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July 9, 2002


Now Serving: New Desktops And Icons - We've got some great new Desktops and Icon sets up and ready for your desktop's delight! Grab your plate and fill up on new icons from Page 10 and Page 11 of the Icon Department. And be sure to swing by the Gallery for all the latest in 2-D and 3-D Desktops. Your mouse is bound to get full with all the latest GUI right here at MacMonkies. ENJOY!


Software Update! - The good folks of Gideon Softworks, Inc. have announced the xBack immediate availability of xBack v1.1. xBack allows you to replace your desktop with a screen saver. The latest release properly plays all Apple screen savers. This is a great app to have if you want a desktop that never sees a dull moment! And to top it off, it's FREE! What more can you ask?! Hurry over to Gideon Softworks and download your copy today!

In other software news, Symantec has released the much anticipated update to Norton Utilities with Version 7.0.1. Notable changes include:

  • Speed Disk: Defragments files on Mac OS X boot drives and optimizes non-boot drives from within Mac OS X.
  • Speed Disk Profile Editor: Used to create and edit Speed Disk profiles in Mac OS X.

Use the Live Update portion of the app to download the latest Version of Norton Utilities.


Monkie News! - Be sure to stop back Wednesday for your latest GUI taste in icons and desktops! Some mighty fine Icon Selections are coming your way from DV Graphics, miXthepiX, and Pixel Jerk! For Desktops we'll have wonderful works from EA Design, Rampant Mac, EMK Design, MAJArch Studios, and MacMonkies!

And later this week, we'll pop the top off our Birthday Celebration Giveaway and let the fun begin!


July 8, 2002

Monkie Fun: Giveaway! - As a way of saying thanks to our readers, and in celebration of MacMonkies' 1st Birthday, we will launch a very special Giveaway in a few short days! Several hundred dollars worth of prizes are lined up and more are on the way! Keep your Bananas peeled and we'll keep you posted!


DV Graphics: MacGeeks 2 - Mr. Paul Sahner of DV Graphics has officially released Monkie Geeks!his latest MacGeeks icon collection: MacGeeks2! Inside this new set you will find icons of the crew from MacMonkies, Your Mac Life, TackyShirt, and yes, Mr. Sahner himself! We at MacMonkies are honored to be included in this collection. Thank you Paul!

Paul has also added New "banner ad" images and a Your Mac Life radio clip on his "Awards page." Get your mouse a clickin' and check out all the latest fun at DV Graphics!


systeMacs - Here is the latest news from systeMacs:

systeMacs, the Mac enterprise computing experts, today announced the release of boxIT, a new software product that allows Macintosh computers to have system software and applications instantly installed from a remote computer, in addition to unprecedented backup and restore functionality for Macs. Read More.


Monkie Tongue Twisted - Repeat after me (10 times REALLY fast): Big blue buckets of beef biscuits.

Now, if you have a better joke, PLEASE send it in and save us all from our editor's STUPID humor. Send your jokes to: macmonkies@mac.com. Please?


Weekend Update!

July 7, 2002


MAJArch Studios - That little Monkie Bird heard correct! MAJArch Studios has Starfishbeen stocked up with bunches of new desktop fun! How about 3 new Vegas photos, 1 Set of The West Wing icons for OSX, 2 new Pop Culture Desktops, and 4 new Bryce Desktops - Summer Fun! This new set of additions to The Studio is certain to make your desktop "Shimmer!" Check it out!


DV Graphics - Those wascally Monkies have ears everywhere! Soon to come down the cyber lines is a brand new set of icons from DV Graphics' resident icon artist Paul Sahner. Paul dishes out a second batch of everybody's favorite geeks - MacGeeks 2! This new MacGeeks set includes several of your favorite, well, Mac geeks personalities...and maybe even a Monkie or three. Keep your Bananas peeled for the release of MacGeeks 2 REALLY soon!


