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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 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!


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