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CHRIS'S UNPREDICTABLE and OCCASIONAL Newsletter for MAC USERS #25,
07/27/01 MAC EXPO WRAP
Contents Copyright 2001 by Christopher Plummer
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THIS ISSUE
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Enhanced with fascinating Mac trivia, insightful comments, and personal
commentary of questionable merit, and I leave Microsoft alone. :-)

UPDATES - a few
NEWS - Eudora
UNPREDICTABLE READER FEEDBACK - Vendor in the Area
FEATURE - MACEXPO WRAP
OVERLOOKED AND UNDERUSED -CONTEXTUAL MENUS #2 - NO ROOM! COMING SOON!
Tips - iTunes
Special Bonus Keyboard Commands - File Navigation #1

Good News Press Releases -
>IDC Report Shows Apple is the Leader in K-12 Education
>Apple Reports Third Quarter Profit of $61 Million
>Apple Updates iMac Family
>Apple Debuts New Power Mac G4 Line
>Leading Developers Demonstrate Mac OS X Products at Macworld
>Apple Previews iDVD 2 for Mac OS X at Macworld Expo



GEEK SPEAK ALERT: MACEXPO, Eudora, File Dialog, CARBONIZED


UPDATES
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Graphic Converter 4.0.9 - And a CARBON version is available for AQUA
users.
<http://www.graphicconverter.net/gcdownload_us.html>

Netscape Communicator 4.78
<http://home.netscape.com/download/index.html?cp=djuc1>



NEWS
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Special Pricing from Casady & Greene:

These are great prices. If you don't have Conflict Catcher, you should.

Conflict Catcher 8: (Reg. $79.95) now $39.95
Spell Catcher 8: (Reg. $49.95 now $19.95
Chaos Master: (Reg. $49.95) now $19.95
Grammarian 2: (Reg. $49.95) now $19.95

Prices expire on July 31, 2001.

<http://www.casadyg.com/ug/ugstore.html>


"Eudora Welty (1909-2001) American Writer Eudora Welty Dead at 92
(Reuters) -
Eudora Welty, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ``The Optimist's
Daughter'' who made her mark on American literature with short stories and
novels set mainly in Mississippi, died on Monday. She was 92. ``Ms. Welty
passed away at 12:25 p.m. of cardio pulmonary arrest secondary to
pneumonia,'' said Kim Neely, a spokeswoman at Baptist Medical Center in
Jackson."
(From Rueters)

What's the connection? Does there have to be one? MACS aren't the only
thing, ARE THEY?



UNPREDICTABLE READER FEEDBACK
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OCCASIONALLY we like to let you know about local resources. LOCAL Apple
dealer, Jeffrey Gorman, of Creative Computing in Princeton, wrote
UNPREDICTABLE:

>We are strong mac evangelists and I do attend PMUG meetings <snip>
>
>The services we provide are:
>-Mac sales & service.
>-Mac support-we really know our stuff
>-PC support-including cross-platform
>-Network design and implementation.
>-Mac based web hosting.
>-IEPs and state reports for K-12 schools
>-Full time tech support for schools and businesses throughout New Jersey.
>-Web based curriculum for K-12 students-especially special education.
>See the almost final beta at <http://launchpad.creativecomputing.com>.
>This will be subscription based eventually.
>-Computer education.

Creative Computing
221 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

Voice: 609-683-3622
Fax: 609-683-3612
Email:
<info@creativecomputing.com>
<techsupport@creativecomputing.com>

If you check out Creative Computing, tell Jeff UNPREDICTABLE sent you!



MACEXPO WRAP: I CAME, I SAW, I BOUGHT
-------------------------------------
What was wrong with this MacExpo? I'm sure you've heard by now. No big
announcements, no big surprises, no SUPER new products, fewer vendors.
And the keynote. "Hey, look what we've done in the last year. Introduced
our Web store, the TiMac, the iBook, Oh Ess Ten, wireless networking,
Apple Stores, iTunes, iDVD, an iMovie update, DVD-burning, made all our
Macs faster, some of them cheaper, moved to Flat Panel displays, lost and
regained the lead in the education market, stayed profitable, and didn't
have massive layoffs. Oh, and introduced and eliminated 'the Cube'. And
isn't that great? Thanks to Apple employees and their families."

People were disappointed. They said, BOR-ING. And they asked, STEVE,
WHERE'S THE RABBIT? These are accomplishments enough for three normal
companies, but when Mr. Jobs doesn't announce anything short of a
revolution at MacExpo, Apple stock goes down and people act like
something is WRONG.

IN SHORT, THAT FIRST DAY, THAT FIRST COUPLE OF HOURS, THE MEDIA WAS
HYPNOTIZED BY THE GLOOM AND DOOM CROWD!!

YUK. Hold up your fingers in a cross! Away demons! And all together,
let's shout, LIGHTEN UP DUDES!

