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Saturday, August 31, 2002

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Look, No Wires
by Garry Barker, Sydney Morning Herald
"We are going to see profound changes with the Mac and the digital hub and general connectivity."


Laptops To Greet Students
by Jessica Lee, The Courier-Gazette
Students and their teachers will have instantaneous and wireless access to the Internet at all times, as well as a comprehensive software package that includes AppleWorks, iMovie, iPhoto and World Book Encyclopedia.

Show Threatens Hotels On Rates: Macworld Says It'll Bring In Ships
by Donna Goodison, Boston Herald
Macworld's organizer said yesterday that he is willing to bring in two cruise ships as makeshift hotels if local hoteliers don't meet pricing requests for the huge trade show.

Clarification On OWC, Apple, And The DMCA
by John H. Farr,
"The DVD Enabler did not modify Apple's iDVD software."

Catching Up With Ash At Area 2
by Stephanie Jorgl, Apple
"Our whole band is pretty much a Mac-fascist band. We use Macs for everything."

Netscape 7.0 Shrivels Under Mozilla's Shadow
by Jim Rapoza, eWeek
The fact that Netscape 7.0 arrives hot on the heels of the similar but superior Mozilla 1.1 only serves to illuminate the small but significant differences between the two.


More On Apple's iDVD Crackdown
by Scott Rosenberg
If Other World was distributing a separate piece of software that users can install that interacts with iDVD then I don't see how this violates Apple's copyright.

Newton X: Why Apple Needs To Go This Way
by Anthony Frausto-Robledo, Architosh
Can Apple and the rest of the industry afford to allow Microsoft to take over the emerging tablet computing market unchallenged?


Ease Into The Switch
by Michael Brewer, O'Reilly Network
If you're contemplating a switch to Mac, or if you're just getting frustrated with Windows, this article is for you.


Saturday, August 31, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Friday's Stats

With all these talks about the shinking Netscape web browsers share, here's a glimpse at the numbers I'm getting here at MyAppleMenu.

Internet Explorer: 60%Netscape/Mozilla: 29%OmniWeb: 6%iCab: 2.7%Opera: 1.5%

Macintosh: 65%Windows: 34%

Note: The stats are for a 24-hour period (0000 GMT to 0000 GMT), and is for the home page here only.

How to Create More E-Mail Traffic

Go to any site that requires registration. Key in a common user-name. Click on the "Forget Password" button.


A Roadmap To The Recently Released Windows APIs
by Curt Hagenlocher and Chris Sells, O'Reilly Network
For a lot of the rest of us, including shell integration programmers, cryptographers, and the terminally curious, the new information is fascinating and potentially useful, although not always as complete as we'd like.

Friday, August 30, 2002

Top Stories

The Little Bugs In Apple's Stores
by BusinessWeek
Retail guru, Machead, and author Paco Underhill loves the consumer-friendly emporiums, but he says Jobs & Co. should do some fine-tuning.

Working The Web: Newsreaders
by Ben Hammersley, The Guardian
I don't mean to brag but it's 8.30am and I've already got up to date with 75 different websites.


Apple In NY Times: Thanks To 100,000 New Yorkers
by Greg Grusby, O'Grady's PowerPage
Apple took out a humorous, full page, full color ad in today's Business Section.

The iBooks Are Here
by Art Mayers, Lincoln County Weekly
"It is going to be fun."

Apple's New Xserve Product Could Blow Away Competitiors
by Edison D. Ong, Manila Bulletin
It is not that the server products of IBM, HP and Sun Microsystems are in worst shape; however, they can do better. If not, then Appleís Xserver, the new kid on the block, could blow them away.


Ears Full
by Nan Anastasia, MPG Newspapers
My favorite gadgets tend to be small, shiny and so cool that they don't entirely work yet.

Apple's DVD Lockdown
by Scott Rosenberg
Apple found the DMCA to be a pilable tool, easily adaptable for its own ends that have nothing to do with protecting intellectual property.


True Love With Jaguar Must Wait For The Update
by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle
If you don't have a compelling reason to install Jaguar today, wait for the inevitable 10.2.1 update.

by Doc Searls
So far, Jaguar has been spotty for me.

P2P Networking With Rendezvous And iChat
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
You might be thinking, "I'm already using AIM, MSN, or Yahoo, wy should I care about Rendezvous?"

What's So Great About Mac OS X 10.2? Networking!
by Josh Taylor, ZDNet
Our reviews teams thinks networking is among the new operating system's most compelling enhancements.


Friday, August 30, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Time Flies

Two years ago, we were eagerly awaiting the public beta of Mac OS X. Remember the beta? Remember all the kernel panics, the horrible Finder, and the Apple logo in the middle of the menu bar?

Two years ago, we were also getting a lot of Macintosh news from

Random The Jaguar upgrade song. To be sung to the tune of Route 66—apologies to Bobby Troup.


.Net Server's New Name Suggests Delay
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Microsoft has once again tweaked the name of the successor to Windows 2000 Server, in a move that suggests its official release won't come until next year.

Microsoft Shutters BizTalk.Org
by Mary Jo Foley, eWeek
With little fanfare, Microsoft Corp. has shuttered its BizTalk.Org XML schema warehouse.

The Pen As Mighty As The Keyboard
by Chris Taylor, Business 2.0
Why tablet PCs could spell the end of paper trails.

Thursday, August 29, 2002


Aple Woos Wobbly Windows Users
by Clive Akass,
Jobs does have something to shout about.

Newton's Return: A Hit And A Myth
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
The resurrection rumor has surfaced at least nine times since 1998, when Apple discontinued the device.


Apple Struggles With Lame Ducks
by Jack Schofield, CW360
Mac OS X is a winner, but Apple is hamstrung by slow chips and a 1970s business model.

Tech Turf Wars
by David Futrelle, CNN/Money
Apple's products may only appeal to a narrow niche of PC buyers, but Apple at least seems to understand what the Mac faithful want.


Video-Capture Cards
by Anton Linecker, Macworld
If you work with uncompressed video, these four professional cards can help you take Apple's Final Cut Pro to the next level.

Mac OS X Jaguar Update Needs Tweaking
by Jon Frott, San Jose Mercury News
People who should avoid Jaguar for a few weeks include those who need to access printers and scanners and customized Mac networks that might not be ready for the upgrade.

Mac OS X Upgrade Makes Robust Case For Making A Switch
by Matthew Fordahl, Associated Press
The experience is less technical, more intuitive and overall more productive. This is ironic, since Mac OS X is based on Unix, the rugged operating system originally designed for supercomputers, servers and workstations.

The iMac-Like PC
by David Pogue, New York Times
The iMac itself, a graceful piece of art whose astonishingly thin screen floats in air on a gleaming chrome elbow, sells well enough. But whenever a Windows PC maker tries something similar, buyers stay away in droves.

Help For Help In Jaguar
by Terrie Miller, O'Reilly Network
First I got the spinning beach ball of death and had to force-quit Help. Then it degraded into a simple "Application unexpectedly quit" error whenever I tried to load Help.


Thursday, August 29, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Great UI From Microsoft

There, got your attention, didn't it?

Doc Searls: It's veerry nice. Much more smooth and intiutive in a GUI way than I'm used to finding stuff from Microsoft.

Have pigs finally flew?

Jaguar Impressions

Rob McNair-Huff: Going forward, if you want to keep using the newest versions of software in the near future, you are going to need to plunk down $129 for a copy of Jaguar.

Meg Hourihan: I hold out hope that the outrage of Mac users everywhere will bring about [Happy Mac's] return, just as it did the last time they tried to remove Happy Mac, with the original launch of OS X.

Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Top Stories

Apple Draws On DMCA To Bar DVD Burning
by Declan McCullagh, CNET
Apple has invoked the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to prevent its customers from burning DVDs on external drives.

Apple's Jaguar Leaps Ahead Of Windows
by Charles Haddad, BusinessWeek
The good old days are here again: The new version of OS X once more gives Macs clear superiority in operating systems.


Getting Pro-Active
by Garry Barker, The Age
Apple is announcing new hardware and software faster than ever, and continuing to cut prices.

Think Lawsuit
by John Paczkowski, San Jose Mercury News
While such head-to-head comparisons with rivals have long been taboo in the advertising world, Gateway views them as worth the risk.

Jaguar Opens Strong, But Can It Save Apple?
by Masha Zager, NewsFactor
But no matter how technically impressive Jaguar is, and no matter how enthusiastic the crowds it draws Apple still faces an uphill battle in winning back the market share it has lost.


Apple Retail Stores - Give Me A Reason To Buy Something!
by John Manzione, MacNet 2.0
Apple knows that the Apple logo is one of the most recognized logos in the world and they could be reaping the rewards of this simply by giving us the opportunity to wear Apple-branded clothes.

It's The Software, Stupid
by Dan Knight, Low End Mac
Why Apple will thrive as PC vendors burn.

The Future Of The Linux Desktop...
by Freezer Burn
Jaguar is the desktop that Linux should have had.

Apple's Rendezvous: What It Is And Why It Matters
by Stephan Somogyi, ZDNet
With the release of Rendezvous, Apple is bringing AppleTalk's ease of use to any TCP/IP network, and not just networks with Macs on them.


Bet On Mac's Cool New Jag
by Jeffrey Tsang, Computer Times Singapore
Speed and a slew of new features are what the new Mac OS X 10.2 is all about.

The Jagwyre Review
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
Using Mac OS X is like touring a land of fabulous ancient treasures — with a tourist authority that's still busy renovating them, and that hasn't quite completed the infrastructure.

A Look Inside Address Book
by Mike Beam, O'Reilly Network
If you're developing a Mac applicaiton that uses information about people, then I can't recommend highly enough integrating AddressBook into your software.


Wednesday, August 28, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Microsoft and Apple

You know what, Microsoft has to force a new licensing scheme down people's throats in order to extract steady income, while Apple gives good value in operating system upgrades almost yearly, and people queue up for hours to shove money down Apple's throat.


Ken Bereskin: After 18 years, it probably was time to offer something more than the basic bare bones 4 function calc.

Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Top Stories

Jaguar Release Catapults Apple Sales
by Margaret Kane, CNET
More than 100,000 copies of Apple Computer's OS X 10.2 operating system were sold worldwide during its first weekend, the company said.

At Apple, It's One Step Forward...
by Alex Salkever, BusinessWeek
Every time Steve Jobs & Co. appears to have things going its way, something — like a PC industry stuck in a slump — seems to slow it down.


More Oracle Software Available For 10.2
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
In addition to the database itself, users can download the Oracle9i v9.0.1 thin JDBC Driver or the Oracle 8i v8.1.7 OCI for Mac OS X.

iPod Guides You Through The Singapore Art Museum
by MacSingaore
Moreover, visitors who have their own iPod can come to the museum and download information available.

Sneakernet Redux: Walk Your Data
by Paul Boutin, Wired News
The coolest sneakernet accessory is, of course, Apple's iPod.

A Good Time To Pick Apple's Stock?
by Alex Salkever, BusinessWeek
While several factors are weighing down Jobs & Co.'s financial performance these days, many others could provide a nice lift.

Mac's Slipping Class Rank
by Alex Salkever, BusinessWeek
Apple is losing ground to more enterprise-friendly Windows PCs in the critical education market. If that continues, watch out.

iPod: A Seed For Growth?
by Olga Kharif, BusinessWeek
Now that Apple's snazzy digital music player works with Windows, it could open new doors into consumer electronics. It won't be easy though.

Record Orders For Jagaur's First Leap
by David Frith, The Barrow
Apple shop operators tell The Barrow interest has been intense, with pre-orders at a record level.


Hey Apple, MHz Matters
by Adam Robert Guha, Low End Mac
Apple needs to gain market share, and one of the best ways to do this is to offer machines with higher clock speeds that can compete more directly with Windows PCs.

by Slashdot
The only reason I can think of that I wouldn't buy a future version of Watson is all the whining that Karelia did about this.

by Slashdot
Apple's iApps don't replace anything. Third-party software has to be good enough to replace the iApps, not the other way around.


Mac OS X 'Jaguar' Gets Thumbs-Up
by Sandy McMurray, Globe and Mail
Mac OS X 10.2 is the best OS I've ever used and it keeps getting better.

A Star Is Born With Apple's New Addition
by Andy Ihnatko, Chicaco Sun-Times
90 percent of Mac OS X 10.2 consists of cool, bouncy, double-clicky new features that are right out there to be immediately exploited by the average user.

For Some Users, Jaguar Upgrade Comes With Show-Stopping 'Gotchas'
by Chuck La Tournous, RandomMaccess
In short, wait a few weeks and "let the pioneers take the arrows."

iPod Lets You Store Much Music
by Mark Kellner, Washington Times
In short, there's much to like about the iPod, and if you're doing your holiday shopping early this year, it's a gift certain to draw oohs and ahhs when unwrapped.

AOL Updates Its Mac Face
by Troy Dreier, PC Magazine
AOL 10.2 doesn't have the kind of large improvements that make your jaw drop, but does offer an attractive interface and enough small improvements that using it is a pleasure.

FileMaker 6 Gets Graphic
by Jeff Angus, PC World
The latest version of this database storage and retrieval program adds features for managing graphics effectively.

Jaguar Leaps Onto Windows Networks
by Gary Krakow, MSNBC
Iím not giving up when it comes to getting Jaguar to network seamlessly with my office. OS X is too good to quit on it.

Jaguar: iChat
by Nathan Torkington, O'Reilly Network
And while I'm going to give iChat more of a test in the coming days, I may well end up back with Adium for my AOL chatting.

Jaguar: Fonts
by Nathan Torkington, O'Reilly Network
Proportional fonts don't work for programs that assume an 'i' takes up as much horizontal space as a 'W'.

Jaguar First Impressions... And Questions
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
I have a lot of confidence in Mac OS X, and it came through again.

What Is Wrong With iChat
by Rob McNair-Huff, Mac Net Journal
The limitations of the program make it less attractive for heavy-duty users.

OS X Jaguar - Early Impressions
by Dan Gillmor, San Jose Mercury News
I'm not seeing the vast speed increases I've been reading about in other coverage.


Tuesday, August 27, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Joel Spolsky: There just isn't enough bandwidth to do good design when a team is geographically dispersed.


Microsoft Puts Privacy Policy On Display
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Microsoft has begun to incorporate new privacy policies and procedures in upcoming products, apparently in response to this month's settlement with the Federal Trade Commission.

MS Plays Volume Licensing Upgrade Card Against Naked PCs
by John Lettice, The Register
If you want full, untied product, you pay retail, apparently.

On A Roll, Dell Enters Uncharted Territory
by Steve Lohr, New York Times
The plan is ambitious and risky, but Mr. Dell betrays no qualms.

Monday, August 26, 2002

Top Stories

Apple Can't Keep Up With Demand For Newest iMac
by Jon Swartz, USA Today
Apple's sleek new 17-inch flat-panel iMac is so popular that some buyers have to wait weeks to get one.


The Mac Is Dead... Long Live The Mac
by Charles Arthur, Independent
Apple's new operating system is more than a match for Microsoft's and 'classic' Mac will be no more. But, will this alienate existing users?

