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Wednesday, December 31, 2003


Would $100 iPod Compete Or Cannibalize?
by Paul Festa, CNET
With rumors rife that Apple Computer will unveil a $100 music player at Macworld Expo next month, analysts are split on the likelihood — and wisdom — of such a move.


Macworld Wish List For Steve
by David Miller, O'Reilly Network

iPod Speculation Grows Before Macworld
by Jon Fortt, San Jose Mercury News
Don't count on seeing dramatically smaller or cheaper iPod music players in the new year, despite Internet rumors that Apple Computer will announce them next week in San Francisco.


Wednesday, December 31, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

RUMOR TODAY : The G5 XServes are coming in Jan 04.

HAPPY NEW YEAR : Have a great 2004.


Israel Suspends Microsoft Purchases
by Associated Press
The Israeli government has suspended acquisitions of computer software from Microsoft, citing price issues and the company's refusal to sell individual programs from its standard software package, the Finance Ministry said Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 30, 2003


iPod #1: Apple Continues MP3 Player Dominance In November
by Brad Gibson, Mac Observer
Apple continues to dominate the overall portable MP3 player market in the US with the 10GB iPod the number one selling device.

Dead iBook Owners Take Protest To Macworld Show
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
Faithful Apple users plan to put Quality Control issues center stage at the MacWorld show in San Francisco next week, to highlight a problem that Apple refuses to acknowledge.

by Charles Moore, MacOPINION
While the year of the laptop hasn't passed without some rough patches, it has seen Apple replace its entire portable line with either new or substantially upgraded products, and introduced two additional very cool new ones.

iPod At Center Of Buzz
by San Francisco Chronicle
Rumors predict new affordable player at Macworld.

Mac.Ars Takes On 2003: The Year In Review
by Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica
2003 was a big year for Apple, and arguably its most successful in over a decade on a number of metrics.


Every App Has Its Day
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
There are a few Mac applications that are ready to be reintroduced to the spotlight.


Have Your iSight Tested
by Aoife White,
Apple's iSight video camera is not a new idea but it is a solid piece of tech that does a simple job extremely well.


Tuesday, December 30, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

RUMOR TODAY : More "details" emerges on the new mini-iPods?

HUMAN SPAM-FILTER? : I wonder if there's anyone out there who will hire me as their human spam-filter? I'll just sit on my fat asses in front of the computer the entire day, reading e-mails and clicking on "approve" and "reject" buttons. And I'll promise 100% spam being filtered, and 0% false-positive. I wonder how much I can earn...

EXCUSE ME? : A reader wrote in to the papers to complain of a lack of toilet in a park-connector. National Parks replied today that, there are toilets nearby, but we will not tell you where. :-)


LG 'Will Persist' With Smart Display, Even After Microsoft Drops It
by Guy Kewney,

Writing And End To The Bio Of BIOS
by John G. Spooner, CNET
Intel and Microsoft are gearing up to move toward the first major overhaul of the innermost workings of the personal computer — the boundary where software and hardware meet — during 2004.

Monday, December 29, 2003

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Executive Of The Year
by Lizette Wilson, San Francisco Business Times
Steve's Jobs: Balancing performance at Pixar, innovation at Apple.


Online Music Finally Starts To Rock 'N' Roll
by Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle
The success of Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store, which has sold more than 25 million songs, set off a new Internet gold rush of online services that had even mainstream retailers like Wal-Mart joining the stampede.

2004 May See 'Bit Of A Gold Rush' For Digital Tunes
by Byron Acohido, USA Today
With consumers fast getting used to the idea of buying songs online, scores of companies are readying launches of digital music initiatives.


Rob Enderle: Putting The 'Anal' In 'Analyst'
by John Gruber
If the purpose of the rumored iPod expansion is to lower the price, why in the world would Apple switch to a higher-priced storage medium?


Sight For Sore Eyes
by Troy Dreier, PC Magazine
Apple iMacs are always beautifully designed, but the latest, a system with gorgeous 20-inch flat screen, is almost too striking to relegate to a desktop.


Monday, December 29, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

MY NEW YEAR RESOLUTION : Stop worrying and just get on with the flow. Stop complaining too much about total strangers, especially idiots. Start saving for a long vacation and possibly an iBook that I can bring along on that long vacation.

RUMOR TODAY : Apple PDA, the rumor that will not die.

Sunday, December 28, 2003


Making Tech Connect
by Laura Pappano, Boston Globe
There's a definite coolness factor: There are no books, no papers, no pencils in Tom Daccord's World History class at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham. Every student has an iBook and Daccord has a laptop. Web pages projected on a screen fueled a class discussion recently about women's role in Islam.

Online Music's Winners And Lowers
by Knowledge@Wharton, CNET
Online music services that depend solely on selling downloadable tracks and albums may be bucking a marketing reality.


iPods To Take Center Stage For Apple
by Rex Crum, CBS MarketWatch
The economic realities of the market are also making it likely that Apple will, at the very least, cut the prices of its current iPod line even if it doesn't show off any new iPods.

Shareware Can Beat Off-The-Shelf Version
by Allan Hoffman, Star-Ledger
If you haven't delved into the world of shareware, the new year may be an opportune time.


iMac 20in 1.25GHz
by Keith Martin, MacUser UK
The massive widescreen resolution and fast G4 processor should be enough for a large number of people. Try it out at your nearest Apple dealer if you're not convinced, and you'll see why we are so impressed.


Chinese Company Breaks Microsoft Monopoly In Japan
by Malaysia Star
A Chinese company has made a minor landmark success in breaking Microsoft's monopoly of the office software market by signing a contract with a Japanese IT product dealer, Internet Telephone, to sell itsYongzhong Office software in Japan.

Saturday, December 27, 2003

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iPod, Therefore I Am
by Steve Gillmor, eWeek
Apple's popular MP3 gadget is at the front lines of a battle for digital rights. Can the government, the entertainment industry and Microsoft stop it?


2003: Online Music Comes Of Age
by Daren Waters, BBC News
In the not-too-distant future when compact discs are museum pieces and vinyl records are near fossils, 2003 will be remembered as the year digital music stepped into the mainstream.

BookEndz 15" Docking Station Debuts At Macworld
by MacNN
BookEndz products, a popular line of docking stations for Apple PowerBook and iBook computers, enable the user to convert from a portable system to a "complete desktop system in seconds.


Six Things I Wish Apple Would Have Done Differently In The Past Six Years
by Bill Palmer


Apple G5: Is It World's Fastest PC?
by Gene Steinberg, Gannett News Service
Even the least expensive configuration should outperform any of Apple's G4 computers and keep pace with 2.4 GHz Pentium PC.

Panther Raring To Make Leap Onto Your Mac
by Bob LeVitus, Hoston Chronicle
If you haven't upgraded to Panther yet, I think it's time.


Saturday, December 27, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

RUMOR TODAY : Apple, after conquering the video editing world, is aiming at professional audio recording and sound mixxing market.

DUDE, WHERE'S YOUR CAR? : Dude, the age of self-driven cars are coming soon, as humans discover better things to do than to steer.


The Beginning Of The End Jof Java As We Know It?
by Business Standard
Though the two companies appear to be cooperating more, especially in the area of Web services, the desires of IBM and Microsoft to vanquish one another should not be underestimated.

Microsoft Abandons Smart Display Project, Stranding Domestic Monitor Makers
by Yoo Hyung-Jun, Korea Electronic Times
The sudden abandonment of the project of developing operating system of the 'Smart Display', the next-generation display platform, by Microsoft stranded domestic 'Smart Display' makers to suspend their development.

Friday, December 26, 2003


The Year Apple Saved Music
by Mike Prevatt, Las Vegas Mercury
If there's one dominant "person" or "artist" of the year, it belongs to Apple.


Bible Software For The Mac
by Charles W. Moore, Applelinks


Microsoft Aims To Make Spammers Pay
by Jo Twist, BBC News
A group of researchers at Microsoft think they may have come up with a solution that could, at least, slow down and deter the spammers.

Thursday, December 25, 2003

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Many Are Singing A Sad Tune Over The iPod
by Jon Fortt, San Jose Mercury News
The scarcity of the iPod, a smooth, white, digital music player about the size of a computer mouse, affirms its status as the It-Thing, the tech industry's answer to pilates and Orlando Bloom. Oprah, Moby and 50 Cent all like it. At 5.6 ounces, it's an inanimate celebrity.

The Sound Of The Future
by Paul Jackson, Daily Yomiuri
Far from being pessimistic about the state of music in the digital era, the major labels in Japan are excited about the prospects in front of them.


Apple Offering PowerBook G4 Trade-In Program
by Nick dePlume, Think Secret
Apple is giving customers the option of trading in their PowerBook G4 laptops for credit toward the purchase of the latest 15-inch and 17-inch notebooks.

Macworld Expo Primed For Enterprise
by Daniel Drew Turner, eWeek


Gear Junkie: Software Helps Map Out Trips
by Stephen Regenold, Billings Gazette

Protecting Your iPod
by Aoife White,
If you're planning to buy an expensive piece of music kit now or in the sales, make sure you protect your investment.

Your Mac Doesn't Do Windows?
by Walter S. Mossberg, Smart Money
Virtual PC 6.1 is simultaneously impressive and frustrating.

Wireless Optical Desktop 2.0
by Mike Apps, Inside Mac Games
Microsoft's Wireless Optical Desktop 2.0 is a decent keyboard with some useful function keys and a merely adequate mouse. It does have potential though.


Microsoft's Festive Advice: Don't Plug Our PCs Into The Web
by Charles Arthur, Independent
Its slogan is "where do you want to go today?" But Microsoft asks that if you get a Windows computer for Christmas,don't take it to one particular place: the internet.

Microsoft To Pay SPX $60 Million In Patent Suit
by Robert McMillan, IDG News Service
Jury found that Microsoft wilfully infringed upon technology patnent held by SPX subsidiary Imagexpo.

Wednesday, December 24, 2003


Ambrosia Offers Aki Mahjong Solitaire
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Ambrosia Software Inc. has released Aki Mahjong Solitaire for Mac OS X. The company describes it as a blend "of the ancient Chinese game of Mahjong with an enchanting journey across Japan."

Walter Murch: An Interview With The Editor Of "Cold Mountain"
by Joe Cellini, Apple

Apple Seen Unveiling Lower-Cost iPods — Analysts
by Duncan Martell, Reuters
"Odds are it's a flash-memory-based player, something to position Apple against the low-cost offerings from Creative and Rio."

Apple Releases DVD Studio Pro 2.0.4
by MacNN
It adds support for Cropped D-1 and 1/2 D-1 MPEG-2 video resolutions in addition to a number of enhancements and improved overall stability.

Music Lovers Rush To Grab iPods
by BBC News
Apple's digital jukebox, the iPod, is flying off shop shelves in the run-up to Christmas and Santa's helpers are struggling to keep up.


