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TidBITS 2003 Holiday Hiatus

TidBITS 2003 Holiday Hiatus -- It's been a mad rush to the end of the year, but you're reading our last TidBITS issue for 2003, and we're all anticipating some well-deserved relaxation with friends and family over the next few weeks of the holiday seasonShow full article

DealBITS Drawing: Bare Bones Software Winners

DealBITS Drawing: Bare Bones Software Winners -- Congratulations to Andre Bloch of, Wayne Clodfelter of, and Mary of, whose entries were chosen randomly in our third DealBITS drawingShow full article

Blue World Releases Lasso Professional 7

Blue World Releases Lasso Professional 7 -- Blue World Communications has released Lasso Professional 7, the latest version of its powerful Web-and-database serving middleware for Mac OS X and WindowsShow full article

Last Call for Free Macworld Expo Passes

Last Call for Free Macworld Expo Passes -- Despite a great turnout from TidBITS readers last week, our friends at Peachpit Press still have some Macworld Expo exhibits-only passes left for January's showShow full article

Take Control of Users & Accounts Released

For many of us who were accustomed to the classic Mac OS, the multi-user aspects of Mac OS X have been the most confusing. My parents are still dubious about why I set up separate accounts for them on their Cube, and even those of us who have adopted Mac OS X heartily have found the quirks and repercussions of a multi-user operating system frustrating to overcome at timesShow full article

DealBITS Drawing: Insider Software

With Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, Apple included Font Book, a font management utility. But people who are serious about managing their fonts quickly found that it wasn't competition for a real font manager like Insider Software's FontAgent ProShow full article

Macworld Expo SF 2004 Events

Last July's Macworld Expo in New York was, as I wrote back then, highly concentrated, with many fewer exhibitors and many fewer attendees. Apart from the raw numbers, though, the show went well, so I have no ill premonitions regarding the upcoming Macworld Expo in San FranciscoShow full article

Music to Your Ears: 2003

Headphones. Everywhere you look, people are using them with portable music players - including the iPod - but they're also extremely popular computer accessories, used for watching DVDs, playing games, and listening to tunes at work or playShow full article

iPod Offerings, Part 2

Last week I gave you Part 1 of my holiday gift suggestions for the iPod user(s) in your life, covering Apple accessories, music, software, cases, bags, and jacketsShow full article

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/15-Dec-03

Reading HTML TidBITS in Panther Mail -- The new Mail application in Panther isn't consistent about displaying our HTML-formatted issues, as some readers discoverShow full article

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