
InfoWorld: Internally when Windows 2000 was announced, [Microsoft employees] were told not to even think about using it for production because it was too unstable.
John Jensen: It would be nice to pursue things just because they are interesting.
David Brown: While Linux is technically impressive (in some ways), they haven't really solved the hard problems.
Word Documents Susceptible To "Web Bug" Infestation
Microsoft is weathering complaints that documents created with Microsoft Word and some of its other popular desktop applications can be embedded with electronic surveillance tags allowing document authors to track their use.
Dell Cuts Prices On Some PC Models
Dell Computer, the biggest direct seller of personal computers, said it cut prices for some desktop PCs used by businesses, schools and governments after its parts costs fell.
California Decision Raises Legal Stakes For Microsoft
Microsoft lawyers are trying to decide as they prepare to combat a stinging defeat in a California court yesterday.
California Judge Allows Class-Action Case Against Microsoft
A judge allowed the first class-action suit to proceed against Microsoft Corp. on allegations that the software maker's monopoly harmed California consumers. Dozens of similar suits linger nationwide.
Ex-Microsoft Employees Report Unix Is All Around As Bobby Eats Lamb Alone
"Internally when Windows 2000 was announced, people were told not to even think about using it for production because it was too unstable."
Microsoft Hooks Up With Yet Another Game Developer
Microsoft announced an investment in Big Huge Games today, the latest move by the software giant to shore up its relationships with game developers in preparation for the launch of its Xbox console.
MS Takes Windows Me To The Mall
No Ferris wheels or Jay Leno this time around. Instead, Microsoft is planning to unveil Windows Me on a 24-city road tour.
MS: Office 10 To Be A 'Major' Release
You thought Office 95 was a big deal? Microsoft is lifting the veil of secrecy around what it claims will be its 'most significant' desktop suite to date.
Tuesday, August 29, 2000
Jobs' Keynote Fails To Impress
A new Aqua Pro Mode option, which changes all the Aqua elements to Graphite, helps reduce the graphic distraction that some graphic artists expressed displeasure over in Aqua.
Seybold Keynote: OS X Beta Release Sept. 13, Jobs Says
Using Seybold as his backdrop, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs told attendees at Tuesday's Seybold keynote that the beta of Mac OS X will be available on Wednesday, September 13.
With Streamlining, Fresh Offerings, New Macs Are Well Worth The Wait
The new Macs give you quite a bit of bang for your buck, especially if you're new to computers. For those who want something simple or flashy, these are great products to try.
Apple Identifies Employee As Alleged Source Of Leaks
The company said today it has amended its Aug. 2 lawsuit to name a company worker as the "Doe 1" accused in court documents of posting confidential details on Apple products on the Web using the pseudonym "worker bee."
Adobe Announces Photoshop 6
The image-editing franchise gets a big facelift, with improved type functions, layer effects and vector capabilities. The upgrade also includes ImageReady 3, which remains a separate application.
Apple To Release Beta For New OS On Sept. 13
Apple plans to release a public test version of its OS X operating system Sept. 13, chief executive Steve Jobs said today.
Seybold Keynote: OS X Beta Release Sept. 13, Jobs Says
Using Seybold as his backdrop, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs told attendees at Tuesday's Seybold keynote that the beta of Mac OS X will be available on Wednesday, September 13.
New Technology Promises Switft Boot
Anyone who has sprouted gray hair while waiting for a computer to boot up should take heart: Help is on the way.
A Big Day For Adobe
In a wide-ranging press conference at Seybold SF, Adobe Systems presented Photoshop 6 and InScope, the workflow management software formerly known by its code-name, Stilton. But the big news was the company's acquisition of Glassbook, a developer of e-book software.
It takes a certain kind of thinking person to appreciate the Cube for what it is. Forward thinking people, and those people who use their Powerbooks as their desktops will probably love the Cube.
You've Got Aqua
Why wait on the folks in Cupertino for lickable desktop accoutrements?
Tim Berners-Lee on good home pages: I feel one should start with something very open and obvious, but then get more compact once the reader is into somethin ghe is interested in an dhas go the hang of the program. 1991.
Ric Ford: There has been a death in our immediate family, which has prevented us from maintaining regular updates [at Macintouch] over the past few days. We'll attempt to update the page on a semi-regular basis this week, and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.
Intel's Stumble Unlikely To Have Long-Term Effect
Like all black eyes, it will heal. The problem won't have a lasting effect on the marketplace.
Did Intel's Speed Race Lead To Recall?
Some critics say Intel's pedal-to-the-metal gigahertz war with AMD is taking a toll on chip quality.
Recall May Hurt Intel's Effort To Defend Market
Competition from AMD contributed to Intel's recent production problems, but AMD's limited chipmaking capacity will prevent it from cashing in on the embarrassing mistakes, according to analysts.
Few Call Windows 2000 A Smooth Seller
Sales of Windows 2000, the software for running corporate computer networks and desktops, have fallen short of some analysts' expectations. And that has left some to speculate whether the company, known for setting off around-the-block lines for its consumer software, will make good on its goal to elbow its way into the high-end business market, now dominated by the likes of arch nemesis Sun Microsystems.
Xbox, Xbox, Uber Alles Ü Alles
Quit whining. A Microsoft monopoly isn't always a bad thing — especially if it kicks off a renaissance in gaming creativity.
Microsoft Hones Look Of Windows
It's not a radical change, but Microsoft is clearly altering the look of Windows. One modification: New drop-down menus.
Wen Did Intel Know Of P3 Problems?
The chip maker said it has known of the flaw for only a few days — but Web sites have reported problems for weeks.
AMD Boosts Athlon Processor To 1.1 GHz
While Intel is struggling to speed up its Pentium III, Advanced Micro Devices has cranked up its Athlon processors once again.
Glitch Prompts Intel To Recall 1.13-GHz Pentiums
Intel has recalled its fastest chip—the 1.13-GHz Pentium III—saying the chip could cause system errors when running certain programs and at a particular temperature.
Monday, August 28, 2000
5 Reasons Why I'll Treasure My iBook
By the way, the customs officer's remarks upon seeing my iBook was "It's quite a cute machine, isn't it?".
Apple Getting The Future Right
There is a reason why he was tossed out of Apple his first time around and why his NeXT experiment failed. There is also a reason why employees at Pixar prefer that Jobs act more as a "consultant" than a CEO. But wherever he was, he always had the "vision" which made the original Apple Computers Inc. so successful, but, more importantly, so different.
Stairways Software's Interarchy
While decent chunks of this new, super-centralized version of Anarchy are without use, their existence is harmless, and the new features that are useful make the whole package worthwhile.
Mia 2: Romaine's New Hat
Mia 2: Romaine's New Hat is a fun, interactive story that immerses children in the story line while interesting them in science activities.