Will There Be A Corporate Mac?
by Andras Puiz,


Apple Power Mac G5
by PC Magazine

Bulletproof Baby
by Dave Bullard, Herald Sun
If you don't need to burn DVDs, don't need lots of screen real-estate for high-end applications and aren't a power-gamer, have a look at this iBook. It's a little beauty.


Wednesday, December 24, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

WAR OF THE RELIGIONS : Discovered on Slashdot by

Microsoft: Where do you want to go today?Apple: Where do you want to go tomorrow?Linux: Are you guys coming or what?

ADVERTISEMENTS : From Ad Age, 10 ads not found in America.

#5 is an ad in Singapore's Today newspaper, which blurs the line between editorial and advertisement. Which I feel was horrible when I first saw it.


Expert: Microsoft Tweaks, New Laws Won't Make '04 Safer
by Paul Roberts, IDG News Service
When it comes to computer viruses and worms, Internet users will not see any letup in virus outbreaks in 2004, despite high-profile prosecutions of some virus authors and a Microsoft bounty on the head of the original authors of the Blaster and Sobig viruses, according to Chris Belthoff, senior security analyst at Sophos PLC.

The Internet Is A Very Sick Place
by Michelle Delio, Wired News
The year 2003 has been deemed the worst in computer-virus history by security experts, despite the fact that worm and virus writers displayed no significant technological progress in the code of their newest nasty little creations.

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

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If He's So Smart... Steve Jobs, Apple, And The Limits Of Innovation
by Justin Wood, Fast Company
The battle over digital music is just another verse in Apple's sad song: This astonishingly imaginative company keeps getting muscled out of markets it creates. So what does Apple have to tell us about innovation?

Apple To Continue Retail Expansion
by Sacramento Business Journal
With its retail stores showing sharp sales increases and contributing to the company's top-line growth, Apple Computer Inc. plans to continue its retail expansion push, the company said in regulatory filings.


Old School, New Tricks
by Lev Grossman, Time
Students at Brooklyn's Packer school are field testing the wireless future. And you thought high school was tough.

Attorneys Considering iPod Class Action Lawsuit
by MacMinute
Girard Gibbs & De Bartolomeo LLP, a San Francisco, California-based law firm, is "investigating a potential class action against Apple Computer, Inc. on behalf of iPod owners whose batteries have died or lost their ability to hold their charge."

Apple Considering 20th Anniversary Superbowl Ad?
by Mac Rumors
Last month's print version of Advertising Age reported that Apple was in talks with their Advertising agency, TBWA/Chiat/Day, about developing a 20th Anniversary Superbowl Advertisement "that would be reminiscent of "1984".

Apple Q1 2004 Earnings Due Jan 14
by MacMinute

Apple Sold 1.79 iPods Per Minute In 2003
by MacMinute
Apple said it sold 939,000 iPods for US$345 million in net sales this past year.

Don't Leave Home Without Cover For Portables
by The Times

Elves' Shelves iPod-Bare
by Karen Haslam, Macworld UK
UK resellers are struggling to meet demand for iPods — despite having stocked-up on Apple's smash-hit MP3 player.

What's Next?
by Arik Hesseldahl, Forbes
Steve Jobs has already gone on the record saying that the G5 computer will contain PowerPC chips that run at 3 GHz by the summer of 2004. A mid-step between the current systems, which top out with two chips running at 2 Ghz, and systems with chips as fast as 2.6 GHz would be a logical move come January.

NetNewsWire, NetNewsWire Lite Updated To V1.0.7
by MacMinute
This release adds a new widescreen view, support for favicons and feed URLs, boosts performance, and fixes several bugs.


AliBook Shines In Military Presentation
by Peter J. Park, MacInTouch
It was nice to see Apple finally on or perhaps more like above the playing field of all the others.

How Not To Write An OS X Installer
One of the most powerful features of OS X's Unix underpinnings is the ability of a single computer to host multiple users. Unfortunately, this strong point of OS X is rendered into an annoyance by many software developers who are either too lazy to write a proper installer or ignorant of how to do so.

A Flawed Permise
by Codepoetry
It amazes me that FileVault was setup in a binary fashion. All or nothing. How silly.


The 17" PowerBook Is A Full Laptop
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
What's interesting to me, is not so much that the PowerBook feels fast, as much as it feels right. In other words, it does things as you would expect it too. I don't think about performance, and that's the way I like it.

Warrior Kings
by Dave Peck, MacGamer
When Warrior Kings works, it's a decent game. But it has a few problems.


Tuesday, December 23, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

iTUNES GONE WILD : Funny iTunes censorship at work.

BEEP BEEP NO MORE : Remember I was complaining that my PowerBook is beeping at seemingly regular interval?

An alert reader (thanks, Grettir!) informed me that Panther's will make noises even when there's no incoming mail. A quick trip to's preference dialog box, and my irritation solved.

RUMOR TODAY : Smaller, cheaper, colorful. Get your new mini-iPods.


Microsoft To Propel CRM
by Dennis Callaghan, eWeek
While experiencing growing pains related to its 10-month-old Microsoft CRM product, Microsoft Corp. is pushing ahead with technology enhancements to the customer relationship management software suite for small and midsize businesses.

New PCs Must Be Protected, Patched
by Gregg Keizer, TechWeb
Consumers buying PCs as holidays gifts and businesses purchasing new systems to squeeze capital expenditures under the tax wire may be putting themselves at risk as soon as they unwrap the machines, a security analyst said Monday.

Video Game Maker Sues Microsoft
by Matt Hines, CNET
Video game maker Mythic Entertainment has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, charging the software giant with trademark infringement and unfair competition.

Monday, December 22, 2003

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Father Of Invention
by John Arlidge, The Observer
It's unlikely you've heard of him, this quiet man from Essex, but you probably own one of the gadgets that he's designed. He transformed the image of the computer and, if you're really lucky, you might get one of his latest must-haves this Christmas.


Laptop Study In Henrico Raises Concerns
by Nicole Johnson, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Concerns about confidentiality and a potential conflict of interest are among the issues surrounding a study of Henrico's iBook program.

Apple Store Michigan Ave: Highest-Trafficked Store
by MacNN

Microsoft Updates Remote Desktop Client For Mac
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral

Nisus Writer Express 1.1.1 Offers Many Fixes
by MacMinute

Official Macworld San Francisco 2004 QuickTime Stream
by MacRumors
Apple hasposted a placeholder page for the official MacWorld San Francisco 2004 Keynote Quicktime Stream.

25 Million iTunes
by Barry Willis, Stereophile Magazine
The music industry's traditional packaged-goods retail business may be continuing its long decline, but the sale of downloadable tunes is hot and getting hotter.


Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer
by D.G. Chichester, Inside Mac Games
KSPS may not be the most exciting or extreme of sports title around, but it successfully captures the distinctive 'tude of the sport in a fun and engaging game.


The Long Road To Longhorn
by Scott Rosenberg, Salon
Who knows what Microsoft's whiz-bang new Windows will look like by the time it's ready, in 2006 or beyond? In the meantime, the bloggers of Redmond will provide progress reports.

Sunday, December 21, 2003

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While Other Customers Help, The Companies Hide
by Rob Pegoraro, Washington Post
When companies try to reduce their tech-support costs in these ways — a good thing if it lets them lower their prices — they also reduce the chance of learning anything from their users.


Brands To Use 'Free' Music To Lure Teens
by Brian Garrity, Billboard
Music giveaways are understood to foster customer loyalty. What's more, they provide consumers with powerful incentives to use the related products, executives say.

Christmas Shoppers 'Can't Get Enough Of iPods'
by Ananova
Shops are struggling to cope with demand for a hi-tech personal stereo which has become the must-have gadget of the year.

Angry iPod People Assault Battery-Price Shcoker
by Dan Kadison, New York Post

Apple To Sell Software Via Software Update?
by Mac Rumors
Embedded in one of the configuration files of Panther's Software Update is evidence that Apple has planned for the implementation of a new feature in Software Update: Selling Software.


There Are Alternatives To Microsoft, Really
by Star-Ledger
Living without Microsoft isn't as hard as you might think.

On Shipping Software
by Brent Simmons
It's kind of like what Woody Allen said, "90% of life is just showing up."


iTunes Music Store Vs. WalMart's Download Service: A Head-To-Head Comparison
by Bill Palmer
WalMart's download service would probably seem bearable if iTunes for Windows didn't exist. But unfortunately for WalMart, it does.

Radio Userland
by Karlin Lillington, The Guardian


Sunday, December 21, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

BEEP BEEP : One application I have on my Mac is beeping every once and a while, and I don't know which application, and I'm driven crazy over this.

I'm going to my father-in-law's birthday lunch later, but I'll get to the bottom of this once I get back. :-)

Update #1: No, I haven't left for the lunch yet. But I've stopped all applications except Safari and, and the beep continued.

Does anyone knows if BlogLines beeps?


Microsoft Faces Public Sector Backlash
by Nicholas Timmins, Financial Times
Microsoft is being pressed to cut the prices it charges the public sector for software as governments, including Britain's, look to cheaper options such as the Linux operating system.

Microsoft Wants Into More Cars
by Associated Press
First Microsoft set out to put a computer in every home. Now the software giant hopes to put one in every vehicle, too.

Saturday, December 20, 2003

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An Unencrypted Look At FileVault
by Francois Joseph de Kermadec, O'Reilly Network
I'm going to walk you through FileVault and try to explain how it works, and what it can (and cannot) do for you. In the end, I hope that it will help you answer one important question: "Should I use it?"


Apple Releases Mac OS X Server 10.3.2
by MacMinute

Battery And Assault
by Hank Stuever, Washington Post
When his iPod died, this music lover tackled Apple. Stay tuned.

Apple's CEO Soap Opera
by Lisa DiCarlo, Forbes

Highlights From Apple's Annual Report
by MacMinute
Apple reported that net sales increased US$465 million or 8% during 2003 compared to 2002, while Mac sales declined 3% year-over-year to approximately 3 million units.

Q&A: Arik Hesseldahl
by Forbes
The past, present and future of Apple's Macintoshc omputer.

Walter Murch: An Interview With The Editor Of "Cold Mountain"
by Joe Cellini, Apple
One of the significant things about Final Cut is that it's not a software/hardware hybrid system, it's a software-only system.

Profiles In Success: Virginia Polytechnic Institute And State University: Cost-Conscious Supercomputing
by Apple
dr. srinidhi Varadarajan realized he'd have as much 64-bit processing as he needed to power his dream, without overtaxing his budget.

Apple Launches New Science Education Site
by MacNN

Panther Up-To-Date Program Extended
by MacMinute
Extended to Jan. 31, 2004.

Apple Releases New OS X Security Update
by MacMinute

Dell Stops Selling iPods
by Amy Schatz, American-Statesman
Dell's tendency to undercut competitor's prices might have played more of a role [than Dell's entry into the MP3 market].


Best Mac Year Ever?
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
You, and hundreds of others who work for Apple, have provided us with one of the most exciting rides in recent computing history. Thank you.


