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Thursday, January 31, 2002

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Apple's Tower Of Power
by Matthew Rothenberg, eWEEK
What's the thinking behind this latest Power Mac G4 release, and what does it portend for Apple's future moves on the pro desktop?


AppleWorks 6.2.2 Update Today:Optimized For OS X 10.1
by The Mac Observer

7th-Graders Get Computers
by Miriam Stawowy, Hampton Daily Press
Hampton begins test of education's future.

He's Wired Up
by Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times
Rock musician embraces technology in the studio and at home.

MusicMatch Makes Play For Mac Users
by Gwendolyn Mariano, CNET
MusicMatch, which makes programs for creating and organizing digital music, has launched one of the first music subscription services for Macintosh computers.

Playing To Apple's Strengths
by Jim Heid, Los Angeles Times
Many media producers will need to stay with or occasionally return to OS 9 until the software plug-ins and other utilities they rely on become available for OS X. But the pieces are falling into place.


Will Microsoft Dump Apple? Who Cares?
by David Morgenstern, ZDNet
What Mac users want from Microsoft are real Mac applications, not ports from Windows. Microsoft got that message a number of years ago, and the Mac community appreciates the result.


The State Of OS X Web Browsers
by Rob McNair-Huff, Mac Net Journal


Microsoft To Appoint Security Chief
by Robert Lemos, CNET
Microsoft plans to appoint a former U.S. Department of Justice attorney to its top security position, company sources said Thursday.

EU Approves HP-Compaq
by CNN/Money
Europeans give all clear, Compaq calls it "important milestone."

Microsoft Judge: Settlement Changes?
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
A federal judge has asked Microsoft and the Justice Department to file a joint status report on their proposed settlement and, in an unusual move, has asked if they're planning any changes to the settlement in response to public comments.

Wednesday, January 30, 2002


Governor Vows To Keep Laptop Idea Alive
by Liz Chapman, Lewiston Sun Journal
The governor said Maine got a lucrative deal with Apple, which was willing to provide computers, network equipment and wiring for $10 million to $15 million les than market value.

Governor's Computer Proposal Faces Rough Go
by Liz Chapman and Bonnie Washuk, Lewiston Sun Journal
Even lawmakers who were previously supportive of the proposal during better economic times, are now in a hurry to kill the plan and use the money for other state needs.

Ambrosia Releases SnapzPro X V1.0.2
by Kirk Hiner,

Expo Power Of X Movie Posted
by Macworld UK


Being A Mac Pack Rat
by Adam C. Engst, TidBITS
I'm here today to recommend that you do keep old hardware around if you have the space and don't have anything better to do with it.

An Opening For Apple
by Charles Haddad, BusinessWeek
The next frontier for Jobs & Co. will be melding its user-friendly technologies into an emerging generation of consumer electronics.


Wednesday, January 30, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Google does not allow pop-up ads of any kind on their site. Very good idea! This web site (myapplemenu) doesn't either. In fact, this web site have no advertisement whatsoever.


Back Microsoft And Win An iPaq
by John Lettice, The Register
Just a tool to get people involved, and certainly not a bribe.

Microsoft Expands Mobile Program
by Richard Shim, CNET
Microsoft plans to announce Wednesday the expansion of its program for partner companies that create hardware and software for its mobile products.

Press Denied Access To MS Antitrust Depositions
by Cara Garretson, Macworld UK
Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly approved a Microsoft motion that removes the obligation to allow public access to witness interviews.

Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Top Stories

Apple Drops On-Site Service From One-Year Warranty
by MacMinute
The dramatic change in policy affects only warranties of products announced beginning this year.

X Photoshop Delay 'Not Deliberate'
by Johnny Evans, Macworld UK
Adobe has denied it is deliberately delaying an OS X version of Photoshop because of a strained relationship with Apple.


Security-Conscious Groups Ban Wi-Fi
by Michelle Kesller, USA Today
Wi-Fi is being banned from some high-tech institutions because of security concerns.

Sony's Producer Outlines Mac Support
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
"There are 35 free games on the service right now, and by the time we're done making those all Mac compatible, we'll have even more."

iCab 2.7.1: Maintenance Release To Browser
by MacNN

Laptop Foe Cites Abuse In Virginia
by Ruth-Ellen Cohen, Bangor Daily News
Maine has foreseen many of the problems, and has required "some pretty significant commitments" in the final contract with Apple.

HyperCard Stacks Native On OS X: Hail The Revolution!
by Steve Setzer, Stepwise
Do you have HyperCard or Supercard stacks that you are tired of running in Classic mode?

Avid Xpress DV Coming To Mac OS X
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
Avid Xpress DV is the company's solution for non-linear editing.

Cookie Monster Bites Netscape And Mozilla Users
by John Leyden, The Register
Masquerade risk unmasked

Laptop Scheme Promises To Deliver
by BBC News
The initiative has been called the biggest ever single schools computer purchase - but there are concerns that such projects are too expensive.


Hey, Apple! Guess What? Inside Mater, Too
by Stephan Somogyi, ZDNet
Apple's hardware product lines are understandably smaller than the cumulative options available in the competing Windows camp. However, this smaller palette to choose from should also bring with it a greater commitment to quality and reliability.

Will Microsoft Pull The Plug On Apple?
by David Coursey, ZDNet
Microsoft needs to go even further and expand its Mac OS support, because aside from Office, Microsoft's Mac support, well, sucks.

Short Take: Whore Or Prostitute? Mac Web Can Sell Its Soul & Stay True, Too
by Rodney O. Lain, The Mac Observer
The Mac Web has no choice but to "grow or go." — and growing costs money while going doesn't.

Would We Really Want Apple To Dominate The Computer Market?
by Charles W. Moore, Low End Mac
I believe that there is nothing to apologize for in the pursuit of excellence and the maintenance of standards.

An Objective Look At The State Of The Mac
by John Jerney, Daily Yomiuri
"There are some fundmental things that made the Mac the productive place that it was, and some of those features have either been taken away, or are in the process of being taken away."


Apple iPod
by James Harding,
If you're an Apple fanatic, iPod is the perfect personal stereo.

Jeopardy 2
by Bill Stiteler,
Jeopardy 2 captures wonderfully the flavor of a hit game show and makes it fun to play at home, too.


Tuesday, January 29, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Did you know that Ian McKellen, the wizard Gandalf the Grey in "Lord of the Rings", is another fellow Mac user? Although, he admits, he can't tell you what kind of car he drives.


States Pushed To Examine Passport
by Reuters
A privacy group on Tuesday asked state law enforcement authorities to examine Microsoft's Passport online identity service, saying it exposes consumers to fraud, junk electronic mail and identity theft.

Experts Lend Opinions On Microsoft
by Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe

Dell CFO Sees Stable PC Demand, Won't Call Recovery
by Reuters
Demand for PC appears to be stabilizing after falling for about two years, although when sales will actually pick up is not clear.

Microsoft, Opponents Make Cases To Judge
by Jonathan Krim, Washington Post
Efforts to sway the federal judge handling the Microsoft antitrust case played out in a public campaign yesterday as the company and its rivals released thick reports, cited prominent legal and economic names, and skirmished over lobbying tactics.

Monday, January 28, 2002

Top Stories

Apple Refreshes Power Mac G4 Line
by MacMinute
Apple updated its Power Mac G4 line with 800MHz, 933MHz, and dual-1GHz configurations.

X Photoshop Delay 'Not Deliberate'
by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK
Adobe has denied it is deliberately an OS X version of Photoshop because of a strained relationship with Apple.


Apple Brings Power Macs Up To Speed
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Apple on Monday broke the 1GHz barrier not once but twice with the delivery of new Power Macs.

New iMac Begins Shipping: 150,000 Pre-Orders
by MacMinute

Europe: More Critical Than Ever
by Victoria Shanon, International Herald Tribune
Pascl Cagni, Apple Computer Inc.'s top manager in Europe, hadn't used a Macintosh computer until he took the job in April 2000.


Is The Mac Web Selling Its Soul?
by Bob McCormick,
It just seems that it's the antithesis of what the Mac community has always been about.

Mac OS X: Game Developer's Playground
by Troy Stephens, Stepwise
Mac OS X goes a long way toward rewriting the economic rules of GUI application development.


PowerMail V3.1
by Kirk Hiner,
For people serious about their e-mail, that thirty day demo will most likely result in years of devoted use.


Monday, January 28, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Time's editor picked the usual responses from readers about the iMac article.


Microsoft, AOL End Document Scuffle
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
AOL Time Warner and Microsoft on Monday resolved their differences over which documents will be released as part of the ongoing litigation int he software giant's antitrust trial.

Bill's Biggest Bet Yet
by Geoffrey Cowley, Newsweek
The richest people on earth have created a fund of more than $24 billion to save the poorest from disease. How much of a difference can Bill and Melinda Gates make?

Intel Tweaks CPU Prices
by Drew Cullen, The Register
Situation normal

Has Microsoft Met Its Match?
by Catherine Yang and Jay Greene, BusinessWeek
AOL could be the one company to offer it a real court battle.

Compaq Blade Servers Go On Sale
by Stephen Shankland, CNET
Compaq Computer has begun selling its first "blade" servers, networked computers stacked side-by-side so that 280 can fit in a single six-foot-tall rack, the company will announce Monday.

Sunday, January 27, 2002

Top Stories

Wireless Computers Offer Students Digital Learning Experience
by Mark Berton, Tribune-Review
As Quaker Valley winds up its first semester as one of the three Digital School Districts in the state, the nature of learning is changing at the high school.


