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June, 1999 Archive

Headlines For Wednesday, June 30th

[Updated 4:52 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:52 PM] We added a news summary from IMG and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 1:45 PM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, column summaries from MacOPINION and Low End Mac, and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:21 PM]
Media Cleaner Pro Receives Major Upgrade
Terran Interactive has announced a major upgrade to Media Cleaner Pro bringing the compression tool to version 4.0. The new version includes several new features and will be shown at Terran Interactive's booth (Streaming Media East, Booth #171) at MacWorld Expo in July. We have lots of information on the update, including pricing, in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:58 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Continues Rise, Closes Above 46
Apple continues to benefit from a statement issued by Richard Gardner of Salomon Smith Barney concerning the P1. Mr. Gardner said that the P1 was likely still on track for an introduction at MacWorld this July. Apple closed higher again today.

Apple closed at 46 5/16, a gain of 15/16 or 2.07%. Volume continues to be moderate with 3,064,900 shares trading hands.

Apple's PC competitors mostly higher with IBM, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Compaq all closing up. Gateway closed down.

The Dow and the Nasdaq both showed good results with the Dow closing at 10970.80, up 155.45 and the Nasdaq closed at 2685.65, a gain of 43.54.

Apple

[3:15 PM]
Team Mac Observer Swells To 138 Members, Cracks The Top 100 SETI@home Clubs!
Our story on Solaris Overtaking the MacOS in the overall platform results in the SETI@home project really woke a lot of Mac users up! If you need more information on the SETI@home project, check out our About page. Team Mac Observer grew by over 30% yesterday and we now have 138 team members! In addition, we have joined the tanks of the Top 100 Club Teams, debuting at number 88 with 1,090 work units processed!

A special welcome to Dan Shockley at UPenn who joined us with 92 work units processed! Welcome aboard Dan!

One unfortunate aspect of growing to over 100 members is that we no longer can list all the Team Members on the Roster page. SETI@home only gives us the Top 100 members in our Team, and so that's all we have to list. If we can find a way to list everyone again, we will.

Also, our Team average continues to improve as we now average 21 hours and 95 minutes. Well above the Mac platform average of over 27 hours, and in a different league from the Windows platform average of over 47 hours.

Still need your help to keep the Solaris fans in their proper place at number 3 though! Join the SETI@home project and then sign up for Team Mac Observer!

Team Mac Observer

Column
My First Mac Was A Typewriter
"More About Slides and Help on Adjusting Memory"
A few weeks ago I wrote a column on how to use your ClarisWorks or AppleWorks to make slide shows. I really enjoyed that whole process and learned stuff myself that I didn't know before I started the column. Following the publication I got a nice letter from David Huston telling me about another, free, program that was available for making slide shows. David raved about the program and said it had a lot more features than the basic features available on the other program(s). He also said it was quite easy to use. I promised to check it out for myself and write about it in the future. Well, this is the future and this is the promised review. However, this is a good news - bad news review.

Read My First Mac Was A Typewriter

[11:06 AM]
MacHack Conference Releases Excellent Wish List For Apple
MacHack 14 has come and gone, but news continues to be made. Continuing their long tradition, MacHack has announced the Top Ten Issues that face Macintosh developers over the coming year. These are great issues and we have details in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: These are some great issues, all of them very important (especially issue number 5. Apple? You listening?). With MacHack being one of the two most important developer conferences, it can be hoped that Apple will, in fact, listen.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[10:57 AM]
Extensis Updates Portfolio Web Edition, Includes Support For New WebSTAR Suite
Extensis Corporation today announced that Portfolio Web Edition 4.0, its digital media asset management software designed specifically for Web publishing, is fully compatible with the newly released WebSTAR Service Suite 4.0 from StarNine. We details on this update to Portfolio Web Edition in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: By supporting WebSTAR Service Suite, Extensis has created a very powerful combination that allows users to publish vast amounts of digital media quickly and easily, without losing any organization that previously existed in their libraries.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[10:49 AM]
E-mail Management System Updated With Several New Features
J.A. Korsmeyer, Inc. has released POP3 Gateway Extensible Messaging Platform v3.0. This is a cross-platform, java-based e-mail management system that retrieves a company's e-mail from their ISP and delivers it to users on the company's internal network. We have details on the update in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: At last people are finally getting it! Developing cross-platform applications is much simpler now thanks to Java and it's successful implementation on all major operating systems. Kudos to developers like J.A. Korsmeyer who are capitalizing on this technology and putting the choice of which operating system to run back in the hands of the user!

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[10:45 AM]
Farallon Offers Cross-Platform Home Networking Kits
Farallon Communications, Inc., announced that they are shipping cross-platform Internet sharing networking solutions. Farallon's new Internet Starter Kit provides an all-in-one solution for sharing a single Internet connection over an Ethernet network. Additionally, Farallon is offering Vicomsoft's SurfDoubler, their InWe have details on these offering in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Headlines For Tuesday, June 29th

[Updated 4:43 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:43 PM] We have added a news summary from IMG and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 10:47 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, column summaries from MacOPINION and Low End Mac, and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[3:58 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Wall Street's P1 Comments Send Apple's Stock Soaring
It seems that Wall Street is keen on the P1 based on today's stock movements. Salomon Smith Barney analyst, Richard Gardner, issued a statement saying he felt the P1 was on track for introduction at MacWorld Expo in July and Apple's stock rose over 2 points in response. We have more information, including Apple's closing price, in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Normally, higher volumes in shares traded can mean a decrease in investor confidence. Today's high volume was more likely caused from day-traders taking advantage of the fervor related to Mr. Gardner's statements as well as some investors increasing their position in Apple in anticipation of MacWorld.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:28 PM]
Wall Street Joins The Apple Products Rumor Game
Reuters is reporting that Salomon Smith Barney have issued a statement saying they believe the P1 is on track for being introduced this July at MacWorld. We have more information on this in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is very interesting. Apple is notoriously tightlipped when it comes to advance product information. This is certainly more so the case with Steve Jobs at the helm.

Richard Gardner is perhaps the most Bullish Wall Street analyst on Wall Street, but it is still a bit unusual to see Wall Street leap into the Rumor Game. We have more commentary on Apple and Wall Street's comments in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:14 PM]
Quotable Quotes II Brings Great Quotes, With New Features, To Your Mac
Symbiotic Software has released a new version of Quotable Quotes, their collection of, well, quotable quotes. The new version has been given the moniker of Quotable Quotes II and includes 2,000 new quotes, bringing the total to 9,000 quotes, as well as several additional features to make using the application easier. We have all kinds of information on the new product in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a cool application that many people enjoy. Check out the demo version and see.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:37 PM]
Newer Technology/Farallon Offer Bundle G3/Ethernet Bundle For Schools
Newer Technology has announced a bundle for their MAXpowr G3-L2E G3 upgrade card and the Farallon Fast EtherTX-10/100 for Power Macs with the Comm Slot II. This bundle allows schools to upgrade their aging Performas and All-In-One pre-G3 PowerMacs. We have lots of information on the products and the bundle in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a cool bundle for the education system. Those older Macs are in serious need of an upgrade and the presence of a G3 processor in these under-powered systems will make a serious dent in the usability of these systems. Smart move for Farallon and Newer Technology.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:44 PM]
Solaris Platform Soon To Knock The Mac Out Of 2nd Place In SETI@home, Help Now!
Team Mac Observer, our SETI@home team (read more about the SETI@home project if you are unfamiliar with it) has topped 90 members with 91 people now able to say they are part of Team Mac Observer! That puts us just about to the 100 mark, an impressive number indeed.

The annoying thing is that the good people using Solaris, the Sun branded Unix OS, are about to overtake the Mac in number of Work units turned in. The Mac is currently in 2nd place with 352,369 work units processed while Solaris is in 3rd place with 337,012 units processed. You can read how to sign up and fight for the Mac in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
On The Flip Side
"We Need Macs In School For Discovery Sake! "
The whole debate about Mac computers and their presence in school is a hot one. One of the main reasons is the unfair competition from PC's because there is always a PC technician to convince a school board that the Wintel platform is the one to choose because everybody uses it. However, just how important is the Macintosh in school, if most people use PC's?

Read On The Flip Side

[9:32 AM]
TV Guide Names Apple's "1984" Commercial As #1 All-Time Commercial!
WooooHooooo!! TV Guide's got it goin' on!

Seriously though folks, TV Guide has named the 50 Greatest Commercials of All Time and guess who came in at Number One? That's right, it's our favorite computer company, Apple Computer. The company is teaming with TV Land in a TV special to bring us those 50 commercials which means that if you haven't seen the 1984 commercial, here's your chance. We have more information on the presentation and the commercial in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This commercial is the gift that keeps on giving for Apple. Having paid to show it only 2 or three times it has been nonetheless been plaid countless times since then. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Name of the Game
"The Idiots' All-Time Favorite Games"
Gary: Hey, buddy, what have you been up to all day, besides recovering from last night?
Randy: Well, I've been working on my latest invention -
Gary:
See ya.
Randy:
Where are you going?
Gary:
I want nothing to do with this. I still have a metal rod in my leg from your last invention, and our HMO is not happy.
Randy:
What good is computer gaming if you can't push the limits and try something new?
Gary:
I say we give the ambulance drivers a break and focus on the past for a change. Why don't we talk about our favorites Mac games from all time?

Read The Name of the Game

[8:44 AM]
Beta iMate Drivers Add Support For Sleep Mode In Lombard PowerBooks
Griffin Technology has released an update to their software for the iMate, a USB to ADB converter device. The update includes added support for Lombard PowerBooks. We have details, including a description of the iMate, in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[8:42 AM]
Mac-Only ISP Adds Service To 23 States
The MacRevolution, formerly a California Mac-only ISP, announces new service to 23 states, a near-nationwide rollout! We have details about the new service, including which states are covered, in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: It was just 2 weeks ago that MacRevolution opened its doors as a California Mac-only ISP. For them to be able to grow to the national level is just outstanding. This is yet another sign of the strength the Mac has gained recently.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[8:38 AM]
MacA&D Update Includes Java Support And Other New Features
Excel Software announced Version 7.0 of MacA&D, a software design tool for process, data and class models. The new version includes new features and other enhancements. Read more about the update in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[8:36 AM]
New Version Of C.D. Caterpillar Announced Featuring Alice In Wonderland
Inspired Logic, LLC announced the release of C.D. Caterpillar Version 4.0, and extended a special offer to Observers. C.D. Caterpillar is a program designed to help beginning readers strengthen their reading skills quickly, in a fun and non-threatening way. Read more about the release, including a special offer for Observers, in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Quite nice of Inspired Logic to offer all of you free shipping. Just make sure to mention The Mac Observer in your order!

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Headlines For Monday, June 28th

[Updated 4:39 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:39 PM] We have added a news summary from IMG, a column summary from MacOPINION, and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 10:24 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, column summaries from Applelinks, and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[3:42 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Climbs For First Time In A Week
Bucking the trend of the last 5 trading sessions, Apple closed up today amidst good news of iMac sales in May and other positive news in the storage sector. In addition, Apple's shares continued to trade in lower volumes, hinting at renewed confidence in our favorite computer maker.

Apple closed at 42 9/16, a gain of 3/8 or 0.89%. Volume was moderate with 2,389,600 shares trading hands.

Apple's PC Brethren were mixed with IBM and Gateway closing in negative territory while Dell and Hewlett-Packard both posted modest gains. Compaq, who shared 3 of the Top 5 spots with Apple in PC Data's Top 5 desktop computers in May with Apple, closed flat.

Both the Dow and the Nasdaq shared in Apple's good fortune as both closed sharply up. The Dow closed at 10655.15, up 102.59 and the Nasdaq closed at 2602.45, a gain of 49.80.

Make sure you help us pick more stocks to quote!