There's Nothing Like An Apple Under The Tree
by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle
If you're still stuck on what to buy the Mac enthusiast in your life, here are a few mostly inexpensive gifts, most of which can still be received in time for the holiday.

Bare Bones Software Mailsmith 2
by IT-Enquirer
Mailsmith has grown up from a modest mail client to a full-blown POP client that has all the bells and whistles you should expect from a professional mail client.

2003 Editor's Choice: Apple iPod
by Stereophile

The Playlist: My Love/Hate Relationship With iTunes
by Eric Dahl, PC World
An in-depth look at the greatest, coolest, most insanely frustrating media player out there and the store behind it.


Saturday, December 20, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

RUMOR DU JOUR : Apple is looking for a Playback Firmware Engineer for th enext generation of iPod "Must have experience in overall system design of audio and video products.


Experts Warn Of Windows Attacks
by eWeek
Security experts have found a new way to exploit a critical vulnerability in Windows that evades a workaround and enables the attacker to compromise a number of machines at one time.

Sun's Schwartz: Microsoft Leaving Users In The Lurch
by eWeek
While Microsoft scapegoats Sun, the world is discovering the wonders of Sun's Java Desktop System.

Friday, December 19, 2003


CBS MarketWatch Names Jobs 2003 'Winner'
by MacMinute

Edit This! Cold Mountain's Final Cut
by Ken McGorry, Post Magazine
"Here it was just the laptops they had, fitted out with Final Cut... It's removed a bottleneck [I've faced] for 30 years."

Free ArcSoft PhotoStudio X For .Mac Members
by MacMinute
PhotoStudio X is a photo-editing software that lets you remove backgrounds, add text, and apply a variety of special effects.


Newsfactor Network Hit Piece On 'Hidden Costs Of Mac Ownership' A Load Of Bunk
by MacDailyNews
FUD, pure and simple.


Shop Smart: When, Where, And How To Get The Best Mac Deals
by Macworld
Although systems, software, and peripherals get better, faster, and smarter by the month, you don't need to plunder your 401(k) account to live a lavish Mac life. This wealth of tips will help you find the best deals on Macs and Mac products.

Mobile Mac: Leave Your Laptop At Home
by Jeff Carlson, Macworld

Create: Animatics In Final Cut Pro 4
by Anton Linecker, Macworld

Digital Hub: Bring Old Photos To iPhoto
by Jim Heid, Macworld
To bridge the gap between print and pixels, you'll need a scanner. I'll show you how to pick the right one, and I'll share strategies for incorporating those old photos into your new digital workflow.

Dreamweaver MX 2004: An Indispensable Part Of Any Web-Site Developer's Tool Kit
by David McFarland, Macworld
Dreamweaver MX 2004 is a great tool for any Web developer working on the cutting edge of CSS design. It's too bad the same kind of innovation isn't demonstrated in other areas of the program.

Fireworks MX 2004: The Standard For Creating And Optmizing Graphics For The Web
by Martin Gittins, Macworld
Fireworks MX enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a solid tool for producing Web graphics, but this release maintains, not enhances, that status. It also introduces new features that try to compete with Photoshop in creating bitmapped graphics, but they fall short.

Flash MX 2004: Development Tool Of Choice For Creating Rich Internet Content
by Martin Gittins, Macworld
The introduction of separate standard and Professional editions lets the high-end application really take off as a solid development platform without eliminating the ease of use that made Flash so popular in the first place.

Nisus Writer Express: Powerful Word Processor Starts Fresh In OS X With Unsatisfying Results
by Jeffery Battersby, Macworld
Nisus Writer Express has great roots, and it's an excellent foundation for future versions. But while Nisus has succeeded in cutting back on features, it hasn't yet created an OS X word processor for everyday use.

Digital Performer 4.1: Simply Put, New Version Of Music-Product Program Rocks On OS X
by David Leishman, Macworld
Its comfortable interface, adherence to Apple's OS X technologies, and new Audio Units support make for a great working environment. If you must work with a huge number of tracks, you may want to investigate Emagic's Logic or wait until you buy a G5; otherwise, there's no reason not to start using Digital Performer now.

Eudora 6.0: E-Mail Favorite Gets Built-In Spam Filtering But Still Shows Its Age
by Jason Snell, Macworld
Eudora is an undeniably powerful product. It's fast — especially when searching thousands of archived messages — and quite flexible once you take the time to learn its quirks. Its new spam-filtering features are first-rate, especially since they support third-party spam-filtering tools.

Cleaning Utilities: Spring Cleaning 6.0 And Internet Cleanup 1.0 Are Hampered By Overzealous Decluttering Efforts
by T. Patrick Henebry, Macworld
Spring Cleaning is a good choice for managing the digital junk you've created, such as documents and QuickTime movies. But some of Spring Cleaning's features make it potentially dangerous for people who may not know what they're deleting. As for Internet Cleanup, if you use Internet Explorer, you may find it useful. Fans of other browsers should look elsewhere.

Backup Hard Drives: CMS ABSplus And Maxtor OneTouch Offer Easy Backup And Easy Storage
by Adam Engst, Macworld
Both drives do a fine job of simplifying backup and providing external storage space. The ABSplus is a focused backup device that's easy to use, right out of the box, for backup and restoration, whereas Maxtor's cheaper and quieter drive is better for people who want extra disk space and more backup flexibility.

Mathematica 5: Significant Speed Improvements Make Math App The Last Word In Numbers
by Charles Seiter, Macworld
If you already use Mathematica, you should upgrade to version 5 — the speed improvements alone are reason enough. The program's overhauled matrix operations make Mathematica competitive with Matlab on most engineering matrix problems, and new solvers for business problems will prove valuable in financial modeling.

The Game Room: Macworld's 2003 Game Hall Of Fame
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral

Mac Gems: iSeek, DejaMenu 1.0, PocketDock, WireTap 1.0, iSight Case
by Dan Frakes, Macworld


Infinite Support — Finito
by John C. Dvorak, PC Magazine
Expect things to change even more with the release of Longhorn, when Microsoft can begin to slide people into its trusted computing initiative and force upgrades — or else!

Microsoft Responds To Real Networks Suit
by Matt Hicks, eWeek
"There is vibrant competition in this marketplace and Real Networks' own reported growth shows that they have thrived on Windows and many other operating platforms," Microsoft said in a statement.

Thursday, December 18, 2003

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iTunes V4.2 Now Available For Download
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
The new version of iTunes now allows users to sign in and buy music using either their Apple or AOL accounts, view the iTunes Music Store in a separate window, and includes a number of performance improvements.


Apple Updates Final Cut Pro, LiveType
by MacMinute
FCP 4.1.1 addresses issues that may be encountered with the editing software if you are using the Simplified Chinese Input Method. LiveType 1.1.1 addresses compatibility issues with third-party LiveFonts, textures, and objects.

Apple Releases DVD Studio Pro Update
by MacMinute
The update adds support for Cropped D-1 and 1/2 D-1 MPEG-2 video resolutions in addition to a number of enhancements and improved overall stability.

That Gift Mac Might Include A Lump Of Coal
by Sacramento Bee
Some models of the computer purchased this holiday season are not coming loaded with the company's newest operating system, the highly touted OS X Panther.

Hidden Costs Of Mac Ownership
by James Maguire, NewsFactor
Minority status carries burdens, even in the computing world.

Apple Tunes Up QuickTime For Wireless
by Evan Hansen, CNET
Although video-ready wireless networks are still a work in progress in much of the world, multimedia software vendors like Apple, RealNetworks and Microsoft are racing to stake out mobile beachheads for their competing formats.

Apple Releases Xcode 1.1 Update
by MacDailyNews
Apple has released Xcode 1.1 Update which provides overall stability and performance enhancements to Xcode IDE, as well as improvements to debugging, workflow, the Xcode build system and CodeSense.

Apple Launches 'iTunes Essentials' Compilations
by MacMinute
The collections are categorized by genre, artist, mood, or season.

Apple Releases QuickTime 6.5
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
The new version incorporates new features and updates, including expanded support for mobile multimedia, improved DV playback options and more.

AOL Members Get Access To iTunes Music Store
by Brad Cook, MacCentral
AOL members who visit AOL Music can now click an iTunes button next to featured songs and launch the iTunes Music Store, where they can preview, purchase and download the tracks to listen to on their computer or iPod.

Apple Releases Java 3D, Java Advanced Imaging Update
by MacMinute

Steve Jobs Macworld Expo Keynote Confirmed
by Macworld UK
Apple CEO Steve Jobs will deliver his customary keynote speech at Macworld Conference and Expo, San Francisco, 2004.

Trustees Impressed With PowerSchool
by Mark Waite, Pahrump Valley Times
A new PowerSchool computer program was touted as so comprehensive, Nye County School District trustee Tracie Ward exclaimed Dec. 10, "Is there anything it can't do?"

Stillwater: School Board, Apple Agree On Laptop Plan
by Megan Boldt, Pioneer Press
The Stillwater school district has entered into an agreement with Apple Computer to provide laptops to students at Oak-Land Junior High in Lake Elmo and all of the district's junior high teachers by next fall.

Apple Working 5th Ave. Lease
by Lois Weiss, New York Post
The computer business that started in a garage may be landing in a basement — one of the most expensive basements in the universe.

Mac OS X 10.3.2 Released
by MacMinute
According to the release notes, the new update delivers enhanced functionality and improved reliability for Mac OS X 10.3 Panther and is recommended for all users.


The Ultimate Nightmare: Is Good Customer Service An Illusion?
by Gene Steinberg, Mac Night Owl


Halo: Combat Evolved
by Corey Tamas, MacGamer
Halo sets a high standard for quality entertainment and is not likely to be entirely trumped by another game for a very long time. If you have the means to run Halo and enjoy first person shooters then you really must do yourself a favor and treat yourself to one of the best games ever made.

Do Not Install Mac OS X 10.3.2
by Rob McNair-Huff, Mac Net Journal
The update causes the PowerBook's fan to run non-stop while on AC power, and so far no workaround has been found to address the problem.

Easy Listening For The Long Haul
by Michelle Slatalla, New York Times
Need to keep the kids busy on long road trips? Check out, a repository for audio programming of all kinds.


RealNetworks Files Antitrust Suit Against Microsoft
by Evan Hansen and David Becker, CNET
Streaming media provider RealNetworks on Thursday sued Microsoft on antitrust charges, accusing the software giant of illegally using its Windows monopoly to limit consumer choice in digital media.

Microsoft Plans Windows 2000 Server Retirement
by Joris Evers, IDG News Service
Microsoft Corp. will gradually phase out its Windows 2000 Server family, the company said Wednesday. Effective April 1, 2006, the products will no longer be available.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Top Stories

Apple Emerges From The Pod
by BBC News
You can hire as many "cool hunters" and guerrilla marketers as you like, but when it comes to the youth market you've either got it or you haven't. And, at the moment, the iPod has got it.

