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Thursday, April 17, 2003


Apple Reseller Shuts Off The Lights
by Ian Fried, CNET
Elite Computers & Software, the Mac reseller known for its spot across the street from Apple Computer's headquarters in Cupertino, is closing that location and all of its other Northern California stores, plus a handful of ComputerWare by Elite stores elsewhere in the San Francisco Bay area.

The Man Behind Sony Ericsson Clicker
by Jon Gales, MobileTracker
Sony Ericsson Clicker turns Sony Ericsson Bluetooth capable phones into remote controls for Macs?a quite remarkable application.

Apple To Open First Store In State
by Dan Richman, Seattle Post-Intelligencer


Could Apple Really Buy Universal Music?
by Eric Hellweg, CNN/Money
Apple is a gambler, and the recording industry needs some radical new leadership.

A New Leaf For Apple?
by Matthew Rothenberg, eWeek
Steve Jobs has on more than one occasion cited Sony as a role model for the current Apple regime; as Apple's reach extends to consumer electronics and digital content, Jobs' words seem more like a blueprint than a metaphor.

Apple's Financials: Pro Users Still Not Buying Macs
by Gene Steinberg, Mac Night Owl
While the oft-repeated phrase, "it's the economy stupid," might aptly describe the situation, maybe filling a few more market niches, such as building a really cheap iMac-style computer, without the built-in display, would help grow that market share. Just my opinion.

Apple's Universal Gambit Goes For Broke
by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun
Forrester's Bernoff said the enduring popularity of file sharing is pushing the record labels to change, but "somebody is going to have to bust things open." Apple may have just the right vision and technology to be that somebody, if, as it appears, Jobs is willing — literally — to bet his company on such a venture.

The PowerBook Mystique Revisited
by Charles Moore, MacOPINION
Whatever, we Apple portable fans can rest assured that the PowerBook mystique will continue with new and exciting and Apple laptops in the days, months, and years to come. I can hardly wait.


Spell Catcher X
by Craig Grannell, MacUser UK
While in some ways it performs well, its various problems with interactive spell-checking mean we can't recommend Spell Catcher X outright.

A Nice Little Bit On The Side
by Garry Barker, Sydney Morning Herald
Take a look at the new 12-inch PowerBook and see if you can resist its charms.


Thursday, April 17, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

WELCOME! : I have no idea what is being said, but apparaently a blog at CNET Japan just linked to this web site. Welcome, folks!

COOL! : I haven't use Safari extensively yet, but it seems that it is probably the only browser that implemented the "zoom" feature (the little green gumdrop on the top left of the window) correctly.

FREE! FREE! FREE! : Not only can you surf wirelessly for free at Apple Stores, you can also do it at Sony's too.

CONSPIRACY THEORY : Note that Apple didn't say they will not buy Universal Music. They just haven't make an offer. :-)


Microsoft Tangles With How Best To Cast .Net
by Leslie Walker, Washington Post
The amorphous branding of .Net reflects persistent confusion over Microsoft's Internet software strategy nearly three years after Bill Gates announced it as a "bet the company" gambit in the summer of 2000. That doesn't mean the technology is stalled, just that hardly anybody understood it when Gates first trotted out the name and not many more do now.

Microsoft Shrugs Off Dial-Up Decline
by Jim Hu, CNET
Like America Online, Microsoft's MSN Internet service is feeling the pinch of competition from both high-speed and budget dial-up ISPs.

Office 2000 SR-1 Registration Bug Strikes Corporates
by Tony Smith, The Register
The Office 2000 Product Registration Wizard appears when any Office app is launched and invites the user to register. There's no way to get rid of the Wizard other than filling in all the details each time or clicking Register Later.

HP Toots Itanium Horn
by Stephen Shankland and Michael Kanellos, CNET
Hewlett-Packard boasted of progress in establishing the merits of its servers using Intel's Itanium 2 processor less than a week before Advanced Micro Devices is scheduled to release its rival Opteron chip.

Microsoft Drops .Net Label From Servers
by Martin LaMonica, CNET
Microsoft is introducing a new branding convention for its server-software products to synch up with next week's launch of Windows Server 2003.

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