Wednesday, July 31, 2002
Beantown Wants To Steal Macworld Show From N.Y.
Fed up with the rising prices at the Javits Center, and enticed by a free offer for Boston's new convention center, IDG World Expo is considering moving its Macworld trade show out of New York.
In a sense Apple seems to realize the vision that Sun figured out years ago: the network is better for data management than the local client.
Adobe Warns On Third-Quarter Earnings
Adobe cited especially weak sales in Europe and Japan.
Architects Praise New Apple 'Xserve' - Say Hardware Is Very Feature Attractive
The combination of excellent pricing, industry-leading storage potential, UNIX stability and superb cross-platform capabilities make the Xserve a top pick for server replacements in the future.
iBook Laptop Initiative Raises Student Achievement
"We've seen a major impact on academic achievement here... the students are really motivated to learn with the laptops."
Apple To Drop Base iMac Back To $1300
Amazon.com is now offering the 700MHz iMac for $1300.
One of the coolest games I've played this year.
Who Gave Microsoft Control Of Your It Costs? You Did
The minute you get you or your company hooked on a proprietary technology, you put the vendor of that technology in control of a lot of things that I'm certain you'd prefer to control.
Tuesday, July 30, 2002
Will Real Feast Where Apple Failed?
Apple may have been first, but it hasn't been much of an inspiration.
Jaguar Jumping Everywhere: Interoperate With Mac, UNIX, And Win32
Whether you're running Macintosh, UNIX, or Windows machines, Apple's upcoming Jaguar release is worth a good, long look.
Dvelopers Aim To Give Apple More Bite
Apple gaining market share for first time in years, says event organiser.
Conventional wisdom holds that Apple will never be able to break beyond its niche of multimedia-savvy users and educational institutions. But the conventional wisdom is wrong. Apple's new products and strategies are setting the stage for a strong multi-year growth spurt.
How Gray Is My Valley
Callow youth is out, experience, maturity are in at high-tech firms.
Apple's Retail Upswing
Apple is doing some things right on the retail front.
From Pinball To Action, Take A Mac-Gaming Nostalgia Trip
What if you're longing for the days when you could sit in a molded-plastic chair at the arcade and play games until you lost all feeling in your legs? We've got you covered there.
Microsoft Gives More Power To The Small
Microsoft is putting a little more .Net in its Windows CE .Net.
Intel Owns Inside (True)
Maps and mailshots?
Monday, July 29, 2002
Apple's Bait And Switch
All bias aside, this strikes me as the best batch of ads Apple has come up with in a long time.
Why Buy A PC When You Can Have A Mac?
I'm here to end the debate and stop the fight. Simply, the Macintosh is the best computer built today — bar none. Windows XP can't hold a candle to the elegant user experience provided by Mac OS 9 or OS X.
iTools: No More Free Rides
Recipe for a firestorm: take something that is free on the net. Start charging for it. Stand back in case you get your eyebrows singed.
Wireless Surfing For Shoppers
Shoppers with laptop computers will be able to use the Internet while walking around the centre.
Linux Invades iPod
A plug-in that allows Linux users to access Apple's iPod has gone on sale.
Watson Developer Speaks Out Against Apple; Plans Port To Windows
"What I would liked would have been some minor compensation and public recognition, or even for them to have asked me if it was OK if they used the specific tools and layouts for those tools in Sherlock."
Full Disclosure: Sick Of Blue Screens? Get A Mac!
Don't fret: Fantasies about ditching Windwos are perfectly normal—maybe even healthy.
Teeny, Tiny Gizmos For Travelers
Today's digital devices pack an astonishing amount of functonality into ultracompact packages.
Clive Barker's Undying
Offering something for seemingly everyone, mystery, action, horror, fantasy and adventure fans should all be happy with Undying. Just don't play it alone.
Links And The Changing Mac Web
There are several sites that do a good job of linking to original outside content. Here are my thoughts on them.
PowerBook G4 Is Laptop With Desktop Shoulders
PowerBook G4, with its eye-popping display, processing power and digital monitor support, is a laptop with shoulders broad enough to bear the burden of a desktop machine.
iPod's On THe Prize
It's clear the iPod will continue to set the pace.
The Bluetooth Blues Play On
Right now, Bluetooth costs too much in dollars and aggravation.
Beginning Of The End?
Many people were questioning the future of Apple's office productivity suite when it moved from ClarisWorks to AppleWorks. Now that Apple is collaborating with Sun on Star Office, does that finally spell the end of AppleWorks?
And will there be any upgrade path? :-)
Are You Looking At Me?
Cameron Barrett: It's really kind of weird, after years of being ignored, people are looking at Apple's product in a new light and are starting to evaluate it in their minds as a replacement for increasingly expensive Microsoft solutions.
An Apple A Day
John H. Farr has a weblog too.
And you can have one too.
Low-Cost Laptops Jump On P4 Bandwagon
Gateway and Micron PC became the latest companies to forgo portable procesors in favor of more powerful but power-hungry chips in their low-priced notebooks.
In Microosft We Trust
To win its antitrust suit against Microsoft, Sun will have to overcome judges trained to disregard the law.
Sunday, July 28, 2002
The Strange Case Of The Duelling Benchmarks
There are so many possible combinations of benchmark sequences you can run, it is nearly impossible to achieve consistent results unless you perform the same tests in the same sequence.
Themes Are Only Skin-Deep, Quartz Goes To The Core
Making something look like Aqua doesn't make it work like Aqua.
Crescendo G4 Upgrade
CPU upgrades are a very cost-effective solution to get up and running with OS X.
Saturday, July 27, 2002
Home Movies Become Big Business
The technology to produce your own films is becoming more accessible, and Apple disciples are bidding to become tomorrow's digital film-makers.
Sun To Push StarOffice For Apple's OS X
The partnership is expected to produce a Java-based version of OpenOffice by the end of the year, followed by a commercial StarOffice release sometime in 2003.
Wireless Chips Take Their First Steps
Some of the first integrated circuits that create a wireless network using the very powerful, and controversial, unltawideband wireless technique are on their way for testing by device makers.
Apple Lawyers Nix Box Pix
Apple's legal department has sent threatening letters to two websites publishing incredibly borning information, purportedly of the company's new professional PowerMac case.
