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Monday, December 31, 2001


The Educational Freewares Of 2001
by Steve Wood,


Monday, December 31, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong

James Davidson is researching on the MP3 format, and the seemingly unavoidable silience at the beginning and end of each MP3 — and a suggestion on how Apple can get ahead of the game, again.


Nine States Urge Judge To Reject Microsoft Delay
by Reuters
Nine states opposed to a proposed settlement of the Microsoft Corp. antitrust case asked a federal judge Monday to reject the company's request for a delay in hearings on alternative sanctions.

Sunday, December 30, 2001


CompUSA Has Limited Stock Of iMacs, iBooks
by MacNN


Latest AIM Client For Mac OS X Is Slick
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
Clearly the software team for the Mac OS X AIM client are taking this opportunity to improve their product.


Compact Designs With Big Output
by John Hanan, Jed Stockton, Dallas Morning News
IBM's NetVista X series of PCs borrows from the Macintosh book of compact design to deliver a diminutive desktop that runs on the Microsoft operating system.

Windows CE .Net Ready For January Launch
by Sumner Lemon, InfoWorld
In a move that takes Microsoft one step closer to realizing its .Net vision of ubiquitous access to Web-based content and services, the company is gearing up for the January launch of the next version of its Windows CE operating system, Windows CE .Net.

HP Criticizes Director's Proxy Fight
by San Francisco Chronicle

Hewlett Outlines Early Opposition To Compaq Deal
by Jeffrey Burt, eWEEK

Saturday, December 29, 2001


Saturday, December 29, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Mr Barrett: Why would a device from have an Apple logo on it?

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Friday, December 28, 2001


Economy Takes Bite Out Of Apple
by Lisa Gill and Robyn Weisman, NewsFactor
Apple noted that among the factor sthat threaten the future of its retail stores are consumer acceptance and the ability to attract new Mac users.

Year In Review: X Marks The Spot
What is it about the letter X?

Palm Gives OS X A Thumbs Up
by David Becker, ZDNet
Mac OS X can finally speak directly to Palm handhelds.


Sweet Exec Deals Sour Apple's Image
by Glenn Curtis,
It would have been nice to see the company hold off on such sweet deals — at least until the ship is clearly righted.


Happy Holidays, And A Simply Productive New Year
by Sharlene Myers,
If you have someone on your Christmas list who's determined to get stuff done, or if you've made a resolution for a more productive New Year, then check out this list of what you can get for less than $200.

Teh Mac OS X Loose Ends
by Damien Gallop, MacWrite

Choice Shareware Programs Improve Upon Mac OS X
by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle
Here are three programs I not only recommend, but use, a million times a day.

A Mac OS Innocent In Linux Land
by Charles W. Moore,
If you want the stability and power of Unix without (msot of) the hassle, be thankful for OS X.

Dual Duel
by Luke Hones,


Friday, December 28, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong


Brent Ashley: Microsoft will stop being a bully and a brat on the day when people show them that they will lose business unless they smarten up and stop treating us like cattle. We're not cattle. We refuse to have you steer us to your abbatoir. I'm busitn' out of this corral. Who's coming with me?

Walter S. Mossberg: Microsoft has good year, at expense of customers.


Can MacSurfer make up its mind on whether it want to tag a post-date to its headlines? :-)

Brent Simmons: We've entered the age where email is no longer reliable... Virus catchers, black hole lists, and spam filters set up by your ISP, your office email server, and probably by you. These filters aren't perfect. You will miss some email.

If you e-mail me, and didn't get a response from me, chances are, I've deleted your e-mail without reading. I do have tons of rules in my Eudora. And even though the rules don't delete any e-mail, they do put them into separate folders which I glance over. And sometimes, I do get tired, and misses mail. Damn spam.

The Seven Wonders of the Web: Google, Yahoo!, Project Gutenberg, Multimap, Ebay, Amazon, and Blogger.

Joe Barr, prediction for 2002: At least one global megacrop will announce a complete migration away from all Microsoft platforms to an interoperable mix of Unix, Mac and Linux platforms.

Bruce A. Epstein: I finally understand gardening. Like a programmer creating a virtual world, you get to make life and death decisions.


Will Microsoft's Passport Net Success?
by Sriram Seshan, ZDNet
What businesses certainly will not like is Microsoft using its clout to dictate to them from a position of power.

Thursday, December 27, 2001

Top Stories

New iMacs For The New Year?
by Matthew Rothenberg, eWEEK
Apple has never lacked chutzpah; it it can convert that renewable resource into major new products, the Mac maker could emerge from this recession with a fresh new coat of Teflon and some new users to boot.


Steve Jobs To Give A Keynote At CES 2002
by Lando Calrissian, Go2Mac
Steve will be "presneting Apple's line of digital lifestyle appliances" and "an intuitive vision for consumer devices: think simple."


Mac's Year Not So Bad After All
by Jim Heid, Los Angeles Times
In all, it wasn't a bad year, considering how bad a year it was.


For Use Anytime
by Matthew Fordahl, Associated Press
Connectix's Virtual PC for Mac 5.0 offers both reasonable speed and relatively low cost in an easy-to-install software package.


Thursday, December 27, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong

CMS Newsfeed?

Does anyone know of any RSS-based news-feed on content management? Please mail me. Thanks!


I just wanted to say that creating an application to play QuickTime video on Linux is not the same as porting QuickTime to Linux.

Today, I had to use the online help manual to find out how I can delete a folder in Lotus Notes. Sigh.

Bill Fox: It would seem... that many Carbon apps, including AppleWorks from Apple, are not optimized for OS X and do not take full advantage of the graphics accelerator card while Illustrator does.

Blogger has a security breach ó change your FTP password now, if you are using the service.

Paul Boutin: Instead of trying to build an uncrackable safe, DRM makers should ask themselves: How can we be more like the newspaper box?


Fiorina Mars HP's Image, Survey Says
by Jonathan Skillings, CNET
More than 800 tech marketing executives in 17 countries voted the HP chief to the top of CEO's who most harmed their brand in the past year.

Microsoft Warns Of Holes In SQL Server
by Juan Carlos Perez, IT World
A pair of security holes in Microsoft's SQL Server database could make the product vulnerable to a denial-of-service attack and to the execution of malicious code by an attacker.

Wednesday, December 26, 2001

Top Stories

Apple: Our Stores Will Lose Money
by Reuters
Apple expects to post a "small loss" in its retail operations in the current quarter and in all fiscal 2002, ending September.

Apple CEO Jobs Takes $1 Salary Again In 2001
by Reuters
Steve Jobs took a salary of $1 in the past fiscal year while other top executives were rewarded with options for one million shares each, a major increase in compensation, according to a filing with securities regulators.


Amnesty Period For Software Pirates
by Kelly Zito, San Francisco Chronicle
Campaign urges scofflaws to pay fees, avoid penalties.

A Time For Helping Others
by Colleen Wixon, Press Journal
Austin Henry can't write, but uses a Macintosh iBook computer at school to help him with his work.


2001: A Great Year For Businesses That Use Macs
by Paul Shields, Businss Mac
Apple made major strides in providing a platform that could meet the needs of the general business customer.

Mac Browser Roundup
by Hakon Lie and Tantek Celik, A List Apart
We test drove and reviewed updated versions of Opera browser and Internet Explorer.

Outdoor Guide Software Makes A Great Planning Tool
by Darren Marcy, Farmington Daily Times
This compact disc would make a nice Christmas gift for any outdoor enthusiast.


Wednesday, December 26, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Gizmo of the Year

It's time, yet again, to cast your vote for your favorite gizmo in this MSNBC's poll. (Hint: iPod)

Tuesday, December 25, 2001

Top Stories

Apple Loyalists Cheering Microsoft
by Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe
Well-received Mac Office suite helps take bite out of rivalry.


Compal Rumored To Receive iBook Orders
by Willie Teng, DigiTimes

Apple Loyalists Cheering Microsoft
by Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe
Well-received Mac Office suite helps take bite out of rivalry.


Rage At Being Left Behind
by Dan Knight, Low End Mac


2001 - A Vintage Year For Apple Portables
by Charles Moore, MacOPINION
Apple's portables are now solidly capable of supplanting desktop computers for most users.


Tuesday, December 25, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong

My New Digital Camera

I've just bought my very first digital camera (Canon PhotoShot A20), and I went out for a practice session this evening. If you are into photography, please do take a look at my photos — not because they are good, but maybe you can give me some feedback and pointers. Please? Thanks.

By the way, I don't know either of those two people.


James Coates: It's a particularly good idea to wait a bit [for DVD burning] if you want to do stuff in the Windows world, which lags the Macintosh side... Meanwhile, you already can do what you want with a $2,500 or so investment in a Macintosh G4.