A Look Back: The Best Of 2003 From Apple Computer
by Yuval Kossovsky, Computerworld
Apple is not a computer company, but a solution company. Apple delivers innovative, elegant and friendly solutions to a specific community with a problem. Apple delivers utility in a decidedly nonutilitarian way.


Reader: Apple Quietly Patches MPEG-2 Component Bug
by MacNN

Awards Of Excellence 2003
by Judy Salpeter, Techlearning
Apple's four popular multimedia tools-iTunes for music management, iPhoto for digital photography editing, iMovie for digital moviemaking, and iDVD for burning DVDs-have been upgraded in the past year and incorporated into a single integrated package known as iLife. Impressed with each of these tools individually, our judges were particularly wowed by the richness of the resulting suite.

Apple Releases Battery Update 1.1 For Portables
by MacNN
Apple today released Battery Update 1.1, which enhances the performance of the battery to ensure that full capacity is available for your PowerBook or iBook.

The iPod Is The New Sonic Boom
by Toby Manhire, The Guardian

Apple Discussions Support Area Gets Revamped
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
The new Apple Discussions area features "a significant update to the user interface and a change to the way posts are rated."

AppleCare Planned For Euro iPods
by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK
Apple Europe has told Macworld of its plans to offer Europe's iPod owners battery replacement and AppleCare packages soon.

FoxTrot Dances Across Your Comics Page In Step With Mac
by Brad Cook, MacCentral
Few months ago, Bill Amend treated himself to a 2 GHz Dual Processor Power Mac G5, complete with a Cinema HD display.

Love Apple
by Garry Barker, Sydney Morning Herald
As Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith of The A Team would have said, the plan has come together and the people love it.

Apple Hits Back
by Russell Brown, New Zealand Listener
Apple's PC market share might be as little as three percent, but the pundits have lately queued up to praise its sense of style and innovation.

Poll: Mac Veterans Abound
by Macworld UK
Nearly a third of Mac users readers bought their first Mac between 1984 and 1990, the latest Macworld Online poll shows.

Free 2 - 3 Day Shipping At Apple Store
by MacMinute
The online Apple Store is offering free 2- to 3-day shipping on all orders until December 27, 2003.

Mac Applets Coming Soon To Windows
by Paul Festa, CNET
A Web site that offers desktop applets for the Macintosh desktop is gearing up to provide similar gadgets for Windows.

Stillwater: Laptop Foes Say Deal Will Stand
by Megan Boldt, Pioneer Press
Public opposition to a plan to provide laptops to junior high students was strong enough to help put two write-in candidates on the Stillwater school board last month, but iBook naysayers on the board say they won't push to sever the deal with Apple Computer.

Microsoft's Music Play Aims To Put Apple's iTunes In Juicer
by Stephen Lynch, New York Post
"Microsoft isn't interested in selling music. Microsoft is interested in providing technology that proliferates."


Update: What's Up With Uru For Mac? Cyan Answers
by Vern Seward, Mac Observer
While there's no definite date for when Uru will show up, it seems reasonably certain that it will, which should make a lot of Mac Myst fans extremely happy.

A G5 Laptop? Maybe Next Year
by Alex Salkever, BusinessWeek
Much of the requisite modifications needed to convert a G5 desktop chipset into one that works in a laptop may have already taken place.

iTunes For The Rest Of Us
by Amy Percival, SpyMac
Apple must open the iTunes Music Store internationally, or risk losing the market share it has gained in the digital music market it created.

10 Things I Think I Think I Feel About Switching
by Tim Verpoorten
I think after less than a year as a Mac owner, I've seen more quality software than I did in 15 years working with PC's.


Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer 2.0
by Lucian Fong, Inside Mac Games
I find it puzzling that after all the great mice that Microsoft has made, they release a product that takes a step back.

Apples G5: More Than A Pretty Face
by Tom Yager, ARN

iPod Offerings, Part 2
by Dan Frakes, TidBITS
Give your favorite iPod user even more reason to love their iPod with one (or more) of these useful items.

Music To Your Ears: 2003
by Dan Frakes, TidBITS
If someone in your life uses headphones, give them a pair that do their music/movies/games justice.

Age Of Mythology
by Mike Phillips, MacGamer
This game is deep in strategy, rich in story, lush in visuals and well-groomed in sound.


Wednesday, December 17, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

FORGETFUL ME : I didn't report it here, but I did installed Panther on my Pismo, and everything is working fine.

Until today, which I had a very minor panic attack. I just remembered that I had indeed rebooted my Pismo with my FireWire 400 hard disk mounted.

Argh! This is something which I vowed not to do during my installation, ever, until Apple clears up the matter. Thankfully, nothing went wrong, but I'll probably need to remind myself again and again not to do this anymore.

Maybe someone out there can write an AppleScript or something that will remind me of this whenever I want to shutdown or reboot my Pismo with external hard disk mounted.


MS Moves Into 'Get Longhorn On The Road' Mode
by John Lettice, The Register
So what's happening, we think, is that Microsoft has now reached that stage in Longhorn development where it looks at what it's got, looks at the target dates and decides it needs to call in the usual gunslingers in order to get the thing done.

Microsoft Releases Management Software Beta
by Ina Fried, CNET
Microsoft on Tuesday said it released an updated test version of one of its main management software products.

Blaster And The Great Blackout
by Bruce Schneier, Salon
It's impossible to prove that a malicious worm caused last summer's power outage, but one thing's clear: Ordinary computers are the weakest link.

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Top Stories

Collectible Blank CDs Aimed At 'Rings' Fans
by Jeff Leeds, Los Angeles Times
Apple Computer and Reprise are selling the discs to those who want to burn the soundtrack.

by Joel Spolsky
What are the cultural differences between Unix and Windows programmers? There are many details and subtleties, but for the most part it comes down to one thing: Unix culture values code which is useful to other programmers, while Windows culture values code which is useful to non-programmers.

Happy Birthday, Mac!
by Quentin Hardy, Forbes
It ought to be dead by now, beset by time and big competitors. Be grateful it isn't.


Apple Blase About Online Music Rivals
by Michelle Kessler, USA Today
Who's afraid of retail giant Wal-Mart? Not Apple CEO Steve Jobs.

Selling Steve's Vision
by Arik Hesseldahl, Forbes
"Jobs simply has a certain vision for the company that doesn't necessarily equate with having the biggest market share."

Pepsi To Give Away 600 iPods?
by MacMinute

StuffIt Update Adds Full Panther Support, New Options
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral

Apple Updates Remote Desktop
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
"The Apple Remote Desktop Client version 1.2.4 update delivers improvements to security, performance, and reliability of the Apple Remote Desktop 1.2 client software running on Mac OS X versions 10.1, 10.2 and 10.3," according to Apple.

Ambrosia Updates Escape Velocity: Nova For Panther
by MacMinute

Nick Kereakos: A Studio In The Field
by Barbara Gibson, Apple
"That's where Pro Tools on the PowerBook is great, because my whole recording rig is just a small laptop and a small interface from Pro Tools. It weighs — what? Six pounds?"

John D. Lowry: Restoration Software
by Joe Cellini, Apple
"To do the work we are doing today 10 years ago, would have cost tens of millions of dollars for a computer facility... But along came the Power Mac G4 and the Power Mac G5, and suddenly we had an answer."

No Other Internet Music Service Has Touched FIrst Out Of The Gate
by Jefferson Graham, TechNewsWorld
The thunderous response to iTunes helped push four other music services to market, with several more planned. But their initial success has been much more muted.

Tinderbox 2.1 Released
by Mac Net Journal


What Happens When You Don't Understand The Problem
by John C. Welch
The real source of the vulnerability is not Apple's code, or really even their implementation. But the DHCP standard itself.

PortalPlayer Photo Edition Paves Way For Picture iPod
by Tony Smith, The Register
PortalPlayer, the company behind the hardware, software and processor technology that powers Apple's iPod, will soon launch a upgraded version of its chip/firmware combo that paves the way for a Photo iPod.

What I Don't Want For Christmas
by Chris Adamson, O'Reilly Network
There are a couple of items that the pundits and the rumor sites say we might see in 2004, and if it's all the same to y'all in Cupertino, don't bother with these.

Annals Of Bad Marketing Dept.
by Dan Gillmor, San Jose Mercury News
Earthlink couldn't be bothered to cross-check before pitching me on a service that I can't use.


Ghost Master
by Bill Stiteler, Applelinks
Ghost Master is a game that, like the Sims, isn't a game to be enjoyed by scoring points or achieving goals.


Tuesday, December 16, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

iWRITEcoming this January?

NO, IT'S THE OTHER WAY AROUND : Tony Smith speculates that we may one day see "iTunes Music Service support in non-Apple devices."

No, I don't think so. I think we may see iPod supporting other music services — i.e. Apple licensing FairPlay — rather. Afterall, Apple makes money on iPods, and not digital music.


What Microsoft Needs To Do In 2004
by David Coursey, ZDNet
I'm going to mix what Microsoft should do for the good of you and me with what the company needs to do in its own best interest. The result is my list of Microsoft's Top 10 Challenges for 2004.

Microsoft Confirms Windows Shuffle
by Ina Fried, CNET
Microsoft on Monday confirmed plans to reshuffle its Windows unit, shifting executives and creating a new division more tightly focused on development efforts.

Monday, December 15, 2003

Top Stories

Marketer Of The Year: Apple
by Alice Z. Cuneo, Advertising Age
An innovative company changes consumers' lives.

Apple: iTunes Downloads Top 25 Million
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Extrapolating based on this traffic, Jobs said that the numbers show that the iTunes Music Store is selling about 1.5 million songs per week, or 75 million songs per year.

iPod Is Favourite Stocking Thriller As Internet Shopping Finally Booms
by Robin McKie and Ben Wilson, The Observer
The iPod may be just a hard-disk storage device, but it has become a cult consumer gift that has achieved a unique festive status over the past few days: it is the fastest-selling item being snapped up by internet shoppers.


Apple Offers G5 Firmware Update
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
The update provides Power Mac G5 systems with performance improvements in some PCI-X configurations.

Shopping For Electronics, Peacefully
by BusinessWeek
Apple, Gateway, and Sony are luring customers with Zen-like stores aimed at providing service and building loyalty to their products

Apple Offers Details On WWDC 2004
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
WWDC 2004 is billed as "the definitive event for programmers, IT managers, content creators, systems administrators or anyone who wants to make the most out of Apple's innovative technologies and the robust and flexible Mac OS X platform."

Downloaders Dance To Apple's iTunes
by Jefferson Graham, USA Today
While piracy continues to threaten the music business, Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store is the digital hit of the year with 20 million 99-cent-a-song downloads since April.

Even With A Fee, Legal Music Sites Are Attracting A Crowd
by Jennifer Inez Ward, San Mateo County Times
2003 will be marked as the year the market for legally downloading music began really taking off.

