Saturday, November 30, 2002
PPC Linux: Becoming A Third Class Citizen
After four years of running Linux on my desktop, I'm used to being treated like a second-class citizen. Now that I'm on a different platform, I'm even lower on the ladder.
A Bluetooth iPod (And Three Other Apple Distractions)
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Microsoft Antitrust Ruling Faces Appeal
Massachusetts officials said Friday they will appeal a recent ruling in Microsoft's long-running antitrust case, while seven other states intend to drop their opposition.
Friday, November 29, 2002
That Finder Thing
UI design decisions at Apple are now in the hands of people who do not understand good UI design. What makes it sad is not just that Appleís standards used to be so much higher, but that there are still so many talented designers working there.
Apple Turns Sour On Local Telco Tyro In Logo Zone
US-based Apple Computers was adamant that Daniel Cheng's Sydney-based Apple Communications was stealing its custom adn ordere him to change his company name and pay $100,000 in "compensation".
Looks great, works great, Apple's iPod raises the bar for portable music players.
A Monitor With Broad Appeal
The wide-screen Personal Entertainment Display from Sony takes the pain out of spreadsheets and makes editing photos a pleasure.
LISTEN TO THE QUITTERS, says Jeffrey Zeldman. Learn from dissatisfied customers, Apple.
AN APPLE A DAY : A Connected Mac Universe for mac users in the Internet age.
WE DIDN'T START THE FIRE, it was always burning, since the world's been turning...
We didn't start the fire, but when we are gone, will it still burn on, and on, and on, and on...
Thursday, November 28, 2002
Quark 'Committed To Mac Publishing'
Quark has denied stories claiming it's faltering in its commitment to the Mac market.
Apple Links Up With MP3.com
The Apple Store has selected MP3.com Europe as the main focus of its online marketing drive to encourage sales of the Apple iPod.
Laptops Plan For City Pupils
School chiefs in Edinburgh are set to adopt a United States-style scheme to provide a laptop computer for every pupil over nine after being "inspired" by an overseas field trip.
Granada Are Wild About Macs
"It's a joy to watch these edits as they take shape on the 22-inch Cinema Displays, rather than trying to guess what they are going to look like when they are finally rendered up."
Apple In Xmas Packs Offer
The offer comprises four packs - Starter, Mobility, Photo, and Creative - each of which is designed to cater to specific needs.
Appears That A Contract From Apple Is Not Worth The Paper It Is Written On
As a loyal long time customer I was treated with extraordinary brazenness.
Server Market Stabilises (But Competition Is Fierce)
The server market is stabilizing after two years of decline research firm IDC declared yesterday. However, competition remains fierce, with Unix-based machines losing ground to Linux and Windows-based boxes and Dell Computer the only company to increase revenues.
Wednesday, November 27, 2002
Why Security Flaws Need To Come Out Into The Open
While announcing vulnerabilities publicly can increase the likelihood of new malicious attacks, the fact that large software companies can't or won't fix flaws that are reported to them is a more serious problem. Sometimes, the only way to make a company respond responsibly is to make the vulnerability information public.
Apple Brings Promos To Education Customers
"Brighten Your Holidays" and "Jingle Bells and Whistles" are now available from the Apple Store for Education.
RFID Vendors Target Amusement Parks
Protecting children and enabling cashless payments make RFID an appealing option for the industry.
Pedro Meyer: In A Digital Moment
"There is no way I can fail to get the picture I need in today's digitally matrixed world — it just shouldn't happen."
Speaking Through Music
"I think the Mac is really intuitive. It feels solid."
An Apple A Day
If you happen to be flying by the chimney of the ancestral manse this coming Christmas morn, what about dropping off one of those new 1GHz Titanium PowerBooks?
New Itanium To Reach 1.5GHz
Intel will reveal details about its third-generation Itanium server processor, which will offer a 1.5GHz clock speed, at a conference sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Tuesday, November 26, 2002
Maya 4.5 Personal Learning Edition Coming In Dec
Maya 4.5 Personal Learning Edition is a limited but free version of the Maya software, used extensively for 3D modeling and animation in television, advertising and film.
Reader Report: School District Moves To Macs
The majority of computers purchased are either Apple iBook or eMac machines.
Blueprint For An Apple Xserve Rollout
Gartner analyst Tony Adams said a strong selling point is the tightly coupled integration between the Xserve's OS and its hardware platform.
The Man Behind The Curtain: Ph.D. Student Rings Bells
There are few things that are as constant in a Dartmouth student's life as the ringing of Baker Tower's bells. Whether it be "You Are My Sunshine" or the alma mater, Dartmouth students can count on hearing those bells every day.
Budget MS Office Rival Signs With CU
The ThinkFree Corporation -ñ developer of Java-based office-productivity application ThinkFree Office -ñ has signed Computers Unlimited as its UK distributor, the company has announced.
iPhoto Needs iMarketing
Apple does not advertise its advantages well enough in the rest of the world.
Apple's Twisted Upgrade Route
Our company will buy no new Macs in 2003 because many applications are not ready for OS X.
Sexy New iMac Sets The Pace - Again
There is probably not a machine out there, at any price, which offers the kind of benefits, rock-solid performance and zany appeal than the new iMac. Even Office looks good on this Mac.
An OS X Office Suite To Suit
There is now a choice of office software for the latest Mac OS, but capabilities and prices vary widely.
A Mac User's Guide To The Unix Command Line, Part 1
Unix is reputed to be complex — its cryptic commands are said to offer a steep learning curve and not be accessible to "the rest of us." While this can be true — some Unix commands are like a foreign language — the command line can also be simple, useful, and powerful.
Microsoft Targets Defectors With Discounts
Microsoft said it plans to offer smaller companies a more lenient licensing plan intended to stem defections to Linux or other open-source software.
Monday, November 25, 2002
Picking Apples At Ikea Singapore
Jimmy Fong is out to make a splash. His aim? To get his five-month-old computer retail shop in Singapore recognized in a market ruled by Microsoft and discount PCs.
Why You Should Buy An Apple This Christmas
This column is a blatant attempt to get you into an Apple Store and convince you to maybe even buy something while you're there.
Apple Opened 49th & 50th Locations This Weekend, Touts Reach To 85 Million In US
Apple has hit its stated goal of having 50 Apple Store retail locations open by the end of this year.
Macromedia Introduces Director MX
The $1200 authoring application adds a number of new features as well, including the new MX interface, QuickTime 6 compatibility, better integration with other MX applications, and the ability to create content for those with (some) disabilities.
Why Apple's Bite Remains Small
The American computer makerís PCs and notebooks are far out of reach for most cost-conscious Poles who shop at the nationwide network of 16 high-tech self-service retail stores.
Apple's Quirky Ads Evoke Paraodies Of Themselves
The current campaign, with Macintosh users talking of why they switched from the Microsoft Windows world to Apple products, has received so much attention that imitations and parodies are showing up across the Web.
A New Kind Of Productivity Application
For years, we've let office productivity applications define "productivity," yet Apple knows that the new frontier of productivity is not a new spreadsheet, word processor, or email client, but rather, tools for managing a consumer's growing array of digital assets: photos, music, and videos.
Don't Pass The Buck, Mac
We think it would benefit the company's culture immensely were Apple to accept responsibility for the problem and stop trying to pass the buck to Telstra.
Number Of Ways To Use Math Game
In a world of violent video games, there must be a place for children and their parents to interact and actually learn something from that overpriced multimedia computer/gaming system.
HomePlug Network Adapters: Power-Line Technology Broadens Home Networking Options, But Security Issues Arise For Mac-Only Networks
At a cost of $200 to $250 for a two-computer network, these adapters aren't the most economical solutions around — 1,000 feet of Category-5 (Ethernet) cable costs less than $80 — nor are they the speediest.
An MP3 Soul Mate For Digital Music Lovers
It sounds great and, for the most part, is easy to use.
Is Microsoft Truly 'Trustworthy'?
Be afraid. Microsoft thinks it knows what's best for you.
Could Dell Services Push Get Too Pushy?
Dell Computer's increasing focus on corporate services has led to prominent contracts and growing revenue for both the PC maker and its partners that help provide the services. But executives and analysts say conflicts with those partners could be looming.
A Conundrum For Hewlett: How To Angle Its PC Business
If its big merger with Compaq is to succeed, HP must fix its personal computer business.
Microsoft And AOL Neck-And-Neck In Nielsens
According to Nielsen, in October Microsoft-owned brands had a unique audience of 92.619 million, compared to 92.608 million from AOL-owned brands. The statistics are extrapolated from Nielsen's panels of volunteers at home and work.
Sunday, November 24, 2002
How The Leopard Got His Spots
Apple's point-two version of OS X has more than 100 improvements, and many of them translate into more joy for the audio practitioner.
New Store At Plaza Aims To Up Visibility
The spiffy new Apple store on the lower level of the Plaza at King of Prussia is loaded with Macintosh computers and accessories to tempt the wallets of holiday shoppers.
Apple And The Priate Everyman
Apple is one hundred percent ahead of the game here — so far ahead, in fact — that it's completely unable to say it loud and clear.
Dear Santa Macintosh
The size and weight of the iBook are fine with me, but I want less.
Apple's Expansive iMac
My first thought was that it would make a great all-purpose computer/entertainment center for a college student in a dorm room. On second thought, almost anyone would be thrilled to own this remarkable machine.