Clue Me In
Ed Stansel: Macintosh users will find Movie Maker a pale imitation of Apple's snazzy iMovie software. Then again, Mac users find the entire Windows system a pale imitation of the Mac OS.
Dave Winer: And stop dissing the Mac!
3 Years Ago: Apple Changes Rules On Mac OS - Adding salt to clone vendor's wounds, Apple officially said that upgrades to the latest release of the Mac operating system, called Mac OS 8, would no longer be offered. Apple has been in contentious discussions with clone vendors regarding licensing the newest version of the Mac OS, but has not yet come to terms with any of the companies.
AMD Jacks Up Athlon Processor To 1.1 GHz
Advanced Micro Devices has cranked up the speed of its Athlon processors again.
Report Questions A Number In Microsoft Trial
Do 70,000 computer programs depend on Windows or fewer than 10,000?
Some Web Users Handle Online Privacy Themselves, Study Says
The nation's Internet users want stronger online privacy protections and many use fake names, dummy e-mail accounts and data scrambling software to preserve their anonymity, a new study has found.
Sunday, August 27, 2000
Sick In The Stomach
When you make a public comment, you cannot take it back. That has been true for thousands of years.
The question is: can you do it on the web? Should you? A change of heart, or a change of history?
What happened to think before opening your mouth? Is it now act now, and change later, and hope that nobody notices?
3 Years Ago: Office 98 For The Mac - In the first concrete example of its renewed commitment to the Macintosh platform, Microsoft yesterday demonstrated Office 98 for Macintosh.
Inside Intel's Plans For The Future
Intel stole the spotlight this week, showing off new chips for cell phones and handheld computers, talking strategy and predicting a rival's doom.
Saturday, August 26, 2000
A Doomed Cause?
Some key Linux developers, encouraged by announcements from the recent LinuxWorld show, believe that the open-source OS is poised to overtake the Macintosh as the primary challenger to Microsoft Windows. Linux advocate Eric S. Raymond described the Mac platform as 'a noble but doomed cause.'
Apple's Jobs Likely To Keep Mac Fans In The Dark
Macintosh fans hoping to hear about new laptop models will probably have to wait beyond next week.
Apple Releases Game Sprockets 1.7.5
Apple explains that this new Game Sprockets installer includes support for nearly all HID-compliant USB input devices including wheel mice; incorporates some performance improvements for multiple-monitor systems; has higher quality 3D sound filtering; and delivers improvements for graphic intensive game applications.
Cocoa-Developed OmniWeb Coming
OmniWeb 4 from the Omni Group, now in beta testing, will offer a full-featured Web browser for Mac OS X. And what's more, it will be a native Cocoa browser.
Apple India Launches G4 Cube Supercomputers
The company under the guidance of the managing director of Apple Computer International Pvt. Ltd, Naren Ayyar, has formalized a strict pricing strategy for the product countrywide.
Computer Stocks Deflate
Apple's share shine on rating upgrade.
Microsoft Preps New Mac Version Of Office
Microsoft this week released the final code for the new Mac version of Office, signaling that the product will ship in October as planned.
Apple Using Win2K For KnowledgeBase
Apple is kinda eating it's own dog food, but they are also eating Microsoft's as well. It make sense though, a lot of the iServices programming guys use Wintel and it make for a very easy testing environment to be able to write some code and put it on the same kind of server to test it.
Alien Skin Releases Eye Candy Beta
Eye Candy 4000, the latest version of the popular Photoshop plug-in collection, features new filters and a new interface with larger previews. A free public beta is available for download.
Apple Pares Seybold Expectations
Nothing. Nada. Zip. Move along, there's nothing to see here.
Shh! Shhhh! Don't Evangelize The Mac!
If the Mac becomes as common as Ford Tauruses (which it won't), where will be the allure of buying a Mac? I rant, true, but this very thought has me awake late tonight. So, Apple, don't market so hard. Let the computer nerds think that Megahertz matters.
$799 iMac Vs PC, And The Winner Is...
Wait a sec....aren't Macs supposed to be expensive?!?
Radialogic Storage Master
Any Mac storage device worth its salt should ship with its own device drivers. But for a select few folks who work in specialized fields, Storage Master is a good investment.
Apple's G4 Cube
I really wanted to put them in the front portion of the house, so that everyone could see it. This thing should never be put in a closed, untrafficked room. It should be on display so that everyone can have at least a glance at how a computer oughta be made.
Myst Masterpiece Edition
Myst Masterpiece Edition laudably augments Cyan's creation. The world of Myst feels exactly the same, yet the player is given the opportunity to perceive it in brilliant clarity unmatched by its predecessor.
The Death Of Moore's Law?
These three axes of Moore's law are doing more of a balancing act now than ever before. The complexity of the balancing act could easily deter IBM or anyone else from messing with Moore's law, but let's see what happens.
Dell Leads Rush To Sell 1-GHz Xeon Systems
Leading an expected avalanche of new systems, Dell Computer next week will unveil a workstation based on Intel's new 1-GHz Pentium III Xeon processor, sources close to the company said.
Friday, August 25, 2000
Avoiding The PC Box
Its ad campaign pushed, "Think Different," and that's exactly what Apple Computer has managed to do. Now, after tasting success, Steve Jobs' baby has to continue to be unconventional.
Back-To-School In Style
This yearís fall shopping season for the back-to-school crowd is tapping into the world of high tech.
Toward A Simpler Operating System
Unfortunately, neither Apple nor anyone else has done much to fundamentally improve on that 16-year-old Big Idea.
Imaging In Quartz (And 3-D)
Quartz, in a sense, is Apple's "secret sauce," one of the primary features that will distinguish Mac OS X applications from those that run on other platforms.
Why DVD Have Been A Desktop Dud
Movies are all the rage when it comes to DVDs, but this is not what PC makers had in mind when they started building them into their systems.
In Search Of Mac Gaming's Holy Grail
Ah, simultaneous releases, the holy grail of the Mac games world.
Macromedia Ships Flash 5
The latest version of the Web-animation software is available now for download. Macromedia said boxed versions will be on store shelves in September.
Freeway Enters The Ring
It's not a heavyweight like GoLive or Dreamweaver, but the Web-design software from Britain could be the top contender for the welterweight title.
The Ultimate PowerBook
There are thousands of Mac users clamoring for Apple to make a sub-notebook, but the sad reality is that sub-notebooks are a niche market.
Quadras Still Useful
Although Quadras are getting on, they are by no means useless.
Gateway Inc. is admitting publicly what most computer makers generally try to sweep under the rug: using a computer can be pretty darned complicated.
Intel's XScale Design Would Fit Handily Into A Palm
It's impossible to predict whether Palm will design new versions of its handheld devices using Intel's new XScale chip architecture. But XScale would be a good choice for a personal digital assistant (PDA), especially one with a wireless connection to the Internet.
