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Friday, December 31, 2004


You, Too, Can Be A Podcaster

Fans of the burgeoning technology, which let users broadcast and download audio content feeds to MP3 players, say it represents audio broadcasting's future. But podcasting still has a long way to go.


Goodbye Safari

That Mac users are also switching to Firefox says something very good about the experience it offers.


Random Noise

SonicMood might not be everyone's cup of tea, but surely I can't be the only person in the world who occasionally wants this sort of sound to emanate from the computer, and in any case it has certainly been helpful to me in my work.


$100 iPod

Rumor Last Year: $100 iPod.

Rumor Today: Apple To Increase .Mac Storage To 1Gb

According to "reliable sources" from, Apple is going to increase storage size and add new services sometime in 2005.


No-Go Zone For Passport

Microsoft's Passport authentication technology lost a prominent partner this week when eBay announced that it would stop supporting customer logins through Microsoft's Passport and .Net services.

Thursday, December 30, 2004


Podcast Bring DIY Radio To The Web

An Apple iPod or other digital music players can hold anything upto 10,000 songs, which is a lot of space to fill. But more and more iPod owners are filling that space with audio content created by an unpredictable assortment of producers.

Feed Your Head

Podcasting is DIY radio for programmers and listeners alike. Will it save us from corporate radio? Or further isolate us inside our own miniature media worlds?

Pass The 'Pod And Pour The Pernod: Podtender v2.0 Released

iPod BeamDock Coming In February

Networkx has released the iPod BeamDock, a wireless sound solution for the iPod.


Why iPod/iTunes Won't Be Killed Anytime Soon — It's About "Style" But It's Also About Cluetrain And "Long Tails"

Apple's 2005 Challenge: Surpass The iPod

The company needs to take its knack for making products desirable in a new direction.

My Opinion On The "iCheap"

I just don't see it. Something's missing. Apple likes to sell soup-to-nuts solutions, and pairing a $499 computer with a $1299 monitor ain't it.


Bose SoundDock: iPod Speaker System Lacks Features But Offers Impressive Sound Quality For Its Size

At $300, the SoundDock is more expensive than competing systems. However, it's currently the best sounding of the all-in-one speaker systems we've tested, and its uncluttered elegance and ease of use make it an appealing offering for those willing to plunk down the change.

Myst IV: Revelation — Another Round Of Challenging Puzzles And Gorgeous Graphics

Myst IV: Revelation builds on what has made past Myst games so good.

FrameForge 3D Studio: 3-D Application Creates Elegant Video And Film Storyboards

MovieWorks Deluxe 6.0.2: Mutlifaceted Multimedia-Authoring Package Makes You An Interactive Auteur — Without Blowing Away Your Budget

Despite the lackluster performance of its supporting applications, MovieWorks Deluxe is an excellent tool for creating interactive audiovisual presentations on a limited budget.

How-To Record On Your iPod (For Free)

7 FileMaker Power Moves

Here are seven powerful ways to take advantage of FileMaker Pro 7.


New Creation

People are already thinking of new ways of using the headless iMac — as a beautiful home server, a product that is "announced" only in the rumormill so far.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004


Apple's Steve Jobs Tops List Of Highest Paid Bay Area Executives

Jobs received a salary of only $1 in 2003, but he traded in almost all of his stock options for $74.8 million in restricted stock.

2005 In Retrospect: Apple's 1 Percent Solution

Analysts continue to question the sustainability of Apple's growth, because in the fast-growing markets of China and India, and the emerging economies, it has been virtually absent.

Web Based Apple 2 Emulator

Unfortunately, you need Windows and IE to run.

Harry Potter Parody Choose-Your-Adventure Game For iPod

It turns out that iPods have a "museum" mode where text notes and audio clips can be combined.

Xserve: Comparing Apple To Apples


More Crap From Dvoark

Nothing the number is increasing would completely destroy Dvorak's premise, so he doesn't mention it.

Christmas In The Apple Store

We'll have no way of knowing until Apple unveils its first-quarter figures sometime next month, but if I had to take a guess, I'd say it was probably a very merry Christas for Apple this year.

Grim Macintosh Market Share Forebodies Crisis

Apple is the easy-to-use, less complex platform. Thus it should be cheaper, not more expensive. It's that simple.

Which Encoder Is Right For You?

I've read rant after rant extolling the virtues of one audio codec over another... and I've yet to be convinced that the answer is more complex than "Find a setting you can tolerate and then crank it up to the point where the music is not only tolerable, but enjoyable."

Software Update Tips And Voodoo

Here's what we did, and we avoided any problems.


Our Favorite New Stuff

Skype On Mac OS X: A Hands-On Approach

My goal today is to introduce you to the wonders of Skype and show you how to integrate it in your routine but also to point out its limits.

Accessing Name/Password Login Window


More Ways To Help

Mr Brown: Information on Singaporean relief efforts.

Rumor Today: Headless iMac

The rumor that won't die... until Apple really come out with one?

Think Secret: Apple is expected to announce a bare bones, G4-based iMac without a display at Mac Expo on January 11 that will retail for $499.

Rumor Today: iLife 05 And Keynote 2

Think Secret: iLife's core applications will all receive updates, although complete details are lacking at this point.

Mutant Snowflakes!

"'Tis the season to notice just how many advertising designers don't know that snowflakes are supposed to have six sides!"

Tuesday, December 28, 2004


iPod Spawns Micro-Economy

The range of businesses adapting to this single product is so varied that the iPod could be said to have created its own micro-economy.

Apple To Blossom As Tech Recovers

The success of the iPod is likely to leave Apple as the only tech company with revenues of over US$10 billion and a growth rate of over 20 per cent.

Apple Releases Security Update 2004-12-27


It'll Be A Happy New Year If Apple Lives Up To Predictions

Having scoured the rumor sites and probed the minds of Mac-savvy friends, I believe it's time for Dr. Mac's WWAD (What Will Apple Do) 2005.


iPod Anywhere

With these accessories, you and your iPod can make beautiful music together just about anywhere.

It's An iPod! — Now What?

What kindo f care and feeding does your new best digital pal need?


Tired Of Waiting...

