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Tuesday, April 30, 2002


ATI Confirms Radeon Problems On Beige Macs
by Daniel Miller, The Mac Observer

Apple Offers Adobe Software With G4s
by Macworld UK


So Where's The eBook?
by Remy Davison, Insanely Great Mac
Dump the G3 already.


Tuesday, April 30, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Interesting, interesting, interesting. MyAppleMenu at Alexa Web Search, with an Amazon look-and-feel.

Joel: Featuritis sells products, but choices reduce usability. Armchair UI-designers (that's me too), take note.


Testimony Challenged In Microsoft Case
by Reuters
An executive from Qwest Communications International defended the Microsoft Corporation today, telling a federal judge that Microsoft would not be able to thwart emerging competition in the Internet services business using its monopoly power.

Microsoft, Nvidia At War Over Xbox
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
Microsoft wants to pay less than was agreed in the original deal.

Monday, April 29, 2002


Apple's eMac Attack In Schools May Pinch Margins
by Tish Williams,
"Why are they being hurt so bad on the margins? Now you know why: because they are being aggressive."

Fetch FTP Client Updated
by MacMinute

Pogue's Many Hats
by Pioneer Press

Apple's New eMac Sports 17-Inch Screen
by Ian Fried, CNET
Apple has a good reason to use a flat CRT monitor. They typically cost less than LCDs and cost is all-important in the cash-strapped education market. Apple, which virtually created the education market, is now chasing Dell Computer.


Inspector Gadget: iMac Desktop
by Rob Murray, Telegraph


Monday, April 29, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong


Okay guys, the 17-inch iMac you've been waiting for is finally here.

Windows' About-turn?

The Windows operating system have been progressing from an application-centric to a document-centric user-interface over the years, with "innovations" such as SDI and OLE. But the task-bar in Windows XP, with its "group windows of the same application together" feature, seems to be a reverse trend.

I'm still waiting for some open-source projects to give us a truly document-centric OS, something along the line of OpenDoc. Instead, it seems we are still getting Mac/Win windows managers, and mosaic-derived web browsers.


Lindows And High-Tech Trademark Troubles
by Doug Isenberg, ZDNet
An elementary principle of trademark law says that generic terms cannot be protected.

Why Gates Won't Apologize
by Amy Harmon, New York Times
Whatever the outcome of the Microsoft trial, don't expect Bill Gates to say he's sorry.

New Microsoft Security Chief To Juggle Tech, Policy
by Elinor Mills Abreu, Reuters
Meet Microsoft's new tough cop: a security czar who says he will draw heavily on his government background to shore up the holes in Microsoft's software that make it a popular target for hackers — one of the company's top missions for the year.

Sunday, April 28, 2002


Surviving By Design
by Allan Drury, Portland Press Herald
It's an example of how some small technology-based businesses continue their fight for success even as so many other tech enterprises have blown up.

Corporate Tribalism — Just Can't Do It
by David Lazarus, San Francisco Chronicle
"You can spend $1,400 for an Apple or get a Dell that runs faster for just $700."

NMU May Allow iBooks On Campus
by James Lake, The Mining Journal
Now that Northern Michigan University has two years of experience in its laptop program, the TLC committee is considering offering Apple iBooks to Art and Design students.


Lexmark Z-65 And Z-55
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
My main complaint with the printers is that they make a terrible racket when starting a print job.

GoLive Gets Interesting
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
The current incarnation of this venerable Web design and management tool is unique to Adobe offerings because it incorporates a number of "tweakable" open source components within an integrated publishing environment.


Microsoft Mulls ITV Digital Bid
by BBC
Microsoft is considering launching a rescue bid for the cash-strapped broadcaster ITV Digital, reports say.

Saturday, April 27, 2002

Top Stories

What You Get When You Buy A Modern Mac
by Al Fasoldt, Post-Standard
If you've tried to get your Windows PC to behave itself lately, you know that nobody is actually in charge on the Windows side of things. Dell blames Microsoft, Microsoft blames Gateway, and the store where you bought the Windows PC blames you.


An Apple/Microsoft Support Story
by Dan Gillmor, San Jose Mercury News
Mac OS X is fundamentally a fine operating system, but it does need some improvements, and not just in the fit and finish.

How Serious Is Intuit About Quicken: Mac?
by Remy Davison, Insanely Great Mac

Discussion: Which Ports To Leave Open?
by MacSlash


DeBabelizer Pro 5
by Ben Long, Macworld
If you're a Web or game designer who needs to modify and and manage custom palettes and image optimizations, DeBabelizer is the only program you should consider for these chores.

Final Cut Pro 3
by Jim Heid, Macworld
Final Cut Pro 3 is a first-rate sequel, and the only choice for day-in and day-out video production.

Latest iMac Design Playful, Inviting And A Joy To Use
by Dwight Silverman, Houston Chronicle
This computer is so friendly, stable, easy to use and fun, I think anyone who is in the market should take a serious look at it.

Palm Desktop 4.0
by Adam Robert Guha, Low End Mac
Palm Desktop 4.0 is a real pleasure to use.

After Wait, New Adobe Products Prove Worth
by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle
Although Adobe single-handedly delayed millions of Mac OS X upgrades with its procrastination, all is now forgiven.

Grammatica Bilingual Spelling And Grammar Checker
by Charles W. Moore,
Grammatica is a powerful little program with a lot of features, and plenty of potential, but still some rough edges that need polishing.

Apple's iPod As A 'Digital Wallet'
by Stephen O'Hear, Stage4
The iPod is far more than an mp3 player. Ignore the music for a moment and what do we have?

Another Polished Apple
by Larry Magid, CBS News
It comes as no surprise that Apple is enjoying brisk sales for its new iMac. The company clearly has a winner on its hands.


Saturday, April 27, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Michael D. Eisner, Disney Chairman: I'm addicted to my computer, my Blackberry and my Apple iPod. Interesting...


Dell Gains In Servers At HP's Expense
by Stephen Shankland, CNET
HP and Compaq have said that their proposed merger will strengthen both outfits, but for now the two seem to be losing ground to Dell in key markets.

Microsoft: Call The Next Witness
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Microsoft on Friday released its witness list for the coming week, but it appears to lack the star power seen earlier in the courtroom.

Bill Gates Is Right: Component Architectures Don't Help Consumers
by Kelly McNeill, osOpinion
If Microsoft is forced to adhere to penalties proposed by the states, adopting a noncomponent business model would allow the company to ignore most of the restrictions put on it.

Friday, April 26, 2002


Apple Adds Bluetooth Session To WWDC
by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral

Computers With Every Cadaver
by Helen Pearson, Nature
With fewer hours for dissection, the medics hav ebeen forced to add computers to their corpses. Each cadaver now comes with an iMac.

GenArts Releases Sapphire Plug-Ins For Shake
by Elina Shatkin, Videography


Mozilla Loaded Up For Browser Wars
by Rex Baldazo, ZDNet
If Mozilla cleans up its act before the final release, it may actually best its two most powerful competitors.


Friday, April 26, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Doc Searls: The RIAA wants your tax dollars to pay them to bust you.


Microsoft Seeks (And Finds) A New Market To Dominate
by Brian E. Taptich, Red Herring
Microsoft's announcement that it would enter the market for customer relationship management (CRM) software—applications that help companies track information about customers—was met with the obligatory volley of choreographed public relations responses.

Micorosft To Dump Windows? Good Idea! Here's Why
by David Coursey, ZDNet
Tossing out Windows would give Microsoft a chance to build a real OS for the 21st century, instead of an OS that is still, at its heart, the descendant of MS-DOS.

Hewlett's Chief Scoffs At Accusation Of Coercion
by Steve Lohr with Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times
The chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, Carleton S. Fiorina, returned to the witness stand here today to explain what she meant when she told a major institutional investor that a vote in favor of the company's merger with Compaq Computer was "of great importance to our ongoing relationship."

Executive Testifies Microosft Must Be Able To Alter Windows
by Amy Harmon, New York Times
A Microsoft executive told a federal judge today that the company should be allowed to make changes in its Windows operating system that impair the performance of other programs so long as the company believes it is acting in the best interest of Windows users.

Flaws Found In MS Office's HTML Tools
by Brian Morrissey,

Bill Gates, Software Saviour
by Economist
Bill Gates's witness-box message: hurt Windows, and you hurt the world.

Thursday, April 25, 2002

Top Stories

DVD Lovers Burn Out
by Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Knight Ridder Newspapers
The bottom line: If you're buying a computer for DVD authoring, consider making it a Macintosh.


Apple's Cinema Tools Wins 2002 Vidy Award
by MacNN

Real: Licenses Could Kill MPEG-4
by Stefanie Olsen, CNET
Proposed licensing fees for MPEG-4 could mean its early death on the personal computer, RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser said in a press conference Wednesday.

Reader: MS Pulls Plug On Project 4 For Mac
by MacNN

Apple Computer Retail Site Planned For Mall In Novi
by Neal Haldane, Detroit News
Apple Computer is planning to open its first retail outlet in Michigan at Twelve Oaks Mall, possibly by this summer.

