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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Updates and News

O.K. Late yesterday Apple released Security Update 2005-009.
Now let me say, as of this writing I have not installed it. The update fixes a few problems, some of the files affected where Apache2, apache_mod_ssl, CoreFoundation, curl, iodbcadmintool, OpenSSL, passwordserver, Safari, sudo and syslog.

So you ask, what the hell does all that mean?, and how does it help me?

Well it Helps with Safari dealing with problems it had with files downloading with long names, also problem with some websites.

According to Apple:
"Also included in this update are enhancements to Safari to improve handling of credit card security codes (Mac OS X v10.3.9 and Mac OS X v10.4.3), CoreTypes to improve handling of Terminal files (Mac OS X v10.4.3), QuickDraw Manager to improve rendering of PICT files (Mac OS X v10.3.9), documentation regarding OpenSSH and PAM (Mac OS X v10.4.3), and ServerMigration to remove unneeded privileges."
Now like I said, I have not installed this as of this writing only because of this article I saw on the MacFixIt site. I decided to write this blog first before dealing with any problems which may or may not arise. while it seems most of my friends are not having this "Kernel panic at next startup" problem.

Of coarse monday SANS Institute a computer-security training organization, released its Top-20 vulnerabilities on the 22nd of this month which for the first time points out an entire operating system for its vulnerabilities. sssssscrrrrreeeeeeeeeaaaaacccch! hold on, your pointing out the whole OS X operating system??

Rohit Dhamankar, security architect for TippingPoint, a subsidiary of networking firm 3Com, and the editor for the SANS Top-20 vulnerability list says
"We are not pointing at the entire Mac OS X and saying you have to worry about the entire operating system," he said. "It is just that the Mac OS X is not entirely free of troubles."
Well shit, you didn't mention a part of the OS, you named the whole damn OS. What, you can't type what you mean? or are you confused because somebody(s) is lining your pockets with lots of cash to scare future Mac users.

well “ There are some people that feel that, if they are running Mac OS X, then all is well. That is no longer true. ” says Dhamankar.

And why is that? well Nicholas Raba, CEO of Mac OS X security information and software site SecureMac.com says

"Mac OS X is currently more secure than Linux or Windows only for the fact that the shares of users is smaller thus the (number of) researchers discovering the flaws is smaller."
Oh really, what am I gonna hear next, smaller market share? well Brian Martin, content editor for the OSVDB says's just that:
"In 2005, they have about the same number of vulnerabilities in the operating system as Windows, but Microsoft has a much greater market share."

Sorry if I'm a hacker and want to make a name for myself, first on the list would be to cause havok for mac users with the first worm , virus, and spyware. Forget about making yet another one for the windows users and hope it makes the top ten and makes news.

Make the first one on a mac and you are news.
Of coarse the writer of the article of which I have taken these quotes writes for securityFocus which is owned by Symantec the makers of Norton Anti Virus. nuff said.


FireFox 1.5 Released
Well the full 1.5 version of fireFox is finally released, New features of version 1.5 include automated updates, faster browser navigation with improvements to back and forward button performance, drag and drop reordering for browser tabs, improvements to popup blocking, better support for Mac OS X (10.2 and greater) including profile migration from Safari and Mac Internet Explorer, numerous security enhancements, new support for Web Standards including SVG, CSS 2 and CSS 3, and JavaScript 1.6, and plenty more.

Want a independent opinion on it? read Mac 360's article. So far it seems to load pages a lot faster then Safari, but then again I have not installed Apple latest sercurity update.


Rush 24/7!
It seems Starting december 12th you will be able to download Rush Limbaugh to your video capable iPod "with a daily one-minute video podcast of the next day's morning update." according to Rush's web page

"Every Morning Update is going to be a video file, it will be viewable on a video iPod and certain other portable video devices -- or you can watch it right from your computer. It will work just like any other QuickTime file works. So every afternoon when subscribers get the audio podcast of that day's program, they will also get an extra file which will be the video podcast of the next day's morning update. This is an exclusive feature, an exclusive new feature of Rush 24/7 for members (membership is $6.95 a month or $49.95 a year). It will be included as part of every subscription without any extra charge." Rush is broadcasted through Clear Channel Communications .

Other News
Macworld has started their 2005 Game hall of Fame. Among those on the list so far are

Best game for nongamers
Chessmaster 9000

Most-realistic combat
Close Combat: First to Fight

Best value for your buck
Cosmo Bots

Most likely to cause nightmares
Doom 3

Best use of a steering wheel
Jammin’ Racer


Jackwhispers has a article on "How To Avoid An Auction Scam Without Really Trying".
One of his tips being

If the seller doesn't offer one of the following, don't buy:

Credit Cards
Paypal
PayDirect (As of Jan 2005, Paydirect is no longer available)
COD

Do not use the following:

C2it
Stormpay
Swiftpay
Bidpay
Yowcow
iKobo
Money Order/Personal Check


YML Tonight
Tonight they will have Joe Kissesl, the author of two new Take Control eBooks - "Take Control of Apple Mail in Tiger" and " Take Control of Spam with Apple Mail". He'll be on Your Mac Life to talk about how you can better manage Mail.app.

Your Mac Life's Graphics Guru, Lesa Snider of GraphicReporter.com will be on to talk about her Graphics Tip of the Week brought to you by iStockPhoto.com and Peter Cohen of MacCentral.com and Macworld magazine will also be on to talk about all the latest Mac Gaming News.

You can watch the video or just listen to the audio stream. Also join in to the IRC Server at irc.netmug.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Comes on tonight and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Back In The Groove

Well I took a extra day to relax the body from turkey and the high winds that went through here that broke the top half of a tall tree that just missed my house. but left me with a lot of time with my friend the chain saw. Good note, lots of fire wood.

On with the news (news room ticking noise) tick,tick,tick......


W
ell Sunday Apple posted Aperture as now shipping. Aperture offers advanced RAW image functionality, image professing and project management is available for $499 and by all accounts is selling strong.



Features:

•Designed for high-volume shooting so photographers can organize photos into Projects that can be grouped into albums and folders, and create Smart Albums based on a wide range of search criteria.

•Comprehensive metadata support—Full support for reading and displaying EXIF information and industry-standard IPTC metadata. Customers can use keyword hierarchies with drag and drop support from a HUD (heads up display).

•Unique compare and select tools—Auto-Stack automatically groups image sequences together, helping photographers select a single photo from the series.

•Full-screen work environment—Customers can use heads-up displays (HUDs) when working in full-screen mode, navigate quickly through images using the Filmstrip in full-screen mode, and extend the workspace by spanning multiple displays.

•Unparalleled native RAW image support—Aperture supports RAW formats from leading Canon and Nikon digital SLRs, plus Adobe DNG format, and customers can view and adjust images in RAW format natively, with no intermediate conversion process.


Apple yesterday released Broadband Tuner 1.0. Apple says allows you to take full advantage of very high speed Internet connections that have a high latency (5 Mbps or greater) by changing some system parameters.

From the Apples site:

About Broadband Tuner
The Broadband Tuner allows you to take full advantage of very high speed Internet connections that have a high latency. The installer tweaks some system parameters.

There is an optional uninstaller that can be used to restore the settings that were in effect at the time just before the system parameters were changed.

What does the Broadband Tuner do exactly?

The installer increases the default values for the size of the TCP send and receive buffers. With larger buffers more data can be in transit at once. A startup configuration file is also updated so that these changes will persist across restarts.

