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May, 1999 Archive

Headlines For Monday, May 31st

Column
The Apple Trader
"Astrology, P1 sightings, Convertibles, Debt Rating and, Yes, the AppleTrader goes to MacWorld"
June 21st is the Summer Solstice with the moon in Virgo. Significantly, that's the same date in 1995 AAPL made its last high peak before beginning 2.5 dark years of decline. In a fabulous astrological conjunction, Apple may challenge that old solstice high set four years ago to the day. I say this not because I believe in astrology, although the ancient art might be more accurate at predicting price movements than the average stock analyst, but because all the relevant indicators seem to have touched bottom for AAPL.

Read The Apple Trader

Column
Monday's Mac Gadget
"Remember?" Helps With The Bigger Picture
Although the Birthday's and Such package (click here for a recent review) is great for regular reminders, some may want to see the bigger picture. Fellow Observer Bob Grier recommended a package called Remember?, so we decided to take a look. It certainly offers enhanced features, but at a price.

Read Monday's Mac Gadget

Headlines For Thursday, May 27th

[Updated 4:58 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:58 PM] We have added a news summary for IMG and several more Mac headline links.
[Updated 4:32 PM]
We have added a cool resource from Macworld and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 2:45 PM]
We start off with a news summary from MacInTouch and MGL, a column from MacTimes as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:38 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Selloff, Inflation Worries Halt Rally, Apple Loses 9/16
Following a 6% jump yesterday in which many other tech stocks also jumped, Apple's Stock closed today at 43 1/2, a fall of 9/16 or 1.28%. Apple's stock has been trading in somewhat low volumes, and today was no exception with only 3,006,800 shares trading hands. The current average for shares traded is 4,754,318 for Apple.

Despite signs of a major rally yesterday, a broad sell-off based on inflation worries took its toll on the entire market as both the Dow and Nasdaq closed in negative territory. The Dow closed at 10466.93, down 235.23 while the Nasdaq closed at 2419.15, down 8.03.

All of Apple's major PC competitors also closed down, including IBM, Dell, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, and GAteway 2000.

Apple

[4:20 PM]
HouseCall Allows Techs/Macheads To Remotely Maintain Macs, Cheaply
Netopia has released two products today (see our story Netopia Announces Timbukto Pro 5.0). Timbukto HouseCall is a scaled down version of their more powerful Timbuktu Pro, a version that is aimed at Mac techs and other "experts" who are often called upon to fix friends, family, and client Macs. Read more on HouseCall in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This sounds like an exciting product for many a Mac-nerd. Most of us have been called upon to "fix" Macs that belong to friends and family. Now we can let them spring US$30 and make our jobs a lot easier! :-)

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:40 PM]
Netopia Announces Timbukto Pro 5.0
Netopia has announced the release of Timbukto Pro 5.0, the latest version of their cross platform remote computer access software. Timbukto Pro allows users to access a remote computer on a network or across the Internet. With a variety of access levels, users can do anything from chatting to actually controlling the remote computer. The new version of the software includes new features as well as enhanced performance. We have details and pricing in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: We use Timbukto Pro at The Mac Observer and we recommend it to anyone needing to remotely administer Macs.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:22 PM]
Myth II Tournament Launched With Record Prize Package
Building on the success of the Myth World Cup 98 last year, this year's contest is the largest team tournament for Myth II: Soulblighter. Featuring an enhanced double-elimination ladder, polished game and map choices, more detailed match reviewing and statistics, in-depth team and player analysis, and an exciting new backstory that builds on the Myth II story. Best of all, the Myth World Cup 99 is featuring the biggest prize package ever assembled for a Myth tournament. Supplied by great companies like Mactell, Bungie Software, Powerlogix, XLR8, MAC-O-RAMA, and Trans International, this prize package is expected to draw a record player turnout. You have to see the Prize Packages to believe them, and we have them in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: We have been working with Butcher, long time Myth player and the organizer of this year's and last year's Myth World Cup, for many months. Butcher's team has done an incredible job on this tournament and we would like to encourage all the Myth playing Observers to check out the site and then register your team!

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Update
Column
My First Mac Was A Typewriter
"Computer Viruses and What To Do With Them"
[Editor's Note: We received many letters letting us know of some mistakes in the table as we originally posted it. We have replaced the original table with a corrected one.]

Read My First Mac Was A Typewriter

Column
Ask Dave
"Modem Scripts, Proxy Servers, Power Losses,and an AutoCAD Update"
Good day, and welcome! This week we have all sorts of juicy stuff for you ranging from modem scripts to proxy servers, a bit about restarting your Mac after a power loss, and an update to our AutoCAD discussion from last week. Read on and enjoy! Of course, if you have a question of your own, feel free to ask away, and I'll do what I can to get it solved!

Read Ask Dave

Headlines For Tuesday, May 25th

[Updated 4:12 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:12 PM] We have added a lot more Mac headline links.
[Updated 11:18 AM] We start off with a news summary from MacInTouch and MGL, columns from MacTimes, MacSoldiers, and Applelinks as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:10 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Falls On Another Ho-Hum Trading Day
Apple's stock fell as both the Dow, the NASDAQ, and all their PC counterparts also suffered losses. Apple closed at 41 1/2, down 7/16 or 1.04%. Shares traded in lower than average volume with 3,271,600 shares trading hands.

Dell, Compaq (announcing price cuts), Gateway 2000, Hewlett Packard, and IBM all closed in negative territory. IBM's fall is somewhat strange in that it occurred on the last day of trading before IBM will deliver a pre-announced 2-for-1 stock split.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a ho-hum trading day for Apple's stock simply because there is not much Apple news currently affecting trading. Apple is simply moving with the market.

Apple

Update [3:37 PM]
Apple's AppleShare IP Upgrade Pricing Has Users In Uproar
Update [3:37 PM]:
We did get a call back from Apple Spokesperson Russell Brady immediately after posting this story. Mr. Brady declined to comment on this issue.

[3:16 PM]
Yesterday, we reported on the release of AppleShare IP 6.2 but we missed a very important aspect of the release. Fortunately, many Observers were there to keep us on our toes and let us know that the pricing system for the new release is way out of kilter. According to Apple's press release, registered owners of AppleShare IP 6.0 and 6.1 have to pay full price to upgrade to version 6.2. Owners of version 6.1 who purchased the product after April 19th, but before June 15th are entitled to an upgrade price of US$19.95. We have pricing quotes, Observer letters, and more information in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Uhhh.... This just doesn't seem right. Owners of version 4.x amd 5.x shouldn't be asked to pay the FULL price for the upgrade, let alone owners of 6.x who have purchased the product during the last year. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:48 PM]
Screen Shot Shows Possible P1 Support In Sonata
In other P1 news, also from Asia (see our story entitled Asian OEM Story Reveals Information On P1), we received word from a trusted source requesting anonymity who has come through in the past with good information. He sent us a screen shot from Sonata that shows us an option called "Proto99" under a mobility heading during a custom installation. Our eagle-eyed source thinks this may be in reference to the P1, or Consumer Portable, and we think he is right. We have the screenshot and the letter in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This isn't a big deal by any stretch, but the P1 is an exciting product. Seeing references to it in Apple technology reminds us that we are closer every day to the release date.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:26 PM]
Asian OEM Story Reveals Information On P1
Thanks to Observer Dave Johnson for pointing us to a link in AsiaBizTech that talks about Apple's still unannounced P1 portable line. The article is called Apple Places OEM Orders with Taiwan PC Makers, and talks about Asian technology companies that have received OEM orders from Apple. The story reveals that a company called Alpha Top will be assembling the P1 with an expected release sometime in the 2nd half of this year. We have quotes from the article in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Life offers us surprising twists on occasion. The interesting part of this report is that it really has little to do with Apple. That is, Apple is not the focus of the report. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:58 AM]
Powerloigix Releases New Cache Control Utility
Powerlogix has released G3 Cache Profiler, their controller utility for G3 upgrade cards. The new version includes features from two other Powerlogix utilities. We have all the features and other details on this product in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:11 AM]
Grab 60 Games And Utilities For US$10
HyperInfo has released HyperGames 2.0, an update to their package of 60 games and HyperCard utilities. Read about this release in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Name of the Game
"A Disturbance In The Force For The Idiots"
Randy: What's wrong, melon-head?
Gary:
I feel a great disturbance in the force. As if a million souls cried out at once.
Randy:
Are you reliving what happened to us on opening night? I don't think it was quite a million souls.
Gary:
Sure sounded like it, though. You will believe a nerd can fight.
Randy:
Okay, first of all, that is from Superman. And second of all, we got to see the movie, even if it was four days later.

Read The Name of the Game

Column
On The Flip Side
"Censorship: Canada Sets The Example For The World!"
Last week, the government of Canada refused to censor content on the Internet. This came through the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), a federal government organization.

Despite requests from parents and groups throughout the country, the Canadian government told the public that it has no intention to restrict content accessible on the Internet. The CRTC said that the Net could not afford censorship.

Read On The Flip Side

Repost
[9:15 AM]
Successful Online Mac Business Places Itself Up For Auction
We had link problems with this story on Monday. The link is now correct. We apologize to anyone who had difficulty reaching the story.