Buffer Overflows Seep Into Windows XP
by Matthew Fordahl, Associated Press
Some critics questioned how the latest bug might have slipped through.

Monday, December 24, 2001


Hewlett Aims To Replace The Print Shop
by Chris Gaither, New York Times
Behind the deal is another Hewlett-Packard ambition: to extend the reach of its dominant printing and imaging division.


Monday, December 24, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong


Department of Transportation: Santa Gets Cleared For Christmas Flight.

Backup Brain: Why this company and product (Modem Magic) should be avoided at all costs.

Sunday, December 23, 2001

Top Stories

Apple Pulls iPod Updater: B&W PowerMac Issues
by MacNN
The update has compatibility issues with "blue and white" Power Macintosh G3 systems.


Gifts For Geeks: Vintage Technology A Hot Market
by James A Martin, NewsFactor Network
History can be a factor determining a vintage computer's popularity - and price. The first Apple computer recently sold in a private auction for a reported $25,000.

Sundance's Sizable Online Film Fest Has Both Fire, Ice
by Vince Horiuchi, Salt Lake Tribune
Pull up the office chair, set the microwave popcorn on the desk and refill the coffee mug. It's movie time.

Nine Inch Nails
by Stephanie Jorgl, Apple
Documenting a tour on DVD.


Mac 10.1.2 Update Is PC Card Heaven
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
After spending the better part of the morning wrestling with my Windows laptop to even recognize my PC card, tonight's experience with Mac OS X has me grinning from ear to ear.


Who Needs Hackers When We've Got MS?
by Richard Forno, The Register
Windows XP doesn't protect you from Microsoft, an entity some argue is more dangerous than any cyber terrorist or hacker gang.

Saturday, December 22, 2001

Top Stories

Inetd: Bad Coder, No Doughnut
by John C. Welch,
What is going on with you people who write installers and applications these days?


Mac IE Browser Defaults To Netscape Page
by Shane,
Ironic turn of events.


Saturday, December 22, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong

The Source

Chris Coleman: When Apple began developing Mac OS X, they did something really cool: they chose BSD Unix as the core foundation for the OS. On top of BSD Unix, they added their programming APIs, Graphics Engine, and Aqua GUI. This is common knowledge. But what many people don't know is that the source code for much of Mac OS X is available to the public.

Vidmaster: This evening, something so remarkable happened at the Apple Store that I felt I needed to share.

Brad Templeton: I remember USENET.

Friday, December 21, 2001


School Board Duel Erupts Over Laptops
by Michael Erskine, GoMemphis
"This is not a toy. This is a tool." "That's a crock."

Buzzle In Liquidation
by Byron Connolly, CRN
Failed Apple reseller consortium Buzzle has been placed in provisional liqudiation by the Supreme Court of NSW.

Apple Posts PowerBook Firmware Update
by Jim Darlymple, MacCentral's 'Spiderman' Movie Trailer A Huge Hit
by Reuters


Apple's FireWire To Go Wireless At 5GHz
by Kelly McNeill, osOpinion
The promising new GigaWire standard could lead to innovative products that will blow past all other networking technologies on the market today.


Tech Gizmos In The Spotlight
by John Morris and Josh Taylor, ZDNet
Attenion, Mac lowers: It's finally your turn in the digital audio spotlight.

OS X Server 10.1 Is No Laughing Matter
by Jim Rapoza, eWEEK
We found that the Mac-based GUI management tools provided much easier administration than did the Unix-based versions of these tools.

PowerBook G4 Is Top Suggested Gift
by Mark Kellner, Washington Times
When creativity seems a lost art, I gotta give Apple high marks for the PowerBook G4.


Friday, December 21, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong


There's not enough free native e-mail client for OS X. Well, at least not for me. That last OS update trashed my Eudora Beta is flacky and does not have a good interface. While Netscape has a horrible interface.

Please do e-mail me if there are other freeware e-mail client out there that I missed.


Crazy Apple Rumors Site: January 7th keynote to be a repeat. Apple to re-introduce iPod.

Well, even Microsoft needs a second chance to tell the time correctly.

Is Xerox coming after Steve Jobs next?


Microsoft Seeks Antitrust Hearing Delay
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Microsoft asked to extend by another four months the scheduled date for a remedy hearing.

HP Goes On Offensive
by Benjamin Pimentel, San Francisco Chronicle
Ad, letter to shareholders defend Compaq bid.

Microsoft Schools Settlement Decision Held Until 2002
by Reuters
A US judge says he will give Microsoft and attorneys more time to negotiate a compromise with dissenters.

Thursday, December 20, 2001

Top Stories

Burning With Ambition
by Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle
Sales of recordable DVDs expected to heat up, thanks to home movies.


Interview: Erik Ryan Of Microsoft
by MacSlash
The inside scooop on the MBU, Office v. X, and more.

Bare Bones Releases BBEdit 6.5.1
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
The new version gains language support for JSP and an improved version of the "bbedit" command-line tool.

Qualcomm: Eudora For OS X Coming In Early 2002
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
"We will be resuming the OS X effort immediately."

Apple Preps For QuickTime Live Conference
by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral
QuickTime Live will give attendees a chance to get more information on Apple's implementation of MPEG-4.


OS X Is Good To Go Mainstream
by Jim Heid, Los Angeles Times
For many of the niches where the Mac is popular, the transition to OS X will take more time. But for mainstream business and Internet use, OS X has reached its stride.

Digital Cameras For Less: How Much Will $300 Buy?
by David Pogue, New York Times
To see just how much trickling has gone down, I asked each major camera company, How much digital camera does $300 buy?


Thursday, December 20, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Idiot Installers

Now, here are some of things I do when I update software on my Mac...

  • Backup my data.
  • Move application back to its original folder, if I can remember. Otherwise, just dump it at the top level of Applications folder.
  • Pray.

Damn idiot installers.


Dave Winer: It's the perfect workaround for future antitrust problems. Just let the PC die and replace it with [Xbox] that they fully control. Does Microsoft have the power to make the PC die? I don't know. They'll deny it's their intention, but the tea leaves say something different.

Manny, Omni Group: Once a pgorammer has used Cocoa, there's never any question about what the future of programming will be.

Doc Searls: Buy Apple stock.

Is Eudora's OS X development effort still continuting towards a final release, or has it stopped, with just a beta version? MacInTouch's readers weigh in with different hear-say.

Downloading the Internet here.


Microsoft Sues Linux Start-Up Over Name
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Microsoft filed a motion against Lindows, which is developing a version of the Linux operating system that will run popular Windows applications.

Wednesday, December 19, 2001

Top Stories

Office X's Secret Ingredient: Fun
by Charles Haddad, BusinessWeek
Microsoft isn't often associated with playful design, but the new Mac version of Office takes Apple's spirit and runs with it.

Playing Games With Apple
by Daniel Drew Turner, Salon


Apple's iPod Arrives In South Africa
by ITWeb


Macs Influenced 'Lord Of The Rings'
by Stephan Somogyi, ZDNet
Hopefully, the experiences with apps like HiDef and VPC 5 will cause Apple to realize that real developers are having real problems with OS X's core technologies.

Apple Computer
by Catherine Aman, Corporate Counsel
Laws that back up [Apple's] actions were written with companies in mind, to prevent nfair competition, not to stifle consumers.

OS X, An Unfolding Epic
by Michael Silver, Gartner Viewpoint
The story has unfolded slowly, and it won't have a happy ending until more business applications arrive.


Low End Mac's Low Cost Holiday Gift List
by Tristram Perry, Low End Mac
A list of fifteen truly low-end Mac-related gifts.


Wednesday, December 19, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Desktop Linux? Dead

Kimbro Staken: Now that there is an OS that has true UNIX core, an outstanding GUI and robust application support there is no going back. Any hope for Linux on the desktop is gone.

Cool ads? Dead

AdCritic has closed shop. And I've just gotten broadband. Sigh.


I hope that whatever Steve Jobs is going to unveil next is not as boring as merely iMac with flat screen.

Anybody saw that "If this banner is flashing, you've WON!" banner ad over at Low End Mac? That's precisely one reason why I don't want advertisement on this hobby site.

Is Byte, the dead-wood version, back?


Worm Surprises As Holiday E-Mail
by Reuters
A newly discovered computer worm, sent under guise of a holiday greeting, has popped up in the United States and Europe and, if activated, could destroy personal computers, experts said on Wednesday.

Microsoft Settlement Likely To Fail
by Dan Ackman,
The settlement deliberately fails to compensate plaintiffs and lis likely to be rejected by the court perhaps in the next couple of days.

