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This Is Apple's Next iPhone

DECS Re:FindMyPhone Not Working? (492 comments)

Because Apple apparently wanted to wipe it to prevent the software from being usable/visible. Once you wipe it, the configuration for FindMyPhone is wiped too (the device has to be linked to an account in order to be found).

It's better to lose hardware that can only be looked at than lose the hardware and the software, which would reveal a lot more about features. Gizmodo couldn't even say what the screen resolution was, because all it does it ask to be re-imaged with software Gizmodo doesn't have access to install.

Apple never leaks prototypes into the wild for promotional purposes. If anything, the phone was stolen. Apple likes buzz, but is not going to benefit from two months of "don't buy an iPhone until this new one comes out."

Adobe slips mobile Flash Player 10.1 to second half of 2010

more than 4 years ago
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Why Flash Is Fundamentally Flawed On Touchscreen Devices

DECS Re:Eat my balls! (521 comments)

Thanks for clarifying that you think Flash is not a problem on a multitouch device like the iPad because it works just fine on your non-multitouch Pocket PC device, as long as you have a joystick type controller to move around the mouse cursor.

The point is that existing Flash content assumes a mouse pointer because it's all designed to work on a Windows PC. That makes it a poor choice as a mobile platform.

Even as a lowest common denominator platform, Flash isn't capable of being deployed on the iPhone, the iPod touch, and the iPad, nor RIM's Blackberry. The Flash experience on Macs and PS3 and Wii and various other platforms that Adobe supposedly supports Flash playback on are similarly poor.

So unless you want to just drag a proprietary binary from the desktop to a mobile device and then kluge up the hardware to work like a mini-puter running Windows without any consideration of what makes a mobile device useful, Flash isn't any better than Windows Mobile.

Inside the iPad: Adobe Flash

more than 4 years ago
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Road To Riches Doesn't Run Through the App Store

DECS Re:Perhaps (305 comments)

The story here is that Newsweek found a dozen people who can provide anecdotal accounts of individuals not being successful while selling software in the App Store. Because while Apple turned the mobile software market from a failure to an astounding success, it's important to keep in mind that not everyone who makes a half-assed attempt to get rich quick via the iPhone will be snorting coke off hooker's asses in Cancun within a few weeks (just the approval process takes longer than that! Plus you have to save up for years to buy a Mac, and then scrounge up $99 for a certificate. That's all simply well out of the reach of most developers who want to get rich quick in mobile software.)

This is all newsworthy because Apple has sold a couple billion apps in its first year, and explaining away the success of the App Store is critically important for Apple critics. Casting a cloud over Apple's software store also helps provide some relief to the struggling stores run by competitors, and distracts away from the problems affecting Android, Symbian, and Windows Mobile.

That's also why the problem of Apple's successful trajectory with the iPhone is a core issue for Gartner, plenty of one-man consultant groups who shill for competing platforms and carriers, and of course, all of this is newsworthy to Slashdot because it offers some opportunity for negative discussion about Apple.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Won't Apple Sell Your iTunes LPs?

DECS Re:LP? (306 comments)

The idea is that "iTunes LP" would serve as the non-song content you used to get when you bought an album: the beautiful LP cover, lyrics, and other stuff. But upgraded to the digital era.

The problem with this non-story is that Apple isn't selling iTunes LP extras, it's giving it away when you buy the regular album associated with it.

It was a defensive move to prevent the labels from inventing their own proprietary format instead. iTunes LPs are just self-contained websites built using web standards: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Apple created a JavaScript framework called TuneKit to allow these "self contained websites" to interact with iTunes, playing content etc.

The same format is used to deliver iTunes Extras, the same bonus format for movies. Essentially, both are designed to make extremely easy to author bonus content that labels and studios (including indies) can use to add value to their existing work.

Obviously, Apple doesn't want to launch the new format with a bunch of crap, and taint it with mocking commentary that equates garbage or wierdo music with the format. So it launched the new format with iTunes 9 using a dozen big music acts and a similar number of recent movies. There has been the typical hysterical fit from poorly sourced, half-right "tech news" pieces that claimed Apple hates indies and will charge $10,000 (!) to develop the titles.

This is clearly all uninformed bullshit because there's no way Apple would develop content for third parties for just $10,000 a pop. Not even a professional authoring artist would do these for that kind of budget. Compare the free involved with authoring a DVD or BluRay disc, or creating all the artwork for a band's website or a multimedia CD-ROM.

Slashdot picked up the story and keeps trying to bump it up into the air because it sounds bad for Apple. The reality is that this is the best possible album format design anyone in the FOSS community could have hoped for. It's open, you can built it yourself, and kids can even apply some remedial HTML skills to remix their own content downloads. It's the web with a minimal business model.

New iTunes LP and Extras built using TuneKit Framework, aimed at Apple TV
Why Apple is betting on HTML 5: a web history
Apple plans to open iTunes LP for independent labels

more than 5 years ago
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Flash CS5 Will Export iPhone Apps

DECS Re:Yaaay. (154 comments)

No worries, this is not about putting any sort of Flash-anything on the iPhone.

It's only about using the next Flash developer tool release to convert Flash apps into iPhone apps. They're using LLVM to compile ActionScript (Adobe's proprietary version of JavaScript) into ARM code, resulting in a standard iPhone app. There's no Flash runtime involved (nor could there be). So there's no problem with shoveling this into the App Store, apart from meeting basic quality requirements.

So this will turn shitty Flash game-lets into shitty iPhone apps. Not really news, apart from the fact that Adobe is scrambling to line up every phone vendor but can't get its Flash runtime on the phone that's soaking up half of the world's mobile Internet traffic.

HTML5 assault on Adobe Flash heats up with ClickToFlash

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Wants Patents For Crippling Cellphones

DECS Re:Confirmed (371 comments)

You're referencing the app store or what? That's not the issue here, but if you are, you should consider that the app store is functional, for developers and for users, in a way that "other phones" are not.

If you prefer ideology over functionality/availability/commercial viability, then knock yourself out. But spare us the "ought" conversation and hypothetical moralizing propped up against a failed world view.

If being "open" solved all problems, we'd be all using Linux PCs and using OpenMoko handsets. We might also be living in a communist paradise. Unfortunately, none of those things work well enough for most people to actually use.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Wants Patents For Crippling Cellphones

DECS Re:Confirmed (371 comments)

It wasn't an analogy. Provisioning is a basic concept that underlies the marketing features of both Parental Controls and Managed Preferences. It relates to access permissions.