July 6, 2002

Software Updates! - Several great Mac apps have updated over the last couple days. Shall we?

Microsoft Internet Explorer - Microsoft has updated Internet Explorer to Version 5.1.5 for Mac OS 8.1 thru 9.x and Version 5.2.1 for OSX.Graphic Converter

Graphic Converter - Lemke Software has updated Graphic Converter, the extremely popular image editor, to Version 4.4.1 for both Classic and OSX.

Proteus - Cover all your instant message bases with the latest version of Proteus, the OSX app for AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo. Version 2.0b2 is now available for download. If you cannot connect with their site, click over to Version Tracker for download.

Toast Titanium - And for all your CD/DVD burning needs, Roxio has released Toast Titanium 5.1.4.

Get that clicker finger active and grab the latest versions today!


Imagine That - Imagination is just intelligence having fun!



July 5, 2002

Desktop Update - GUI master and artist extraordinaire Dan Flax has added Plastiques to the vast desktop collections at ResExcellence. This is a new set of Aqua-ized desktops by Dan that is sure to tickle your GUI fancy! There's no time like the present. Get to clickin'!


A Little On The Apevine - A little monkie was informed that we might be privileged to enjoy a new update at the classy galleries of MAJArch Studios really soon! We'll be sure to keep you posted if we hear those pixels stirring!


More Unstable Mark of Punctuation: A Good Question - Why DID the chicken cross the road?Chicken

Jerry Seinfeld: Why does anyone cross a road? I mean, why doesn't anyone ever think to ask, "What the heck was this chicken doing walking around all over the place anyway?"


Article Update - The article The Last Day from Wednesday's Update has been updated. Click here for details.


Thought for The Day - Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.

- Art Linkletter


July 4, 2002



Whoa! What a day for birthdays! Check out these July 4th B-Days!

  • MacMonkies turns 1 year old !
  • Our United States celebrates 226 years as an independent nation!
  • Tigger and Toenails turn FIVE!

MacMonkies opened the doors one year ago today. And just since January 1 of this year, we have had over 5 million hits! A great big THANKS goes out to all of our readers, contributors, and fellow Mac and PC sites that made it happen! You really make the difference!

In honor of the occasion, let's have some fun! Head over to our Fireworks Display for some cool Cyber-Works for the celebration. CLICK HERE!

Next up, if you're feeling nostalgic, click over and check out our very First Monkie Edition!

Lastly but not leastly, to really crank up the festivities, we will start a REALLY COOL GIVEAWAY beginning next week! No jacket required. Just come as you are and be prepared for some fantastic fun! See you then!

You say it's your Birthday! It's my Birthday too, yeah!


Desktop News! - Mando wraps up the week's desktop events at Mandolux:

Mandolux this week has issued 11 new desktops: 5 SR-71 Blackbird (aerospace), 2 Technosis/Anthraxis (abstract), 1 Fire & Flames (charcoal/chimney), and 3 Giant Petals (nature/rose petal).

Hurry over to Mandolux and check out these great new additions!


Network News

July 3, 2002

At The Top

At Your Xservice: Apple's Xserve Ships - Apple has 4,000 orders for the new Xserve rack mount server and has begun shipping them.


The Mac OS X server sells for $3,498.50, and has outperformed more expensive rack mount servers put out by the likes of Dell, IBM and Sun. According to Apple, "standard performance tests" have proven the Xserve to outperform the others in web serving, disk performance and running the mission-critical Biotech application BLAST." - from MacObserver


The Last Day - Well folks, this is it. Today marks the last day of...WAIT A MINUTE! I can't tell you that NOW! Stop back tomorrow and hear the REST OF THE MONKIE STORY!

Updated: July 5, 2002 - Wednesday was the last day of the first complete year in MacMonkies' history. The year was difficult at times. However, all in all exceptionally rewarding! There are four people to whom I am forever grateful:

Scott Chitwood (Rampant Mac) - For the tremendous amount of inspiration and for really making the difference!

