"Psst! Wanna buy a PC?" To a Mac user, purchasing a PC feels like an illicit transaction, but many of us will at some point have to plunk down cash for an Intel-based computer. This week Adam looks at how to do battle with the dark side and still retain your sanity. We also report on Apple’s poorly documented release of Mac OS 9.0.4, plus Darwin 1.0, Virtual PC with Windows 2000, BeOS 5, and the middleware platform wannabe Netscape 6.
TidBITS Again Available in Spanish -- We're extremely happy to report that you can once again read TidBITS in Spanish each week! Our thanks go out to Jose Felix Navarro and the group of dedicated Macintosh users in Seville, Spain, who have restarted the volunteer translation team
Darwin 1.0 & VPC with Windows 2000 Available -- Apple has released Darwin 1.0, the open source core of Mac OS X. Based on FreeBSD and Mach 3.0 technologies, Darwin enables registered developers to customize and enhance the kernel of Apple's forthcoming operating system
Netscape 6 Preview -- Netscape Communications has released a preview version of Netscape 6, its forthcoming Internet application suite based in part on the open source Mozilla project - though we recommend it only for the most adventurous of Web users
Poll Preview: A People Divided -- We at TidBITS prefer using Macs to anything else, but the reality of the computer industry is that Macintosh users are in the minority and are likely to remain so
Poll Results: System Shiftin' -- Last week's poll drew responses from almost 2,700 TidBITS readers, and despite the tenacity with which people hold on to old applications (as revealed in a previous poll), most people are using one of the two most recently released versions of the Mac OS
Apple Computer has released a free Mac OS 9.0.4 which claims to offer enhanced USB and FireWire support, provide improved networking and power management, plus improve video, graphics, and audio functionality
It's easy for Mac users to lose sight of what the rest of the computing industry goes through when dealing with hardware. Macs are extremely coherent - there's only one vendor, there aren't many variables to consider, and pricing tends not to vary widely from reseller to reseller