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    Does Microsoft Have Any More Luster to Lose?

    May 24th, 2012

    More and more people no longer take Microsoft seriously nowadays, even though Windows maintains a substantial majority of the traditional personal computer operating system market. Indeed, recent surveys show that Windows users are continuing to dump the Internet Explorer browser, even though it has gotten far better in recent years. This anecdotal tidbit comes to […]


    The Mac OS X Lion Report: Back in the News? (Revised!)

    February 24th, 2011

    Editor’s Note: This article was written ahead of Apple’s release Thursday morning of a Developer Preview of Mac OS X Lion. Over the next few days, as further word comes forth about the new features, we’ll see just how much our hopes and dreams have been fulfilled. The MacBook Pro has received its expected refresh, […]


    The Mac OS X Report: Ten Years and One Month

    September 14th, 2010

    Although most of you didn’t get your hands on the Public Beta of Mac OS X until September of 2000, I actually saw it a month earlier. You see, I was working as a Contributing Editor for CNET in those days, and one of Apple’s PR people met me in San Francisco to deliver the […]


    The Snow Leopard Report: Selling Updates Without New Features

    July 3rd, 2008

    Before Mac OS X took over, I wrote a book about Microsoft Office 2001. When Mac OS X arrived, Microsoft ported their office suite over, as Office X. Although they charged their standard upgrade fee for the suite, there were actually very few new features to talk about. One, as you recall, was “multiple selections,” […]