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Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Top Stories

Beantown Wants To Steal Macworld Show From N.Y.
by Lauren Barack, New York Post
Fed up with the rising prices at the Javits Center, and enticed by a free offer for Boston's new convention center, IDG World Expo is considering moving its Macworld trade show out of New York.

Dissecting .Mac
by Michael Brewer, O'Reilly Network
In a sense Apple seems to realize the vision that Sun figured out years ago: the network is better for data management than the local client.


Adobe Warns On Third-Quarter Earnings
Adobe cited especially weak sales in Europe and Japan.

Architects Praise New Apple 'Xserve' - Say Hardware Is Very Feature Attractive
by Architosh
The combination of excellent pricing, industry-leading storage potential, UNIX stability and superb cross-platform capabilities make the Xserve a top pick for server replacements in the future.

iBook Laptop Initiative Raises Student Achievement
by Apple
"We've seen a major impact on academic achievement here... the students are really motivated to learn with the laptops."

Apple To Drop Base iMac Back To $1300
by MacNN is now offering the 700MHz iMac for $1300.


Deimos Rising
by Andrew Willkinson, MacTeens
One of the coolest games I've played this year.


Who Gave Microsoft Control Of Your It Costs? You Did
by David Berlind, ZDNet
The minute you get you or your company hooked on a proprietary technology, you put the vendor of that technology in control of a lot of things that I'm certain you'd prefer to control.

Tuesday, July 30, 2002

Top Stories

Will Real Feast Where Apple Failed?
by Paul Festa, CNET
Apple may have been first, but it hasn't been much of an inspiration.

Jaguar Jumping Everywhere: Interoperate With Mac, UNIX, And Win32
by Jacqueline Emigh, Earthweb
Whether you're running Macintosh, UNIX, or Windows machines, Apple's upcoming Jaguar release is worth a good, long look.


Dvelopers Aim To Give Apple More Bite
by Darren Greenwood, Computerworld New Zealand
Apple gaining market share for first time in years, says event organiser.

Apple Seeding
by Dave Sterman, Multex Investor
Conventional wisdom holds that Apple will never be able to break beyond its niche of multimedia-savvy users and educational institutions. But the conventional wisdom is wrong. Apple's new products and strategies are setting the stage for a strong multi-year growth spurt.

How Gray Is My Valley
by Diana Welsh and Julie N. Lynem, San Francisco Chronicle
Callow youth is out, experience, maturity are in at high-tech firms.

What Is A DVI Port And What Can I Do With It?
by PC User


Apple's Retail Upswing
by Steve Watkins, Low End Mac
Apple is doing some things right on the retail front.


From Pinball To Action, Take A Mac-Gaming Nostalgia Trip
by Peter Cohen, Macworld
What if you're longing for the days when you could sit in a molded-plastic chair at the arcade and play games until you lost all feeling in your legs? We've got you covered there.


Microsoft Gives More Power To The Small
by Ian Fried, CNET
Microsoft is putting a little more .Net in its Windows CE .Net.

Intel Owns Inside (True)
by Drew Cullen, The Register
Maps and mailshots?

Monday, July 29, 2002

Top Stories

Apple's Bait And Switch
by Rob Walker, Slate
All bias aside, this strikes me as the best batch of ads Apple has come up with in a long time.

Why Buy A PC When You Can Have A Mac?
by David Saraceno, The Spokesman-Review
I'm here to end the debate and stop the fight. Simply, the Macintosh is the best computer built today — bar none. Windows XP can't hold a candle to the elegant user experience provided by Mac OS 9 or OS X.


iTools: No More Free Rides
by Charles Arthur, Independent News
Recipe for a firestorm: take something that is free on the net. Start charging for it. Stand back in case you get your eyebrows singed.

Wireless Surfing For Shoppers
by Mongkol Jullayothin, Bangkok Post
Shoppers with laptop computers will be able to use the Internet while walking around the centre.

Linux Invades iPod
by Matthew Broersma, ZDNet UK
A plug-in that allows Linux users to access Apple's iPod has gone on sale.

Watson Developer Speaks Out Against Apple; Plans Port To Windows
by Brad Smith, The Mac Observer
"What I would liked would have been some minor compensation and public recognition, or even for them to have asked me if it was OK if they used the specific tools and layouts for those tools in Sherlock."


Full Disclosure: Sick Of Blue Screens? Get A Mac!
by Stephen Manes, PC World
Don't fret: Fantasies about ditching Windwos are perfectly normal—maybe even healthy.


Teeny, Tiny Gizmos For Travelers
by Julio Ojeda-Zapata and Phil Larose, Pioneer Press
Today's digital devices pack an astonishing amount of functonality into ultracompact packages.

Clive Barker's Undying
by Nick Chojnowski, MacTeens
Offering something for seemingly everyone, mystery, action, horror, fantasy and adventure fans should all be happy with Undying. Just don't play it alone.

Links And The Changing Mac Web
by Dan Knight, Low End Mac
There are several sites that do a good job of linking to original outside content. Here are my thoughts on them.

PowerBook G4 Is Laptop With Desktop Shoulders
by John P. Mello, Jr., Boston Globe
PowerBook G4, with its eye-popping display, processing power and digital monitor support, is a laptop with shoulders broad enough to bear the burden of a desktop machine.

iPod's On THe Prize
by Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle
It's clear the iPod will continue to set the pace.

The Bluetooth Blues Play On
by Rob Pegoraro, Washington Post
Right now, Bluetooth costs too much in dollars and aggravation.


Monday, July 29, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Beginning Of The End?

Many people were questioning the future of Apple's office productivity suite when it moved from ClarisWorks to AppleWorks. Now that Apple is collaborating with Sun on Star Office, does that finally spell the end of AppleWorks?

And will there be any upgrade path? :-)

Are You Looking At Me?

Cameron Barrett: It's really kind of weird, after years of being ignored, people are looking at Apple's product in a new light and are starting to evaluate it in their minds as a replacement for increasingly expensive Microsoft solutions.

An Apple A Day

John H. Farr has a weblog too.

And you can have one too.


Low-Cost Laptops Jump On P4 Bandwagon
by John G Spooner, CNET
Gateway and Micron PC became the latest companies to forgo portable procesors in favor of more powerful but power-hungry chips in their low-priced notebooks.

In Microosft We Trust
by Phil Lemmons, Upsdie
To win its antitrust suit against Microsoft, Sun will have to overcome judges trained to disregard the law.

Sunday, July 28, 2002

Top Stories

The Strange Case Of The Duelling Benchmarks
by Gene Steinberg, Mac Night Owl
There are so many possible combinations of benchmark sequences you can run, it is nearly impossible to achieve consistent results unless you perform the same tests in the same sequence.


Themes Are Only Skin-Deep, Quartz Goes To The Core
by Slashdot
Making something look like Aqua doesn't make it work like Aqua.


Crescendo G4 Upgrade
by MacSingapore
CPU upgrades are a very cost-effective solution to get up and running with OS X.

Saturday, July 27, 2002

Top Stories

Home Movies Become Big Business
by BBC News
The technology to produce your own films is becoming more accessible, and Apple disciples are bidding to become tomorrow's digital film-makers.

Sun To Push StarOffice For Apple's OS X
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
The partnership is expected to produce a Java-based version of OpenOffice by the end of the year, followed by a commercial StarOffice release sometime in 2003.


Wireless Chips Take Their First Steps
by Ben Charny, CNET
Some of the first integrated circuits that create a wireless network using the very powerful, and controversial, unltawideband wireless technique are on their way for testing by device makers.

Apple Lawyers Nix Box Pix
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
Apple's legal department has sent threatening letters to two websites publishing incredibly borning information, purportedly of the company's new professional PowerMac case.


The Mac OS X Open Source Tools Collection
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
How do you part the waters of the Aqua interface and delve into the open source depths of Mac oS X?

The Magic Of iPod
by S Sadagopan, Financial Express
iPod convinces us that there is still enormous place for "cool" products.


Educators Take Redmond Field Trip
by Michael Kanellos, CNET
Microsoft will hold a research conference next week detailing technology development in its labs as well as ongoing projects sponsored by Microsoft at universities.