You can think of everything in terms of "what you want" as a customer, but the reality is that mobile providers want to give you a specific packages of options. If they only sell one size to fit all, then people who don't need it all would still have to pay for it all.

You wouldn't want to pay for a site license to Photoshop just to edit pictures at home. You might even want to get by with Elements. Those are options.

Same applies to mobile providers. Maybe you don't want to pay for everything. Maybe you're a company and don't want or can't support everything. That's the problem provisioning solves.

 

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Wants Patents For Crippling Cellphones

DECS Re:Confirmed (371 comments)

"Apple is empowering AT&T to be more controlling of how it's customers use the network they are paying to access. "

Actually you got that backwards. Apple dramatically changed the mobile landscape in the US, forcing the carriers' market to open up to a new device. Verizon rejected the iPhone, but Cingular/AT&T was in desperate need of subscribers, so it capitulated to Apple by offering unlimited data access by a handset that could actually use data (unlike any other US phone previously), while also supplying wide open WiFi access (something else US carriers hated).

That's why AT&T's network is being so hammered by critics - they don't realize that Apple opened the floodgates for unrestricted mobile data, knocking down AT&T's network in a way that Verizon would never have allowed (and still doesn't). Apple took away carrier control and gave it to users, at a cost similar to what carriers were already charging for worthless/unusable mobile data service.

As far as contrasting the open/closed PC market, "IBM clones" weren't open, they just had no QA standards. That's why Microsoft had to struggle to get PC makers to converge on basic "Multimedia PC" standards in the early 90s just to allow users to play basic audio, at a time when Apple's computers were capable of real audio/video and hyperlinked media.

Once Microsoft killed off any remaining competition in PC OSs in the mid-90s, trying to argue that PCs were more "open" just makes you look silly. There is nothing open about Windows PCs. Mobile devices have even less need to be "open." Cars and game consoles and refrigerators aren't "open," and the public isn't asking for "openness," they want fun shit that works and is reasonably priced.

Open mobile phone platforms won't deliver any of those things. They can only offer a Linux PC experience: DIY shit that doesn't work, isn't finished, and is free only if you invest your life into making it work. Which is really expensive if you don't have a lot of free time and interests that circle around troubleshooting bullshit.

Provisioning is actually what the article is about, which is why I was addressing that.

 

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Wants Patents For Crippling Cellphones

DECS Re:Confirmed (371 comments)

The summary what written by an idiot grinding an ignorant axe against Apple.

First off, its a PATENT FILING, not a policy paper. Second, the /. summary is, predictably, a wildly sensationalized bit of bullshit. Third, provisioning has several applications.

If you knew anything about mobiles, you'd already know you don't have true device root on any phone, including FOSS projects like OpenMoko and Android. You may have mostly open access to the PC-OS side of the device, but carriers control their own network and the FCC mandates a closed baseband. There is nothing approaching an "unlimited, unfettered device," for obvious reasons.

To say that Apple is treading on your rights in designing a provisioning system used to enforce carrier feature options set BEFORE you buy the device is simply juvenile ranting.

This is not about locking down features after you buy and agree to a given level of service. It's about creating a product with features set by the provider that you have an OPTION to buy.

If you stand back, you'll realize that the smartphones that "aren't crippled" (in your view) are actually the most lame. Like OpenMoko, an open phone that can't dial. Or Android, a platform that announced its SDK and store before the iPhone, but can mange to keep up with Apple nor attract similar interest from developers or users.

When Apple is the only option, you can begin your complaints. Right now, there's no chance Apple will ever become your only option in smartphones, so stop sniveling about your ideological purity that doesn't work in the real world.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Wants Patents For Crippling Cellphones

DECS Re:Confirmed (371 comments)

Parental Controls and MCX are examples of provisioning features. They're not to benefit children and employees, they're there to serve parents and employers.

If you don't like the deal being offered by your ISP, you choose a less restrictive ISP. Complaining that Apple is reaching out to the Chinese Communists and Verizon Capitalists shouldn't affect you unless you choose to live under the reign of either.

Sounds like you prefer to complain about subjects irrelevant to you.

Provisioning is also used to enable specific features in specific ways on different carriers, such as MMS and tethering, or to allow companies or groups to deploy signed iPhone app to a specific set of phones.

Slashdot is starting to sound like a republican town hall. Lots of angry shouting, not much thinking.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Wants Patents For Crippling Cellphones

DECS Re:Confirmed (371 comments)

That's what they want you to think. Just wait till those bits turn off. Suddenly YOUR files belong to THEM.

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Well I guess I could have written --------- but that might not have been as clear.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Wants Patents For Crippling Cellphones

DECS Re:Confirmed (371 comments)

Is everyone on Slashdot really so ignorant as to never have bumped into the concept of provisioning?

That's what corporations do when they assign employees mobile devices. They may disable the camera or require encryption features. Or if you are China or Verizon Wireless, you turn off WiFi.

Holy Jesus, is Apple also "evil" for offering Parental Controls and MCX Managed Preferences? How about file permissions? Yeah that's right, I'm afraid Unix has been denying people their "rights" for some time now with those pesky rwxrwxrwx and execute bits.

Sounds like a fantasy libertarian circle jerk has bukakaed Slashdot. The ignorance of this site is getting embarrassing.

more than 5 years ago
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Wii Update 4.2 Tries (and Fails) To Block Homebrew

DECS Re:Why is that legal? (520 comments)

Licensing isn't really new. It might be "new to consumers," like people who have never encountered the idea that businesses pay more for things like ASCAP and per seat licensing than they do.

Software is a modern product concept. Ownership of somebody's created work (software, music, whatever) requires some concept of licensing beyond simple possession, just as ownership of land requires more than occupancy.

And yes, everyone seeks to frame things in their interests. Obviously companies will do what they can get away with. But the idea that individuals have some unassailable god-given right to modify software because they possess it is a rather foolish and naive idea. I'm not against modding your Wii/iPod/PC or whatever, but I don't pretend that it is protected by law.

Laws are designed to protect the assets of people who control wealth. They are not there to protect people, except those laws that are put in place within 25 years of the last revolution.

 

more than 5 years ago
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Wii Update 4.2 Tries (and Fails) To Block Homebrew

DECS Re:Why is that legal? (520 comments)

No, you are not "you are purchasing a copy of the software with the hardware." You rarely ever buy (obtain full rights) to software for obvious reasons.

Modifying software is nothing like annotating a book. Also, books don't have EULAs. You can scribble on your copy of Word, but you don't have any rights to modify the software, and EULAs are notorious for insisting that this is the case, again, for reasons that should be obvious to anyone with an IQ over 80.

