Friday, June 30, 2000
Now It's Our Turn
Four ways we can ensure that great games keep coming to the Mac.
Ferazel's Wand is a fun adventure that hearkens back to some of the finest Mac games. What it lacks in graphical refinement it more than makes up for in compelling and challenging game play.
Microsoft Unveils Email Plans For New Mac Office
The largest single new addition in Office for the Macintosh, Entourage offers some of the features of Outlook 2000 without some of the baggage associated with the Windows software.
Orange Touts USB 2.0 For Mac
Many Mac users see USB 2.0 as a rival to Apple's FireWire, but Orange Micro thinks there's a place for both. The company has developed prototypes of a hub and interface card for the high-speed serial standard.
Sony Withdraws VGS Patent Claims
Connectix announced on Thursday that Sony has filed a voluntary dismissal of a patent case related to Connectix' Virtual Game Station (VGS), a program that allows Mac users to play many games designed for Sony's PlayStation game console.
New Nvidia Chip For Mac?
Nividia said that its latest graphics processing unit, the GeForce2 MX, will 'set the stage' for an entry to the Mac market.
Cool Has To Work
When Apple (or anyone else) gets it right and combines Cool with Does Work, then I'm really happy.
I'm Still With Stupid
Why in the world would Apple want to buly adcritic.com?
How Secure Is Mac OS X?
Although Mac users have been networking heavily since 1985, Unix takes network operations to another level.
C#: Yet Another Programming Language?
What was Microsoft thinking? Does the world really need another programming language? I don't think so! And, more to the point, neither do any of the programmers.
Microsoft.Net: The Week After
Microsoft .Net is not so much revolutionary — as Microsoft claims — as it is evolutionary.
Compaq, Dell Shy Off Crusoe Chip
Performance issues keep Compaq and Dell from embracing Transmeta's microprocessor — for now. Compaq exec says the current Crusoe will 'disappoint' consumers.
What Happened To The PCs At PC Expo?
They're still there — but suddenly the personal computing world is becoming much more than stand-alone computers. Here's why.
Intel To Launch 1.1GHz Pentium III
The new chip is expected to fill the void between the 1GHz Pentium III and the first Pentium 4 processor.
Study Says Microsoft Split Could Hurt Linux Firms
The federal court ruling to divide Microsoft into two companies and limit its business could hurt, rather than help, competitors that make Linux-based computer programs, a computer industry research firm said.
IBM To Overhaul Its ThinkPad Line
IBM will revamp its line of ThinkPad 240 ultraportables late this fall, with a new name and look.
Survey: Is C# Going To Kill Java?
What does the future hold?
Thursday, June 29, 2000
Deplorable Mac Journalism? Excuse Me?
Wes George talked about Mac journalism. Here is a reply.
Tuesday, June 27, 2000
The Deplorable State Of Mac Web Journalism
I believe that some views of some writers at some of the Mac web sites are unethical by the standards established by American journalism during the last 200 years.
iMovie In School
Desktop movies are a powerful way to capture students' enthusiasm for learning, energize teaching, and expand the education community.
Macs Not Included In Adobe Sponsored "DV Tour"
However, one must also wonder if Adobe is pushing Wintel products for DV related services in response to Apple's introduction of iMove and Final Cut Pro.
Put Freehand To Work For You
Part of its strength lies in its diverse feature set. But whether you use FreeHand for creating Web animations or designing vacation brochures, chances are you'll find a tool in version 9 that can save you both time and trouble.
It's astonishing that Adobe managed to release such a significant upgrade in such a short time.
Better Than A Hallmark Store
Create thank-you cards in a matter of minutes.
Monday, June 26, 2000
Dock Strip Gets The Nod At MacHack
A control strip that acts like the Mac OS X Dock took the top prize—a large rat trap—as MacHack 15 staged its infamous awards banquet.
MacHack 15 Special Report
While the hackers were busy coding, MacWEEK's David Read was busy covering the keynotes and other events at the annual conference for Mac programmers.
A Bridge Made Of Carbon
MacWEEK looks at Carbon, the technology that makes it easier for developers to move to the new OS.
Humongous' Backyard Baseball 2001
Young ballplayers will be sure to love this game and their parents won't get gouged with a high ticket price.
5 years ago - CNET : Happy Birthday, eWorld. In July, subscribers to Apple's eWorld online service will get a belated birthday gift — full access to the Web.
Latest Viruses Exploit Human Frailties
The new challenge for virus writers isn't how creative or damaging their script is, but rather how well they hide the fact that they're launching a virus.
Intel's New Celeron Chip Speeds Sub-$1,000 PCs
Intel tomorrow plans to launch three faster versions of its Celeron processor for low-cost desktop computers, enabling Intel-based computers priced at under $1,000 to run at speeds of 633, 667 and 700 MHz.
Friday, June 23, 2000
Mac OS X On The Network
What does Apple's next-generation operating system offer for network managers? Plenty.
El Dorado District Buys Computers
Most of the 105 new machines are laptops, which will allow elementary schools to set up portable computer labs.
Why We Love To Hate Microsoft
Some extremely random observations and outrageous digressions about our cultural obsession with Bill Gates. By Dan Kennedy.
Designers Tangle With The Web
The Web offers new opportunities for graphic designers, but many are having trouble adapting to interactive media.
Great News For The Macintosh Community...Networking For Less! Community...Networking For Less!
COMET LABS INTRODUCES 'MAC FRIENDLY'FAMILY OF NETWORK PRODUCTS MAKING NETWORKING SIMPLE IN MAC ENVIRONMENTS
New Mac Radio Show For The Web
MacOS Radio.Net, a new Internet talk show on Mac OS topics, will launch July 10 with an appearance by Roger Kasten of Newer Technologies. The weekly Webcast will compete with The Mac Show.
Open-source Sermon At MacHack
The Mac hacker culture had different strengths, such as multimedia and GUI expertise, than Linux culture.
Former Access Software Employee Comments On Microsoft Relationship
"I hope Bungie enjoys their success as new members of the Microsoft team."
The House Of 'X'
OX X, if measured in attention and reaction from the press, will be a very big, attractive house.
Positive Evangelistm III
Getting into shouting matches with people who are alerady defending a weak position will just make them turn off their minds and blindly lash back at you.
Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer
It’s a perfect blend of style and technology.
NetBarrier is certainly less expensive than a corporate firewall, but it's not cheap. If you're paranoid or need to transmit sensitive information, NetBarrier can provide some online peace of mind.
Bill And Company
Dan Kennedy: [Bill Gates] became king of the world by selling inferior products copied from someone else. Maybe, when we look at him, we see not just the celebrity and the wealth, but the willingness to cut corners, to be seen as the best without really being the best, to do anything to win except fight fairly. In this most narcissistic of times, we look into his bland, dorky features and see ourselves looking back. We love him. We hate him. He is the best of us. And the worst of us, too.
Around the Weblogs: How To Update Your Site
Jason Levine: The funny thing is that the security restrictions on the machine prevent me from typing in a URL, so I had to wind myway around the web until I was able to get to a search engine, and they search fo rQ, in order to get here.
New And Improved
Have you visited the new MacBC yet?
Intel-AMD: It's A Post-Gigahertz Hangover
Following a mad dash to develop 1GHz processors, rivals AMD and Intel are taking a chip breather. Sort of.
Microsoft's The Universal Canvas Universal Rip-Off
Microsoft's latest scheme is nothing less than a centrally controlled networked operating system that would own every function of your new Internet appliance.
Intel Chief Sees Little Industry Impact From Microsoft Split
The head of chipmaker Intel said today a broken-up Microsoft would work like the rest of the computer industry
.Net Initiative Is Close To All Microsoft, All The Time
At some point, Microsoft might be able to sneer, "Go ahead, take the operating system away from the rest of the company. We don't care."
Why We Love To Hate Microsoft
Some extremely random observations and outrageous digressions about our cultural obsession with Bill Gates. By Dan Kennedy.
Thursday, June 22, 2000
Kill Mister Paperclip!
As Microsoft prepares to unveil its next-generation software, we offer a few gentle suggestions.
Mac's AirPort Is Finally Flying Straight
The glitches, difficult setup, and slow connections are gone, allowing Apple's wireless networking to fulfill its great potential.
Portsmouth To Buy 105 New Computers For Schools
"Macintosh is the machinery of choice at the elementary school."
Enjoy 360° QuickTime VR views of Apple’s best hardware.
Olympus Announces $999 Dye-Sub Printer
Olympus America has announced a new $999 dye-sublimation printer that produces photos at up to 8 x 10 inches in 90 seconds. The P-400 joins the company's P-330, a dye-sub printer limited to producing 4 x 5-inch prints.
Kaidan, MGI Team Up For Mirage
The forthcoming VR production system, combining Kaidan's KiWi camera rig with MGI's PhotoVista software, will challenge Ipix' immersive-imaging technology.
Montgomery Schools Pursue Leasing Newer Computers
"Even if we made the decision to go to a single platform that was PC-based, there's still a place for Macs in the schools. We would never not have Macs."
Questions Mount About Corel's Viability
Shares of embattled Corel sank today as investors pondered the Canadian software developer's weakening prospects and questioned its odds for survival.
Schools Going High Tech
As new replacement equipment is brought in, there will be a gradual phasing in of more compact computers, and a move away from Apple. The main problem has been that Apple has switched its software several times in the past few years, making it difficult for the school system to keep compatible equipment.
