Congrats to Steve Jobs, the only man with a CEO position on two companies in the QQQ: Apple & Pixar.Store Strategy in Question“The store has strengths, but at the same time, it doesn't come cheap. We can't think of any computer manufacturer who ever did well with a retail effort,” he says. Moreover, Apple's spectacular numbers are due to the fact that “they're going from a small base.” Bobba adds, “The real measure is looking a year out from now.”<?I>http://hoovnews.hoovers.com/fp.asp?layout=displaynews&doc_id=NR200212152500.7.4_e3e7000d61171ae2Win an iPod @ Applehttp://www.mac.com/1/hpcontest.htmlX'd Geneology ProgramMASS-market genealogy software largely ignores Mac users, but this release from a small developer in Mechanicsburg, Pa., lets you plant a family tree in the Apple orchard. Version 8 of this long-running program adds support for Mac OS X (the interface has been nicely updated to match Apple's new operating system) and numerous updates to its charting, browsing and data-entry features. But as with any genealogy software, it takes some time to learn the ways of Reunion. http://www.timesofoman.com/newsdetails.asp?newsid=20840&pn=Switch FUDBefore I talk about those products, however, I'd like to quickly discuss a problem I have with Apple's Switch campaign, in which the company is trying to convince Windows users to abandon Microsoft's platform and move to the Mac. I don't believe that most people will be happy making the switch because many of the applications, services, and capabilities Windows users take for granted simply aren't available on the Mac. http://www.connectedhomemag.com/HomeOffice/Articles/Index.cfm?ArticleID=2756510 Stocks to Watch "Although I have no plans to switch my Windows allegiance to the Macintosh, I have always marveled at Apple's ability to persevere with the odds so often stacked against its survival." So writes John Buckingham in the most recent issue of the Prudent Speculator, the stock-picking newsletter that's ranked No. 1 over the past 20 years by the scorekeepers at the Hulbert Financial Digest. Apple has been crushed lately, dropping 40 percent from its April high, and it posted a loss in the most recent quarter. Still, Buckingham thinks the "future is bright," and Apple has an attractive lineup of products. http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/story.hts/business/1702505(Also in Wash Post)3 Schools. 3 OutcomesSoon, they'll download that data into a computer and use iMovie software to begin adding sound, titles and special effects -- all in a digital video lab built with more than $50,000 in donations from the school's Parent Teacher Organization.http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/8/008398-9498-090.htmlSchool's Macs Delegated to Different TasksSo far the new Intel computers are passing the initial test."The interesting thing about the old computers (in the computer lab) is the old Macintosh that is 13 years old. It's being used as the server," Principal Melody Kruger said. "The kids can still go in and use those old machines for reading or math in their grade level."http://www.southbendtribune.com/stories/2002/12/15/local.20021215-sbt-MARS-C1-New_computers_bring.sto
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