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Thursday, November 6, 2003

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FireWire 400 Data Loss Culprit Remains A Mystery
by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral
"Apple is not going to convince users to 'switch' if they cannot safeguard their personal files."

Great Tunes, But Where's The Cover?
by J. Greg Phelan, New York Times
The question for Apple and other online music retailers is what a complete music experience will mean in a digital age.

Apple Says Could Move To Intel, But Happy With IBM
by Ina Fried, CNET
The latest version of the Mac OS X operating system could easily run on Intel chips, but Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs said on Wednesday that the company has little interest in changing processors.

Apple Eyes More Sales To Government, Business
by Ina Fried, CNET
Apple sales chief Tim Cook told financial analysts that the company last month launched a direct effort that's aimed at the creative market and government entities, with 70 Apple employees working in either field sales or telephone sales.


McDonald's Spins Billion-Song iTunes Giveaway
by Tim Arango, New York Post
Less than a month after Pepsi announced a blockbuster deal to give away 100 million downloads from Apple's iTunes music service to its customers, McDonald's is close to a announcing a much bigger deal, The Post has learned.

Apple: iTunes Outsells Napster Five To One
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
What's more, Apple also said that market research firm Nielsen SoundScan registers the iTunes Music Store as having more than 80 percent of the legal download market last week.

Anti-Laptop Write-Ins Just Clicked
by Megan Boldt, Pioneer Press
Superintendent Kathleen Macy said Tuesday night that the contract with Apple will be executed as planned. Kunze said it wouldn't make much sense to break it because it would probably cost the district a lot of money to do so.

Apple Release Backup 2 For .Mac Members
by MacMinute
The new version brings the ability to back up to external hard drives and mounted volumes including FireWire hard drives, iPods, and network servers. Backup 2 also lets you make backup CDs and DVDs using external drives.

Finders Keepers
by Garry Barker, The Age
The faster Finder alone makes Panther worth the money.


Sony To Offer $60 iPod? Not Likely
by Tony Smith, The Register
Sony hasn't said that its $60 music player will feature a high capacity hard drive as the iPod does — or is as compact as the Apple machine.


Thursday, November 6, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

DIFFERENT iBOOKS? : I just discover that you can add a Bluetooth module to the 12-inch iBook in the Apple Store in US, but you can't do so in the Apple Store in Singapore.


IS STEVE ONLINE? : Seems like Jimmy Buffett gets to chat with Steve Jobs via iChat AV.

THERE ARE THREE APPLICATIONS on my Windows XP machine that, often when I switch to them, a lot of disk activities go on while I have to wait for the window to redraw itself.

The applications are: Mozilla Firebird, Mozilla Thunderbird, and iTunes.

Similarity between them: all of them probably do not make use of Windows' native GUI controls.

Just a theory. When in Rome...

A STORY ON SONY'S ANNOUNCEMENT of upcoming products to rival iPod, as appears on local free newspaper Streats (sorry, no online version) have two pictures accompaning the story: the iPod, and Steve Jobs.

Is that great (free) advertisment for Apple, or what?

IMAGINATION GONE WILD : Here at Suntec City (where I work), there are two stores next to each other. One is a beauty salon for women, with a big poster right at the door advertising hair-removal service. The other is a hair care for men, with a big poster right at the door advertising their hair-regrowing products.

I can imagine a backdoor linking the two shops, and hair passing from one to the other. :-)

JUST ONE MORE THING : Steve Jobs' blog.


'Critical' Patch Sent Out For Office Flaw
by David Becker, CNET
Microsoft issued the first major patch for the new version of its Office software, fixing a flaw that could result in lost work.

Microsoft To Release Virtual PC 2004 To Manufacturing Next Week
by Paula Rooney, CRN
The desktop software, expected to be available within the next 90 days, will allow customers to run multiple versions of Windows on the same desktop, as well as Mac and Linux on virtual machines.

Experts, IT Managers Say Microsoft Should Forget Bounty, Focus On Security
by Patrick Thibodeau and Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld
Microsoft 's $5 million reward fund to catch virus and worm writers drew mixed reactions today from IT security managers and experts, some of whom would rather see the company use the money to improve Windows security than chase bad guys.

Will MS Bounty Cause Mutiny Among Hackers?
by Robert Lemos, CNET
Security researchers disagree on the effect Microsoft's Anti-virus Reward Program will have on the underground world of virus writing.

HP To Introduce Desktop Blades
by Michael Kanellos, CNET
Hewlett-Packard will try to take the desktop off the desk later this month, when it formally unveils the Consolidated Client Infrastructure, its latest blade computing system for corporations.

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