HP: Dell's Printer Plans Are Jammed
by John G. SPooner, CNET
HP says Dell's printer strategy has a fatal flaw-consumers prefer to purchase ink refills at traditional retailers rather than by mail.

Analyst: Dell May Offer Handheld This Year
by Ian Fried, CNET
Dell is likely to enter the handheld market later this year with a device to be manufactured by a Taiwanese contract manufacturer.

Microsoft Stops The Music Swaps
by Joe Wilcox, ZDNet
Microsoft warned its employees Thursday night that no swapping of music or other files is to occur via its PCs or networks.

Friday, July 26, 2002

Top Stories

An Apple A Day
by Joan Silverman, MetroWest Daily News
Whatever ails your PC, there's someone else who feels your pain, and is treating it with a Mac.


Malaysian School Does Apple Proud
by Charles F. Moreira, The Star
Sri Cempaka became hte first school in Malaysia, and the first in South Asia, to be named an "Apple Distinguished School" earlier this week for its extensive implementation and use of Macintosh technology in its education curriculum.


Do We Really Need That New PC?
by Patrick Moorhead, ZDNet
Too much of today's technology is sold on the features and not the benefits.

The MWNY 2002 Review
by Jeff Lewis, MacOPINION
One thing Jobs got wrong in his new zeal to ridicule all things Redmond was his snipe about .Net.

Nail On The Head
by Slashdot
Apple achieved in one stroke everything Microsoft is trying to achieve with .Net.


FileMaker Pro 6
by Mark Sealey, Think Secret
If you want simply the best database system on your Mac, buy Filemaker Pro 6 now. Unhesitatingly recommended!


Friday, July 26, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Why Mac Ships With A One-Button Mouse

... So that developers cannot be lazy. If your application requires the use of more than one-button, there will be people who cannot use your application.

But then, what if it's Apple who broke the guideline?

Do Not End Your Sentence With .Mac

Echoing this post in Slashdot... You wouldn't want to use the word .Mac at the end of a sentence.

Bragging Rights

Well... what an interesting angle to, er, well, brag.

Oh, and, by the way, did Radio Userland just killed Salon? I can't access the web site at all right now... :-)

Thursday, July 25, 2002

Top Stories

E-Mail's Not Free? Mac Owners Flee
by Ian Fried, CNET
Apple's plan to start charging for its e-mail service has Mac owners scrambling for alternatives.

Why You Should Take A Mac User To Lunch
by Adam Smith, LinuxWorld
Apple's new rackmount server is just another Unix box — with big implications for the Linux community. Four million new Unix users a year, that's the Mac OS X promise and it's a market full of friends with whom we should be working.

The Macintosh And Elegance Bigotry
by David Pogue, New York Times
I make no secret of my admiration for the Macinoths. I use both Windows and Mac every single day, but I'm a sucker for perfectionist detail.


Chimera Browser Bumped To Version 0.4
by Mac Net Journal

Thinking Different: Douglas Rushkoff
by Ron Mwangaguhunga, MacDirectory
"[Macintosh] really did come full circle in a good way."

Apple Challenged By New All-In-One PC
by Tim McDonald, NewsFactor
Northgate's Integra has trageted Apple's new eMac flat-screen all-in-one, although the Integra is a Windows-based machine running a Pentium processor.

Flash, QuickTime Plugins Now 'Scriptable'
by MacNN
The latest versions of Flash and QuickTime released last week are now fully scriptable in Mozilla and Netscape 6 browsers.

Apple's New Gambit
by Jon Fortt, San Jose Mercury News
There's plenty of exciting technology coming from Apple. But it's going to cost you.

Plugging Into Ordinary Outlets To Share Broadband Access
by Michel Marriott, New York Times
Using a networking standard called Powerline, NeverWire 14 uses a building's electrical wiring to power its device as well as piggyback broadband signals.

AOL: IM Compatibility Too Costly
by Associated Press
Instead, AOL will focus on letting companies, such as Apple, to offer their own instant messaging services if they contract with AOL to run them.

Apple Page Offers Up-To-Date Details
by MacNN
Qualifying computers include any Macintosh sold by an authorized Apple reseller on or after July 17, 2002, without Mac OS X 10.2.


Beyond Macworld Expo
by Matthew Rothenberg, eWeek
The rumored announcement of new Power Macs looms as the Next Big Thing for the Mac community, and it promises to complement the competitive equation that Jaguar started.

The Words "Only On A Mac" Originally Came From Microsoft
by Gene Steinberg, Mac Night Owl
Too many features remain untouched because they are not somple to access, or require complicated steps to use.

The Beginning Of The End For Microsoft - No Really, I Swear
by John Manzione, MacNETv2
Microsoft will become obsolete, of that I have no doubt.

The iTools Bait And Switch
by Jeff Adkins, Low End Mac
Apple continues to put blinders on to the reality of the world its customers face, especially education customers.

Discussion: .Mac WebMail Security Hole
by MacSlash
An email message can be viewed on any computer... without loggin in.

Apple Tech At Macworld NY 2002
by Daniel H. Steinberg, O'Reilly Network
Apple is now trying to realize revenues from hardware sales, Internet services, and the operating system. By relaxing the pricing on the current release of the OS, they may increase revenue on the other two.


Apple iPod
by PC World
Apple has produced an MP3 player with a great look, an intuitive interface, easy-to-use controls, and fast transfers.

iPod Adds Windows Format, So All Music Fans Can Enjoy
by Walter S. Mossberg, Wall Street Journal
The iPod just gets better and better. No other digital music player comes close. And now, it works with Windows, too.

by Erica Marceau,
A game that turns a ball and a paddle into powerful weapons and breathes life into a game that's been done countless times before.

Photo-Quality HP Printer Shows Trend Toward Value
by Mike Langberg, San Jose Mercury News
The Deskjet 5550 sets a new high mark for outstanding performance at a reasonable price. The rest of the industry will have to scramble to catch up.

'Warcraft III' Addictive
by Matt Slagle, Associated Press
"Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos," a fiendishly addictive program and a recipe that should satisfy any gamer's appetite for months, maybe years.

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Top Stories

MPEG-4 Sharpens Apple QuickTime 6
by Jim Rapoza, eWeek
The use of MPEG-4 instead of a proprietary format at the core makes QuickTime 6 attractive for those looking to provide media to diverse audiences and devices.

MP3 Player iPod May Become Apple Of Recording Indusry's Eye
by Renay San Miguel, CNN
"Apple is definitely one of the computer makers that cares about the legitimate music market and has spent time and resources working with the record labels ononline music delivery systems."

Rendezvous With Janguar: OS X Bids Farewell To Appletalk
by Jacqueline Emigh, Earthweb
Intended to overcome "local area chaos," the new IP-based tool is conceptually based on the old AppleTalk "chooser."

"Swtich" Hits From Apple's Sales Supermo
by Douglas Harbrecht, BusinessWeek
Steve Jobs' top marketing guy talks about converting Windows users, the price of Jaguar, and the "challenge" facing Microsoft.

Mac In The Enterprise: An Odyssey
by Marley Graham, O'Reilly Network
The Mac is emerging as the new platform of choice for more and more IS/IT managers, validating the decision that many users made years ago.


Chimera Web Browser Updated

Macs Make Their Stylish Mark On TV, Theater Sets
by Denise Reagan, Star Tribune
Apple has done a savvy job of product placement, making its stylish computers the perfect touch for any scene or set.

AppleHits 52-Week Low

Jaguar's Compiler Is Ready
by MacSlash


Apple Praised By RIAA, Pigs Fly Over Hollywood
by John H. Farr,
By emphasizing people's natural desire to live honestly and free, Jobs positions Apple as occupying the moral high ground.

Just A Thought - Peeved About .Mac? Write Apple!
by Vern Seward, The Mac Observer
Apple has shown that it listens to its customers in the past. Write them. Tell them what's on your mind. Perhaps they are still listening.

Where Apple And Microsoft Part Ways
by Charles Haddad, BusinessWeek
Microsoft has to mimic the aggressive marketing campaign it uses to sell Office XP, which offers PC makers lucrative discounts to preinstall the software on their new machines. I'm sure Apple would be happy to accept similarly generous terms to push Office X.


Apple Titanium PowerBook G4
by Brett Larson, TechTV
See better, brighter, but not lighter Mac laptop.


