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Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Mac News for Mac Users

[Top Stories]

*** Apple Store Fails Dog Food Test
by Paul Brislen, Computerworld New Zealand
Apple's New Zealand online store is up and running but sits on a Microsoft IIS server rather than Apple's own Mac OS X.

*** Working Miracles With Xserve RAID
by Ben Freeman, ServerWatch
Price/performance is an obvious consideration for most outfits. But for the Children's Miracle Network, cost savings can literally be a life saver.

*** Past Success Gives Apple Roadmap To WWDC 2004
by Jim Dalrymple, MacCentral
Apple's Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations, Ron Okamoto, said the company learned a lot from developer feedback from past shows and the interest generated from announcements at last year's event.


*** Apple Market-Share Loss 'Worrying'
by Macworld UK
ear Sterns analyst Andrew Neff is concerned that Apple's 'Trojan Horse' strategy isn't working.

*** Apple's Michigan Avenue Store Bears Fruit
by Becky Yerak, Chicago Tribune
Consumers are taking a shine to Apple's chain of stores.

*** Apple Releases AirPort Software 3.4.1
by Jim Darlymple, MacCentral
After numerous compliants about signal strength and dropped connections following the AirPort Software 3.4 update, Apple on Monday updated the software again, bringing it to version 3.4.1.

*** Apple CEO Jobs To Hold iTunes Conference Call
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Apple put out the word on Monday that this Wednesday, Steve Jobs will hold a conference call to discuss the first anniversary of the iTunes Music Store and to update the media on what's happening.

*** Remarkable Success Of Apple's iPod Has Created A Hot Market For Trendy Add-Ons
by Jonathan Sidener, Union-Tribune

*** Apple Of Jobs' Eye: Digital Lifestyle Gadgets
by Straits Times
iPod's success shows company may win the game, not by taking on PC rivals directly, but via more digital products.

*** Strong iPod Market Not Helping Mac G5 Sales
by Robert Mullins, Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal
Apple's strategy of getting iPod buyers to also buy Apple desktop computers doesn't seem to be working, according to an industry research report.

*** Apple Executives Sell $100M Worth Of Shares
by MacNN

*** Pogue, Hubbard To Be ADHOC Speakers
by MacMinute

*** Five Hours To Kill?
by Leander Kahney, Cult Of Mac
The Holding Pattern screensaver turns your monitor into an airplane window.

*** DragThing Gets Enhanced Contextual Menus, More
by MacMinute

*** Sonnet Intros PodFreq FM Transmitter For iPod
by MacMinute

*** Adobe Expands Photoshop CS Camera Raw File Support
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral


*** Apple And Real -- A Few Thoughts
by Richard Menta, p2pnet.net
As Apple continually tells us, iTunes is only there to break even. The real goal is to sell more iPods. If that logic is true, then letting Real sell tunes for the iPod should be a good idea.

Editor's Notes : Does iPod need iTunes? It is true that iTunes is a loss-leader in order to sell iPods. But Apple does need iTunes not because so that iPod users can buy tunes, but because iPod users can buy tunes in a high-quality and consistent manner. How can Real add value? My opinion is that it can't without adding inconsistencies. For example, by varying the DRM terms, or by allowing non-labels to sell music. But Steve Jobs do not want to sacrifies quality and consistency unless he's forced to. And he's not being forced to today. (Well, except for the bit about hell being frozed over.)

*** Lessons Learned
by Christopher Breen, Macworld
To wrap up my week of upgrading my mother's iMac, I thought I'd mention a few things I'll keep in mind when I next set up a Macintosh for a less-than-computer-savvy user.

*** Firmer Dollar Bites Apple
by David Frith, The Barrow
Australian Mac fans have been grumbling for months, with some reason, about the high local prices vis-a-vis the US.


*** How It Sounds Is All In Your Head
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
Choosing a favorite pair of in-ear canal phones for my yuppy iPod mini is no easy task.