Apple's Stock Split Pushes Price Higher
It sure looks as if this stock split is helping AAPL out of its recent doldrums.
Apple Stays Ahead Of Dell, HP, Compaq, And Gateway
For the fourth week in a row, Apple Computer has again found its web site at the top of the PC Data Top 10 rankings for Hardware sites.
Software Takes A Byte Out Of Graphics File
Piranha Byte claims 8:1 lossless compression ratios on digital images, and it squeezes PDF and QuarkXPress documents too. But the software will also bite your bank account: It costs more than a Power Mac G4.
Who Pay These People To Say These Things?
You have to wonder what reviewers of MS Software are paid to say nice things about this horrible bloatware.
What Makes A Mac User A Mac User
Well, maybe it is just me, but I've got all the signs of religious attachment to my Macs. By Tim Hillman.
Bungie's Mac Ties
Ringing down the curtain on Bungie's Mac efforts would say less about the Mac's vitality as a game machine than it would about Microsoft' swillingness to ignore technology, customers and profit for the benefit of its own platform agenda.
Thinking Different And Mental Illness
In order to 'think different' one must first think.
Bottlenecks: What Is Your Mac's Slowest Component?
The slowest part of your computer system could be — you.
No matter how many times you start a new game of Caesar III, you will find new strategies to try and terrains to explore, making this game replayable over and over again without the repetition or monotony seen in other sim games. By Debbie St. Germain.
Epson Stylus Scan 2500 Pro
The 2500 would make a great addition to any small office or home office.
Now Up-To-Date & Contact 3.9
Back from the brink of doom, the package works well with modern Macs and is once again in active development.
A Different World
Portsmouth: Macintosh is the machinery of choice at the elementary school.
Beaufort: As new replacement equipment is brought in, there will be a move away from Apple. Apple has switched its software several times in the past few years, making it difficult for the school system to keep compatible equipment.
Montgomery: Even if we made the decision to go to a single platform that was PC-based, there's still a place for Macs in the schools. We would never not have Macs.
Around the Weblogs: This Stinks!
Donavon J Pfeiffer Jr: As an American citizen, steeped in greed and raised on profit motive and litigation, I am hopeful that BT wins this lawsuit. I and my cyberbuddies will then launch a class action suit against BT for every broken link we've ever had to deal with using product liability as the basis for the suit. After all, one load of bovine fecal matter deserves another.
Jason Levine: I had no clue that Deja pulled the old (pre-mid 1999) Usenet archives down. That sucks. When they went all corporate and shit, I thought to myself that this would happen someday. I hope that they at least pass on the data to someone else if they decided not to put it back online.
Wesley Felter: I've only had 3 or 4 crashes so far today, that means I have about 10 left before meeting my Mac's daily quota.
Ballmer: 'Windows Isn't Going Away'
Microsoft's CEO says the company is still improving its ubiquitous OS. But an increasing share of the company's sales will come from subscriptions.
Microsoft Brewing Java-like Language
Microsoft next week plans to unveil a new, Java-like software programming language intended to simplify the building of Web services using its software, sources said.
Microsoft C# A Clear Answer To Java
C# is designed to combine the power of C and C++ with Visual Basic's high productivity and ease of use.
DOJ Asks Supreme Court To Hear Microsoft Case
Microsoft's antitrust appeal moved one step closer to the Supreme Court this afternoon.
Windows ME The Last Win9x OS? Maybe Not...
Just when you're getting used to the idea that Windows ME really is the last of the Win9x line of operating systems, you get a hint that maybe it's not, after all. By John Lettice.
MS Lifts Curtain On Way-New Windows
Next Generation Windows Services turns the OS into a services and hosting platform. Judge Jackson may have a different view.
Microsoft Shares Climb After Judge's Decision
Shares in Microsoft—long suffering from uncertainty surrounding its antitrust case—surged today, one day after a judge suspended business restrictions placed on the software giant pending appeal.
Wednesday, June 21, 2000
The Readers Speak: The Dock
Of all the new features in Apple's next-generation OS, few have caused as much uproar as the Dock, an area along the bottom of the screen that holds frequently used folders, applications, documents, storage devices, minimized windows and URLs.
CodeWarrior For Mac OS X
When will we see details about new Carbon applications? Part of the answer depends not on Apple, but on CodeWarrior developer Metrowerks.
Bungie's Tarnished Halo
Another company sells its soul to Microsoft. Get over it.
The once labeled "non-upgradeable" first-generation iMac has received its second upgrade offering, this time from PowerLogix.
For now the most practical solution for an alternate energy source when you're away from the grid is solar power.
Jason Levine: 1) There's absolutely no law that would allow the portion of the lawsuit filed against Microsoft by the states to be appealed directly to the Supreme Court. 2) The ability to appeal any lower court ruling is called due process of law, and is a fundamental property of our legal system.
Can Intel Ever Fail?
Exactly what kind of scenario can knock Intel — or any large company for that matter — off track?
MS, Sun And Linux Sell Power Users
Operating system vendors are out to impress high-powered financial services firms with their top-of-the-line offerings.
Compaq Unveils Colorful New Consumer PCs
Compaq Computer today launched a new consumer PC strategy as it jockeys to recapture the retail sales crown.
Tuesday, June 20, 2000
Judge Sends Microsoft Case To Supreme Court
A federal judge this afternoon approved the Microsoft antitrust case for direct appeal to the Supreme Court but surprised observers by also indefinitely staying business restrictions against Microsoft.
Printer manufacturers are only now beginning to deal with the issue of print longevity. But some of the factors that cause prints to fade may surprise you.
Proxim's Farallon Buy: 'A Good Fit'
Proxim Inc. on Monday announced that it has acquire Farallon Communications Inc., a longtime networking developer for Macs and Intel-standard PCs.
The Classic Environment
Apple's next-generation operating system will run current Mac applications, but they won't take advantage of the modern OS features or Aqua interface.
Apple's Sales Rocket In UK
Apple's share of the UK consumer-desktop market grew by 63.7 per cent, well over the industry average in the first quarter of 2000.
Opera Premiere: First Peek At The New Browser
Opera's strengths are speed, standard compliance, security, a small footprint and stability even in slow machine.
Aqua Sounds - Drag And Drip?
Let's just hope though that when you empty the trash in Mac OS X, you won't have to listen to a toilet flushing.
Updated Internet Explorer For Mac Adds Firepower To The Browser War
Macintosh. IE 5 is not only better than the previous Mac version, it's better than the latest Windows version as well.
Innovate Or Die!
segfault.org: Aqua Plans Revealed!
When Steve Jobs said the goal was to "make you want to lick" the interface, he wasn't kidding.
Screaming Banana: An Interview with Alex and Jason.
Microsoft has a great record of releasing innovative, well-tested, bug-free software, and we are glad to know that all our future games will contain that level of quality.
Compaq Redesigns DeskPros, Armadas
Revamped desktops and notebooks offer more options in business PCs.
Believe It Or Not! W2K Is The Real Deal
Brace yourself. You may not believe this, but my latest favorite desktop operating system is—drumroll, please—Windows 2000 Professional.
Intel To Take $200 Million Charge To Fix Motherboards
Intel today said it would take a charge of $200 million in the second quarter to cover costs associated with a motherboard recall, bringing the total cost of the recall to approximately $253 million.
Emachines' Earnings Shortfall Brings Some Surprises
Although the size of the slowdown in Emachines' sales is somewhat surprising, much of the weakness reflects 1999 market events as well as saturation in the installed base.
Virus Shuts Email Servers But Spreads Slowly
A computer virus that masks itself as a text file has hit several corporate networks, prompting security experts to issue warnings as well as potential fixes for the worm.
Microsoft, Motorola Seek Wireless Know-How
Saying the technology is available, and it's time to put it together for more widespread use, Microsoft and Motorola have opened separate wireless research centers to tap into Scandinavian know-how.
Heard The One About The Stages Worm?
Large corporations didn't learn anything from the ILOVEYOU worm.
New PCs Foster Simple, Stable Enterprises
IBM has a message for IT manager: It's possible to simplify the enterprise without sacrificing stability.
Emachines Warning May Hearld Another PC Price War
Are cheaper PCs for consumers and hard times for consumer computer companies on tap? A warning from Emachines that the market has cooled is a first indication that more price wars may be around the corner.
Windows CE Has Lower Price, Partial Open Code
"Our hope for where Windows CE will go is what is now most visible: handhelds and Internet appliances, and also retail point-of-sales and industrial automation."
Divided He Stands: Interview With Bill Gates
"That's how we compete with our installed base - by having these new breakthrough version that people wanna buy."
Appeals Court Plans Fast-paced Schedule For Review Of The Microsoft Case
A federal appeals court set a fast-paced schedule for reviewing Microsoft's request that the judges block a lower-court order restricting its conduct.
Monday, June 19, 2000
Microsoft Buys Bungie To Boost X-Box Development
Microsoft said it acquired Bungie Software Products to bolster its development of games for personal computers and its planned X-Box video-game consoles.
Take Two Exec Comments On The Future Of Oni And Myth
"I think the idea that Oni and Myth are in safe hands is very much applicable here."
Adobe Debuts InCopy For InDesign
The company is demonstrating its new text-editing application which incorporates the text-processing features of InDesign.
Microsoft Buys Games Developer Bungie
Bungie's development staff will play a key role in developing content for the X-Box platform.