In a surprise announcement, the good people at MacCPU have announced that their business is for sale. They have done it in a very unusual way by placing themselves up for bid at online auction powerhouse eBay.com. Better yet, the bidding started at US$1, though there is a reserve price on the auction. A reserve price means that the auction is not final unless a secret minimum price is met. We have details on the auction in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a brilliant move by the owners of MacCPU. Find out why in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Headlines For Monday, May 24th

[Updated 4:58 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:58 PM] We have added columns from MacTimes, a news summary for IMG and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 4:41 PM] We have added lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 11:15 AM] We start off with a news summary from MacInTouch and MGL, columns from Low End Mac, MacSoldiers, and Applelinks as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:19 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Interest Rate Worries Drag Apple Down, Apple Closes Below 42
Lingering worries over potential increases in the interest rate pushed Apple and other tech sector stocks down. This comes despite Apple announcing AppleShare IP 6.2 and other good news in the tech sector.

Apple closed at 41 15/16, down 2 or a drop of 4.55%. This marks the first time in several weeks that Apple has closed below 42.

Apple's PC competitors also suffered losses as IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell all closed down. Compaq closed with no change while Gateway 2000 closed slightly up.

The predominant worry circulating through Wall Street involves worries that the interest rate may be heading up.

The Mac Observer Spin: The moral of today's stock activity? Market jitters took a toll on Apple.

Apple

[3:59 PM]
Macromedia Announces Flash 4, Packed With Cool New Features
Macromedia has announced the next version of Flash. Flash 4 includes a wealth of new features and an improved user interface. The company also announced a "Free Source" license for the Flash player. Read the details behind the new Flash release in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Flash is very cool. The work being done with Flash is some of the finest web development on the Internet. For a couple of our favorite examples, check out The Image Dive, a web site from Flash developers. For gamers, check out this fan site for the game Sin (For those with a twisted sense of humor, click on the "Members" section. Once that page has come up, click 5 times on the mouth of the Sin character. This is a "hidden feature" of the site.) Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:34 PM]
Just In Time For HP Mac Boycott, Umax Announces New USB Mac Scanner
Umax has announced a new line of USB scanners called the Astra 2000 line. The Astra 2000 product line includes one model with push-button scanning, and two models with USB, and therefore Mac, connectivity. Both models include 36-bit color capabilities and 600 x 1200 resolution. Announced one day after Hewlett-Packard announced they would no longer develop Mac scanners, Umax seems ready to fill any void. We have details on the new scanner line in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: We announced on Friday that HP was exiting the Mac scanner market and offered Umax as an example of a company that was ready with Mac scanning products. In fact, it is fairly safe to say that few people would be happier about HP's decision than the managers and shareholders of Umax. More power to them!

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:58 PM]
Successful Online Mac Business Places Itself Up For Auction
We had link problems with this story on Monday. The link is now correct. We apologize to anyone who had difficulty reaching the story.

In a surprise announcement, the good people at MacCPU have announced that their business is for sale. They have done it in a very unusual way by placing themselves up for bid at online auction powerhouse eBay.com. Better yet, the bidding started at US$1, though there is a reserve price on the auction. A reserve price means that the auction is not final unless a secret minimum price is met. We have details on the auction in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a brilliant move by the owners of MacCPU. Find out why in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:34 PM]
Another Sign: Diamond Multimedia Releases SupraExpress For "G3 and Win 98"
The gifts of USB continue to rain down from above as Diamond Multimedia announces a new USB SupraExpress modem for USB Macs. The new modems support the V.90 standard and come at a very tasty price point. In addition, the company is loudly promoting the fact the modem is cross platform. We have pricing information and all manner of details in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is Another Sign that the Mac market is healthy because of the effort that Diamond has undergone to show cross-platform support. We have more commentary on this development in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:42 PM]
Pirates Of Silicon Valley Has Surprise Debut On TNT
TNT may be a bit confused, but we have had several readers tell us that The Pirates Of Silicon Valley debuted last night, despite the fact the debut had been pushed back to June 20th. While another movie was scheduled to show, several Observers managed to catch the show when channel surfing. For those who may not be aware, Pirate of Silicon Valley is a movie about the goings on in Silicon Valley with Anthony Michael Hall as BIll Gates and Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs. We have Observer reports on the movie as well as links to the movie web site.

The Mac Observer Spin: Be sure and check out the web page for the movie as there is a Java wealth calculator for both Tycoons. The calculator for Mr. Gates has a couple more digits that the calculator for Mr. Jobs's does not. :-)

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:16 PM]
Utility For Reading Information From Your Monitor Updated
Griffin Technology has released an update to Simple DDC, their tool for reading information from your monitor. The new version includes new features. We have details on this handy utility in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: In case it isn't clear from the company's press release, the app works very simply. Launch it and it will read all kinds of data from the monitor plugged in to your system.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:58 AM]
AppleShare IP 6.2 Brings MacOS 8.6 Optimization, New Features
Apple has released the latest version of AppleShare IP, version 6.2. The new version includes new features and optimization for MacOS 8.6. We have details including pricing, new features, availability and other information in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: AppleShare IP 6.2 looks like a great product, but some of Apple's claims are misleading. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Apple Trader
"Divide & Conquer: April Numbers Read Awry"
Here’s Bloomberg’s take on the latest PC Data report. "Among individual PC retailers, Apple Computer Inc. showed the strongest growth, more than doubling it’s units sold from the year-ago period and nabbing the third-largest share of the retail market."

So what’s up with this taunting subtitle, "For the iMac, April is indeed the cruelest month" from CNET news.com?

Read The Apple Trader

Column
Monday's Mac Gadget
"NetPresenz: File Sharing With FTP"
Sharing files using File Sharing and AppleTalk is all well and good for small or private networks, but it really doesn't cut it if you want to talk to (gasp) non-Mac computers, or to others on the Internet. FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is the way to go. Although Apple offers AppleShare IP, it really is overkill if all you want to do is share files.

Read Monday's Mac Gadget

 
Headlines For Friday, May 21st

[Updated 5:18 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 5:18 PM] We have added a news summary for IMG, two rumor columns from Macweek, and lots more Mac headline links.
[Updated 4:47 PM] We have added lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 12:36 PM] We start off with a news summary from MacInTouch and MGL, columns from MacTimes and Applelinks as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:26 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Recovers On Positive Outlooks From Analysts
Apple's stock rose today on news that some analysts had raised their profit estimates for the company. Apple closed at 43 15/16, up 1 7/16 or 3.38%. We have some of the reason for this upward move in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Perhaps HP's announcement helped to bring down their stock today... :-)

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[4:19 PM]
Despite USB and Expanding Mac Market, HP Abandons Future Mac Scanners
In a surprise announcement, Hewlett-Packard has announced it will no longer make Mac scanners. While this is big boost to companies like Umax who provide a full line of Mac scanner products, the loss of HP comes as a confusing blow to the resurgent Mac market. We have more information, including the full press release from HP in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is indeed perplexing. Apple's market share is growing in leaps and bounds, yet HP pulls back from scanning products. Their reasoning is somewhat economically sound on the surface in that their return on investment in Mac technologies is a fraction of what it is for the Windows market. As nasty as this fact is, it is still the truth. However, with Apple's expanding market share and obvious return to health, HP is giving up on a market that will be much larger in the future. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:16 PM]
XLR8 About To Ship Upgradeable G3 Upgrade Cards
XLR8 will begin shipping in volume its new line of upgradeable upgrade cards. The new line is dubbed "G3 Carrier" and uses a ZIF socket on the upgrade card itself to allow users to upgrade the upgrade card with a ZIF upgrade. With the CarrierZIF Upgrade Adapter, users with pre ZIF systems (effectively almost all PCI clones and PowerMac 7300-9600 machines) can take advantage of ZIF upgrade cards as well. We have details, specs, pricing, and more information on this new line of G3 upgrade cards in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:20 PM]
X Window Server For Mac Gets An Update
Have a need or desire to run X Windows on your Mac? Tenon Systems, the makers of the powerful Mac web server Ten, have updated XTen to version 6.1. XTen is an X Windows server for the Mac, allowing for Mac X Windows clients to be run on a Mac network. The new version supports encrypted passwords for LAN security, multiple password-protected desktops, centralized administration, and OpenGL. We have details, including a description of the product and the update in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:35 PM]
AuctionMac.com Gets A Facelift And New "Wanted" Section
The good people at AuctionMac.com have been hard at work. They dropped The Mac Observer a note announcing a new design for the site as well as a brand new "Wanted" section. The new section is designed to help Mac users find that particular Mac item that they need. We have details on their new service and the facelift in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: The AuctionMac.com site really is a great resource for Mac users. Bigger sites like eBay.com have lots of stuff, but it is sometimes hard to wade through all the crap to find the Mac stuff you are looking for. AuctionMac.com is Mac only and the site is very easy to use. Go check it out!

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:16 AM]
Finder Contextual Plugin Utility Updated
Frank Reif Software has announced an update to A Better Finder Select to version 1.7. A Better Finder Select is a contextual menu plug-in designed to help make selecting files easier. The new version includes several feature enhancements. We have more information, including an animation of the product at work, in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[10:56 AM]
Wrap Your iMac iPuck In A Full Sized Shell!
Contour Design has announced a new plastic shell that fits around the round iMac and Blue & White G3 mice shipped by Apple. Many users have complained about round mouse, usually saying the mouse is too small for adult hands (it is perfect for kids) and it is difficult to keep it pointing "up." The round mouse has even earned the nickname of "iPuck." Contour Design's UniTrap converts the iPuck into a full sized mouse without the expense of buying a full mouse. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[10:34 AM]
PandoCalendar Gets An Update
The good people at Panda Systems have updated their freeware calendar program PandoCalendar. The new version, 4.5.1, is a minor maintenance release. According to Panda Systems:

PandoCalendar is a freeware Macintosh application that places a small customizable calendar on your desktop. The calendar may be customized by changing the frame, background color, text color, font, and font size. You can also attach notes to specific days for past or future events, and have PandoCalendar automatically plot the days you work. Great for people who don't have a Monday-Friday work schedule!