Dan Flax (Flax Creations) - For your encouragement, advice, and amazing powers of PATIENCE!

Rene (Happicon) - For your willingness to give to others and introducing me to the iDisk! That's where it all began!

BeanHead - For being the bestest friend a Monkie could have! =)

Fasten your seatbelts for another round of madness! THANKS!




MacMonkies' 12th Icon Edition! - There's only one word to describe this edition of Icons: WOW!

Pixel Jerk - Christmas in July? You betcha! Pixel Jerk's Samuel Krueger can bring plenty of it to your desktop - ANY month of the year! First, unwrap this spiffy package with the 2002 iMac nestled inside.

Then, grab a cup of hot Apple cider and relax while you decorate your desktop area with this wonderful set of XBulbs!


miXthepiX - Hein Mevissen of miXthepiX shines in with the "Apple Only" set titled Only the Logo. It is sure to add plenty of sparkle to your desktop.

And for all of you StarWars fans, Hein adds a teaser taste of your favorite star filled saga titled A Bit of StarWars!


Imaginary ApplicationsIHeartNY - Ever exercising his imaginative abilities is IHeartNY's Matthew Bice with his latest pack of creativity - Imaginary Applications!

And from Matthew's classic archives comes the classy set titled Adium Orange Bird.


DV Graphics - Bringing a grand finale to this week's Icon selection is Glass from DV Graphics' Paul Sahner, the one's that "started it all!"

And parading right along side the festivities are all of the newly converted Apple pals, the Switchers!

Check 'em out!


9 New Desktops In The Gallery - Some GREAT desktops from some "heavy hitters" are available in this week's Desktop edition. Batter up!

3-D Spectacular! - From Alan Sherwood residing at EA Design of England way comes the piece Beaten. From Alan:

A piece of work done for a poster on bullying, suddenly makes a great desktop as an influential piece of work to anyone who comes across it.

Certainly a theme to which many can relate!

Scott Chitwood of the Rampant Mac claim to fame adds a most artful work with a title that even a Monkie can't pronounce! How about Cabed Naeramarth? This wonderful work will add some quality landscape to your desktop piece of real estate!

Drumming up the difference is some very nice HEAVYHitterwork from Mr. MacMonkie, Bradford Wiles. First up to beat is, well, the title sums it up:HEAVYHitter! Next in line is no pocket full of kryptonite, but rather a SuperBall. And wrapping up the 3-D Department, Here's Looking At You! Thanks to Mr. Chitwood for the inspiration!


Departmental Desktops - The first in the "Last Of A Series" is Easy Travel V from Ed Allen of the EA Design claim to fame. A very nice desktop that will draw you in if it catches you staring too long.

Next in line, wrapping up a series is Mr. Bob Spence with his amazing attention to detail in the fine piece titled Dolls 3.

Adding depth to your desktop experience is a great piece from Evan Kaufman of EMK Design titled grid map.

And finally, adding peace and calm after all the other desktops have gone home is the serene work from Todd Darland - Solitude of Earth.




Sam, Matthew, Evan, Alan,
, Bob, Ed, Todd, Paul, and Scott -

It's always a pleasure to have a superior group of artists in one place! Excellent work, gentlemen!


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More Monkie Business - Be sure to stop back later this week for...Oh! Just be sure to stop back! =)

Updated - If you haven't seen it yet, jump to the top for what's to come!



Community News

DV Graphics - HOLY COW BUCKETS! Things are really startin' to swing at DV Graphics! From Paul:MORE Switchers

  • New icon set, "More Switchers"
  • DV Graphics' hits surpass 200,000
  • DV Graphics' single day hits record broken, 3,500 in one day
  • "Switchers" icon set is most popular ever for DV Graphics, with almost 6000 downloads in one week.
  • "Switchers" icon set now posted on Apple.com

Me thinks this calls for a good old fashioned Monkie celebration! CONGRATULATIONS PAUL!!