The Mac OS X Open Source Tools Collection
How do you part the waters of the Aqua interface and delve into the open source depths of Mac oS X?
The Magic Of iPod
iPod convinces us that there is still enormous place for "cool" products.
Educators Take Redmond Field Trip
Microsoft will hold a research conference next week detailing technology development in its labs as well as ongoing projects sponsored by Microsoft at universities.
HP: Dell's Printer Plans Are Jammed
HP says Dell's printer strategy has a fatal flaw-consumers prefer to purchase ink refills at traditional retailers rather than by mail.
Analyst: Dell May Offer Handheld This Year
Dell is likely to enter the handheld market later this year with a device to be manufactured by a Taiwanese contract manufacturer.
Microsoft Stops The Music Swaps
Microsoft warned its employees Thursday night that no swapping of music or other files is to occur via its PCs or networks.
Friday, July 26, 2002
An Apple A Day
Whatever ails your PC, there's someone else who feels your pain, and is treating it with a Mac.
Malaysian School Does Apple Proud
Sri Cempaka became hte first school in Malaysia, and the first in South Asia, to be named an "Apple Distinguished School" earlier this week for its extensive implementation and use of Macintosh technology in its education curriculum.
Do We Really Need That New PC?
Too much of today's technology is sold on the features and not the benefits.
The MWNY 2002 Review
One thing Jobs got wrong in his new zeal to ridicule all things Redmond was his snipe about .Net.
Nail On The Head
Apple achieved in one stroke everything Microsoft is trying to achieve with .Net.
FileMaker Pro 6
If you want simply the best database system on your Mac, buy Filemaker Pro 6 now. Unhesitatingly recommended!
Why Mac Ships With A One-Button Mouse
... So that developers cannot be lazy. If your application requires the use of more than one-button, there will be people who cannot use your application.
But then, what if it's Apple who broke the guideline?
Do Not End Your Sentence With .Mac
Echoing this post in Slashdot... You wouldn't want to use the word .Mac at the end of a sentence.
Well... what an interesting angle to, er, well, brag.
Oh, and, by the way, did Radio Userland just killed Salon? I can't access the web site at all right now... :-)
Thursday, July 25, 2002
E-Mail's Not Free? Mac Owners Flee
Apple's plan to start charging for its Mac.com e-mail service has Mac owners scrambling for alternatives.
Why You Should Take A Mac User To Lunch
Apple's new rackmount server is just another Unix box — with big implications for the Linux community. Four million new Unix users a year, that's the Mac OS X promise and it's a market full of friends with whom we should be working.
The Macintosh And Elegance Bigotry
I make no secret of my admiration for the Macinoths. I use both Windows and Mac every single day, but I'm a sucker for perfectionist detail.
Thinking Different: Douglas Rushkoff
"[Macintosh] really did come full circle in a good way."
Apple Challenged By New All-In-One PC
Northgate's Integra has trageted Apple's new eMac flat-screen all-in-one, although the Integra is a Windows-based machine running a Pentium processor.
Flash, QuickTime Plugins Now 'Scriptable'
The latest versions of Flash and QuickTime released last week are now fully scriptable in Mozilla and Netscape 6 browsers.
Apple's New Gambit
There's plenty of exciting technology coming from Apple. But it's going to cost you.
Plugging Into Ordinary Outlets To Share Broadband Access
Using a networking standard called Powerline, NeverWire 14 uses a building's electrical wiring to power its device as well as piggyback broadband signals.
AOL: IM Compatibility Too Costly
Instead, AOL will focus on letting companies, such as Apple, to offer their own instant messaging services if they contract with AOL to run them.
Apple Page Offers Up-To-Date Details
Qualifying computers include any Macintosh sold by an authorized Apple reseller on or after July 17, 2002, without Mac OS X 10.2.
Beyond Macworld Expo
The rumored announcement of new Power Macs looms as the Next Big Thing for the Mac community, and it promises to complement the competitive equation that Jaguar started.
The Words "Only On A Mac" Originally Came From Microsoft
Too many features remain untouched because they are not somple to access, or require complicated steps to use.
The Beginning Of The End For Microsoft - No Really, I Swear
Microsoft will become obsolete, of that I have no doubt.
The iTools Bait And Switch
Apple continues to put blinders on to the reality of the world its customers face, especially education customers.
Discussion: .Mac WebMail Security Hole
An email message can be viewed on any computer... without loggin in.
Apple Tech At Macworld NY 2002
Apple is now trying to realize revenues from hardware sales, Internet services, and the operating system. By relaxing the pricing on the current release of the OS, they may increase revenue on the other two.
Apple has produced an MP3 player with a great look, an intuitive interface, easy-to-use controls, and fast transfers.
iPod Adds Windows Format, So All Music Fans Can Enjoy
The iPod just gets better and better. No other digital music player comes close. And now, it works with Windows, too.
A game that turns a ball and a paddle into powerful weapons and breathes life into a game that's been done countless times before.
Photo-Quality HP Printer Shows Trend Toward Value
The Deskjet 5550 sets a new high mark for outstanding performance at a reasonable price. The rest of the industry will have to scramble to catch up.
'Warcraft III' Addictive
"Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos," a fiendishly addictive program and a recipe that should satisfy any gamer's appetite for months, maybe years.
Wednesday, July 24, 2002
MPEG-4 Sharpens Apple QuickTime 6
The use of MPEG-4 instead of a proprietary format at the core makes QuickTime 6 attractive for those looking to provide media to diverse audiences and devices.
MP3 Player iPod May Become Apple Of Recording Indusry's Eye
"Apple is definitely one of the computer makers that cares about the legitimate music market and has spent time and resources working with the record labels ononline music delivery systems."
Rendezvous With Janguar: OS X Bids Farewell To Appletalk
Intended to overcome "local area chaos," the new IP-based tool is conceptually based on the old AppleTalk "chooser."
"Swtich" Hits From Apple's Sales Supermo
Steve Jobs' top marketing guy talks about converting Windows users, the price of Jaguar, and the "challenge" facing Microsoft.
Mac In The Enterprise: An Odyssey
The Mac is emerging as the new platform of choice for more and more IS/IT managers, validating the decision that many users made years ago.