Again, you can refuse to recognize intellectual property, but that's no difference from communists refusing to acknowledge property rights. Might be a fun way to live your early 20s, but it's not legal in any sense, and you're only a simpleton for thinking that whatever you want to be the case is "legal," just because you think its a good idea (and because it doesn't financially impact you).

It doesn't matter if you click or read an EULA. It's there.

Also, news flash: content is protected automatically, You can't buy a CD and play it in your restaurant for your patrons without violating its license, even if you opened the package with your eyes shut while chanting "I don't believe in intellectual property rights."

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Ha, marked me "flamebait." Grow the fuck up Slashdot. Start with a basic education in subjects other than "I want to believe this to be the case because the idea pleases me."

Is this site getting increasingly retarded, or am I just growing old enough to find teenage gamers tiresome?

 

more than 5 years ago
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Wii Update 4.2 Tries (and Fails) To Block Homebrew

DECS Re:Why is that legal? (520 comments)

Ever heard of a neighborhood housing covenant? You buy a house, but recognize that you can't paint it Day-Glo orange or park a car on your yard. Why? Because it does impact your neighbors, even if it is your yard.

"Changing bits" on some software you licensed the use of is not usually legal. I can't "change bits" of Linux and resell it as my own work, just as you can't change bits of Windows or iPhone OS or Wii firmware and use it against its licensing agreement.

As I said, to people who don't share the same financial interests, laws might not make any sense. If you're a vagrant, you might think the world is your toilet because you don't respect property.

If you are a freetard, you think the world's code is your playground because you don't respect intellectual property. No difference. It comes down to respecting licensing.

If you want to take a Wii and write unique software for it, Nintendo will try very hard to stop you because they want you to be a consumer of their games. If you want to edit the firmware to allow you to pirate games, Nintendo will try to stop you because they want gaming revenue. If you want to call yourself a homebrew hacker, fine, but 90% of "homebrew" is really just piracy. Nintendo doesn't care about the 10% making their own games, it cares about the majority who hide behind homebrew in order to undermine sales of commercial software: one solution wipes out both.

I'm not personally offended by your desire to want to do those things. I've slept in places I wasn't supposed to, I've used software I've failed to pay for, and I've violated various licenses and trespassed and have occasionally resorted to schwarzfahren when I lacked train tickets... and plenty of other more egregious things.

But there is a gulf between realizing that you're doing something sketchy, and in hypocritically laying out a pretentious defense of illegal behavior on the basis of either "not recognizing the law" or citing some legal foundation for doing something that is simply not legal.

more than 5 years ago
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Wii Update 4.2 Tries (and Fails) To Block Homebrew

DECS Re:Why is that legal? (520 comments)

When you buy a computer, you're not buying just a device; you're also licensing software that makes that device work. So no, your first sale doctrine doesn't really apply because you're not just using a purchased item, you're buying hardware attached to a software license.

You may have trouble with that concept, the same as a vagrant has trouble with the concept of loitering or peeing in public, but the laws are there to protect business models, not to make you feel liberated from needing to pay for things other people have created.

It's one thing to take a device (iPod, PC,Wii, whatever), completely wipe the software and install Linux or your own code. It's very different to take those same devices, and use the existing software against its license to do something you want to do with it in order to violate the deal you got when you bought it.

There are plenty of people who don't think humans should be able to own private land (because they can't or don't), so you are not alone in having a purely selfish view of copyright that suits your personal needs. That does not mean you have any legal standing.

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Why Apple is betting on Light Peak with Intel: a love story

more than 5 years ago
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Wii Update 4.2 Tries (and Fails) To Block Homebrew

DECS Re:Maximal ignorance exposed and explained. (520 comments)

Microsoft also set aside that special $1,150,000,000 fund for repairing those loss leader Xbox 360s. Across the less than 12 million units it had shipped up to that point, that means the company dropped nearly another $100 per unit. Return rates were over 50% at one point, and are still fairly high.

Compared to that scale of money loss (and Sony's expensive effort to promote BluRay via the PS3), Nintendo's tiny Wii hardware profits look phenomenal. But they're still very thin margins and depend upon software licensing deals to make it worth doing.

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Why Apple is betting on Light Peak with Intel: a love story

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Releases Prototype of Research OS "Barrelfish"

DECS Re:Grand Central Dispatch? (366 comments)

To help kill off the douchbag antivirus vendors who are trying to use irrational fear sell Mac users antivirus tools they don't need.

There are all of two malicious trojans you can actually encounter (I tried to find one live on the web and could not), so Apple just added them both to the blacklist the looks at files you might download. Much like the antiphishing features of browsers, which only point out obvious risks to users as they wade through them.

more than 5 years ago
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Snow Leopard Missed a Security Opportunity

DECS Re:It doesnt matter... (304 comments)

If you look at the big problematic viruses that ransacked Windows XP and created the security/virus panic at Microsoft that resulted in Vista's new security focus, outbreaks such as Melissa virus or the more recent Storm trojan, you realize that all this bullshit being spewed by security experts about exploit vulnerabilities and root access is a distraction.

Melissa was a fucking Office macro virus. Storm is a trojan. All the "malware" on the Mac is stupid shit you have to authorize the installation for. None of Windows' malware/virus/adware crisis is really solved by ASLR. There are no advanced OS security features that can prevent people from authorizing the installation of a trojan masquerading as a video codec or a pirate copy of iWork. If you have admin rights on a machine, you can install all the trojans you need, and you can wipe out all of your own data without any need for "root access."

Charlie Miller is a smart guy, but complaining that ASLR on the Mac isn't bulletproof is like the Maytag repairman publishing how Maytag can eliminate a potential part failure. Doesn't he need to preserve something to be able to show up at award shows and demonstrate flaws on the Mac? It's not like anyone else cares about Mac vulnerabilities, apart from the antivirus companies trying to sell Mac users software they don't need - or so that the user can be "alerted" when they try to install a fake/pirate version of iWork that is really a bit of malware.

The only way to kill malware dead is to prevent users from installing software that isn't approved and vetted. That's what the iPhone App Store does, and all you freetards out there don't like that either, do you?