Version 4.5.1 - Fixed a bug that kept version 4.5 from launching on PowerPC machines running MacOS 7.5 - 8.1.

The product can be downloaded from the Panda Systems web site.

Panda Systems

[4:22 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: No Big News, Tech Concerns Drop Apple Almost 6%
Apple's stock fell 5.95% to close at 42 1/2, a drop of 2 11/16. Volume was below average with 3,728,000 shares trading hands.

Apple's competitors also saw declines as Compaq, Dell, IBM, and Gateway 2000 all closed down. Hewlett-Packard closed slightly up. We have more information on today's declines and some supporting quotes in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: As we said yesterday, we have seen movement in Apple's stock price that was probably related more to what Apple was doing than to general market movements. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:53 PM]
Apple's Beta Release Of QuickTime Tops 3 Million Downloads!
In yet another bit of good news for Apple's QuickTime technology, the company has announced that downloads for the multimedia software has topped the 3 million mark. We have more information direct from Apple in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Wow, Apple is really taking it to RealNetworks. Hammering the "server tax" issue is a very strong statement for the company to be making. We have more on this development in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

 
Headlines For Thursday, May 20th

[Updated 5:11 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 5:11 PM] We have added a news summary for IMG and more Mac headline links.
[Updated 4:58 PM] We have added a column from Applelinks and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 12:12 PM] We start off with a news summary from MacInTouch and MGL, columns from MacTimes and Low End Mac as well as lots of Mac headline links. There is lots of MacOS News Around The Web today.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:22 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: No Big News, Tech Concerns Drop Apple Almost 6%
Apple's stock fell 5.95% to close at 42 1/2, a drop of 2 11/16. Volume was below average with 3,728,000 shares trading hands.

Apple's competitors also saw declines as Compaq, Dell, IBM, and Gateway 2000 all closed down. Hewlett-Packard closed slightly up. We have more information on today's declines and some supporting quotes in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: As we said yesterday, we have seen movement in Apple's stock price that was probably related more to what Apple was doing than to general market movements. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:53 PM]
Apple's Beta Release Of QuickTime Tops 3 Million Downloads!
In yet another bit of good news for Apple's QuickTime technology, the company has announced that downloads for the multimedia software has topped the 3 million mark. We have more information direct from Apple in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Wow, Apple is really taking it to RealNetworks. Hammering the "server tax" issue is a very strong statement for the company to be making. We have more on this development in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:02 PM]
Report Reveals Ugly Truth, Literally: Web Design To Become Totally Windows Dominated
A report issued by IDC reveals the ugly truth. Web design will become increasingly dominated by Windows designers and the face of the Internet will likely become uglier for it. The report says that web design software sales, already a fraction of current Windows web design software sales, will shrink between now and 2003. We have details, quotes, and more information in the FulL Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Our first impression on reading the IDC press release was that they were off their rocker. The fact is they are not. This study looks at things a little differently from what you might think. Read a lot more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:34 PM]
Press Conference Yields Little News After All, Analysts Mixed
Thanks to Observer Matt Norton from Cleveland, Ohio who checked us on our rumors from the Apple press conference with Financial Analysts article. It turns out that nothing much came of the press conference, certainly not the BIG NEWS we thought may have been released.We have specific information on the press conference in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: There you have it. No news is either good or bad news depending on which analyst you speak to. There certainly was not any BIG NEWS as we had hoped. Apple's stock will almost certainly close out the day in the red. :-(

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:22 AM]
Financial Press Conference Rumors Could Mean Big Stock Gains
We received a letter from a trusted source who requested anonymity. That source spins a tale for us that will rock Apple's stock if true. We have the letter in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: We can't verify the substance of the secret portion of this letter, but this came from a very trusted source and we were able to speak to this person on the phone about it. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:04 AM]
Get Paid To Volunteer At Sears!
Doug Landry from The PowerBook Zone tipped us off on a breaking story at his site. MarketSource, the marketing company Apple contracts out AppleReps with, is hiring Mac users to visit Sears retail outlets and help keep them up to speed. Better yet, these hired volunteers are going to be paid for doing exactly what we Mac nuts do for free anyway! :-) We have details on what volunteers will be doing and how much they get paid in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a good move by Apple and MarketSource, although MarketSource will need to be careful to keep hired volunteers from becoming snippety with the Sears personnel. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
Ask Dave
"Mega Networking, OS 8.5 On Umax Clones, Recording, and Roadrunner"
Greetings, folks! As usual, we have a slew of new questions to be answered this week, and we get to do some digging that turns up interesting results for both SuperMac and iMac owners. In addition to that, we discuss the nuances of networking a mixed-operating system environment and connecting it to the Internet. We've also got an update to l ast week's piece about OS 8.6 and the RoadRunner cable modem service. If you have a question of your own, feel free to e-mail it to me and we'll get you fixed up quick... but for now... read on...

Read Ask Dave

Headlines For Wednesday, May 19th

[4:20 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Falls A Bit As Dell Concerns Tank Tech Stocks
Apple's stock fell slightly today as "concerns about Dell's growth" took a toll on tech stocks.

Apple stock closed at 45 3/16, down 1/16 or 0.14% on fairly low volume of 2,661,200. We have details on some of the market forces in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's stock has been in maintenance mode for the last two weeks. With the press conference held today with Wall Street financial analysts, we can expect movement in their stock that actually has something to do with the company for the first time in weeks.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:31 PM]
DNS Epert Gets An Update
Men & Mice have released an update to DNS Expert. DNS Expert helps test and maintain DNS networks. The new version, 1.5, includes new features and other enhancements. We have more information on the changes in this update to DNS Expert in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:48 PM]
Apple To Hold Press Conference With Financial Analysts Today
Apple is holding a press conference with financial analysts today. This is one of two press conferences held every year.

The tone of the event is expected to be upbeat and full of good news as Apple's financial outlook has been excellent for many months.

The Mac Observer will be bringing you coverage of the event tomorrow.

Apple

[2:12 PM]
LaCie Introduces 22" Monitor For The Mac
LaCie has announced a 22" monitor for the Mac market. The electron22blue monitor features a flat screen, a maximum resolution of 1800 x 1440, and a built-in USB hub. We have provided more information on this cool new monitor in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Great price, big monitor. Sounds like a winner, especially for design professionals.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:23 AM]
Apple Announces Apple Design Awards Winners
Apple has rewarded some of the best Mac developers out there and given them a great prize in the process. The company has announced the winners of the Apple Design Awards, a contest designed to recognize programming excellence on the Mac platform. This year's winners include development tools, games, and utilities. We have details on the winners in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Congratulations to the winners! These software are titles are indeed all topnotch. This is a great "contest" that Apple has been doing for years and is an excellent tool for rewarding those Mac developers who deliver products with excellence.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
My First Mac Was A Typewriter
"Making Tool Bars And Launchers Work For You"
In previous columns I have mentioned a particular family member who is often impatient and easily frustrated when things don't go "right." Since she has recognized herself as the subject previously under discussion, and still speaks to me, I am going to cover two other areas that she has found difficult -- tool bars (you know, the row of buttons that programs like Claris Works has running underneath the menubar) and launchers. If you think about it, the whole concept of tool bars is somewhat foreign. The best comparison I can think of is putting money in a candy or coke machine and choosing the specific item you want. However, a button bar can be viewed as having a couple of dozen kinds of chocolate to choose between when you aren't even sure what chocolate is!

Read My First Mac Was A Typewriter

Headlines For Tuesday, May 18th

[Updated 5:56 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 5:56 PM] We have a column from Low End Mac, a news summary for IMG, and more Mac headline links.
[Updated 4:51 PM] We have added lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 11:54 AM] We start off with a news summary from MacInTouch, columns Applelinks, Mactimes, and Low End Mac, as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:49 PM]
Bungie Announces Myth II: Soulblighter For Linux!
Always up to something very cool, Bungie Software has announced that Myth II: Soulblighter will soon be available for Linux. The company is turning to Loki Entertainment to make the port and the game should be out soon. Read more details and other information in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: The linux boards and IRC channels should be a buzzin' tonight. Many games have been brought to Linux in the past, but few have been commercial releases. This is a major development, especially if it signals a trend. That it should come from Bungie should be no surprise.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[4:37 PM]
MAC-O-RAMA Celebrates Star Wars With Big Sale And A Contest
The good people at MAC-O-RAMA are here with another great sale. This time they are celebrating the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. TSeveral cool games are being sold at a great price, plus you can enter a contest to win some cool Star Wars toys. Read details, including the games and their sale prices in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:56 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Rises Above 45
Apple stock rose back above 45 as other computer stocks all took a ride on Hewlett-Packards coattails. Analysts were ecstatic about HP announcing a better than expected quarter.

Apple closed at 45 1/4, up 7/8 or 1.97% on slightly lower than average volume of 3,729,500.

IBM, Compaq, Dell, and Gateway 2000 also joined the happy party with HP which closed up 6 7/8.

Apple will also be having a meeting with press analysts tomorrow which probably also helped the stock.

The Mac Observer Spin: Why is it that HP's good results can bring Apple and other PC makers up with them? Analysts love to see good news in the tech sector (of course). They think that the health or lack of health of one manufacturer can often translate into good news or bad news for their competitors. This is a grand over simplification of course, and it is certainly not always the case.

Whatever the case, it is good to see Apple above 45.

