Monday, June 30, 2003
Apple Explains Power Mac G4 Mobo Switch
Reverting to the older motherboard architecture had another added benefit: Today's Power Mac G4 is dual-bootable in Mac OS X and Mac OS 9.
Beige G3 Abandoned By Panther? Is It Really Inevitable?
At some point it's going to happen.
Casady & Greene To Cease Operations Thursday
Casady & Greene, a company that's been publishing software since 1984, will offiically cease business as of Thursday.
.Mac Members Getting Renewal Notices Three Months Early
"What happened to the extra 3 months?"
Pinnacle To Buy Dazzle Products
Pinnacle Systems Inc., which makes such products as the Mac-based CineWave video editing solution, has entered into a definitive agreement to buy the Dazzle home video editing business from SCM Microsystems.
Fuel Creativity, Manage Passion
Apple Computer attracts many bright, passionate individuals, and the big task for its Asia-Pacific VP, Tony Ho, is to manage them and harness their creative energies.
Benchmarking The Leaders
Most if not all educational organisations use the Apple Mac platform for teaching information technology and in visual arts departments.
PowerSchool Announces Student Information System 3.6
PowerSchool 3.6 features "more scheduling versatility, expanding on the Master Schedule Builder of version 3.5."
Apple Kicks Off "You Save. They Rave." Promo
US$99 mail-in rebate with the purchase of a Mac and an HP DeskJet or Photosmart printer or any HP all-in-one product.
MacSoft: Neverwinter Nights Coming In July
Set in the Forgotten Realms, Neverwinter Nights is a true 3D RPG set developed using D&D 3rd Edition rules.
New Power Mac G5 Triggers Wave Of Hype
Processor speed is but one measure of a desktop computer's performance.
The Video Phone Meets The PC: Steve Jobs Shows How To Put THe Phone Companies Out Of Business
The folks who should be the most worried about this development are the phone companies.
Apple's On A Roll Again—But Is It Too Late?
With stuff this good, Apple deserves a break.
Take Another Look At Apple
Apple can still make a case in the enterprise, targeting creative types, some road warriors and some server applications, and it's clearly not running short on innovation.
Will Microsoft's Browser Engine Backfire?
Microsoft may have unwittingly started a revolt against its Internet Explorer (IE) browser by discontinuing it as a standalone product and blurring the future of the current version, IE 6.
The Audiophile Future?
Once the mass market has adopted an audio format it finds convenient, audiophiles are expected to grumble a bit and then get down to the business of perfecting it.
Q&A: Dan Gillmor On Apple's New G5s, Panther
"Clearly on the UI front, Apple is ahead and will stay ahead. But Microsoft is nothing if not relentless. This is a long, long competition."
Analyzing Apple's Market Position
I would appreciate if other marketing aspects are also brought to the spotlight, as the "lower the prices, sell more machines" argument is very simple and not well thought.
The Panther Report: Is Apple Now Cribbing Ideas From Windows?
This isn't the first time Apple has gone outside the company for technology and ideas.
MacAlly Noise Reduction Headphones
The MacAllys are a solid set of headphones and pack the sound quality that should be expected for their price.
BRAND NEW TOY : "So, to Mac developers," advised Brent Simmons, , "I'm not saying don't use Web Kit. Use it. It's super cool."
"I'm just saying to pay attention to security."
After all, there is a reason why most of us don't use Windows by choice.
STUPID : The Malaysia government wants to put software under price control to fight piracy. I only have one word to describe this move.
New Itanium A Breakthrough For Intel?
With "Madison," Intel is hoping the third time's a charm.
A Safer System For Home PC's Feels Like Jail To Some Critics
Your next personal computer may well come with its own digital chaperon.
Sunday, June 29, 2003
Mac's Retail Rush
When Apple launched its "switcher" campaign to woo Windows users into the Macintosh camp, the stores were supposed to serve as the ultimate physical enticements for would-be defectors. But fewer than two out of a 100 non-Mac-using store visitors end up buying Macs, about the rate at which Mac-using visitors buy new machines.
Apple Exploits Open Source To Produce An Outstanding Browser
Safari is one of Apple's finest releases, an elegant piece of work that shows a refreshing emphasis on two often-neglected qualities: simplicity and speed.
Mac Geeks Unite At Sea
Inside what looks like an ordinary classroom, students gathered for what seemed to be a usual computer seminar. But the computer users were far from common.
Oak Ridge Upgrades School Computers
Students and teachers at Oak Ridge's four elementary schools will have new wireless computers and software when school resumes in August.
Apple Wins Two Industrial Design Excellence Awards
Apple received two awards in this year's Industrial Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).
Apple And Developers
Just because Steve Jobs doesn't have a genius for encouraging developers doesn't mean that he isn't a genius at a certain kind of marketing.
Macintosh In The Land Behind The 64-Bit Looking Glass
Combined with the compiler and software improvement, the roadmap might give us the fastest desktop platform around — but will Apple make full use of it, or screw up a great opportunity as they did many times before?
PlanarMedia 14 Audio System
I don't have any pretense of being an audiophile, but I know what I like. And I like the way this speaker system sounds.
Sony CD Recorder Is Good To Go
Sony's new MPD-AP20OU portable CD recorder costs more than some other outboard units, but it has several features that might make it worth the price.
YET ANOTHER MARRIED QUOTE : My contribution to this : "So, why not you choose what we'll have for dinner?"
Saturday, June 28, 2003
Greene Leaders Agree To Lease Computers
Greene County leaders on Thursday approved a lease agreement that will provide laptop computers for every middle and high school students.
Sybase Covers All The Bases
New offerings help manage very large databases and mobile and small-business apps.
Aspyr Ships SimCity 4
The long-awaited 4th generation of the game features new simulation and graphics engines, new regional game play and the new ability to track the lives of individual Sims as they go about their daily routine.
Apple Confirms Third-Party Cards Work With AirPort 3.1
The ability for third party IEEE 802.11g cards to work in Macs equipped with AirPort 3.1 drivers was a deliberate engineering decisiono n Apple's part.
Apple Blooms On Michigan
Apple today puts the final polishes on and at 6 pm, opens its new North Michigan Avenue store, the largest in its rapidly expanding network of company-owned retail outlets.
Panther Preview Confirms New PowerBooks?
A tantalising glimpse of Apple's PowerBook plans has emerged courtesy of the preview release of Mac OS X 10.3 handed out to developers at this week's Worldwide Developers Conference.
Why Does Apple Put Politics First?
Apple is apparently a company that is so constrained by the political views of its corporate leadership and board, which now includes Algore, that it's accepting lower sales. What a shame.
Apple's iChat AV And AOL IM Interoperability
Now we can guess why AOL asked the FCC to cancel the instant-messaging interoperability requirement for video services, something AOL had promised as a consequence of its buyout of Time Warner.
Concerning Apple's New Power Mac G5
A number of interesting details about the new Apple machines have gone more-or-less unnoticed.
The Time Is Now
To grow their market share, Apple need to increase the appeal to all levels of consumers.
Audio/Video Conferencing With iChat AV
After fiddling with iChat AV, I have this feeling that Apple is going to popularize video conferencing with these two new product launches.
The Game Room: Save The Drama
From comic-book heroes to skate rats to tried-and-true board games, we've packed this month's Game Room with games that offer a more upbeat outlook.
Tropico: Mucho Macho Edition
If Tropico slipped by you on its initial release, the Mucho Macho Edition is a great opportunity to try one of the most unique simulation games ever at a bargain price.
Sobig Variant Making A Name For Itself
Our long national nightmare continues.
Microsoft Eases E-Mail Licensing
Companies will not have to pay as much to keep their e-mai-addicted employees happy under new licensing terms established by Microsoft for the next version of Exchange.
Friday, June 27, 2003
PC-Mac War Hits Tukwila School — Foster High Wins Grant For 30 New Apples, But Tech Plan Calls For PC Use
"I'd rather have 30 PCs than nothing," although the first choice would be to have new Macs rather than used PCs.
VCD-Authoring App Updated
The software lets Mac users create VCDs from iMovie or QuickTime files.
Gloves Off The Benchmark Brawls
Did Apple lie? No, it probably got the results it said it did on the Dell machine, but the system world probably submerged in maple syrup or powered by a humidifier.
Flipping The Bird
The tendency to cast every story in terms of conflict is fueled by laziness.
Panther For $129? Please
I'm sticking with Jaguar.
Uplink might not appeal to trigger-happy FPS fans, but it's worth a look if you like games with a cerebral twist.
3 Days Of The Panther... Not Bad, Not Bad At All
The best feature of Panther is the new level of sophistication.
The Panther Report: An Early Look
I'll distill a few personal reactions based on working with the Panther prerelease right after the keynote, and conversations with Apple on the subject.
VISIT IT ONLINE : Catch pictures of the brand new Apple Store at North Michigan Avenue, Chicago.
Gates: Security Isn't All Big Brother
Technology will help preserve privacy rights.
