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Friday, December 30, 2005

Here's To The Crazy One's

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Well this has been a year full of news for Apple. New iMac and iPods, TV shows on iTunes along with iPods being able to play video. New duel & quad core G5's, Front Row and of coarse the switch to Intel Processors. Shoot even RadioDailyNews.com has named Steve Jobs as the recipient of the "Radio Person of the Year" award as well as Steve getting Times Person of the Year 2005.

So is Steve Jobs still a "crazy one" that "thinks different"? I think so. While so many predict his next steps, his steps are already pre-planned. But do I say it's all because of Steve Jobs? No. He is a major player, but it takes a whole team of players to make this work.

So I wanna take this time to thank all of the people working at Apple for all their dedication to the Mac platform. All of those people in all sections of 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA. For Thinking Different and making this a great year for Apple. 2006 is right around the corner, and some people are doing some gussing, some are hoping, and others out right praying for certain things to happen with Apple hardware and software.

This year has brought Apple the respect and the stock price it deserves and I hope 2006 brings those geeks who favor the Windows platform to look upon the Mac and feel envious. I would like to see a Intel-based PowerMac be able to run the Mac OS and Linux on it, thanks to Intel's virtualization technology, which allows a computer to run multiple operating systems independently. I'm still not on the bandwagon for seeing windows on my Mac.

But I am at seeing Apple move in to the living room. ( my couch is more comfortable) The Front Row app we see on the iMacs I think is just the testing ground for a continuation of the "digital hub" Steve spoke about.

The next step is to bring the pieces together. Intel's new Viiv chip set is designed to make it easier to manage all your video,music, and photos. The upcoming Intel-based Macs will make it even easier to integrate Viiv into new home theater.

Of coarse the question has been brought up of the "Intel inside" sticker. Well the Economic Times has posted a article about Intel changing it's tag line:
"Motherboards don’t look, I’m changing! ‘Intel Inside’, the iconic logo of the world’s most dominant semiconductor manufacturing company, which has imprinted itself on the consciousness of consumers across the globe, is likely to undergo a transformation early in the new year, according to industry sources.

The new identity is expected to be unveiled in the first week of January, most likely with a new advertising campaign. The change will be announced worldwide simultaneously.[...]Some sources in Intel whom ET spoke to say that a change is in the offing, and internal documents are learnt to have already started using the new logo. "


Mac Rumors says these are pictures of the new logo's.


I would take these with a grain of salt.

What we do know for sure is Apple will bring some fresh and awesome new changes in 2006!

Because they are The crazy one's, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers.

The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.

They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo.

You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can't do is ignore them.

because they change things.

They push the human race forward.

While some see them as the crazy ones, I see genius.
because the people crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
Thank You Apple!

BTW I got these pics of the Cooling system of a Quad processor PowerMac G5 that James DuBois posted for ARS.
Note the dual cooling pumps and massive heat exchanger. Even the cache has a huge heatsink







And lastly
Mac News World why in gods name would you guys republish old garbage articles 2 days in a row? The report from USA Today's Kevin Maney called "2006 Could Be the Year of Steve Jobs' Downfall" and Brett Arends from Boston Herald's story called "Apple Should Plant a Palm for Next Christmas". Total waste of peoples time.
Also for those guys out there playing World of Warcraft, stay out of the gay bar. (funny video)

I'll Talk to you all after New Years!
Come and sing along, I Love my mac
cuz its so dependable, so sensible so beautiful
oh it's the only one for me


*thx Micromancy for the link :)
Have a happy and Safe New Years!!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Where is Apple Going??

Here we are, 13 days away from the keynote, the day all Mac users wait for. The 2006 MacWorld is very special. New chip/architecture, new OS, new computers.

The speculation is off the charts and everybody has their thoughts on what they will be able to do with the new Intel-based Macs. Notice I didn't say "MacTel" because Intel does not own Apple and no previous Apple computer has ever used the chip makers name as part of what the computer is called. So lets's get over this MacTel nonsense.

Second, I was going through my Mac news when I came across the CIO website with a article by Steven Warren called Mac OS X on Intel?!?. After reading and saving the link to write about it here I ran across MDN writers had also seen and written about this same article yesterday.

but here's where MDN and my views differ slightly. In the article by Steven, he say's:
"In June 2005, Apple announced a brilliant strategy. They decided to abandon the IBM PowerPC processors to move to the Intel engine. Can you imagine the possibilities? We could live in a world where you could now buy a brand- name computer or clone and load Apple OS X Tiger on it or dual-boot your computer with OS X and Windows. You may even be able to run Windows on an Apple computer. Seriously."
Brilliant is a matter of opinion, IBM makes awesome chips, but the heat factor, speed upgrades, and not being able to bring a laptop version of the G5 plus the fact that Apple was not on IBM's top list of to do's was a big factor on changing chip makers. But what does make me think is how Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo are now using IBM G5 chips in their next generation gaming consoles. Even how Microsoft at E3 2005 used 2 G5's to show off their XBox games.

*pictures from AnandTech
Microsoft is not a hardware maker but it does make you think about the reasons Companys like MS and Apple give for using a particular chip, and what the real reasons behind them are.

but lets get back to this quote. He's dreaming of the cloning era coming back. Didn't do so well last time for Apple, I just don't think Steve want's to take this chance at this point and time. So guess what "Seriously", NOT!

He goes on to say:
"Why the sudden change of heart? It is a known fact the IBM chips Apple is using are lagging in the ability to keep the processors cool. Combine this with Apple having trouble matching the lightning speed of x86 (Intel) competitors and you can see why they need to make a change."

Here's where the battles between Windows and Mac users collide. "Apple having trouble matching the lightning speed of x86 (Intel) competitors" Hmm, so what are we talking about here? graphics?, word processing, video?, games?

When it comes to speed, lots of things come into factor, so a 3.2 AMD or Intel chip may not be the "lightning speed" chip that Steven makes it out to be. One place( for now) that the x86 chips do come out on top all of the time is gaming. And with so many windows users out there manufacturers make also many great graphics cards and sell them at lowers prices.

Now with Intel-based mac coming, Apple using PCI-Express slots these same video cards may be availible for these new Macs hopfully bringing down the price of your next Mac. Hopefully bringing more computer users sick of windows problems to the Mac platform.

Now the one worry for me is the thought or reasoning behind having the windows OS on a Mac. Lets look at the Pro's and Con's.

Pro's:
Able to have a larger software library to choose from.
Being able to connect smoothly over PC networks and with other windows users
Cheaper (in price) hardware and software

Cons:
Virues
Trojons
Maleware
Spyware
Crashes of Windows OS

Am I destined to look at a screen similar to this if Apple does make XP or Vista a bootable OS on a Intel-based Mac????

Something about windows being on my computer just makes me feel vulnerable. Because I don't see "Windows within the secure Mac OS X environment". I see a Windows environment that has had many years of hackers breaking in. I see layers of protection taken away having the windows OS on my Mac.

Now these are my personal opinions, but how safe a person feels is a factor on how they work and do business online. This same feelings are why some don't use Virtual PC on their Mac and rather find a Mac alternative. These feelings of insecurity are the reasons some computer users (Windows and Mac) don't use credit cards online.

