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Tuesday, January 28, 2003

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Apple Updates Power Macs, Releases 20-Inch Display
by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral
Apple revved the high-end Power Mac to 1.42GHz, while adding FireWire 800 and internal support for 54Mbps AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth wireless networking.

Mac Opera Gored On Safari?
by Paul Festa, CNET
Opera Software expressed significant doubts it would continue producing a browser for the Macintosh operating system, illustrating a growing problem for third-party Mac developers as Apple Computer steps up its own application development efforts.


Apple Splits OS 9 Power Macs Onto Separate Page
by MacFixIt
For the first time, Apple has symbolically and tangibly split its Power Mac line into two sets - those that can exclusively boot Mac OS X and those that can also boot Mac OS 9.

Developer To Revive iTunes File-Sharing
by Matthew Broersma, CNET
The developer of a peer-to-peer file-sharing plug-in for Apple Computer's iTunes music application has decided to give the software a new lease on life, after it was put out of commission by the computer maker's lawyers earlier this month.

Laptop Computers Beginning To Go Home With Students
by Elizabeth Dorsey, The Times Record
"The students have been fabulous with the computers. Overall, it's just been incredibly impressive."

Nisus Working On An OS X Version Of Word Processor
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
The long-in-the-works Mac OS X version of Nisus Software's Nisus Writer is could enter public beta testing in late February or early March, though the time frame is subject to change.

Sorenson Squeeze 3 Products Shipping
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
Sorenson Squeeze is a video compression tool designed for both novice and professional content creators. It allows users to encode and deliver QuickTime media for streaming and progressive downloads.


Marble Blast
by Eddie Park, Inside Mac Games
While not very deep, the gameplay is addictive and very easy to learn. The levels are really easy on the eyes and are set up quite cleverly, particularly in the later stages.

DAVE Outshines Jaguar's Cross-Platform File, Print Sharing
by John Rizzo, MacHome
DAVE is the better choice when you have a Mac that you want to fit into an existing PC network, such as a student taking a Mac to college, or for someone bringing in an iBook or PowerBook to the office.

ThinkFree Office: Not Ready For Prime Time
by Steve Watkins, Low End Mac
I want to like ThinkFree Office. I really do. I would like nothing more than to find an office suite that would be a Microsoft Office killer. Unfortunately, ThinkFree Office ain't it.

The ABCs Of MP3
by Cliff Edwards, BusinessWeek
If a quick glance around my gym is any indication, Apple's sleek iPod remains the undisputed king of the digital-music-player market.

Emulators - The Copy-Cat Top Dogs
by Scott Colvey,
Did you realise that it's possible to persuade your PC to assume an entirely new personality, to masquerade as a different make and model altogether?

Going On Safari
by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS
Currently, Apple is clearly focused on speed and elegance above all else, and that's a fine goal for a 1.0 product. But I hope that future versions of Safari incorporate additional features that simplify life on the Web.

The Right Database For Your Business
by Jeffrey Levine and Andrew Sherman, Fortune
Access or FileMaker Pro? Here's how to choose.

F1 Championship Season 2000
by Andy Largent, Inside Mac Games
With great effects and very detailed, realistic gameplay, F1 Championship has dashed across the finish line as a new milestone for Macintosh racing.


Tuesday, January 28, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

REALITY-BASED JOURNALISM : Doc Searls compared the influx of reality TV with blogs. "Like all these TV shows, [blogs] cost relatively little to produce, they're done largely by amateurs, and they threaten Business As Usual."

Perhaps, the next big Hollywood television hit will not come to you via television, but at your local newstand, next to the weekies and dailies.

RSS-WEB : Matt Croydon wonders, "if a redesign happens and everyone is reading via RSS, did a redesign happen?"

CSS for RSS, anybody? :-)


Some Microsoft Consumer Suits Quashed
by Reuters
A federal judge on Monday granted a motion by Microsoft Corp. to throw out five of the consumer antitrust lawsuits filed against the company in four states.

Worm Hits Microsoft, Which Ignored Own Advice
by John Schwartz, New York Times
The disruption was particularly embarrassing for Microsoft, which has been preaching the gospel of secure computing.

Final Microsoft Antitrust Overseer Named
by Declan McCullagh, CNET
The U.S. Justice Department on Monday nominated a Silicon Valley engineer and entrepreneur to a technical committee that will oversee Microsoft's compliance with its antitrust settlement.

MS SQL Worm: Maybe Not A Case Of Ignorance Or Lazyness
by Andy Oram, O'Reilly Network
System administrators have good reason to refuse to install patches: many of them break systems.

Borland, Microsoft Tie .Net Knot
by Martin LaMonica, CNET
Borland Software has licensed a key piece of Microsoft's .Net software and will build a new line of programming tools for .Net later this year, the companies announced Monday.

Setbacks In Search For Worm Author
by Robert Lemos, CNET
Security experts are hunting for clues that might finger the person who wrote the SQL Slammer worm that hammered the Internet this past weekend. Yet chances are, the attacker will escape, investigators said.

Microsoft Fails Slammer's Security Test
by Robert Lemos, CNET
Microsoft's policy of relying on software patches to fix major security flaws was questioned Monday after a series of internal e-mail revealed that the software giant's own network wasn't immune from a worm that struck the Internet last weekend.

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