Sacred Heart Goes Worldwide — Web
by Kathie Dickerson, Coshocton Tribune
The iMovie program is a great way for the students to enjoy getting hands-on computer experience.


Can Apple Cement MPEG4 As The New Music Standard? Here's One Way To Help...
by John Papola
The key is making "iPod Compatible" a must-have feature for any music service and actively courting the other services to add the AAC format to their offering.

A Marketing Tale Of The Great And Desperate
by Scott Donaton, Ad Age
Apple's brillance vs. Abercrombie & Fitch's gaffs.

Mac OS X Misconceptions
by Prachi Gauriar
You can't say Apple took an idea from Windows if the things aren't functionally similar.

Tempter For A Christmas Gift
by Chris Oaten, The Advertiser
I usually shy away from suggesting the wait-and-see approach to buying a new Mac but in this case my instinct says hold off.


An App The Mac Can Brag About
by Arik Hesseldahl, Forbes
So what does Konfabulator do? Pretty much anything you want to dream up.

Losers, Weepers
by John Gruber
If Apple wants to provide a useful, standard, system-wide human interface for user-customizable keyboard shortcuts, they need to provide a system-wide mechanism for applications to register all of their menu key shortcuts.


Monday, December 15, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

APPLE PEOPLE : Bill Clinton has a Jazzy iPod.

ADVICE FROM CLIPPER, THE PAPERCLIP : You're doing too much work. Save your document, switch off the machine, and go watch "Return of the King".

RUMOR DU JOUR : 2GB Mini-iPods.


Music Sites To Get More Competition
by Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle
Microsoft Corp. is teaming up with a digital media company to offer a new service that lets any firm quickly launch an online music store, a move that could create even more competition for music sites such as Apple's iTunes and Napster 2.0.

Intel To Push Centrino In 2004
by John G. Spooner, CNET
Intel is making a resolution to convince consumers that Centrino notebooks will be the thing to have in 2004.

New Microsoft Stratagem On The Way?
by Wayne Kovsky, LinuxWorld
Might a new corporate strategy at Microsoft be to sow seeds of uncertainty about the legal ramifications of using open source solutions in an enterprise context?

No More Microsoft Support For You
by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, eWeek
Why is Microsoft killing off so many of its programs? Redmond says Sun forced its hand, but its reach will extend into your wallet.

Sunday, December 14, 2003


Apple's Panther Bares Its Teeth
by Ian Hardy, BBC
Apple, fed up with playing second string to Windows, has been taking its operating system from strength to strength.

iPod Player Elevates Portable Music
by M. Scott Skinner, Arizona Daily Star

Students' Best Gift This Season May Be From District
by Genevieve Marshall, Morning Call
Middle-schoolers in Bethlehem will each get a laptop computer.

WWDC 2004 Scheduled For June 28 - Uly 2
by MacMinute

The Apple Of Our I
by Daid Williamson, Western Mail
At a time when computer laptops are viewed by grave-faced airline security staff as possible bombs, Apple have breathed fun, possibility and beauty back into technology.


Muckraking, The PC Way
by Richard Forno
Despite a few hiccups along the way, it's becoming clear that Mac OS, not Windows, epitomizes Microsoft's new mantra of "secure by design, default, and deployment."

iPod Shortage: Storke Of Genius?
by Bill Palmer
Rarely have such headlines caused shoppers to simply turn their attention to other gifts so much as they've helped to ignite a last-minute shopping frenzy.


The Sims: Superstar Expansion Pack
by Kirk Hiner, Applelinks
If you've got all the expansion packs and are looking for yet more variety, you'll be happy with Superstar. If you haven't picked up an expansion pack since House Party, however, you won't find much here to regenerate interest.


Sunday, December 14, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

DELIGHT ME, PLEASE : After close to a decade of surfing the web, I am sad to say that not a single web browser has delighted me; none has been a joy to use. And one of my major complaint among all the web browsers I've used — including Safari — is the poor support for selecting text for copy-and-paste. In fact, it's simply horrifying.


Seven Microsoft VPs Getting Millions In Options Deal
by Brier Dudley, Seattle Times
New details about Microsot's unusual stock-option buyout program surfaced yesterday when seven executives filed mandatory disclosure reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Saturday, December 13, 2003

Top Stories

Apple iPod In Short Supply For Christmas
by Paul Taylor, Financial Times
Hoping to get an Apple iPod for Christmas? You could be out of luck. Apple Computer's digital music player is in short supply in many markets, including the US and UK.


A Bakery On The Rise
by David Levy, Apple
"We're a 24-hour operation. With Macintosh and FileMaker Pro, we can adjust our standing orders, or add new orders, the moment any customer calls. To me, that's miraculous."

Apple Releases Pro App Runtime Update
by MacMinute
The update "provides improvements forApple's professional applications, and is strongly recommended for all users of Final Cut Pro, Cinema Tools, Compressor, LiveType, Soundtrack, and DVD Studio Pro.


A CTO's Holiday WIsh List
by Chad Dickerson, InfoWorld
A new 40GB iPod tops an IT wish list that also includes better airport Wi-Fi and Groove for OS X.


Flexible OmniOutliner
by Giles Turnbull, O'Reilly Network
When is an outliner not an outliner? When it does more than just outlines.

Halo: Combat Evolved
by Jean-Luc Dinsdale
Following in the tradition of well-produced, stylish, innovative and fun game releases, Bungie Studio's Halo is a landmark first person shooter.

2003 Hardware Gift Ideas
by TidBITS

2003 Software Gift Ideas
by TidBITS

2003 Gaming Gift Ideas
by TidBITS

2003 Gift Ideas For The Macintosh-Minded
by TidBITS


Windows Longhaul? Longhorn Could Be 2008, Says Gartner
by John Lettice, The Register
Longhorn in 2005 seems definitely off the agenda, and while it might ship in 2006, it could be delayed until 2008 or 2009, according to Gartner.

Microsoft Loses The Swastika
by Reuters
Microsoft said on Friday that its latest version of Office software inadvertently contained a font featuring two swastikas, and said it would offer tools to remove and replace the offending characters from the program.

European Resellers Caught In Lindows Vs. Windows Crossfire
by Joel Shore, Ziff Davis ChannelZone
Microsoft is putting European resellers in the middle of its trademark battles with Lindows, and in Sweden, Microsoft is winning.

Intel's 'Prescott' Chip To Keep Pentium 4 Name
by Michael kanellos, CNET
Intel will upgrade its flagship PC chip in the beginning of the year, but it will keep the current name.

Friday, December 12, 2003

Top Stories

iPod In 'Huge Demand' — Apple
by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK
Apple's digital music initiatives continue to gather momentum, and demand for its market-leading iPod is very strong, the company has confirmed.


Halo For Macintosh Now Shipping
by MacMinute
MacSoft today announced thatHalo for Macintosh began shipping to retailers yesterday.

How Mac OS X Can Shed Its Skin
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
A small community of desktop "skinners" has sprung up around Unsanity's ShapeShifter, a utility for Mac OS X that allows the desktop interface to be customized in highly personal and sometimes strikingly beautiful ways.

Profits, Revenue Up For Adobe
by David Becker, CNET
Software publisher Adobe Systems reported record revenue and income for its fourth quarter, buoyed by a new version of one of its main graphics packages and by strong growth for its publishing products.

School Unveils Wireless Laptop Project
by Capital News 9
A Troy City school teamed up with Apple Computers to enhance the learning process.


Kicking Off The Macworld San Francisco Wish List
by Nicolas diPierro, Mac Observer
December. It's the most wonderful time of the year.


Tech Tool Pro 4.0.1 — Powerful But Unfinished

Differences In iBook, PowerBook Still Hefty
by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle
Rather than compare individual models, let's take a look at the differences between the iBook and PowerBook product lines.


Microsoft Dangles Office Rebates
by David Becker, CNET
Microsoft announced on Thursday that it is offering rebates to business customers who buy the new Office 2003 software package under its Software Assurance licensing program, a controversial plan that requires customers to pay in advance for periodic upgrades.

Microsoft: Extra Patching A Precaution
by Robert Lemos, CNET
A fix distributed to some Windows XP systems earlier this week is a preventative measure and not a new issue, Microsoft said Thursday.

Microsoft Readies Windows XP Service Pack 2 Beta
by Joris Evers, IDG News Servcie
Microsoft Corp. is gearing up for the first beta test of a set of updates for Windows XP designed to bolster the operating system's security and add features such as support for version 1.1 of Bluetooth and a new wireless LAN client.

Floppy Costs Will Not Rise Due To FAT Licensing: Microsoft
by Sam Varghese, The Age
The cost of an average box of formatted floppy disks is unlikely to rise next year even though Microsoft has decided to levy a charge on those who use the FAT file system, a company official claims.

Microsoft Balks Abroad
by Matt Hicks, eWeek
The software maker is granted an injunction that temporarily prevents from selling products that Microsoft alleges violates its Windows trademarks.

Windows 98 Still In Use Despite Imminent End Of Support
by Joris Evers, IDG News Service
As a result of the Windows 98 retirement, businesses who still have operating system in use face "an ever-increasing risk of security breach for their entire network," according to the AssetMetrix study.

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Top Stories

2003 MacInTouch Reader Choice Poll
by MacInTouch
As soon as we began to review the results for this year's poll it became clear that there was one standout winner: the iPod and iTunes, along with the revolutionary iTunes Music Store.


Apple Offers New Promos To Education Customers
by MacNN
Apple is offering a special 20-pack bundle of eMacs for $950 each or a 20-pack of iBooks for $850 each, when purchased through the Apple Store for Education (Institutions).

iMovie Competition Winners Announced
by Macworld UK
This aimed to identify the best short movies made using Apple's consumer video-editing application.

iPod Makes The Headlines
by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK
Apple's iPod continues to attract global media attention as the company maintains its marketing push to get the product into people's pockets.

Apple Outstanding Tertiary Educator Award
by Apple Press Release
An exceptional lecturer has been acknowledged for his innovative approach regarding the use of technology in learning.

Mozilla Readies Next Release
by Matt Hicks, eWeek
The open-source project releases a beta version of Mozilla 1.6 as it prepares for a full launch by January.


Old Habits
by John Gruber
What to do about my Finder Cmd-N habit?

A Nasty Fix For Apple
by Alex Salkever, BusinessWeek
It didn't have to be this way. Properly trained support reps would have headed this problem off long before it blossomed into a subversive online antiadvertising campaign. And a better customer-support system in general could be a huge selling point for Apple, as users encounter increasing complexity in pulling together the various pieces of the digital lifestyle.


Newsreaders — A Comparison: MacReporter And NetNewsWire

Computer Can Be A Tool For Wishing A Cool Yule
by Mike Wendland, Detroit Free Press
Does your computer have the holiday spirit?

Zoo Tycoon: Marine Maina
by Eddie Park, Inside Mac Games
If you were a fan of the original game, this double expansion set should be more than enough to keep you happy. However, if your response to the original was at best lukewarm, Marine Mania isn't going to change your mind, no matter how many times an Orca juggles a ball on its nose.