Turning Macs On Thievery
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
In a story that is probably unique, R.D. Bridges recovered his sister's stolen iMac using Netopia's Timbuktu Pro.

Working Hard For Hue
by William L. Hamilton, New York Times
Popular color isn't just "in the wind" each season. It's generated by high-wind machines like Pantone.

Mine's Plan For Laptops Goes Forward
by Associated , Associated Press
Despite a budget crunch, Maine is sticking with its plan to put a computer into the lap of every seventh- and eighth-grader in the state.

Shockwave Player Comes To Mac OS X
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral

Public Beta Of Norton Utilities For Mac OS X Out
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
This beta version includes: Norton Disk Doctor, FileSaver, UnErase and Scheduler components.


Own It All, Apple, Please: Homepage, iPhoto, Netscape 6, & The Problems
by Vern Seward, Mac Observer
Owning the whole experience means taking care of all the details, even the ones you'd rather not advertise.

Digital Hub Or Entertainment Center?
by Adam Robert Guha, Low End Mac


The iPod Protector
by Marc Zeedar,
This is a good, basic case for your iPod. There's nothing wrong with it, but nothing remarkable either.

iMac "All-In-One" Is A Trinity
by John Dingler, Inquirer
The resulting ambiance is something that would make a Gucci store proud.

Epson Stylus C80
by Rick LePage, Macworld
Excellent bundle of features in a low-priced ink-jet printer.

iPhoto Brings Visual Order
by Glenn Fleishman, Seattle Times


Sunday, January 27, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

An Apple A Day: The "Unofficial" iMovie FAQ.


The Week In Review: Courting Microsoft
by Steven Musil, CNET
No stranger to the courtroom, Microsoft found itself embroiled in a barrage of legal filings related to its antitrust woes, but that doesn't mean the software giant took it lying down.

Friday, January 25, 2002

Top Stories

Getting Close To The New iMac
by Michael J. Miller, PC Magazine
The new iMac is an exceptionally designed system for Mac fans. And $1,799 is a great price.


9 Maine Schools To Get Laptops In March
by A. Jay Higgins, Bangor Daily News
The first nine of 241 Maine schools will receive laptop computers in March. But some cash-strapped legislators searching for alternatives to close a $272 million budget shortfall urged the administration to delay the proposal's implementation.


How Living On A Mac Nearly Made Me Change Careers
by David Coursey, ZDNet
I'm having a good time and learning things — including my real calling in life.


Apple Of Your iPhoto
by Troy Dreier, PC Magazine
With its excellent concept and feature set, iPhoto will clearly be the way Mac users organize their photos for years to come, but we'll have to wait for version 2.0 before we can get too excited.

21st Century Walkman?
by Steve Knopper, Rocky Moutain News
Apple's iPod is cool, but don't expect it to be music's future.


Gates Has History Of Investing In Cable Industry
by Christopher Stern, Washington Post
Bill Gates invested $500 million of his own money and that of his family's charitable foundation last October in Cox Communications Inc., the nation's fifth-largest cable company.

Thursday, January 24, 2002

Top Stories

To Go Mac Or Not To Go Mac? That Is The Question...
by David Morgenstern, ZDNet
Mac users truly like their computer and its interface.

Why Apple Has That Special Glow
by Charles Haddad, BusinessWeek
Judging by all the screens at Macworld emitting OS X's aqua-blue aura, it sure looks like the new operating system has achieved liftoff.


Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Forms Mobile Start-Up
by Reuters


Apple: At What Price Innovation?
by Scot Petersen, eWEEK
Innovation is going to suffer when the main concern of most PC makers is merely to stay in business. And that doesn't bode well for Apple.

6 Million iMacs Later
by Charles Downs, Arizona Central
You must see the actual computer — and when you do, you'll most likely agree with me: The new iMac is not a gimmick.


Apple's New iPhoto Handles Thousands Of Digital Pictures
by Walter S. Mossberg, Wall Street Journal
iPhoto is a winner.

Web Feast For Apple Enthusiasts
by Jim Heid, Los Angeles Times
The Web is full of Mac-related Web sites of all types and credibility levels, sites that have full-time editorial staffs and sites that are based in spare bedrooms.


Microsoft Fires Back At AOL
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
"AOL can't have it both ways. Their uncooperative attitude on document production stands in stark contrast to their active, behind-the-scenes involvement with the non-settling states."

Risks May Outweigh '.Net' Good
by Lawrence J. Magid, Los Angeles Times

In AOL's Suit Against Microsoft, The Key Word Is Access
by Steve Lohr, New York Times
"This lawsuit is about the future and how that future will play out. AOL is trying to challenge the Microsoft threat here and now."

Microsoft, Government Share The Hot Seat
by Reuters
An antitrust research group said on Wednesday it plans to file a lawsuit against Microsoft and the U.S. Justice Department, charging that both failed to fully disclose contacts that led to a proposed settlement of the case against the software giant.

Monday, January 21, 2002


Shawn King Is (Was) The Mac Show...
by John H. Farr,
Shawn is resigning due to 'philosophical differences.'

Sunday, January 20, 2002

Top Stories

Henrico To Put Limits On Students' Laptop Use
by Chris Dovi, Times-Dispatch
During the service recall, such widely abused functions as games and music downloads, which teachers have complained have damaged instruction time, will be eliminated or heavily restricted.

Apple Gives Corporations The Cold Shoulder
by Gary A Bolles, Business 2.0
Macworld was a big success for Apple. But for corporate IT buyers, it was basically a washout.


Secrets Of The Trade: Projecting An Air Of Mystery Helps Generate A Buzz
by Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle
In technology circles these days, the best way to get people talking about a new product is to just shut up.

Building Creativity Into The Box
by Rob Pegoraro and Dina ElBoghdady, Washington Post
Electronics companies hope new devices will spur imaginations... and sales.

Macworld: Java Is Alive And Well On The Mac
by Daniel Steinberg, Javaworld
Mac OS X gives Java developers unprecedented opportunities.

Apple Tries Hard To Keep A Secret
by Jon Fortt, San Jose Mercury News
Why does Apple keep things so quiet, and how? It turns out Apple's motivation for keeping secrets comes down to two things: survival and marketing.

Apple Has Under 3 Percent Of World Market
by Nua

Finally, A Chance For Apple To Flourish
by ALex Salkever, BusinessWeek
Steve Jobs certainly has the needed pieces. The key question: Will its hot products and a major retail effort boost market share?

Why OS X May Be A Growth Factor
by Alex Salkever with Jay Mehta, BusinessWeek
Apple's new Unix-based operating system could help plug a glaring historic hole: The lack of Mac software.

Thinking Different About Apple's Stock
by Amey Stone, BusinessWeek
It goes like this: So what if its market share is minuscule? The hot iPod and iMac portend stronger sales, profits, and maybe even share.

Can Jobs "Think Outside The Pretty Box"?
by Alex Salkever, BusinessWeek
Interface guru Jef Raskin, who helped design the first Mac, says Apple has to get beyond its "form fetish."

A Talk With Apple's Mr. Marketer
by Alex Salkever, BusinessWeek
Phil Schiller discusses the "dramatic change" that is OS X, Apple's new products, and who's going to be biting.


New iMac Mighty, But How Many Will Notice?
by James Coates, Chicago Tribune

Toward A Hack-Proof Mac
by Alex Salkever, BusinessWeek
Apple has made considerable progress — but not quite enough — in patching holes and improving security since the release of OS X.


Corel Graphics Suite 10
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral


Civil Service Eyes Non-Microsoft Software
by Tang Weng Fai, Business Times Singapore
The Singapore civil service is evaluating whether it should use free, open source software programs instead of relying solely on Microsoft Corp's costly 'Office' software.

Who Wins If AOL Swallows RedHat?
by Andrew orlowski, The Register
Trick question

Would You Try Life Without Microsoft?
by Martha Heller, CIO
It's hard to fault CIOs looking for some kind of viable alternative to Microsoft. But maybe the angst over Microsoft is the kind of general resentment that most of us have for anything that we can't live without, or at least, are afraid to attempt life without.

Saturday, January 19, 2002


Saturday, January 19, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Rumormonger-ing by MacMinute: Power Mac G4 expected to break 1GHz next week.


Linux Quake3 Rocks Win-XP Quake3 On New P4
by Thomas C Greene, The Register

Dell Raises Profit Forecast, Saying Holiday Sales Were Strong
by Chris Gaither, New York Times
Increasing its lead over competitors in the sputtering personal computer business, Dell raised its sales and profit forecasts yesterday for the current quarter.

Intel Preparing New Mobile Chips
by John G. Spooner, CNET
Intel will launch a line of new chips for mobile PCs next week that includes a low-cost Celeron running at more than 1GHz.

Xbox Drags On Microsoft Profit
by David Becker, CNET
While Microsoft is touting strong initial sales for the Xbox, analysts say the new video game console will be a drag on the company's bottom line for at least another year.

Ad Slump Has Microsoft Looking Aborad
by Reuters
Microsoft said Friday that its $100 million investment to build its online advertising sales force is beginning to pay off in Europe, even as the global online advertising slump appears to be worsening.

Friday, January 18, 2002

Top Stories

iMac Hopefuls Face Longer Waits
by Tiffany Kary, CNET
Strong demand for Apple Computer's new top-of-the-line iMac means a longer wait for prospective buyers.

Jonathan Ive: Apple Of The Mac
by Caroline Frost, BBC News
With the release of the new iMac, its chief designer Jonathan Ive has cemented his reputation as the Armani of Apple. So what motivates the man whose motto remains "Sorry, no beige"?

