news of 2003-12-08

What the...

Today's such a day. No, my iBook didn't break, thank you. A different kinda day. A ... Microsoft day. I don't know. How many CRM (yes, that's customer relationship management) software solutions do you know? Thought so. Not that many. And now, all around the web (I am _NOT_ linking and adding even more to the story...), everyone's talking about Microsoft's new CRM software version (1.2, not a version 2 or 3 or something...). As if everybody had been waiting for it. Do we hear about the competitors' .x-releases? Well: I haven't. I think I have never at all read about a release of a CRM software solution in the news before. What happened?
My thinking goes... Microsoft wants much, much more market share in the CRM software market. And somehow they've made news out of their 1.2 release, although I can't see how (besides money). None of the articles seems in any way interesting to 99% of the people out there. But I'm sure that if anyone asks me about CRM software next week, 'Microsoft' will be on my mind. Strange, n't it? (Am I being paranoid? Or does it strike you as odd, too? Drop me a line via the mail-link below the article...)

[ written by fryke™ on 2003-12-08 at 22:03 CET ]
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Full screen webbrowser NagaraBrowser

The website is in Japanese. (Look here for other applications of'anne'...) I don't understand much of it, but you can download the disk image for free here. It's only about 500 KB in size and uses Safari's bookmarks. I guess it's using WebKit (thus the size). You can surf fullscreen (with a menu bar) and keep it open as your desktop picture. (It doesn't take clicks as long as the app is not the foreground application.)

Another application, called WebStickies, sounds interesting, too - and more info (and a download link) is available here.

Sounds like the use of WebKit finally bears some fruit. I've been waiting for freeware like this... :)

[ written by fryke™ on 2003-12-08 at 21:20 CET ]
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Microsoft Office 11 and VPC 7 at MWSF 2004

Appleinsider has the rumour. Office 11 has been in development for the Mac for over 1.5 years now. Virtual PC definitely needs an update, as it's not at all compatible with the G5 processor in its current state.

[ written by fryke™ on 2003-12-08 at 20:38 CET ]
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Apple acknowledges the alu PB 15"'s white spot problem

Apple has posted this article about it. Sadly, Apple doesn't describe the problem in much detail. If you buy one, make sure you bring it back early, should the problem arise.

[ written by fryke™ on 2003-12-08 at 17:47 CET ]
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Steve Jobs about the Music industry

Read it, it's good: The Rolling Stone's article is an interview that gives quite some insight about how Steve thinks about music, the industry, piracy, copyright etc.

[ written by fryke™ on 2003-12-08 at 15:56 CET ]
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New kids' browser: BumperCar

Read the news at FreeVerse's news page. It's basically a changed OmniWeb (using WebKit) with kids' (and, of course, parents') features. It will be out in January according to their news page.

[ written by fryke™ on 2003-12-08 at 15:00 CET ]
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iMovie 3.5?

According to this ThinkSecret rumour, the update will be released soon and is - or close to - GM. Our own sources however expect the whole iLife suite to be updated at MWSF. Details about each app's feature-set are sparse. One source mentions two-track support in iMovie 3.5.

[ written by fryke™ on 2003-12-08 at 13:22 CET ]
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