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Happy 30th Apple!

Read Apple’s 30 year timeline from Macworld, CNet, World of Apple, PC Magazine, and Computerworld.

Macworld has made available an excerpt of Owen Linzmayer’s book, Apple Confidential 2.0. Linzmayer also wrote the thirty pivotal moments in Apple’s history. CNet also looks into the three decades of Apple.

Wired.com has the best quotes by Steve Jobs and a gallery of Mac OSes in the last thirty years. Take a look also at the heroes and villains throughout Apple’s history.

Nitrozac and Snaggy bakes a commemorative replica of the Apple I.

Wikipedia has a timeline of all Macintosh models.

CNet shows the postcards they received from Mac users from all over. Read their comments on how Apple has affected their lives.

Now, for a little bit of distraction and some helpful hints. Take a tour of the Apple store in London at Regent street. Take control of your Mac during start-up with these keyboard shortcuts, and read a review by Macworld of the tweaking utilities for the Mac.

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You know you are an Apple fanatic when…

You are an Apple fanatic is you do or are one of the following (Heaven, forbid is you actually have all of these):

They tattoo Apple’s logo on their arm. They help sell Apple products, even though they’re not paid to. One couple met at the Macworld Expo conference, got engaged and were married there.

Apple customers are a loyal bunch. Though they’re only a small percentage of all computer users, they make up for it with their passion and outspokenness. In Apple’s 30 years of business, they have formed a tight-knit, unique community.

“They’re probably the largest subculture” among computer groupies, said Leander Kahney, managing editor at Wired News, who has tracked these quirks and more in his books “The Cult of Mac” and “The Cult of iPod.” “They definitely have distinct traits and rituals and rites of passage.”

It’s right there in the numbers: 50 percent of Apple customers plan to buy another Apple computer, a far greater percentage than for any other personal computer, according to MetaFacts.

So, here on the 30th anniversary of the company’s founding, how do you know if you’re hooked on Apple? Well, you might be an Apple fanatic if:

You believe that Apple is superior and have tried to convert people.

During Apple’s darkest days, Apple loyalists became de facto salespeople, going into stores and helping sell Macintosh computers that were gathering dust in the back of the showroom, Kahney said.

Thomas Avallone of Shreveport, La., recalls how he happened to be shopping the day before Christmas when he overheard a couple trying to buy a computer for their child. He introduced himself and spent an hour and a half promoting the iMac, ultimately persuading the couple to purchase it.

“I was a Mac salesman before I went to work for Apple,” said Avallone, who used to work at Apple’s retail store in Dallas and is now a Mac consultant. “We love talking about it. We love sitting someone down in front (of a Mac). … They find everything they’ll ever need comes with it.”

You start your day by reading Apple blogs.

More than 1 million people a month check out AppleInsider, one of dozens of popular online sites where Apple customers virtually congregate. They speculate on Apple’s next big thing, dissect Apple’s current products and even spoof the whole phenomenon at the Crazy Apple Rumors Site.

Hadley Stern, who started the Apple Matters site 3 1/2 years ago, said: “There’s no ‘HP Matters,’ or ‘Windows Matters.’ There is something about Apple and the Macintosh experience that strikes a chord with a significant number of people that they will dedicate their free time discussing everything to do with the company.”

You consider Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs your god.

This one is pretty self-explanatory.

You sent a “happy 30th birthday” message to Jobs.

Hundreds of fans have filled out birthday wishes at HappyBirthdayApple.com. You can, too.

The site’s operators said the messages, which cost $2 each, will be compiled in a book and sent to Apple on April 1, the day the company was founded. The deadline to submit a message is Tuesday.

Avallone also set up the site ThankyouSteve.com, offering T-shirts, a daily Jobs quote and a countdown to April 1.

You refuse to throw away your old Mac computers and/or collect vintage Macs and other Apple paraphernalia.

Stern said he has stored about 30 old Macs in his basement in Boston. He’s not the only one. Some have taken their old Macintosh computers, filled them with water and goldfish and turned them into “MacQuariums.”