Apple: Lofty Goals Breed Mistrust
by Elyssa Jaffe, IDEAadvisor
We are less optimistic about the near future as management has already set a precedent of failing to meet its retail goals and creating the need to backtrack.


New iMac To Remain In Homes
by Stuart Kennedy, iTnews
Apple Australia probably has a consumer hit on its hands with the 'lamp stand' iMac, but it wonít make much of a dent in the corporate market.


Expo's Other Big Hit: iPhoto
by Jim Heid, Los Angeles Times
Some of iPhoto's limitations are due to its version 1.0 status, but politics also may be to blame.

Apple's iPod Continues To Defy The Naysayers
by Kelly McNeill, osOpinion
Back in late October when Apple's new iPod MP3 player was first introduced, it was met with much fanfare, including a slew of positive reviews. Despite the high praise, anti-Apple naysayers still cast doubts on the success of Apple's latest digital innovation. But strong iPod sales and other factors have proved the naysayers wrong. As it turns out, the iPod's features could have justified a price as much as US$50 more than what Apple charged.

Apple's Financial Results And Other Thoughts
by Paul Shields, Business Mac
No matter how good you thought Apple's financial news was before reading this, hopefully you walk away with even more confidence in the results.


Usability Of OS X
by Craig Linton

Inside iPhoto: Image Management For Power Shooters
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
Since I've been using it, I'm surprised to see how refined the first version release is.

Start The Year With A Computer Cleanup
by J.D. Biersdorfer, New York Times

iPhoto: Bringing Photography Out Of The Darkroom
by Matthew Fordahl, Associated Press
The most promising features are those that link iPhoto with services on the Internet.


Friday, January 18, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

We Know It's Coming...

And it's here. Introducing, Luxo Redux.

Exploding Windows

Exploding chips could foil laptop thieves: obvious joke ó now, you really have a reason to fear the classic bomb dialog.


What's the point of the instant awake-from-sleep feature of Mac OS X, when my very first click into my web browser brings me the rainbow disc of death, and loud spinning of the hard disk for, I don't know, forever. Do you think I can use this to convince my wife that we should start budgeting for a TiBook? :-)

Scobleizer: Did I ever tell you about the time that Bill Gates personally promised me that Visual Basic would be ported to the Macintosh? He did, and it still hasn't.

You know what... I've already seen people using the acroymn ASS to refer to this wonderful Apple product. It's the backend!


US Stocks Open Down After IBM, Microosft Disappoint
by Reuters

The Meter Is Running
by Scott Berinato, CIO
Microsoft came up with a new subscription licensing model, saying it made life simple for corporate IT. But CIOs are now saying the plan is a long ride with a fare that keeps climbing.

Intel Sabotaged Solaris On Itanic - Sun
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
Intel had withheld key technical information and resources from Sun engineers, forcing Sun to shelve the project.

Thursday, January 17, 2002

Top Stories

Radical New iMacs Boast Power, Features At Competitive Prices
by Walter S. Mossberg, Wall Street Journal
This is an excellent computer with plenty of power and an innovative ergonomic design. I didn't swoon over its looks, but I very much enjoyed using it.


A Silicon Valley Funeral For Be Inc
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
The most romantic of all Silicon Valley start-ups finally ran into the auctioneer's hammer.

'Cheese!' To 'Print,' In One Step
by David Pogue, New York Times
Canon, HP and Epson have recently hit upon a clever invention that vastly simplifies the route from camera to paper: direct-print photo printers.

Apple's Retail Stores Show Positive Data On Customers
by Steve Lohr, New York Times
40 percent of the people who bought computers at the 27 retail stores were first-time users of Macintosh machines. The figure, analysts say, is an encouraging sign for the company's strategy of trying to lure newcomers to Macintosh.

DigitalFilm Tree Follows 'Rules Of Attraction'
by Elina Shatkin, Videography
The film, which Lion Gate expects to release in April 2002, is the first studio-backed feature to be edited entirely with Final Cut Pro.

Apple's Jobs Turns To Gadgets Amid Slack PC Market
by Greg Chang, Bloomberg
Some investors are more intrigued by the company's iPod, introduced in November.

Apple Ups 2Q Targets
by CNN/Money
The new guidance helped lift shares of Apple 96 cents to $21.74 in after-hours trading, but that was only following a lost of 92 cents in regular-hours trading ahead of the after-market earnings report.


Mac Faithful May Resurrect The Tech Sector With Spending
by David Plotnikoff, Dallas Morning News
This will be the year that the Macintosh faithful — a 5 percent minority in the digital world — single-handedly pull the tech industry out of its economic funk.

An Open Source Adventure At Macworld
by Dan Berkes, NewsForge


Microsoft Posts Record Sales
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Microsoft whizzed past analysts' sales projects, but missed earnings estimates by two cents a share.

Microsoft Profits Expected To Drop
by Reuters
Profits are expected to fall about 9 percent from a year earlier even though revenue has risen, due to sales of more lower-margin products and heavy marketing expenses.

Microsoft Announces Corporate Strategy Shift Toward Security And Privacy
by D. Ian Hopper and Ted Bridis, Associated Press
Gates referred to the new philosophy as "Trustworthy COmputing" and called it the "highest priority" to ensure computer users continue to venture across an increasingly Internet-connected world.

Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Top Stories

Apple Says iMac Demand Tops Own Expecations
by Reuters
Apple has seen the strongest new-product demand for the redesigned iMac desktop computer since the original iMac three years ago.

iPhoto A Day Late, But Not A Dollar Short
by Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times
Megahypersuperdouble-plus-robo cool.


Apple, Long On Design, Falls Short On Revenue
by Tish Williams, The
If Apple is looking for financial results that will get the kind of reception its sleek line of iMacs did a week ago, it has a ways to go.

New iMac Has Fans Salivating
by John Yaukey, Gannett News Service
Apple once again has Macheads drooling.

Windows Media Player 'Super Cookies' Could Help Track Users
by Brian McWillams, Newsbytes
A user identification technology built into Microsoft's Windows Media Player could enable Web sites to track users, a privacy watchdog warned today.

MacAlly Releases Mouse/Trackball Drivers For OS X
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral


Pro User's Perspective On The New iMac (And Other Apple Revelations)
by Chris Stone, O'Reilly Network
This is an exciting time to watch for longtime power users who have been waiting for a modern OS from Apple for many years, and are now seeing it become mainstream.

The Challenge: If I Go Mac, Will I Ever Go Back?
by David Coursey, ZDNet
Can a Windows-dependent technology columnist live happily as a Mac user? That's the question I am about to spend a month of my life trying to answer.

iMac Design Is Another Of Steve Jobs' Better Ideas
by Chris Cobbs, Orlando Sentinel
Will Apple finally have a mass-market hit?

Reality Check: iPhoto Report From The Field
by John H. Farr,
The official stuff is all laid out in the iPhoto section at, but you'll really learn a lot from the iPhoto discussion page.


Streaming Video Slow To Pick Up Speed
by Reuters
Streaming video will take another four to five years before it enjoys rapid growth of traffic and revenues for telecom operators and video production companies.

Microsoft's Entourage X Perfect For Getting Organized
by David Rosen,
If you have a desire to organize your busy life, Entourage can definitely help you do the job.

Intiuit TurboTax Deluxe 2001
by Mick Lockey, TechTV
New version streamlines tax filing with expanded time-saving features.

iPhoto More Impressive Than iMac?
by David Sims, O'Reilly Network
Apple appears to have done it right, and iPhoto is an application I hope others will learn from, and maybe even emulate.

Apple iMac 800MHz PowerPC G4
by ZDNet


Wednesday, January 16, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Reading Habits's Purchase Circles listing:

Apple staff reads Making iMovies, Second Coming of Steve Jobs, and Mac OS X: The Complete Reference.

Dell staff reads Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry, Cheap Psychological Tricks for Lovers, and Cheap Psychological Tricks: What to Do When Hard Work, Honesty, and Perseverance Fail.


Mac OS have been recognized one of the easiest-to-use OS in the world all these years despite the fact that the underlying technologies, until recently, weren't that great. That, I believe, really demonstrate how great the user-interface was.

Doc Searls: The idea behind OS X... is similar to the idea behind a large boat. It's designed to handle many kinds of failure, thoug in no case by sinking. With your flimsier operating system, the concept is a bit more like that of a car.

Arik Hesseldahl: Probably one of the biggest drawbacks of joining the hyper-connected set is a shortage of pockets. Carrying a mobile phone, PDA and maybe a wireless e-mail device like a Blackberry can become a logistical challenge. I gave up on pockets, and now carry a bag everywhere I go. Occasionally, with a PowerBook inside too. :-)


Chips Ahoy
by Scott Rosenberg, Salon
AMD competes with Intel, and the public wins. The right Microsoft antitrust settlement can bring the same energy back to the software market.

Intel Reluctant To Say Worst Is Now Over
by Christine Frey, Los Angeles Times

Consultant May Decide Hewlett Deal
by Steve Lohr, New York Times
The next arena in the fight for the future of HP is an unlikely one — the offices in Rockville, Md., of Institutional Shareholder Services.

Intel Says Share Of Asia-Pac Revs To Keep Growing
by Reuters

Tuesday, January 15, 2002

Top Stories

Flat-Screen iMac Wows Design Guru
by Alfred Hermida, BBC News
Apple's new iMac has won the endorsement of the influential computer design guru Don Norman.


iMac Is No Threat To CRT Screens, Say Experts
by Martin Veitch, IT Week
Steve Jobs' proclamation of the 'death of CRT' may have been a bit premature, some experts feel.