Product Of The Year: Apple iTunes Music Store
by Peter Lewis, Fortune
Apple is almost single-handedly dragging the music industry, kicking and screaming, toward a better future.


Thursday, December 11, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

RUMOR... OKAY, RUMOR OF THE MONTH : Apple is hiring away Oracle sales people to assemble a new Apple enterprise sales team.


Microsoft Starts Enrollment For New Partner Program
by Joris Evers, IDG News Service
Microsoft has opened enrollment for its Microsoft Partner Program, a program announced in October that will combine Microsoft's traditional partners with those it inherited when it bought Great Plains Software and Navision.

SAP, Microsoft Draw Battle Lines
by Alorie Gilbert, CNET

Mystery Patch Blots Microsoft's Fix-Free Month
by Robert Lemos, CNET
The company scrambled on Wednesday morning to figure out why a patch had been issued through its Windows Update service, when the software maker had declared on Tuesday that it would not issue any fixes in December.

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Top Stories

Apple Store: Chain Of Devotion
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
Gary Allen is nuts about Apple Stores. So if you've memorized the blueprints and know the surveillance features like the back of your hand, a flight to Tokyo just to walk into the newest store doesn't seem abnormal.


iPod Tops ESPN's List Of "Favorite Things Of The Year"
by Bill Palmer
Is there anyone out there who doesn't love the iPod these days?

iSkin Offers Keyboard Protector For iBooks, PowerBooks
by MacMinute
The form-fitting ProTouch PB is made of a flexible, high-grade silicone that provides a transparent barrier against spills, dirt, and other unwanted elements that may get in between the keys of the keyboard and potentially cause damage to the laptop.

Three Filmmakers, Three Visions, One Platform
by Brad Cook, MacCentral
Three wildly different events that resulted in three disparate documentaries: "The Journey," "Growin' a Beard," and "Live From Shiva's Dance Floor," respectively. All three, however, were made with Macs by filmmakers who love the platform.

A Gift Of Learning: Donated Computer Helps JDHS Student
by Masha Herbst, Juneau Empire
Ashley Tomlinson's favorite class is choir. That's the only course in which the 17-year-old alto doesn't have to take notes, an activity her eye condition, aniridia, renders painful. She wants to go to college, perhaps to become a music teacher, and that dream is more feasible now thanks to a $1,400 Macintosh iBook computer the Juneau Moose Lodge bought her.

Five New Mac Books For The Holidays
by Chuck Toporek, O'Reilly Network

Poll: Santa Facing iPod Hell
by Macworld UK
A quarter of Macworld readers have asked Santa for an iPod, with a further quarter hoping for a PowerBook, the latest Macworld Online poll shows.

Japan iTunes Store 'Next Year' — Jobs
by Macworld UK
Apple plans to introduce its iTunes Music Store to Japanese consumers by "as early as next year", said Apple CEO Steve Jobs in Tokyo to help launch the company's giant Ginza own-brand retail store there.

Microsoft Releases MSN For Mac OS X V2.01 Update
by MacNN
The update includes fixes for users running Panther, specifically minimizing dialing crashes and enhancing MSN browsing performance.


Apple's Panther: Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Philip Ben-David, E-Commerce Times
While the company speeds forward, it must not lose its focus on quality control or user loyalty.

Does Apple Have The Opportunity Of The Lifetime?
by John Manzione, MacNETv2
So, have Apple been right along?


One Is Never Enough
by Gene Steinberg, Gannett News Service
Backup methods summarized.

Internet Access On The Cheap
by Gene Steinberg, Mac Night Owl
If you are sick and tired of paying close to broadband prices for old fashioned dial-up, there are really cheap ways to get online with probably the same level of reliability that you get with the higher priced spread.

Panther Delights
by David Miller, O'Reilly Network
Here's a look at Panther from another point of view, not so much its high-flying features, but rather, the subtle refinements that we've come to expect from Apple products. Here are ten things that won't make you buy Panther, but you'll appreciate them once you have it.

Panther And Acitve Directory
by Michael Bartosh, O'Reilly Network
Panther's capabilities have been specifically engineered by Apple to work in much the same way that a Windows client would when joining and participating in an Active Directory.


Wednesday, December 10, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

THE 13TH MONTH : Yes, I'll be receiving my 13-th month bonus soon. But, as this article indicated, this standard renumeration practice in Singapore (and elsewhere?) is simply just a "clear illusion". :-)

Speaking of the 13th month, you might be interested to know that the Chinese calendar have an extra leap month in a year occasionally...

SO YOU WANT TO BE AN ENGINEER? Well, no sex for you then.

RUMOR DU JOUR : The next generation of iMac, due Jan or Feb 04, will be cheaper due to "higher proportion of plastic parts."


Microsoft Patents 'HTML Applications'
by Matt Loney, ZDNet UK
The patent describes a new type of application written using Web protocols, but without the security constraints of a browser.

Inherent Insecurity
by Philip Brittan, CNET
How the thin-client approach will play out in practice is still unclear.

Flaw Could Unleash Another Slammer
by Robert Lemos, CNET
A research company warned Tuesday that an attacker could use a recently patched Microsoft flaw to create a fast-moving worm similar to SQL Slammer, which spread rapidly across the Internet a year ago.

Microsoft Battle With Lindows Moves To Europe
by Scarlet Pruitt, IDG News Service
MS refutes claims that partners received letters threatening legal action if they carry Lindows.

Microsoft: No Patches This Month
by Robert Lemos, CNET
While several new flaws have been announced by researchers, Microsoft said that it is still investigating the issues and doesn't have a patch prepared for December.

Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Top Stories

A Return To Those Thrilling Days Of Yesteryear...
by Ted Landau, MacFixIt
I have never regretted my decision to go with a Mac back in 1984. Not even for an instant. Thanks for the ride Apple. It's been great. Happy 20th anniversary!

iTunes Music Store Tops 20 Million Song Downloads
by MacMinute
Peter Lowe, Apple's director of marketing for applications and services, said Monday that more than 20 million songs have been purchased and downloaded from the iTunes Music Store since it launched in April.


Shooting The D1X For National Geographic
by Eamon Hickey, Rob Galbraith DPI
Instant review and tethered shooting let McNally execute the big production shots more quickly and efficiently.

LaCie To Ship FireWire 800 PC Card For Laptops
by MacNN
LaCie today announced it will begin shipping in December its a FireWire 800 PCMCIA card, allowing users to add 3 seperate FireWire ports to their Mac or PC laptop: two external FireWire 800 ports and one FireWire 400 port.

SpamSieve 2.1 Adds Apple Mail POP Support
by MacMinute
Version 2.1 includes support for Apple Mail POP accounts.

BBEdit Update Adds 'Refresh BBEdit Preview' Command
by MacMinute
The update adds a new "Refresh BBEdit Preview" command, which can be used to refresh a BBEdit Preview window when files have been changed outside of BBEdit, as in the case of linked images, style sheets, and other external content.

Jupitermedia: iPod, iTunes 'Energized Music Industry'
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral

Now Up-To-Date & Contact Gains Panther Support
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
The new version includes performance enhancements and feature updates, and has been thoroughly testing with Mac OS X v10.3 "Panther," according to its developers.

Knofabulator 1.5.3 Offers Numerous Fixes, Tweaks
by MacMinute

Euro iTunes Petition Raised
by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK
UK Mac users are growing restless for the chance to buy music online.

Profiles In Success: Columbia University, College Of Physicians And Surgeons — Bringing Training To Life
by Apple
If someone who's learning to do a procedure has carefully watched a video... the total time needed to train that person could be dramatically reduced — by as much as half. So for us, Final Cut Pro is an incredibly valuable tool."

How Much Is Digital Music Worth?
by John Borland, CNET
As the early buzz over new music services such as Apple Computer's iTunes fades, record labels and technology companies are struggling to turn the services into profitable businesses.

Free Utility Brings Long-Lost AvantGo Back Into The Mac Fold
by Chuck La Tournous, RandomMaccess


Holy Dichotomy! Writer Calls iPod 'World's Most Elegant' Nine Days After Writing Dell DJ 'Surpassed' iPod
by MacDailyNews

The Genius Of The Laptop
by Charles Moore, MacOPINION


by Bill Stiteler, Applelinks
There's not a great variety of play in Jailbreak, but for a nice time-waster that you can pick up and put away with fun characters and solid design, you need look no further.

NASCAR Racing 2003 Season
by Bill Stiteler, Applelinks
For people who are into NASCAR, this is probably a dream come true. But for someone who just wants to drive fast and watch beautiful vistas fly past, or for someone who is looking for a simple game to pick up, play, and put down, NASCAR 2003 will be as exciting as sitting in the sun all day, smelling gas fumes.

iPod Gift Offerings, Part 1
by Dan Frakes, TidBITS
To help you decide on such a gift, the following are some of my favorite iPod-related products.

MacPAD: The Future Of Mac Software Updates
by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS
You can think of a PAD file as an RSS feed for software updates.

Hands On: Easy Mac Maintenance
by Dan Frakes, Macworld
Get the most from Disk Utility's repair permissions and OS X's Unix maintenance scripts.

For Mac Sysadmins, An Upgrade Checklist
by Ryan Faas, Computerworld
Like many Mac administrators, I'm confronted with a question: How and when should I begin upgrading to Panther?


Tuesday, December 9, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

APPLE'S CHRISTMAS SHOPPING : Rumor indicates that Apple is eyeing Discreet Desktop Video division.

And for your post-Christmas shopping, how about reserving some cash for the true 20th Anniversary Macintosh, to be released at Macworld SF?


Microsoft Clarifies Intentions To Retire JVM-Based Products
by Mary Jo Foley and Darryl K. Taft, Microsoft-Watch and eWeek
The products targeted for phase-out are those that embed Microsoft's Java Virtual Machine technology.

SoBig Blamed For Four-Fold Rise In Spam
by Munir Kotadia, ZDNet UK
The amount of spam email has increased by a factor of four during the past year, according to email-security company MessageLabs — and the SoBig virus is being blamed

Microsoft-Lindows Battle Expands In Europe
by David Becker, CNET
Microsoft has expanded its legal battle with Lindows to Europe, putting pressure on PC makers there and on the company to stop distributing Lindows software.

Microsoft Designs Your Digital World
by Joris Evers, IDG News Service
Smart phones, SPOT watches will offer seamless computing, company says.

Intel Researchers Open 'Learning Library'
by John G. Spooner, CNET
The chipmaker's research arm on Monday said it is offering the Open Source Machine Learning Library, a collection of software that can help computers learn from various experiences. It will offer the library to interested parties for free via the Web.

Monday, December 8, 2003

Top Stories

Steve Jobs: The Rolling Stone Interview
by Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone
He changed the computer industry. Now he's after the music business.