Flax Creations - Mr. Dan Flax has spruced up his cyber home away from home - Flax Creations - with another fine icon set and and a cool new desktop pic: Geometrics and Market St. (respectively). Come on, come on! Grab your copy today!


miXthepiX - Some great new sets have been added to Hein Mevissen's miXthepiX, with more to come in the next couple days! Get your clicker over and miXthepiX!


EA Design - Don't forget that the gents from EA Design are taking a short holiday from grindin' out those spectacular pics. They should be back in a couple weeks with new works and a spruced up gallery. Keep checkin' back!


The Iconfactory - The Iconfactory recently 2097released of a brand new set of icons: Wipeout 2097 Team Craft! The set was created by Factory worker Dave Brasgalla and based on the Playstation game Wipeout 2097. A matching desktop can be found at Dave's personal site Pixelhaus. Head over to The Iconfactory and check 'em out!!


Xicons - That OSX exclusive icon site - Xicons - is back on line and has new icons for your hungry icon eyes! The latest sets include Purdue University by Patrick Piemonte and Lilo & Stitch by Matt Weist. Click on over and grab a peek!


Mandolux - Mando Gomez has added another fine desktop to the collections at Mandolux. The latest is titled titled Woodster, part of the Technosis theme. Hurry over and check it out!


Check 'em Out!


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News On The Net...

iMac ClothesSharp Dressed iMac: iMac Clothes - Owners of the G4 iMac may want to consider buying a "shirt" to protect it from dust and monkie hair. But who wants to cover up such a beautiful machine? Luckily, iMacclothes has come up with a translucent, lightweight "iMac Screen Shirt." It can be purchased at the iMacclothes website for $20.00. iMacclothes also hopes to have a "keyboard scarf" and a "base blouse" available soon. Ohhh! Be sure to wear the under garment! from MacCentral

Who's Who In The Who - The Who had their first concert without bass player John The WhoEntwistle Monday on night at the Hollywood Bowl. Fans gave the group a standing ovation before the set began. Video tape of the group rehearsing with Entwistle was played before the show. They opened with the songs "I Can't Explain" and "Substitute." Video tape exclusively of Entwistle was played at the end of the show as well. Entwistle died in his sleep last Thursday and fellow band members, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, decided to go on with the band's tour as a tribute to him.
- from Excite

Apple Awards: Never Cease - Golden Apples continue to shine. The Apple PrizeiMac, iPod, and the Apple Stores took gold awards from the 2002 Industrial Design Excellence Awards, as announced by Business Week. The iBook took a silver award. Apple also took four awards from the I.D. Magazine Design Review for the Titanium PowerBook G4, iBook, iPod and The iPod packaging. The list can be seen in the August issue of I.D. Magazine.
- from MacMinute

Sun Sparks: Early Fireworks - A huge explosion occurred on the sun Monday, spanning the distance of "more than 30 times the length of Earth's diameter." It shot out from the sun like a huge leg. Astronomers call this type of explosion an eruptive prominence. The term describes a set of magnetic fields trapping hot gas. Extensive satellite pictures of these real-life sunny fireworks can be viewed in full here and here.
There'll be a hot time in the ole town tonight! - from Yahoo

Back In Black: Monkies In Black? - Today's the day! Men In Black II, the sequel to the 1997 hit Men In Black, hits theaters everywhere. But what could be better than this great show starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones? The Men In Black II website isn't too shabby, though you must have Monkies In BlackFlash 5.0 or better to really enjoy the cyber optics. So what else could top the dynamic space duo hitting a screen near you? Well then. How about Monkies In Black?! Yes, you read write! Whilst surfin' about on the great white web, one crazy Monkie spotted this great Men In Black spoof. Though this is only a one frame spin-off on what is sure to be another box office hit, Monkies In Black is sure to give you a good Monkie giggle. Check it out!


the Apevine

Have you Heard?