Macs Make Their Stylish Mark On TV, Theater Sets
Apple has done a savvy job of product placement, making its stylish computers the perfect touch for any scene or set.
Apple Praised By RIAA, Pigs Fly Over Hollywood
By emphasizing people's natural desire to live honestly and free, Jobs positions Apple as occupying the moral high ground.
Just A Thought - Peeved About .Mac? Write Apple!
Apple has shown that it listens to its customers in the past. Write them. Tell them what's on your mind. Perhaps they are still listening.
Where Apple And Microsoft Part Ways
Microsoft has to mimic the aggressive marketing campaign it uses to sell Office XP, which offers PC makers lucrative discounts to preinstall the software on their new machines. I'm sure Apple would be happy to accept similarly generous terms to push Office X.
Apple Titanium PowerBook G4
See better, brighter, but not lighter Mac laptop.
Microsoft's .Net Set To Link To Apache
Microsoft on Wednesday will take a significant step toward expanding the appeal of its .Net software plan by announcing a link to Apache, one of the most important open-source software projects.
Microsoft To Sell Xbox In 6 New World Markets
Microsoft said Tuesday it will start selling its Xbox video game console in six new world markets this year.
Tuesday, July 23, 2002
Apple Takes Shake To OS X
To help convince customers to move to the Mac, Apple is offering lower prices for softwar ein tandem with other incentives.
More On MS Mac FUD
"I'll bet Steve [Jobs] knew that, and Microsoft didn't figure it out until now. Steve bascially did to Microsoft what Microsoft usually does to its partners."
Bugs Interrupt Office-Palm Link
Technical glitches have prompted Microsoft to stop offering for download a free program it introduced last week that allows Palm handhelds to synchronize with the Macintosh version of Office.
In The Computer Game, It's PC Vs. Mac
"Everything to do with the Mac is much more understandable and decipherable."
Mac Users Want More iChat Features
What feature do you most want added to iChat?
Apple: All About Sharing
iSync uses a single synchronization approach to encourage seamless data flow between devices, eliminating the need for separate synchronization.
"Halo" Co-Creator To Leave Microsoft
Alexander Seropian is leaving the company for family reasons.
Even Jobs Undersells Latest Advance From Apple
I think Rendezvous is going to be to Mac OS X what phosphoric acid is to a can of Coke. Users won't understand what it does or how it does it. They'll just understandt hta for some reason, Jaguar taste 10 times better.
Apple Users Demand Higher Prices, Worse Treatment
Life imitating satire.
Is There Life Beyond Microsoft?
Can Apple possibly get all the way compatible with Microsoft?
Open Letter To Steve Jobs About .Mac
Charging for iTools will not increase our market share, in fact it may reduce it.
Chris Short: The only screensaver I use is the one on my PC at work. It says, "I wish I was a Mac."
Microsoft Is Bad, Uncertainty Is Worse
There is a pragmatic way to look at the case: that it had reached the point of dimishing returns.
Intel Pushes Faster For New Pentium 4
Intel will come out with a 2.8GHz Pentium 4 for desktops later this quarter, and a 3GHz Pentium 4 in time for the holiday buying season, said sources close to the company.
Monday, July 22, 2002
Macworld Expo Keynote Served Up To 50,000 Viewers On Apple Hardware
Approximately 50,000 people used QuickTime to view the live webcast of Steve Jobs' Macworld Expo keynote last week, according to an Apple press release.
Adobe Updates Video Editing Software
Adobe on Monday will announce a new version of its Premiere video editing package.
Apple And The Angry Consumer
Let them know how you feel (good or bad) and support them if you can.
Apple — There's Still Time To Do The Right Thing
Come on Apple — do the right thing. We can't keep rooting for you as the good guy if you are going to engage in business practices like this.
Faster G4s Coming Some Day
If Apple can clear out the current inventory soon, we may see an August announcement.
Apple has been making some good coiches, and Mac OS X is a very good environment, so, maybe it's time to get back home.
If Apple does want to charge full-price for Mac OS 10.2, Apple must commit to continue to fix any showshopping bugs in 10.1.5 — including any security fixes — on the same timing with 10.2 fixes.
Hollywood, Tech Make Suspicious Pairing
Microsoft and its technology-industry allies still have time to show that they're not handing absolute dominion over digital media to the entertainment cartel, that open source software is not a target — and that, in general, [Palladium] is genuinely designed to give computer users greater control, and not a technology designed to control them.
Sunday, July 21, 2002
Apple Store Employees Rise To The Occasion
Apple's newest retail store in New York City was tested beyond it's wildest dreams on Saturday, with an electrical fire at a nearby sub-station.
Sorry, Steve. You Still Need Bill
Here's a clear opportunity for Apple and Microsoft to make beautiful music together — and lots of money to boot.
Apple Gets Serious, Stays Cool
Steve Jobs and Apple Computer are delivering exactly what the moribund computer industry needs right now—a taste of cool.
IT & The Office - An Apple A Day...
Not a case of style over content.
Saturday, July 20, 2002
Apple Posts New "Switch" Movies
Absent however, is the Will Ferrell Switch ad.
On Rendezvous, TiVo, And Parliamentary Titles
An exclusive interview with Stuart Cheshire, wizard without portfolio at Apple Computer, and Chairman of IETF Zeroconf.
The Aisle Less Traveled: A Macworld Expo Floor Report
In the absence of major players, innovative products from smaller vendors seemed to stand a little taller and do a little showing off.
Apple deserve to be at 5%, just as every bad businessman who lets his bias get in the way should be.
Jaguar Pricing: Where Does It Leave Schools?
With one incredibly shortsighted and greedy decision, Apple has wiped away any lasting favorable impression of a company committed to education market seriously.
Shades Of Windows?
Ya gotta wince for the guys with the footprints on their backs.
Small Is Everything With Portable Hard Disks
It's rare that a new product needs so little explanation.
Friday, July 19, 2002
Macworld: It's Like A Holiday
The secret is out: Macworld isn't merely a tech tradeshow — it's also an insanely great vacation destination.
It's A Big Big Apple Apple Store
In a town where shopping is a comeptitive sport, Apple Computer opened its biggest-ever store on Thursday morning.
Economy Takes Its Tool, But Expo Happy With Turnout
While attendees roam empty space of red carpet and red curtains, Macworld Expo is realistic that under current conditions the show is doing well.