Apple

[2:52 PM]
MAC-O-RAMA Announces US$20 Sale
The good people at MAC-O-RAMA, the Mac-only online game retailer, have announced a sale. Better yet, they used the phrase "more games than you can shake a stick at" in their press release. As many longtime Observers will know, that is a descriptive phrase near-and-dear to our Editor's heart, so that earns MAC-O-RAMA extra points! We have details about the sale, including specific titles in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:43 PM]
Help Us Pick More Stocks To Quote
We need help. As you may know, we have been tracking the Top 5 Mac related stocks in the bottom the sidebar. We are going to add 5 more and we would like to call on Observers to help us pick which ones. What stocks are important to you? What stocks do you think are important to Apple? Write us at stockwatch@macobserver.com and you can help be a part of that decision!

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:44 PM]
Boing! 333 MHz iMac #3 Selling Desktop In May!
PC Data has released their hardware Hits List for May and our favorite computer is once again in its rightful place in the Top 5! The iMac is showing up as number 3 as PC Data counts all of the 333 MHz units as one model, no matter what their color. We have more information in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: It is interesting to see that Compaq is showing up with three of the Top 5 spots while they simultaneously strive to reach new lows in both price points and profit margins. Uhhhh.... Congrats Compaq...

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Editorial
Apple For Sale?, Part 2: I Don't Think So, Steve Jobs Isn't Done Yet!
by Bryan Chaffin
My very good friend Wes George, the Apple Trader, has explained that all the conventional rules say that Apple is being primed for the selling block. His arguments are powerful, logical, and insightful. But as excellent as his arguments are (and if you are one of the few Mac users on the Internet who did NOT read his piece, do so), Wes has ignored the one thing that completely throws all rational, logical, and traditional rules out the Window. That factor is, of course, Steve Jobs.

Read This Mac Observer Editorial

[10:50 AM]
Team Mac Observer Page Overhauled, Team Jumps To 86
Team Mac Observer, our SETI@home team (read more about the SETI@home project if you are unfamiliar with it) continues to grow as we hit 86 members! In addition, we have combined to process 731 work units placing us even closer to the Top 100 Clubs ranking!

Due to popular demand from many Team members, we have also updated the Team Mac Observer home page to include the Top 10 producers as well as the Top 10 fastes averages. These will be updated once each day along with our Roster. Due to the power of the Mac and the PowerPC processor, there is a lot of competition for the Top 10 fastest averages.

Including the Top 10 fastes averages does not mean that we don't need everyone's help though. The goal is not to be the fastest, but to see who can crunch the most data in this project. So we need you to join Team Mac Observer too! It's very easy and the project is worthy, so start now!

Team Mac Observer

Column
The Apple Trader
"Market Sectors: Apple's Destiny vs. The PC's Fate"
Let's talk about market sector rotation, shall we? A market sector is a group of corporations all engaged in roughly the same line of business and defined by their very own index. The corporations that make up a market sector each possess individual destinies linked together in a complex system of market space interactions that operate well beyond the control of anyone. Perhaps that's the difference between destiny and fate.

Read The Apple Trader

Column
Monday's Mac Gadget
"Stock Quotes On Your Desktop"
In the fast-moving world of the stock market, keeping track of what your securities are doing at all times can be important. Wouldn't it be nice to have an old-fashioned ticker in front of you at all times? MacTicker is a scrolling stock ticker for your Mac, but it adds important features the paper-based version can't match.

Read Monday's Mac Gadget

[8:16 AM]
Orange Micro Announces 4 Important FireWire Products
Coming on the heels of the shipment of its HotLink PCI FireWire Cards, Orange Micro has added five new IEEE-1394 items to its FireWire product suite. They are the HotLink Repeater, HotLink FireWire PC Card, HotLink Hub, HotLink FireWire/SCSI Converter, and two maximum lengths FireWire Cables. We have details, including pricing, in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is good news for the Mac community. With Apple pushing Firewire as the emerging standard, it's great to see companies like Orange Micro dive in headfirst with a slew of offerings to support the technology. Especially important here is the Hotlink FireWire to SCSI converter, which will allow users to migrate to new machines without replacing all their old SCSI-based peripherals.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[8:10 AM]
New Anaconda Zip Drive Reads Both 250 MB and 100 MB Zip Disks
EZQuest, Inc. USA announced the release of the Anaconda Zip 250MB USB external drive. This external device will read and write both 100MB and 250MB Zip cartridges! We have more information on this new line of Zip drives in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[8:08 AM]
Ambrosia Releases Quick Bug Fix Update For Snapz Pro
Ambrosia Software, Inc. has updated Snapz Pro to version 2.0.1 to fix some bugs in the 2.0 version released last week. According to Ambrosia Software:

The following is a list of bugs that were fixed in the 2.0.1 update:

  • Fixed a bug that could cause Snapz Pro 2 to not work with programs that link to InputSprocket, but aren't actively using it (this notably affected Virtual PC, but it may also have affected some games).
  • Fixed a bug that caused erroneous data to be sent to the sound compressor, which could result in distorted sound tracks or compression errors.
  • Fixed a few typos.
  • If the Graphics compressor is chosen, the color depth is now forced to 8 bit color, even if the requested color depth is lower than 8 bit.

The update and more information can be found at their web site, and is free to registered users of version 2.0. The full version is priced at US$40.

Ambrosia Software

[8:04 AM]
MiniCalendar Gains New Export Features In Update
Public Access Software has updated their small, but very handy program, MiniCalnedar, to version 2.2. The new version offers new features and other enhancements: We have details about the update in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[8:01 AM]
The Atomic Mac Updated With New Isotopes
Black Cat Systems has released version 2.3.0 of The Atomic Mac, their interactive Periodic Table of the Elements. According to Black Cat Systems:

In addition to the usual information found in such programs, The Atomic Mac also contains a wealth of nuclear information on each isotope, including half life, decay mode, and daughter products.

This version adds information for several metastable isotopes, as well as an improved user interface.

The Atomic Mac is shareware. A copy may be downloaded from the Black Cat Systems web site.

The Mac Observer Spin: Phooey to all those Windows fanatics who say software like this isn't available on the Mac!

Black Cat Systems

Headlines For Friday, June 25th

[Updated 5:37 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 5:37 PM] We have added a news summary from IMG, a column summary from MacWeek, and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 2:30 PM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, column summaries from MacOPINION, and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:45 PM]
Adult iMac Parody Site Forced To Move
In a sad turn of events on a story we posted last month, an adult iMac parody site was forced to move, probably due to legal pressure from Apple. The following article has language that is mildly adult in nature. While we say nothing that may be innapropriate for children, we recommend you not read our article unless you have a sense of humor that could include adult concepts.

The Mac Observer Spin: We say this is sad because the situation is very unfortunate. Apple has to protect its copyrights as well as their image. While this site seemed to only delight people, and would probably serve to sell a few iMacs for Apple, our current societal and legal system leaves them no choice but to pursue this site. This is too bad, because this site is truly brilliant comedy.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[4:18 PM]
Overclocked G3 Shows Best Results Yet In SETI@home Project
On Wednesday, we ran a story about how fast the Blue & White G3 is in the SETI@home project (see our story titled "Blue & White G3 Among Fastest SETI@home Computers"). Our own Team Mac Observer member Indigenous is returning in times in the 11 hour range with his Blue & White that has been upgraded to a 450 MHz with a PowerLogix G3 upgrade.

We received a couple of letters from one Mac users who told us that their overclocked beige G3s were turning in even more impressive times.

According to Markus Schelhorn:

I know a faster one:

Chris need per work unit only 9 hr 28 min 03.7 sec. He works with a beige Desktop Power Mac G3 with an overclocked (500 MHz) 466 MHz-CPU from Phase 5 (www.phase5.de). You find him at the (still very small) group "Team Macwelt".

Wow! Those are some impressive times, that are right up there with even some of the fastest Unix times! Remember, the average Windows time is 48 hr 44 min 32.9 sec as of this writing. We also recieved word from some MacOS X Server users who also reported 9 hour times and we are looking to confirm them. If any Observers are running MacOS X Server and the are participating in the SETI@home project, tell us about your experiences.

In the meanwhile, Team Mac Observer keeps growing. We are now up to 73 members with 542 work units processed! In addition, we have had two companies join our team, including our friends at MacBC and a graphic design house called December 3. Welcome aboard Team Mac Observer! Your company can also join and we will put your logos on the Team Mac Observer page. We are also welcoming all individuals to join. We have a very fast Mac team and are out to prove the Mac's superiority over Windows! We are also getting closer and closer to being one of the Top 100 teams in the "Clubs" category.

Team Mac Observer

[3:30 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple's Fall Slows Amidst Good News For Wall Street
Apples fall slowed today as investors received good reports that could indicate good 2nd quarter results in the tech sector. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple was actually trading in positive territory for a while today. Apple traded at a high of 42 11/16, a gain of 3/8, only to go back down in late afternoon trading. Red more in the Full Story.

Read Today's Apple Stock Watch

[3:19 PM]
New Web Site With Top Shareware Titles Launched
A new web site has been launched by MacInEurope.com. The new site is called MacPicks. According to MacPicks:

MacPremium Interactive Media today announced the creation of a new Mac-related Web site in the English Language. The name of the site is "MacPicks", and it contains the Official Mac Program Chart - a list of the 30 best shareware programs for Apple Macintosh. Also the site provides useful services for visitors and webmasters.

MacPicks

Editorial
"Apple For Sale?, Part I: Forget The Rumors, Look At It From A Wall Street Perspective!"
by Wes George
On June 9th , Don Crabb wrote a modest article in which he claimed that his sources at Apple mysteriously revealed to him that "Apple was rebuilt in order to be sold". Of course, only the top echelon at Apple could possess such dour information and it’s doubtful that they leak state-secrets to the Mac punditocracy. Don Crabb shouldn’t need leaks to see the handwriting on the wall. All you need is a calculator, an Internet account and a bit of business savvy.

Apple is a classic buy out target!

Read This Mac Observer Editorial

Column
The Back Page
"Lemmings, Part II: The "It’s Good Enough" Syndrome"
Last week I wrote about how much Windows users will put up with. The main point of that column was dealing with the fact that much of the time Windows breaks and that people take this breakage so matter-of-factly. Today I want to touch upon another aspect that also seems to be somewhat stereotypical of much of the Windows world. I have noticed this with Windows programmers, and by extension their software, and I have seen it in the end users as well. This "thing" I have noticed is their complacence when something is "good enough."

Read The Back Page

Column
My First Mac Was A Typewriter
"More Great Game For Your 68K Mac"
This column will again cover games. Since the Apple market has been booming, there are games, utilities, and other programs for Macs coming out of the woodwork. We are finally beginning to have some really good choices; and because the Mac is so graphics friendly, most of the new choices feature options that are not available on other kinds of computers. All of the games covered this week are available for 68K or above machines. Most of these games are available for download from more than one source and I will include all that I identify.

Read My First Mac Was A Typewriter

Column
Ask Dave
"Newer Macs On Old Networks And A Fix For The Dreaded Death Spiral"
Hello there folks. This week brings us yet *another* (and perhaps the last?) update to the Dreaded Death Spiral problems affecting modem users. We also explore the possibilities of setting up your own Internet mail server, and talk about bringing iMac's into an existing Mac network. There's more, of course, but instead of teasing you, I invite you to read on. Just remember to send your OWN questions to me at askdave@macobserver.com, and they'll appear here, too!