Broken Out Of The Box
What other product can you buy that isn't replaced immediately if it doesn't function out of the box?
Bungie's Soul: Sold To Micro$oft? Horror Of Horrors Is True
Is it possible that such a huge Mac supporter as Bungie would sell their souls to the company so many people love to hate?
MacMusic, a site put together by francophone Mac enthusiasts, caters to serious audiophiles who are also dedicated Mac users.
SoftWindows 98 5.1
SoftWindows is a good solution for running the occasional Windows program, as long as the app isn't too processor intensive.
Microsoft Buys Bungie
Wesley Felter: Browsers haven't added new navigation features since Mosaic.
From July 1995: Jakob Nielsen: Features for the Next Generation of Web Browsers.
Around the Weblogs: Some Rants And Some Scares
Brigitte Eaton: If you're going to devote a site to nasty commentary, you could at least do your reasearch.
Kelley Rose Oram: They should make Father's Day cards for mothers.
array: I get a great kick out of scaring friends to death.
Windows Millennium Goes Gold
Microsoft has finished work on its updated version of Windows for the rest of us, but it won't hit shelves until September.
MS Prevails In Consumer Lawsuit
A Nevada judge throws out a class-action consumer lawsuit, giving the software company ammunition in a slew of similar suits.
New Virus Hits Networks, Could Overwhelm Servers
A computer virus that was dormant for nearly two weeks has awakened, hitting several corporate networks and sparking security experts this morning to upgrade warnings for the infection from "low" to "medium."
Appeals Court Refuses DOJ Requests In Microsoft Case
An appeals court today rejected a government request to cede jurisdiction over the Microsoft antitrust trial.
Intel Still Runs Rings Around Its Rivals
Like a durable heavyweight, chip giant Intel will withstand the latest jabs from AMD and kidney shots from Transmeta — at least in this round.
AMD Chip Aims To Beat Intel's Celeron
AMD's release of its low-end Duron processor should give the company a performance advantage in the budget PC space.
Intel Unveils New Low-Power Notebook Chips
Chip giant Intel today will unveil five new notebook processors, including two low-power chips designed to compete against Transmeta's Crusoe.
Compaq Launches New Products In Crowded Field
Compaq Computer rolled out five new products today, as the PC giant takes another stab at driving profits from commercial sales.
Sunday, June 18, 2000
A Mac Web Code Of Ethics: Foundations
A code of ethics is a charter of conduct or character which specifies certain rules or virtues that the professional for whom it is written should adopt and exemplify.
Gift To Dad Comes With Gratitude From Tech-Savvy Son
A father's computer may, in the end, be just a tool. But a son's assistance goes well beyond technical support.
Waiting For Apple Season
As the annual trade show nears and excitement builds, a buying opportunity might appear. It's just not here quite yet.
Quark To Unbundle CopyDesk
The text-editing software, originally available in Quark Publishing System, will be offered as a stand-alone program.
Adobe: What Trade Secrets?
Adobe Systems Inc. has broken one of the unwritten rules of the computer journalism game: Companies don't sue over coverage they don't like.
Is There A Better, "Faster" USB Mouse Than Apple's "Hockey Puck"?
If a mouse feels better and runs smoother, you'll work faster (and happier).
Oh Boy, Oh Boy! The Good Old Days Are Back
Remember SCSI ID conflicts? Didn't we have fun trying to figure out whether we should use ID 7 or 8 for our brand new ZIP drive? Remember how we were so happy when USB and Firewire arrived?
Well, with Napster and Pike and other Internet applications gaining popularity, it's time for TCP Port conflicts!
MS Not Confident Of Final Victory After Al, Says SEC Filing
So about that plan B again, Steve...
Compaq's Corporate PC Makeover
For the first time in two years, Compaq is changing both its case designs and the guts of its corporate desktop PC line.
Why Windows Is Still The Big OS Wheel
Legal wranglings aside, Microsoft is still powering PCs. Its prospects in the handheld and gadget space might be looking up too.
Why Bill Has Become Microsoft's Mr. Rogers
Gates' new image campaign plays to mixed reviews.
A Good Time To Find Laptop Bargains
Notebook computers have suddenly become much more affordable.
Saturday, June 17, 2000
Filmakers In The Making
Members of San Fernando High's digital moviemaking team will present their works to judges at I-Can Film Festival.
Hush, Little PC
If Apple can make an almost silent iMac, why can't other computer makers turn off the white noise?
Hey Woz, You're A Rock Star
The Apple II earned its creator, Steve Wozniak, scads of cash and legions of loyal customers, and now it's earned him enshrinement in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Steve Woznaik Recognized As The Engineering Genius He Is
It's about time we see some mainstream recognition for his incredible accomplishments.
Yes, Mac Attacks Are Possible
So make sure you install antiviral software — now.
Adobe Has Strong Earnings And Expects More
Adobe's growth has come from the movement of information across the Web, which, ironically, has also been the cause of headaches.
Despite being dropped from Apple's product line, the Newton keeps going, and going, and...
Giving Birth To Games
An inside look at the origins of Mac games.
Plunging Into Aqua
A look at Mac OS X's most visible component, the Aqua graphical user interface.
Mac OS X Goes To MacHack
Apple's new OS will be the main topic of discussion as MacHack 2000 opens next Thursday outside Detroit. Pro and student programmers will compete to create new hacks at the event.
New Features For MS Office 2001
Microsoft has announced a raft of new Mac-only features for Microsoft Office 2001, which is slated for release in the second half of the year.
Moving To OS X: A New Finder
A look at the Mac's new file-navigation software.
Will Eazel Be More Faithful To The Macintosh Vision Than OS X?
It is the Mac vision and user-experience, not necessarily Apple Corporation, that we find attractive.
It's a well thought out game and will bring hours of entertainment to those who decide to try it out.
A Question Of OS
What OS to run on your Mac? Why not go OS 9 on a Power Mac? Why wait for OS X?
DOJ: Defer MS Appeal
Government lawyers urged an appeals court to ignore Microsoft's request for speedy action on its antitrust case.
Microsoft To Hike Price Of Server Apps
Exchange 2000, SQL Server 2000 increases on tap. 'You get more, you pay more' is Redmond's motto.
Who's Digging Up MS Dirt?
A woman allegedly offers cash for trash from a Microsoft ally. Then MS' Washington offices are broken into? Who's behind it, and what do they want?
Gates Reigns As Top Billionaire On Forbes' List
Bill Gates may have lost $40 billion on paper in the past 12 months, but Microsoft's co-founder is still the world's richest individual with plenty to spare, according to Forbes magazine.
Wednesday, June 14, 2000
The Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Friend
It's a smart move for Real to get into bed with Apple. Even during its time of troubles, Apple remained a great development company.
X Things I Love About X
Mac OS X is going to be grand, and it's only months away.
Adobe Sues Mac Site Over Photoshop Story
Adobe claimed that the story hurt its business by reducing sales of current Photoshop version and giving competitors advance word on the new features.
Is The Thrill Gone For The Computer Scene?
Nobody noticed the gigahertz breakthrough. On the other hand, show people a clear iMac case and wow!
The Deplorable State Of Mac Software
My computer misses the days when it could run for a week without a single crash.
It's cheap, it's available now, and it's a very useful piece of software.
See, Consumers Come First (Yeah, Right)
If you think the government lawsuit is designed to protect individual citizens, think again.
Microsoft Blasts DOJ's Aim At Supreme Court
Microsoft wasted no time countering a plan by government attorneys to quickly move the antitrust trial to the Supreme Court.
Red Hat Founder: Microsoft Isn't Net-Ready
Microsoft isn't built for the Internet era, and it isn't going to be easy for the behemoth to adapt.
Microsoft Judge Sides With Government In Delaying Decision
A federal judge today granted a government request that could dleay an important preliminary appeal in the Microsoft case.
Appeals Court Agrees To Hear Microsoft Case
The U.S. Court of Appeals said it will convene a full panel of judges, an unusual move that could favor the software giant.
Tuesday, June 13, 2000
Gates: Antitrust Tiral "A Waste Of Resource"
Likening the case to a famed intellectural property suit brought by Apple against Microsoft years ago, Gates called the government's antittrust action "misguided" and an "unfortunate distraction".
Apple Posts AirPort Update
The update allows users to add another level of security by hiding the name of the network.
Beyond Lemonade Standds: A Girl Seeks Her Fortune Online
On the small screen — no, not television's, but the personal coputer's — Ashley Power is becoming a big star.
Apple Macs Still In Much Demand
The deman for Apple Macs in South Africa continues as the rationalised computer manufacturer battles to supply its local channel.
Choosing The Right Portable Computer For You
Going portable can leave Mac users pondering some options.
Scripting News: The very first thing for Microsoft to do is have some shame. You got caught doing something that's very wrong and illegal. Admit that much.
Lately, there has been an increase of Mac web sites that invite you to add news items easily. The following are just some of those that I know of:
Mac Rumors: The Mac news you care about.
MacSlash: A daily dose of Macintosh news and discussion.
And of course, your truly, AppleSurf. Yet another Slashdot effect?
Around the Weblogs
Microsoft, Partners Introduce 'UltimateTV'
Microsoft is trying again to reach beyond the personal computer into the TV set.
Microsoft Adding Processor-based Software Pricing
Products that will be affected include the company's SQL Server 2000 database and other DNA 2000 server products.
