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Monday, February 06, 2006

I'm Back!!

O.K. After a small hiatus, not a fun one to say the least (moving). I'm back! Changed from Verizon DSL who said after over 4 years with their DSL service said they had no space for me in a home only 3.2 miles away. To Adelphia Cable internet. So I want from 1.5mbps(megabits per second) download/348kbps(kilobit per second) upload (on a good day), to 6mbps download/ 768kbps upload.

*Note:Many people confuse mbps with megabytes per second. A megabyte is just over one million bytes of data (1,048,576) and is abbreviated as MB/sec. It takes eight megabits to equal one megabyte. So 8 mbps (megabits per second) = 1 MB/sec (megabytes per second). So now I'm getting a lttle over 1/2MB/second.

Plan english, it's way faster!!

Well while I was offline I have seen a couple of things have happened, let's get to it.

MacSoft on Friday announced the release of an update to its first person shooter Unreal Tournament 2004. It provides a Universal Binary which runs natively on Macs equipped with Intel CPUs.

The patch was developed by Epic Games programmer Ryan Gordon, who handled Unreal Tournament 2004’s Mac conversion. The 199mb update (version 3369.2)can be downloaded here.

From the Read Me:
"NOTABLE CHANGES OVER 3369 PATCH:
MacOS-specific:
• 3369.2: UT2004 is now a "Universal" (PowerPC and Intel) binary.
• 3369.2: Closed a dedicated server exploit.
• 3369.2: Added UT2004 Mega Pack.
• 3369.2: Fixed UseStencil.

So there is something there for PowerPC users.

In Apple news

Apple's online store as of Friday no longer lists the 17-inch 1.9GHz iMac G5 for sale.
Apple also cut the price of the 20-inch 2.1GHz iMac G5 by $200.

10.4.5 news?
Well it seems that Apple is now distributing to developers both Intel- and PowerPC-native versions of its upcoming Mac OS X 10.4.5 Update. It appears that builds in the "8Hx" are PowerPC-native and those in the "8Gx" are Intel-native.

The most recent known builds according to the Apple Insider are of build 8H12 for the PowerPC and build 8G1445 for Intel.


The potential for hearing loss lawsuit against Apple is getting more press then it deserves. Useless lawsuit like this just wastes taxpayer money. Plus this lawsuit is so dumb and is just a guy wanting to get money from a large company he see's has deep pockets. Plus many think something smells foul here. According to iPodding.com the attorney hired for this lawsuit is Steve W. Berman, who is on retainer at Microsoft.

But then again, there is always somebody doing something or just spreading bullshit about Apple just to get attention.
I read a couple of pages from consumeraffairs.com readers, they make it sound like Apple computers and service is crap. Of coarse they start off with saying
"The earnest entreaties of Apple adorers have been overwhelmed by the ripened stench emitted by the more than a few bad Apples we've been hearing about. As a consequence, we've hurled Apple out of the Good Guys paradise and into the Dellish Rogues Gallery."


A complete 360 to what is said by Consumer Reports, a place I trust more. In the December issue Consumer Reports had once again looked at the computer industry and rated hardware companies on their products. Apple Computer Inc. topped the charts in a couple of categories, including repair history and tech support.

Consumer Reports notes that satisfaction with tech support in the desktop computer market is one of the lowest rated services they measure. Since 2001 consumer satisfaction has continued to dwindle, but the report singles out Apple as providing its customer with above average support.

"In this atmosphere of low expectations, Apple Computer has actually raised its support satisfaction for the desktop computers over the past three years to levels well above all competitors, while offering the most reliable desktop hardware," the report says.

With so many of the other companies falling in tech support satisfaction, Consumer Reports concludes, "companies aren't investing enough in their support operations."

In contrast, for Apple the organizations says, "Apple's superiority in all aspects of support, including waiting on the phone and Web support, suggests that it invests its support resources wisely."

Overall, Apple scored 76/100 in tech support with Dell and Gateway tied for second with 57/100 -- HP and Compaq pulled up the rear with scores of 52/100 and 47/100 respectively.

For repairs and serious problems reported by consumers, Apple again had the best score with just over 10 percent of respondents reporting serious issues. Gateway had the worst record with slightly over 20 percent. Sony, Dell, IBM, HP and Compaq fell in between.
*sections of consumer reports article from Macworld.com

In any case we all know those guys are all dweebs because you gotta be hip to own a Mac!
Because this is the only way I will ever see a blue screen of Death

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