The system parameters are sysctl variables that are set as follows:
net.inet.tcp.sendspace: 131072
net.inet.tcp.recvspace: 358400
kern.ipc.maxsockbuf: 512000

This change has a system wide effect and is applied even if the network is not high speed connection with a high latency, with the exception of modem connections for which the system uses small default TCP buffer sizes.

Apple by all accounts is selling Video iPods and Nanos like hot cakes. The mp3 player is on Amazon's top seller list and so far Apple is keeping up with demand but that may not be for too much longer so don't wait if you plan on getting on. People in France may have a smile on their faces for xmas. They may be able to get a iPod at a lower price.

According to By Peter Sayer a writer for Playlist mag.com "French authorities will reduce a copyright levy imposed on music players containing flash memory, perhaps as early as this week, according to a source familiar with the plan. The move will reduce the levy on a 4GB iPod nano from over €50 (US$59) to about €8 ($9.38)."

Even Disney has a plan for your iPod,... a insurance plan!

According to Macsimum News
"The plan contemplates a replacement program for media purchased for the iPod, such as movies, broadcast content, trailers, music, voice recordings, photos, other images, personal video content and data in general. The insurance program provides for either replacement of lost or damaged media, a monetary payment or both.

If the user experiences a computer system crash, drive crash, or suffers from damaged or corrupted files, insurance, previously paid for by the user, would replace or otherwise compensate for the previously downloaded file."

According to the site Additional details of Disney’s insurance plan will be posted later this week. But that's not the only twist out there with Disney.

Walt Disney Co will let consumers watch full-screen video directly on PCs and the new Apple video iPods starting with its upcoming movie release, "Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe."

While Mac users can watch the clips online using QuickTime, and can watch/listen to a variety of Disney podcasts, some video clips use software which does not support Macs.

The software (which is PC only) needs to be downloaded to unlock the full suite of multimedia assets, including desktop wallpaper and more. It automatically downloads new content and even supplies news on special ticket deals. WTH?? What's with the different abuse of using Apple's iPod to make Disney money but not allowing them full access?

This is almost like George Lucas who loves Apple but all of his StarWars DVD's does not allow mac users to get the online extra's when you have the DVD in your Mac. Man this is just wrong.

Also Disney will be advertising movies and other content over video-enabled iPods. Becoming the first major media companies to deliver their promotional videos to the new iPods.

Of coarse there is also a fight from NBC about TiVo announcement this week about new software it plans to make available next year that will allow users to download TV shows and films to Apple's iPod and Sony's PSP.

A qoute from a NBC Universal spokesperson

"TiVo appears to be acting unilaterally, disregarding established rights of content owners to participate in decisions regarding the distribution and exploitation of their content. This unilateral action creates the risk of legal conflict instead of contributing to the constructive exploitation of digital technology that can rapidly provide new and exciting experiences for the consumer."
But TiVo CEO and former NBC programming executive Tom Rogers said
"We're making it easy for consumers to enjoy the TV shows they want to watch right from their iPod or PSP,"
But you have to think how this will effect sales on the iTunes store of TV shows for your iPod, and will Apple join in on this fight.


Anyway, let me get back to christmas buying....

If your one who doesn't know what the mac addict in your life wants for Xmas, Apple is now selling Gift cards. You can buy one or more online in any denomination from $25 to $2500.

To purchase higher amounts, or more than 10 gift cards, just call Apple at 1-800-MY-APPLE.

These can not be used for buing music or videos off of iTunes.
You must buy a iTunes gift card so they can buy music from the iTunes music store


Of coarse those of you who have brought a iPod or are buying one for a loved one may also be thinking about getting a Mac so you can get away from computer worms. Like the one being called the worst computer worm of the year , a fast-spreading Internet threat that looks like an official email from the CIA or FBI but can leave your computer wide open to intruders.

Well if that's you, maybe Walt Mossberg's article can help answer your questions. He has many answers to questions many PC(windows) users may have. Also if you need some tips macmini.com has 10 Things Every New Mac Owner Should Know.

Of coarse I wouldn't mind a Maxell holographic drive with media that can hold eye popping 1.6TB of data!

For all you geeks out there xlr8yourmac has some pics of the Quad G5 cooling system.

Also according to ARS Technica Firefox 1.5 is expected to be made available for download this week after three release candidate builds.

But it would not be a December without rumors of what Apple plans on unvailing in January's MacWorld.

Think Secret has one, they are saying "the new Mac mini project, code-named Kaleidoscope, will feature an Intel processor and include both Front Row 2.0 and TiVo-like DVR functionality."

They continue with --"Specifics surrounding Front Row 2.0 and Apple's DVR application are limited at this point, although sources with knowledge of the project have dubbed the latter a "TiVo-killer."

Wait lets review, TiVo is making a TiVo to go to try and take the iTunes store out of the TV video loop, but Apple already may have already had plans to take TiVo out of the loop? now that's funny!

Final note

Author Michael Rubin the writer of the book Droid Maker is offering a free excerpt from the book, and is also "happily talking with Mac fans (and other types) about the story."


(check out www.droidmaker.com or droidtour.blogspot.com)

I'm sure he would love to hear from all Mac and StarsWars fans.

You can get the book Droid Maker here

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Nov 24!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!



FROM MY FAMILY TO YOURS, HAVE A GREAT THANKSGIVING!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

What Will Apple Do?


Well yesterday I did some holiday shopping (that's why there was no post) and found out what's out there and what's not.

Thanksgiving has not even come and some things are in low supply or are not there at all.

iPods..., low supply but you can still find them,

Xbox 360..., forget about it. Most stores were all saying they have no idea when they are getting more, and some say not till after Christmas.

Then I came home and read a article from ARS Technica where there headline is "Xbox 360: shortages no joke".

where they say
"The overwhelming majority of people in line were actually people who had pre-ordered units from other stores, most notably Gamestop and Electronics Boutique. One individual, Dennis, had two pre-orders, and was still in the (hopeless) line. Why? It's a common story: Dennis got a call from his pre-order stores. "Sorry," they said, "but we cannot fill your order, and will not be able to do so until after Christmas." Dennis claims that he placed both of his orders in July."


So I think to myself, what will Apple be doing? Will Apple be able to keep up with demand? The iPod did make it on Oprah's Fovorite Things List, and you know what it did for the bra industry. Their sales went up 200%!!

Maybe it's a good thing Apple has made long-term supply agreements with Hynix, Intel, Micron, Samsung Electronics and Toshiba to secure the supply of NAND flash memory through the year 2010.

With Apple's great new products (nano, video iPod, new PowerMacs) and shares hitting all time highs ($67.70 as of 10:11am pst) what is Apple's plans for the future?

While some think Mac mini's and/or Powerbooks may be announced or released as soon as January. Seth Jayson writer on the Motley Fool web site has a thought of maybe Powerbooks coming with no hard drive, just flash memory.

He says "I think Apple is going to be offering "instant-on computers" in the very near future." He does pose a good question , does Apple plan on using "all" that flash memory just for iPods?.

We know Apple had to have gotten a great substantial discount for buying all that memory for the next 5 years.

Could some of that be used to make a flash memory laptop?

Jayson say's
"Apple's already working with Intel for Macintosh processing chips. And Apple also just happens to have paid Intel's joint venture a $500 million advance to start making flash chips."
Could some of that be used to make a all flash Mac Mini? With Apple wanting to bring you closer to using your Mac for all you media needs, people won't wanna wait while the OS loads to watch something. People want a "turn on and work now" type of speed.