Exhibitors Note Changing Buying Habits At Expo
"We're seeing trends towards laptop add-ons, a lot more than a year ago."
John Cocke, Chip Wizard From I.B.M.'s Research Labs, Dies At 77
Mr Cocke was the principal designer of the type of microprocessor that serves as the engine of most of today's large, powerful computers and the Apple Macintosh personal computers. Machines using his chip design are reduced instruction-set computers, or RISC.
Trying To Connect At Macworld
Apple may have turned off the 802.11b wireless connection as a number of keynote demonstrations required the ability to trade instant messages and share files with those connected to a nearby wirelessly equipped Mac.
Apple Software Allows Multiple, Simultaneous Syncs
Users will be able to synchronize contact and calendar data among a Bluetooth phone, a Palm-based PDA, an Apple iPod MP3 player, and a Mac desktop and notebook all at the same time.
Is It Time To Put An End To Macworld?
Would you rather spend $1000 attending the Expo or spend the same $1000 on new Apple products?
Microsoft Mac FUD, Phooey!
The comments from Microsoft are in exceedingly poor taste. And it's a shame.
Switch - Or Bait & Switch?
Going from a free service to a $100 service on two months' notice is changing the rules in the middle of the game pretty drastically.
iPod, iTunes More BeOS-Like; Macworld Smells Funny
Don't foget all the iTools logos you stuck on your product boxes, and the iDisk item in the Finder menu, all implying that iTools was part of the purchase price of this "premium brand" product.
Benchmark Duel: Mac Vs PC, Round II
Dell 2.53GHz Pentium 4 runs circles around fastest Mac G4.
Burning Labels Directly Onto Your CD
Yamaha has just introduced a novel approach to their line of CD burners that just might give them an edge over the compeititon. And I mean that literally, since you can now burn a label along the edge of a CD.
Codewarrior 8 Keeps App Focus
With an environment that looks and acts the same on either Mac or Windows workstations and that keeps our code front and cneter in a project manager environment that we still like after all these years, CodeWarrior is a tool that we're glad to have in our lab.
Dave Farber: If this is indicative of AppleCare in their new business, we are in for problems.
Ron Lite: Is it ".Mac" or ".mac?" You can't tell by visiting Apple, that's for sure.
Is IBM Toast?
This isn't your father's IBM. I'll be shocked if there is anything left but a compnay much like Unisys—a haven for desk jockeys.
Thursday, July 18, 2002
In Its New House, Apple Goes Bauhaus
The architect Rafael ViÒoly once observed that the designers of today's electronics products have rediscovered the pleasure of function. Apple has extended that discovery to the function of shopping.
Apple And The Future Of Computing
As always, you donít have to love Apple or its computers — but youíd be wise to pay attention.
Struts And Stuff At Apple Show
Who cares if 30,000 programs are available for Windows, if the five you want most are available only on the Mac?
Mac OS X Upgrade Doesn't Come Cheap
Apple Computer fans who rushed to Mac OS X last year learned Wednesday that there's no such thing as a cheap upgrade.
Move2Mac Shoots For Easier Windows Transition
Apple called six weeks ago. In that time, Detto Technologies went from idea to concept to product.
Apple Draws Mixed Reviews
Some cheered Apple's technologyv ision while others complained about the disappearance of Apple's free Web services.
Apple's latest developments are based more on versatility of software than sexy new gadgets.
In Midst Of A PC Slump, Apple Still Aims For Growth
For Apple, a product innovator with an anemic market share, a prosperous future depends on persuading some of the legions of people who use personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system to switch to Apple's Macintosh technology.
Apple To Compromise On Mac.com Email
Apple appears prepared to launch a compromise.
Ambrosia Releases Pop-Pop
Enter the bright happy world of fierce brick-bashing combat.
Apple Goes Soft
If it seemed that Apple didn't have much new hardware to show offat the Macworld Expo, it was no accident.
A Quiet Macworld
We can trust that the company that has brought so much innovation to the computer world has kept the vision, and when the masses return, Apple will respond.
Comparing Apples With Oranges
Every time the PC economy gets tough, the future of Apple is put in question and the stock tumbles before rising again when the climate improves.
MPEG-2 Codec Now Available
Apple Extends Its Reach
iCal is the strongest signal yet toward Apple's now-obvious PDA ambitions.
Swiss Army Surgery On A TiBook
I know I voided every warranty on the planet and risked life and limb of my TiBook, but I was desperate.
The most impressive addition is Smart Playlists, which takes the effort — some may say the fun — out of making compilations.
iTunes 3 Rocks On With Update
Smart playlist, sound check features among the highlights.
HP No. 1 In PCs - Barely
Through its merger with Compaq, HP has become the world's largest PC manufacturer for the first time, but the distinction might be short lived.
Wednesday, July 17, 2002
Users See A Lot To Like From Jaguar
Mac enthusiasts from Apple's core professional markets hailed the latest software innovations announced at CEO Steve Jobs' Macworld Expo keynote presentation.
Jobs: Jaguar To Ship August 24
With the Unix base in Mac OS X, Apple has become the number one Unix supplier in the world.
Flat-Panel iMac Expands To 17-Inch
Featuring the 800MHz PowerPC G4 and a 1440x900 resolution.
Steve Jobs Goes To The Oscars
Errol Morris pitched Apple Computer on the idea of doing ads featuring regular folks talking about moving to Macintosh—and was turned down.
Apple Shares Fall After Third-Quarter Results Reported
Shares of Apple fell more than 8 percent after it reported third-quarter results and gave an outlook that did little to buoy the sagging personal computer industry.
20GB iPod Arrives
The new iPods feature slimmer styling and a revised scroll wheel.
Playlists Refined, Redefined
Users can interactively generate play lists by setting rules.
Apple has updated iDVD2 to version 2.1, which supports AppleScript's.
Apple To Charge For iTools Services
Apple Computer on Wednesday will transition its iTools Web services to a paid program from a free one under the .Mac name.
Jobs - "Fastest OS Transition In History"
"The fastest OS transition in history. Faster than Microsoft."
Despite Criticism Of Apple's Efforts, Software Giant Says It's Committed To Mac Platform
"We're very committed to the Mac platform. We want the platform to succeed. That helps us to succeed."
