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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!

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