Compaq, HP CFOs Say Merger Terms Are Definitive
by Reuters

Tuesday, December 18, 2001

Top Stories

Expect A Revolution Says Apple
by ComputerWeekly
Apple Computer has said it will unveil a new "innovative, revolutionary and different" device, fueling speculation that the compnay will introduce flat panel iMacs.


David Pogue Reviews Sharp's Tiny Laptop; Recommends Apple's TiBook
by Vern Seward, The Mac Observer
The reason is that Sharp sacrificed a lot to obtain the tiny footprint.

New Apple Store Coming To NJ
by MacNN

Cocoa Programming Book Published
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral

'Smart' Browser Ships For X
by Macworld UK
Surfboard 1.0 is an application that summarizes Web pages and searches for specific information.


Let's Kill The Hard Disk Icon
by Daniel Loebl, osOpinion
Multiple desktops make it easier to organize data nad add information about locations inside the computer.

Apple Owes Us
by Dan Knight, Low End Mac
Supporting the accelerated graphics chips hardwired into the older G3 models is the right thing to do.


Tales Of A BeOS Refugee
by Scot Hacker,


Tuesday, December 18, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Good To Be Nominated

This weblog has been nominated for Best Technology Weblog in Scripting News Awards 2001. The award is now open for voting.

If you cannot find the myapplemenu name in there, don't panic though. It is listed under its old name, AppleSurf.

Oh, and, by the way...

Cameron Barrett: These awards are a rather lame attempt by Dave Winer to shine some press on his company and their software.

From Be To X

This is a story of how a BeOS refugee (and not just everyone, but the author of the 'BeOS Bible' book) lost faith in the future of computing, resigned himself to Windows but found himself bored silly, tore out half his hair at the helm of a Linux box, then rediscovered the joy of computing in MacOSX.

And the Slashdot discussion.

Random Google Moments

Seth Ross: Jobs unveiled the NeXTStation, a compact pizza-box shaped unit [which] runs three times as fast as NeXT's original computer.


Apple engineeers must be doing something right, when clones of iTunes start to appear.

Sometimes, when working, it is really difficult to find one's rhythm. And once the rhythm is found, it's time for "artificial" activities such as lunch or going-home-or-risk-being-lectured-by-wife. Sigh.


For some unknown reasons, I am feeling a "general sense of sadness" today. I do admit that there are quite a fair bit of things that will cause sadness in me, but I also do have quite another fair bit of stuff that I'm thankful for. It's just, for some reasons, the sadness won today.

What do you, my dear readers, do when you are feeling sad? Buy chocolate? Buy anything? Go for a walk? Go to the sea? Anything unusual that I can try tonight after work?

Somehow, I don't think I want to blog too much tonight.


Loving Bill Gates To Death
by Michael S. Malone, Forbes ASAP
If you want to trip up the Devil, start with a big, warm embrace.

PlayStation 2 Holds Slight Edge In Sales Over Xbox
by Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Reports finds Sony has been better able to meet demand than rivals Microsoft and Nintendo.

Monday, December 17, 2001

Top Stories

Adobe Cozies Up To Apple's OS X
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Upcoming software upgrades from Adobe Systems could help reinvigorate sales of professional-oriented Macs, though the biggest boost — the release of Photoshop for Mac OS X — is still up to six months away.

Apple's Sleek iPod Heralds Revolution In Music
by K.J. Peterson, Star Tribune
Then I saw an iPod, the sleek new portable music player from Apple Computer, and my world changed. I bought a Mac.


QuickTime Heads Toward Open Standards
by David Nagel, Creative Mac
An interview with Frank Casanova, director of QuickTime product marketing, on QuickTime 6, MPEG-4, Microsoft and Real.

Mac AOL Users Get OSX-Savvy Software, Plus A Wireless Option
by Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Pioneer Press
AOL-loving Mac users have received a double dose of good news courtesy of America Online and Apple Computer.

PowerMail 3.1 Boasts Over 91 Enhancements
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
Carbonized and ready for Mac OS X, sports over 95 enhancements, support for the IMAP protocol, and reliability and performance enhancements.

Windows No Longer The Only OS In Town
by Electronic Accountant
An increasing number of accounting software developers are supporting operating system platforms besides Microsoft Windows.


Jobs Is All Talk Before Macworld
by Henry Norr, San Francisco Chronicle
Master buzz builder Steve Jobs has added an odd but clearly effective new trick to his toolbox.

Macworld SF: Expensive Fun Or Big Disappointment?
by Chris Seibold, osOpinion
Speculation flies concerning what new products Apple will trot out at next month's gathering of Macintosh aficionados.

The Company That Flet Hostage
by Macuarium
Does Apple Computer really understand its users?


Office-Strength Mac Software Shines
by James Coates, Chicago Tribune
This full-blown implementation of the Office suite makes an OS X-equipped Macintosh shine.

Entourage X Integrates E-Mail, Contacts, Calendar
by Glenn Fleishman, Seattle Times
It's powerful, simple, and completely integrates e-mail, an address book, and appointments.


Monday, December 17, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong


Charlotte Ricca: If you're after a truly portable home entertainment system with your notebook, maybe you should consider Apple's iBook.

Riley B. Vandyke: Add Apple Computer to the list of those who just don't get it... The market continues to say loudly and clearly that running Apple's entirely proprietary operating system on Apple's entirely proprietary (and premium priced) hardware is not a palatable alternative.


The End Of The Road For The IBM PC
by John C. Dvorak, PC Magazine
If IBM sees PCs as a dead-end business, then why spend any money to celebrate them?

For Microsoft, A Season Of Triumph
by Steve Lohr, New York Times
Legal pressure is not the only thing forcing Microsoft to change. Technology trends — notably the spread of Internet technology — are equally responsible.

Land Of The Rising Xbox
by Steve Mollman, Salon
Nintendo, Sony and Sega have made Japan king of the game console. Can Microsoft make a dent in Nippon?

Sunday, December 16, 2001


Middle School To Have Wireless Apple Laptops
by Greg Foster, The Lincoln County News
"It's going to become like a textbook for these students."

If USB 2.0 Is So Good, Where Is It?
by Daniel Greenberg, Washington Post
Making quality connections has not been much easier for computers than for human beings.

Mac OS X Shareware Products Proliferate
by Denniss Sellers, MacCentral

Apple Store #27 Opens In Cambridge, MA
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Apple's first store in Greater Boston opened this morning in Cambridge, Ma.


Sunday, December 16, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong


MacMinute, rumor monger: Apple will introduce a revised PowerBook G4 featuring a CD-RW/DVD drive in the very near future.

Just watched Monsters, Inc. last night, and was a little disappointed that there's no outtakes at the end of the movie (here in Singapore). But, well, never mind. They will be in the DVD, which I am going to buy.

Saturday, December 15, 2001

Top Stories

Bioinformatics Meets Mac OS X
by Bruce Stewart, O'Reilly Network
Many of the important bioinformatics applications that previously existed only for Unix platforms are now being brought over to the Macintosh, thanks to Mac OS X and its Unix underpinnings.

Operating Systems: Expect The Unexpected
by Andreas Pfeiffer, ZDNet
Mac OS X and Windows XP (and of course Linux) will represent not only different flavors of the same basic idea of computing, but increasingly different approaches to achieving a variety of tasks using an increasing number of devices.

Out Of The Jar: Mac-Sculpted Music
by Stephanie Jorgl, Apple
"It's such a flexible creative medium, and fast — we've added years to our lives in rewind time, track selection and editing."


New Apple Retail Store Feels At Home Near Hub
by Greg Gatlin, Business Today
Apple Computer Inc. tomorrow brings its new retail concept to a city that's always had a taste for Apples.

Oscar For Steve Jobs?
by Macworld UK
The Academy have added a new Oscars category for feature-length animations — the first new award to be created in 20 years.

Apple Staying Mum On Flat-Panel iMacs
by Lou Hirsh, TechExtreme
Should Apple take the flat-panel route, it will be the latest major computer maker to join the trend.

'Making Awesome iMovies' Is Complete 'Home Film School' Course On CD-ROM
by DVinsider
"Video is the most powerful media language in the world. Our mission is to teach people how to communicate in this language."

Public Beta Of Z-Write Available
by The Mac Observer
Z-Write is a word processing organization app designed for use with large writing projects.

Your Right To Link
by Dan Knight, Low End Mac
In this litigious society, you can't even assume that another site wants you to send visitors their way. Crazy, isn't it.

Power Mac G4 Wins Award By Presentations
by Conn MacQuinn, MacNN
PowerMac G4 is a graphic designer's dream.