Group Claims Linux Advance On Xbox
A group of Xbox security researchers say they have found a way to run Linux on the Xbox without a so-called mod chip and will go public with the technique if Microsoft won't talk to them about releasing an official Linux boot loader.
Thursday, June 26, 2003
Will Apple Score With The Technical Crowd?
Even the most vocal critic must agree that the forthcoming PowerPC G5 will have considerable juice, but will it have what it takes to make the grade in scientific research and engineering apps?
Apple Design Award Winners Announced
Salling Clicker 1.5 picked up awards for both Best Mac OS X Product (Best of Show) and for Most Innovative.
Video Chat Software Reviewed
Apple, [as opposed to Microsoft], would sooner die than release anything that could be described as "stuttering" or "microscopic."
Questions On Mac OS 10.3 (Panther) System Requirements; Real-World Test Results
As far as we can discern, any hardware that will run Mac OS X 10.2.x (Jaguar) will also be capable of running Mac OS X 10.3.
AppleScript Gathering Planned For CreativePro
An AppleScript for Workflow Automation Birds-of-a-Feather meeting will be held at next month's Macworld CreativePro Conference and Expo.
Biggest Apple At Home In Chicago
Apple is opening its largest store in Chicago, part of a retail that has yet to prove it can help the computer-maker take a bigger bite of its market.
Apple's G5: Reality Distortion Field Not Required
While the casual Mac user may wonder what the fuss is about, the new Power Mac G5 is the machine for which pro users (as well as home users with a penchant for power) have waited for more than a year.
Will The G5 Kill Consumer Mac Sales?
Would you buy an iMac now if yo uknew that inside 12 months a G5 iMac would be released?
A Look Inside Apple's New Push For Speed
If I were a betting man, I'd wager that an Apple-branded camcorder and an Apple-branded phone aren't too far off.
The WWDC Report: Apple Does It Again To Third Party Developers
If you look at the larger picture, Apple's move makes sense. It is not competing with third party developers, but with Microsoft.
No Wonder People Don't Buy Apple Macs
Why people don't switch and how to entice them.
Apple On Speed
The old debate about Mac versus PC has been revived, and the Mac side has a lot more ammunition today than it had last week.
Making The Switch: Macs Can No Longer Just Talk Amongst Themselves
Wired or wireless, the process of sharing files is the same.
Blogs For Teachers: Post Your Lesson Plans On The Web
I was so impressed with the organization, versatility, and ease of use of iBlog that I went ahead and set up blogs for my classes this fall.
Want To Do More With An iSight Than Chat?
I want to introduce you to one variation right now — EvoCam 3.1.
Windows Of Opportunity
The real beauty of the latest Virtual PC version 6 is how seamlessly it works with Mac OS X Jaguar.
SORRY, NO MAC USERS PLEASE : Mac Net Journal discovered that Safari 1.0 doesn't work with FileMaker's site.
Will somebody be fired too? :-)
I was so happy, until I realise the reporter was conducting interviews in the library, interviewing both librarians and library users.
Sigh. I lost hope.
IT'S A CITY DOWN THERE : Artist turns PPC 970 die into futuristic city.
Time Running Out For WIndows NT
The clock is ticking for those Microsoft customers still using the software maker's Windows NT 4.0 workstation operating system.
Court Curbs Microsoft Java Distribution
A federal appeals court dealt a legal blow to Sun on Thursday, tossing out most of a preliminar injunction requiring Microsoft to carry its rival's version of an interpreter for the Java programming language.
Office Remodel To Help Disabled Users
Microsoft plans to make the next version of Office more accessible to people with disabilities, a move that could help sales to companies doing government work.
Microsof Urged To Fry Its Own Spam
Microsoft recently launched a high-profile campaign against spammers, but some critics say the company should be more introspective if it is serious about reducing the scourge of unwanted e-mail.
Microsoft Warns Of Windows 2000 Server Flaw
Microsoft on Wednesday issued a bulletin warning users of a flaw in a Windows 2000 Serve rcomponent that could allow attackers to execute code on vulnerable machines.
Wednesday, June 25, 2003
Design According To Ive
"We wanted to get rid of anything other than what was absolutely essential. We kept going back to the beginning again and again. Do we need that part? Can we get it to perform the function of the other four parts?"
Developer Notes From WWDC 2003
The hardware is robust, the operating system is evolving, the developer base is growing, and customers worth having are taking notice of Apple once again. My gosh, what a good time to be an Apple developer.
Apple Hardware VP Defends Benchmarks
Apple set out from the beginning to do a fair and even comparison, which is why Apple used an independent lab and provided full disclosure of the methods used in the tests, which would be "a silly way to do things" if Apple were intending to be deceptive.
Apple's Benchmarks Put To The Test
Analysts and others are raising questions over Apple's claim that its new Power Mac G5 is the world's fastest personal computer.
Apple Offers Details On Panther Server
Apple's Panther Server Sneak Preview offers a glimpse of its upcoming features which Apple says "will deliver major enhancements."
Power Mac G4 Hard Drive Update For OS X Released
Apple has released Hard Drive Update 1 for Mac OS X, which improves the longevity of some hard drives shipped in certain Power Mac G4s, including the Cube.
Sony USA CEO Sees Glimmers Of Hope In Music Sector
"Steve Jobs has liberated us."
Pixar Measuring Interest In Mac Renderman
Pixar has "found the performance of the G5 to be impressive," and is considering a full release of the popular renderer, depending on customer demand, among other issues.
Apple Shares Hit 52-Week High
Apple's share price reached its highest point for a year following Monday's announcement of the Power Mac G5.
Apple Denies Fiddling G5, Xeon Tests
What the 'cheating' controversy has done at least is question the value of SPEC-based tests.
Apple Computer Steps Up Marketing In Korea
Apple Korea said it would actively promote its computer products for ordinary users as well as professionals.
MacMania III To Sail For Eastern Caribbean
MacMania combines an ocean voyage with 20 hours of conference ocurses. It will run Nov 7-14, 2004, in the Eastern Caribbean.
Ability Enterprise Lands Orders From Apple And Casio
Ability Enterprise has landed orders to produce Apple's iSight PC camera, sources said.
Keep Connected On The Go
"The use of wireless laptops facilitates learning and students become lifelong learners. The idea is to get into the hands of kids technology they can use."
Can The G5 Save Apple?
For all of the innovation the company is introducing with its next-generation G5 processor, its market battle remains decidely uphill.
Ellison And Jobs: Two Visions Of Tech
In their recent moves, the CEOs of Oracle and Apple have demonstrated divergent views of the industry.
No WPA For Apple Until Year-End
Support for Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) will not be available until Mac OS X version 10.3 "Panther".
Apple: The Last Bastion?
As more sites shift to the IE way of thinking, it becomes easier to sell the Windows message; why buy a Mac system (or for that matter, a Linux one) that 'doesn't work properly with the Internet'?
Apple's New G5 Is Impressive Despite Questionable Benchmarking
In any case, Apple's market share does not really depend on performance. The company's user interfaces, packaging and competence with content keep customes coming back. Apple users will welcome the update, but we see no reason for PC users to switch unless the Mac platform offers a compelling and sustainable performance benefit for their specific needs.
Wintel Catching Up? Time For Apple To Think Again
Apple, I believe has, in recent times, taken its customers and pre-eminence in PC laptop design for granted. It's time to Think, not just Different, but Again.
Blowout G4s Or Forthcoming G5s, Which Wins Value Comparsion?
There are precisely two standout values — the 2002 dual 1.25 GHz G4 at $1,299 and the dual 2.0 GHz G5 scheduled to ship in August.
Apple Power Mac G5
We don't love the G5's look, but the innards have serious promise.
Xserve RAID Shows Promise
Apple's first foray into the RAID market yields an interesting storage unti that blends ATA drives with Fibre Channel connectivity. Unfortunately, it's currently an Apple-only product.
DON'T EXPECT THE IMPOSSIBLE : Dave Hyatt on Safari 1.0. "If you actually thought all 10 million Web sites would render flawlessly in 1.0, then you simply had unrealistic expectations."
Gates Puts The Squeeze On Spam
Microsoft stepped up the rhetoric in its war on spam Tuesday, as Chairman Bill Gates called for government and corporate cooperation to stem the tide of junk e-mail.
Microsoft's Next Target — Google?
Microsoft's path to expand the Windows empire is leading directly to search king Google.
Alas, Poor Microsoft... Yo Used To Be So Interesting
These guys are no longer the zeitgeist-setting titans we loved to hate. It makes a polemicist like me sad.
Tuesday, June 24, 2003
Apple Steps Into The Future With Panther And G5
"We're not in a space where we are still finishing things we wanted to do with Mac OS X; Jaguar was that and we are beyond that now."
Apple & User Centricity. A Fan Letter.
Everything I saw this morning made me reel in the fact that Apple really, truely gets it and delivers.
