Mitch Wagner

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California Bureau Chief, Light Reading
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Mitch Wagner is California bureau chief for Light Reading.

Articles by Mitch Wagner
posted in January 2008

Apple Users Are Smug Control Freaks, Says Study

Researchers from Internet ad network Mindset Media say the Mac guy in the "I'm a Mac/I'm a PC" commercial is typical of Mac users: superior, self-satisfied, control freaks, perfectionists, politically and socially liberal -- and satisfied with their purchases.

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Apple: The Most Hated Company On The Internet

I was going to post this blog about why Apple is the most hated company on the Internet first thing yesterday. But my Mac crashed and ate the post, so I spent most of the day re-doing my work. I think that might be a sign.

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Connecting With InformationWeek On Twitter, Facebook, And Our Forums

InformationWeek is slopping over the edges of our Internet domain, connecting with this new-fangled "social networking" technology all the kids are talking about nowadays. We're expanding our presence on Facebook and Twitter, getting ready to beef up our forums, and making plans to connect on other social networks as well.

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How To Take Back Your Time And Attention

Merlin Mann, the self-described "head basket case in charge of productivity on the Internet," provides some tips and tricks for taking back control of your life in a breezy and insightful Macworld presentation.

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Review: Hands-On With The MacBook Air

We had a few minutes to play with Apple's new, sexy notebook computer at Macworld Expo. It looks like a machine for people willing to pay a premium for style, and who don't care that much about computing power.

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Microsoft Slashes Prices For Home Versions Of Office 2008 For Mac

Put away your varsity jackets and cheerleader outfits -- you don't have to lie about being a student anymore to get access to Microsoft Office for the Mac for the lowest price. With Office 2008 for Mac, being introduced Tuesday, Microsoft is replacing the student and teacher edition of Office, priced at $149, with a home and student edition, priced at $149.95.

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NewsGator Frees NetNewsWire, FeedDemon

NewsGator is going to stop charging money for the popular -- and terrific -- NetNewsWire RSS reader for the Mac and FeedDemon for Windows, as well as its other services, including the Web-based RSS reader, and NewsGator Go for Windows Mobile and the BlackBerry. Greg Reinacker, founder and CTO of NewsGator Technologies, says the company is freeing its consumer services to build demand for its enterp

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Firefox Makes A Liar Out Of Me

Wouldn't you know it? I installed the new Firefox beta, and took two days to explore it and write a review. During those two days, Firefox crashed three or four times on my Mac, so I dutifully reported that Firefox beta 2 was less stable than beta 1. We posted the review a couple of days ago -- and Firefox hasn't crashed on me since.

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Dear Mr. Jobs: Please May I Have A Mac On A Stick?

For Mac users traveling without a laptop, it's a cold and lonely world out there. You're forced to rely on the kindness of others for access to computers, and those others -- hotel business centers, family members -- are usually running Windows. Wouldn't it be great if you could run a cut-down version of Mac OS X on a USB drive? Then you could have access to your favorite Mac programs wherever you go.

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Another Year, Another Bogus iTunes Antitrust Lawsuit

Maybe if enough lawyers sue Apple for violating monopoly laws with its iTunes/iPod service, eventually one of them will find a judge bonkers enough to agree. The latest lawsuit brings up variations of the same old arguments: Start with the assertion that Apple dominates the online media market, follow up with a lot of handwaving, conclude by saying that Apple should be required to write a big check. Be sure to

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What The Heck Is Spock?

I’ve been getting dozens of e-mail invitations recently from people on a new social networking service called Spock. Then I started getting another batch of e-mails asking, “What the heck is Spock?” So I called the Spock team to find out.

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