On eBay, buyers have their choice of vintage Macs from 1984, a “rare Apple logo watch” and original “Think Different” posters.

You go to the Apple Store to find a date.

Chances are you’ll find a compatible soul at the Apple Store, making it a popular place to score a connection.

“They design the stores so they can be public meeting places,” said Gary Allen of Berkeley, who has chronicled this and other details about Apple retail stores at ifoAppleStore.com. Allen has camped out for store openings in Palo Alto, Walnut Creek and Tokyo, among others. “They want them to mingle and socialize, and that brings together like-minded people.”

Located around the corner from four modeling agencies, the Apple Store in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood is apparently a “singles hotspot,” according to the New York Post.

Apple customers have also posted ads online on Craigslist’s “missed connections” space, in the hope of getting in touch with the attractive customer or employee they spotted in the store. A recent one in the Bay Area said: “You were at the Apple store (Palo Alto). I walked by twice and you looked up with those amazing almond brown eyes and smiled.”

On Craigslist in Chicago, a man reported a happy ending: “He was in the Apple Store to buy a PowerBook and a new iPod. … He’s great. I’m swooning, but realistically. We have a date tomorrow.”

You get annoyed with how the media portrays Mac fanatics.

“One thing I don’t like is newspapers and TV newscasters reporting how ‘fanatic’ Mac fans are, without even trying to explore the reasons for their preference,” said Keith Ray in an e-mail. “Please don’t you continue that lazy tradition. We’re not crazy. Some Mac fans are rocket scientists at NASA and JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory); others are very non-technical like my mom.”
Apple users are more likely than PC users to

— Have a higher household income.

— Have received a graduate degree.

— Be self-employed.

— Live in California, Massachusetts or New York.

— Live in big cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

From the San Francisco Chronicle. Read more here.

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Steves in profile

Steve Jobs featured in Vanity Fair.

Steve Wozniak interviewed by Mercury News.

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Apple and Tech News Mash-ups Week 12.

Windows have invaded the Intel Macs. Last week, it was the Intel iMac that got violated. Now, there is a video of XP running in a Mac mini (shown in Mac Break) and a tutorial on how to dual boot Tiger and XP on a Macbook Pro. Mac On Intel now has a step-by-step procedure on how to install Windows on all Intel Macs. Also, check out the benchmarks. Rob Griffiths (Macworld) recalls his experiences while installing XP in a Mac Mini Core Duo. He offers advice and some caveats regarding dual-booting your Intel Mac. If you get queasy at the thought of dual-booting your Intel Mac with Mac OS X and *gasp!* Windows XP, you can try the free emulator, Q. A tutorial is available to help you through the process. Q is not as fast as Virtual PC but Virtual PC is not as cheap as Q.

Chris Howard of Apple Matters asks some of the important questions relating to XP on Mac hack. Apple Matters’s Chris Siebold also looks into the top five mistakes Apple has done throughout the years. Notably two of these were due to John Sculley’s fault.

France is one step away in approving a law that will force Apple and other companies to open up their DRM for interoperability. Analysts think the impact will be minimal and Apple would most likely pull out of France. Apple responded by saying that the law will lead to state-sponsored piracy, but Apple also thinks that iPod sales will increase as users will be able to freely upload music and videos to their iPods. Arik Hesseldahl explains what the repercussions and the options are for Apple and the other companies that will be affected by France’s attempt to update copyright laws for the 21st century. Leander Kahney of Wired News sees the passage of the law as a means to protect the consumers and prevent Apple from becoming another Microsoft when it comes to digital media. The US Commerce Secretary sides with Apple, saying that the French law making cracking of DRM legal violates intellectual property rights.

No matter how secure a computer is, there’s no protecting it from stupidity.

What? More rumors? You betcha! Haven’t had enough of the ‘true’ video iPod? What about the iTablet? Well some analysts are convinced that there is a 75% chance of an iPhone by the end of 2006. Adding fuel to the iPhone rumor fire are other analysts who say Apple is in talks with some Taiwanese electronics company about the device (It turns out that the company is BenQ). Apple also had applied for a trademark for “iPhone” in the UK and Australia. Here is a gallery of iPhone patents. LoopRumors has an “exclusive” inside information on what Leopard, the next Mac OS, will feature. It’s a four-part series and the links to the first three are at the bottom of the page. Forbes said Quanta Computer has been awarded the contract to manufacture “video” iPods by Apple. I’m not sure if they are talking about the 5G iPod when they say “video” iPod or the much rumored “real” video iPod.