Happy Birthday, PDA
by Margie Wylie, Newhouse News Service
A decade later, we're still waiting for PDAs to match the hype.


Mac Design: Little Room For Improvement
by Kevin Webb, Low End Mac
Once you reach the pinnacle of good design, what do you do for an encore?

Tech Writers Are All Wet
by Jon Lolliger, Pioneer Press

It's Not A Party Till The Cops Show Up
by James Duncan Davidson, O'Reilly Network
Nuts I tell you. Nuts.

Readers Respond To Astrid Storm's "Switcher's Remorse"
by Salon


Netscape Communicator 4.8 Mini-Review
by Charles W. Moore,
Communicator is technically faster on many pages, but iCab is a lot more efficient when you're trying to get your work done.

Spam Blockers For Macs
by Al Fasoldt, Newhouse News Service
We're finally getting good spam-killing software for Macintosh systems.

USB Or FireWire? The One That's Right For You Is...
by David Coursey, ZDNet
If you're absolutely, positively never going to shoot home video and don't want an iPod, you can probably skip FireWire.

Sunday, August 25, 2002

Top Stories

Virginia Expanding Laptop Program In Schools Despite First-Year Troubles
by Associated Press
Administrators are confident last year's problems have been solved and that the technology initiative will run much smoother, even as it is expanded to middle schools.


Apple May Ride Jaguar Into Mobile Computing
by James Coates, Chicago Tribune
It's getting clearer by the day that Jaguar is just the opening salvo in a looming series of exciting schemes to add products to the Macintosh line.


Buy Or Hold?
by Chris Taylor, Time
If you're a Mac user who's been holding out on OS X, it could be time to play around with a furry feline.

Apple Turns Search Engine Into Concierge
by James Coates, Chicago Tribune
Mac OS 10.2 is far bigger than just Sherlock 3, but this one huge improvement in how people can use their Macs stand out far more for most users than the rest.

In Apple's 'Jaguar,' Upgrades Quick And Mighty
by Rob Pegoraro, Washington Post
You could say 10.2 is the company's biggest update ever. It's the first Mac operating system I've seen that took two CD-ROMs and more than an hour to install.

Setting Up A Site Server With Jaguar
by James Duncan Davidson, O'Reilly Network
Did you know that almost all of the software to set up a heavyweight, full-fledged site server is already on your machine?


Sunday, August 25, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

This newly revamped site you are reading is trying to use XHTML 1.0 and CSS Level 1. I said try because there are still some bugs here and there that will cause the XHMTL to fail to validate.

I wish somebody has coded up an expert system that will examine HTML/CSS codes, and suggest ways to improve the web site.

Saturday, August 24, 2002

Top Stories

Business Thrust Continues Apple's OS Jag
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Much of the buzz over Apple's Mac OS X 10.2 has focused on desktop computers, but the company also has a new server operating system that's been refined for businesses.


AppleScript Studio: A Marvelously Easy Environment
by Barbara Gibson, Apple
"Just about every day you see a new Cocoa application that has been written in AppleScript Studio."

Is Our Children Learning?
by Julie Landry, Red Herring
Each year more than $5 billion is spent on computers in the classroom. But it's the tech companies that benefit.

Apple 'Jaguar' Comes Out At Night
by Michael Singer,
Macintosh enthusiasts began lining up Friday for their copy of Jaguar.

Apple To Unleash Jaguar OS Upgrade
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Apple plans a contrarian celebration for the anniversary of the Windows 95 launch, unleashing a new operating system aimed at stealing customers away from Microsoft.

US Mac User Spurs Apple Into .Mac Action
by MacUser
A disgruntled UK Mac user has had his faith in Apple restored, thanks to an email he sent to Steve Jobs.

Apple May Cut Original iMac Shipments
by Matthew Broersma, ZDNet UK
Is the market big enough for two models of iMac? Apple may not think so, as a report suggests it may be stopping shipments of 15-inch models in the autumn.


Going To The BIG Store
by Joe C. Carson,
I think I will have to go and visit the new Apple Store at the Grove more often. It managed to seem like a place made just for me.


Apple's Baby Steps Serve Its Market
by Michael J. Miller, PC Magazine
OS X is clearly on an integrated path, and based on Jaguar, Apple seems to be doing a good job of making that work.

Hands On With The Quicksilver G4 Speaker Grilles
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
The Speaker Grille Quicksilver G4 Collection sports a simple well-executed design and is well worth the money for the peace of mind it offers.

Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar
by John Rizzo, ZDNet
The price is a tough blow if you recently purchased version 10.1, but we still urge you to consider upgrading.


Saturday, August 24, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Crazy Apple Rumors Site: I mean what am I supposed to ? I'm supposed to promote companies making software for OS X, not talk them out of it. ó Steve Jobs.

Linux Torvalds: The fact is, technical people are better off not looking at patents. If you don't know what they cover and where they are, you won't be knowingly infringing on them. If somebody sues you, you change the algorithm or you just hire a hit-man to whack the stupid git.

Friday, August 23, 2002

Top Stories

Why You Should Buy The New Mac OS X. Now.
by David Coursey, ZDNet
While earlier versions of Mac OS X were aimed at the installed base of Mac users, Jaguar will be attractive to Windows users who want to switch as well as Mac users who want to upgrade.


Apple Lets Jaguar Out Tonight At Stores
by San Francisco Chronicle
Macintosh fans who can't wait until Saturday to buy Apple's latest operating system upgrade can purchase a copy late tonight at Apple's own retail stores around the country.

Full Coverage: Jaguar Kick-Off Events
by MacNN
Check here for information on more special events.

High School Students Start Video Venture
by Mark Garrett, The Tilsonburg News
"It's fun to do something on the computer and make it better."

Try The Taste Of An Apple Mac Menu
by Vikki Bland, Stuff
Next time you need to buy new hardware for your small business, remember the Apple Mac is an option.

She's The Elusive Apple Of The Web's Eye
by Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Fans can only imagine who the teen in a Mac ad really is. And do they ever.

Apple's Xserve Server Debuts In The Philippines
by Lawrence D. Casiraya, Manila Business World
In the Philippines, Apple has partnered with Oracle, APC (American Power Conversion) and HP, which expressed support for Xserver through its OpenView server management software.

New ATI Design Wins Bad News For Nvidia - Analyst
by Ben Berkowitz, Reuters
Two new design wins for graphics chip maker ATI Technologies are a bad sign for competitor Nvidia Corp.


Best Viewed In
by Adam Robert Guha, Low End Mac
I really do expect a webmaster to test his or her site on both Mac and PC — and in both major browsers — to make sure that it works fine and looks good in each.

Oracle 9i, Full MSN, To Mac OS X. Tell Me Jaguar Isn't The Real Deal.
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
At some point you have to ask, "What does it take to get serious about this operating system?"


Apple iMac 17-Inch Widescreen; Apple OS X 10.2
by Troy Dreier, PC Magazine
Current OS X 10.1 users may balk at having to pay for an upgrade so quickly, but we feel the money will be well spent in the long run.

Jaguar—OS X 10.2
by Chirstoper Allbritton, Popular Mechanics
All these features really just scratch the surface and give you the feeling that Apple is releasing a new operating system instead of just a refinement to an older one.

Digital Media Mogul
by Arik Hesseldahl, Forbes
Belkin Components has just started shipping a reader that reads eight different types of media.

How To Go From Kernel Panic To Clean Install In 14 Long Hours
by Chris Cummer, Forwarding Address
14 hours later, all is well with the world again.


Friday, August 23, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong


Michael Alderete reports on his Jaguar upgrade experience.

Anne Holland tells us why you shouldn't send out newsletter before 9.00 am.