Loads Of New Upgrades From Sonnet
Mac upgrade maker Sonnet Technologies today took the wraps off a ton of new products aimed at Power Mac, PowerBook, and other users.
Microsoft Sweetens Mac Office Offer
With sales of its Office suite for Mac OS X falling short of projections, Microsoft plans on Wednesday to announce a rebate for those who buy the software bundle when they pick up a new Mac.
"iPhoto: The Missing Manual" Released
O'Reilly & Associates today announced the release of "iPhoto: The Missing Manual," co-authored by well-known Mac writer and New York Times columnist, David Pogue.
Truth Is In The iMac Of The Beholder
It's silly of Apple to target Internet rumors about the outfit's next moves. Instead, it should rejoice that fans care enough to gossip.
The bottom line is this is a great way to get a resonably priced, nicely powered Mac that should last you for a while.
My Month With A Mac
Apple's iMac lives up to its reputation for easy setup and does most tasks you need. But the Mac's new operating system takes time to learn.
The Aqua Designer's Toolbox
Whether you're new to the Mac platform, or interested in expanding your existing toolset, here's an overview of some of the most powerful design applications for Mac OS X.
Okay, I am disappointed there's no iTunes for Windows. (Spoilt by rumors site, eh?) It's time to continue my search for a good MP3 player...
Tuesday, July 16, 2002
Browne Expands On OS X Allegations
"We've announced that we are already working on the next major releases of our Mac products, but have concerns about the long-term because Apple has not focused on moving the Mac installed base to Mac OS X."
Apple Launches QuickTime 6
"QuickTime 6 certainly is better positioned [than Microsoft's] to take advantage of some of the toolsets in MPEG-4."
Apple Warns On 4Q
Apple warned Tuesday that its current-quarter sales and profit will fall short of analysts' forecasts as customers keep cutting spending on new computers.
Apple Fans Brace For Macworld
Don't expect to see Apple try to top itself at the upcoming Macworld Conference and Expo this week, industry watchers warn. These days, Apple is mostly worrying about selling iMacs.
Expectations Low On Apple's 2Q Results
Apple has been battered by the same economic slowdown that's tormented the rest of hte industry. This week, investors will find out the extent of the damage.
Apple's Jobs, Seeking Growth With Innovation, Sees Sales Slump
Investors say the designs championed by Jobs may not be enough to generate growth.
Many Core Issues Facing Apple
For a company that is so identified with innovation and distinguishing-looking gear, any new products Apple shows off may end up being more important than any revenue and earnings numbers it releases.
Licensing Decision Ends MPEG-4 Tiff
MPEG LA, a group of patent holders governing MPEG-4, on Monday finalized licensing terms for the media delivery standard, bowing to market pressure for manageable royalty rates.
If they want to sell more copies of Office v. X, maybe it's Microsoft who should be marketing more or making the package more attractive.
Adobe Photoshop 7
Photoshop 7 is quite simply the best version of Photoshop ever. With the File Browser, the Healing brush, and the Painting Engine, Photoshop 7 provides something new and useful for just about every user.
skribble: MS Talks... Apple ships.
Dan Bricklin: Maybe the drop in music sales is the result of the increase in cellphone usage?
Joel Spolsky: Incentive pay isn't such a hot idea, even if you could measure who was doing a good job and who wasn't.
Monday, July 15, 2002
Microsoft Out To Grab Macworld's Attention
Microsoft on Monday launched the first of several preemptive strikes against Apple's Macworld trade show by making announcements about new technologies far ahead of their delivery to market.
Apple Ads Make Big Impressions, Rival Big Firms'
The all-time leader for small brand, big identity is Apple.
Connection Systems: The Numbers Game
The crucial difference between USB 2.0 and FireWire is this: FireWire is faster and more reliable.
3,000 New Computers Are Being Placed In 33 County Schools
Sitting at octagonal desks in the multimedia technology lab at Howard Bishop Middle School, seventh- and eighth-graders work with the latest digital imaging software programs on a handful of Apple iMac computers.
Canon Intros 3 New Color Bubble Jet Printers
Canon today introduced two new Bubble Jet Direct photo printers and one entry-level Color Bubble Jet printer for the consumer and SOHO markets—all of which have new Exif Print support for easy, smart processing of digital images.
Inside The Mind Of A MacCommunist
New York writer Lukas Hauser's MacCommunist column about Macs and socialism turns red baiting on its head.
Apple Execs Make Millions From Stock
Executives from Apple amassed multimillion-dollar gains from exercising options and selling stock in the computer maker in May.
Future Fuzzy For Adobe Camera Software
Adobe will provide a simplified version of its ubiquitous image editing program with a new version of Photoshop Elements, but analysts warn the software may not be simple—or cheap— enough for the average digital camera user.
Let The Squabbling Begin
The real story: Microsoft wants to blame Apple for not helping sell its overpriced software.
Hells Buys Zamboni (Or: My Unexpectedly Pleasant Correspondence With John C. Dvorak)
A filet mkignon on a flaming sword to you for takin' it in stride!
Mac OS X Takes Macintosh To New Level
Mac OS X is at last a 'real operating system.'
Few computer games have been heralded upon their arrival as much as Warcraft III.
I am so tempted to upgrade my Virtual PC so that I can stop using Quicken 2002 and switch back to Microsoft Money 98. (And, yes, I put the version number there to illustrate a point.)
Right now (Monday, 11am ET) one whole bunch of Macintosh web sites seem to be dead or cut off from the rest of the world. Which is a little inconvenient for the publisher and the readers, given this is one of the few weeks of the year that really matters in the Macintosh universe.
Confirmed: MS To Ship Beefed Up 802.11 Security In XP SP1
Microsoft will be shipping a Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol (PEAP) client with SP1 of Windwos XP.
Sunday, July 14, 2002
Apple Posts Software Update Security Fix
With the new Security Update fix, packages presented via the Software Update mechanism are now cryptographically signed.
She Built A Business In 'No Time'
Karin Spitzeer is a refined example of how little it takes to build a business in the information economy: Her tools consist only of a laptop and some imagination.
The Digital Hub Gets A New Spoke: Television
EyeTV brings personal video recording to the Mac.
