Kyocera KPC 650, Sierra AirCard 580 now Talking EVDO with PowerBook

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Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2005, 11:06
Category: Peripheral

EVDOinfo.com shows you how to use Kyocera KPC 650, Sierra AirCard 580 on your PowerBook for EVDO. Simple installers now available to allow these newer EVDO cards to work in your PowerBook. Read More…

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Apple Brings Rich Text Editing to Safari in Panther

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Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2005, 09:55
Category: Software

SafariAlthough Rich Text editing was expected to come in the next version of Safari (in Tiger), Apple has included it in the latest update available for Panther (it’s in the 10.3.9 update). Rich Text editing allows you to make things bold, italic, change colors, sizes and even drag and drop images – right in your browser.
Apple has chosen a Microsoft de facto standard called contentEditable instead of the Mozilla’s Midas technology. So far, this release does not work out of the box with available Rich Text browser editors and it’s lack of documentation will keep it that way for a while.
To see a working demo of the available features surf over to the All Forces Blog (with Safari) and check out the demo embedded right in the story. Hopefully, Tiger will shed some light on this promising and much needed feature.

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Apple Slapped for Sloppy Security Response

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Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2005, 09:55
Category: Software

VNUNet.com is reporting on Apple’s security patch for a vulnerability in its iSync application:

The patch released on Tuesday is identified as Security Update 2005-004. It followed one month after update 2005-003.
The flaw makes iSync’s mRouter tool vulnerable to a buffer overflow attack. Users with local access to affected systems could then gain super-user privileges.
Apple computers running OS X version 10.2.8 through to the current version 10.3.9 are susceptible to the bug.
The flaw was discovered by Braden Thomas, an independent developer of security software and a member of the University of Southern California’s Digital Security Interest Group.
Thomas went public about the security hole on 22 January, and had notified Apple even earlier. In an email to vnunet.com, Thomas explained that “three months is a long time to fix the bug”.

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L.A. Times: Apple "Chilly and Arrogant as an oil Company"

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Date: Thursday, April 21st, 2005, 09:23
Category: Opinion

The L.A. Times has a story this morning on Apple’s attempts at an end-around the constitution in issuing a subpoena to my former ISP in an attempt to read my email.

For all its skill at designing products that strike an emotional chord with consumers, Apple Computer Inc. sometimes projects a corporate personality as chilly and arrogant as an oil company.
The latest manifestation of this trait is an Apple lawsuit implicitly aimed at a couple of online publications, Apple Insider and PowerPage, that compile tips, rumors and speculation about the company as sedulously as People counts celebrity stretch marks. The lawsuit concerns their premature publication of details of an unannounced Apple product dubbed Asteroid, which will enable users to record musical instruments directly onto their computers.

If Apple spent as much effort on Quality Assurance (witness the 10.3.9 Java fiasco, and the waning PowerBook quality) as it does to litigate its biggest fans and supporters, they’d undoubtedly have better products and more sales. Shame on Apple.

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Getting the Best Possible Performance out of AltiVec

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Date: Wednesday, April 20th, 2005, 17:09
Category: Archive

Apple clearly has a substantial interest in making sure that programmers targeting the Mac are getting the best possible performance out of AltiVec processors. The AltiVec unit is not really just a single processing component: it’s a number of different components, and in principle, all of them can be running at once. This article gives an overview of performance considerations that will help you get started making the best possible use of an AltiVec processor.

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Kraft and Gevalia in Hot Water for Coffee Spam

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Date: Wednesday, April 20th, 2005, 17:44
Category: Archive

An ISP suing Kraft and its susidiary Gevalia for US$11.7 million for coffee spam in violation of federal and California anti-spam laws. Read More…

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Mark/Space Shipping Missing Sync for Hiptop

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Date: Wednesday, April 20th, 2005, 09:51
Category: Archive

Mark/Space has announced that they’re now shipping The Missing Sync for hiptop with iSync support for T-Mobile Sidekick and Sidekick II mobile devices. The company hopes to add support for additional hiptop-based devices in the future. The Missing Sync for hiptop (English-only download) sells for US$29.95.

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Safari 1.3 Supports CSS Attributes for Form Elements

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2005, 18:27
Category: Software

SafariApple gives us an early gift with Safari 1.3 – WYSIWYG / rich text editing. Also known as CSS attributes for form elements, it’s a part of the new Safari 1.3 and 2.0 releases (1.3 for Panther, 2.0 in Tiger).
According to Dave Hyatt’s Blog:

Those of you running Panther can now update to 10.3.9. This update includes Safari 1.3 and new versions of WebKit, WebCore, and JavaScriptCore that contain thousands of improvements we’ve made to the engine since Safari 1.2.
What you are getting is all of the new standards support, new WebKit capabilites, site compatibility fixes and performance optimizations that are also present in Safari 2.0 for Tiger. The layout engines for the two are virtually identical.

Dave goes on to highlight some of the features in Safari 1.3 on his blog.
I’m still a Firefox 1.0.3 man myself, what about you?

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Transform Usenet into Cultivated Collections

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2005, 15:58
Category: Software

Brainchild has released version 1.5 of Picture Patrol, a program for Windows and Mac OS that automatically extracts pictures from thousands of articles posted in Usenet newsgroups. Read More…

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Drew Hamlin Software Releases Typeset

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Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2005, 13:52
Category: Software

Drew Hamlin Software today released Typeset, a brand new product for Mac OS X that lets you sit down and pick the perfect font for your presentation, logo, or design.
Typeset is a full-featured font viewing utility designed for the creative professional. It lets you view collections of installed fonts and compare all of your fonts to find the one you’re looking for. Typeset can flag fonts of particular interest, help you create and manage styles for how you view your collections, display more details about particular fonts including copyright and version information, and also find font files on your hard drive.
Typeset is available now as a free download for Mac OS X from and can be purchased for only US$19. The demo version places restrictions on flagged font and style counts.

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