Today's Column & Article Summaries
Teachers Mainely Happy With Tech - Wired
Wired reports from three schools in Maine, where the state's iBook for 7th graders program is apparently a raging success. Good news for Apple. A very good read.
Apple offers interest-free Mac deal - Macworld UK
Macworld UK brings us news of an interest-free financing offer for new Macs in the UK. An interesting read.
Early Desktop Pics Ahead of Time - Wired
Leander Kahney reports on the early uses of desktop images on the Mac. A very interesting, and fun, read.
Mac Skeptic - Wesley Crusher Likes... - MacOPINION
Jeff Lewis relates a tale of protest many years ago against a local tyrannical Amiga user group. He, and some friends, invoked Wesley Crusher's name to disparage the Amiga, and he brings that back to today when Wil Wheaton, the actor who portrayed Ensign Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation, is a big fan of Mac OS X. An entertaining read.
The Art of Using Science and Technology for Evil - OSXFAQ
Our favorite Mac writer, now that he has returned from a sojourn with Apple, has an excellent piece on ethics, rationalizations, and stealing music. A very, very good read.
Five Things You'll see In IE 6... That Aren't New - MacMerc
Jon Gales has a few predictions for what we will see in IE 6 for the Mac, along his thought that Microsoft will try and pass off these features as innovative. An interesting read.
New PowerBooks And iBooks Recalled. Schiller Missing Contact Lens. - Crazy Apple Rumors
First of all, remember that CAR is a satire site. CAR says that Apple is recalling all of the new iBooks and TiBooks because Phil Schiller lost a contact, and he thinks it may have fallen in a unit when it was being assembled. A very funny read.
Red Hat wins over Windows convert - News.com
Score one for the good guys: Red Hat has won a contract from Microsoft to supply a major manufacturer with Red Hat Linux, replacing Windows in the process. That's good news for all of Microsoft's competitors. A good read.
Security 'impossible' for Win9x, buy XP now, says MS exec - The Register UK
Microsoft serves up a big piece of Stupid Pie for its idiot customers to line up and eat. It seems, according to this excellent report from The Register, that Microsoft has announced that security for earlier versions of Windows is a lost cause, and it's all society's fault. Microsoft, fortunately, has the perfect remedy: Buy Windows XP. ::SPLAT:: Oops, sorry. That was the sound of our vomit hitting the floor. A very good report.
Microsoft Drowns Out Other Options - AP via Yahoo!
Richard Stallman is accusing Microsoft of using free software to get Indians, and other poor countries, addicted to proprietary software. Mr. Stallman is one of the foremost activists in the open source software industry. A very interesting report.
Other Tech Articles
Dell tallies a record third quarter - News.com
Dell knows how to profit from the sale of toasters. The innovation destroyer of the PC world continues its blitzkrieg attack on good taste.
Amazon Starts Web Clothing Store with 400 Brands - Reuters, via Yahoo!
Want a camisole with your copy of Atlas Shrugged? Amazon is ramping up its new online clothing store with 400 brands of clothes. A vaguely interesting read.
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