Apple

[3:18 PM]
Search Engine Submitter Updated, 30 Search Engines Added
The good people at Voget Selbach have announced an update on their search engine submission application VSE Be Found. The new version, 1.1, fixes a few bugs while the company has also released 3 expansion kits that add new search engines for submission. We have details, pricing and more information in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:58 PM]
Upgradeable Upgrade Cards Are Here From PowerLogix
PowerLogix has gone to the next level in processor upgrades by offering upgradeable upgrade cards for PCI PowerMacs. The Z-Force Accelerator System allows users to install a card in the onboard daughter card slot of a PowerMac. The product supports several clone models as well. That card has a ZIF socket that allows the user to install any ZIF based upgrade card the user wants!

PowerMac G3s and Blue & White G3s had been the only machines with ZIF sockets, and the Z-Force changes all that. PowerLogix is now taking pre-orders on the units which are priced at US$149. We have more details on the Z-Force in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Other upgrade manufacturers should be announcing similar products soon. A new day on Mac upgrades is certainly dawning.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:49 PM]
Win An iMac In The iTouch-Enhanced iMac Challenge
Elo TouchSystems has brought touchscreen iMacs to the market and in an effort to bring more development for the product, they are having a fantastic contest. Elo TouchSystems is offering three iTouch enhanced iMacs to the winners in three categories of development; Tomorrow's School, Tomorrow's Home, or Tomorrow's Organization.

If you are a developer looking to get into a new and very important line of software development, then work up a demo of the product and submit it to Elo TouchSystems. The winners will be announced at MacWorld Expo in New York. We have a small Spin at the end of the rules. We have details and contest rules in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a great contest in a very exciting new area in the Mac world. Touchscreen iMacs could have an enormous impact in several different markets. Kiosks and Point-of-Sale solutions are obvious, but educational software and other business possibilities are also virtually limitless. We have more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Name of the Game
"The Idiots E3 Wrap Up"
Gary: Well, here we are in the aftermath of the biggest digital entertainment event of the year the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The booths are long gone, the booth girls are just a fading memory and a dry cleaning bill left unpaid. (Who would figure a girl in a Laura Croft outfit would toss a Pina Colada in your face that fast?) But, boy, there sure was a positive feeling among hardware and software developers toward the Mac platform. Quite a welcome change from E3's of the past few years.
Randy:
You got that right, muchambo. Two years ago you would have been openly laughed at if you asked a developer if they were planing a Mac version of their latest hit. But this year developers voiced strong support or at least interest in bringing their wares to the Mac.

Read The Name of the Game

Column
On The Flip Side
"Macs And The Retail Problem, Who Is Guilty Mac"
Ever since CompUSA and Best Buy announced their agreements with Apple to sell Mac computers, the good old diatribes against big retail stores came back stronger than ever. Especially against Best Buy. Of course, the situation could be much better, and Apple's computers could sell more at Best Buy. Who is the guilty party? Why do CompUSA and Best Buy have problems with their Mac departments these days? Why do salespersons refuse to help Mac customers? Why does Best Buy tell its customers that it cannot sell iMacs? why did some CompUSA staffers complain about the Macintosh?

Read On The Flip Side

 
Headlines For Monday, May 17th

[Updated 4:57 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:57 PM] We added news summaries from MGL and IMG and several more Mac headline links.
[Updated 4:13 PM] We added a story from MacWeek and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 11:50 AM] We start off with a news summary from MacInTouch, columns Applelinks and MacTimes, as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:20 PM]
Holy Shades Of Bill & Ted Batman! Clixsounds Releases New Mac Sound
The good people have released another in their weekly series of Mac sounds. This one is called "Cosmic Rocker" and may conjure up memories of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure for some. As always, the sound is free. We have details and a download link in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:55 PM]
Apple Web Site Benefits From Star Wars Traffic, Receives More Visitors Than StarWars.com
Apple's marketing deal with Lucasfilms continues to pay off as Media Metrix announces big increase in Apple's web site traffic related to Star Wars commercials. Media Metrix is a media analyst that tracks web site traffic. We have the actual numbers from Media Metrix and some other facts in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Let's hold an informal poll. On a show of hands, who is surprised that Apple is getting more unique visitors than StarWars.com? We have more, including why are surprised, in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:21 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: A Ho-Hum Day As Wall Street Waits For Apple Briefing
Apple's stock didn't do much of anything today as it closed at 44 3/8, unchanged from its close on Friday. Volume was down from its average of over 4,741,045 shares trading hands with only 1,836,000 shares being traded today.

The DOW closed 10853.47, down 59.85 while the NASDAQ closed at 2561.85, up 33.99. Apple's competitors also had a mixed day with Dell, Compaq, Gateway 200, and Hewlett -Packard all closing slightly up. IBM closed slightly down.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple will be giving financial analysts a briefing on Wednesday and nothing else of any significance is really going on right now. Today's close is definitely one of the strongest indicators yet that Wall Street is happy with apple's stock price in the mid-40s.

Today's Apple Trader column has more on the subject of Apple's stock.

Apple

[2:14 PM]
The End Of An Era: Adobe Releases GoLive For Windows
Sigh, the end of an era is at hand. Adobe has released the Windows version of GoLive, the premiere WYSIWYG web development environment that has, up until now, been a Mac only application. Adobe bought the application when they acquired the original developers, GoLive. Read more details in the Full Story. This is actually important to Mac users to.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is actually a remarkable feat for Adobe and the GoLive team to have produced a Windows version of GoLive in such a short time. GoLive was acquired in January, and although it is likely that some work had been done on the Windows port, a less than 4 month port on an application as complex and ties to the Finder as GoLive is simply incredible. We have much more commentary in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:48 PM]
Sonnet Lowers Prices On NuBus G3 Upgrade Cards
Those with first generation PowerMacs who may still be sitting on the fence on whether or not to upgrade to a G3 should wait no longer. Sonnet Technologies has announced a major price cut on their Crescendo line of G3 upgrades for these machines. We have prices and setails on which machines are supported in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Prices are certainly falling across the board on G3 upgrades. This is due to a number of reasons including Apple's new speedy Blue & Whites, lower prices from IBM and Motorola (due to lower productions costs), and of course the fierce competition from Sonnet, MacTell, PowerLogix, NewerTechnologies, and XLR8.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Apple Trader
"Apple, Steady As She Goes"
The theme at Apple's WWDC last week was 'Steady as She Goes'. Apple's OS strategy is stable, forward-looking and it's even probable that it will be delivered on time. Gasp! That's a claim Apple's major competitor in the OS games will never make.

Read The Apple Trader

Column
Monday's Mac Gadget
"Gestalt.appl Tells You All About Your Mac"
Gestalt.appl provides a way for non-programmers to find out what selectors are present, and the value of each one. You can choose to display either active selectors, or all selectors. Inactive selectors can provide information about features on other Mac models, or system software components that are no longer used.

Read Monday's Mac Gadget

 
Headlines For Friday, May 14th

[Updated 4:54 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:54 PM] We have added news summaries for IMG and MGL as well as lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 12:30 PM] We start off with a news summary from MacInTouch, columns Applelinks, MacOPINION, and MacWeek as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:38 PM]
BareBones Giving Away 6 Copies Of BBEdit
BareBones Software is celebrating their birthday and they are handing out presents to us! The company will give away 6 copies of BBEdit in honor of their 6th birthday. Read about the contest in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: BBEdit is indeed a valuable program that many programmers, HTML editors, and other people needing a top-notch text-editor depend on. They have always been a bright spot in the Mac world and we encourage everyone to visit their site and register for the contest.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:58 PM]
Apple's iMac Fad Penetrates New Market
Please be advised that this article is intended for mature and adult audiences only.

The design fad that seems to be sweeping markets as varied as computer peripherals to irons has entered into a new market. The adult pleasure market. Read more about this in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a dangerous story for us to post, but taste aside, this is a brilliant parody. Please do not go visit the site or read our Full Story if sexual issues offend you.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:45 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Inflation Worries Drag Down Apple And Other Stocks
Apple fell almost two points today to close at 44 3/8, down 1 13/16 or 3.92%. Losses claimed Apple's PC counterparts as well as IBM, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Gateway 2000, and Compaq all retreated. We have more information on the market downturn in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: What is interesting is that Apple continues to stay in the above-40 range despite broad market sell-offs. In days not too far gone, Apple would have likely tanked in the face of such a report. It is just strange to be living in a world where Apple is treated like a normal company.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:10 PM]
Fantom Adds DVD-RAM Drive For Blue & White G3s
Fantom Drives have introduced a new DVD-RAM drive for Apple's Blue & White G3s. The drives can replace existing CD-ROM drives offering 5.2 GBs of removable storage as well as CD-ROM compatibility. Read more details of the new DVD RAM drive in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:53 PM]
Mac Company Named To Hot 100 By Upside
Electrifier Inc. has been named to the Hot 100 by Upside magazine. Electrifier is the maker of Electrifier Pro, the multimedia development environment for the Mac. Read more about the award in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Electrifier has really been generating quite the media buzz of late. They recently received major funding from an impressive list of investors and they have seen Electrifier Pro really take off. Not bad for a lil' ol' Mac company, eh?