Look at the big picture folks. In the rest of the PC industry there is NO
innovation. Every single year, the HOTTEST thing for companies like Dell
or HP or Compaq is either
1) a faster Intel processor (and I challenge anyone to show me an average
user who can tell the difference between a 700Mhz and a 1500Mhz PC),
2) an even lower price, or
3) a new version of (yawn) Windows.

The biggest innovation these guys have introduced in the last five years
is a browswer launching button on the keyboard!!

So, as most of the BEFUDDLED press and everyone else has recognized now
that the dust has settled, UNPREDICTABLY, this show had the biggest
attendance not just of MacExpo, but of any tech show in NYC EVER! Vendors
sold all kinds of stuff, and attendees (including yours truly) HAD FUN!

What did I do? First, Javits was so darn over-air conditioned, I bought a
warm MacExpo shirt and put it on. I ran into lots of folks from PMUG, and
hung out a bit in the User Group lounge while some representative from
Apple listened to suggestions from User Group members. One of the members
suggested a UG kiosk in Apple Stores would be a great way for Mac users
to feel connected and get help, but this guy was at best, lukewarm. Go
ahead Apple - be arrogant, but maybe you should TRY THIS before you shoot
it down. It's a GREAT IDEA, with at least as much chance of success as an
overpriced CUBE shaped computer.

I COULD describe my journey around the floor just like every other Mac
journalist, but I WON'T. Next time you should go and find out for
yourself what it's like!!

One big observation

OH ESS TEN is not all there yet. I played a little with AQUA on a
Titanium G4, and it was beautiful and SLUGGISH. I PROBED a lot of
software people, and the concensus is that it's JUST NOT FINISHED. The
API's aren't all there, the SOUND interface isn't complete, the device
drivers are missing. So things like VOICE RECOGNITION and CD BURNING and
some of the other stuff that MAKE MACS GREAT, aren't ready. AND, the
interface is going to take a little getting used to. A couple hours with
it though, and WE'LL ALL BE HOME.

On the flip side, there is more and more software coming out, and 10.1 is
going to allegedly bring a lot of speed improvements and fix some
interface stuff and get rid of or hide some UNIX WRECKAGE like AVE
TEVNANIAN'S STUPID FILENAME EXTENSIONS. A lot of vendors had their stuff
running on AQUA machines, and a lot of vendors sound EXCITED ABOUT AQUA.
MS Office 10 is going to be ONLY for AQUA. And how about this? When you
plug a digital camera into the usb port, the Mac recognizes it and
downloads photos into your cataloging program, putting thumbnails on the
screen with virtually no interaction on your part at all. Click a button,
and it uses the built-in screen saver program to put up a slide show of
the photos, complete with dissolves and transitions. Just like that. I
think once this thing reaches ESCAPE VELOCITY we're going to be happy
with it and EVERYTHING WILL BE GREAT.

In my prequel I suggested that MacExpo was inspiring. There's a lot of
enthusiasm, and everyone knows the transition to TEN is going to take a
little time. In spite of the present foggy situation, I'm really pumped
about AQUA. This is a BIG WAVE that's poised to give us a great ride.
I'm going set up AQUA soon, maybe even before 10.1 arrives in September.
Until we get there, we've all got to migrate to OS 9.1+ and GET CURRENT
and GET CARBONIZED. (That means, apps rewritten to work well under OH ESS
TEN, without being totally rewritten to take advantage of all the TEN
features.) If you are using AQUA or are about to, drop me a line!

:-)



Tips
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An UNPREDICTABLE EXCLUSIVE.
At least, I haven't seen it anywhere else, and I figured it out myself.
;-)
If you're in the middle of listening to a song in iTunes, don't select
'About iTunes' from the Apple menu. iTunes is iRude. It stops your music
and puts up its own little Quicktime movie with visuals and sound that
completely blows away whatever you were listening to.

To avoid the problem described above, DELETE the file 'iTunes Splash.mov'
from your iTunes folder. This should be in your 'Applications (Mac OS 9)'
folder (if you are at 9.1 or later, which you are, right?) SINCE there's
no O&U column on Contextual Menus this issue, we'll make up for it by
deleting the file with CM:

1) Open the iTunes folder.
2) [Ctrl] + Click on 'iTunes Splash.mov'
3) From the Contextual Menu, select 'Move to Trash'

'About iTunes' will still bring up it's window but it won't play the
movie, and this will free up 4+ Megabytes of drive space!!

:-)



Special Bonus Keyboard Commands
-------------------------------
File Dialog Navigation Shortcuts #1 -
When you are trying to locate a file in a 'File Dialog' (the little
window with file, folder, and volume names), you can move quickly through
the dialog from the keyboard:

[Command]+D - Takes you right to the Desktop.
[Command]+RIGHT or [Command]+LEFT from the Desktop, cycles through the
available VOLUMES.
UP & DOWN arrow keys move you up and down through the current level.

TFSB :-)

Good News Press Releases Follow


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