Discussion: Apple OS X, BSD And Jordan Hubbard
by Slashdot

Early G3s Losing Support
by Dan Knight, Low End Mac
It's disturbing when a company like Symantec decides it can abandon support for hardware that Apple actively supports with the latest OS.


Microsoft Office V.X For Mac Has Plenty Going For It
by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle
This is the best version I've ever used, and I've been using Office since time immemorial.

From Walkman To iPod
by Tim Bajarin,
Making the leap to the next revolutionary mobile audio product.

2001 Game Hall Of Fame
by Peter Cohen, Macworld
Here's a look at the best of the games that have come out of this year of great change.

Final Cut Pro 3
by LA Final Cut Pro User Group
Apple is certainly proving it's serious about Final Cut Pro.

Checking Out OmniWeb
by Charles W. Moore, Applelinks
I think I'm going to really like this browser.

Microsoft Office V. X
by Tom Negrino, Macworld
High-quality carbonization delivers a strong office suite for OS X.


Saturday, December 15, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong


Kevin Hemenway: Apache Web-serving with Mac OS X: Part 2.

Chris Stone: Learning the Mac OS X Terminal: Part 1.

Random Google Minute

gus@Shasta.ARPA: Yes folks, eventually, you might be able to port UNIX to the Mac, but it would take so many hardware kluges which are not supported by Apple that it would hardly be a viable product.


Microsoft Cleans Up Office XP
by Ed Scannell, InfoWorld
In addition to the collection of bug fixes and features enhancements, Microsoft has also included the SharePoint Team Services site migration tool.

HP Jumps Ahead In Notebook Race
by John G. Spooner, CNET
HP weathered a tough retail market to become the top notebook seller in October.

HP Petition Irks Some Employees
by Ian Fried, CNET
Some HP employees took exception Friday to what they saw as an attempt by the company to characterize a pro-merger petition as an example of grassroots sentiment.

Friday, December 14, 2001


Jobs 'a US Tycoon Icon'
by Macworld UK
Apple CEO Steve Jobs is one of the USA's most fascinating tycoons, a survey has revealed.


Suite It Is
by Garry Barker, Sydney Morning Herald
This is big software muscle, very well produced, fast and intuitive, with heaps of useful features.

by Chris Snider, STL Today
It's rare that Apple owners have a chance to really make PC users envious. Well, eat your heart out, Bill Gates.


Friday, December 14, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong

An Apple A Day

Project Omega: Our aim is to provide all the necessary hints, links, guides, docs, examples, etc to help people starting programming on Mac.

Random Google of the Day

Peter Cohen: So, take heart. It looks like eWorld is in capable hands and is heading towards a bright future. Nov 7, 1995.


Charles Nettles: McKesson found answers in the curmudgeonly skepticism of the Mac's creator.

J Miller, As The Apple Turns: Steve had profound religious objections to delivering a keynote address on the sacrosanct occasion of Elvis birthday. Ta-daa!! Mystery solved.

Jordan Hubbard: Mac will get all the open-source software to consumers' desktops faster than all the open-source software projects ever dreamt up over a six-pack of Jolt Cola.

Amy Wohl: Maybe the airlines need to ask themselves exactly who their best customers are and what they think they're doing to us.

And if you still haven't seen this: say hello to Megway TH. Bigger than Jesus.


Dell To Discontinue Itanium Workstation
by Ken Popovich, eWEEK
Frustrated by a lack of sales, Dell is going to pull the plug on its Itanium-based workstation, according to sources at the company.

Microsoft Weeds Out Office XP Bugs
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
New downloads fix vulnerabilities in Word, Excel and PowerPoint and prevent remote manipulation of data by hackers.

Thursday, December 13, 2001

Top Stories

At The Core Of Apple's OS X
by Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe
After seeing a preview of OS X last year, Hubbard felt like an early Christian after the conversion of Emperor Constantine.


Laptop Composing
by Kelafa Sanneh, New York Times
At a recent electronic music festival, a bunch of virtual producers performed together as Fleetwood Macintosh.


They Still Make Apple Macs - Don't They?
by Mock Turtle,
With the market place getting more competitive and every dollar spent having to be justified, Apple seems to be hiding its light under a bushel.

Mac OS X Gaining Traction In Real World
by David Rosen,
Apple must bring out its new G5 hardware soon for Mac OS X to help people realize the new OS is the future.

3 Macs And A Printer
by Matthew Glidden, Low End Mac
The original name of the site, 3 Macs and a Printer, was literally true.


Make Beautiful iMusic
Apple's new iPod player and iTunes 2.0 software go together like Sonny and Cher.

Sherlock Now Seems Elementary
by Jim Heid, Los Angeles Times
In fact, some might argue that Watson and programs like it are cyber-leeches, sucking information from sites whose owners might rather you view their pages directly — along with their sponsors' advertisement.


Thursday, December 13, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong


MacFixIt: That sound you hear is countless travel arrangements being altered at the last minute.

MacFixIt also heard that the media will be able to visit Apple's booth after the keynote. Would the press want to touch the real thing if it is a mere update of iBook or iPod? Probably not...

An Apple A Day

Crazy Apple Rumors Site: Dedicated to the fabrication of Apple rumors that defy verifiability, grammatical convention or any basis in reality.


Courtesy of MacFixIt, the mother of all Macintosh rumors.

For those who want their iPod to match the color of their iMac...

Is Intiuit (Quicken) in deep finanical trouble that they can't afford to upgrade their installation SDK?

Andy Oram: Entrenched interests tried to sue inventor of radio... Rather than provide havens for experimenters, nations today are "harmoniziing" their laws and signing cybercrime treaties that require them to act as each other's prosecutors.

I having a hell of a headache. I wonder how I am going through this work day. Update at 2 pm SST: Still headache. Swallowed two pills.


Could Small Shareholders Swing HP Vote?
by Ian Fried, CNET

Microsoft Appoints Compliance Officers
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Microsoft named two compliance officers Thursday in anticipation of concluding its antitrust settlement with the Justice Department and nine of 18 states.

HP/Compaq: HP Exec Says Merger Will Go Through
by Ashlee Vance, InfoWorld
They expect to secure enough shareholder support to push the deal through.

Hewlett To Directors: Give Up On HP-Compaq
by Larry Dignan, CNET
Walter Hewlett continued his assault on the rationale behind the HP merger with Compaq.

Wednesday, December 12, 2001

Top Stories

Still Giving: One Woman's Legacy
by Julianne Wu, St. Petersburg Times
Her love for Seminole Elementary School continues to shine as her estate donates more in her name.


Next Byte Makes It Nine
by David Frith, Computer Daily News
Australian Apple retailer Next Byte, one of the few Apple chains to resist last year's Buzzle fiacsco, has closed one store and opened two new ones.


Games Kids Play — But Not On Macs
by Charles Haddad, BusinessWeek
Apple needs to get game developers to release their hottest creations for the Mac simultaneious with PC versions — or first.

An Introduction To AppleScript On Mac OS X
by Brad Dominy, O'Reilly Network
Look out everyone — AppleScript is coming back and coming back big!


Discussion: Cocoa Programming For Mac OS X
by Slashdot


Wednesday, December 12, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong


What do you mean when you tell others that one of your hobbies is "weblog"? You like to share discoveries? You like show-and-tell? You like to surf the web? You like to keep a journal / diary? You have lots of opinions? You have lots of opinions on what's good and what's bad?

Yesterday, I had the chance to share with others what's my interest and hobbies are. At the moment of panic and/or desperation ó after seeing others put down stuff like scuba diving and tennis and travel, none of which I enjoy very often ó I just put down reading (copying from another response) and weblog. Which got me wondering: what the heck is weblog as a hobby?


As reported by MacFixIt, the recent article on Apple India's Managing Director is outdated in a way: "The interview is several months old... A new Managing Director was appointed last week."

Also from MacFixIt, a new version of RealPlayer will support Mac OS X. Good news, or simply more advertisment junk coming our way?

The end of the year is almost here, cause there are less people in the office nowadays... Clearing leave.


Mapcap Maneuvers Halt MS Hearing
by Declan McCullagh and Ben Polen, Wired News

Hackers, Programmers "Improve" Xbox
by David Becker, CNET
The Xbox has encouraged an unprecedented level of tinkering for a game machine in the few weeks it has been on the market.

Pentium 4: Too Hot To Handle
by John G Spooner, CNET
When Intel's Pentium 4 comes to notebooks next year, consumers will discover a boost in computing power — and possibly an extra fan.

Microsoft's Remedy Doesn't Budge Much
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Microsoft filed a remedy proposal in its antitrust case Wednesday that closely matches a settlement cut with federal and state trustbusters last month.