Apple Benchmarketing Raises Questions
It appears that Apple requested an optimized compiler to be used with its processors, while forcing the Intel processors to use a generic alternative.
Hello, iPod. Goodbye, MD
Sony really dropped the ball.
Power Mac G4 Prices, Configs Slashed After G5 Intro
Users interested in one of Apple's G4-based pro desktop systems will find their choices more limited than before, although bargain hunters may find some deals.
Apple Takes A Bite Out Of Video IM
Jobs hopes to encourage the spread of video chat by integrating it into instant messaging.
Apple Plan To Roll Out Net Music In Europe Delayed
Attempts by Apple to launch a European version of its online Music Store has been held up until next year by disputes between record companies and their artists over licensing.
Apple Hits A High, But Fails To Convince Big Investors
Shares of Apple hit a one-year high in intraday trading Monday, propelled by enthusiastic chatter about a new powered-up chip for its high-end computers and a promising venture into the online music business. But though Mac lovers may see reason to applaud, heavy hitters in the fund world aren't exactly jumping out of their seats.
EverQuest Mac Edition Now Available
EverQuest is a real-time 3D massively multiplayer online role-playing game.
The MacHax Best Hack Contest 2003
The touchstone for the MacHack developers conference has long been the annual MacHax Group's Best Hack Contest, in which numerous Macintosh developers of all skill levels show off their programming talents and learn new skills, all while having some fun and entertaining their friends.
Apple Announces Chip Deal And Other Moves To Lift PC's
Steve Jobs unveiled a new alliance with IBM today in a bid to stay innovative and independent in a computing world dominated by Microsoft and Intel.
Apple Unleashes Panther
With its new Panther operating system, Apple is once again asking Mac users to pay to adopt a new cat.
Oracle Bringing Database Software To Mac OS X
Oracle today announced plans to issue a production release of its next generation database technology on Mac OS X, citing high demand for its Database Developer Release.
Wolfram Announces Mathematica 5
Mathematica 5 boasts over 100 new algorithms for symbolic and numerical computation.
Mac Enthusiasts React To WWDC News
Macintosh users are an easily excitable bunch.
3 Months Ago: Apple Switch
Apple will switch to Intel processors within the next 12 to 18 months.
Linux: Cheap, Reliable, But Fast?
What I find interesting — and what Boutin doesn't really acknowledge or deal with in his article — is how effecitvely Apple has rekindled developers' interest.
Thrills At The Mall Of America's Apple Store
If Apple has raised the bar for OS X's hardware requirement above my iMac, I'll be bummed.
Flipping The Switch
Linux's new popularity may hurt Apple more than Microsoft.
My Life And The Big Screen
The 17-inch PowerBook G4 is a bit heavier, but you do get more computer for your trouble.
The Power Mac G5 Value Equation
Apple has definitely turned things on their head with the Power Mac G5 when the dual 2.0 GHz machine offers 2.5x the sheer power of the 1.6 GHz model at just 50% more money.
Monday, June 23, 2003
Apple Previews Mac OS X 'Panther'
Highlights of the new operating system version include a revamped Finder interface that Jobs describes as "user-centric". Other new features include faster search, colored labels, and better integration with Windows network environments.
Apple Rolls Out iChat AV, iSight
The next version of iChat, iChat AV and a new Apple digital camera, the iSight, were unviled by Steve Jobs today.
Jobs Unveils New Power Macs
Speaking at the company's annual developer conference, Steve Jobs rolled out a new crop of Power Macs that he says can outperform any Windows-based PC on the market. The Power Mac G5 will be built around IBM's new PowerPC 970 chip and come in three flavors — a 1.6GHz model, a 1.8GHz model and a dual processor 2GHz model.
Mac OS X Users Top 7 Million
The number of Mac OS X applications have also doubled to more than 6,000 during the past year.
iTunes Music Store Hits 5 Million Downloads
Over 46 percent of the songs have been purchased as albums, and over 80 percent of songs available the online store have been purchased at least once.
Apple Releases Safari 1.0
Safari has seen over five million downloads of the beta versions in the past six months; version 1.0 will be the defalt browser for the new Power Mac G5s coming in August.
Apple Introduces Xcode Developer Tools
Xcode, Apple's new developer tools, combines a Unix-based development environment, a breakthrough — and simplified — user interface, and performance technologies including Fix and Continue, Zero Link and Distributed Build.
Apple Previews Mac OS X 'Panther' Server
The new version includes an Automatic Setup feature, Open Directory 2, Samba 3 and the JBoss Application Server.
Success of Apple's service breathes new lie into online song sales.
OpenOffice For The Mac Goes Gold
OpenOffice for the Macintosh is finally out of beta, just in time for Apple's WorldWide Developer Conference.
Week Ahead: Pocket PC Vs. Mac
Microsoft and Apple Computer are set to face off "mano a desktop" on the publicity front.
LaCie Announces 60GB Pocket Drive
The 7200rpm drive weighs in at 12.5 ounces and is small enough to fit into your pocket.
No School For The Unwanted
Christchurch hi-tech research organisation Ultralab South is hoping to persuade the government to trial a British scheme for educational non-achievers called "Notschool".
Apple iPod Does A Palm
Now Windows users can harness their iPods as personal organizers, too.
Apple And Microsoft: Can This Divorce Be Saved?
I remain concerned tha tthere needs to be more great Apple software to help the platform along. But I don't think that Microsoft's withdrawal from that market will prove fatal for Apple.
More Than An MP3 Player
Apple's new range of iPod music players are musical manna from heaven.
SEE YOU IN THE MORNING : Because of the time difference, I will be fast asleep when Steve Jobs unveils G5s and Panther. (And maybe iTunes for Windows, TiVo on iPod, and OS X Tablet PC Edition.) So, you'd have to go to some other places for your up-to-the-minute news.
HOGWART EXPRESS, in full QuickTime VR glory.
Microsoft Unleashes New Handheld OS
Aimed to play up its WIndows heritage, Microsoft on Monday will unveil a new version of its handheld operating system that boasts the new Windows Mobile name, but only a few new features.
New P4, Itanium From Intel
Intel on Monday will come out with a Pentium 4 running at 3.2 GHz and will separtely discuss a new version of its upcoming Madison chip specially enhanced for dual-processor servers and workstations.
Microsoft Blog Policy Coming Down The Pike?
So far, corporate has yet to weigh in on its growing cadre of bloggers. But that may be about to change.
Sunday, June 22, 2003
The Missing Future
If you want my support, and the support of others like me, propose a vision. Show me you can co-operate, show me you can build platforms.
MacHack 18: Experiencing The Unstoppable
MacHack is a conference for professional developers who make their living developing for the Macintosh platform.
NetNewsWire Gets Combined View, LiveJournal Support
Version 1.0.3 brings a new Combined View that combines titles and descriptions into a single view.
Power Mac G4 Hard Drive Update For OS 9 Released
Apple has released Hard Drive Update 1 (Mac OS 9 only), which improves the longevity of some hard drives shipped in certain Power Mac G4s, including the Cube.
MacHack 18 Opens With A Keynote Address From Ken Arnold
As is traditional, MacHack 18 opened first thing Thursday morning at 12.00 am with its keynote address.
PowerBook Is Big, Expensive Spectacle
It's a dream. Get one and tourists might even ask to pose with you at the Burbank airport.
Saturday, June 21, 2003
Apple To Update Desktop Chips
IBM has scheduled analyst briefings on the chip to begin after Steve Jobs givs his keynote address. A group of IBM engineers has come to Appe's Cupertino headquarters for last-minute preparations. And Apple's close partners say signifcantly faster Apple machines should arrive before the end of the year.
Apple Expected To Preview Next OS X On Monday
It has been a big year for Apple.
Safari Time For Mac Users
For users of Apple's Macintosh operating system, a certain amount of dependence on Microsoft has long been a practical necessity.
Apple Workers Get 13% Pay Rise
Workers at the Apple plant in Cork have managed to break the computer manufacturer's global pay freeze by winning a 13% pay rise.
Apple Gets A Taste For Speed
Apple appears poised to boost its Power Mac line in what could be a much-needed overhaul of its high-end desktops.
O'Reilly In A Nutshell
"When Mac OS X came out, it offered thebest of all worlds, the Office world and the whole Unix toolset all wrapped into that cool new interface, and with all the interesting iApps."
Profiles In Success: Information Security Institute, Johns Hopkins University: Securing The Internet Age
For this team, security, collaboration, and productivity are mission-critical. That's why they depend on Macintosh systems running Mac OS X.
Apple Ships Shake 3
Shake 3 includes such Mac OS X only features as Shake Qmaster network render management software that allows visual effects artists to distribute rendering tasks across a cluster of Apple's Xserve 1U rack servers or desktop Power Mac G4 systems.
Apple Acknowledges Continuing .Mac Problems
Several outages have affected .Mac within the past 12 hours.