OS X Day 1: Enter The iBook
I'd been with Microsoft for so long, who are complacent and hoard their customers, that I'd forgotten what it's like to use an operating system built by people who want it to cooperate with the rest of the world. It's good.
May I Quote You?
The Olympus DS-330 digital voice recorder is a useful, convenient device that you'll quickly find yourself slipping into your pocket or purse.
Tommy Wee: Jimmy Fong, director of AppleCentre at Wheelock Place [in Singapore], says he has sold 30 iPods since he opened his shop three weeks ago.
Enter The Dragon
China will soon be the biggest PC market in the world, and everyone wants a piece of it.
Saturday, July 13, 2002
Macintosh Vs. Personal Computer
"The secret of the Macintosh success is it has the absolute largest unpaid sales force in the world."
At The Desk Of... Bradley Whitford
The one piece of technology that has made me feel optimistic is my Apple PowerBook G4 laptop. I think there's paradise and peace in this machine.
Catchall 802.11 Label Could Confuse End Users
A move to brand IEEE 802.11 products of all stripes as "Wi-Fi Certified" is making some wireless-LAN vendors nervous.
Mac Web Sites: Can You Believe What You Read?
The "new journalism" is quite unlike traditional news, where reporters and commentators are expected to have some degree of training and, one hopes, some respect for accurate reporting and even eidtors to review the material before it's published.
Bluetooth Is Still Too Temperamental For The Beginner
Get rid of the power cord, the printer cable and the modem line, and your computer just got more valuable.
Wes Felter: If [Halo] was developed on the Mac, why do they have to hire someone to do the port?
Friday, July 12, 2002
Apple Goes Overseas With Retail Store
Apple Computer is taking its retail store effort international next week, with plans to open a store in the Netherlands, according to people briefed there on Apple's efforts.
Video Scratching On M-M-Macs
Just as scratching and sampling has forever changed music, video scratching is starting to revolutionize club visuals. A New York trio, Squaresquare, are leading the pack.
SuperCard Aquired By Solutions Etcetera
The acquisition culminates over 18 months of development on the next major iteration of SuperCard.
Laptop Contract Inquiry Poses Wrong Question
To go the next step and kill the program may not cost anything in dollars and cents paid to Apple, but it will exact a heavy price on Maine's children.
Year Of The "Little Guy" At Macworld NYC?
What a perfect time for new companies to make their move.
It's a simple game, but that's a good thing.
AMD To Unveil Chip Amid Earnings Woes
Advanced Micro Devices will have good news for customers next week, but bad news for investors.
DOJ Vs Microsoft Makes Me Want To Ralph
The government could simply name the criteria that Microsoft must adhere to in order to sell to government agencies. If Microsoft refused to comply, many other vendors would do so.
Rivals Help Improve Dell's Outlook
Dell on Thursday raised its revenue and earnings outlook for the second quarter, saying it continues to gain market share from computer rivals.
Thursday, July 11, 2002
Mac Software Bargains
60 essential utilities that won't break the bank.
Living Under The Snow Dome
The iMac is so good that it almost makes me wish I was in its target audience, just to have the pleasure of getting such a fantastic computer for the first time.
An Expensive Christmas
If you're the parent of a gamer, you could be facing an expensive holiday season.
Smokin'! Apple Officially Posts Xserve Benchmarks
Looking at the charts, it is easy to see why Apple is a happy camper.
Mac-Based Artist Rocks New York
Isca Greenfield-Sanders is a hot digital artist whose work doesn't look like digital art.
Legislators Ask For Review Of Laptop Contract
Two legislators are asking the Attorney General's office to determine the state's liability if it breaks a contract with Apple Computer for thousands of laptop computers.
Browser Numbers On The Rise
If the open source community label as "early adopters" has any merit at all, we should see a rise in Apple's market share over the coming months.
Are Gadgets Already Too Small?
Because of the limitations of the human body, designers are already up against the wall.
The build quality is excellent. A good specification that will handle any task from browsing to video encoding with ease.
Burn Before You Crash
The best bit about Retrospect is that the application is bascially "set and forget".
IE Scripting Flaw Uncovered
Security researchers yesterday released details of a cross domain scripting flaw in Internet Explorer ahead of a fix by Microsoft.
Another Bug In Outlook, IE
A Danish security researcher warned users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Outlook and Outlook Express applications that a recently discovered software flaw could leave their system open to malicious code carried on Web pages or in e-mails.
Meet Microsoft, Home Networker
The Colossus of Redmond's next bold move is into routers that'll let consumers connect their digital devices together and to the Net.
Microsoft To Get Lift From Licensing Plan
At a time when other software and computer-hardware companies are being hit hard by the slump in corporate spending, Microsoft appears on track to post a fourth-quarter profit at the high end of its own guidance, analysts said.
Wednesday, July 10, 2002
How OS X Could Rescue The PC Biz
A rivalry between Apple and Microsoft is good. It will prevent a modern-day Nietzsche from rightly declaring that the PC died from a terminal case of boredom.
Troubles For 'Big Brother' Mac Fans
Mac users are going to be experiencing headaches and an extra fee in order to spend their summer watching the "Big Brother 3" live feeds on the Internet.
Apple Opening Stores In SoHo, Roosevelt Field
As part of an aggressive campaign to convince Windows users to switch to Macintosh, Apple is opening two flashy new retail stores in Manhattan and Long Island this month.
FileMaker Pro 6 Updated
FileMaker 6.0v2 supports the import of XML data from a remote FileMaker Pro host via HTTP request, and improves performance when using Find and Replace in large databases.
QuickTime For The Web
Written by Steven W. Gulie, QuickTime for the Web is a book which explores the inner workings of QuickTime, a common yet often untapped technology.
Apple To Expand iMac LCD Display
Even without an immediate boost in sales, releasing a 17-inch iMac makes a lot of sense, based on the dramatic increase in demand for larger flat-panel monitors.
Seven Learning Styles In New JumpStart Titles
The flaws are surprising in a product that tries so hard to make learning easy.
PowerBook Pismo Finally Gets A G4 Upgrade — Is It Worth $299?
If you love your Pismo, I think this upgrade is a "no-brainer." Downsides? Keep in mind that the Pismo's graphics processing unit is wimpy and video RAM limited so Quartz Extreme advantages do not apply.