I'm tired of waiting. The iPhoto book printing service never did arrived in Singapore, and I doubt the iTunes Music Store will ever materialise here either. So, I'm throwing this out, instead, to the Scobleizer: when will Microsoft bring its Media Center PC to Singapore?


P.S: Sheal Israel: Scoble is an evangelist for Microsoft and is totally enthused about its technology. What is news is that Scoble, at times, is among Microsoft's toughest critics... He's the most honest company evangelist youwill find, anywhere.

Hands to S.E. and S. Asia

Send your prayers and your power of urge via Flickr.

More Ways To Help

Singapore Red Cross.

More organisations and resources are listed in this blog..

Rumor Today: Taiwan's Asustek Wins Order For Apple's iPod Mini Player (With Flash)

AFX News Limited: "With the flash memory-based device, Apple is apparently seeking to make further forays into the Asian Pacific market, Economic Daily News said.

Monday, December 27, 2004


Worming Into Apple

Programmer Ron Avitzur sneaked into Apple's California HQ for six months in 1993 to write a software program that, through luck and hard work, is still included on every Mac sold today.

Apple Dealers Swap Lawyers

New attorneys with a background in franchisee litigation have been hired to press a suit by Apple computer dealers who claim the Cupertino-based Apple Computer Inc., is trying to drive them out of business by opening its own chain of stores.

Selling Apples On Street Corners

Apple stores began opening to mostly Mac-geek acclaim in May 2001. But lately, they've become profit-generating supermagnets for those who want to get their hands on one of those ultrapopular iPods. And Ron Johnson deserves some of the credit for the craze.


Why Apple Is Apple And You Aren't

It's simple, effective, desirable and memorable. And it's a sock.

Is This The Announcement Australian Music Lovers Have Waited For? iTunes Music Store Comes To Australia?


The 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake

Read more about the unfolding event over at Wikipedia.

You can help via American Red Cross, Australian Red Cross, British Red Cross, and other similar organisations.

Sunday, December 26, 2004

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The Sunday Times Business Person Of 2004: Steve Jobs Swoops In As Mr iNcredible

It is not often that a company boss gets to bathe in the success of a product that is a smash hit with consumers. It is rarer still for that product to be genuinely important, transforming not just the company that designed it, but the face of an industry. It is even more remarkable for one chief executive to enjoy this level of success, not at one company, but at two quite different businesses in the same year. And to accomplish all this while undergoing treatment for cancer — well, that's just incredible.


'Year Of The iPod' Has Been Music To Apple Computer's Ears

If 2003 was the "Year of the Laptop," 2004 was the "Year of the iPod," with Steve Jobs kicking off the year with the introduction of the iPod mini to complement the already highly desirable iPod lineup.


iPod Revolution Is In Store For Music

In fact, the current business model of the music industry itself has been made obsolete by the digital music format and the accompanying digital music players, such as the iPod.

Saturday, December 25, 2004


Clarion To Market iPod-Compatible Car Audio System

Clarion will begin selling a car audio and video system in Japan next year that's compatible with Apple's iPod portable music player.


iPod You Pod, We All Pod Together

The iPod is the most popular Christmas gift this year, but it comes with a new type of snobbery: what, exactly, do you play on it?


Rise Of Nations Gold

Friday, December 24, 2004


Apple Interested In BBC's Big Deal

"We have US broadcasters, media companies and multimedia suppliers like Apple all wanting to find out what we did, why we did it and what we are going to do in the future."

Apple Canada Cuts iPod Prices

The reductions come on the heels of a Federal Court of Appeal ruling that Canada's Board of Copyright is not permitted by the country's Copyright Law to tax MP3 players.

Apple Aims To Patent Fall-Detecting iPod

Apple has applied for a patent on technology that would allow a portable media player to detect when it is falling and then stop reading or writing to the hard drive.


Sometimes It's Just Broken

Sometimes hardware is just broken. Unfortunately, when that happens, you can waste hours trying to figure out exactly what's wrong.

Sweetest Mac Setup On Earth?

Is this the sweetest Mac setup in the world? Goodness knows what he uses it for, but it is impressive.


Space Colony

The game is still fantastically enjoyable for many ages.

Thursday, December 23, 2004


iTunes Producer Patent

Last week, Apple Computer filed a patent application covering the iTunes Producer application and backend architecture, used for managing and sending music to the iTunes Music Store.

Year In Review: iPods Rule As Courts Reason

Most Apple Stores Open Until Midnight On Dec 23

Rogue Amoeba Annouces Slipstream For AirPort Express

Slipstream allows audio from any application to be heard through remote speakers attached to Apple's AirPort Express.


Beckoned By The Mac

Readers Weigh In On Apple And Possibility Of 'Halo Effect'

All I Want For Christmas Is BBOutliner

EU And Real networks Gift-Wrap Europe For Apple This Christmas

In one of the great legal ironies of the decade, Real Networks has done some quality legal and lobbying work that will help Apple more than it helps Real.


Streaming iTunes From Ubuntu

On The Radar

A couple of very cool audio utilities for the Macintosh have passed before my gaze in the last week. Although they perform different functions, they have one thing in common: Blessed simplicity.

Exporting QuickTime Movies With Simple Video Out X


It's That Time Of The Year Again

Going to Macworld SF? Here's a guide from Your Mac Life.


Europe Rejects Microsoft's Bid To Preserve Bundling Plan

A European court swept aside Microsoft's objections yesterday and ordered it to offer a version of its Windows operating system without its software for playing digital music and movies on personal computers.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004


Citibank Gives Away iPods To new Online Customers

One of this season's hottest gifts, the iPod mini, may be out of stock in most stores, but Citibank is giving away the portable music players for free.

The Year Of The iPod

If anything characterized the world of digital music in 2004.

Next IBM-Apple Chip Getting High-End Feature

In 2005, IBM plans to bring a significant feature from higher-end servers to the next generation of its PowerPC 970 processor line used in Apple machines and Big Blue's own blade servers.

Subscription Model To Dethrone Apple iPod?

Critics are skeptical.