Controlling iTunes With Perl
Once I have a back end, I can create almost any interface to iTunes that I like, and I do.
The eMac is a good little computer overall. Is it enough to make a lifelong Windows user replace his PC? No, but it will have me cursing my own Windows box more often.
FUN IN THE PLANE : No matter how far you fly, you will still never hear the same song twice. That's the beauty of the iPod, as described by Rick Kronberg.
HU IS THE LEADER OF CHINA. Who?
The software giant has emerged from its antitrust quagmire, and it has a new product to pitch. Might its reversal of fortune have something to do with Steve Ballmer's re-engineered personality?
Saturday, November 23, 2002
Apple Releases November Security Update
Security Update 2002-11-21 fixes potential vulnerabilities introduced in BIND, the domain server and client library software package from Internet Software Consortium.
Laptops Power Learning To New Dimension At Elementary School
The slates of yesteryear and the mimeograph sheets of yesterday have given way to the keyboards and flat screens of Apple laptop computers.
Oracle's Ellison Bought 70,000 Apple Shares
Oracle Chairman Lawrence Ellison, who resigned from Apple's board of directors in September, exercised options and acquired 70,000 shares of the computer maker, a regulatory filing on Friday said.
Apple Offers $100 Off Combo-Drive eMac
Apple's new Jingle bells and whistles promo offers $100 off the purchase of an eMac.
Ruin Your PC With An Aqua Dock
A small number of sites continue to produce knock-offs of the Aqua UI.
Imagine That - Learning Made Fun
I continue to be a staunch supporter of Maine's trailblazing laptop program. I think it is the most forward-looking education initiative of the last 25 years. It's going to make a huge, positive difference - unlike the so-called Learning Results mandates that I believe are mostly doomed to uselessness.
About Tablet Computing Old And New
A discussion of PC tablet hardware and software from the 1990's, and why Microsoft's pushing of the new Tablet PCs will bring renewed innovation.
Microsoft Oversight Committee Takes Shape
A Three-person technical committee that will enforce Microsoft's compliance with the antitrust settlement approved earlier this month is taking shape with the proposal of two members by Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
Microsoft: Xbox Live Is Living Large
Microsoft announced Friday that it has nearly sold out of its initial shipment of 150,000 starter kits for Xbox Live, the new online service for its video game console.
AOL Tests Standalone E-Mail Product
America Online is testing a standalone e-mail client that could set the stage for a features battle with Microsoft in the market for Internet-based communications software.
Friday, November 22, 2002
Apple 'It' Girl Breaks Silence
Ellen Feiss, whose fame continues to grow even as she eschews the media spotlight, has finally granted her first sitdown with a reporter, albeit from an unlikely publication.
Apple Drops In Microsoft Country
Apple must really want to get in Microsoft's face. That could be one reason Apple plans to open the first branded retail store north of San Francisco in the upscale Bellevue Square Mall, less than two miles from Bill Gates' Medina, Washington, mansion.
Mac Attack Headed For Ala Moana
Apple is running advertisements on its Web site, www.apple.com, seeking applicants for a store manager and assistant manager for a new Ala Moana store.
Merging Rock Music And Multimedia: It's A Sinch
"It allows for instant performance and it completely reshapes in my mind. Itís just opened up a totally new world for me."
Crowds Flock To MacExpo
Hundreds of Mac users braved the rain to attend MacExpo 2002 yesterday. Queues formed outside Islingtonís Business Design Centre before the eventís official 10am start.
Does Apple Need To Upgrade The Original iMac?
If Apple really wants to keep the iMac pitched at schools as an budget-priced, entry level Mac, it doesn't need to upgrade the spec; it needs to practically give them away.
Apple Of Your iMac
If trade show crowds are anything to go by, then the scrum at this year's UK MacExpo, continuing in London today, shows the Mac market to be in good health.
It's A Season Of Joy For Those Gaga Over Gadgets
With the gift-giving season upon us, here's my holiday guide to gadgets guaranteed to generate gladness in the heart of your favorite Mac enthusiast.
JUST BE CAREFUL when you are operating a Dell. You don't want to burn your penis.
Microsoft Talking Big For Servers
For years, Microsoft has argued that servers containing only a handful of processors are good enough for most of the world. But now, with the advent of huge Intel machines and the approaching release of a new version of Windows that will run on them, the company is changing its tune.
One Licence For MS Jupiter Apps
Microsoft plans to introduce a single licence for its Jupiter suite of integrated e-business components that will eventually replace the existing Content Management Server 2002, Commerce Server 2002, and BizTalk Server 2002 products.
Thursday, November 21, 2002
Maine Laptops: IT Takes A Village
The enormous undertaking hasn't been easy. But recent visits to a handful of Maine schools show that with the right mix of time, resources and community support, the laptop investment pays big dividends.
Wozniak To Step Onto The Mac Stage
Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak is taking the stage at Macworld Expo after a six-year absence and will be giving his first presentation there in more than a decade.
Comdex 2002: Where's The Party?
With all the pessimism surrounding Comdex Fall 2002 and its future, it's refreshing to meet a guy like Microsoft's Kevin Eagan.
Apple Delays Xserve Storage Unit
The Xserve RAID, which Apple had promised to deliver by the end of this year, will not make the deadline, according to a posting on Apple's Web site.
Point And Flick
We must concede that the update covers huge ground and is worth the time and trouble but not the money.
Boxing The Genome Code
While a couple of million people now carry the little white box with the tuning wheel to provide music wherever they go, Dr Will Gilbert, one of the leading technologists in the genetics industry in the US, uses his iPod to carry the entire human genome wherever he goes.
Xpowerhosting Uses Xserves Exclusively
Xpowerhosting.com is a new Internet hosting service provider that hopes to make a mark with Macintosh enthusiasts as one of the first Web hosting companies to use Apple's Xserve exclusively.
Weathering The 'Switch'
Five months after Apple began its $117 million advertising campaign, here's how some switchers view the change.
When you put all the rumors together, the conclusion seems to point to a PDA.
The Fruit Of Apple's Labour
Apple is far from dead or dying. The existing customer-base is loyal. And it is sending an attractive message to new ones. More importantly, it proves that Apple is still relevant. Relevance isn't something that appears on a balance sheet. But it is a lodestone that attracts developer excitement and market buzz. Relevant firms rarely die. Far from it, they flourish.
Quick Review Of 1GHz PowerBook G4
The PowerBook could be a replacement for a desktop machine. You should investigate the ergonomics of the system before taking the plunge and removing your desktop system. A separate display, a mouse, and an external keyboard may become essential accessories, if you are planning to replace your desktop with a portable.
iBook 12.1in Combo
We hope that the current iBooks will be the last Macs to use the aging G3 processor. However, the new iBooks are as good as ever, and at their new low prices, we can't think of a reason not to get one.
17-Inch Flat-Panel iMac: Other Than The Big Screen, Not Much Is New, But That's Plenty
The 17-inch iMac is an affordable masterpiece. If Apple were to add screen pivoting (from landscape to portrait mode), then the 17-inch flat-panel iMac would be our dream machine.
Macworld Announces Best Of Show Awards
Macworld today announced the winners of the ìMacworld Best of Show Awardsî, representing the most exciting hardware and software products announced at MacExpo 2002 in London.
Microsoft Says: Don't Trust Microsoft
It's tempting to just chortle at this, but it illustrates serious problems with the code-signing approach in general.
.Net Remains Point Of Contention
Microsoft's planned release of the Windows .Net Server 2003 operating system drew cheers and jeers here at the Comdex trade show, where a panel of developers and technology experts faced off in a debate over Microsoft's emerging Web-based development platform.
Hewlett-Packard Says Merger Is Already Saving Money
Chief executive Carly Fiorina put merger-related savings at $651 million so far, ahead of HP's predictions.
MS Paper Touts Unix In Hotmail's Win2k Switch
An older MS internal whitepaper from August 2000 on switching Hotmail from front-end servers running FreeBSD and back-end database servers running Solaris to a whole farm running Win2K reads like a veritable sales brochure for UNIX.
Microsoft Innovates With A Vengeance
In his keynote address to the Comdex computer trade show Monday night, Microsoft's Bill Gates demonstrated several things: that innovation really does still flourish in technology; that to call the IT industry "mature" is foolish; that, for better or worse, one company remains the undisputed flag-bearer for the entire technology industry; and that flag-bearing Microsoft still considers itself to be in the starting phases of the process of changing the world.
Wednesday, November 20, 2002
WMP Only Works Under Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer is the only browser designed to work with Windows Media Player Plugin, leaving users of Chimera and other browsers in the dark.
Adobe Sued Over Photoshop 7 Feature
Shell and Slate Software and Ben Weiss have filed suit against Adobe on "numerous allegations, including misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract concerning the Healing Brush texture-cloning tool included in Adobe Photoshop 7.0."
Apple To Open Emeryville Store Nov 23
Apple is opening its 50th Apple retail store in Emeryville Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. at the new Bay Street commercial development.
Apple Computer Signs To Open First Store In Puget Sound Area
Apple Computer apparently has found a location to open its first Seattle-area retail store, nearly two years after the bricks-and-mortar outlets were introduced to the national market.
PCs, Gadgets Scrap For Home Dominance
The home computer, tired of being relegated to the office, is trying to put on new clothes so that it can hang out with the television, the set-top box and the DVD player. Meanwhile, those gadgets are also trying to grab more leverage in the home, adding new abilities to record and edit the images and videos they're playing.
