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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

macs4all Re:Maybe a Mini (344 comments)

The memo you missed is that after some fracturing among the various open versions, they got together and formed the OpenZFS group, which does some sharing of plans and code as updates are made. Since that time, the open-source versions have matured from promising curiosities into really great implementations. The older open-source version for OS X has died, and been replaced by a derivative of the Linux version, which is a strong piece of work.

You're right, of course.

When I looked into ZFS on OS X as a way to do an ultra-fault-tolerant RAID for a friend's massive media collection (after I painstakingly recovered the data on his Buffalo RAID, as per my original post), the state of the state wasn't very promising, and so I ultimately punted on the idea. But it most certainly looks like the situation has MUCH improved, thanks in large part to the efforts of the OpenZFS Group.

Maybe now Apple will come around and take another look at full-support of ZFS, like what was going to happen in Snow Leopard Server, before Apple got cold feet.

Fortunately, Apple tends to listen to its Userbase pretty well, and there appears to be renewed interest among Users for full-on ZFS Support in OS X. At least we can hope...

At least OpenZFS is now compatible with the newly-released OS X 10.10 (Yosemite).

2 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

macs4all Re:Maybe a Mini (344 comments)

FreeBSD 10.0 will boot on ZFS, after an easy installation where you do shit on the command line but it's very easy due to the documentation. No idea about doing it on a Macintosh though. That was just a quick try in a vbox VM.

Thanks for the info!

Well, at least a few ZFS (albeit non-bootable?) versions that work at least up to Mavericks (10.9) seem to be alive and well on OS X, as seen here and here. And here is an informative forum thread from someone who has been using ZFS as his primary filesystem on OS X for over 2 years.

However, to answer the GGP's concerns about not supporting ZFS on a boot drive: If you are truly running a "Server"-type of setup, why, oh, why would you be keeping your main data stores on the System (boot) Drive, anyway? And once you are past that point, then it seems like ZFS is pretty much as "supported" on OS X as it is on most *NIX-based systems. That is to say, to a somewhat greater or lesser extent, depending on your needs/expectations.

But if does seem like ZFS on OS X is anything but a "dead" issue, at least as far as the F/OSS community is concerned. Yes, it would be very nice for Apple to take another look at full-support of ZFS, now that it has matured. Let's hope they get serious about it again someday...

2 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

macs4all Re:Maybe a Mini (344 comments)

The mini wouldn't be a bad way to go... it's not that expensive and I can still use my 27" monitor.

Was thinking the same. The good specs and lower price make the new Mini quite attractive desktop.

Speaking of specs, does anyone know why there is no i7 configuration, or did I miss a BTO option?

3 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

macs4all Re:Maybe a Mini (344 comments)

It has Thunderbolt. Attach as many drives as you like.

Yeah, but ZFS with 2-disk parity does me no good for the system disk, since OS X will not boot from it. (And proprietary hardware "RAID-in-a-box" is something that I will not accept anymore.)

I'm wholeheartedly with you on the consumer-grade NAS RAIDs, been there, painstakingly recovered that...

But I thought that ZFS won't boot on any system. And that Apple was done with its fling with ZFS. Did I miss the memo?

3 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

macs4all Re:Maybe a Mini (344 comments)

Aside from the Mac Pro, the Mini was the only Mac that you could easily change the hard drive and memory yourself. I just had a quick look at the specs of the new mini and I can't tell if you can still do that.

Memory, yes. But changing the hard disk was not a task for ordinary mortals. (Been there, done that.)

What concerns me is the lack of any mention of dual-drive configurations. If I can't mirror the boot drive, then it just became much less useful as a small server.

I admit I couldn't find a dual drive configuration, either; but I would bet that Apple sold next to none of those before, or else they wouldn't have killed it.

But wouldn't a TB or even USB 3.0 HD be fast enough for mirroring these days? I mean, I doubt you'd be running an airline reservation or stock-brokerage on it; so what's a few milliseconds between friends?

3 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

macs4all Re:Maybe a Mini (344 comments)

I'm worried that the mini may go the way of the iMacs and head into being a totally sealed/pre-configured device and have no user changeable parts.

