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  • The Long and Winding Road

    If the news that Apple Computer Inc. is getting ever closer to releasing OS X has you muttering "We'll see," we can understand your skepticism. Replacing the original Mac OS with a cutting-edge version has been a long process, full of more twists of fate than a Dickens novel and more code names than a CIA operation. And with OS X set to cross the finish line -- finally, probably, hopefully -- early next year, it's important to remember how we've arrived at where we are today.

  • Security Education in Crisis

    The information technology industry has become saturated with 20-something whiz kids who lack adequate training, education and professional discipline, creating a significant knowledge deficit when it comes to information security, a panel of top educators warned.

  • But What I Really Want to Do Is Direct

    SAN FRANCISCO (07/27/2000) - One movie features seven elderly people living together Real World-style. Another recaps the entire plot of Star Wars in eight minutes. It's not a film festival gone crazy; it's what you'll find at iFilm. With Apple Computer Inc.'s iMovie widely available, iFilm is the perfect destination for Mac users itching to make masterpieces. Besides a multiplex full of flicks, iFilm offers news and interviews. You can even submit your own Best Picture contender. But don't send that movie of your family vacation, Hitchcock. This isn't America's Funniest Home Videos.

  • Optimal Networks Sale Sharpens Compuware's Tools

    The sale of Optimal Networks Corp. to Compuware Corp. should be a winning proposition for information technology departments that want to use the same tools to predict and monitor an application's performance from inception through production, analysts said.

  • Reigning Drawing Program Offers Flexibility

    To say that Illustrator 9.0 is packed with tools for creating Web graphics is like saying a jackrabbit is a very fast runner -- it had better be. The explosion of Macromedia Flash animation on the Web has made Macromedia FreeHand the logical choice for creating the graphics to go with it. To compete, Adobe Systems Inc. desperately needed to address the online issue with Illustrator, and it has done an admirable job with version 9. Although Illustrator is no jackrabbit and still doesn't have the upper hand in Web animation, this upgrade offers an abundance of groundbreaking new tools and enhanced flexibility. Only the most narrow-minded Net head will be able to resist giving the new Illustrator a spin.

  • Office Upgrade Previewed By Microsoft

    Microsoft Corp. demonstrated the next version of its Office productivity suite Thursday, including some features that will usher in the company's .NET strategy, as well as an "Office server" product due early next year.

  • Staff Monitoring Software an Earner for NZ Firm

    A system to keep tabs on your staff is becoming an export earner for an Auckland company.

  • WebTrends Upgrades Site Management Tools

    WebTrends Corp. next week will update its suite of Web traffic and link analysis tools to provide speedier reporting on larger amounts of data, along with several other enhancements.

  • EU Gives Final OK to U.S. Safe Harbor Privacy Plan

    BRUSSELS (07/27/2000) - The European Commission announced Thursday it will recognize the U.S. so-called "safe harbor" principles as representing adequate protection under the European Union's data privacy directive. Similar decisions were also announced for data privacy regimes in Switzerland and Hungary, the Commission said in a statement.

  • Fashionably Early

    More than 200 developers have signed on to deliver products for Mac OS X. Apple Computer Inc. has singled out 16 for their efforts. Think of these companies as fashion trendsetters for OS X. Here's hoping that they arrive at the release date dressed to the nines and not wearing powder-blue tuxedos.

  • Online Retailers Fined for Late Product Deliveries

    By levying a total of US$1.5 million in fines Wednesday to seven online retailers for failing to meet promised product shipment schedules last December, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has made it clear that Santa Claus must deliver gifts when companies say he will -- or else.

  • Information Wants to Be Free

    Bob Metcalfe, the inventor of Ethernet, helped to liberate information from the white rooms of centralised computing. Wait til you hear what he's planning to revolutionise nexr.

  • Design Web Sites That Work Anywhere

    The beauty of the World Wide Web is that it reaches a staggering number of people. It has become increasingly important, touching all aspects of our lives. When you design most Web sites, you want to reach a healthy chunk of the potential viewers. Yet sites developed on Apple Computer Inc. Macs can look staggeringly ugly on other platforms if designers don't watch out for differences in the way the systems treat the information. Because Microsoft Corp.'s Windows is the most prevalent platform on the Web, tweaking your site so it looks as good on Windows monitors as it does on your trusty Mac is essential to maintaining a wide audience.

  • Doctor Your Digital Images

    The digital-camera industry is booming. That's hardly surprising when you consider that a typical midrange camera (priced between US$500 and $1,000) not only is fun to use but also shoots million-pixel photographs that you can download, edit, and send to the far ends of the globe in a matter of seconds.

  • Judge's ruling could shut down Napster

    Online music distributor Napster said it will comply with Wednesday night's federal court ruling to halt the trading of copyrighted material by the weekend. But it also vowed to appeal the decision, which was handed down late Wednesday in San Francisco.

  • Calling It Splits

    Earlier this year, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson made worldwide headlines when he proposed breaking up Microsoft Corp. into two smaller companies. "Microsoft would do the world a lot more good if its Windows division weren't in bed with its applications division," he said at the time.

  • Magical History Tour

    Those who fail to learn from history must be doomed to make Apple Computer Inc.'s "Think Different" ads. The award-winning commercials imply that the likes of Jackie Robinson and Albert Einstein would have been card-carrying Mac users -- a neat trick, since most of the folks in the company's ads had shuffled off this mortal coil by the time the Mac debuted. But what if a rip in the time-space continuum allowed us to hand out new iBooks to Mohandas Gandhi and Miles Davis? Some interesting tech-support calls, to say the least.

  • Printer Turns Service Apps into New Business

    The Standard Register Co., a Dayton, Ohio-based paper forms manufacturer, is hoping to skirt obsolescence by changing into an electronic business.

  • Microsoft's Mac Valentine

    Mac users enjoy a love-hate relationship with Microsoft Corp. -- in which love is defined as "resigned tolerance" and hate as "lava-hot rancor fueled by the fire of a thousand burning suns." Microsoft keeps trying to win Mac hearts, adding goodies to its flagship products. Case in point: the Office 2001 upgrade. Mac users may never embrace Microsoft, but at least they'll have a lot of new Office tools for writing angry letters to Redmond.

  • Project X

    When OS X finally arrives, you might think it's time to put Apple Computer Inc.'s new operating system to the test. But hold your horses: until the programs you use are updated to run natively in OS X, they'll behave no differently than they do on your Mac today.