Comdex: Apple's Schiller, Microsoft Talk On Digital Hub
Panelists and moderator alike agreed that the future of the digital home is only starting to take shape, with changes in technologies over the next few years allowing for a level of connectedness and simplicity that isn't possible ... yet.
Kudos To Apple. Getting PHP & MySQL On My iBook
This sounds not like a company, but a member of a community. Hats off.
Installing Oracle 9i On Mac OS X, Part 2
What the FileMaker developer can expect from Oracle 9i on Mac OS X.
Connecting Mac OS X To Windows PCs
Apple has incorporated technologies into Mac OS X that allow easy file sharing among platforms. And with the release of Mac OS X 10.2, networking became even easier.
OS X: Dive Right In!
Even more important than asking why we should go to OS X, perhaps, are the reasons to stay.
Mac OS X Server 10.2: Apple's Latest Server Environment Does Something For Every Mac Server Administrator
Organizations that need to set up a new server will clearly get their money's worth from this package. What's less clear is whether anyone who already owns OS X Server should bother upgrading.
Battle Of The Browsers: Which One Should You Take To The Web?
Microsoft's Internet Explorer effectively controls the Mac OS X browser market — its overall rendering quality and its support for Web standards made it the browser to beat in our tests.
iCal 1.0: Free But Flawed: App Needs Some Work
iCal is a promising — if wobbly — first step. If you demand little from a calendar application or find iCal's integration with other OS X applications and .Mac enticing, download iCal with our blessing. We, on the other hand, will stick with free competitors such as Palm Desktop until we see what iCal 2.0 holds in store.
Mac Chronicles: Smile For iPhoto
Digital photography has hit the mainstream in a big way over the past year, but taking the picture is only half the battle. What to do with the image file is where Mac steps in.
Flaw Leaves IE Open To Attack
The flaw lies in the Microsoft Data Access Components, a collection of components used to provide database connectivity on Windows.
Microsoft Releases SQL Server Betas
The new SQL Server 64-bit beta release includes optimization for the Intel Itanium 2 chip and performance improvements, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft Spills Customer Data
Microsoft took a public file server offline Tuesday after Internet users discovered that the system contained scores of internal Microsoft documents, including a huge customer database with millions of entries.
Dell Already Starting Handheld Price War?
Soon after releasing its first-ever handheld, Dell Computer, the direct PC seller, is already knocking down the price of its new device.
Tuesday, November 19, 2002
Apple's 17-Inch iMac
This difference in the monitor is an important commentary on how Macs are different from PCs and why many Mac users are so fanatically faithful to Apple: Attention to detail.
Innovation The Key - Rogers
Apple UK general manager Mark Rogers believes innovation and relevant software are crucial in the battle against the softening PC market.
Apple Store Coming To Bellevue, WA
East of Seattle and next to Redmond.
Macworld Expo Conferences Expanded
IDG World Expo has announced that the upcoming Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, Calif. will feature an expanded array of Power Tools Conferences, and the San Francisco debut of the Hands-on MacLabs.
Rebuilding A Mac From The Past
Computer technician Vince Briel is planning to resurrect the Apple I, the hand-built machine that launched Apple computer.
Blank DVD Discs Sales Picking Up
The dominance of the DVD-R format is driven largely by the popularity of DVD recording in the Macintosh market as Apple emerged as an early supporter for the DVD-R format.
PDA Market Too Much For Apple, Says Industry Expert
Apple is simply not big enough.
The PowerBook Mystique
I guess that if you have to explain the PowerBook (and iBook ) mystique to someone, thereís a good chance they are not going to "get it."
I Made The Switch
Apple's new line of laptops, plus one-step migration software, made a convert out of me.
Apple Powerbook G4
Why the Mac is Popular with Photographers, A Hectic One-month Whirlwind Review of the Apple PowerBook G4.
ONE MILLION AND ONE LITTLE PROBLEMS : Scott Rosenberg, veteran of web site designs, has this to say...
What most people... don't seem to get is that Website redesigns are nearly always slow-motion train wrecks.
Windows Longhorn Alpha Leaks To The Web
An internal alpha build of Microsoft's next version of Windows, code-named Longhorn, made its way onto the Internet early Tuesday.
Xbox Live Not For Everyone
Last week's launch of Microsoft's new online service for its Xbox video game console created headaches for some customers, who reported not being able to use the service or their game machines.
Microsoft To Simplify Security Alerts
Microsoft plans to "create a less technical end-user security bulletin that we will host, while continuing to offer more technical alerts for technology professionals."
Microsoft Business Framework: The 10-Year Plan
Microsoft is in for the long haul as far as its business applications are concerned with a 10-year development plan and a new Microsoft Business Framework to support the basket of disparate applications offered under the Microsoft Business Solutions banner.
What's New In Visual C++ .NET 2003
The Visual C++ .NET 2003 release (code-named Everett) that has been released to MSDN today is perhaps the most significant and exciting release of the product since Visual C++ 4.0.
Microsoft Reconsiders Licensing Plans
Microsoft Corp. is looking at new ways to make its relatively unpopular Licensing 6 and Software Assurance volume licensing agreements more beneficial to the customers most negatively impacted: small and medium-size businesses.
Before taking off the gloves and expanding even more aggressively, Ballmer and Microsoft have some work to do shoring up strained relationships with enterprise customers.
Comdex: Users Size Up New, Low-Cost PDAs
A deluge of new PDAs running Microsoft's Pocket PC software and the Palm operating system made their debut Monday here at the Comdex trade show, promising to make available low-cost, feature-rich portable devices to consumers and business users.
.Net Server: Three Delays A Charm?
Microsoft has for the third time delayed the launch of its Windows .Net Server 2003 high-end operating system.
Monday, November 18, 2002
Online Casting Calls Snub Apple
Last week's slight from Hollywood is an embarrassing rebuff for Apple, which has positioned itself as the computer maker of choice for consumers hungry for digital media.
A Whole New Initiative
Renee Radcliff envisions a larger role for computers in the classroom in her new position with Apple Computer.
Apple Expands AppleCare Protection Program
The plan features several enhancements for the mobile and desktop user alike.
Apple Extends Mac OS X Up-To-Date Program
Upgrade orders must now be postmarked or faxed by November 30.
Apple At The NSBA T+L Conference
Apple demonstrated its commitment to helping students excel in a big way by showcasing Mac OS X, the new Curriculum Mobile Labs, and PowerSchool, and highlighting Henrico County Public School's (Virginia) one-to-one technology initiative.
Apple Xserve Server Hits The Spot
The new Xserve server from Apple Computer is great news for resellers that specialize in networking the vendor's computers.
Grey Matter Animates Clay For Disney
Each capture station consists of a Fuji S2 digital camera, interchangeable Nikon prime lenses, an iMac DV 500 MHz computer with a 20 GB hard drive and a minimum of 512 MB of RAM.
Laagan, Tikawali Style
An Apple Macintosh computer, a digital movie camera and five young boys huddled in front. There's nothing striking about the scene, except that the boys are from a non-descript Haryana village, and they are working on what will be the third movie written, shot and edited entirely on their own.
Fetishists Really Love Their Macs
Some Apple devotees take their love for all things Mac farther than others. In one case, a man fell in love with his PowerMac G3.
Businesses, Big And Small, Bet On Wireless Internet Access
The next industry cycle may revolve around a wireless data technology known as Wi-Fi, which has the potential to eventually let anyone with a computer or computing device connect to the Internet at high speeds, without cables.
Waiting For The Mac Tablet
The Mac maker isn't talking yet, but I predict it will have plenty to say about Microsoft's new portable-computing initiative next year—if the pen-driven slate takes hold in the market.
Adobe InDesign 2
The days of Quarkís arrogance are over. Adobe has come to town to slay the beast, and itís armed with the right tools.
Camera, Action! Movie-Editing On Your Desktop
Apple's product is still the gold standard for these sort of things, and it's easy to see why.
The Internet offers an alternative to buying or renting audio books by mail: Download the books you want to hear.
LIFE, ERASED : Doc Sealrs has just lost almost all of his e-mails to Eudora on OS X. I wish him good luck in getting them back, although the tale is getting less and less hopeful as days go by.
MS Exec Rattles Sabre, Suggests Linux Could Infringe Patents
The CEO of Microsoft Israel has played the FUD card against Linux, raising doubts about the provenance of the intellectual property in the software.
Ballmer: Tablets Will Erase Laptops
Although tablet PCs represent just a sliver of the PC market today, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer says the new category could eventually account for one-third of all computers—by supplanting the laptop.
Gates Proposes Web-Enabled Alarm Clocks
Do you need a Web-enabled alarm clock that can tell you traffic conditions, too? What about the luxury of carrying the Web into other parts of the house, rather than walking to and sitting down at a desk? If you answered "yes" to either question, you're just what Microsoftóand the tech industryóneeds.
Sunday, November 17, 2002
Derided Computer Plan Clicks With Maine Students
Chided for giving all seventh-graders laptops, Gov. Angus King is now widely praised for raising education levels through technology.
Apple's New Net-Based Apps
Yes the technologies we looked at in this article were all created by Apple. But now developers from outside companies will be able to integrate Internet data in their applications on the Mac platform.
Burn, Baby, Burn
The real threat to the music biz isn't P2P — it's CD-Rs swapped on the street.
HA HA HA : Morgan Webb has this to say about Apple's Mail application.