MWNY: Think Secret On The Hush Hush - With the Macworld Expo in New York just around the corner (July 15-19), the buzz about the net regarding the future of Apple products and events is traditionally rather quiet. Though some are reporting that a 1.5 GHz G4 Mac is expected to make its debut at the Expo, others are buzzing more on the "hush" than the happenings. Think Secret reports that Apple is quieting the rumors about the net by "denying any site it considers having run 'rumor news' from obtaining press credentials to this month's Expo convention in New York City." This practice apparently started last January at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco. Though the rumor mills may be denied the access to such events, it is unlikely that such practices will slow the sites in too great a fashion. It will be very interesting to see how this one unfolds.

Have some inside information on upcoming events? Review our Submission Policy and drop us a line!

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Check 'em Out!

Software For Sore Eyes! - Clean up that desktop! CUSTOMIZE that Mac! One thing you gotta love about the Mac is the third part developers that pick up where Apple left off! And one great app for OSX that does just that is Gideon Softworks' completely rewritten Dock-It. Dock-It is a multifunctional launcher and Finder enhancer for the Mac OS X operating system. Check out these features:Dock_It

  • Create Multiple Docks
  • Docks can be used to hold files, folders, applications, scripts etc...
  • Supports all Finder file operation modifiers (ie Apple-Option is make alias etc...).
  • Streamlines Finder file operations using the Dock-It shelf feature.
  • Streamlines drive access by placing all mounted drives in a dock. No more moving windows just to get at your desktop to open your hard drive.
  • Navigate folder contents without opening a single finder window.
  • Works with your favorite "Get Info" utility - you aren't locked into one.

If you were a fan of Dock-It before, you're gonna love this version! What ARE you waiting for? You gotta grab a copy of this cool application!


Just Plain Nutz!


One guy was on duty in the main lab on a quiet afternoon. He noticed a young woman sitting in front of one of the workstations with her arms crossed across her chest and staring at the screen. After about 15 minutes he noticed that she was still in the same position only now she was impatiently tapping her foot. He asked if she needed help and she replied, "It's about time! I pushed the "Help" button on my computer over twenty minutes ago!"


A man found a magic genie who would grant him one wish. The man said to the genie," I wish that I had a non-stop bridge from here to Hawaii."

The genie said," I'm sorry, but that's going to be very hard. Do you have another wish?"

The man answered, "Of course! I want the power to understand all women."

The genie thought for a minute. He replied, "How many platforms did you want on that bridge?"


As most computer geeks are aware, there are special programs to run scanners. These programs use a TWAIN driver to perform the scanning. TWAIN, the acronym, stands for: Technology Without An Interesting Name.


Public Transportation Notice: When you exit this vehicle, please be sure to lower your head and watch your step. If you fail to do so, please lower your voice and watch your language.


A lawyer was cross-examining the doctor about whether or not he had checked the pulse of the deceased before he signed the death certificate.

"No," the doctor said. "I did not check his pulse."

"And did you listen for a heartbeat?" asked the lawyer.

"No I did not," the doctor said.

"So," said the lawyer, "when you signed the death certificate, you had not taken steps to make sure he was dead."

The doctor said, "Well, let me put it this way. The man's brain was in a jar in a jar on my desk but, for all I know, he could be out practicing law somewhere."


The most important thing in chemistry: Never lick the spoon!


SCSI - System Can't See It

DOS - Defective Operating System

IBM - I Blame Microsoft

WWW - World Wide Wait

PENTIUM - Produces Erroneous Numbers Through Incorrect Understanding of Mathematics

WINDOWS - Will Install Needless Data On Whole System

MICROSOFT - Most Intelligent Customers Realize Our Software Only Fools Teenagers


Microsoft believes in making computing easier! What could be easier for consumers than having only ONE choice of software?


The AOL car would have a TOP speed of 40 MPH yet have a 200 MPH speedometer.