Microsoft Goes Vertical With .Net
.Net for manufacturing, healthcare, banking? Redmond offers a glimpse of how it intends to extend .Net into corporations.
Pentium 4: Performance Worth The Price?
Intel's forthcoming Pentium 4 chip will be fast, but will it be faster than a Pentium III? Some analysts say it will be slower.
Sorting Out The Office-On-Linux Rumors
While scores of tech companies were tripping over each other last week to show support for the Linux operating system at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, Microsoft was busy squelching rumors that it is quietly developing a Linux version of Office.
Thursday, August 24, 2000
iBook Still The Standard In Laptops
Other laptop makers may have gotten the hint ó color and style help when pitching laptops to the collegiate set ó but the original remains unique.
A Long-Discountinued Macintosh Still Thrills Collectors To The Core
When the subject is Macintosh, love often turns to obsession. Such is the case for a small group of Apple aficionados who have decided that the one true Macintosh is the Color Classic.
Inside Ambrosia Software
Maelstrom. Escape Velocity. Cythera. Ferazelís Wand. These are but a few of the gems in game publisher Ambrosia Softwareís crown.
What The Hell Is... Apple's Display Connector?
Apple's proprietary Apple Display Connector (ADC) may not be quite so proprietary or such a smart piece of Apple technology as the company would have us believe.
Good Apple News Comes From Gates? (Reality Check)
Well, all I really saw in this article was nothing more than yet another miserable Wind OS user trying to stir the media bashing Apple and Steve Jobs.
Corel Going South?
Cowpland leaving can mean only one thing.
Still Have An iPuck? iCatch Makes The Round Mouse Usable
This is a useful and inexpensive adapter that will meet the needs of most people who are dissatisfied with the original iMac mouse.
If you're expecting the print quality you've seen in popular desktop ink-jet printers, you will be disappointed with the BJC-85's lower resolution. Still, it's good enough for most basic printing and scanning needs, and its convenience and value are unbeatable. If you've ever had to pay hotel business center fees, you know that the BJC-85 will pay for itself quickly.
1.13 GHz P3 System DOA
Regular hardware site junkies will recall the Good Doctor Tom's trials and tribulations in trying to get Intel's 1.13GHz Pentium III to work properly. Well, The Reg can go one better - our 1.13GHz system was dead on arrival.
AMD Ready To Run Up The Score
Every five to six weeks between now and early next year, AMD will introduce faster Athlons — beginning at 1.1GHz, Monday.
Intel XScale Lets Developers Be The Boss
New processor architecture from Intel can run fast or consumer little power — the developer decides.
Will Windows Me Pricing Confuse Consumers?
Windows 95 users will have to pay $30 more than their Windows 98 counterparts to upgrade to Microsoft's new consumer operating system, in a promotional strategy that could end up confusing customers instead of simply rewarding them.
Wednesday, August 23, 2000
Seybold To Shine Light On Web
'Being pro-Web doesn't mean we are anti-print,' Seybold general manager Gene Gable told MacWEEK. 'But we believe strongly that soon... the Web will be driving the print-production world.' The publishing show runs August 28 to Sept. 1 in San Francisco; Steve Jobs delivers a keynote Tuesday.
iMovie And MovieMaker
Hiawatha Bray: [Microsoft] Movie Maker's confusing user interface may have been created on purpose, to keep the user from realizing how little the program can do... Yes, I know - by version 3.0, it'll be cool. But Apple got it right the first time out. What's Microsoft excuse?
Tuesday, August 22, 2000
Apple And Compaq: Why The 2nd Half Is Key
For both Apple and Compaq, the second half of the year will be quite telling. Both companies have an opportunity to deliver strong profit growth. But both companies are not out of the woods just yet, according to Wall Street analysts.
One Cool Cube
Apple's newest desktop computer has some flaws, but it brings alive a futuristic fantasy.
Apple Ingenuity Cubed
Say what you will about Apple Computer, its chief executive officer or the Macintosh — and I've had my share of problems with all three — Steve Jobs and company continue to put the PC industry to shame on several fronts.
Around The World By ProMouse
We have checked the availability and the prices in many AppleStore in order to see where we could satisfy sooner and cheaper our desire of getting a ProMouse.
Mac Offers PowerBook Upgrade
Mac users who bought a bad Apple can now trade it in for a fresh new one.
Apple Power Mac G4
The dual-processor Power Mac G4 makes the most sense for professional users who create or edit 2D or 3D graphics, video, and audio.
When To Buy New
It sometimes makes more sense to get a new computer then keep upgrading an old one.
"It's Part Of How They Communicate:" Computer Use Soars At Colleges Here
When first-year Franklin & Marshall College students set foot on the Lancaster campus at the end of this month, the computer store will provide one of their most important beginning educational steps.
Linux Making Mac Inroads
Linux is predominantly found on Intel boxes, but if this year's Linux World Expo is any indication, the "open source that could" is making steady inroads into the Mac community.
Apple CFO Anderson Predicts Apple To Outgrow Dell
———————————————————————————————————————— Apple CFO Fred Anderson, visiting Apple Australia last week, predicted that Apple would report 35 percent revenue growth when it issues its fiscal year-end report on September 30. This is double the growth rate for the industry as a whole, and would allow Apple to eclipse Dell as the fastest-growing computer company.
Sharp Enters Mac Ink-Jet Market
The 1,200-dpi AJ-1800 and AJ-2000 are the first fruits of the company's $2 billion ink-jet printer alliance with Xerox and Fuji Xerox.
Setting Clones Straight
Apple¥s existence was crucial to these clone companies for their own future, yet they made very little effort to expand the Mac market.
As The Apple Turns: While we generally frown on violence to Macs of any kind, we're willing to make an exception for the 5300/190 PowerBooks, which have caused us no end of grief over the years.
Microsoft Ditches Two More Private Lawsuits
Microsoft may have lost the initial round in its federal antitrust case, but the software giant today scored two more victories in private lawsuits.
Intel Ups Server Chip Speed To 1 GHz
Intel will ratchet up the speed of its high-end Xeon chips to 1 GHz, the company plans to announce at its Intel Developer Forum conference today.
Monday, August 21, 2000
Apple's Snow Line Of iMacs Take This Critic By Storm
Apple owns the all-in-one-box form factor and, my goodness, friends, it certainly uses it brilliantly with the new iMacs. And that is no snow job, Steve.
Quicken Coming To Mac OS X
The soon-to-be-released Quicken 2001 for Macintosh will run under the "Classic" environment of Mac OS X. A completely Carbonized version may be an upgrade to Quicken 2001 or an entirely different version.
Cube V. Pentium III
If I asked you whether you would rather have a 14 pound chunk of gold sitting on your desk or a 30 pound chunk of gold on your desk, which would you pick?