And on that subject, guess what company is copying Apple's App Store but introducing far more draconian restrictions: Microsoft sells restrictive new WiMo Marketplace via iPhone ads

   

more than 5 years ago

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Palm Pre users suffer cloud computing data loss

DECS DECS writes  |  more than 4 years ago

DECS (891519) writes "Palm Pre users have been hit by a new cloud sync failure resulting in lost contacts, calendar items, notes and tasks, which now means that virtually every major smartphone vendor has suffered significant cloud problems: Apple's MobileMe last year, Nokia's Ovi and Microsoft's Danger/Sidekick this year, and additional rolling outages suffered by BlackBerry and Google users. Will vendors dial back cloud-only sync, or at least begin providing more robust local sync and restore features along the lines of the iPhone's iTunes sync? Windows Mobile and Android are still pursuing designs that, like the Pre, expected users to fully rely on central cloud servers rather than defaulting to a local backup option."
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Apple develops TuneKit Framework for iTunes LP and

DECS DECS writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DECS writes "RDM looks inside the bonus content files Apple is selling as iTunes LP albums and Extras movies, and discovers Apple has created a JavaScript framework for creating HTML/CSS/JS web standards-based interactive content. It's called TuneKit, and like MobileMe's SproutCore, it proves that you don't need proprietary web plugins like Flash or Silverlight to build rich media. Even more interesting is the evidence that Apple is secretly targeting a new wave of iTunes LP and movies content for use on Apple TV."
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Apple dropping WebObjects in Snow Leopard Server

DECS DECS writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DECS (891519) writes "According to a report in AppleInsider, Snow Leopard Server will drop support for WebObjects. The article presents an interesting overview of the history of NeXT's WebObjects, with comments from Steve Jobs on the future of the Web back in 1996 before Apple acquired his company. It also traces the blockbuster history of WebObjects within Apple (it's used in the company's online store, iTunes, Dot Mac, and the App Store) despite Apple's own inability to market the software to anyone else. Apple dropping WebObjects in Snow Leopard Server"
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iGames Summit discusses the iPhone game business

DECS DECS writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DECS (891519) writes "The iGames Summit, held today in San Francisco, gathered small and larger games developer together with venture capitalists and in-game advertising companies to discuss the state of gaming on Apple's mobile platform. The conference opened with a panel discussion looking at what's different about the iPhone gaming platform, and closed with a look at what developers can expect for the future. One developer also demonstrated the use of the iPhone or iPod touch as a Wiimote."
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Tech issues the next president will face

DECS DECS writes  |  about 6 years ago

DECS (891519) writes "A presidential debate on technology policy organized by Wired magazine the New American Foundation turned into a simple interview after John McCain's chief economic policy adviser (the man who called McCain the inventor of the BlackBerry), Douglas Holtz-Eakin, failed to show. Barack Obama's representative, former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, did attend and offered some perspective of what technology issues the next president will face related to universal broadband, information privacy, open government, net neutrality, the use of white space, and other topics. Former FCC Chair Reed Hundt: Issues the next president faces in technology"
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Road to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: 64-Bits

DECS DECS writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DECS writes "AppleInsider published a detailed historical overview of the progress toward 64-bit systems in Road to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: 64-Bits, explaining how the 32-bit Mac OS X kernel can access 8GB of RAM in the PowerMac G5 and 32GB of RAM in the modern Xeon Mac Pro (it uses the same technology as Microsoft's Datacenter and Enterprise versions of Windows). Also looks at the problems facing platforms migrating to 64-bits, and how Apple has incrementally built out support for 64-bit hardware and 64-bit software compatible with 64-bit Linux in Tiger and Leopard, and what's on the horizon for next year's Snow Leopard."
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MobileMe uses Wide-Area Bonjour to push messages

DECS DECS writes  |  more than 6 years ago

inCider writes "AppleInsider is running a series examining the internals of Apple's MobileMe, which just replaced .Mac in a clumsy rollout that left many users inconvenienced and irritated. The first segment, Secrets of the Cloud looked at the hardware and software Apple uses to run the service, which the company keeps a huge secret. The second installment talks about how Apple uses Wide-Area Bonjour and ad hoc IPSec connections, the same technologies behind Mac OS X Leopard's "Back to My Mac" remote file and VNC screen sharing, to deliver push calendar and contact updates from the cloud to desktop Mac clients (Windows clients only sync data from the cloud at regular intervals). This seems to be a novel approach to doing push messaging. A followup article promises that compares MobileMe's price and features to hosted Exchange Server accounts, RIM's Blackberry Enterprise Server, and more consumer-oriented web services offerings from Google."
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Cocoa for Windows + Flash Killer = SproutCore

DECS DECS writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DECS (891519) writes "At WWDC, Apple unveiled an update of .Mac renamed Mobile Me and billed as "Exchange for the rest of us," clearly targeted at iPhone users, many of whom are new to the Mac platform. But the big news behind the scenes is that Apple's .Mac group built its new Mobile Me web apps using SproutCore, the company's open source (MIT license) JavaScript framework with a complete application stack based on MVC and making extensive use of Cocoa-style bindings, localization, offline storage, and other features. As RDM describes, that makes SproutCore essentially a free "Cocoa for the Web," allowing developers to deploy sophisticated, cross platform thick client web apps on Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 6/7, and Mobile Safari on the iPhone, all without requiring a proprietary plugin runtime such as Flash or Silverlight because everything works in simple HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. Cocoa for Windows + Flash Killer = SproutCore."
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Zune Sales Still In the Toilet

DECS DECS writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Legalizeit (891519) writes "Microsoft's thorn-in-the-side Daniel Eran Dilger of RoughlyDrafted says Zune Sales Still In the Toilet after unearthing secret sales figures for the Zune from a Microsoft spokesperson: just over 2 million since its launch in Oct 2006. In comparison, "Apple has sold roughly 76 million iPods during that same period, more than doubling the installed base of iPods since the Zune's debut." Microsoft didn't make a dent in the iPod empire, and now it's twice as far behind as when it got started."
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IBM Launches Pilot Program for...Migrating to Macs

DECS DECS writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DECS (891519) writes "IBM's Research Information Services has launched an internal pilot program to study the possibility of moving significant numbers of employees to the Mac platform. The study has already found an enthusiastic response from participants and is helping to drive Mac support for IBM's business applications. An internal IBM document obtained by RDM revealed participants feedback, including the comments "It has been easier learning the Mac than learning Vista," "This can free us from the Windows stranglehold," and "I think that Mac users can be productive in IBM. However, if I had to recommend a non-Windows setup, I would recommend Linux on a ThinkPad." IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs"
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iPhone Shortage Caused by 3rd World Demand

DECS DECS writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DECS (891519) writes "The iPhone shortage in Apple's retail stores isn't a sign of the 3G model coming early. Grey market demand in emerging markets is fouling up Apple's ability to manage retail inventory in its stores. Analysts in a New York Times story were shown up by an anonymous source arguing that the massive iPhone transactions performed in the US by organized rings for resale in emerging markets are the real reason Apple's US stores are running out of iPhones. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal profiles Thai markets selling iPhones hand over fist for nearly $800. Does the iPhone Shortage Herald an Impending 3G Release? Probably Not."
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iPhone 2.0 SDK: Video Games to Rival DS, PSP