And until windows finds a way to patch all these holes, I will feel insecure with a windows OS on my Mac. Having "Windows within the secure Mac OS X environment" means Apple has to have some hardware or part of OSX running in the backround protecting my computer, and the hope that that layer is not the weakness hackers concentrate on breaking through.

I'll just hope for the lower prices and availiblity of hardware and software for the Mac OS in 2006 and beyond and let Microsoft keep it's B.S. OS.

Other News
John Kheit, a writer for The Mac Observer writes a article called The Devil's Advocate - Spotlight: Is Your Mac Going To Rat On You?. A article every Mac user should read.
"Spotlight the File System Snitch
For example, when you download files from Safari or transfer them via iChat, and you select the file and "Get Info" from the File menu in the Finder, you will see a "Where from" entry that shows the file source.As you can see, the Get Info panel shows not only the mode of the transfer, i.e., iChat, but it also shows the full name and contact information of the person that provided the file. When you download files via Safari, the source Web address is stored. If I were a content/media company executive, I know I would ask Apple "pretty please with sugar on top" for such file tracking."


You can read the whole article here.

The Apple Insider say's they have inside info saying
"In a move that may surprise some Apple watchers, reliable sources tell AppleInsider the Mac maker has contracted the design duties for its next-generation Power Mac motherboard over to industry heavyweight Intel Corp."


And lastly a link to a blog called Writers Block live getting lots of hits. The writer is a former director of product marketing (Mike Evangelist who is also writing a book called "Mike's Book - Jobs I've Known.") from April 2000 to July 2002 responsible for Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, iDVD and few others. who went from "merely being a fan of Apple’s products, living far away from Cupertino, to actually working for the company and for Steve Jobs himself".

Monday, December 26, 2005

Apple In Top 3

Before I start I would like to hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and got everything you wanted.

Most it seemed wished for a iPod and got it. It seems "iPods ruled the holiday season in Electronics, owning the top three slots- the Apple 3 GB iPod Nano (Black), the Apple 30 GB iPod with Video Playback (Black), and the Apple 512 MB iPod Shuffle were the top sellers."

"Holiday sales worldwide set a record this year on demand for Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod music players, video games and jewelry." (For Amazon.com)

"Shoppers bought more than 108 million items between Nov. 1 and Christmas, the Seattle-based retailer said today in a statement. The company did not provide revenue figures. The busiest single day was Monday, Dec. 12, when customers ordered 3.6 million items," Bloomberg reports. "iPods were one of the top three-selling items in electronics for Amazon.com. Overall, online sales in the U.S. are expected to jump 24 percent to about $19 billion in November and December as the convenience of Internet shopping and free shipping lures consumers, according to ComScore Networks Inc. The most popular goods on the Web include clothing, electronics and toys." according to Bloomberg reports.

So if your one of the ones who recived a iPod, but want to add a little more flare, it seems Gucci and Emilio Pucci have something for you. According to The Birmingham News
"Luxury-goods merchants Neiman Marcus and Coach are getting a boost from Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod music player by offering designer covers costing as much as $840.

Neiman's "Christmas Book" catalog features seven iPod cases made by designers such as Gucci and Emilio Pucci. The retailer's Valentino Swarovski crystal-studded cover is more than double the $399 price tag of most expensive iPod."

I'm pretty sure you might see one of these covers on a star during a catwalk of some award show.

This year even PC (windows) writers could not avoid the popularity of the iPod. PC World even named the iPod the 2nd most greatest gadget (out of 50) of the past 50 years!

With all this good news for Apple, the iPod and increased sales of Apple computers, Some try hard to make themselves look good using Apples iPod as part of their prop.

It seems a anonymous email sent to Jack Whispers on friday about a site called iPod Garage.
Here's the e-mail-
"Hi [Jackwhispers],

Wow, this Palmer guy is outrageous. Now he's claiming that his iPod nano PDF was downloaded over 100,000 times in 1 week. That is a total lie... it's not possible. His site doesn't even get the traffic to warrant it.

Someone needs to stop this guy with the lies and deceptions."

This is post from bill Palmer from his site.

Feel free to post in this comments section how full of BS he is. I have to agree with Jack here, 100,000 downloads in a week?!! If Jack's stats are right and iPod Garage "barely pushes more than 600,000 unique page viewers a month", There is no way he got 100,000 downloads unless he had a computer set up to continuously download and re-download the 7.1mb PDF file. Which I would have to say the ones from iLounge are so much better.

But I have to say, thanks for the laugh Jack, I love the end of the article
"Just remember ... this is the guy who claimed he pioneered transferring songs from your computer to your iPod!"
(Laughing Out Loud) Pioneered transferring songs from your computer to your iPod, (Rolling On the Floor Laughing) that's priceless.

Then I started to read may I say, another virus threat story. But this had a odd twist. Symantec on 12/19/05 admitted that all versions of Norton Anti-Virus (NAV) contain a security vulnerability that could allow a malicious user to remotely take control of the computer.

What?! a Anti-Virus software with a security flaw?? Hold on, if I buy this product that is designed to protect me from threats that do not seem to exist, (execpt for company's like Symantec or Secunia who seem to post these vulnerability's but usually post that they are not confirmed or post the risk higher then they really are. It's almost like hearing about vaporware) I am at risk?? What the hell is going on!

Is it better to just take precautions like being behind a firewall and staying up to date with all Apple's patches? I mean when my Anti Virus software (which is Nortons) catches a trojan and I look at the file, it ends up just being a .exe file (windows) which would do nothing expect take up hard drive space.

But this section of the article made me think
"But how long will the OS X platform remain safe? That is a question nobody seems willing or able to predict."

Predicting is one thing, scaring people is another. But then again who is behind all this?? Well Aladdin Knowledge Systems had a theory, which MacNewsWorld choose to write about. Alladin says according to their studies the mob is involed.
"A separate study points out that hacking is evolving from a mischievous hobby into a full-time criminal venture, meaning that Apple will no longer get a pass because it is perceived among many in the computing community as a white hat company, battling Microsoft on behalf of the rest of us. The study, by Aladdin Knowledge Systems, found that 70 percent of virus writers work under contract for organized crime syndicates."
O.K. I thought I heard it all, so are they saying some top exec is paying the mob to have a hacker make a virus?? I laugh when I think of some geek getting paid by a mob strong arm to make a virus so companys like Symantac can sell more software. How can this be?? Does the Casso or Russo Family have shares in Symantec??

Because according to the article the rise of common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) has pushed the cost of the hacking problem, costing corporate America a wopping $100 billion (U.S.)last year, according to the CERT & Mi2g Intelligence unit.

That's big money for the mob. Sorry I can't stop snickering, I just can't get a picture of
<--Lucky Luciano and John W. Thompson -->
doing business together. It just makes me laugh. But in this world you never know. Peope do come up with new ideas to make money and the mob is no exception.




But this kind of story makes for a good made for TV movie, or a Discovery Channel story "Inside the back rooms of Symantec: The Mob Story".

Sorry still snickering.

In Other News
Think Secert talks about a report by the Wall Street Journal on Spitzer investigating online music pricing.