Letters: iTunes Will Save The Music Industry, Not Destroy It
Readers respond to Sahar Akhtar's "iTunes — The 'i' Doesn't Stand For Innovation."
New Computer Tools Help Jam Spam, Spare Ham
My technique has reduced the 1,000-plus spams a day I used to receive to a few dozen, which are easily filtered for later review.
Reports Wrong On Xbox Successor
A Japanese newspaper on Friday retracted statements attributed to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer regarding a new version of the Xbox.
Friday, June 20, 2003
Apple Leaks Power Mac G5 Specs
The online Apple Store inadvertently posted the specs of the Power Mac G5 late Thursday.
AppleWorks Lament: In A Vacuum, No One Can Hear You Type...
Times have changed, the OS has changed and unless Apple wants it to be the office equivalent of the Yugo, AppleWorks needs to change.
The Bet: Aple, Faster, Better & Still A Loser
Steve Jobs should take his own advice and sacrifice some profit margin in exchange for some market share.
Does Mac OS And Windows Convergence Threaten Innovation?
If the Mac OS and Windows keep getting more and more similar, how long before they end up being the same thing?
Portfolio 6.1: Upgrade To OS X-Native Digital-Asset Manager Speed Workflow
Solo users may consider this upgrade pricey, but if you're working in OS X as a single user or a small-office creative pro, you'll want this upgrade.
RealBasic 5.0: Software-Development Application Remains Top In Field
What makes RealBasic a compelling buy has remained the same since the early days: when you commit to RealBasic, you've got a lot of people at your back.
TextWrangler 1.0: Text Editor Brings BBEdit Features To Bargain Market
If you spend a lot of time looking at Unix config files or exports from a database application, or if you simply can't afford the $179 BBEdit, TextWrangler is a good option. But for TextWrangler to build a broader audience, it will need more flexibility and some features — such as AppleScript support — that it currently lacks.
ZBrush 1.5: Package Lets 2-D Artists Break Int To The Third Dimension
We like ZBrush's innovative support for painting with depth, but the interface leaves lots of room for improvement — and the program can't replace Adobe Photoshop or a full-featured 3-D application.
4th Dimension 2003 Standard Edition: Database-Development App Adds Cool New Features But Retains Familiar Barriers To Ease Of Use
4D 2003 is not easy to learn or use, but the company sure is trying, as evidenced by its well-integrated XML and Web-services support. It's well worth purchasing if you're an established 4D developer, but it will likely be over your head if you're not.
Mac FlipAlbum 3.0: Effort To Bring Real-World Feel To Virual Photo Albums Is Easy To Use But Yields Mixed Results
Mac FlipAlbum is definitely not a tool for professional photographers, but home users who are looking for a conceptual alternative to iPhoto may find FlipAlbum's interface refreshing. However, those users should think twice before deleting iPhoto — there are still many things FlipAlbum can't do.
FontLab 4.5: Highly Scriptable, OpenType-Compatible Font Editor Deserves To Be The Typography Professional's Choice
Professionals who take the time to tackle FontLab's toolbars will be rewarded with its pwoer and ease of use — especially after the sticky-mouse bug is fixed.
Datavideo DV Bank: Drive That Acts Like A Tape Deck Provides Improved Workflow For Video Editors
For videographers who need an additional capturing facility or time-lapse capability, this sturdy, well-designed machine is a great tool.
Faxstf X Pro: Major Improvements Earn Fax Software A Place Among Its Competitors — Though It's Not Without Faults
Faxstf X Pro is significantly better than its predecessor, but its hefty price, inconsistency in receiving faxes, and limited address-book compatibility mean it's no match for Page Sender.
FreeHand MX: Illustration Program Joins The FX Family
The real selling point is its more comprehensive integration with other MX products; this integration finally brings FreeHand MX up to a level where professionals can use it with confidence.
Ballmer Sets Date For Next Xbox
Microsoft will deliver the next version of its Xbox game console in 2006, CEO Steve Ballmer said.
Thursday, June 19, 2003
Ambrosia Software: Software Of The Gods
If you play Mac games, you've probably heard of Ambrosia Software. One of the Mac's premiere shareware developers and publishers, Ambrosia has been making games and utilities with the passionate zeal that comes from drinking the gods' nectar.
AirPort Update Complies With Final IEEE 802.11g Spec
Apple has released an update to bring AirPort Extreme base stations and client computers equipped with AirPort Extreme cards in-line with approved specifications.
iPod Software Update 2.0.1 Released
Apple has released iPod Software Update 2.0.1, which offers restore and update features to iPods with a dock connector.
Macworld Shrinks To Core
Macworld's much-touted return to the Hub next year may feature a dramatically downsized show that has tens of thousands of fewer attendees than first planned, recent events in New York indicate.
Apple Gets Indie Bands
"I was waiting the whole time to find out, 'Where is the catch?' So far, there hasn't been any."
Apple In 2008
If industry influence trumped such tradition economic considerations as market shares, Apple probably would be the top computer manufacturer.
Confessions Of A Soon-To-Be Ex-Mac User
The Macintosh is slow, horribly expensive and I'm not going to take it anymore.
Power Over Ethernet
This one-trick widget obviously isn't for everyone, but as one-trick widgets go, it's a class act.
iMovie Retains Edge In Movie-Making
Apple's program is easy to use, has lots of interesting features, and works.
Put Weblogs To Work: Low-Cost Tools Let You Publish Professional And Personal Sites Instantly
For users who want a Weblog system that can expand with the needs of their publication or business, we recommend Movable Type or pMachine. Both offer excellent features, extensibility, and power, and they're both easy to use.
MSN Search Bot A Glimpse Of Ambitions
In preparation for unveiling its own algorithmic search engine, Microsoft's MSN has quietly launched software that will index Web sites, a move that raises questions about MSN's relationship with Yahoo subsidiary Inktomi.
Tech Giants Ally On Home Networking
Microsoft, Sony and other tech heavyweights are set to unveil a joint effort to make sure that their products — from computers to DVD players to cell phones — can communicate with each other over a home wireless network.
Wednesday, June 18, 2003
Apple Stock Jumps On Analyst Upgrade
Shares of Apple hit a 52-week high Wednesday after Charles Wolf of Needham & Co. upgraded the Mac maker to "buy" from "hold," citing strong iPod sales and a potential Power Mac rebound.
Sony Unveils Fingerprint Identity Package For OS X
The package is an easy-to-use solution for securing access to desktops, Web sites and other critical applications.
Making The Cut: Producing A TV Series On The Mac
"We decided to go with Macs for everything and I'm very glad we did."
iPod Muzak Isn't Same Old Song
Instead of piping bland background music over tinny speakers, enterprising music promoters are loading hundreds of hours of hip tunes onto iPods and renting them to restaurants, nightspots, clothing boutiques and hair salons.
Mac Advocates Launch New Publication
6 Years Ago: Mac Today will hit newsstands later this week that will argue the case that Apple isn't in trouble, it's just misunderstood.
Apple Sometimes Get It Wrong
Apple has had its share of missteps over the years. That the company is still here, however, is a tribute to the brand's mystique and the quality of its products.
iTunes — The "i" Doesn't Stand For Innovation
As songs are increasingly sold one by one online, the musical creativity and risk-taking associated with the album format will decline.
Apple's Real Worry Isn't The Loss Of IE
Far more daunting is the prospect of Microsoft abandoning the Mac version of its popular Office software. That's because Apple hasn't yet shown it can replace Office for most of its users. And without Office, Apple's whole "switchers" program to convert Windows users will probably run aground.
All in all, while certainly a noteworthy 4.1 system, after shelling out $180, it may leave the buyer wishing for a more memorable aural experience.
Reason To Believe...
Apple store provides a much better experience than bootleg services such as Kazaa — and it'sguilt-free.
How To Manage Large Image Libraries With iPhoto 2
iPhoto 2 includes a few key improvements to help manage large image catalogs.
MAYBE WE SHOULD BE SMILING when Microsoft stops developing IE for Mac. After all, you don't want to go through this experience when you visit your parents.
I CAN'T BELIEVE that MacSurfer's actually took my link that points to a 6-year-old article and reprint the link as if it's current news. :-)
Tuesday, June 17, 2003
The Key To Innovation
For now, the Innovation Advantage belongs to companies that control both hardware and software development. In this regard — until Microsoft buys HP, or Sony buys Microsoft — Apple stands alone.
Adventures In Downloading Haydn
This isn't all Apple's fault. It's just the way classical music is made.
Apple Director To Speak At Digital Music Event
Peter Lowe, Apple's director of marketing for Applications and Services, will be a keynote speaker at the Jupiter Plug.IN Conference & Expo.
Apple Responds To Microsoft Dropping Internet Explorer
"The Safari beta program has been an incredible success, and we will be releasing Safari 1.0 soon. Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit felt it was a good time to reassign their resources working on IE to the revenue-producing Mac products they are working on, such as the next versions of Office, Entourage (including an Exchange client) and Virtual PC."