Dave Winer: I felt scared like you feel on a NY subway platform as a train is entering the station and you're standing on the platform and in the instant before it passes you think how you could end your life by leaning forward.

The Jaguar Genius Pizza. Have one while upgrading.


The planned revamp of MyAppleMenu scheduled this weekend will add RSS discovery functionality.

Okay, so this wasn't a difficult thing to add into MyAppleMenu. I should have done this long ago.

It's just that MyAppleMenu publishes multiple RSS files, which means my laziness does set in.


Borland's Developer Tools Take On MS
by Wylie Wong, ZDNet
After nearly being knocked out for good by Microsoft, software maker Borland is back on its feet and eager for a rematch.

HP Still Reigns Over 'Crown Jewel'
by Richard Shim, ZDNet
HP's reign over the printer market continues, according to a report from research firm IDC.

Microsoft 'Trinity' To Bring Unity To .Net, Office Developers
by Mary Jo Foley, eWeek
Microsoft is working on a set of tools, code-named Trinity, aimed at consolidating two of its largest developer camps: those writing for Office and those writing for .Net.

Thursday, August 22, 2002

Top Stories

Mac OS 10.2 Reviewed
by David Pogue, New York Times
Mac OS X 10.2 is the best-looking, least-intrusive and most thoughtfully designed operating system walking the earth today.


Report: 3GHz Pentium, Pricier PCs
by Matthew Broersma, CNET
Motherboard makers are gearing up to support Intel's upcoming 3GHz Pentium 4 chip, and the cost of their upgraded parts could mean a price hike for PC buyers.

Steve Jobs Keynote At Apple Expo Paris
by Macworld UK
Apple CEO Steve Jobs will deliver the opening keynote address at Apple Expo Paris 2002 on Tuesday September 10.

Mathematica Broadens Appeal
by Peter Coffee, eWeek
Mathematica is a leading example of supercomputer power for single-user systems.


Unix As Literature: Revisited
by Rob Flickenger, O'Reilly Network
I find it a very humorous irony that the ultimate tool that will likely bring people back to doing more in a Unix terminal may turn out to be the latest version of Mac OS.


New iMac, Old Mac OS
by Jeff Adkins, Low End Mac
Why Mac OS X sometimes isn't the right solution.

Back-To-The-Future Design Is Also Office-Friendly
by Glenn Fleishman, New York Times
If you cheered for the robots in old sci-fi thrillers, your computer may have found a new friend in Harman Multimedia's JBL Creature speakers.

Griffin Technology's PowerMate
by Neal Parikh, MacNN
The great looks and exgtensive customization features make the PowerMate well worth the money, especailly for Mac users in the audio or video arenas.


Thursday, August 22, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Don't Get Me Wrong...

Everytime, in discussion forums, for example, I see somebody writes "Don't get me wrong...", I automatically stop reading and go to the next article.

After all, if you know that what you've just written can be misread, why don't you just erase what you've just written, think through what you really want to say, and write better?


Microsoft Retools Visual Studio.Net
by Mike Ricciuti, CNET
Microsoft on Thursday offered a glimpse of its new features for future versions of its Visual Studio.Net development tool bundle.

Microsoft-Centric Smartphone Still Immature
by Jim Krane, Associated Press
Paul Masson used to say he'd sell no wine before its time. Somebody should've given this advice to the makers of the first cellphone/organizer to incorporate Microsoft's new Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition.

Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Top Stories

Mac OS X Switcher Stories
by Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly Network
Switchers appear to be adopting Mac OS X at twice the rate of Mac OS 9 users.

Switcher's Remorse
by Astrid Storm, Salon
My name is Astrid, I'm an Episcopal priest, and I've been a Switcher for about two months now. And yes, I confess... I wanna go back!

Mac Motivates Maverick Animator
by Apple
Hereís a good modern fairy tale for you. A man with no experience of computer filmmaking decides that heíd like a new hobby, and settles on 3D animation. He starts work one night on the Mac in his bedroom, and within a year has given up the day job, acquired an old-fashioned patron whoís willing to pay his way through the making of the film and is fielding offers from Hollywood.


Wing And A Prayer
by Garry Barker, Sydney Morning Hearld
Apple has been driving the trend through its adoption of two wireless technologies, Bluetooth and 802.11b.

A Rush Of Software Updates
by Rob McNair-Huff, Mac Net Journal
Expect more as the weeks winds down. We are in for an interesting next few weeks in Mac OS X land.


Why Computer Fonts Are So Valuable
by Thomas C Greene, The Register
Mick Dimmick sent me an excellent e-mail memo describing just how difficult and time-consuming it is to create a superior font, and perhaps offering justification for the Beast's decision.

What Mac Fans Want From Microsoft
by Charles Haddad, BusinessWeek
Apple users share their thoghts on Redmond's inflated prices, buggy software, and the odd symbiosis that keeps Macs viable.


MacBack On TiBook/iBook Article
by Nathan Torkington, O'Reilly Network
I received a lot of mail about my article on things I wish I'd known about TiBooks and iBooks.


Wednesday, August 21, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong


Steve Outing asks, why aren't there more news sited imitate the way International Herald Tribune presents long text stories. My guess: because it doesn't work on my browser of choice.

Cory Doctorow: A little birdie tells me that in Jaguar, screenshots are saved in PDF instead of TIFF.

I thought humans are supposed to need less sleep as they grow older... so why am I so craving for sleep this past week?

The original Knowledge Navigator video, via memepool.


Back To School For Office XP
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
A deal to offer students a cheaper version of Microsoft's Office XP software may be part of a larger plan for the software maker: Increasing sales of the productivity suite to consumers by slashing prices.

Will LindowsOS Run Windows Applications?
by Matthew Broersma, ZDNet UK
Reality has increasingly intruded on's plans for a Windows-compatible, consumer Linux desktop, causing it to change the way it approaches consumers.

Aussies Dump Microsoft For Linux
by Nick Farrell,
Licensing 6.0 angers corporates down under.

Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Top Stories

Apple's Mac Muscles In
by Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe
Lots of scientists are taking a long second look at a computer that many of them, not long ago, might have dismissed as a toy.

Apple Extends .Mac Subscription
by Macworld UK
Apple has extended the subscription period for former iTools members so that those signing up for the company's .Mac services can use the service for longer.


Apple Takes Bow For Another Emmy
by Ian Fried, CNET
Steve Jobs credited Final Cut Pro for bringing the quality of a $50,000 editing bya to anyone willing to spend $1,000 for video-editing software.

PGP Finds New Home With Startup
by Matt Berger, IDG News Service
Network Associates has unloaded its software portfolio based on the security technology PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) to a startup launched Monday by a collection of security industry veterans.


Tuesday, August 20, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Ben hammersley: Hang on, if I can now run any Xwindows app, as well as command line stuff, and hence can use any Open Source Linux application as well as any native OS X applications, and use the Fink package manager to stay up to date... all for free... why the hell didn't I switch earlier?

There are only 10 kinds of people in the world—Those who understand binary, and those who don't.


Security Flaw In Key Microsoft Services
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Microsoft on Tuesday warned users of a number of its subscription programs, including product testing and volume licensing, of a potential security flaw affecting the software they use for downloads.

Intel To Debut Faster Pentium 4 Next Week
by Reuters

Two Chip 'Brains' Better Than One?
by Michael Kanellos, ZDNet
There's more than one way to build a multi-chip microprocessor, according to Intel.

Microsoft Faces Taiwan Inquiry
by BBC News
Microsoft is facing an investigation by Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission into allegations that it has abused its market power.

Monday, August 19, 2002

Top Stories

Apple's Chief In The Risky Land Of The Handhelds
by John Markoff, New york Times
There are signs that Steve Jobs may be approaching a precipice like the one that led to the downfall seven years ago of the man who was then Apple's chief executive, John Sculley.