The Workaround: 32 Steps To Frustration
by Peter Meyers, New York Times
Some software companies often don't even try to fix what is wrong with their product. They say it's up to you to "work around" the problem.

Nvidia Vs. ATI: The Struggle For Mac Graphics Dominance
by Ben Wilson, NewsFactor
Graphics card firm Nvidia has taken over Apple's desktop line from competitor ATI - and is aiming to make it a clean sweep with the portable line.


Why We Love Our Macs
by Kevin Webb, Low End Mac
Only Apple builds computers which capture the imagination of users.


Black And White
by Bill Stiteler,
I found the game so incredibly aggravating that I had to leave my apartment so I would have more space in which to swear.

Windows Lover Asks Burning DVD Question
by Jim Coates, Chicago Tribune
Anybody who absolutely needs to get into burining home DVDs should move over to Macintosh.

XP On The PowerPC
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
Some Windows users have been looking at the new iMac and iBook alongside traditional PC hardware offerings. Why not?


Thursday, April 25, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

How small is the iPod? Now you know.

Do not try this at home. Remember, this is a professional captain.


Xbox Game Sales Wilt In March
by Reuters
The console ended up barely registering in the top 20 for the full month.

Gates Vs. States: Who Came Out On Top?
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates clearly dominated the courtroom during his three days on the witness stand, legal experts said. But states' attorney Steven Kuney still managed to give the judge in the antitrust case a plan for achieving many of the trustbusters' goals.

Intel's New Bag Of Chips
by John G Spooner, CNET
Optimism was the main message from Intel CEO Craig Barrett during the company's shareholder meeting Thursday, as he and other executives introduced plans for new chips and improved chipmaking processes.

Microsoft: How To Catch A Linux Migrator
by Peter Galli, eWEEK
Microsoft is ratcheting up efforts to catch companies migrating from Unix to Linux before they make the switch.

AMD Gets Microsoft Support On New Chips
by Michael Kanellos, CNET
AMD confirmed Wednesday that it will collaborate with Microsoft to tune Windows to run on its upcoming family of Hammer chips.

Trust Microsoft? You Say: No Way!
by David Morgenstern, ZDNet
With the Trustworthy Computing encyclical in their hands, Microsoft's brass now must translate its message into doctrine, as well as actual products. Their sermon of warning—to expect slow, slow progress—fell on mostly deaf ears.

Inside The Xbox
by Dennis McCauley, Salon
Sales have been disappointing, and the co-creator of Microsoft's game console jus tquit his job — a day before a book portraying him as a hero hit the bookstores.

Fiorina Denis Merger Memos Mislead Shareholders
by Associated Press
Sighing several times in exasperation, Fiorina said Neal was drawing the wrong conclusions about the meaning of the charts because they were taken out of context, as if someone looked at selected snapshots instead of "the whole movie."

Gates: Custom Windows Could Run On PCs
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates acknowledged Wednesday that an existing version of Windows for ATMs and other specialized machines that lets companies drop included components such as a browser could be configured to run on everyday computers.

Microsoft Keeps Low Profile At Conference
by Stefanie Olsen, CNET
It seemed like more than just a sign of the times when Microsoft failed to field a booth at the Streaming Media West conference here this week—especially since the software big-leaguer has been relentlessly pushing its latest, greatest (and as yet unreleased) media technology, Corona.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Top Stories

The Art Of Compression
by Nathan Segal, Streaming Media World
When you view movie trailers from the Apple site on your computer, they look beautiful and perfect, with high quality imagery and sound. But creating those trailers involves a lot more than meets the eye.


The CG Wizard Of Harry Potter
by Barbara Gibson, Apple
"We're intrigued with what Final Cut Pro allows you to do, and with all the stuff you can do on a Mac these days."

Notes From Apple Shareholders' Meeting
by Think Secret

MPEG-4 At Vanguard Of Streaming Media Conference
by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK
MPEG-4 will be high on the agenda as major streaming media companies begin to announce their support for the standard.

Jay Chiat, Legendary Advertising Executive, Dies At 70
by Gary Gentile, Associated Press
Chiat, whose agency created the Orwellian "1984" television ad that introduced Apple Computer's Macintosh to the world, died of cancer at his Marina del Rey home, according to Jeremy Miller, a spokesman for the ad agency TBWA-Chiat-Day.

OmniWeb Bumped To Version 4.1sp71
by Rob McNair-Huff, Mac Net Journal

US Robotics Cloud The Mind Of Reporters
by Glenn Fleishman, 802.11b Networking News
US Robotics clouded the mind of the reporter on this piece who makes it sound as if poor old Texas Instruments was ostracized by the IEEE.


Will Apple Follow Polaroid Into Bankruptcy?
by Gregg Eshelman, Low End Mac
Polaroid was always fiercely protective of their innovation of instant photography — so protective that they never allowed anyone else to produce cameras compatible with their film or film compatible with their cameras.

More In Store?
by Scott Kelby, Mac Design Magazine
Is the answer to the future of Apple's retail stores right under their noses?

Grading Steve Jobs
by BusinessWeek
Apple's CEO could hardly be more highly regarded — at least according to the folks who responded to our survey.

Jobs And Gates: The Odd Couple Endures
by Charles Haddad, BusinessWeek
Whether or not they renew their cooperation pact, the two bosses know that their companies' fortunes are intimately linked.

Should Apple And Microsoft Stay Hitched?
by BusinessWeek
Their five-year agreement is nearing its end, raising quesitons about this mutually beneficial but tumultuous relationship.

Hello Photoshop, Goodbye Classic
by James Davidson, O'Reilly Network
Classic is a remarkable achievement. The team that worked on it deserve all the kudos that you can give them. However, the disjoint User Interface experience between OS X and classic was never satisfactory.


Bridge Baron 12
by Erica Marceau, Applelinks
Bridge Baron continues to be a great series if you want to improve your Bridge game and you don't mind the poor graphics and lack of online play.

The Road Warrior Guide To iBook: 1999 - 2002
by Charles Moore, MacOPINION

Hewlett-Packard Photosmart 1315
by James L Kim, TechTV
Built-in features make this printer digital photo friendly.


Wednesday, April 24, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Rumormonger MacUser: 800MHz PowerBook to debut next week.

BBC: Toy Story has beaten classics such as Bambi to top a poll of the best Disney films ever.


Bill Gates Becomes The Star Of His Own Show
by David Coursey, ZDNet
The states haven't been able to portray Microsoft as the bogeyman. And the company itself has managed to avoid big trouble.

Germany Blames Microsoft For Porn
The pictures, each a photo-montage of Steffi Graf's head on another person's torso, were posted by a user in Germany of MSN.

Gates Says He Might Have To Dump Windows
by David Teather, The Guardian
Bill Gates told a federal court in Washington that he might be forced to pull the Windows operating system off the market if the penalties sought by nine US states are imposed.

States Say Gates Interpretation Of Antitrust Penalties Is Extreme
by D. Ian Hopper, Associated Press
Connecticut and the eight other states suing Microsoft Corp. tried Tuesday to show that company chairman Bill Gates is too extreme in his interpretation of proposed antitrust penalties against his company.

Q&A: Why Xbox Creator Left Microsoft
by ZDNet UK
I'm just a gamer — the reason I was doing all the press and talking to all the developers, and the reason we made the Xbox is because I'm a gamer and a game developer.

Fears About Microsoft Return, In Mexico
by Graham Gori, New York Times
A government initiative to bring Internet access within reach of 9 of 10 Mexicans has drawn criticism because to many it smacks of handing Microsoft a de facto monopoly.

Hewlett-Packard Is Accused Of Misleading Holders
by Steve Lohr, New York Times
Lawyers representing the dissident director Walter B. Hewlett delivered a sweeping attack on the integrity and credibility of the management of Hewlett-Packard.

Is Bill Gates Doing Himself Any Favors?
by Dan Carney, BusinessWeek
He's poised and confident on the stand, a far cry from his deposition during the antitrust trial. But maybe he shouldn't be there at all.

Skeptics Ask: Did Gates Lie?
by Cydney Gillis, East Side Journal
"When Gates gets up and says it's not, every engineer with a mind now has to say he either doesn't understand drivers or APIs or he's lying."

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Top Stories

Put Up Your Digital Dukes!
by Steve Morgenstern, Popular Science

This Year, iMac Is Apple Of His Eye
by Chris Cobbs, Orlando Sentinel
Apple's iMac is the most talked-about computer of the year for a good reason — it shows how bad PC design has been.

Avid Eyes Cut Of Apple Video-Editing Market
by Tom Witkowski, Boston Business Journal
Market shifts in the technology used to edit films are turning up competition in the lower-priced software side of the market for one local company, and has caused another local firm to change its strategy completely and try to carve a new niche in the industry.


Apple's AirPort Wireless Standard Takes Off
by Ben Wilson, NewsFactor
Apple popularized the 802.11 wireless networking standard with its AirPort wireless LAN transceiver, and the standard has come to dominate the industry.

