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Thursday, February 14, 2002

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Apple Launches New Marketing Campaign
by MacMinute
"Everthing is easier on a Mac" is the centerpiece of a new marketing campaign that Apple has launched.

Apple Bites Back
by Garry Barker, The Age
Apple has become one of only two computer companies expected to march steadily into the future.


PowerSchool Wins Alumnus Award
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
The Golden State Capital Network has announced it has chosen Apple's PowerSchool and Meridian Project Systems as co-winners in the first annual Alumnus of the Year award.

Adobe Plans DVD-authoring Tool
by Juan Carlos Perez, Macworld UK
Adobe plans to produce a DVD-authoring tool at "some time" in 2003, Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen has divulged.


Macintosh Migration Leads To Total Geek-Out
by David Plotnikoff, San Jose Mercury News

Manna For Mac Publishers?
by Mathew Rothenberg, eWeek
Like professional power users of any platforms, customers in the Mac's one true enterprise market — professional publishing — are compelled to explore territory far beyond the confines of Apple shrink wrap.


New iMac Is Not An Earthshaking Change
by Mike Langberg, San Jose Mercury News
A pivoting screen and quiet fan are welcome improvements, not earthshaking changes.

Software With The Write Stuff
by Charles Haddad, BusinessWeek
Power Structure lets aspiring authors organize their ideas, plot, and characters, and build the framework of a novel or screenplay.


Thursday, February 14, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong


Cameron Barrett: What if a security hole in Microsoft's stuff starts creating national security problems? Wouldn't the appropriate thing be for the NSA to shut Microsoft down until they've minimized the threat?

An Apple A Day: Forwarding Address: OS X. What the hell is a dogcow?

Robert Llewellyn: Now, both operating systems are complex, amazing and liable to drive you crazy - but Macs are much nicer to work on.

mbone on MPEG-4's streaming tax: The speculation is that this is Microsoft trying to squelch competition without leaving any fingerprints.


Just like Derrick Story, I'm playing around with Windows XP too.

Maybe it's just me, who did play around with Windows 9x a lot, but I find the new networking control panels (and error messages) to be extremely confusing. I've managed to get my basic networking needs settled, but please don't ask me to go in and change things. I'm so afraid I'll break things, and have to reinstall, which mean another trip to the Microsoft Activation Center. (Which is a whole story by itself for me.)

Other than that, it's cool. Except that my favorite wallpaper doesn't match the colors of the new taskbar.


New Microsoft Bug Problems Blamed On Globalization
by Brian McWilliams, Newsbytes
Don't blame buffer overflows on Microsoft's disregard for security or on its sloppy software testing. Instead, chalk many of them up to the worldwide popularity of Redmond's software, security researchers said.

Consumer Demand Helps Dell Bottom Line
by John G Spooner, CNET
Dell on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings that met analysts' expectations.

Flaw Spotted In New Microsoft Tool
by Margaret Kane, CNET
A flaw in a software tool just released by Microsoft could lead software developers to inadvertently write programs that are vulnerable to attack, according to security specialists who discovered the flaw.

XP Users Angered By Reinstall
by James Middleton,
The problem appears to be with the Hardware Abstraction Layer of the XP operating system.

Report: MS Security Patch Ineffective
by ZDNet
A Microsoft program designed to plug a common security hole is vulnerable to the very attack it was supposed to prevent, the Wall Street Journal alleged in a report on Thursday, citing a prominent security consulting firm.

Which Microsoft Monopoly Really Matters?
by David Coursey, ZDNet
Controlling developers — and the tools they use — is just the most insidious way Microsoft stamps out competition.

Keygen Routine Producing Valid WinXP Product Keys?
by John Lettice, The Register
Sounds like bad news for Microsoft's WPA...

Mega-Hurts In Merger Battle
by Ariana Eunjung Cha, Washington Post
War within HP over Compaq deal gets nastier.

Intel Goes Server Crazy
Intel is set to focus on its latest server chip technologies almost to the exclusion of PCs.

SEC Probes Microsoft
by CNN/Money
Microsoft is still being investigated for possibly underestimating its revenue in order to show a sustained earnings growth, according to Wall Street Journal.

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