Apple To Broadcast Jobs Keynote From WWDC
Apple will provide a live satellite broadcast of Steve Jobs' keynote address from its Worldwide Developers Conference next week.
Supply Snag Slows Down Mac Cloner
John Fraser's one-mac Mac clone business has been put on hold after a key parts supplier became the target of Apple's legal team.
Mac OS X Gains Reporting
Sybase is bringing graphical reporting capabilities to the Mac OS X platform.
The New Void In The Web Browser Market
Safari is not currently available for Windows, but a case can be made that Apple could benefit from porting it to the Microsoft platform.
Why I Love The iPod
When you see someone on the street, white buds in their ears, it's a thrill to know that they are part of the brotherhood. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that my iPod has changed my life.
Info With A Ball And Chain
We do need legislative help in keeping DRM under control. But ultimately, its fate will be determined by our own actions.
Microsoft Shows True Color: Yellow
We are entering a tech world in which means of distribution trumps marketing and even trumps product quality.
Mask Pro 3
What Mask Pro offers is more tools to assist the user in the art of extraction.
Aladdin Spring Cleaning 6.0
Spring Cleaning and its trusty side-kick iClean remain the safest way to scrub out uesless files and polish the performance of your Mac.
It shwos the strengths of Aqua and AppleScript. It follows the UNIX way: simple-seeming but powerful tools that interoperate freely.
Replacing A Power Mac G4 Power Supply
Most everyone else will probably be happy that the new power supply and fan are indeed quieter, even though this replacement won't eliminate jealousy over the silence of the fan-less Power Mac G4 Cube and older iMacs.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE : I really hope that iTunes for Windows will be available for Windows sufferers outside of the U.S., because none of the Windows MP3 players that I've tried matches the quality of iTunes.
Just don't use metal inferface on Windows. I've checked. There's no such thing in the Windows HCI guide.
Update: If this is true, then I worry. :-)
THANKS, DAN, now I need to go get myself a camera-phone.
SIMILARLY, IN SINGAPORE : there is also a right-of-reply policy for reporting on the Government. I don't think there is a policy of a right-of-reply for any individuals, companies, or organization, though.
Microsoft Takes Spam Fight To Court
Intensifying its campaign against spammers, Microsoft announced Tuesday that it has taken legal action in the company's home state of Washington and in the United Kingdom.
Microsoft Go Direct To Drive Profits
Microsoft has a new strategy to boost its sales and fend off rivals: go direct.
West Virginia Drops Microsoft Appeal
West Viriginia's attorney general said Monday he would drop the state's appeal of the landmark Microsoft antitrust settlement, leaving Massachusetts as the final hold-out pushing for stricter sanctions.
Monday, June 16, 2003
Send Your Kids To Apple Camp
Conducted at your local Apple retail store, Apple Camp "enhance the learning, study, and research skills of students in grades 1 through 9."
Profiles In Success: B. F. Yancey Elementary School: Transforming Kids With Technology
"Working with the computers has given [the students] a sense of competency and initiative. They're starting to seek out their own learning opportunities."
Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 5.2.3
The update enhances browser compatibility for users who work on a network with secure authentication or with proxy servers.
Apple To Introduce New Mac OS X Server At WWDC
Apple will introduce the new version of OS X Server based on Panther and discuss how Apple products and technologies fit into today's IT environment.
Apple Shipping iLife 1.1
The new version adds iTunes 4.0.1 to the bundle.
Apple Hardware VP To Keynote Macworld CreativePro
Apple vice president of hardware product makreting Greg Joswiak will deliver the opening feature presentation at next month's Macworld CreativePro Conference & Expo in New York City.
New Mac Site Launches For Mac Server Help
A new Web site has launched that seeks to provide help to users looking to develop and serve Web sites on a Mac.
Windows iTunes Service 'By End Of Year'
Apple remains on track to deliver a Windows version of its iTunes Music Store by the end of the year, a senior executive confirmed last week.
Maine Ushers In A Laptop Revolution In The Schools
Now, at the end of the experiment's first year, the consensus seems to be that it's a hit.
Mac Chronicles: What's In A Dot Mac?
When used as a complete package $159 is not a bad deal. But if you're only looking for a couple of features, put your wallet away and opt out for the freebie services that are scattered across the Web.
Apple's Net-Sharing Smarts Overcome Apple's WiFi Woes
Apple needs to fix whatever is making some networks invisible to Airport Extreme cards. But it deserves some praise for the simple way you can create a low-end mesh network, with just a few clicks of a mouse.
While this game might not appeal to everyone, it does what it does good.
New features and tools, better stability, and seamless program compatibility make FreeHand MX a good contender for future standards.
Price Cut Bolsters PowerBook's Value
A recent $200 price drop makes Apple's 12-inch G4 PowerBook one of the more attractive options if you're looking for an ultraportable laptop with powerful multimedia capabilities.
Linux Version Of Acquired Antivirus Product Doomed
Users, resellers regret Microsoft plan to kill RAV AntiVirus for Linux.
Sunday, June 15, 2003
Why Apple iTunes May Win
Apple is winning the online music battle, and may win the war.
This Month In Web Browsers
When you throw in Safari and Firebird, it feels like something's shifting.
Why I Can't Finish The Upgrade To Mac OS X
There are three applications and one print driver keeping me chained to crashes, spinning beachballs, and inflexible modal dialog boxes. I need them, and I can't use them without Classic because, two years after OS X arrived, there is still no OS X version.
eMac In Class Of Its Own
The newest Apple eMac computers present compelling options to those in the market for a new machine.
Saturday, June 14, 2003
Selling Out: The Pocket Jukebox That's Shaking Up The World's Music Industry
Weighing little more than a tube of toothpaste and fitting easily inside the palm of the hand, an innocuous British-designed gadget is leading a revolution in the music industry.
Apple Re-Issues Security Update For Mac OS X
Security Update 2003-06-09 2.0 apparently fixes a login problem where you had to hit the return key instead of the login button.
School Committee Nams Two To Consolidation Panel
Apple is offering school systems a three year payment plan [for Powerschool], with a very low or token payment the first year. If the school system signs on by June 30, the company will throw in a free $4,000 server.
On this grey and rainy day, this news of a kind of death brings no warmth.
Top Ten Digital Video Tips
Apply one or more of these tips to your movie making, and I guarantee you'll be rewarded with terrific results.
STUPID WEBSITES : Visited Dallas Morning News' web site, who asked me to register first before letting me read. So I did. Except that the stupid registration form allows me to indicate I'm from Singapore (and not U.S.), but insists I enter a 5-digit ZIP code. (In Singapore, it's 6 digit postal code. I'm sure there are other countries that uses alphanumeric postal code.)
Stupid, stupid, stupid.
So what do I do? I faked the data. Now, Dallas Morning News have a visitor from Singapore with a ZIP code of 12345.
Nowadays, it's so darn difficult to be an honest man.
Friday, June 13, 2003
The Art Institutes To Migrate 3,000 Macs To OS X
Thanks to the release of QuarkXPress 6.
Microsoft: No New Versions Of IE For Mac
Microsoft's decision creates a conudrum for Mac users seeking maximum compatibility.
In iPod He Trusts
Armed with a small fleet of iPods, Porter's embarking on a one-of-a-kind business venture: filling the little mp3 players with a specially created musical catalog and renting them out to area businesses.
Internet Explorer Consigned To The Trash
Roz Ho, the general manager of Microsoft's Mac Business Unit, has confirmed that no future versions of Internet Explorer will be released for the Mac.
Corel: A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Ambition
With Corel set to disappear into the control of a California-based venture-capital firm for little more than a buck a share, it's easy to forget there was a time when this company could do no wrong.
Line Of Apple Stores Expanded With Opening In Newton, Mass
Leave it to Apple, the only PC maker that controls its own operating system, to think it can sell its products better than the computer superstores.
Apple Store Eats Channel Business
Apple resellers are becoming increasingly disgruntled with the product expansion and aggressive pricing of the vendor's online presence.
Wireless Remote Debuts For iPod
The naviPod consists of a receiver that plugs into the top of the iPod and a 5-button infrared remote control that produces the same functions as the Apple iPod wired remote.
By Kids, For Kids
The Masconomet students wrote their stories then drew and painted pictures to go along with them. But everything soon turned high-tech.
Macs To Drive On HyperTransport Links
Apple will use HyperTransport as a high-speed link between the two processors that make up the chipset in new desktop Macintoshes, sources said. This is faster than most existing chip connection technologies, a change that in turn should lead to overall better performance.
Can Diversifying Save Apple?
Products with Apple labels on them would have to somehow fit into the company's master plan. Since the company doesn't necessarily share its plans with the outside world, we're left to speculate.
iPod: Digital Music's Windows Desktop
Since record companies are desperate for new means of distribution, shouldn't they be looking for access to the iPod rather than just iTunes?
How Apple Software (And Not Just iTunes) Could Improve The Windows Experience
Who ever thought we'd be looking to Apple to make the Windows experience better.
