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Matt Deatherage

Matt Deatherage

Matt Deatherage is the publisher of MacJournals.com, where he oversees MDJ and MWJ - daily and weekly subscription-based, ad-free journals for serious Macintosh users. For a free trial, visit MacJournals.com. (August 2002)

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Intuit’s QuickBooks Employs FUD Against MYOB

Intuit today announced that it is developing QuickBooks Pro 5.0 for Mac OS X, to be available in the first quarter of 2003. What does it do? Intuit won't say, other than that it runs natively in Mac OS X and Mac OS 9

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Was Bill Gates Lying?

[A quick refresher in the Microsoft antitrust case. Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson found that Microsoft was indeed a monopoly and ordered the company broken up

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The Incredible Shrinking iBook

Apple Computer last week pulled a long-awaited polycarbonate rabbit from its design hat. The technical specifications of the second-generation iBook are pretty much what you'd expect from a revision to Apple's consumer and education portable computer, but they come in a package significantly smaller and lighter than its predecessor, with an eye-catching Titanium-like design and the extra connectivity ports consumers have wanted

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Apple Gets Serious About Plugging Leaks

Apple Computer announced last week that it has sued up to twenty-five anonymous defendants for posting information on the Internet that Apple considers to be proprietary trade secrets

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Inspecting Gadget

Software development is rarely easy. Programmers face technical challenges, bugs, and tight schedules - on top of thinking of a useful product, bringing it to market quickly at a good price, and distancing that product from its competition

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Speed Dips for Power Mac G4s

Citing limited availability of PowerPC G4 processors from Motorola, Apple has reconfigured its Power Macintosh G4 line. The new systems are identical to those introduced on 31-Aug-99 in every way - including price - except with PowerPC G4 processors 50 MHz slower than original specifications

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The Seven Deadly Product Release Sins

Although Apple's hardware and software often garner most of the attention at each Macworld Expo, the event is also used by most Macintosh developers to announce new or updated products

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HomeLINE Followup

Because of recent events and some confused information from Farallon, our look at the company's new HomeLINE products for HomePNA networking needs some clarification (see "Farallon's HomeLINE: Spiritual Successor to PhoneNet" in TidBITS-482). SurfDoubler Correction -- Farallon's Ken Haase told us that the bundled Vicomsoft SurfDoubler could handle more than two computers on the Internet at once as long as they weren't trying to access the Internet at the exact same time

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Farallon’s HomeLINE: Spiritual Successor To PhoneNet

Farallon has always held a special place amongst Macintosh networking vendors for taking the simple and making it even simpler. The company rose to prominence in the mid-1980's after realizing that a LocalTalk signal could be carried over regular phone cabling instead of the custom cable included with Apple's relatively expensive LocalTalk Connector Kits

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Das NetBoot

Perhaps the most interesting part of Apple's just-released Mac OS X Server is NetBoot, which enables newer Macintosh clients to boot the Mac OS over an Ethernet network from a server machine

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Who Do You Antitrust? Part 2

Last week, I looked at how Microsoft wound up facing monopoly and antitrust complaints from friends and enemies alike. Now it's time to see if the charges are relevant or leftovers from a different economic time - and why only Microsoft seems to be facing such scrutiny. Could Microsoft Learn From Apple? Why doesn't Apple get complaints like those against Microsoft? A former Mac OS clone vendor has filed suit against Apple, claiming that Apple abused a monopoly position in Mac OS hardware to kill clones in 1997 - but no one has filed a similar suit claiming Apple has abused a software monopoly

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Who Do You Antitrust? Part 1

As trial continues on the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust case against Microsoft, the public remains divided about whether or not Microsoft has tried to interfere with competition, and if so, if it matters

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Apple’s Competitive Nature

Once again, Apple Computer has looked competition squarely in the face and, to borrow an American football metaphor, punted on third and long. The Power of Apple's Eye -- Apple last Monday announced its acquisition of leading Mac OS clone manufacturer Power Computing's "core assets," including the customer database, key personnel, and Power Computing's Mac OS license

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Despite the Gloom, Mac Software Sales Up in 1995

The press loves to quote numbers, especially when predicting the immediate demise of Apple Computer. However, the numbers the press uses are often less precise than they would have you believe

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Mac OS Hardware Market Flat?

A variety of market research firms recently released current statistics and future predictions for the computer industry, and the warhorse Mac OS gets mixed-to-negative marks for the future - depending on who you ask and what you ask. While most U.S