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Monday, October 28, 2002


Why Consumers Ignore Consumer Devices
by Jason Pontin, Red Herring
It takes a group of design, technology, venture capital, and marketing experts to explain how personal technology sucks.


More Straight Talk About The Education Market
by Steve Wood
Teachers' comments and assessment of the situation were far harsher than anything I had written.


Battle Of The Pocket Bulge: Zen Vs iPod
by CNET and ZDNet
Apple and Creative would both like your MP3 spending dollar, and both offer pocket-sized firewire-capable MP3 players. We put the Creative Zen head to head with the Apple iPod.

Haunted House Hones Learning Skills
by Joseph Szadkowski, Washington Times
Take a deep breath and enter the Halloween edition of ROMper Room, where learning is a four-letter word ó- cool.


Monday, October 28, 2002
by Heng-Cheong Leong

NEWTON, AGAIN: GlenRaphael, on Slashdot, has this to say about Microsoft's latest operating system. "Bill Gates rolls out the 'Tablet PC' concept every few years at his CES presentation and it's always been a minor reinvention of the Apple Newton presented as if Microsoft had thought of it on their own."

POOR FUNDAMENTALS: Schwab's Greg Forsythe has this to say about Apple. "[Apple]'s fundamentals aren't great... Its earning quality is very poor."

WIN SOME STUFF, courtesy of Apple, at Minnesota Wild Games.

WHEN IN ROME, should one actually do as the Romans do or is it all a farce?

CUBAN CRISIS from the Washington Post, Oct 22 to Oct 29, in PDF format.


Fujitsu Releases New Crusoe Notebook
by Tom Krazit, InfoWorld
This notebook PC was previously available in North America with an 867MHz Crusoe processor, but the new version uses Transmeta's fastest available processor, and is available as of today.

Media Center PCs In The Spotlight
by Joe Wilcox, CNET
Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard plan to officially unveil the Media Center PC on Tuesday, but Sunday newspaper inserts leaked out pricing and model information ahead of the event.

HP Pressing For More Printer Business
by Ian Fried and Michael Kanellos, CNET
Hewlett-Packard's printing division doesn't have a license to print money, but it may as well have.

Dell Has Big Plans For Mini PCs
by Micael Kanellos, CNET
Michael Dell will today inveil the OptiPlex SX260 — a mini PC about the size and shape of a standard dictionary

Mitch Kapor: Good Luck Fighting Microsoft
by Charles Cooper, ZDNet
Truth be told, however, I think Kapor is too late to make much of a difference.

New Branded ISP Deals "Smack Of 1995"
by Evan Hansen, ZDNet
Branded Internet access deals are back.

Microsoft Piracy Letter Angers Partners
by Karl Flinders,
Microsoft has received a mixed response from resellers after it signalled a toughened stance on licence compliance in a controversial letter sent to its partners.

Sun Pitches For Leadership In War Against .NET
by ComputerWire
Sun Microsystems Inc is assuming command in Java's battle against Microsoft Corp and .NET, dismissing IBM as a potential contender.

More Than A Mouse: How MS Is Embracing Bluetooth
by David Coursey, ZDNet
I won't believe Bluetooth's time has really come until I start seeing the technology built into the majority of new PCs and laptops. Once that happens, I'd expect to see a wide variety of devices start using wireless where only cables ran before.

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