Cult Of The Mac - Is Anyone Switching?
by Lisa Gill, NewsFactor
While Apple will not say how long the ad blitz will last, the company has compiled mounds of anecdotal evidence to support the idea that the campaign works.

Out-Of-It Eyebrow Lift Gives Apple A Superstar
by John Schwartz, New York Times
Apple has a new star on its hands. She is Ellen Feiss, a slow-talking teenager whose laconic patois has the Internet buzzing.


Sony, Apple Make Phone Dream Team
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
Promoting compatibility would mean that Apple would make partners, not competitors, out of Nokia and Motorola — and that would surely be biting off more than it would want to chew.

Mac OS X 10.2: How Apple Got It Right... Again!
by David Coursey, ZDNet
Apple continues to make discs that can be installed across multiple machines.


Why Less Is More For Apple's New Power Macs
by Stephan Somogyi, ZDNet
Customers can build their boxes to taste, and leave room for growth.


Monday, August 19, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Where Have I Gone Today?

One of the UI component of a typical visual web browser, is the differentiation of visited and unvisited links. Rather than forcing the user to remember which web pages he has viewed, the computer does this job for him.

Therefore, I am quite sad to see more and more web sites (such as MacMinute and AppleQuickLinks ) intentionally breaking this UI component by having all outgoing links pointing to an internal redirecting script rather than the actual URL.



Horacio Silva: After downloading Joan Baez or Joan Jett, no self-respecting member of the fashion set would consider storing an iPod in anything but the Hedi Slimane-designed leather Christian Dior iPod Case, $346, at Barneys New York.

5 more days to the official launch of Jaguar.

6 more days to yet another revamp of MyAppleMenu.


Can Linux Duck The Redmond Death Ray?
by Charles Cooper, ZDNet
Assuming Sun doesn't trip on its delivery, corporate customers might just be receptive this time around. And the clincher would be Linux.

Why Microsoft Could Actually Fail At CRM
by Tiffany Kary, ZDNet
With Microsoft making a foray into the CRM market, analysts are split over its chances for success.

Sunday, August 18, 2002


Creator Of Pepper Text Editor Calls It Quits
by Rob McNair-Huff, Mac Net Journal
"Recent changes in the various OSes and several not-so-nice experiences with less than honest 'clients' combined with negative feedback on my software have forced me to stop."


Discussion: .Mac And Spam Volume: Is It Just Me?
by MacSlash
"Has anyone noticed an increase in the volume of spam [in .mac]?"


Apple's iMac A Work Of Art, But So Is Profile 4
by James Coates, Chicago Tribune
Behold, a computer that matches the style, grace and power of iMac but runs the far more popular Windows operating system.

Apple iBook
by Anthony Zurcher, Washington Post
The laptop is still one of the best around in terms of size, weight and overall quality.

The Write Answers
by Darren Yates, The Age
When yo go looking for an external CD writer, there are three things to look for: how it connects up to your PC or notebook, its maximum recording speed and the operating systems it supports.


Sunday, August 18, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Matthew Haughey: I can only find one company offering ssh tunnels [for wireless connections], and their documentation is pretty sparse on the use.

Saturday, August 17, 2002

Top Stories

Audible Books On Your iPod
by Erik T. Ray, O'Reilly Network
Apple's [iPod] implementation is simple and intuitive. Audible's pricing is reasonable and its Web site is very friendly. Together, it's an incredible combination that fits the digital hub strategy well.

iBooks And TiBooks And MyBooks
by Nathan Torkington, O'Reilly Network
Apple's Switch campaign is great, but nobody tells you what you really need to know when switching. Here in one place is my top-ten list of switching essentials.

Apple Doesn't Slam The Door On OS 9... Yet
by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral
"We are not including a full Mac OS 9 CD in the Jaguar software update for the simple reason that an overwhelming majority of customers that will be buying... already have an OS 9 System Folder."


Inventor, Toy Maker Dies At 47
by Elise Ackerman, San Jose Mercury News
James Sachs, a technologist, toy maker and e-book pioneer, died Thursday after a 19-month battle with lymphoma.

Laptop Conference Gets Under Way In Orono
by Associated Press
"Everything changed the way the students looked at school, the way they looked at themselves."

Netscape Communicator 4.8 Released
by MacNN


Apple OS 9: Buried Alive?
by Elizabeth Millard, osOpinion
It seems that a better strategy would be to let users coast in OS 9 for as long as they like, or at least until OS X is replaced by the next major operating system.


Switching Is Not So Simple
by John Morris, CNET
Apple's brazen bid to steal Windows users has gotten lots of attention, but before you jump on the bandwagon, be sure to weigh the pros and cons.

Hands On With Monsoon's PlanarMedia 9 Speakers
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
The PlanarMedia 9s require a bit more massaging than the average set of speakers to get them sounding right, I'll admit, but the net result is very interesting and appealing.

Titanium PowerBook G4/800
by Richard Hallas, Inside Mac Games
The PowerBook is marketed as a desktop-replacement system, and that's exactly what it is.

CodeWarrior 8
by Douglas A. Welton,
CodeWarrior's product maturity shows through in the polished interface presented to the user.


Saturday, August 17, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Dori Smith found this...

BSD is for people who love UNIX.
Linux is for those who hate Microsoft.


Intel, PC Makers Sued Over P4 Performance
by Tom Mainelli, PCWorld
Customers seek class action status in charge that vendors misrepresented the power of Intel's top chip.

Mapping Microsoft's Mobile Mission
by Steve Gillmor, Mark Jones, Ed Scannell, and Jon Udell, Infoworld
Juha Christensen, corporate vice president of Microsoft's mobility group discusses where the Pocket PC, Wi-Fi, and peer-to-peer fit in Microsoft's mobile vision.

Analysts: Dell Move Into Printers, PDAs Benefits Users
by Tom Krazit, Infoworld
Dell's eventual entry into the printer and PDA markets will cause headaches for some vendors and delight users as the company drives down prices, analysts said.

Friday, August 16, 2002

Top Stories

Migrate To OS X 10.2 With A Clean Install
by Dan Frakes, Macworld
Before you can enjoy the benefits of OS X 10.2, you first need to install it — which may not be as easy as it sounds.


Rethinking The Macintosh
by Neil McAllister, New Architect
By offering a range of well-designed hardware products, all of which run the same Unix-based OS, Apple has earned itself a unique place in today's computing market. At the very least, it's one that should not be overlooked.

More Problematic Years Ahead
by Jean-Claude Elias, Jordan Times
Apple Macintosh computers proudly announce that their system are designed to correctly store and compute time till the year 29,940!


Counting The Cost
by Ian Betteridge, MacUser
Apple needs OS X to be a success, because if it fails the company will also fail.

I Have A Dream
by David Strom, Techweb
It is time for the 'nixes (Unix, Linux, and Apple's OS X) to play a more major role, and for Microsoft to get with the program and fix this broken buggy whip.

Maybe A Very Smart Move
by Slashdot
Apple can pump up the OS X installed base number by 5 — even if the OS gets installed on only 2 or 3 machines.


EyeTV Digital Video Recorder
by Brett Larson, TechTV
Easy to set up, EyeTV does everything a PVR can do, letting users pause live TV and record their favorite shows.


Friday, August 16, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Will there be any definition of what is a "family" in the new Jaguar family pricing plan? (The installation can only be done on computers that are physically within 100m radius from your bed.)

One of my friend has just picked up a 17-inch flat-panel iMac, with Jaguar pre-installed. Can you tell I'm jealous?