Mac G5: Too Little, Too Late
Instead of a hot new model, Apple needs a new manufacturing process that will enable it to compete price-wise with Windows.
Why Text Browsers? MacLynx Vs. WannaBe
Text browsers remain a viable alternative to graphical browsers, especially if you have a slow connection and/or an older machine.
From Geek To Chic, Mac Gifts Suit Dads, Grads
M last installment of gift suggestions focused on audio, but there's much more to being a Mac user than creating or enjoying music.
Ilisten 1.6 Dictation Software For OS X
iListen's far from perfected yet, and still has rough edges, but so does the competition, and this release has done considerable smoothing.
We love the LCD iMac enough to accommodate its flaws, but not enough to overlook them.
Mac OS X And AudioUnits Update
An abundance of delectable new plugins.
Rivals Say Microsoft Flouts Deal
Microsoft is trying to license key pieces of its technology at inflated rates and under onerous conditions, according to competitors who charge that the software giant is thwarting its antitrust settlement with the federal government.
Thursday, June 12, 2003
Who Really Owns Unix?
Apple has been using the Unix trademark on and in connection with its OS X product. THis constitutes an infringement of our trademark since OS X is not certified under our Unix system certification progrm, and Apple has refused to use that program to obtain certification.
Susan Kare designed the original desktop icons for Apple and Microsoft Windows.
NoteTaker 1.5 Adds Host Of Features, Enhancements
The new version marks a major feature evolution in NoteTaker's navigation system while also adding a very powerful global search tool for retrieving information across multiple notebooks.
Mac OS X Server Security Update Released
"Updates Apache 2.0.45 to 2.0.4 and addresses a security hole in the mod_dav module."
Sybase Talks Apple Strategy
"Mac OS X is such a close relation to UNIX that it was easier to look at the Mac market economically."
PowerBook, iBook Nominated For Linux Hardware Award
The PowerBook and iBook have been nominated in the Best Linux Hardware category of the UK LinuxUser & Developer Awards.
Spring 1.3 Adds New Content To 'Universal Canvas'
Spring 1.3 sports a variety of new features aimed at enriching the user experience.
802.11g Standard Approved
IEEE, the group responsible for setting standards in the networking industry, on Thursday approved the final specification for 802.11g, known to Mac users as AirPort Extreme. Very little has changed from January when Apple released its first 802.11g product.
SimCity 4 Goes Gold
Aspyr Media has announced that SimCity 4 for the Macintosh has gone gold and is now in duplication.
Hey Mr Tangerine Man
An Australian dollar that is finally getting its head above the water of the international exchange markets, and some price cutting decreed by Apple in Cupertino, has brought about big cuts in the price of portable computing.
Wozniak Looks Back: Part Two Of AN Exclusive Interview With Apple Computer Co-Founder Steve Wozniak
"And when you think all of these wonderful things happened in a life, who could ever want more?
A Mac Is More Than Just A Computer (Or, Why Are Apple Fans So Zealous?)
I could almost hear them thinking: "Hundreds of people are waiting in line for... a computer store?"
If you are a fan of the RPG, definitely check this game out, and if you have never so much hefted a sword in your entire game career, Dungeon Siege is an excellent opportunity for you to learn what all these "experience" points are about.
SARS VICTIM: The Singapore's Ministry of Health is still investigating the case where a cancer patient died due to lack of treatment. Given that every person on home quartine has a record somewhere in the Ministry, I'm surprised this person hasn't been tracked down. Either that, or the story is fake.
And how I wish Straits Times can put a link back to the original letter.
Microsoft Preps New Handheld OS
Microsoft will debut Pocket PC 2003 on June 23, according to sources close to the company. The operating system is not expected to be a major revision of Pocket PC 2002, but it will include new features such as built-in support for wireless technologies Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Intel Takes Notebook Chips Past 3GHz
The increase in speed comes courtesy of a new 3.06GHz mobile Pentium 4 chip, which was introduced as part of a volley of new processors fired off by Intel.
HP, Dell To Ship Java With PCs
Sun signed deals Wednesday under which Dell and HP will ship Java technology on all PCs, a move that bypasses Microsoft's reluctance to distribute the software.
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
Unix's Courtroom Adventures Continue
Apple is being sued by The Open Group, the San Francisco company that claims ownership of the Unix trademark, for using the term Unix in conjunction with its Mac OS X operating system without a license. Apple has countersued, asking a judge to declare that the trademark is invalid, because the term Unix has become generic.
Quark: QuarkXPress 'Absolutely... Will Ship Next Week'
"I absolutely want to reassure you that QuarkXPress 6 will ship next week."
AOL Looks To Rival Apple Service
AOL plans to follow Apple's lead by launching its own music download service in the US, offering music fans the chance to download songs on a track by track basis for 99 cents and offering more flexibility in terms of what they can do with them.
Apple Store To Open In Tokyo
An advert in the Japan Times has given a strong indication that Apple is to open an Apple Store in Ginza, Tokyo.
Mac Users Can't Catch A Break In A PC World
Even when a software company supports the Macintosh platform or operating system, they really don't want to.
Say, Ya Want A Revolution?
Apple's new iTunes Music Store is changing the music biz. Here's why.
Apple's Titanium PowerBook Adapters: Flawed Design?
There is no strain relief built into the device and the cable on some adapters.
Risky QuickTime? Safety QuickTime!
If you take a little time to learn the vast expanse of QuickTime's toolset, you can either make more clever movies for your QuickTime users, or make movies that an even larger user community can enjoy.
With QuarkXPress 6.0 Arriving, Are The Glory Days Back?
It appears that Quark has done very well with its Mac OS X upgrade. So maybe one can forgive the delay.
What's Right About Microsoft
Ignore Ballmer's stock sales. Things are starting to look a lot brighter for the tech giant.
Radio ID Tags Get Microsoft Backing
Microsoft is enlisting in a venture designed to help develop standards for radio frequency tags intended for use by retailers and manufacturers to track goods.
Microsoft Aims Higher With Web Software
After years of playing with amateurs, Microsoft has decided to push its FrontPage Web-authoring sotware into the big leagues.
Microsoft Moves Into Antivirus Realm
Antivirus software makers aim to protect users against Internet threats, but now have to face a new threat of their own: Microsoft.
Tuesday, June 10, 2003
Quark Makes Way For Mac OS X
Quark says a long-awaited version of its publishing software will ship next week, removing a major hurdle that's prevented some businesses from upgrading to Apple Computer's Mac OS X operating system.
QuarkXPress 6 For Mac OS X To Ship Next Week
"This is one of the biggest, most important applications in the creative space," said Phil Schiller.
Wi-Fi For Dummies
The only product that met our needs was Apple's AirPort Extreme base station. At $199 for the entry-level model, it's a bit pricier than most other home Wi-Fi bases, but it has all the right stuff for our project.
Foster High Considers Turning Down Free Macs
Some Foster High School teachers are balking at the idea that the school board could refuse to let them accept $43,000 worth of new computers the school was recently awarded through a grant program.
Can Apple Break The 5 Percent Barrier?
The answer may be determined within the next couple of years — and if it is a resounding yes, Apple's future may be not just bright, but insanely great.
Aladdin Ships Internet Cleanup 1.0 For Mac
Blocks pop-ups, banner ads, and detects the presense of Spyware on your computer.
QuickTime Facilitates The Making Of Lecture Videos
Administrators and professors in Baruch's Zicklin School of Business have found that making digital video recordings of lectures available online can help undergraduates succeed in large lecture courses. Not surprisingly, Apple technology is being used.
Internet Giants Plan Music Services
Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL and others may follow Apple's lead by offering downloads a la carte.
Independent Streak: Apple Wooing A Host Of Indie Record Labels To Join Online Service
"It's really the first business model for online retailing that actually makes some sense."
Apple Opens New Web Site For Education IT Managers
"Technical Resources for Integrating Mac OS X" is an interactive site that promises the opportunity to "learn about — and discuss — Mac OS X installation, deployment, and maintenance in your school."
Final Cut Express 1.0.1 Released
The new version introduces improved performance and stability, according to Apple, and can now link keyframe parameters to the Motion tab. NTSC and PAL noncontrollable device presents have also been added.
Microsoft Settlement Change Highlights Apple's Problems
For Apple, fending off Microsoft in its home state is a crucial move because Apple's education sales — once one of its strongest markets — fell 15 percent in 2002, when California schools faced budget shortfalls and moved to standardize on Windows.
Greene Board Endorses Laptop Project
The Greene County Board of Education endorsed a plan Monday nkight that would provide Apple iBook laptop computers to every student and teacher in the middle and high schools.
New Apple Laptops Are Droolworthy
These two beauties could easily make 2003 the "Year of the Laptop," as Steve Jobs said in his keynote speech at Macworld SF. And if the experience I had with these machines is any indication of the degree of technolust they inspire, he's right.
iSync, Therefore I Am
It's hard enough to get one piece of software working right with any of these quirky devices, but it's downright impressive that Apple has suddenly been able to support so wide a variety.