MacFixit has a report on a permanent "fix for problems with text input boxes" for FireFox version 1.5. It now appears that this issue can be permanently fixed by installing an updated version of the JEP (Java Embedding Plug-in) and deleting the old Java-related plug-ins that come with Firefox 1.5.

Click here for the fix.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Christmas Time!!!

Well this blog first was built in February, but I didn't really start fully writing daily till August. It's been so much fun (and work) to bring this blog full of the latest info on Mac news to you, my readers.

I wanna give a sincere Merry Christmas to all my Family, Friends, and you my readers.

To help view those pics you take this Christmas e dot studios has released a new widget today for Mac OS X 10.4's Dashboard called iPhoto Mini. The widget lets you browse your iPhoto library, browse individual albums, and see how many photos each album contains.

Also Apple has posted two new video clips on the iTunes Music Store which are available as free downloads. The two new video clips include

Saturday Night Live Short - Lazy Sunday - 2m 31s (funny as hell)
Sci Fi Inside: Battlestar Galactica - 21m 03s

Enjoy! and Merry Christmas





Oh, and for all you Windows users who still think Macs Suck, here's my merry christmas to you!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Apple like News On the Web

So, I look today on the web and if I skip the iPod articles where they talk about iPod Interfaces for autos to reach 73 million worldwide by 2011, or how the 2005 is the year of the iPod in Japen or even how where they talk about how Apple seems to be doing a better job of providing iPod supply for the Apple specialist stores than they would have expected.

You can get to some news Aperture users have been waiting for. A update to the software that can help to address some issues with the software.

Key areas addressed by this update include:

•White balance adjustment accuracy and performance

•Image export quality

•Book and print ordering reliability

•Auto-stacking performance

•Custom paper size handling

The Aperture 1.0.1 update “addresses a number of issues related to reliability and performance. It also delivers improved image export quality and metadata handling,” according to Apple.

We all know no company can go with out having a flaw or two. Even so in seems some look for flaws in Apple hardware or software more and more lately.

We as Mac users know that Apple is not perfect. That's where sites like Macfixit help us along the way. Talk about Macfixit they are reporting about
"some PowerBook G4 Double-Layer SuperDrive models may be shipping with problematic Mac OS X installation media (and the copy of Mac OS X installed at the time of shipment) that can make the units more susceptible to system-wide freezes."
"It now appears that this issue may actually be caused by a flaw in the copy of Mac OS X shipped with these systems -- both the included Mac OS X disc and the system software that comes pre-installed."
according to the site.

but it seems even with these small flaws it hasn't stopped some Linux users from switching to OS X.

Low End Mac is saying
"something unpredictable happened. Even before Windows users started switching to Macs, Linux users were coming to OS X in masses."
But not all users are just switching OS's. Some like the guys in my clan {RA} which used to be a awesome UT CTF clan have been sucked in to World of Warcraft like a bunch of crack users. Of coarse they are like the other 5 million who also addicted.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

iPod, iPod, iPod,iPod, iPod, iPod, iPod, iPod

Man, what the hell is going on lately?? It seems some people are doing anything to get hits on their websites. I used the keyword "iPod" as a headline to make a point.

O.k., Apple.com made it as a top website of selling products (along with Walmart & Amazon). And yesterday Apple also nabbed top spot in the Nielsen//NetRatings as the fastest growing Web site among the top 10 Web brands for November 2005.

But does that mean you have to put "iPod", "Steve Jobs" or "Security flaws in Apple(insert product here)" in your headlines, or write a negative article about Apple, iPod or iTunes like this is sweeps week for the net, just so you can get more hits on your site?? I see more and more as the holidays drew near, and more as the holidays are here.

Case No.1- WCPO.com, reporter ( I use that word reporter loosely) John Matarese who's headline is in Large letters CHEAPER IPOD?. Then goes on to write a real dumb article which only at some point, points out the obvious.
"Here at hh gregg's Florence store... Digital music expert Chris Benzinger says if you can live without the iPod name ...You'll find lots of cheaper alternatives.
Chris says this imitation iPod from Toshiba has the same bells and whistles for a lot less."
The same bells and whisles huh?? I love the use of imitation in his qoute, lol. Does anybody also think?, I can buy a Kia Spectra instead of a BMW 760Li, they both have 4 wheels and a motor. They both have a radio and a steering wheel. But which one is better? And while I maybe able to get to my destination with maps printed by map quest, A built in navagation is better.

My overall experiance will be better, and all-n-all I know I will have a better product. Better product, that's the obvious point right there in a nut shell. Better product.

So save your line of "They're just not as cool. As I always say, consider the Pros and Cons of every product, and "Don't Waste Your Money." for some dumb ass who doesn't see what your really after, "hits" for your website, not to be the protector of consumers your article clams to portray.

Case No.2- USA Today's "2006 could be year that Apple CEO Jobs falls off pedestal"
Big headline, draws in the anybody who types in "Apple" in Google, and starts the article with nothing more then "Sometime in 2006, Steve Jobs will probably get hosed". Wow did that get your attention?? Wanna read more?

Lets's see, he talks about cellphone with camera's and their usefulness, wow, big news there. RSS becoming a big thing, hmm safari already has RSS, so what's this part all about?.

The digital living room, O.k. still waiting for the part Steve jobs falls off. Google will help Microsoft get its groove back. Hmm, just gives some banter there.

then add's:

"New game plan in Silicon Valley: launch start-up in the morning, work through lunch, sell company before happy hour, retire."

"Entrepreneurs stand to make just as much money in a near-term $30 million acquisition as they might in a much larger acquisition after three-plus years and substantial VC dilution," (Steve) Hall says."
O.K. and this has what to do with Apple?? Does he think Steve Jobs will sell Appleor will be taken over in 2006??

Then we get to the very end of the article
"And finally, there is Apple's Jobs — tech's celebrity superstar. He seems due. Maybe he'll humiliate a bumbling underling on stage at Macworld, unleashing a torrent of stories saying Jobs is the Lord Voldemort of managers. Or someone will discover malicious spyware hidden deep inside iTunes.

The only sure thing is that society, as if striving for equilibrium, will then knock Jobs as far down as we boosted him up. It's just what we do, no?"
O.K. does this article really deserve such a headline as "2006 could be the year Steve Jobs falls off pedestal"? I don't think so. To much egg nogg at the office party while writing, with a pinch of "I need hits".

Case No. 3- Apple Seen Moving Away From Mac, Building On IPod Now really I expected better from Forbes.com. You quote a analyst about how well Apple is doing
"2006 will undoubtedly mark another major year in Apple's transformation, but its new markets bring together tougher competition".
O.K. competition is always there in the Tech industry, tell me some thing new, I came here because of that Google attracting headline.

O.K. so you go on to say
"The analyst (Goldman Sachs research analyst David C. Bailey)believes Apple could announce its first real move into the digital entertainment hub market as early as Steve Jobs' keynote address at MacWorld on Jan. 10, in the form of an updated Mac mini that includes a remote control and Front Row software. Front Row is an interface for music, video, photos and DVDs."
O.K., one guys opinion thinks that the bottom line is, Apple is going to drop the Xserve, PowerMac, and iMac line just because everybody is buying iPods? Does this analyst not know that the who Hub connection was to help sell Macs to work with TV's and your iPod.