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:54 PM]
Lexmark Brings Laser Printing To The iMac And USB Macs
Lexmark has brought the power of laser printing to the iMac and other USB equipped PowerMacs like the Blue & White G3 with a new product called the Optra E310. The Optra E310 is priced very low at US$399 and prints at 600 dpi. Read details about this new printer in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:10 PM]
Matador Brings Support For MacOS 8.x/MacOS X Server To WebEvent
Matador Design has released version 3.1 of WebEvent. The new version brings support for MacOS 8.x and MacOS X Server to the Internet calendar program as well as lots of new features. Read details about the release, including features in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[10:48 AM]
Trans Intl Announces RAM For New PowerBook G3s
Our friends at Trans Intl have announced memory modules for Apple's new line of G3 PowerBooks. Trans Intl is offering 32 MB, 64 MB, 128 MB, and 256 MB modules. We have details, including the aggressive pricing schedule of the modules in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

 
Headlines For Thursday, May 13th

[Updated 4:45 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:45 PM] Throughout the afternoon we have added lots more Mac headline links.
[Updated 11:32 AM] We start off with a news summary from MacInTouch, columns Applelinks, Low End Mac, and Xappeal as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:35 PM]
Frank Reiff Announces Utility To Control File Attributes
Frank Reiff Shareware has announced another tool in the A BEtter Finder series. The new utility is called A Better Finder Attributes and helps you control file attributes. We have details and an animation of the utility choosing multiple files to work with in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[4:21 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Loses Ground, Stays Above 46
Apple suffered slight losses today that are probably unrelated to anything more than normal market movements. Apple closed at 46 3/16, down 5/16 or 0.67%.

This came as IBM soared more than 20 points, bringing the DOW along with it to another high, after IBM CEO Louis Gerstner announced that IBM had been the main beneficiary of Internet growth. A statement Wall Street seems to have been somewhat keen on.

Despite the windfall for IBM, most other PC manufacturers all closed down with Gateway 2000, Dell, and Compaq joining Apple in the Red while Hewlett Packard saw some black, closing up 3 3/4 points.

Apple

[3:18 PM]
XLR8 Releases Cache Control Utility To Speed Up G3s
XLR8 has released a new version of the MACh G3 Control Panel for controlling G3 PowerMacs. The utility also works with Macs upgraded with XLR8's line of processor upgrades as well as other brands. XLR8 says that the MACh G3 Control Panel can speed up G3 Macs by increasing the speed at which the onboard Backside Cache communicates with the processor. The software also provides testing of the processor and Cache at startup as well as other features. Read the details in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:57 PM]
PricePulse/Corel Announce 16 Days Left In CorelDraw Give-away
Nick Matina from PricePulse sent us a note letting us know there are 16 days and 16 copies left in the PricePulse/Corel CorelDraw giveaway contest. PricePulse and Corel are giving away a copy of the CorelDarw 8 every day. We have details on the contest in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:30 PM]
MacTell Announces PowerJOLT MacOS 8.6 Compatibility
MacTell has officially announced that their line of G3 PowerJOLT cards are MacOS 8.6 compatible. This includes controlling software as well. We have details and current pricing in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: We can attest to this, at least with the 400 MHz PowerJOLT cards. The Mac Observer has been running two PowerComputing machines on the PowerJOLT under MacOS 8.6 for several weeks.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:54 PM]
Metrowerks Comes Through With Carbon/MacOS X CodeWarrior
Mac pillar Metrowerks has introduced a developer release for Carbon and MacOS X support in CodeWarrior was released by Metrowerks at the WWDC. The release lets developers start the prices of making their products compliant with Carbon and MacOS X. We have details from Metrowerks inthe Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Metrowerks has always been there for Mac developers, and they are once again proving their worth.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:27 PM]
Another Sign: Game Makers Coming Back, Entering Mac Mac Market
Apple officially announced that three game developers were not only coming back to the Mac, but that all three would be releasing simultaneous Mac/PC releases. Simultaneous Mac/PC releases have been virtually unheard of for many years except from Mac stalwart Bungie. Read more about the games and Apple's stance in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: As the title suggested, this is another of our ongoing series discussing signs that the Mac is back. Why is the release of three games so important to the Mac market? After all, the Mac is just used by publishers and graphic artists, right? Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
Ask Dave
"DHCP & Cable Modems, PC Emulation, and School Networking"
Well, hello there! Thanks for joining us. Have a seat right over here and we'll get started. No sir, you can keep your shirt on... in fact, PLEASE keep it on.

Anyway, now that we've gotten the formalities out of the way, let's get started. Right on the heels of the release of MacOS 8.6, I've gotten a ton of e-mail and seen quite a bit of usenet traffic surrounding the purported "fix" for DHCP and the RoadRunner Cable Modem Service. There had been some problems in the past that the RoadRunner staff had attributed to Apple's DHCP implementation, and we all were waiting anxiously to see if it was fixed in OS 8.6.

Read Ask Dave

Headlines For Wednesday, May 12th

[Updated 4:45 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:45 PM] We have added a news summary for IMG, columns for MacWeek, and an awful lot of Mac headline links.
[Updated 1:03 PM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, columns Applelinks and Low End Mac, as well as a whole lot of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[3:59 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Rebounds, Gains 3.91%
Apple rebounded a bit today closing at 46 1/2, up 1 3/4 or 3.91%. Volume was closer to the pre-rise average with 3,526,300 shares trading hands. We have more details includin market factors and other information in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: The resignation of Robert Rubin sent shockwaves through the US markets during morning trading, but most of the markets had recovered by afternoon. More specific to the Mac market is the deal between IBM and Nintendo for IBM to supply 400 MHz PowerPC chips to the gamin giant. Find out how these two factors may have effected the markets in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:48 PM]
New Free Virtual Floppy Web Site Opens Door
Ari Freeman from Oxygen For The Net sent us a note about a new service his company is offering. The company has launched FreeMacSpace.com, a virtual floppy drive for Mac users. Read about it in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:19 PM]
First Out Of The Block: NewerRAM Releases Lombard Memory
A full two weeks before Apple's new sleek and sexy PowerBooks are expected to ship, NewerRAM has announced a full line of memory products for the Lombard units. We have more details in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:01 PM]
Agfa Announces Push Button USB Scanner (In 6 Colors)
Agfa has announced a new USB scanner called the SnapScan Touch aimed at the iMac Generation. The scanner is easy to use and features a handle in six different colors. Five of these colors are similar to Apple's iMac colors. Agfa touts the push-button uses of the scanner making it easier for consumers to use. Read the details on this new scanner in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
My First Mac Was A Typewriter
"Beginners: How To Make Tables With ClarisWorks (AppleWorks)"
In response to a readers request this week's column will explain how to make tables using a standard ClarisWorks word processing program. Tables are handy for a number of different projects from keeping up with a gift list to making an important presentation, and it can be really frustrating when you know exactly what you want, but don't know how to make the computer give it to you. After all, the theory is that the computer is supposed to meet your needs, rather than the other way around.

Read My First Mac Was A Typewriter

[12:20 PM]
New FireWire Licensing Deal Announced By Apple And Other FireWire Heavyweights
In a move sure to spur FireWire product development, eleven companies have announced a joint patent licensing arrangement that will greatly benefit all parties involved. The companies include Apple Computer, Inc., Compaq Computer Corporation, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic), Royal Philips Electronics, Sony Corporation, Toshiba Corporation and the newly joined companies Canon Inc., Intel Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, STMicroelectronics, and Zayante, Inc. Read about the new lincensing arrangments in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Now this is a great development for Apple and FireWire. Find out why in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:36 AM]
Apple Ups Reported Y2K Fix Expense
Reuters is reporting that Apple has increased the amount of money they are spending on Y2K fixes throughout the company. According to the report, Apple upped the amount of money going out for Y2K issues by US$4 million, bringing the total for all Y2K issues up to US$13.2 million. Of that money, US$6.4 million has already been spent while another US$6.8 million is expected to spent.

The Mac Observer Spin: US$13.2 million is not really all that much money for this problem. Other computer companies are spending far more, though Gateway 2000 is also incurring a rather small expense as well of "US$14 million to US$16 million" in estimated expenses. Check Gateway 2000's SEC filings to see for yourself. Microsoft has an entire web section devoted to Y2K issues, but we were unable to check it at press time because their site is down (checked from two different providers). Perhaps Microsoft was performaing a Y2K readiness test on their NT servers... [Editor's Note To Microsoft Attorneys: Just kidding! :-)]

Apple makes it plain that anyone in their supply or distribution chain could affect their entire operation if they themselves are not Y2K compliant, but it looks as if Apple may be Y2OK.

Apple

[10:43 AM]
Web Page Guide To MacOS 8.6 Components And Updates Released
The Macintosh Guy has released a web page guide to all the updates needed for MacOS 8.6. The site is called Eight.Six.Plus! and offers download links and information for all the various components. The Macintosh Guy also provides icon images of the components so you can know what to look for. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Review
"First Look--MacOS 8.6"
By Dave Hamilton
Through no fault of our own, we were able to get a look at MacOS 8.6 a little earlier than the rest of the world. We've installed it on 4 machines, ranging from a Power Computing PowerCenter 150 all the way up to a Blue G3. The verdict? Read the Full Story to find out!

Read This First Look

 
Headlines For Tuesday, May 11th

[Updated 4:57 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:57 PM] We have added a news summary for IMG, lots of Mac headline links and even more links in the WWDC Coverage section.
[Updated 3:10 PM] We have added lots of Mac headline links and more links in the WWDC Coverage section.
[Updated 11:08 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, columns Applelinks and Low End Mac, as well as several Mac headline links and a special WWDC Coverage section.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:21 PM]
WWDC Coverage: Apple Shows Off G4 With Altivec, Should Ship In October
Faster, smaller, and less power. The new chip will pack more punch with 10.5 million transistors and still be far smaller, and cooler, than the Pentium III from Intel. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: The G4 will be hot (as in cool) when it ships. Mac Observer sources have informed The Mac Observer that the G4 should be released later this year with October given as a target month. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:58 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Continues Downward Trend
Apple's stock continued its downward trend today, closing down 1/2 point. Apple closed at 44 3/4, down 1/2 or 1.10%. This came as both the Nasdaq and the Dow closed on a positive note.