Wipeout 2097 1.2.1
If you like fantasy-style racing games, you'll likely enjoy Wipeout 2097.
MSN Reaches Out To Mac Users
If you're looking for a full-featured online service, complete with exclusive content, the new Mac software merits serious attention.
eMac Keeps Promise Of Original iMac Alive
Today's eMac is not just a direct descendant of the CRT iMac. Its lineage can be traced directly back to the original Macintosh. If you want a true computer for the rest of us, the eMac may indeed be your best choice.
Monday, June 9, 2003
Laptops In Schools Click, Win Support
Maine's first-in-the-nation program that put computers on the laps of students in all 241 public middle schools has received high marks as the first full year of the experiment draws to a close this month.
BugBear Virus Slows .Mac E-Mail Service
"While the bug apparently only affects Windows executables files, the massive amount of waste e-mail generated took its toll on Apple's already high-load .Mac mail servers."
Apple Offers Security Update For OS X
The new security update addresses a potential problem that arises when AFP is used to reshare a NFS mount. Also addressed is a potential situation that causes LDAP bind authentication requests to be improperly sent when using Kerberos authentication.
Greene County Looks At 'Learning With Laptops' Program
"Apple has a tremendous dedication to education. I'm very optimistic at this point (about a partnership)."
Apple To Spotlight 'Digital Classroom' At NECC
Apple will show how incorporating Apple technology into the curriculum can: promote mastery of basic skills; engage and motivate students; and provide an environment that fosters higher order skills, such as problem solving and collaboration.
Apple Peeling Off
While selling a half-million songs a week isn't bad, considering the service is only available to the 3 percent of computer users with Macintosh computers, some music execs had hoped the service would sell 1 million to 2 million tracks per week.
64-Bit Macs May Outpace 'Panther'
Apple is nearing the release of desktop systems featuring IBM's 64-bit PowerPC 970 chip, sources report — but a 64-bit version of Mac OS X may lag behind by a month or two.
This story is not atypical of the jams Apple has gotten me out of by just being a high quality hardware and software maker.
Dad Offers Barometer Of Tech World
What my dad does with his computer is in many ways more telling about the state of the industry than what early adopters are doing.
Apple Gets It Right With iTunes System
What makes Apple's new music-distribution system so delicious (f not downright insidious) is that you don't think of it as a music distribution system. Apple has managed to fashion a near-perfect retail outlet on the Web.
Uplink is satisfyingly unique and fresh, and a great addition to the growing Mac library. Don't miss it.
VR Worx 2.1
In one app you can easily create impressive, interactive VR objects, panoramas, and scenes — and the whole process is deceptively simple.
Microsoft Still Certifying Leaky Drivers
Months after promising to tighten up its procedures for certifying third-party software drivers, Microsoft is still giving the green light to network interface card (NIC) drivers that leak sensititve user information from machines running Windows Server 2003, according to a prominent security company.
Intel: A Quarter-Century Of X86
Intel on Monday quietly marked the 25-year anniversary of x86, the basic architecture underlying the chips that power most of today's PCs.
Microsoft Plays To Film Industry
The software company wants Hollywood to use its Media Player technology in the industry from start to finish — from filming and post-production to distribution. While some are intrigued, Microsoft still has much industry trust to win.
Sunday, June 8, 2003
Quaker Valley's plan centers around the idea of putting the technology into the hands and bookbags of every student from grade 3 up, every teacher and administrator in the district and creating a wireless local-area network to tie it all together.
Innovation Is No Promise Of Success
In computers, Apple is on the wrong side of the Microsoft moat.
Confidential Apple Music Details Leaked
"I didn't realise yesterday's presentation was supposed to be confidential. WHen I found out, I pulled the details. Honest mistake."
Brian Purdy: Extreme Sports Filmmaker
"People are friendly and I don't have to wake up at 6 AM and put a suit on and battle traffic on my way to sit in a cubicle for 8 hours."
Chad Muska: Hip Hop On The Fly
"I was going crazy because I couldn't make music. So I got a PowerBook, the PC300 USB-connected keyboard and Cubase."
Got Grads Or Dads? Give 'Em Gifts For Their Macs
We'll look at some gift ideas sure to tickle the fancy of the dad or grad in your life.
Face The Fax: Dependable Software Can Be Found
Smile Software's PageSender works. It sends, it receives, it's easy to use and it does not fail us.
Scattered Digital Photos?
Album software organizes the photo strewn on your hard drive.
Gates' Wealth Irrelevant, Microsoft Says
Microsoft wants to exclude references to the "wealth or net worth" of Chairman Bill Gates or other executives from the trial of a class-action lawsuit accusing the company of overcharging consumers for Windows.
Friday, June 6, 2003
Apple iTunes + Independent Music
I got an invitation to go to Apple's offer for a presentation/meeting about how to get independent artists into the iTunes Music Store. I wrote down all the major points of their presentation as they went.
.Mac Email Difficulties Continue
.Mac users have reported email-related problems for over a week.
'iCreate' Mac Magazine Launched
Paragon Publishing has announced the launch of "iCreate," a new UK-based magazine aimed at creative Mac users.
Aladdin Ships Spring Cleaning 6
The new version is optimized for Mac OS X, and sports improved performance, organization and privacy capabilities, according to the developer.
George Spyros: Directing In DVD
While DVD Studio Pro is often the star of the show, it doesn't stand alone either.
iTunes Music Swap Just Won't Die
Apple may never be ablet o stop Mac users from sharing music over the Internet, despite its best attempts.
This is a game that could provide hours of up-late-all-night intensity, or even casual pick-up play on a portable.
TIRED from work. Sorry about the minimal updates.
European Regulators Seem More Evidence In Microsoft Inquiry
European competition regulators are seeking more evidence in their investigation of Microsoft, a move that is almost certain to delay further the five-year-old antitrust inquiry.
Microsoft Alters Settlement To Address Apple Concerns
Vouchers are good for software "produced by other companies that compete with and/or have substantially similar functionality to" Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel and Office.
Thursday, June 5, 2003
Final Cut Pro To Be Released June 14
The next version of Apple's pro video editing software is set to go on sale at 4 pm on Saturday, June 14th.
A Conversation With Steve Wozniak
Apple's co-founder discusses Steve Jobs and the company's roots.
OmniWeb 4.5 Public Beta Released
Apple Preps Mac OS X Server Security Update
Apple is preparing to release a security update to Mac OS X Server, sources said. The patch will reportedly update Mac OS X's instllation of Apache 2.0, fixing a security vulnerability.
Symantec Debuts Norton SystemWorks 3.0
Symantec today announced its first complete antivirus and drive repair/optimization solution for Mac OS X.
So What's The Truth About Apple's Market Share?
Apple cannot just depend on its own user base to generate sales.
Apple's iTunes Music Store Is A Winner
Apple's iTunes Music Store is by far the best of the three services and may be the beacon that finally draws users to pay for play.
SWAMPED with work and other things in life... update minimal... sorry...
Wednesday, June 4, 2003
Apple Releases Keynote 1.1 Update
"With any update release we want to address any outstanding customer issues we're aware of. We've been monitoring feedback from our customers and testing for any issues they've reported."
Return Of The Mac
How did an ugly beige box become a fashion accessoary? The Guardian meets the man who made computers cool.
iMovie 3 Gets Performance, Stability Boost
Refinements to the Ken Burns Effect allow greater pan and zoom control on digital images and make it easier to crop digital stills.
Apple Cracks The Music Market
Apple is now thinking of porting the iTunes software to Windows, and may be staring a $3 billion per annum market straight in the face. However, it may not be so easy to realise this in practical business terms. Apple has to find a way of remaining in harmony with the music industry, which means staying ahead of the music pirates.
Insanely Cut Rate
The titanium metal snapped clear off the LCD screen, right above the left hinge.
SWIMMING AND SINKING : I haven't told you, dear readers, but I have a new job.
No, I didn't quit. But I'm taking on a new project due to a reorganisation, together with an "emergency" thing.
Last night, I dreamt that I was sinking. Too many fishes crowding around me, chanting "me! me! me!". (No, I haven't watch Finding Nemo.)
This morning, after I wake up, I watched a rerun episode of The Simpsons to regain my sense of humor before going to work. Unfortunately, it's the episode where Bart sold his soul. :-)
AN APPLE A DAY : Useful Mac.
Ballmer Memo Targets Linux
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer identified Linux and open-source software as key competitive challenges to the company in a memo sent to all employees Wednesday.
Microsoft's Browser Play
Purveyors and consumers of Web content and software, already unsettled by the peace pact between Microsoft and AOL Time Warner, may be in store for an even more radical upset: The end of Microsoft's standalone Internet Explorer browser.
This is really all about a fight for the soul of the Internet.