Dell In Hot Water Over DVD Drives
by Reuters
Six owners of patents related to data compression in video transmission have sued Dell Computer.

Microsoft Deal Meeting Next Week
by John Biemer, Associated Press
A federal judge is hoping an outside mediator will help Microsoft Corp reach a settlement to end dozens of private class action lawsuits.

Windows XP To Get USB 2.0 And Bluetooth
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Microsoft is to update Windows XP to allow networking using USB 2.0 and Bluetooth as well as FireWire and 802.11b.

Intel Envisions Computers That "See"
by Robert Lemos, CNET
Intel has updated its open source software to help computers use two cameras in the same way that people use their eyes to recognize objects and gain depth perception, the company said Tuesday.

Microsoft To Profile TV Viewers
by William M. Bulkeley, Wall Street Journal

Tuesday, December 11, 2001

Top Stories

The Big Apple: How Architects Use The Macintosh In Practice
by Louis B. Smith, Architectural Record
Designers dig the Mac's iconic look, but lower-priced, faster PCs have eaten into Apple's market share in recent years. Is there a place for the Mac in today's design practice?

RealNetworks To Support MPEG-4
by Evan hansen, CNET
While RealNetworks already supports Apple's QuickTime format, adding support for MPEG-4 may help drive greater adoption of the standard.


IT Wholesale In Mac Play
by Byron Connolly, CRN
National distributor IT Wholesale is attempting to breath some life back into the suffering Apple market with a plan to position itself as a digital hub solution provider.

Apple, Nvidia Products Honored By Gaming Magazine
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
The Titanium PowerBook has been a consistent seller and award winner for Apple.


Picking A Computer For Christmas
by Manuel Mejia Jr., Low End Mac
Shop wisely and get the most for the buck.


Tuesday, December 11, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Me! Me! Me!

Hey, what do you know... I've just realized, my first "weblog" started way back, at least as early as Aug 91.

It was called "TV This Week", and "links" to information from Washington Post, TV Guide, etc. I was really into watching television during that period of my life. Well, if I remember correctly, this weekly blog was more facts than opinions, and I really liked shows like "Quantum Leap" and "Simpsons". Oh, and there's not really a World Wide Web. The "weblog" runs on USENET.

Maybe I should start (yet) another TV weblog? Nah...

Take that, Dave Winer! :-)


Dave Winer on a Segway.


Itanium Sales Off To A Slow Start
by Michael Kanellos, CNET
It's going to be a long haul for Itanium, Intel's new server chip.

MS Unveils New Media Software
by Wired News
Microsoft on Tuesday took the wraps off "Corona," a new package of digital media products it hopes will help let the Internet deliver theater-quality entertainment to consumers and big profits to content providers.

Can Compaq Live Without HP?
by Larry Dignan, ZDNet
Compaq appears to be positioning itself in case the companies' merger unravels.

AOL Pumps $200m Into Gateway
by Robert Blincoe, The Register
Gateway will continue to distribute and promote AOL's products and services, including Netscape browser and AOL Instant Messenger.

Monday, December 10, 2001


Wilco Move Into A Future Age At Denver Tour Finale
by Sonicnet
Eschewing its status as an alt-country offshoot, the now Chicago-based band has embraced the tools of technoogy to create a swirling, atmospheric amalgam of noise.

Offering Indian Business An Apple A Day
by Beena Nandakumar, Peopleone
Naren S Ayyar, Managing director - Apple, India and SAARC countries, speaks about competition, the impact of the US economy slowdown on Apple India, nd the work culture at Apple.

Kids Use School Laptops To Download Porn
by Larry O'Dell, Associated Press
Pride over a deal to provide laptop computers to every high school student in a suburban district has turned to embarrassment after dozens of youngsters were found to have downloaded pornography.


Ricoh's Caplio Digital Camera Praised
by Larry Blasko, Associated Press
If Santa's feeling both flush and photogenic this year, a new digital camera by Ricoh is worth a look.

The Pod Plays On
by Christaylor, Time
Apple excels at this kind of so-simple-it's-brilliant stuff.

The iPod Experience: Does $400 Really Get You That Much Play?
by Remy Martin, MacEdition
I may not have put it through the most rigorous testing, but I believe I went through a lot of different scenarios to give an idea of what to expect, which is that everything you have read on the Internet is pretty much true.


Monday, December 10, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong


Is Salon getting desperate? It seems to be using almost every annoying on-line-advertisement tricks. Is it time to write them off?

What's next from Apple after iPod? I have no idea, but if it's a TiVo-like appliance without the subscription requirements, I'd be first in line.


Pocket PC Upgrade Missing Software
Some key software isn't included in the upgrade, and may never be released.

Microosft Shows Passport Users The Money
by Jim Hu anad Joe Wilcox, ZDNet
The program will doe out $20 rebates for each $100 spent using the online service, with total rebates capped at $100.

Get Out Of The MS Licensing Forest
by Jim Seymour, ZDNet
Focus on your business' needs, not Microsoft's.

Microsoft To Amend Schools Settlement Plan
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
The settlement could be altered to give schools more choices in how funds are used, and to support training.

Hewlett Chief Battles For Her Deal And Her Career
by Steve Lohr, New York Times
Facing unified opposition from the families, the largest merger in computer history is in danger of a humbling rebuff.

Sunday, December 9, 2001

Top Stories

Apple Store Polishes Computer Maker's Image
by Julie Moran Alterio, The Journal
If you've resisted buying a home computer or use a Windows PC, Apple Computer has you in its sights.

Apple Opens 25th Store In Salem, NH
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Jobs had said that the company would open 25 stores by the end of the year. It's now clear Apple will exceed those initial expectations.


Lawndale Kids Give Time, Get Treasure
by Donna Freedman, Chicago Tribune
Bill Goosby runs the North Lawndale Time Dollar project, which lets young volunteers earn a refurbished Macintosh computer in exchange for 20 hours of pitching in.

LF Graduates Honored At 2001 TIE Conference
by Dawn Hernandez, Morrison County Record News
"The finished product was amazingly cool... It was superior in both quality and content."

The iPod Arrvies
by MacSingapore
At a price of S$748, the iPod has arrived in Singapore.


The Days Of Wine And OSes
by David Nagel, DV Format
With the power, stability and stunning interface of OS X now coupled with the applications you need to get your work done, you are about to see fulfilled what digital technology has been leading to all along.

Cocoa's Documentation Gets A Much Needed Improvement
by James Davidson, O'Rielly Network
From flipping through the documentation I can say that it is much better than it used to be and the writers at Apple should give themselves a pat on the back.


World Book Mac OS X Edition
by Henry Bortman, Macworld
Solid research reference for young students and a worthy successor to the hardbound version.

Microsoft Office V. X For Mac
by Troy Dreier, PC Magazine
While the four programs each have novel and useful improvements, they lack the kind of compelling giant steps that make people upgrade.


Sunday, December 9, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Random It appears we can expect Mac OS X 10.1.2 to be released at any moment.

Scobleizer: Any Windows acolyte who says "Macs are just toys" haven't checked out OS-X yet. Of course, the same thing is true when Mac users say "Windows crashes a lot." That's not true either.

Glenn Fleishman: The mainstream media is treating Wi-Fi the way the Internet was treated originally. The technical details coupled with scattered widespread and disparate methods of adoption and deployment lead to articles that try to exemplify a trend, but only illuminate a tiny aspect of it.


Compaq May Be Better Off Alone, Analysts Say
by Alex Pham and Dave Wilson, Los Angeles Times
Compaq could thrive catering to large corporations instead of consumers, but would face significant challenges amid technology industry's worst downturn.

Saturday, December 8, 2001

Top Stories

Apple, Sun Could Gain From Remedy
by John R. Wilke, Wall Street Journal
Apple, Sun, and other competitors could benefit directly under a proposed remedy to be presented to a federal judge by the nine states reamaining in the antitrust case.

Apple Identifies And Corrects iPod Issue
by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral
The company has released an iPod firmware update that fixes the bug of not waking up from sleep.

Apple Confirms iPod Problem
by Ian Fried, CNET
Apple Computer on Friday confirmed a glitch with its iPod digital music player that can lead some machines to remain in sleep mode when their batteries get low.


Everything Seems To Play MP3s Lately
by Mike Musgrove, Washington Post
MP3s aren't just for computers anymore.

Week In Review: All About Apple
by ZDNet

I'll Be Hacked For Christmas
by Jenn Shreve, Wired News
A few dedicated hobbyists are tearing tech products apart in hopes of making improvements that manufacturers either didn't think of or didn't deem cost-effective.

