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Tuesday, April 8, 2003

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Apple Counters 'Slow G4' Claims
by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK
An eight-page report on the subject has been published by independent research firm, Pfeiffer Consulting. Apple is listed as a client by the company.


External PowerBook G4 Antennas Boost AirPort Reception
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
QuickerTek Inc. has announced a pair of new antennas that it says will boost wireless connectivity by up to 50 percent.

MacNET Launches New Shareware Site
by MacMinute
This is a free site for all Mac OS X shareware developers to come and promote their shareware applications.

Mac Clone To Attack Unfilled Niche
by Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Pioneer Press
Only Apple remained mum on the subject. Was the ever-inscrutable Macintosh creator ignoring the iBox project as beneath its contempt?

Better Mac Living Through Bluetooth
by Arik Hesseldahl, Forbes
A Swedish software developer named John Salling has come up with a truly innovative combination that pairs a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone with an Apple Macintosh computer.

iKey Provides Mac OS X Automation Tool
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral

How To Turn Your iBook Into An iMac (Sort Of)
by Tony Smith, The Register
The Dome is an iMac-esque hemispherical base with a clear perspex flat panel for your notebook where the iMac has its LCD screen.

Cashing In On Classic Computers
Yesterday's computers, so often dumped for the next new model, have finally come to be treasured as historical artifacts.

MySQL Database Scalability Peaks
by Lisa Vaas, eWeek
MySQL 4.0 includes features designed to make it more suitable for mission-critical, heavy-load database systems.

A/V FireWire Capture Device For FCP 4 Announced
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
A high-end, 8- or 10-bit broadcast video device, Io lets you connect professional analog or digital audio/video to a Power Mac G4 or PowerBook G4 through a FireWire interface.


Debunking Dvorak With Napkin Math For OS X On Intel
by John Kheit, The Mac Observer
Perhaps as it ramped up its market share, Apple might eventually be able to support unfettered licensing of an Intel version of OS X. However, as it stands, John Dvorak's and others' hopes for OS X on Intel seem to be cries for Apple to tilt at windmills.

Steve Jobs Takes A 5 Million-Share Bite Of Apple
by Graef Crystal, Bloomberg
The cracks are beginning to show in the stock-option edifice built by Silicon Valley over several decades.

Are Tech Support Nightmares On The Rise?
by Gene Steinberg, Mac Night Owl

The Boy Who Cried Bandwidth
by Jeff Carlson, TidBITS
After a lot of uncertainly and a great outpouring of support from TidBITS readers and GoLive users, the punchline has arrived: the charges are zero.

The Mac's Second Coming Just Begun
by Ron Carlson, Insanely Great Mac
Apple technologies are actually causing a tectonic shift in the industry and perhaps a few people watching Schiller's dog-n-pony show actually did few a ripples of excitement.


Apple's iLife Suite Could Tempt Windows Owners
by Knight Ridder News Service
For those dying to dabble in consumer-grade digital photography, digital-video editing and music-file organizing, iLife can make a Macintosh seem all but irresistible.

Bonzai USB Mini-Drive
by Niko Coucouvanis, MacAddict
As with any flash or USB drive, transfer speeds are painfully slow—otherwise, the Bonzai fits right in with our on-the-go digital lifestyle.

The Digital Shoebox: iData Pro X 1.0.5
by Matt Neuburg, TidBITS
What's in your digital shoebox? You know, the place where you stash those pesky snippets of pure text, be they a few words or many paragraphs, snippets that you know you'll need later but you just can't categorize.

Internet Sharing A Breeze In OS X
by Dan Knight, Low End Mac


Tuesday, April 8, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

WHAT HAPPENED TO ME AND THE NEW GIRL : Or, "The girl who cried Webmaster," as narrated by AccordionGuy.


Windows Key Leak Threatens Mass Piracy
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
A key code for installing Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 has leaked onto the Internet, a loss that could lead to widespread piracy of the software.

Microsoft Shortlisted For "Most Invasive Project"
by iTnews
Microsoftís Trustworthy Computing initiative was nominated ëmost invasive projectí by activist group Privacy International in its annual Big Brother awards in the USA.

Microsoft: No Activation Changes Until Longhorn
by David Worthington and Nate Mook, BetaNews
Windows Server 2003 will have no more of the controversial activation technology than was seen in the first Windows XP service pack, along with a few tweaks.

Microsoft's Ballmer Fights Linux In Munich
by John Blau, InfoWorld
None other than Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer paid a personal visit to Munich city mayor Christian Ude at the end of last month to drum up support for the company's operating system software, which faces growing competition from open-source Linux, according to a report in the German newspaper S¸ddeutscheZeitung, citing people familiar with the situation.

SharePoint Gets MS Office Label
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Microsoft on Monday said it will fold its SharePoint business portal software into its Office System product line.

Intel, Via Bury The Hatchet
by Michael Kanellos, CNET
Intel and Via Technologies have settled all of the lawsuits pending between the two companies and entered into an agreement that will let Via manufacture processors and chipsets and let Intel collect royalties.

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