Guys at C|Net are saying
"Apple, which has been rumored to be working on a new home entertainment product focused on delivering video from the computer onto the TV. In typical Apple fashion, the company has been tight-lipped about its plans, but analysts like Albert Lin believe Apple is pulling the pieces together to introduce a product as early the first quarter of 2006.
Hmm a media center with a flash memory Mac mini and upgraded Front row software?
Even Intel has started a Apple group comprised of engineers and sales staff.

According to the article Mark Margevicius, a research director at the industry analysis firm Gartner Inc. said "Apple feels the pressure of the market and needs to deliver low-cost, high-performance products".

So ponder this, a duel core processor Mac mini or laptop using flash memory. Powerbooks would have longer battery life, and both system would be smaller and boot mega fast.

Also gamers imagine a mac mini with a top of the line graphics card being able to load your favorite game faster then your playstation 2.

Just food for thought.

Your Mac Life
Well don't forget to watch or just listen to YML tonight from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET for a show titled "Spotlight, Fabulous Fades & Giveaways!"

Tonight Rob Griffiths the Founder of MacOSXHints.com and a writer for Macworld magazine explains why he's not a huge fan of Tiger's Spotlight - tune in to find out why not.

Your Mac Life's Graphics Guru, Lesa Snider of GraphicReporter.com will be on to talk about her Graphics Tip of the Week. This week, it's all about "Fabulous Fades".

Peter Cohen of MacCentral.com and Macworld magazine will also be on to talk about all the latest Mac Gaming News.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Black Friday


Well Apple again is having a a very special one-day shopping event called "The Feast after the Feast", a after thanksgiving day sale. Previous events offered free stocking-stuffers, special extra savings off Apple hardware and software, and other products plus a chance to win products from the store. Specific deals will not be known until the day of the event.

Of coarse you will be shopping at (according to Consumer Reports) the #1 rated store for "manufacturer direct" online stores that offer computer customization.

Apple was rated No. 1 with an overall score of 93. The closest challenger was IBM, which scored an 86, followed by Dell with 84, Compaq/HP with 83, Toshiba and Sony both with 82, and Gateway with 80.

Consumer Reports awarded Apple.com with its top Quick Pick for customized computer buys, while noting that Apple does not allow returns of custom or refurbished computers.

The complete survey results will be published in the December issue of Consumer Reports magazine according to The Apple Insider. Plus Apple also is the 7th largest music retailer.


Well whither your in a Apple store or shopping online to get you new video iPod you may want to think about TiVo, yes TiVo, the companys TiVoToGo service will soon allow users who recorded video through the system be able to convert that video, to video formatted for the video-capable Apple iPod and Sony’s PlayStation Portable.



TiVoToGo for now is Windows PCs only, The company claims that it is “working hard to enable TiVoToGo features available on TiVo Desktop for Mac.”

TiVo plans to begin testing its iPod and PSP service in the next few weeks, looking forward into making the feature available to all its subscribers by early next year.

While TiVoToGo is currently free for subscribers, it seems customers who wish to use TiVo formatted video for their iPods and PSPs will need to buy additional software to enable the content transfer.

They say it will be available to subscribers for a one-time, $15 to $30 fee - and is being made without Apple's approval according to The Wall street journal. Some like ZDNet seem to think it will bring out Apple's lawyers.

This thought may be right seeing that this could cut into Apple's profits of the iTunes store which lets you buy TV shows formatted for your iPod for $1.99(U.S.).

Russell Shaw from ZDNet writes:
"when I read about deals that use Apple's technology without their approval, not only am I seeing a direct, in your face challenge to a deal that has been heavily vetted, but I am starting to envision meetings between one Mr. Jobs and Apple's corporate counsel. Not to mention meetings between one Mr. Iger (Disney CEO Robert Iger) and his legal eagles."
We will have to keep a eye on this to see how progresses.

Meanwhile the guys at Joystiq show us a iPod working just fine with the XBox 360 as it shows the music list on your TV.



10.4.3 X86 Hacked?
Well according to "Hack in the Box" a Hacker known as "Maxxuss" the so called "hacking God of the OS X x86 world" has cracked the TPM implementation in OS X 10.4.3 allowing it to run on non-Apple hardware, and also has been able to make the OS available to those who don’t have the most cutting edge hardware available.

This of coarse is unconfirmed, but according to the site expect to show "a full review on the OS X x86 10.4.3 experience" in their next e-zine release slated for the 1st week of December.

Well continuing with Apple security, it seems eEye Digital Security has updated their warning about a bug in Quicktime that allows anyone logged in to your Mac or PC, to those logged into you PC(windows) to run any program they wish, regardless of permission settings.

Severity:
High (Remote Code Execution)

Software Affected:
Various Apple Quicktime versions

Operating Systems Affected:
All windows


Dell & AMD?
It seems Dell is gonna make a switch and start offering notebooks, desktops, and servers with AMD prosessors.

Seems like the guys at ARS Technica wanna know why as much as I do:
"one wonders why, with Merom/Conroe just on the horizon, they seem to be ready to try AMD now. It's the timing of this thing that's the most odd, and this brings me to my second possible motivation for Dell's move. It could be that Dell is hedging their bets against some kind of Apple commodity PC play. Apple will be stepping into more direct competition with Dell once The Switch gets up and going, so perhaps Dell wants to open up their options in order to give themselves more room to maneuver against a rival that will be tied solely to Intel.

Dell might not have Apple's industrial design prowess, and they certainly won't have anything like OS X and related Apple software, but what they will have if they open up to AMD is the very good possibility of beating an Intel-only shop like Apple in price/performance."


First I see Gates using G5's for his Xbox 360, now Dell stepping on to AMD for their computers and servers computer chips.

It just seems to me like some people always wanna do things opposite of Apple. Which seems like the wrong thing to do now a days.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Wohoo, Friday!!!

Man, between cutting down some large trees (that are on the hill) with my chain saw which where blocking part of my view of the city of Moreno Valley, washing baskets full of clothes, doing the dishes , and writing this blog, I'm tried.

My Back and ankle hurts, I need some rest. I'm a disabled stay at home dad who thanks God it's Friday.

well enough about me, let's get on with today's Mac news.....


Well according to the Apple Insider it seems the next generation shuffle will be smaller and come in various colors.
According to the Apple Insider, American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu quote:
"believes storage capacities and price points will remain similar to Apple's current iPod shuffle offerings at $99 for the 512MB model and $129 for the 1GB."



One question I have is will people begin connecting this smaller shuffle to the Love Labs iPod vibrator. The 2-inch, $30 iBuzz plugs into the iPod's headphone jack and vibrates in sync with the rhythms of the iPod. It works off 2 AAA batteries.

The only online retailer that seems to be selling it so far is Lovehoney a U.K. distributor. The site does have a note telling buyers that
"The iBuzz is currently only available for despatch to European countries. This product can not be shipped to the North America or Canada."
But I guess if someone really wants this product, they will get it . :D

It seems eEye Digital Security has been busy, it has put out a Advisories about iTunes and QuickTime.

The iTunes one they say is a critical vulnerability ( Severity High) that has been found in some versions of iTunes that could allow attackers to remotely take over a user's computer.

They also have a Upcoming Advisory on Quicktime which they put the Severity as High, and which is a remotely exploitable flaw that allows arbitrary code to be executed in the context of the logged in user.


Apple Front Row Update
Apple has released a update to it's front row software. The Front Row Update (v1.0.1) delivers overall improved reliability and compatibility for browsing music, photos, and videos on your iMac.
You can download it here.

FireFox beta update
Modzilla has updated there FireFox web browser to beta version 1.5rc3.

You will have to "option-click" to force the download, then remove the ".html" extension from the name after downloading the file.