School District Retains Macs With 3Com
by MacNN
The Cledonia Community Schools district is retaining its Macintosh systems thanks to new hardware from 3Com.

Netscape 6.2.1 Adds Features
by MacNN
The update brings improved stability.

Deimos Rising Out As Promised
by Sean Smith, Inside Mac Games
The vertical-scrolling arcade game runs on Mac OS 8.6 or later, and natively on Mac OS X.

Apple Files Supplemental Brief In Microsoft Case
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Calling the proposal "a massive subsidy for the adoption of Microsoft technology," Apple said that only five to six percent of the "value" contributed by Microsoft would be eligible to be used to acquire non-Microsoft technology.


Can Apple Grow In India?
by R. Sririvas, India Today
Macintoshes in India are scarce, pricey and lack after-sales support. Can Apple India remodel its marketing, support and investment policies to regain market share?

Macworld: G3s, G4s, G5s, Oh My!
by Kelly mcNeill, osOpinion
Motorola's own road map, coupled with insider information and rumors around the Web, appears to confirm reports that the G5 will ship in January.

Java Or Cocoa? Mac Developers Choose Their Brews
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
Was Java up to snuff, we asked? Mostly, opinion was positive.


iPod's A Winner
by Arik Hesseldahl,
The iPod is a fantastic product that is easily topping the wish lists of many a Mac user this holiday season.


Saturday, December 8, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Sad Sad State of Browsers

Out of the all the versions of web browsers available on my Mac OS X, only one — just one — can be used to access my accounts in my bank. And that's Netscape Navigator 4.x. How sad!

Actually, I don't know what's the state on the Windows side. I used to just use Internet Explorer, and everything works.



James Davidson discovers the "fuel gauge" in the iPod is less than accurate. "If you've got a really good battery in your device [iPod] and you don't have to charge it every night, you wont."

Kevin Hemenway: Apache Web-serving with Mac OS X. It works — and is industry-strength. I use it everyday for my development work, including what you see here.

I am watching the Golden Horse Film Festival award ceremony on TV right now. My impression: horrible. Note: The Chinese movies' equivalent of the Oscar.

Is it Bin Laden or is it bin Laden?

Who says Java programmers don't have a sense of humor?


Proposal Cheers Microsoft Competitors
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
A proposal greatly restricting Microsoft's businesses practices had the company's competitors sining the praises of nine state attorneys general.

A Play For Take-Two?
by Gene Marcial, BusinessWeek
Microsoft's next move may be the games themselves.

Microsoft Finds Flaw In Outlook Web Access
by ComputerWeekly
Microsoft has warned that a flaw in the Outlook Web Access module in its Exchange 5.5 e-mail system could allow unauthorised access to users' mailboxes.

Compaq Shares Slump, H-P Up As Deal Doubts Rise
by Reuters
The stock moves came on Instinet after the Packard family foundation, a major Hewlett shareholder, said it would vote against hte companies' planned merger.

Friday, December 7, 2001


Microsoft Struggles With Office V. X Product Keys
by MacNN

Will Apple Win Big On Microsoft Case?
The nine US states who have so far rejected all moves for a settlement could ask for concessions which would benefit the Apple and Linux communities.

Apple Opens Two More Retail Stores
by Retail Merchandiser


Apple's Ahead-Of-Time Innovation
by Dan Knight, Low End Mac
Innovation isn't about being just-in-time; it's about creating your own opportunities.


Friday, December 7, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong


Dan Gillmor: If Americans think that destroying freedom is the answer to terrorism, then America is truly losing its way.

Never Regret

I had held the opinion that one should not regret the decisions one have already made. No point. No use. And I try to stick to that view.

Recent personal events, however, suggested another viewpoint. Maybe I was too coward in the past to make decisions that can be regretted down the road?

Oh well. No point regretting that now, is it?


Packard Family To Weigh Compaq Merger
by ZDNet
HP's largest shareholder, the Packard family foundation, meets Friday to consider whether to support a controversial plan to buy Compaq — a decision that could make or break the merger.

NPD: Xbox Is Hot
by Retail Merchandiser
The Xbox video game system from Microsoft Corp. had the best-selling video game console launch on record after two weeks of sales.

Linux To Take 10% Of PDA Biz By 2003
by Tony Smith, The Register
Rising star of the PDA world will be Linux, which will have craved out ten per cent of the market from zero today.

Thursday, December 6, 2001

Top Stories

Color Matching: From Canvas To Steel
by Apple
How do you get the color right when you have to transfer oil on canvas to ceramic color on vitreous enamel — and make a picky artist happy about it?

XP Video No Match For iMovie
by Jim Heid, Los Angeles Times
As a movie-making platform, Windows XP is farther from Hollywood than Buffalo, N.Y.


Apple Upgrades Video-Editing Tools
by Douglas F. Gray, PC World

New MP3 Player Salutes iPod And Treo
by Ian Fried, ZDNet
A small San Diego company has come out with a device that shares similarities with two of the hottest gadgets in the tech world.

In For A Challenge
by Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe
New Windows and Mac operating systems raise issue of hardware incompatibility.

Apple's Just-In-Time Innovation: Can It Last?
by Robyn Weisman,
It seems that whenever Apple Computer begins to run out steam, the company confounds competitors and naysayers by showing up with the Next Big Thing.

Corel Aims To Break New Ground
by Macworld UK
Corel plans to invest in order to both secure new markets and develop solutions for emerging ones.


iTunes 2.0.2
by Gregory Tetrault, ATPM
The latest version now lives up to Apple's "Rip. Mix. Burn." advertising campaign.

by Daniel Chvatik, ATPM

Mutlipurpose App Does It All
by Jason Snell, Macworld
An upgrade like BBEdit 6.5 reminds us what a powerful and flexible application this is.

A Worthwhile Upgrade!
by Krishna M. Sadasivam, Low End Mac
The stability factor and Unix under the hood were two features that sold me.


Thursday, December 6, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Mac OS X Metadata Petition

The purpose of this petition is to express support for the following proposal regarding the future of file system metadata in Mac OS X.


How to run Linux on Apple AirPort. Take note: it's not running Linux with AirPort. It's running Linux on AirPort.

Microsoft Crash Gallery: The application Microsoft Excel / Word / PowerPoint / Entourage / Internet Exploer ha sunexpectedly quit. The system and other applicaiton shave not been affected.

Ready, Set, Go. Apply for the Apple Instant Loan and get low monthly payments on the Mac of your dreams.

After some heaving usage of Microsoft Word, I definitely gain some respect of this piece of software. It is actually quite good — if you know what the hell you are doing. Otherwise, all the formatting and indentation and styles and numbering is going to haywire. Still learning.

Dan Gillmor: Microsoft has always cared more about preventing you from making an unauthorized copy of Office than letting you keep your computer safe.

A few of my favorite web sites have stopped updating. Do you think it's safe to blame Excite@Home?

Dave Winer: Email is getting more and more useless. Soon it will be time for the next thing after email.

Doc Searls: [Limewire] doesn't have any of the sloth I've come to expect from Java on Mac. Suddenly I've got Napster back, with a far better UI and a P2P architecture I doubt anybody can throttle...

The last time I've tried Limewire, it had a menu-bar that is on the window, not at the top of my screen. That's not good UI. I don't want to use Windows. And I somehow couldn't change the download path. Not good at all. Maybe the latest version has changed that?


Via Wins Another Round Against Intel
by Michael Kanellos, ZDNet
Although the trial still hangs by a thread.

Intel, AMD Up Sales Forecasts
by Michael Kanellos, CNET
Things are looking better in chips.

Queen Elizabeth Banishes Linux
by Matthew Borersma, ZDNet UK
The Queen's new Web hosting company has dumped GNU/Linux in favor of IIS Web servers.

New Tool Defuses Attacks On Microsoft Outlook
by Brian McWilliams, Newsbytes
The add-in automatically converts all incoming HTML-based e-mails into harmless text format.

Microsoft Unveils Chinese Pocket PC 2002
by Reuters

Microsoft Has 'Lost The Enterprise Battle'
by Peter Williams,
BEA chief Bill Coleman: "When .Net is here in a few years and it owns the low end, the enterprise will be gone."

What Microsoft Antivirus Software?
by John Dvorak, PC Magazine
Microsoft may incorporate antivirus software into its system for marketing reasons directly related to the company's .NET strategy.

New Name For An Old Concept
by Lawrence J. Magid, Los Angeles Times
Microsoft's eHome briefing was like deja vu all over again. I liked what I heard, but I could swear I'd heard it before.