Rob Griffiths of Macworld continues his tests on the Mac mini, the latest of which he examines the Mac mini’s HD playback capabilities.

The new Intel Mac mini falls short of expectations due to its pricing and some problems according to the Washington Post’s Rob Pegoraro.

Giles Turnbull complains about the noise and heat coming from the Macbook Pro. On the upside, he does list 10 good stuffs why he likes it.

What does 3,000 iBooks in one place look like? Jaron Brass shows you.

Getting the most sound from your iPod; from $9.95 to $299.

How to make the iPod as an effective teaching tool?

What the heck is HD Radio and why did more than 50% of people surveyed choose it over the iPod?

There are so many dissenting opinions about the iPod Hi-Fi. Some like it, some loathe it. Twincities.com belongs to the latter, calling it a “gorgeous gear… and it sounds sensational. On those grounds, it’s the iPod speaker setup to beat”. The Time Online tells a condensed version of Apple’s history and how Steve Jobs broght the company back from the brink of failure. With Jonathan Ive on board, Steve Jobs have brought aesthetic excellence in both software and hardware to the consumers. Peter Lewis, Fortune’s senior editor, says the iPod Hi-Fi as filling the gap between earbuds and high-end stereo systems but considers Bose’s SoundDock as offering the best sound when it comes to portable speaker systems for the iPod.

More than four million Disney contents have been downloaded from iTunes.

Universal Pictures is going up against Apple’s iTunes Music Store in UK. The download-to-own service will let users receive three copies of a movie: one copy for the PC, the other for the handheld, and the third is a DVD to be sent thru mail. Newer movies will cost more to download. The movies won’t work with iTunes or the iPod since it’s encoded in Microsoft’s DRM.

Howstuffworks.com explains how iTunes works.

Apple’s 30th anniversary is coming and writers and columnists can’t help but write-up about the company and its dynamic co-founder. The San Francisco Chronicle lists the failed predictions about and by Steve Jobs. Kuo Design has a gallery of magazines featuring Steve Jobs on the cover.

UBS thinks there will be no new products on April 1. The Macbook and a wide-screen Macbook Pro will be released when Apple thinks that they are ready. The ‘real’ video iPod and other iPod models will be released this fall.

Ms. Baker’s Top Ten Reasons why she loves her Macbook Pro.

Tale of yet another switcher.

Microsoft is working on a PSP- and iPod-killer but delays the release of Vista. Again. Microsoft said they the reason for the delay was to “improve overall quality, particularly in security”. Vista is slated to be released January 2007. The delay made some Microsoft employees really pissed and is calling for heads to roll (from MDN). Enderle thinks Apple should strike while the iron is hot. The Fool stares at the big dumb cow. Guess what? There’s a management shake-up at Microsoft. Really? Didn’t see that one coming. Arik Hesseldahl proclaims Windows is inferior, annoying. Just say no, mac users.

Dell acquires Alienware, aiming to compete with Apple in the high-end PC market. Will Alienware give Jonathan Ives nightmares?

Such an irony. A Microsoft program manager for security criticizes Apple for not hiring a security consultant.

How to…
… control Expose with your voice, drag and drop between printers, and build smarter iPhoto albums. More here.
… create a video podcast.
… access your iPod’s diagnostic menu.
… find out more about your Mac using its serial number.
copy files to iTunes the ‘better’ way and use iTunes to back-up your music.
master your passwords with Keychain.
… make your e-mail work for you.
… create your own abstract background.
… do 3D graphics.
… become a rock star programmer.
tunnel SSH.
… use VoodooPad well.
spread your seed. Torrent seed, that is.