The file "Firefox 1.5rc3.dmg" file will open normally.

Improvments include:

Automated update to streamline product upgrades. Notification of an update is more prominent, and updates to Firefox may now be half a megabyte or smaller. Updating extensions has also improved.

Faster browser navigation with improvements to back and forward button performance.

Drag and drop reordering for browser tabs.

Improvements to popup blocking.

Clear Private Data feature provides an easy way to quickly remove personal data through a menu item or keyboard shortcut.

Answers.com is added to the search engine list.

Improvements to product usability including descriptive error pages, redesigned options menu, RSS discovery, and "Safe Mode" experience.

Better accessibility including support for DHTML accessibility and assistive technologies such as the Window-Eyes 5.5 beta screen reader for Microsoft Windows. Screen readers read aloud all available information in applications and documents or show the information on a Braille display, enabling blind and visually impaired users to use equivalent software functionality as their sighted peers.

Report a broken Web site wizard to report Web sites that are not working in Firefox.

Better support for Mac OS X (10.2 and greater) including profile migration from Safari and Mac Internet Explorer.

New support for Web Standards including SVG, CSS 2 and CSS 3, and JavaScript 1.6.

Many security enhancements.

Game Time!!
Well with Friday comes my stress breaker Unreal Tounament 2004.

So come and get wacked on the
DarkSide Server

IP 69.93.100.55:7777
Hope to see you there!!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

AMD and Quad CPU's

Well, well, I started to read about AMD preparing to release quad-core CPUs in 2007 and it just brings a smile to my face.

I keep thnking of this Intel switch and I also see a lot of new openings for AMD in the CPU market for Apple. Sure Intel seems like it's gonna be Apple's primary CPU supplier, but there's nothing wrong with having a 2nd supplier, and AMD is a great one.

My personal thought was why Apple didn't go with with them in the first place, could of been AMD might not have been able to do the PC (windows) market and Apple at the same time.

We may never know, but seeing AMD doing the quad-core cpu looks good to me especially after AMD has risen in recent months, moving up to 17.8 percent of x86 CPU shipments, from 16.2 in the second quarter and 15.9 percent in the same quarter a year ago, as well as beating Intel to dual-core CPUs. In addition, the chip maker says that they will be switching to a new internal architecture for their x86 CPUs in 2008 or 2009.

As one way of growing, AMD aims to double the number of computer platforms available from top-tier manufacturers that use its chips.

Marty Seyer, AMD's general manager for commercial business and performance computing said "We're going to be the preeminent server supplier."

I think that AMD will Apple's next CPU supplier.

Popular Science honors Apple's Mac OS X Spotlight


Popular Science has honored Apple's Mac OS X Spotlight search technology in its 'Best of What's New' roundup for 2005.

According to their article:

"Most desktop search tools are perpetually a step behind, periodically snooping your machine to find new and changed files. But Spotlight, the search function in Apple's new Tiger operating system, updates the instant anything changes because it's built into the core of the OS. That integration also means that the search function is available in the Save and Open dialog boxes of other applications. And Spotlight searches more metadata—the information about a file, such as who created it or what camera it was taken with—than ever before, so as long as you sort of know what you're looking for, you'll probably find it. $130 (for the entire OS)"
Other News
Think Secret is saying that "highly reliable sources" have confirmed that Apple is planning to release its first entry-level iBook laptops with Intel processors next January at Macworld Expo in San Francisco.

A qoute form the site:
"It is not known exactly what processors or price points the new models will debut at, but it is thought Apple will expand the iBook line with one additional model and will lower prices—in some cases possibly $200 or more—to entice current Windows users and prove to the market it will be more competitive with the likes of Dell, Gateway, HP and Sony."
Quad Review
Computer World has a review on their page and the say "for anyone in the broadcast, sciences, music, print and photography industries, I have some advice: Place your orders now!" "The Power Mac G5 Quad: Seat belt not included!"

Red Orchestra 3.3 Released
Macologist on the 14th released Red Orchestra 3.3 for mac users.

This updated release includes the following features:

•A unique player momentum system, giving an ever-more lifelike feel to movement within the game. The player doesn't just stop and start instantly, but takes a moment to get moving, or to stop.

•An item that has long been on the request list: different speeds depending on the direction of movement. The player now slows when strafing or moving backwards, for added realism.

•Improved AI for the bots operating vehicles: the driver will stop and go when ordered - and you can order the bots out of the vehicle if you want it all to yourself!

•One beautiful new map, never seen before: Baksan Valley!

•With full access to the UT engine, they have been able to throw in some major rendering optimizations. This is showing an improvement of up to 40% in frame-rates on lower-end CPUs. Additionally, a number of the maps have been further optimized for improved performance.

•Vehicle movement has been improved: the brakes on tanks now hold the tank from rolling down shallow hills - and they won't "spin" so easily!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Updates and Questions

Well yesterday Apple put out 3 updates, 2 of which I will mention here the 3rd was for Xsan for servers.

The First is a long-standing issues with some of its single processor 1.8GHz Power Mac G5 models (late 2004).

This Firmware Update is only for the 1.8 GHz, (600 MHz bus), single-processor Power Mac G5 (Late 2004) computer.
You can get it here.

The second is a Apple Java 2 SE - 5.0R3, This update does not change the default version of Java on your Mac from Java 1.4.2 to J2SE 5.0, though Java applications that require J2SE 5.0 may specifically request it. You can change the preferred Java version for applications and applets by using the new Java Preferences utility. This utility is installed by the J2SE 5.0 update at /Applications/Utilities/Java/J2SE 5.0/.

Also if you look at the picture below you will see it is also a Universal Binary.
Hmm could this be the first showing that Intel based Macs are coming really soon?
You can download the Java update here.
The Xsan Update can be downloaded here for 10.4 and here for 10.3.9.

Record Company's Fighting Back?
According to Business 2.0 Stefan Roever, the CEO of a startup called Navio, wants to help shift the balance of power back to the media companies.

Schonfeld goes on to say,
"The key is getting around Apple. Come December, Navio will launch a new version of its service that will finally allow music companies to sell songs that will play on iPods without going through Apple’s iTunes store. How will Apple react to this news? “I think they will go ballistic,” Roever predicts, before adding, “There is nothing Apple can do to prevent this.” (Like RealNetworks before it, Navio has reverse-engineered the iPod’s Fairplay [sic] software so that Navio can deliver copy-protected songs in a format that will play on the device.) If nothing else, though, Apple can at least try to bury Navio with lawyers."

The article does end with "In the end, Apple will still have simplicity on its side. And simplicity usually wins." And that is something other companys have not been able to do.

Security Problems?
Yes, According to Secure OSX. It seems they have found a weakness that another browser Opera has.

On the site they say:

"It appears Safari suffers from the same weakness as Opera and IE 6.

After entering the alert on Opera I tested Safari and confirmed that it shows the same weakness.

The problem is that the browser fails to show the correct URL in the status bar if an image control with a "title" attribute has been enclosed in a hyperlink and uses a form to specify the destination URL. This may cause a user to follow a link to a seemingly trusted website when in fact the browser opens a malicious website.

I tested and confirmed this on Safari Version 2.0.2 (416.12) on OS X 10.4.3"
I will keep you posted!

Apple Number 1?
Apple has posted on there web site that they are #1 in iPod and iTunes sales in Japan and also hold a 60% market share (according to Business Computer News (BCN)). With all the bilions of people there, and a great product, that wasn't too hard.
You can read the whole story here.