Apple Sues Three For Posting Mac OS X On Net

Apple has sued three men for illegally distributing test copies of the next version of its Mac OS X operating system on a file-sharing Web site, court records showed on Tuesday.

iPod Helps Radiologists Manage Medical Images



It's only when people entrusted with trade secrets start spilling them on to the web that you need to unleash the lawyers.

iFrustrated Over iPod-Car Dilemma

Ready Or Not?

What company will finally break through and make video downloads popular? There's no way to know, but with its iPod success and Steve Jobs's Hollywood ties, I sure wouldn't bet against Apple. But only when the time is right.

Five More Reasons Mac Fans Turn Into All-Out Mac Lovers

The Second Coming Of Apple

The combination of Windows' security woes and greater familiarity with Apple products will be what Apple needs to unlock the market.

Apple's Trojan Horse Is Working


BBEdit 8.0 — A Developer's Viewpoint

If you aren't using version 8, you are missing out. If you aren't using BBEdit at all, well, you just haven't seen how easy things can be.

Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword

Chic New Apple Products Mostly Live Up To Promises

When it comes to elegant design, no one beats Apple Computer.


The Graphing Calculator Story

Ron Avitzur: I had been paid to do a job, and I wanted to finish it. My electronic badge still opened Apple's doors, so I just kept showing up.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

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Will Apple Flash iPod Rock Market?

Competitors hope an Apple flash player will ignite sales for all concerned.


Apple Store Coming To Nashville

Apple appears to be in the process of opening its first Nashville retail outlet, reportedly in Green Hills. Job openings for a Nashville location was posted last week.

Turning The Digital Tables

Instead of turntables and endless sleeves of vinyl, the music playing out of the speakers is sourced from an iPod.

Apple Subpoenas Mac Rumor Sites Over Audio Product

A California Superior Court has granted a request by Apple to serve subpoenas on three Mac rumor Web sites seeking information on who leaked facts about an un-announced audio hardware product code named "Asteroid" or "Q97".

Ambrosia Releases WireTap Pro

Ambrosia Software has announced WireTap Pro, an "all purpose" digital recording solution for recording audio on your Mac.

Glitch Blocks Some iTunes Music Sales

Some users of Apple's iTunes for Windows say a glitch is causing the program to crash whenever they try to purchase songs.

Bluetooth Gadget Turns iPod Into Stereo Remote

A new Bluetooth device turns the iPod into the ultimate remote control for a home stereo.

Apple's Xsan Falls Behind Schedule

Apple said Monday that it will miss the deadline for shipping its Xsan storage management software. THe $999 product, which serves as a file system for storage gear, was scheduled to launch by Monday.

iPod's Popularity A Boon To Synaptics

Executives at Apple aren't the only insiders cashing in on the company's hot-selling iPod music player. Just ask executives at Synaptics, the San Jose maker of elecronic instruments that turns out iPod's scroll wheel.

Proposal By iPod

Forget diamonds, popping the question by iPod is the wayt o go when proposing marriage.

Computer, Microphone, iPod Make Broadcasting Personal

Podcasting is promising to let everyone with a microphone and a computer become a radio commentator.

Apple Continues To Extend iBook Logic Board Program

Apple Updates AirPort Express, Extreme Firmware


Airport Express Picking Up FM

"I suspect this has nothing to do with the wireless part of the airport/airtunes, but is more likely that something isn't grounded properly in the electrical system."

Microsoft And The iPod... It's Not As Simple As You Think

Unless Microsoft get into the player business on the hardware side (which will not happen) Microsoft will continue to be at the mercy of the hardware OEMs and there's no way that they can play favorites and leverage off their business model.

Talking Through Our Hats

Jumping to conclusions based on insufficient or faulty data serves no one.


The Easy Way To The iLife

I like Jim Heid's Macintosh iLife '04, a 300-page guide to Apple's iLife software suite.

It's Not Rocket Science — It's Worse

The iPod is brilliant. I don't understand why they're not more popular.

Restoring Order

When you move the System Preferences application to the root level of your hard drive and then attempt to move it back into the Applications folder you're allowed to do so — sort of.

Ten To Avoid — The Worst Products Of The Year

The eMac is slow, underpowered, and pathetic.


The Many Faces Of iTunes For Windows

Microsoft Windows have a philosophy, it seems, to offer one thousand and one UI choices to do any single thing. This may not be the best UI implementation, but, hey, it's interesting that Apple's iTunes is taking this philosphy to heart.

On the Mac, you can show iTunes as a full-fledge window, as a mini-window, or hide the iTunes window.

On Windows, here's what you can do...

1) Display as a full-fledge window, just like the Macintosh version.

2) Display as a mini-window, just like the Macintosh version.

3) Minimize the window, so that it appears as a button on your task bar.

4) Also show the iTunes icon on the system tray, so that you can right-click on it to access common iTunes menu items. (To enable this option, open the preference dialog, choose "Advanced", and select "Show iTunes icon in system tray." Now, minimize the iTunes windows.)

5) Show the iTunes icon on the system tray, but don't show the iTunes button on the task bar. (To enable this option, open the preference dialog, choose "Advanced", and select both "Show iTunes icon in the system tray" and "Minimize iTunes window to system tray." Now, minimize the iTunes windows.)

6) Don't show the iTunes icon on the system tray and don't show the iTunes button on the task bar. Instead, show a mini-mini player on the task bar itself. (To enable this option, open the preference dialog, choose "Advanced", and unselect "Show iTunes icon in the system tray." Right click on an empty area of your task bar, select the "Toolbars" sub-menu, and then select the "iTunes" menu item. Now, minimize the iTunes window.)

Best Of 2004

Wall Street Journal has selected Apple's U2-iPod ad as one of the best of 2004.

Monday, December 20, 2004

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Apple's Computers Languish Next To iPod

Is Apple playing the same old song, teasing investors yet again with a sizzling product that in the end will provide it with only a temporary boost?


iTunes Malaysia? 'No Annoucement Yet'

The official line from Apple Malaysia, whenver the subject is brought up, is that there's nothing to announce, although it does not deny that that discussions are being held.

iPod Fans Get Into The Picture

Not only are iPod users making their own ads for Apple, they're turning themselves into ads for Apple. iPod My Phto is a new web-based service that transforms any digital photo into a signature iPod silhouette-style ad.