What? The iMac is anything but sealed.

True, you aren't going to find a dozen choices for a replacement mobo on the shelf at Fry's (anymore than you would for, say a Dell or HP AllInOne); but there are at least some commodity, replaceable parts in an iMac.

And as far as accessibility for repair being a bit tedious, again, I refer to other AIO designs. I would hazard a guess that changing a bad Power Supply in ANY AIO would be a painful experience. But it can be done.

So, "no user changeable parts" is simply hyperbole.

3 days ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

macs4all Re:PETA won't be happy until all animals are extin (367 comments)

And writing this makes me cry again, because I know that there is no way that I deserved such good dogs, no matter how much I tell myself that they turned out good because of the way I treated them. They're special, and I'll always remember them.

My feelings exactly. And I cried too when I posted my previous Reply. So I know...

4 days ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

macs4all Re:PETA won't be happy until all animals are extin (367 comments)

and a couple of dogs from two neighbors (one who thinks he lives here, and one who wants to live here :-)

The dogs, or the neighbors, want to live there? ;-)

BTW, thanks for your kind words.

You know, as much as I loved my late Sister and my late Mom, I hardly EVER "talk to them". But I never, ever pass by the kitchen window (which looks upon where my two dogs are buried) without telling them they're "good boys", and/or "Daddy loves them", etc. And same thing when I pass by their graves (they're buried side-by-side in separate, home-built, quilt-lined "coffins"), I always say at least "Hi, babies!" to them...

Yes, it is a profound thing to be the instrument of death for something so innocent, loving and loved. A VERY profound thing. Even though I know academically that I was doing the right thing, you can almost NEVER know whether THEY feel it's "Time to Go"... And that is what tears me up, and will likely continue to tear me up for some time to come.

And even though we have gotten a new Mutt (all my dogs have been mixed-breed), this one a sweetie-pie male Pit Bull mix that was being abandoned by (yet another) next-door neighbor who "Couldn't take him with them...", and have already had dozens of heartwarming and funner-than-fun, laugh-out-loud moments with him, there is still a hole in my heart where my babies C.J. and Little Bit live on...

about a week ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

macs4all Re:PETA won't be happy until all animals are extin (367 comments)

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services report on their investigation [huffingtonpost.com] found that 94% of the animals given to PETA for adoption were instead euthanized, 90% within one day.

Are you kidding me, Barbara???

Yow!!! As someone who still has nightmares about the two pets (dogs) I have had to have euthanized, one with Osteosarcoma at 17 years old in 2009, and the other with Cronic Renal Failure and Adrenal Gland Cancer at age 13 just last July, something like that makes me insane...

At the risk of getting flamed for "Godwin-ing", I just thought they were a way-over-the-top animal protection group; not the ones who had the "Final Solution" to animal cruelty...

about a week ago
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Test Version Windows 10 Includes Keylogger

macs4all Re: Friends (367 comments)

Nobody would buy such a computer. They already tried to float that boat, and it sank.

I think they will try it again with some version of the Surface Pro. Trust me, MS is full-steam-ahead these days with "Software As A Service".

about two weeks ago
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New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

macs4all Re: I have seen some malware trying to infect my M (172 comments)

...and the OS should have promptly informed them that they were about to run a program.

HELL, the OS probably should have informed them that the file was named in a suspicious fashion likely to cause confusion. Something like ".*." should be easy enough to spot and be on the lookout for.

The file is obviously suspicious. It does not require strong AI in order to see this.

This little bit of nonsense has been a problem for so long that Microsoft should have adapted to deal with the situation by now.

It also highlights the stupidity of hiding file extensions.