"Mac OS X Unwired" Released By O'Reilly
by MacNN

Griffin Releases iTrip Station Finder 2.0
by MacMinute
A free application that helps iTrip owners find a clear frequency in over 200 U.S. cities.

One-Inch Hard-Drives 'Next Year'
by Martyn Williams, Macworld UK
The move could herald a move to a smaller form-factor for Apple's market-leading iPod music player.

Linux PowerBooks On-Sale
by Macworld UK
Xtops.DE is offering Apple PowerBooks and iBooks with Linux pre-installed.

'14% Of Americans Would Choose Apple'
by Macworld UK
Apple is the favourite brand of 14 per cent of Americans looking to buy a new PC.

iTunes' Popularity Soars
by New Zealand Stuff


How To Spiff Up An MP3 Player
by John Flinn, San Francisco Chronicle
And while other makers are trying furiously to catch up, nothing on the market at the moment matches the ease of use, storage size and all-around coolness of Apple's iPod.

Apple, You've Done It Again
by Dan Harrison, Sydney Morning Herald
The iBook G4 is beautifully finished, well up to Apple's usual high standard of industrial design and output.

Some Support For Those That Offer Support
by Paul Andrews, Seattle Times
Of all the tech companies I've dealt with over the years, Apple has the best consumer support. The catch is that it costs — after the warranty period, at least.

Apple Acknowledges PowerBook G4 15" (FireWire 800) "White Spot" Problem
by MacFixIt
"Customers experiencing faint white spots on the PowerBook G4 (15-inch FW 800) computer's display should contact AppleCare."

Mac.Ars Used Mac Buyer's Guide: Part III
by Erik Kennedy, Ars Technica
Given that most people would be looking to run OS X on any Mac they purchase, we're choosing to focus on G3 and G4-based models of Apple's laptop lineup.


Monday, December 8, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

RUMORS DU JOUR : iMovie 3.5 is coming, claims Think Secret, but we have no idea what is iMovie 3.5

And Microsoft Office 2004 and Virtual PC 7.0 will be announced at Macworld SF. Actual ship date is later in the year.


Microsoft Launches Into CRM Market
by Chris Nuttall, Financial Times
Microsoft will launch a global assault on the Customer Relationship Management market on Monday with the release of multi-language software aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Microsoft Takes Aim At Intuit, Again
by Barbara Darrow, CRN
After several failed attempts, the software giant will once again make a foray into small business accounting with a project code-named Magellan, sources said.

Sunday, December 7, 2003

Top Stories

by Brent Simmons
What Apple did in this case was listen to the problem rather than specific solutions, and they came up with a solution that probably nobody had asked for — but that works wonderfully (and that, as a bonus, delights people who use it).


Students Learn How To Use Video Technology
by Jennifer burd, Daily Telegram
The standard academic report as generations of grade school studnets have known it is clearly evolving.


Bigger Monitor Display Isn't Necessarily Better
by Glenn Fleishman, Seattle Times
If mot of what you do is vertically oriented — scrolling down Web pages, creating Web pages, writing or reading documents, sending and receiving e-mail — you can't effectively use the side-by-side page ability that a 20-inch monitor affords.

Burning Monkey Casino
by Kirk Hiner, Applelinks
Ultimately, Burning Monkey Casino is a decent game, it just can't rise above its genre.


Sunday, December 7, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

BEHIND THE SCENE between Pixar and Disney.

RUMOR DU JOUR : This Tuesday, yes, this Tuesday, we'll see new PowerBooks.


Microsoft Deal Saves Schools Millions
by Chris Fisher, EDP24

Saturday, December 6, 2003


Security Update Offers Safari Cookies Fix
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral


Sun, RSS And Apple Challenge Office Dominance
by Steve Gillmor, InfoWorld
Suddenly, the Windows advantage as the essential platform for applications was neutralized.


ReadIris 9
by Gary Coyne, Applelinks
With ReadIris 9, the first OCR program to be fully compliant with Twain Scanners and OS X, all the other programs are also rans. They need to catch up with ReadIris, and with the speed of this program, they have a lot of catching up to do.

X2: Wolverine's Revenge
by Ken Newquist, Inside Mac Games


Saturday, December 6, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

RUMOR DU JOUR : New and improved Software Update coming soon.


Microsoft To Junk Flagship Products, Cites Java Settlement
by Mary Jo Foley and Darryl K. Taft, Microsoft-Watch and eWeek
Among the products that Microsoft will no longer make available to customers through any of the Microsoft's sales channels are Windows 98, SQL Server 7 and a number of versions of Office 2000, according to a note from a Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) program manager posted to a public Microsoft newsgroup.

Microsoft's Patchwork Security Blanket
by Wayne Rash, InfoWorld
Microsoft has had a lot of Windows patches, but is that really a bad thing?

MSN Plus Delayed; 'Longhorn Live' Version In The Works
by Microsoft-Watch
Microsoft is pushing back the delivery date for the next rev of its stripped-down Internet service, while it is simultaneously working on its 2006 MSN release.

Microsoft Prepares Windows Patch CD
by Matthew Broersma, ZDNet UK
The security update CD for older Windows systems, set to begin testing soon, is Microsoft's latest attempt to tackle an increasingly thorny security situation.

Friday, December 5, 2003

Top Stories

When Technology Is Heartwarming
by David Pogue, New York Times
There's a lot of junk in technology, a lot of hassle and frustration, a lot of disappointment. But this moment was like a TV commercial. It was an emotional, powerful, simple, perfect example of how technology can change a moment, solve a problem, and despite the gulf of time and distance, bring you face to face with the people you love.

XPress/InDesign War Escalates
by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK
The battle for market share between Adobe and Quark over desktop publishing appears likely to begin in earnest next year, according to executives from both companies speaking to Macworld.


iPod Sets New Trend In Portability
by Dennis Friedel, Delaware Beachcomber
"It's by far the hottest item for the holiday."

Waiting Game At Tokyo Apple Store
by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK

UK BBC Viewers Snub Gates For Jobs
by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK
Last night's BBC broadcast in which TV hack Alvin Hall declared Microsoft's Bill Gates the most powerful computer mogul has generated a storm of protest from Apple CEO Steve Jobs' followers.

Downloading Squeezes The Art Of The Album
by Edna Gundersen, USA Today
The album, music's dominant creative framework for the past 40 years, is dying under the wheels of an accelerating revolution.

Lights, Camera, Action: Panther Ready For Prime-Time
by Robyn Weisman, E-Commerce Times
"It's great to see people recognizing our OS and our hardware. Our goal is to make the best desktop computers and operating system we can make."

NTT DoCoMo FOMA 3G Subscriber Success Bolsters Apple's QuickTime, Microsoft Left Out
by MacDailyNews


Apple iPod
by Robert Irvine, Web-User
Although far from cheap, the sheer style and substance of the iPod make it both a desirable and worthwhile purchase.

by Erica Marceau, Applelinks


Friday, December 5, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

IT'S ALMOST CHRISTMAS : Presenting, Carols by cats...

Silent fish, holy fish.All is calm. All is fish.

SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM : "Between the spam explosion, imperfect spam filters, and simple information overload, most busy journalists will never answer all their e-mail. But we should all try harder," explains Steve Outing.

I'm not a journalist, but I'll add: "Me too."

RUMOR DU JOUR : 2.4 GHz Power Mac G5 coming soon.


Intel Narrows Q4 Outlook, Plans $600M Charge
by Tom Krazit, IDG News Service
Company sees growth in Pentium 4, Pentium M, and Xeon processors.

Yahoo Patches IM Security Hole
by Matt Hicks, eWeek

Microsoft To Charge For FAT File System, ClearType
by Sydney Morning Herald
Microsoft has announced that it will be charging a fee from those who use the FAT file system and offered to sell licences to those who wish to buy one.

Sun Battles Windows With Cheap Java Desktop
by Munir Kotadia, CNET
Sun is hoping to increase the penetration of Linux on the enterprise desktop by slashing the price of its Java Desktop System, which is designed to replace Microsoft's Windows operating system and Office suite.

Thursday, December 4, 2003


District 834 Should Not Break Laptop Contract, Board Members Say
by Craig Dirkes, Stillwater Gazette
Oak-Land Junior High School students and faculty, and most staff members at Stillwater Junior High School, will receive laptops. Oak-Land is among four National Demonstration Sites in Apple's one-to-one laptop initiative, which is meant to enhance student achievement.

Contour Desiggn Debuts NoteRiser For Laptops
by MacNN
Contour Design today announced NoteRiser, which enables the laptopotebook user to position the computer for optimal ergonomic integrity.

New iPod Accessories Announced
by MacMinute
SimpleSpeaker is a small and light stereo loudspeaker which works without batteries and is connected directly with the headphone jack on the iPod.

Evangelist Spreads The Word
by Alan Cane, Financial Times
It is Russell Brown, all right, but not as his colleagues know him.Wearing a tuxedo and sportinga black wig, the senior creative director of Adobe, the software group, looks as if he has been processed with the group's own Photoshop system.

Graphic Converter 4.9.2 Released
by MacMinute

Macworld US 'Eddy' Awards Announced
by Macworld UK
These are given to the year's top hardware and software products chosen by Macworld US's editorial department.

Kensington MouseWorks X 2.4 Released
Version 2.4 adds support for Safari, Horizontal Scrolling, and Kensington Digital Update.

Timbuktu Pro. 7.0 Released With Panther Support
by MacMinute
Some of the new features in version 7.0 include support for Mac OS X 10.3 (with support for Fast User Switching), support for multi-button and scroll wheel mouse commands, multiple user options to maximize bandwidth conservation, an improved Internet Locator Service which adapts itself even to frequently-changed IP addresses, and more.


The Panther Report: Why Do We Have To Unlock Secret Features?
by Gene Steinberg, Mac Night Owl
In fact, if you pour through many of these utilities, you'll find that all they do is access features that are normally available only via a Terminal command.

A Sign Of What AppleWorks Is Worth
by Rob McNair-Huff, Mac Net Journal
$5, that is about what the application is worth to me these days.

Discussion: Can You Make A Living From Shareware?
by MacSlash

A Dim View Of Apple's Photo Op
by Alex Salkever, BusinessWeek
I wrote that Apple could win big by making iPhoto software for Windows. That drew a slew of reader responses — mostly negative.

The Apple Way
by John Papola
What better place to start the Apple journey than to examine the fundamentals of how Apple delivers its products and why they remain one of the few "whole widget" computer companies.


Apple's New iBook Is A Perfect Combination Of Price, Performance, And Design
by John Manzione, MacNETv2
If you've ever wanted a laptop, or even a second laptop to keep with you wherever you go, this is it.

Big-Time Music Services Arrive
by Eric Dahl, PC World
Apple's iTunes Music Store is by far the best designed, and it lets you stream songs from the shared collections of other users (PC or Mac).

Today Is The Anniversary Of My Switch
by Mike Wendland
I've put together the top 5 reasons why I won't go back to a PC.