Apple Takes Regent Street Office Space

For Listeners With No Time, The Radio Show That Records Itself

Melvyn Bragg's heavyweight Radio 4 discussion programme In Our Time is hardly the obvious choice for the iPod generation. But last monght, the programme was downloaded 70,000 times on to listeners' computers and MP3 music players, in a new type of broadcasting that is set to become widespread soon.

Tangling With Technology? It's An Art

Even skeptics are making peace with advancements that affect their fields and enhance the ways in which they express themselves.


Lying To Get The Sale

Any time a salesdweeb starts off with something that's a clearly a lie, I stop listening.


Altec Lansing inMotion iM3 Portable Audio System

For the shelf-space conservative iPod fanatic, an iM3 would make a great audio addition.

Miscellaneous Mac Tidbits

When I use my Powerbook in dark spaces like conference sessions, I find that even the dimmest backlight setting is too bright.

Mac Office

Office 2004 has some worth-while improvements but it's not compelling.


A Lot Of Explaining To Do...

Dave Winer: At some point Microsoft is going to re-staff the IE team in response to Firefox. When they do it, how will they explain the seven years during which they invested nothing in the user experience of the browser?

Sunday, December 19, 2004

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An iPod With Your Slurpee?

7-Eleven stores in Singapore start selling Apple's MP3 players as well as Gameboy and N-Gage games.


People Who Mattered 2004: Steve Jobs

It was a year of challenge and triumph for the man behind the iPod, who learned hhe had a rare form of pancreatic cancer and had surgery to remove a tumor.


The iPod Platform

Apple's iPod is moving toward its own kind of platform status.


Apple DVD Studio Pro 3

Not many programs can strike the balance of putting the gears behind the scene so that the palette of creation and expression is in front and easy to use and experiment with. Now with version 3.0 of DVD Studio Pro, Apple has reached that plateau.

Saturday, December 18, 2004


Boosting The Volume On Apple's iTunes

Piper Jaffray said that based on Apple's iTunes update Thursday, the weekly iTunes run rate is about 5.5 million songs per week, up from 3.5 million to 4.0 million in the fiscal fourth quarter ended September.

Apple Sues Over Web Leak Of Advance Products

Apple is suing anonymous people who leaked details about new products by posting information on the Internet, court documents showed on Friday.

.Mac Gives Away New Game, Book Chapters

HipSoft's casual train-themed puzzler Holiday Express is now available as a free download. .Mac subscribers can also download two free chapters from Robin WIlliams' latest Mac-related book, "Robin Williams Cool Mac Apps."

Ottawa's MP3 Fee Quashed

Consumers may soon be paying less for MP3 players after the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that special copyright levies applied to digital music players are not legal.


An Open Request For An iTunes Hack

Want to burn your iTunes Music Store audiobooks to CD, but those huge audio behemoths are standing in your way? Me too.

iPods Get People Laid And Can Improve Their Memories, Too!

iPods have allowed them to create personal playlists that they carry along as a soundtrack to their lives. When they publish their playlists to Rendezvous networks in their dorms, other students surf those playlists to get an idea what people are like.


Friday, December 17, 2004


Ginza Apple Store Turns One Year Old

iPod Is The new Bling Among Fashionistas; Accessories Hot Sellers

As true fashionistas are finding out, owning an iPod isn't enough these days.

New Rule: Apple, Others Required To Expense Options

Normal iPod Outselling iPod Photo

University Of Maryland: The Right Tools For Research

"All of a sudden, on one platform, our researchers can run their open-source scientific applications and have productivity, email, Word documents."

iPod: The Gift That Keeps On Going

Apple couldn't ask for a better dilemma — with nine days left until Christmas, retailers are reporting a shortage of the popular iPod digital music player.

Hankering For An iPod? Don't Lose Hope

While some stores are sold out, Apple has rapidly expanded its retail distribution for the player.


Is Apple Worth More?

The continued exponential growth of the wildly popular music player is questionable in my book. With competing players being introduced at a rapid pace, the iPod's market share could fall, and with it Apple's stock price.


Mac Gems: Changing Names

ChangeShortName has been available for a few months now and the feedback from users has been overwhelmingly positive.


Why Cyclists Wear Black

We don't play ball. (Not exactly work safe.)

Echo Chamber Illustrated

All I want to say is that the photo illustration is great.


Will Microsoft's Spyware Buy Cast A 'Giant' Shadow?

Analysts predict that Microsoft will start a price war by introducing an enterprise-class product that fights both spyware and viruses. But will customers buy a security product to protect software sold by the same company?

Thursday, December 16, 2004


Inside The Mac Revolution

Running 320 full-color pages, the book, Revolution in the Valley: The insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was made, is a collection of insider anecdotes, right from the horse's mouth. Well, horses' mouths.

And Now For Something Slightly Different

Enter practically any electronics store and you're likely to find a digital music player from Apple. It's called the iPod and it weighs only a few ounces, but to its competitors it's the 800-pound white gorilla.

iTunes Music Store Tops 200 Million Downloads

The 200 millionth song was part of "The Complete U2," according to Apple.

Adobe Smotthes Kinks In Acrobat

Adobe issued an updated version of Acrobat for the Windows and Macintosh OS X platforms this week, fixing three security holes that could be used to compromise a user's system.

Jobs Gets OK To Tear Down Historic House

Steve Jobs received the green light from local government officials Tuesday to demolish a historic building on his property in Woodside, Calif.

RealNetworks Promises iPod Lockout Fix

"Any time there are changes made to FairPlay we have to evaluate it to see how Harmony works with it."

Apple Computer To Open 'Mini Store' At St. Louis Galleria

Start With Fruit, Add iTunes, Season To Taste

California produce sellers will be giving away free tracks at the iTunes Music Store.

Apple Releases Mac OS X v10.3.7

The update "delivers enhanced functionality and improved reliability."


Are There Ways To Make Money From The iPod Phenomenon?

The catch is that the device is so new, it's unclear what the future holds.

Apple Changes The iPod Locks

There's a bigger question at stake here, and eventually Apple is going to have to address it. The music industry wants a unified digital standard.


