Beta

Slashdot: News for Nerds

×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

NASA To Announce Module Name On Colbert Show

Refrag Re:Nice Summary (201 comments)

That sentence is straight from NASA. LOL! Come on, y'all, this isn't rocket-science!

more than 5 years ago
top

Attracting Developers: Apple y vs. Nintendo

Refrag iPhone (1 comments)

I would and have picked the iPhone. You can get started without paying anything if you're already a Mac user. You only need to pay the $99 to join their iPhone Developer Program when you want to build for a hardware device instead of the iPhone simulator and to submit to the App Store. It's thanks to Apple's low barriers to entry that I have Shuffle Dialer on the App Store, another application in queue and awaiting approval, and another one in the works.

It's exciting to see something you created up on the iTunes Store. Especially so in this job market.

more than 5 years ago
top

MacBook's "Unremovable" Battery Easy To Remove

Refrag Re:If only.... (476 comments)

I wish I could buy a 15" MacBook Pro with a higher capacity, non-user-serviceable battery.

more than 5 years ago
top

MacBook's "Unremovable" Battery Easy To Remove

Refrag Re:Ewww... I usually don't defend Apple choices (476 comments)

I agree with you on all of your other points, except for this one...

they feel honored to pay $50 extra for a matte screen surface

No one feels honored to pay $50 for a matte screen.

more than 5 years ago
top

MacBook's "Unremovable" Battery Easy To Remove

Refrag Re:WOW (476 comments)

Plus, the batteries go bad after a couple years

Do you realize that the lithium-polymer battery tech Apple is using in the 17" MacBook Pro battery is expected to have a life of 5 years? That is longer than most people keep a computer.

I would understand if there something to gain by not having a removable battery. But really, does it save any space at all? Usually the bottom of the battery is the exterior of the laptop, so it doesn't have to fit "inside."

They gain considerable volume by ditching the rugged battery encasing that other laptops must have. Apple claims that they were able to achieve 40 percent greater capacity than they could have with a traditional user-serviceable battery. That means to get the same battery capacity, they would have had to make the battery about twice the size with a user-serviceable battery. That would add a good bit of thickness and weight to the laptop.

more than 5 years ago
top

Microsoft Unveils Windows 7 File-Sharing Beta

Refrag Re:Product naming, again (230 comments)

Thanks for the link.

You can also drop files in the Public folder of your iDisk that people can easily mount from within the Finder (select iDisk from the Finder's Go menu) or any WebDAV client. And your public folder can be password protected. Your friends and family can easily store that password in their Keychain so they don't have to remember it.

more than 5 years ago
top

Average User Only Runs 2 Apps, So Microsoft Will Charge For More

Refrag Re:DoS (842 comments)

That's great! Now my neighbor won't be penalized for the 6 different virus and anti-spyware applications he has installed on his Windows XP notebook. /sarcasm

more than 5 years ago
top

Average User Only Runs 2 Apps, So Microsoft Will Charge For More

Refrag Re:What's an 'application' to a user? (842 comments)

You're right. I guess I wasn't entirely clear. I was somewhat happy using Windows 2000. But, back then Windows XP was coming along and was going to be the future of Windows. XP is what debuted Product (de)Activation and I wasn't going to have a part of it.

So, like I said, I switched from Windows 2000 to the Mac (once Mac OS X was shipping on Macs) and I haven't looked back.

more than 5 years ago
top

Average User Only Runs 2 Apps, So Microsoft Will Charge For More

Refrag Re:What's an 'application' to a user? (842 comments)

The funny thing about your comment is that my mother uses Quickbooks on her iMac that I bought her all of the time. So, it is even worse than you said, they also have to overcome the mere assumption that software they're used to on Windows isn't available elsewhere.

more than 5 years ago
top

Average User Only Runs 2 Apps, So Microsoft Will Charge For More

Refrag Re:What's an 'application' to a user? (842 comments)

You know, I switched from Windows 2000 to the Mac back in 2001 because of similar stupidity Microsoft was engaging in. Back then it was Windows Product (de)Activation. I haven't looked back.

Apple doesn't have crazy long keys that you have to enter in to install the OS, you just install it. You don't buy your computer from a vendor that didn't feel like giving you a restore disc. You don't have to ask Apple for permission before using your computer, you just use it. They don't use copy protection on their iLife applications (iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, etc.), they trust their users. They recently dropped copy protection from retail copies of their iWork suite (Pages, Numbers, Keynote). And Apple has been fighting the good fight on getting rid of copy protection in music and finally won that as well.

It just strikes me as bizarre that people put up with all of these restrictions from Microsoft and let themselves be treated as criminals first and customers second when there is a company like Apple that doesn't do any of that and arguably also has a better user interface.

more than 5 years ago
top

iTunes DRM-Free Files Contain Personal Info

Refrag Re:Seriously... (693 comments)

This is a good point. And it really does fully discount what was a somewhat silly hypothetical instance of trying to frame someone. But, there is still the possibility of this coming back on the purchaser in cases where the original iTunes Plus music was actually stolen.

But, as I have said in other posts I haven't heard of any cases of this since May 20, 2007 when iTunes Plus was rolled out. So, it doesn't appear to be a practical concern.

more than 5 years ago
top

iTunes DRM-Free Files Contain Personal Info

Refrag Re:Seriously... (693 comments)

I have the same concern as you. However, Apple includes the Apple ID of the purchaser. Whatever e-mail address you find for your hypothetical enemy probably doesn't match their Apple ID. But, it might.