USB 2.0 Catches Up To Apple's Speedy FireWire
by Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe
FireWire retains one big advantage: a large base of compatible consumer devices.

Teacher's Study Gives Pupils A Taste For Higher Technology
by Kami masemer, Gettysburg Times
"What excites me... is watching the students use a word processing program, publishing program, or art program to create an original piece of work on their own."


Can Macs And PCs Really Get Along?
by David Morgenstern, ZDNet
Isn't it about time for the enterprise to consider accommodating alternate computing platforms?

A Large What?
by Doc Searls
Years ago Jamie Zawinski told me that exactly one company had figured out e-commerce: I'm sure the number is a little higher now. But Apple's still got a ways to go before it's in the same league.


Tuesday, April 23, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Tampa Bay Online on MyAppleMenu: One barometer of a computer maker's popularity: the number of Web sites dedicated to fans of its machines. Hands down, Apple wins this contest. This site adds to the substantial number of places online that Apple fans can go to read news, keep up on the latest products and join discussion groups.

For some reason, the status bar on my Explorer and Internet Explorer windows (over at my XP machine) is missing half of the time. I have to go select "View Status Bar" menu item manually. And I don't see this in a preference.. oops, options anyway. It's really frustrating when the computer tries to guess what I want, and misses the mark most of the time.

The office I work in has a two-letter acroymn, except that there is an ampersand (&) in between ó and that seriously screws up the grammar checker in Microsoft Word.

Wanna read all those New York Times article, without registration and giving away your personal information? Here's one way of doing it.

Check out IBM's Glass Engine.

Developers, developers, developers, developers!


Gates: Remedies Would Bar Behavior
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Although he's highly critical of the remedies proposed by nine states and the District of Columbia in his company's antitrust trial, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates acknowledged Tuesday that some of the restrictions would have prevented the company from engaging in behavior that an earlier court deemed illegal.

Gates Gamble Pays Off For Microsoft
by Joe Wilcox, ZDNet
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates redeemed himself as a witness on Monday, repeatedly rebuffing attacks made by states' attorney Steven Kuney in the latest phase of the 4-year-old antitrust case.

Bill Gates Versus Truth
by Dan Gillmor,
The idea that Windows is the "epicenter of innovation" is an insult to true innovators. Microsoft's innovations have been almost solely in business practices, and they've been found to be illegal.

Gateway Line Undergoes Mac-Like Redesign
by ExtremeTech
Gateway Inc. is redesigning its PC line in a style reminiscent of Apple Computer Inc.'s PowerBook notebooks.

Monday, April 22, 2002

Top Stories

UT Want Apple In Students' Laps
by Erik Rodriguez, American-Statesman
Beginning this fall, the University of Texas will require students entering its teacher preparation programs to have laptops, and if they can't get the right machine, they'll have to buy it from Apple Computer Corp.


IBM, Motorola Paths Diverge For Future Microprocessors
by David Read, MacCentral
Motorola and IBM are competing more closely in the embedded space, but with each company targeting different goals.

Quark: OS X Not Ready For Prime Time
by Ben Wilson, NewsFactor
The Aqua interface of Mac OS X has been praised for its slick animations and gorgeous icons but has been criticized for its monopolization of the processor.

'Black Mac' Shrouded In Gray Area
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
A mysterious Tempest-shielded computer is thought to have been built for black-ops. Or maybe it was for testing other Apples. Or maybe it belonged to Bill Gates. Or maybe drug smugglers... The mystery continues.

Wireless LAN Security: A Short History
by Matthew Gast, O'Reilly Network
How the security problems affect you depends on your goals and hte type of network you are building.

Chimera, Alternative Mac OS X Browser, Updated
by MacMinute

Apple Gets Poor Grades From Barron's
by MacMinute
Although Apple posted better-than-expected second quarter earnings last week, a report card from financial weekly Barron's gave the Mac-maker poor grades for overall stock performance.


by John Nemerovski, David Weeks,
I'm happy using this cordless mouse, except for the scroll wheel, which has too much friction for my taste.

A Prescription For Your USB Woes: Dr. Bott's USB gHub Reviewed
by Don Engstrom, MacReviewZone
The gHub handled everything I threw at it with aplomb.

Mac OS X Works Rock-Solid On Macintosh System
by Mark Kellner, Washignton Times
The ease of use is a hallmark of the Mac environment and of most Mac applications.

Sheep, Myth III: The Wolf Age, Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
by Peter Cohen, Macworld
Whether you're in the mood for some lighthearted fun, a hard-core strategy-game challenge, or a 3-D action adventure, this month's column is sure to please.


XP Means Extra Pain
by Stewart Alsop, Fortune
Microsoft Windows XP promised to usher in an era of computing in which users suffer less. Aspirin, anyone?

Xbox Co-Creator Leaves Microsoft
by David Becker, CNET
Seamus Blackkey, the co-creator of Microsoft's Xbox and one of the company's most prominent spokesmen for the game machine, has resigned from Microsoft.

Microsoft Comedy Of Errors
by Henry Norr, San Francisco Chronicle
You have to wonder whether Microsoft is getting its money's worth from its high-priced legal beagles.

Gates Says Penalties Would Hurt Windows
by Associated Press
The additional penalties would devalue the Windows operating system, reduce its ability to handle thousands of pieces of computer hardware and software in the marketplace and frustrate Microsoft's incentive to innovate.

Growing Scepticism Over The Microsoft Story
by Leo Lewis, Independent
Not everything in this world always goes Bill Gates's way.

Sunday, April 21, 2002


Discussion: What's The Best Developer Oriented Magazine?
by MacSlash


Sunday, April 21, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

I think my sofa is a problem... I can good AirPort signal everywhere in my living room, except when I am sitting on my sofa. Sigh.

Alan Hess: Why doesn't San Jose hire Steve Jobs as its design consultant? Give the city a real injection of insanely entrepreneurial design.

Saturday, April 20, 2002

Top Stories

Reviving A Family's Lost Past
by Apple
When it came to finding a cost-efficient, practical, and fun solution to his quest to restore the antiquated reels, he needed to look no further than his Power Mac G4.


Apple Needs A New Core Strategy In India
by Prashant L Rao, Express Computer
Apple is still lagging behind its competitors and its strategy still has several missing links.

Bluetooth Gets Real
by Arik Hesseldahl, Forbes
If ever there was a time to get started with Bluetooth technology, this is it.

Inside Scoop On Mac Home Journal
by John H Farr, Applelinks

Mac Home Journal Sold, What's Next?
by John H Farr, Applelinks

Lucky Few Primary Schools Capture Their Science Projects On Digital Video — And Edit On Computer
by mary Conroy, Tuam Herald
The Fionn project is giving all participating schools a swish iBook laptop Apple computer and a digital camcorder to record their experiments before being placed on the Internet.

Apple And Sony On Converging Paths
by Ben Wilson, NewsFactor

Gartner: iMacs Priced Too High
by Ben Wilson, osOpinion
Apple may have led the pack with its price increases, but Gartner said it also should be among the first to reverse the trend when component costs drop.

Mac Connects To Wireless Network At WinHEC While Windows Portables Can't
by Mac Observer
Windows conference, Windows laptops, Windows gurus, and the only person able to surf the Internet with the wireless network is using a Mac.


A Day In The Life: Setting Up A Wireless Home Network With Apple's AirPort
by Jay Station,
There are some people who will argue that Apple pioneered the WLAN market by being the first major producer to ship all of its machines with built-in 802.11b antennas. I like to think of Apple as a happy homemaker.

Gigabyte Players Mature
by Matthew Fordahl, Associated Press
In simplicity and size, the iPod is the player to beat.

Nostromo N45 GamePad
by Ricardo Chavarria, Inside Mac Games
Overall a good Gamepad, comfy, good gripping material, good handles, and best of all, I didn't get tired after extended periods of use.


Saturday, April 20, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

How to make an Aqua button.


Will Price Cuts Make Xbox A Winner?
by Robyn Weisman, osOpinion
The real question is how the Xbox and PlayStation 2 will fare during the fourth-quarter holiday season, when the majority of game consoles usually are sold.

Microsoft's Super Stupor
by Mostley Fool
Is Microsoft in trouble?

Our Next Witness — Bill Gates
by Joe Wilcox, ZDNet
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is scheduled to make his first appearance on the witness stand next week as part of the continuing antitrust trial, the company said Friday.

Friday, April 19, 2002


Music Player Takes On New Guises
by Jon Wurtzel, BBC
With all the hacks its devoted fans have developed for it, the iPod is practically morphing into a personal digital assistant.

Cocoa API Reference Browser
by James Davidson, O'Reilly Network
This program provides an easy way to browse the Cocoa libraries by class and method.

Apple Tests Web-Based E-Mail
by Ian Fried, CNET


Games Play Better Than They Look
by Reuters
I don't think I've seen so much advanced educational material packed so discreetly in a child's game.