TechTool 4.0.1 For Mac OS X
by Macs Only!
The unique eDrive alone is worth the price in that one avoids the need for an external boot drive to run optimization utilities.


Thursday, December 4, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

CONVERSATIONS : Check out the comments section in this article.

I'M ALREADY HALF-WAY DEAD! : Guy suddenly realizes he'll never have 10,000 songs, reports CARS.

Actually, this sounds a little like my up-coming mid-life crisis. Just subsititue songs with... well, something else.

Such a depressing week. Gonna spent more time with more daughter. She is learning to walk — which brings me great joy.

OR MAYBE I AM ALREADY DEAD : This whole week has been rather, well, unsatisfying for me. I feel that me have been completely drained from myself, and I've really finish my entire existence, and is now ready to be, well, done.

Anybody felt like this before?


What's Wrong With Microsoft's Mobile Strategy
by Michael Gartenberg

Is Microsoft Less Expensive Than Linux?
by Art Jahnke, CIO
Microsoft is concerned that Linux's popularity is increasing. Readers debate the expense issue of open source versus Redmond.

Facelift For Hotmail Goes Live
by Cade Metz, PC Magazine
Today, the company unveiled a new version of Hotmail, its Web-based e-mail service. This update, already available to the general public, includes improved spam filters, calendar software, and a contact application for keeping track of names, addresses, and phone numbers.

Intel Accelerates Its Celeron Shift
by John G. Spooner, CNET
Intel has quietly made available the first member of what next year will become a new generation of mobile Celeron processors.

Microsoft To Allow More Licensing Of Its Technology
by Steve Lohr, New York Times
Microsoft announced today that it would open the doors to its storehouse of patents, copyright and trade secrets to outsiders with a more liberal policy for licensing the big software maker's intellectual property.

Wednesday, December 3, 2003

Top Stories

Speed Demon
by Garry Barker, The Age
The Age imaging centre recently put a dual-processor Power Mac G5 through its paces, and the team was suitably impressed.


Apple Releases AppleWorks 6.2.1 For Windows Updater
by MacDailyNews

Apple Speaks Mac To BBC — Webcast Online
by Macworld UK
Show highlights include a face-to-face interview with Apple's vice president of hardware product marketing Greg Joswiak.

Willow Design Releases 20" iMac Carry Case
by MacMinute
The case features protective compartments for the iMac, keyboard, speakers and accessories.

Apple Initiated With "Neutral" Rating
by MacNN
Analysts at JP Morgan mention that Apple is poised for "robust margin expansions" in the forthcoming quarters on account of its new digital music product offerings.

Moby To Appear At L.A. Apple Store
by MacMinute
Moby will be at The Grove Apple Store in Los Angeles, California, this Thursday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Soundtrack V1.1 Released
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
The new release includes general fixes as well as improvements in performance and linking of relocated project audio files, according to Apple.


An Apple On The Ginza
by The Blog From Another Dimension
It is an impressive sight.

One More Reason To Love OS X...
by Alan Graham, O'Reilly Network
It seems almost everyday there is another reason why I love OS X. Here's reason #367.

Why MS Software Is Driving Me Nuts
by David Coursey, ZDNet
Why Encoutrage couldn't have just told me it was unable to connect to an IMAP server rather than presenting the TDN (three digit number), I don't understand.

The Upgradability Myth
by Amy Percival, Spymac
Its clear that consumers are recognizing that practicality and efficiency are more important than expandability.


Apple Offers DHCP Security Workaround
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Apple recently posted details to its online Knowledgebase explaining how to circumvent potential problems.

Screen Spots On Computers Other Than The PowerBook G4 15" (FireWire 800)
by MacFixIt
We've received a number of other reports over the past couple of months with various other Apple laptops.

Collaborative Editing With Rendezvous
by Wei-Meng Lee, O'Reilly Network
One of the innovative uses of Rendezvous is in the area of collaborative editing, which allows multiple users to edit a document simultaneously, collaborating through the network. In this article I will introduce two collaborative editing tools, SubEthaEdit and iStorm, and talk about their various features.

iPod As Digital Photographer's Best Friend
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
What makes the iPod scenario compelling is that it plugs into Panther, allowing you to leverage some of its powerful technologies. And that's what I'm going to explore here today.


The Battle For The Web
by Danny Bradbury, Independent
New Windows software could wipe out the need for browsers. Microsoft's rivals are already crying foul and racing to disrupt it.

Windows ATMs Raise Security Concerns
by Paul Roberts, IDG News Service
Last week's revelation by Diebold that its automated teller machines (ATMs) operated by two financial services customers were struck by the W32/Nachi worm raises the specter of even wider disruptions from virus and worm outbreaks and highlights a growing security concern that cash machines running Windows XP and interacting with other Windows systems are vulnerable to attack.

Microsoft To Share More Intellectual Property
by Joris Evers, IDG News Servce
Overarching technology access policy to be discussed Wednesday.

Microsoft Plans Transition To Longhorn
by John Foley, InformationWeek
If the current state of Windows is a good but bug-prone operating system with an outdated file system and uninspiring search capabilities, and the future is a more-bulletproof platform with unified storage and intelligence-injected data retrieval, how do businesses get from here to there?

Microsoft Finds Flaw In Server Software
by Ina Fried, CNET
A new glitch in one of Microsoft's server software packages is causing headaches for some small businesses.

Tuesday, December 2, 2003

Top Stories

Cost 'Key Factor In Buying PC'
by Macworld UK
Apple has bought many new technologies to market but such innovations are not the most important factors to IT buyers, according to an Information Week poll.


Apple: Can Sex Appeal Counter Sticker Shock?
by Aaron Ricadela, InformationWeek

Music Download Battle Looms
by Chris Jenkins,
Industry sources tipped that the Australian version of Apple's iTunes will be available in the first quarter of 2004.

Apple Ranks 34th In Consumer Electronics Sales
by MacMinute

Music At Your Fingertips, And A Battle Among Sellers
by Bob Tedeschi, New York Times
With hundreds of millions of investment and marketing dollars flowing into the sector, the paid digital download arena could be the most active online commerce category.

Apple Film Festival Planned For '04
by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK
Apple is planning a pilot run of an international online film festival next year, according to the San Diego Screenwriter's Association (SDSA) yesterday.

Apple Computer — From Proud PC Inventor To Niche Player
by Christoph Dernbach, E-Commerce News

Reader: Apple iPod Ads "Branded" With Smear Message
by MacNN
Disgruntled iPod users have vandalized advertisements for the music player in Manhattan.

Playboy Names Mac Top Product 'That Changed The World'
by MacMinute
In its 50th anniversary issue, Playboy ranked the original Apple Macintosh computer No. 1 in its "Top 50 Products That Changed The World."

Apple Recognized For Branding, Strategic Direction
by MacNN
"The insightful brand strategy behind the iPod, iTunes and the latest part of this digital music package, the iTunes Music Store, wins Apple kudos for one of the clear brand hits of 2003," according to Prophet.

Alpharetta, Ga. Gets Its Own Apple Store Saturday
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
The new store is opening in Alpharetta, Ga. at the North Point Mall.


Is The Apple Portable Mystique In Danger?
by Charles Moore, MacOPINION
The reputation has been taking a bit of a beating lately.

There's A Noose In The Hoose — iTunes Shoppers Discover DRM
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
So for Apple to pop up and grant the dying RIAA members a 99 cents toll on each song — when the distribution costs are zero, and when the RIAA is so mainifestly corrupt — is a pill many find hard to swallow.


Apple's Backup 2 — Near Perfection
by Jim Darlymple
After making Apple's Backup 2 the mainstay of my back up strategy, I can say it's a must have for anyone concerned with data loss. And it's free to .Mac subscribers.

The 25 Best Products Of The Year: Power Mac G5
by Fortune

iBook G4 Screen Spots Appearing?
by MacFixIt
"I just noticed two spots on my new 14" G4 iBook. The iBook is about 3 weeks old and came directly from Apple."

Snood 3.0
by Chris Lawson, ATPM

iConquer 2.2
by Eric Blair, ATPM
I'm going to make this very simple. If you like Risk, buy iConquer. If you've never played Risk but like strategy games, try iConquer.

MindRover — The Europa Project
by Nat Panek, Inside Mac Games
It's a shame that this title couldn't have been better put together, because it's a great alternative to the FPS and RPG titles that dominate the market out there.


Tuesday, December 2, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

WORKOUT TIME : "Toysight is a set of fun games and toys to play using your iSight or similar firewire camera."

Sweat it out!

OR SO I HEAR : Playboy has a 50th anniversary issue which ranked the Macintosh as the top product that changed the world. But I will not be able to link to the article (if it were indeed online), as the Playboy site is among the "high impact" web sites that are banned in Singapore.

So, I'll leave you with this instead. You go google yourself, okay?

RUMOR DU JOUR : Your home directory, stored in your iPod.


Microsoft Revamps MSN
by Cade Metz, PC Magazine
On Tuesday, Microsoft announced its latest online service: MSN Premium. The new service, for use with broadband Internet connections, will be available to the general public on January 8 and offer a wide range of online features including spam filters, antivirus capability, a firewall, parental controls, photo management, exclusive multimedia content, and multiple e-mail accounts.

What's Behind Microsoft's Office Moves?
by David Becker, CNET
Looming competitive and regulatory pressures factored into Microsoft's recent decision to reveal formerly secret pieces of its latest Office software, according to analysts.

Microsoft Suffers Longhorn Loss
by Jonathan Kent, BBC News
Pirated versions of Microsoft's next generation computer operating system are on sale in Malaysia, more than a year before the official release date.

Monday, December 1, 2003


Steve Jobs Tops List Of Forbes' 'The Most-Improved CEOs' List
by MacDailyNews

Apple: Haute Couture Computers
Tokyo was the obvious choice for Apple's first directly operated store outside the US, and Japanese from all over the country and even overseas flocked to see it open on 30 November.

Apple Store Boss: 'Crisis Under Control'
by Macworld UK
"We have fixed the broken parts, and have the capacity to respond."

Business Healthy For Apple's iPod
by Kat Gresey, Columbia Chronicle
Some people are so into the Apple iPod it hurts.


iPod For Photos
by Globe And Mail
Moving with the trend in technology toward convergence, the dockable iPod can now be a voice recorder, photo vault and music player wrapped into one.

Mac.Ars Takes On Holiday Shopping
by Eric Bangeman and Erik Kennedy, Ars Technica
Gifts for the Mac user in your life.


Monday, December 1, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

NEWSREADER : When you read the word newsreader, today you'd think of RSS. Just a few years ago, this is still USENET. Oh my, how time flies. Look, the 00's is almost half gone.

iPOD SECRET SECRET : The latest twist.

FREE LUNCH? : Nope, no such thing. It's out of stock.


Consumers Having Trouble Swallowing The Tablet PC
by Tyler Hamilton, Toronto Star
But its flexibility should make it a winner.

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