DECS DECS writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DECS (891519) writes "When the iPhone was unveiled a year ago, it was obvious that it would outclass the status quo in mobile phones, particularly in the US where mobile operators have been holding back innovation. Far less obvious was the potential for the new phone to rival dedicated handheld gaming consoles. Here's how well the iPhone stacks up against the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP in both hardware and as a business model: iPhone 2.0 SDK: Video Games to Rival Nintendo DS"
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iPhone 2.0 SDK: How Signing Certificates Work

DECS DECS writes  |  more than 6 years ago

iphoner writes "Criticism of Apple's iPhone SDK has involved its 30% cut of retail sales, its $99 certificates, and its mandatory code signing, but as the article iPhone 2.0 SDK: How Signing Certificates Work points out, Apple's terms compare very favorably with video game console SDKs and other mobile development platforms, from RIM's BlackBerry to Palm to Windows Mobile and Nokia's Symbian. Other sites charge developers 50% or more, do little to promote their software, and charge higher fees for signing certificates. But what does the push toward certificate signing actually do for users and developers? In addition to erecting a new barrier to malware and privacy attacks, Apple's iTunes promises to create a real market for mobile developers in the same way Apple turned around the music industry. Will Apple's plans solve the problems plaguing the desktop, or stifle creative mobile development?"
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The Secret Death of Microsoft's Xbox 360

DECS DECS writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OMG (891519) writes "Throughout 2007, the media consistently reported leading sales of Microsoft's Xbox 360, dismal figures for Sony's struggling PlayStation 3, and celebrated the long shot Nintendo Wii as a possible contender in game consoles. This portrayal of the video game market in 2007 was grossly misleading, and NPD has the figures to demonstrate why. Microsoft's efforts to stuff the channel and strip the Xbox 360 of features to hit low price targets worked in the short term, but have since backfired, killing its HD-DVD format, leaving Xbox Live downloads an unattractive niche service with insignificant market share, preventing the Xbox from exercising any leverage to push the Zune, and allowing Microsoft's new console sales to plummet by over 33% year over year in 2007. On top of that, 7.7 million units — more than a year's supply — have gone unaccounted for, either put out of commission in as warranty lemons or sitting in warehouses. Despite all this, hardly anyone is saying a word about it, except for: Video Game Consoles 2007: Wii, PS3 and the Death of Microsoft's Xbox 360"
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Who Was the Biggest Loser at Macworld?

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DECS (891519) writes "RDM shakes down the results to determine Who Was the Biggest Loser at Macworld?, taking a look at Apple's attempt to do to the ultralight laptop industry what it did last year to smartphones; Apple TV's threat to Vudu, NetFlix, Blockbuster, and Microsoft's fledgling Xbox Live video on demand service; Time Capsule's preemptive strike at Windows Home Server; the dustup between Violet Blue and Steve Jobs; and the lonely guy still selling Stuffit."
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Will Apple Rescue Intel's Silverthorne?

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UMEE (891519) writes "AppleInsider looks deep behind the rumors of an expanded partnership between Apple and Intel involving Silverthorne, the second generation, low power x86 processor designed to power Microsoft's UMPC. However, sales of the tablet devices have historically been bogged down by design, price, performance, and usability issues, and UMPCs have seen little marketing. Apple's use of the processor could turn things around by leveraging the company's strengths in marketing, retail, and design, but it's certainly not alone in targeting the ultra mobile space. Low priced alternatives including the Asus Eee PC and OLPC XO-1, both of which run Linux and use processors from Intel rivals TI and AMD, have already stolen the limelight among ultra mobile devices. Is the future ultra mobile? Will tablet computing fail yet again? Will Apple Rescue Intel's Silverthorne?"
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Why Did Apple Kill the Newton MessagePad?

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SoupySales (891519) writes "Did Steve Jobs kill the Newton MessagePad back in 1998 out of blind hatred of John Sculley, the Apple's 80s CEO who dreamed it up? RDM says no, and looks at reasons why the Newton didn't work out then and how today's iPhone platform is morphing toward the MessagePad's old territory a decade later. Newton Rising: Is the Next iPhone Device a G3 MessagePad?"
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The Real Bill Gates Behind Daniel Lyons' FSJ

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shillhunter (891519) writes "Forbes' Dan Lyons, author of the Fake Steve Jobs blog, decided it would be entertaining to parody the unplugging of ThinkSecret by pretending his own blog was under threat from Apple. Except that in order to do that, he had to stop pretending to be FSJ and start pretending that the real Steve Jobs was threatening him. That's where he left the world of parody and reentered the familiar territory of lucrative scandal. Even before starting FSJ, Lyons jumped to follow Microsoft's marketing message with SCO against Linux, and continues to follow closely in his "People Ready," corporate-savvy, yet comical blog. His readers just haven't realized it yet. Daniel Lyons Cries Wolf: The Real Bill Gates Behind the Fake Steve Jobs"
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New Apple Patent: WGA Evil or iPhone Knievel?

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ringoffire (891519) writes "Is it true that Apple's new software DRM patent is racing to duplicate Microsoft's infamously evil WGA spyware license verification system as Computerworld's Gregg Keizer speculates, or is it possible that Apple's patent describes something entirely different that leaps over the heads of industry pundits and performs a spectacular arc over the rows of broken down vehicles underneath (some of which may be on fire), to land a new platform and win applause for doing so? The New Apple Patent: WGA Evil or iPhone Knievel?"
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Vulnerability Numerology: Defective by Design?

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rdmreader (891519) writes "RDM has a point by point disassembly of why the security vulnerability story George Ou of ZDnet regularly rehashes is wrong. Ou condemns Linux and Mac OS X by tallying up reported flaws and comparing them against Microsoft's. What he doesn't note is that his source, Secunia, only lists what vendors and researchers report, selectively includes or excludes component software seemingly at random, and backhandedly claimed its data is evidence of what it now tells journalists they shouldn't report. Is Secunia presenting slanted information with the expectation it will be misused, or is it just bad journalism at ZDnet?"

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DECS DECS writes  |  more than 8 years ago The Time Machine Rip-off Myth
According to proponents of this myth, Apple's new Time Machine is blatant rip off of Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy, and by extension, nothing in Leopard is interesting at all because it's all been done before. They're wrong, here's why.