Actually the dialog that would have popped up would warn that it was downloaded from the internet, and would have supplied a link to the URL.

about two weeks ago
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New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

macs4all Re:Oh noes .. Reality field collapses .. arrghh (172 comments)

So...they get infected just like Windows does? Because at the shop the vast majority I see are either "user installs pirated shit, gets bug" and "Hey u want to see teh hot lezbos for free? Install 'Iz_not_Viruz_is_Codec.exe" so u can watch teh hot womens 4 free!" which it wouldn't surprise me is also being used for this attack....except you know replace lezbos with "oiled up muscle men" ;-)

Mods: Parent is "Informative" in exactly what way?

about two weeks ago
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New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

macs4all Re:Oh noes .. Reality field collapses .. arrghh (172 comments)

But then .. from TFA

Unfortunately, the researchers didn't mention how the malware spreads, but they shared that it is unpacked into the /Library/Application Support/JavaW directory, poses as the application com.JavaW, and sets itself to autostart.

So for all I know, this could either be a world shattering event where by zero day exploits are being used on OSX to leverage malware.

OR it could be like the HK protesters where by you needed to J/B your phone first.

So I am reserving my panic until I know more.

And what of these mythical "Backdoors"? Isn't it convenient that the "Researchers" provide zero information on them?

about two weeks ago
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New OS X Backdoor Malware Roping Macs Into Botnet

macs4all Re:Quite useless article (172 comments)

Windows 7 is simply Microsoft's best operating system ever.

As a user of both Windows and OS X, I would wholeheartedly agree.

Too bad Microsoft threw it away...

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

macs4all Re:Unified Experience Across Devices (644 comments)

Are you? Higher end Android devices can be hooked up to a USB keyboard and an HDMI equipped screen. If Windows 10 switches into desktop mode when docked with a screen, keyboard and mouse (or the phone screen becomes a glorified touchpad) then it will be the computing device I've been waiting for for over a decade. (But it probably won't, because that would cut into their sales figures.)

So, what you are saying is that the idea of One GUI To Rule Them All is a fucking joke; just like the "other side" is saying, right?

This just means your Mobile Device (which is always going to be more resource-starved than even the weakest Desktop) is going to be saddled with a bunch of Desktop GUI-cruft that it may never use, depending on the Application and User's Tastes. Because it ain't just a matter of Start Menu vs. Metro Tiles. It's a whole different paradigm.

And at least Apple is smart enough to know that. There have been some "leaks" from iOS into OS X; but if you look at them, it has been done in a very considered, and generally low-key way, largely to the benefit of the Desktop experience. Not what Redmond is foisting on the world. Simply no comparison. I'm not cheerleading Apple here; I am just saying that you simply cannot just shove a Mobile, Touch-Based UI down the Desktop-User's throat. And having a Mobile Device that has a schizoid UI that flips back and forth??? Yeah, Suzy Homemaker and Joe Sixpack are gonna dig that, yeahrightsure...

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

macs4all Re:Unified Experience Across Devices (644 comments)

WP 8 and 8.1 are WAY better than WM6. Have you tried using a windows phone lately? It's actually a very good experience. Even Apple fanbois are starting to convert.

Yeah, something like 10 million of them converted just last weekend...

To another iPhone.

Idiot.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

macs4all Re:Unified Experience Across Devices (644 comments)

Stepping stones. Windows 8 was a wobbly stepping stone but it was a stepping stone. Dev on MS is much easier to cross over platforms than it was in the past.

But seriously (and I'm not Trolling here) :

IMHO, Mobile Applications are, for the most part, very rarely directly translatable in either scope or purpose to Desktop or Server Applications; so what is to be gained by making the poor Developer have to be saddled with a Presentation Layer (GUI) that is an absolute Train-Wreck between Touch and Non-Touch paradigms?

I understand how they can share a common kernel and SOME Frameworks/APIs, and maybe even the (very) occasional GUI concept; but that's where it should end. But it doesn't.

Truth be told, I would bet that not one Application in 1,000 actually benefits more than 10% from a "Unified Codebase". The only product that looks to be designed with this in mind is the Surface Pro 3, And that is not the Game-Changer that Microsoft is touting it to be. Too heavy and expensive for a Tablet; and simply not good enough compared with other Laptops at the same price-point. They keep trying to compare it with Apple's entry-level ultraportable (the one that sacrifices many other things for the sake of "small"; but if you look at the pricing, it should be more-fairly compared with something like a 13 inch Macbook Pro, where these folks say that it loses hands-down.