Senate Judiciary To Hold Microsoft Hearings
The Senate Judiciary Committee is planning hearings to air public concerns about the Microsoft breakup order.
Windows Goes Wireless
Intel plans to work with Microsoft to make its Bluetooth software native to the Windos operating environment by the first half of 2001.
Government Asks Judge To Reject Microsoft Motion
The government Monday accused Microsoft of trying to slow the proces by which the firm's antitrust case can go directly to the Supreme Court.
Monday, June 12, 2000
Apple, Real Announce QuickTime Deal
Real's streaming-media server will deliver QuickTime content to QuickTime Players. This could increase the number of QuickTime-enabled sies by making it easier for them to add the format.
Moving To OS X
A look at Apple's next-generation operating system and how it will radically change the Mac user experience.
Company To Fly First Web Sever In Space
An Apple Macintosh G4 computer, modified for space, will be in orbit.
News Scoop Yields Suit From A Software Maker
Adobe Systems Inc. has filed suit against MacNN for previewing software products still in development.
Linux On The PowerPC
Linux is one of the few operating system that can be said to work on every kind of hardware.
Is Apple Going Hollywood?
New products herald strong focus on digital video.
Real-Apple: Can You Say Monopoly?
What's the best way to combat Microsoft Corp. in the streaming media world? Take the No 1 and 2 streamng media companies and band them together.
RealNetworks, Apple Ink Web Streaming Deal
"The No. 1 and No. 2 players are starting to collaborate."
Searching For The True Macintosh Spirit
Apple has recaptured the vision that made the company a pioneer int he past and a corporate prophet in the present.
Private 'Fit,' Public Cant
Robert Morgan gets a new USB hub.
How To Be A Rumors Skeptic
Rumors are fun and exciting for the reader, but there is also a downside.
Apple PowerBook G3 2000
The new PowerBooks redefine portable computing.
More of a novelty than a tool.
Your Daily View
MacOS Daily unveils its new design today. Appealing, and more user-friendly in terms of listing new articles.
At the same time, the site also launches a new e-zine, MacOS Monthly — featuring the contents of Apple Wizards.
Around The Weblogs
Redmond Has Already Lost 'FUD' Factor
What's certain is there will be no return to the days when Microsoft ran roughshod over its competitors.
Windows Me Approaches Official Release
Microsoft issued the second release candidate of Windows Me last week, a milestone that may have been eclipsed by the proposed breakup of the software company.
Compaq Takes Aim At Dell With Server Program
Compaq Computer is not mincing words in its latest effort to stem customer defections in its Intel-based server business.
Bluetooth Bites At PCs
Motorola, IBM, and Toshiba team up on wireless products for PCs and cars.
Microsoft Spending Millions On Ads And Lobbying Efforts
Microsoft attempts to temper the impact of a potentially devastating federal court ruling and generate positive public and political opinion.
Microsoft By Any Other Name
What should we call the two halves of a divided software giant?
Antitrust Case: Matter Of Self-Protection
[Microsoft] was becoming so big, creating its own operating standard, that it threatened to become a government in its own right.
Sunday, June 11, 2000
Intel's Mac Cover-up
If it wants to avoid taking the same sort of heat, Intel should take every step necessary to ensure that such a clear abuse of its economic clout isn't repeated.
Around the Weblogs
View From The Heart: MacAddict has a great policy of sending you a new disk if you write and tell them yours got a bad burn. One of the reasons I keep resubscribing...
Benefits Seen In MS Split
Microsoft lovers may not be happy with Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's ruling to break up the company, but they have nothing to worry about. Consumer affairs experts say the split wouldn't hurt Microsoft users.
Microsoft's Setback: Was It Faith Or Arrogance?
One of the most enduring images from Microsoft Corp.'s antitrust trial is that of Chairman Bill Gates, in his videotaped depositions, stating he does not know what a "browser" is.
[Joel Klein's] new potential opponent in the Microsoft case looks even more formidable: Texas Governor George W. Bush.
Can Owners Discount Microsoft Uncertainty?
Going forward, there is going to be a lot of volatility in the stock.
From The Top, Plans To March Toward Victory
Steven A. Ballmer, chief executive of Microsoft, said in an interview that despite the judge's ruling in the government's antitrust case, the company will "not be shy" about adding more features to the Windows operating system.
Will MS Case Fast Track To Supreme Court?
DOJ wants it, but experts are split on whether the top court will be willing to bypass federal appeals process.
Microsoft Restrictions: Who Benefits?
In the aftermath of the Microsoft final ruling, PC makers are now 'free' to use alternative products. But will they?
MS: Innovator Or Integrator?
Critics say "innovation" and "Microsoft" don't belong in the same sentence. Others say the company's had a few notable, if not shining moments. Microsoft howls in protest.
Saturday, June 10, 2000
From Brazil: QuickTime Server On OS 9
A team of Brazilian developers said they have tapped the open-source code of Apple's Darwin program to create a QuickTime-based streaming-media application that runs atop the current consumer version of the Mac OS.
Apple Sees UK Sales Soar
Apple’s share of the overall UK PC market in the first quarter of this year saw an amazing 46 per cent growth over the same quarter in 1999.
Apple Mistaken In Axing Local Service Providers
I'm not sure what could be done to remedy that problem, but I think that removing the liaison provided by local authorized dealers is not a satisfactory answer.
Ultra Lingua French-English, Spanish-English, And German-English Dictionaries
These dictionaries work well, and the only thing I found to complain about is that if you accidentally scroll away from the search result in the middle translation field, you can't snap back to it by double-clicking in the entry field.
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
The Alpha Centauri design team, led by Brian Reynolds, has achieved a level of success that has yet to be surpassed and has only been matched by the best games of all time.
Microsoft Paints A Bleak Post-Breakup Picture
A confusing landscape of bureaucratic regulations, coupled with a distinct lack of innovation and virtually no tangible benefits to customers: That will be the bleak future of technology in the wake of the government's antitrust case against Microsoft, said an attorney with close ties to the software giant.
What The Microsoft Order Does
The ruling in the Microsoft case Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson splits Microsoft into two parts of differing size.
The Colossus Of Redmond Suddenly Seems More Human
"We used to be viewed as invincible, and now we're not. That was one of our most valuable assets, and now it's gone."
How Microsoft Lost The Case
Microsoft's changing defense strategies, questionable videotaped demo and press leaks directly contributed to breakup order.
Intel Plans Mobile Megahertz Blitz
Five new chips due this month. Three chips turn up the juice when it comes to clock speed, while two low-power ones address the mininotebook market.
Will Pocket PC Flourish Or Flounder?
The Microsoft Corp. case and Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's ruling center on Windows, leaving the future of Pocket PC, the operating system for handhelds, up in the air.
Friday, June 9, 2000
Making Movies With iMovie
Apple produced a great piece of software.
AppleMasters: Michael Crichton
The Mac's graphic interface was simple, but it had serious, deep thought behind it.
FAS Asked To Cover Computer Kiosks
Faculty of Arts and Sciences Computer Services reluctantly covered and turned off the Science Center's iMac computer kiosks last week in response to a request from Intel, which sponsored an exhibit in the Science Center as part of the Internet and Health conference.
Trojan Horse Won't Run On Macs
A computer security firm has discovered a Trojan horse that could be used to launch denial-of-service attacks from thousands of PCs. However, the software, a Windows executable disguised as an AVI video clip, won't run on a Mac.
Apple Talks About ColorSync Part 2
There can be a lot of confusion in the term "calibration," especially since when you talk about the monitor, you talk about calibrating the monitor. But, when you talk about printers, there's a difference between calibration and characterization.
Sun's StarOffice Headed For Mac
The company has not formally announced a Mac version of the free productivity software, but it is advertising for a Mac programmer and an FAQ says a Mac release is targeted for the end of the year
PowerLogix Offers iMac Upgrade
The iForce plugs a 400MHz or 500MHz G3 CPU into older iMacs, and you don't have to return the original board.
Will AirPort Become Grounded?
Analysts expect the 2.4GHz band to become a "junk band".
Apple Axes 6 Percent Of Service Providers
In a move related to this morningís report on Express Depot service for PowerBooks, Apple earlier this week cut 6 percent of the companyís Authorized Service Providers. These providers failed to meet their quota of $100,000 per quarter.
MacCPU Ceases Operations
MacCPU has closed their doors voluntarily on June 7, 2000. We will no longer sell CPU upgrades from any manufacturer and the website has been removed.
Quake 3 For OS X Delayed; Developers Await OS X Update
"Unfortunately, [OS X Developer Preview 4] has a couple of issues which hit Q3 hard, so we don't expect to release Q3 until Apple provides a Mac OS X update that addresses these problems."
Apple: Java, Mac OS X Integration A 'Big Win'
"This announcement has made a lot of people very happy. This is a big win for us and for our customers."
'Think Different' Wins Ad Awards
The campaign was judged by senior industry peers to be 1999's most effective advertising campaign.
Apple Number One Again
Apple Computer has again taken the toop spot in the PC Data Top 10 rankings [of web site].
Corel Lays Off 320 Employees Amid Financial Woes
Struggling Canadian software maker Corel today cut 320 jobs, or 21 percent of its workforce, as part of a $40 million cost-cutting measure.
Q&A On Mac OS X
Apple does not intend to keep the Control Strip in Mac OS X.... [It] conflicts with the Dock for space and would clutter up the desktop.
Can't Get Good Help These Days
Distinctions are blurring between Web and print design tools, but MacWEEK contributor Andrew Shalat finds that many recent art school grads lack the skills to use both.
