Mac News for Mac Users

You are here : MyAppleMenu > 2004 > 06 > 12

Saturday, June 12, 2004

Top Stories

Apple, Microsoft Poised For Streaming Media Battle
by Jim Darlymple, MacCentral
What may make the difference is the level to which each company supports industry standards, an area where Apple has taken the lead so far.


Mozilla Firefox Takes Last Step To Full Release
by Matt Hicks, eWeek
The open-source project is set to make available Firefox 0.9, the browser's last technology preview release focusing on new features.

Apple Readies Next-Gen MPEG-4 Part 10
by Michael Singer,
Apple is currently testing new video compression software that will eventually improve its QuickTime Player.

Apple Talks AirPort Express For Mac And Windows
by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK
"I think it's quite intuitive that you can plug it into the wall next to your computer or your stereo; I think its quite intuitive that it is so somall, smaller than a computer's power brick, so now you can wirelessly roam your hotel room."

Apple Gets Kudos From NAB Participants
by Jim Darlymple, MacCentral
Apple was given three honors in the Top Ten Products at NAB '04 category.

Laptop Expansion Hinges On Superintendents' Level Of Interest
by David Sharp, Associated Press
Apple is seeking to determine the minimum level of participation needed to make it possible to rent laptops to school districts seeking to expand the program into high schools.


So Witty
by John Gruber
There are factors other than market share that have led to the remarkable paucity of security exploits on Mac OS X.


Control iTunes From Anywhere
by Brian D Foy, O'Reilly Network

by Molly Wood, CNET

Mostly Music Discs With iDVD
by Christopher Breen, Macworld

Call Of Duty
by Eric Ford, Inside Mac Games
Call of Duty is a must have for any first person shooter fan.


The World Searches
by Heng-Cheong Leong

As presented by Dan Gillmor, here's a short animation showing "the relative numbers of queries to the Google site in various parts of the world".

Very cool.

Make Use Of The Dock
by Heng-Cheong Leong

The Apple's Dock is not Windows' taskbar.

We are coming up to version 4 of Mac OS X soon, and yet, very little applications take advantage of the dock.

Application icons should reflect useful information in the dock. For example, an FTP application should show the status of the connection. Speaking as someone who always forget to close FTP connections, I will appreciate having easily informed on whether the connection is still opened, and whether there are still uploading or downloading activities going on.

Document icons should help the users to differentiate between different documents — don't just stick a generic icon in there, and expect the user to scrub through the list to find the document he want.

The Good Old Days Are Back
by Heng-Cheong Leong

My first computer game that I've downloaded, if I remember correctly, was Commander Keen. There I were, a young teenager, learning all about the world of BBS, downloads, and hours of waiting for the download, as the binary trickles down the modem.

Why the nostalgia all of the sudden? Well, here I am again, leaving my computer on for hours as the demo of "Call of Duty" (a whopping 256MB) trickles down my cable modem and AirPort. :-)


Where, Oh Where Is Windows XP SP2?
by Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft Watch
There's still no Release Candidate 2 beta out. But there is a growing body of information on anticipated application-compatibility problems.

Internet Explorer Holes Causing Alarm
by Paul Roberts, IDG News Service
Four new holes have been discovered in the Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser that could allow mallicious hackers to run attack code on Windows systems, even if thoese systems have installed the latest software patches.

Microsoft File Patent Faces Exam
by Ina Fried, CNET
A U.S. government agency agreed this week to re-examine a controversial Microsoft patent on the Windows FAT file format, following an objection from a public-interest group.

MyAppleMenu is edited by Heng-Cheong Leong. This site is not affiliated with Apple Computer, Inc. or any other companies in any manner. Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, Power Macintosh, PowerBook, iMac, iBook, iPod, and eMac are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. All other brands or product names are trademarks of their registered holders. Copyright © 1996-2004 Heng-Cheong Leong. All rights reserved. MyAppleMenu supports the Open Link Policy.