Nope. I'll give MS some points for trying to rescue Windows 8; but they are suffering from the "Gone too far to go back." syndrome, and it's going to (continue to) bite them, bad. Really bad...

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

macs4all Re:When all else fails (644 comments)

When the going gets tough at Microsoft, they fall back on their oldest practices.

C:\WINDOWS>copy Apple

Redmond, Start Your Copiers!

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

macs4all Re:OMFG, stupid (644 comments)

Shouldn't it be called "WinX"?

Then, we'd know it was on par and lock step with Apple's OS going forward.

;)

Don't laugh, that's exactly what they are trying to mimic.

about three weeks ago

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Ask Slashdot: Starting iOS Development - Learn Swift or Objective-C First?

macs4all macs4all writes  |  about three weeks ago

macs4all (973270) writes "I am an experienced C and Assembler Embedded Developer who is contemplating for the first time, beginning an iOS App Project.

Although I am well-versed in C, I have thus-far avoided C++, C# and Java, and have only briefly dabbled in Obj-C. Now that there are two possibilities for doing iOS Development, which would the Slashdot Community suggest that I learn, at least at first? And is Swift even far-enough along to use as the basis for an entire App's Development?

My goal is the fastest and easiest way to market for this Project; not to start a career as a mobile Developer.

Another thing that might influence the Decision: If/when I decide to port my iOS App to Android (and/or Windows Phone), would either of the above be an easier port; or are, for example, Dalvick and the Android APIs different enough from Swift/Obj-C and CocoaTouch that any "Port" is essentially a re-write?"
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Roger Boisjoly, 73, Dies - Warned of Shuttle Danger

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 2 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "Six months before the space shuttle Challenger exploded over Florida on Jan. 28, 1986, Roger Boisjoly wrote a portentous memo. He warned that if the weather was too cold, seals connecting sections of the shuttle’s huge rocket boosters could fail. “The result could be a catastrophe of the highest order, loss of human life,” he wrote.

The memo was meant to jolt Morton Thiokol, the company that made the boosters and employed Mr. Boisjoly. The night before the Challenger’s liftoff, the temperature dipped below freezing. Unusual for Florida, the cold was unprecedented for a shuttle launching, and it prompted Mr. Boisjoly and other engineers to plead that the flight be postponed. Their bosses, under pressure from NASA, rejected the advice.

The shuttle exploded 73 seconds after launching, killing its seven crew members, including Christa McAuliffe, a high school teacher from Concord, N.H.Mr. Boisjoly’s memo was soon made public. He became widely known as a whistle-blower in a federal investigation of the disaster. And though he was hailed for his action by many, he was also made to suffer for it.On the night of Jan. 27, 1986, Mr. Boisjoly and four other Thiokol engineers used a teleconference with NASA to press the case for delaying the next day’s launching because of the cold. At one point, Mr. Boisjoly said, he slapped down photos showing the damage cold temperatures had caused to an earlier shuttle. It had lifted off on a cold day, but not this cold.

“How the hell can you ignore this?” he demanded. At first this seemed persuasive, according to commission testimony. Makers of critical components had the power to postpone flights.

Four Thiokol vice presidents, all engineers themselves, went offline to huddle. They later said that they had worried they lacked conclusive data to stop a launching that had already been postponed twice. They thought the naysayers might be operating on gut reaction, not science.

Jerry Mason, Thiokol’s general manager, told his fellow executives to take off their engineering hats and put on management hats. They told NASA it was a go.

The next morning Mr. Boisjoly watched the launching. If there was going to be a problem, he thought it would come at liftoff. As the shuttle cleared the tower, his prayers seemed answered.

“Thirteen seconds later,” Mr. Boisjoly said, “we saw it blow up.”

Mr. Boisjoly (pronounced like Beaujolais wine) died in Nephi, Utah, near Provo, on Jan. 6. He was 73. Besides his wife, the former Roberta Malcolm, he is survived by his daughters Norma Patterson and Darlene Richens; his brothers Ronald, Russell and Richard; and eight grandchildren."