Friday, April 19, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Looks like there will be two more versions of Xbox before it is good enough to catch on. :-)

Brett Miller: [Apple's] stores are all identical, updated and they have incredible expertise in retail. Gateway has good customer service. They know how to build PC's. But they don't seem to understand retailing.


Microsoft Warns That 2003 Earnings Will Disappoint
by Ananova

Feds Might Use Microsoft Product For Online ID
by Brier Dudley, Seattle Times
Forget about a national ID card. Instead, the federal government might use Microsoft's Passport technology to verify the online identity of America's citizens.

Thursday, April 18, 2002

Top Stories

How A Windows Guy Learned To Love The Mac
by David Coursey, ZDNet
I don't think the iMac is perfect. But with the improvements I know are coming for Office and suspect are coming for OS X, I can live with its limitations.


The Coming Battle For DVD-Burining Dominance
by Ben Wilson, NewsFactor
Apple's 23-inch flat-panel display, Final Cut Pro software and some of the fastest MPEG-2 encoding times in the industry have given it the upper hand - for now.

Macs, Lies & DV Tape
by Joe Cellini, Apple

Brighter Picture For LCD Maker
by Dan Nystedt, Taipei Times
Chunghwa Picture Tubes expects to earn a profit this year as demand for its flat-panel displays grows stronger.

Yahoo! Messenger Comes To Mac OS X
by MacNN

The Beige Box Fades To Black
by Steve Lohr, New York Times
The beige-box desktop PC seems headed toward extinction at last.

Apple Talks Various Uses For New Remote Desktop
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
The product is targeted mainly to educators, but also has applications in the business world and, heck, even in homes.

Apple Down Slightly In After-Hours
by MacMinute


No Room To Update To 10.1.4
by Dan Knight, Low End Mac
Maybe Apple can change things so the updater puts the temporary files on another partition if there's insufficient space on the current partition.

How A Windows Guy Learned To Love The Mac
by David Coursey, ZDNet
I don't think the iMac is perfect. But with the improvements I know are coming for Office and suspect are coming for OS X, I can live with its limitations.

by Brian Rumsey, Inside Mac Games
If you were a Lemmings fan, I certainly recommend that you check out Sheep.


Advanced Micro's Founder Is Departing On A Losing Note
by Chris Gaither, New York Times
W. J. Sanders III released his 119th, and last, earnings report as chief executive of Advanced Micro Devices, the chip maker he founded 33 years ago.

Microsoft Cuts Xbox Price In Europe To 299 Euros
by Reuters

Microsoft Backs Bluetooth With Hardware
by Stephen Shankland, CNET
Microsoft will put its muscle behind the Bluetooth wireless networking technology later this year, selling keyboards and mice that connects to PCs.

Independent Counters Say HP Approved Compaq Deal
by Brian Bergtein, Associated Press
The shareholders appear to have narrowly approved the bitterly contested acquisition, though the result still is not final.

Microsoft Keeps Battling Back
by Michael Kanellos, Wired News
An economist takes the stand for Microsoft and asserts that one of the provisions in the proposed settlement would hurt consumers. Robert Zarate reports from Washington.

Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Top Stories

Apple Presses The Emotional Buttons
by Simon Sholl, The Times
"I like it — I want it — what is it?"


Apple Stores Should Be Profitable Before Year's End
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral

Apple 1 Goes Up For Auction
by Rupert Goodwins, ZDNet UK
Motherboard for sale: no graphics, no hard disk, 8K memory. $50,000 ONO.

The Secret Of Steve Jobs's Survival
by Charles Haddad, BusinessWeek
Whenever Apple loses its way, the CEO's inspired innovations help it surge ahead of the PC pack. The latest example: DVD technology.

Is Apple's QuickTime King Of The Digital Media Hill?
by Ben Wilson, NewsFactor
According to analysts, the key to the success of any streaming media format is the support of third-party developers.

Security Flaw In Microsoft Office For Mac
by Robert Lemos, CNET
Microsoft acknowledged on Tuesday that its popular Office applications for the Macintosh have a critical security flaw that leaves users' systems open to attack by worms and online vandals.


The All-Purpose Home Computer Is Alive And Well
by Jesse Mathewson, Low End Mac

Grading Steve Jobs
by BusinessWeek
Apple's fortunes seem to have mirrored those of its co-founder and guiding spirit, Steve Jobs. How do you rate his performance?


Entourage Or Palm Desktop On OS X?
by Evan Kleiman, Low End Mac

Apple: Give Me Back My Pixels (And Fix The Finder)
by Stephan Somogyi, ZDNet
Aqua feels like a mudle of new interface elements thrown together with the primary goal of looking maximally different, both to minimize comparisons with Mac OS 9 and to engender lots of oohing and aahing about its eye candy-ness.

The IDEs Of Mac
by Daniel H. Steinberg, O'Reilly Network
In this article, I'll look at JBuilder, IDEA and a few other IDEs. There's a bigger issue here that I'll address in the Pre-ramble: look at the number of choices you have for developing in Java on Mac OS X.


Wednesday, April 17, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Why do I get this feeling that the AMD chief doesn't really want to testify for Microsoft?

Edward C. Baig: Apple iPod [is] probably the sexiest of the digital players on the market.

An Apple A Day: In shareware we trust.

Paul Myers, [People with Yahoo mail addresses] on my list don't tend to read their email on a regular basis... I want a high density of reponsive people. I don't care how many subscribers I have ó I want active, involved readers. I have no interest in big numbers of useless addresses. It slows down delivery, bogs down servers. Forget it."

What are all these books?

The page cannot be displayed because you need some fresh air.

Is there a lawsuit in here? :-)

Tuesday, April 16, 2002

Top Stories

Mac OS X Server 10.1.4 Available
by MacMinute
Version 10.1.4 offers improved SMTP relay exchange for sending mail to certain email addresses and allows delivery of mail from remote hosts which do not specify a name.


Microsoft Internet Explorer X 5.1.4 Released
by MacMinute

Microsoft Offers Network Security Updates For Office X
by MacMinute

A Use For Bluetooth — Goofing Off During Boring Meetings
by Henry Norr, San Francisco Chronicle
More than a year after Bluetooth products began shipping, there's still not a lot you can do with the technology.

Mac OS X: Apple's Key To The Enterprise Door
by Ben Wilson, NewsFactor
If Apple begins to seize a larger piece of the enterprise market because of OS X, interoperability with established platforms will be a prime issue.

ThinkFree Office 2.0 For Mac
by MacSlash


Is Apple's IE Exclusivity Ending?
by Dave Buse, osOpinion
While Apple is not abandoning IE - quite the contrary - the company once again seems to be advocating software alternatives with which UNIX users are more familiar.


Speak Your Mind To Your Mac
by Troy Dreier, PC Magazine
It's fine for dictation but falls short in offering complete comptuer control.

Dual 1-GHz Makes The Fastest Apples Yet
by Troy Dreier, PC Magazine
The speed and configuration of the dual 1-GHz Mac are sure to please Mac fans and may even win over new users.


Tuesday, April 16, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Eric Soroos: OpenDoc will be back. It won't be called OpenDoc, and it probably won't run in 4 megs of memory, but it will be there. And if you are thinking of building another operating system as a final year project, don't build yet another Linux clone. Think OpenDoc.

Dan Gillmor: If you are trying to get my attention, here's a suggesiton. Please make the subject line count. Same here. My e-mail account gets lots of spams. (What am I saying? All my e-mail accounts get lots of spams.) So if you are a real human being trying to send me something, please make sure your subject heading doesn't look like spam.

Some tips over at megnutif you are leaving JFK at NYC to SF via subway and AA.

Super ant colony found in Europe.


Microsoft Witness Sought Favor From Gates
by Reuters
Microsoft's first witness admitted in court on Tuesday that he asked for a favor when Bill Gates called seeking his testimony.

Microsoft Witness Says He Never Read Proposed Microsoft Penalties
by D. Ian Hopper, Associated Press
The first defense witness in the Microsoft antitrust case said Tuesday that he agreed to testify as a personal favor to Bill Gates, without knowing anything about the penalties proposed by nine states.

U.S. Says Dissenting States Can Pursue Microsoft
by Amy Harmon, New York Times
In a setback to Microsoft, the Justice Department said today that the nine states dissenting from its antitrust settlement with the company had the legal authority to pursue tougher penalities on their own.

Will Microsoft's Xbox Be The Ex-Box?
by Harry Rider, osOpinion
Unlike Sony and Nintendo, Microsoft has had only marginal success at convincing manufactuers to create games solely for the Xbox.

Monday, April 15, 2002

Top Stories

Apple Pictures Growth
by Alex L. Goldfayn, Chicago Tribune
Company tempts Windows users with year-long parade of products.


The Microsoft Macintosh
by John D. Ruley, Byte
"[Microsot] said they're fully committted to building a lot of neat stuff for the Mac — but they aren't going to tell us how they're doing it."

4D V6.8 Native For Mac OS X
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral

Jobs To Keynote WWDC, Demo Mac OS X "Jaguar" Upgrade
by MacMinute

How To Hack An iPod
by Chris Taylor, Time
Owners of Apple's MP3 player opened it up and added all sorts of bells and whistles. You can too.