Microsoft's .Net Set To Link To Apache
by Mike Ricciuti, CNET
Microsoft on Wednesday will take a significant step toward expanding the appeal of its .Net software plan by announcing a link to Apache, one of the most important open-source software projects.

Microsoft To Sell Xbox In 6 New World Markets
by Reuters
Microsoft said Tuesday it will start selling its Xbox video game console in six new world markets this year.

Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Top Stories

Apple Takes Shake To OS X
by Ian Fried, CNET
To help convince customers to move to the Mac, Apple is offering lower prices for softwar ein tandem with other incentives.

More On MS Mac FUD
by O'Reilly Network
"I'll bet Steve [Jobs] knew that, and Microsoft didn't figure it out until now. Steve bascially did to Microsoft what Microsoft usually does to its partners."


Bugs Interrupt Office-Palm Link
by Ian Fried, CNET
Technical glitches have prompted Microsoft to stop offering for download a free program it introduced last week that allows Palm handhelds to synchronize with the Macintosh version of Office.

Apple Adds New CD-RW Support To Mac OS X

In The Computer Game, It's PC Vs. Mac
by Paul Clark, Ashevile Citizen-Times
"Everything to do with the Mac is much more understandable and decipherable."

Mac Users Want More iChat Features
by Robert Aldridge, The iMac
What feature do you most want added to iChat?

Apple: All About Sharing
by Teri Robinson, NewsFactor
iSync uses a single synchronization approach to encourage seamless data flow between devices, eliminating the need for separate synchronization.

Apple Released Backup 1.0 Application
by MacNN

Macworld Expo New York Draws 58,000

"Halo" Co-Creator To Leave Microsoft
by David Becker, CNET
Alexander Seropian is leaving the company for family reasons.


Even Jobs Undersells Latest Advance From Apple
by Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times
I think Rendezvous is going to be to Mac OS X what phosphoric acid is to a can of Coke. Users won't understand what it does or how it does it. They'll just understandt hta for some reason, Jaguar taste 10 times better.

Apple Users Demand Higher Prices, Worse Treatment
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
Life imitating satire.

Is There Life Beyond Microsoft?
Can Apple possibly get all the way compatible with Microsoft?

Open Letter To Steve Jobs About .Mac
by John Droz, Jr., Low End Mac
Charging for iTools will not increase our market share, in fact it may reduce it.


Tuesday, July 23, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Chris Short: The only screensaver I use is the one on my PC at work. It says, "I wish I was a Mac."


Microsoft Is Bad, Uncertainty Is Worse
by Chris Anderson, Wired News
There is a pragmatic way to look at the case: that it had reached the point of dimishing returns.

Intel Pushes Faster For New Pentium 4
by Michael Kanellos, CNET
Intel will come out with a 2.8GHz Pentium 4 for desktops later this quarter, and a 3GHz Pentium 4 in time for the holiday buying season, said sources close to the company.

Monday, July 22, 2002


Macworld Expo Keynote Served Up To 50,000 Viewers On Apple Hardware
Approximately 50,000 people used QuickTime to view the live webcast of Steve Jobs' Macworld Expo keynote last week, according to an Apple press release.

The Mac User, The Web's Elite
by Marty Beard, Media Life Magazine

Bungie Co-Founder Steps Down

Adobe Teams With CompUSA For InDesign Training

Adobe Updates Video Editing Software
by David Becker, CNET
Adobe on Monday will announce a new version of its Premiere video editing package.

Jaguar Roundup
by Neal Parikh, MacNN

Microsoft Pulls Handheld Sync For Entourage X
by MacNN


Apple And The Angry Consumer
by MacView
Let them know how you feel (good or bad) and support them if you can.

Apple — There's Still Time To Do The Right Thing
by Daniel H. Steinberg, O'Reilly Network
Come on Apple — do the right thing. We can't keep rooting for you as the good guy if you are going to engage in business practices like this.

Faster G4s Coming Some Day
by Dan Knight, Low End Mac
If Apple can clear out the current inventory soon, we may see an August announcement.

Making Jaguar, .Mac More Palatable
by Daniel Jansen, Low End Mac

Apple Immigrants
by Paolo Valdemarin
Apple has been making some good coiches, and Mac OS X is a very good environment, so, maybe it's time to get back home.


Monday, July 22, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

If Apple does want to charge full-price for Mac OS 10.2, Apple must commit to continue to fix any showshopping bugs in 10.1.5 — including any security fixes — on the same timing with 10.2 fixes.


Hollywood, Tech Make Suspicious Pairing
by Dan Gillmor, San Jose Mercury News
Microsoft and its technology-industry allies still have time to show that they're not handing absolute dominion over digital media to the entertainment cartel, that open source software is not a target — and that, in general, [Palladium] is genuinely designed to give computer users greater control, and not a technology designed to control them.

Sunday, July 21, 2002

Top Stories

Apple Store Employees Rise To The Occasion
Apple's newest retail store in New York City was tested beyond it's wildest dreams on Saturday, with an electrical fire at a nearby sub-station.


Apple Releases Security Update 7-18-02


Sorry, Steve. You Still Need Bill
by Alex Salkever, BusinessWeek
Here's a clear opportunity for Apple and Microsoft to make beautiful music together — and lots of money to boot.

Apple Gets Serious, Stays Cool
by Stuart Glascock, TechWeb
Steve Jobs and Apple Computer are delivering exactly what the moribund computer industry needs right now—a taste of cool.


IT & The Office - An Apple A Day...
by Matthew Stibbe, Real Business
Not a case of style over content.

Saturday, July 20, 2002


Apple Posts New "Switch" Movies
Absent however, is the Will Ferrell Switch ad.

Gropu May Change Name Of 802.11 Certification
by Sam Costello, Infoworld

On Rendezvous, TiVo, And Parliamentary Titles
by The Idea Basket
An exclusive interview with Stuart Cheshire, wizard without portfolio at Apple Computer, and Chairman of IETF Zeroconf.

The Aisle Less Traveled: A Macworld Expo Floor Report
by Nan Barber, O'Reilly Network
In the absence of major players, innovative products from smaller vendors seemed to stand a little taller and do a little showing off.


OS X: It's Spreading... Fast!
by Jeremy Zawodny

Apple Stupidity
by Rush Limbaugh
Apple deserve to be at 5%, just as every bad businessman who lets his bias get in the way should be.

Jaguar Pricing: Where Does It Leave Schools?
by Steve Wood, View From The Classroom
With one incredibly shortsighted and greedy decision, Apple has wiped away any lasting favorable impression of a company committed to education market seriously.

Shades Of Windows?
by Doc Searls
Ya gotta wince for the guys with the footprints on their backs.


Small Is Everything With Portable Hard Disks
by Charles Bermant, Seattle Times
It's rare that a new product needs so little explanation.

Friday, July 19, 2002

Top Stories

Macworld: It's Like A Holiday
by Michelle Delio, Wired News
The secret is out: Macworld isn't merely a tech tradeshow — it's also an insanely great vacation destination.

It's A Big Big Apple Apple Store
by Michelle Delio, Wired News
In a town where shopping is a comeptitive sport, Apple Computer opened its biggest-ever store on Thursday morning.


Economy Takes Its Tool, But Expo Happy With Turnout
While attendees roam empty space of red carpet and red curtains, Macworld Expo is realistic that under current conditions the show is doing well.

Special Interest Area A Growing Hit At Expo

Apple Sticks With Monitors, For Now
by Matthew Rothenberg and Nick dePlume, eWeek

Exhibitors Note Changing Buying Habits At Expo
"We're seeing trends towards laptop add-ons, a lot more than a year ago."

Adobe Honors Students With Design Award

John Cocke, Chip Wizard From I.B.M.'s Research Labs, Dies At 77
by Steve Lohr, New York Times
Mr Cocke was the principal designer of the type of microprocessor that serves as the engine of most of today's large, powerful computers and the Apple Macintosh personal computers. Machines using his chip design are reduced instruction-set computers, or RISC.

Trying To Connect At Macworld
by Ian Fried, CNET
Apple may have turned off the 802.11b wireless connection as a number of keynote demonstrations required the ability to trade instant messages and share files with those connected to a nearby wirelessly equipped Mac.