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Apple Goes To Bat For Developers Against Lodsys

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 3 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "Apple has apparently put its money, and its legal muscle, where its "lawyer letter" is, in the battle of iOS developers against patent troll Lodsys. Apple has filed a Motion To Intervene in the proceedings in East Texas. Apple's motion states that the independent IOS developers-defendants:

"are individuals or small entities with far fewer resources than Apple and [...] lack the technical information, ability, and incentive to adequately protect Apple's rights under its license agreement."

History suggests that Apple's motion will be granted, and then Lodsys will feel the full force of Apple's legal team; which is surely a lot more than they bargained for.

Slashdot readers will remember that Apple had already fired off a "back-off" letter to Lodsys, stating that it was Apple's position that the independent developers were covered under the license that had already been negotiated.

Now the fun begins!"

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Windows Phone 7 To Axe Multitasking

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 4 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "Under the "Hmmm, maybe Apple wasn't so dumb after all" department, OS News reports that Windows Phone 7 (a/k/a Windows Mobile 7) will not allow multitasking, and, unlike previous versions of Windows Mobile, will only allow "signed" apps to be uploaded through an online store. This is a radical departure from Microsoft's previous versions of Windows Mobile, and is likely an attempt by the software giant to counter widespread complaints regarding WM's lackluster performance, and to improve security."
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Apple Tablet To Be Alan Kay's 1968 Dynabook?

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 4 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "Alan Kay was a researcher with Xerox PARC, and later one of the conceptual contributors to Steve Jobs on the first Mac design. In 1968, he envisioned a precursor to the laptop and tablet computers (in one). Called the Dynabook.

The Dynabook was quite an interesting concept, and some of the capabilites, such as the learning capabilities, still have not been adequately addressed in any existing product.

It is worth noting that Kay and Jobs originally conceived of the Macintosh as a tablet, and in fact, the Dynabook made, er, flesh.

So, is the upcoming tablet to be the final realization of what the Mac was truly intended to be? I think so, and so does this blogger

Discuss.."
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Revising History To Fit The Bible

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 5 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "Not content to mold science class to foment its agenda, this article reports that those ka-ray-zee "educators" in Texas are proposing "revamping the K-12 curriculum to emphasize the roles of the Bible, the Christian faith and the civic virtue of religion in the study of American history. Two of them want to remove or de-emphasize references to several historical figures who have become liberal icons, such as César Chávez and Thurgood Marshall."

Of course, reasoned heads on the Texas Board of "Education" will surely prevail. Those members, hand-picked for their "enlightened" views are exemplified by Board member David Barton, founder of WallBuilders, a group that promotes America's Christian heritage; and Rev. Marshall, who preaches that Watergate, the Vietnam War and Hurricane Katrina were God's judgments on the nation's sexual immorality.

The conservative reviewers say they believe that children must learn that America's founding principles are biblical. For instance, they say the separation of powers set forth in the Constitution stems from a scriptural understanding of man's fall and inherent sinfulness, or "radical depravity," which means he can be governed only by an intricate system of checks and balances."
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Apple Patches Java Vulnerability

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 5 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "Apple has (finally!) patched the Java Vulnerability that nearly everyone else has patched already.

Available now through these links for OS X 10.4 and 10.5 and through Apple's Software Update service, this Update patches a flaw in the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) that could potentially allow a malicious Java Applet to execute arbitrary code on the machine.

Apple had previously advised users to temporarily turn off Java in their web browsers. This patch should allow Java to be turned back on."
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Microsoft Patents PageUp/PageDown

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 6 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "This article in ITWire details the latest in the abomination that is the Software Patent.

If patenting the obvious is considered something of an art form in the world of IT, then Microsoft is undoubtedly an old master. The Page Up Page Down patent it has been granted would seem to confirm this...

US Patent 7,415,666 goes under the snappy title of: "Method and system for navigating paginated content in page-based increments" and is the latest to be granted to that serial patent application junkie better known as Microsoft.

Anyone who has ever looked at technology patents will know that there is a trick to quickly scanning these application titles in order to weed out the genuine ones from those that are, to be fair, just attempting to patent something that already exists.