Microsoft Puts The Web On Your Wrist
Microsoft's plan to bring the Internet to your wristwatch will kick off this week when the company previews gadgets based on its Smart Personal Objects Technology.
Microsoft Renews Security Vows
Microsoft has opened up its drive to improve software security with a redesigned software patch management system and a partnership with VeriSign to authenticate Web services.
Tuesday, June 3, 2003
QuickTime 6.3 Adds 3GPP, Improves iApp Support, More
QuickTime 6.3 adds support for the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standard, bridging a connection to passing multimedia content over wireless networks on devices like cell phones and PDAs.
iSync 1.1 Adds Broader Phone Support, Safari Bookmarks
The new version supports more than 20 cell phones. iSync 1.1 also enables .Mac subscribers to synchronize bookmarks using Apple's own Safari Web browser.
Mr iMac Wins Design Prize For Banishing Beige Boxes
Jonathan Ive is admired among designers because he pours elegance into products.
iMac Designer Who 'Touched Millions' Wins £25,000 Award
Jonathan Ive won the Design Museum's first designer of the year award for a range of innovations from the Apple iMac to the iPod.
Bluetooth 1.2.1 Improves Phone Support
Thr update provides enhanced stability and support for several Symbian OS-based mobile phones.
Dashboard, Interpol May Be Headed For iTunes As Apple Woos Indies
Apple has invited hundreds of indie label representatives to a private presentation on Thursday at Apple's campus to discuss hopping onboard and adding their content to the more than 200,000 songs already available through the service.
The World According To Quark
For the first time in many years, Quark has to deal with a viable contender to its seat at the top of the page-layout heap. Pressure from Adobe will only increase, and Quark will need to respond.
University Art Departments Requiring 17-Inch PB
Virginia Tech's Department of Art & Art History is requiring the new 17-inch PowerBook for all of their incoming students in Graphic Design, Studio Art, and Art History.
Will The Beatles Take A Bite Of Apple Computer?
Soon Apple Corps is going to want something from Apple Computer besides a few laptops for its executives.
Macquarium: Swimming In Clear E-Business Waters
As Macintoshc omputers went from being small-screened beige boxes to stylish and sleek desktop machines, some Mac owners had a quandary — what to do with all those old clunkers?
B'Before Jonathan Ive, Digital Technology Was As Dull As A Suburban Cul-De-Sac'
Ive's genius has been to make imaginative what was previously lacklustre, to give a glamorous, desirable and human face to a technology that has been all too much the domain of joyless office managers and electronic professionals for all too many years.
MacExpo 2003 Off To Flyer
MacExpo 2003 is shaping up to be a major event, with a series of high-profile exhibitors signed up to appear at the show.
Keeping The Faith In Steve Jobs
Faith isn't about the cold reality of things like market share. And that's why Jobs, in the face of so much criticism about Apple's long-term viability in the market, still commands wide approval, whent he chips are down as well as when the chips are up.
iMac Designer Who 'Touched Millions' Wins £25,000 Award
Jonathan Ive won the Design Museum's first designer of the year award for a range of innovations from the Apple iMac to the iPod.
I Have To Disagree With Many About The iTunes 4.0.1 Update
Sure, I wish Apple didn't have to limit the streaming of music. But even more, I hated how things were before April 28, and I don't want to go back. Ever.
Thinking Too Different: Why Mac Users Are Slow To Adopt OS X
If Apple wants to gain converts, they need to make OS X as easy, as elegant, as simple, as powerful, as friendly, and as comfortable as the best OS these people have ever used — the classic Mac OS.
Apple's disabling of Internet sharing in last week's iTunes 4.0.1 update caused quite a stir. I'm baffled — not by Apple's decision, but by much of the reaction to it.
What Does Apple's New Wireless Technology Mean For The Future Of Networking?
AirPort Extreme's new speed and the Base Station's bridging option make it a natural choice for businesses or schools looking to expand their networks in a more flexible and potentially less costly way than adding more Ethernet.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 is cool, original and, above all else, a whole lot of fun.
Crosswords Online: Cruciverbalizing On The Web
For a reasonable cost, or even for free, cruciverbalists can have their daily fix, and solve crossword puzzles either onscreen or on paper. It may seem like a niche market, and it is, but the advantages provided by the Internet allow it to turn a tidy profit, something relatively few other types of content have accomplished.
OPEN SOURCE : Dave Winer on Open Source. "I think open source is to programming as pro bono work is to lawyers."
Why Centrino And VPNs Don't Mix
Intel recommends that users shut down a utility for automatically switching between wireless hotspots called the Adapter Switching Feature.
Microsoft Details Exchange Server 2003
Some changes have been made to the Standard Edition that could result in cost savings for users, Microsoft said.
Microsoft Recruits For New Office
Microsoft on Monday announced several new programs aimed at helping outside software makers build applications that work with the next version of the company's Office productivity software.
Intel Gives Centrino A Boost
Intel launched three new Pentium M processors running at higher clock speeds and cut prices on existing versions of the chip.
Microsoft To Buyers: Open Your Wallets
Microsoft is trying to convince businesses to spend more money on server software, as the company readies product releases for later this year.
Monday, June 2, 2003
Apple Switches On PowerBook Cuts
"We want to get to a point where we are selling as many notebooks as desktops, and you need to do some stuff to make that happen."
Apple Drops 12, 15-Inch PowerBook Prices Up To $300
The 12-inch PowerBook G4 is available from $1,599, a price drop of $200. What's more, Apple's 15-inch PowerBook G4 is now available from $1,999 — a drop of $300.
Apple's Ive Wins 'Designer Of The Year' Award
Jonathan ive, Apple's chief design guru, has been named "Designer of the Year" by london's Design Meseum.
Lower Your Blood Pressure
I've switched to the Mac because it works and because it doesn't make me miserable.
Apple, Amazon In Online Music Talks
Apple and Amazon.com are working on a deal that will make Apple's popular new online music store available on Amazon, The Post has learned.
Resistance Really Was Futile
Far from admitting guilt, it looks as though Microsoft took advantage of AOL's need for cash to establish another major beachhead for its products.
It's a solid game that's well worth purchasing, especially considering the amount of entertainment you'll get at the price point.
iBook 14.1in 900Mhz
If you want a robust, reasonably powered low-cost portable, this iBook won't let you down.
Nice idea, but looks like it didn't finish its beta cycle.
D2 External FireWire CD-RW Drive
At a reasonable price, this speedy drive will make anyone who burns CDs extremely happy with the results.
There are no better RSS news readers around at the moment, and I certainly can't find any faults with NetNewsWire at all.
Need For Feed
News aggregators provide an easy and efficient way of surfing the Internet.
The monotonous gameplay wasn't incentive enough to keep me playing.
WHY OH WHY : Upgraded to Mozilla 1.4rc1 on my Windows XP machine... Why oh why must the Mozilla people change things around in every upgrade? The way unloaded images are rendered (I turn off graphics when browsing) has been changed again, and I'm totally lost.
SWITCH ON/SWITCH OFF : The Scobleizer asks, "can you turn of your geek gene when you get home from the office?"
You can't, but I find a pretty good distractor that comes pretty close. :-)
Digital Media Becomes Focus As Microsoft And AOL Settle
The corporate armistice declared last week between Microsoft and AOL Time Warner reflected two companies moving from the past to the future.
Internet Explorer 7.0
Considering that AOL spent $4.2 billion to buy Netscape, you'd think somebody would have noticed that they already have a browser component.
Sunday, June 1, 2003
Web Without Wires
Armed with a $250 Apple AirPort Extreme station and a DL high-speed Internet connection, Steve Volan is providing his customers with the ability to surf the Web, download e-mail and electroncially chat with friends — for free.
Apple To Open Store In Richmond, VA Area
"The new store will be at Short Pump Town Center, an upscale mall nearing completion in Henrico County."
Giant Bank Dumps Apple Mac Customers
Get lost, we don't want your business.
The Jaguar Report: Migration Conspiracies Revisited
Aren't we forgetting why Apple bought NeXT in the first place?
Reader Notes Flaw In Some iPod Belt Clips
"The plastic part that hooks the carrying case to my belt buckle broke and my iPod fell 1 story onto our concree patio."
New iPod Is Not Necessarily Improved
What I want more of its battery capacity. But in service of sleek, they reduced it from 10 hours' time to 8!
INTERVIEW WITH STEVE JOBS : It's "off-the-record", but that doesn't prevent audiences from blogging...
Microsoft To Abandon Standalone IE
Microsoft is phasing out standalone versions of its Internet Explorer Web browser, according to statements attributed to IE program manager Brian Countryman in an interview posted on the software giant's web site.
Dell Advancing To The Championship Round
The Texas company moves aggressively to expand beyond PCs, with its sights set on big rivals HP and IBM.
Microsoft's New Linux Gambit
Listen closely to what Microsoft is not saying about SCO Group's open-source operatta.
Going For A Streak-Free Finish
Will Microsoft's answer to Linux be Windex instead?