Apple Software Allows Multiple, Simultaneous Syncs
by Ephraim Schwartz, InfoWorld
Users will be able to synchronize contact and calendar data among a Bluetooth phone, a Palm-based PDA, an Apple iPod MP3 player, and a Mac desktop and notebook all at the same time.


Is It Time To Put An End To Macworld?
by John Manzione, MacNETv2
Would you rather spend $1000 attending the Expo or spend the same $1000 on new Apple products?

Clarification/Misquote: Steve Jobs And OS X On Intel
by Mac Rumors

Microsoft Mac FUD, Phooey!
by Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly Network
The comments from Microsoft are in exceedingly poor taste. And it's a shame.

.Mac - A Distinctive Experience
by Neema Aghamohammadi, MacEdition

Switch - Or Bait & Switch?
by Charles W. Moore,
Going from a free service to a $100 service on two months' notice is changing the rules in the middle of the game pretty drastically.

iPod, iTunes More BeOS-Like; Macworld Smells Funny
by Scot Hacker, O'Reilly Network
Don't foget all the iTools logos you stuck on your product boxes, and the iDisk item in the Finder menu, all implying that iTools was part of the purchase price of this "premium brand" product.


Benchmark Duel: Mac Vs PC, Round II
by Charlies White, Digital Video Editing
Dell 2.53GHz Pentium 4 runs circles around fastest Mac G4.

Burning Labels Directly Onto Your CD
by Craig Crossman, Knight Ridder
Yamaha has just introduced a novel approach to their line of CD burners that just might give them an edge over the compeititon. And I mean that literally, since you can now burn a label along the edge of a CD.

Codewarrior 8 Keeps App Focus
by Peter Coffee, eWeek
With an environment that looks and acts the same on either Mac or Windows workstations and that keeps our code front and cneter in a project manager environment that we still like after all these years, CodeWarrior is a tool that we're glad to have in our lab.


Friday, July 19, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Dave Farber: If this is indicative of AppleCare in their new business, we are in for problems.

Ron Lite: Is it ".Mac" or ".mac?" You can't tell by visiting Apple, that's for sure.


Is IBM Toast?
by John C. Dvorak, PC Magazine
This isn't your father's IBM. I'll be shocked if there is anything left but a compnay much like Unisys—a haven for desk jockeys.

Thursday, July 18, 2002

Top Stories

In Its New House, Apple Goes Bauhaus
by Herbert Muschamp, New York Times
The architect Rafael ViÒoly once observed that the designers of today's electronics products have rediscovered the pleasure of function. Apple has extended that discovery to the function of shopping.

Apple And The Future Of Computing
by David Pogue, New York Times
As always, you donít have to love Apple or its computers — but youíd be wise to pay attention.

Struts And Stuff At Apple Show
by David Pogue, New York Times
Who cares if 30,000 programs are available for Windows, if the five you want most are available only on the Mac?

Mac OS X Upgrade Doesn't Come Cheap
by Michael Kanellos, CNET
Apple Computer fans who rushed to Mac OS X last year learned Wednesday that there's no such thing as a cheap upgrade.

Move2Mac Shoots For Easier Windows Transition
Apple called six weeks ago. In that time, Detto Technologies went from idea to concept to product.


iPod Software Update To Bring New Features To Current Owners

Apple's .Mac Challenges Microsoft's .Net
by Teri Robinson, NewsFactor

Los Angeles Apple Store Opens Next Week

Apple Draws Mixed Reviews
by Jon Fortt, San Jose Mercury News
Some cheered Apple's technologyv ision while others complained about the disappearance of Apple's free Web services.

Only Connect
by Neil McIntosh, The Guardian
Apple's latest developments are based more on versatility of software than sexy new gadgets.

Apple Goes All CD-ROM On Classic iMacs; Drops $999 Model

In Midst Of A PC Slump, Apple Still Aims For Growth
by Steve Lohr, New York Times
For Apple, a product innovator with an anemic market share, a prosperous future depends on persuading some of the legions of people who use personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system to switch to Apple's Macintosh technology.

Apple To Compromise On Email
by MacMinute
Apple appears prepared to launch a compromise.

Ambrosia Releases Pop-Pop
by MacSlash
Enter the bright happy world of fierce brick-bashing combat.


Apple Goes Soft
by Arik Hesseldahl, Forbes
If it seemed that Apple didn't have much new hardware to show offat the Macworld Expo, it was no accident.

A Quiet Macworld
by Glenn Neuschwender, MacDirectory
We can trust that the company that has brought so much innovation to the computer world has kept the vision, and when the masses return, Apple will respond.

Comparing Apples With Oranges
by Fabrice Taylor, The Globe And Mail
Every time the PC economy gets tough, the future of Apple is put in question and the stock tumbles before rising again when the climate improves.

Gigahertz Gap?
by Christopher Allbritton, Popular Mechanics

MPEG-2 Codec Now Available
by MacSlash
$19.99 add-on.

Apple Extends Its Reach
by Dan Gillmor, San Jose Mercury News
iCal is the strongest signal yet toward Apple's now-obvious PDA ambitions.


Swiss Army Surgery On A TiBook
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
I know I voided every warranty on the planet and risked life and limb of my TiBook, but I was desperate.

Sybase For Mac OS X: First Look
by Brian Jepson, O'Reilly Network

iTunes 3
by David Fanning, Macworld UK
The most impressive addition is Smart Playlists, which takes the effort — some may say the fun — out of making compilations.

iTunes 3 Rocks On With Update
by Jonathan Seff, Macworld
Smart playlist, sound check features among the highlights.


HP No. 1 In PCs - Barely
by John G. Spooner, CNET
Through its merger with Compaq, HP has become the world's largest PC manufacturer for the first time, but the distinction might be short lived.

Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Top Stories

Users See A Lot To Like From Jaguar
by Matthew Rothenberg, Baseline
Mac enthusiasts from Apple's core professional markets hailed the latest software innovations announced at CEO Steve Jobs' Macworld Expo keynote presentation.

Jobs: Jaguar To Ship August 24
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
With the Unix base in Mac OS X, Apple has become the number one Unix supplier in the world.

Flat-Panel iMac Expands To 17-Inch
Featuring the 800MHz PowerPC G4 and a 1440x900 resolution.

Steve Jobs Goes To The Oscars
by Penelope Patsuris, Forbes
Errol Morris pitched Apple Computer on the idea of doing ads featuring regular folks talking about moving to Macintosh—and was turned down.

News Now Available On iTunes And iPod

Apple Offers Combo Drive eMac

Apple Accepting Bluetooth Adapter Orders

Apple Announces New .Mac-Enabled Applications

Sheerlock 3, Rendezvous, iChat: Part Of New OS X Nucleus

Jobs: 'Switch' Campaign A Huge Success
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral

Apple Shares Fall After Third-Quarter Results Reported
by Associated Press
Shares of Apple fell more than 8 percent after it reported third-quarter results and gave an outlook that did little to buoy the sagging personal computer industry.

20GB iPod Arrives
by Remy Davison, Insanely Great Mac
The new iPods feature slimmer styling and a revised scroll wheel.

Playlists Refined, Redefined
by Ron Carlson, Insanely Great Mac
Users can interactively generate play lists by setting rules.

iDVD Updated
by Macworld UK
Apple has updated iDVD2 to version 2.1, which supports AppleScript's.

Jobs Defends OS X Transition
by Joe Wilcox, Ian Fried and Paul Festa, CNET

Apple To Charge For iTools Services
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Apple Computer on Wednesday will transition its iTools Web services to a paid program from a free one under the .Mac name.

Jobs - "Fastest OS Transition In History"
by Remy Davison, Insanely Great Mac
"The fastest OS transition in history. Faster than Microsoft."

Apple-Friendly Software Floods Macworld
by Daniel Drew Turner, eWeek

Despite Criticism Of Apple's Efforts, Software Giant Says It's Committed To Mac Platform
by Philip Michaels, Macworld
"We're very committed to the Mac platform. We want the platform to succeed. That helps us to succeed."

Loads Of New Upgrades From Sonnet
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Mac upgrade maker Sonnet Technologies today took the wraps off a ton of new products aimed at Power Mac, PowerBook, and other users.