This one guys opinion is the reason for this headline? because he thinks Apple will drop the growing money coming from education, the growing income from people switching and buying Macs to match the great "ease of use" product they see in the iPod they got?

One guys opinion about the growing sales of iPods and what he thinks is the reason Apple will drop these computers that power users, and also news writers buy, all for a all one media center? All of the work into OSX for what he sounds like he's describing as a TiVo like system that plays DVD's? Give me a break....
" he said he would reassess his valuation if Apple announced new products over the next few months that could shift its center of gravity further into the consumer electronics realm. "

I bet he would. but does this deserve such a headline? Or is it just to have the "Apple" and "iPod" keywords in you headline?

Case No.4-iPod earbuds can cause hearing loss
Now I put this in here because I wanted to show I was not bias to mac news sites, plus this type of news is as old as reporting about Sony coming out with a portable CD player.

the article starts with:

"A Northwestern University professor and audiologist claims that the earbud-style headphones which ship with Apple's iPod and other MP3 players can cause serious, permanent hearing loss."
Let me get this striaght, playing music loud will cause hearing loss. Well duh...
"the professor, (Dean Garstecki) says the large storage capacity of iPods also contributes to problems: "not only do you have a signal that is likely to be more intense, you're likely to be using this device longer than people have been using CD players and Walkmans in the past. This increases the likelihood of hearing loss down the road."
What about the youth who have 1000 watts in their car stereos with 2 to 4 15" sub-woofers in their cars playing at high decibels? I can feel that bass a block away, what does that do to a users ears or anybody else around them??

This playing music too loud will damage your ear drums has been reported on when I was in high school, (I'm 40 now). Let me add, when you turn off your music, if your ears are ringing, you where playing the music too loud!! Can somebody quote that on their webpage?.

Let me point out, I still play my music loud and I know the risks.

"The professor said that rock and rap music are the most dangerous, since they're typically played at a higher volume than other genres"
I guess they have not heard my dad play salsa music.

Bottom line, does this deserve a page and headline? I think not. put it next to the other million things I hear that will harm or kill you. Shit all these doctors almost had me at point where I could not eat or drink sanything because it would harm me or shorten my life.

Let me say I'd rather die with a smile on my face happy with tasty foods I ate then die a paranoid-worried person reading every nutrition label. Doctors have yet to agree, and when they do, 5 years later they find out they are wrong and want you to follow new findings they want to pushing on the public as scientific proof.

About the only thing here I agree on is exessive load noise will cause hearing loss. And that can come from many things. but does this deserve a headline, I think not.

Cases 5 & 6- Apple QuickTime 7.0.3 & iTunes 6.0.1 Heap Overflow two sites Security Protocols and Secunia both reporting on a flaw that is
"A heap overflow vulnerability exists within Apple QuickTime 7.0.3 and iTunes 6.0.1 which allows for an attacker to cause the application to crash, and or to execute arbitrary code on the targeted host."
it also says
"The vulnerability is caused due to an error in handling malformed ".mov" files. This can be exploited to cause memory corruption, which causes the program to crash. It has been reported that arbitrary code execution may be possible. However, this has not been confirmed."
"this has not been confirmed" nuff said, post the article when you have confirmed it, not before. Using this headline just scare people and get hits on your site using the "Apple" and "iTunes" keywords in the headline is B.S.

O.K. enough of that, JackWhispers has a couple of articles to really help you not become a victum this holiday season.

One is called "Stupidity Is Not Invisible ..." and the other is called "MP3 Shuffle: 99.7% Pure Copycat". Both have some very useful information.

Updates
MacNewsworld is reporting about audio and video search engine Blinkx yesterday introducing a new service that allows its users to sync video blogs and podcast with portable devices.

The Mac Observer reports about Apple introducing
"a new look for its support site on Tuesday. The pop-up menus are gone, replaced by boxes with links to the company's various product lines. iPod support features even more prominently than before, and most product support sections include a form for checking the status of repairs near the top of the Web page."


Talking about support, Apple updated SoundTrack Pro to version 1.0.2 which you can also get through software update.

Roxio has announced the release of Toast Titanium 7.0.2 a update to the company's popular CD/DVD authoring software.

YML Time!
Today is another YML day.
Today -
•Paul Kent the new Vice President at IDG World Expo.
•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.

Tonight being the last show before Christmas, Your Mac Life has a stocking full of good other to give out to lucky listeners too!

You can catch the video or the plain audio feeds this and every Wednesday evening from 5:30pm to 8pm PT or from 8:30pm to 11pm ET.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Apple on Top At Christmas

So yesterday I wrote how reading a comic and a few articles kept a smile on my face. Today seemed the same as for some reason after looking at the comics using my "say Cheese" widget (a comic viewer) and getting a few laughs I went over to the Mac360 website and got another laugh. Seems they also found the article from Brett Arends, writer for the Boston Herald to be super dumb. As they write
"Obviously, Christmas came early for writer Arends who received an electronic hyperbole machine and a case Johnny Walker’s best. You know, for when he writes."

So I laugh some more and think to myself Apple right now is doing well,

•Apple nabbed the top spot in Nielsen//NetRatings as the fastest growing Web site among the top 10 Web brands for November 2005.

•They didn't end up on C|Net's Top 10 worst products of 2005 like the Toshiba Satellite M35X-S163, the Linksys WPS54GU2 Wireless-G print server, Dell's W3000 TV, or the #1 champion of wrost products Kreisen KR-320T TV.

•Steve Jobs is among Time's "People Who Mattered 2005" list. A quote from Time's page:
"If you could read this man's mind, you would see the future. He has sold more than 18 million iPods this year, more than doubled Apple's stock price (to an all-time high) and put Desperate Housewives in your pocket. Jobs' thoughts tend to become our reality. What will he think of next?"


•Some people think Apple is the new Sony saying things like:
"As many as 1 million of the 4.5 million computers Apple shipped in fiscal 2005 were from Windows users switching platforms - a sign of a "halo effect" from iPod sales and Apple's growing retail presence, said Needham & Co. analyst Charlie Wolf."
"The iPod's continued success notwithstanding, Wolf thinks the strength of Apple's performance in 2006 "will depend on how well they convert Windows users to the Mac." Indeed, all eyes are on Apple. "Apple is moving faster than ever and we expect them to move at an even faster pace next year," analyst Richard Doherty of The Envisioneering Group said."
While others venture to say that this is the "Age of the iPod". The iPod does have a big following, and podcasting is a big part of it also. MacNewsWorld reports that "Godcasting" is a fast-growing niche which makes available downloadable messages from Christians, Jews, Mormons and even Pagans.

"An average of 488 people download Christian Fellowship Church's service, said Steve Gubbins, technical ministries director. And the number is growing.

According to industry analyst the Diffusion Group, the 800,000 consumers who used podcasting in 2004 is expected to reach 56.8 million people in 2010."