A Flat, Flat, Flat Screen World
by Jeffrey Benner, Wired News
With Apple's sleek new iMac leading the way, flat screen displays are poised to muscle bulky TV-style computer monitors off desks and into dumpsters.

The Universal Serial Bus Is A Wonderful Thing
by Matt Foster, Brick-City
If you're a veteran, then you've just got to love USB.

WebObjects Updated To 5.1
by Macworld UK

Maine Laptop Plan Moves Closer To Reality
by David Sharp, Associated Press
Two thousand teachers will get laptops this spring, and seventh-graders will see them this fall in 241 schools across Maine.

Desklamp Is A Head-Turner
by David Frith, The Barrow
However you look at it, there's no doubt Apple Computer's new iMac is different from any other PC you've seen.


Mac Rant: It's A Safe Bet The G5 Is On Its Way This Year
by David Rosen,
If this G5 power prognostication comes tru,e the computer world will once again be subjected to yet another round of advertising from Apple rightfully claiming it produces the most powerful (and coolest) computers around.

21st Century Tech Strategy War: Apple Vs Microsoft
by Tim McDonald, NewsFactor
As usual, Apple and Steve Jobs are setting the standard for ease-of-use and for advanced elegant functionality.

Will Apple Roll Out New High-End G5s In March?
by Kelly McNeill, osOpinion
Apple's traditional release schedule is that shortly after new consumer products are announced, the company goes through a brief period when its consumer product feature set resembles that of the professional line.

Discussion: Steve Jobs And The Oh-So-Cool iMac
by Slashdot

Boot This! Industrial Designs Gain Cool Factor
by Chris Winters, East Side Journal
I'd wager [Apple] is the only computer manufacturer that makes something that can even be considered art.

Hey, Cool
by Philip Machanick, MacOPINION


PowerBook 5300 Revisited
by Charles Moore, MacOPINION


Tuesday, January 15, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

MacFixIt found a draft version of the new iMac's service instructions — and, of course, have details on what they've found.

An Apple A Day:


Wanted: A Factory For Xbox In Asia
by Reuters
Microsoft said Tuesday that it was looking for a production base in Asia to manufacture its Xbox game console for the Japanese market.

Korea Migrates 120K Civil Servants To Linux Desktop
by Drew Cullen, The Register
The Korean government is to buy 120,000 copies of Hancom Linux Deluxe this year, enough to switch 23 per cent of its installed base Microsoft user to open source equivalents.

Monday, January 14, 2002

Top Stories

Apple Thinks DIfferent
by Robert Mullins and Ken Spencer Brown, Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal
American consumers: Apple wants you.

Feedback About The New iMac
by Henry Norr, San Francisco Chronicle
When you sell on style, there's no way to make everyone happy.

A Cover For Steve Jobs, A Faux Pas For Time
by Felicity Barringer, New York Times
By flubbing an embargo and giving Web-happy night owls a premature glimpse of the new computer, broke Time's deal with Steve Jobs. By pulling down the article a few hours later, the site made it excruciatingly clear that there was indeed a deal.


Apple Earnings Due Wednesday
by MacMinute

Adobe May Ditch China Sales
by David Becker, CNET
Adobe may leave the Chinese market and other Asian region due to rampant piracy there, according to CEO Bruce Chizen.

Revamped iMac
by Craig Crossman, Knight Ridder Newspapers
Apple's new computer flattens company's old ideas.

Digital Photo Craze Leads To Services Growth
by Antone Gonsalves, InformationWeek
"Today, it's more of a side business for these companies. But in the future, there's some potential."

With A Little Bit Of Luxo
by Steven Levy, Newsweek
Apple's impresario, Steve Jobs, didn't miss a trick when he unveiled the new lamplike iMac.

LCD Market Not So Clear
by Michael Kanellos and Richard Shim, CNET
Will there be enough flat-panel monitors to go around in 2002?

iMac Rumours 'will Hit Apple Xmas Sales'
by Macworld UK
Merrill Lynch has warned that Apple's sales for the three months to December will fall short of expectations.

New HP Inkjet, Scanner Coming This Month
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
HP is offering more bang for the buck in its digital imaging line with a new color inkjet printer and color scanner.


Apple's New Magic Bullet?
by Matthew Rothenberg, eWEEK
Prognosticating about Apple's next moves, like hunting bear, can be a treacherous two-way street: Sometimes you get the drop on new Macs, and sometimes new Macs get the drop on you.

Apple Growing A New Backbone?
by Jeff Adkins, Low End Mac

That New iMac: Tiny, White And Not Much Else
by Mark Anderson, MSN Money
Were Apple's customers clamoring for a computer that looks like a desk lamp? They got one anyway.


Love At First Sight
by Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Pioneer Press
Windows XP doesn't give me what I want. A Mac does.

Radio 8 The Video Star
by Adam Curry
This software turns your PC or Mac into a real live broadcast facility. You're in control of the whole show, the name, style, look and feel, content, design, pictures, words, commentary amd most importantly: Links.


Monday, January 14, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong


Shawn King, in a mailing list: Unofficially, Apple has tested [the new iMac] with a Cinema Display.


Just an early warning for folks who depends on the news feed... MyAppleMenu (i.e. me) will go on hiatus on Jan 21 till Jan 26.

Dan Gillmor: With the rise of search tools that unerringly bring you to the page you want, the need for a highly specific domain name ó one that a casual Web user would be able to guess ó has practically disappeared.


School's Out For Microsoft
by David Smith, gartner Viewpoint
Perhaps it was always going to be too good to be true.

Microsoft Releases New Office Tools
by Mike Ricciuti and Wylie Wong, CNET
Microsoft on Monday launched new tools for linking its Office desktop software into its growing .Net Web services plan.

Worm Posing As Microsoft Update Moving Slowly - Experts
by Reuters
The so-called "Gigger" worm is a low threat since so few computers have been infected.

AMD, Intel May Top Raised Estimates
by Reuters
The two rival chipmakers are expected to beat their forecasts, which were raised in December, when their fourth-quarter results come out.

Security Flaws May Be Pitfall For Microsoft
by Joseph Menn, Los Angeles Times
As the company shifts toward interactive services, its latest vulnerabilities do little to bolster customer confidence.

Goofy Dell Guy Exudes Star Power
by Michael McCarthy, USA Today
Steven puts a friendly face on a category often intimidating to consumers: computers.

Sunday, January 13, 2002

Top Stories

The Shape Of Things To Come
by Charles Arthur, Independent
Jonathan Ive can hardly believe it. "It's funny, it having been so, so secret. Now it's everywhere."

Apple's Music Player Wins Following
by Elinor Mills Abreu, Reuters
Following Apple tradition, the industrial design of the iPod is nothing short of cool and easy to use.


Time Right To Upgrade Computers
by Steven S. Woo, Des Moines Register
Upgrades are best for computers that are less than five years old and that lag only in a few areas.

Betting On Jobs
by Dale Kasler, Scaramento Bee
Some Apple admirers fret that Apple is a one-man band dependent on Jobs.

Net Watchdogs Criticize Time's Timing
by Skinny DuBaud, CNET
Time came uncomfortably close to crossing the line that divides editorial and advertising.

This Week In Review: All Charged Up
by Steven Musil, CNET
Apple Computer stole the spotlight this week wtih the unveiling of its new iMac design amid a parade of new gadgets and gizmos from the annual Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Macworld Expo: Hidden Gems
by MacMinute
Lesser known titles that perform an especially unique or impressive function.

Touring The Downtown San Francisco Apple Billboards
by John F. Braun, Mac Observer


iPod, Nomad Power Players, But Not Perfect
by James Coates, Chicago Tribune
It is a shame to see engineers designing products that deliberately are crippled in the name of ethics.

iPod: The Designers Got This One Right
by Stephen H. Wildstrom, BusinessWeek
Apple's digital music player is a cinch to use, has lots of memory — and it looks great.

Jukebox Talented, Tough, Bookish
by James Coates, Chicago Tribune
Music lovers with computers will be drawn to this because it holds more tunes than competition and because it has some highly sophisticated high-fidelity features.

Saturday, January 12, 2002

Top Stories

The Best Revenge
by Robert X. Cringely, PBS
Why the new iMacs will be successful no matter what they look like.


Apple: 14-Inch iBook No Threat To TiPB Line
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
Many professionals and those into high-end graphics would still go for the TiPB with its slightly larger screen and G4 processor.

Who Needs Ads?
by Chicago Tribune
The Tempo task Force on Periodical Psychology predicts more cover stories on products in the near future.

Analyst Takes A Bite Out Of Apple's Plan
by Steve Maich, Financial Post
Redesigned iMac launched at worst time, Fortuna says.

No iPhoto Planned For Traditional Mac OS
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
There are no plans for a Mac OS 9.x version.

Apple Computer Says European Holiday Sales 'Good, But No More'
by Cecile Daurat, Bloomberg
"We didn't see the classic spike in sales we usually have for Christmas."


Why We've Embraced Mac OS X
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
If you've been less than enthusiastic about Apple technologies in the past, I'm asking you to take a second look.

A Visit To Macworld Expo 2002
by John C. Dvorak, PC Magazine
Maybe this will be the year of the iMac, I hate to admit it, but I like the new iMac Luxo-lamp look-alike.

Bold New Look, Tired Old Metaphor
by David Gelernter, New York Times
Will Appl ehave the nerve to do it again? Build a new computer, not just a new Mac? Back to you, Mr. Jobs.


Apple iPod
by Matthew Witheiler, AnandTech
The iPod is the best MP3 player we have seen to date.

