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By MacEdition Staff

Wednesday, 12 July 2000

MacOS X: In-ter-prise solutions

InfoWorld tells us that Borland (or Inprise, or Inprise/Borland) announced that MacOS X is to be a chosen platform for JBuilder, their Java IDE. The big thing about the platform: integrated Java 2. Sure, this is a press release, and several years back, Borland made noises about supporting the Mac in other tools, but never followed up on that. Still, it’s nice to know that (should this come to pass) there will be some competition in the developer tools market for MacOS X.

I...’m too sexy for the colored panels

From C-Net comes this gem: “Color craze fades as Compaq yanks its stylish PC”, an interesting article that details why Compaq didn’t succeed with a "stylish" Presario (accepting a similar fate as the Dell WebPC). Obviously, style doesn’t matter except to the "Sharper Image set" and the Japanese. "Style may sell in Japan, but increasingly less so in North America" says a quote from the article.

Oh, and in the Apple section of select retailers, too, they forgot to mention.

Getting their C# of flesh...

Ok, this comes as a huge surprise. Uh huh. Who ... could ... have ... seen ... it ... coming? Microsoft, according to C-Net, is going to scrap Java tools in the .Net release of Visual Studio. "But we would like to see Java supported in the ’.Net’ platform," Paul Maritz of Microsoft is quoted as saying.

Do we need to add anything else?

Give me liberty or ... well, just give me liberty, dammit!

Do you have news releases or tidbits of interest to the Macintosh professional? Send them to pronewsnotes@macedition.com.

In a previous ProNews, we noted some advances in the ability of companies to monitor their network communications, looking for employees who may be talking with a bookie on their lunch break or divulging trade secrets to the local rumor web site. Well, in the U.S. it certainly appears that things are moving towards Big Brother (and we don’t just mean the TV show). Between an article about the U.S. FBI and the email monitoring software "Carnivore" (attributed to the Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition) and Matthew Rothenberg’s summation of responses to the article, ZDNet gives plenty of food for thought about privacy, the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and the words of the Constitutional Framers.

It sure seems a few people fell asleep in Social Studies class somewhere along the way.

And lest our non-American readers get too complacent, Europe is not immune to such folly – it appears that the French government is also pondering limits on personal online privacy . (For that matter, the TV show Big Brother began in the Netherlands...)

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