Dell Confirms Interest In Printers, PDAs
by Jeffrey Burt, eWeek
CEO Michael Dell downplayed speculation about the company's printer and PDA plans, contending that the computer maker will remain far mroe focused on PC, server and storage sales to corporate customers.

Thursday, August 15, 2002

Top Stories

WSJ: Apple To Introduce $200 Family Pricing
by MacNN
Apple will be introducing $199 [Jaguar] family version that can be legally installed on up to five computers.

Apple's Wider iMac Screen, Jaguar System Are Big Steps
by Walter S. Mossberg, Wall Street Journal
Jaguar is a big step forward for the Mac, and continues the effort to differentiate Apple's operating system from Windows XP. In my view, it's worth the price.


Filmmakers To Be Showcased At Mac OS Release Event
by Business Review
The "Made with a Mac" expo Aug. 23 will feature area filmmakers and other artists who use Apple products.

Is Iomega's New Zip Zapped?
by Joe Wilcox, ZDNet
Can Iomega put zip back into Zip?

X Marks The Spots
by Garry Barker, Sydney Morning Herald
Everything hangs on Mac OS X.


The Soul Of The New Macs
by Matthew Rothenberg, eWeek
Motorola may have precipitated a bit on Apple's parade this time around, but the architectural advances these machinese represent already make them a compelling purchase for serious Mac users.

Einstein Fends Off Reality Distortion Field
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register

PC Port Selections Are Vital Players In Data Transfer
by Sam Diaz, San Jose Mercury News
With USB in widespread usage — and USB products still beating the prices of their FireWire counterparts — it's unlikely that FireWire will become hte preferred technology for PC users.

The Mac Vs. PC Debate
by Jon Fortt, San Jose Mercury News
It's perfectly possible to own a Mac in a Windows world, but it's not seamless.


Searching For Right Keys
by Gene Emery, Reuters
It might be fair to say that "Search for the Secret Keys" is Mickey Mouse educational software.

What's Important To Look For When Gauging PC Speed
by Jon Fortt, San Jose Mercury News
There are so many numbers to watch when you're buying a computer that people often try to simplify speed down to a number or two. PC speed is actually more complicated than that.

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Top Stories

Can The Digital Hub Survive Hollywood?
by Cory Doctorow, TidBITS
Apple has broken every rule except the most important one: build what your customers want to buy.

New Apples Versus Comparable Dell
by Glenn Fleishman, GlennLogs
The answer honestly surprised me.


Apple's Newest Power Macs Sport A New Look—But The Real Change Is Inside
by Philip Michaels, Macworld
With this latest desktop update, Apple has radically redesigned the inside of the Power Mac, bolstering performance beyond a slight increase to processor speed.

Analyst: Dual Processors A 'Smart Move'
by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral
"When you deal with the kind of work that Apple's pro users do, you really want to have the most powerful processors as possible."


Why I Want To Work At An Apple Retail Store
by Bob McCormick,
Look at those pictures of the folks in the black shirts of the Apple Store. Thye "make it fun" for themselves and for all their customers. Now that's what I call a perfect job!

Arrogance, Thy Name Is Microsoft
by Charles Haddad, BusinessWeek
Office users are steamed at Gates & Co.'s demand that they register their software. Keep it up, Bill. You make Apple look better every day.

Educational Software Pricing
by Jonathan Gennick, O'Reilly Network
Does the lack of educational pricing for full-versions of Windows represent a deep, dark plot, or is it only the result of Microsoft trying to walk a fine line between different classes of customers?


Pick A Laptop: The Perfect Accessory For College
by Edward C. Baig, USA Today
This Apple is yummy. It's quite simply the notebook I'd want if I were back in college.

Bluetooth On Mac OS X
by Wei-Meng Lee, O'Reilly Network
While Bluetooth will not replace your AirPort, be prepared to see more devices that are Bluetooth-enabled in the future.


Wednesday, August 14, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Raster Burn: On a related note, God decides to sue Toho for suing the word "God" without His permission.


Dell Unhooks Windows From Desktops
by John G. Spooner, CNET
Dell is making Windows optional for some of its business desktops.

Tuesday, August 13, 2002


USD 308 Expands PowerSchool Program, Giving Parents Real-Time Student Info
by Deborah Kinirons, The Hutchinson News
PowerSchool provides the school a much better management tool.


Sage Words
by Doc Searls
"Regarding the Mac, two factoids - take them for what you will: a) the top personal request on the Groove website is currently "when will there be a Mac version?", and b) no major enterprise customer has yet asked to purchase a Mac versoin. Quite perplexed."


IE Flaw Can Expose Credit Cards
by Reuters
Security researchers say they have found a serious flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser that could expose credit card and other sensitive information of Internet surfers.

Monday, August 12, 2002


Aladdin Systems Reports Second Quarter Profit
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral


Intel Mac Power Has Had Its Chips
by David Frith, The Barrow
Barring development of some remarkable new Mac-compatible chips by Intel (most unlikely) - it just won't happen.

Sunday, August 11, 2002

Top Stories

Apple Sees Breakeven In Next Quarter - Paper
by Reuters
"It would be crazy to expect strong growth at this moment, therefore we aim to break even in the next quarter."

What's Really 'Real'?
by Joellen Perry, U.S. News
Apple's new ad campaign features ordinary folks, but some wonder just how ordinary they are.


Hungry For A Bigger Bite
by Duncan McLeod, Hoover's
Apple wants to double its market share in SA in the next two years. It wil try to do this through new retail and sales channel initiatives.

XLR8 Inc. Closes Doors
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
XLR8 Inc. had focused on the development of Macintosh processor upgrades and perihperals.


Good-Bye XLR8
by Dan Knight, Low End Mac
I think almost everyone who owns an XLR8 product has nothing to worry about. Hardware tends to fail right away ro last for a long, long time.


How Does The Pentium 4 And Athlon XP Running Windows XP Compare To The G4 Power Macintosh Running OS X?
by rob-ART, Bare Feats
I think Apple is at a crossroads. It must decide whether to stick with the Morotola processor which is falling further and further behind in speed or switch to Pentium or Athlon.

Saturday, August 10, 2002

Top Stories

Homemade Dot-Mac With OS X
by Alan Graham, O'Reilly Network
The greatest ironies is that Mac OS X is packed full of features that make many aspects of .Mac unnecessary.


Online ABNs Out Of Reach For Apple Users
by James Pearce, ZDNet Australia
Mac users are having trouble applying for an Australian Business Number online, forcing them to use snail-mail to register their business.

Home Work
by Garry Barker, Sydney Morning Herald
The application, Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac, is one of the most important that Microsoft's Macintosh business unit has done outside Office:mac v.X.

Macworld Waits On Menino's Call
by Scott Van Voorhis, Business Today
A top executive of the giant Macworld convention says he has yet to hear a serious offer from Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, despite Menino's vow to lure the lucrative trade show back to the Hub from New York.

AOL Puts Heats On Media Player
by Paul Festa, ZDNet
AOL has updated its popular Winamp MP3 player, adding video capabilities that bring the program into direct competition with streaming media giants Apple, Microsoft and RealNetworks.

Rix, Mix, Burn
by Kathy Bowrey and Matthew Rimmer, First Monday
The politics of peer to peer and copyright law.

New Jersey To Get Third Apple Store; Menlo Park Mall Location Will Open This Fall
by RandomMaccess
A mall official confirmed the new store will open "sometime this fall."

Apple Disc Recording Update 1.3.5
by Rob McNair-Huff, Mac Net Journal

Apple Confirms A Small Number Of Layoffs
by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral
Apple representatives declined to detail the number of emloyees affected by the layoffs or whether all of the affected employees were located in the company's Cupertino headquarters.