The AOL car would come equipped with a NEW and fantastic 8-Track tape player.

Every now and then the brakes on the AOL car would just "lock-up" for no apparent reason.

Anyone dissatisfied could return the car but must continue to make payments for 6 months.

AOL car mechanics would have no experience in car repair.

It would not be possible to upgrade your AOL car stereo.

AOL cars would be forced to use AOL gas that cost 20% more and gave worse mileage.

Have a good line or two that would put a smile on an Ape Face? Check out MacMonkies' Submission Policy and drop us a line!


Monkie Business!

Odds and Ends


The Hands of Time - In advertisements of watches the time on the watch is usually set to 10:10. This is done on purpose so that the watch hands appear to be in the shape of a smile and look more appealing to the customer.

Contributed by Sonja Bryan


You Know the Name, Look Up the Number - The number of atoms in a pound of iron is nearly five trillion billion. That is:





Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own.

- Harold Coffin.



Be open-minded, but not so open-minded that your brains fall out.

- Stephen A. Kallis, Jr.



My father always told me: Find a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life.

- Jim Fox








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Info & Updates

Apple Acquires Emagic

Apple acquired Emagic, a leading provider of professional software solutions for computer based music production.

Mac OS9
CharView 2.0

Shows all printing characters of a selected font


July virus definitions for versions 5.9.x & 6.x

Lyrictracker Client 3.2

Tool to search a database of 20,000+ song texts

piPop 2.0

Pop-up hierarchical file navigation & launcher app

Amazing Slow Downer 2.0.1b

Slows down music w/o changing its pitch

TechTool Pro 3.0.7

hardware/software diagnostic tool

TechTool Lite 3.0.3

Basic system troubleshooting utility

iCab 2.8.1

Lean, popular alternative Web browser

Norton AntiVirus

July virus definition files for Norton AntiVirus

DockSwap 1.4

Switch between multiple Dock configurations

CharView 2.0

Shows all printing characters of a selected font

AquilaCalendar 1.20

Tear-off menu bar calendar with multiple month views

Proteus 2.0

Instant message app for AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo

Firewalk X 2.1.4

Fully featured firewall utility

Snard 1.5.1

Fast Dock & menu based launcher

piPop 2.0

Pop-up hierarchical file navigation & launcher app

Dock-It 1.0

Multi-functional launcher & Finder enhancer

Lyrictracker Client 3.2

Tool to search a database of 20,000+ song texts

Font Viewer 2.7

List, compare and try out installed fonts on your system

Link Checker X 1.0.5

Verifies the links on your Web site & more

Button Builder 3.0

Creates buttons for Web sites & multimedia projects

ThemePark 1.0b5

OS X theme designer, creator, and editor

Keyboard Maestro 1.1.3

Hot key & macro tool, launcher, multiple clipboards

Amazing Slow Downer X 2.0.1b

Slows down music w/o changing its pitch

America Online (AOL) 10.2 (11C)

Use keyword MacBeta

TinkerTool 2.2a

Adds functionality & options to many OS X features

Apple Security Update

Updated security components

PocketDock 2.5

Launcher and organizer for apps, docs, & links

Calendar X 10.2 (Prev 2A54)

Multi-disciplinary calendar w/diary & more

shadowGoogle 1.5

Desktop googlePad

Shortcut.Menu 2.1

Fast access to all apps & files

Big Clock X 2.0

Simple clock and alarm

AutoHide 1.2

Automatically hides apps after switch

Norton AntiVirus

July virus definition files for Norton AntiVirus

iCab X 2.8.1

Lean, popular alternative Web browser

A Better Finder Rename X 4.7.5

CMM to quickly batch rename multiple files


 Editor's Notes

Monkie Mouth


A BIG roll of duct tape was purchased to quiet a fidgeting Monkie.

Not a word.


Blue eyes,
Monkie's got blue eyes...


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