*** Behind The iTunes Music Store: A Technical Description Of iTMS And FairPlay
by Aaron Swartz
This document explains how the iTunes Music Store works. This information is useful to computer science researchers, cryptographers, and politicians, who may be curious to understand the largest deployed DRM system to date.


*** More Attack Code Surfaces For Recent Microsoft Security Holes
by Paul Roberts, IDG News Service
Just days after Microsoft warned its customers about the release of code that can exploit a hole in its Secure Sockets Layer  (SSL) library, new code that claims to exploit another recently disclosed hole surfaced on a French language Web site.

The Tomorrow Weblog
Emerging Technology. Innovative Applications. New Economy.


*** Hold The Phone On Mobile Gamblilng
by Daniel Terdiman, Wired News
Hungry for some roulette or blackjack on your cell phone? For real money? A new technology, mCasino, could make it happen, but there are some details in the way. Like laws.

*** The Pen Is Mightier Than The Laser
by Andy Lester, O'Reilly Network
When did we get so subservient to our new typeset-quality overlords that we have to apologize for anything done by hand? Why do we think that the Times New Roman Bold 24 point medium is more important than a well-written message?

*** Sony Beams In Blue Laser Discs
by Matt Hines, CNET News.com
Sony debuted on Monday optical storage discs that use blue-laser technology to hold more data and that offer improved durability.

MyAppleMenu Reader
The other things in life


*** Behind The Scenes At The March For Women's Lives
by Rebecca Traister, Salon
While older feminists were awestruck at meeting Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan, some of the young ones probably had no idea who they were. But the movement's generational divide didn't stop a million women from hitting the streets in D.C.

*** Looking Through Keyholes
by David Brooks, New York Times
This is crazy. This is like pausing during the second day of Gettysburg to debate the wisdom of the Missouri Compromise. We're in the midst of the pivotal battle of the Iraq war and le tout Washington decides not to let itself get distracted by the ephemera of current events.

[Tech & Science]

*** Taller Trees? The Limit Is Plumbing
by Carol Kaesuk Yoon, New York Times
How tall can a tree get? To find an answer, a research team has performed an act of scientific derring-do, hauling themselves and their equipment into the top of the world's tallest trees.

*** Passengers Feel The Driver's Anxiety, Too
by Anahad O'Connor, New York Times
For the average backseat driver, about the only thing worse than taking the wrong exit on a busy highway is watching someone else take the wrong exit -- from the passenger seat.


*** Yes, Some Students Live In The Library (But Not Like This)
by Karen W. Arenson, New York Times
In an era when attending college can cost $40,000 a year or more, hardship tales abound. But few match Steve Stanzak's curious story of his last eight months as a homeless sophomore at New York University, sleeping six hours a night in the subbasement of the Bobst Library, showering in the gym or at friends' apartments, doing his homework at a nearby McDonald's and subsisting mostly on bagels and orange juice.

*** Bringing Up Baby, But Not Giving Up Movies
by Micheline Maynard, New York Times
It used to be that new parents were fated to watch "The Lion King" or "Finding Nemo" endlessly on video while waiting for current, more adult fare to be released for the home market. But now thousands of moms and dads across the country are taking advantage of new programs that enable them to see first-run films with their children.


*** "#883" By Emily Dickinson
by Robert Pinsky, Slate

Life in the city

[Top Stories]

*** Malaysia Raps Singapore Over Malacca Straits Remark
by Straits Times
"We take strong objection to any suggestions that any third country should be involved in determining the safety or security of the Malacca Straits."

*** Reshuffle Seen As Settling Older Ministers' Roles
by M. Nirmala, Straits Times
Cabinet changes before PM steps down will be done in close consultation with DPM and will serve continuity, say MPs.


*** The Art Of Sponsorship
by Clarissa Oon, Straits Times
Without a helping hand from corporate Singapore, arts groups here would find it hard to keep the shows going.

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