Highlight quotes from SXSW. I especially like the one from Jason Fried of 37Signals: “Hire curious people. Even if they don’t have the exact skill set you want, curious, passionate people can learn anything.”

Apple Matters tells you to think twice before you reach for the mouse. Common sense is sometimes thrown out the window when there is too much technology around.

Generation M may find that multi-tasking isn’t really good for them.

I can now watch Adult Swim and Beast Wars for free online. As soon as CSI and The Fairly Oddparents are available online, I’ll be bidding adieu to cable.

Independent games awards features some Mac games.

GimmeSomeTune: a neat companion application with iTunes. Control iTunes and rate songs. TUAW.

AjaxWrite: Free web-based AJAX word processor. Looks like MS Word. Works best with Firefox.

Saft: the vital plug-in for Safari.

View slides fast with Phoenix Slides.

Organize your videos with Footlights 2.1.

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Apple and Tech News Mash-ups: Week 11

Both 17- and 20-inch models of the iMac G5 are no longer available in the UK online Apple Store but availability of the Macbook Pro improves.

Computerworld’s Ken Mingis says though the new Intel iMac is not as fast as the Power Mac G5, it’s fast enough that those with older Mac computers to consider upgrading to the Intel iMac. After Mingis’s review, he had to return the iMac, but he gave up the Power Mac and went out to purchase himself a Macbook Pro. Color him pleased.

Stephen Wildstrom of BusinessWeek says the Macbook Pro and Intel Mac mini are products that are easy to use and “please the heart and the eye as well as the brain and the budget,” setting them apart from what Dell and HP could ever offer.

Bob ‘Dr. Mac’ Levitus gets a loaner and reviews a souped-up Macbook Pro with Logic Pro installed.

Geekbench compares the performances the different iMacs; from iMac G3 up to the present Core Duo.

Bare Feats have posted an updated for their 2.0 GHz bonanza shootout. This is where they compared the performances of a Powerbook upgraded to 2.0 GHz, a 2.0 GHz Macbook Pro, a 2.0 Macbook Pro with one core disabled, a 2.0 GHz iMac Core Duo, and a 2.0 GHz Dual Core G5. The Macbook Pro held itself up against the iMac Core Duo and is much superior than the upgraded Powerbook. Intel Macs still takes a hit from non-Universal Binary applications. Matching memories can help but not so much. A fast PC means a fast CPU, speedy HD, and large RAM.

Windows XP booting up on an iMac, the Movie. Up for grabs: $12,994. (Update: The movie was confirmed real. Hackers have managed to boot Windows XP on an iMac and they’ve won a total of $13,854.) Ars Technica has a short description on the process of booting XP on an Intel Mac. PC World has gone and install Windows on their Intel iMac.

Max look at the mini series:art one, two, and three. Plus, the author’s “big problem” when he tried to max the mini’s to RAM to 2GB and the results of his 2GB RAM upgrade (1GB RAM is enough). Included are finding on how peripherals fared when used with the mini.

Pimp your Mac mini!

Macs Only states that the Mac mini Core Duo can do well on only 512MB of RAM but the Mac mini Core Duo has poorer AirPort reception as compared to a 867MHz 12″ Powerbook G4. Doom 3 and Call of Duty are barely playable which is attributed to the integrated graphics chip.

After all the boos and hisses thrown at the Intel Mac mini upon its introduction, sobriety has returned to the Mac community. Apple Matters’ Chris Howard talks about how the reviews have revealed how much more capable the Intel Mac minis are and how he now wants to get two Mac minis.

Intel Mac mini Bluetooth and AirPort issues have begun cropping up.

Time has named the iPod Hi-Fi as its Gadget of the Week. Last week, it was the MacBook Pro that was named as Gadget of the Week. (Do you think that I’d toot my own horn? You bet I would! MacDailyNews and TUAW, baby! Two of my favorite Mac sites.) But Vern Seward of The Mac Observer can’t understand what’s with the iPod Hi-Fi. He believes that there are better (and cheaper) alternatives to Apple’s speaker system.