WWDC Secrets Paul Thurrott Hopes You Miss
Microsoft apologist Paul Thurrott is doing his very best to scribble up a negative spin on Apple's WWDC Leopard announcements. Poor Paul! After five years of Longhorn waiting and regular Vista disappointments, his very best attempts at poo-pooing Leopard sound a lot like sour grapes.

Three Reasons Why Microsoft Can't Ship (and Apple can)
How has Apple been able to ship six major revisions of Mac OS X in the same timeframe that Microsoft has done little for their desktop users apart from service packs, patches and ads?

WWDC Leopard Sneak Peek Highlights
Steve Jobs revealed a first glimpse of new Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard features in the WWDC opening keynote address. There are additional details and movies illustrating Leopard and Leopard Server features on Apple's site. Many new features delivered on my wishlist items! Here are some highlights and observations.

WWDC Leopard Server Sneak Peek Highlights
Steve Jobs revealed a first glimpse of new Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard features in WWDC opening keynote address. There are additional details and movies illustrating Leopard and Leopard Server features on Apple's site. Here are some highlights and observations.

Leopard Predictions for WWDC 2006
What will Apple announce at WWDC06? There will no doubt be some surprises, but here are some well known inevitabilities, some reasonable possibilities for new apps, new UI, and new hardware, and a few commonly repeated ideas that - sorry - have no chance!

How to Fix the Finder 3: Prettier
The Finder uses a number of graphic effects to reinforce behaviors. A third aspect of fixing the Finder makes it prettier, not by just adding fluff and eye candy, but employing intuitive user interface devices that make sense, enhance utility, and look good too. Here are some examples.

How to Fix the Finder 2: Smarter
Part one of How to Fix the Finder looked at ways to make it faster. The second aspect of fixing the Finder involves making it smarter, by presenting additional simple tools to perform complex tasks.

How to Fix the Finder 1: Faster
The Mac OS X Finder is at the top of everyone's fix-it list. Here's a look at what's wrong with the Finder, and ideas for fixing it.

Secrets of Pay Per Click Advertising
Part two of Secrets of Running a Website looks at how web advertising works, starting with pay per click programs like Google AdSense, AdBrite, and Yahoo! Ads.

Secrets of Running a Website
Are you considering setting up your own website, or just curious to know more about the inside operations of running an online presence? Here's a secret look at the ins and outs of advertising, web site traffic, and the tools available to publish your content.

Apple's Next Killer App
Killer applications fuel demand for a product by exploiting new features or efficiencies in a way that changes how the world works. Here's the next big application, and how Apple is positioned to ride the wave of new hardware sales it will bring.

The Xserve mini
Introducing the Apple XServe mini: what it is, what it does, and why the world needs it.

Market Share Myth: Nailed!
A look at the slippery aspect of numbers, proof that a quality share of the market can be better than a larger market share, and how the definition of a market is critically important in evaluating market share numbers.

The Apple Market Share Myth
According to proponents of this myth, a vendor's market share numbers speak for themselves as a critically important factor in selecting a technology product or platform. They're wrong, here's why.

New Media and Free Market Choice
Five examples that prove that intellectual property, while offering some new challenges, still obeys the same market laws of supply and demand. Along the way, I'll also prove why the market has rejected digital media rentals.

The Online Music and Movie Rental Myth
According to proponents of this myth, the real road to obscene profits in movies, music, software, and other digital media lies with online subscription rentals, not direct sales. They're wrong, here's why.

How to Build a Free and Simple Ajax Menu
Here's a free way to add a simple, Ajax enabled menu to your site. I'm using iWeb, but it doesn't matter what tool you use to publish your web pages. It just uses a simple collection of Javascripts to reference HTML files.

CNET's Charles Cooper Strikes Out in iPod Attack
There's a common misconception about what it means to be proprietary. Here's a disassembly of one of the worst articles yet on the subject, written by CNET's executive editor, Charles Cooper.

Generation 6 iPods
The iPod turns five years old this fall, and is due for its annual revamping. Apple keeps a tight lid on future plans, but here's a look at three designs for Generation 6 iPods, along with three software features I'd like to see Apple deliver.

The Microsoft iPod-Killer Myth
According to proponents of this myth, Microsoft is out to kill Apple's iPod with a player they will design and build on their own. Once it arrives, they expect Microsoft to clean up not only the music player market, but also online music sales, leaving Apple on the sidelines. They're wrong, here's why.

The Microsoft Invincibility Myth
According to proponents of this myth, Microsoft's expertise in building software platforms ensures that everything that Microsoft does will turn to gold. This supposed invincibility is used to prove how Microsoft will eventually dominate all new markets, from online music stores to the iPod, and how advances by Linux and Apple's Mac OS X will never make any significant impact on PC desktops. They're wrong, here's why.

Using iSight as a Hand Gesture Input Device
Apple has included simple hardware features on their laptops that have found new and different applications in the minds of users. Here are two enabling technologies that made news recently, along with an idea I'd like to see inspired by the movie Minority Report and the Sony EyeToy.

The Road to VoIP: Paved with Bad Intentions
The road to open standards is often a long, rough path. Developers of new technologies consistently aim to own and control networks, protocols, and customers, leaving their users to suffer until more open alternatives arrive. This familiar story repeated itself in email, in instant messaging, and is now playing out in the world of VoIP. Here's what happened then, and what's similarly happening now.

Imaging MacBooks: Understanding MBR, APM, and GPT
The following information applies to all of Apple's Intel based Macs, and is important in understanding the issues involved with using BootCamp, or in moving drives between PCs and Intel Macs. It also helps to explain why Apple beat all the other PC makers in widely releasing EFI based computers.

The Road to VoIP: The Empire Strikes Out
How the phone company fumbled in providing modern communication services for their customers

Do MacBooks Make Business Sense as PC Laptops?
I arranged with Apple Enterprise to obtain four MacBooks for a month long trial to determine if Apple's new Intel based laptops could replace PC laptops in a business environment running Windows. Here's an introduction to what I learned in using MacBooks and BootCamp to run Windows.

Open Source Values and the Peanut Gallery
The value proposition involved in choosing an open source strategy, and a roast of the emerging peanut gallery who are attempting to hijack and betray the free software movement.

Fixing .Mac - Idea 8: Subscription Music
Features Apple needs to add to their .Mac service to move it from "web hosting and email plus" to a complete suite of services that are valuable, obvious, and will sell themselves.

The Road to VoIP: Phone Wars
The reasons for, and challenges behind, replacing the existing old phone empire with a new system.

BSD and GPL: Different Sources for Different Horses
The benefits and the motivations behind two very different styles of open source development: the BSD style license, pioneered by UC Berkeley and MIT; and the GPL invented by Richard Stallman, the founder of the free software movement.