The Truth Be Told
And this is one reason why, even though I am from Singapore, I did not chose to host this MyAppleMenu.com web site in Singapore.
Windows 2000 Faces Little Fanfare
Microsoft Corp. typically receives a jolt of revenues after upgrading its operating system for home users, but the release of Windows Millennium Edition on Sept. 14 is not expected to generate much of a surge.
Intel To Spill Pentium 4 Details At Forum
Intel will fill in the details on the Pentium 4 at its developer forum in San Jose, Calif., this week and will show off new chips for cell phones and handheld computers.
Sunday, August 20, 2000
Mac or PC? How much to spend? If you have a student heading to college this fall, itís time to think about what kind of computer to buy.
Juggling Jobs: Steve Jobs Continues To Pilot Pixar While Running Apple
For all the hype surrounding Jobs' reemergence at the helm of Apple Computer Corp., the company he co-founded more than 20 years ago, he is still holding down his day job at Pixar.
Let The Games Begin
The Voodoo5 5500 is ideal for gamers who want the absolute latest in graphics technology and who can afford the $300 price.
2 Years Ago: Web Sites Catch iMac Mania - The mania over Apple Computer's new iMac computer has spilled over from the showroom floor to online warehouse and auction sites.
Musical Interns Mock MS
Rarely are employees celebrated for poking fun at the boss. But at Microsoft, a clever group of interns parodied their company leaders and were rewarded for their efforts.
Compaq CEO: Parts Shortage 'Worst Ever'
For PC makers, it's the best of times - demand - and the worst of times - component shortage.
Erratic Windows Me Contest Site Irks Web Surfers
Whether caused by overwhelming traffic or a technical gaffe, Microsoft's Windows Me sweepstakes Web site has been plagued by a series of outages that has consumers irked.
Saturday, August 19, 2000
Happy Birthday, iMac
To celebrate this weekís two-year anniversary of the iMac, we asked its biggest fans ó those who own one ó to tell us how it changed your lives during the past two years. This is what you wrote...
Reflections On The Aqua UI
We believe that Aqua, and OS X, could turn out very well indeed. We were sceptics at first, as is no doubt evident from the tone of this article, but we're coming around. It's interesting to see how one can never tell the way the future will go.
Apple's Unsung Hero?
If you are willing to give Bill Clinton even partial credit for the current economic boom, then he may well be the unsung hero in Apple's financial recovery.
Corel's Interim CEO: Hire Me
Derek Burney replaced CEO Michael Cowpland on an interim basis. But he says he wants the job for keeps.
Apple Studio Display
If you have a Power Mac G4 Cube or a Power Mac G4 made after July 2000, the new Apple Studio Display is a good—but pricey—choice.
Reasonably priced at $40, the E2000 is without question a must-have device for anyone who does, or desires, to work outside the confines of their office or abode.
MacSlash: Tom Steinert-Threlkeld is an idiot.
3 Years Ago: Power Computing Braces Itself - Power Computing continues to smart from Apple Computer's reluctance to license the Macintosh operating system and certify new computer designs, amid rumors that Apple may buy the clone maker.
1 Year Ago: Apple Sues Emachines For iMac Look-Alike - Apple Computer has filed a second iMac-inspired lawsuit, this time against low-cost PC maker Emachines, alleging that the company has wrongfully pilfered the design and feel of its popular translucent computer.
PC Makers Get Early Crack At Windows Me
PC makers have started shipping the Windows Me system a month ahead of their scheduled release.
Friday, August 18, 2000
Surprise! A Macintosh With Loose Parts
The problem isn't with the manufacturing. It's with the quality control.
From Apple, Cubist Art
Among other firsts, Apple's Power Mac G4 Cube, starting at $1,799 without monitor, introduces a new upgrade worry: furniture incompatibility. This little box—eight inches wide and about 10 inches tall—is the purest expression yet of Apple's obsession with improving the generally pathetic state of industrial design in the PC business.
Apple Seeks Intellectual Property Watchdog
Apple's recent brush with Mac-oriented Web sites publishing details of upcoming product launches has clearly forced the company to rethink its legal support. To beef that up, the Mac maker this week launched a quest for someone to pursue any it suspects of infringing its trademarks and copyrights.
Will Steve Jobs Keep Shining?
Jobs has a talent for making mountains out of what other chief executives would turn to dust. He may well shock us all for another three years. But don't be surprised if the noose tightens on Apple again in late 2001 and early 2002.
Power Mac G4 Cube
Perhaps most noticeable about our tests is that the Cube scored a surprisingly low 139 in our SpeedMark suite of real-world tests. This may be largely caused by the relatively slow 5400rpm Western Digital IDE drive included in the Cube.
Pondering The Cube
No one ever says "I love Windows," unless they're under interrogation in Redmond. But Mac users will often be found saying such things about their machines. Part of that comes from pride in the way it looks, the way it responds and how we respond in turn.
Back To Square One?
Now that Michael Cowpland has resigned as Corel's CEO, what happens to the graphics applications that the company acquired from MetaCreations? Early signs are not encouraging, but Corel's VP for creative products maintains that the company is on track with new Mac versions.
Apple Store May Be Misleading Customers
One AppleInsider source, who spent hours on the phone with the Apple Store in protest of some concrete shipping information on his dual Power Mac G4 order, was eventually transferred to an executive manager at the Apple Store. According to the source, at that time management fully admitted that the current accessory kit excuses that were being handed out to Apple Store customers were a blatant lie.
Darmouth's Incoming Freshmen Pick PCs Over Macs For First Time Ever
Come September, for the first time ever, a majority of members of the Dartmouth College incoming class will use a Windows machine rather than a Macintosh one — with the overall percentage approximately 60 to 40 percent in favor of PCs.
Corel Will Not Sell-Off Core Products
The lead technology officer and interim chief executive of Corel Corp. said Wednesday he has no plans to sell any of the company's core products — including those purchased in April from MetaCreations — as he begins to deal with the struggle to pull the 15-year old software maker out of a severe cash crunch.
Piranha Bites Into Digital Video
The developer has adapted its image-compression technology to video, claiming to produce QuickTime files one-third the size of those encoded with other technologies. But as with Piranha Byte, Piranha Stream encoding will also compress your bank account.
The Name Game
Apple needs to rethink the name game before it confuses even itself.
Mac's Nice Cube Wows Users
For all its breakthrough technology and acknowledged superiority in desktop computing, Apple Computer's lasting legacy will be industrial design.
Think Really Different
I have an all-day meeting in Hong Kong, with just a hotel bed to go back with... I'm tired... So forgive me if this sound a little loony...
How about a new dual-processor machine with a 500 MHz G4 plus a 1.1 GHz G3? Kill two birds with one stone? Technically feasible, or happy daydream?