Six Months With A TiBook
by John C Welch,
The only reason I went for a TiBook instead of an iBook is because I need dual monitors. The extra speed is not worth [the] thrice-daily cable struggle.


Monday, April 15, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Noel C. Paul: Apple says that its computers have appeared in more than 1,500 movies and TV shows. Programs with younger audiences like "Friends" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" like to use Apples, mostly because they have the image of being fun and casual.

Rob Levandowski tried to buy a three-thousand-dolloar monitor from CompUSA.

An Apple A Day:


Government Examining HP Vote
by Margaret Kane and Ian Fried, CNET

Analyst: Xbox May Miss Sales Targets
by Reuters
Sales of Microsoft's Xbox game console have slowed to the point that sales estimates for both the software giant and its manufacturing partner could be adversely affected, a financial analyst said Monday.

Change In Microsoft's Licensing Prices Attracts Some Colleges And Worries Others
by Florence Olsen, Chronicle Of Higher Education
New leasing option saves money in the short term but might limit choices later.

Intel To Pay In Chip Patent Dispute
by Ian Fried, CNET
Intel has agreed to pay at least $300 million to settle a long running legal dispute with Intergraph, which at one time developed its own microprocessor for high-end workstations, the companies said in a joint release.

How Microsoft Conquered Washington
by Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, Fortune
By spending lots of money — of course — but also by doing lots of creative lobbying you don't know about.

Will Dell Click In Asia?
by BusinessWeek
The PC maker is going all out to win a bigger piece of the pie.

Sunday, April 14, 2002

Top Stories

The Sky's The Limit
by Heather Wright, Stuff New Zealand
Behind the marketing is a surprisngly simple system with a FileMaker Pro database key to the company's operations.


New OS X / UNIX Ad
by MacNN

Apple To Reveal Profits Dip
by Ananova
Apple is expected on Wednesday to post second quarter profits of 10 cents a share, down from 11 cents last year, amid fears of disappointing iMac sales.


Sunday, April 14, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Fabien Baron uses Macintosh.

Is Mozilla 1.0 finally here?


Microsoft Learns Lesson From Unlikely Place: The Competition
by Allison Linn, Associated Press
Microsoft has started to allow access of Windows code to some of its biggest corporate customers and some outside technical experts who put together and manage large computer systems.

Saturday, April 13, 2002


From Venerable Mac To iMac: After 15 Years, We Jumped Into The 21st Century
by Stephen H. Dumpy, Seattle Times
Stephen Dunphy holds his faithful Apple Macintosh SE. In the background is his new pedestal iMac. He and his wife decided it was time to purchase a new computer.

Web Wizardry Keeps Glenwood On Top Of News
by Mary T. Robbins, Howard County Times
The webcast is created with software called iMovie, Real Producer, Dreamweaver and Fireworks.

Bar Harbor Parents Try Out Laptops, Learn Rules For Use At Home
by Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News
Parents saw firsthand how their children are using laptop computers in the classroom. Later this month, pupils will take their Apple iBooks home for the first time.

Microsoft Pledges Apple Allegiance
by Russell Redman, CRN
Head of software giant's Macintosh unit says joint product pact unnecessary.


Apple And OpenOffice: A Perfect Match
by Alex Alexzander,
Apple can and should show the world that the time for Microsoft to rule the office suite market is truly over.


OIDS 2.0
by Tony Belding, Inside Mac Games
Great gameplay conquers all, and there's no other game that plays quite like OIDS.

DoubleClick: Ads Still Weak
by Reuters
Internet marketing company DoubleClick on Thursday reported a first-quarter net loss but surprised Wall Street by showing an operating profit even as revenue fell, reflecting aggressive cost cutting.

InDesign 2.0
by MacAddict
One of the advantages of joining the Adobe matrix is the seamless integration among its sibling programs.

QuarkXPress 5.0
by MacAddict
QuarkXPress 5.0 is a formidable program — but it's also a mixed bag.

Apple's iPod
by Matthew Miller, T.H.E. Journal
While the iPod is made for Mac fanatics, it will also impress PC lovers.

iMac Vs 800 MHz Tower - Which Machine Gives You More Bang For The Buck, A Performance Report
by MacSpeedZone
The iMac turn in close to the same performance as the low-end Tower, and will take up a lot less spaces in your work area.


Saturday, April 13, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

An Apple A Day: DiveIntoOSX. Repository of information for Mac OS X and OS X Server administrators.

Some new photographs from me — still learning photography, and still nowhere even near "novice" status. :-)

Please give comments generously. Thanks.


Microsoft's Flaw-Finding Tool Has Its Own Flaw
by Dennis Fisher, eWeek
Just days after its release, users are reporting a raft of problems with Microsoft's new vulnerability scanning tool.

Gates Is The Star Witness In Microsoft's Turn In Court
by Charles Pope, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Gates is one of 30 witnesses that Microsoft attorneys said they might call in the effort to persuade a federal judge to reject a more stringent settlement.

Wi-Fi "Lite" From Microsoft
by Ben Charny, CNET
Microsoft will show off some details of how to lighten the number of tasks routinely given to a Wi-Fi radio, the most expensive of several pieces of Wi-Fi equipment.

Microsoft To Make Its Case
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
The showdown between nine litigating states and Microsoft moves into its second — and potentially most tumultuous — phase Monday, as the plaintiff states close their case and the software giant presents its first witnesses.

Friday, April 12, 2002

Top Stories

WWDC 'will Be Best Yet' - Kerris
by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK
"It's going to the coming of age for Apple and Mac OS X."


WWDC 'will Be Best Yet' - Kerris
by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK
"It's going to the coming of age for Apple and Mac OS X."

NAB Convention Boon For Apple, Bust For MPEG-4
by Ben Wilson, NewsFactor

PowerBook Adventures
by Garry Barker, Sydney Morning Herald
A couple of Titanium PowerBook computers, a video camera and a satellite telephone are among the essential items on board Kijana, the elegant 16.5-metre yacht that has set off on a two-year voyage around the world, captained by a skinny kid with a powerful personality.

Formac Shows Off External DVD-RW Drive
by Joe Wilcox, CNET

UBS Upgrades Ratings On Apple, Says Co. In 'Unique Position'
by Dow Jones
US Warburg doesn't expect Apple to meet March quarter expectations, but that didn't stop the investment firm from raising its rating on the stock to a strong buy from a hold.


A New Age In Personal Computing
by Adam Robert Guha, Low End Mac
Is the all-purpose "home computer" dead?


Do-It-Yourself Wi-Fi
by Owen Thomas, Business 2.0
How to build a high-speed wireless home network of your own.

Teaching Your iPod Some New Tricks
by Josh Quittner, Business 2.0
Four crafty ways to expand the horizons of Apple's potent MP3 player.


Microsoft's Mythical Man-Years
by Scott Rosenberg, Salon
The company boasts that it's making Herculean security efforts — but throwing more people at software problems rarely solves them.

Lots Of No-Shows At Microsoft Conference
by Allison Linn, Associated Press
Mexican President Vicente Fox can't leave his country, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev unexpectedly must return to his, and Microsoft President Rick Belluzzo quit.

Microsoft Shifts Web Services Plan Toward Companies
by Reuters
Microsoft has reworked its Web-based services strategy, shifting tactics from an initial plan to act as the main gatekeeper for customer data, to providing basic software to let companies built their own versions of such services.

Win-XP Search Assistant Silently Downloads Files
by Thomas C Greene, The Register
Fo rnow it appears that there' snothing here for users to worry about. But there is a question about MS playing fast and loose with people's Internet connections.

Microsoft And Trust
by Dan Gillmor,
Someday, unless Microsoft changes its ways, it will be brought down from a combination of its own arrogance, law enforcement and pure market forces. Then it will learn, too late, that it has no friends. Temporary allies, yes. But no friends.

Thursday, April 11, 2002


When MacWEEK Ruled The Earth
by Chuck La Tournous, RandomMaccess
Before there was the web, before there was the "dot com," there was MacWEEK. It was the ultimate Mac publication, not available to just anyone.

First Mozilla Release Candidate On The Way
by Matthew Borersma, ZDNet UK
The open-source browser's first testing version aimed at a wide user base could arrive as soon as this week, in preparation for the long-awaited release of Mozilla 1.0.

Microsoft Entering New Stage With Apple
by Jon Fortt, San Jose Mercury News
Despite assurances from the manager of Microsoft's Mac busines unit, everyone is not convinced.

Locking Out The Hackers
by BBC News
Broadband users worried that their PC is vulnerable will soon be able to buy a new "black box" that watches over their net link to stop viruses and hack attacks.

Year Of The iPod?
by BusinessWeek
Mac fans certainly think so. Our Reader Survey found that most would have no problem paying over $400 for Apple's snazzy music player.

"Total OS X" Sign Of Good Things To Come?
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
Total OS X is the first cooperative effort between Macworld and O'Reilly. Our goal was to pool our collective knowledge about Apple's new OS and publish a special 13th issue that was unlike anything already on the streets.


