The new iMac has yet to be seen, but the flames of controversy are everywhere. Most readers liked what they saw of Apple’s specs. For example, reader iMactheKnife wrote:
Praise was everywhere. Reader dressdream gushed over the near perfect balance available in the new iMac and couldn’t wait to see one at the local Apple Store:
Microsoft quietly launched a beta of the MSN Music Store to compete head on with Apple’s iTunes Music Store. Guess what? Readers told us an earful. Or two. Reader eric summed up the controversy:
“I’m trying to think why MS is even bothering with this idea. Everyone agrees that no one can make money selling music online (the record companies want to keep all the cash, so you unless you want to give away songs for a loss, you ain’t gonna make money doing it). The only reason Apple runs ITMS is to sell iPods. MS doesn’t have an iPod. They don’t do hardware. Their one major foray into hardware, the XBox, has lost money consistently.
MS can’t make money selling digital downloads. It doesn’t make money selling hardware. So where’s the money coming from? Are they just going to give away music forever at a loss? Will that drive more money to the Windows franchise, when 90% of computer users already use Windows? Are they doing it just to be mean to Apple?
Knowing Bill Gates, that’s not an unreasonable hypothesis.”
Finally, we ran a piece on the Top 10 Best Free Mac Utilities. Click Here for the details. Readers had their own to add to the list. Reader michael gave us his list:
“I like your list. For me these would all be candidates for top ten. I use
It allows access to many built in but hidden OS X customization options. My
favorite is having dual scroll arrows on both the top and bottom of scroll
bars, but Tinkertool offers a couple dozen others.
A sophisticated sticky inspired photo viewer, slide show and wallpaper
utility, and recorder, with some special effects and timed display
Add a neat thesaurus to any service aware application.
Allows you to run the routine but essential OS X maintenance tasks that your
Mac normally schedules for the middle of the night. Great for laptops or
people who typically turn of their Mac when not in use.
A text editor with some nice features for programmers or web designers, like
syntax coloring, multi-file search and replace (with regular expression),
HTML preview, tabbed browsing of open documents and a lot more.
A handy utility for setting permissions, an essential for installing server
side applications on the built in Apache web server. It also force empties
To take a look at the review of Microsoft’s MSN Music Store, Click Here.
For a review of Tera and Jacks Point-Counterpoint on the new iMac (bargain or crippled toy?), Click Here.
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