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Saturday, October 11, 2003

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Ten Things I Dig About Panther
by James Duncan Davidson, O'Reilly Network
Yes, it's worth the price. I've already got my copy on order. Now, if you'll pardon me, I've got a book to finish up.


Homecoming For Notebook PCs
by Rex Crum, CBS MarketWatch
In January, when Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs declared 2003 the "year of the notebook," it sounded like another bit of his traditional brash salesmanship. But it seems he was right.

Editing "Intolerable Cruelty"
by Barbara Gibson, Apple
"Looking at the Macs, it looks like two guys with two computers. It doesn't look like something that could cut a whole movie."

Apple To Open Marlton, NJ Store Next Month
by MacMinute

iPod Chipmaker Hit By Legal Action
by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK
UK iPod chipmaker Wolfson Microelectronics has been hit with legal action as the company prepares to float on London's stock exchange next week.


New Apple Stores Bear Fruit For Aficionados
by Glenn Fleishman, Seattle Times
Sure, they could go to other resellers, but there's something shrinelike about the Apple Store, with its simple design and wide open spaces.

A Migration Project Changes Everything
by Tom Yager, InfoWorld
Wholesale Mac migration yields initial disruption, but ultimate productivity payoff.


On Using An iPod Whilst Motoring In AN Automobile
by Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus, Mac Observer
It's not shipping yet but how cool does that sound? Controlling the 'Pod from the steering wheel car stereo controls! Whoo-EEE!

iBlog Irritations
by Wendi Dunlap-Simpson
These issues do concern me, and make me reluctant to recommend iBlog at the moment or to be sure that it is a permanent solution for me.

Apple iPod
by Julian Prokaza,
Apple's new iPod is more of a slight redesign than a complete overhaul but the early signs are that the new model is every bit as good as the last.

Macs Vs PCs
by Dan Kaufman, Sydney Morning Herald
The Mac won primarily because of its design and if it had kept its lead in usability, the margin would have been greater.


Saturday, October 11, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

WIRELESS EXPERIENCE : The iMac in my apartment is now enjoying one of the latest Apple innovation: the wireless mouse.

Actually, the idea came from my wife. She wanted a wireless mouse. No, she didn't specify what kind of mouse, but, hey, Apple has just released its version, so naturally I bought that for her.

The first question she asked: how much was it. (And she was a little shocked by the high price tag.)

The second question she asked: does its color match our furniture? :-)

After using the mouse for a few days, i'd say it has been a pretty good experience, except for two points.

Firstly, after all these hype about Apple packaging, I was a little disappointed in its lackluster packaging. Just a mouse in a styrofolm container.

Secondly, the more serious issue, the optical mouse seem to be much more sensitive about the surface it is on than Apple's wired version. After trying to use the mouse on my table, a piece of paper, and an Apple mousepad (from the Quadra 630 era) with varying degree of horrible-ness, I finally settled on a Gateway mousepad. Oh, the horror.

RUMOR DU JOUR : iTunes 5, support for Windows Media Audio, movies and photos on iPod, bluetooth headphone, oh my!

TEN YEARS OF MY LIFE, in the future.

A photo every day, for the next ten years. Cool.


Microsoft Readies Database Add-On
by Martin LaMonica, CNET
Microsoft on Friday announced that it will begin a broad testing program for its SQL Server 2000 database that will enable business reporting.

EU Sets Microsoft Antitrust Hearing
by Reuters
The European Commission will conduct an oral hearing in the Microsoft antitrust case on Nov. 12 that may last two or three days, people familiar with the situation said Friday.

Microsoft Gets CRM Sales Machine Humming
by Alorie Gilbert, CNET
Microsoft has sold its customer relationship management applications to 1,000 businesses, which it considers a "milestone" for the 1.0 version it introduced in January.

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