Apple Features More Switchers

Microsoft Sweetens Mac Office Offer
by Ian Fried, CNET
With sales of its Office suite for Mac OS X falling short of projections, Microsoft plans on Wednesday to announce a rebate for those who buy the software bundle when they pick up a new Mac.

"iPhoto: The Missing Manual" Released
O'Reilly & Associates today announced the release of "iPhoto: The Missing Manual," co-authored by well-known Mac writer and New York Times columnist, David Pogue.


Truth Is In The iMac Of The Beholder
by Charles Haddad, BusinessWeek
It's silly of Apple to target Internet rumors about the outfit's next moves. Instead, it should rejoice that fans care enough to gossip.


by Jules Allen, St. Peterburg Times
The bottom line is this is a great way to get a resonably priced, nicely powered Mac that should last you for a while.

My Month With A Mac
by Dave Gusso, St Petersburg Times
Apple's iMac lives up to its reputation for easy setup and does most tasks you need. But the Mac's new operating system takes time to learn.

The Aqua Designer's Toolbox
by Alan Graham, O'Reilly Network
Whether you're new to the Mac platform, or interested in expanding your existing toolset, here's an overview of some of the most powerful design applications for Mac OS X.


Wednesday, July 17, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Okay, I am disappointed there's no iTunes for Windows. (Spoilt by rumors site, eh?) It's time to continue my search for a good MP3 player...

Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Top Stories

Browne Expands On OS X Allegations
by Simon Aughton, MacUser
"We've announced that we are already working on the next major releases of our Mac products, but have concerns about the long-term because Apple has not focused on moving the Mac installed base to Mac OS X."

Apple Launches QuickTime 6
by Joe Wilcox, ZDNet
"QuickTime 6 certainly is better positioned [than Microsoft's] to take advantage of some of the toolsets in MPEG-4."


Apple Warns On 4Q
by CNN/Money
Apple warned Tuesday that its current-quarter sales and profit will fall short of analysts' forecasts as customers keep cutting spending on new computers.

Apple Fans Brace For Macworld
by Brendan Moran, TechTV
Don't expect to see Apple try to top itself at the upcoming Macworld Conference and Expo this week, industry watchers warn. These days, Apple is mostly worrying about selling iMacs.

Expectations Low On Apple's 2Q Results
by Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe
Apple has been battered by the same economic slowdown that's tormented the rest of hte industry. This week, investors will find out the extent of the damage.

Apple's Jobs, Seeking Growth With Innovation, Sees Sales Slump
by William Selway, Bloomberg
Investors say the designs championed by Jobs may not be enough to generate growth.

ADC Switcher Shares A Cinema Display Between Two Macs
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral

Many Core Issues Facing Apple
by Rex Crum, CBS MarketWatch
For a company that is so identified with innovation and distinguishing-looking gear, any new products Apple shows off may end up being more important than any revenue and earnings numbers it releases.

Licensing Decision Ends MPEG-4 Tiff
by Stefanie Olsen, CNET
MPEG LA, a group of patent holders governing MPEG-4, on Monday finalized licensing terms for the media delivery standard, bowing to market pressure for manageable royalty rates.

GraphicConverter Bumped To Version 4.4.3
by Rob McNair-Huff, Mac Net Journal


Microsoft Nonsense
by Dan Knight, Low End Mac
If they want to sell more copies of Office v. X, maybe it's Microsoft who should be marketing more or making the package more attractive.

Reporter's Notebook: SoHo Store, Funky Hotels
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral


Adobe Photoshop 7
by Bruce Fraser and Ben Long, Macworld
Photoshop 7 is quite simply the best version of Photoshop ever. With the File Browser, the Healing brush, and the Painting Engine, Photoshop 7 provides something new and useful for just about every user.


Tuesday, July 16, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

skribble: MS Talks... Apple ships.

Dan Bricklin: Maybe the drop in music sales is the result of the increase in cellphone usage?

Joel Spolsky: Incentive pay isn't such a hot idea, even if you could measure who was doing a good job and who wasn't.

Monday, July 15, 2002

Top Stories

Microsoft Out To Grab Macworld's Attention
by Joe Wilcox, ZDNet
Microsoft on Monday launched the first of several preemptive strikes against Apple's Macworld trade show by making announcements about new technologies far ahead of their delivery to market.

Apple Ads Make Big Impressions, Rival Big Firms'
by Theresa Howard, USA Today
The all-time leader for small brand, big identity is Apple.

Connection Systems: The Numbers Game
by Charles Arthur, Independent
The crucial difference between USB 2.0 and FireWire is this: FireWire is faster and more reliable.


Microsoft Releases Entourage X Palm Conduit

Bare Bones Offers Macworld Expo Special

Apple Japan Scores Well For Service And Support

3,000 New Computers Are Being Placed In 33 County Schools
by Cathi Carr, Gainesville Sun
Sitting at octagonal desks in the multimedia technology lab at Howard Bishop Middle School, seventh- and eighth-graders work with the latest digital imaging software programs on a handful of Apple iMac computers.

Canon Intros 3 New Color Bubble Jet Printers
by MacNN
Canon today introduced two new Bubble Jet Direct photo printers and one entry-level Color Bubble Jet printer for the consumer and SOHO markets—all of which have new Exif Print support for easy, smart processing of digital images.

Adobe Announces Photoshop Elements 2.0
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral

Inside The Mind Of A MacCommunist
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
New York writer Lukas Hauser's MacCommunist column about Macs and socialism turns red baiting on its head.

Apple Execs Make Millions From Stock
by Dan Lee, San Jose Mercury News
Executives from Apple amassed multimillion-dollar gains from exercising options and selling stock in the computer maker in May.

Digital Video Recorder Introduced For The Mac
by MacMinute

Apple, Akamai Extend Partnership

Future Fuzzy For Adobe Camera Software
by David Becker, CNET
Adobe will provide a simplified version of its ubiquitous image editing program with a new version of Photoshop Elements, but analysts warn the software may not be simple—or cheap— enough for the average digital camera user.


Let The Squabbling Begin
by Rob McNair-Huff, Mac Net Journal
The real story: Microsoft wants to blame Apple for not helping sell its overpriced software.

How Steve Jobs Got Microsoft To Pay For Jaguar's Development
by Bob McCormick,

Hells Buys Zamboni (Or: My Unexpectedly Pleasant Correspondence With John C. Dvorak)
by Joey deVilla, Happiest Geek On Earth
A filet mkignon on a flaming sword to you for takin' it in stride!


Mac OS X Takes Macintosh To New Level
by Peter Coffee, eWeek
Mac OS X is at last a 'real operating system.'

WarCraft III
by Eddie Park, Inside Mac Games
Few computer games have been heralded upon their arrival as much as Warcraft III.

Big-Camera Features In A Little Package
by James Coates, Chicago Tribune

EZQuest's Boa FireWire DVD-RW Drive
by CCPlace


Monday, July 15, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

I am so tempted to upgrade my Virtual PC so that I can stop using Quicken 2002 and switch back to Microsoft Money 98. (And, yes, I put the version number there to illustrate a point.)

Right now (Monday, 11am ET) one whole bunch of Macintosh web sites seem to be dead or cut off from the rest of the world. Which is a little inconvenient for the publisher and the readers, given this is one of the few weeks of the year that really matters in the Macintosh universe.


Confirmed: MS To Ship Beefed Up 802.11 Security In XP SP1
by John Lettice, The Register
Microsoft will be shipping a Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol (PEAP) client with SP1 of Windwos XP.

Sunday, July 14, 2002

Top Stories

Apple Posts Software Update Security Fix
by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral
With the new Security Update fix, packages presented via the Software Update mechanism are now cryptographically signed.


She Built A Business In 'No Time'
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
Karin Spitzeer is a refined example of how little it takes to build a business in the information economy: Her tools consist only of a laptop and some imagination.

The Digital Hub Gets A New Spoke: Television
by Jim Heid, Macintosh Digital Hub
EyeTV brings personal video recording to the Mac.


Discussion: Apple Plugs Software Update Hole
by Slashdot

OS X Day 1: Enter The iBook
by Nathan Torkington, O'Reilly Network
I'd been with Microsoft for so long, who are complacent and hoard their customers, that I'd forgotten what it's like to use an operating system built by people who want it to cooperate with the rest of the world. It's good.