Read Ask Dave

Headlines For Thursday, June 24th

[Updated 5:32 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 5:32 PM] We have added a news summary from IMG and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 10:56 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, column summaries from MacOPINION, and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:47 PM]
BoxTop Software Releases Major Performance Upgrade To PhotoGIF
BoxTop Software has announced the release of PhotoGIF 3.5, a major performance upgrade to the Photoshop plug-in that optimizes GIF images. There are several new features in this upgrade and we are letting BoxTop tell you about them. Read more about the update in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: PhotoGIF is a very cool tool for making the smallest GIF images possible.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[4:33 PM]
MacTell Announces New FireWire Partnership To Extend FireWire Line
MacTell has announced a partnership with Indigita Corporation to work together on future FireWire devices. The partnership allows both companies to share FireWire developments in the pursuit of increased performance and broader product lines. We have more on this development in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: FireWire product developments has been much slower to get off the ground than Mac USB development was. This development will hopefully lead to more FireWire products coming to market from both MacTell and other companies as well.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[4:05 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Continues Fall As Tech Sector Weakens
Apple continued to fall again today as much of the stock market took a dive with it. Concerns with AMD and other weaknesses in chips concerned traders who subsequently sent many hardware stocks into negative territory. We have more details in the Full Story.

Read Today's Apple Stock Watch

[3:40 PM]
Team Mac Observer Jumps To 66 With 477 Work Units Processed
Our own SETI@home team, Team Mac Observer has jumped almost 20 members in the last day to reach 66! In addition, we have collectively processed 477 Work Units, a jump over 80 Work Units in the last day as well. This effort puts us closer to being one of the Top 100 teams. We have also had some more very fast machines join the Team, once again showing the power of the Mac. We will have more details on this tomorrow.

You too can join Team Mac Observer and help contribute to this great project. If you would like more information on the Project and how to participate, we have everything on our Team Mac Observer Page.

Team Mac Observer

[9:01 AM]
Another Sign: 3Dfx To Bring "Generic" Mac Drivers For Voodoo Cards
Inside Mac Games seems to have been the first to catch this stunning development that will have a far reaching impact in the world of Mac gaming and the rest of the Mac community as well. In a Usenet posting, a 3Dfx employee announced the company would be making generic Mac drivers available for off the shelf Voodoo 2 and Voodoo 3 cards. This is incredibly important and we have more information and details in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Two of the biggest deterrents to making the Mac these user's platform of choice have now been eliminated. Choice of games (reduced rather than eliminated), and grabbing a cool 3D card. We have lots more commentary on this topic in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
Ask Dave
"Newer Macs On Old Networks And A Fix For The Dreaded Death Spiral"
Hello there folks. This week brings us yet *another* (and perhaps the last?) update to the Dreaded Death Spiral problems affecting modem users. We also explore the possibilities of setting up your own Internet mail server, and talk about bringing iMac's into an existing Mac network. There's more, of course, but instead of teasing you, I invite you to read on. Just remember to send your OWN questions to me at askdave@macobserver.com, and they'll appear here, too!

Read Ask Dave

[8:57 AM]
Fans Of Forthcoming Game Cythera Can Dress Their Mac Up For Free
Fans of Ambrosia Software's upcoming RPG game Cytheria have been given a complete makeover for their Mac from Cytherian artists. According to Digital Manipulation:

The kit contains the Cytherian Kaleidoscope 2.0 scheme, desktop pictures, desktop patterns (for those who like to keep their system snappy), system sounds and some extra icons. The Cytherian scheme works with Kaleidoscope 2.0 or later and lets you customize the menu bar, the trash can icon, desktop patterns and more in the Cytherian style.

The best part . . . it's free!

You can download the kit from the Digital Manipulation web site.

Digital Manipulation

[8:56 AM]
"A Better Finder Creators & Types" Updated With New features
Frank Reiff Software has announced another update to their "A Better Finder" series. Today's announcement is for "A Better Finder Creators & Types," bringing the contextual menu plugin to version 1.7. The new version includes two new features. We have more information on the update, including an animation of the application at work in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[8:55 AM]
Date & Time FileMaker Pro Plugin Updated
Waves in Motion has announced the release of an update to their FileMaker Pro plugin called oAzium Date & Time that adds automated date and time abilities to FileMaker Pro. We have more on the update in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Headlines For Wednesday, June 23rd

[Updated 5:14 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 5:14 PM] We have added a news summary from IMG and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 1:28 PM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, column and news summaries from Applelinks, MacOPINION, The Daily iMac, and Low End Mac and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:48 PM]
New Mac Site Launched
Our good friends at MacOPINION have launched a new Mac news site called MacTracks. The new site offers an easy to view layout and some of the great coverage you can find at MacOPINION. Check it out!

MacTrack

[4:41 PM]
TechWorks Announces New Candy Colored USB Hubs
Former Mac Voodoo 3D accelerator manufacturer TechWorks has announced a new Mac product. The company is shipping candy colored Mac USB 4-port hubs aimed at the iMac crowd called The POWERUSB 4-Port Hub. We have more information on these new hubs in the Full Story.

Read The Mac observer Full Story

[4:28 PM]
New Release Of Days To Go Brings New Features
Beyond Midnight Software has released a new version of Days To Go, bringing the reminder programmer to version 2.1. The new version introduces the ability to change the appearance of its messages. We have more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[4:14 PM]
StarNine Releases Major WebSTAR Upgrade
StarNine has announced a major new release of its popular WebSTAR web server. The new version includes a new name which is WebSTAR Server Suite 4. The new version includes a host of new features, great performance increases, and other enhancements. We have all kinds fo details on the new release in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:38 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Falls Below US$45 Floor/Support Level
In a potentially bad signal for Apple's stock, today saw Apple close below 45 for the first time in several weeks. As this was somewhat of a "support level" meaning that there was investor interest in maintaining Apple at that level or higher, this could signal a downturn for the near-future. We have more on this including today's closing price and some things influencing today's trading.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is only one day of trading, but Apple has been losing steam for several days now.

Read Today's Apple Stock Watch

[2:54 PM]
Blue & White G3 Among Fastest SETI@home Computers
A person named Indigenous is turning in some fantastic numbers in the SETI@home project (see our SETI@home page) and we wanted to find out what kind of system he was using. It turns out he is using a Blue & White G3! Find out more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:57 PM]
Apple Cited By Microsoft Witness As Proof Of Competition
In an amusing turn of events, Microsoft's last witness to be called in the governments antitrust lawsuit against the software company has named Apple Computer as proof of the power of competition. The witness is economist Richard Schmalensee. We have Mr. Schmalensee's comments and other statements in the FUll Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Once again Microsoft attempts to cloud the issues with unrelated facts. Read why we think so in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:55 AM]
MacHack Kicks Off Today, Watch It Online
MacHack, the annual conference for Mac developers, is ready to kick off. MacHack has often been a part of our "Another Sign" series of reports because of the record turnout of participants, sponsors and other factors. The health of this event is a direct reflection of the resurgent Mac market and this year's event seems to celebrate that fact. You can read more about the conference, including events, in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: The Mac Observer wishes the MacHack participants and organizers the best of luck! Have fun!

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Name of the Game
"T2 And Carmageddon, The Last Word"
Randy: WOOOHOOOO!
Gary:
Yeah, baby!
Randy:
ALLLLL RIIIGHHTTT!
Gary:
Think we should clue the readers in as to why we are so happy?
Randy:
Oh yes, my crunchy on the outside but chewy on the inside little buddy. We shall tell the people, and there shall be much rejoicing.
Gary:
Drum roll, please…
Randy:
Thanks to the hard work of some of our readers out there in game land, the Thrustmaster T2 Steering Wheel and Pedal set DOES work with Carmageddon II! Hell, it even works with Carmageddon I.

Read The Name of the Game

Column
On The Flip Side
"The Reasons Why You Should Not Use Virtual Memory"
Virtual Memory and products like RAM Doubler are quite popular with users who do not want to buy RAM to upgrade their computers. Nevertheless, the arguments to praise them might be the biggest myths I ever encountered on the Internet. In mailing lists, forums and newsgroups, I have seen many people advocate them vigorously.

Read On The Flip Side

Headlines For Tuesday, June 22nd

[Updated 4:48 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:48 PM] We have added a column summary from MacWeek and an awful lot of Mac headline links.
[Updated 1:32 PM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, column and news summaries from Applelinks, MacOPINION, The Daily iMac, and Low End Mac and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:31 PM]
Gigabit Networking Comes To You With New Card From Farallon
Those Mac users who work with large files across a network will rally appreciate this announcement. Farallon Communications has announced they are shipping a PCI Gigabit networking card for Macs. Most Ethernet networks are 10 Mb, while a few are 100 Mb. Gigabit Ethernet is the next step in the development of this networking technology and Macs are at the forefront. Read more about this product int he Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Gigabit is extremely important, especially in the high-end graphics market, 3D development, Video editing, and other markets important to the Mac.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[4:15 PM]
Farallon Releases Two Dual Speed 10/100 Mb Ethernet Hubs
Farallon Communications has released two new hubs for those with mixed Ethernet environments. One hub, the Fast Starlet Dual Speed Hub/24, is aimed at larger networks, while the Fast Starlet Palm Switch 10/100 is aimed at smaller networks and smaller budgets. Both hubs support 10 Mb and 100 Mb Ethernet networks. We have all kinds of details on these two new hubs in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:38 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Included In New Index, Closes Down Anyway
The Nasdaq-Amex Market Group announced a new index that would be included as tradable options. That index includes Apple Computer and 74 other high profile tech firms. Despite this news, Apple closed lower today along with much of the rest of the Tech Sector. Read about it in the Full Story.

Read Today's Apple Stock Watch

[3:04 PM]
PowerMail Mail Client Updated With Lots Of Fixes And New Features
CTM Development has released a major upgrade to their mail client Power Mail. The new update is officially only an incremental upgrade that brings the app to version 2.4, but it is packed with new features and lots of bug fixes. We have details (a lot of them) of the update in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:34 PM]
Team Mac Observer Brings On First Company & Tops 40 Members!
Our SETI@home team, Team Mac Observer, keeps on cranking and now has 43 members! We have also signed on our first Corporate team member. In addition, we have processed another 47 work units in the last day bringing our total number of work units processes to 347, we have passed the 1/2 way mark for being part of the Top 100 for the first time! It's been a busy day.

In addition, we have completely redesigned the Team Mac Observer web page. We now have a separate Roster Page because the Team has grown so much, a page telling copanies how they can have their logo on the Team Mac Observer page, an About page, and links to helpful SETI@home web pages. Check it out.

As always, we need you to join Team Mac Observer. If you would like more information on what SETI@home is, check out the new web page! We have all the instructions to join (it's easy. Come on and join Team Mac Observer!

Team Mac Observer

[2:16 PM]
iMate Driver Update Brings Support For Lombard
Griffin Technology has released a new update to their iMate drivers that bring compatibility with the latest PowerBooks from Apple among other things. The iMate is an ADB to USB adapter for using your favorite ADB peripheral with a USB equipped iMac, PowerBook, or PowerMac. We have more information in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Name of the Game
"T2 And Carmageddon, The Last Word"
Randy: WOOOHOOOO!
Gary:
Yeah, baby!
Randy:
ALLLLL RIIIGHHTTT!
Gary:
Think we should clue the readers in as to why we are so happy?
Randy:
Oh yes, my crunchy on the outside but chewy on the inside little buddy. We shall tell the people, and there shall be much rejoicing.
Gary:
Drum roll, please…
Randy:
Thanks to the hard work of some of our readers out there in game land, the Thrustmaster T2 Steering Wheel and Pedal set DOES work with Carmageddon II! Hell, it even works with Carmageddon I.

Read The Name of the Game

Column
On The Flip Side
"The Reasons Why You Should Not Use Virtual Memory"
Virtual Memory and products like RAM Doubler are quite popular with users who do not want to buy RAM to upgrade their computers. Nevertheless, the arguments to praise them might be the biggest myths I ever encountered on the Internet. In mailing lists, forums and newsgroups, I have seen many people advocate them vigorously.

Read On The Flip Side

 
Headlines For Monday, June 21st

[Updated 4:45 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:45 PM] We have added a news summary from IMG, and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 12:15 PM]
We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, column and news summaries from Applelinks and Low End Mac and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:23 PM]
Team Mac Observer Has Now Processed Over 300 Work Units For SETI@home
Team Mac Observer has now processed over 300 work units! The Team has also signed up its 39th member making Team Mac Observer larger than several longer running SETI@home teams.