Why Microsoft And Apple Need To Renew Their Vows
by David Coursey, ZDNet
For the time being, I'm taking both sides at their word. But, like the rest of their combined customer base, I still want to see proof. And I want to see it in writing.


Adobe InDesign 2.0
by Cliff Joseph,
A solid upgrade that concentrates on productivity.

iMac Is aOK
by Dave Bullard, Herald Sun
The specifications make it good value for money.

Three Strikes For Zoboomafoo
by Larry Blasko, Associated Press
The Learning Company has been belting children's educational software out of the park for years, but its recent offering of Zoboomafoo Creature Quest for the Windows and Macintosh platforms is three called strikes.


Thursday, April 11, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Hugh Fisher: Apple knew that this was a bad design and they shipped it anyway. Is this how Apple will deal with usability problem in the future, by telling the customer to RTFM?

Lynne Franks: I mainly use a Titanium Powerbook... It's amazing how quickly the computer integrates into your life.

An Apple A Day: - news and software for smart people. Now contains MyAppleMenu's news feed. Yah!

The American Open Technology Consortium and GeekPAC: The call for GEEK action, GEEK unity.

Did you know that there are 50 people working on the installer alone on Microsof's Visual Studio .Net? Now you know. And it better be good!


Are Ads A Gateway To Illegal CDs?
by Brad King, Wired News
"Gateway supports your right to enjoy digital music legally."

Microsoft Defends Licensing Plan
by Andrea Malcolm, Computerworld New Zealand
Licensing programme designed to make complex process "easier to manage".

Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Top Stories

Sunlight, Camera, Action!
by Davin Hutchins, TechTV
Filmmaker makes documentary using solar power, and iBook.

Maine Schools Begin To Deploy Wireless iBooks
by Apple
"We are going to demonstrate the power of one-to-one computer access in a way that will transform education."


Professor Says Disney, Other Firms Typify What's Wrong With Copyrights
by Doug Bedell, Dallas Morning News
Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig is waging a lonely fight to free Mickey Mouse.

WWDC Early Bird Registration Ends Next Week
by Mac Observer

Mac Gamer Plays Again
by Mark Reilly, Business Journal
Porting games to the Mac is worth a few million in annual sales, but creating new titles oculd take a firm to the $100 million mark.

MPEG-4 Rival Raises Antitrust Specter
by Gwendolyn Mariano, CNET
Video-compression provider On2 Technologies is taking a swing at MPEG-4, complaining that companies cooperating to create a digital media standard may run afoul of antitrust laws.


Impersonal PCs
by Charlotte Bauer, South Africa Sunday Times
In an IBM-compatible world, getting around using an iMac is likely to climb Everest in Manolo Blahnik stilettos - glorious, but impractical.


Wednesday, April 10, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong


One of the greatest "advantage" to print advertisement is that it is always there. On that same page in that same magazine.

"I need to buy a television, and I think I remember seeing one that will fit right in my living-room colour scheme the other day in "Time" magazine, the one with the baby on the front cover." Flip, flip, flip. "Ah, here it is. Yeah, looks good. I should buy this."

What's wrong with advertisement on the web? Ad-rotation engine? Daily-updated content? And even that index of advertisers is probably just scratching the surface.

What more can be done to move away from the click-through model to the mindshare model?


Macs Only! has some cool iPod accessories on display.

An Apple A Day: iPods Around the World

Alice Neff Lucan: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has written a decision about the taking of material from soneone else's Website that should be ready by everyone managing Web site ocntent.

An Apple A Day: MacMegasite

Didn't notice this until today, but San Diego Union-Tribune has a little write-up about this site. Thanks! Oh, and they seems to like our Popular Picks web page.


Microsoft: .Net Starting To Take Hold
by Wylie Wong, CNET
Microsoft announced new software tools Wednesday in hope of persuading developers to build Web services using its .Net technology.

If Dell Represents The Best Of Customer Service, We're In Trouble
by Jeff Gelles, Philadelphia Inquirer
Is this really what counts as premium service in computer business?

Windows Features Argued
by Jonathan Krim, Washington Post
Microsoft already produces "modular" versions of its operating system that allow manufacturers to pick and choose applications for various devices.

Tuesday, April 9, 2002


Get In The Game With CyberExtruder
by Brad Cook, Apple
"With the new [iMacs] and Mac OS X, the sky's the limit [for Mac games]."

It's All Apples For Intrepid Five's Trip
by David Frith, The Barrow
Welcome to the sometimes murky world of IT sponsorship.

Recordable DVD Takes Positive Spin
by Jefferson Graham, USA Today
The revolution may not be too long in coming.

Apple Software Adds Finishing Touches To Films
by Hollywood Reporter
Apple's interest in becoming a serious contender in the world of film editing and postproduction became more fully realized.

DVD Diaspora: In Search Of A Standard High-Capacity Disc
by Neil McAllister, SF Gate
Work on the next generation of DVD technology has already begun, but a tangled morass of competing formats leaves the future of the medium uncertain.


Apple's New Options Grant A Bad Trip
by Graef Crystal, Bloomberg
Directors just can't say "no" to monster option grants even if they don't seem to work.

.NET For Mac OS X?
by Brian Jepson, O'Reilly Network


Indispensable OS X Wares
by Steve Watkins, Low End Mac

Dreamweaver 4 Fireworks 4 Studio
by Kirk Hiner,
Working with any other visual HTML editor just seems a waste of time.


Tuesday, April 9, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Welcome to Singapore.NET! Horror, horror, horror.

Dan Gillmor: One of Microsoft's core strategies, to delay and delay until any remedy is meaingless, looks more effective by the day.

Joel Spolsky: Remember, kids, the trouble with the "everyone only uses 20% of the features" myth is that everybody uses a slightly different 20%, and the journalist who has to review your exciting new BloatFreeWrite has been told to write a 250 word story.


HP Gives Staff Details On Post-Merger Jobs
by Ian Fried, CNET

IDA, Microsoft Ink Web-Services Deal
by Straits Times
An agreement between the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and software giant Microsoft kick-starts a two-year venture to promote a range of community-based web services in Singapore.

Rick Belluzzo: Why I Left Microsoft
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Microsoft's outgoing president says he wants to be in charge. He tells what it was like to be in the middle - between Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.

Anti-Trustworthy Computing
by Paul Boutin, Salon
Microsoft's new security drive aims to appease Hollywood, comfort consumers and reinvigorate the PC. But will the price for such safety be too high?

Microsoft Sued Over Upgrade Programme
by Joe Wilcox and Michael Kanellos, CNET
Microsoft's Software Assurance programme forces users to upgrade more often than they otherwise would, according to a lawsuit filed in New Zealand.

Compaq Says It Will Meet Or Beat Estimates
by Reuters

Monday, April 8, 2002

Top Stories

Stunning SuperDrive Puts The Latest Apple iMac Over The Top
by Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe
Anybody can hang a DVD burner onto a computer. But Apple's SuperDrive is truly built it, as integral a part of the computer as its keyboard, and almost as easy to use.

Drowning In Aqua
by Peter Seebach, IBM developerWorks
Apple's new user interface, Aqua, reads like a checklist of things that the classic Macintosh interface got right, and everyone else got wrong. Aqua gets most of them wrong.

iPod: Music To Hackers' Ears
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
Apple's iPod is the hottest digital music player on the market. And thanks to a small army of hackers, it's being transformed into a general-purpose device that makes the Palm seem quaint.


Hot Java Revives Mac Programming
by Peter Coffee, eWEEK
After years of being infamously unfriendly to casual programmers, the Macintosh has suddenly become the machine of choice for out-of-the-box programmability.

Apple Leads DVD Burning
by MacMinute
Apple is leading the industry in DVD burning, with nearly 500,000 SuperDrive-equipped Macs and more than 2 million pieces of blank Apple DVD-R media shipped.

FileMaker 5.5 Moves More Than 750,000 Copies
by MacMinute
FileMaker 5.5 database software has sold more than 750,000 copies.

Laptops Going Home With Students
by Tess Nacelewicz, Portland Press Herald
Now that the contentious debate over laptop funding appears settled, a new question is emerging: Should students be allowed to take their Apple iBooks home?

Adobe Enhancing FrameMaker Software
by David Becker, CNET
Adobe Systems on Monday will announce the release of a new version of its FrameMaker publishing software, which continues the company's push into server programs.

Apple, Panasonic Team On Upcoming Products
by MacMinute


Does Apple Have The Magic Touch?
by Erick Schonfeld, ZDNet
I wish more consumer technology companies would be like Apple Computer.


10 Free POP3 Email Services
by Charles W. Moore, Low End Mac

The ALtiVec Difference
by Craig Hunter, O'Reilly Network


Monday, April 8, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Rumormonger: Microsoft is coming up with MSN Internet Access and MSN Explorer for the Mac.

Congrats, Low End Mac, on your 5th birthday. It seems only yesterday that I showcased the Low End Mac web site on the now gone "An Apple A Day".