The Nisus Files: Converting To The Nisus Writer Word Processor
by Kirk Hiner,


Saturday, January 12, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Anonymous: Port GNUstep to Darwin and you have a good chunk of OS X running on Intel architecture.


Chinese Experts Back Dumping Of Microsoft
by Straits Times
The Beijing municipal government's move to buy local software is seen as a huge boost for Chinese firms.

Gigger Virus Gets 'High' Rating
by Dennis Fisher, eWEEK
The virus hasn't infected many computers yet, but Symantec has given it a High rating for both damage and distribution.

Judge Scraps Microsoft School Deal
by Joseph Menn, Los Angeles Times
Court says $1-billion settlement wasn't enough and might extend monopoly. More negotiations are possible.

Out The Windows
by David Lagesse, US News
Breaking with Microsoft gets a little easier.

Microsoft: .Net Virus .Not
by Reuters
Microsoft claims that the virus targeting files used in its .Net framework is actually based on an old Windows virus.

Friday, January 11, 2002

Top Stories

iPhoto Makes Working With Pictures Fun Again
by Khan Klatt, osOpinion
The same tedious task that previously took at least four different software applications to accomplish is made easy and enjoyable by iPhoto.


Digital Hub Incomplete
by Jeff Adkins, Low End Mac
There are some loose ends Apple has not addressed in the whole digital hub strategy.

Naked At The Moscone: The Macworld Expo Round-Up
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
For me the glory of Macworld is not the hysterical keynote, but the excuse to go on an extended, four-day shopping expedition.


Friday, January 11, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Do the iMac Dance!

The iKlowns are at Macworld.


Ruling Near On Microsoft Class-action Suits
A federal judge could rule as early as Friday on a proposed multimillion-dollar settlement.

Thursday, January 10, 2002

Top Stories

Apple Delivers Hyperbole And Beauty
by David Pogue, New York Times
If this idea shakes up the world of design the way that the original iMac did, then the Apple hype have been justified.


Fewer Exhibitors, Reduced Show Floor Space Reflect Economic Times
by MacMinute
A number of major companies are not on hand.

Flat-Out Beautiful
by Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe
The pictures of Apple's new iMac one-piece computer don't do it justice.

Add-On Makers Looking For Piece Of iPie
by Ian Fried, CNET
Accessory makers are already beginning to think of peripherals to create for Apple's new iMac.

Tribble At The Top? Apple, NeXT Grande Fromage Returns
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
If the unthinkable were to happen, and Steve Jobs was run over by a runaway muesli container truck, who would inherit the hot seat?

Full iPhoto Euro Version 'in Pipeline'
by Sean Ashcroft, Macworld UK
Apple is very interested by providing prints and ablums ordering online in Europe.

Jobs Webcast Shatters Record
by Macworld UK
The audience was double that of last year's Macworld New York, with over 81,000 viewers.

Apple, In Search Of Perfection, Enlarges iBook's Screen
by David Pogue, New York Times

Video, Music, Now Photos: For Mac Users, The I's Have It
by David Pogue, New York Times
Now comes iPhoto, the latest prong in Apple's strategy to make the Macintosh a digital hub.

All Hail The iMac
by Monica Rivituso, SmartMoney
Apple's new iMac is cool. But what does that get you in 2002?


Can The iMac Fix What's Wrong With The PC?
by Jon Fortt, San Jose Mercury News
It's just a question of whether Apple wants to.

Something To Celebrate At Macworld
by David Plotnikoff, San Jose Mercury News
Amid tech industry's downturn, Apple offers fans an excuse to pull out their checkbooks.

Redesign Is More Than Just iCandy
by Jim Held, Los Angeles Times

Apple's Pricey iMac Design Falls Flat
by Dave Wilson, Los Angeles Times
What Apple really needs to do is build a box that can prop up Microsoft's creaky architecture.


Thursday, January 10, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

iMac 2

This is why unsolicited screenplay sent, for example, to a studio are returned unopened. No exceptions.

Something must be done about e-mails too...


What is time? To me, time means the following...

Time is a yardstick to measure how great or how pathetic my achievements are.

Time is a message, telling me how long more I'll enter the next stage of my life. (I hope I can elaborate on this in a few weeks' time.)

Time is a reminder to better do things promptly, cause there ain't a lot of time.

What does time mean to you?


Slashdot reader: Mac Faithful, Linux Geek, Microsoft Certified. Microsoft is the Company, Linux is the Movement, and Apple is the Mothership.

Cameron the Alien visits Macworld SF 2002.

On a web site by a major digital devices / entertainment company (not Apple), I've encountered a web form that spitted out an error message along this line: "Somewhere in the form a field that is supposed to be filled is left blank." Hey, web developers are cheap nowadays. Get a better one.

Just a short note that while reading Backup Brain on Windows, the wonderful task bar shortened that to "Backup Bra...".


Accenture, Microsoft Carpool On Auto Gadgets
by Margaret Kane, CNET
Teamed up to bring computer technology to automobiles and push along development of "telematic" services.

Wednesday, January 9, 2002

Top Stories

A Penguin Angle On The Ox: Day One At Macworld
by Doc Searls, Linux Journal
While Apple pitches radical hardware and practical software to the masses, UNIX geeks are quietly adding big value to the company's open-source, BSD-based operating system.


Eazel Exec Returns To Apple

Lot To Learn About School Laptops
by Katie Dean, Wired News
"It's going to be a massive, massive project."

Maine Buys Apple Laptops For Middle-Schools
by Alexander Soule, Mass High Tech

Making A Fashion Statement
by Bob Keefe, Atlanta Journal-Constituion
Tech firms now stress gadgets' look, feel ahead of how they work.

Taiwan's Quanta Says No Comment On Apple Report
by Reuters
Taiwan's top notebook computer maker Quanta Computer declined to comment on a report it would make new-generation desktop computers for Apple Computer.

Apple's Jobs: No Merging Macs With TVs
by Reuters
"The next great age of the personal computer is going to be as the digital hub. We don't care where they put their computer in the house, as long as it is a Mac."

Apple Expands Its Consumer Services
by Ian Fried, CNET
With the introduction of iPhoto, Apple is inching further into the services sector.


Please Lick This iMac
by Mark Morford, San Francisco Chronicle
Yet another utterly annoying, nearly perfect gizmo gem from those shameless bastards at Apple.

Apple's New Goodies: What Works, What Doesn't
by Stephen Somogyi, CNET
Apple has again proven that it can make beautiful personal electronic devices with impressive specs. But in these troubled times, price matters a lot.

Gates 'Hitting Apple Where It Hurts'
by Lisa Gill, NewsFactor
Bill Gates noted that new products designed to enhance the consumer PC user's experience could also provide an impetus for economic stimulation.

Hold Off On Bitting Into Apple
by Bob Beaty,
I would wait for the early reviews and perhaps a bit of time to pass, before considering a purchase of the shares. But keep close watch on the new 14-inch iBook sales.

Apple's Extraordinary Macworld Expo
by Kelly McNeill, osOpinion
It looks like Apple has got a real winner on its hands.

Macworld And The New iMac
by Jeff Adkins, Low End Mac


Apple iPhoto 1.0
by Jeff Keller, Digital Camera Resource Page
Apple's iPhoto is a very impressive effort, and a great tool for beginning and immediate digital photographers.


Wednesday, January 9, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

On Ease-Of-Use

To make things easy to use, Microsoft throws in their wizards.

To make things easy to use, Apple makes iThings that are easy to use.


Dan Gillmor: Steve Jobs and Apple Computer get most of the attention yesterday with their new-version iMac launch in San Francisco, but Microsoft's Bill Gates showed more interesting technology in his Consumer Electronics Show keynote in Las Vegas.

With the computer as the digital hub, it does make sense to have wireless devices (iPad, iMonitor) for shared activities (viewing baby's photo album, watching movies), and Apple better have something back in the research labs. When 802.11a or 802.11g is cheap enough, Apple better be there.

Either that, or have the iBooks and 22" Cinema Display drop prices significantly that everyone can afford at least a pair in each room. :-)

Peter Cook: A computer you could proudly put in the living room and a way to easily create and share photos and movies with family and friends . . . or . . . a TV remote control running XP. Gosh that's a tough call... Here's another thing to keep in mind: the iMac is shipping end of the month, I already have iPhoto on my machine. Meanwhile Gates is promising something for 2003.

iMac 2

Glenn Fleishman: The iMac does have a fan, contrary to my expectation, but it's "super intelligent" and "super quiet." The entire unit makes no more sound than 25 dB including the fan and drives. The "fan is constantly sensing the temperature of the base" and adjusts its speed accordingly.

Samuel W. Hotchkiss, in a mailing list: iMac should let you press a button and adjust the monitor to your prefs... it could even do it when you log into X.

Apple Time

Hans Eisenbeis: This leak hardly "blows" Jobs announcement... rather it sets it up in a big way. If you want to accuse the magazine and the computer manufacturer of collusion, accuse them of succeeding, not failing.


hijinx: Seems to me that TiVo and Apple are going for very similar markets.

I really hope so. I really hope to see a TiVo-like device coming out from Apple (afterall, they did invented the FireWire) that doesn't require a subscription service. From all I've heard, using TiVo is already pretty easy; now, how can Apple improve on that?

Jim Roepcke: You don't want someone scripting iPhoto to do a 1-click purchase of photo prints and hard bound books to their address...

Rafe Colburn: Apple's software strategy is utterly and completely brilliant.

Pixar gets a new logo, courtesy of Scripting News.

