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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.

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