Revved-Up ROKR?
According to BusinessWeek Motorola and Cingular have bigger and better things planned for 2006. Motorola they say will introduce a "revamped version of the ROKR in the first quarter."

"Expect a phone with a 1 megapixel camera, a 3.5 millimeter earphone jack (same as the iPod uses), and enough storage capacity to hold 1,000 songs -- all capabilities Motorola has confirmed. The current phone's basic design will be replaced by a sleek new look, which sources close to the company say will be an elegant slider format."
I'm not much in to sell phones so, eaither way it doesn't affect me. I'll just buy a iPod and get on a program that gives me a phone just for signing up.

But I hope it does not cause erratic functioning to fifth-generation iPods (with video) due to interference from a cellular phone.

Now Engadget has said on their site that:

"We can neither confirm nor deny firsthand the results of the video linked below (for one reason or another no one at Engadget seems to own or have access to a cellphone), but apparently certain amounts of radio interference emitted by cellphones can drive an iPod with video freaky crazy wild. We’re not sure what makes the 5G iPod any less shielded from RFI than other iPods (or if other iPods have this problem as well), but apparently some users are confirming the issue"
You can watch the video (if it's still working, I could not watch it yesterday) here.

It's Wednesday, Time for Your Mac Life
Today topic "Expo Conferences, Giveaways and Element Edges!"
Hmm, I like the give away part.
Any you can watch the video stream here
Or Listen in to the audio feed here

As always You can also join one of the two Chat Rooms that run during the live show - on the World Without Borders site or on the dedicated IRC Server at irc.netmug.org in the #yourmaclife Channel.

Make sure you listen in this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET

One last Thing
Yesterday I posted my thoughts about porn on iPods. Then someone showed me this LOL!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

iPod Porn

Like I posted in a previous article, porn is out for your iPod. people are into porn. They may mask it, keep quiet on the subject, but the bottom line is sex sells. Now with companys like Lucas Entertainment Inc., web sites like SuicideGirls, and even Playboy getting in to the action, I'm beginning to worry.

Media coverage can be good, but it also can be negitive also. With porn sites promoting iPod versions of video to download and this type of stuff getting media attention this may end up bringing bad press for Apple.

Parents worried about their kids downloading these videos to their iPods could spell a public out cry against Apple, and for Apple to find a way not to allow this to happen.

Of coarse being a parent should be somebody elses job right? A parent should not monitor there own childs stuff right? A child should have complete privacy right?

Bull Shit! I'm the parent, I pay the rent, for the food, the clothes on your back,.. shit we brought you on this earth. I'll act like the FBI with a search warrent, kick your door down and search through all your shit. That includes your computer and your ipod.

Why you ask?? because it's my damn job as a parent. So I know I tried my best and don't end up with a kid who shoots up a school, does drugs and/or steals and ends up on Jerry Springer.

So you ask, what does this have to do with porn on the iPod?, just cutting some people off at the pass who are thinking about starting a Apple bashing over something that is out of there control, but is and should always be part of a parents control.


Team Speex 1.0 Public Beta 2 Realeased!



The 2nd public beta release of Team Speex version 1.0 has been posted, and you can download it here .

There have been some improvments to the second public beta of this VOIP chat application.





New features
• Voice Activation
• Client/Admin commands
⁃ Send Text Message
⁃ Register with Server
⁃ Create/Edit/Delete Channels
⁃ Kick/Ban players
⁃ Move players (drag n drop)
⁃ Grant/Revoke Server Admin permissions
• Mute a player
• All these are accesable using the context menu (ctrl-click player or channel), or use the main menu.
• Unicode Support
⁃ Also for Panther users.
• Full support for "Public Server" servers.

General Improvements
• Lowered the overall CPU usage
• Toolbar now has flexible space and has its own menu item
• Added more known error codes
• Changed default PTT button from Fn to ⌘

Bug fixes
• Mac users not hearing other Mac users
• Errors on "Public Server" type servers
• Not getting unsuported codec error after reconnect
• Fixed some assertion's
• Better TeamSpeak URL handling
• Password protected channels still asked for a password even when you can join without a password.
• Deadlock on timeout of resending packets.

Also according to Macologist's own Santaduck:
"future features to come will include bookmarking favorites, gain adjustments, an improved inspector panel, mute/away status setting, and scriptability. The audio jitter with two simultaneous speakers is one current bug in this beta."
Also if you have any bugs you can post them in the Team Speex fourms.

Other News
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published an open letter to Sony-BMG that calls for the company to immediately and publicly commit to the following additional measures:

•Recall all CDs that contain the XCP and SunnComm MediaMax technology. The recall must include removing all infected CDs from store shelves as well as halting all online sales of the affected merchandise. We understand from a recent New York Times article that well over 2 million infected CDs with the XCP technology are in the marketplace and have yet to be sold.

•Remove from all current and future marketing materials statements like that on http://cp.sonybmg.com/xcp/english/updates.html that say the cloaking software "is not malicious and does not compromise security."

•Widely publicize the potential security and other risks associated with the XCP and SunnComm MediaMax technology to allow the 2.1 million consumers who have already purchased the CDs to make informed decisions regarding their use of those CDs. The publicity campaign should include, at a minimum, issuing a public statement describing the risks and listing every Sony CD, DVD or other product that contains XCP or SunnComm MediaMax. The publicity campaign should be advertised in a manner reasonably calculated to reach all consumers who have purchased the products, in all markets where the CDs have been sold.

•Cooperate fully with any interested manufacturer of anti-virus, anti-spyware, or similar computer security tools to facilitate the identification and complete removal of XCP and SunnComm MediaMax from the computers of those infected. In particular, Sony should publicly waive any claims it may have for investigation or removal of these tools under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and any similar laws.

•Offer to refund the purchase price of infected CDs or, at the consumer’s election, provide a replacement CD that does not contain the XCP or SunnComm technology. For those consumers who choose to retain infected CDs, develop and make widely available a software update that will allow consumers to easily uninstall the technology without losing the ability to play the CD on their computers. In addition, consumers should not be required to reveal any personally identifying information to Sony in order to access the update, as Sony is currently requiring.

•Compensate consumers for any damage to their computers caused by the infected products, including the time, effort, and expenditure required to remedy the damage or verify that their computer systems or networks were or were not altered or damaged by XCP or SunnComm MediaMax products.

•Prior to releasing any future product containing DRM technology, thoroughly test the software to determine the existence of any security risks or other possible damages the technology might cause to any user's computer.

•Certify in a statement included in the packaging of every CD containing DRM technology that the product does not contain any concealed software such as the XCP rootkit, does not electronically communicate with Sony-BMG or any other party, does not initiate the download of any software update or other data without informed consent of the consumer immediately prior to each communication, can be uninstalled without any need to contact Sony or disclose personally identifying information to anyone, does not present any security risks to any consumer's computer, and will not damage or reduce the performance of the consumer's computer or data in any way.

The full letter can be found on the EFF website here

Monday, November 14, 2005

UpGrades on All!

Well it looks like there's a lot out there on the horizon. but let's first look at what some have on hand.

First, it looks like the guys over at Macs Only have gotten their Quad G5, and have showed their test results.
"The speed tests are composed of a series of 'canned' benchmark applications and several so-called 'real world' tests that anyone can repeat on their own Mac for comparison by following the steps that we perform," Fox writes. "Here are the results comparing the new Quad 2.5GHz Power Mac G5 with the previous generation dual 2.5GHz model. Both were upgraded to 1.5GB of RAM. The Quad has the stock Nvidia 6600 graphics card while the Dual has an upgraded Nvidia 6800 Ultra graphics card. Both were running Mac OS X 10.4.3 from the same hard drive."