Time To Set Up Shop
by John O'Brien, The Courier-Mail
Photoshop 7 packs enough new features to make it a worthwhile proposition, and if you're a Mac user, its OS X compatibility alone is reason enough to upgrade.

Apple Remote Desktop
by Jonathan A. Oski, Macworld
Network-management software combines classroom and remote desktop access — with some glitches.

Friday, August 9, 2002

Top Stories

Will Apple Put Intel Inside?
by Arik Hesseldahl, Forbes
As with many rumors about Apple Computer, this one started with a single sentence uttered by Steve Jobs.


Consumers Unhappy With PC Support
by Ian Fried, CNET
The lone bright spot in the survey was Apple Computer, which grabbed the top spot and was the only company to earn higher marks this year than it did last year.

OmniWeb 4.1.1sp1 Arrives
by Rob McNair-Huff, Mac Net Journal


Encrypting Removable Mac Drive
by Dan Gillmor, San Jose Mercury News

Thursday, August 8, 2002


IBM Lays Desktop PowerPC On Cupertino Lawn
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
Getting OS X onto a new procesor is going to be difficult with so much old code hanging around.

King Agrees With Rowe: Beware Of Canceling Laptop Deal
by Associated Press
"There are big downsides to walking away. The damage to the state would far outweigh the benefits of canceling the contract."


Discussion: Would The Mac Platform Collapse Without Microsoft?
by Metafilter


Ready To Switch? Get The Right Gear For Your New Apple Life
We picked out the gear that you'll need to handle your Mac life a lifelong pro right off the bat.

Digidesign Mbox
by David Leishman, Macworld
Portable USB audio workstation fits the bill for digital-recording beginners.

DVD Studio Pro 1.5
by Jim Heid, Macworld
The program remains the only viable choice for professional DVD authoring on the Mac.

Jaguar Deals For Under $100

Spam-Fighting Tools Vary In Versatility, Reliability
by Anick Jesdanum, Associated Press
Only one of the four programs I tested over a week met my needs and even then a lot of spam still slipped through.

Wednesday, August 7, 2002

Top Stories

Followup Mac Conversation With Microsoft
by Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly Network
I'm pretty clear that the members of the Mac BU at least are solidly committed to the Mac and to OS X.

Hollywood Sets Stage For Piracy Battle With PC Industry
by Jim Hu, CNET
Michael Eisner and Steve Jobs were once a model pairing of old and new media, but these days they aren't the best of friends.


Musical Tribute
by Radha Basu, Computer Times Singapore
Fuhua Primary School combines technology and patriotism to produce a digital music video dedicated to National Day.

Apple Serves Up Big
by Eileen Yu, Computer Times Singapore
Apple is counting on Xserve's price advantage and beefy product specifications to attract users.


Macs With Intel Inside? You Bet! Here's How
by David Coursey, ZDNet
The hard part isn't the technology, it's Apple getting its head around the business issues and lining up the necessary support.

Why Nobody Buys Apple
When does your average IT nerd care about 'cool'?

Just Say No To Unfinished Software
by Beverly Woods, Low End Mac
Why should I support software makers who never finish anything?

Safeway Are A Bunch Of Anti-Mac Bigot Weenies And I Want My Internet Groceries, Dammit!
by Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
Must... restrain... fit... of... self... righteous... Mac... fanatic... pique.

Intuit's QuickBooks Employs FUD Against MYOB
by Matt Deatherage, TidBITS
There is no product here, just an announcement from a company with one of the greediest, most cynical, and most customer-unfriendly track records of any Macintosh software company.

Smile When You Say That, Microsoft
by Charles Haddad, BusinessWeek
I'm not saying the Mac community should turn on Microosft. Redmond has been, and can continue to be, a valuable ally. But we shouldn't take any lip from the company, either.


RollerMouse Keeps Both Hands Close To The Keyboard
by James Cummings, Cox News Service
The RollerMouse Station improves the ergonomics of typing on a computer by positing a device that does the work of a mouse directly below the keyboard's space bar.

A Laser Printer Bargain
by Gary Krakow, MSNBC
Samsung's ML-1430 impresses with both speed and quality.

Two Books On Mac OS X
by Kirk McElhearn, TidBITS
One provides a window on the visible side of the operating system and the other looks behind the scenes; many intermediate to advanced users of Mac OS X will need a little from each.

On Hardware Failures And Low End File Recovery
by Charles Moore, MacOPINION
More on my WallStreet meltdown and how I retreived my non-backed up files.


Wednesday, August 7, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Tom Weiss: NeXT's innovative windows-based GUI has, as far as I know, completely disappeared. Somebody forgot to do homework?

Tuesday, August 6, 2002

Top Stories

Apple Trying To Get People To Switch
by Michael Woods, Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Drive a basic economy car, and then drive a luxury model. That's the kind of difference instantly apparent.

Microsoft To Give PCs A Little Google
by Paul Andrews, Seattle Times
If Microsoft and Google do wind up squaring off, it will be the most intriguing competition in the tech industry since the mid-1990s "browser war" days.


EarthLink Approves Stock Buyback
by Associated Press
EarthLink said Tuesday it has adopted a "poison-pill" defense plan to discourage hostile takeover bids.

Report Finds Interest In Alternatives To Windows Is Growing
Interest in alternatives to Microsoft's Windows operating system is at the highest level in over a decade, according to a newly released Yankee Group report.

Metrowerks Make Inroads In India
Metrowerks today announced a rollout of its CodeWarrior software development tools at nearly 3,000 Indian Computer Institute Association member institutions.

WarCarft III
by Rob Walker, Slate
How Arthas the Nordic hero conquers his gaming targets.

Apple Updates DVD Studio Pro
The update is a free download.


The Eagle Has Landed! - Virtual Workspaces For OS X
by Steve Mallett, O'Reilly Network
And it's easier than alt-tabbing between apps.

Save $69! Why New 'Photoshop Lite' Isn't Worth It
by David Coursey, ZDNet
While I like the program, I find this $69 upgrade hard to recommend. If you're using OS X you'll probably want to fork over the money. But even then the tariff seems steep for what you're getting.

Music To Fans' Ears: iPod Breaks Windows Barrier
by Walter S. Mossberg, Wall Street Journal
Apple's popular digital music player is now cheaper and compatible with Windows PC.


Tuesday, August 6, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Steve Outing asks, what are you publishing on Sept. 11?

Do you think I should tell everyone in the world that the inspiration of "MyAppleMenu" (formerly known as "AppleSurf") came from "An Apple A Day", which came from, "Cool Site of the Day?"

Tom Negrino: Apple is going to sell alot more iPods in the next quarter.

Just try and customize your Windows task bar, and you'll soon discover the brilliance of the Mac OS X Dock.

Monday, August 5, 2002


Indianapolis Apple Store In The Works
The store will be located in the former Williams-Sonoma boutique.

Intuit To Release New Mac OS X Version Of QuickBoks
Intuit expects to ship the final product in the first quarter of 2003.

PC-Compatible Mac OS Comes At A Price
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
So, start re-partitioning those Dells now, folks.


How Apple Is Worming Its Way Into Corporate IT
by Stephan Somogyi, ZDNet
Apple decided—wisely, I might add—to make sure that all Xserve customers were covered.

Open Letter To Apple About Jaguar
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
We're three weeks away from the release of Jaguar. Now would be a great time to extend an olive branch to your early adopters.


Get Smart
by Elizabeth Millard, Computer User
Also, become a spy.

Mac's Dirty Little Ethernet Secret
by Dennis Sellers, Computer User
Ethernet and AppleTalk issues are surprisingly common in mixed environments.


Monday, August 5, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Boing Boing: A sofa made out of Macintoshes.

