February 12 in Low End Mac History
- Spend $4,320, get a 'free' iMac, Dan Knight, iMac Musings. This scheme makes Apple financing look reasonable.
- The 10 Commandments of the Church of Macintosh, #1, Rodney O. Lain, Things Macintosh. "I am the Mac, thy Computer. Thou shalt have no other Computers before me...."
- High-end word processing for a low-end price: Free, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings. One-time Microsoft Word rival now a powerful freeware alternative.
- Buying a monitor, Charlie Ruggiero, Mac Daniel. No, you don't need an Apple brand monitor for your older Mac or Power Mac.
- 8 OS X gotchas, Steve Watkins, The Practical Mac. You can't sync your Palm, share your USB printer, use most scanners....
- Working less with my Mac than with my PC, Ronald Bodinger, My First Mac. Guess what? I work with my Mac less than I did with my PC!
- 5 ways to improve the iMac G4, Jeff Adkins, Mac Lab Report. First, let the bottom rotate for easy access to the ports.
- Hands On: Microsoft Office v. X, Alan Zisman, Mac2Windows. Why Microsoft Office v. X is the "most attractive and most fun-to-use version of Office for any platform."
- Mozilla 0.9.8: Impressive, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings. Not just easy to install, this build is fast.
- Apple's New Zealand roadshow and New Zealand's Mac mag, Dirk Pilat, Down But Not Out. Apple NZ takes its show on the road, plus a look at MacGuide, New Zealand's home grown Mac magazine.
- Networking 101, Dan Knight, Online Tech Journal. An introduction to ethernet, hubs, switches, routers, and wireless networking.
- Nothing else is a Mac: Marketing the Mac as BMW at a Buick price, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings. "The best strategy Apple could pursue would be to pitch the Mac as a premium product for just a bit more money, which is what is - or at least what it should be - a BMW, but at a Buick price."
- Mac nearly old enough to start drinking, Jeff Adkins, The Lite Side."'The Macs we interviewed for this article were all envious of the older machine's pending 21st birthday - but also wise enough to appreciate their advantages...."
- On Mighty Toaster Wings: More After Dark history, Tommy Thomas, Welcome to Macintosh. Interview with Patrick Beard, one of the programmers behind the After Dark screen saver.
- Steve Jobs stirs up the DRM hornet's nest, Nathan Thompson, Embracing Obsolescence. Stripping DRM would level the playing field for players and allow digital music services to compete on price, quality, and selection.
- OS X 10.2 best for Classic?, Tiger on a Blue & White G3, salvaging an iBook hard drive, and more, Charles Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings. Why Jaguar may be the best OS X for Classic mode, getting Tiger on a DVD-free Power Mac G3, transplanting a dead iBook's hard drive, and Mac service sources in Bogota, Columbia.
- Cursed with options: Too much software choice is not a blessing, Frank Fox, Stop the Noiz. Wouldn't you rather have a small selection of quality programs than a vast array of copycat software?
- A month with Windows: One Apple fanboy's experiment, Ben Zalutsky, No Windows for Me. Is the Mac really that much better than Windows? To find out, this Apple lover is spending a month with Windows XP and a couple of PC notebook.
- iSub issues with Intel Macs, no Apple Store in Philly, Gainsaver problem, and more, Dan Knight, Low End Mac Mailbag. Also more on why Macs are better than PCs, a CPU upgrade that doesn't like Tiger, and an unsupported Leopard report on an 800 MHz Quicksilver Power Mac.
- What's more practical, a netbook or an iPod touch?, John Hatchett, Recycled Computing. While the netbook has a larger screen and a real keyboard, those things make it much less likely to be taken everywhere than an iPod touch or iPhone.
- Overclocking a slot-loading iMac G3, Dan Knight, Mac Daniel. Instructions for overclocking a slot-loading iMac (350 MHz to 500 MHz). Proceed at your own risk.
- Apple retains lead in customer satisfaction, iMac screen problem resolved, 64 GB for Mac Pro, and more, Mac News Review. Also Apple refunding 15% for defective iMacs, Aluminum Keyboard firmware update, RealPlayer SP comes to Mac, Aperture 3 released, and more.
- 10 tips for MacBook users, MacBook Air knockoff reviewed, new dual-GPU tech from Nvidia, and more, The 'Book Review. Also Core i7 MacBook Pro shows up in benchmark results, Modbook maker not concerned about iPad competition, wireless USB dock for MacBooks, and more.
- Biggest iPad questions answered and unanswered, free Olympic app, Opera Mini for iPhone, and more, iNews Review. Also pros and cons of multitasking, Cars.com and locksmith iPhone apps, waterproof iPad case announced, and more.
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