Mac OS X 10.2 users are laughing all the way to the land without spam, as their new content-based filters are much more sophistcated than those included with Outlook [on Windows].
SHORT CUTS : If you are near Boise State University, you might want to drop by the MacLife Film Festival this Dec 3.
FINAL CUT : Or maybe you'd prefer Bumping Heads?
Japan Mulls Abandoning Microsoft Windows
The Japanese government may no longer use Microsoft Corp's Windows operating system as part of its plans to boost computer security within the government, Kyodo News reported today.
Xbox Launches Online Play
People have been playing video games in their living rooms for decades, but only this year did it become easy to play against people in other living rooms.
Saturday, November 16, 2002
Software Survivors Fend Off Microsoft
Database FileMaker, digital-imaging program Photoshop and accounting-software leader Quicken have managed to stay independent and develop markets amid direct or indirect competition from Microsoft.
Living With The World's Fastest Mac
The fastest Power Macintosh of the season is truly an exemplary performer. In some respects, it beats the pants off the fastest available Pentium 4, and offers just about the best gaming performance I've ever seen on the Mac platform.
Bellevue Firm Eases The Move To A Mac
For $59.95, the package includes software for both platforms that allows a relatively painless transition of files using a special USB cable to connect two machines.
Tame Your Devices: Your Mac As A Digital Hub
"Itís kind of an 'Oh, wow!' moment. They think, I can do all this stuff that really has a professional look to it and it all comes right in the box."
Coldplay: Macs In Their Place
Macs are integral to Coldplay's songwriting and recording process.
Computers Make Mark In Hope Classes
Once upon a time, students carried yellow No. 2 pencils and paper notebooks to their classes. Now they carry white laptop computers.
New Hawaiian Storyteller
Sometimes, Keola Beamer hears the voice of his grandmother, telling stories of Pele and Hi'iaka, Maui and Mano, the shark.
Bay Street Opening Delayed Again
Last week's stormy weather has pushed the debut of the Bay Street mixed-use development in Emeryville until Nov. 20.
Apple Updates iDisk Utility
The iDisk Utility is designed to simplify the use of the Public folder on your iDisk as a password-protected drop box for sharing files with clients, family, and friends.
Rants & Raves: Students Treat Laptops With TLC
What's the point of giving a powerful device to a student, that is to allow them to seek information and be more innovative, and then sabotaging it so the machine can do one-fourth of what it's capable of?
Pumping Up Volume On PowerBook G4
It's a fine machine, but a little pricey.
Microsoft Discloses Its Winners, Losers
Microsoft Corp. for the first time is providing details on how much money its individual products are earning — and losing.
EU Looking At New Microsoft Antitrust Case
The European Commission is considering a new antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. based on the suspicion that the software maker is trying to leverage its dominance of PC operating systems into the market for mobile phone software, according to people familiar with the regulator's activities.
Ink is an idea processor. It provides a unique service, the ability to capture ideas in process and massage them into shape.
Microsoft Security Efforts Just The Beginning
After a year of work on the Trustworthy Computing initiative, Microsoft Corp. executives say they are pleased with the progress the company has made thus far, but acknowledge that they've only just scratched the surface of what needs to be done.
Friday, November 15, 2002
Studnets Treat Laptops With TLC
Some might find it hard to believe that 12-year-olds are mature enough to take care of their own laptops. Maine middle-schoolers are proving naysayers wrong.
Creativity Returns To Schools
Today, what is known as the integrated arts approach is taking hold at schools across the state, driven by a combination of national issues, academic research and local concerns.
Apple Posts Keychain First Aid 1.0 Util
Apple has posted a new Keychain First Aid 1.0 utility, which can verify or repair your keychain configuration.
Linux, Open Source Have 'More Security Problems Than Windows'
All operating systems except Microsoft had increases in reported vulnerabilities this year.
Roxio Buys Napster For $5m
In a surprise move, Toast developer Roxio this morning announced plans to buy the assets of bankrupt file-sharing service, Napster.
Robbie Williams Lets Apple Entertain Him
Interviewed by Radio 1 DJ Sara Cox, Robbie praised Apple's iTunes and iPod.
Apple Employs Third-Party Tools To Improve Planning Process
When it came to developing a planning strategy for components and spare parts needed in its production process, Apple Computer Inc. concluded that a third-party approach would be required to sort through complex internal processes and handle a large volume of data integration.
Journaling: What It Is, Who Needs It
Should you use journaling? My usual answer to that type of question is, "If you're asking, the answer is most likely no."
RECYCLE : Brian Jepson on the rumor that Apple is moving to x86 chip, and running Windows inside Mac OS X.
ON THE GUI FRONT : Robert Scoble noted that it is, again, becoming cool to own a Macintosh.
Linux copies Microsoft which copied Apple which copied Xeros. I guess when you copy UIs too much they get ugly.
SOMEDAY : When I retire, or strike it rich and can afford not to work, I plan on researching whether humans are programmed, in the first place, to live in high-concentration areas such as cities. If it turns out negative, that might explain quite a few things. :-)
How Microsoft Can Get Out Of Its Open-Source Mess
Your best chance is to turn this into a debate over which approach offers better software and support to customers. A few years ago, that would have been a slam dunk for Microsoft. These days I'm no longer so sure.
Dell Smashes Revenue Records
Dell Computer on Thursday said that its performance in the third fiscal quarter was one for the company's record books.
Tablet PC: First Impressions
Much as the press wants to call it a "pen" computer, it is a Tablet computer. You must understand that. The basis of the machine is that it is (or can be turned into) a tablet. The pen is secondary, and not always important.
Thursday, November 14, 2002
Teachers Mainely Happy With Tech
A recent trip to three Maine schools offered a glimpse of how attitudes about the program are shifting: Many teachers are now more enthusiastic than dubious.
Poll: 85% 'Still Need Power Macs'
Macworld Online readers say they still need the Power Mac G4, despite the top-end PowerBook G4 now offering 1GHz and a DVD-R SuperDrive.
3-XServe Cluster Achieves 217 GigaFlops
The JPL group has begun running parallel computing code on what is presently the largest working XServe cluster known to exist.
Yo Yo Ma Plays Different For Apple
Apple Computer's latest switcher is cellist Yo Yo Ma.
Early Desktop Pics Ahead Of Time
Decorating a computer's desktop with a photo of a pet, a kid or a trip to Florida is commonplace. But back in the early 1990s, a forward-looking designer transformed his Mac's dull gray desktop into an integrated work of cyberart.
On The Move
Apple Computer Inc has appointed Tony Ho as vice-president of Asia Pacific reporting to John Brandon, Apple vice-president of the Americas and Asia Pacific.
Apple's WebObjects Greets Web Services
A new version of Apple Computer's Web application development software released on Tuesday aims to be more compatible with emerging Web services standards.
Apple Backup 1.2.1 Available For .Mac Members
Apple on Wednesday released an update to its backup utility for paid members of .Mac.
Microsoft's Tablet PC: A Hard Pill To Swallow?
Bill Gates says he sees the future in his new machine; With many drawbacks, Apple probably shouldn't plan to lose much sleep over it.
Matlab 6.5: The Engineer's Best Friend Returns To The Mac
Matlab 6.5 provides a much improved programming environment and state-of-the-art execution speed on all matrix math functions. It's one of the first technical programs delivered to the Mac in "we're Unix software, get used to it" mode, and it's generally an impressive success.
Mac Vs. PC III: Mac Slaughtered Again
Even though the Mac's dual G4 chips have been sped up to 1.25 GHz and offers faster DDR RAM, apparently this wasnít enough to keep up with the newest and fastest from Dell and Intel.
Intel Server Sales To Outpace Rivals
In 2003, sales of servers built on Intel processors will for the first time exceed sales of more customized Unix systems built on RISC processors, analyst firm Gartner Dataquest has predicted.
Bracing For MS Patent Suit Attack
The open-source developer fears that, having settled its long-running antitrust suit, Microsoft will now become more aggressive in competing with open-source software. And for Samba — software that allows Windows machines to read files on Linux servers — as well as other open-source projects that compete with Microsoft's products, that may mean dealing with patent lawsuits.
HP's New iPaqs Aim High And Low
Hewlett-Packard plans on Monday to introduce two iPaqs: One the smallest, most affordable iPaq yet and the other a deluxe model with fingerprint recognition and two forms of wireless connectivity.
Security 'Impossible' For Win9x, Buy XP Now, Says MS Exec
Why people are going to have to ditch their old MS stuff and buy lots of lovely new MS stuff instead.
Using A Hard Drive To Show Films In Theaters
As the major Hollywood studios bicker with theater owners over who should pay for the digital equipment that allows films to remain free of dirt and scratches no matter how many times they are viewed, a luxury carmaker and the world's largest software company have stepped into the breach, casting themselves as the unlikely champions of independent digital cinema.
Wednesday, November 13, 2002
Maine Spawns Budding Kubricks
Digital cameras, laptops and Apple iMovie software help schoolkids tap into their inner filmmakers.
BareBones Releases BBEdit 7.0 With CVS Support And More
Version 7.0 introduces a number of new features, including integrated support for CVS, the ability to easily configure multiple Web sites, powerful new Sort Lines and Process Duplicate plug-ins, rectangular selection support, ASP/VBScript syntax coloring support, and more.