Our Team is also continuing to show off the processing power of the Mac. Team Mac Observer is averaging 21 hr. 30 min 41 sec per unit processed, far faster than the average Windows time per work unit (well over 40 hours per work unit counting all the various Windows falvors. Windows NT 5.0, still in Beta, is the fastest Windows platform at 28 hr 38 min 19.7 sec per work unit.. In fact, Team Mac Observer is also showing up faster than the average Mac processing time of 27 hr 59 min 46.4 sec per work unit! Congrats to everyone in Team Mac Observer!

We need your help still though! Team Mac Observer has made a lot of progress in getting into the Top 100 SETI@home club teams, but we need a lot more members to put us to the top! Help us show the world that the Mac platform can kick the pants out of Windows!

We have all the instructions to join (it's easy) on our SETI@home page. Come on and join Team Mac Observer!

Team Mac Observer

[4:02 PM]
Nethergate Gets A Minor Update
Spiderweb Software has released an update to its popular turnbased adventure game. Nethergate.

In addition to our newest game, Lost Souls, we've just put the v1.0.3 upgrade of our recent hit, Nethergate, on our web site. The latest upgrade fixes a number of small glitches and takes care of an rare graphics incompatability with System 8.6.

You can find the update at the Nethergate page at the company's web site.

Spiderweb Software

[3:55 PM]
Spiderweb Software Releases Lost Souls
Spiderweb software has released Lost Souls, their Mac-only strategy game. The game features turn based play and remarkably low system requirements making this a great game for PowerPC and 68K owners alike. Read more about this new game in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:38 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Slips, iMac Shortage Doesn't Help
Apple slipped again today as the rest of the tech sector did fairly well. Apple closed at 46 1/2, a loss of 5/8 or 1.33%. We have more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: One contributing factor may well have been the news that Apple has run out of iMacs to ship from the Apple Store.

Read Today's Apple Stock Watch

j

Movie Review
"Pirates" A Great Movie, If You Know The Storyline
Last night Dave Hamilton and I sat down to watch "The Pirates if Silicon Valley." We thoroughly enjoyed the movie, but we both felt that it was so sketchy in some aspects of the story that it would be difficult to follow had we not already known the story. We have more on the movie in the full Mac Observer review.

Read This Mac Observer Movie Review

[1:25 PM]
Countdown To 2000 With Fun Mac App
Black Cat Systems has released a new shareware app called Y2K Mac to help you countdown the time until the year 2000. You can use the program to help remind you to call and check on your PC friends (at least those for whom "PC friends" is not an oxymoron") because Y2K Mac includes milestones along the way. According to Black Cat Systems:

Black Cat Systems has released Y2K Mac, a calendar which counts down to the year 2000, displaying the months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds until the new millennium. Along the way, it identifies critical dates for Y2K compliance, such as the day many older GPS navigation units may fail.

Y2K Mac is a shareware application while the full version is priced at US$10. You can download the app and find more information about it in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: We have checked out Y2K Mac and for those who like data or are worried about the Y2K, this program is just too much fun. Check it out!

Black Cat Systems

[12:54 PM]
"Due To Popular Demand," No iMacs Shipping Until Late July
Deal-Mac has pointed out that Apple seems to have run out of iMacs! A notice found at the Apple Store says:

"Due to popular demand, new orders for iMacs will not ship until late July"

That is a stunning turn of events to be sure. This would be the 2nd time in the last 9 months or so that Apple has seriously misjudged the demand on their products.

The Mac Observer Spin: Let's look at this another way too. What other major event is taking place at the end of July? MacWorld Expo New York of course. This could mean a new iMac revision. Read why in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Apple Trader
"The iMac Still Has No Competition"
Last week, Gateway and Packard Bell NEC Inc. independently announced new all-in one computers. Even the mainstream press perceived this move as a reaction to the iMac's success. The media got it wrong, however, when they compared these new all-in-one designs to the iMac. Gateway's 'PC in a monitor' is a bland beige and economy class in appearance with none of the iMac's flash. While the NEC Z1 incorporates slick design elements, it's too cold and arid, like something out of the movie 'Gattaca'.

Read The Apple Trader

Column
Monday's Mac Gadget
"SimpleText Web Pages With SimpleText2HTML"
With the wealth of HTML authoring tools for the Mac, anyone can create their own web pages. But learning an authoring package takes time, and you may not need all the bells and whistles that a full-blown package contains. Fellow Observer Michael Hanna made us aware of the SimpleText2Html package, which allows you to quickly create pages from text files.

Read Monday's Mac Gadget

Headlines For Friday, June 18th

[Updated 5:23 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 5:23 PM] We have added lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 5:14 PM] We have added a news summary from IMG and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 12:42 PM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, a column summary from MacOPINION and Low End Mac and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:31 PM]
Shareware Screen Saver Brings 3D To Your Idle Mac
Purple Shark Software has released a new screen saver called Setting Sun. According to Purple Shark Software:

Setting Sun is a modern application based screen saver, which uses plug-ins to draw interesting images when your computer is idle.

Setting Sun includes a wide range of high-end 3D plug-ins, ideal for showing off an iMac or Blue & White G3. It includes, for the first time on the Mac, the popular "Pipes" screen saver from Windows.

It requires a PowerPC based Mac, QuickTime, System 7.5 or later, and both QuickDraw 3D and OpenGL for running 3D faders.

Setting Sun is priced at US$20. More information and a demo can be downloaded from the company's web site.

Purple Shark Software

[4:20 PM]
Cruise Control Adds Voice Control With New Plug-in
Walnut Systems have released a new plug-in for Cruise Control that allows the automation software to be controlled by voice. We have details and other detailed information in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: That's very cool sounding! Cruise Control is an excellent piece of software and the Mac Observer will be releasing a review of the program shortly. The ability to add even limited voice recognition to the software will be an excellent boon.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:58 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Rides The SeeSaw Back Up With Small Gain
Apple's stock started another round of the seesaw it has been riding for the last few trading sessions by closing up today. Apple closed at 47 1/8, a gain of 3/4 or 1.62%. Volume continues to be low today, a trend which Robert Morgan of the RFI report says means that traders are accumulating the stock. Find out more of what Mr. Morgan had to say in the Full Story.

Read Today's Apple Stock Watch

[3:45 PM]
Team Mac Observer Hits 28 With Almost 200 Units Processed
We are proud to announce that Team Mac Observer, our SETI@hoime team has jumped up to 28 members and we have processed 195 work units for the project! Team Mac Observer also continues to show the strength of the PowerPC processor with our team averaging approximately 19.51 hours per unit processed, well below the average of 29 to 61 hours that the various Windows platforms are averaging. You can see the platform stats at the SETI@home web site.

We need your help still though! Team Mac Observer is almost halfway to breaking into the Top 100 SETI@home club teams, but we need a lot more members to put us to the top! Help us show the world that the Mac platform can kick the pants out of Windows!

We have all the instructions to join (it's easy) on our SETI@home page. Come on and join Team Mac Observer!

Team Mac Observer

[2:40 PM]
New Application Acts As Universal Browser History
Serac Software has announced a new product called iRemember that acts as a universal browser history to help you find where you have been. iRemember also works with Netscape's browser products that do not have a built-in history. The product has other features as well. We have more details on iRemember in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: We certainly have not tested iRemember yet, but the product sounds very handy, especially for those who do a lot of surfing.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:27 PM]
Text Cleaning Tool TextSpresso Updated With New Features
Taylor Design has updated their text cleaning utility TextSpresso to version 1.2. According to Taylor Design:

TextSpresso 1.2 adds full printing with user options such as header and footer data, text font, and margins. TextSpresso 1.2 also adds a convenient Tool Bar palette with buttons for frequently used commands. And version 1.2 fixes a corrupted resource which caused problems on 680x0 Macs running Mac OS 7.1.

The update is free to registered owners. Pricing starts at US$29. More information on TextSpresso can be found at the company's web site.

Taylor Design

[2:12 PM]
MacTell Lowers Prices On G3 Upgrade Cards
MacTell has lowered their prices on their line of G3 upgrade cards. The price drops range from US$10 to US$139. We have all the new pricing in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: The latest rounds of price cuts from the upgrade manufacturers have put fast Macs in the range of more people than ever. The pricing pressure has been somewhat intense, but consumers are sure to benefit.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:46 PM]
Side By Side Pics: Packard Bell Design Resembles An Ugly 20th Anniversary Mac
Yesterday we reported that Packard Bell had released a computer that showed they could Design Different. It turns out that they can't design too different after all. We put out an Observer Call to help us find an image and lots os Observers obliged. The common thread of those Observers who had seen the image was that the new Z1 from Packard Bell was an ugly rip-off of the 20th Anniversary Mac Apple released in 1997. We certainly agree. We have side by side images of the two computers in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: The Z1 would look cool if we didn't have the real thing to compare it too. The 20th Anniversary Mac is sleek an elegant compared to the much boxier Z1. Still, it is an improvement over the usual beige boredom.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Back Page
"Lemmings, Part I: What Windows Users Will Put Up With"
For some time I have had a close association with a great on-site technical support company called Computer NERDZ! This is an outfit in Texas that will go to your home or office and train you, fix your computer, go computer shopping with you, set up your network, or do just about anything else you could possibly need done that is computer related. This company works on Macs as well as PCs, not to mention several other platforms, so I have had a unique opportunity to see customers from many of them. What has stunned and amazed me time and again are the things that Windows users will put up with.

Read The Back Page

Headlines For Thursday, June 17th

[Updated 5:28 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 5:28 PM] We have added an awful lot Mac headline links.
[Updated 4:56 PM] We have added a news summary from IMG and several Mac headline links.
[Updated 11:32 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, a column summary from MacOPINION and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:39 PM]
Packard Bell The First Of The Catch Up Squad To Design Different
At last, a PC company has decided to Design Different, at least according to a Reuters report. The new computer is not an iMac rip-off, but it is a specific departure from the typical PC fare which is usually a dull beige box. We have details on the box, including a full description, in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Most had expected iMac clones to inundate the market by now, though that is likely to happen as we get closer to the 4th quarter and the Christmas buying season. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[4:16 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Falls Again As Tech Stocks Closed Mixed
Apple closed lower again today in a disappointing follow-up to yesterday's gain. Apple closed at 46 3/8, down 1 9/16 or 3.26%, almost enough to wipe out yesterday's gains of 1 7/8. Volume was moderate with 2,003,600 shares trading hands.

Hewlett-Packard and IBM also closed down today while Compaq, Dell, and Gateway 2000 closed up. Compaq closed up despite the company warning of a 2nd Quarter loss.

Both the Dow and Nasdaq closed in positive territory as well. The Dow closed at 10841.63, up 56.68 with the Nasdaq reporting in at 2544.15, a gain of 26.32.

Check out the Apple Stock Watch Special Report for more news on Apple's stock performance.

Apple

[2:59 PM]
WebObjects Wins Best Application Server Award From Java Developer's Journal
Apple has received an award from the Java Developer's Journal for WebObjects. WebObjects was named Best Application Server receiving 20% of the 15,000 votes cast. Read more about the poll in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:12 PM]
A Better Finder Attributes Gets A Minor Update
Frank Reiff has released an update to "A Better Finder Attributes," bringing the utility to version 1.1. According to Frank Reiff Software:

A Better Finder Attributes is a contextual menu plugin for the Macintosh Finder, which allows users to quickly change attributes such as creation and modification dates as well as the Finder flags of single or multiple files or folders. This version remembers all user settings across sessions.

The update is free to registered owners. The full version is priced at US$10. More information can be found at the company's web site.

A Better Finder Attributes

[2:12 PM]
Team Mac Observer Passes 20 Members With 115 Units Analyzed For SETI@home!
Team Mac Observer has grown to 21 members, including our latest member named Indigenous who has a VERY fast Mac (let us know what kind of machine you have Indigenous) indeed! At this rate, Team Mac Observer will be amongst the top 100 teams in the Club category (the largest and most aggressive category) by early next week. We need you to join Team Mac Observer ASAP!