May I Quote You?
by J.W. Olsen, PC Magazine
The Olympus DS-330 digital voice recorder is a useful, convenient device that you'll quickly find yourself slipping into your pocket or purse.


Sunday, July 14, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Tommy Wee: Jimmy Fong, director of AppleCentre at Wheelock Place [in Singapore], says he has sold 30 iPods since he opened his shop three weeks ago.


Enter The Dragon
by David Sheff, Wired News
China will soon be the biggest PC market in the world, and everyone wants a piece of it.

Saturday, July 13, 2002

Top Stories

Macintosh Vs. Personal Computer
by Dana Geenlee, Tacoma Daily Index
"The secret of the Macintosh success is it has the absolute largest unpaid sales force in the world."


At The Desk Of... Bradley Whitford
by David Whitford, Business 2.0
The one piece of technology that has made me feel optimistic is my Apple PowerBook G4 laptop. I think there's paradise and peace in this machine.

Catchall 802.11 Label Could Confuse End Users
by Junko Yoshida, EE Times
A move to brand IEEE 802.11 products of all stripes as "Wi-Fi Certified" is making some wireless-LAN vendors nervous.


Mac Web Sites: Can You Believe What You Read?
by Gene Steinberg, Mac Night Owl
The "new journalism" is quite unlike traditional news, where reporters and commentators are expected to have some degree of training and, one hopes, some respect for accurate reporting and even eidtors to review the material before it's published.


Bluetooth Is Still Too Temperamental For The Beginner
by Jim Krane, Associated Press
Get rid of the power cord, the printer cable and the modem line, and your computer just got more valuable.


Saturday, July 13, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Wes Felter: If [Halo] was developed on the Mac, why do they have to hire someone to do the port?

Friday, July 12, 2002


Microsoft Updates Outlook Express

Apple Goes Overseas With Retail Store
Apple Computer is taking its retail store effort international next week, with plans to open a store in the Netherlands, according to people briefed there on Apple's efforts.

Video Scratching On M-M-Macs
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
Just as scratching and sampling has forever changed music, video scratching is starting to revolutionize club visuals. A New York trio, Squaresquare, are leading the pack.

SuperCard Aquired By Solutions Etcetera
by MacNN
The acquisition culminates over 18 months of development on the next major iteration of SuperCard.


Laptop Contract Inquiry Poses Wrong Question
by Blethen Maine
To go the next step and kill the program may not cost anything in dollars and cents paid to Apple, but it will exact a heavy price on Maine's children.

Year Of The "Little Guy" At Macworld NYC?
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
What a perfect time for new companies to make their move.


Arcane Arena
by Erica Marceau,
It's a simple game, but that's a good thing.


Friday, July 12, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Evan Williams: The funny thing about this nerd test [is] on the results page: "Sorry, you lost 1 point because you are using a Windows machine."


AMD To Unveil Chip Amid Earnings Woes
by John G. Spooner, CNET
Advanced Micro Devices will have good news for customers next week, but bad news for investors.

Microsoft Office: Not Your Only Option
by Shaun Conlin, Gannett News Service

DOJ Vs Microsoft Makes Me Want To Ralph
by Mike McCune, osOpinion
The government could simply name the criteria that Microsoft must adhere to in order to sell to government agencies. If Microsoft refused to comply, many other vendors would do so.

Rivals Help Improve Dell's Outlook
by Ian Fried, CNET
Dell on Thursday raised its revenue and earnings outlook for the second quarter, saying it continues to gain market share from computer rivals.

Thursday, July 11, 2002

Top Stories

Mac Software Bargains
by Rob Griffiths, Ted Landau, Rick Lepage, Anton Linecker, Adam C. Engst, Jonathan Seff, and Jason Snell, Macworld
60 essential utilities that won't break the bank.

Living Under The Snow Dome
by Eolake Stobblehouse, TidBITS
The iMac is so good that it almost makes me wish I was in its target audience, just to have the pleasure of getting such a fantastic computer for the first time.


An Expensive Christmas
by Chris Morris, CNN/Money
If you're the parent of a gamer, you could be facing an expensive holiday season.

Smokin'! Apple Officially Posts Xserve Benchmarks
by Vern Seward, The Mac Observer
Looking at the charts, it is easy to see why Apple is a happy camper.

Mac-Based Artist Rocks New York
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
Isca Greenfield-Sanders is a hot digital artist whose work doesn't look like digital art.

Legislators Ask For Review Of Laptop Contract
by Associated Press
Two legislators are asking the Attorney General's office to determine the state's liability if it breaks a contract with Apple Computer for thousands of laptop computers.


Are Apple Rumor Sites The Enemy?
by Ron Mwangaguhunga, MacDirectory

Browser Numbers On The Rise
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
If the open source community label as "early adopters" has any merit at all, we should see a rise in Apple's market share over the coming months.

Wanna Be A True Mac Fan? Here's A Guide To Get You Started
by Derek Arndt,

Are Gadgets Already Too Small?
by David Pogue, New York Times
Because of the limitations of the human body, designers are already up against the wall.


by .Net Magazine
The build quality is excellent. A good specification that will handle any task from browsing to video encoding with ease.

Flash Cards Add Memory To Grow
by Mark Glassman, New York Times

Burn Before You Crash
by Garry Barker, Livewire
The best bit about Retrospect is that the application is bascially "set and forget".


IE Scripting Flaw Uncovered
by John Leyden, The Register
Security researchers yesterday released details of a cross domain scripting flaw in Internet Explorer ahead of a fix by Microsoft.

Another Bug In Outlook, IE
by Robert Lemos, ZDNet
A Danish security researcher warned users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Outlook and Outlook Express applications that a recently discovered software flaw could leave their system open to malicious code carried on Web pages or in e-mails.

Meet Microsoft, Home Networker
by Jay Greene, BusinessWeek
The Colossus of Redmond's next bold move is into routers that'll let consumers connect their digital devices together and to the Net.

Microsoft To Get Lift From Licensing Plan
by Reuters
At a time when other software and computer-hardware companies are being hit hard by the slump in corporate spending, Microsoft appears on track to post a fourth-quarter profit at the high end of its own guidance, analysts said.

Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Top Stories

How OS X Could Rescue The PC Biz
by Charles Haddad, BusinessWeek
A rivalry between Apple and Microsoft is good. It will prevent a modern-day Nietzsche from rightly declaring that the PC died from a terminal case of boredom.


Troubles For 'Big Brother' Mac Fans
by John Powell, Jam! ShowBiz
Mac users are going to be experiencing headaches and an extra fee in order to spend their summer watching the "Big Brother 3" live feeds on the Internet.

Fidelity's FMR Halves Stake In Apple Computer
by Reuters

Apple Opening Stores In SoHo, Roosevelt Field
by Ryan eague-Beckwith, Newsday
As part of an aggressive campaign to convince Windows users to switch to Macintosh, Apple is opening two flashy new retail stores in Manhattan and Long Island this month.

FileMaker Pro 6 Updated
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
FileMaker 6.0v2 supports the import of XML data from a remote FileMaker Pro host via HTTP request, and improves performance when using Find and Replace in large databases.

QuickTime For The Web
by Nathan Segal, Streaming Media World
Written by Steven W. Gulie, QuickTime for the Web is a book which explores the inner workings of QuickTime, a common yet often untapped technology.

Apple To Expand iMac LCD Display
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Even without an immediate boost in sales, releasing a 17-inch iMac makes a lot of sense, based on the dramatic increase in demand for larger flat-panel monitors.


The Blacklist Brouhaha
by Dan Knight, Low End Mac

Why I Don't Use Microsoft Software: No Need & No Trust
by Darla Sasaki, The Mac Observer


Seven Learning Styles In New JumpStart Titles
by Gene Emery, Reuters
The flaws are surprising in a product that tries so hard to make learning easy.

PowerBook Pismo Finally Gets A G4 Upgrade — Is It Worth $299?
by Bare Feats
If you love your Pismo, I think this upgrade is a "no-brainer." Downsides? Keep in mind that the Pismo's graphics processing unit is wimpy and video RAM limited so Quartz Extreme advantages do not apply.