Chip Newcomer Transmeta Files For IPO
Transmeta, the processor start-up that hopes to take on Intel in the lucrative market for notebook chips, filed today to raise $200 million through an initial public offering.
New Strain Of "Love" Virus Steals Passwords
Security experts say that a new strain of the infamous "I Love You" virus has hit some businesses located in Europe and in the United States.
"Love" Variant Could Spawn Targeted Attacks
Who hasn't worried that someone would steal their bank card PIN numbers and clean out their bank accounts? Today, the reason for alarm may have increased exponentially.
Paul Allen Unloads More Microsoft Stock
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who has sold 48.585 million Microsoft shares valued at about $4.2 billion since mid-February, plans to sell 2 million more common shares worth $140 million, according to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings.
Thursday, August 17, 2000
Apple's Corporate Vigilantism
The best way is to round up the NDA violators and proceed with prosecutions. Only the misinformed would declare that Apple is violating any principles of free speech by suing NDA violators for breach of contract.
Apple Bites At Peek Into Future
"In Apple's experience, public knowledge of future products often lessens sales of existing Apple products. As a result, Apple maintains and protects future product information as a trade secret."
Corel Prescription: Make The Cuts
Analysts say Corel has to start improving the bottom line — and that might mean doing less with Linux.
Corel Faces Uncertain Future After CEO Departure
The resignation of Michael Cowpland as chairman, CEO and president is a watershed for Corel. Cowpland and Corel have been virtually synonymous since he founded the company in 1985.
At Last Steve Really Does Think Different!
Art Levinson called a few years ago to order a product. He uses Macs. He's intelligent, nice to deal with, understands his needs and is willing to listen to advice about what to get. In short, the ideal Mac customer.
The Imation SuperDisk is a simple solution if you need a backup storage device as well as a drive to read older floppies. However, when you transfer larger files you will be spending a significant amount of time watching the task bar creep.
New iMacs: Something For Everyone
With four models to choose from, there's got to be one that fits you.
2 Years Ago: Pouncing On The iMac - Apple Computer's iMac computer arrived at store and resellers Saturday, with pent-up demand turning into a flurry of sales after the company announced a large number of advance orders for the snazzy consumer system.
Wednesday, August 16, 2000
Happy Birthday, iMac!
The iMac has redefined the industry and redefined Apple as a trendsetter. Just imagine where we'll be two years from now.
Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door. Build a better mouse—will users do the same?
Be Thankful For Apple Secrecy
In a world where marketing is at least as important as the research and development that goes into something (take a peek at any commercial for a Hollywood movie), hype goes a long way. You just can't buy the type of marketing that a good rumor can generate.
Adobe Sues; Macromedia Says "Go Away"
Floating palettes are nothing new.
Was MS Right About Linux After All?
"Your honor," Warden would say, sweeping his hand for emphasis. "You see before you the full expanse of a flourishing industry. Forget all that chatter about Linux being the software operating system that could. This is the operating system that will!"
Prosperity Sucks: Mike Dell's Dirty Little Secret
When Mike Dell's band of city slickers came down here to Nashville, they brought a lot of tall tales and plenty of spin. They didn't bring cash. Instead, they passed the hat and praised the motherboard.
Dell Loves Linux
Michael Dell, who has built his successful Dell Computer selling Windows PCs, was full of praise Tuesday for the Linux operating system.
Tuesday, August 15, 2000
The Private Lives Of Public Companies
Jobs the husband and father has a right to privacy that Jobs the PC industry phenomenon doesn't. Apple has a right to protect what it sees as its interests, but the press and public have an equal right to know about the measures a publicly traded company is taking to guard those interests.
Militant Mac Enthusiasts Enjoy Renaissance
These Moonies of the computer world are experiencing a renaissance of sorts as a rainbow of consumer iMacs flood the market like gum balls dropped on a gym floor, and a powerful generation of Macs built for the business world tweaks the Windows-Intel world with classy looks and power.
Adobe-Macromedia Suit: Born To Settle?
Legal analysts don't expect Adobe's case to reach a decision in the courts.
Corel CEO Exits, Targets Linux
Michael Cowpland, the founder of Corel, said Tuesday he will step down as president and chief executive officer of the struggling software developer to devote time to new Linux startups.
LinuxWorld Opens In San Jose
Eazel, co-founded by three members of the original Mac development team, will formally debut its much-anticipated file management system. Other exhibitors include SuSE, which has announced a Linux distribution for PowerPC, and Cobalt Networks, which has alleged that the G4 Cube borrows from its Qube server.
Backyard Science On The Mac
It's time to take a break from the corporate grind and seek out the wonders of nature.
Biotech Executive Joins Apple Board
Apple announced that Genentech CEO Arthur D. Levinson has taken the spot left vacant by the retirement of Edgar S. Woolard.
Olympus Announces 10X Zoom Camera
The $999 C-2100 features a 2.1-megapixel CCD, 10X optical zoom and a through-the-lens electronic viewfinder. It can capture low-resolution QuickTime movie clips in addition to high-resolution still images.
Democrats Embrace High-Tech At Gathering
Democrats admit it. They don't really need iMac computers throughout the convention hall to tally the votes for Al Gore. But the computers sure look cool, one of many signs this is a high-tech convention.
Jobs Trying To Block My Book Alleges Author
Steve Jobs may have joined the ranks of Rupert Murdoch, Richard Branson, Robert Maxwell and other captains of industry who have tried to gag - or been accused of trying to gag - authors attempting to write their unauthorised biographies.
Hail To The iMac
The well dressed candidate needs a well dressed computer.
The Perfect PowerBook?
Of course there is no ideal, "one size fits all" PowerBook. To state the obvious, different users have different priorities.
The latest title from Simon and Schuster Interactive is not your typical game. Last Call is a new simulation game, only this time it is not a city simulator or a flight simulator. This game is a bartending simulator.
L.A. Times - A Convention First: Online Roll Call.
The great state of ..., voting on the wonderful Sage computer...
Microsoft Money 2001 Gets Personal
But can software giant close gap in personal-finance software category? Even with the rollout of new versions of Money, Bill Gates' minions have long way to go.
DOJ: Supreme Court Must Hear MS Case
No surprise in this latest court filing, as the Justice Department wants Microsoft's antitrust appeal to go directly to the high court.
Compaq Introduces New iPaq Appliances
Compaq Computer expanded its popular iPaq brand today, introducing new Internet access devices, including the first Web companion device for Microsoft's MSN Internet service.
Microsoft Lacks Motivation To Change Security
Every week, some headline seems to call attention to a security vulnerability in a Microsoft product. Because Microsoft's products are so widely used, they will be the targets of more attacks, so more vulnerabilities will come to light.
AMD Seeks Linux Developers For 64-Bit Chip Software
Advanced Micro Devices is putting money and energy into recruiting Linux developers to write software for Hammer, the company's 64-bit processor that will first appear in late 2001.