Stephen King Lends Voice To Laptop Program
Stephen King is lending his voice of support to Maine's program to equip middle school students with laptop computers. And he's even holding out the prospect of teaching students online.
Apple Releases Sherlock 3 SDK
According to Apple, everything required to develop a channel is provided in the Sherlock 3 Channel SDK.
An Apple For Teacher Ain't Enough
Neither is a Dell. A classroom computer can help, if a teacher knows what to do with it. At least here, Apple is trying.
The Best Value Apple Portables Ever
Despite the rumor mills and the premature Website update, Apple managed to surprise us.
Mac OS 10.2: Breaking The iCandy Barrier
If you can find OS X versions of all your software, OS 10.2 will be a joy to use.
Now, listen here, Santa, mate ... !
SIGN OF PROBLEMS? According to Elizabeth MacDonald in Forbes...
[Had it expensed its stock options last year,] Apple Computer's 2001 earnings would have plunged deeper into the red, to a loss of $1.22 a share versus its reported loss of 7 cents a share.
CIRCLE OF LIFE : I have a lot of fond memories playing Food Chain. Now, you can get it at only $3.95. Too bad there's no Mac OS X version available...
MAC PEOPLE : Lance Bangs, videographer, "Jackass: The Movie", "Being John Malkovich", Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's wedding video.
MAC PEOPLE : Derek DeLotto and Nicholas David, publisher, "Street Style" magazine.
MOVIES MOVIES : Did you know that there is a fundamental difference in how movies are being rated in Singapore than in the States?
In the U.S., the film distributor submits a film, and gets a rating.
In Singapore, the film distributor submits a film and a desired rating, and gets back a decision: either approve without cuts, approve with cuts, or banned.
Gates' Comdex: Net Appliances Redux
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates will show off smart objects—small, Internet-enabled household items—at Comdex next week, as PC makers gear up for the second wave of Internet appliances.
Microsoft's Next Challenge: Corporate IM
Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled a new instant messaging service aimed at corporate customers, jump-starting belated efforts by the software giant to tap the fast-growing, new market for the hugely popular technology.
Start-Up To Carve Out Tablet Niche
StepUp Computing, a start-up formed by former Emachines executives, is launching an inexpensive tablet computer.
Tuesday, November 12, 2002
Laptops Not Yet Maine-Stream
In rural Maine, seventh-graders have the same shiny new laptops as their coastal cousins. But with fewer resources and training, many teachers are learning to use the machines along with their students.
Apple Adds Drop-In Journaling To OS X Server
Journaling is a convenience feature for system administrators: it improves restart times after a crash on large volumes, as the system only needs to check the journal rather than every block on the disk.
Apple Reclaims The Innovation Lead
With iMacs, iPods, OS X, and more, Jobs & Co. has grabbed the attention of consumers and — just as important — software developers.
Apple Web App Opens Doors To Others
The new version of WebObjects, which is used by companies to create various custom Web applications, supports key standards such as XML (Extensible Markup Language) and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol), while not requiring developers to write the low-level code for those protocols.
Now Online: All Of Calif. Coast
Equipped with a digital camera, an Apple PowerBook and a Robinson R-44 helicopter, Kenneth Adelman and his wife are taking high-resolution pictures of every mile of the California coastline, 500 feet at a time.
John Issac: Saved By A Butterfly
"It's so much easier with digital imaging."
Susan Meiselas: Jumping Into Digital
What Meiselas has made to date sugests that she has successfully crossed another border—into rich media publishing.
Dave Gare: Spinning A Silver Disc
"I knew someday the Mac would do full-speed, full-frame video and motion graphics on the desktop."
'Finding Nemo' Games Coming To Mac In 2003
Pixar's next major animated motion picture "Finding Nemo" isn't coming to theaters until next year, but game publisher THQ Inc. has already announced plans to publish games based on the movie, including two titles for Macs and PCs.
Watson 1.6 Posted
It introduces a number of improvements, including integration with iCal and Address Book, alongside support for EyeTV.
South Australia: Wintel Company To Push Macs
Apple has chosen a South Australia Windows PC manufacturer, Microbits, to sell Apple computers in the corporate, education and government market.
Floor Report: Apple At Oracle World
I didn't get much of a positive response from these vendors because they apparently had not seen demand for a Mac OS X version.
It's All About The OS
We must remember that Mac OS X wonít celebrate its second birthday until the end of March 2003. With what Iíve seen so far, I can only dream about what itíll be like when it reaches the ripe old age of 4 or 5.
Apple's New Math
"Now, a computer in every othe rroom isn't just for itinerant geeks (like me)."
Apple Tunes Up Notebook Lines
Anyone who wonders why i like covering apple and the Mac should consider the frenzy of speculation leading up to last Wednesday's tweaks to the company's notebook lines.
Links Championship Edition
Links Championship Edition is okay if you can't or don't want to afford playing on an actual golf course, but it is hardly a substitute for the real thing.
At Home In An Unwired Wonderland
The biggest development of the last year comes from Apple, and it's happened relatively quietly.
Gateway Profile 4 Vs Apple iMac
For many Mac buyers on a budget, the iMac is a great deal because of the monitor. A Power Mac would cost much more. But for those making a choice between an iMac or Profile 4 might consider a notebook if an all-in-one system is the preference. But a regular desktop would be cheaper still and offer more power for the buck.
WHO'S INNOVATING NOW? Just when Microsoft is using the word "Innovation" in every sentence they utter about the tablet PC, here comes Business Week's article about Apple reclaiming the innovation lead.
RADIO MADNESS : There's TiVo for television — even though we still don't have anything like it here in Singapore — but where is TiVo for radio? Imagine the possibility if we have good speech and voice recognition...
RADIO MADNESS II : Looks to me a very nice alternative to Radio Userland is evolving...
RUMORS THAT NEVER DIE : Apple is (re)entering the PDA market.
Ballmer: "Dedicated" To Court Settlement
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Tuesday that the software giant was "dedicated from the top down" to meeting settlement guidelines from a federal antitrust ruling against the company.
AMD To Tout Corporate Win At Comdex
Advanced Micro Devices, looking to find a niche in the business market, plans to announce a large corporate contract next week, according to company executives.
Microsoft To Stake $400 Million In India
The software giant plans to spend $400 million over the next three years to boost its presence in India, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates revealed today.
Oracle Sends An E-Mail Pitch
Oracle urged thousands of IT managers at its annual conference to ditch Microsoft and IBM e-mail systems in favor of Oracle's Collaboration Suite.
Microsoft To Debut Portable PC Screen
Microsoft Corp. said Monday that display maker ViewSonic Corp. will start selling a portable flat-panel screen that can be taken off the desk and used to operate a computer via a wireless link.
Napster Co-Founder Tackles E-Mail Mess
Sean Parker's Plaxo offers a free system that automatically updates Microsoft Outlook users' address books.
Microsoft's Weaker PC Sales Punch
The software king is still a computer-maker's best hope for stimulating new demand. It's just not as all-powerful as it once was.
Tablet PCs: Pen Not Always Mightier Than Keyboard
Will they catch on in the marketplace in general? And, will they be used by people to read magazines and newspapers in an electronic format?
Dum Divergence Targeting Tablet PCs
If you want to read about a dumb idea resulting from lack of coordination by sectors of the publishing industry, then this is your lucky day.
Monday, November 11, 2002
New Wild Multimedia Shows How Suite It Is
"The quality of the picture is unbelievably sharp. It's like you're right there on the front row."
Are Macs Virus-Proof?
While Unix underpinnings have made Apple's OS more powerful and stable, they also have made it more susceptible to viruses and worms.
Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.2.2
Apple today posted an update to its Mac OS X operating system, bringing the current version to 10.2.2.
Wedding Saved By Apple's iTunes
When I left for the coast not long ago to attend a wedding, the last thing I thought of was that my Macintosh iBook was going to be part of the wedding party.
iPods Go Wherever Their Owners Do
The people who have posted more than 550 photos on the iPods Around the World gallery, part of the iPodLounge website, take theirs almost everywhere they go, from exotic travel destinations to their own backyards.
Macromedia To Sell Light-Duty Web Tool
After years of targeting professional Web developers and designers, Macromedia has a new type of customer in mind for its latest product—you.
Bob Shallit: Switching To Apple Makes Him A 'Big Shot'
The co-founder of the Idea Factory had a great time.
Final Cut Pro Helps India Tackle AIDS
Indiaís first reality TV show — edited entirely on Apple technology and produced and funded by the BBC — is succeeding in combatting the growing problem of HIV and AIDS among the countryís young people.
Mac OS X Isn't (Or Is?) Stable
After my dismal experience with the OS X operating system and the less-than-nice DVD results from iDVD, I cannot endorse this machine.
You can keep all of your fancy pausing and skipping and technological chicanery, I just want to be able to watch TV while I work. EyeTV provides that ability, so I'm good.
USING iSYNC WITHOUT .MAC : Jeremy Beker is trying to figure out how to use iSync without a .Mac subscription.
TIME TO DO THE FLIP : Just when we think we have solved the Y2K problem, here's the N2S problem.
LOUSY WINDOWS : Windows XP is supposed to be this stable operating system, just like Mac OS X. Well, it is true to a certain extend — I haven't seen the blue screen of death for a while. But, now, my Windows machine has this little sympton of not being able to force quit any applications. Which makes for a pretty useless operating system that doesn't crash when it is Explorer that crashes...