Wednesday, July 10, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Crazy Apple Rumors Site: Apple Initiates "Rumor Site" Passes for Macworld NY.


Microsoft Gets Into Media Player Groove
by Byron Acohido, USA Today
To claim victory, Microsoft must win the allegiance of media companies — to supply music and videos — and telecoms to distribute the content.

It Ain't Heavy; It's My Laptop
by John G Spooner, CNET
The Toshiba Satellite 1955 is the latest example in a new trend in consuemr-oriented notebooks.

Tuesday, July 9, 2002


Taiwan iMac Shipments Take A Hit As Demand For The Computer Slackens
by David Tzeng, Chou Hua-Hsin, DigiTimes
The new iMacís Taiwanese part suppliers and assemblers are reporting reduced or halted shipments amid weakening demand for the flat-panel desktop, according to sources familiar with the companies.

Quanta Computer May Ship 4.5 Million Notebooks This Year, Below Its Earlier Estimates
by David Tzeng, Chou Hua-Hsin,
Hit by slowing iMac shipments and cuts in orders from HP, Quanta Computer could face a long road in reaching its shipment target this year.

Crunch Time For Apple OS Security
by James Middleton,
Hackers see Mac OSX hole as soft touch.

Study Of Power Consumption Also Finds Macs Are Cheaper To Run
by Alex Summersby,
An independent analysis at the University of Liege, Belgium, has shown that Mac systems' significantly lower power consumption also means substantial savings over Windows PC systems.


What's With Apple's Fetish For Secrecy?
by David Coursey, ZDNet
Whoever is really to blame here, Apple needs to turn this brouhaha into a non-issue—and fast.

GraphicPower 'Blacklisting' Looks More Like Apathy Than Conspiracy
by Chuck La Tournous, RandomMaccess


Apple Determined To Upstage Rival
by Peggy Rogers, The Miami Herald
There will be pain involved, but also joy of release for Microsoft dissidents.

eMac Test Drive
by Steve Watkins, Low End Mac
The eMac fills at least two voids in Apple's product line.

Top Ten iPhoto Tips
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
The truit is, iPhoto is really quite powerful (and complicated), even though it appears simple on the surface.


Tuesday, July 9, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Gene Steinberg: Many of the articles complaining about Apple's posture on this subject haven't apparently bothered to consult [Macworld Expo Media Registration page].


Don't Trash Microsoft Office Just Yet
by Peet Morris, CW360
One issue that is being missed in the hullabaloo regarding Microsoft's and Sun's office suites is programmability.

Monday, July 8, 2002

Top Stories

Apple Macs At Risk From Rogue Software Updates
by Matt Loney, ZDNet UK
Full instructions are available on the Internet for how to fool Apple's SoftwareUpdate feature and install a backdoor on any Mac running OS X. Worse, there appears to be no patch.

Being Independent Of Microsoft Not Easy
by Dan Gillmor, San Jose Mercury News
Macs are, on balance, just better for my blood pressure. I've long felt that the difference between PCs and Macs was that PCs tend to get in your way, and Macs tend to get out of the way.


Chip, Hardware Stocks Decline
by Chris Kraeuter, CBS MarketWatch
Stocks of PC makers showed the most weakness in the hardware arena.

New Tricks, Fewer Clicks
by Philip Michaels, Macworld
FileMaker Pro 6 looks to save time, steps with new featuers, XML support.

Coming Batch Of Earnings Reports May Give Clues On Tech Economy
by David A Sylvester, San Jose Mercury News
Is the painful deflating of the tech bubble nearly over, and how soon will more normal economic growth resume?


Apple Should Focus On Quality
by Garrison Ganter, O'Grady's PowerPage

Remembering Rodney O. Lain
by Pioneer Press
Too bad your writing an outstanding obit is what it's taken for me to finally write you.

Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For Your - Ask What Your Mac Can Do For Your Country
by Duane Straub, OSXFAQ


Color Jetprinter A Bit Disappointing On Takeoff
by Deborah Porterfield, Gannett News Service
Photos don't live up to expectations.

Netscape 7.0 Preview Release 1 Vs Netscape Communicator 4.7 Vs iCab 2.8.1
by Charles W. Moore,

Clive Barker's Undying
by Chris Barylick, Inside Mac Games
It could have been a truly terrific game if the designers had seen fit to support multiplayer elements that had never really been tried before, but itíll have to settle with being something less for the time being.

OS X: More Than Just Another Unix Variant
by Zack Martin, Low End Mac
I think that Linux has great advantages, but none of these port over well for desktop users.

eMac: High-Power Computing Within Reach
by BusinessWorld

Sleek New Iomega Hard Drive Offers Speed, Portability
by James Coates, Chicago Tribune
This is an extension of Iomega's earlier and bulkier portable hard drives sold under the Peerless brand name, with the emphasis on speed, size and large storage space.


Monday, July 8, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

An Apple A Day

Low End Mac has a new site: Apple Quicklinks.

"Instead of simply listing links, AQL will typically include a short description of the article or a brief excertp... We'll also be more selective... instead of posting every link on every site and ending up with maybe 10-20 covering the same material."

Thanks for describing MyAppleMenu. :-)

And MyAppleMenu is an independent web site. too. :-)


Unpacking a Xserve.

Hey kid, just because you bought your own iMac (good choice, by the way) doesn't mean your parents cannot still control you when you are naughty. :-)


Gateway Touts Chic Yet Cheap PCs
by Ian Fried, CNET
Gateway announced Monday a set of low-end consumer computers that adopt the sleek, new black and silver styling that the direct PC seller plans to use throughout its desktop line.

Itanium 2 On The Way, But Will It Sell?
by Michael Kanellos, CNET
The Itanium 2 processor marks a significant step in Intel's strategy to penetrate the upper echelons of the computing market. But analysts and others are asking whether it will thrive in the current economic ice age.

Intel Is Seeking Safety In Diversity
by Olga Khariff, BusinessWeek
Products that don't depend on PCs are its next big hope. It's a dicey strategy, but many analysts are becoming optimistic.

Sunday, July 7, 2002

Top Stories

Inside The Apple iPod Design Triumph
by Erik Sherman, Electronics Design Chain Magainze
No doubt subsequent versions of the iPod will yield a revised design chain as different components and optimizations are discovered and needed. But for now, Apple's first design chain strategy and product have been a success.


Mac Collecting Like A Religion
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
The Mac is more than a computer: It's a community, an identity, a church. Collecting Apple memorabilia is an important part of the Mac psyche.


Livin La Vida Digital
by Dennis Sellers, ComputerUser
Steve Jobs' digital lifestyle concept takes center stage.

Apple eMac
by Jason Snell, Macworld
G4 with CRT dcisplay is the true successor to the original iMac.

Saturday, July 6, 2002


Bug Blight Sucks $3.7b From Australian Business
by Garry Barker, The Age
Bugs in business software are estimated to be costing Australian business about $3.7 billion a year, about 0.6 per cent of national gross domestic product.

Microsoft Updates Internet Explorer For OS X, Classic
by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral
Internet Explorer 5.2.1 provides all the latest security and performance enhancements for Internet Explorer 5 for Mac OS X, according to information posted on Microsoft's Web site.


The Ultimate Smackdown: Mac Versus PC
by Gene Steinberg, Gannett News Service
When someone tells you a Windows box is always fater than the Mac, point them to this article and tell them it isn't necessarily so.

Friday, July 5, 2002


Grassroots Apple Sites Cower, Close
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register

Apple Finds Ripe Market In Southern Mindanao
by C. Q. Francisco, BusinessWorld
Apple Philippines is strengthening its presence in Davao, saying this part of Mindanao is more receptive to new technology than other urban centers and cities outside Metro Manila.


ColdFusion MX On Mac OS X, Part 2
by Dick Applebaum, O'Reilly Network

Thursday, July 4, 2002

Top Stories

Press Passes Pulled At Macworld
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
A spokeswoman for IDG strenuously denied that Apple had anything to do with blackballing certain outlets or choosing which ones got to cover the show.


Apple Lays Off Nearly 7 Percent At Laguna Plant
by Sacramento Bee
Company officials refused to say how many employees were laid off nor what jobs they performed at the plant in south Sacramento County. Apple's employee base fluctuates from between 1,500 and 2,000 workers depending on demand for its products.