Cool Mac Stuff: What To Give For The Holidays

Making The Most Of Season's Big Gift: iPod

Dealing With iPhoto Duplicates

If you're serious about managing your photos, use a different utility.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Replay ability is a serious factor.

iCal 1.5.5: Problems With Installation

In most cases, users receive the message that iCal is already running and must be quit before the update process can take place — though iCal is not active at the time. Some have been able to resolve this problem by checking the option "Turn off alarms when iCal is not open" in the Preferences pane of iCal.

Queen Of Hearts

You buy a Mac because it works and is a pleasure to use.


Slow News Day?

Apple broke Harmony. Anyone surprised? No.

Real promises fixes soon. Anyone surprised? No.

Anyone care? Probably not. :-)


Evaluating The Rivals To iPod Mini

On something that's as personal and frequently used as a music player, little things make a big difference, and it's in the Little Things department that the iPod mini really shines.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004


iPod: Neon Genesis Evangelion Edition

Someone over at Apple must be an anime fan, because Bandai Networks has somehow scored the license to releave a very, very limited edition "Evangelion iPod."

David Hasselhoff Signed iPod

The 20GB 4G model is pre-loaded with David's latest Christmas album and a special message from the star himself.

Apple Takes Initiative With Oracle

Apple and a number of industry leaders are teaming up with Oracle in Resilient Low-Cost Storage Initiative, which will help organizations use modular, low cost storage arrays in both department and enterprise environments.

Black InMotion For U2 iPod

$4,250 iPod Amplifier And Speakers

It should smear a smirk on the face on the snobbiest puss.

Next Step For iPod: 80GB?

Apple did not immediately announce plans to incorporate the drives in future products, but new iPod configurations have closely tracked Toshiba hard-drive developments.

Apple Fights RealNetworks' 'Hacker Tactics'

Apple has quietly updated its iPod software so that songs purchased from RealNetworks' online music store will no lnger play on some of the Mac maker's popular MP3 players.


I've Lost My Man To An iPod

It can hold 10,000 songs. It can shuffle them 27 different ways before breakfast... What it can't do is set itself up.

Bring Back 'Home On iPod' For Tiger

Wouldn't it appeal to all those hordes of iPod-using youngsters to always be able to join a Mac OS X computer and work/play in the same environment as their own computer?


Build An eDoc Reader For Your ipod

This article is the first in a series that walks you through the process of developing a Cocoa application that allows you to read large text documents, PDF files, and other electronic books on your 3G iPod or newer.

For Your Words Only

To really get creative writing done, I need to filter out all the distractions and let the words flow. I need an editor with fullscreen mode.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004


The Evolution Of Scrolling: Reinventing The Wheel

FileMaker Hires UK Developer In Major R&D Role

Simon Thornhill has twenty years experience within the software industry, and in his new role he will "focus on setting compay-wide database software technology directions," FileMaker said.

Shiny Apple

How Apple's iPods have rejuvenated Apple Computer.

U2 iPod Makes Appearance On Saturday Night Live

MSN Joins Desktop Search Fray

Microsoft's MSN has unveiled desktop-search technology, entering a hotly contested race to dominate infomration access on the PC.

Apple Releases iCal 1.5.5

Improves iSync synchronization for users running Mac OS X v10.2.

Spouse Of Apple Employee Protests Long Work Hours

To demonstrate his frustration about the overtime hours his wife was required to work at Apple, Michael Gough drove a small car around Apple with a sign reading: "KAPAO: Kids and Pets Against Overtime."


Puncturing Podcasts

Here are a couple of hints for those interested in leaping aboard the Podcasting bandwagon.


Tips And Tricks For Recording With GarageBand

How Does He Love Macs? Let Him Count The Ways

Alternate iTunes Music Selection

Readers weigh in on ways to delete songs not in an iTunes playlist.

Call Of Duty: United Offensive

Macworld's 2004 Game Hall Of Fame

2004 stood out for Mac gamers for one reason above all others: The release of Halo.

Monday, December 13, 2004


Home-Brew iPod Ad Opens Eyes

Homemade ads will play a big part in marketing, just like blogging is shaking up the news.

Hitting Replay: Jobs Makes Apple Relevant Again With iPod's Success

Jobs' vision has been as admired as it has been constantly questioned.

Apple's iTunes Feels The Bite

The long-awaited expansion of Apple's iTunes online music store into New Zealand and Australia appears to have hit a snag with Web addresses and now registered by third parties.


MarsEdit Report

In the spirit of Gus Mueller's after-development report on VoodooPad 2.0, here's mine on MarsEdit 1.0...


Choosing A Mac Computer For The Holidays

PC owners too often struggle with their "lower-cost" machines because they don't realize that important parts were left out. They assume everyone has to suffer through using a computer. Not so. Ask a Mac owner.

iTunes Music Stores Takes Paypal

I'm concerned that this process requires so many different steps with modality and sequence: a non-Apple principle.

Sunday, December 12, 2004


The Download On Digital

We will soon get more singles off the net than from the shops — and Apple's iPod is leading the way.


Paging Jennifer Beals

My point hasn't been that Apple would never use flash memory. My point is that I don't think they'd make a crummy iPod just to hit a significantly lower price point.


100 And Still Counting

Congratulations to MacAddict, who has their 100th issue out.


Microsoft's Improved Media Center Still Falls Short

Media Center Edition 2005 represents the third go-round. But the changes can't outweigh the basic flaws that have dragged down this software from the start. Instead of a third attempt, it feels more like a third strike.

Saturday, December 11, 2004

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PayPal Now Accepted At iTunes Music Store

Starting today, customers can use their PayPal account to pay at the store with a credit card, bank account or stored account balance.


iPods, Accessories Show Apple Still Going Strong

Walter Kozlov: Paper Chase

"Nearly everyone in Sir Speedy Corporate uses Macs, which means I can spend less time training new corporate employees and more time in the field helping franchisees."

Randi Cornan: Macs At The End Of The Runway

"The whole point is to let photographers do what they do best — get great quality images. We don't want them ever to worry about the technology."

Mariner Intros 'Fridge Poetry' App Desktop Poet

MarsEdit Makes Blogging 'Like Writing E-Mail'

Ranchero Software on Friday released MarsEdit 1.0, which the developer says "make Weblog writing like writing e-mail."

