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Up to now there wasn't a commercial application capable of adding fax functionality to Mac OS X. Now there is, with Smith Micro's FaxSTF X. With a legacy of Mac OS support behind it, FaxSTF delivers the mail.
The standard ways to print from a Mac OS X computer are USB and network. Practically all new inkjet printers and many others today support the USB interface. Most Macs can also print to most printers that use standard printing protocols over a network. A problem crops up if the printer fits neither of the above categories.
An interesting web site has just appeared. It is called X-Solutions, and offers X Window solutions to users of Windows and unix machines. For about the same price, you can get X on Mac OS X, and the operating system is thrown in "free"!
It remains a fundamental problem, sharing files between dissimilar computers. Mac OS X has come a long way, but things aren't perfect yet for some of us, particularly when it comes to sharing email attachments, though it all just keeps getting better.
A while ago, Apple quietly produced an educational version of the now-venerable iMac, and called it eMac. It was a winner in the classroom, and seems to be wildly popular in Apple dealer showrooms too.
Hot off the press this week is yet another issue that places Microsoft squarely in the litigation gun sites. This time it is the issue of software quality. Naturally, the proffered solution is to get the government to force the issue.
Another first, Quartz Internet Explorer for Mac OS X. The original OS X browser finally comes of age, and it was worth the wait.
It always seemed a touch of irony that Microsoft's Internet Explorer for Apple's Mac OS X had been inextricably woven into the operating system from the start, and arguably more tightly than IE ever was coupled to Windows. Nevertheless, I am grateful to both companies for the browser that has remained my mainstay of normal internet use. That browser just got a lot better.
It seems that a fever is in the air. Over the last couple of weeks an unusual number of crazy Mac happenings have taken place. You be the judge.
The focus of this column in large part has been on the virtues of Mac OS X, Apple's serious entry into the network computing arena. But in a fallen world nothing is perfect. And, if any corporate logo can be said to represent that fallen world, it's the Apple: the logo, not the company.