Mac Musings Archive for 1997

Low End Mac began on April 7, 1997. The first editorials were published on July 15, 1997. All editorials are by Dan Knight unless otherwise noted.

Can you plug all types of people into one type of computer?Can You Plug All Types of People Into One Type of Computer?, 1997.07.15

That’s what Microsoft asks in its current print ads. Their answer: No.

Gil Amelio: Facts & Speculation, 1997.07.15

There’s been a whole lot written in the last week about Gil Amelio’s resignation. Most of it is a mixture of a few facts and a lot of speculation. From my perspective, these are the facts….

Dream Machines, 1997.07.25

If I ran Apple computer, at least the hardware division….

Confessions of a Microsoft User, John J. Halbig, 1997.08.08

I have a horrid confession to make: I like Microsoft Word. Oh, and I balance my budget at home using Excel spreadsheets. And I use MSIE for my web browsing.

Send Out the Clones, 1997.08.23

The entire Mac world has been on a roller coaster ride for the last year. Good news: Power Computing, Motorola, Umax, Daystar, and others were making Mac OS computers. They were offering performance, features, and prices that made them a legitimate alternative to Apple’s own hardware. They seemed to be growing the Mac market….

Send For the Clones, 1997.09.10

My, but we live in interesting times! Apple, consistently the most innovative vendor of personal computers and operating systems, has twice changed CPU platforms (from 6502-based Apple I, II, and III to 680×0-based Lisa and Macintosh to PowerPC-based Power Macintosh) and is on the verge of introducing a new (to Mac users) operating system rooted in Unix and NeXT.

Rhapsody Boxes Explained, 1997.09.17

Rhapsody was Apple’s code name for what eventually became Mac OS X. Yellow Box became the OS X interface, and Blue Box became the Classic Environment, which allowed OS X users to continue to use Classic Mac OS software on their PowerPC Macs through Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger. Red Box, the planned PC Environment for Rhapsody on Intel hardware, never saw the light of day, although today’s Intel-based Macs have virtualization solutions from other vendors which allow them to run Windows or Linux alongside Mac OS X.

Yale Threatens to Drop Mac OS Support, MacInSchool, 1997.10.15

This was big news a few months ago, when incoming Yale students received a letter from Daniel Updegrove, Director of Information Technology, stating, ” the University cannot guarantee support for Macintoshes beyond June 2000.”

Digital Camera Idea, 1997.10.16

A lot of people are shooting 35mm, then scanning their photos in with inexpensive color scanners. Serious amateurs who already have SLR systems and computers would be very interested in eliminating the cost of film and the vagaries of processing. Direct digital should also be competitive with PhotoCD in cost, if not in quality.

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