Megahertz And Mega-Hurts
We've been hearing about Intel 'zooming' ahead in horsepower and so now, the defense is to discredit MHz as a measure of power. I'd like to talk about why that's true and not so true.
The Elusive State Of Continuous Success
The only thing we as humans can do to offset the random events of failure and success is to always apply an honorable effort.
Is Aqua All Wet?
Aqua, has inaugurated a new pastime for online writers and posters in the Macintosh world...
VersionTracker is becoming a nearly indispensable tool for Mac users. But what’s missing on this site, which is clearly oriented to the professional or high-end user, is a simple tutorial to make the less technically minded feel welcome.
Macromedia Gets Dynamic
The $599 program adds database connectivity to the popular Dreamweaver Web-authoring tool, and lets designers and programmers create visually rich, fully interactive, dynamic, cross-platform Web sites.
Let This Powerful Tool Cast Its Spell On You
Casady & Greene's Spell Catcher for the Mac does much of its work without being asked.
RestaurantRow is perhaps most useful for traveling professionals in need of a quick listing of area restaurants.
Don't Lose Your Patients
Emergency Room: Life or Death is a perfect game for anyone curious about what goes on behind the doors of the emergency room.
Flat Panels: The Next Generation
Macworld Lab evaluates 6 new displays to see whether digital makes a difference.
The Suitabiility Of G3 Upgrades For Gaming
Everybody knows that a faster computer will play games better than a slower one, but the real question is whether or not the available upgrades are suited to gaming.
What The World Thinks
Brian Kendig: It would cost most businesses far too much time and money to switch to Macintosh or Linux operating systems. And so as long as Windows never becomes quite terrible enough to actively drive people away, it's practically guaranteed to keep its dominance.
Mike Langberg: Nobody is saying Microsoft acquired its Windows monopoly illegally. The company worked hard and made smart business decisions while its competitors — most notably Silicon valley's own Apple Computer with its Macintosh OS and IBM with its OS/2 — made dumb decision.
MSNBC: If the plan goes through as is it definitely will be big for at least two companies - Apple Computer and Sun Microsystems.
We Are Not The World
Intel: Hide your iMacs or we won't give you money! Okay, that was paraphased... I wonder if the covers will have little holes exposing the USB ports.
Wes George: Nothing less than the future of civilization may hang on Microsoft's appeal of their conviction. Not on my planet!
Gates Hands Out Scholarships To Minorities
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates put aside his antitrust woes briefly Thursday to hear college students express their gratitude for 4,000 minority scholarships awarded this year by his charitable foundation.
Next Windows More Integrated Than Ever
As the legal battle over Microsoft Corp.'s right to integrate technologies into its programs and operating systems drags on, the company is forging full steam ahead with the next very tightly integrated version of Windows.
DOJ Vs MS: A Case Of Many Colors
After two years of trial, thousands of pages of depositions, hundreds of hours in the courtroom and millions of pages of media coverage, Microsoft's sins are mostly in the eye of the beholder.
Microsoft May Have Trouble Retaining Software Engineers
Labor experts are predicting that turmoil from the high-profile antitrust case may give competitors an opening to steal Microsoft Corp.'s top-notch software engineers and other employees.
How Far Will Microsoft Decision Reach?
With IT taking on more economic and political clout, some observers expect that other industry heavyweights will have the government looking over their shoulders.
Security Experts Discount Threat Of Bug Posing As Video Clip
Government and private cyber security experts said today a rogue program masquerading as a sexually explicit video posed scant threat to security on the Internet.
Microsoft's Ballmer Welcomes More Settlement Talks
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer today welcomed an offer from the U.S. Justice Department for more talks aimed at settling their antitrust dispute.
Experts Praise Judge's Antitrust Rulings As Gounded In Principle Of Fair Competition
[T]he actions of the judge, Thomas Penfield Jackson, had made it more difficult for Microsoft to suggest that the computer industry ought to be given more leeway than traditional businesses under antitrust law.
Retracing The Missteps In Microsoft's Defense At Its Antitrust Trial
Dozens of state and federal officials who have investigated and prosecuted Microsoft for the last four years, as well as industry executives, have seen many moves by Microsoft that they think backfired and led to a resounding court defeat in the company's antitrust case. Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, right, ordered a breakup of the company on Wednesday.
Microsoft Readies Ad Blitz
Microsoft, having lost a major round in its antitrust case, is appealing to the court of public opinion.
Will A Microsoft Appeal Go Straight To The Supremes?
Judge Jackson's attempt to expedite a final resolution to the antitrust trial could backfire.
Microsoft Verdict: Microsoft Ruling Raises Fears Of Unhealthy Precedent
European companies and IT organisations claim the Judge was stepping beyond the boundaries of his remit when he decided to dismantle the software giant.
Microsoft Breakup To Have Little Impact On Asia
The ruling by a U.S. federal judge to break up Microsoft Corp. generated big interest but little concern in Asia.
Microsoft's Fate In Developers' Hands
The appeal that matters most at this point is not in the courts, but in the hearts and minds of software developers.
Judge Jackson Goofed
Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's biggest mistake: He bought into the government's argument that Microsoft Office is the platform most likely to rival Microsoft Windows.
Ballmer: Get Ready For Higher Prices
In the Netherlands one day after Judge Jackson's final judgment, Microsoft's CEO ripped the ruling, while elsewhere abroad, opinions ran high.
Klein: Microsoft Case Must Go To High Court Quickly
Justice Department antitrust chief Joel Klein said Thursday it is important that the Supreme Court agree quickly to hear any appeal in the Microsoft Corp. case so that key issues for the high-tech industry and the public can be resolved.
Ballmer Urges Employees: Focus On The Future
"I simply do not believe that a breakup will ever occur. The order to dismantle this company simply isn't justified by the court's findings of facts and conclusions of law, even if they were to be upheld by the appellate courts."
Redmond Rallies 'Round MS
Up in Washington, where Microsoft has its headquarters, people generally support the home team. And Judge Jackson, they say, went too far.
EU Moves Ahead With Microsoft Investigation
The European Commission said today it was too early to predict how a U.S. court ruling that Microsoft must be split in two might affect its own antitrust investigation into the software giant.
Gates Vocie Second Thoughts On Testimony Decision
Would a personal appearance by Bill Gates at the Microsoft antitrust trial have averted a judge's order to split the company in two?
Microsoft Stock Slips After Ruling
As Microsoft ponders its future following a federal judge's historic ruling to split the company in two, investors turned pessimistic about the shares in late trading.
Ruling To Split Microsoft Is Final, But The Outcome Is Not
The Microsoft case is far from over, as the appeals process (expedited or not) could take as long as one or two more years.
Forget Microsoft's Competitors, It's Planet Earth That Can No Longer Afford The Windows Monopoly
Nothing less than the future of civilization may hang on Microsoft's appeal of their conviction.
Next U.S. President Unlikely To Touch Microsoft Case
If Microsoft is to succeed in having its antitrust judgment overturned, it must rely on the appeals court and not the court of politics.
Thursday, June 8, 2000
Apple Maintains Edge In Education Markets
Apple continues to lead the pack in sales to the U.S. and worldwide education markets.
The Microsoft Ruling: Breaking Windows Into Two?
Mac users will feel an impact; it's just not clear exactly how.
[V]isitors from any sociopolitical viewpoint can find something on Slate to raise their awareness — or blood pressure.
American Civil War Soldier
Low production quality plauges this game.
Midnight Play will have kids bored to tears.
Are We Changing The World Yet?
John H. Farr: There is absolutely nothing that could happen to Apple Computer... that would in any way affect the ongoing evolutio of humankind.
Fortunately... Microsoft: Same deal.
Official Praise For Judge
Microsoft brought this upon itself.
Joel Klein Comments On Breakup Order
"This is the right remedy for Microsoft's repeated and serious violations of the antitrust laws."
Split Would End Up Hurting Consumers
I'm hoping Microsoft gets humble, spares its customers the uncertainty of a drawn-out appeals process and accepts a settlement involving clear conduct remedies.
Long Trail Of Missed Opportunities Left Judge No Choice
What a share it had to come to this.
They're Still Kicking In Redmond
Sober-faced but defiant, Bill Gates and company vow to keep on fighting.
Competitors Look For An Opening And Legal Lessons
It's not the size of your monopoly that counts. It's how you use it.
Sides Clash Over Appeal
[How the] appeal unfolds — and in what forum — already was a matter of debat by the time the ink dried on Jackson's final judgment.
Microsoft Owes Everything To Justice
Would Bill Gates have come to power if the Justice Department's antitrust division hadn't attacked IBM?
Are Two Microsofts Better Than One?
Microsoft's competitors argue that a breakup could get the bully off their backs.
Court To Microsoft: This Is For Real!
Judge Jackson doesn't just order Microsoft broken up — he blasts the company for not taking his guilty verdict seriously.
Microsoft Sweet-talks Programmers
And if that doesn't work, how about $2 billion in assistance?
Users Split On Effects Of A Microsoft Breakup
Some corporate users interviewed today... were split on whether the breakup will be good or bad for their companies.
Microsoft Ruling Holds No Surprises For Wall St
Wall Street took one look at Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's historic ruling to break up Microsoft and yawned.
Microsoft Case To Linger After 'Final' Ruling
One thing remains certain about the marathon Microsoft antitrust case. It still ain't over.