Apple's PC competitors, including IBM, Dell, Hewlett Packard, and Gateway 2000 all closed up. Compaq closed down.

Market fears and concerns of rising interest rates that lowered many stocks seem to have been shaken off as the afternoon worn on.

The Mac Observer Spin: As our own Apple Trader said in yesterday's column, it would appear that 45 is the point that Apple will likely revolve around for the near future. It also appears that our original thoughts that Apple would close over 50, at least for a day, are simply not going to born out by the market. Look for mild changes in Apple's stock for the near future.

Apple

[2:52 PM]
A Detailed Overview Of The New PowerBook
At yesterday's WWDC keynote speech, Steve Jobs announced a new PowerBook line. The new product line has been known under the codename Lombard for many, many months, and the real thing lives up to all the hype. Weighing it at only 5.9 pounds, the PowerBooks feature 14.1" screens, 10/100BASE-T Ethernet, 333 MHz or 400 MHz copper-based G3s processors, and the 400 MHz units come standard with DVD players. Both units come standard with 64 MB of RAM. In a move that surprises no one, the new PowerBooks offer two USB ports. Best of all, the price for the new units starts at US$2499. We have specs, fetaures, explanations, descriptions and more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is mainly pushing the thinness and light weight of the new units. In fact, Apple is not showing the top of the new units in any of the promotional pictures released (the tops have the same form factor of the previous PowerBook G3s), instead focusing on the profile of the units.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:49 PM]
Make Your Palm Pilot Match Your iMac With PalmColor
Correction: We originally posted this under a headline that said Palm Computing/3-COM was putting out the candy colored replacement Palm cases. This is not the case. PalmColor is the company making the replacemetn cases and they are in no way associated with 3-COM or Palm Computing. Thanks to Observer Jon Joaquin for correcting us on this!

Palm Pilots will be showing up in the same colors that currently adorn iMacs according to a FAQ at the Palm Pilot web site. According to the FAQ, Palm Computing will be shipping replacement cases for the Palm III, and IIIx in Grape, Strawberry, Lime, Tangerine, and Blueberry clear cases. Find out more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is cool. A matching Palm Pilot for your iMac. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Name of the Game
"Two Idiots, Braveheart, The Mail, and Some Slapstick"
Gary: What are you doing, man?
Randy:
Well, I am taking these two 27 inch televisions that we have laying around, and I am making some incredible VR goggles.
Gary:
What are you, an Idiot?
Randy:
I know what you're thinking. But if I can get the counter-balance just right, I think it will work. And I think I have it. Let me just lower it onto my head, and -
Gary:
Wow! You actually have two giant screen TV's strapped to your big melon head. Don't tell me that thing actully works.
Randy:
Of course it does! Now, let me turn my head to test the gyro.
(loud snapping sound is heard)

Gary:
Eeeww...

Read The Name of the Game

Column
On The Flip Side
"My Impressions On Mac OS 8.6, New PowerBooks, And The WWDC!"
What happened Monday at the World Wide Developer's Conference looks quite big. And it is. Beyond announcements, Apple showed us that the company is able to surprise us on a regular basis. We have not see this in a long time.

We have seen Apple shipping great products over the years, but to knock our socks off at every major event is something that you do not see anywhere else in the computing industry. Perhaps it will become Apple's trademark.

In addition, iCEO Steve Jobs - what a charismatic leader! - showed to PC makers that he is dead serious with his strategy. Mac users have accepted their niche market for too long, and Jobs is not satisfied yet. Apple announces amazing technologies, manages to ship products on time (except for Mac OS X), and continues to innovate.

Read On The Flip Side

Review
"First Look--MacOS 8.6"
By Dave Hamilton
Through no fault of our own, we were able to get a look at MacOS 8.6 a little earlier than the rest of the world. We've installed it on 4 machines, ranging from a Power Computing PowerCenter 150 all the way up to a Blue G3. The verdict? Read the Full Story to find out!

Read This First Look

 
Headlines For Monday, May 10th

[Updated 5:16 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 5:16 PM] We have added a news summary update for MacInTouch and a column from The Daily iMac as well as several moref Mac headline links.
[Updated 4:45 PM] We have added columns from MacWeek and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 3:32 PM] We have added lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 11:10 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, columns Applelinks, as well as several Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:30 PM]
Grab Your Sherlock Plugin For The Mac Observer!
As many Observers have noticed (and commented), we have had a search engine on the site for a couple of months. It is accessible from the search box on the sidebar of the Home Page (right hand side) and every other page of the site (on the left hand side). We also have a search engine home page.

Now, after extensive testing, we are introducing a Sherlock plugin for The Mac Observer that allows you to search our site from the comfort and safety of your Desktop! Just download it and drop it on your (closed) System Folder. You can also put it directly in your "Ineternet Search Sites" folder inside your System Folder.

Note: You must have MacOS 8.5 or above, as well as Sherlock, for this plugin to work.

Download Our Sherlock Plugin

[3:41 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Despite WWDC, Apple Closes Lower
Apple closed lower today despite an excellent Keynote from Apple iCEO, Steve Jobs at the WWDC. Apple ended the day at 45 1/4, a loss of 5/8 or 1.36%. Every other major computer manufacturer, including IBM, Dell, Compaq, Gateway, and Hewlett Packard ended the day on a positive note.

Apple was up early in the day but could not hold onto the gains.

Today's announcements from Apple at the WWDC included a sales agreement with Sears, new PowerBooks, a new version of the MacOS (version 8.6), and lots of other great news.

Apple

Review
"First Look--MacOS 8.6"
By Dave Hamilton
Through no fault of our own, we were able to get a look at MacOS 8.6 a little earlier than the rest of the world. We've installed it on 4 machines, ranging from a Power Computing PowerCenter 150 all the way up to a Blue G3. The verdict? Read the Full Story to find out!

Read This First Look

[2:31 PM]
Apple Releases MacOS 8.6
Apple has officially released MacOS 8.6, a free update to the system that brings increased performance and other enhancements. The update can be downloaded from the Apple web site.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:15 PM]
WWDC Coverage: MacOS X Client And The Wrap-up
Our coverage of the Keynote at the WWDC continues with news on Sonata, the next version of the MacOS after MacOS 8.6 (which was just released today) and Sherlock II! Read more, including two screenshots from these new technologies in the Full Story!

The Mac Observer Spin: This certainly is good for developers, but it is also great for Mac users. All kinds of good news, and none of it should be underestimated. We will present an editorial summation of the Keynote shortly.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:12 PM]
WWDC Coverage: Sonata And Sherlock II, Including Screenshots!
Our coverage of the Keynote at the WWDC continues with news on Sonata, the next version of the MacOS after MacOS 8.6 (which was just released today) and Sherlock II! Read more, including two screenshots from these new technologies in the Full Story!

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:36 PM]
WWDC Coverage: OpenGL Final, MRJ 2.1.2, And QuickTime
Our coverage of the Keynote at the WWDC continues with news on OpenGL, a brand new version of MRJ, and some QuickTime data. Read about these things in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[11:52 AM]
WWDC Coverage: Introduction, New PowerBooks, Sears, And 1st Mention Of P1
The Keynote Speech at the WWDC is underway and we have coverage. These notes are being presented in note form, so bear with us. We have all the scoop on the intro of the speech, new PowerBooks, iMacs in Sears, and the first official mention of the P1 in a long while. Read all about it in the Full Story, lots of information.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[Updated 11:27 AM]
Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference Begins Today
Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference begins today with Steve Jobs and Avie Tevanian kicking off the Keynote Speech at 9:30 a.m. PDT. The event will last for two hours and the two executives are expected to make a host of announcements including an official introduction of MacOS 8.6, Apple's next PowerBook line (101), and faster Blue & White G3s. In addition, a detailed look at MacOS X will be offered.

Apple has a QuickTime 4 streaking video page set up for live keynote coverage.

Ziff-Davis has a RealVideo streaming netcast set up.

The Mac Observer will keep you updated as the event unfurls.

Apple

Column
The Apple Trader
"The Rush To Think Different Is On"
Yeee Haaaw! Boy that ride was fun! Apple is now an official hot trading property. It's fun to ride the ups and downs with plenty of liquidity to guarantee fast trades and narrow point spreads between ask and bid. One trader I know had been accumulating for weeks in the $35 range and sold last Tuesday at about $48 for a nice short-term profit. Now he's back in as of last Friday morning. He didn't want to be standing on the sidelines as we go into Steve Job's WWDC keynote address on Monday.

What we are all hoping for now is to break through the $50 1/8 AAPL stock price set June 21, 1995. Price penetration above that point (set on the summer solstice) would technically be the end of the long-term slide that Apple began on that day. The sky could be the limit. At least till the low $60s where resistance left over from the early 1990's might still be enforced.

Read The Apple Trader

Column
Monday's Mac Gadget
"Quake III Gadgets For Your Mac"
I'm one of the many who feel it is their civic duty to help test out the Quake 3 Arena Test, otherwise known as Q3Test. But if you want to play with other folks over the Internet, you have to keep a list of servers, and keep typing their IP address into the game. There must be a better way. Well, there is!

Read Monday's Mac Gadget

 
Headlines For Friday, May 7th

[Updated 6:30 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 6:30 PM] We have added a news summary for IMG and a lot more Mac headline links.
[Updated 5:15 PM] We have added several Mac headline links.
[Updated 3:27 PM] We have added lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 12:24 PM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, columns from MacOPINION and Applelinks, as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[5:20 PM]
MacGamer's Ledge Giving Away Intensor LX Gaming Chair!
Do you play Mac games? Do you want to make playing them the coolest experience ever? Well the good people at The MacGamer's Ledge is giving away a product that will make your gaming just that, the coolest ever! It's called the Intensor LX Gaming Chair. All you have to do is fill out a basic survey (no big thing at all) and you will be entered. According to MGL:

There are only a few things needed to register, and only a couple required questions to answer (gender? and where do you buy Mac games?), and all entries are deleted once the winner is chosen.