The iPod PowerStick

The $20.99 iPod PowerStick is the latest external battery pack designed to keep the music going just a little longer.

Apple To Open Mini Store In St. Louis Next Week


Mac Mags

It's cool that Mac magazines are still around. It's cool that there are tons of Mac websites as well. I want both to succeed because each serve a different purpose and reach a different audience.


Finally, A Desktop With Great Guts

This is the finest personal computer I've ever used, hands down. Nothing comes close.

Hacking Radio On The Mac

It is not possible to listen to the radio with an iPod. But there are some other nifty ways to get the radio on your Mac. You can then record and copy it onto your iPod. In this article, I will show you how to listen to and record radio on the Mac.

Apple iPod Mini: Is Apple Doing Enough To Retain Its MP3 Crown?

The iPod mini is certainly a desirable product.


New File System Has Long Road To Windows

Although Microsoft hopes to ship a test version of WinFS in late 2006, it could be several more years before the revamped storage mechanism finds its way into Windows Server.

Friday, December 10, 2004


Apple Stakes Bethesda Row Claim

Apple picked Washington for its first-ever retail store three years ago. It is opening it's 100th store in this area too.

Microsoft Delivers Blow To Mac Users

Mac users are unlikely to see Video or webcam functionality [in Microsoft's MSN Messenger] for at least another several years due to compatibility issues.

'Podcast' Your World

Digital technology for iPod does for radio what blogs did for the Internet.

Apple: Widget Writers Wanted

Apple is hoping the possibility of winning a free iPod will prompt developers to start writing widgets — small Mac programs that will run in the next version of Mac OS X.


My Apple Shop-Within-A-CompUSA Experience

Don't count out your local CompUSA. There are a few Apple-educated people working there.

Security Issues Plague Windows-Based PCs, Impairing Ease Of Use

In terms of ease of use, Apple has opened a greater lead over Microsoft than at any time since the late 1980s.

You Know You Migght Be A Mac User If

Ask a typical business Mac user to tell you about his or her computer, and they'll usually talk mainly about the application software they use. Ask a PC user the same question, and you usually get about equal numbers of people who first tell you which Windows variant they have and people who focus on the megas — whether bytes or hertz.

Analysis: Will Subscriptions Drown Out iTunes?

Competitors may be lining up to take on Apple. But pardon the company if it's not exactly fretting about the growing number of subscription services gunning for its business.


Audio Converters: Lynx Studio Technology L22, Metric Halo ULN-2

Railroad Tycoon 3: Expansive Strategy Game Rides The Rails

Railroad Tycoon 3 is unquestionably the best of the Tycoon series. I wholeheartedly recommend it to strategy fans.

Airburst Extreme: Fast-Paced Game Earns 'Extreme' Moniker

Airburst Extreme outdoes its predecessor in every way. The action is fast, furious, and fun. What are you waiting for?

Gear Guide: Gadgets For Office Workers And Photographers

Apple iPod Mini Is Gadget Of Year

The mini can sometimes be very difficult to find because of all the demand. Be patient. Apple's making them as fast as they can. It's worth the wait. The mini rocks.

iPod Gift Week: Stocking Stuffers

Portable Protection

It's a rough-and-tumble world out there. So your spotless new iBook, PowerBook, or iPod won't stay that way for long unless you adopt some prophylactic tactics. Here are a few options.

The Trip: Gadgets Get Graded

The iPod looks really, really cool. And that's all that really matters.

Music To The Eyes

iPod photo is beautifully crafted and a pleasure to use.

Keynote Is No. 1 With A Bullet

Apple programs are seldom about letting experts do everything. More often, they're designed to let people who are less than experts do an awful lot easily. Keynote fits this model.


The Awards Keep Coming In

Apple's iMac G5 is the best product of the year over at Fortune.

Congrats And Good Luck

Dan Gillmor, from San Jose Mercury News, is leaving for a new job to work on citizen-journalism. Good luck, and I'm pretty sure we're going to hear great things from him real soon.

Thursday, December 9, 2004


Maroon 5 Makes Room On The iPod For Schoolwork

At the Brearley School, a private school for girls on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the iPod went from a "want" to a "must have" this year when its use was incorporated into foreign-language and classics courses.

iPod Photo Keynote Software Debuts

Apple Web Hole Still Open

Apple has still not properly fixed the HFS+ filesystem named fork vulnerability discovered last week, according to the companyt hat first noticed it, NetSec.

Laptop Program Leads Denali Schools Chief To Job With Apple

When Denali Borough School Superintendent Bob Whicker spearheaded a one-to-one computer student laptop initiative here, the new program did not go unnoticed outside the borough.


iPod Gift Week: Software

Too Many Tunes

"I have too many songs in iTunes!"

iPod Gift Week: Accessories


The Birth Of The Now-Dead Machine

From patrickWeb comes t he story of the birth of IBM ThinkPad.

Wednesday, December 8, 2004

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Macs Find Way Onto University Roll Calls

One after another, schools are switching to Macs from Windows-based computers, including the University of Tokyo, which did so in spring.


Indie Execs In Own 'Band'

The largest U.S. independent record labels are banding together to form a trade association that will help them get better prices from online music services, The Post has learned.

One Day iPod Will Save A Life

Apple's iPod continues its travels as plat-de-jour in multiple industries, with a combined US and Swiss radiologists demonstrating how their Mac-based open-source medical imaging software, OsinX, can merge information from multiple imaging modalities into a single presentation.

eBay Negative On Negativland iPod

eBay removed a modified U2 iPod frm its auctions Monday after Apple compalined of copyright violations, to the wonder of several intellectual-property attorneys.

The Picture Of Devotion

John Charlton is a Newton fanatic and a fanatic photographer who has combined his passions to produce a series of fantastic Newton photographs.

Could Apple Blow Its iPod Lead?

Rivals are stalking its consumer-electronics star, and history shows its strategy still has old weaknesses. But catching Apple won't be easy.

Hardware Today: Apple Server Snapshot

In terms of usability, Xserve is the easiest Unix-based server to get up and running.

iPod My Photo

Send them in a photo and for twenty bucks, pick the background color and caption, and they'll photoshop it or something or other to make it look like one of those iconic, ubiquitous iPod ads.