Dell Looks To Keep Sun At Bay With Linux
Linux will help Dell Computer dislodge Sun Microsystems, chief executive Michael Dell predicted today during a speech in which he also knocked the business plan of one of his company's major partners: Microsoft.
W2K Can Leave Systems Unprotected
Windows 2000 service pack 1 and BlackICE at odds.
Big Corporates 'Pained' By Win2K Rollouts
A report from Giga Information Group claims that large corporates are taking six to nine months longer than anticipated to move to Windows 2000.
AMD Ships 1.1-GHz Athlon To Vendors
Advanced Micro Devices is shipping its 1.1-GHz Athlon processor to vendors. But you can't buy a system that uses the chip—at least not yet.
Sony To Introduce Notebook Powered By Transmeta Chip
Sony plans to introduce a notebook computer by the end of this year powered by a Transmeta chip.
Monday, August 14, 2000
Adobe Ships GoLive 5
The latest release of the Web-authoring software adds Adobe interface elements and improved features for HTML coders.
Apple's Deadly Ties With Motorola
Apple should have known, from their first experience with Motorola, that they would be unable to produce anything fast and anything in quantity. What's worse, Motorola has proved to be a very sore loser, refusing to admit when they've messed up, and refusing to cooperate when others offer help.
Steve Jobs Complains About Book
A book by Alan Deutschman, portrays Steven Jobs as an abusive, insecure narcissist. Last week, Mr. Jobs called the chief executive of the publisher to complain.
Former Macintosh Engineers Set To Unveil Product At Linux World
Nearly 20 years after they introduced computing to the masses, three Apple Computer alums are hoping for a repeat performance.
Will Linux Sink Corel?
It looks like Corel Corp. may finally be losing its balance. The company that wobbled but wouldn't fall down now can't seem to pare back enough to please frustrated investors.
Circuit City And Apple Could Work Very Well...
Training is the key, those cute in-store demos are nice, but teaching employees how to show off the Macs unbelievable capabilites will make the bonds much, much tighter.
Does Steve Jobs Have The Vision To Keep Apple Fresh?
Is this a case where he wants to show the world his designs are the best, or is there another evolution for the end user that only Steve Jobs can see?
Apple iMac DV SE 500 MHz, Snow
For the home or the office, the iMac is a first-rate personal computer, and the new iMovie software makes it a wonderful choice for editing home videos.
GoLive Grows Up
GoLive 5 answers most of its predecessor's shortcomings. It smooths out many of its previous rough spots, enhances the graphic workflow, and comes up clean on the source code frontier.
Virtual PC With Red Hat Linux
If you want to embark on any other Linux endeavor, skip over VPC and buy a PowerPC-native Linux distribution such as LinuxPPC.
One of my favorite web writers, John Martellaro, has a new job: Senior Marketing Manager with Apple Computer, Inc. Good luck, and all the best!
DOJ To Reply To Microsoft Brief
The U.S. Department of Justice and state officials will file a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rebutting statements by Microsoft and arguing that the antitrust suit against the company should not be heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
MS Kisses Free Software Support Goodbye
The company joins the ranks of software makers dumping free, unlimited phone support. Sign of the times?
HP Thinks Inside The Box With PC Package
While many computer makers are trying to get more revenue from "beyond the box," Hewlett-Packard is trying to stuff more inside the box.
AMD Cuts Prices To Pave Way For 1.1-GHz Chip
Advanced Micro Devices slashed prices today on its Athlon and Duron processors by 28 to 44 percent to pave the way for a 1.1-GHz chip coming at the end of the month.
Microsoft Releasin Test Version Of E-Commerce Software
Microsoft today will release its first public test version of BizTalk Server, a vital piece in the software giant's e-commerce software strategy.
What's Up With Microsoft?
Windows users are often puzzled as to why techies don't like Microsoft. They invented the internet, didn't they? They invented the graphical user interface, didn't they?
Developers Of Linux Software Planning Assault On Microsoft
A group of Linux software developers and computer makers plan to create a foundation to offer a unified desktop user interface and a set of productivity programs intended to compete as a free alternative to Microsoft Office.
Sunday, August 13, 2000
A Rivalry Becomes A War
Given the stakes in Adobe's patent-infringement lawsuit against Macromedia, it's likely to be a long and costly legal battle.
It's True: iBooks Speed Bump Ahead
New information obtained by ZDNet News confirms details of a forthcoming speed bump to Apple Computer Inc.'s iBook — details that were, ironically enough, featured in documents Apple filed last week in its effort to clamp down on what it says are leaks of trade secrets.
It Never Was The 'Computer For The Rest Of Us'
Yes, the Mac is the computer for the rest of usÖ. the rest of us who can afford them. Keep this in mind when we evangelize the Mac.
The Hazards Of Overclocking
Buy the fastest machine you can afford and don't overclock.
QuickTime's Stealth Marketing Is Off The Scope
What does it mean when the trade press in your industry totally ignores your product?
The Cube: Just What We Ordered?
Without the PCI slots, it is a Mac IIsi with a high price.
Windows To Hop Aboard Carrier
When news got out this week that a future U.S. Navy aircraft carrier will be controlled by computers running Microsoft Windows, lots of folks gleefully recalled what happened to the USS Yorktown.
Thursday, August 10, 2000
Netscape's Woeful Mac Support
Many Mac users have turned to Netscape Communicator because it doesn't come from Redmond. However, Microsoft has done a much better job of supporting the Mac.
Lucasfilm And Apple Bring Star Wars: Episode II To Starwars.com And Apple.com
"On Location" series, movie trailers and documentaries streamed exclusively in QuickTime.
Adobe Sues Macromedia Over Patent Rights
Software maker Adobe Systems Inc., has filed a lawsuit alleging competitor Macromedia Inc. has infringed on one of its patents that allows for multiple groups of information to be displayed on a single computer screen.
Cubes Are Here, Sort Of
At least one Mac reseller—which happens to be across the street from Apple's Cupertino headquarters—has received its first shipment of G4 Cubes from Ingram Micro. Other Mac outlets are still awaiting their orders.
CodeWarrior Discover Programming Starter Kit, Version 5
If you expect programming to eventually become part of your career plans or you have some programming experience, the Metrowerks approach is your best choice.
PC Vs Mac
After years of debate, we settle the question once and for all.
Microsoft: Watch This Space
Who wants to be known as the "knowledge worker champion"? Obviously, not Microsoft group vice president Bob Muglia.
What Do You Run On A 'Hammer'?
AMD's got a new 64-bit chip. But where are the operating system vendor partners it needs to support it?
AMD Releasing Details On 64-Bit Sledgehammer
Some of the mystery surrounding Sledgehammer, the 64-bit processor coming from Advanced Micro Devices, will be lifted today when the company posts a technical manual geared at recruiting software developers to the project.
