Intel Mac Attack
This could be the beginning of something cool, but unfortunately so far is
only semi-swell. Apple this week announced
its first two Intel-powered Macs
. I’m in the market for a third Mac
laptop (this one for me) and was hoping for some financial relief. Unfortunately
the new dual-core MacBook starts at two grand: I could buy four HPs for that
price! The MacBook looks pretty sweet with loads of add-on video software, and
it promises to be plenty fast. But a $2,000 laptop is not a tipping point that
could dismantle Windows desktop hegemony -- only well-healed, anti-establishment
types will be picking up this puppy. Based upon recent Internet browser share
numbers, Apple has about 3 percent market share; a line of low-cost, Intel Macs
could turn this into a real number. Are you eyeing a Mac these days? Let me
know at firstname.lastname@example.org
IE Going Down Slowly
Internet Explorer has had a good run. After brushing aside Netscape by making
the browser a mandatory part of Windows, IE’s share soared -- as close
to 100 percent as you can get without utterly eliminating all competitors. But
not all was perfect in IE land, and competitors ultimately moved to open source
and built browsers that actually take real brains to hack. All that has moved
Firefox’s share to almost 10 percent. Of course, Redmond magazine
has been advising the move to Firefox (or any Mozilla-based browser) for a while
now. What’s your favorite browser? Let me know at email@example.com.
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Microsoft Support Tweaked, Slightly Extended
Microsoft is changing
the end dates of product support, extending them until the next nearest
patch release. For instance, Exchange 5.5 was supposed to have no more formal
support, but based on this new policy, received a new patch for a critical vulnerability.
MSN Messages Out a Trojan
Panda Software is warning of a Trojan
that steals your financial data and passwords and forwards them along to criminals.
Spymaster.A is a keylogger that looks like an MSN Messenger app and runs every
time you power up your PC.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.