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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Apple On A Roll?

Well it seems Apple has had some positive feed back about their new and upgraded products.

Some people want the new hardware, but others people can't get one software in particular (at least not from Apple).

Seems people love the new iMac, but they also like one software that's only availible (for now) on a new iMac.

Yes I'm talking about Front Row, People really want this software for other macs, the want it so bad they are willing to do hacks to get it.

Others who want it but don't have the hacking skills have a online petition asking Apple to bring the application to other Macs. So far they have over 7000 signatures!

It would be better if Apple made it part of a iLife package which included a infrared pick up and remote. The software brings in Apple to place it has not been before, and some people at Redmond may be worried.

One windows supersite did a hands on with Front Row, and he even said
"Apple needs to make this software and the required hardware--the Apple Remote and an IR interface--available to all Mac OS X users. This is advice I gave to Microsoft repeatedly about Media Center, though they never listened."
So will Apple listen? Apple needs more then the iPod "halo effect" to boost its share of the computer market. While Apple is enjoying a surge of it's shares this morning going up to $59.83, up $2.33 hitting a new all-time intraday high, Apple still needs to continue building on this halo effect to bring customers what they need and want.

New iTunes Phone model?
It seems the guys over at Engadget have gotten themselves a hold of what looks like a Motorola SLVR L7 with iTunes. The acticle says
"It has just about the same user interface as the ROKR E1 (though the menus are slightly less sluggish) and it has Bluetooth, a VGA digital camera, and a TransFlash memory card slot for storing up to 100 iTunes tracks, but there is one real surprise: the phone doesn’t have a headphone jack. Seems a bit odd for a phone with iTunes, but we’re hearing that Motorola will offer Bluetooth stereo headphones. "

Now we all know the ROKR E1 has not gone over well with consumers, we will have to see if this cell phone comes out, and if it does, how well it will do.

My thought?..... NOT!

No Geek Squad For Me
Yesterday I had a reply to my post on Front row working on other Mac computers. Funny thing was when I went and looked at the persons blog who posted the reply, I also found something on his blog (Mircomancy) that made me laugh all night. Well I did stop laughing for 140 minutes while I watched StarWars Episode III that came out yesterday, awesome movie ;)

But the article he posted was about some guys who as he puts it:
" pranked Best Buys Geek Squad with some erm..."interesting"...problems."

You have to hear these phone calls and the answers the people from geek squad give them.
At first I clicked on the links looking for a good laugh, but after listening to the calls it was just plain sad how little knowledge these people had.

Now I know those are not the service techs themselves, but this support line does give answers to simple questions. One call the guy talks about cup holders on in computer, and another he tells the operator if he can catch any of the viruses from his computer, and gets answers!

Sorry, but even the phone operator should know their ass from their elbow, and these people don't even have a clue what they are. I'm glad they don't work on Macs, But even I feel sorry for anybody using a PC (windows OS) computer and called the Geek Squad for help.

My advice stay away!
Oh, almost forgot, here's the link to the calls.


Just to let you guys know, Developer Yun Zheng maker of the application TeamSpeex has not been sleeping on the job.

He has updated 2 times with new beta releases to certain groups for testing. Right now I'm on Version 1.0b6 (r294), which seems to be working fine with Apple new OS update 10.4.3.

Your Mac Life
It's Wednesday, so don't for get to tune in to Your mac Life. Today is about "Griffin Technology &!"

If you have a high speed Net connection, you can access the live video stream during the Your Mac Life broadcast at rtsp:// or you can listen in to the plain old audio feed at:

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 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.

It is the most fun you'll have listening to your Mac.


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