"Surprisingly, the Quad with a stock Nvidia 6600 graphics card beat the Dual with an Nvidia 6800 Ultra DDL graphics card in the Quake III Arena and Doom3 3D game tests. This is likely due to the Quad's four CPU cores. We know that Quake is a multiprocessor-aware application. Perhaps, Doom3 is also. The Quad did poorly with the Halo test, running at less than half the frame rate of the Dual, so we'd have to drop the visual quality of the test settings in Halo to play it well. The Quad also had a reduced frame rate running Call of Duty but it is still playable at our test settings. We played several hours of Call of Duty on the Quad without noticing a significant difference."

more here

Apple has been upgrading its tech support "Discussions boards" over the weekend. The revamped discussion boards will be worth the wait. New features will include a improved search engine, capable of searching for numbers and running proximity searches.

Discussions will also offer RSS support, so users will be able to track topics using Safari RSS.
Another new feature will enable users to mark posts as a question and then to later mark it as answered. This means other users will be able to quickly navigate to threads that contain answers to problems.

The URL also changed from http://discussions.info.apple.com to http://discussions.apple.com.
As of 11:30am this morning I'm having problems with the pages loading slowly or incorrectly or not loading at all. Hopefully this will be resolved soon.

Rumor Alert!!!
According to the Apple Insider:
"Apple Computer is on track to introduce the first Macs with Intel processors as early as January, which should help the company avoid any potential sales slow down in the first half of 2006".


They are also saying that that the iMac and PowerBook are targeted to be the first two Mac models to receive Intel processors in January and Apple will be updating their associated product lines for the second time in as little as four months.

As mentioned before, Apple may release a upgrade to 10.4.4 before xmas. It seems The first seed of Mac OS X 10.4.4 fell into developers' hands late Sunday. Build 8G7 delivers about 30 fixes and improvements, according to seed notes accompanying the update.

Several bugs related to Quartz Composer have been corrected with this build. DVD player,GarageBand and USB/FireWire audio is also said to have been fixed or improved.

Other News
A developer by the name of Martin Hering is working on a new project called MediaCentral. Inspired by both Apple's Front Row and the CenterStage project, it aims to be a media center player for many media types.

Lubbi from iPodwizard.net has put together a tutorial that shows you how to change string constants into an image. This tip will teach you how to add image to menu items to the iPod's file menu system.

The University of Portsmouth is using podcasts to help potential students to make informed decisions about where to study.

The scheme will be developed over the next few months and will include useful tools for existing students such as course documentation and advice about careers, including student enterprise and setting up a business.

"Eventually we hope to have students showcasing their work to employers through Podcasting," said Claire Sambrook, Senior Lecturer in the department of Creative Technologies.


According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple offered to donate copies of Mac OS X for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)$100(US) laptop program.

The $100 laptop program is a project developed by the MIT Media Lab to provide inexpensive computers to school children in developing countries. The laptops can run off an electric adapter, or generate its own power with a hand crank.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

More Reasons to get a Mac!


Well I stopped posting on weekends, but this was too much fun reading that I had to post it here.


I was reading today a Mac Daily News article that replys and also links to the original article from CNet. And I was laughing my ass off as MDN rips Vista a new one!



Seems according to analysts at Gartner
"Companies shouldn't rush to upgrade to Microsoft Windows Vista, according to analysts at Gartner, who believe most could safely hold back until 2008,"
as reported by Colin Barker for CNET News.

As MDN reply is "why not just get Apple Mac OS X Tiger today?"

I would write about this, but Mac daily News does a great job on it's own!

Hey Ryan, if your reading this, show this to your windows using buddy, and tell him

IT'S TIME TO GET A MAC!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Laughing on Friday

Well After posting here yesterday I got 2 guys who disagreed with me in a forum.

what I say to that is this

And if that comic from PC Weenies is not funny enough, then how bout this from Crazy Apples Rumors site


Or even this article called "The story of Shufflicious - making an ipod case to sell"

Some need to laugh once in a while.

Some lead, some follow, some wait to see what is popular before they follow.And The Emmy for Best Actor on iPods Goes to ..., Just goes to show how everybody moves to what is popular, and the iPod and PlayStation Portable are hot.


Apple Sleeves Nano's
Apple has quietly added a protective fabric sleeve to the packages of all iPod nanos. As first noted in the iLounge forums, the slip cases are identical to the ones included with fifth-generation iPods.

As you all know by now about the suit against Apple. So is this damage control or Apple saying
"Here you go you cheap asses who where to cheap to buy a cover for your Nano!"

I'll go with the Latter.



Apple Xmas Gifts?
The Apple insider has two articles here and here about how Apple may bring some gifts out out before xmas.

First on is about Apple possibly bringing out 10.4.4.

A quote from the website says:
"Apple has historically completed and released to the public a maintenance update to its Mac OS X operating system just prior the Christmas holiday and the company's short winter vacation.

Last year Apple released Mac OS X 10.3.7 on December 15th and the year before issued Mac OS X 10.3.2 on December 17th. Back in 2002, the Mac maker posted to its website Mac OS X 10.2.3 on December 19th, just days before the holidays. "


As for the second link, they talk about a rumored pink Madonna iPod and/or dual-core versions of Apple's Xserve enterprise servers.
"So far there isn't much to go on, but rumblings indicate that Apple is gearing up to make some form of final hardware-related announcement as early as next Monday. With seemingly all of its holiday-focused consumer products already on the market, sources speculate that the announcement could range anywhere from the externally-rumored pink Madonna iPod (her new album is due on Tuesday) to dual-core versions of Apple's Xserve enterprise servers. In somewhat related news, Apple this week dropped the price on its Xserve Apple Drive Module 74GB Serial ATA 10K RPM and also added Bell Micro as a distributor of its Xserve and Xserve RAID products in the US. Bell Micro joins two existing US-based Apple distributors: Tech Data and Ingram Micro."
There's some talk about the uphill battle Apple may have locking OSX for their intel computers.
I guess that's better then getting sued over a dumb DRM for CD's especially since there are bots spotted for it.

Update
A update to FireFox v 1.5 Release Candidate 2 is out. you can get it here.
Downloading proved to be a probelm, as clicking the link caused a web page full of text rather than downloading the file.

Clicking while holding the "Option" key forced a download but I had to delete the ".html" file extension then it mounted just fine. They need to fix this on the Firefox Web site.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Apple Going Head on With MS?

Well it's seems the guys over at ZDNET UK have had their hands on a copy of the intel version of 10.4.1 and do a review on it.

Now I don't know how they can call it a review when the product is not even done. Then again you wonder how they got their hands on a copy, which I may add is a old build anyway.

There intro starts with
"Steve Jobs might not approve, but Apple's latest operating system can be installed on any x86 hardware. How well does it function? Read our preliminary labs test to find out."
hmmm, you think?

They show how Mac OS X version 10.4.1 is successfully installed on the Toshiba Portégé M300.

Then show of a pic on the hardware spec's inside this laptop.

LOL you tested this on a Pentium M 1.2ghz processor with a front bus speed of only 400mhz with only 512mb of SDRAM and call this a test/review? Give me a break.

Then they run it on a AMD chip with a faster CPU and slower bus speed, LOL!


What I find intresting in all this was this was posted on there site yesterday (11/9/05) and today (11/10/05) they post this about how "Apple has filed a patent that describes a method for securely running Mac OS X on specific hardware". Show you how we did it, but you might not be able to do it anyway when the full version comes out. Man what a useless test.