States Hold Out For Unbundled Windows
by Reuters
The nine states still pursuing the antitrust case are considering ordering Microsoft to release a cheaper, bare-bones version of Windows.

Wednesday, December 5, 2001

Top Stories

QuickTime Prepared To Make Its Comeback
by Evan Hansen and Paul Festa, CNET
The rights management question may be MPEG-4 and QuickTime's Achilles' heel, at least for now, as the market hinges on what formats content providers choose for their programming.

Final Cut Ready For X
by Macworld UK
FCP 3 is described by Apple as "the industry's first video-editing solution to deliver professional-quality, real-time effects without the addition of specialized hardware."


Woz's Dangerous Handheld Liaison
by Wired News
Wozniak will advise Danger Inc. in engineering and entrepreneurial matters.

M Balachandran New Country Manager Of Apple
by The Times Of India

Home, Sweet Wireless Home
by Kevin Maney and Michelle Kessler, USA Today
Wireless networks are getting cheap, realiable and simple enough to appeal to a mass market.

Laptop Deal Adds Political Leverage
by Paul Carrier, Portland Press Herald
The program has now gone from an abstraction to an emerging - and promising - way to give Maine students the learning tools they need.

Apple Releases Mac OS 9.2.2 Update
by MacNN
Improves Classic applicaiton compatibility in Mac OS X.

iDVD 2 Updated
by Macworld UK
The update "includes enhancements to the burning process, more accurate progress reporting and error notifications."

Final Cut Ready For X
by Macworld UK
FCP 3 is described by Apple as "the industry's first video-editing solution to deliver professional-quality, real-time effects without the addition of specialized hardware."


Living In A Windows World
by Alan Zisman, Low End Mac
It can be done, but it takes some effort.

Adventures With Eudora
by Charles W. Moore,
The current Eudora 5.1 beta for OS X still leaves quite a bit to be desired.

What To Buy Your Favorite Geek
by Kim Peterson, Union-Tribune
Apple has packed an amazing amount of capability into a package that's about the size of a deck of cards.

Accessibility On The Mac: Further Glimpses Of Paradise
by Joe Clark, TidBITS
The cnetral problem remains Apple, which simply is not taking the issue serious enough as a corporation.


Wednesday, December 5, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong

What's Next?

I don't care about flat-panel iMacs. (No going back after getting a PowerBook.) I don't care about faster G4/5s. (No extra cash lying around.)

What I want for my post-Christmas party is a web browser that doesn't sucks. Maybe it can be called iBrowse or iWeb or soemthing.

I don't want my web browser to obey my close windows without warning if it contains unsaved data, like when I'm filling up forms.

I don't want my web browser to choke and die — or simply make things difficult for me — when my number of bookmarks exceeds, say, one hundred.

I want my web browser to be able to keep track of what I've read, and easily and intelligently retrieve stuff that I want. For example, what was that web site that I read about something to do with technology experimentation last week, around Tuesday?

I want my web browser to be able to alert me that there is a new web page that I might be interested. Hey, MacFixIt reports that iTunes 2.0 will wipe your hard disk clean. Don't install that iTunes package that you've just installed.

I want my web browser to be able to tell me what's wrong with the HTML codes I wrote, and teaches me how to fix it so that the web page is usable to other browsers.

I want my web browser to, upon finding out that a favorite site has moved to a URL, automatically update my bookmark list.

I want my web browser to tell me which of my interested sites have been updated enough that I should pay another visit.

I want my web browser to show me the interesting stuff first, and then, if there's time, download the advertisements.

And, last but not least, I don't want my web browser to crash. Ever.


Dr Mac offers a free copy of his next book... and 15 minutes of fame (more or less).

What is worst than hiding file extension in Finder? Programs that automatically add file extensions without telling you.

I'm using Office 97 (on Windows), and is giving Microsoft a chance to prove the usefulness of Word's auto-formating. And I think I'm on the verge of giving up. Well, maybe subsequent versions, or maybe the Mac versions are better in guessing what I meant. Any ideas, people?


Bill Gates, CEO And... Ad Salesman?
by Reuters
Microsoft will call out its big gunt o pitch a select grouop of European advertising executives.

Tuesday, December 4, 2001

Top Stories

Apple's Time To Grow
by Nicole C. Wong, Washington Post
True to its contrarian style, Apple in recent months has had an entirely different idea about how to weather the economic downturn that has prompted its competitors to retrench and hunker down.

PowerPC G5 Redux
by Tony Smith, The Register
So, how likely is Apple to release the Power Mac G5 next January?


Innovator Finds Cash In A Crash
by David Lazarus, San Francisco Chronicle
DriveSavers boasts a 90 percent success rate in its data-recovery efforts and is seeing business grow by 15 percent per year.

State Picks Apple As Supplier Of Laptops
by Mark Shanahan, Portland Press Herald
"By being the first to do this on a statewide basis, we figured to get people willing to take a (financial) hit to work with us."

Winning Bid Would Put Apple iBooks On Seventh-Graders' Laps Next Fall
by David Sharp, Associated Press
Fudning remains a thorny issue amid projections of a downturn in state revenues in the coming year.


With Mac Dark Horse Take The Lead?
by Matthew Rotherberg, Interactive Week
This year, I suspect Macworld Expo will feed much-needed fuel to the market for this hardy minority platform.


Flat Monitors Cut Space, Heat
by Jeffery D. Zbar, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
This was the breakout year for flat panel monitors.

Find The Inner Auteur
by John Yaukey, Gannett News Service
Home digital moviemaking is finally ready for its close-up.


Tuesday, December 4, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong

This Whole Hide-Extension Mess

I wish Apple didn't have to resort to the "Hide Extension From Users" feature in order to make file extension user-friendly. Because this doesn't work.

Microsoft has added that feature years ago with Windows 95, and it simply didn't work. And I cannot believe that Microsoft doesn't have enough smart people to solve this problem.

So, why does Apple think they are better than Microsoft?

The whole idea of having file extensions, according to Apple, is to make transfer of files in and out of OS X (presumably to Windows :-) a better experience. But this whole idea of hiding file extensions will only make the experience worse. Changing your index.html to index.shtml for uploading to a web server will most likely result in the file index.shtml.html if you have Hide Extension feature turned on.

Don't hide file extensions. Use a different font size or color if you want to, but keep the extension visible. It won't be pretty, but that's the price you'd have to pay.

Yes, I do believe Apple has heard the message and see the mess loud and clear. It just that I'm not sure if the Apple engineers still believe they are smarter than Microsoft's.


Don't you ever wanted to pretend to be someone else (that you're not), and write an online diary / blog / journal built around this person?

Lando Clarissian: Go2Mac sources have assured us that the new LCD iMac... will be announced at [Macworld] San Franciso. Make that same prediction every Macworld Expo, and maybe someday, just maybe, it'll come true. And you'd look like a Mac Genius™.


'Goner' E-Mail Worm Strikes Hard
by Reuters
The worm is affecting users of Microsoft's Outlook and Outlook Express, as well as ICQ instant messenger and Internet Relay Chat.

States To Sharpen Claws In Microsoft Case
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
A group of nine states plans to propose stiff sanctions against Microsoft.

West Virgina Files A Separate Suit Against Microsoft
West Virginia has filed a new lawsuit against Microsoft in state court, alleging that the software giant violated the Mountain State's antitrust and consumer protection laws.

Microsoft Rebuttal
by International Herald Tribune
Laws bar licensing of code, software giant tells the EU.

Microsoft Resisting Licensing Of Its Code
by Paul Meller, New York Times
Microsoft is trying to head off demands that it give rivals licenses to use the basic code of its Windows operaing systems as a way of settling antitrust action against it in Europe.

Monday, December 3, 2001

Top Stories

Pioneering QuickTime Still Dominates The Multimedia Picture
by Dawn C. Chmielewski, San Jose Mercury News
The introduction of Apple QuickTime on Dec 2, 1991, shaped the multimedia experience we take for granted today.


... But Don't Try It With iPod
by Lauren Barack, New York Post
In the long history of war between devices and content, the hardware has always won.

Apple Selected As Top Wireless Vendor
by MacNN
The Maine Department of Education has selected Apple as the top-scoring bidder for the Maine Learning Technology Wireless Classroom Solution.

After Effects 5.5 Goes OS X Native, Adds Features
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Multiple views, colored shadows, stained glass lighting, and the "Advanced 3D Rendered."


We didn't think we'd be giving it a five-star review, but that was before we gave the iPod a chance. Maybe you should, too.

Gorging On Gadgets
by Jason Krause, Chicago Tribune
The home PC becomes a digital hub, teaming up with new cameras, wireless networks and even cell phones.