Fortune magazine write Peter Lewis says Apple has improved upon “two of the best computers on the planet” and that Apple “has built a better foundation for the future.” Macsimum News gives the Macbook Pro 1.83GHz 8 out of 10. Same old complaints of a slower SuperDrive, lack of modem port, and slow apps under Rosetta.

Mike Wendland calls the Macbook Pro “the finest portable computer I have ever owned,” and that it is “just a little ahead of itself; software and hardware companies need to catch up.”

South by southwest‘s (or SXSW) press room is lined with brand-new Macbook Pros. Yummy! This year’s SXSW is held in Austin, Texas and will end on March 19. The panel discussion that garnered that most interest was about what went on behind the scenes in the design of the user interface for the Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista. CitizenPod is there to cover SXSW.

Other problems have been noted in the Macbook Pro aside from the whine which is purported to be coming from the processor. For people to get an idea on how bad the problem is, someone has created a video where one can definitely hear a loud high-pitched buzzing noise. The noise disappears when screen is turned off.

The Macbook Pro runs cooler than a Powerbook according to ZDNet.

Front Row with Bonjour exemplifies Apple’s drive to integrate solutions seamlessly and seemingly invisible.

Bud Tribble, Apple’s vice president of Software Technology, says the level of threat to Mac security is “minimal.” He adds that Apple is very serious about security concerns and that users must not be complacent about the security of their own machines.

Shoud Apple sell Mac OS X for biege (or blue or black or whatever new-fangled color) boxes? An essay in Mac Geekery explains that they shouldn’t. Interesting read. Really.

New iPod ad!

A Microsoft blogger ends his iPod envy and his search for the better alternative to the iPod+iTunes system. He ended up buying an iPod nano and installing iTunes in his Windows PC.

Yet another tale of the “iPod halo effect” in effect. With his nom de plume, an IT guy tells his own narrative of switching; how Apple’s own switch (to Intel) and the elegance of Mac OS X pushed him to get the Macbook Pro.

Can you define the iPod in twenty words or less?

Playlist’s eight iPod hacks. From installing Linux to getting Wikipedia into the ubiquitous digital music player.

Basic misconceptions about the iPod abound. One of the misconsceptions is that you can only get music from the iTunes music store (you can rip your CD collection and upload it to your iPod). There’s also the misconception that you have rip the entire CD and you cannot select those you want to rip.

Sara Ellis of the San Francisco Chronicle writes about the self-righteous backlash by people against iPod users. We are being called “socially irresponsible,” “i-Snobs,” “white-earphone brigade,” and “pod-botherers” just for the want of peace and quiet against people who thinks the cellphone has given them all the right in the world to shout and scream, and be heard within a 1-mile radius.

A report predicts that Apple will ship $4.2 billion worth of wireless iPods or WiPods by 2010, which will shove mobile-phone makers aside.

An alternative to InvisibleSHIELD (or Bestskinsever): Macally’s Clear Protective Overlay for the iPod nano.

The first iPod movie festival have started at Flux.

The iPod box video parody was made by Microsoft to highlight to their packaging team the problems they faced in their branding and packaging of Microsoft’s products.

Canadian Radio consider the iPod and satellite radio threat to their existence (and pockets). Speaking of pockets (and money), advertisers have started to invade the private space of iPod owners.

The National Institutes of Health said that more research is needed to determine whether the iPod does increase the risk for hearing loss. Peter Burrows thinks that Apple should be more proactive when it comes to the hearing-loss issue, either through improved design on their earbuds or do research on the problem or perhaps both.

The $109 Shure E2c gets an unflattering review because it’s such a pain in the ear.

So far this is the ugliest knock-off of an iPod mini I have ever seen. Can’t the Chinese come up with anything original?

Apple’s iTunes is predicted to shoot pass RealPlayer in mid-2006 as a client for streaming media. However, Windows Media Player still occupies the top spot with 80 million as compared to iTunes’s 30 million by mid-2006.

San Jose State University will soon offer podcasts in iTunes.