New Faces For PCs
It's unlikely that businesses will rush to junk their laptops and buy new tablet PCs, especially in the current economy. But when normal replacement time comes around, we expect the tablet PC to gain a lot of converts.
Microsoft Extends Hands On Low-Cost PDAs
Microsoft and Samsung on Monday announced they have teamed up to develop a design for low-cost handhelds, a market dominated by rival Palm.
Why MS 'Ruling' Is Dangerous
Because the Microsoft case keeps key portions of Windows closed and proprietary, system meltdowns are bound to increase.
Dell's New Toy
The largest maker of PCs in the world bets on getting bigger by going smaller with a new personal organizer. And dude, there are more changes to come.
The True Believer
Can Mike Doyle Do to Microsoft What the Rest of the Computer Industry and the Department of Justice Couldn't Do?
Sunday, November 10, 2002
Connecting To The Schools: Studnet Information Systems On The Rise By Districts In The State
The days when students could try to hide their report cards from their parents or skip out of school are quickly slipping away.
Macs Sound Out Success For Musician And Engineers
"It would be hard to imagine a movie, TV spot, or television show today that has not been touched in some way by Pro Tools... and most of it's done on Macs."
District 54 Students To Take Laptops Home If Parents Agree
Students will be able to take their Apple iBooks home after they and their parents attend a family orientation meeting and parents sign a form taking responsibility for the machines.
Fighting Microsoft The Open-Source Way
Apple, IBM, and Sun have opened up their software code to the public in their battle against Redmond. It just might work.
Q&A With Adobe's Susan Prescott
Macworld recently spoke to Susan Prescott, Adobe's vice president of cross-media publishing, about her company's efforts to attract new users to InDesign, XML support in the page-layout application, and Adobe's network-publishing strategy.
Xerox Settles, Apple Awaits
Xerox is the latest company to settle a dispute over a printing technology patent held by Pitney Bowes.
The Friendly TiBook - iBook Rivalry
I'm sure to the eyes of uninformed visitors who surf the Apple Store, the iBooks are the "entry level" notebooks and the Titanium PowerBooks are for pros. Ha! Nothing could be farther from the truth.
'Rapunzel' CD-ROM Lets Barbie Free Her Prince
So how does Barbie respond to this devastating tragedy? She redecorates, of course!
Speakable Web Services
Apple has done a marvelous job with the recognition and control systems, and now that you can script the Internet so easily in OS X, it's straightforward to build useful voice-driven commands that invoke external as well as local services.
GET CONTENT SIZE : According to this web application, 55.88% of MyAppleMenu home page is pure content.
Take that, Applelinks. :-)
A MATTER OF TASTE? : Somehow, Mac Net Journal looks better when the author ditches Radio Userland and moved on to Tinderbox. It is looking cleaner and friendier.
Userland has always been a company that doesn't care much about the desktop user interface. Its Mac applications doesn't look like Mac applications, while its Windows applications doesn't look like Windows applications.
Can Tablets Cure PC Industry?
So, if you pine to take digital notes at meetings, or do a lot of on-screen reading of long documents and don't mind spending an extra $250 or so, the Tablet PC may be for you. For everyone else, I'd advise waiting until these things get better.
Tablet PCs Mix Science Fiction And Real-World Fiction
In trying to combine the simplicity of paper with the power of a computer, they lose both qualities.
MS: Still A Smartphone Player?
Shortly after one of Microsoft's key partners unceremoniously dumped its software for one made by Nokia, the company said it remains a player in the combination cell-phone and PDA smartphone market.
Saturday, November 9, 2002
Apple Ahead Of Pack In Eliminating Spam
The strength of OS X's spam-filtering ability is proprietary technology, something called "adaptive latent semantic analysis" that comes out of Apple's research group.
Shrine: Little iMacs Everywhere
When he came to America, a Brazilian-born photographer struggled to build a successful imaging business. Now he's turned his studio into a pious homage to the technology that helped him hit it big: Macs.
Shooting From The Hip
If moviemaking is still the American lingua franca, then slang is definitely in.
Original Mac Veteran Leads Sun Desktop Charge
Sun's Desktop strategy — "Project Madhatter" — is taking shape.
Maine Software Grant Largest Gift Ever To State
Its attention drawn by Maine's middle-school laptop program, a Texas company said Thursday it's giving Maine schools software valued at $400 million to help the state implement its pioneering effort.
These Two Desktops Contain One-Of-A-Kind Features
While the price on this may seem a little steep, particularly with the monitor added, it's actually an excellent buy considering the amount of power you get from the dual processors.
First Look: Updated Apple iBooks, PowerBooks
Apple sizzles with performance improvements and price cuts that are tough to resist.
Stuffit Deluxe 7.0.1
Magic Menu should have been fixed for X.2 as a repair, not as a paid update. Unless you need the Magic Menu and unless you are willing to risk the possible destruction of application package names being truncated, there is little need to upgrade.
Major Improvements Needed For Mac OS X's Mail Application
Mail has some rather major annoyances, as well as more minor flaws that get in the way of my computing activities and goals.
NEW POWERBOOKS AND IBOOKS RECALLED, according to CARS.
How many times do I have to say I'm sorry?
A Single-Minded Focus On Multiple Threads
In developing a radical new technology, Intel designers and engineers had to change the way they thought about chips.
It's Official: No Longhorn Server On Tap
Microsoft has decided to skip a Windows server release to coincide with the Longhorn client and instead jump directly to Blackcomb, company officials confirmed Friday.
Xbox Shakeup Signals Uncertainty
The head of Microsoft's Xbox business in Japan will step down and move to the U.S. headquarters, marking uncertainty over the fate of the company's already-weak Japanese game operations.
Dell Makes A Wireless Connection
Dell will include the 802.11b and 802.11a wireless formats as standard features in all of its new Latitude notebooks as it releases new versions throughout the year.
Microsoft Settlement: Done Deal
Microsoft and the Justice Department on Friday filed a revised settlement in the software giant's long-standing antitrust case.
Microsoft Picks Compliance Committee
Microsoft said Friday it has established a compliance committee to enforce an antitrust remedy issued a week ago by a federal judge.
Friday, November 8, 2002
MS 'Preparing .Net For X'
It appears that Microsoft is preparing the ground to bring .Net to the Mac.
Hey Mac, Can You Burn A DVD?
Just because Apple is making a DVD burner available with its new high-end PowerBook doesn't mean you'll be able to make illegal copies of Hollywood movies.
SuperDrive Firmware Updated
Firmware Update 1.0 addresses an incompatibility with the recently introduced 4x DVD-R and 2x DVD-RW media, and the 2x SuperDrive in the Power Mac G4. These incompatibilities can damage the SuperDrive in extreme cases.
Mac EverQuest 'In Feb 2003'
Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) plans to ship its 3D multiplayer fantasy role-playing game EverQuest for Mac in February 2003.
Hoover Elementary Earns Grant For New Portable Computer Lab
Hoover Elementary earned a $25,000 grant, which will be used for a portable computer lab.
Just A Thought - Apple Targets My Wallet With iPod
Man! I really want an iPod!
Little Room For Improvement In New PowerBook, iBook
What Apple really needs to concentrate on is getting its act together when it comes to processors.
These ten holiday gifts will put friends in tune and in the picture.
Dual-1.25GHz Power Mac G4: Top-Of-The-Line System Offers Impressive Performance — At A Premium Price
If you simply must have the world's fastest Mac, do lots of video and graphics work, and can pony up the dough, this is the ultimate Mac.
Chimera Continues To Challenge IE On Mac OS X
One of the most delightful projects to come out of the Mozilla effort is the Chimera browser.
OVERACHIEVER : Steve Jobs is not a genius, says Lisa DiCarlo in Forbes, about Pixar...
But he has a virtually untarnished track record for seeing around corners, for conceptualizing and capitalizing on market opportunities that just aren't apparent to others.
SNOWING IN WINDOWS LAND : From a slashdot reader...
Anyone else see the name on the DVD... next to the [Powerbook] on apple.com? I sense a swipe at Windows XP.
(The codename for Windows XP was Whistler.)
Microsoft To Offer Peek At New Tools
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates will offer a glimpse Friday of future versions of the companyís Visual Studio.Net development tools bundle.
Magazines Plan Tablet PC Editions
Six major magazine publishers, including Forbes and the New Yorker, plan to don a new image for tablet PCs, creating digital facsimiles of their periodicals and pushing the fold on Web advertising.
States At Crossroads In Microsoft Case
To appeal, or just police the accord?
Jury Is Out On Tablet PCs
Sure, it's cool — but is it really worth the price?
Microosft Calls 'Foul' On OS Vulnerability Data
"There's no way to determine if the same issue is counted multiple times, or if erroneous vulnerabilities are being reported."
Thursday, November 7, 2002
Apple Confirms SF Expo; Schiller To Deliver 2nd Keynote
"We'll be there, and we're fully committed to making Macworld San Francisco a great experience for everyone."
Mac Product Reviews: Where's The Trust?
Both print magazines and Web sites will often subject a product to some sort of lab test, but it's not an absolute science, and the choices made in figuring out what to test and how can influence the outcome.
MusicMatch Unveils New Jukebox-To-Go
MusicMatch on Wednesday plugged in new online jukebox technology that will enable subscribers to easily transfer music files onto portable devices, including Apple Computer's iPod for Windows operating systems.
Macs: Home Is Where The Art Is
Macs are at the heart of a two-night festival of digtal art and music at a trendy London gallery.
