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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......

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.


•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 "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 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 or

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

You can get the book Droid Maker here


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