Found on rec.humor.funny.reruns... The NeXT Computer: The hardware makes it a PC, the software makes it a workstation,the unit sales make it a mainfram. ó unknown.


Who Wants An MTV PC?
by John G Spooner, CNET
MTV is building what it considers the perfect PC for 18-to-24-year-olds.

.Net Vote Rigging Illustrates Importance Of Web Services
by Peter Judge, ZDNet UK
Investigation revealed just what lengths Microsoft will go to promote its products.

New Virus First To Infect Macromedia Flash
by Robert Lemos, ZDNet
Proof-of-concept shows that Flash player can open up one more way to damage your PC.

Tuesday, January 8, 2002

Top Stories

iMac Blowback
by Michael S. Malone, Forbes
Is Jobs the new Raymond Loewy?


iMad About iMac
by Richard Lim, Straits Times

Adobe Uses Metrowerks For Mac/Windows Transfer
by Austin Business Journal
Metrowerk's PowerPlant for Windows will allow Mac developers to create Windows applications with a smaller memory footprint.

Technically Speaking, Future Is Now: Macworld Apple Hopes Flat-Screen iMac Lights Up Sale
by Glenn Fleishman, Seattle Times

Apple's Pricey Music Player Wins Following
by Elinor Mills Abreu, Reuters
iPod buyers are willing to pay a premium for a small form factor and large storage capacity, analysts said.

PC Not Dead Yet: Apple, Microsoft
by Robert Thompson, Financial Post
The news came from two competing technology showcases.

It's Faster, Sleeker, Cooler At Trade Shows Headlined By Microsoft, Apple
by Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Dueling trade shows, devices and announcements were the order of the day.

Apple's New iMac: Team Develops Unique Ideas
by Henry Norr, San Francisco Chronicle
Steve Jobs and his design team yesterday proved once again that they can come up with ideas no one else has — no one at the dozens of Web sites that specializ in speculation and, it seems no one in the PC industry.

Praise Be To Steve Jobs
by Katharine Mieszkowski, Salon
I'm ready to believe anything now that I've seen Jobs get Apple's most loyal acolytes to applause for Microsoft on command.

Apple Bets On Unorthodox iMac To Bolster Its Once-Popular PC
by John Markoff, New York Times
Industrial designers today generally reacted favorably to the fact that Mr. Jobs has continued to explore the question of what a personal computer should look like.


Apple's Aqua To Trigger A Consumer Backlash?
by Jared White, osOpinion
Why is there still such a wide rift between OS X fans and OS X critics?

Will Apple Roll Out New High-End G5s In March?
by Kelly mcNeill, osOpinion
With the one big introduction that was made, Apple's entire line of high-end desktop computer suddenly made little sense.


Tuesday, January 8, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong


What's the point of having folders such as "My Pictures" and previews in the Finder, when applications like iPhoto littered it with so much "junks" that I don't know where my photo goes?

iTunes is so much better...

If the whole idea of iPhoto is the ability to organize digital photos better, maybe integration with the Finder is a better way to go?

Or maybe, the whole point with all these iApps and the Dock, is that your average Macintosh digital hub user does not even need to use the Finder at all?

iMac 2

Doc Searls: The new iMac is much more beautiful than it comes across on the small screen, or in the Time Magazine piece.

Derrick Story: iMac is going to be a home run.

James Davidson: The new iMac is really cool. No, scratch that. It's really really cool.

Jason Levine: The Apple Cube was a miserable failure, and that was during times when geek money flowed in the streets. This new computer doesn't seem to add anything by itself...

MediaNews reader: If [Time was] holding back so that Steve Jobs can make his now-blown (iMac) announcement at noon eastern, wouldn't that be an awfully huge leap across the line of journalistic integrity? Especially considering Apple is a big advertiser in time.

Daniel Drew Turner, Ziff-Davis Internet: My guess is that TIme agreed to [a Non-Disclosure Agreeement]... normal for a print mag with such a lead time. However, altering the schedule of Web publication or pulling an article, I can't say much about. I do know that the immediacy of Web publishing has played havoc with the way things were.

The real MacHeads. :-)

Another early leak? :-)

What's the reason that the power switch of the new iMac is at the back of the machine? Maybe it's Apple's way of telling you that, you don't shut down OS X.

Power Macs

Anonymous reader in Scripting News: My local Apple dealer... noticed three new SKUs in Distributors' catalog without descriptions. Only pricing. We think there is more to come at CES.

My speculation is that there have to be upgrades to the Power Mac line within the next two months. The specification of the new iMacs is really preceived to be quite close to the current Power Macs that Apple might have a problem selling the latter.

Perhaps the dual-processor aspect will be more emphasised should Motorola fail to advance the PowerPC chips, with Photoshop being the major upcoming application to take up all these power.


Is it not time to abandon Microsoft's IE on Windows, and use something like Opera or Netscape? (I always feel hesistant to recommend Netscape because of all the UI violation it makes on all platforms.)

I see that the RDF is alive and well over at Userland too.

What happened to the idea of more computers == shorter working hours?


AMD Combats 'Megahertz Myth' With Athlon XP 2000+
by Drew Cullen, The Register
The megahertz gap is set to widen, but AMD has two tactics to level the playing field.

How MS Tax Policy Saves Gates Millions - Nader
by John Lettice, The Register
Nander described Microsoft's failure to pay shareholder dividends an "inappropriate and we believe unlawful device."

Our Microsoft, Right Or Wrong?
by Ted C. Fishman, USA Today
The justice system and politicans now seem to regard corporate bullies as our new national mascots.

Monday, January 7, 2002

Top Stories

Jobs: Flat-panel iMacs On The Way
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
"Pretty much, us and Dell are the only ones in this industry making money. They make it by being Wal-Mart. We make it by innovation."

Apple Gives Tech Good Name
by Farhad Manjoo, Wired News
For most tech companies 2001 was the worst of times, but for Apple it was often the best of times. Despite the nose-diving stock market and sluggish economy, Apple gave fans reasons to cheer. Farhad Manjoo reports from San Francisco.

Apple's New Core
by Josh Quittner, Time
Instead of taking up precious desk space like a typical flat monitor, the iMac's screen floats in the air, attached to a jointed, chrome-pipe neck. It's also rimmed by a "halo," a translucent plastic frame that makes you want to pull it toward you-or push it out of the way.


No Sleep 'Til Macworld
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
A small group of Macintosh fanatics camped out all night to be first in line for Steve Jobs' keynote speech. But it was all for naught: only about 1,000 people were in line when the doors opened.

Jobs: Flat-panel iMacs On The Way
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
"Pretty much, us and Dell are the only ones in this industry making money. They make it by being Wal-Mart. We make it by innovation."

Apple Lays On The Hype
by Pia Sarkar, San Francisco Chronicle
Since Apple won't talk, everybody else will.

Mac Boxes Make Nice Couches
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
Apple has a well-deserved reputation for designing good-looking computers. But Apple's packaging is also beautifully designed. In fact, the boxes are so attractive, one man furnished his apartment with them. By Leander Kahney.

Apple Gives Tech Good Name
by Farhad Manjoo, Wired News
For most tech companies 2001 was the worst of times, but for Apple it was often the best of times. Despite the nose-diving stock market and sluggish economy, Apple gave fans reasons to cheer. Farhad Manjoo reports from San Francisco.

Apple Unveils iMac2 - The Anglepoise Generation
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
Flat panel, DVD-RW, price hike

New iMac Features Flat-Panel Display
by Joe WIlcox and Michael Kanellos, CNET
The new iMac looks like a desk lamp.

New iMac Revealed
by MacMinute
The new iMac features a G4 processor housed in a hemisphere base with a chrome arm that extends and holds the 15-inch flat panel display.


Virtual PC 5 With Windows 98
by Kirk Hiner,
Although application speed continues to see only modest improvements, the program gets easier to configure and receives an impressive list of new features with each release.

Dave 3.1
by Alan Zisman, Low End Mac

iCab Beats Opera As Fastest Low-End Browser
by Clarisse Leite Motter, Low End Mac


Monday, January 7, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Power Macs

Are these the new Power Macs?


Artifice_Eternity: Maybe this is an intentional "leak"... Time Canada is owned by AOL-Time Warner. Who do both Apple and AOL-TW see as one of their biggest competitors?

9 hours to keynote: The home page of Time Canada now redirects to Time US. Somebody at Apple is very angry, and somebody in Time is probably losing sleep.

Not The Apple Homepage: Ah, screw it... here ya go.


Anybody who is somebody in the Macintosh world is attending the Steve Jobs keynote, I guess. Me, on the other hand, hopes to stay awake past 1 am, and hope that the webcast doesn't suck.

Dave Winer noted that Macworld Expo... : Unfortunately, personal Web site writers, editors or creators cannot be registered as media.

Dori Smith: I want to at least mention the machine that I really, really want Apple to announce: the Pippin II.

What I want Apple to announce: TiVo + DVD + VCD + MP3 + 802.11b + Web Server.

Eileen Alt Powell: While the boomers came of age to Woodstock and the Vietnam War, their older offspring are the product of Reaganomics, MTV and the Macintosh.

Cory Doctorow: Fuji has developed a 3GB floppy ó was The Steve premature in removing floppy drives from Macs?

Upcoming Apple Homepages... : Thanks to our inside relationship with Steve Jobs, we have obtained previews of what the messages on Apple's homepage will be in the upcoming days!


Home Invasion In A Box
by Mark Margevicius, Gartner Viewpoint
Microsoft is chasing the consumer like never before.