The SETI@home project is put together by researchers at UC Berkley to tap into unused processor power around the world to process data from the world's largest radio telescope. When you sign up, your computer will process data chunks sent out by the researchers, a process that can easily take upwards of 20 hours for an average Mac. This processing only takes place when your computer is not being used by you, so it does not interfere with your work or play.

The Mac Observer has started our own team and we need you to join! We have all the instructions (it's easy) on our SETI@home page. Come on and join our team!

Thanks to the 11 members who have already signed up!

Team Mac Observer

[1:57 PM]
MacTell To Ship FireWire DAT Solution In July
Adding to their arsenal of FireWire devices, MacTell has announced they expect to be shipping a new DAT FireWire solution in mid-July. The solution is aimed at Blue & White G3 owners looking for a backup solution that utilizes their FireWire ports. We have more details, including pricing, storage size, and other details in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is an important product for owners of Blue & White G3s. Backup on these models is important and without built-in SCSI, options for many users is limited. MacTell is filling an important void with this product.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:31 PM]
"Pirates" Jobs Star Appeared On Conan O'Brian Promoting Movie
Last night on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, the costar of "The Pirates of Silicon Valley," Noah Wyle, made an appearance. Mr. Wyle plays Steve Jobs (opposite Anthony Michael Hall) in the movie which is all about the beginnings of Apple and Microsoft. Read more about the appearance, including Conan O'Brien's fixation on Bill Gates, in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
Ask Dave
"Of Drives And RAM"
Ah yes! I'm back again with a whole pile of information for your reading pleasure. This week we have answers to some new questions about RAM and installing drives inside Blue & White G3s. Alongside that, we have updates to many issues discussed in previous columns. If you have a question of your own, don't forget to check the Ask Dave! archives, as you may find the answer to your question there. If you don't, though, an e-mail to askdave@macobserver.com will get you on the right track towards a solution!

Read Ask Dave

 
Headlines For Wednesday, June 16th

[Updated 4:55 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:55 PM] We have added a news summary from IMG and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 11:54 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, column summaries from MacOPINION and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:51 PM]
InDesign E-Mail Talk List Launched By BlueWorld
BlueWorld has launched another mailing list, this time for people using or interested in InDesign. We have details, including joining links in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[4:18 PM]
Team Mac Observer Passes 10 Members With 22 Units Analyzed For SETI@home!
Our very own SETI@home team, Team Mac Observer has, now passed 10 members in just the first day! We currently have 11 members with 22 work units processed!

The SETI@home project is put together by researchers at UC Berkley to tap into unused processor power around the world to process data from the world's largest radio telescope. When you sign up, your computer will process data chunks sent out by the researchers, a process that can easily take upwards of 20 hours for an average Mac. This processing only takes place when your computer is not being used by you, so it does not interfere with your work or play.

The Mac Observer has started our own team and we need you to join! We have all the instructions (it's easy) on our SETI@home page. Come on and join our team!

Thanks to the 11 members who have already signed up!

Team Mac Observer

[3:47 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Soothing May Inflation Numbers Sends Market And Apple Soaring
Wall Street finally got the good news they had been hoping for when May's Consumer Price Index came in today. The Street had been fearing inflationary numbers that would have prompted the Fed to raise interest rates, a move that would hurt the stock market. This fear has helped keep the market flat while sending Apple's stock steadily down foWe have more information about today's trading including Apple's close and contributing factors in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: With inflation worries seemingly calmed, it can be hoped that Apple will continue to rise again and possibly top the elusive US$50 mark.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:59 PM]
MAC-O-RAMA Launches Father's Day Special And Contest
MAC-O-RAMA has announced a Father's Day sale and contest for the Mac gamer that is your dad. It's a cool contest and you can read about it in the Full Story. We also have information about the sale in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:50 PM]
PandaWare Delivers Another Update To TimeCache
The PandaWare Company has made another quick update to its time and expense tracking application for the Macintosh, TimeCache 2.0. This update fixes a problem with turning off timers that was introduced in a recent update. TimeCache 2.0.11 can be downloaded from The PandaWare Company's web site at.

The update is free to registered owners. The Full version of TimeCache is priced at US$40.

PandaWare

[1:34 PM]
Fantom Drives Ships BLue And White Enclosure For Their External Drive Line
Fantom Drives has announced they are shipping a new enclosure for their line of external CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, and tape drives that matches Apple's line of Blue & White G3s. You can read more about the new enclosures in the Full Story. We also have images of the new enclosure in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:17 PM]
ON Technology Updates Meeting Maker With Palm Synchronization And Other Features
ON Technology has released a new version of Meeting Maker 6 that includes several new features and enhancements including Palm Pilot synchronization. We have all kinds of details and information on the new version of Meeting Maker in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:44 PM]
The Li'l Ex-cloner That Could: MacTell Signs With National Distributor
MacTell is once again announcing a major development in their business operations, this time the company is announcing a major distribution deal with Pinacor. The new distribution deal gives MacTell greater access to retail and other resellers across the country. Read more about the announcement in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: We are always proud of MacTell and not just because they are a longtime sponsor of The Mac Observer. This company has completely turned around from being a Mac cloner to being a manufacturer of upgrade cards, graphic cards, USB peripherals, and now FireWire devices. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
My First Mac Was A Typewriter
"A Man and His Machine - The Dilemma of a First Time User"
My friend "Sam" seems to be typical of some of those first time users and I asked him to tell me some of the confusing things he has encountered since he got his very first computer. "Sam" is over 70 and retired. He got his iMac as a Christmas gift from loving family members. Those family members live very far away so are not available to help him with daily problems and/or questions. The machine was set up and a brief demonstration was given to "Sam" before he had to pack it up again and return to Texas. Once back home he was easily able to set up the machine because iMacs are just so easy to set up. However, he had problems with the Internet hookup and he really did not know where to start using his machine.

Read My First Mac Was A Typewriter

Headlines For Tuesday, June 15th

[Updated 4:43 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:43 PM] We have added a column summary from Applelinks and a whole lot of Mac headline links.
[Updated 4:13 PM] We have added a news summary from IMG and several Mac headline links.
[Updated 11:07 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, story and column summaries from Low End Mac, and MacTimes and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[3:57 PM]
New Mac-Only ISP Opens Virtual Doors
A new ISP called MacRevolution has opened its virtual doors. The company is serving California area at this point. According to MacRevolution:

Announcing The MacRevolution. Today we have unleashed California's largest Macintosh only Internet Service Provider offering local dial up to over 900 cites throughout the state of California. Unlike our competition whom claim to be Mac ISP's but running Unix and NT servers, We are 100% Macintosh. Please visit our website at www.macrevolution.com to sign up and for more information. Our rates are a low $18.99 a month and include 3 e-mail addresses for the whole family, 15 MB of home page space, real Mac tech support, a two month free subscription to BackJack back-up systems and a free issue of the iMac Buyers Guide.

The Mac Observer Spin: Mac and proud of it, gotta love it. We have not tried their service, but it is always a good sign to see a Mac-only ISP open its doors.

MacRevolution.com

[3:48 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Rises In Market Upswing, Closes Above 46
Several days of stock price drops halted today as Apple rose along with much of the market. Inflation and interest rate worries receding, as well as favorable news in the chip and hardware sectors were part of today's happy trading.Read more about Apple's stock in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Today's trading does not necessarily mean a reverse in the recent downturn in Apple's stock. As with most of the trading in the last few sessions, Apple's well being has had little to do with the price fluctuations of its stock. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:17 PM]
Mac Security Site Offers Guide To Maintaining And Breaking Mac Security
A new site called SecureMac.com offers information for both maintaining and breaking security on your Mac. The site offers a comprehensive guide to Mac security programs and includes a rating system. With each review, the site also offers hacks and other ways around the programs which is of course a two-edged sword. Read more about SecureMac.com in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Most Mac users take their security for granted. This is partially because there are fewer ways to hack a Mac and fewer kids trying to do so. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:49 PM]
Think Music With Casady & Greene's New Mac MP3 App
Casady & Greene, the makers of enormously popular Conflict Catcher, have announced the first commercial Mac MP3 application. Called SoundJam MP, the new application matches the features found in popular Windows MP3 encoder/players. MP3 is a compression format that greatly reduces file sizes for audio recordings without sacrificing sound quality. We have details about SoundJam MP in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:06 PM]
SETI@home Project Showing Strength Of The PowerPC, You Can Join Our SETI@home Team
The SETI@home project, or the Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence at Home, is showing the strength of the PowerPC. While not the fastest of the operating systems participating in the project, the Mac platform is turning in a performance that is far better than the various Windows/x86 platforms and is holding its own against many of the Unix platforms. Read more about the project, Mac performance, and how to join Team Mac Observer in the Full Story!

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a fun project that has really shown that large scale distributed processing can really work. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Review
Turn Your iPuck Into A Great Mouse With UniTrap
by Michael Munger
The UniTrap is an ergonomic snap-on shell for iMac and Power Macintosh G3 (Yosemite type) owners who need a bigger and more comfortable mouse than the default Apple USB mouse nicknamed the iPuck. It comes in five flavors which match the iMac flavors.

Read This Mac Observer Review

Sneak Peak
Adobe InDesign: A Sneak Preview at a Revolutionary Paradigm in Page Layout
by Wes George
A promotional team from Adobe Systems is currently touring the US presenting a first look at their brand spanking new page layout and design software called InDesign. Yesterday, along with 500+ eager prepress professionals and graphic designers, I had a peek at the awesome power of the beta page layout product here in Austin, Texas.

Read This Sneak Peak

Column
On The Flip Side
"Apple And Her Retailers, The Saga Continues"
Recently, I wrote a piece about how some (rude) Mac fans treat the salespersons who work for chain stores that sell Macs. In pointing fingers at the above radicals, I failed to mention a problem and that is the incompetence and blatant lies told by some of the staff in such stores. I also have some thoughts on the kinds of retail outlets that Apple used to authorize and I am afraid that phenomenon could come back to the Mac platform.

Read On The Flip Side

Column
The Name of the Game
"Interactive Web Games - Coming Soon To A Browser Near You"
Randy: I wanted interactive games on the web, but alas there were none. Only lame porno sites and a place called Shareware.com, where I filled up my first three hard drives.
Gary:
Yes, I remember just how un-interactive the web was… And I also remember thinking back then, "Boy the web sucks for games".
Randy: True, back in 1992 and 93 when we were just getting our feet wet on the web, every magazine you read, (yeah, paper based magazines, I know it's sounds crazy now…) talked about the promise the web held for online gaming. Sure there were MUDs and text based games, but if you wanted graphically rich worlds to explore online you were looking for disappointment.

Read The Name of the Game

 
Headlines For Monday, June 14th

[Updated 4:13 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:13 PM] We have added a column summary from MacTimes and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 3:51 PM] We have added a news summary from IMG and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 10:54 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, story and column summaries from Applelinks, MacSoldiers, Low End Mac, and MacOPINION and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[3:20 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Interest Rate Worries Subside, Apple Still Takes A Fall
Apple has once again closed down today as the Internet sector also took a pounding. We have more information about today's trading including Apple's closing price, in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple has been sliding now for the last few trading sessions. Most of this falling price has little to do with Apple, and a lot to do with a generally volatile market. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:53 PM]
Aurora Design Offers Fuse/VideoShop Bundle
Aurora Design has announced a new bundle that includes the full version of Strata's VideoShop with their Fuse card. The company says the bundle will be available next week direct from the company's resellers.