But to top all this off, it seems a recent patent filed by Apple will enable owners of Intel-based Macs to load Mac OS X, Windows or Linux as their primary operating system and then indicate which of the three they'd prefer as their secondary OS.
(Luke Skywalker voice) Never,... I'll never turn to the darkside
(Darth Varder voice) You don't know the POWER of the Dark side!

And this with all this news Morgan Stanley still ups Apple share price target from $60 to $70.

(Darth Vader voice) Impressive,.... very impressive.
Yes, I also think so Darth Vader my brother. :)

We will see if there is " A New Hope" if this OS war starts.

**Flash Update**
Seems there is a security hole in macromedia flash player.
Update to version 8,0,22,0. You can get the update here.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Is Your Mac Secure?

O.K. for weeks now I've been hearing a lot about Mac sercurity and Mac users acting like we are bullet proof.

Despite the relative lack of any Mac-infecting viruses, Mac users still need to be aware. As hacker activity increases generally, the impact on Mac users increases as well.

And, if you use an emulator to run Windows on your Mac, you are vulnerable to all the baddies to which any Windows user is vulnerable. While these baddies would only run havoc on Microsoft’s Virtual PC (VPC) or another emulation product running Windows, it would make life on your mac a pain when running these types of programs.

If you didn't have a VPC those bugs would just be another file just sitting on your computer taking up space, because most are .exe files that your Mac OS would not recognize. But you should still have protection from letting any of this from getting to your computer in the first place.

Now there are some like ZDNet Australia who try and scare Mac users with articles like this, (10/2004) about a so called malware called "The opener" their title was a "Destructive OS X malware spies on Apple users" where in fact there was no sercurity problem because it was only a UNIX Shell script. It needed to be installed by someone with admin/root or physical access where you still needed the admin/root password.

Well then you ask what about the recent QuickTime flaw, that Security researcher Piotr Bania said he discovered in Apple's QuickTime media player.

The four flaws in QuickTime versions 6.5.2 and 7.0.1 which he rated "highly critical" as they could be exploited by hackers to remotely execute malicious code.

Well to that I say what hakers? all of these where Apple patched security holes that where on an outdated version of QuickTime. Anybody who keeps there software up to date was unaffected. there where no hackers that did anything. Also that the fix for this was available before this flaw was announced.

Also Secunia (a sercuity monitoring website) still shows a problem with Apple mail program, there they report
"a security issue in Mac OS X, which may expose sensitive information to malicious people."
They say "
The problem is caused due to a design error in the Mail account creation wizard, which transmits a user's credentials in plain text to test their validity, before the user is asked to choose an optional encryption (e.g. IMAP over SSL).

This may cause a user's plain text credentials to be disclosed to a third party during the account creation process even though the user chooses to use encryption.

The security issue has been reported in Mail 2.0 on Mac OS 10.4. Other versions may also be affected."

Their Solution:
Enter a invalid password before setting encryption options.

This when you look at the website has not changed even after the 10.4.3 update, which came out after this warning was posted. Is this for real or just a scare tactic?

Well it seems there not the only one's willing to try this tactic, Symantec maker of the popular Norton AntiVirus,Norton Internet Security, and Norton Personal Firewall have done it, and according to Mac 360 seems like SecureMac also likes using it.

A quote from Mac360 article about SucreMac says:
"SecureMac is only interested in telling you about the problems you face in keeping your Mac secure.

Oh, and they sell a Mac application called MacScan which will help you maintain maximum security on your Mac. Why? Because there are so many spyware, viruses, trojan horses, and the like trying to take over your Mac. Or not.[...] What does MacScan do? It runs through the Mac’s file system and searches for spyware, trojan horses, and keystroke loggers. I can only assume that it’s an extremely fast Mac application because there’s probably few stops during the search process.

At the end of the search, MacScan provides a detailed instructive list about each file it finds. That’s handy. Probably doesn’t take up too much screen space with the report, either?

Why? Maybe it’s because there are no known spyware applications for the Mac. Maybe it’s because there’s no known trojan horses for the Mac (we’re talking Mac OS X)."
All these kind of scare tactics are used just to generate revenue for themselves from the mac market which is growing because users are moving away from windows and moving to a safer platform (Mac OS).

Bottom line, should Mac users feel completely safe? NO, always be aware and stay on top of OS X’s Software Update feature. To make sure that you have it turned on and set to check weekly or daily, go to the Software Update preference pane in System Preferences.

Keep your firewall on, What's a fire wall? A firewall is simply a piece of software or hardware that stands between your computer and the rest of the world, making sure that every piece of data coming or leaving through an open port on your Mac goes only where it’s supposed to, OS X has a firewall that’s turned off by default.

We are much safer then windows user can ever hope to be, but we all as computer users must always be on alert.


Other News
According to xlr8yourmac.com there are reports on 10.4.3 OpenGL problems with some Apps/Games . From white screens to dots next to cursors while using eaither ATI or nVidia video cards.

If you don't have a clue on how to use Mac OS X's Archive and Install feature, maybe you should check out MacHacks, they have a article about OS X's Archive and Install feature.

Finally don't forget to watch and listen or just listen in to Your Mac Life tonight from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET.

Jeremy Horwitz, the Editor in Chief of iLounge.com, is attending and presenting at the Portable Media Expo & Podcasting Conference. He'll join Your Mac Life to talk about the conference and iLounge's latest Holiday Buyers' Guide.

Your Mac Life has a *ridiculous* amount of stuff to giveaway for the month of November. Thanks to IDG World Expo, Your Mac Life has *6* Macworld Conference and Expo Passes to hand out to listeners - 3 User Conference Passes and one each of the Combo Package 1, Combo Package 2, Combo Package 3 Passes. Tune in tonight to see how you can enter to win.

Thanks to an anonymous donor, Your Mac Life has a one gig iPod shuffle to giveaway to a lucky listener - but this time, the lucky listener must also be a "starving student". Tune in to hear how you can win.

Not only will Your Mac Life have the usual assortment of Griffin Technology prizes to hand out, thanks to iStockphoto.com, they will also be handing out picture credits to their web site on tonight's show.

Your Mac Life's Graphics Guru, Lesa Snider of GraphicReporter.com will be on to talk about her Graphics Tip of the Week brought to you by iStockPhoto.com! Peter Cohen of MacCentral.com and Macworld magazine will also be on to talk about all the latest Mac Gaming News.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

iPod Having a Large Effect

Well it seems Apple's "halo effect" ........... man every time I say Halo and Apple together in the same sentance it kind of pisses me off when I think how Bungie was gonna put Halo out first on the Mac platform then Mircosoft felt threatened and brought Bungie and used Halo as there premire game on the XBox and just blew up. Sorry,... personal gripe. Where was I?, oh ya, how the "halo effect" is affecting Apple in positive and negitive ways.



Well lets start with the Negitive, everybody goes positive first.
As we all know the iPod has become a awesome seller for Mac & Windows users, and with fame comes people who want a piece of the pie.

So first lets start with the common greedy twurp who wants something for nothing, Yes I'm talking about the class action suit against Apple on the scratched Nano's. So I buy a Nano, don't protect it, it get scratched and I sue Apple for a new one plus extra cash just for the hell of it. And greed comes from all over as now lawyers representing users of the class action lawsuit filed in the United States that purchased iPod Nanos have now filed suits on behalf of users in the United Kingdom and Mexico.

This suit is just plain greed, nothing more. Let's put this in prospective, let's just say I buy a Toyota pick truck, drive it through the woods and it gets scratched, should I be able to sue Toyota? In their commercials you see them go through woods even get hit my a metor and come out with out a scratch.