Okay, Apple, maybe the price of Jaguar is a little too high. :-)


Whose Lunch Will Dell Eat Next?
by Andrew Park, Faith Keenan and Cliff Edwards, BusinessWeek
Now, it's moving into printers, storage, and handhelds.

Sunday, August 4, 2002


Business Bounces Back For Macintosh Vendors
by Hugh Halloran, Business News Australia
Having endured difficult trading conditions for the first half of last financial year, Perth's Apple-Macintosh computer vendors report they have turned the corner in recent months.

Rowe Says Consequences Of Breaking Laptop Contract Unclear
by Associated Press
It's unclear whether the state would be liable for services already provided by Apple for Gov. Angus King's laptop initiative if Maine broke its contract, according to an opinion issued Friday by Attorney General Steven Rowe.

Georgians Jam Malls; Computers A Hot Ticket
by Renee Degross, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
At the new Apple computer store at Lenox Square, customers were lined up 50 deep as they waited to buy Macintosh computer systems.


Digidesign Mbox
by David Leishman, Macworld
Porable USB audio workstation fits the bill for digital-recording beginners.

A New Desktop That Makes Dollars Disappear
by Rob Pegoraro, Washington Post
I am perfectly willing to pay for a service like iDisk or HomePage — jsut not $100 a year.

QuickTime 6.0 Learns New Tricks
by Dan Tynan, ZDNet Australia
The old multimedia standard offers up a new edition with support for high-quality MPEG-4 streaming and more.

Essential Mac DJ Gear
by Paul Boutin
What does it take to use your iBook/PowerBook for recording from vinyl and playing either tracks or mix sets?

'WarCraft III' Arrives With A Vengeance
by Steven Kent, USA Today
Blizzard has added wisely, bringing in new civilizations, next-generation graphics and brief interlude movies that look as good as the films Sherk or Monsters, Inc.

Drive Time
by Darren Yates, The Age
In the end, it boils down to two options: a higher-priced portable hard drive that doubles as an MP3 player or a straight protable drive at lower cost.

Saturday, August 3, 2002


Free Thinkers At The Gates
by Garry Barker, Livewire
This brave software warrior banging at the gates of Gates is ThinkFree, a company formed in South Korea about five years ago by Java-programming wizard T.J. Kang.

'Full Frontal' Done Digitally
by Lynne Topkis, TechTV
Steven Soderbergh goes back to his indie roots with his first digital film.

Welcome Home! You've Got Mail!
by Shelley Emling, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Apple's flagship OS X operating system set to roll out late this month will include a built-in spam filter among its many enhancements.


They Love Apple, But Why?
by Dave Winer, Scripting News
Much of the misplaced open source zealotry is really love of Unix.


The Bully Is Back
by Tom Yager, InfoWorld
Microsoft is partying like it's 1999.

Friday, August 2, 2002

Top Stories

Jaguar: Time To Stop Pussyfooting Around
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
Apple is going to sink or swim with Mac OS X. You're going to have to upgrade sooner or later, so why not do it now? The sooner the Mac community unites under one OS, the faster Apple can move forward, lower prices, and innovate more.


Apple To Slam Lid On Mac OS 9
by Daniel Drew Turner and Matthew Rothenberg, eWeek
A tweak to new models in its Macintosh line of desktop and portable computers will prevent booting into Mac OS 9, sources said.

Apple, Dell Sets Up Purchasing Offices In Shanghai
by Nikkei BP
After setting up an operational outlet in Shenzhen, China, Appel will establish another representative office in Shanghai soon.

Inkwell No Longer Publically Linked To Newton
by MacSlash
Apple has removed references to the Newton from its description of Inkwell technology.

Sun Retracts Accusations Against C|Net Regarding StarOffice
Sun has retracted an earlier statement accusing C|Net of deliberately taking out-of-context comments made by a senior director who said Sun was working with Apple on the development of a Mac OS X version of StarOffice.

Sun Muddies StarOffice Plans For OS X
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Sun, in an e-mail sent to an open-source mailing list on Thursday, backpedaled on working with Apple on the development of a Mac OS X version of StarOffice.

Quark Tones Enterprise Offerings
by John S. McCright and Matthew Rothenberg, eWeek
In what could prove a decisive moment for professional Mac publishers waiting to adopt Mac OS X, sources said. Version 6.0 of QuarkXPress will be the first release to comply with the new OS' Carbon APIs.

Apple Unveils Shader Language, QE APIs
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
Apple has published deetails of its Quartz Extreme extensions, and if there were any doubts that Apple was less than hardcore about OpenGL, this document should expel them.

Jaguar Goes Gold
Mac OS 10.2 Jaguar has reached Golden Master status, developer sources inform MacMinute.

Apple Cuts iMac Prices In U.K.
by Ian Fried, CNET
Faced with sluggish PC demand and a slumping dollar, Apple has trimmed the price of flat-panel iMacs in the United Kingdom.


Could Apple Go Subscription?
by Oliver Thylmann,
Services and services only.

Mac Users On Linux
by CIO
"Why wouldn't thoughtful Unix pros take a look at buying a Mac with OS X and its robust BSD underpinnings?"

Esmoke Ads Snuffed Out Of Radio Channel On iTunes
by Henry Norr, San Francisco Chronicle
Since we all know that iTUnes is probably most used by teenagers or younger, don't you think the [cigarette advertisment] is a disgrace?


New PowerBook Is Fast, But Is It A Two-In-One?
by Bob LeVitus, Houston Chronicle
A PowerBook is the best darn notebook computer of all time.

Now Up-To-Date & Contact 4.2
by Tom Negrino, Macworld
Now Up-to-Date & Contact 4.2.1 is almost equivalent to past versions running in OS 9 and earlier, so if you're a now user who has yet to make the jump to OS X, there's one less reason to hesitate.

A Keychain Never Forgets
by Larry Armstrong, BusinessWeek
Why tote a laptop? Pocket-size pods of memory plug into PCs anywhere.


Friday, August 2, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

blosxom: Weblogging in under 15 minutes or your money back.


Microsoft EULA Asks For Root Rights - Again
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
Windows XP Service Pack 1 and Windows 2000 Service Pack contain a new condition which asks you to allow Windows to go and install future updates.

Thursday, August 1, 2002


Are Macs A Sign Of Higher Intelligence?
by David Sheets, The Post-Dispatch

Microsoft, Apple Give Bluetooth A Boost
by StephenLawson, IDG News Service
Wireless technology will be built into upcoming operating system, but all Bluetooth's past problems won't disappear.

Corel Ships CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 11

Seybold Keynote To Feature Apple, Adobe Execs
Seybold Seminars today announced that senior executives from Apple and Adobe will present keynote addresses at Seybold San Francisco 2002.


iApps? My Eye!
by Jason Walsh, Low End Mac
I don't want Apple to stop making the iApps; I just want them to stop pretending that having them equals instant creative professional.

Quartz Anti-Aliasing: Jaggies Be Gone! But At What Price?
by Matt McIrvin, MacEdition
It comes at the price of blurrier, harder-to-read text, and other anomalies in font rendering.

$50 Amazon Rebate Disappears
by Rob McNair-Huff, Mac Net Journal
If the rebate is off, I am out of luck either way.


More Ergonomic Keyboards
by Charles W. Moore,

Macintosh Poses Fewer Problems Than Windows
by Don Lindich, Post-Gazette
If you are looking for a new computer and are open to a superior ownership and computing experience, look at an Apple before you buy.

iBook Takes A Lickin'
by Jeff Adkins, Low End Mac


Corel Targets Irked Microosft Customers
by David Becker, CNET
Corel is offering businesses a free one-year trial of its WordPerfect word processing application.

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