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Friday, January 13, 2006

A Happy Mac Life

First I would like to start out by saying "Congratulations to Shawn & Lesa King! May you have a long and happy marriage!!"

*picture courtesy of AppleXnet

For those who don't know Shawn & Lesa King host a great internet show with Jay Curtis called Your Mac Life. Shawn & lesa (then Snider) first met three years ago at Macworld, and is also the place where Shawn proposed to her last year. The couple got married after the show closed at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall Thursday.
You can watch the best part( for us at least ;) ) click here.

While MacWorld was doing great, Apple was doing better.
I grabbed this from MDN:
"On October 6, 1997, in response to the question of what he'd do if he was in charge of Apple Computer, Dell founder and then CEO Michael Dell stood before a crowd of several thousand IT executives and answered flippantly, "What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders."

A little more than a month later, on November 10, 1997, new Apple iCEO Steve Jobs responded, speaking in front of an image of Michael Dell's bulls-eye covered face, "We're coming after you, you're in our sights."

Today, after a little more than eight years of hard work, Apple Computer, Inc. passed Dell, Inc. in market value. That's right, at market close Apple Computer ($72,132,428,843) is now worth more than Dell ($71,970,702,760). Got any snappy responses for that one, Mr. Dell?

Luckily, Apple has had the right man in charge since July 1997; a man with the vision and the ability to do what lesser men think impossible."

How sweet it is! So sweet because also research and investment firm Piper Jaffray today raised its target price on shares of Apple Computer from $80 to $103. Piper Jaffray maintains an "Outperform" rating on Apple shares.

but then again Steve did warn you! In more ways then one. Oh you didn't know??
Well if you have read this page for any amount of time you know how much I hate the OSx86 Project and what they stand for.

But Apple took it a step further. That's why I did find this very funny to find this posted on their web page:
"We’ve received some information regarding Apple's newest portable, the MacBook Pro, and with it a hidden message for would-be hackers. We were made privy to a text dump from the System Profiler of one of the new MacBooks and, naturally, couldn’t wait to sort through its contents. What we didn’t expect to see was a warning from Apple to those that would hack OS X, presumably to those wanting it to run on beige-box PCs:


Dont Steal Mac OS X
Copyright (c) 2006 Apple Computer, Inc. All rights reserved.

The purpose of this Apple software is to protect Apple copyrighted
materials from unauthorized copying and use. You may not copy, modify,
reverse engineer, publicly display, publicly perform, sublicense,
transfer or redistribute this file, in whole or in part. If you have
obtained a copy of this Apple software and do not have a valid license
from Apple Computer to use it, please immediately destroy or delete it
from your computer.


The most interesting part of this message? It’s placement, found in /System/Library/Extensions/Dont Steal Mac OS X.kext Despite being a lighthearted jab at hackers, it seems that Apple is taking the pirating of the new OSx86 seriously, since the same kext is not found in the PPC version of 10.4.4. Is this simply a hidden message for the interested parties, or is it a new tounge-in-cheek implementation of OS X’s TPM security? Details are sketchy at this point… watch this space for more news as we get it."

What amazes me is them saying "Despite being a lighthearted jab at hackers, it seems that Apple is taking the pirating of the new OSx86 seriously, since the same kext is not found in the PPC version of 10.4.4."

What it should read is: "Despite being a stab to my hacking and thieving webpage and it's readers,it seems that Apple is taking the pirating of the new OSx86 seriously, since the same kext is not found in the PPC version of 10.4.4."

Of coarse Apple knows the PPC version won't get hacked and end up like Intel chips, getting "trapped inside PCs - dull little boxes, dutifully performing dull little tasks" as Apple puts it in their latest Tv ad.

Of coarse some are fuming that people can buy Duo Core machines from Apple now, while consumers will have to wait for weeks for Yonah based notebooks from Dell & HP.

But is that the only thing on there minds?? Maybe not. The Apple insider is saying " Apple's legal trail points to mobile product". Qouting analysts Steve Lidberg and David Niederman:
"Any move by Apple to become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) could strengthen the company's bond to its growing customer base that includes 32 million iPods and 4.7 million Mac systems sold in 2005."
But others like Aspyr Media's Glenda Adams are looking at what's in plan sight. IMG had a chance to interview her at MWSF and here's a small bite:
"MacIntels were the first topic of conversation, with Glenda’s prediction being that the new machines will have a positive influence on Mac games. For the first time, Apple’s boxes will finally have matching hardware specs with PCs, eliminating any reason for the current game performance discrepancy between the Windows and Mac platforms. The move to Intel sets the bar higher for Apple technicians and for developers to really push the boxes to get the same frame rates as PC users. The new Macs are also garnering a lot of attention from PC users, and if speculation of Apple’s market share growing past the 10% prove correct, Glenda expects to see a many more gaming titles coming to the platform.

Further, Glenda is very excited about the new, Intel-powered iMacs and MacBook Pros that were announced on Tuesday, noting that she ordered a new machine for herself only a few hours after the keynote. Impressed with the speed and price of the new machines, she noted that the powerful new ATI Radeon X1600 graphics cards installed in all the new machines, combined with the huge performance jump of the Intel chips will make really powerful rigs for gamers."
You can read their full interview here.

Also If you want some questioned answered about the new Chips that run the new iMac and MacBook Pro, MacWorld has some answers for you at these links:
Core Duo
MacBook Pro

If you wanna know what was best of show at MWSF 2006, here they are:

Adobe Lightroom

Apple MacBook Pro

Apple iLife '06

Browseback from Smile on My Mac

Docktopus from Startly Technologies

Elgato's EyeTV 2

JBL On Time

Google Earth for Mac

iSee 360i from Advanced Technology Office-ATO

LightZone 1.0 from Light Crafts

Marware Project X

MemoryMiner by GroupSmarts ($60)

Micromat Techtool Protégé

Suitcase Fusion from Extensis

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