From the people who have too much time comes Star Wars, in ASCII.


Microsoft Brings Developers Deepder Into Its .NET
by Matt Berger, InfoWorld
An annual gathering this week for developers who build applications for Windows will provide the chance for a closer look at a set of recently launched development tools designed to further Microsoft's wide reaching .NET initiative.

Next Big Film Distributor: Microsoft?
by Associated Press
Microsoft is moving forward with its efforts to court entertainment industry companies as it tries to move into yet another new market — movie and television distribution.

Microsoft Hails Halo Success
by Ananova
Microsoft says it has sold a million copies of Halo, making it the fastest selling next generation console game in US and Cananda.

Microsoft Programmers Focus On Secure Software
by John Markoff, New York Times
Stung by a chorus of critics who said that its software code was increasingly buggy and vulnerable to attack, Microsoft began sending its programmers to a special course in writing secure software.

Finally, Someone Complains About Microsoft
by Anthony Doesburg, Computerworld New Zealand
An echo of the US government's case against Microsoft is being heard in New Zealand with the filing of a complaint against the company last week with the Commerce Commission.

What Microsoft's Reorg Means To You And Me
by David Berlind, ZDNet
With the possible exception of the Xbox, Microsoft hasn't found any real traction in these consumer markets. So maybe Belluzo's departure signals a return to the drawing board on the consumer front.

MS Office For Linux? Nope, Not Quite — But Close!
by David Coursey, ZDNet
CrossOver Office seems to be a viable alternative for Linux devotees — and Windows users who want to make the OS switch.

Sunday, April 7, 2002


One Alternative To Bloated, Pricey Microsoft Office
by Rob Pegoraro, Washington Post
Microsoft Office is cheap to use — until you actually have to buy a copy.

Small-Time Cineastes Find Moviemaking Easier Than Ever
by Jon Hart, Christian Science Monitor
"It's power to the people. Anyone with an Apple G4 [computer and a digital video camera] can make a movie."

School District's Technology Access Being Enhanced
by Shawnee News-Star
"They can take an iBook [and] go sit in a corner with it or collaborate with a group of their peers. It allows for more collaboration, more group work."


QuarkXPress Versus InDesign
by David Blatner, Macworld
The new versions are out. Which will win the hearts of designers?

Mail Revisited
by Rob McNair-Huff, Mac Net Journal
Mail knows its audience, caters to those who want a simple mail client, and other than missing a few critical features like more intelligent filtering and poor keyboard navigation, Mail is a solid choice for light use.


Sunday, April 7, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Sometimes, I do wonder how can some web sites still survive till today... Or are they already on the death bed, and it's just that I don't knwo about it?


Court Delays Ruling On Suit Against HP
by Reuters
A Delaware court said Sunday it would issue a ruling in the next few days on whether it will throw out a lawsuit filed against HP by dissident board member Walter Hewlett.

Saturday, April 6, 2002

Top Stories

Cinema Tools 1.0 Coming In May
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Designed to work in conjunction with Final Cut Pro, Cinema Tools brdiges the gap between shooting on film and editing video.

Apple Doles Out Mac Promos
by Ian Fried, CNET
Apple Computer on Friday kicked off two promotions for buyers of new Macs.


Bye-Bye Beige
by Tamara Chuang, Orange County Register
With bland and bright hues both considered behind the times, PC designers go for a touch of sophistication with darker or silvery shades.

ThinkFree Mounts Second Attack Against Microsoft
by Korea Herald
ThinkFree has recently staged another attack against Microsoft in the office suite market with its latest upgrade.

Apple Catches McCarthy's Eye
by Susan Lemer, CBS Marketwatch
The glass on Apple Computer has moved to "half full" according to one analyst. While that doesn't mean he believes investors should be buying shares of the computer maker, he no longer believes they should be selling the stock, either.

Introducing Cinema Tools For Final Cut Pro
by Apple
Advanced tools for film and 24P HD video.

Apple DVD Software Tweaked For OS X
by Ian Fried, CNET
Apple on Friday released a version of professional DVD authoring program DVD Studio Pro that it has optimized for Mac OS X.


Saturday, April 6, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Apple Employee Fired for Thinking Different.


Xbox Slow Out Of The Gates In Japan
by Reuters
Microosft's Xbox game console got off to a slow start in Japan, with the debut marred by complaints and temporary halt of sales at some stores.

Win XP To Upgrade - More Or Less
by Joe Wilcox, ZDNet
Microsoft this summer will institute some changes to Windows XP as part of a proposed settlement agreement meant to benefit consumers and increase competition. But some state trustbusters and Microsoft's chief rivals aren't convinced that these changes go far enough.

Friday, April 5, 2002

Top Stories

Apple Accepting Orders For New Video Software
by MacMinute
Apple is now taking orders for DVD Studio Pro 1.5 and Cinema Tools 1.0 for Final Cut Pro without having formally announced either software title yet.


Forward Migration: Endless Noise Using Macs For USPS
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral

New iMacs Hit UK Shelves
by Dominique Fidele, Macworld UK
All models of Apple's new iMac are now shipping in the UK.

Grid Computing: The New Buzz
Grid computing is the use of a homogenous network of computers as the equivalent of one supercomputer.

MPEG-4 Group Touts Interoperability
by Joris Evers, IDG News Service
Interoperability is important as the multi-vendor model is what distinguishes MPEG-4 from competing coding technologies offered by RealNetworks and Microsoft.

Will Apple's FireWire Demolish USB 2.0?
by Ben Wilson, NewsFactor
Although Apple embraced the original USB standard and helped popularize it, the company has been reluctant to show support for USB 2.0, which poses a threat to FireWire.

Apple Pare A Small Number Of Jobs
by Ian Fried, CNET
The cuts, which are the latest in a series of small-scale moves by the Mac maker, came in its sales and support operations.

ILM Spawns Tweak Films
by Sheigh Carbtree, Hollywood Reporter
"There are still a fw things we are waiting to come to Mac OS X... but we're really impressed with the Unix underpinnings on OS X."


Everything Is Not Easier On A Mac
by Adam Robert Guha, Low End Mac
Sorry, Apple, but some things really are easier on Windows.


Apple iPod 10GB
by Eliot Van Buskirk, ZDNet
Apple has made a good thing even better, though we still wish the company would include a carrying case and a belt clip.

Office Packages For Mac OS X
by Damien Gallop, MacWrite


Friday, April 5, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

It's the Operating System Sucks-Rules-O-Meter.


Anti-Unix Site Returns - On MySQL?
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
While Unisys has switched the front-end server to Windows IIS, the most likely explanation for keeping port 3306 open is that the back-end stilli nterfaces to a MySQL database.

Dell Says Hewlett Merger Is Opening Doors
by Steve Lohr, New York Times
The president of Dell said yesterday that his company had "without a doubt" benefited from the uncertainty among corporate customers about the effect of HP's planned purchase of Compaq.

Dell's New Goal: Double In Size
by John G Spooner, CNET
Dell plans to remake itself into a bigger, fiercer competitor by selling servers and high-end services to businesses, and by moving into new consumer PC markets around the world.

Anti-Unix Web Site Back Online
by Michael Kanellos, CNET
Web site is live again after a lengthy outage that brought glee to Unix and Linux programmers.

Thursday, April 4, 2002

Top Stories

Apple Gobbles Up FireWire Company
by Margaret Kane, CNET
Apple Computer said Thursday that it has acquired Zayante, which makes chips and software that enable the high-speed data transfer standard known as FireWire.

iMacs Arrive In US 'by Truckload'
by Dominique Fidele, Macworld UK
"The iMac G4 waiting list is history. Customers have been very patient waiting for these awesome new iMac G4s."


Adapter Sends Music To FM Radio Without Wires
by Brian McDonough, Wireless NewsFactor
For consumers, the new adapter offers a wire-free way to turn the factory-standard FM stereos in their cars into CD or MP3 players.

Inside The SuperDrive
by Apple
Is it a CD burner? Is it a DVD burner? Yes, it's both.

Microsoft Expected To Stay With Mac
by Ian Fried, CNET
Kevin Browne, head of Microsoft's Mac Busienss Unit, is expected to reaffirm Microsoft's commitment to the Mac, but the two tech giants are not exepcted to sign a new pact.

USB Device Gives Mac Users Another Wireless Option
by Ian Austen, New York Times
A tiny USB device from D-Link and a free software download from Apple now allows owners of newer Macintosh computers to use Bluetooth. They may, however, have trouble finding something to do with the technology.

iMacs Arrive In US 'by Truckload'
by Dominique Fidele, Macworld UK
"The iMac G4 waiting list is history. Customers have been very patient waiting for these awesome new iMac G4s."


Apple Ties The Wireless Knot — Again
by Michael Swaine, Dr. Dobb's Journal
Apple is already all over the Wi-Fi wireless standard.

Top Five Things You Can Do On A PC, But Not On A Mac
by Brett Larson, TechTV
I'm a true blue Mac lover, but even I must admit that there are some areas on which a Mac is lacking.