An iPhone Worth Talking About
The options and challenges Apple will face in delivering a mobile phone of their own.

iPod, Therefore, iPhone?
Examining the likelihood that Apple will turn their iPod into a phone.

Why Mobile Phones Make Bad iPods
Why mobile phones and music players are not the obvious match many analysts are describing.

Fixing .Mac - Idea 7: Enhance and Encourage Sharing
Features Apple needs to add to their .Mac service to move it from "web hosting and email plus" to a complete suite of services that are valuable, obvious, and will sell themselves.

The iPod Phone Myth
According to proponents of this myth, Apple's success with the iPod is about to be crushed by an onslaught of music playing cell phones, so Apple needs to desperately come up with an iPod + cell phone combination of their own to remain relevant. They're wrong, here's why.

The Revolution Will be Open Sourced!
Over the last decade, every player in the software development industry has been dramatically affected by an open source revolution. How will Apple adapt to fit into this new world? Are they leading, following, or falling behind? Do they stand to benefit from an increased adoption of open source practices, or will they simply have to change how they do business?

Fixing .Mac - Idea 6: Add Privacy Management
Features Apple needs to add to their .Mac service to move it from "web hosting and email plus" to a complete suite of services that are valuable, obvious, and will sell themselves.

Fixing .Mac - Idea 5: A .Mac Marketplace
Features Apple needs to add to their .Mac service to move it from "web hosting and email plus" to a complete suite of services that are valuable, obvious, and will sell themselves.

Stevenson Fails 'Report Card' on Mac Ads
Seth Stevenson writes a column for Salon called the "Ad Report Card," where he rates the effectiveness of advertising based on his own extemporaneous criteria. Sometimes it's the concept, sometimes execution, and sometimes he just likes ads because they are entertaining. After watching Apple's new Get a Mac ads, however, he complained.

Fixing .Mac - Idea 4: Secure Identity Services
Features Apple needs to add to their .Mac service to move it from "web hosting and email plus" to a complete suite of services that are valuable, obvious, and will sell themselves.

Apple and Open Source... Strange Buffaloes?
Tim Bray's "Time to Switch?" and John Gruber's "Why Apple Won't Open Source Its Apps" both discuss the potential risks and benefits Apple would face in open sourcing their consumer applications. Here's my take: Apple does not make fierce profits from $130 Mac OS X retail sales, and there isn't a conspiracy behind new apps not working on an old OS.

Fixing .Mac - Idea 3: .Macster!
Features Apple needs to add to their .Mac service to move it from "web hosting and email plus" to a complete suite of services that are valuable, obvious, and will sell themselves.

Fixing .Mac - Idea 2: A Reputation System
Features Apple needs to add to their .Mac service to move it from "web hosting and email plus" to a complete suite of services that are valuable, obvious, and will sell themselves.

Fixing .Mac - Idea 1: Hyperblog the Web
Features Apple needs to add to their .Mac service to move it from "web hosting and email plus" to a complete suite of services that are valuable, obvious, and will sell themselves.

The Apple Video Game Development Myth
According to proponents of this myth, Apple's recent recruiting for video game developers means that the company is planning a big new push into video games for the Mac, the iPod, and possibly a brand new gaming console from Apple. They're wrong, here's why.

5 More Reasons Apple Can Kickstart Web 2.0
Five more reasons why Apple is a force to be reckoned with on the new web, and how this will enable them to do things other industry players can't.

The 'Mac OS X Closed by Pirates' Myth
According to the proponents of this myth, Apple has abandoned their open source initiatives as they move to Intel, because they are afraid that, armed with the Darwin source code, pirate 3lit3 haxx0rs will p0wn them and have Mac OS X running on generic PCs. They're wrong, here's why.

10 Reasons Why Apple Can Kickstart Web 2.0
Reasons why Apple is a force to be reckoned with on the new web, and how this will enable them to do things other industry players can't.

What the Heck is .Mac?
Nearly four years after its initial release, it's still hard to succinctly describe exactly what .Mac offers. Apple describes the service on their software page as a way to publish content, backup files and sync data. Interestingly, .Mac's most obvious component, email, is listed as a minor aside halfway down on .Mac features page. Clearly, Apple sees .Mac as something more than just an glorified email account.

What's Broken in iWeb: A Wishlist
When Apple announced iWeb, I was seriously impressed. Rather than being a utilitarian HTML editor, they delivered a website tool that simply did seemingly everything, and a few more things, too. It was more than I was expecting. Sometimes, after getting exactly what you want, you realize you really want something different. The good news is that iWeb 1.0 is a great start, and its problems should be easy for Apple to address.

Introducing iWeb
How iWeb compares with existing ways to build and manage a website.

Dr. Strangeweb
Why the web is fundamentally challenging to use as a medium for rich presentation.

Universal Applications
How the transition to Intel is very different than the move to PowerPC.

Unraveling The PowerPC Obsolescence Myth
According to proponents of this myth, Apple and third party developers will soon stop making software that runs on PowerPC Macs; even Leopard, the next release of Mac OS X, will be Intel only! They're wrong, here's why.

Unraveling The Mac OS X Linux Kernel Myth: Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
According to proponents of this myth, Apple will, could, or should shortly replace Mac OS X's kernel with Linux. They're wrong; here's why.

Unraveling The Copy/Paste Development Myth
According to proponents of this myth, complex software development is a something like making funny madlibs from refrigerator magnets. Pick out features, line them up appropriately, and voila: an operating system! They're wrong, here's why.

Unraveling the Mac OS X Microkernel Myth
According to proponents of this myth, Mac OS X is in grave danger because it has a microkernel and Linux doesn't. They're wrong; here's why.

Unraveling the Utopian System that Runs All Software Imaginable Myth
The Utopian System that Runs All Software Imaginable Myth speaks of a hardware or software solution that... does it all. It seems like such a great idea, but is it?

Unraveling the Office for Mac Withdrawal Myth
According to proponents of this myth, Microsoft is poised to drop Office for Mac, resulting in immediate devastation for the Mac platform. They're wrong; here's why.

Unraveling the Red Box Myth
According to proponents of the Red Box Myth, Mac OS X will supposedly soon run Windows software natively, perhaps as soon as Leopard 10.5. They're wrong; here's why.

Will Intel Macs run Windows? - Part 1 | 2 | 3
The answer is No. And Yes. And It Doesn't Really Matter. Read on to find why.

