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Thursday, January 3, 2002

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Just Beyond Our Windows
by Eric B. Hanson, Los Angeles Times
In the same way that computer scientists in the 1970s sought a more user-friendly interface, researchers of today are investigating whether there is something better than Windows and Mac OS.

Expo Fillip For Apple Shares
by Macworld UK
Apple's shares have received a boost as momentum builds for the San Francisco Macworld Expo.


New Apple Rumors — Think Small
by Rupert Goodwins, ZDNet UK
Steve Jobs may be preparing to launch a handheld computer next week, according to reports.

Latest From Mac: The iHype
by Farhad Manjoo, Wired News
Such pre-show hucksterism is uncharacteristic of Apple, which usually neither confirms nor denies the existence of this or that rumored product or innovation.

Expo Fuels The Apple Rumor Mill
by Jim Heid, Los Angeles Times
If you plan to attend the opening keynote address at the Macworld Expo, here's a tip: Don't drink a lot of coffee beforehand.

Expo Fillip For Apple Shares
by Macworld UK
Apple's shares have received a boost as momentum builds for the San Francisco Macworld Expo.


Behind The Macworld Expo Veil
by Matthew Rothenberg, eWEEK
Before I offer up my own guesses, I'll provide my standard caveat: These predictions are for topical use only, and swallowing them whole could result in serious disorientation come Monday afternoon.

How I Learned To Stop Worrying, And Abandoned Mac OS X
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
Why should the UI matter? And why does it matter so particularly to Apple loyalists?

Macworld: What Steve Has Up His Sleeve
by Charles Haddad, BusinessWeek
At the Apple expo, chances are Jobs will unveil a restyled iMac that's sleeker and far more powerful than the now-dated original.

Palm Be Apple
by Neil McAllister, San Francisco Chronicle
Could a triple merger be in the works?


Seven Mac OS X Tips
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
What better way to start off the New Year than to try something new in Mac OS X? Here are seven tips to help you get the most out of your operating system.

For Demanding Amateurs
by Tanmoy Chakraborty, India Today
A pared-down version of the popular Photoshop 6, Elements will surely woo amateur artists and Web-designers.

BBEdit 6.5
by Jason Snell, Macworld UK
An upgrade like BBEdit 6.5 reminds us what a powerful and flexible application this is.

Microsoft Office V. X
by Tom Negrino, Macworld UK
While these programs include few new poerhouse features Office v. X's excellent integration with OS X technologies such as Aqua and Quartz demonstrates Microsoft's attention to detail.


Thursday, January 3, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Of Macworld And Insanely Great

James Davidson: I find myself looking forward to next Monday in much the same way that my little nieces and nephews look forward to Christmas every year.

Personally, I am waiting for an iPhoto to go with my new digital camera. Shot a few more pictures last night at Orchard Road (the shopping belt of Singapore), but nothing worthwhile, so I'll not show it to you. Boy, do I have to learn how to shoot good pictures with low lights.

darukaru: The big news is Steve Jobs' new city that's going to debut at the Expo. The one designed around the Segway, rememer? In your face, Disney!

Dori Smith: I'm the only person who knows for sure that Apple is going to announce somethiing very, very cool. And how do I know this? Simple. My new TiBook showed up today...

Of RSS And Patents

Edd Dumbill: Patent threat to W3C's RDF technology. Part of MyAppleMenu does make use of RSS.

Dale Dougherty: In the meantime, nobody will be able to determine whether these claims apply to RSS or RDF anymore than they apply to English language syntax. We'll wait a few years, wasting time and money meanwhile, until a judge attempts to interpret the techno-babble above and produce a new mumbo-jumbo ruling. I can't wait.


In OS X, double click on the title bar minimizes the window. In Windows, double click on the title bar maximizes the windows. And I'm getting confused all the time.

Peter Wiggin: Finally there's a good Unix GUI, and it just so happens to be the Mac.

Matt Neuberg: After years of almost ignoring it, Apple has finally understood the importance of AppleScript, and was promoting it to first-class status.

Cameron Barrett: Until Microsoft can win the trust of the decision-makers, more and more people are going to abandon the platform for use with mission-critical services and information storage/transmission.

Shelley Powers: Experiences of not having a driver's license. Did I tell you that, at the age of 31, I still do not have a driver's license?


Intel Revamps The Pentium 4
by Michael Kanellos, ZDNet
New versions due out next week are expected to stifle criticism that the chip is more expensive and offers less-enthralling performance than its nearest competitor.

Can Be Sting Microsoft?
by John Geralds,
Details are thin, but company founder Jean-Louis Gassee said the board was invetigating launching an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft.

Go Go Gadgets — Gates To Kick Off CES
by David Becker and Richard Shim, ZDNet
Consumer electronics companies will get a chance to change their luck next week in Las Vegas.

Microsoft's Hometown Sees Cause For Optimism
by Sam Howe Verhovek, New York Times
There are certainly elemtns of optimism here in Microsoft's hometown, and several company employees who say they might once have been tempted to leave for a high-tech start-up said they were grateful to hold what appeared to be very steady employment with the industry giant, even if it no longer seemed to be minting multimillionaires by the month.

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