AOL For X Released In UK
AOL UK today launched AOL for Mac OS X, following months of product development, testing and localization.
Should Small Business Go Mac?
Despite Apple's solid moves into the corporate environment, the company still must convince buyers that it can play hardball in the enterprise and be a formidable challenger to other proven operating systems, including Windows.
No Fish Tale: Swimming In Macs
Some animal lovers stuff a beloved pet when it dies. Mac fans convert dead machines into fish tanks.
Bluetooth's Teething Problems
Microsoft and Apple can add a bite to the fledgling Bluetooth technology in North America. But even then, many problems face the new wireless technology.
Trying Mac-Like Look To Windows
As I played with this software, it made me realize just how much work Apple put into the interface for OS X.
Tablet PC Walks Through The Gates
Bill Gates took several sharp jabs at Apple's discontinued but still beloved Newton handheld computer during the Tablet PC launch Thursday.
Microsoft: Back Off Linux Attacks
Some of Microsoft's efforts to disparage open-source software such as Linux have backfired, according to a recent memo by the software maker.
MS Palladium: A Must Or A Menace?
Instead of just keeping hackers out, critics say programs like Palladium could also block computer users from certain data.
Handset Maker Hangs Up On Microsoft
U.K. handset maker Sendo said Thursday it has dropped Microsoft's smart phone software.
Tablet PC Ditches Mouse For Useful Stylus
The Tablet PC concept succeeds because so little is changed.
Wednesday, November 6, 2002
Apple Intros 1GHz SuperDrive PowerBooks, New iBooks
The updated laptops feature faster processors for both products — up to 1GHz for the PowerBook — and a slot-loading SuperDrive for the PowerBook. Apple also made its consumer entry-level iBook available for under $1000.
Why Apple Keeps Clicking
Once again, the buzz says its end is nigh. Too bad Jobs & Co. is too busy satisfying consumers to go along with the doomsayers.
Apple Shows Its Strengths: Company Strong In Digital Media
If anyone had doubts about the health of Apple Computer in Thailand, a look inside the ballroom of the Shangri-La Hotel last weekend would have dispelled them.
Steve Jobs Named A Chrysler 'Design Champion'
The Chrysler brand is celebrating the achievements of six "Design Champions" — individuals who have "consistently championed seminal works of architecture and design, and significantly influenced the culture of design in America."
Wireless At Home
Computer networks, once found only in the workplace, are moving into kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms across the Triangle and the nation.
PocketMac Gets Jaguar Compatibility
PocketMac is a native Mac sync tool that allows you to sync your Mac directly with a Pocket PC device via USB.
Beyond MP3s: iPod Holds Genome
Everyone knows the truly cool kids carry music on Apple iPods. But one enterprising researcher uses it to store the entire human genome.
MacExpo Crowd Awaiting 'Apple's Delights'
More than half of Macworld Online readers will attend MacExpo 2002 at the Business Design Centre, Islington, a poll indicates.
Reading A Book Sparks Project For Head Start
A reading assignment in Pam Shytleís sixth-grade language arts class has turned into a lesson about community service.
Eudora 5.2 Adds More Filtering, Kerberos V Support
The new edition, 5.2, offers improved anti-spam filtering — Eudora will now match address against the address book to make sure approved correspondents' mail gets through — and support for Kerberos V authentication.
Gigabit To Desktop? Not So Fast
Vendors might be moving full-bore to drive Gigabit Ethernet to the desktop, but users have other plans - at least for now.
Esquire Names Apple's Jonathan Ive To America's "Best And Brightest" List
List contains emerging leaders who are "reshaping our world."
The Begrudging Acceptance Of Apple
It appears that we're seeing the begrudging acceptance of Apple in the traditional PC universe.
ThinkFree Steps Into The Fray
Is ThinkFree Office for you? If you absolutely need some of Microsoft Officeís more sophisticated features, probably not. But as a low-cost solution for basic Office compatibility, ThinkFree — warts and all — can't be beat.
Using REALbasic 4.5.1 Classic
The novice would have little problem picking up the fundamentals of REALbasic, especially if the many Internet resources are used.
OS X In The Enterprise
The problem is, that as good as OS X Server may be, it's different from the Linux/Unix, Windows, Netware, and other server OSs enterprises have been buying all these years, so why should they consider it?
Upgrade Computer One Step At A Time
How best to make the upgrade move, and more important, how to make the move a success?
Build Your Own Apache Server With Mod_perl
If you're like me and plan to do some serious mod_perl-based Web development work on Mac OS X, you'll need to take the following issues into consideration as you begin working with Apple's Apache install.
Compact DV Camcorders: Diminutive But Feature-Packed Cameras Deliver
Each of the four DV camcorders we tested performed some tasks better than others. But we highly recommend the Canon Optura 200MC as the best overall value.
Apple Xserve: Apple Scores With Able Server Hardware And Software
The Xserve is an impressive server with a multitude of potential uses, excellent ease of use, plenty of storage, and a software configuration that allows for an unlimited number of connections-óall at a truly reasonable price.
MAC RESTAURANT: Bean Head Cafe.
MAC PEOPLE: Andy Macdonald, pro skateboarder, iPod junkie.
MAC PEOPLE: Bob and Pat Lane, author, "Celebrating Family Fun at the County Fair!"
Studies: Few To Use Tablet PCs In 2003
Despite a showy launch set for Thursday, a new generation of tablet PCs is not likely to make much of a mark in the mainstream notebook market, according to a pair of studies.
Dell Tries Retail In Singapore
PC maker Dell Computer, which typically sells direct through the Web and telephone, has chosen Singapore as a test bed for its first retail kiosk in Asia-Pacific.
Can Microsoft Sell Tablet PC?
Microsoft is aiming its new operating system for pen-based, "tablet" computing at the mainstream corporate market, but the first buyers are likely to be businesses with specific requirements.
Silicon Valley's Dream Tablet, From Microsoft
In unveiling its new tablet computer system amid much fanfare on Thursday, Microsoft is betting that it can succeed where dozens of Silicon Valley companies, including Apple, have failed.
Microsoft Ruling May Give Private Suits Ammunition
Microsoft and attorneys for competitors and consumers suing the software giant on Monday gave differing interpretations of a ruling in a group of private antitrust cases brought against the company.
Shareholders To Microsoft: Pay Out
Up to now, Microsoft's shareholders have been willing to give up dividends in exchange for a rising share price and stock splits. But with the share price down by more than 15 percent so far this year, some are calling for better returns in the form of dividends.
Tuesday, November 5, 2002
BECTA, BFI Report Praises Apple
"Evidence from the pilot shows that the integration of DV into teaching and learning has the potential to enhance learning across the curriculum."
Software As A Service Alive And Well
Software vendors, don't try to turn your software into a subscription product unless you add some new features worth subscribing to.
Author Uses iBook, ViaVoice To Pen Sports Bio
Two years ago author Steve Moore started a writing collaboration with ABC Radio sports anchor, Johnny Holliday. The result was "Johnny Holliday: From Rock to Jock," a new book written entirely using an iBook and IBM's ViaVoice.
Breaking Into The Business: An Interview With Michael Matas
Meet Michael Matas. He's the graphic designer who helped Dan Wood create the great look for Watson and who's now designing for the Omni Group, as well as creating graphics and icons for other Mac OS X software developers.
Doing Three People's Work With One Mac
I would attend sessions [in a conference], take notes and photographs, write and edit articles, and lay out three four-page issues, distributed overnight to the hundreds of physicians attending, with highlights of the previous day and pointers for the new one.
Using AppleScript Studio To Improve Illustrator
"You donít have to have a technical background to do AppleScript or AppleScript Studio. Like a lot of things Apple does, Apple is making more powerful tools more accessible to more people."
AN APPLE A DAY : Quicktiming.org is an organization of QuickTime developers, enthusiasts and evangelists. Membership is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about or doing more with QuickTime.
MONSTER'S PROFIT : Pixar, Steve's other company, reported profits rose more than 600 percent in the third quarter.
'You're Still Guilty,' Judge In Sun Et Al Antitrust Case Tells MS
Yesterday the Maryland judge denied a request by Microsoft attorneys to re-open 395 of Judge Penfield Jackson's 412 findings of fact, so for the moment at least Jackson's conclusions can be used in the case Motz is dealing with.
Dell Handhelds Set For Comdex
Dell Computer is looking to put the squeeze on handheld makers with the introduction this month of two of its own handhelds.
WordPerfect's Spread Isn't Saving Corel
Analysts say those high-profile deals are ultimately unlikely to help Corel turn around a growing string of losses that have depressed the Canadian company's stock to the point where it now trades below cash value.
Microsoft's U.S. Settlement Won't Clear Path In Europe
"Our case is quite different from a factual point of view to the case in the United States," said Amelia Torres, the commission's spokeswoman on competition matters. She added, "We also have our own rules to uphold."
Monday, November 4, 2002
New Stores Make Fast Mac Friends
Crowds always line up at Apple Store grand openings — including a contingent of Macintosh fans who travel cross-country to attend every one so they can bond with like minds.
.Mac Woes Continue With Account Deactivations
Apple continues to struggle with its .Mac subscription services as dozens of readers report temporary, but inconsistent outages over the weekend, quadruple billing for a single .Mac subscription and unexpected account deactivations for paid account holders as of November 1st.