Apple Macintosh Installed Base Set To Grow Again

Demand For Apple's iPod Brisk, But Forecasts Vary

The online music market is changing so rapidly that it is difficult to gauge whether today's devices will be in use three years from now — or whether they will command even a quarter of the price they do today.

Sony To Take On iPod With PSP

Sony plans to take on Apple's iPod by getting the Playstation Portable in the hands of consumers as a gaming device and then use it to market music and video.

Parisian Hipsters Adore Le iMac

A swanky Parisian boutique has devoted almost its entire window display to the iMac G5.


Mac Enthusiast Sites Hosted On Linux, FreeBSD

iPods Everywhere

The clever ad campaign that focuses on those white wires makes people see iPods everywhere, even when they're not there.

An Apple Rumor A Day

It' sinteresting to note that the reason Apple is apparently attractive is because it's hot. Conversely, in 1997, while in the throws of what appeared to be a death spiral, numerous reports had the company being acquired by an investor group cobbled together by Larry Ellison, Sun, or even IBM.

Will Analysts Stick With Apple This Time?


Homemade Dot-Mac: Remote Control

In this article I'll show you a free way to control your home computer from any location in the world, and I promise it is easy and painless.

Apple iBook G4

It's clear that Apple has done its homework and provided an affordable laptop with everything a student needs.

iPod And The Spoken Word

Some of the programs I've been enjoying [on the iPod] the most lately are free.

iPod Gift Week: Headphones & Speakers


Attention, Photographers

Landis Bennett is looking for VR photographers to participate in the World Wide Panorama project on the winter solstice.


I predict that as long as Apple still don't have a Flash-based iPod — because the cost is too high and/or the capacity is too small — there will always be Flash-based iPod rumors.

Anyhoo, here's the latest — with CG images.


IBM Sells PC Group To Lenovo

IBM will sell its PC division to China-based Lenovo and take a minority stake in the former rival in a deal valued at $1.75 billion, the companies announced Tuesday.

Michael Dell: IBM Deal A Dud

A deal that would let China's Lenovo acquire IBM's PC unit would work about as well as other mergers in the industry, Michael Dell said — that is, not well.

Tuesday, December 7, 2004


Print, Peel, Stick

Apple Stock Rises On Hint Of Low-End iPod

Shares of Apple rose 4.9 percent on Monday after some analysts said they expected the company to introduce a smaller, cheaper iPod digital music player in January that would boost profits.

Oracle Uses Apple Storage Gear

Apple's rack-mounted storage system received a vote of confidence Monday, with database giant Oracle endorsing the Xserve RAID as part of an initiative to cut storage costs.

Apple Threatens Owner


Player Can't Hit The High Notes

While some folks have rapped Apple for keeping its iTunes -iPod ecosystem hermetically sealed from third-party song sellers and hardware hawkers, there's an indisputable advantage to the strategy: it works.

The iPod Year In Review 2004

Overpowering The PowerBook Keyboard

My third G4, a late-model 17-inch version, is now exhibiting the same trouble I've had with my last two: Keyboard rot.


Choosing Backup Software

It is extremely important that you read the fine print, and understand exactly what it is you're looking for.

Enterprise SAN For Mac OS X Server, Part 1

MacTruck And Curve Shoulderbag

The MacTruck acts as a protective shell for the PowerBook, and then it inserts into a pocket in the Curve bag, which holds everything else.

A Practical Use For .Mac Slides


Lenovo Confirms Talks With 'Major' IT Company

Lenovo won't say who it's talking to but all eyes are on IBM.

Monday, December 6, 2004


Peripherals For The iPod

The instant iCon isn't enough. Now you need all its new accessories.

Consumers Dreaming Of An iPod Christmas

Invasion Of The (i)Pod People

And every month, another one million people join their ranks.


Apple Of IBM's Eye?

An even better and more audacious speculation is that once publicly free of the PC division, IBM will either buy, or form a close joint venture with Apple to sell its PCs, which coincidentally are now built around IBM's PowerPC chip.

The iPod Is A Stealth Tool To Sell More Apple Macs

At first glance, the theory sounds a little weak... On the other hand, there are three points in favour of an "iPod uplift" to Mac sales.

Apple Vs Creative Tech

Creative has another interesting ace in its deck: Microsoft.


What Are You Getting Your iPod?

Perhaps it's time to accessorize.



Dave Winer found this quote from the "Inkernet": The election is over, the talking is done. My side has lost, and your side has won. Now let's all pull together, let bitterness pass. I'll hug your elephant. You kiss my ass.

Sunday, December 5, 2004


Preaching Beyond The Mac Faithful

iPod phenomenon could have halo effect on Apple's Mac products.

Let Buyers Be Wherever

The G5 iMacs sold in the United States and Japan are one voltage only. Those sold in Europe and elsewhere can run on either 100-110 volt or 220-240 volt electricity.

Saturday, December 4, 2004

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Apple Offers 2004 Financial Details

All in all, Apple's revenue painted a rosy financial picture for the company this past year.


PearPC: Mac-In-Box

Tivo For Your iPod

See that fellow with the telltale white iPod wires dangling from his ears? It would be reasonable to assume that he's rocking out to his favorite tunes on his MP3 player. Reasonable, but quite possibly wrong. He might be enjoying a recent podcast.

Apple To Open Mini Store In Bethesda, Maryland

iPod For Two, Please: Share The Love With XtremeMac Audio Splitter

Got An Old Mac? Send It To School


Reclaiming Hacks

I Scream For iPod

Not until I carried the iPod in my pocket all the time did I realize just how much music, stored on a living room shelf, I was not listening to.

Friday, December 3, 2004

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Apple iTunes 'Overcharing In UK'

The Office of Fair Trading has referred Apple's iTunes service to the European Commission on grounds that it overcharges UK customers.


iPod Year's Hot Gift

But the price $299 for the basic model means it isn't likely to find a home in every stocking this Christmas.

Res Life To Hand Out Free iPods

Residential Life is offering free MP3 players if eligible students apply by 5 pm Friday.

Take A Bite Out Of This Apple

The iPod maker still has great prospects but it makes sense for investors to cash in on gains.

