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Chris Howard

An Australian perspective is brought to Apple Matters by Chris Howard, who was an IT Manager in a Windows world until mid-2005 when he was given a surprise reprieve. He believes his unemployment has something to do with suggesting Macs once too often. He now provides freelance IT services and consulting (a euphemism for unemployed). He dreamed for 19 years of owning a Mac, from its launch in 1984 until finally achieving that goal in 2003. His plethora of children wish he’d display that much patience with them! Sometimes he feels like he’s got more kids than a rabbit on fertility drugs, but it’s just that his four happen to be the most energetic kids ever born.

Since becoming a Mac owner, his creativity has blossomed, with successes in writing, music and programming to add to earlier successes as a cartoonist. Being an opinionated git, it was only a matter of time before it was foisted upon a world not ready. Thanks Apple Matters! He can also be read on his own blog, qwertyrash, discussing topics such as blogging, writing, humor and of course, technology.”


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As (read more)

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This week saw a couple of interesting announcements that might allude to Google and Apple not being such buddies anymore.

First (read more)

Of iPhones and MacBook Pros

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Is it Already Too Late for the iPhone Wannabes?

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Is There a Place for a Netbook in the Apple Lineup?

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Google and Microsoft Announcements Suggest a Thin Client Future

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Sleep easy, the Apple tax will come

A funny thing happened at Tuesday’s MWSF keynote: we didn’t get our annual Apple tax.

An even funnier thing happened thereafter. (read more)

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Much conjecture has sprung up in the Macosphere about what clues might the large banner in the foyer at WWDC contain. (read more)

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How long before Apple drops the iMac?

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Rumors are (read more)

Macs still make me drool

I surprised myself today. I saw a room full of Macs and my eyes were bugging out of my head and (read more)

FireWire Lives!

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Apple in charge?

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MacBook… what else could it have been?

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