There are many who say that OSX is going to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. They say that by combining the power and robustness of Unix with the ease-of-use afforded by the Mac OS, that OSX is destined to be the straw that finally breaks Microsoft’s back and loosens their stranglehold on the computer industry.
ZOUNDS and FORSOOTH! It is I, your Shareware God, back at last from an extended vacation in Scotchgard (which is a lot like Asgard, but the upholstery lasts forever). I deign again to come amongst you mortals with yet more goodies for your shareware arsenal, and ask only that you honour thy shareware Author and pay thy shareware fees if you like and keep the program.
Most of us who have had the privilege of reviewing Microsoft Office 2001 GM agree: It’s cool. While many of us are still overcoming the shock and horror of having come to that conclusion about Microsoft Office of all things (I hear stories of one reviewer who slipped a bag over his head and flagellated himself for three days chanting, “Mac is the Way, I shall follow the Way”), the remainder of the intrepid band of testers immediately began playing with Office in ways completely unsuitable for most reviews. As one of those testers, I have a proposition.
Compatibility. There is currently a disparity in the number of APIs in the Carbon specification that have actually been implemented between Mac OS 9 and OS X. The CarbonLib SDK, a free download from Apple, includes both the CarbonLib stub library and a library called LiteCarbonLib, which contains only those calls that currently work on both Mac OS X and OS 9. These libraries are 204 and 124 k respectively, which is a very crude measure of the difference between the two.
The startup screen isn’t much-that’s for sure. I thought I’d begin with that one little grievance, not only because it’s the first thing that I saw, but because it’s the converse of everything else in the new Office 2001 suite of products. Microsoft has really done an excellent job at streamlining the four programs: Entourage (e-mail and PIM), PowerPoint (presentations), Word (word processing), and Excel (spreadsheets). Each one is easy to use, and captures the new Mac “look-and-feel”-that being the striped pillow embossed lines seen in Aqua and Internet Explorer 5.
Computers have shrunk from giant mainframes into gumdrop iMacs, processors and chips have shrunk into millimeters, and prices have dropped to almost nothing. The exact same is true for speakers.And as we close in on the Millenium, one thing has become increasingly clear this decade. Space is valuable. For any consumer, space is very important. That’s why it’s really nice to stumble upon a pair of quality speakers that actually sound great and take up only a small space on a desk. I’m referring to Sonigistix’s Monsoon flat panel speakers.Monsoon has come up with a very small handsome flat panel speaker system that is one of the few that finally does justice to my MP3 and CD collection. They are very small, slim, and low profile. And in a tinted grey they really go great with anything you put them up against.
IK Multimedia’s Groovemaker 2.0 is the perfect program for amateur and professional mixers and DJs alike. No matter what kind of mixing you would like to do: techno, dance, ambient, house, Brazilian percussion, or even hiphop (soon to come); Groovemaker offers CDs for mixing these types of music. And for users who like to hear random mixes without having to mix themselves, Groovemaker includes many automated tasks that its closest competitor, Mixman, fails to provide.
Installation was a snap, and now it was time to make some grooves. Groovemaker first prompts you to select a song (or template) you wish to groove with. The Song dialogue box tells you a concise description of the song, the Beats Per Minute (BPM) at which the song was originally recorded, and plays a sample groove that can be made from the song (since literally millions of different grooves can be made from each individual song). Once you have selected a song to groove with, you have to copy it to your hard disk. Now you are ready to make some mixes.
It all started innocently enough, a lanky 22-year-old recent college graduate hiding from his job hunt at MacWorld Expo, armed with nothing but a Bachelor’s in English and $45 to buy a cool new game. The $45 actually had some value, and he traded it for a copy of Maxis’ recent hit, the people-simulation game known as The Sims.
Players can choose the gender, race, weight, age and appearance for each Sim or choose from an offering of pre-created characters offered by the game. The player then places their Sims in a house of their own design after outfitting the home with the basics of modern survival (lights, phones, toilets, showers, beds, chairs, tables, cooking appliances and a fridge). The game is now underway and chaos is the norm.
The battle has long been fought between the two AOL-dominated rivals: AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) and ICQ. Both have very attractive and useful interfaces and features.Today, the battle ends; a winner will emerge.