Microsoft Breakup Sparks Web Chat Frenzy
Message boards and Internet chat rooms came alive on Wednesday afternoon after a U.S. federal judge said software giant Microsoft Corp. had "proved untrustworthy" and should be broken into two parts.
Wednesday, June 7, 2000
Judge: Microsoft Must Be Broken In Two
A federal judge ruled today that Microsoft should be broken into two companies, a decision that could radically tilt the balance of power in the technology industry.
Apple Takes Home Top Honors In Awards For Design Excellence
Taking home top honors in this year's awards is the stunning Apple Cinema Display in the Business and Industrial Equipment category, and the USB iMac subwoofer, iSub, in the Consumer category.
Apple Talks About ColorSync
You can start to resolve your local problems by learning how to make sure your monitor is correctly calibrated.
IBM Rolls Out New PowerPCs
The 750CX and 750CXe offer faster clock speeds and lower power consumption, but it's not clear whether either will end up in Apple's hardware.
Microsoft Mac Business Unit: Innovate Or Bust!
"Bill [Gates] loves the Mac. He encourages us to build the right products for the Mac, and point sout when we don't design them right."
Adobe Brings Non-PostScript Printing To InDesign
The Non PostScript Printing Update for Adobe InDesign 1.5 lets Mac users print to popular ink-jet printers and other non-PostScript devices directly from the program.
At Java Fest, McNealy, Jobs Play Up Kinship
"We finally figured out how to work with each other from across the street. We're totally committed."
Why My Next Mac Might Be A PowerBook
If you're a frustrated, rich, nomandic graphic artist... it looks like your ship has finally come in.
The Celeron Effect
Thanks to an on-chip L2 cache, Intel's cheap Celeron rivals Pentium III performance. IBM's enhanced G3s may offer similar benefits to the Mac user.
iTools: A Great Tool For Beginners
The most important [attribute] is that it is really user friendly and very easy to use.
Heroes Of Might & Magic III
Heroes 3 is not a perfect game, but it certainly is fun to play and quite engrossing.
The Perfit Mouse-USB
This mouse is a little pricey but worth every penny, chiefly because its ergonomics reduce the pain related by extensive use of the computer.
Overcoming PowerBook Hard Drive And Expandability Limitations
[T]he PowerBook does have performance and expansion shortcomings compared with higher and desktop Macs.
Intellinews And Macticker Bring News And Stock Quotes To Your Desktop
Although both [software] provide information you could find free on the Web, those resources won't deliver it in a neat package right to your desktop.
Just released: iCards for you to celebrate Father's Day and Graduation Day.
Just launched: Professionalmac.com is where you can find all your Macintosh business resoures.
DOJ: Ruling A Victory For Consumers
The U.S. Department of Justice was quick to declare Wednesday's ruling in Microsoft Corp.'s antitrust case a victory for consumers. It also used the occasion to argue that the mandated Microsoft breakup will be a boon for high-tech innovation, despite the company's arguments to the contrary.
Gates' Guarantee: We'll Win It
A bitter and battling Bill Gates slammed Wednesday's court-ordered breakup as "unwarranted" and "unprecedented" and predicted Microsoft Corp. would ultimately win the case on appeal.
What People Are Saying About MS
Quotes from industry leaders, scholars and politicians in reaction to the blockbuster breakup decision.
Ballmer Bemoans Innovation Loss
[A] possible breakup of the software giant would slow innovation within the industry, but that the company would survive either way.
Microsoft Remains Defiant
Microsoft will continue operating and developing software as one company despite a federal judge's ruling that it should be sliced in two for violating antitrust laws, Microsoft officials said Wednesday.
Transmeta Gears Up For Notebooks, Expands Chip Line
Upstart microprocessor designer Transmeta plans to showcase a number of corporate notebooks using its chips at PC Expo later this month, and will later diversify its product line to offer capabilities for different devices.
Reaction To Microsoft Ruling Is Swift, Mixed
Reaction was quick and varied today as high-tech executives, politicians and frontline software coders digested Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's order splitting Microsoft into two companies.
Envisioing Life After Windows
For years, aspiring entrepreneurs had two fundamental goals when starting a high-tech company: raising money and steering clear of Bill Gates' empire.
Boldness, Pace Efine Jackson's Rle
With only passing comments, Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson recently touched off a frenzied round of speculation about the possibility of a three-way Microsoft split.
Microsoft Investors Face Split Decision
Today's court order to split Microsoft in two may leave investors with a tough choice: put their money in a proven software business with a limited future, or pin their hopes on a new, perhaps riskier, Internet company with vast growth potential.
Appeals Court Could Favor Microsoft
Microsoft may have good reason for boasting that it will prevail on appeal.
IBM And Microsoft: Antitrust Then And Now
Is history repeating itself?
Gates Talks Up High-tech On Capitol Hill, Omitting The Obvious
"Everyone here is past [the lawsuit]. People want to know what the next big breakthrough will be. This is a new economy. There are a lot of questions."
Poll Finds Few Affected By "I Love You" Virus
Fewer than one in 15 U.S. companies suffered substantial disruption due to the "I Love You" virus, according to a new Gallop poll.
Linux Beats Microsoft To Support Superfast Disks
Linux support is now available for the Ultra ATA/100 bus specification.
The world's largest semiconductor company treats every outsider like a potential spy.
Tuesday, June 6, 2000
IDC Reports That Apple #1 Vendor In US Education
IDC's first quarter Worldwide Education Market Report claims Apple holds 26 percent of the US education market and 14 percent of the worldwide education market.
If I Were Bill Gates...
I'll change the world, and, dammit, I have the money to do it.
Mouting a camera and PowerBook above the basket at a Los ANgeles Lakers playoff, Mark J. Terrill of the Associated Press tells Sports Shooter readers how AirPort sent hoop-view photos right through a line of Laker Girls.
AirPort Delivers Developer Mail, Plus The Internet
[C]an AirPort scale to serve more than a classroom of students? The answer is an absolute yes, as was demonstrated recently at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, CA.
From The Horses Mouth, Sears Rep Says iMac Sales Are "... Definitely Down"
It seems that iMac sales are indeed down, and both [Sear's] company and store representatives have been rather tight-lipped about the entire topic.
Apple Delivers Final Cut Pro
Apple today announced the immediate availability of Final Cut Pro 1.2.5, the latest version of its award-winning professional desktop video editing, effects and compositing software. Final Cut Pro 1.2.5 is available as a free download from the Apple web site for existing Final Cut Pro customers.
IDC Confirms Apple Is Number One In U.S. & Worldwide Education Markets
Leading market research firm International Data Corp. (IDC) today announced that Apple continues to be number one in sales to the U.S. and worldwide education markets. IDC’s Q1CY’00 Worldwide Education Market Report shows Apple captured 26 percent of the U.S. education market and 14 percent of the worldwide education market.
Apple Releases Final Cut Pro Update
Apple announced the availability of Final Cut Pro 1.2.5 late this afternoon.
New Gnutella Client For Mac
CXC, a new company "committed to the advancement and support of the Gnutella environment," has released an early alpha version of Mactella, an open-source Gnutella client for Macintosh.
Jobs: Apple To Deliver The Best Java
Apple CEO Steve Jobs helped Sun Microsystems kick off the fifth annual JavaOne conference in San Francisco on Tuesday by committing to make the Mac "the best delivery vehicle for Java on the planet."
Panorama Developer Under Siege
When Apple's QuickTime VR technology gains cubic panorama features this summer, it will be stepping into territory largely held by Internet Pictures, a company whose metered software pricing, controversial patent claims and aggressive legal tactics have drawn heated protest from QTVR users and developers.
Analyst Watch: Look Out For Adobe
A year ago, Adobe Systems was trading at a 52-week low and hacking its workforce. Now its stock is nearing an all-time high, with more good things to come.
Apple's Clock Speed Headaches
Gene Miller of Apple's Creative Markets division said that, on a couple of things, the PC's are finally faster.
AltaVista Offers Free Net Access
Mac users in North America can now take advantage of Alta Vista's free dial-up service.
A Boost For Mac E-Books?
LightningSource, using Adobe's PDF Merchant software, will provide e-books in PDF format for the Mac.
Apple's Consumer Challenge
Apple can't assume that last year's iMac customer will be next year's. Next month's Macworld Expo/New York is a great opportunity for Apple to inject new life into a line that — while healthy — needs regular boosters to maintain its consumer cachet.
The Mac Walks On Such A Tight Rope To Prosper!
More than 20 years after its founding and 16 years after giving birth to the Macintosh, Apple and its main character, namely Steve Jobs, are still fighting for the same things: support, sales and credibility.
A Love Of Simple Elegance
Luddite discovers Macintosh, becomes hopelessly addicted.
It's The Consumers, Stupid
[Apple has] let the iMac line stagnate to the point of becoming yesterday's news.
Free Internet Access From 1stUp.com
[T]his is a dependable, easy to use free internet access provider. Its client is smooth and simple.
Mac gamers and Mac games have matured to the point that a game like this is going to disappoint some.
Platform Doesn't Matter: In Which Our Author Starts A Business, Talks To Accountants, Buys Virtual PC And Discovers His Mac Is A Pretty Good Pentium
So, Mr. Small Business Owner: no longer do you need separate computers taking up valuable space (especially for those with home offices).
iMac DV Scan Converters
Perhaps the only merit of the iAVerKey DV is its price, but while the iTView DV does command a $40 premium, it's a premium that's more than sufficiently justified by its superior performance.