Aurora Design

[1:45 PM]
IXMICRO Introduces Three New Mac Graphics Cards
IXMICRO has announced the introduction of three new graphics cards. The new cards are each aimed at designers, gamers, and consumers. We have details including pricing, specs, and information links in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:42 PM]
IXMICRO Adds Online Store For Direct Sales
IXMICRO has added an online company store so that customers can order direct from the company's web site. This announcement comes at the same time as the company's introduction of three new Mac cards. We have more information on the new online store in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:16 PM]
Page Layout App "Creator2" Updated To Version 1.5
Multi-Ad Services has updated Creator2, their page layout program designed for the creation of print advertising materials, to version 1.5. The new version includes new features and enhancements that focus on impriving the user interface and performance. We have details on this new version of Creator2 in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:52 AM]
Snapz Pro Is Updated To Version 2 With Significant Enhancements
Ambrosia Software has updated Snapz Pro, their screen shot grabbing utility, to version 2. The new version includes a host of new features and other enhancements including the ability to save screen grabs as a QuickTime movie, especially handy for showing someone else how to do something on your Mac. Read more about this major upgrade in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Cartoon
"MacNutt #2"
It's time for a new MacNutt! Here's a teaser... :-)

Read MacNutt

Column
The Apple Trader
"News Alert! Tomorrow Has been Amazoned"
We are on the verge of so many revolutionary applications of new research, done in so many important realms, that the future of every major industry blurs into opalescence streaks. The only certainty is discontinuity and bifurcation--with catastrophic consequences for those who cling to the complacent safety of proven methods, operational modes and investments. Only the early adopters, the 'kaizen' who are constantly innovating, and the paranoid will survive.

Read The Apple Trader

Column
Monday's Mac Gadget
"Universal Saver Offers System-Wide Auto Save"
If you've ever lost hours of work due to a power glitch, someone tripping over a power cord, or your system bombing after installing that last piece of beta software, you know the value of saving your documents. When on a deadline (like now) or during a creative burst, you may forget to save. Although some applications have auto-save built in, you have to go digging around in each one of them. Wouldn't it be nice if an auto-save were available in every application?

Read Monday's Mac Gagdet

 
Headlines For Friday, June 11th

[Updated 5:33 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 5:33 PM] We have added several more Mac headline links.
[Updated 5:15 PM] We have added a news summary from IMG and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 12:45 PM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, story and column summaries from Applelinks and MacOPINION and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:43 PM]
MacSourcery Updates Mac Screen Saver Development App
MacSourcery has posted a minor update to CineMac, their screen saver development app for the Mac. The new version fixes a compatibility problem with Director 7.02.

You can download the update at the company's web site.

MacSourcery

[4:34 PM]
ASCII Art Tool Email Efftects Updated
Sig Software has rd an update to Email Effects, their ASCII art tool for the Mac. Read more about the product and the update in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[4:23 PM]
PandaWare Systems Updates TimeCache 2
PandaWare has updated TimeCache 2 to version 2.0.10. The new version fixes a bug with the recently released version 2.09. According to PandaWare:

After discovering a bug introduced in the recent 2.09 update of TimeCache 2.0, The PandaWare® Company has updated its time and expense tracking application to version 2.0.10. The update fixes a problem with printing daily timesheets. TimeCache 2.0.10 can be downloaded from The PandaWare Company's web site. Registered users can use the new version seamlessly. Unregistered copies of TimeCache 2.0 can save up to 20 days' worth of time and expense data.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:58 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Skittish Investors Send Apple Down Almost 2 Points
For the second day in a row, investors frightened by numerous inflation scares and rumors of an imminent increase in interest rates from the Fed sent Apple and most of the rest of the market down. Read more about today's trading in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: There was no news related to Apple to cause today's slide. Right now the markets just seem skittish with everyone focusing on inflation worries. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:40 PM]
An Observer Says Apple And Oracle Are Up To Something
An Observer who requested anonymity sent us a note on some recent Oracle/Apple rumors that have surfaced in the Mac web community. This note says that the two companies are indeed up to something. Read about it in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Interesting, to say the least. However, we find it unlikely that Apple would be involved with any OS other than MacOS X Server/Client. It would seem more logical for Oracle to put out Apple branded devices (no matter who made them) with MacOS X branded servers doing the work. Read more in the Full Story.

If any other Observers can confirm, add to, or deny this information, please drop us a note.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:39 PM]
Home Networking App Allows Parents To Control Time Of Day/Amount Of Time On Net
Vicomsoft has released the latest version of their popular networking tool, SurfDoubler, under the moniker of SurfDoubler Plus. SurfDoubler Plus allows multiple computers to share a single connection to the Internet, though only two computers can actually use the connection simultaneously. This new version includes firewall capabilities, Network settings, and can even allow parents to control access time of day and amount of time that their kids can spend accessing the Internet. We have more details on SurfDoubler Plus in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: SurfDoubler Plus can certainly make it easier for small home networks to access the Internet, but the ability for parents to control time of access for their kids could be invaluable.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:24 PM]
Avid Slashes Price On Mac Video Solutions
Avid Technologies has announced big price cuts on its Xpress line of video editing solutions. The price cuts include the Xpress Base, Plus, Deluxe, and Elite bundles and mean that the Xpress line can now be purchased starting under US$10,000. We have details on the price cuts, including actual prices, in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Back Page
"Intuit, Best Buy, and Hewlett-Packard, Who Needs 'Em?"
There is a lot of good news in the Mac world right now, a whole lot of it. Apple's stock has been steadily rising for the last seven weeks; Wall Street analysts are tripping over themselves to see who can say the most good things about Apple; iMacs are still selling like hot cakes; new software and hardware products are coming out faster than The Mac Observer or any other publication can keep up with; and the future just keeps on looking better all the time.

Amidst all this happiness there have been a couple of stumbling blocks in the last few weeks however. Intuit dumped QuickBooks for the Mac, Hewlett-Packard stopped Mac scanner production, and Best Buy proved once again that we were better off without them in the first place. My question to you is "Who needs ‘em?"

Read The Back Page

 
Headlines For Thursday, June 10th

[Updated 4:28 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:28 PM] We have added a news summary for IMG and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 1:15 PM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, story and column summaries from Low End Mac, Applelinks, and MacOPINION and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[3:53 PM]
New PCI Cards Add USB To Your PowerMac
Entrega Technologies has introduced 2 USB cards for PCI PowerMacs. The two cards come in 2 and 4 port configurationsa and allow pre Blue & White G3 and pre-iMac PowerMacs to use USB devices. Find out more, including pricing information in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:24 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Inflation Worries Drag Apple And Other Tech Stocks Down
Apple's momentum has once again been halted, this time by inflation worries. We have more information on theseinflation worries as well as Apple's closing stock information in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:12 PM]
Apple Offering "Dads and Grads" iMac Special
In the market for a new iMac? Apple is offering a special they are calling Dads and Grads. The deal includes a printer, a Zip drive, and plenty of Zip disks for US$1499. You can read more details in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a pretty good deal for users and is very similar to the deal Apple offered for Mother's Day in May.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:31 PM]
Marathon Computer Offering Rack Mount Solutions For Blue & Whites G3s
Former Mac Cloner Marathon Computer has developed two products for rack mounting Blue & White G3 towers from Apple. Marathon Computer had a brief stint as a Mac cloner offering rack mounted systems for musicians, lighting professionals, and network administrators who were looking for durable rack mountable systems. With cloning gone, the company has developed two products that allow Blue & White owners to securely mount their computers. We have more information and details on these solutions in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: The Mac is very dominant in the lighting and music industry. Being able to rack mount a system like the Blue & White is a huge benefit to this sector of the Mac using world.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:56 PM]
Fuji Shipping Zip 250 Mac Disks
Fujifilm has announced they are shipping Zip 250 disks for Iomega's Zip 250 drives. This adds a bit of pricing competition as Fujifilm has normally been priced slightly lower than Iomega branded disks.

The Mac formatted Zip 250 disks should be in stores shortly.

Fujifilm

Column
Ask Dave
"How Do I Back Up My Blue & White!?!?"
Howdy! And welcome... I trust you know why I've brought you here, but if you don't, it will all be clear soon enough. This week we explore backup options for "new" Mac's, some Word problems, and a message from the infamous RugDog(!) asking about a strange startup issue. We have what appears to be the definitive word on multiple hard drives in a StarMax, too! So... as always, e-mail any questions we haven't covered to askdave@macobserver.com, and read on to see what we have!

Read Ask Dave

Headlines For Wednesday, June 9th

[Updated 5:15 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 5:15 PM] We have added a news summary for IMG and lots more Mac headline links.
[Updated 4:40 PM] We have added column summaries from MacWeek and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 10:48 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, a story summary from Low End Mac, and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:13 PM]
Navigator Cache Control Software Overhauled In New Release
Day Job Softwerks have updated NavCom Cache Control to version 2.0. NavCom Cache Control is a small, PowerPC-only application that allows users to activate and adjust the memory cache of Netscape's Communicator and Navigator 4.x browsers. The new version includes a complete overhaul to make the utility more stable and faster. We all kinds of information on this new release in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:59 PM]
MiniCalendar Updated To Version 2.1.5
The good people at Public Access Software have released an update to MiniCalendar bringing the calendar application to version 2.1.5. Read about the update in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:46 PM]
Commercial Version Of Mac XML Editor Released
Media Design in•Progress has released Emilé, the commercial edition of the free Emilé Lite XML editor that was released in April. Emilé is designed to make working with XMl web designed easy and quick. We have details, including pricing, in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:24 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Resumes Climb Making Up Yesterday's Losses
Apple picked up where it left off on Monday as the stock rose, erasing most of the losses suffered yesterday. Apple closed at 48 7/16, a gain of 3/4 or 1.57%. Volume was moderate with 3,137,500 shares trading hands. There is some reason behind the move, find out more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Fickle traders. Just yesterday, everyone was worried about a Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette report predicting woe for several PC companies in the 4th quarter of this year. Find out more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:52 PM]
Another Sears Gets High Marks
Observer James Hendricks sent us a report on another Sears that is doing absolutely fantastic. This one is in Chesapeake, Virginia, and Mr. Hendricks has some great things to say. Read his comments in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Are you listening Best Buy? This is how it is done correctly! One more time: How does it feel to be the only retail store in the world that can't sell an iMac? What kind of incompetents run that chain anyway? In the meanwhile, thanks for the great and entertaining report James!

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:39 PM]
Misguided Administrators Officially Switch CSU To NT-Only
Dan Knight at Low End Mac is reporting that school officials and accountants are switching California State University to an NT-Only school over the next three years. That means no more Macs (Unix, SGI, etc.) machines will be purchased. Instead, the school will solely purchase US$2000-US$3000 NT boxes from Dell. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: What is it with school admins? Many will remember the debacle at Yale and the outrage that resulted. Microsoft has been doing its damnedest to trap the California university system into Windows crap for much of the last year. It seems they might be succeeding. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:43 PM]
Macinstein Search Engine Adds Several New Services
The Macinstein search engine has added several new features to its web based search engine. Macinstein is dedicated to Mac users looking for Mac information. The new features will help yo find vendors, events, and technical specs for Mac models. We have details on these new features in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:36 PM]
Marketing Survey Finds Mac Formats Preferred by Newspapers/Magazine
A marketing survey by Roher Public Relations found that most magazines and newspapers preferred to receive digital media files on Mac formatted media as opposed to Windows. The survey sought information on the way these publications handled photographs. We have more information from the company on the nature of the report and other details in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Some of our staff have experienced this first hand. Magazines are still largely unwilling or unable to receive digital files via the Internet, but they all want to have Mac disks instead of Windows disks.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
My First Mac Was A Typewriter
"Games You Can Play On Your 68K Mac"
It is time for another of my semi-often reviews of games that are available for the Mac. I have also discovered a site that specializes in games for Macs with 68K systems and I will review the site. I have downloaded and tested the games included today (hey, I know it is a tough job, but someone has to do it.) I am covering games for all ages, so read on and have some fun.