MGL has set up a special web page for this and you have to go and enter! This is perhaps the best contest of the year.

The Mac Observer Spin: Uhhh.... Why are you reading this? Go and register!

MacGamer's Ledge

[4:44 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Still Moving, Rallies To Regain Some Losses
Apple's stock rallied today to recover some of the loss incurred yesterday, though not quite all of it. Apple closed at 45 7/8 up 1 3/8 or 3.09%. This followed the trend among other computer manufacturers with Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Gateway, and IBM all closing up (IBM the big gainer with an increase of 8 points). Find out more including contributing factors of today's market moves in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Next week is the WWDC and Apple's stock should continue to rise. Despite recent targets for Apple's stock to hit the US$65-US$70 range, US$50 seems to be the glass ceiling for the time being.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[4:28 PM]
Mac Site Ends Run To Make Way For New Site
We have good news and bad news. In reverse order, Macintosh 4ever has announced they have closed their doors. At the same time, the creators of the site are also announcing a new site called The Mac Broadcasting Company or MacBC. We have their farewell press release and other information in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Well good luck to Bob and the entire MacBC team! Sounds like they have a hot idea and a great name to launch their new site. It is certainly true that the days of needing a combative attitude are nearing an end and we think that the MacBC concept is a great way to go!

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:58 PM]
Waves In Motion Releases Upgrade To Mac Survey Software
Waves In Motion has announced a major upgrade to The Dragon, their survey software based around FileMaker Pro. The upgrade, version 5, adds new features and improved performance to the software that allows users to set up their own survey and tally the results. We have info on the new features and pricing in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:31 PM]
Boom! Sonnet Lowers Prices On G3 Upgrade Cards
The time is at hand for another round of price cuts on G3 upgrade cards and Sonnet Technologies is leading this wave. These cards are for PCI PowerMacs based on pre-G3 processors. We have the prices and the models that the cards work with in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:45 PM]
Another Sign: Mac Powerhouse Acquires Company
In a major development in the world of video, Media 100 has announced it will acquire Terran Interactive. Details and financial arrangements were not disclosed. Terran will be operated as a wholly owned subsidiary, with marketing and distribution being handled by Media 100's marketing engine. Terran's products augment the product line of Media 100 with little redundancy, allowing Media 100 to target new markets like DVD authoring and Internet video development. Read more about the merger in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Another of the important signs of the health of the Mac market is the way companies grow. Read more about why this is important in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

10:56 AM]
Casady & Greene Update Conflict Catcher For MacOS 8.6
Casady & Greene have released an update for Conflict Catcher that supports Apple's officially unannounced MacOS 8.6. The update brings Conflict Catcher to version 8.05 and includes new libraries, new sets, bug fixes and more. Read about the new features and other aspects of this update in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: To hear Apple officially tell it, there is no MacOS 8.6, it is an unannounced product. However, the entire world knows that it is ready and expected to be announced at the WWDC next week. With this release from C&G it is almost assured that Apple will in fact go ahead and release the update to the MacOS next week. That's good news.

Of course, it is always good to get an update to Conflict Catcher too. Conflict Catcher is a fantastic extension manager that most of the staff of The Mac Observer rely on. It is also one of the most solid Mac apps on the face of the planet.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[10:39 AM]
Make Your Mac Start Faster With Speed Startup From Casady & Greene
The good people at Casady & Greene have released a new product guaranteed to make many Mac users happy. Speed Startup speeds up the startup process by doing a little voodoo behind the scenes. The product was written by the same developer that wrote Conflict Catcher, the indispensable extension manager. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Headlines For Thursday, May 6th

[Updated 4:32 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:54 PM] We have added a news summary for IMG.
[Updated 4:32 PM]
Throughout the afternoon we have added columns from MacWeek and a whole lot of Mac headline links.
[Updated 11:37 AM]
We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, columns from MacOPINION and MacSoldiers, as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:14 PM]
Free Tech Support: No Wonder! Looking For More Questions
Scott Williams from No Wonder! sent us a note saying that they need more questions and problems directed their way! Read more about No Wonder! and their free tech support service in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: There is more here than meets the eye. As your questions get answered, they get entered into a database and that database can be perused!

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:59 PM]
New Mailing List To Take Up Where EvangeList Left Off
Miss the EvangeList? 1984 Online MAgazine has launched a new mailing list that seeks to pick up where that venerable mailing list until recently run by former Apple Mac Evangelist Guy kawasaki left off. The list is called Apple News and is open to anyone interested in following the news of the Mac market. You can read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: We want to wish the team at 1984 Online Magazine all the best with this list! With the death of the EvangeList last month, many Mac users and fans have been looking for another e-mail source for their Mac news and information. We hope that 1984 can fill those shoes!

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:48 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Falling Industry Sales Bring Apple Down
Apple's stock was dragged down as industry worries of lagging PC sales took their toll on most of the major computer manufacturers. Apple closed at 44 1/2, down 2 1/2 points or 5.32%. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Along with the good of being considered one of the boys comes the bad of being lumped in with the boys. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:54 PM]
Mac Version Tracking Software Updated To Version 2
Symmetry Software has announced an update to Version Master-Mac, brining the version tracking software and database to version 2.0. Version Master combines a client program and an online database run and updated by Symmetry to make tracking versions a snap. Version 2 of the product is a major rewrite of the application. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:23 PM]
CompUSA Suffers Loss In Q3, iMac Number One Selling "PC"
CompUSA has announced their fiscal 3rd Quarter Results for the three months ended March 27. The company announced a loss for that quarter despite having higher sales than was reported for the year ago quarter (US$1,691,350,000 compared to US$1,451,819,000.) There were several contributing factors according to the company including pricing pressures, new store openings, and Internet related projects. We have more, including a quote from a PR spokesperson from CompUSA in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: The financial health of CompUSA is important to all Mac users as Apple has its biggest retail presence in the computer superstore. Find out why in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[12:33 PM]
Fast Track Scheduler Gets An Update
AEC Software has released an update to FastTrack Scheduler 6, bringing the scheduling app to version 6.02. Though officially an incremental update, version 6.02 includes some new features as well as improved performance. Read about those features in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
Ask Dave
"SCSI On B&Ws, Mac Novell Networking, and SOHO Networking"
Come in, Come in! We don't bite here! In fact, we'll even answer a question or two for you! That's right, this week we answer readers' questions about using Narrow and Wide SCSI on the same bus, connecting iMac's to Novell networks, and the endless options available for connecting your small office to the Internet! That, and we've got some updates on a few previously covered topics, namely IDE chains in Beige G3's and upgrade paths for the Performa 6200 series! Read on!

Read Ask Dave

 
Headlines For Wednesday, May 5th

[Updated 5:14 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 5:14 PM] We have added a news summary for IMG and lots Mac headline links.
[Updated 4:47 PM] We have added column from MacWeek and several Mac headline links.
[Updated 3:58 PM] We have added several Mac headline links.
[Updated 11:28 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, stories from MacTimes as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:32 PM]
RealNetworks Announces Mac Support With Final G2 Mac Release
Real Networks has simultaneously showed increased Mac support and heated up the battle over streaming multimedia Internet content with the release of RealPlayer G2 for the Mac. G2 for Windows was released earlier this year and in fact an update to the Windows version was announced with the final release for the Mac. RealPLayer G2 for the Mac includes support for the MP3 format as well as and better streaming content made with RealNetworks's own streaming format. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: RealNetworks is working hard to do two things. The first is to show their support for the Mac and the second is to make sure everyone knows that they are the current market leaders in the delivery of streaming Internet content. We have some more quotes supporting this view and other commentary in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:39 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Sees Small Gain In Heavy Trading, Closes At 47
Apple's stock closed up 1/2 point today to close at 47. This represents a gain of 1.08%. This came as the other major computer manufacturers also closed up including IBM, Dell, Gateway, Compaq, and Hewlett Packard. We have some of the factors effecting Apple's stock and the Market in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: 47 is a nice solid number for Apple while the Market continues to get used to Apple being a real company. You can read yesterday's Apple Stock Watch to see some of the factors that could continue to effect Apple's stock price.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:34 PM]
MacTell Hits FireWire Big Time With New FireWire External Drives
MacTell has announced the immediate availability of the FirePower FireDrive line. FirePower FireDrives are external FireWire drives sure to excite any Blue and White owner. The new drives come in 8.4 GB, 10.1 GB, and 14.4 GB flavors and have all the flexibility and power that FireWire offers. You can find out more about the drives, including performance information, in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: There was much grumbling about Apple focusing so exclusively on FireWire with the release of the Blue and White G3s. Find out why products like FirePower will show these naysayers to be wrong.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:27 PM]
Apple Updates QuickTime 4 Beta, Mum On Changes
MacInTouch is reporting that Apple has updated the QuickTime 4 Beta to version 4.0b22. Apple seems to have done this in stealth mode and is not offering much information on their QuickTime web page.

MacTimes has some tips on how to set your QuickTime 4 preferences so that downloaded movies can be saved.

Apple recently reported that over 1 million copies of the QuickTime 4 version of the first Star Wars movie. In addition, Apple announced that 4 new commercials from the Star Wars empire have been released in QuickTime format only (QT3 and QT4).

