Looking for fast, mobile Internet access without the bulk of a laptop? Geoff Bronner reviews Palm’s new Wi-Fi-enabled Tungsten C handheld. Also, if you’ve spent the past two weeks browsing the iTunes Music Store, Adam offers some tips on making the experience smoother. This week also brings news of new eMac models, a Mac OS X 10.2.6 update that fixes crashing problems with some USB hubs, and our stand on challenge-response anti-spam systems.
Mac OS X 10.2.6 Fixes USB-related Kernel Panics -- As has been discussed in TidBITS Talk, Mac OS X 10.2.5 has some troubles with certain USB hubs, with kernel panics becoming increasingly common
Apple Updates eMac Line -- Apple Computer last week announced the availability of new all-in-one eMac computers. Like their predecessors, the new eMacs sport a 17-inch CRT display (rather than the LCD flat panel displays used in other Macs) supporting resolutions up to 1280 by 960 pixels, but the eMacs now offer 800 MHz and 1 GHz G4 processors, the ATI Radeon 7500 graphics processor, support for AirPort Extreme, and optional SuperDrives
An anti-spam technique called challenge-response is becoming increasingly popular these days. Simply described, challenge-response compares the sender of each incoming message against the contents of your email address book (or a similar list generated in another way, such as by extracting the senders of every piece of your stored mail)
The iTunes Music Store has already caused me to buy more music, and spending all the extra time in iTunes has helped me develop a number of tips for improving the listening and purchasing experience
In TidBITS-597 I wrote about using Xircom's Palm Wireless Ethernet Module (since Intel purchased Xircom, it's now called the Xircom Wireless LAN Module for Palm Handhelds), a Wi-Fi add-on for some Palm models
Last week's poll asking how you like these brief lists of the main threads in TidBITS Talk garnered only about 220 votes, but it was enough to give us some direction on how to proceed