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Friday, September 6, 2002


Apple's Education Market Share Half Of Dell's
by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral
Apple, like many other hardware vendors, have fallen victim to the aggressive practices of Dell and perceptions of the buying public, according to an IDC analyst.

Kids Climb, Clown, Cavort And Compute At This Camp
by Barbara Gibson, Apple
"It's exciting showing the kids what these computers can do."


Linux Users Say Mac OS X Has Future Over Linux
by Architosh
"OS X provides an answer that is so strong that the question of desktop Linux has gone from 'How?' to 'Why?'."


Let Her Rip With Apple's iPod
by Larry Magid, CBS
Thanks to Apple Computer, there is now a device that may fundamentally change the way we listen to music.

AOL For Mac OS X Delivers On Its Many Promises
by Gary Gentile, Associated Press
AOL for Mac OS X is a pleasure to use, as is everything else on my Mac these days.

IntelliMouse Optical
by Lucian Fong, Inside Mac Games
Although it's not advertised as a gaming mouse, it does serve admirably in that area. There isn't much that Microsoft could have done to improve it, but a smoother, quieter scroll wheel and rubber side grips would be welcome in the next revision.


Friday, September 6, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Punishing the Innocents

Recent behaviors by Microsoft has reminded of one rule that I try to keep to when developing software: never punish the innocent.

We are implmeneting a 25-alphanumeric passcode that you'd have to laboriously key in before you can use our software, because, well, you know, there are a lot of piracy out there, and you'd understand by tolerating a simple inconvience, everybody wins.

Oh, you've changed your software? Then you need a new passcode. Your old one will not work. You know, there are a lot of piracy out there, and you'd understand by tolerating a simple inconvience, everybody wins.

Oh, you've installed the new service patch, and your Windows doesn't work anymore? Well, you know the drill.

What, you want to take that recorded television programme to your bedroom so that you can watch it while lying on the bed? Sorry, no can do. You know, it's better that way.


Dan Gillmor: It's beyond me why anyone can even begin to trust Microsoft's "Trusted Computing" security push.


Judy Hourihan: Recently, I've become a Google cook.

Bo Johan Peter Lindberg: Perhaps the tinyness is essential for [Gusto's] popularity?


Microsoft To Target Xbox Hackers
by David Becker, CNET
Microsoft may backtrack on an earlier pledge not to use its Xbox Live online gaming service to crack down on "mod chips" — chips that modify the Xbox console so it can run copied game discs and unlicensed software.

Lead Windows Developer Bugged By Security
by Mattt Berger, InfoWorld
"We really haven't done everything we could to protect our customers... Our products just aren't engineered for security."

Windows XP Media Center: Who Needs It? Not Me
by Josh Taylor, ZDNet
What? You can do all of that stuff right now? Oh yeah, that's right, you can.

Top Ten Benefits Of MS WinXP Media Edition - LawMeme Style
by Ernest Miller, LawMeme
Microsoft is happy that you have access to "your own" content, but not content that your own mother may want to share with you.

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