Now that's a lot of iPods, plus NBC today expanded there availible shows, now the iTunes music store also has "Commander in Chief". This all can bring in possible new Mac users, and with new Macs just around the corner with the possiblity of lower prices, Apple can pass the "sky's is the limit" and go to beyond the stars with Steve at the helm. But let's me continue with this list.....

•North Carolina (Greene County) Schools Board of Education voted to refinance its lease from Apple Computers. The school system will sell its 2,041 existing laptops to MacWorld before the company announces its new product lines Jan. 9, 2006.

Which means that the middle and high school students and teachers will trade in their used laptops and receive new laptops their first week back from the holiday break in 2006. Well Mac Daliy News thinks this is a "Confirmation of new Apple iBooks coming at Macworld".
They go on to say:
"This is excellent confirmation of the rumors of new Intel-based iBooks coming from Apple at Macworld Expo. Sometimes reports about Apple that come from oblique angles contain the most useful information. The reporter and the superintendent obviously don't grasp the secrecy that surrounds Apple's hardware announcements; they don't seem to know they're not supposed to tell certain things. Abernethy also doesn't seem to recognize the scoop he really has in his hands, but we do. To us, it seems pretty clear that Greene County Schools officials were told by their Apple rep(s) that new Intel-based iBooks were coming at Macworld "

Now will these new Macs have a "intel inside" sticker? I'll just quote Eric Bangeman of ARS Technica
"You might even see an Intel logo on the box. But on the computers themselves? Not as long as Steve Jobs rules the roost and Jonathan Ive is designing the hardware."


•Now Apple get's a lot of praise about it's OS. But I love a qoute from Apple's new IT Pro page. It was a section from there "U.S. Army reaches out to the public with Apple" article.

"In June 1999, a Wisconsin teenager breached the security of the Windows NT system that hosted the site, replacing the home page with a defiant message from a hacker group. The site was moved temporarily to a Mac OS — based system while the Army and its website contractor, CherryRoad Technologies, evaluated a number of platforms to ensure that such an incident could never happen again. After analyzing the security of a variety of platforms and reviewing security advice from the World Wide Web Consortium, CherryRoad recommended that the Army remain on the Mac platform.

Today, an Xserve server running Mac OS X Server and WebSTAR delivers the www.army.mil content to millions of visitors each month."


Or what Mark H. Wiggins, Lt. Col., U.S. Army, Ret. Former director, www.army.mil was quoted as saying
"I wanted high-speed systems that could handle any application we needed, keep the site available 24 hours a day, not be vulnerable to every passing virus, and fend off hackers without my staff having to spend all their time applying security patches."
Those are the things that keep me happy inside that my family uses Macs. High-speed system, handle any application we needed, not be vulnerable to every passing virus, and fend off hackers without me having to spend all my time applying security patches.

Just a few things that makes me happy to be a Mac User, well in my personal case, a "MacAddict".

But keeping the christmas spirit going, SpyMac has some holiday freeware, from winter icons, seasonal screensavers, to a humorous resizable widget version of the Xmas Advent Calendar which Every day, a new "door" opens and reveals another piece of the story.

Also Freeverse has announced it's free 3D Snowglobe available to Mac users for the Holidays. "Add your own pictures to the Snowglobe with drag & drop ease, give it a shake, and watch the snow gently fall on your favorite family picture.

Updates
Apple has updated it's Final Cut Pro 5 to version 5.0.4. It's a 84mb download.






Titanium Software's OnyX
has been Updated to 1.6.6.

OnyX is a maintenance, optimization, and personalization utility for Mac OS X. It also makes it possible to configure certain hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock, and Safari, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome, preview the different logs and CrashReporter reports, and more.
OnyX is Freeware, gratis and freely usable; you may copy and distribute it at will. You can use it for as long a time as you want.


Skype
Has been updated to 1.4.0.33. For those who don't know,
Skype is a little program for making free calls over the internet to anyone else who also has Skype. It’s free and easy to download and use, and works with most computers.

Monday, December 19, 2005

A Mac Christmas is Near

Well I got up today and hopped on my G5 to see Todays latest Apple Geeks comic.

Got me a good laugh, then proceeded to find some Mac news. I run into this article from Brett Arends Boston Herald Finance Columnist. I read part of it and get to this quote
"There’s one easy step Jobs could take right now that would take advantage of his soaring share price to open up whole new fields of growth. Buy Palm.
The reason? IPods are not quite as invincible as they look.
They’re no longer clearly the best digital music player. They’re heavy and the battery life isn’t that great.Rival products the size of your thumb include a radio. "

I was about to lean into this dumb ass till I read a write up by MacDailyNews. The writer at MDN replys with
"Apple iPods are clearly the best digital music players. They are not at all "heavy." In fact, iPods are unbelievably small and light. iPod battery life is exceptional for the small sizes and light weights of the units (Learn how to maximize your iPod battery's life and lifespan here - a properly maintained iPod battery is designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity after 400 full charge and discharge cycles). FM radio is obviously not important to consumers - just look at iPod sales for proof. Macs and Windows PCs will play iTunes Music Store songs and videos. You don't even need an iPod to enjoy iTunes and the iTunes Music Store. iPods can play AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), Apple Lossless, WAV, and AIFF formats.

The iPod is not the Mac, so stop trying to compare them. The Macintosh platform required and still requires huge investments by developers to create compatible software. The iPod simply plays music that can be encoded, for very little cost, in any format the "developers" (musicians and labels) desire: AAC, MP3, WMA, etc. The music doesn't need to be rewritten, recorded, and remastered. It's like writing Photoshop once and then pressing a button to translate it for use on Mac, Windows, Linux, etc. To draw an analogy between Mac OS licensing and the iPod/iTunes symbiotic relationship simply highlights the writer's ignorance of the vast differences between the two business situations.

We could go on, but this is tiresome, silly stuff that we and others have already refuted many times over. When did Arends write this article, three years ago - only to see it published today? Yeah, we know, it's the Boston Herald, so don't expect much quality reporting. For Apple to buy Palm today would be almost as stupid and outdated as this article."

Saved me the time of getting myself worked up and kept a smile on my face. So I continue surfing and read again about Microsoft ending support of Internet Explorer for the Mac.
From the Mactopia website
"In June 2003, the Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit announced that Internet Explorer for Mac would undergo no further development, and support would cease in 2005. In accordance with published support lifecycle policies, Microsoft will end support for Internet Explorer for Mac on December 31st, 2005, and will provide no further security or performance updates.

Additionally, as of January 31st, 2006, Internet Explorer for the Mac will no longer be available for download from Mactopia. It is recommended that Macintosh users migrate to more recent web browsing technologies such as Apple's Safari."

Personally, this gave me another laugh. O.K. so anybody who uses this P.O.S. browser for the Mac has 12 days left for support. If your still using IE for the Mac personally I don't know why. There are a lot better browsers out there.
Your stock Safari in 10.4 is a good start. FireFox is another. There are others like Opera which is free now, Camino, iCab X, OmniWeb ($29.95) and Netscape 7.2. (Netscape 8.0 is not available for Mac yet).

So this news still kept a smile on my face. Go over to the Apple store and find out if you want your gifts from Apple to arrive before christmas, Apple has added more Mac models that qualify for free overnight shipping.