Apple To Open Edison And King Of Prussia Stores Saturday
Apple will open its two newest retail stores in Edison, New Jersey and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania on November 9, according to the company's retail page.
Family Tragedy Puts Bare Feats Site On Hiatus
A recent death in the site administrator's immediate family has, understandably, resulted in the stellar Web site closing down for a period of time.
Fink Named Sourceforge Project Of The Month
The Fink project purports to "bring the full world of Unix Open Source software to Darwin and Mac OS X." Folks involved with the Fink project modify Unix software to compile and run on Mac OS X and make it available for distribution.
Library Boost For Opera 6
Opera Software has unveiled its speed-enhanced Opera 6 for Mac Beta 2, offering shared library support.
Impressons On Laptops: A Great Tool For Schools
Now that the state's 17,000 seventh-graders actually have the laptops in their hands, educators are seeing another benefit: Students seem more eager to learn.
All Aboard! (But No PCs Allowed)
Most weekends, multimillionaire tech executive Doug Humphrey takes to the seas in his ex-British Royal Navy patrol ship. As a security measure, the only computers he uses — or allows — on board are Macs.
New Laptop Crop For Apple?
The evergreen Mac grapevine is flowing again, as Apple-centric sites and discussion boards across the Web sound off on rumors of new laptops on tap for this week.
Why Don't All Macs Come With RAID?
Redundancy can sell more machines, especially if Apple advertises the fact.
My Big Fat Wedding DVD: Latest Software Converts Wedding Video To DVD
Both iMovie and iDVD were easy to use but not close to being automatic.
HP's Color-Laser Printer Offers Divine Indulgence
The installer didn't work for the network-based printer, but I was able to manually add it using Apple's Print Center utility. Once added, all my Mac could do was print.
POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE Thanks to the wonderful creative work of Disney, now whenever I hear a certain piece of music, I immediately think of Donald Duck.
Microsoft Shares Jump On Settlement Nod
Shares of Microsoft surged Monday as investors grabbed shares after the company won a settlement of U.S. antitrust charges that avoided tough remedies demanded by nine states.
Microsoft Ruling May Blunt Other Cases
Friday's antitrust ruling may give Microsoft powerful ammunition to defend against more than 60 private lawsuits pending against the software giant, legal experts say.
How Did Microsoft End Up Policing Microsoft?
I want to be a Judge. No, seriously — it's a Judge's life for me. Any other job now looks simply like too much hard work.
Many Consumers Discount Ruling
The antitrust battle has failed to resonate for computer users as they have seen innovation, competition thriving in the industry.
Microsoft's New Set Of Hurdles
While Microsoft has squelched the competitive challenge posed by Internet browsing software, the "Internet threat" that so worried it in the 1990's is still alive and well, though in a very different form.
New Outlook To Give Spammers The Boot
Microsoft is taking spam fighting more seriously in the next version of its widely used Outlook e-mail and contact-management software.
MS Job Ad Seeks Evangelist To 'Demolish Competition'
The kind and gentle convicted monopolist is now seeking a Developer Evangelist who can: "Demolish competition by knowing everything they do and thwarting their every move in the relevant spaces."
MS Rivals Vow More Battles
Microsoft's rivals said they would seek tighter limits on the world's largest software company after a federal judge approved most of its antitrust settlement with the Justice Department.
Dell Selling PCs At Costco
PC giant Dell has been expanding its sales by appearing on shopping channels and at kiosks in malls—and now it's going to the discount chains.
Microsoft Looks To European Resolution
Microsoft hopes to use its Friday antitrust victory as a starting point for resolving legal troubles in Europe.
Sunday, November 3, 2002
Microsoft Learned To Play Along
During the four-year antitrust suit, the software giant got smarter about politics and polished its approach in court.
Europe's Microsoft Alternative
Region in Spain abandons Windows, embraces Linux.
Life With Microsoft Still Stifling For Rivals
Living with Microsoft has increasingly meant staying away from markets that the company controls as a result of its desktop computer software monopoly and looking for niches that are not likely to attract Microsoft's attention.
Saturday, November 2, 2002
It Computes: Laptops Equal Better Learning
Maine's idea was to provide every Grade 7 student in the state with a computer. Already it's making a difference, its proponents say.
Software Aims To Ease Mac Switch
Apple Computer has a new weapon in its campaign to woo PC users: a $59 piece of software that makes the switch to Macintosh easier.
Microsoft's Weblog Software
Lists in Team Servcies, in a word, are weblogs.
Store Hopes To Be Apple Of Consumers' Eye
Apple wants to take a bite out of Indianapolis' PC-dominated computer market by flashing its products at the city's ritziest mall.
iMac, iPod Up For PC Magazine Technical Excellence Award
The awards recognize "individuals and products that have advanced the state of technology and set new standards for technical innovation in 2002."
Thinking About Tim O'Reilly's iPhoto Album
We have a new medium here, and its possibilities are very exciting.
Six Degrees: Innovative Software Watches Your Every Move And Help You Retrace Your Steps
Unless you're perfectly organized all the time (and who is?), you can probably make good use of Six Degrees. It makes connections more as a human being does and less as a machine does.
Bunch Of Browsers Stand Up To Explorer
While none of these five blows IE out of the water, each has distinct features that might appeal to individual tastes.
Watch It, Record It, Burn It, Courtesy Of EyeTV
If you like TV, you'll love EyeTV.
For Microsoft, Ruling Will Sting But Not Really Hurt
More than four years later, little has changed. And there is little in yesterday's ruling on sanctions in the case by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly that will slow down the big software maker.
Money Talks, Microsoft Walks
Yesterday and today, Microsoft has had the power. The court's decision means the company will have it tomorrow, too. If that's in the public interest, then I guess Microsoft 'R' Us.
Microsoft: Freedom To Dominate
Competition took a hit on Friday. So did the usefulness of antitrust law. And so did innovation, which is the worst loss of all.
Microsoft Tunes Windows Media Software
Microsoft Friday will release a near-final version of its Windows Media Player 9 software and announce the availability of a new version of its digital home-movie-making application, which uses the latest Windows Media Video file format.
Will The Tablet PC Be A Write-Off?
The only real quesiton that remains is whether Gates' prediction will come true, or if the Tablet PC will go down in history as another unsuccessful attempt by the Redmond-based software company to drag pen-based computing from its comfortable home in niche vertical markets.
The Microsoft Case: Is It Over?
Microsoft's five-year antitrust case may have reached its anticlimactic end.
Rivals Come Up Short In Decision
U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said Friday that she rejected harsh antitrust punishments for Microsoft because they would unfairly benefit its competitors.
Judge OKs Most Of Microsoft Settlement
A federal judge Friday largely accepted a proposed settlement in Microsoft's long-running antitrust case with the U.S. Justice Department.
Is Microsoft Losing Ground To Linux?
Open-source software gave Microsoft a one-two punch this week, with the European Union and an African nonprofit educational organization showing preference for Linux systems.
The Tablet PC: It Rocks
Might as well pawn off the old PC now. Tablet PCs are coming and suddenly even the coolest little laptop looks so 20th century.
Friday, November 1, 2002
Stores Offer A Chance To Polish The Apple
"I now know what I want to be when I grow up. I want to be a Mac genius."
Japan's Growing Mac 'Mod' Squad
Mac owners in Japan love to modify their Macs, from painting the lids of laptops to replacing the entire shell with custom-made transparent plastic.
'Modders' Can't Leave Macs Alone
Tinkering with computer hardware is an old hobby popular with PC owners. Still, some Apple users can't help but get into the act.
Online, The Dead Do Tell Tales
Morticians can thank the popularity of HBO's Six Feet Under for giving their industry a quirky TV profile, but consumer technology is also redefining the once-staid business by adding a whole new "product" line — the digital memorial.
The Point Not Taken
No matter how often it has been said, it seems that many GNU/Linux and Macintosh users refuse to see the obvious.
It's Everything I Need And More
My iBook does everything I need it to and more. It looks great, and I'm having fun using a computer for the first time in years.
Norton Antivirus 8.0: Stalwart Virus-Protection Suite Comes To Mac OS X
With the exception of PC virus detection, Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 8.0.2 provides the tools necessary to keep your Mac free of viruses. The responsibility for updating your virus definitions, however, remains with you.
WHERE RUMORS COME FROM : John K Fisher speculates on Slashdot why Apple is putting out a document listing CSS bugs in Microsoft's Internet Explorer...
When you're trying to convince MS users that they can use Mac versions of programs they are used to, why point out serious flaws in one of the biggies? Unless, of course, you have something better you're planning to push...
MAC RESTAURANT: Bean Head, 1835 N. King Drive, Wisconsin.
Tablet PCs: Still A Work In Progress
The encouraging news is that the designers are going in the right direction.
Gates' Pen Vs. The Keyboard?
After many trials and failures, Microsoft says it finally has tablet PC software that works. Here's the inside story.
Gates: "This Is Big. Don't Doubt Me."
With Moses-like faith, he's bringing Tablet PCs to the people, and he's sure they'll extend "the magic of software".
Microsoft Renews Video Editing Push
Microsoft will add a video-editing feature to its Windows XP operating system with a new program that automates and simplifies home movie making, the world's largest software maker said on Friday.
Can free source-code stop Microsoft?
Namibia Wisely Spurns M$ 'Gift' In Favor Of Linux
Accepting the 'gift' would entail outlays of money in the range of fifteen times the value of the M$ Trojan horse.