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Friday, August 12, 2005

It's Mac Like?

O.K. I surf the web and enter Mac forums which always seem to have atleast one PC user who joins just to be a troll and general Mac bashing pain in the butt. Always saying how bad Macs are and what software we don't have on a mac and how much Windows interface is better. Then I had to feel a strong laugh coming out from in me when I read a article from Detroit Free Press stating "Yes, it does have more of a Mac-like look and feel" when talking about Microsoft's new OS.

And continues with "Vista's graphics will no doubt seem oddly familiar to Mac users" and "With Windows Vista's User Account Protection, even administrators are prompted for a password whenever anything is installed or a system setting changed. It's an extra layer of protection that's long been a part of Unix-style operating systems, including Mac OS X and Linux."

Hold on, it took you this long to figure this out? Apple has had this for how long? And someone inside MS getting paid big cash now just figured this out? This just proves to me one thing, just because you have lots of cash does not mean you are smart enough to pick the right people.
You want to see security? Look at Railheads Password Master for the Mac. A shareware product that's a Serial number, registration number, and password storage and creation tool with 448-bit BlowFish encryption.

Well it's posted on many websites, seems like Intel Corp. Plans to introduce a major change in the architecture used to build its chips during its upcoming Fall Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco. The new chip which is set to arrive in the second half of 2006. More details about the next-generation architecture will be provided in Otellini's keynote on the 23rd.

The Apple Insider has posted about a possible update to the powerbook line. Hmmm, too little boost, to late. Most people are willing to wait till the intel based Powerbooks come out. The one plus maybe the possibility of high-density displays that may have a wide-screen display that has a 'native' resolution of 1920 x 1200 or 1440 x 900. For either of these native resolutions, other standard resolutions, such as 1024 x 768, are supported.

Talk about support, Apple has a new update for their Powerbook line which The PowerBook G4 Graphics Update 1.0 improves graphics stability for some 1.67-GHz PowerBook G4 computers. You can get through software update or downloading it manually.

ATI came out with a new ROM update for their retail cards. I suggest you read the Read Me. Especially if your using OS 10.4.x because you will be booting in safe mode. Updates to card depends on the card your using.

Last but not least I wanted to share a problem I had with iDVD stalling during importing. My G5 is running 10.3.9 and iLife 4.0.1. I found a guy in Apple discussions forum which suggested a few steps that helped me import and burn easily after performing these steps.

Run Cache Out X (free download) to clear all system and application caches.
Run MacJanitor (free download) to do all the Unix Cron Maintenance scripts.
Run Disk Utility (Applications -> Utilities) and repair disk permissions on your start up drive (typically your internal drive). Also verify any other drives mounted on the system.
Run Preferential Treatment (free download) to check for corrupt/damaged application and system preference files.
Reboot your Mac
I also ran disk permissions after running Preferential Treatment as precautionary measure. Hope this helps you. ;)


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