Through December 21, Apple's offering free overnight shipping on standard or popular custom configuration orders of any Macintosh computer. Adding other items to the cart may change your eligibility for this offer. If one or more of the following items are added to your cart:

Custom Configuration Computers
Any Personalized iPod
Any 1 GB iPod Shuffle
Any 4 GB iPod Nano

it will no longer be eligible for Free Overnight shipping and the cart will display the next fastest shipping method available for the entire order. You may select from any displayed shipping option for no additional charge. So remember free shipping does not apply to customized models.

More Rumors
Think Secret says they have some "Reliable sources" who have
"further confirmed recently to Think Secret that new iBooks and Mac minis—as well as iPod shuffles—will debut at Macworld Expo San Francisco next month.

They say Apple's new Mac mini and iBook are expected to be among the first, if not "the first" systems to feature Intel's new mobile processor, code-named Yonah. The only thing they don't know is if it will be single or duel-core. Duel-core speeds are said to be slated at 1.5GHz, 1.66GHz, 1.83GHz, 2.0GHz, and 2.16GHz. Bus speeds and L2 cache are expected to remain the same between the variants, at 667MHz and 2MB.

All n All, A Happy, smiling day.
Chat with ya'll tomorrow!

Friday, December 16, 2005

Apple Shining Bright


Well Apple Computer has been shining bright this year, and with Macworld(MWSF) around the corner things are looking even brighter.

There are many hopes of lower prices for the Intel based Macs and also for upgraded hardware like graphics cards which are always 4 times the price of the PC counter parts.

The other question is will Apple use the "Intel inside" label, Or as BusinessWeek asks "Is Apple going to accept "Intel Inside" money and all that goes with it? ".

It would be nice to see Apple computers on TV ads, but that's not on the top of the list.
I also think most of us just want a machine that runs Mac OS X as fast as possible and don't care if there's a gerbil inside doing it.

Right now the Apple is shining super bright, analyst Richard Doherty of The Envisioneering Group is saying
“In the consumer electronics world, there’s always talk now about Apple, the way people used to talk about Sony" [...] "At the water cooler or in boardrooms, they’re asking, ‘What is Apple doing next?’ or ‘How do we stay out of their way?”

As news reports of Apple’s momentum accelerated in 2005. With the likes of Companys like Time Warner Inc.'s HBO cable network wanting to put their programs on the iTunes store, the sky is the limit.

But some think this momentum will slow in January as they think Jobs will not announce any new Macs. One site TechWB says they know somebody on a "higher level" at Apple. They are saying:
"Apple says not to expect Intel at Macworld, in fact don’t expect any new computer hardware. I have contact with someone that works for Apple at a higher level, when asked if they were attending Macworld he said he is not attending this year however they were not told to go or even that they don’t have to go, instead they were told that they shouldn’t go. Typically if there is a big announcement they are expected to attend. My opinion is that this is a sign that they are not going to be releasing any kind of new apple computer hardware or else they would need to go. This means that for anyone hoping for the new Intel computers your out of luck, no hardware will be announced except for maybe the normal speed boosts since those wouldn’t be any reason for them to attend. The only announcements will be coming from the other non computer hardware departments such as new iPods, iSight, Monitors, Programs, and other software and accessories."
Don't know who his "Higher level" contact is, but he's betting against most analysts. Plus personally I hope he's wrong. I guess we shall all know on the 10th of January.

So for now we will just wait and see, and keep our current Macs up-to-date.
Speaking of up-to-date, Seems 10.4.4 may be on our Macs before years end according to the AppleInsider.
"According to sources and reports already present on the Web, Mac OS X 10.4.4 (rumored to be build 8G22) stands to deliver over 120 bug fixes to the Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger" operating system. Targeted areas are said to include audio, AppleScript, Bluetooth, Dashboard widgets, DVD Player, graphics, graphics drivers, iChat, Safari, and Spotlight."
According to the site "If Apple's Mac OS X Update schedule in recent years is any indication, Mac OS X 10.4.4 Update should see a release just prior to the Apple's holiday break which occurs near the last week of December." now some say that "this build (8G22) only has one known issue in the form of possible leaks in OpenGL."
Sounds like fix that and it's good to go!!

Also in the news is Oklahoma City University becoming a Apple Digital Campus. It seems that students and faculty alike in OCU's School of Music will use Apple Computer's PowerBook line of laptops in their classwork.

"Students won't receive Apple products as part of their tuition, they will be available to them at deep discounts, said Susan Barber, vice president for academic services. Student also will use iPods and Apple's iSight streaming video camera as part of their coursework, she said."

Of coarse Everybody want's to use a Apple product right? And many men of power as well want a Apple product, which includes the most powerful man in the world President Bush. MDN has a link to a video of the pres showing his 4G iPod and reads some of the songs contained within. So you think he has a Quad Power Mac G5 in his oval office??

Hints & Updates
macOSXhints has a great step by step guide on how to install 10.4 on unsupported machines.


Adium X the free instant messaging client which supports AIM, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, Yahoo! Japan, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Novell Groupwise, and Lotus Sametime. Has been updated to 0.87.





ATI has updated their Display drivers.
ATI Displays Updater 4.5.7 this updater is for the following video cards:

•RADEON X800 XT MAC EDITION
•RADEON 9800 PRO MAC SPECIAL EDITION
•RADEON 9800 PRO MAC EDITION
•RADEON 9600 PRO PC MAC EDITION
•RADEON 9200 MAC EDITION
•RADEON 9000 PRO MAC EDITION
•RADEON 8500 MAC EDITION
•RADEON 7000 MAC EDITION
•RADEON MAC EDITION (AGP & PCI)
•As well as all Apple desktop and portable systems with preinstalled RADEON graphics
Requires Mac OS X 10.2.8 or higher.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Games, Games, Games!!!

O.K. I'm a First person shooter type of player. So I like games like Halo, Ghost Recon, Doom 3 and of coarse Unreal Tournament.

So with that said, it's nice to that Aspyer will be bringing out Quake 4 for the Mac.

Quake 4 is expected to be released in early 2006. Quake 4 is the sequel to Quake II,

(Quake III Arena emphasized arena-based gameplay and it didn’t continue the Quake storyline.)


Quake 4 is built on the same engine that powers Doom 3. Quake 4 begins only moments after the events of Quake II, with the Earth’s fleet launching a massive offensive to the planet Stroggos. You play the role of Matthew Kane, a member of the legendary Rhino Squad, which is sent to penetrate deep into the heart of the Strogg war machine and engage in a series of heroic
missions to destroy the barbaric alien race.

According to Glenda Adems, Director of Development, Aspyr Media, they are building a Universal Binary of Quake 4 from the start. So it will run on upcoming Intel Macs.

Still sad not to hear any anouncements of Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil for the mac yet.

Unreal Tournament 2007 Pics!
Shack News has these Screen shots of UT 2007




This is a game that I know I will need a ATI X800 or Nvidia 6800GT in my DP1.8 G5 to play it well. but I'm sure those who get a Intel Mac (tower) will have a lot of options to choose from which will cost less then the $400 cards I mentioned.