Blizzard Ships Warcraft III For Mac, Windows
by MacNN


Musos Mull Post-Emagic Sequencer Options
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
Barely a hint of platform chauvinism. Clearly musicians have the ability to empathize with fellow humans. Because they're using computers as a tool, not an end in itself, I wonder?

OS X - I'm Not Feeling The Love
by Steve Mallett, O'Reilly Network
I miss Linux. I miss the action in the Linux world.

Clash Of The Installer Philosophies
by Scot Hacker, O'Reilly Network
Apple, by finally achieving the "impossible" and creating a user-friendly Unix, finds themselves trying to serve two masters.


Photo Sites Make It Easy To Share Memories
by Deborah Porterfield, Gannett News Service
With most of these, you can transfer your images to a free online photo album, e-mail a link to friends so they can see the pictures on the Web, order prints, or better yet, let folks order their own.


Thursday, July 4, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Powers Phillips. Lawyers.


Microsoft Books LinuxWorld Stand In Bid For 'Dialogue'
by John Lettice, The Register
Microsoft is to exhibit at LinuxWorld Expo this August, and it appears that the company wants to be nice.

Wednesday, July 3, 2002


Opera Browser Makes Inroads On Linux, Mac
by Richard Karpinski, Internet Week

Apple Pares Manufacturing Jobs
by Ian Fried, CNET
Apple Computer this week cut a small number of jobs at a manufacturing facility near Sacramento, Calif.

Xserve Grabs The Spotlight
by Mark Hall, Computerworld
Apple Computer caught the industry off guard with the recent announcement of its Mac OS X-based Xserve servers, but users and analysts say that so far, they like what they see.

Enterprises Eye Mac OS X
by Mark Hall, Computerworld
Whether Mac OS X lifts Apple from its current 5% market share remains to be seen. But IT hasn't looked this kindly on the Mac in almost a decade.

Mac OS X As Preventive Medicine
by Mark Hall, Computerworld
Adding systems running Mac OS X can help create a heterogeneous environment that presents a defense against particularly threatening viruses that target a single operating system.

Escaping To Bryant Park, But Staying Connected To The Web
by Jason Begay, New York Times
Bryant Park is one of more than 70 wireless access sites in New York City and one of the first to formally span a city park.

The MacHax Best Hack Contest 2002
by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS


RIP Classic Mac OS
by Richard K. Hallmark, Mac Design
Making the move to OS X.

Apple Deal Influences People But Doesn't Win Friends
by Dan Gillmor, San Jose Mercury News
I'm delighted to know that Apple is totally committed to keeping the Mac the top music-making computing platform. Somehow, I wish that the company had found a different way to show it.

Apple: Taking OS X Security Seriously—Finally
by Stephan Somogyi, ZDNet
While Apple's speedy turnaround with the OpenSSH fix and the DNR announcement are laudable indeed, two data points do not a trend plot. Apple's ongoing behavior in this realm is the key to building and then maintaining confidence among Mac OS X users, recommenders, and buyers.

Mac Users To MS: Your Right To Left Defence Is Upside Down
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
Some, but not too much sympathy for Microsoft Mac boss from readers wanting Hebrew and Arabic support on the Macintosh.

iPod, You Pod, Will We All Pod?
by Charles Haddad, BusinessWeek
The portable digital music player's popularity could be Jobs & Co.'s portal to becoming a mainstream consumer-electronics outfit.


FileMaker Pro 5.5

FileXaminer 1.1
by Eric Blair, ATPM

Why Your PC Is No Better Than A $15 Wristwatch
by David Coursey, ZDNet
Real clock people don't trust their computer's clock for much of anything.

Learning The Mac OS X Termina, Part 5
by Chris Stone, O'Reilly Network


Wednesday, July 3, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Bjarne Stronstrup: I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.


AMD Slashes Sales Target Again
by Larry Dignan, CNET
Advanced Micro Devices on Wednesday issued its second revenue warning in two weeks, forecasting second-quarter sales of about $600 million.

Judge Clears Way To Antitrust Verdict
by Joe Wilcox, ZDNet
In a move that could bring Microsoft and the Justice Department closer to an approved settlement deal, a federal judge said Tuesday that both parties had complied with laws governing antitrust settlements.

Tuesday, July 2, 2002

Top Stories

Apple Denies Insider Trading
by Macworld UK
Apple's chief financial officer Fred Anderson has denied insider trading after sales of stock by company executives was called into question.

For Plug-And-Play, I Pick The Apple
by Peter Coffee, eWeek
The Macs of hte new century are going the extra mile to make life easy for next-generation devices.


Apple Still A Ripe Business For ThinkFree
by David Storm, VARBusiness
Think the Apple channel is insignificant and unworthy of your attention? Think again.

Dismissive Publicity
by Stan Beer, Sydney Morning Hearld
It never ceases to amaze me how often these days employers feel obliged to put a spin on the fact that they've shafted someone.

Titanium Powers Further Ahead
by David Frith, The Barrow
Great thing shave been happening to Apple's G4 Titanium PowerBook - possibly the most desirable notebook personal computer on the current market.

Apple Stores Coming To Troy, Wauwatosa
by MacNN


Same Stuff, Different Pile
by Steve Watkins, Low End Mac
The amount and quality of softwre bundled. Apples to oranges. Different stuff, different pile. In this case, thinking different is fantastic.

What Do You Think Future TV Will Look Like?
by David Coursey, ZDNet
I expect the digital hub to more closely follow the model of a computer and peripherals (or component stereo system) than that of a single box that does everything and includes the screen, too.

Why Strategic Alliances Don't Work
by Bill Robinson, Forbes
The corporate highway is littered with the burnt-out shells of thousands of strategic alliances, which are supposed to be very close business relationships between two companies for their mutual benefit.


Contour RollerBar Mousing Station
by Louise Masurat, MacDirectory
The RollerMouse Station takes a little getting used to, but even before I was completely comfortable with the operation of the rollerbar and the three buttons, I realized how much more physically comfortable it is to have all mousing and most typing operations available without having to move your hands back and forth.

Fallout 2
by Bill Stiteler,
Fallout 2 is a game that will suck you in.


Tuesday, July 2, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

I am no patent-lawyer... so my question is this: is Intel trying to patent the <script language="JavaScript" src=""></script> tag?


Feeling The Heat In Redmond
by Rob Preston, Network Computing
Despite its continued market dominance, Microsoft won't be able to call all the shots anymore.

Microsoft Spent $100M On .Net Security
by Peter Judge, ZDNet UK
Microsoft's much-publicized security push has cost real money—$100 million of person-hours went into the two-month hiatus in development of .Net server, according to David Thompson, vice president of Microsoft's Windows server products group.

Monday, July 1, 2002


Art As A State Of Mind
by Gene J. Koprowski, Wired News
Not all art is committed to canvas or stone. One artist works by transmitting her emotional brain waves to a computer, creating a unique canvas for her imagination. Imagine what Van Gogh would have done with that.


Rendezvous: It's Like A Backstage Pass To The Future
by Jared White, The Idea Basket
No matter how you slice it, Rendezvous is important for Apple.

A Mac? In The Rack?
by Brian Caulfield, Business 2.0
In the plug-ugly world of servers, the Xserve's slick aluminum design makes a bold fashion statement.


Icewind Dale
by Scott Dewbre, MacDirectory
This is the game that old school D&Ders have been waiting for since they put away their dice.

Take Off With 'Little People Discovery Airport'
by Larry Blasko, Associated Press
Knowledge Adventure does good stuff for kids, and its skills are evident here. The more central question is whether a 2-year-old who is perfectly happy banging the kitchen pots needs to start a software library.

ThinkFree Office 2.0
by Robert L. Pritchett, MacNut


MS Security Patch EULA Gives Billg Admin Privileges On Your Box
by Thomas C Greene, The Register
Microsoft has just assumed the right to attack your computer and surreptitiously install code of its choosing. You will not be warned; you will not be offered an opportunity examine the download or refuse it. MS will simply connect remotely and install what it will, or install it secretly when you contact them.

Microsoft Takes Its Software On A Road Trip
by Amy Harmon, New York Times
To gauge the importance Microsoft places on its new audio and video software, step into the company's new van.

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