Does Apple Need A Six-slot Mac?
Apple says most DV and audio pros can get by with three PCI slots, but some users disagree.
Sometimes They Get It Right
[F]or every screwed-up piece of bloatware from Microsoft. there is a fine and well-designed redeemer on the shelf right next to it.
Cinema 4D XL 6.0
Interface problems notwithstanding, CInema 4D XL 6.0 is a good coice for animators working in broadcast or Web media.
iMate: Use Your Existing ADB Peripherals With USB Macs
[F]or thoese who have ADB peripherals which require a driver to function... you should first check the iMate Home Page for info on possible conflicts.
If I Were Bill Gates...
I'll realize I am no visionary, and stop predicting what everyone will be doing with the Internet one year from now. Especially since I don't predict anything that hasn't been predicted before.
I'll realize I am a good business man, and will concentrate on being just that. Chief architect? Leave that for someone else.
I'll realize I am a good business man, and make good use of the opportunatity to spin off my application division.
I'll realize operating system and applications are so old-economy. Play with something new. Maintaining Microsoft's monopoly is no longer a challenge.
I'll change the world, and, dammit, I have the money to do it.
I'll realize that I am no writer (just like that guy who runs MyAppleMenu web site) and will no longer write books.
Putting Windows 2000 To Work
Managers who keep the goal of Windows 2000 deployment in sight, while perhaps allowing a little more flexibility than would otherwise be desired in hitting exact dates, might turn out to have the most success implementing the product.
Via Cranks Out New Cyrix III Chip
Reworked version of the processor for low-cost PCs is based on a different technology — meanwhile, Via's courtroom tango with Intel goes on.
Microsoft CFO Sees Stronger Growth In Personal Computers
[Microsoft] sees personal computer sales growing 12 to 15 percent for its fiscal year beginning July, a brighter picture than the company painted when it reported its third quarter earnings in April.
Windows 2000 Server Apps Delayed
The server applications Microsoft is counting on to boost Windows 2000 into the enterprise will not start trickling out until late summer, a company executive said Tuesday.
Ballmer: Microsoft Expects To Win Breakup Appeal
Software giant Microsoft expects to win an appeal against a U.S. court ruling that could force the breakup of the company, chief executive Steve Ballmer said today.
Chips Are Down Again For Intel
Without question, Intel's latest chip delay exacerbates the company's already bruised credibility in terms of delivering products on time.
Washington Rolls Out Red Carpet For Gates
As the pressure has grown on his company, Gates has put Washington on his agenda, wooing members of Congress with personal visits and campaign donations.
Microsoft Lashes Back At Government In Final Filing
Microsoft this afternoon unexpectedly responded to the government's harsh rebuttal brief filed yesterday.
Microsoft's Last Stand
Microsoft, it appears, is insisting it have the legal right to cut the kind of backroom, wink-and-nod deal that defines anti-competitive behavior in the first place. This isn't acting like a monopolist?
Cheaper, Ligher Notebooks From IBM
The ThinkPad i model starts at $1,199, with models weighing in at 6 pounds. But can they power a Big Blue resurgence in PCs?
Gates, High-Tech CEOs Seek Less Regulation
High-tech CEOs are set for one of the industry's major annual Capitol Hill hearings Tuesday and Wednesday as the Joint Economic Committee hosts executives... to talk about the new economy.
IBM To Demo Transmeta-based Notebook At PC Expo
IBM said today it plans to show off a ThinkPad notebook based on a processor from upstart Transmeta at a trade show later this month.
New Compaq "Skinny" Servers Take Aim At Sun, IBM
Compaq today released its long-awaited "Photon" server, putting new pressure on IBM, SUN Microsystems, Network Engines and VA Linux Systems in the race to cram as many processors into the tinnest server possible.
DOJ Rejects Most Microsoft Ideas In Revised Plan
The government today gave up little ground to Microsoft in the continuing debate over a proposal on how to break up the software giant.
Microsoft Needs BizTalk To Stay In The Game
With the announcement of BizTalk Server 2000, Microsoft asserts that modeling and implementing complex business process flow is a core requirement for rich business-to-business integration.
Intel Delays Timna Release Over Component Glitch
Intel has delayed by several months the launch of its integrated processor, code-named Timna, because it needs to develop a new method to connect the integrated processor to standard memory.
Dissecting Microsoft's Rebuttal
It has never ceased to amaze me, the amount of misinformation that Microsoft has been willing to submit, either as evidence, or as P.R., rebuttal and this testimony is just as baffling.
Monday, June 5, 2000
What Is Apple's Long-Term Strategy?
I haven't heard or seen anything on Apple's strategy beyond OS X.
Fisher-Price Rescue Heroes Hurricane Havoc
Fisher-Price Rescue Heroes Hurricane Havoc is a fun preschool game. The Rescue Heroes encourage players to complete their missions with praise and rewards.
Sunday, June 4, 2000
Apple Making Inroads Into PC-dominated Mississippi
The Mac market continues to explode in metro Jackson, with a buzz building about the latest Unix-based OS Mac.
Not Just Antitrust Bedevils Microsoft
Software giant assailed as a cultural menace, too.
Mac Plans On Course, Corel Says
Financially strapped Corel, responding to a newspaper report that it may divest "non-core" assets as part of a drastic cost-cutting move, told MacWEEK that it has no plans to sell the graphics products recently acquired from MetaCreations.
Hon Hai Precision To Build 'iMac' Computers For Apple, EDN Says
Production of iMacs will begin in the third quarter at Hon Hai's Czech Republic plant.
'Invitation' To Read Files In Microsoft's IIS Obscured By News Of Various Vulnerabilities
Take, for example, the recent announcement of a handful of semirelated vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS) that looked fairly straightforward. Peering between the lines, however, makes for more interesting reading.
Don't Cry For Us, Microsoft
Seattle's high-tech community is quite confident that it can thrive on its own, even if its main employer gets split in two.
Microsoft Will Test Justices' Prowess
When the Supreme Court confronted its first Internet case, Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, three years ago, the justices received special training from their library staff. Soon, the Microsoft antitrust case will be heading toward the Court. But in the world of platforms, applications, source codes and interfaces, familiarity may not be fluency.
The Invisible Computer
[W]hat we know as portable computers will go the way of dinosaurs once the true "invisible" or virtual computer arrives.
Saturday, June 3, 2000
I Feel Your Pain
Ooooh, yes. Yet another revamp.
SuSE Linux Days Away From Mac Release
Though there is no shortage of Mac-compatible Linux distributions, SuSE represents the first mainstream distribution to come to the Mac.
Deja Vu All Over Again
You know, it's silly. Once a game does well, everyone has to make one just like it.
Slow, Slow, QuickTime Slow
[I]f Apple is serious about competing with Real and Microsoft, it is going to have to push the development of QuickTime Player very hard indeed.
I Feel Your Pain
Oooooh, yes. Yet another revamp.
Of course, doing this right after the disastrous Salon redesign really made me think twice. What if I receive so many complaints and flames in my mailbox that my mail server crash? Wouldn't my ISP kick me off before I can even spell d-i-s-a-s-t-r-o-u-s?
Well, the total number of readers here is probably less than the total number of complaints received by Salon, so maybe I am safe.
Anytime a web site changes its layout, the readers have to relearn the interface. It's not something any webmaster want to inflict on the readers lightly.
On this front, I've tried to maintain as much of the old elements as possible. It's still a two column thingy, where the main content is scrolled down on the left while the minor right column functions as a side-bar.
There are two reasons for this revamp. (And no, advertisement is not one of them. Although, hey, I am not saying there will never be any advertisements here ever.)
Firstly, the amount of links is getting huge. Especially with the news feed coming in, web pages can get really long. As such, I've broken off the original "AppleSurf" and "SingaporeSurf" into multiple pages, with each page concentrating on just one section.
Secondly, some of the old sections are no longer relevant in this age where Apple is back, Microsoft is in trouble, and Linux is the flavor of the day. Old sections, such as "Seize the Day" and "Bad Press", are merged back into "AppleSurf News". New sections, such as "PenguinSurf", are created.
And hence, this is the result. What do you think? My mailbox is opened at email@example.com — feel free to give me your comments, suggestions, and complaints.
Thank you for reading this, and thank you for all the support you've given to this little web site all these years.
Critics Warn A Microsoft Breakup May Turn Out To Be Very Messy
[A] growing group of critics says that the governmentís breakup plan, far from providing for a tidy divorce, is in fact full of ambiguities and hidden complexities and could set off a chain reaction of unintended consequences.
Microsoft Says Web Site Violates Copyright
Microsoft appeared to be backing down from the dispute last week.
Microsoft Breakup Offers Both Potential And Pitfalls, Analysts Say
Corporate friends and foes alike are poised to benefit from a court-ordered breakup of Microsoft Corp. But one thing is clear, analysts say: Consumers have the most to lose.
Marathon To Offer NT Fault-Tolerance Solution
Endurance 6200 ties four Intel-based servers into one array of servers, which is split into two halves. Each half runs the same application, and if one half of the array fails, the application continues to run on the other side.
HP Upgrades High-end Windows Server
With the new NetServer AA 6200, HP has doubled the processing horsepower of its "assured availability" line, which is designed to crash far less frequently than ordinary servers.