Other News
While there was a lot of iTunes/iPod news out there, I was tired of reporting these things because it seems that it is saturating the net. All you hear now is about iPod & iPod accesssorys, new music stores trying to battle Apple/iTunes and Apple stock.
It's almost seems like it's sweep week for net news writers and they are using Apple/iPod as bait.

So I'll just mention a post up from TUAW.com where they write about Apple being featured as a full-fledged category on Jeopardy.

"The episode that aired on December 13, 2005 offered a category called "The Apple of my eye" to contestants, featuring the following answers and questions:

An Asian feline that shares a name with the latest Mac OS X version: What is Tiger?
The type of computers the iBook and PowerBook are: What are laptops?
This man has a salary of $1: Who is Steve Jobs?
This product shares its name with a place where aircraft take flight: What is Airport?
A “speedy” product that works on the Mac or PC: What is QuickTime?"
Go Apple!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Battles & Rumors

So, today seemed kind of lame today. I looked around (taking much longer since my Verizon/yahoo! mishap) and found much of todays news was on music battles and rumors.

Well lets start of with

Battles
O.k. it seems M$ and MTV will team up to jointly develop a digital music service for users of the next-generation Windows Media Player and this service will be called "Urge".

According to MTV Networks, Urge will offer a much wider range of music to choose from than can be found on its traditional cable offerings, with a stated goal of helping its users discover new music. Now MTV is playing catch-up, starting this late could hinder the company and the service. MTV first announced plans for a music store back in 2003, it's 2005 now and this may not show till mid/late-2006, and with Apple selling 70% of the online music downloads this is a uphill battle.

Acording to MacWorld/UK
"the online music service will launch with a catalogue of two million songs across multiple genres, and will be heavily marketed across MTV's broadcasting assets, MTV, VH1 and CMT."
The site also states
"Michael Gartenberg, vice president of Jupiter Research isn't certain the plan will work: "The biggest paradox is the people who are most likely interested in an MTV-branded music experience are also probably the demographic that has the highest interest in the iPod," he said."
Oh did I mention that this service won't be working with the iPod? This will make it a tough sell. It's seems MTV is trying this by covering part of it's ass by doing double duty. It seems users will be charged according to their selection of individual song downloads or pre-paid subscriptions. So they are not titled as just a subscription service like the rest. (Napster, Rhapsody, etc..)

But shunning the iPod is not a smart thing to do according to Simon Aughton of PCPro:
Apple's dominance of the portable music player market is likely to continue for years according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.
In a note to investors, Munster says that the iPod's huge market share gives Apple cost savings that its rivals simply cannot match. Apple's 30GB iPod, for example, is nine per cent cheaper per gigabyte than Creative's new Zen Vision:M.

Munster notes that the video-enabled Zen has impressive features that are absent from the iPod - such as built-in voice recording and an FM tuner - but all the evidence thus far shows that extra features do not generate extra sales.

'We believe that non-iPod devices must compete on price to gain adoption, but Apple has such massive relative shipment volume with the iPod that other MP3 player manufacturers are not able to replicate the economies of scale achieved by Apple,' Munster added. 'We believe this reality will allow Apple to sell iPods at the lowest prices in the market, thus retaining the iPod's pole position for years."


Good luck MTV, maybe if you hook up with Microsoft,Rhapsody, Napster, and Yahoo they may have a chance. Oh coarse well all know workers at Microsoft got a internal memo to stop bringing their iPods to work. But it seems according to MDN, Redmond will have a Mac store near by.

"Oregon-based retailer Computer Stores NW, owners of the regional chain called "The Mac Store," will open a new retail store just 3 miles from the world headquarters of Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington."

"With the popularity of the iPod, and the resulting growing popularity of the Mac and Apple in general, we thought it was time to see Redmond with a Mac Store in its backyard," said Kevin Anderson, CEO of Computer Stores NW in a statement. "Despite the presence of Microsoft as a major employer in that area, we know there are many Mac devotees in their ranks, and of course the area has great demographics for the iPod and all its accessories."
Man that's too funny.
The new Mac Store will launch Saturday December 17th in the Redmond Town Center, 7501 166th Ave. NE. Redmond, WA 98052 at 9am.

O.K. now the Rumors
It seems lots of different blogs, newspaper web sites, and Mac web sites seem to have insiders or globes that say "Apple Computer Inc. (AAPL) may introduce Macintosh personal computers with Intel Corp. (INTC) chips in January, six months earlier than planned."

Also the buzz is that it may be laptops that are based on Intel's new "Napa" chips.
Some say the Napa platform that will enable the biggest upgrade in two years for portable technology, and an Apple laptop with the technology could address the demand that the Mac users have been waiting for.

Intel claims the latest notebook technology will boost average performance 68% beyond that of its current Sonoma platform, while reducing power consumption an average of 28%. But will Apple use Napa or a dual-core Yonah chip? that is the question we will have to wait and see.

Garageband Artist
Simig Media Records announced the immediate availability of Something, an album produced entirely with GarageBand. The album marks Peter Greenstone's debut, and is also the second record for the Mac Music Record label. The artist first heard on the MacJams.com website.

YML Time
This week on Your Mac Life:Dr. Ross R. Allen, who is also presenting a Macworld Expo Conference Session titled "The Future of Digital Photography".

Dick Dale who, invented surf music in the 1950's. he's a fellow Mac user, and he'll be on tonight's show to talk about then and now and how he uses Macs.

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 - this week it's all about the "Che Guevara Effect". Peter Cohen of MacCentral.com and Macworld magazine will also be on to talk about all the latest Mac Gaming News.

the video feed can be seen here
and the plain audio here

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Not So happy With Verizon Yahoo!


Why do some companys do stuff to piss you off. Let me start from the beginning,
A month back, I was reading in a fourm about a guy who had a problem with Safari and Yahoo when updating to a new plan with Verizon.

Well I got a mail from them but through away the letter without opening it after reading that post.

Well me and bad memory just screwed the pooch this time. I got a new letter on Saturday about a free upgrade (a $200 value according to verzion) to their Verizon Yahoo! fo DSL.

According to the letter I get

•Award-winning protection with comprehensive security suite featuring PC anti-virus, anti-spyware, pop-up blocker and parental controls.

•The #1 email service in the U.S.* Multiple email accounts for family members, each with virtually unlimited 2GB of storage.

•A customized web experience. Personalize your home page with over 250,000 content choices such as weather, sports scores, stock prices-- plus exclusive on demand video news and entertainment.

•Your favorite music right on your computer with the Web's largest libary of music videos. Buy downloads, rip and burn CD's, listen to thousands of radio stations, or create your own.

•An award-winning instant messaging service that makes it fun and easy to share text, photos and files.

Bottom line: you'll get richer and more enjoyable internet experence.

To get this free upgrade, simply vist verizon.net/getyahoo7 today.

That's word for word on what's in the letter.

Now let me tell you, I didn't initially download this for the protection software (which when you down it you find out afterward there is none for the Mac anyway) Or for music part of it eaither.

I did want to find out how this would make my web experience better. so I went to the web page and downloaded the installer.

I click on the installer and let it run. I see the installer open a few apps, including entourage and internet explorer both which I don't use.