The Mac Observer Spin: We are looking into what changes this update may include, but we are hoping that some reported problems Mac gamers have experienced with games like Myth, Myth II, Unreal and others may have been addressed. There could be (and probably are) some other minor issues that have been corrected.

Apple

Review
First Look: QuickTime 4 New Look, New Features, New Punch
by John F. Braun
Back in January, we thought that the release of QuickTime 4 was imminent, due to a reference to it at Jobs' last MacWorld keynote. As you probably know, QuickTime 4 Preview Release, for both Mac OS and Windows 95/NT, was released on April 19. Having had a chance to play with it, we though we'd give you the low-down on the many new features.

Read This Review

[11:52 AM]
Another Sign: MacHack Sees Highest Enrollment/Student Involvement Ever
The Mac Observer has been tracking and talking about all the various signs that the Mac market is once again healthy for many months. Two other important measures of the health of the market is student developer interest and developer involvement at Mac related developer conferences. The WWDC is coming up on May 10th, and this year's certainly looks to be a great one, but another very important conference is MacHack which is also coming up relatively soon (in June). The good people at MacHack released a press release that shows us that these important markers, students and developers, are also showing a renewed resurgence. Find out more about this good news in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: You may actually be asking yourself why this is so important. You can find out why in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
My First Mac Was A Typewriter
"My Must-Have Tips For Your Mac"
Learning the world of computers can be somewhat overwhelming. Even purchasing the equipment you need is daunting. If you are lucky, you have friends or family members who are experienced computer users who will sincerely help you get the kind of system you want and need, as opposed to what they wish they could have. They (these experienced users) tend to talk a foreign language when they discuss the darn things and sometimes friends want you to have one of everything. If they are young they don't remember when we had 2 or 3 television networks to choose from, no remove controls, and thought test patterns were actually kind of interesting.

Read My First Mac Was A Typewriter

Headlines For Tuesday, May 4th

[Updated 4:57 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:57 PM] We have added a news summary for IMG, a column from Low End Mac and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 4:15 PM] We have added several Mac headline links.
[Updated 12:48 PM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, and columns from, Applelinks, and Low End Mac as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[4:14 PM]
Apple Goes Upscale As Neiman Marcus Sells iMac
MacWeek is reporting that Neiman Marcus is now selling iMacs! The report says that the company is offering a bundle that includes a 266 MHz iMac (Rev. C), an Epson Stylus printer, and a MicroTek SlimScan USB flat-bed scanner. The bundle is priced at US$1699 and is only available through their mail-order catalog.

Read the MacWeek story for more details on this bundle.

The Mac Observer Spin: Neiman Marcus may not have the kind of massive retail electronic presence that Best Buy or CompUSA has, but this is still a very important agreement for Apple. Read more about this in the Full Story. There is more than meets the eye in this development.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[3:59 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Retreats, Erasing Most Of Yesterday's Gains
Apple shares fell 3 1/16 to close at 46 1/2 today, falling some 6.18%. Today's decline practically offers a mirror image of yesterday's gains as Apple rose 3 9/16 to close at 49 9/16, a six-year high. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: We mentioned yesterday that profit taking could very well claim much of Apple's gains. They are still poised to continue the rise tomorrow. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:39 PM]
Apple Kicks QT Into High Gear With 4 New Star Wars Commercials
Apple and Lucasfilms have released four new commercials for Star Wars, and once again they are in QuickTime format only. Apple has the commercials posted on their web sites and have made them available in QuickTime 4 and QuickTime 3 formats. Read more about them in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: 1 million QuickTime 4 downloads translates into MEGA-EXPOSURE for Apple. This may possibly have been the smartest marketing move Apple has made, certainly it is THE smartest move they have made when it comes to promoting QuickTime. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Editorial
How Much Longer Before The iPC?
by Michael Munger
As you know how the business of computing can be, to imitate or steal another company's original idea is common. If you dig in the past, you will find out that for cosmetics, Apple was the first to introduce plastic cases in 1977 with the Apple II. This concept was quite an innovation at the time. Right now, it is a standard. Apple innovated, PC makers followed.

Read This Editorial

[1:28 PM]
Universal Mac USB Driver Updated With New Features
Alessandro Levi Montalcini sent us a note telling us that he has updated his popular universal USB driver for the Mac. The new version, 1.1, has several brand new features that will make it a must-download for Mac users with USB equipped Macs and iMacs. You can read about the new features in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:05 PM]
Vicomsoft Announces Support For QT4 In SoftRouter
VicomSoft has announced that SoftRouter will now support QuickTime 4 streaming media. This feature will make it easier for schools and other networks that rely on SoftRouter to use streaming media content. You can read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Name of the Game
"Reflections On Mac Gaming: What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been"
Randy: Hey, Gary, I have been looking all over the cave for you. Why are you sitting in the dark with a big grin on your face. Wait a minute, maybe I don't want to know.
Gary:
I am merely reflecting on the changes that have taken place in the Macintosh gaming world since we started writing this column. You would smile too, if you had any long-term memory left to reflect with.
Randy: I guess there have been just a few changes. I remember when we started this column not even a year ago, Apple was just starting its comeback. The bondi blue iMac had been out for a month, and no one knew what an incredible hit that it would become.

Read The Name of the Game

[11:08 AM]
The Mac Observer Welcomes Michael Munger!
AUSTIN, TX (May 4, 1999) -The Mac Observer is pleased to announce that Michael Munger has joined as a Columnist and Contributing Editor. Mr. Munger brings his column, "On the Flip Side" as well as his experience in the Macintosh community to the Mac-based online magazine. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
On The Flip Side
"A New Observer In The House!"
It is a pleasure write for a new audience. As a new Columnist and Contributing Editor for The Mac Observer, I am quite excited to face a new challenge. Some of you might know me because you read me at MacSoldiers, or when clicking links in the "MacOS News Around the Web" section at the Mac Observer. MacSoldiers is the site where it all started for me as a writer. I would not be here if I did not have a whole year of experience at that site.

Read On The Flip Side

Headlines For Monday, May 3rd

Top Story
[3:36 PM]
Apple Stock Watch: Apple Stock Hits 6 Year High, Up 3 9/16!
WoooooHooooooo!!! Apple sailed by its 52 week high of 47 5/16 to close at 49 9/16, up 3 9/16 or 7.74%. In fact, that is a high that goes back to June 7th of 1993 when Apple's stock closed at 50 3/4! The closest Apple has come in between that time was on June 21st, 1995 when Apple closed at 49 3/8.Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Wow! A 6-year high. Apple is poised to close above 50 for the first time in 6 years though it possible that renewed profit taking could see Apple fall tomorrow. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[Updated 4:48 PM]
MacOS News Around The Web
[Updated 4:48 PM] We have added a news summary for IMG and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 2:59 PM] We have added a column from MacTimes and lots of Mac headline links.
[Updated 11:35 AM] We start off with a news summary from MGL and MacInTouch, and columns from, MacOPINION, Applelinks, and MacSoldiers as well as lots of Mac headline links.

MacOS News Around The Web

[3:48 PM]
Corel/PricePulse To Give Away Copy Of Corel Draw 8 Every Day
Corel and PricePulse have begun a contest where they are giving away a copy of Corel Draw 8 every day in May! That's a lot of copies of Corel 8. Contestants can enter every day and every entry receives a 30-day demo of Corel Draw 8. Read the details in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: The is a very aggressive contest for Corel. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[2:23 PM]
Inspired Logic Has Great Offer To Schools Going Mac
Inspired Logic has offered an incentive to schools who are undergoing a "Forward Migration," a term popularized by MacCentral for school or companies dumping Windows in favor of the Mac. Inspired Logic is offering free copies of C.D. Caterpillar when schools purchase Mac purchased by the school. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Inspired Logic has been a good friend to the Mac since their inception. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:45 PM]
Power On Revs Up ACTION GoMac With New Features
Power On Software has released the latest version of ACTION GoMac, the utility that brings the power of the Windows 9x task bar to the Mac. The new version brings new features and improved performance in several areas and carries the moniker of 2.0.1. Read more in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Most of the Mac Observer staff uses GoMac and we all swear by it. Read more in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

[1:24 PM]
Epson Shows 5-Color Support For Apple & iMac
Epson has introduced a new flavor of their popular 740 printer. The new model is dubbed the 740i and comes in 5 colors. More importantly, those colors happen to be blueberry, grape, lime, tangerine or strawberry! The perfect printing companion for an iMac near you!

Epson also voiced lots of support for Apple in their press release. Read about the printer and Epson's comments in the Full Story.

The Mac Observer Spin: Epson seems keen on earning Mac users' business. That's a good thing. Read why in the Full Story.

Read The Mac Observer Full Story

Column
The Apple Trader
"The Market Was Wrong About Apple"
The market has been dead wrong on Apple for months and is only now, belatedly, acknowledging how under valued Apple really is. Recognizing when the market behaves like a blind, bumbling, ham-fisted giant and when it's the Oracle of Delphi is the talent it takes to make money in the stock market.

Last week the oracle finally spoke dictating a remarkable surge in AAPL that has been characterized by high volume (2 to 5 times normal!) and helped along by short traders stampeding for the exits. Thus, Apple finally broke out of the lame 30-something trading range we've been stuck in since January.

Read The Apple Trader

Column
Monday's Mac Gadget
"Make Your Internet Traffic Secure"
In the beginning, TCP/IP was created. It let all sorts of different computers talk to one another using a common protocol, and it was good. However, TCP/IP wasn't designed with security in mind, so any data you send has the potential to be viewed by someone other than the intended recipient, using a tool such as OTSessionWatcher. What to do?

Read Monday's Mac Gadget



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