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Wednesday, November 5, 2003

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Apple Needs More Than Skin-Deep Security
Mac OS X users should ask Apple to do no more than what other sellers of operating systems are doing: Keep the customer in the loop, not in the dark.

A Classroom Comeback For Apple?
by BusinessWeek
While K-12 sales numbers are weak, reviving strength in laptops for students and in the college market could signal a broader recovery.


Laptop Foes Oust Three Incumbents Via Write-In Vote
by Megan Boldt, Pioneer Press
A Stillwater area school district decision to provide laptops to junior high students apparently fueled a record number of write-in votes for the school board Tuesday and led to the defeat of three incumbents.

Poll: Half Twitchy Over Windows Ports
by Macworld UK
Despite the positive reception for Apple's iTunes for Windows, nearly half (43 per cent) of Macworld Online readers believe the company should not port any more software to Windows.

DivX For Mac 5.1 Released
by MacMinute
Version 5.1 offers improvements in speed, performance, and visual quality.

Apple's iTunes Offers Alternative To Illegal Downloading Of Music
by Ed Rowe, The Collegian
Music lovers too anxious to wait for Penn State's proposed music download service already have an alternative to illegal downloads.

G5 Cluster Secures Elite Spot For Apple, IBM
by Ashlee Vance, The Register
With some help from Virginia Tech, Apple has managed to join the ranks of the high-performance computing elite, as the "Big Mac" cluster is set to capture the title of the world's third fastest supercomputer.

Stomp: A Final Cut Pro Odyssey
by Apple
"Using the Apple platform enabled us to run an amazing system."


A Happier Hour At The Genius Bar
by Terrie Miller, O'Reilly Network
My Genius Bar experience was really pretty optimal, but as I watched others come and go, I realized that part of that was because I was well-prepared. If you're having hardware trouble and you're thinking of taking your machine in, here are some tips that might help.

Microsoft Could Never Get Away With What Apple Is Doing
by George Hulme, Internet Week
So Apple is going to do the right thing. But why did the company take so long?

Same Old Song
by Paul Boutin, Slate
The Net hasn't changed music — except maybe for the worse.


Confessions Of A Partitioned Hard Drive User
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
I have some real decisions to make soon that will impact my workflow.

Panther/FireWire Drive Issue: More Firmware Updates; Public Statements, Frequently Asked Questions; More
by MacFixIt

"Case-Sensitive HFS" And The Risks Of Using It
by MacFixIt
Implementing a case-sensitive file system in OS X has some significant hurdles, the most compelling being that many current Mac OS applications that work with files will need to be updated to provide case-sensitivity themselves.

Panther Is A Special Breed Of Cat
by Edward C. Baig, USA Today
The upgrade is pricey. Nonetheless, it takes something excellent, the previous revision, and makes it better.


Wednesday, November 5, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

THERE'S NO SUCH DISH as Singapore Noodle in Singapore, especially one that is fried with curry powder. The closest we have is sinchew fried noodle, where sinchew is a generic chinese term referring to the Singapore-Malaysia region, and where there is no curry powder in the noodle.

We do have Hong Kong noodles though. And you can't find that dish in Hong Kong either.

iPOD AT US$60? I'm game. The question is, is it really the full iPod + iTunes experience, or is it just another MP3 player?

WE DON'T THINK SO : No, Apple is not trying to hinder third party software such as MusicMatch, according to a third party developer.

RUMOR DU JOUR : Microsoft's Xbox is moving to POWER5-based chips, a "sibling to PowerPC 980, or G6," reports Mac OS Rumors.


Microsoft Sets 100M Target For Windows Phones And PDAs
by Joris Evers, IDG News Service
The goal was set by Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer for the company's Windows Mobile unit and shows that Microsoft is serious about this market, said Douglas Dedo, marketing manager for Windows Mobile at Microsoft.

Reshaping Dell
by John G. Spooner, CNET
Kevin Rollins, Dell's president, is one of the most powerful yet least-known personalities in the PC business.

Microsoft Puts Price On Virus Writers' Heads
by Robert Lemos, CNET
Microsoft will announce on Wednesday that it will offer two $250,000 bounties for information that leads to the arrest of the people who released the MSBlast worm and the SoBig virus, CNET has learned.

Intel Claims Breakthrough In Chip Making
by John Markoff, New York Times
Researchers for Intel say they have discovered a new material that they believe will permit them to overcome one of the most serious obstacles facing chip makers as they struggle to shrink computer chips to ever smaller dimensions.

Microsoft Delivers Rights Management Tool
by David Becker, CNET
Microsoft released software on Tuesday that will let workers restrict access to documents created with the company's Office software and other applications.

Appeals Court Ponders Microsoft Antitrust Suit
by Declan McCullagh, CNET
A federal appeals court on Tuesday returned once again to the long-running Microsoft antitrust case, which may be nearing an end after six years of high-profile injunctions, hearings and testimony.

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