Crazy Apple Rumors Site: Apple Initiates "Rumor Site" Passes for Macworld NY.
Microsoft Gets Into Media Player Groove
To claim victory, Microsoft must win the allegiance of media companies — to supply music and videos — and telecoms to distribute the content.
It Ain't Heavy; It's My Laptop
The Toshiba Satellite 1955 is the latest example in a new trend in consuemr-oriented notebooks.
Tuesday, July 9, 2002
Taiwan iMac Shipments Take A Hit As Demand For The Computer Slackens
The new iMacís Taiwanese part suppliers and assemblers are reporting reduced or halted shipments amid weakening demand for the flat-panel desktop, according to sources familiar with the companies.
Quanta Computer May Ship 4.5 Million Notebooks This Year, Below Its Earlier Estimates
Hit by slowing iMac shipments and cuts in orders from HP, Quanta Computer could face a long road in reaching its shipment target this year.
Crunch Time For Apple OS Security
Hackers see Mac OSX hole as soft touch.
Study Of Power Consumption Also Finds Macs Are Cheaper To Run
An independent analysis at the University of Liege, Belgium, has shown that Mac systems' significantly lower power consumption also means substantial savings over Windows PC systems.
What's With Apple's Fetish For Secrecy?
Whoever is really to blame here, Apple needs to turn this brouhaha into a non-issue—and fast.
Apple Determined To Upstage Rival
There will be pain involved, but also joy of release for Microsoft dissidents.
eMac Test Drive
The eMac fills at least two voids in Apple's product line.
Top Ten iPhoto Tips
The truit is, iPhoto is really quite powerful (and complicated), even though it appears simple on the surface.
Gene Steinberg: Many of the articles complaining about Apple's posture on this subject haven't apparently bothered to consult [Macworld Expo Media Registration page].
Don't Trash Microsoft Office Just Yet
One issue that is being missed in the hullabaloo regarding Microsoft's and Sun's office suites is programmability.
Monday, July 8, 2002
Apple Macs At Risk From Rogue Software Updates
Full instructions are available on the Internet for how to fool Apple's SoftwareUpdate feature and install a backdoor on any Mac running OS X. Worse, there appears to be no patch.
Being Independent Of Microsoft Not Easy
Macs are, on balance, just better for my blood pressure. I've long felt that the difference between PCs and Macs was that PCs tend to get in your way, and Macs tend to get out of the way.
Chip, Hardware Stocks Decline
Stocks of PC makers showed the most weakness in the hardware arena.
New Tricks, Fewer Clicks
FileMaker Pro 6 looks to save time, steps with new featuers, XML support.
Coming Batch Of Earnings Reports May Give Clues On Tech Economy
Is the painful deflating of the tech bubble nearly over, and how soon will more normal economic growth resume?
Remembering Rodney O. Lain
Too bad your writing an outstanding obit is what it's taken for me to finally write you.
Color Jetprinter A Bit Disappointing On Takeoff
Photos don't live up to expectations.
Clive Barker's Undying
It could have been a truly terrific game if the designers had seen fit to support multiplayer elements that had never really been tried before, but itíll have to settle with being something less for the time being.
OS X: More Than Just Another Unix Variant
I think that Linux has great advantages, but none of these port over well for desktop users.
Sleek New Iomega Hard Drive Offers Speed, Portability
This is an extension of Iomega's earlier and bulkier portable hard drives sold under the Peerless brand name, with the emphasis on speed, size and large storage space.
An Apple A Day
Low End Mac has a new site: Apple Quicklinks.
"Instead of simply listing links, AQL will typically include a short description of the article or a brief excertp... We'll also be more selective... instead of posting every link on every site and ending up with maybe 10-20 covering the same material."
Thanks for describing MyAppleMenu. :-)
And MyAppleMenu is an independent web site. too. :-)
Unpacking a Xserve.
Hey kid, just because you bought your own iMac (good choice, by the way) doesn't mean your parents cannot still control you when you are naughty. :-)
Gateway Touts Chic Yet Cheap PCs
Gateway announced Monday a set of low-end consumer computers that adopt the sleek, new black and silver styling that the direct PC seller plans to use throughout its desktop line.
Itanium 2 On The Way, But Will It Sell?
The Itanium 2 processor marks a significant step in Intel's strategy to penetrate the upper echelons of the computing market. But analysts and others are asking whether it will thrive in the current economic ice age.
Intel Is Seeking Safety In Diversity
Products that don't depend on PCs are its next big hope. It's a dicey strategy, but many analysts are becoming optimistic.
Sunday, July 7, 2002
Inside The Apple iPod Design Triumph
No doubt subsequent versions of the iPod will yield a revised design chain as different components and optimizations are discovered and needed. But for now, Apple's first design chain strategy and product have been a success.
Mac Collecting Like A Religion
The Mac is more than a computer: It's a community, an identity, a church. Collecting Apple memorabilia is an important part of the Mac psyche.
Livin La Vida Digital
Steve Jobs' digital lifestyle concept takes center stage.
G4 with CRT dcisplay is the true successor to the original iMac.
Saturday, July 6, 2002
Bug Blight Sucks $3.7b From Australian Business
Bugs in business software are estimated to be costing Australian business about $3.7 billion a year, about 0.6 per cent of national gross domestic product.
Microsoft Updates Internet Explorer For OS X, Classic
Internet Explorer 5.2.1 provides all the latest security and performance enhancements for Internet Explorer 5 for Mac OS X, according to information posted on Microsoft's Web site.
The Ultimate Smackdown: Mac Versus PC
When someone tells you a Windows box is always fater than the Mac, point them to this article and tell them it isn't necessarily so.
Friday, July 5, 2002
Apple Finds Ripe Market In Southern Mindanao
Apple Philippines is strengthening its presence in Davao, saying this part of Mindanao is more receptive to new technology than other urban centers and cities outside Metro Manila.
Thursday, July 4, 2002
Press Passes Pulled At Macworld
A spokeswoman for IDG strenuously denied that Apple had anything to do with blackballing certain outlets or choosing which ones got to cover the show.