The iTunes Music Store will start selling condensed versions of the games from the 2006 NCAA Division Basketball Championship. Fans can either buy each condensed game for $1.99 or they can use the new “Season Pass” service. The “Season Pass” feature will let customers buy the entire 63 games at a lower cost as compared to buying the games individually and they will receive the games the day after they are played. The first full-length movie has also been released in the iTMS. The High School Musical is a Disney Channel made for TV movie with a running time of one hour and forty minutes and can be downloaded for $1.99. (I had the idea that the first movie download would most likely come from Disney). Free download for Top Chef’s pilot episode and new Showtime shows are also now available. (Update:
Some sites have reported that the High School Musical briefly disappeared from the iTune Music Store. It later returned but at a more expensive price tag of $9.99. People think the price is a rip-off. A DVD will cost about the same with full features and a better resolution). A father had to cough up the $9.99` Steve Jobs is asking for the High School Musical for a little peace and quiet.

NBC has a FAQ for downloading their shows from iTunes.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is now available in the iTunes Music Store.

The Bismarck Tribune tells its readers that there are alternatives to the iTunes Music Store which may turn out to be cheaper and a better deal.

Steve Jobs has been getting a $1 salary for several years. Last year was no different.

Create your own Steve Jobs Keynote address. Hilarious! Kudos to d-kathy!

Apple is number one in the “Most Admired for Innovation” list. Fortune magazine compiled the list from the Hays Group’s survey of 8,600 executives and analysts from 23 countries. Apple also took the ninth place in the list of 50 most admired companies in the world. But is Apple scrimping on R&D?

Ever wondered why Apple hasn’t advertised the Mac OS X on TV? John Martellano in his new column for The Mac Observer says that it’s difficult for Apple to explain and sell the Mac OS since to most people an operating system is an abstract concept. To a typical computer user, all OSes and their eye-candy are the same and even though Mac users will argue the Apple’s OS is superior in user-friendliness and ease of use, it is very difficult if not downright impossible to convey those features in 30-seconds.

PC Magazine’s Lance Ulanoff explains what the “Apple Effect” is. In a nutshell, it is Apple’s ability to generate hype and a blanket of coolness around the iPod and the associated industry around it. Apple’s next move should be to create the effect around the Macs.

Apparenty PC Magazine has adopted ZDNet’s penchant in speading misinformation and lies. One blogger notes that PC Magazine blatantly posted an erroneous price of Apple’s Power Mac G5 Quad. Rather long rant. Go and see if you can be persuaded by his findings and arguments.

Rupert Murdoch says newspapers need to embrace the iPod generation.

Daring Fireball officially calls Paul Thurrott Dipshit of the Week. Wish I caught that. MDN is there.

SanDisk CEO blows his own horn and boasts he will beat Apple with their new iPod nano killer. Their products are obviously above par because it has a built-in radio and voice recorder.

Microsoft’s coming in a little too late. Are they a 21st-century has-been?

Fair use under fire as France pushes to legalize cracking of DRM. (Update: France voted to lightly penalize pirates but cracks down hard on DRM crackers. Apple goes scot free for now).

The fight over copyright and piracy is all about money, power and control and the big record companies are not willing to give up any of those. Laws should be able to quickly evolve to reflect the current state of technology and of the world. Laws on copyright are antiquated but the record companies prefer it this way. It’s time for users to look for an alternative. Open-source software, independent artists, and podcasting are just signs of the times.

Several reactions to some issues surrounding the iPod and iTunes; regarding Victory Records’ refusal to license its music to Apple because iTunes “steals the soul of music,” Janet Mayer of Apple Matters thinks that the company’s assumptions and worries are baseless for now and iTunes might actually help the music industry thrive. Christopher Breen of Playlist gives his two cents on France’s move to legalize DRM cracking. The bill will ensure consumers who will crack DRM won’t be prosecuted.

To one Linux admin, he realized the that OS doesn’t matter after spending time with a Mac mini.

How to…
play an audio file in iTunes without adding it to the library and making a copy of the audio file in the iTunes folder library.
… make Safari go sideways.
… use the Treo as a bluetooth modem with a Macbook Pro.
track your emails with Google Earth.
… revive a corrupted CF card.
… become an Xcoder.
… start coding in PHP and AJAX.
… make digital bookmarks on your audio files.