Windows XP In Your Living Room
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Microsoft will take yet another step down the consumer electronics path Monday with the demonstration of a custom version of Windows XP tuned to digital entertainment.

DVD Players To Use Microsoft Music Technology
by Reuters
Microsoft on Monday said four makers of DVD players would start supporting its digital audio technology, letting users play disks with up to 250 hours of music.

Sunday, January 6, 2002

Top Stories

Way Beyond AirPort
by Dan Knight, Low End Mac
Imagine being able to access your data anywhere on the planet — even while in flight.


Jobs Performance
by Henry Norr, San Francisco Chronicle
Jobs has managed to make the company once again a trendsetter for the industry, not only in design and marketing but also in technology.

Egg Soothes Website Fears
by Jill Insley, The Observer
Egg blamed the problem on a communication error with the site's certificate vendor, Verisign.


Uesless Column Written Before The Word
by John H Farr,
I can say anything now.

A Flat-Panel iMac Is Not Thinking Different Enough
by Eliot Hochberg, MacEdition

Rumors Swirl Ahead Of Macworld 2002: A Move To Intel?
by Robyn Weisman, NewsFactor

The Aqua Letters
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
Our AquaRant™ provoked 180 emails in one day, and the total's heading for three hundred. Thanks for the kind words, stuff we hadn't thought of, and the useful tips.


Sunday, January 6, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Ramblings Ramblings

Whenever I read someone said the other party don't get it, I almost always wanted to shout back: they get it. It's just that they have other concerns / issues / agenda that made things the way they are. It's you who don't get it.

Never underestimate other's intelligence, and never overestimate your own's.

This Is What Apple Is Revealing Tomorrow

Okay, so this is not exactly what Apple's introducting. This is what Bill is introducing. (The Dell Killer.)

But, if the speculations are right, this is what Apple will be upstaging. Think Different.

Brent Simmons: To the bathroom? Is it a bathroom computer?

Apple: Just one more sleepless night.

Two, if you are in Singapore like me. I'd have to stay up late on Monday night to catch the keynote that should start sometime around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. Pardon me if I fell asleep on the single most important event of my pathentic life and failed to update this weblog at the earliest moment. :-)

If Apple is really revealing a worldwide wireless Internet system, there will be tons of regulation problems facing Apple. And I strongly doubt it will be availabe in Singapore. (Or China. Or a whole list of countries.)


Kevin Hemenway takes a look at PHP with Apache on Mac OS X.

From Mr Barrett: Small Wonder nostalgia.

From Camworld: Windows XP's real purpose in life.

Hack the Planet: Best Technology Weblog of 2001 as voted in Scripting News.


Intel, AMD Set To Unveil Speedy New Chips
by Reuters
AMD will debut its Athlon XP 2000+, which runs at 1.67 gigahertz, while Intel will unveil its new Pentium 4 chip running at 2.2 gigahertz, analysts said.

Saturday, January 5, 2002

Top Stories

Mac OS X Showing Some Definite Headway
by Dan Gillmor, San Jose Mercury News
I'm increasingly convinced that OS X, still very much a work in progress, has a great future.

'Cutout' Macs A Real Passion
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
Thanks to the Internet, paper modeling of Macintosh computers has become a flourishing hobby. Enthusiasts have created cut-and-glue plans for just about every Macintosh ever made. By Leander Kahney.


Egg's Security Leaves Mac Users Shell-Shocked
Mac users who bank with Egg are up in arms about a serious flaw in the site that left the security of their credit of their credit card details in doubt.

Apple Polishes Dual-Processor, LCD-Based Desktops
by Rick Merritt, EE Times
Analysts see the moves creating a buzz but not a marketshare breakthrough for the company.

MIT Sues 94 Firms Over Patent
by Tom Kirchofer, Business Today

New Apple iMac Could Look 5 Years Old
by Mike Tarsala, CBS MarketWatch
A new, futuristic-looking computer that Apple is expected to introduce could be a close cousin to a limited-edition model the company produced five years ago.

'Cutout' Macs A Real Passion
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
Thanks to the Internet, paper modeling of Macintosh computers has become a flourishing hobby. Enthusiasts have created cut-and-glue plans for just about every Macintosh ever made. By Leander Kahney.


Saturday, January 5, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

2 More Days!

Rael Dornfest: Preemption appears to have been the motivation behind Steve's keynote move to a Monday first-thing slot... Steve and Bill had to be announcing pretty much an identical thingy.


A screenshot of a very early web browser on NeXT. Back in 1993.


Users Complain Of Broken Xboxes
by Associated News
A small number of users compalin of a similar problem — a game sysstem that never worked or worked for a few hours or days before freezing up.

Friday, January 4, 2002

Top Stories

Bet On The iDock
by Dave Winer, DaveNet
The tea-leaves say that Jobs got wind of Bill Gates' keynote topic. Ooops, that's our market. "Better rev up the PR engine."

BBC Drops QuickTime News Feed
by MacNN
This is a major PR fiasco for Apple on the eve of MWSF.

Making Money On The Mac
by Apple
Before the EU could issue new money, it first had to design it.


Apple Promises Products 'Way Beyond' Rumors
by Reuters
Apple fans are salivating, even if they are wary of the hype.

Is Apple's PDA A Ghost Of A Machine?
Rumour sites does their best to steal Jobs' thunder.


Macworld Expo 2002 - The Hype Vs The Hooey
by Kelly McNeill, osOpinion
To think that Apple is the one responsible for overhyping Macworld Expos when we have wild speculations kind of puts things in perspective.

Is Apple Poised To Merge The iMac And iBook?
by Charles W. Moore,
Logically speaking, once you go to LCD screens on the iMac, the hardware distinction between it and the portable Macs is substantially diminished.


Collaborating With Office X For Mac
by Troy Dreier, Intranet Journal
Office v. X is a useful, perhaps indispensable tool for Mac business professionals, but for real team features, you'll need to wait a year or two.

Copying Audio CDs On The iBook
by Peter Wiggin, O'Reilly Network
Copying an audio CD on OS X seems like it should be as easy as drag and drop, but it appears to be just a drag.

Virtual PC 5.0
by Alan Zisman, Low End Mac
If you really need a special-purpose PC application or two, Virtual PC may keep that big ugly beige box off your desk.

Turns Out The CD Is Not Exactly Today's Floppy
by Henry Norr, Sn Francisco Chronicle
Wasn't it Steve Jobs who said the CD is today's floppy? That's exactly what I want, but not what Apple's software delivers.


Friday, January 4, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

The Expo Fever

Dave Winer: How unfair is it for Apple to play hardball with the rumor sites, but then use them in their marketing.

Tom Negrino: Jean-Louis Gassee... just quit Be a couple of days ago. Could it be he heard the news and decided that he didn't want to work for Steve again?

Not The Apple Home Page: 2 days to Macworld San Francisco. The only significant thing that will occur during your pathetic lifetime.

Crazy Apple Rumors Site: Apple to introduce sexbots at Macworld San Francisco Keynote on January 7th.

Damien A. Barrett: What is clear is that the Mac community is frothing at the mouth about this Expo.


Dan Gillmor: Sooner or later, I hope, Apple will give third-party programmers the information they need to let me customize the UI shell to my liking, not Steve Jobs' dictates.

Andrew Orlowski: In fact we have to conclude that with OS X, you're buying Apple in spite of the user interface, not because of it.

Doc Searls: OS X must be a hit, because there's a sudden backlash against it.


Anybody care to nominate this site in the 2002 bloggies award? :-)

An Apple A Day: Steve's AppleScript Studio Site.

Leo Laporte: It's one of the reasons I'm using OS X more and more. I'm just plain afraid of Windows XP!


Intel Breaks Out Of 2001 Doldrums
by Edward Moyer, CNET
Intel closed 2001 on a high note, thanks to unexpectedly large demand for its chips.

Microsoft Memo To Staff: Clobber Linux
by Byron Acohido, USA Today

PC Vendors Ready 2.2GHz Pentium 4 Systems
by Dan Neel and Douglas F. Gray, InfoWorld
PC makers are prepping computer systems loaded with Intel's new 2.2GHz Pentium 4 processor.

Consumer Electronics Show: Have Monitor, Will Travel
by Ephraim Schwartz, InfoWorld
Bill Gates will demonstrate the AirPanel 150, a flat-panel wireless monitor from viewsonic that allows users to carry it from room to room.

Thursday, January 3, 2002

Top Stories

Just Beyond Our Windows
by Eric B. Hanson, Los Angeles Times
In the same way that computer scientists in the 1970s sought a more user-friendly interface, researchers of today are investigating whether there is something better than Windows and Mac OS.

Expo Fillip For Apple Shares
by Macworld UK
Apple's shares have received a boost as momentum builds for the San Francisco Macworld Expo.


New Apple Rumors — Think Small
by Rupert Goodwins, ZDNet UK
Steve Jobs may be preparing to launch a handheld computer next week, according to reports.

Latest From Mac: The iHype
by Farhad Manjoo, Wired News
Such pre-show hucksterism is uncharacteristic of Apple, which usually neither confirms nor denies the existence of this or that rumored product or innovation.

Expo Fuels The Apple Rumor Mill
by Jim Heid, Los Angeles Times
If you plan to attend the opening keynote address at the Macworld Expo, here's a tip: Don't drink a lot of coffee beforehand.

Expo Fillip For Apple Shares
by Macworld UK
Apple's shares have received a boost as momentum builds for the San Francisco Macworld Expo.


Behind The Macworld Expo Veil
by Matthew Rothenberg, eWEEK
Before I offer up my own guesses, I'll provide my standard caveat: These predictions are for topical use only, and swallowing them whole could result in serious disorientation come Monday afternoon.

