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August, 2004 | Jason E. Shao

Why I’m a Mac User

[Richard Scoble](http://radio.weblogs.com/0001011/) of Microsoft asked: > “Mark: tell me what you can do on a Mac that you can’t do on a PC? > Give me, say, five examples. Here’s your chance to do some great > advertising for Apple. The kind they can’t buy.” While I don’ feel the zealous need to defend my ...

Apple offers volume discounts on iTunes songs

Apple is offering Volume Discounts for purchases of iTunes songs. A new program allows companies and educational institutions to offer song downloads from iTunes for promotional giveaways, incentive programs, sweepstakes prizes and other valuable customer offers: ‘Through this program, Apple provides the ability to purchase a batch of individual codes, good for redemption of song ...

Website offers Caller I.D. falsification

Overdue debtors beware: You may not be able to rely on Caller I.D. to screen out those annoying bill collectors much longer. A California entrepreneur has a plan to bring the hacker technique of Caller I.D. spoofing to the business world, beginning with collection agencies and private investigators. Slated for launch next week, Star38.com would ...

Open Source Article

Newspapers haven’t been killed off by the Internet (at least, not yet!). The reason for this is that when we buy a newspaper, we’re not buying the news. These days the news is free (gratis) – we can go online and read newsfeeds from organisations like Reuters or the Associated Press, or original reporting from ...

hPod to outsell iPod?

HP’s version of Apple Computer Inc.’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) wildly popular iPod digital music player has unofficially been dubbed the hPod, analysts said. The two companies earlier this year struck an agreement for HP to resell the iPod under the HP name, which will boost both companies’ exposure to consumer electronics markets. ‘The expectation ...

NOAA – XML/SOAP Service

National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a service providing the public, government agencies, and commercial enterprises with data from the National Weather Service’s (NWS) digital forecast database. This service, which is defined in a Service Description Document, provides NWS customers and partners the ability to request NDFD data over the internet ...

This Land in Public Domain?

EFF’s investigation revealed that ‘This Land is Your Land’ appears to have been in the public domain since the early 1970s. Woody Guthrie wrote his classic American song in 1940, when the copyright laws granted a copyright term of 28 years, renewable once for an additional 28. According to EFF, the initial copyright term was ...

Blogger Replaces Adsense with Search Box

In a sign that Google’s contextual ads might not be nearly as useful to marketers as its search advertising, the company removed contextual placements from the tops of pages served by its free blogging tool Blogger. In the ads’ place is now a Google search box designed to increase search traffic. The contextual ads ran ...

Mac OS X Tiger – resolution independent UI

The next major release of the Mac OS X operating system will include technology that will eventually grant users more control over the way application windows are displayed to the screen. According to reliable sources, Apple Computer’s Mac OS X 10.4 ‘Tiger’ OS will introduce developer support for resolution independent user interfaces (UI), breaking the ...

Reset and Cancel Buttons

Reset and Cancel Buttons (Alertbox Apr. 2000) Most Web forms would have improved usability if the Reset button was removed. Cancel buttons are also often of little value on the Web. It is one of the most basic heuristics for interaction design to support user control and freedom by allowing users an ’emergency exit’ out ...