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Wednesday, January 15, 2003

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Journalism 101: You Had To Be There
by Tom Yager, InfoWorld
Not one writer who claimed to have reliable inside sources at Apple was on the level. Apple's people kept their mouths shut and every nondisclosure agreement was honored. Steve Jobs got to surprise his Macworld audience. I couldn't be more pleased.


Apple Not To Everyone's Taste
by David Akin, The Globe And Mail
Some analysts sour on firm's prospects despite new wares.

Now Playing: The Human Genome
by Scarlet Pruitt, InfoWorld
Life sciencie technology is about as cutting-edge as it gets, but now it's apparently also hip.

J2EE Servers Reach Planet Apple
by Jack Vaughan,
JRun 4 for Mac OS X could provide a low-cost alternative to some pricey Java servers now running on Unix or Windows.

Microsoft Commits To At Least One More Office Rev
by MacSlash

Maya Gets Oscar For Technical Achievement
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
Alias|Wavefront, has been awarded an Oscar for its development of Maya software, their professional 3D animation and effects package.


Technology Press Versus Mac Users
by Mac Night Owl
Millions of Mac users may not embrace Jaguar or its successors for years and maybe never.

Is Apple Getting Too Cool Again?
by Alex Salkever, BusinessWeek
Steve Jobs wowed the Macworld faithful with more amazing stuff. My only worry: All this hardware, software, and stores could be distracting.

It's Crunch Time For Apple - Again
by Yeong Ah Seng, Straits Times
There is little doubt that Mac OS X is going places, but ultimately, third-party developers will have to be persuaded that there is a big enough market for their products.

Mac OS X Is Slow, But Safari Makes A Big Difference
by Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Pionner Press
Safari has the best bookmarking system Iíve seen. This browser is a keeper.

Baffling Software/Music Industry Copyright Deal
by Dan Gillmor, San Jose Mercury News
The ultimate meaning of these policy principles, which talk so smarmingly about "meeting the needs and expectations of our customers," is in the reality that we, the customers, are not really part of this process. These companies are dividing up the world. Our interests are secondary.


Mac2Phone Delivers At Last
by Ron Carlson, Insanely Great Mac
Mac2Phone almost rocks.

iCab 2.9 Web Browser Released
by Charles W. Moore,


Wednesday, January 15, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

RUPERT GOODWINS ON MICROSOFT'S SMARTPHONE 2002: If you must place yourself in life-threatening situations with a mdoern information appliance as your only hope of rescue, don't pick something with an obscure user interface.

Oh, this is not a life-threatening situation, but did you know that you can disable pop-ups and pop-unders in IE?

Speaking of blocking, here's a way to block most advertisement in all your web browsers on Mac OS X. Warning: Some command line stuff needed.


Judge To Hear Microsoft, Sun Proposals
by Darryl K. Taft, eWeek
The judge overseeing Sun Microsystems Inc.'s legal battle with Microsoft Corp. has asked attorneys for both sides to come before him Wednesday afternoon to discuss the caseónamely how Microsoft will comply with the court's order to include Java in Windows.

Dell Eyes Linux Future Despite Desktop Retreat
by Ashlee Vance, IDG News Service
In the case of the Linux desktop, Dell pulled back on large investments in 2001 as demand faltered, Dell said. But this failure has not stopped the company from attacking the nascent markets for HPCC (high-performance computing clusters) and for Linux clusters running Oracle Corp. database software.

Nokia And Microsoft On Collision Course
by Marko Junkkari, Helsingin Sanomat
The present development towards wireless networking and handheld computers will undoubtedly lead to a battle between Nokia and Microsoft — two leviathans and leaders of once discrete markets.

Microsoft To Face Questions On Cash Mountain
by Reuters
Investors are expected to be as interested in hints from Microsoft Corp. about plans for its $40.5 billion cash mountain as they are about this week's quarterly earnings report which is expected to show record sales.

Microsoft To Give Governments Access To Code
by Steve Lohr, New York Times
To try to slow the acceptance of the Linux operating system by governments abroad, Microsoft is announcing today that it will allow most governments to study the programming code of its Windows systems. Under the program, governments will also be allowed to plug their security features instead of Microsoft's technology into Windows.

Transmeta Notches Up Notebook Security
by John G. Spooner, CNET
Chipmaker Transmeta is aiming to help notebook owners tighten the security of their personal data by incorporating into its Crusoe line features that protect sensitive information.

Intel Earnings Beat Targets
by John G. Spooner, CNET
Intel on Tuesday reported better-than-expected earnings for its fourth quarter, thanks in part to stronger sales of high-end processors for PCs and servers.

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