So what could a method of navigating paginated content, or stuff on the page, using page-based increments possibly refer to? Ding! Of course, the PgUp and PgDn keys.

Look at the abstract description on that patent and you will see that what Microsoft has cleverly managed to grab ownership of is:

"A method and system in a document viewer for scrolling a substantially exact increment in a document, such as one page, regardless of whether the zoom is such that some, all or one page is currently being viewed."

Which sounds remarkably like using the Page Up and Page Down keys..."
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Apple Files Suit Against Psystar

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 6 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "According to this article, Apple has begun legal proceedings against Psystar, documents confirm. The suit is actually noted to have been filed on July 3rd, through the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The suit accuses Psystar of license, copyright and trademark infringement, as a result of selling its $400 OpenMac computer."
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Jobs offers $100 Credit to All iPhone Owners

macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 7 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "In an open letter to iPhone owners, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that all iPhone owners that have not received other compensation, would be given a $100USD credit as a gesture of good-will.

This should help quell the bad press that early adopters of the iPhone have been generating, and is a sign that Apple does listen to, and value, its customers."
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macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 7 years ago

macs4all (973270) writes "MacNN is reporting that following the early morning release of iTunes 7.2, Apple on Wednesday launched iTunes Plus, which brings support for new DRM-free music tracks featuring high quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for higher audio quality. The new higher-quality, DRM-free songs are available immediately for $1.29 per song. iTunes Plus currently includes EMI's digital catalog of outstanding recordings, including singles and albums from Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Norah Jones, Frank Sinatra, Joss Stone, Pink Floyd, John Coltrane and more than a dozen of Paul McCartney's classic albums available on iTunes for the first time."
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macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 7 years ago

macs4all writes "Amit Singh has a fascinating technical article on Apple's use, non-use, and ultimate abandonment of the Trusted Platform Module (TPM). This is the core of the Trusted Computing initiative, a chip that can, depending on implementation, be used to lock you out of reading your own data on "unauthorized" applications, to allow network service providers to discriminate against users of alternative software (e.g., "You're using Firefox — go get Explorer and come back") and enforce DRM — Singh reports that Apple has dropped the TPM from its motherboard designs, with the new MacPros. Singh had created a free software driver for the TPM under OS X that allowed users to exploit its privacy features."
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macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 8 years ago

macs4all writes "At today's long-awaited "It's Showtime!" Media Event(tm), his Steveness announced some spiffy updates to the iPod line, including an entirely revamped Shuffle. Also, of course was the strongly-rumored addition of downloadable (progressive download) feature-length movies from the iTunes Store. Pricing will be $12.99 for movies pre-ordered, or in the first week of release, and $9.99 for all others. Movies will be able to be viewed while downloading, with only a 1 minute delay to start.

But for me, at least, the two biggest announcements came in the form of the release of iTunes 7, which will (finally) offer "gapless" playback for songs (even those already encoded) in MP3, AAC and Apple Lossless formats.

And, last but not least, Stevarino teased the audience with a preview of Apple's Set-top Box, which Steve says will be shipping in Q1 of 2007 (think MacWorld!), and will be "wireless"

Yes, it is going to be another banner year for Apple, folks. Watch the stock go up now!"
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macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 8 years ago

macs4all writes "This MacNN article claims Microsoft executive Brian Valentine, senior vice president of the Windows Core Operating System Division has resigned as the software giant's Windows Vista operating system heads toward completion, and will take up a position at Amazon.com.

Valentine was known for his ability to galvanize Windows-related software development in the critical final stages, and his resignation casts further doubt upon the viability of Microsoft's planned October release to manufacturing partners of Windows Vista,"
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macs4all macs4all writes  |  more than 8 years ago

macs4all writes "Garbage cans all over England are under surveillance tonight. And not by sleepy, fallible humans. This article in Live Science claims that at least 500,000 "wheelie bins" now use technology worthy of James Bond's fabled electronics genius "M" (or at least a competent villain from SPECTRE)to identify exactly who is throwing away what."

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