When it's done, it asks if I want to customize my home page. I click yes and Safari opens. When it opens it first loads this page

which as you can see at the bottome says
"CD Bookmark Application Error
The bookmark or custom link you've requested cannot be found. Either the location of this page has changed or there is a temporary server problem.

Try again later or use the search bar below to search for your page."

Hold on, bookmark error??!! I look at my bookmarks and bookmarks bar and it's empty!!! Nothing, nada. All my bookmarks that I have collected over the years are gone. Even the folders that came with Safari where gone. Also I now could not get mail through Apple's mail program or Entourage any more (password error). WTF????

Now on my desk top there was a icon that said rezume install. When I clicked that I got this

WTH??? Is this my "richer and more enjoyable experience"?? when I do get to the Yahoo home page it's nothing more then a homepage which I can remove or add what I want.. big f***ing deal. Scene it before. Music?, when I launch the radio player I find it won't work with Safari.

Well, so far let's see what it has done to me:
•Erased all my bookmarks
•Blocked me from being able to use my mail app in OSX

What it has given me
• A damn headache
•Stopped me from writing this blog yesterday.

My bottom line is, don't touch it with a ten foot pole!!.
Unless you want a "headache and less enjoyable experience"!


Unreal Tournament update 3369.1
O.K. for all of you Unreal Tournament 2004 players still using 10.2.8 and found out UT does not load after update 3369. Well here's update 3396.1. The update fixes it so the game will now run on Mac OS X 10.2.8 ("Jaguar") again and also 3D audio now correctly spatializes, and other OpenAL fixes.


Don't forget to jump on

The Darkside battlegrounds for some Great CTF games!!

Selfish plug :P








Other News
Think Secret says A 13.3" wide screen Intel-based iBook appears to be on track to deliver by early next year.

Think Secret and the Apple Insider are saying that 10.4.4 progress is going smoothly.
"Sources and reports already present on the Internet say Apple this week released to developers build 8G17 of Mac OS X 10.4.4 Update -- a forthcoming maintenance release to the company's Tiger operating system."


American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu said
the PowerBook, iBook, Mac mini and Xserve will likely be the first models to go Intel because they are "weaker members" of Apple's product line that "would benefit moving to Intel."

Based on similar reasoning, Wu said he doesn't foresee the iMac being one of the first Intel Macs because "its current PowerPC G5 configurations already offers industry-leading price-performance."

Friday, December 09, 2005

What IS Apple News???

As, you may or may not know, I'm a one man crew here. So I surf the web looking for Mac news, updates, and rumors and add my opinion with a little of my flava to it. The list is long of the news I find compaired to what I publish on this blog.

But as I surf and save, then read the news, then I ask myself "is this news"? Most of the product releases I leave for other Mac news sites to post. I try my best at posting the latest news and updates that I think is important to my readers.

But what is news and what is hype? I look at a lot of sites and the most news lately is about the iPod, it's accessories, and anything to do with iTunes or competition with the iPod or iTunes.
BTW: Griffen came out with a iTrip that fits the new iPods and nano's and comes in black. :)
hmm, I wounder if they will fit in my iBoxer underwear?

Anyway, there are two web sites that are a ugly thorn to real Mac news sites, be it normal sites or blogs. They are a pain in the ass like that piece of popcorn stuck between your teeth you can't get out.

One you all ready know if you have been ready this blog is the OSx86 Project. This site to me is just a bunch thieves and hackers trying to get OSX to run on there own PC's with the help of other thieves and hackers.

The thing is most people out there are willing to buy a Intel based Mac then go through all that BS these guys are up to. No support, no warrenty these hacks they put together are nothing but PC users at their lowest level. But what the hell, all they have to say is they like OSX and it's all good right? NOT!!

There getting developers copies how? You think these guys shelled out the cash to get a intel developer Mac? Ya right. Their just Bit Torrent watchers, downloading software illegally and trying to hack it to get it to work.

Then there's a website, a Mac website called Macsimum News..... Well what can I say, these guys are patent watchers. The site caught my eye a while back, but then as I read more and more, they think every little patent Apple goes after is headline news.

Every time I look these guys seem like guys looking through my trash to find a piece of paper that tells them what I brought from the store yesterday. Just hoping they can find out what my wife is making for Christmas dinner. Take these 4 links for example ( 1, 2, 3, 4) while they have some type of news value, they are not headline news worthy.

A new patent does not mean that next month or even next year Apple will use this technology. It just makes sure nobody else will use it in this exact form. So how is it news? Who and what determines what is news?

Well according to Trent Lapinski (writer for AppleXnet) not the writers at Macsimum News.
On his blog he writes:
"Since I'm naming names lets not forgot about Macsimumnews.com. They employee two fired AppleXnet employees, one of them being Pourhadi because we didn't want to run one of his articles about how technology apparently hates him, and the other the infamous "Neo." Neo's real name is Jack, we fired him after we suspected his motivation was to publish articles loaded with buzzwords and technical jargon to try and get investors interested in Apple to try and personally profit off of Apple's stock, for he admits he owns stock in the company. Our biggest issue with him however was the plethora of anonymous comments he would post on his own articles in an attempt to spur interest and hype in his articles. He literally would post anywhere from 10-50 fake comments having conversations with himself, coming up with fake names and everything. Hell at first we thought it was a glitch in our website code but realized it was no coincidence all these comments were actually from Jack...erhm, "Neo" himself. We contacted Dennis Sellers, owner of Macsiminmnunim and told him about "Neo" but he still continues to publish his articles to this day, of which "Neo" still posts fake comments to (just pick any of his articles and the writing style is clearly of the same person for many of the comments). This of course checks Sellers off my list of the ethical. I don't believe in misleading my audience."


Who is the writer of all these patent articles posting as headline news? None other then "Neo".

Now you want some real news and info and help with your mac and what is going on in the mac world? check out this MacFixit article. That's news. The MacDailyNews website, that's a news website. There are many more, but Macsimum news.com is not one of them.

"Hey CG5Addict, don't you think your being kinda harsh?? You only write for a small blog, these guys get plenty of hits on their sites."

Ya, and shit smells and lots of people can smell that also. You want to write about mac stuff, don't be like those 2 websites. Do news the right way, and you will be seen in the right light as a real reporter of news.

In Other News
According to ARS Technica Intel wants to move rootkit detection to the hardware.
"(Intel)has begun research on the possibility of hardware-level rootkit detection. Known as the OS Independent Run-time System Integrity Services project, the rootkit detections system would consist of a small chip on the PC's motherboard that would be dedicated to monitoring active processes."
They say the technology is a couple years away, but Intel hopes to be shipping systems with OS Independent Run-time System Integrity Services by 2008 or 2009.

While a new study released Wednesday by America Online and the National Cyber Security Alliance saying that 80 percent of PC users are exposed to common Internet threats, and 81 percent lacked at least one of three critical types of security. Wow that a surprise! (sarcasm)

But it seems help may be on the way as Symantec hopes to supply its consumer applications such as Norton Antivirus and Norton Utilities as a service according to ZDNet.

Lastly a Tip
TwisterMc has a tip on "How To Tell Firefox to Open a DMG". He goes step by step, so check it out if FireFox is your browser of choice.