Friday, June 2, 2000
Adobe Ships Illustrator 9.0
The upgrade adds object transparency, graphic styles and a host of features for Web designers, including a live Pixel Preview mode that lets you see how pages look when rendered on screen.
You Are Not Immune! A Cautionary Tale Of A Mac Virus
A virus infection was something I hadn't seriously considered on a brand new computer, and so hadn't bothered to get any virus detection software.
Rad Brings New Game APIs To Mac
"I'm positive you will see more games ported to the Mac now that our tools are available," said Rad programmer Jeff Roberts.
Reactions To The Mac OS X Delay
Some developers said The original schedule was causing some concern amongst developers about providing well tuned drivers peripherals. The new schedule allows them to resolve those issues.
Microsoft Math: Long Division?
What Microsoft really needs is more and better competition from the Linux folks, Apple and others.
USB Web Cameras
Video and still images on the cheap.
FTP Client Pro 3.0
FTP Client Pro 3.02's slick interface and handy new features make it a must-have utility for anyone moving files over the Internet.
VST Full Height FireWire Hard Drives - Sexy & Solid!
They work well, and we found them to be very solid and dependable.
The Quest For A Microsoft-free Desktop
If you're stuck in the MS Office ghetto, I would encourage you to at least check out some of the alternatives.
Idea Keeper 2.0.8
If a more structured and systematic approach to data management appeals to you, I encourage you to check out Idea Keeper.
Keyspan USB Self-Powered/Bus-powered Hub
Aside from the obvious application of providing more USB ports, I found that by placing the hub in front of my monitor provided easy access to the port for easily plugging devices in and out.
In a game that's already infinitely replayable, you get new angles to play. The factions may seem a little hokey, but take a deeper look, and you'll see some interesting texture beneath the aggressively youthful faces.
We Are Juvenile!
louismg: We have seen a proliferation of amateur, consumer-oriented hacks who in raising the flag of Mac-centrism, have established Web sites with little originality, a general lack of focus, clear juvenilism.
WesGeorge: Come down off your high horse and give the kids a break. You might even learn a thing or two. After all, we are not idiots.
We Are The World
Dan Gillmor: [Microsoft's] final brief in the landmark antitrust trial was more the same bluster and refusal to acknowledge any reality but its own we-are-the-universe point of view.
We Listen. We Do!
Salon to readers: You win!
Catch the new, new redesign.
One of my favorite game company, Ambrosia Software, is giving away CDs!
Okay, so you are not getting free games. Rather, you are given free samples to try them on your Mac. If you like them, you will have to pay the shareware fees.
Remember, shareware is not free.
Intel Chip Will Be Bigger, More Expensive To Make
Intel's upcoming Willamette processor eventually will reach speeds beyond 2 GHz, but the size of the chip is raising questions about how much it will cost to make.
Microsoft Says It's Staying In Redmond
Microsoft and Canadian officials today poured cold water on reports authorities in British Columbia were trying to lure the software behemoth north amid its antitrust battle with the U.S. government.
Microsoft Office Rocked By Blast
An explosion rocked the South African office of U.S. software giant Microsoft on Friday, shattering windows but causing no injuries, a company spokeswoman said.
Microsoft Vs DOJ: It's All In The APIs
As both sides in the Microsoft Corp. antitrust trial rush to paint their perspective of the software giant's future... their filings are spotlighting a geeky nugget of technology that for years has spelled dominance for Microsoft: the API.
Canada Urging Microsoft To Move North
Canada is encouraging software giant Microsoft to relocate its operations to British Columbia, according to reports.
Thursday, June 1, 2000
Apple Sales Jump In April; Growth Below Average
U.S. retail and catalog sales of Macintosh computers were up in April to 9.6 percent, but overall sales are off substantially from a year ago and sliding from the Christmas holiday buying season.
Are iMac Sales Softening?
Fortuna added that some consumers may be holding off on purchasing iMacs with the expectation that Apple will introduce a new iMac at Macworld Expo in New York.
iM2 - Incredible Milestones Of The iMac NewsPage
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Why can't operating system designers build a better "undo" feature?
When Dull Work Piles Up Too High, Switch To The 'Fun' Tools For Creativity
As an alternative to taking the rest of the day off, I usually move one of my more creative projects to the top of the pile, and attempt to put some fun back into my work.
Apple Earnings To Be Off As iMac Sales Slump
Sales of iMacs have been slipping in the past few months and are expected to continue to fall as stock market analysts are starting to re-think just how good a third quarter and remaining year Apple will have.
Analysts Say iMac Sales Expected To Cool This Summer
Strong sales of the iMac, which propelled Apple Computer back to profitability and respectability, are expected to cool slightly this summer.
Adobe Discusses Fate Of PageMill
Adobe may have ended PageMill development but the company hopes to make PageMill fans an upgrade offer they can't refuse.
Wanna Be A Mac Mp3jay?
Ever wonder what goes into remixing? Thought about getting your own turntable, but feared your coordination might fail your creativity?
Jukebox On The Mac
MusicMatch... told MacWEEK that it's inviting Mac music fans to use the program "and to provide us with a list of features that they want in the final product."
One Mac user is already weary of an OS she hasn't even used.
Putting Back The Share In Shareware
Over the years we haven't given shareware the status or importance we should have. We've downloaded lots of PD and shareware. We've installed it. We've checked it out. And we haven't paid for many products that we decide to use.
Mr Jobs, You Saved Apple... And We Saved The Mac Users
I don't claim to understand nor agree with everything that Apple has done under your watch, but I can't disagree with the public perception towards things Macintosh nowadays.
What Makes A 'Pro' Graphics Card?
Can graphics cards aimed largely at gamers also fulfill the needs of 3-D graphics professionals, the people who make their living as architects, artists, game developers, visual-effects specialists and the like?
It's an excellent way to continue the Alpha Centauri experience but at a price.
Where'd My Manual Go?
If you want a printed source for your questions, give the Missing Manual line of books a look. Not only do the books go over the basics of applications, but they go deep into little known features.
Real And QuickTime
All in all Apple has superior tech, and better versatility; they simply need t work on the player a bit, and optimize their codecs a bit.
What's The Best "Low End" PowerBook For Sub-Workhorse Use?
Some people just want to send and receive email, casually surf the Web, and do a little word processing.
PowerBook Firmware 2.4
Update claims to add FireWire booting, but wait! Wasn't that supposed to be in FireWire 3.0? We're confused - and so are our PowerBooks.
MacGamerís Ledge leads with its strength ó a more or less continuous weekday flow of headlines aimed at keeping you on top of whatís happening and might be happening in the Mac gaming community.
AirPort: A Gamer's Primer
AirPort is perhaps the single most important network gaming technology to come along in years.
Optimize Your Mac's Performance And Stability
Well, here are a few solutions and tips to get the most out of your machine and to keep it running for days without a single crash.
Stephen King's F13
If you're not a killer King fan and a hard-core completist it's unlikely you'll find much in F13 to get excited about.
Doesn't this look familiar? That's because the brand new MacSlash uses the same code behind the scene as the popular SlashDot. Catch the news and join in the discussions.
Question: Given that the Mac doesn't use the "Slash" and the "Dot", shouldn't this be, well, MacColon? :-)
Also new: Family-Mac.com, with your usual news, reviews, and columns.
Intel Plan: New Chip Sets, Faster PCs
They're not the glamor products of the semiconductor business, but Intel's new chip sets promise a performance boost for consumers.
Reno Defends MS Purchases
Just because the Justice Department purchases thousands of Windows-based PCs doesn't mean it's being hypocritical in light of the antitrust case, the attorney general says.
HP Offers Jornada Buyers Refund On Screen Glitch
Hewlett-Packard will offer refunds to all Jornada customers, the company said today, confirming that even previous Jornadas show fewer colors than originally thought.
AMD's Thunderbird To Debut Monday
The Thunderbird is essentially an enhanced version of the Athlon, a line of processors that has been credited with turning the company's fortunes around. Its release is expected to spark a new round of competitive battles with Intel.
Judge Gives Government Another Chance To Revise Remedy
In a conference call with Jackson this morning, government lawyers requested an opportunity to respond to Microsoft's filing.
Microsoft Seeks Hearing, Expands List Of Witnesses
Microsoft's last-ditch attempts to gun down the government-proposed breakup plan or to win the argument on the need for extended hearings on a remedy for Microsoft's antitrust violations is not expected to sway Jackson, who has said he was eager to send the case to appeals courts.
Linux Still A Force Despite Windows 2000
Linux, which saw a boost in customers last year as Microsoft kept delaying the Windows 2000 launch, seems to be holding its own four months after the Microsoft operating system shipped.
Palm Developers Unite Against Microsoft
How does a small company fight a juggernaut? Tens of thousands of loyalists are fighting to keep Palm handhelds ahead of Microsoft's Pocket PC.
Microsoft Group Sees New Gains As Internet, Software Split Looms
If Microsoft Corp. is split into two separate companies, the work being carried out in a cluster of buildings known as Red West will suddenly be thrust into the spotlight.
Message To Microsoft: Just Do It
Drop the appeal. Swallow hard and agree to work out a suitable plan for breaking up the empire.
Sony Plans Desktop PC Push
Sony Electronics plans to expand its presence in the desktop computer market with a $999 line of entertainment PCs due for release in June.
Microsoft Files Last Word In Landmark Trial
Microsoft again slammed the government's proposal to break up the company today, a last-minute move before the final ruling in the celebrated case.