A Brief History of Data Syndication and Podcasting
Back in the mid 90's, visionaries were inflamed with the idea of converting the web into a television. Their fire was further fueled by PointCast's new syndicated content network.

A Brief History of Remote Display
There's more than one way to deliver remote display features. Unix, Windows and Mac OS X all approach the problem differently, reflecting the different vendors' motivations. To see what's possible, or at least desirable, in Leopard, let's take a look at what's been developed.

Part 1 - Apple: supporting hardware sales
Part 2 - Microsoft: selling licenses
Part 3 - Selling even more licenses: Terminal Server
Part 4 - VNC: the other thin client
Part 5 - Unix workstations: selling platform solutions
Part 6 - Mac OS X Graphics

Five Architectural Flaws in Windows Solved In Mac OS X
What was intended to be a short aside about Mac OS X's strengths turned into an entire series on Windows NT/2000/XP flaws! Here is the first of five examples of core Windows architectural problems that relate to process management, applications and security.

Flaw 1 - Windows' Interactive Services
Flaw 2 - Windows' opaque and illogical file system presentation
Flaw 3 - 'Least privilege' is impractical and broken
Flaw 4 - No signal of privilege escalation
Flaw 5 - Windows' expensive processes

The Apple Wishlist: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
It might seem early to be talking about new features for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, considering that we just got Tiger, but now's the perfect time to look at ideas Apple could consider in the next major release.

Part 1 - Window appearance and behavior
Part 2 - Process control and feedback services
Part 3 - Remote control and management
Part 4 - New services for workgroups
Part 5 - Security services and products
Part 6 - Communications services and products
Part 7 - Media services and products

Where is the iPod Killer?
Pundits have been busy trying to find an iPod Killer. Suspects have included Microsoft's WMP, Sony's onslaught of reanimated Walkmen, the cheapskate Yahoo, and an aging Napster cat, now on extended life support. This month, it was music executive Edgar Bronfman Jr.

Part 1 - Where is the iPod Killer?
Part 2 - The Killer Piandntilde;ata
Part 3 - Edgar Bronfman Jr. is a big fat idiot

Is Microsoft's Vista the new QuarkXPress?
Quark has long owned the desktop publishing world. Yet, after a decade of dominance, the company stumbled, leaving the door open for serious competition just as Adobe was introducing a strong competing product. Is Microsoft about to do the same?

Part 1 - Is Microsoft's Vista the new QuarkXPress?
Part 2 - Quark's Strange Top Down Charm Bottom Up
Part 3 - Ready to Fumble
Part 4 - Seriously Underestimated
Part 5 - Competition is Good

Why Apple hasn't used Intel processors before
When Steve Jobs announced the plan to move Macs to Intel processors, Bruce Chizen, CEO of Adobe, joked, andldquo;The only question I have, Steve, is what took you so long?andrdquo;

The Intel Advantage
Apple's transition to Intel was presented as an effort to take advantage of Intel's compelling future road map, not a desperate bid to replace a sagging PowerPC hardware architecture. There is however an immediate advantage that Intel processors provide for Apple now.

Are PowerPC Macs Obsolete?
The comfortable Mac ecosystem seemed completely turned upside down when Apple announced the Intel transition. All of a sudden, it was not obvious how long the newest models would remain useful.

Why Apple won't suffer the Osborne Effect
Tech columnists love to rehash old stories and suggest the future will play out just like a vaguely similar event from the past. But as old stories are retold, they become celebrated legends that eventually grossly distort what actually happened.

Analysts fail to predict Apple's success with iPod
Analysts comfortable with predicting Microsoft's impending takeover in new markets are sweating bullets. For years, they've felt safe in discouraging any potential competition to Microsoft, and instead forecasting an inevitable domination of any and all markets to which the software giant shows any interest in entering.

Part 1 - Analysts fail to predict Apple's success with iPod
Part 2 - For the record, some facts
Part 3 - What works and what doesn't

Three Strikes
For the last two decades, legions of industry wags have kept repeating three things Apple needed to do in order to survive. But they were never right, and even when they appeared to be right, they weren't.

Part 1 - Three Strikes: Analysts Wrong on Apple
Part 2 - More Right Than Wrong
Part 3 - Much Ado About Intel
Part 4 - Putting the Mac in Mac OS X
Part 5 - A Shock to the System
Part 6 - How Apple And Intel Fit
Part 7 - Tears of a Clone

Safari Wars VI : Return of the GUI
Episode V left off with the Finder growing stagnant and Microsoft's empire dominating world's browser. What's next? Answers await!

Safari Wars V : The Internet Strikes Back
Episode IV looked at development of the Mac OS Finder before the Internet became widely available. How has the Finder changed since, where is it headed, and how does its development compare with others? How does this relate to Safari? Answers await!

Safari Wars IV : A New Hope
The Finder has ruled Mac applications for the last twenty years. It's always there, right in front or lurking in the back waiting to help. What new features does the Finder dream of when a Mac goes to sleep? What does it have to do with Safari? Answers await!

Beyond Luxo Jr : The next flat panel iMac
Is the iMac in trouble? Sales are down sharply from last year's, prompting dire screams of Apple-panic from the usual suspects. However, reality is far simpler than any pundits suggest. The next step for the consumer icon is, well, plainly obvious.

Apple Announces Mac OS X Spoken Interface Technology Preview
Apple announced plans to include a greatly expanded set of spoken interface and keyboard navigation services in the next version of Mac OS X.

Apple Bites the Hands that Picked It
Like the mythical phoenix, Apple Computer experienced a miraculous revival from a pitiful heap of ash in 1996 to become the profitable, premium MegaBrand and industry trendsetter it is today. Apple didn't do it alone; in fact, the Apple of 1996 didn't do it at all.

Apple History X
The new Mac OS X Panther is ready to pounce, but the story on this cat starts a long time back.

Panther at your Service
Apple's OS X 10.3 Panther Server upgrade brings a new look, new capacities, more speed and a nicer interface.

Panther Server : a better NT than NT?
With Microsoft's support for NT drying up, Apple and Samba offer an alternative to Active Directory for thousands of Windows NT shops.

The Secret Weapon Inside iTunes
Apple strikes back in the battle for digital media rights, production, distribution and playback.

Part 1 - The Secret Weapon Inside iTunes
Part 2 - The QuickTime Media Layer: Apple's Best Kept Secret
Part 3 - Microsoft: We hate your baby, please kill it
Part 4 - QuickTime Strikes Back
Part 5 - D.R.M. or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Flash in the Plan - a DRM Disaster
This summer, Macromedia launched a trial campaign to install DRM software on their customer's computers to lock down software functionality and report back to the company how the software is used.

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