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Wednesday, December 10, 2003

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Apple Store: Chain Of Devotion
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
Gary Allen is nuts about Apple Stores. So if you've memorized the blueprints and know the surveillance features like the back of your hand, a flight to Tokyo just to walk into the newest store doesn't seem abnormal.


iPod Tops ESPN's List Of "Favorite Things Of The Year"
by Bill Palmer
Is there anyone out there who doesn't love the iPod these days?

iSkin Offers Keyboard Protector For iBooks, PowerBooks
by MacMinute
The form-fitting ProTouch PB is made of a flexible, high-grade silicone that provides a transparent barrier against spills, dirt, and other unwanted elements that may get in between the keys of the keyboard and potentially cause damage to the laptop.

Three Filmmakers, Three Visions, One Platform
by Brad Cook, MacCentral
Three wildly different events that resulted in three disparate documentaries: "The Journey," "Growin' a Beard," and "Live From Shiva's Dance Floor," respectively. All three, however, were made with Macs by filmmakers who love the platform.

A Gift Of Learning: Donated Computer Helps JDHS Student
by Masha Herbst, Juneau Empire
Ashley Tomlinson's favorite class is choir. That's the only course in which the 17-year-old alto doesn't have to take notes, an activity her eye condition, aniridia, renders painful. She wants to go to college, perhaps to become a music teacher, and that dream is more feasible now thanks to a $1,400 Macintosh iBook computer the Juneau Moose Lodge bought her.

Five New Mac Books For The Holidays
by Chuck Toporek, O'Reilly Network

Poll: Santa Facing iPod Hell
by Macworld UK
A quarter of Macworld readers have asked Santa for an iPod, with a further quarter hoping for a PowerBook, the latest Macworld Online poll shows.

Japan iTunes Store 'Next Year' — Jobs
by Macworld UK
Apple plans to introduce its iTunes Music Store to Japanese consumers by "as early as next year", said Apple CEO Steve Jobs in Tokyo to help launch the company's giant Ginza own-brand retail store there.

Microsoft Releases MSN For Mac OS X V2.01 Update
by MacNN
The update includes fixes for users running Panther, specifically minimizing dialing crashes and enhancing MSN browsing performance.


Apple's Panther: Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Philip Ben-David, E-Commerce Times
While the company speeds forward, it must not lose its focus on quality control or user loyalty.

Does Apple Have The Opportunity Of The Lifetime?
by John Manzione, MacNETv2
So, have Apple been right along?


One Is Never Enough
by Gene Steinberg, Gannett News Service
Backup methods summarized.

Internet Access On The Cheap
by Gene Steinberg, Mac Night Owl
If you are sick and tired of paying close to broadband prices for old fashioned dial-up, there are really cheap ways to get online with probably the same level of reliability that you get with the higher priced spread.

Panther Delights
by David Miller, O'Reilly Network
Here's a look at Panther from another point of view, not so much its high-flying features, but rather, the subtle refinements that we've come to expect from Apple products. Here are ten things that won't make you buy Panther, but you'll appreciate them once you have it.

Panther And Acitve Directory
by Michael Bartosh, O'Reilly Network
Panther's capabilities have been specifically engineered by Apple to work in much the same way that a Windows client would when joining and participating in an Active Directory.


Wednesday, December 10, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

THE 13TH MONTH : Yes, I'll be receiving my 13-th month bonus soon. But, as this article indicated, this standard renumeration practice in Singapore (and elsewhere?) is simply just a "clear illusion". :-)

Speaking of the 13th month, you might be interested to know that the Chinese calendar have an extra leap month in a year occasionally...

SO YOU WANT TO BE AN ENGINEER? Well, no sex for you then.

RUMOR DU JOUR : The next generation of iMac, due Jan or Feb 04, will be cheaper due to "higher proportion of plastic parts."


Microsoft Patents 'HTML Applications'
by Matt Loney, ZDNet UK
The patent describes a new type of application written using Web protocols, but without the security constraints of a browser.

Inherent Insecurity
by Philip Brittan, CNET
How the thin-client approach will play out in practice is still unclear.

Flaw Could Unleash Another Slammer
by Robert Lemos, CNET
A research company warned Tuesday that an attacker could use a recently patched Microsoft flaw to create a fast-moving worm similar to SQL Slammer, which spread rapidly across the Internet a year ago.

Microsoft Battle With Lindows Moves To Europe
by Scarlet Pruitt, IDG News Service
MS refutes claims that partners received letters threatening legal action if they carry Lindows.

Microsoft: No Patches This Month
by Robert Lemos, CNET
While several new flaws have been announced by researchers, Microsoft said that it is still investigating the issues and doesn't have a patch prepared for December.

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