Understanding Apple's Technical Support And Customer Service
Be nice. Use your best judgment.

What The Heck Was Apple Thinking?
by Eric Schwarz,
Apple needs to sell computers and win converts from the Wintel world.


iMac's Monitor Bends To User's Will
by Rebecca Freed, PC World
Eye-catching Apple is a powerful home computer at a reasonable price.

OS X Email Client Showdown
The number of quality email clients available for the OS has gone from zero to a handful or so of very good quality clients.

Rip 'N' Roll: A Date With 8 Jukeboxes
by Wilson Rothman, New York Times
The iPod is still the best for gloriously seamless interaction with Mac desktops and laptops.

All Those Megabytes Fit On A Key Chain
by Carlos A Soto, Washington Post

Direct To The Small Screen: Major Studios Try Online Delivery
by Mike Langberg, San Jose Mercury News
CinemaNow and Intertainer, two online movie services, are just now providing access to major studio releases.

An Online Course In Digital Video
by Leonard Fischer, USA Today


Thursday, April 4, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Had my wisdom tooth taken out this morning — so I'm not allowed to eat any solid food until Saturday. The experience was, well, better than I imagined. Not too painful. Man, the dentist is good. (If you lived around the northern region in Singapore, e-mail me if you want the know the clinic.

Of course, now I dread having to go back next week to remove the stiches.


Signs Of 'Trustworthy Computing'
by Paul Boutin, Wired News
NEC has announced a trial program in which Packard Bell PCs will be equipped with keyboards that include secure smart-card readers.

Gateway Waves Goodbye To Tech Support Firm
by Drew Cullen, The Register

Microsoft Says Court Should Not Design Computer Systems
by Amy Harmon, New York Times
Microsoft's lawyer said that stripping components out of Windows would prevent a separate set of third-party programs that depended on them from working.

The Next Round In The PC Wars
by Economist
As the final salvoes are fired in the battle by HP to merge with Compaq, Dell prepares to take on both firms. The contest will be fierce, because the rising cost of components is pushing up computer prices.

Wednesday, April 3, 2002

Top Stories

PC To Apple?
by BusinessWeek
Watch out, Bill Gates, our unscientific survey finds a big percentage of PC users would consider switching to a Mac.


House: Divert Laptop Funding
by Grace Murphy, Portland Press Herald
"The message that was sent to the governor from the House of Representatives... was that we have enough votes to override a veto."

Wireless Technology Helps Make Maine Governor's Vision A Reality
by eSchool News
Without it, the Maine project would have been too expensive to fathom.

Apple To Triple Mac-based Developers
by Ravind Ramesh, The Star
Apple hopes to triple the number of developers using Mac OS X to develop software in the Asian region within the next five years.

Microsoft, Apple Reassess Their Relationshipo
by Matt Berger, IDG News Service
Cooperation on new projects could improve compatibility between Macs, Windows PCs.

Cary Lad's Education Of A Different Sort
by Dale Gibson, Business Journal
Scandariato was 13 years old at the time, and, like most kids, he figured he'd use that Macintosh for games.


iMac, You Mac, We All Should Mac
by Dave Davis,
My god in heaven, I want one. I shouldn't want an inanimate thing this much, but I do.

Plucking The Fruit Of iPod Envy
by Charles Haddad, BusinessWeek
Even hardened PC users look longingly at Apple's new music player. A Windows version could boost market share, but it won't be easy.

A New High In Underhanded Licensing
by Bradley F. Shimmin, Network Computing
It appears that with its recent release of Office v.X for Apple Mac OS X, Microosft has come to a very distinct conclusion: Users and administrators can no longer be trusted to comply with the licensing agreement.

Publicizing OS X Free Software
by MacSlash


Final Cut Pro 3
by Stephen Schleicher, Creative Mac
New features make program even more valuable for editors.

All Notebooks Are Not Created Equal
by Sydney Morning Herald
[iBook is] a good choice unless you really must have a Windows notebook.


Wednesday, April 3, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Rick Sammon: With a resolution of 1600x1024 pixels, the 22-inch Apple Cinema Display is... a useful tool for serious digital photographers.

Quicktime Streaming Server 4 and Radio Userland: BlogTV.

The technology behind Google's great results.


Pocket PC: A Handheld Or A Gag Gift?
by Stefanie Olsen, CNET
A novelty-gift inventor faced off with Microsoft on Tuesday in an unlikely tussle over the rights to the term "Pocket PC."

Microsoft: Kertzman Curried Favor
by Reuters
An interactive-television company executive testifying against Microsoft offered to tone down his criticism last year while trying to close a key business deal.

Belluzzo Out At Microsoft In Reorganization
by Michael Kanellos, CNET
Microsofot President and COO Rick Belluzzo will be leaving Microsoft, the company said Wednesday.

Microsoft Wants New Ruling
by Seattle Times
Microsoft is asking a federal judge to reconsider a ruling that questioned the validity of its Windows trademark.

Competitors Eye Microsoft's CRM Moves
by Ben Heskett, CNET
Microsoft says it's aiming for small businesses with its move into the customer relationship management software market. But industry watchers say the software giant will almost surely move upstream.

Gates Fails To See Through Windows Prank
by Globe and Mail

Tuesday, April 2, 2002


Macworld New York Expands Conferences
by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral


Why I Don't Own A Mac
by Cory Watson, Rush Magazine
I don't think Steve Jobs is conerned with Apple making money.

Inside Story On Henrico County iBooks
by John H Farr,
"If teachers had been solicited for comments, and a series of pilot programs run, the whole experiment could have been handled far better."

Notebook No Longer A Freakish Alternative
by Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times
One of the advantages of having lived to see 2002 is that a notebook is a practical choice and not simply a freakish niche alternative.

Time To Switch To OS X? Maybe
by Stephan Somogyi, ZDNet
While I've been using OS X more and more, I most emphatically have not joined the ranks of its proselytes.

It's Just A Computer... Not A Lifestyle Statement
by Iain S Bruce, Sunday Hearld
At the end of the day ownership of a fringe product means losing the benefits of ubiquity and adding to the expense, and is thus illogical.

Readers Talk iMac Supply And Demand
by Matthew Rothenberg, eWEEK


Protect Your Mac From Hackers And Viruses
by Macintosh Security


Microsoft Rolls The Dice
by Associated Press
Microsoft is using a risky strategy to avoid tough antitrust penalties, legal experts said.

Anti-Unix Web Site On The Fritz?
by Michael Kanellos, CNET
As of midday Tuesday, the "We have the way out" site displayed either an all-white screen or an "Error 403" authorization message.

Liberate Testifies Against Microsoft
Liberate Technologies CEO said antitrust sanctions were needed to prevent Microsoft from entering contracts designed to eliminate other set-top interactive TV technologies.

New P4 PCs: THe Fastest Desktops Yet
by John Morris and Josh Taylor, ZDNet
Intel has been claiming for years that the P4 was designed with lots of room to grow. Based on the results of our lab tests of the new 2.4Ghz chip, it looks like P4 is all grown up.

MS Security Patch Fails To Work
by Thomas C Greene, The Register
Except on your imagination

Monday, April 1, 2002

Top Stories

Mac OS X Passes 1-Year Test; Big Software Firms Still Studying
by Rob Pegoraro, Washington Post
It's now 12 o'clock. Time's up!

Blow Out A Candle For OS X
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
Apple didn't make a peep about it, and the occasion passed largely unnoticed. With one exception.


Apple's Bluetooth Technology Preview Release
by MacNN
Requires Mac OS X 10.1.3 and D-Link DWB-120M Bluetooth USB Adapter.

Laptop Debate Far From Over
by Paul Carrier, Maine Press Herald
Key lawmakers say the legislature may revisit the issue next year, when King, who leaves office in January, will not be around to defend it.

New Software Controls Macs Remotely
by Russell Redman, Asia Computer Weekly
With the addition of remote management software, Apple further polishes its appeal to business users.

One-On-One With Guy Kawasaki, CEO, Garage Technology Ventures
by Daniel S. Levine, San Francisco Business Times


iMac G4 Has Look Of Future
by Derrell Proctor, Rocky Maintain News


Monday, April 1, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

If this rumor about iTivo is true, and it's something I can afford and use here in Singapore, I'd be very happy.

Apple Computer is the Brand of the Year: "Not necessarily the biggest or the one with the most revenue — it is the one that makes us stand up and take notice."


Anti-Unix Site Powered By Unix
by Mike Ricciuti, ZDNet
A Web site sponsored by Microsoft and Unisys as a way to steer big companies away from the Unix operating system is itself powered by Unix software.

HP's Booting Of Hewlett Draws Criticism
by Ian Fried, CNET
HP's decision not to renominate dissident director Walter Hewlett generated criticism Monday, if little surprise.

HP Board To Drop Hewlett
by CNN/Money
Board says it was prepared to include son of co-founder until his lawsuit over Compaq proxy vote.

Microsoft's Fumbling Foes Testify
by Brock N. Meeks, MSNBC
Evidence shows company's rivals tried to work both sides of antitrust case.

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