How I Learned To Stop Worrying, And Abandoned Mac OS X
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
Why should the UI matter? And why does it matter so particularly to Apple loyalists?

Macworld: What Steve Has Up His Sleeve
by Charles Haddad, BusinessWeek
At the Apple expo, chances are Jobs will unveil a restyled iMac that's sleeker and far more powerful than the now-dated original.

Palm Be Apple
by Neil McAllister, San Francisco Chronicle
Could a triple merger be in the works?


Seven Mac OS X Tips
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
What better way to start off the New Year than to try something new in Mac OS X? Here are seven tips to help you get the most out of your operating system.

For Demanding Amateurs
by Tanmoy Chakraborty, India Today
A pared-down version of the popular Photoshop 6, Elements will surely woo amateur artists and Web-designers.

BBEdit 6.5
by Jason Snell, Macworld UK
An upgrade like BBEdit 6.5 reminds us what a powerful and flexible application this is.

Microsoft Office V. X
by Tom Negrino, Macworld UK
While these programs include few new poerhouse features Office v. X's excellent integration with OS X technologies such as Aqua and Quartz demonstrates Microsoft's attention to detail.


Thursday, January 3, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Of Macworld And Insanely Great

James Davidson: I find myself looking forward to next Monday in much the same way that my little nieces and nephews look forward to Christmas every year.

Personally, I am waiting for an iPhoto to go with my new digital camera. Shot a few more pictures last night at Orchard Road (the shopping belt of Singapore), but nothing worthwhile, so I'll not show it to you. Boy, do I have to learn how to shoot good pictures with low lights.

darukaru: The big news is Steve Jobs' new city that's going to debut at the Expo. The one designed around the Segway, rememer? In your face, Disney!

Dori Smith: I'm the only person who knows for sure that Apple is going to announce somethiing very, very cool. And how do I know this? Simple. My new TiBook showed up today...

Of RSS And Patents

Edd Dumbill: Patent threat to W3C's RDF technology. Part of MyAppleMenu does make use of RSS.

Dale Dougherty: In the meantime, nobody will be able to determine whether these claims apply to RSS or RDF anymore than they apply to English language syntax. We'll wait a few years, wasting time and money meanwhile, until a judge attempts to interpret the techno-babble above and produce a new mumbo-jumbo ruling. I can't wait.


In OS X, double click on the title bar minimizes the window. In Windows, double click on the title bar maximizes the windows. And I'm getting confused all the time.

Peter Wiggin: Finally there's a good Unix GUI, and it just so happens to be the Mac.

Matt Neuberg: After years of almost ignoring it, Apple has finally understood the importance of AppleScript, and was promoting it to first-class status.

Cameron Barrett: Until Microsoft can win the trust of the decision-makers, more and more people are going to abandon the platform for use with mission-critical services and information storage/transmission.

Shelley Powers: Experiences of not having a driver's license. Did I tell you that, at the age of 31, I still do not have a driver's license?


Intel Revamps The Pentium 4
by Michael Kanellos, ZDNet
New versions due out next week are expected to stifle criticism that the chip is more expensive and offers less-enthralling performance than its nearest competitor.

Can Be Sting Microsoft?
by John Geralds,
Details are thin, but company founder Jean-Louis Gassee said the board was invetigating launching an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft.

Go Go Gadgets — Gates To Kick Off CES
by David Becker and Richard Shim, ZDNet
Consumer electronics companies will get a chance to change their luck next week in Las Vegas.

Microsoft's Hometown Sees Cause For Optimism
by Sam Howe Verhovek, New York Times
There are certainly elemtns of optimism here in Microsoft's hometown, and several company employees who say they might once have been tempted to leave for a high-tech start-up said they were grateful to hold what appeared to be very steady employment with the industry giant, even if it no longer seemed to be minting multimillionaires by the month.

Wednesday, January 2, 2002

Top Stories

Apple iDVD Software Lets You Burn Just Like The Pros
by Andy Ihnatko, Chicago Sun-Times
You should head down to a nearby Apple Store and just watch someone using it because it raises the bar for what users ought to expect out of a modern app.


New Hole Could Hurt AOL Messenger
by D. Ian Hopper, Associated Press
A security hole in AOL Time Warner's Instant Messenger program can let a hacker take full control of a victim's computer.

IDG: Jobs' Keynote Moved Due To "Impact"
by MacNN
"Due to the impact of new announcements from Apple, Steve Jobs' keynote was moved to one day earlier than previously scheduled."


Aliens Versus Predator Gold Edition
by Rich Pizor, MacAddict
That's right, kiddies — this one's right up there with Marathon.

DiskWarrior 2.1
by Steve Becker, MacAddict
DiskWarrior is among the most thorough and robust tools for repairing the disk directory. Its diagnostic and repair abilities are almost scary, in that good, magical way.

QueFire CD-RW
by Frank O'Connor, MacAddict
This iteration of the QueFire is perfect for consumers or professionals who need a fast, versatile, and portable drive.

StuffIt Deluxe 6.5
by Niko Coucouvanis, MacAddict
If you use StuffIt a lot — and especially if you also use Mac OS X — version 6.5 is a worthy upgrade.

Stylus C80
by Kris Fong, MacAddict
While the C80 isn't the best printer for its price, its waterproof inks, high-resolution print quality, and speed give it just enough oompth to snag a Spiffy rating.

Action Games For Desktop Fast And Fun
by Craig Crossman, Knight Ridder News Service
Let us not forget the power of the ultimate game machine you may already own, namely your computer.


Wednesday, January 2, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Apple: Beyond the rumor sites. Way beyond.

So, it's not just a flat iMac? And poor me already spent all my money on the digital camera and AirPort?


Many Windows XP Users Slow To Patch Security Hole
by Byron Acohido, USA Today
Millions of consumers with new Microsoft Windows XP-equipped computers remain oblivious to a gaping security hole that could trigger the next wave of computer viruses, security experts say.

2 Computer Giants Hope To Avoid Pitfalls Of Past Mergers
by Steve Lohr, New York Times
The concern, in simple terms, is this: Big mergers in the computer industry never seem to work.

Tuesday, January 1, 2002

Top Stories

Reactions To "Tales Of A BeOS Refugee"
by Scot Hacker,
Because it was impossible to respond to everyone individually, and because I thought many people would appreciate being able to read these comments and my reactions to them, I've assembled this addendum.


SPR Issues "Outperform" Rating On Apple
by MacNN

Gassee Resigns From Software Maker Be
by Scott Ard, CNET
Gassese's departure is not surprising, but marks the latest sad chapter for a company that strived for more than 10 years to create a new operating system to compete with Apple, Microsoft and others.

Unsanity Releases FruitMenu For OS X
by Remy Davison, Insanely Great Mac
FruitMenu lets users totoally redefine the behavior of the Apple menu.

A Macworld After All
by Bob Norberg, Press Democraft
Rumors abound as SF braces for big news from Apple founder.

Consumers Were Winners This Year In Tech World
by Julio Ojeda-Zapata, PioneerPlanet
It's an underdog in a Windows world, but the Macintosh maker's frenzy of innovation in 2001 often put PC-product makers to shame.

Hess Memorial Macworld Events List Up & Running
by John H Farr,
Ilene Hoffman's compilation of where to go and what to do does more than simply tell you where to score free food.

Protecting Your Mac From Net Nuisances
by New York Times
While most attacks from hackers, worms, viruses and Trojan horses are aimed at Windows-based computers, Macintosh machines are not impervious to Internet-related security problems.

2001 The Year Technology Shrunk
by Rupert Goodwins, ZDNet UK
Last century we built supersonic airliners and went to the Moon. As we get going on this one, technology is getting smaller and more personal instead of bigger and further away.

Current iMac On Its Way Out At Circuit City
by MacNN

Airburst Updated To 1.03
by Inside Mac Games


A Look Ahead: How 5 Technologies Will Fare In 2002
by Stephan Somogyi, ZDNet
I'm inclined to think that 10.2 will be the most important release of all.

Ruminations Of A Gadget Junkie: iGo?
by Vern Seward, Mac Observer
Even if Apple does not slap its brand on the Danger Hiptop, I want one.

Apple: What You Should Know About ESO Grants
by RodgerRafter, Motley Fool
Companies typically are run for the benefit of executives, and not shareholders, because executives are the ones in control, and shareholders seldom are aware of what is going on.


Microsoft Office X
by Gary Coyne,
Microsoft has done a superb job of impleneting the nuances of OS X to Office X. However, in each program there are aspects that should have been better. Raises Bar On Audio Books
by Matthew Fordahl, Associated Press
The software runs on Windows and Macintosh computers, though it does not currently allow transfers from a Mac to a digital player.

Routers Are The Hot Ticket
by Lou Dolinar, Newsday
Once relegated to the wiring closets of Fortune 1000 corporations, routers have been rather spectacularly outed by the growing need for connectivity and security for home networks connected to the Internet.


Tuesday, January 1, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Any questions for David Pogue, author of Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, and other books? Send 'em in!

Mr Barrett What if Apple's big announcement next Monday has little to do with hardware at all? Let the speculations, er, continue!

I blame New York Times' Technology web page for forcing me to switch off the sound of my PowerBook, causing me to, er..., miss all that multimedia stuff on the web.

Kottke: Now I'm getting spam about spam protection services.


Look Back At A Viral Year
by Becky Worley, TechTV
A number of computer viruses and worms reared their ugly heads in 2001 and cost PC users billions.

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