Read My First Mac Was A Typewriter

Headlines For Tuesday, June 8th

[Updated 4:30 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:30 PM] We have added a news summary for IMG, a column summary from Applelinks, and an awful lot of Mac headline links.
[Updated 10:45 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL, column and story summaries from MacOPINION and Applelinks, and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[3:57 PM]
MacHack Schedules MacHack Sessions
The good people of MacHack, the traditional conference for Mac developers in Dearborn, Michigan, have put together the final MacHack sessions schedule. We have the sessions and other information in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:25 PM]
Maxis Finally Announces Mac Version Of SimCity 3000!
In a long anticipated announcement, Maxis finally announced that SimCity 3000 would be coming to the platform that the Sim titles started on, the Mac. SimCity is a simulation strategy game where one controls the development of a city down to the finest detail in an attempt to grow it into a huge thriving metropolis. SimCity 3000 is the most recent version of the game, though until now it has not officially been planned for the Mac. The company announced that the PC version has sold over 1 million copies and simultaneously announced that a Mac version was on the way. Read more about the impending release in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Maxis has been so Mac unfriendly in the last few years. This is a shame since the Mac helped get the company off the ground. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:25 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Y2K PC Worries Bring Apple's 6 Day Streak To A Halt
Apple's 6 Day winning streak came to an end today as worries unrelated to Apple brought down all the major PC manufacturers down today, including Apple. Read more, including Apple's closing price, in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: It had to happen at some point within the very near future, but it is annoying that projections that have nothing to do with Apple, in fact, projections that make Apple look good would still be the cause of Apple's winning streak ending.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:03 PM]
Put A Splash, A Big Splash, On Your Mac
Clixsounds has come through for those looking for a splash this summer. The company has released another free sound for your Mac and this one is called Big Splash. It is, of course, the sound of someone doing a cannonball dive into a deep pool. From Clixsounds:

Cool off and take a dip with the "Big Splash" alert sound, a refreshing stereo recording of a big cannon ball-splash into a swimming pool. Great for Summer, bombs away!

The "Big Splash" alert beep is available in both 16-bit/44.1kHz and 8-bit/22.5kHz versions and can be downloaded here or at the Clixsounds web site along with tons of other free Mac sounds at:

So head to the Clixsounds site, click on the "Sounds" button on the left hand side bar, and you will see the Spotlight file at the top. Have fun!

Clixsounds

[2:45 PM]
Analysts Lower Q4 Projections For PC Companies Because Of Y2K, But Not Apple
In a move that many in the Mac world might find amusing, Wall Street analyst firm Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette lowered the 4th quarter projections of several leading PC manufacturers due to concerns that Y2K troubles would lower IT expenditures. Noticeably absent from the list was Apple whose projections were not changed. Read more on this in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: We think it is a definite possibility that Apple could actually benefit from Y2K, especially as get closer. Find out why in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:05 PM]
QuickTime 4 Goes Final As Apple Brings On Big Name Content Providers
Apple snuck in the final release of QuickTime 4 today. Many Mac users may have noticed their QuickTime installer automatically updating them with the new components. At the same time Apple has announced a few more big names that are providing QuickTime content which have been attracted to the 5 million copies of QuickTime that have been downloaded since the first initial beta version. Read more about the final release in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a big day for Apple. QuickTime 4 is all about controlling Internet multimedia standards. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:12 AM]
Another Sign: Former Cloner MacTell Declares First Ever Profit
MacTell, former clone maker turned video accelerator and G3 upgrade card manufacturer, has declared their first ever profit. This is a significant announcement as the company has struggled reshaping itself in the year and half since it found its core business stripped.We have more details on the company's profit in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: The reason we are including this story in our "Another Sign" series is because only a very healthy Mac market could provide for MacTell to make the transition as well as get to the point where they are profitable. We have more on why we think this is significant in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Name of the Game
"Does Starship Titanic Sink or Swim?"
Randy: Hey, Gary, why are you kicking that box around the cave?
Gary: I'm mad at Douglas Adams.
Randy: Why? What did he ever do to you?
Gary:
Well, first he claims to love Macintosh, and his game Starship Titanic came out for the PC first.
Randy:
Man, you need to chill out. That's not his fault. Simon & Schuster made that call. And besides, Starship Titanic is out for the Mac now.
Gary:
Yeah, I know and I played it last night. That's why I am kicking this box around.

Read The Name of the Game

Column
On The Flip Side
"Apple's Problems Are Not Over"
Apple is back on the track and we all know that. It is amazing how well the company has been able to handle its situation. Selling computers, good administration, profits, big announcements, innovation on a regular basis... Nevertheless, while our favorite computer maker may be safe with Steve Jobs, do not take anything for granted. Apple has big challenges to face in the near future. Apple's problems are organization, pricing and competition from PC makers.

Read On The Flip Side

Headlines For Monday, June 7th

[Updated 4:59 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:59 PM] We have added news summaries for IMG and MacInTouch, updated our news summary for MGL, and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 3:45 PM] We have added column summaries for MacOPINION and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 9:01 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL, column and story summaries from MacSoldiers, Applelinks, and MacTimes, and lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:39 PM]
The Mac Observer Honored By Low End Mac, Receives Mac Merit Badge
We are very proud to have received The Mac Merit Badge from Low End Mac today! Always ones to toot our own horns when we get awards, we pleased as punch to pass this on. Read more about the Award and why we received it in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[4:24 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Rampage Continues As Stock Closes Up For 6th Straight Session
Apple has closed up again for the 6th straight trading session, putting the stock very close to the US$49 range. Apple closed at 48 15/16, up 13/16 or 1.69%. Trading volume was moderate with 3,734,700 shares trading hands. Read more about today's stock market activity in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Today's Apple Trader Column titled "Is Apple Wall Streets' New Darling?" may well be on the mark. Apple has edged up for the last six sessions edging closer to the elusive US$50 mark. Read more in the Full Story.

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[2:05 PM]
iType Typing Automation Utility Updated To Version 2.0
iType, from Script Software International, has been updated to version 2.0. iType is utility that runs in the background and watches what you type. It can then help with things like automagically correcting misspellings, looking for commonly typed words or phrases, translating from one language to another, and more. Version 2.0 includes several new features and other enhancements. Read more about iType in the Full Story.

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[12:22 PM]
MAC-O-RAMA Offering Great Austin Powers Celebration Sale
MAC-O-RAMA, always looking for a good excuse to have a sale, found one in the release of the new Austin Powers film. Lots of great prices on lots of cool Mac games. Read the details of the sale in the Full Story.

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[12:22 PM]
Startup Doubler Updated To Version 2.0, Faster Performance And New Features
Marc Moni has released the latest version of Startup Doubler, bringing the utility to version 2.0. Startup Doubler makes startup times faster by making things behind the scene on your Mac more efficient. The new version includes new features and faster performance. We have details on the new release in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is another product that several of our staff members use. It really does make your startup times faster and is worth the download to check out.

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[11:54 AM]
At Least One Sears Is Kicking Butt!
Observer Steve Conkilin found that his Sears was really embracing the iMac and he sent us a report to prove it! This store has lots of iMacs ready to go, a display unit on, and a helpful staff ready to sell. We have Steve's letter and a picture of the Sears display in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's always great to hear about any location doing a good job with Macs, especially when it is one of the new Sears locations!

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Cartoon
MacNutt #1
The Mac Observer is proud to announce the birth of the first cartoon entirely about a Mac nut. Surprisingly enough, we are calling it MacNutt. A new MacNutt will come to you every Monday.

Written by Drew Janssen, the author of No Wonder!, the cartoon for the tech support web site of the same name, we are very excited about this new addition to The Mac Observer!

Read MacNutt #1

Column
The Apple Trader
"Is Apple Wall Streets' New Darling?"
AAPL performed like a champ for investors the first week of June. While much of the market sagged under its own overvalued weight, AAPL drifted higher on a daily basis. Some of the new momentum must be due to the 18 million shares in short interest that dangle in dire need of cover. The rest of the rise can be attributed to the combined strength of the recent upgrades, such as Moody's notable boost of Apple's debt rating. But it was Salomon Smith Barney's buy signal with a 12-month target of $55 that gave news editors the ammunition to create sound bite size explanations of AAPL's recent good fortune. As if it were that simple.

Read The Apple Trader

Column
Monday's Mac Gadget
"ACTION GoMac 2.02, One Of The Best Mac GUI Utilities Ever"
Although many things about the Windows environment are pretty scary, one feature that is fairly handy is the task bar. Having the ability to both launch applications and switch among them, from the same place, is a good concept. However, the Windows implementation of this suffers from one flaw…open folders consume space in the task bar, eventually making all items too small to keep track of. Enter a Mac implementation of the Task Bar concept, called GoMac, which surpasses the Windows version.

Read Monday's Mac Gadget

 
Headlines For Friday, June 4th

[Updated 4:32 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:32 PM] We have added column summaries from Applelinks as well as a whole lot of Mac headline links.
[Updated 1:40 PM] We start off a little bit late today, but we have a news summary for MacInTouch and Mac Gamer's Ledge, and column and article summaries for Applelinks, MacOPINION, MacTimes and MacWeek, as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:11 PM]
New Issue Of 1984 Magazine Ready For Download
The good people at 1984 Magazine have announced the latest issue is ready for download. According to 1984 Magazine:

1984 online magazine has released their 14th issue and invite all to download. If you are interested in downloading 1984's online magazine you
can find it at http://www.1984-online.com/.

So go check it out!

1984 Magazine

[4:11 PM]
VideoScript Upgraded To Include Ability To Compile
VideoScript has been updated to include several news abilities, chief among which is the ability to compile scripts into standalone apps. VideoScript is a scripting language designed to help video professionals more easily do their jobs. Read more about this update in the Full Story.

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[3:51 PM]
Adam Lowensteiner Adds His Voice To The Buy Apple Chorus
In an article by Adam Lowensteiner for the Yahoo Investor Report, the analyst has added his voice to the "We Love Apple" chorus. Read more about this in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: The fever continues to spread. Is it reasoning or mania? Hopefully it is a realization of exactly what Apple is doing.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:25 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Closes Over 48 On 5th Straight Day Of Increases
Apple's stock has closed up yet again, the 5th straight trading session in which Apple has closed positive. In addition, Apple topped 48 to close out the week within striking distance of their 5-year high reached in early May. Apple closed at 48 1/8, up 11/16 or 1.45%.Read more in the Full Story, including information on yet another analyst who has weighed in supporting Apple.

The Mac Observer Spin: The momentum just keeps building. This is the 3rd boost for Apple's stock to come from analysts in the last 7 days and Apple's stock is certainly reflecting this.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:54 PM]
Asian Firms Getting The "Color Concept" More Quickly Than US Computer Firms
Thanks to Observer Dave Johnson for pointing out a News.com story covering the Taipei, Taiwan computer show happening right now. The story covers the influence of the iMac as several companies began showing they too could Think Color. Read the pertinent parts of this article in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Why is it that the PC companies don't get it yet? Bridge Information is producing cool looking monitors while the American and even Asian computer firms still Think Beige. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:12 PM]
One Click Systems Updates ClickMail Central Directory
One Click Systems has updated ClickMail Central Directory to version 1.1. The new version includes new features and other enhancements. Read more details in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:32 PM]
IRC Client, Snak, Updated To Version 3.0
Kent Sorensen has updated his IRC client Snak to version 3.0. IRC, or Internet Relay Chat, is the Internet equivalent of an AOL chat room, though with a much larger audience and no moderation. The new version of Snak includes many new features and improved performance. We have details on the new release in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Back Page
"I Have Made My Peace With Apple"
I have made my peace with Apple. What was I tense about in the first place? A number of things that date back some time now.

Cloning was the biggest issue. I was a big fan of Power Computing. They had style. They had an attitude that more closely resembled a company like Nike or the recently energized Gatorade product line than a computer company. Apple killed them and this made me mad.

