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Friday, September 19, 2003


$2.15 Million Wires Classrooms With Computers
by Jessica Wanks, Arizona Republic
Apples aren't just for teachers anymore. With two new Apple eMac computers installed in each classroom of the Tempe Elementary District's 24 schools, students will be learning how to use technology and the Internet as learning tools.

iPod Is 'Serious Temptation'
by Macworld UK
UK consumer magazine Computing Which? has declared Apple's iPod its Best Buy MP3 player in its September issue.

Logitech Announces Bluetooth Devices
by Eddie Park, Inside Mac Games
Hot on the heels of Apple's recent announcement of Bluetooth-powered devices, peripheral maker Logitech has announced its own lineup of Bluetooth devices.

The Apple Of Jonathan Ive's Eye
by Ken Spencer Brown, Investor's Business Daily
Jonathan Ive, Apple's in-house product designer, reinvented the firm's computer line with a revamp of its Macintosh line.

Jobs Is 78th Richest Person In America
by MacMinute

Columbia High School Parents Now Have Access To Records
by Columbia Ledger
Columbia Junior-Senior High School parents will be able to check on their students with a simple click of the mouse.

'Messiah' Accidently Tagged As 'Explicit' At iTunes Store
by Associated Press
George Frideric Handel has at least one thing in common with Eminem and other modern artists: his music was slapped with an "explicit" warning at Apple Computer Inc.'s online iTunes Music Store.


Does Going Windows Save Schools Money?
by Dan Knight, Low End Mac
Put the pressure on. Try to unearth any evidence that any school anywhere has saved any money by adopting Windows PCs after the initial savings based on a lower purchase price.

G5 PowerBook? It Could Happen
by Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica
Reading between the lines (which is always helpful when speculating about new products), it looks like we can definitively expect G5 PowerBooks at some point.

Why The Beatles Are Hitting On Apple's ITunes
by Naseem Javed, Axcess Business News
Can Apple computers go into music business without upsetting The Beatles? This will be decided by the courts and most probably in favor of Beatles.


Warrior Kings
by Kirk Hiner,
The safest thing to do when sitting down to play Warrior Kings is to take what you know about and expect from real-time strategy games, fold it all up nicely, and stick it in your computer desk drawer with the pencils, paper clips, and photos of ex-girlfriends you pretend you don't think about anymore.

The Game Room: Eye Of The Tiger
by Peter Cohen, Macworld

Mac GEMS: Simple Shortcut
by Dan Frakes, Macworld

iListen 1.6: Dictation And Editing Anywhere That You Can TYpe
by T. Patrick Henebry, Macworld
iListen 1.6.1 is moving in the right direction; its support for digital recorders and improved select-by-saying capability demonstrate this. But if you run OS 9 or need truly hands-free computing, you should look elsewhere.

DeltaGraph 5.0: Visually Rich Charting Application Makes Belated Jump To OS X
by Franklin Tessler, Macworld
The charting functions in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint may be sufficient for simple jobs, but DeltaGraph 5.0.2 offers many more specialized chart formats than either program.

Bravo Disc Publisher: Disc Production Speeds Along With Personal DVD/CD Duplicator ANd Printer
by Robert Capps, Macworld
Although we'd like to see the included software refined and expanded, the Bravo Disc Publisher is a useful machine and a new option for people who burn CDs and DVDs. The Bravo is most cost-effective for people who need to duplicate a modest number of discs fairly regularly.

Apogee Mini-Me: Analog-To-Digital COnverter Performs Well — For A Price
by David Leishman, Macworld
If you're an audio pro, or if you need to record sound or music on location for video work, the Mini-Me deserves your serious consideration. And if you're an enthusiast who wants to significantly improve the sound of song demos, it's definitely worth a look — just be prepared to trim your living expenses.

G4 Processor Upgrades: Four 1.4GHz Cards Offer A Timely Stopgap Measure
by Kristina De Nike, Macworld
Any of these four cards will rejuvenate your older computer, but the Sonnet card is a good choice only if you're sure you won't move it after installation. On the other hand, the OWC card works in the widest variety of systems and is relatively easy to move between systems. It's the best choice for an office with a variety of computers.

QuicKey X2: Powerful Utility Rewards Effort With Timesaving Macros
by Franklin Tessler, Macworld
Although programming complicated shortcuts demands patience and experimentation, QuicKeys is excellent for replicating many of the repetitive tasks that you perform every day.

DiskWarrior 3.0: Repair Utility Does No Harm
by Stephan Somogyi, Macworld
DiskWarrior 3.0 is a tool that any serious Mac user — and certainly every IT administrator — should have.

iTools 7: Front End Simplifies Access To Open-Source Internet Services
by Macworld
iTools 7 takes industry-standard Internet- service software and makes it as easy to use as an OS X preference pane. iTools 7 may not appeal to advanced administrators with experience using text files to configure Unix software. But if you need a professional Internet presence without dedicated administrators, iTools 7 will save you time and effort.

ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
by Lucian Fong, Inside Mac Games
ATI has paired a powerful piece of hardware with an equally powerful software package that has many innovative features. Gamers will find the OpenGL Overrides useful for maximizing image quality and graphics and multimedia professionals will value VERSAVISION and the various output options.


Friday, September 19, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

BYE BYE MONEY : ATMs are going Windows. Expect blue screen of deaths, and other bugs, soon. An example here.

MONOPOLY! : The first question is, how can I use this, an analysis of the probabilities on landing on the different squares in the board game Monopoly, to my advantage?

My second question, does my computer know about this?


Windows To Power ATMs In 2005
by Elisa Batista, Wired News
Most U.S. banks plan to convert their ATMs to the Windows operating system by 2005. Will this move make bank customers vulnerable to malicious Internet attacks and the infamous blue screen of death?

A Kinder, Gentler Microsoft
by Joris Evers and Robert McMillan, IDG News Service
Talk on the campaign trail can get pretty rough, especially when the debate pits open source against Microsoft Corp. software. But now, Microsoft says, the gloves are back on, though the company has pledged to take the invective out of its talking points about Linux and open-source software.

Gates Holds Richest Slot
by Theresa Agovino, Herald Sun
The US economy is improving for the super rich.

New Internet Worm Targets E-Mail, P-To-P Software
by Paul Roberts, IDG News Service
Antivirus companies are warning Internet users about W32.Swen, a new worm that spreads using e-mail messages, vulnerable network connections, IRC (Internet Relay Chat) and peer-to-peer (P-to-P) networks.

Gates, Ballmer Get Slight Pay Raises
by Ina Fried, CNET
Microsoft's top executives all saw slight increases in salary and bonus last year, according to the company's annual proxy statement, filed Thursday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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