When we decided to do a My Mac Staff team piece for the Greatest Mac App ever, we did it as a fun piece and to see what our readers would think of our selections. Well, the response from readers was immediate and offered a whole new group of suggestions for the Greatest Mac App ever. You will find both pro and con responses to the article, and a whole new look at what apps some of our readers think is deserving of the title, “Greatest Mac App.” Continue reading »
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In the years since the World Wide Web went mainstream, I’ve read about many people who have been credited with creating the new medium. TIME Magazine (May 19) most recently credited Tim Berners-Lee with being the man behind it all. “Berners-Lee developed the three technical keystones of the Web: the language for encoding documents (HTML, hypertext markup language); the system for linking documents (HTTP, hypertext transfer protocol); and the www.whatever system for addressing documents (URL, universal resource locator).” The fascinating new piece of the story for me, however, was that Berners-Lee did it all on a NeXT computer. “Sitting on Berners-Lee’s desk, it would become the first Web content ‘server,’ the first node in this global brain.” With a history like that, coupled with the tremendous influence of Macintosh on the way everyone (including Windows users) uses computers, it’s not hard to imagine the NeXT/Mac alliance leading to something big.
This piece isn’t exactly about the Year 2000 Crisis for the world’s computers, but it’s a date problem that caught my eye. The reason it caught my eye is the year 1904. For as long as I’ve owned Mac’s, they’ve seemed fond of occasionally pretending certain files were created way back in the middle of the (Theodore) Roosevelt Administration. I don’t know why. Norton Utilities didn’t care, it just fixed the problem file by file. Now comes word (reported in the May 12 issue of Information Week) that the year 1904 is becoming an obvious sign of an unwelcome bug in the system clock of PowerBook 3400’s. Apparently, “resetting the machine’s battery-power gauge also mysteriously resets the system’s clock back to 1904.” This problem is compounded by users of the Claris Organizer software that comes with the 3400’s; Organizer diligently sets about reorganizing your schedules to match the new date.