Read The Back Page

Headlines For Thursday, June 3rd

[Updated 4:53 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:53 PM] We have added a review summary from MacTimes and lots more Mac headline links.
[Updated 4:20 PM] We have added a news summary from IMG and more Mac headline links.
[Updated 12:10 PM] We start off with a news summary from MacInTouch and MGL, a story summaries from Applelinks, column summaries from Applelinks, MacOPINION, and MacSoldiers, as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[3:59 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Hits 4th Straight Day Of Price Increases, Closes Over 47
Apple has closed in positive territory for the straight trading session to close above 47 for the first time in almost a month when the stock closed at 47 on May 5th. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: The Wall Street Gods still smile upon Apple while turning the two-faced frown on PC manufacturers. This is of course, not the usual way for Apple to be treated. Find out more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:15 PM]
MacWorld Expo New York To See Return Of Consumer Showcase/Mac Game Exhibition
IDG has announced that the Consumer Showcase which debuted at MacWorld Expo San Francisco last January will also run at the upcoming MacWorld Expo in New York this July. In addition, the Macintosh Games Exhibition will also return to MacWorld Expo (first time in New York as well). These are both important aspects of the Expo as they represent a successful Mac presence in these markets.

The Mac Observer Spin: Important indeed as only a successful consumer and gaming presence at MacWorld Expo San Francisco combined with continued vendor interest in doing it again could result in its return. That reflects the success of Apple and the iMac in these markets which is very important for the continued health of Apple.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:50 PM]
Macnologist List For New Apple Slogans
Rich Barron from The Macnologist sent us a note on their current list of "The Top 12 marketing slogans you wish Apple would use." our favorites include "Macintosh: The power to crush the other kids," and "Celebrating our 15th year of going out of business." You get the opportunity to vote for the slogans you like, but you should definitely go, just to read the choices. A riot!

Also, Mr. Barron asked us to tell you that you can add your own suggestions to the list for people to vote on.

Macnologist's The List

[2:29 PM]
AuctionMac.com Adds Four International Mac Auction Sites
The good people of AuctionMac.com have added four new international sections to their online Mac auction house. Covering four of the largest Mac markets in the world outside of the US, the new sections are a great service to Mac users in those countries. We have details on the new sections, including the countries served in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: AuctionMac.com is truly a resource for Mac users. There are lots of online auction houses, but AuctionMac.com is the only auction site that caters to the Mac market exclusively. Check it out.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:40 PM]
Myth Goes Role-Playing With Steve Jackson/Bungie Partnership
Bungie Software and Steve Jackson Games have announced that Myth will be making its way to tabletop gaming through GURPS. GURPS is a system of tabletop role-playing rules that are designed to be flexible and portable. GURPS has editions covering Cyberpunk, westerns, vampire worlds, traditional fantasy and a lot more. The announcement today means that Myth will be the first computer game converted to tabletop role-playing. Read more details about this development in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: The Bungie Corporate Empire stretches far and wide and today's announcement reveals yet another tendril of that Empire. Seriously though, The Mac Observer wishes both companies the best of success!

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:23 PM]
Myth World Cup Competition Begins
Butcher has announced that the Myth World Cup '99 competition has begun. The Myth World Cup '99 is the largest team tournament of the year with over US$5,000 in prizes at stake. 96 teams (up from the 64 teams originally planned due to the high turnout) have assembled, including some of the best players to ever play the game.

Currently, the Qualifying Round is being played to determine which teams will make it to the First Round. According to Butcher, the tournament organizer:

The Myth World Cup '99 starts today, with the ninety-six teams divided into sixteen pools for the Qualifying Round. All teams' contact people and alternate contacts will be e-mailed information about their matchups for this week; every team has one match which must be scheduled and played by Sunday 6 June, 9pm CDT.

Good luck to all the teams!

Myth World Cup '99

Column
Ask Dave
"The Dreaded Death Spiral"
Well, well, well... This week's column is a treat for everyone. We discuss juicy topics like Spiraling Death Syndrome and Master/Slave intricacies -- and we hear from someone *else* named Dave! It just doesn't get any better than this, folks. If you have a question, e-mail it to me, and then... read on and enjoy!

Read Ask Dave

Headlines For Wednesday, June 2nd

[Updated 5:29 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 5:29 PM] We have added a column summary from MacTimes, a news summary for IMG and several more Mac headline links.
[Updated 4:48 PM] We have added a column summary from MacWeek and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 12:02 PM] We start off with a news summary from MacInTouch and MGL, and a story from Applelinks as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:33 PM]
Another Sign: MacHack Attracts Tech Firms Looking To Recruit Mac Programmers
The organizers of MacHack have announced they have attracted several tech firms who are looking to recruit Mac programmers at this year's MacHack. Good news, certainly, for many of the attending programmers, especially amongst attending students. We have some details on this in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Part of our "Another Sign" series of reports, MacHack once again figures into our evidence that the Mac market is stronger than ever. Find out why in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[4:09 PM]
Bleu Rose Updates Black & Bleu
Bleu Rose has updated their error analysis app called Black & Bleu to version 1.1. The new version includes several new features. We have details on the new release in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:49 PM]
Help Make A Mac App, Beta Testers Needed
On Technology has sent out a call for beta testers for Meeting Maker. This is a call for people who will actually have reporting duties to the company, not necessarily a call for people to download the beta. WEe have details and contact information in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Many members of the Mac Observer staff have participated in various beta testing programs including MacOS 8, Quicken/Quickbooks, AOL, and others. It can be a lot of fun, though serious effort can sometimes be required. The opportunity to shape the development of a product is certainly worth it however.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:31 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Rises For Third Straight Session, Closes Above 46
Apple closed higher again for the third straight session, rising almost 4%. Read more about today's trading in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple has been buoyed by a recent wave of analyst support and a dawning realization on Wall Street that Apple's future is bright because of the way they are approaching selling computers. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Opinion
Computerworld Review Blasts MacOS X Server
by Bryan Chaffin
A Computerworld review by Galen Gruman of MacOS X Server blasts Apple's next-generation server OS, but one aspect of the reviewer's reasoning is somewhat specious. Now to be honest, many of the reviewers comments are dead-on and quite right. The comment in question? The very title itself: "Mac OS X Server: No Easier Than NT, So Why Bother?" Read Mr. Chaffin's thoughts on this in this Mac Observer Opinion.

Read This Mac Observer Opinion

[1:07 PM]
3D Launcher Uses 3D Animated Icons For Launching Apps
Leusink/Verweij Software has announced the release of 3D Launcher, a launching application for the Mac that uses 3D icons, animated icons at that, to launch your favorite apps. Read more about the 3D Launcher in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: We've checked out the demo and it is pretty nifty looking.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[10:45 AM]
MacCentral Assimilated By Ziff-Davis/IDG Owned Mac Publishing
In a surprise announcement, Mac Publishing LLC has announced that they are buying MacCentral Online. Mac Publishing LLC is the joint venture owned by Ziff-Davis and International Data Group (IDG). Mac Publishing was formed during the darkest days of Apple's death spiral when MacUser was folded into Macworld Magazine and MacWeek became Immedia Weekly. The resulting properties were controlled by Mac Publishing, the joint venture. We have more information on this buyout in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: It has been a time for surprises of late. Find out why in the Full Story.

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Column
My First Mac Was A Typewriter
"How To Create A Slide Show"
This week I thought we would get really daring and make a slide show. I'm going to learn this right along with you. I choose this time to write about it because of all the summer events that you might want to save, savor, or share. For instance, do you have a beloved child or grandchild getting married this summer? How about a special slide show to present at a shower or at the reception that shows the bride or groom (or both) from childhood to the day of their wedding. How about an end of summer barbecue with all your vacation shots from Tahiti? O.K., maybe for you it is Chicago not Tahiti, but you get the idea. Do you have a family reunion or a school reunion coming up? Think of the possibilities!

Read My First Mac Was A Typewriter

Headlines For Tuesday, June 1st

[Updated 4:59 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:59 PM] We have added more Mac headline links.
[Updated 4:43 PM] We have added a news summary for IMG and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 12:27 PM] We start off with a news summary from MacInTouch and MGL, columns and articles from MacSoldiers, MacOPINION, and Applelinks as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:21 PM]
Problem With Dissapearing GoMac Task Bar Fixed In New Update
The good people of Power On Software have announced that a problem encountered by many, if not all, users of version 2.x of ACTION GoMac has been fixed. The problem experienced was that the task bar simply didn't show up starting on Saturday night. Here at The Mac Observer we tried reinstalling, throwing away preferences, and all the other usual tricks to no avail. Many Observers wrote in to tell us the same thing. Today, Power On sent out a letter to registered users advising that the problem has been fixed in an updater the company worked on to finish this weekend. We have more information including download links in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: The problem was a frustrating one, but Power On deserves praise for working hard to get the fix in place as well as for notifying users. ACTION GoMac is a great utility.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:31 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Rises Again As Yet Another Analyst Raises Rating
As every other PC manufacturer fell today, Apple's stock rose to close at 44 13/16, up 3/4 or 1.70%. Part of Apple's rise can be attributed to a rise in Apple's rating from a "neutral" rating to a "buy" by Salomon Smith Barney today (read our separate report on this development). Apple also released a faster Blue & White G3 and upgraded the entire Blue & White line. Read some of the other factors of today's stock news in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Well, well, well. Apple's rating goes up, HP's rating goes down. A rare combination indeed. The writing is on the Wall Street, Apple's future is very bright.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:55 PM]
Sonnet Lowers Prices On Two G3 Upgrade Cards
Sonnet Technologies has announced they are lowering prices on two of their G3 upgrade card products. This news follows an announcement from Apple on the release of a 450 MHz Blue & White G3 and other changes in the Blue & White G3 line. The price changes from Sonnet include products in the low-end and midrange line of upgrade cards. We have pricing information and Mac compatibility in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:42 PM]
USB To Serial Converter Hits Mac Market
Digi International has announced a product called AccelePort USB 2, and AccelePort USB 8 for the Mac. The product is designed to allow Mac users to connect their serial peripherals to an iMac or Blue & White G3. Read more about this new device in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:03 PM]
Umax Bundles SCSI Card With Pro Scanners For Blue & White Customers
Umax has announced that the company will bundle a SCSI card with all of their PowerLook and Mirage professional scanners. The move is aimed at owners of Blue & White PowerMac G3s who may not have a SCSI card with their systems. We have more information in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:32 PM]
Salomon Smith Barney Raises Apple's Rating To "Buy," New Target US$55 Per Share
Reuters is reporting that Salomon Smith Barney analyst Richard Gardner has announced that the firm has raised Apple's rating to a "Buy" from Neutral on the strength of the iMac and other recent success from Apple. Apple's recent deal with Sears for the national retailer to sell the iMac also figured in the new rating. In addition, Mr. Gardner set a new target for the stock of US$55. We have more details in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Another analyst catching up to reality, this is another piece of great news for Apple. Salomon Smith Barney carries a lot of weight on Wall Street.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[10:43 AM]
Apple Finally Breaks 400 MHz Barrier, Shipping 450 MHz Blue & Whites
In a surprise announcement, considering it did not come during a media event of some kind, Apple has announced they are shipping faster Blue & White PowerMacs. The high end of the line is now 450 MHz with the bottom now starting at 350 MHz. We have details oin the new line in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a pleasant surprise. It is great to see Apple finally break the 400 MHz barrier, though it took too long.

Here's the interesting part however. With Apple announcing a faster Blue & White in between trade shows and keynote speeches, what does that mean Steve JObs will be announcing at MacWorld Expo New York in July? The P1 comes to mind.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Name of the Game
"Think Different - Sound Better"
Gary: Oh, cripes! What have you done to the cave, man?!
Randy:
I'm working on my next big project. TPSSD.
Gary:
(whispering) Okay, why are we being so quiet?
Randy:
No, not "Shhhhh." TPSSD: True Positional Sound Seating Device.

Read The Name of the Game

Column
On The Flip Side
"QuickTime 4's Woes"
When Apple introduced QuickTime recently, it created some excitement about the new features and capabilities of this standard and powerful multimedia software. However, there is a major flaw: the user interface.

Read On The Flip Side



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