What will the new year bring to the Macintosh? Adam looks ahead at what Apple can do to improve the Mac, and also notes upcoming changes to how we create and manage TidBITS using Web Crossing. We also cover Apple’s pre-holiday updates to Mac OS X, QuickTime, and iTunes, as well as the release of Tinderbox 2.1. And, sadly, we mourn the loss of Macintosh luminary Phil Goldman. We’re at Macworld Expo San Francisco this week; see you there!
Macworld Expo Hess Events List Available -- After a hiatus for Macworld New York last year, Ilene Hoffman has once again assembled the definitive guide to parties, speaking engagements, and other events coinciding with this week's Macworld Expo in San Francisco
Tinderbox 2.1 Enhances HTML Export, Text Display -- Eastgate Systems has released a minor update to their personal content manager Tinderbox (see "Light Your Fire with Tinderbox" in TidBITS-651)
DealBITS Drawing: Insider Software Winner -- Congratulations to David Graham of grahams.net, whose entry was chosen randomly in our fourth DealBITS drawing and who will be receiving a boxed copy of FontAgent Pro from Insider Software
We weren't the only ones in a mad rush toward the end of the year, and some of Apple's engineers probably enjoyed their holiday breaks more after shipping a variety of updates
I'm saddened to relay this news, but Phil Goldman, who started his career at Apple and co-authored the System 6 MultiFinder with Erich Ringewald, passed away the day after Christmas
Over the last few weeks, I've been taking a break from visions of sugar plums to delve into the great mysteries of completely new server software. As I noted a few months ago in "Seven Hundred Issues, a CMS, and Creative Commons" in TidBITS-700, we're in the lengthy process of switching all of our Internet services over to the industrial-strength Web Crossing running on a dual-processor Xserve hosted at digital.forest.
Making such a major switch while keeping everything running is tricky, but I've started by moving most of our local email users over and converted some of our internal mailing lists to Web Crossing
In the first issue of the new year in past years, I've attempted to predict some of the big stories of the coming months with varying degrees of success
Recent updates causing PowerBook fan activity -- Apple's Battery Update 1.1, perhaps in conjunction with Mac OS X 10.3.2, seems to have caused increased fan activity on some PowerBooks and iBooks