.Mac Affiliate Program

Apple Releases New Mac OS X Security Update

The update for 10.3.6 Client includes updated versions of Apache, AppKit, HIToolbox, Kerberos, Postfix, PSNormalizer, Safari, and Terminal.

Music Fans Celebrate Hotly Anticipated Canadian Launch Of iTunes

Candians Get iTunes On The Cheap

Although Canadians had to wait awhile to get access to the iTunes Music Store, they are getting a comparative bargain.

Band Aid Is iTunes Number 1


Apple, Google — And The Power Of Rumour

Therein lies one of Apple's most valuable yet least tangible assets — the insatiable power of rumour.

Why There's No Me In iPod

Something is rotten in the state of music culture. I'm talking about the love of music being replaced by the love of technology.

Flash Gordon

No matter what the case, if there is a flash memory iPod in the pipeline, the fact that it uses flash memory is the least interesting part of the story.


Thank You For The Competition, Dearest IBM

Yes! It's a hard-fought battle. Two PC companies, Apple and IBM, were competing directly for a slice of the personal computer pie back in the 1980s. Apple has its Apple ][ and Macintosh line, and IBM has its IBM PC and PCjr line. Twenty-plus years later, Apple has won the battle, as IBM is now, as rumor-mongered by New York Times, selling off its personal computer business.

Yes, Apple has won the battle.


Okay... It's A "Nice Device"

But it doesn't matter, claimed Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. iPods and standalone music players will be obsolete in five years, replaced by mobile phones that have much more powerful MP3 players built in, reports Mike Wendland.

Censorship Blackbox Discovery

Xeni Jardin over at Boing Boing is trying to discover what kind of censorship is there behind Microsoft MSN's new blog hosting and tool.

But as Dan Gillmor notes, "this will make Microsoft an object of derision in the blogosphere. Better to do it right, and let people say what they want to say."


I.B.M. Said To Put Its PC Business On The Market

While I.B.M. long ago ceded the lead in the personal computer market to Dell and HP so it could focus instead on the more lucrative corporate server and computer services business, a sale would nonetheless bring the end of an era in an industry that it helped invent. The sale, likely to be in the $1 billion to $2 billion range, is expected to include the entire range of desktop, laptop and notebook computers made by I.B.M.

Thursday, December 2, 2004

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Canadian iTunes Music Store Now Open

Missing its deadline by just one day, Apple late on Wednesday quietly opened the Canadian iTunes Music Store.

Canadian iTunes Music Store Postponed

"We said that we would launch the iTunes Music Store in Canada by the end of November, but we're going to miss this deadline by a but. You'll hear from us very soon."


IBM Launches Power Chip Alliance

IBM has launched an alliance with 14 other companies to make Big Blue's Power processor more adaptable and widely used.

iPod Hoodies Continue The iPod Apparel Trend

Following hot on the, er, heels of the iPod socks comes this new fashion accessory for everybody's favorite digital music player: iPod hoodies.

Using iPod Savvy To Mine A Niche

For those who lack the time or the know-how to transfer their record collections to their iPods, an entrepreneur has created a service that will do the trick. The service, HungryPod, converts CD's to MP3 format and loads them into an iPod or any other digital music player.


Thanks, Steve, For Quite An Education

As OS X emerged and blossomed, I came ot realize more and more that what Apple lacked in market share it more than made up for in mind share.

The Year In Review: Apple Thrives In Surprising Ways

Advances in server space and Unix desktop market are as unexpected as the company's domination of digital music business.


30-Inch Cinema Display Is Big And Beautiful


Watch Out For The Gorilla

If you are thinking of starting a business that focuses on writing software for receiving podcasts, watch out. I'm pretty sure that someone in the iPod division is thinking of adding just that functionality into iTunes. That's my speculation, and I'm sticking to it.

No iTunes For You!

Kermit The Blog has the real facts on why there is no iTunes Music Store up in Canada yet.

Divide And Conquer

From the author of the popular Net News Wire, Brent Simmon share a tip or two about programming.


Portable Media Center Is The Wrong Choice For Nontechie Users

This is not so much because of the design of the players themselves. It's because there's so little video content available to play on them, and Microsoft's software does a poor job of transferring commercial content to the players.

Portable Media Blunder?

Bill Gates & Co. are attempting to one-up the iPod by adding video to the mobile entertainment mix. There's just one thing missing: content.

Microsoft Enters Consumer Web Logging Market

MSN Spaces lets users create an online journal, post photos and digital music lists.

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Top Stories

iTunes Now Selling Band Aid Song

iPod owners can now download the Band Aid single from iTunes after Apple reached agreement with the charity. But the single is now on sale for 79p — the usual cost of a song from iTunes — with Apple donating a further 70p to the charity for each song downloaded.


New Browser Flaw Out

The bug has been called the Infinite Array Sort Denial of Service Vulnerability and causes the affected browsers to execute an infinite JavaScript array sort. That operation in turn effectively causes a DoS on the browser in question and causes it to crash by exhausting stack memory.

Podcasting Takes Off


Apple iPod Socks

'Hip' younger buyers (especially girls) and holiday shoppers will be Apple's primary target, and if the socks are vaguely popular, theyc ould become a cheaper replacement pack-in for Apple's iPod mini belt clips or iPod fabric cases.

Five Favorite Annoyances

Here are five of my favorite Mac annoynaces and their solutions.

Why Install Linux On Your Mac?

If you wish to go further, to take maximum control of your computer, and do so on some of the best quality hardware around, Linux makes a lot of sense on a Mac.

More Of The Same?

You've long suspected that Apple's iPod and the HP-branded iPod are identical. Learn the shocking truth that, well, yeah, they're pretty much the same.


Logical Conclusion

No, I cannot claim credit, because this is probably a very logical thing for Apple to do: sell the tune at 79p and donate the rest. And I think a lot of people probably came to the same conclusion on what Apple should do.


In The Meantime, Here Are Some Cool Podcasts

November came and gone, and there is no iTMS in sight for our friends up in Canada.

Or maybe Steve Jobs has switched to a different calendar. For example, in the Chinese calendar, it's still only the twentieth day of the tenth month. Still a lot of time for Apple to get their act together.

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