Intel Buys Firm For Internet Phone Calls
Intel agreed to buy closely held DataKinetics for an undisclosed amount of cash, giving the largest computer chipmaker the ability to control, create and link voice-based Internet services and telephone networks.
Wednesday, August 9, 2000
Apple Announces Instant Financing
Through a deal with MBNA, Apple will offer loans of up to $25,000 on Mac hardware with instant approval. Financing is available now on the Apple Store and will also be offered through resellers.
Apple's A 'Superlabel'
Apple stands at number 36 overall, and number 11 in the technology division for the annual "World’s Most Valuable Brands Survey".
Young Minds Explore iMovie
The AppleMasters Mentor Program reached out to New York youth recently, with superb results. The Program is designed to connect great AppleMaster minds with the bright young minds of the future using technology as a springboard.
Microsoft Cleans Up Its Mac Office
The upcoming Office 2001 for Macintosh offers a tidier interface and improvements designed to take advantage of Apple technology.
G4 Proves Two Brains Are Better
'Professional' desktop models bring the gift of faster speed.
Apple And MBNA Introduce Instant Financing For Customers
Through the program—which enables monthly payments as low as $19.99 for the new $799 Indigo iMac —customers can apply for financing and receive immediate notification at the point of purchase.
'Super' Macs To Reach 1 GHz
Swedish startup Xtrem plans to produce turbo-charged Macs by doubling the processor speed. Experts want to see proof of the made-to-order systems before they say it's cool.
A 1.2-GHz Macintosh? Swedish Firm Says So
A Swedish firm says it's in the works, but analysts remain highly skeptical.
Martin Geh Joins Apple As Vice Presidnet Of Asia Pacific
Geh joins Apple from Intel, where he most recently served as Director, APAC Distribution Sales & Marketing, and had responsibility for channel sales and marketing across 14 Asia-Pacific countries. At Apple, Geh will lead the Asia Pacific team and oversee all sales activities across the region.
Coming To A Mac Near You: 1.2GHz?
Fending off the skepticism of Mac users worldwide, Swedish vendor Xtrem Inc. insists it's working on a hardware package that will boost the Power Mac G4 from its current top speed of 500MHz to a whopping 1,200MHz by year-end.
Mac Users, The Only True Computer Enthusiasts
We do not compromise on the hardware side, and we love to have a beautiful machine as well. We are computer enthusiasts in every sense.
BeOS In Retrospect
With considerable frustration and disenchantment, I would like to present to you a somewhat biased case study on the spectacular rise and fall of the Be Operating System.
The Macintosh Platform, It's So Irrational!
Mac users consider the people to be a community, the machines a point in common, and the two combined almost a religion. The Mac is very irrational.
Looking Back At ATA And SCSI
The storage interfaces are still going strong after 15 years, but their days could be numbered with the emergence of FireWire and USB.
Adobe may pull the plug on PressReady, its PostScript RIP for inexpensive ink-jet printers.
SuperCard is one of those rare tools which really liberates users in extraordinary ways.
Will Dell's Woes Hit Entire PC Industry?
With Dell Computer Corp. expected to report lower growth rates for the third straight quarter Thursday, some analysts warn that the PC maker may face tough times ahead as the industry grapples with slower PC growth rates and decreasing profit margins.
No Such Thing As A Free PC
Not long ago, some believed PCs would eventually become a free commodity sold with Internet service, following the model of the cell phone industry. But computer makers are finding that they have hit a wall—or, in this case, a floor—when it comes to costs.
Intel Adds Satellite Sites In Silicon Valley
Intel thinks some of its Silicon Valley employees are spending too much time in traffic.
High Prices, False Steps Help Windows Lose To Linux In China
We found that although Gates has made six sales trips to China, Linux is gaining ground.
Speech Recognition To Hit MS Office
Tech gets a voice: New capability to debut in Beta 1 of Office 10, Microsoft's update to its Windows desktop applications suite, which is expected in 2001.
Microsoft Offers Reader Software For PCs
Microsoft today will introduce its newest Microsoft Reader—software used to make reading from computer screens easier on the eyes—to its largest audience ever.
Tuesday, August 8, 2000
On Style And Substance
You can live without style, but without function there is no point.
Apple Moots IBM Power 4 As G4 Successor?
Apple might be interested in Power 4 if it's got an eye on the server market. That's a very big 'if' indeed.
Good Apple News Comes From Gates
Sure, you can add these gadgets to the Cube if you're willing to clutter your desktop with a bunch of additional boxes and cables. But isn't the whole idea of the iCube to have a clean, elegant desktop?
Apple's Cute New Mouse Isn't Welcome In My House
Though the Pro Mouse glides across a desk far more easily than any of the Microsoft mice, I must sadly pass on the Mac rodent until Apple does a bit of tweaking. Go to it, Steve.
Can't We All Just Get Alone?
It's a sad state of affairs then, when the writers become the news, and the real news is buried beneath a pile of verbiage.
iCab Inches Closer To Final Release With PR2.1
In the latest release, the popular alternative web browser inches closer to its final release.
MacSoft Remakes Classic Asteroids Arcade Game
Asteroids is a favorite homage of commercial, shareware and boxless software developers and publishers — the game has been remade a number of times over the years by a variety of different Macintosh game developers.
Small Is Beautiful In Graphics Apps
Amid the Macworld Expo hoopla, it was easy to miss one of the most significant trends of the event: the degree to which small developers are driving innovation in graphics software.
The Quest For A Scent-Free PowerBook
Being someone who is environmentally ill and who also knows a bit about computers quite often puts me in the role of an ad hoc consultant.
Time To Drop Motorola?
I personally believe that Apple has dug itself a hole, in which it can not get out of.
The Problem With New York
Groundbreaking products almost always come from the little guys. But the little guys can't afford to do MacWorld Expo New York.
My Perfect PowerBook
It's not the thin and light model I believe Apple should build for those supplementing a desktop, but I think it would be an ideal desktop replacement for a lot of user who find the current PowerBook offers just a bit less screen real estate than they really need.
Where Are The Game Programmers?
The PC and Game console market is enormous. Even with all those new iMacs and iBooks, the Mac is still a very small platform in comparison. However, a strong case can be made for developing for the Mac.
A hos tof new features makes this digital video editor ready for prime time.
If you use applications that offer G4 support on a daily basis on your iMac,this upgrade is for you.
Microsoft Sets Launch Date For Server 200 Products
It's official: Microsoft's new Server 2000 product lines will launch on Sept. 26, the software giant announced Monday.
Microsoft Reader To Reach PC
ClearType technology will be available on Windows through e-book reader application.
Pocket PC Glitch: Few Readable E-Books
A missing decryption key limits the number of titles that can be read by a Pocket PC handheld.
