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Lick Me, I'm A Macintosh: What The Hell Is Wrong With Apple That They Still Give A Damn About Design And Packaging And "Feel"?
by Mark Morford, SF Gate
These are the things that are nearly dead in our mass-consumer culture, things normally reserved for elitist niche markets and swanky boutiques and upscale yuppie Euro spas and maybe cool insider mags like I-D and Metropolis and dwell. They are most definitely not to be expected of mass-market gadget makers. This is why it matters. This is why it's important.

Finally, An Opening For Apple In IT
by Alex Salkever, BusinessWeek
Macs as Unix workstations, the rise of laptops, and the dangers of a Microsoft "monoculture" are combining to create a real opportunity.


Macs Win 'Small Battles' In Vail, Ariz., Schools
by DennIs Sellers, MacCentral
The Vail School District is home to 5,300 students across nine schools. It's also home to 1,100 Macs.

Top 50 Agenda Setters: Steve Jobs
To set the agenda for its evolution requires an equally enigmatic individual - Jobs would seem to fit the bill.

Apple's War For The Windows Mainstream
by Robyn Weisman, E-Commerce Times
The key to continued progress is keeping the iPod engine chugging forward at a steady pace. If Apple can accomplish that goal, it may find itself in an insanely great position.

Altec Lansing Unveils InMotion For iPods
by MacMinute
The inMotion offers a compact design, extra-low battery power consumption, powerful Class D amplification, patented MaxxBass technology, and a built-in iPod dock.

Give Macs TV Functions, Apple Urged
by Macworld UK
Apple must make Macs part of a digital entertainment hub if it is to realize the machines' market potential, a survey shows.

Lights, Camera, Action
by The Daily Journal
Four Buena Regional high school students got their first peek into the world of digital video production and editing on Tuesday evening.

Stillwater: School Board, Apple Agree On Laptop Plan
by Megan Boldt, Pioneer Press
The Stillwater school district has entered into an agreement with Apple Computer to provide laptops to students at Oak-Land Junior High in Lake Elmo and all of the district's junior high teachers by next fall.

Mac Vs. Windows On Campus: Does Platform Matter In Virus Assualts?
by Robyn Weisman, Mac Observer
The onslaught of Internet-borne viruses and worms could not have come at a worse time for college and university campuses.

What's On Your Dock?
by Giles Turnbull, O'Reilly Network
Follow me, ladies and gentlemen, on a journey into the minds of some of your fellow Mac users.


Should Apple Make A Two-Button Mouse?
by Gene Steinberg, Mac Night Owl
The core Mac user experience has been one of simplicity. Unlike Windows, you aren't forced to use a right mouse button.

Why I Love... Sosumi
by Paul May, The Guardian
Sosumi is the sound of corporate whistling in the dark, a jingle for charmers who believe the right-on-ness of their ventures will erase the obstacles that affect lesser beings.

New Adobe Apps Leave Mac OS 9 Behind
by Gene Steinberg, Mac Night Owl
More and more applications aren't compatible either.


Draw In Harmony
by Garry Barker, The Age

Cyborg Evo
by Tim Morgan, Inside Mac Games
The Cyborg Evo certainly performed fine as a casual-use joystick. It looks sleek and does what it advertises, but that may not be enough to sway gamers into buying the $40 joystick.

Microsoft Mouse Is Great For Your Mac
by Al Fasoldt, Syracuse Post-Standard
I've found a mouse that puts Apple's efforts to shame. It's made by Microsoft, which does a much better job making hardware than software.

Swift 3D V3
by Kirk Hiner,
Swift 3D is the most useful Flash companion currently available.

Getting GigE With It
by Matt Overington, APC Magazine

Medal Of Honor: Spearhead
by Tom Burns, Inside Mac Games
While the content would be lackluster as a standalone game, it is as an addition to the solid core of Allied Assault. If you are looking for something to breathe life back into the rather stagnant Mac multiplayer FPS scene, this is what you have been waiting for.

Bluetooth Does Have Bite — If You Can Set It Up
by Yeong Ah Seng, Straits Times
It is stuff like Salling Clicker that gives true meaning to the usefulness of Bluetooth.


Wednesday, October 1, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

"MICROSOFT WORD IS A TERRIBLE PROGRAM," writes Louis Menand. "Its terribleness is of a piece with the terribleness of Windows generally, a system so overloaded with icons, menus, buttons, and incomprehensible Help windows that performing almost any function means entering a treacherous wilderness of pop-ups posing alternatives of terrifying starkness: Accept/Decline/Cancel; Logoff/Shut Down/Restart; and the mysterious Do Not Show This Warning Again. You often feel that youíre not ready to make a decision so unalterable; but when you try to make the window go away your machine emits an angry beep. You double-click. You triple-click. Beep beep beep beep beep. You are being held for a fool by a chip."

TABLET PCs IS NOT ABOUT HANDWRITING RECOGNITION, from the Scobleizer. "Tablet PCs are all about letting you compute where you want to."

Seriously folks, it's true. I like a tablet PC — except in my case, it's called a Tungsten W.

I no longer fear waiting in line.

However, there are three things that made me not want to get a Microsoft tablet PC. (Four, if you count my lack of funds.)

Number One: they are still too heavy. Heck, even on my Palm, my hand aches after reading AvantGo for a while.

Number Two: apps. I've played with one when Microsoft first released this product, and the lack of ink-aware apps is a major setback.

Number Three: security. I don't want to worry about viruses and spyware and Trojan horses.

Number One and Two will go away with time. Number Three I am not too confident.

WARNING, Apple is running out of Alumininum, as discovered by CARS.


China Looks Into Windows Code
by CNET Asia
The Chinese government has set up a lab to study Microsoft Windows source code.

Lindows To Microsoft: Buzz Off
by Associated Press defiantly told Microsoft Tuesday it will not remove a website that offers to process claims for Californians entitled to proceeds from a $1.1 billion class-action settlement with the software giant.

Microsoft Pays $10 Million To Settle Suit
by Reuters
Microsoft said on Tuesday that it would pay $10.5 million to settle an antitrust lawsuit brought by customers who claimed the software maker used its monopoly power to overcharge them for direct purchases of software.

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