MAC OS X – THE MANDATORY UPGRADE

Apple has a problem – its users aren’t flocking to the new operating system, OS X, as fast as Apple needs. So Apple came up with a plan to fix their problem. Guesses, anyone? Innovative new features? Lower prices? No, no. Apple is going to release a new line of Macs starting early next year that will refuse to boot Mac OS 9 or any OS other than Mac OS X. […] continued

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GATEWAY COMPETES WITH IMAC

Gateway is taking aim at Apple Computer and the flat-panel iMac. Gateway has had an all-in-one, flat-panel-based Profile PC series for far longer than Apple’s new iMac. The new Gateway Profile 4 outperforms the iMac for considerably less money ($999 versus $1299 for starter models). Gateway’s new ads use the tagline “Think Smarter,” a play on Apple’s “Think Different” ad campaign. […] continued

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MAC OS X UPGRADE

Apple announced an upgrade of OS X, its new operating system, from 10.1 to 10.2. The upgrade will be released in late August. It fixes a bunch of bugs in previous versions, and adds a handful of new features. Keep in mind, this is not a big change, like the change from Windows 98 to Windows XP. […] continued

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THE REAL MAC OS X STORY

I read press coverage about Apple computers all the time. One of the favorite themes recently has been the wonder of the new Mac operating system, OS X, all new and cool, a real Unix desktop system, and all the rest.

Time for a reality check. Mac OS X is slow and full of bugs. […] continued

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COPY PROTECTED CDS CAN CRASH COMPUTERS

More copy protected CDs are hitting the market – especially in Europe, but clearly the US is next. They corrupt the CD in ways that make many of them unplayable in a computer or in some car stereos. In fact, they no longer conform to the standards for “Compact Discs,” and the record labels have removed the “Compact Disc” logo from the case. […] continued

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APPLE’S NEW IMAC

Look, I’ve got nothing against Apple, really. I think it would be fine if they did some cool things. But I can’t get around it – the new iMac is ugly as sin. The original iMac left me cold, too, but at least I could see where some people might find it appealing. […] continued

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NEW ADOBE ACROBAT & QUICKTIME

I don’t know whether these are compelling upgrades – haven’t tried them, don’t know about new features – but Adobe has released Acrobat Reader 5.0 and Apple finished work on Quicktime for Windows 5.0. Acrobat 4.0 was very polished and stable, and I’m not sure what would make a new version seem like a big improvement. […] continued

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MAC OS X

I’ve already had some evangelists tell me that Apple’s new operating system, OS X, will be the jewel that restores Apple’s market position and credibility. (It will be sold at retail starting next week, and shipped with new systems starting this summer. A network server version will follow eventually.) Apple zealots are a special breed. […] continued

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