Secondly, Apple has included this information in iTunes Plus files since May 30, 2007. It's been over a year since then and I haven't heard of any cases of the RIAA bringing a lawsuit to anyone with similar circumstances. As time goes by, my concern around this becomes less and less.

more than 5 years ago
top

iTunes DRM-Free Files Contain Personal Info

Refrag Re:Seriously... (693 comments)

I agree with you for the most part. This isn't anything new. Apple has embedded identifying information about the purchaser since iTunes Plus was launched on May 30, 2007.

The only situation where I could see this being a problem is if your equipment is stolen (MacBook, iPod, etc.) and it resulted in your iTunes Plus files being loosed into the wild. There is the potential for the recording industry to come at you with a lawsuit stating that you willfully infringed copyright. However, it has been over a year since iTunes Plus has been around and I haven't heard of any problems like this, so I suppose it isn't really something one should worry about.

By the way, AtomicParsley can already remove the identifying information from the files.

more than 5 years ago
top

Palm Announces Killer New Phone

Refrag Re:This could save Palm (617 comments)

Why is it that we never get any love from the phone manufacturers?

Perhaps it is because Verizon is notorious for crippling features that manufacturers build into their phones?

Also, Verizon did have a crack at the iPhone, but they turned down Apple.

Verizon's general suckiness aside, I really do like the Palm WebOS and think it might be a decent competitor to the iPhone. We'll have to wait and see what happens when it comes to market. But, it has some neat ideas.

However with Apple supporting round-tripping of photo meta-data with Facebook in the new iPhoto '09, I wouldn't be surprised to see Facebook integration with the iPhone's Contacts application in the next version.

more than 5 years ago
top

Palm Announces Killer New Phone

Refrag Re:How many iPhone killers is that? (617 comments)

The device has a keyboard. It isn't a good keyboard, but even so it's a whole lot better than the keyboard on the iPhone - and the lack of a keyboard is a significant part of the reason I don't have an iPhone.

Have you used the iPhone's keyboard? I bought an iPhone on day-one (my Sony Ericsson T610 died a week before the iPhone's release) and while I was waiting on an AT&T salesperson to ring me up, I checked out their demo units. I'd never typed on a phone's QWERTY keyboard before in my life since I was coming from a T610.

I decided to jump in with both thumbs and immediately fired up the Notes application to test out the keyboard. I quickly typed out a sentence as fast as I could and when I looked to see how close my results were I was only off by one letter.

The iPhone is what has made me realize that I have NEVER touch-typed in my life and that all this time all I was doing was typing by muscle-memory. I can easily type on the iPhone without looking at the keyboard at all with great results. And, the excellent bonus for me is that I'm not pounding my thumbs and fingers into hard little keys that make my fingertips sore if I use the keyboard too much.

And if, as claimed, the device has good Microsoft Exchange support, then for many commercial users it's one better than the iPhone on that count as well.

How so? I have two friends that use their iPhone with their work Exchange accounts and they have no complaints.

the iPhone, despite being very pretty, isn't actually a very good telephone - contacts management is poor, reception is poor, battery life isn't good, sound quality is so-so

How would you improve contacts management? I think the iPhone is close to perfect in that arena. I don't have Exchange but I do have MobileMe so I get the same sort of updates to my contacts over the air that my friends get through Exchange. I can quickly get to the right contact in my list of 55 and if I want to I can search search my contacts easily by name and company.

I don't have an iPhone 3G, but I have no issues with the battery. I'm a fairly heavy user (podcasts, music, web browsing, e-mail, Twitter) and I can get two-days use out of it at times. Worse case scenario for me is that I need to recharge at the end of the day. Obviously, the 3G has shorter battery life if you're using the 3G radio, but that isn't unique to the iPhone.

more than 5 years ago
top

Apple Intros 17" Unibody MBP, DRM-Free iTunes

Refrag Re:Turly DRM Free? (1079 comments)

Apple doesn't prevent you from copying music from an iPod to another computer. Many third party applications will do this for. Apple just doesn't add an easy feature to iTunes specifically for this purpose which is a long, long way from preventing you from doing it.

more than 5 years ago
top

Apple Intros 17" Unibody MBP, DRM-Free iTunes

Refrag Re:Well two ways to look at it (1079 comments)

The other is that this makes the device much more disposable. Apple is in the hardware market, they make their money on buying new gadgets. It would be best for them if people viewed the gadgets as disposable and simply tossed them after a few years.

In no way does this make the notebook more disposable. Apple offers a battery replacement program just like they do for the MacBook Air, iPhone, and iPods.

http://www.apple.com/batteries/replacements.html

Also, more information how this MacBook Pro is not (as you said) disposable. From Apple's website:

The removable batteries in most notebooks are designed to be replaced. You use them for a year or two, then get a new one. Itâ(TM)s a process in which lots of batteries are used up and discarded. Because the battery in the new 17-inch MacBook Pro lasts up to five years, it uses just one battery in the same time a typical notebook uses three. And to help ensure that batteries are disposed of in an environmentally responsible way, Apple offers a battery take-back program in 95 percent of the countries in which it does business.

http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/17inch-battery/

more than 5 years ago
top

Apple Intros 17" Unibody MBP, DRM-Free iTunes

Refrag Re:Battery?! (1079 comments)

It's hard to make a user removable battery and get an 8 hour battery life out of it due to space constraints. And studies have shown that very few people use spare notebook batteries contrary to your "people want it" belief.

http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/17inch-battery/

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

top

How to do an ad hoc install of an iPhone app

Refrag Refrag writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Refrag (145266) writes "Figuring our how to run iPhone applications that weren't downloaded from the iTunes App Store isn’t exactly easy. Here is a guide on how to do ad hoc installation which is usually something you would do at the request of an iPhone developer for testing purposes of the application."
Link to Original Source

Journals

Refrag has no journal entries.

Slashdot Account

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Don't worry, we never post anything without your permission.

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
Create a Slashdot Account

Loading...