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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Who The Hell Are You??

That's what I kept saying out load everytime I read the commentary by Wired's Leander Kahney in their Cult of Mac section. Let me start by saying
1) I hate the word cult used for everybody who uses a Mac, and
2) I for am not a I bow down before you kind of guy. So if your sons not named Jesus Christ, it ain't... sorry Donna (my wife the professor) "is not" happening.

So forget the "Steve Jobs is my god" view you think you see because I love Apple products. But this "commentary" had me a little pissed with someone telling another how they should live their life and spend their money. I think that anyone who holds some lucritive job has the right to run his business and his personal life the way he sees fit. If they want to keep all their wealth, pour honey all over their body and jump into a pool full of $100 dollar bills that's just fine. They made it, "who the hell are you" to say what he should do with it??

But then again your "commentary" doesn't know which way to go does it?
"Of course, Jobs and his wife may be giving enormous sums of money to charity anonymously. If they are funneling cash to various causes in private, their names wouldn't show up on any lists, regardless of the size of their gifts.

For a person as private as Jobs, who shuns any publicity about his family life, this seems credible. If so, however, this would make Jobs virtually unique among moguls. Richard Jolly, chairman of Giving USA Foundation, said not all billionaires give their money away, but a lot do, and most do not do it quietly."

Hmm, is the thought of one billionaire who does not need to show off to the world how rich he is that hard to believe? Or that he may give enormous sums of money to charity anonymously. For you even say yourself that he "shuns any publicity about his family life". But your commentary is like every other gossip tabloid writer who wants to poke and prod into people's personal business and tell them what you think they should do with their life and money.

You say Steve "skates away away from the responsibilities that come with great wealth and power." But I ask you Mr.Kahney, where were you this past Christmas? Were you helping feed the needy? Did you give up a week from Starbucks and donate that money to a needy charity?? Most likly not. So get off your humanitarian high horse.

Oh and by the way, you say "On the evidence, he's nothing more than a greedy capitalist who's amassed an obscene fortune. It's shameful. In almost every way, Gates is much more deserving of Jobs' rock star exaltation."

Gates is much more deserving? Sure, Bill Gates gives a lot of money away, and that's a good thing, but that doesn't change his "bad guy" tag because he is only known throughout the world for selling bad buggy software in a new box year after year, robbing the public blind. But it's all o.k. because he gave away some of that money he stole from you and gave it to a charity. Sounds like a person covering all his bad deeds by doing a few good ones. Is that money to help the needy or to help wash away the guilt?

Gates and Jobs are the same in the way that they are both just capitalist's, don't let the fact that Gates gives you roses with one hand and robs you blind with the other fool you.

just wanted to post a link to a more balanced view of the subject by a non MacAddict, ARSTechnica.

New TV shows on iTunes!
Apple and MTV Networks on Thursday announced the availability of television programming from MTV, MTV2, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and The N are now available for purchase and download from the iTunes Music Store.

New video content available for download includes shows like “Punk’d,” “South Park,” “Dora the Explorer,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” and “Laguna Beach.” Stand up comedy performances are available for purchase and download, as are episodes of Comedy Central’s animated series “Drawn Together.” Man, Drawn Together on a iPod, that show is so funny, can't wait to download it.

And talk about iPod's, MacOSX hints has a tip to help police get your iPod back. Since they will ask for the serial number. Wanna know where to find it even if you don't have your iPod? Find out here.

Both The Apple Insider and Think Secret say that Apple has began distributing the first external builds of Mac OS X 10.4.5 Update. While the Apple insider says "the specific fixes and enhancements planned for the update are unknown, Apple is reportedly asking that its developers and partners put weight on Safari, Core Graphics intensive applications, Quartz Composer, and the Mac OS X Dock."

They also say "(Apple) reportedly asked that developers test networking, the Mac OS X crash report, File Sync, Software Update and the MSDOS File System." And the size of the file so far? 15mb.

But Think Secret thinks big, real big. They say
Build 8H5 delivers more than a dozen documented improvements for Mac OS X 10.4, including improvements to the Crash Reporter and XInstall Framework, and fixes for issues with CoreGraphics and Widgets, RSS Visualizer and background columns, WebCore, Quartz composer, and FileSync and PHD. The update also improved iDisk synchronization and corrects a problem where Mac OS X would fail to connect to a Cisco server if NAT was not used."

The also say it's currently only available as a combo update, and get this, it's 120.2MB! You pick on who wanna believe.

While I'm on rumor patrol, LoopRumors says Apple maybe planning a special media event. They say they have
"Sources close to Apple have informed LoopRumors that Apple is planning a Special Media Event in the next few weeks. It is unknown at this time what will be unveiled, but there was speculation that a last minute change was made to the keynote address given by Steve Jobs on January 10th. Rumors of newere iPods, a boombox, an in-home media center have all been candidates for this upcoming announcement."

We shall see.

Other News
Only a month into the core duo, Intel has announced it has become the first company to reach an important milestone in the development of 45 nanometer (nm) logic technology. Intel has produced what are believed to be the first fully functional SRAM (Static Random Access Memory) chips using 45nm process technology, its next– generation, high–volume semiconductor manufacturing process.

Intel’s 45nm process technology will allow chips with more than five times less leakage power than those made today. This will improve battery life for mobile devices and increase opportunities for building smaller, more powerful platforms.
The 45nm SRAM chip is said to have more than 1 billion transistors.

If your one of the critics that just don't get what Apple's Aperture is all about. Then you may want to read this article.

Scott Bourne says " Right on the heels of its release, nearly a dozen reviewers gave Apple a pretty good thrashing over Aperture, Apple's new professional photography software. Not all of the reviews are bad. Some offer very positive insights. But many focus on perceived problems. After delving into Aperture, I've come to some conclusions about where many of the critics went wrong."


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