Apple iPod Plays Amazing Sounds
by Mark kellner, Washington Times
It's tough to find too much to disapprove of with the iPod device, and — in case I didn't mention it — the sound is utterly amazing.

Postscript Printing A Major Bug In OS X
by Marten van de Kraats, Low End Mac
This is not something you would expect from the company that brought us the "desktop publishing revolution."

A Mac Christmas For 2001
by Gene Steinberg, Arizona Central
Your Mac holiday shopping list this year has a generous variety of offerings.


Monday, December 3, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong


Cameron Barret: You also have to admit that technologies like DVD, Windows Media Player, and RealVideo would not even be around had QuickTime never shipped.

Happy birthday, QuickTime.

Of all the "behind-the-scene" technologies inside Mac OS, QuickTime is my first love. Maybe because that's the very first project I worked on in my entire career. (It was a cross-platform multimedia library. I was handling the System 7 portion.)

Or maybe it was because I discovered, then in '94, how far ahead of Video for Windows. And, in fact, today in 2001, QuickTime ó the platform ó is still light years ahead of similiar offerings from Microsoft and Real.

I no longer do programming, let alone multimedia programming, for a living anymore. (Is that a good thing for me? I'd tell you in six months' time.) But, if I ever have to get back to programming full time, QuickTime would be one of my first choice.

Hey, anyone want to hire me to do some content management software for QuickTime media? :-)

QuickTime sessions were always among the most entertaining sessions in WWDC. I haven't been there (WWDC, i.e.) for a few years already. Any updates on the entertainment value, dear readers?

Some links for your reading pleasure:
QuickTime 1.0: "You Oughta Be In Pictures" by Guillermo A. Ortiz, in MacTech
QuickTime by TidBITS, Jul-91
QuickTime Rules by TidBITS, Jan-92
History & Peregrinations: The Dogcow Goes QuickTime VR, Apple's Tech Note TN1031


Doc Searls: Thanks both to sexy industrial design and a real Unix OS... this is a much deeper secret weapon than open source, because it's FUD-proof.

Geoff Allen: It's fun to have the coolest computer at a conferernce for geeks. And the TiBook connects to wireless networking easier than Windows and Linux.

So This Is 'IT'

Yeah, the one that Steve Jobs claims will change the world, where it doesn't have a fruity logo.

Marc Hedlund: Gyroscopes are cool and all, and I'm certainly in favor of less cars, but computing devices that require no learning and no interface — well, that's really neat.


KPMG, KPMG, KPMG, KPMG, KPMG, KPMG. Didn't you know that today is Link KPMG day?

Think Secret (rumor monger): No PowerMac G5 this coming Macworld, but G4s at 1.4 GHz.


Ximian Releases Outlook Clone For Linux
by Stephen Shankland, CNET
Ximian will do business the proprietary way with a new software package that lets Linux computers connect to Microsoft Exchange.

Microsoft Works To Lock Down .Net
by Dennis Fisher, eWeek
Microsoft is subjecting elements of its loosely defined .Net framework to unprecedented levels of scrutiny.

HP Seeks New Post-Merger Culture
by Stephen Shankland, ZDNet
HP executives may find that the toughest challenge in their acquisition of Compaq is purely philosophical.

Chip Maker Via Braces For Brawl With Intel
by Dan Gillmor, San Jose Mercury News

Legal Heavyweights In HP Proxy Fight
by Michelle Quinn and Therese Poletti, San Jose Mercury News
Cases to be made in corporate drama.

Discounts Aid Sales Of New PC's
by Chris Gaither, New York Times
Computer makers and retailers prepared for the holiday by rolling out heavy price cuts and rebates.

Sunday, December 2, 2001

Top Stories

Apple Announces Next Two Store Openings
by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral
Store number 25 and 26 will open in West Nyack, New York and Salem, New Hampshire, reaching Apple's goan of 25 stores before year's end.


The Next Phase Is Here, Says Apple
by Charles F. Moreira, The Star
The PC began its next evolutionary phase this year as a tool in "the age of the digital lifestyle."

QuickTime Is History
by John Geralds,

Dean Kamen Set To Unveil Mysterious 'IT' Invention
by Eric Auchard, Reuters
Apple, Amazon, and Walt Disney might benefit from 'IT'.

Excitement Continues At Apple Store Opening
by Andrew Shalat, MacCentral
The bragging rights for who's first on line at an Apple Store opening has finally gotten competitive.


The MacEdition Interview: Walt Mossberg
by MacEdition
Since Mr. Mossberg approaches his technology from the personal angle rather than the technical angle, we thought his insights on the industry surrounding Apple would be particularly interesting.


Gifts To Delight Mac Users
by Glenn Fleishman, Seattle Times

Home Networking Goes Wi-Fi
by Yael Li-Ron, Contra Costa Times

Best High-Tech Gadgets My Money Has Bought
by James Coates, Chicago Tribune
It was a dangerous year for the budget of this battle-weary reviwer of high-technology tools and toys.

Quite A Toast For Macintosh World
by James Coates, Chicago Tribune
Many consider Toast an essential addition for Macintosh owners who want to use iMovie.

Apple iMac
by Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post
That iMovie software and the iMac's alluring style sure make it tempting.


Sunday, December 2, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Rumor Mongers

If you are employed by Apple, you are hereby reminded to catch at least one screening of Monsters, Inc.

Rack-mountable Macintosh server is coming, according to our rumor mongers.


Code Red Is Dead On Worst Lists
by Michelle Delio, Wired News
Many experts believe that Code Red wasn't nearly the threat it was made out to be.

Microsoft Gives Top Executives New Duties
by Seattle Times
Hopes to sharpen focus on Internet services, wireless phone, and database technology.

Saturday, December 1, 2001

Top Stories

Apple Exec Talks About QuickTime's Success
by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral
It's the quality of QuickTime that is making it so popular on the Internet.

Pundit Goes Mac After Disastrous XP Experience
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
"And to all of you geek snobs: you're right. I'm a total techie loser."


Apple Offers More Than An Update To Its System
by John Schwartz, New York Times
The move by Apple generated scorn on technology-oriented sites.

QuickTime Anniversary Celebration This Weekend
by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral
"There are very few pieces of technology that get to be 10 years old and still have people using them, let alone leading the charge in the industry."


LaCie U&I CD-RW Drive
by Kris Fong, MacAddict
Noise aside, LaCie's U&I CD-RW is even better than its prevoius incarnation, and it's a worthy buy.

Quicken 2002 Deluxe
by Maria Langer, MacAddict
Annual upgrades to software are often a questionable expense, but there's no question about a Quicken 2002 upgrade - buy it!

Maya For Mac OS X
by Andrew Tokuda, MacAddict
Yes, Maya is expensive, but it's an incredible tool - a great investment if you want to learn an industry-standard application but don't have (or want) an NT or SGI machine to run it on.

iPod Subtlety
by Marc Zeedar, MacOPINION
The more I use my new iPod, the more I love it.


Saturday, December 1, 2001
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Think Secret: Mac OS X 10.2... has been delayed until early summer.

Dan Gillmor: I give Dell and other PC companies about five years of life before Microsoft squashes them like gnats.


Can The Xbox Help Microsoft?
by John C Dvorak, PC Magazine
There is no question that Microsoft has made a superior product, and it is a technical tour de force.

Another Microsoft Monopoly In The Making?
by Mary Jo Foley, Baseline
Microsoft's planned entree into the CRM space comes at a time whent he company has almost completely saturated the markets for desktop operating systems and applications.

Compaq Not Ready To Ship Itanium Server
by Ken Popovich, eWeek
Refuse to offer specifics on problems encountered.

Microsoft's Most Valued Vounteers
by Tom Sullivan, InfoWorld
"Our MVPs are our biggest fans, and at the same time our biggest critics."

Ballmer Instructs Microsoft On Settlement
by Sandeep Junnarkar, CNET
Ballmer send e-mail to Microsoft employees to explain the terms of the company's legal settlement.

Cable Giant May Drop Microsoft Software
by Reuters
Europe's largest cable operator has decided to cancel its plans to install Microsoft software in next-generation set-top boxes.

Microsoft Has Bigger Plans For Xbox
by Reuters
Ballmer hints at an oft-guessed-at strategy to turn the machine into a wired entertainment hub.

Microsoft Foes: EU Last Hope For Hard Stance
by Reuters
It's the last, best hope to get tough sanctions against Microsoft.

Microsoft Restructures MSN Internet Unit; Announces Management Changes
by Ananova

Microsoft's Xbox — Desktop PC Of The Future
by kelly McNeill, osOpinion
Is the Xbox going to be more than a game console as Microsoft makes a bid for the PC market?

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