Is this false advertising? Or should I use commen since and know if I don't take care of my truck that fiberglass covering my front bumper will scratch or brake if I go through big dips in the dirt & mud, my doors will get scratched if I go through between trees. And I know if a metor really hits my truck, I'm most likely dead.

But to some Apple must seem like a small company compaired to the MS giant, So they think "we can win against this company, so lets's sue and gain money off of Apple's hard work like many others have done.

But lets' keep this moving, so,... now that iPod video has blown up let's start a site where I can download video. Apple X reported yesterday that a BitTorrent site is now online where people can download video's encoded in iPod compatible formats.

But just like noted on the Apple X site:
" we're guessing Steve Jobs and Disney didn't grant them the rights to distribute "free" iPod video copies of Finding Nemo."
More people wanting something for nothing.

Then we have big Companys who see a idea and think they can cash in on this cash cow, NBC and CBS are following ABC and entering into the video download market.

Unlike ABC, however, the other two networks are not teaming up with Apple to make their programming available online. Instead, the networks will sell their 99 cent programs through video-on-demand services on cable and satellite systems.

But to me this is not a battle against Apple's itunes store because this video is for your home TV. The shows are pay-per-view and are not in iPod video format (for now). People are lazy. If they want them on there iPods they will pay a buck more for it.

All I can say to CBS and NBC is, People can get a Tivo unit and do this and get lots of TV shows for free! Now suddenly you have to start paying for shows to watch them on your TV that used to be free? This plan will not work. The buck 99 Apple charges is so you can watch your shows on your iPod on the move, something you will not be doing with your 60" TV. I don't think it will be long before NBC and CBS are on the iTMS.

Then we have the cease-and-desist letter sent to both Apple Computer and its ad agency, Omnicom Group's TBWA\Chiat\Day. Now this maybe negitive but may have some validity.
Both television ads feature urban images on a red, yellow and orange background, with black silhouettes and a hip-hop soundtrack. Lugz claims the ad is too similar to its own ad campaign, which was launched in 2002.

Now I have some pics which I got from mac360's and Jack Whisper's websites showing how similar they are.






As you can see there are a lot of things that are similar in these two ads.
I also think Lugz has a good case here, most people do file suit against Apple are just trying to make a buck at Apple's expense, but I do see merit here in this case.

When Apple introduced the iPod TV commercial with Eminem the ad mysteriously disappeared from Apple’s web site for a few days.
Was there a reason behind this? Did some young intern at Apple say "hey, that looks like a old Lugz ad!"

Did Apple talk to there lawyers and ask what they should do about this ad that was according to a Apple "3 years in the making".
Which puts in back in 2002 when the Lugz ad was on air.
Just a few thoughts.


O.K. time for the positive!
Because Apple is selling so well,today RadioShack announced that it has become an authorized Apple reseller and is offering the full range of iPod models itself.

RadioShack to will sell all iPod models from the tiny shuffle all the way to Apple’s 60GB color iPod model at of it's 5,000 company-owned stores and a select number of dealer-owned stores stores across the United States. RadioShack also said it plans to offer customers dozens of iPod accessories, including external speakers, cables, docking stations, travel cases, cables and more.

More than 1 million Windows users bought Mac computers for the first time this year, In a research note released to clients on Monday, Needham & Co. analyst Charles Wolf said the number of Windows users purchasing a Mac appears to be far higher than the firm had previously anticipated.

"If we assume that all of the growth in Mac shipments during the past three quarters resulted from Windows users purchasing a Mac, then purchases by Windows users exceeded one million," the analyst said. "Indeed, the number of Windows users purchasing Macs in 2005 could easily exceed our forecast of 1.3 million switchers in 2006."

"A year ago, there was a constant stream of 'iPod killer' stories. With the introductions of the nano and video iPod, Apple has left its competitors in the dust," Wolf wrote. "Sony is the only major name-brand competitor that appears to have a future in this market, although its product portfolio is now a generation behind the iPod nano and video iPod."

Over the last several quarters, as Apple marketed new and improved iPods, Mac have sales jumped, reaching 48 percent year-over-year growth in the latest quarter.

It's intresting how the iPod/iTunes is moving people back/or over to the Mac platform.
A article in the Seattle Times by paul Andrews says:
When I made the switch, I thought I was a relative rarity. After all, we're constantly reminded of the Windows desktop monopoly and how little market share Apple has.

But what I found surprised me. A lot of techies I know, including some former Micro-softies, have switched. Among holdouts, I kept hearing their next computer would be a Mac.

"There's huge awareness among the general public about how much [Windows] PCs have been compromised," said Tony Bove, author of a new book, "Just Say No To Microsoft" (No Starch Press, $24.95). "My mother knows about it, and she's not even a computer user."
Apple has come a long way. Apple's next big announcement is expected to be the rollout of the first Mac computers using processors made by Intel. UBS Investment Research said this week that it is raising its Apple estimates due to strength in the company's current product offerings and expectations of an early launch of Intel-based Macintosh computers.

Given Apple's recent strength, UBS is raising its December quarter earnings per share (EPS) estimates from 50 cents to 53 cents based on 43-percent revenue growth. The firm is also raising its iPod sales estimates for the quarter from 10.3 million units to 11.3 million.

Benjamin A. Reitzes said Apple would introduce more video content and digital entertainment offerings at Macworld in January, helping to drive shares. Checks also indicate that the company may be ready to launch lower-end Intel based Macs earlier than its original June 2006 target, with the possibility of an Intel-based Mac Mini at Macworld.


New iTunes Phone!

Motorola is giving it another go by announcing a second iTunes phone.

The forthcoming Motorola RAZR V3i, which will be only the second phone to support iTunes, offers an updated and streamlined design, featuring a large internal color screen, quad-band technology (for GSM coverage in the US and other parts of the world) and Bluetooth for wireless connectivity.

The brushed-metal handset features an integrated 1.23 megapixel digital camera with a full screen view-finder, zoom, and video capture and playback. It is expected to ship in mid-December. (Pricing not available.)

Hopefully this phone will get better reviews.






Apple's Front-Row is getting good reviews and many people want it on others macs besides the iMac. But you never know with Apple, but i'm sure the iMac was just testing the waters, where adding it for a Mac mini, Power Mac(G5) or Intal based Mac will be taking a full plunge.

Other News
It seems that on Nov 1 Apple filed a trademark for Rosetta according to Macsimum News article. It goes on to say:
Apple appointed Thomas R. La Perle to submit the application on behalf of Apple Computer, Inc.

The Application’s only international class listed was 009, covering the following:

Computer software, computer code, computer firmware and application tools for testing, converting, programming and executing computer software, computer code and computer applications across software, computer and microprocessor platforms; software technology used for cross-platform computing, software code verification, testing and conversion.


Mouse News














ARS Technica has a review of the Logitech G5 Laser Mouse which it tested on a Mac and Windows computers.
Pros:
2,000dpi laser precision make this a very accurate mouse.
Smooth and sturdy teflon feet that don't come off.
Option for separate vertical and horizontal dpi settings.
Weighted cartridge adds a new way of getting comfortable.
Wheel tilting minimizes button clutter.
Consistent form factor with nice finishes.
Textured thumb area should increase the time it takes to get Kojak spots.
Tons of orange lights. (**don't know if I call this a Pro**)

Cons:
The middle mouse button is hard to click.
Dpi switching seems like a bit of a non-feature since games typically let you bind more precise variations and scripts to buttons anyway.
No OS X drivers.
No left-hand version.
No underwater cosey.