Apple Lays Off Nearly 7 Percent At Laguna Plant
Company officials refused to say how many employees were laid off nor what jobs they performed at the plant in south Sacramento County. Apple's employee base fluctuates from between 1,500 and 2,000 workers depending on demand for its products.
Musos Mull Post-Emagic Sequencer Options
Barely a hint of platform chauvinism. Clearly musicians have the ability to empathize with fellow humans. Because they're using computers as a tool, not an end in itself, I wonder?
OS X - I'm Not Feeling The Love
I miss Linux. I miss the action in the Linux world.
Clash Of The Installer Philosophies
Apple, by finally achieving the "impossible" and creating a user-friendly Unix, finds themselves trying to serve two masters.
Photo Sites Make It Easy To Share Memories
With most of these, you can transfer your images to a free online photo album, e-mail a link to friends so they can see the pictures on the Web, order prints, or better yet, let folks order their own.
Microsoft Books LinuxWorld Stand In Bid For 'Dialogue'
Microsoft is to exhibit at LinuxWorld Expo this August, and it appears that the company wants to be nice.
Wednesday, July 3, 2002
Apple Pares Manufacturing Jobs
Apple Computer this week cut a small number of jobs at a manufacturing facility near Sacramento, Calif.
Xserve Grabs The Spotlight
Apple Computer caught the industry off guard with the recent announcement of its Mac OS X-based Xserve servers, but users and analysts say that so far, they like what they see.
Enterprises Eye Mac OS X
Whether Mac OS X lifts Apple from its current 5% market share remains to be seen. But IT hasn't looked this kindly on the Mac in almost a decade.
Mac OS X As Preventive Medicine
Adding systems running Mac OS X can help create a heterogeneous environment that presents a defense against particularly threatening viruses that target a single operating system.
Escaping To Bryant Park, But Staying Connected To The Web
Bryant Park is one of more than 70 wireless access sites in New York City and one of the first to formally span a city park.
RIP Classic Mac OS
Making the move to OS X.
Apple Deal Influences People But Doesn't Win Friends
I'm delighted to know that Apple is totally committed to keeping the Mac the top music-making computing platform. Somehow, I wish that the company had found a different way to show it.
Apple: Taking OS X Security Seriously—Finally
While Apple's speedy turnaround with the OpenSSH fix and the DNR announcement are laudable indeed, two data points do not a trend plot. Apple's ongoing behavior in this realm is the key to building and then maintaining confidence among Mac OS X users, recommenders, and buyers.
Mac Users To MS: Your Right To Left Defence Is Upside Down
Some, but not too much sympathy for Microsoft Mac boss from readers wanting Hebrew and Arabic support on the Macintosh.
iPod, You Pod, Will We All Pod?
The portable digital music player's popularity could be Jobs & Co.'s portal to becoming a mainstream consumer-electronics outfit.
Why Your PC Is No Better Than A $15 Wristwatch
Real clock people don't trust their computer's clock for much of anything.
Bjarne Stronstrup: I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.
AMD Slashes Sales Target Again
Advanced Micro Devices on Wednesday issued its second revenue warning in two weeks, forecasting second-quarter sales of about $600 million.
Judge Clears Way To Antitrust Verdict
In a move that could bring Microsoft and the Justice Department closer to an approved settlement deal, a federal judge said Tuesday that both parties had complied with laws governing antitrust settlements.
Tuesday, July 2, 2002
Apple Denies Insider Trading
Apple's chief financial officer Fred Anderson has denied insider trading after sales of stock by company executives was called into question.
For Plug-And-Play, I Pick The Apple
The Macs of hte new century are going the extra mile to make life easy for next-generation devices.
Apple Still A Ripe Business For ThinkFree
Think the Apple channel is insignificant and unworthy of your attention? Think again.
It never ceases to amaze me how often these days employers feel obliged to put a spin on the fact that they've shafted someone.
Titanium Powers Further Ahead
Great thing shave been happening to Apple's G4 Titanium PowerBook - possibly the most desirable notebook personal computer on the current market.
Same Stuff, Different Pile
The amount and quality of softwre bundled. Apples to oranges. Different stuff, different pile. In this case, thinking different is fantastic.
What Do You Think Future TV Will Look Like?
I expect the digital hub to more closely follow the model of a computer and peripherals (or component stereo system) than that of a single box that does everything and includes the screen, too.
Why Strategic Alliances Don't Work
The corporate highway is littered with the burnt-out shells of thousands of strategic alliances, which are supposed to be very close business relationships between two companies for their mutual benefit.
Contour RollerBar Mousing Station
The RollerMouse Station takes a little getting used to, but even before I was completely comfortable with the operation of the rollerbar and the three buttons, I realized how much more physically comfortable it is to have all mousing and most typing operations available without having to move your hands back and forth.
Fallout 2 is a game that will suck you in.
Feeling The Heat In Redmond
Despite its continued market dominance, Microsoft won't be able to call all the shots anymore.
Microsoft Spent $100M On .Net Security
Microsoft's much-publicized security push has cost real money—$100 million of person-hours went into the two-month hiatus in development of .Net server, according to David Thompson, vice president of Microsoft's Windows server products group.
Monday, July 1, 2002
Art As A State Of Mind
Not all art is committed to canvas or stone. One artist works by transmitting her emotional brain waves to a computer, creating a unique canvas for her imagination. Imagine what Van Gogh would have done with that.
Rendezvous: It's Like A Backstage Pass To The Future
No matter how you slice it, Rendezvous is important for Apple.
A Mac? In The Rack?
In the plug-ugly world of servers, the Xserve's slick aluminum design makes a bold fashion statement.
This is the game that old school D&Ders have been waiting for since they put away their dice.
Take Off With 'Little People Discovery Airport'
Knowledge Adventure does good stuff for kids, and its skills are evident here. The more central question is whether a 2-year-old who is perfectly happy banging the kitchen pots needs to start a software library.
MS Security Patch EULA Gives Billg Admin Privileges On Your Box
Microsoft has just assumed the right to attack your computer and surreptitiously install code of its choosing. You will not be warned; you will not be offered an opportunity examine the download or refuse it. MS will simply connect remotely and install what it will, or install it secretly when you contact them.
Microsoft Takes Its Software On A Road Trip
To gauge the importance Microsoft places on its new audio and video software, step into the company's new van.