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Thursday, October 24, 2002

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iPods To Hit Target
by Ian Fried, CNET
The Macintosh maker declined to comment on the move, but several Target stores confirmed that they had the devices—both the Mac and the Windows varieties—on hand.


LCD Prices 'May Fall By 40%'
by Macworld UK
Flat-panel production costs will drop, and industry observers believe these savings will be passed on to customers in what is a price-driven market.

End Of The Road For CD Burners
by Mark Hachman, ExtremeTech
CD burners may have reached their limit, thanks to concerns about the structural stability of the media and the simple cost of developing faster drives.


1 Button, 2 Or 3?
by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun
Apple sticks with its one-button mouse, even though OS X recognizes it, and many PC users are familiar with them; Is it time to move into the new millennium?


Best Of The Mac Web Survey Results: October 2002
by Dan Knight, Low End Mac
2,500 Mac fans shared their opinion of 100 of the best known Mac-related sites.


Thursday, October 24, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

APPLE IS UNIX : As Dori Smith observed, "It's great to see people in the tech biz state publicly that OS X is a full-fledged Unix box. Aple doesn't say much of this in their mainstream advertising... but techies understand that Apple stands for usability, and that OS X is the first Unix machine that actually makes sense as a desktop or laptop computer."

When I use a Windows machine to do presentation, my biggest worry is that Windows will crash on me.

When I use an OS X machine to do presentation, I don't have any worry about the machine crashing out on me, allowing me to worry about other things such as whether my presentation has real content, whether I remember to bring all my files, and whether I've forgotten to zip up after the toilet break.

LOW END MAC WEB SURVEY RESULS : A special thanks to all who have given feedback on MyAppleMenu over at Low End Mac Web Survey. If you have any specific comments or suggestions or complaints, just mail them to me.

MAC SCHOOL : Carbondale Elementary School District 95.

McDONALDS STRETCHED TOO THIN? : From the Scobleizer, "McDonalds simply doesn't have the best burgers anymore (if they ever did) and the competition is starting to kick its ass."

Is McDonald's stretching itself too thin with its wide product range? Does McDonald's need a Steve Job?

DOWN AND OUT : There may be fewer links posted these few days... my cable modem is down at the moment, and I have no idea how fast can StarHub get it back.

Update: The service is back up. Hooray.


Tablet PC Rivalry Sets In
by Michael Kanellos, CNET
A start-up formed by a group of Dell Computer visionaries has high-end aspirations for tablet PCs.

PDA For Blind: Cost Out Of Sight?
by Elisa Batista, Wired News
Freedom Scientific, a company best known for software that reads content off computer screens, is introducing the first Pocket PC for blind people. But some say the handheld's price is too steep.

What Tablet PCs Get Right — And Wrong
by David Strom, Internet Week
It slices, it dices, and sometimes works in interesting and new ways. And for about $2,700, it is a bit pricey for a laptop. But with the right kinds of applications and software tools, this could take off.

A Move To Build PCs Without Windows
by Marius Hentea, Christian Science Monitor
Promising cheap or free computers, challengers hope to lure users to abandon Microsoft software for lesser-known Linux.

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