Microsoft To Repurchase Stock
Microsoft says its board of directors has approved a stock repurchase program, effective today, for an undetermined number of shares.
Microsoft Readies New Database Software
Microsoft announced today that it is just one step away from shipping its next-generation database software.
Monday, August 7, 2000
A World Of Fun And Learning Kindergarten
Putt-Putt Saves the Zoo and Big Thinkers! Kindergarten have both received awards for their lively animations and creative approach to learning. These titles offer a suitable supplement to a typical kindergarten level course of study.
Beware Of Geeks Bearing Gifts
Microsoft may offer you a break on Windows Me, but that doesn't mean the upgrade won't cost you.
Saturday, August 5, 2000
Get Your Apple Trade Secrets Right Here!
You can play the role of control freak only so far before it becomes counter-productive.
Burning The FireWire Bridge
The prospects for native FireWire drives and the implications for Apple's future hardware designs.
3 years ago: Apple Unleashes 350-MHz Machine. On the eve of Macworld Boston, Apple Computer announced new Power Macintosh systems that use the new OS 8 operating system and pack PowerPC processors running as fast as 350 MHz.
Friday, August 4, 2000
The Cube Is One Cool Machine
This is a computer for people who want to make a statement, who want to say, "You'll never catch me despoiling my desk with a boxy, gray PC."
It's The Bugs That Bug Me
I shouldn't have to load some software, restart, go into open firmware, and push paper clips into the side of the computer!
Apple Leaker May Stay Free
The purported mole who posted details of new Apple products to the Web over the past few months probably has a 50-50 chance of getting away with it, experts said.
Apple Suit Calls Attention To iBook Rumor
Apple Computer's recent lawsuit to clamp down on leaks has inadvertently put the spotlight on rumored details of the company's next iBook notebook computer.
3 years ago: Cloners, Apple Haggle Over OS. Despite continued haggling with Apple, clone vendors will ship the latest operating system from Apple because they maintain they already have the right to do so.
Thursday, August 3, 2000
Apple Sues Over Alleged Leak Of Trade Secrets
Apple today filed suit against an "unknown individual" for allegedly leaking its trade secrets on the Internet.
Realbasic For Mac OS X
Are you a non-programmer hoping to develop applications for Mac OS X?
MacWorld Expo NY 2000
And detailed technical review of Apples new product line up. The article is by John Siracusa who has written ArsTechnica's excellent series on MacOS X.
Wednesday, August 2, 2000
Apple Misses The Tune On CD-RW Drives
Apple Computer may claim to have the coolest computers on the planet, but it missed out on the market for Internet music.
Apple plugs corporate leaks.
Berst Misses The Boat Again
The main difference between Jesse Berst and me... seems to be that I don't expect Apple to release its product plans for the next 2 or 3 years to the general public.
Is This Apple Or... NeXT?
When Apple bought NeXT, it did not just buy a company and get a former leader back in the field, but it actually got its ideas.
AppleShare IP 6.3
AppleShare IP 6.3 maintains its appealing features and rolls out a few more.
Once people begin using it, they can't imagine life without it.
BusinessWeek: Did "deep-linking" really get a green light? Does "deep-linking" really need a green light?
4 Years Ago: Apple Updates Macintosh Lineup: Aiming to prove that it can compete with its fast-moving competitors, Apple Computer today updated its entire Macintosh lineup with a slew of new systems, including its first multiprocessing model.
Microsoft Slashes Price On Windows Me
"Sale" is not usually a store term associated with Windows. But in what may be an unprecendented maneuver to push consumers to upgrade from Windows 98, Microsoft will offer Windows Me at a $30 discount.
Tuesday, August 1, 2000
Apple Makes The 'Write' Move
Think about the needs of many of the consumers and PC neophytes Steve Jobs' Apple has made it its mission to woo.
Apple's Ideas Win Five IDEA Awards
Apple won a Gold Award (the highest) in the Business & Industrial Equipment category for its 22-inch, US$3,999 Cinema Display.
New Macs Enterthe Retail Channel
Not every model is available, but less than two weeks after Steve Jobs' dramatic hardware announcements at Macworld Expo New York, Apple's latest iMacs and Power Mac G4s are finding their way into retail channels and selling in healthy numbers.
X On X, At Last
A full X implementation is an important step for Mac OS X. It is a critical way to show the world—especially in areas where X is of crucial importance, such as higher education and science—that Apple has a real Unix-based OS that will play nicely with other Unix platforms, while losing none of what makes the Mac so special.
Where Your Enemy Is Also Your Friend
There's a notion in the technology industry called ''coopetition.'' It's a ruthlessly pragmatic approach to doing business, where companies can be ferocious competitors in one market and cheerful partners in another.
New Jobs Biography Expected Soon
"The key question becomes: How can he be so humiliating and horrible at times, yet so inspiring and motivating at others?"
No Play At Siggraph
The company said a long-awaited upgrade of the ElectricImage Animation System is not yet ready for beta. Further details are promised in the next 30 to 45 days.
Don't Kill That Keyboard, Apple!
What a stupid mistake that would be.
Apple's Business Operations: It's A Beautiful Thing
This is really something new under the sun. An Apple Computer Inc. operating as one of the tightest corporate ships on the Nasdaq!
As a network experience, Clan Lord is a dream. The interface is clear and simple.
The game includes everything a die-hard Scrabble player could ever want and more.
One Button Wonder
Those who argue that Apple should get rid of its one-button mouse and move on to something, well, with a little more buttons, should come down to my house and watch how I try to teach my 4-year-old goddaughter to use the right button instead of the left on my "virtual" PC.
MS' Ballmer: Linux Is Communism
"Linux sort of springs organically from the earth. And it had, you know, the characteristics of communism that people love so very, very much about it. That is, it's free."
Dell, IBM Plan PCs Based On New PIII
Dell and IBM were the first PC vendors to announce plans for the latest Pentium III chip after Intel made good on its promise to deliver a 1.13-gigahertz component Monday.
Will Update Boost Windows 2000 Sales?
Microsoft has released Service Pack 1 for Windows 2000. But is it enough to convince corporate computer users to sign up?
Microsoft Releases Windows 2000 Bug Fixes
Microsoft today released the first collection of Windows 2000 bug fixes, a move that could help spur adoption of the corporate operating system.
Compaq Bulks Up Server, Storage Lines
Compaq Computer unveiled new server and storage products today, as it tries to boost sagging storage revenue.
Bug Fixes Clear One Hurdle For Windows 2000
The effect of releasing the first collection of Windows 2000 bug fixes needs to be viewed from two perspectives: client and server.
Microsoft Political Donations Seen As Trial Ploy
While hundreds of companies have donated to this week's Republican presidential convention, Microsoft may have the most at stake.