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Apple Dominates 2003 D&AD Awards For Product Design
by Macworld UK
Apple has again dominated the Product Design category in the prestigious D&AD (Design and Art Direction) awards for 2003, being nominated twice out of the four contenders. This year Apple is up for a gong with both the LCD iMac G4 and its Xserve rack-optimised 1U server.

The Free-Software Tango
by Matt Dorn, Salon
In Argentina, a miserable economy is encouraging computer users to look for low-cost, nonproprietary solutions. Bill Gates is paying attention.


Mozilla Backs Down On Browser Name
by Paul Festa, CNET
After a dispute over the name of its 'Firebird' browser, the open-source group appears to be going back to using its eponymous original title.

The State Of OS X
by Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier, NewsFactor
While it may not rival Microsoft Windows in packaged commercial software, OS X supports a wealth of applications written for Unix and Linux that do not run on Windows.

iPod Used As Backup For FM Radio Station
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
WFMU, an independent freeform radio station, is using an iPod as an alternate music source when the station's satellite feed fails during inclement weather, according to longtime listener Brian Redman.

Apple's PowerSchool Receives Codie Award
by MacMinute

Honolulu And Sacramento Apple Stores Opening May 17th
by MacMinute
The Honolulu store is located in the Ala Moana Center, while the Sacramento store can be found in the Arden Fair Mall.

CRT iMac Gone From Education Apple Store
by MacNN
The removal of the old iMac models coincides with updated eMac specifications and pricing.

XM Satellite Radio For Mac By Year's End, Company Confirms
by Brad Gibson, The Mac Observer
The US$70 XM PC Receiver from XM Satellite Radio presently works only with Windows-based PCs allowing subscribers to listen to 101 digital music, entertainment and news channels, but a company spokesperson has confirmed software designers are working on a Mac version and will release the product by Christmas.

School Gets Funds For New Computer Lab
by Susan Essoyan, Honolulu Star-Blletin
La Pietra-Hawaii School for Girls, which integrates technology throughout its curriculum, has raised $100,000 for an advanced computer laboratory that can handle graphic design, sound and animation.

Apple Shares Continue To Climb
by MacMinute
Today is the stock's second straight day of promising gains.


Frustrated By Technology
by M. Boivin, The Globe And Mail
As far as I am concerned, the decrease in PC sales is long overdue.

Discussion: 60G Nomad Zen Vs. The iPod
by Slashdot

POGE Vs Microsoft?
by Doc Searls
Prepare for a major fight when Longhorn hits the streets.

More Cocoa, More Stuff: Results From The Mac DevCenter Survey
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network


Hands On: Apple Extreme A Bit Too Far Ahead Of Curve?
by Ken Mingis, Computerworld
Apparently, Airport Extreme connections are much more sensitive to interference from microwaves and phones than the much more stable 802.11b.

The 2002 Vs 2003 eMac Value Equation
by Dan Knight, Low End Mac

Apple Downloads Ring Sour Note
by Gary Krakow, MSNBC
All hail Appleís iTunes Music Store. Itís very well thought out, and beautifully executed. If only as much thought had gone into the sound quality, which is far from beautiful.


Wednesday, May 7, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

NOT TEMPTED... : I've decided (I hope) that I will not buy a CRT for my next machine, so I'm not tempted by the new eMac... But honestly, it is a great value, especially for someone like me who lingers mainly only on Safari and BBEdit.

Oh by the way, my PowerBook has been repaired. Turns out that the power adapter has gone sour, and I've bought a new one.

Happy, as I am short of real cash these days to buy a new Mac. Disappointed, as I don't have that perfect excuse to convince my wife that we should get a new Mac. :-)

DEAR BILL GATES, this is how you can get to the new Apple Store from your house.

Actually, I think it will be a great idea for Bill Gates to show up at Apple Store one day, and maybe give away a copy or two Microsoft Office. Maybe do a demo of the new MSN too.

ACCORDING TO CARS, it turned out that Tom Yager is just trying to fired.

GUESS? : I use Microsoft's Virtual Desktop Manager on my Windows XP machine to have multiple desktops. Guess which company's software doesn't work with the MSVDM?

Correct, Microsoft. Specifically, MSIE windows will, sometimes, disappear completely, while Excel will lose its menu bar and tool bar. All other applications that I use, including those that probably doesn't follow Microsoft's UI and API such as Lotus Notes and Mozilla, work.


MS Takes Open-Source Security Lessons
by Patrick Gray, ZDNet Australia
Microsoft's global director of product security, George Stathakopoulos, has told ZDNet Australia that the software giant has learned security lessons from the wider software community.

Study: Visual Basic Use May Be Slipping
by Martin LaMonica, CNET
Market researcher Evans Data said Tuesday that 52 percent of software developers surveyed use Visual Basic today, but that 43 percent of them plan to move to other languages, including Java and C#, a Java-like language developed by Microsoft.

Emachines Back In The Notebook Race
by John G. Spooner, CNET
Emachines is hoping to expand its horizons with a new wide-screen notebook PC.

Gates: Windows To Call On Phones
by Michael Kanellos, CNET
The Redmond, Wash.-based computing giant is working on future versions of its Windows operating system that will better interoperate with the telephone and other communications devices, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said Tuesday.

Microsoft Shows Off Security Prototype
by Robert Lemos, CNET
The prototype is the first public showing of the controversial technology, which Microsoft hopes will help secure its future in the corporate market.

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