Eye candy for your Mac. Get icons from InterfaceLIFT and IconFactory to customize the look of your desktop and Finder.

The new version of the Adobe/Macromedia Flash Player (version 8.0.24.0) and is said to close a security vulnerability found in earlier versions. This version is however not for Intel-based Macs.

MacNN reviews RapidWeaver 3.2.1 and gives it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Apple Matters on AppZapper.

Mango Studio 3.0: for all of your Manga and comic illustrations needs.

Shootout among the multi-IM clients for the Mac: AdiumX, Fire and Proteus.

Portable OS X applications.

MacMerc features some AJAX apps and Web 2.0 links.

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Belated Happy Birthday, Mr. Adams.

Yesterday was to be Douglas N. Adams’ 54th birthday. He was the writer of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and other science fiction novels. D.N.A. died unexpectedly on May 2001 at the age of 49. His death was attributed to a heart attack.

Mr. Adams was an avid Mac user and in 1989 he wrote an article titled “Frank the Vandal.” I found the article at douglasadams.com website. In the article he expressed his frustration with the electrician in his house and with the complexity he had to deal with his computers. He also wished for an easy way to effortlessly sync his address book and his diary between computers, and not to have to deal with incompatible file formats. Near the end of the article he writes, “The future of computer power is pure simplicity.” Ah, how he would have loved to see what Apple has to offer today. Or perhaps not.

Belated happy birthday, Mr. Adams. Thanks for the fish.

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Coffee, anyone?

What are the elements of a good cafe? Niall Kennedy shares his ideas on what should go into a good cafe.
1. Coffee, tea, non-caffeinated drinks, snacks, and desserts.
2. Wi-Fi, digital bulletin boards, and power connections.
3. Privileges for members. Private rooms, business services, event rooms, specials, and enhanced computing environment.
4. Available commercial products.

Cafe’s do have the problem of customers buying one cup of coffee and sit down for hours, nursing that cup of coffee. I know this problem quite well since I am guilty of committing this crime. Coffee to the People blogs about this problem and asks for possible solutions to this problem. Though some people have the tendency to linger for hours in a coffee shop, it is by no means anywhere near what a Viennese cafe is all about.

I’ve come across several blogs that are calling cafes as “the new garages” or “the new office spaces.” The bloggers basically considers cafes as a place where those working for start-up companies can go to work, meet, and share ideas. With food, furniture, and wireless access, start-ups do not need to rent a space, buy furnitures, or subscribe to a broadband service. Blogs like GigaOM and Wanderluck (same blog written at VentureFiles but with different comments) affirm the roles cafes have in the life of a start-up. Some companies like theOffice have already created a business model that revolves around the wandering beduoin, offering workspace and services for mobile professionals and creatives. The idea has gone as far as to be called “Innovation Commons, where members can go in a work 24/7 and have office spaces and resources available to them. Innovation Commons is thought of as a network, a self-sustaining community. A blogger has called on his fellow bedouin to organize in San Francisco.

There are a lot of good ideas of services that a cafe can offer. One of them is ‘the breakfast club’, where for $40 you can have free breakfast for a month. This is offered by Soy Luck Club as mentioned in Seth’s Blog.

Manila Times last year wrote about the 3rd Coffee, Tea and Specialty Beverage Trade Show held last year in SM Megamall. The piece talked about how the local cafes and coffee distributors are putting an emphasis on supporting home-grown coffee beans.

What would a blog about coffee and cafe be if it does not mention the king of capitalistic cafes, Starbucks?

Godshot’s a blog my brother says is about “hard-core coffee.”

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Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on iTMS

Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report are now available in the iTunes Music Store for download. Each episode cost $1.99, however, Apple has introduced a new service called Multi-Pass. Multi-Pass cost $9.99 and when purchased, this will download the most recent episode and the next 15 episodes as soon as they become available.

After Macworld San Francisco last January, I predicted that Apple will be releasing something new every two to three weeks until April 1, Apple’s 30th anniversary. But it seems I am wrong. Apple looks like they are introducing new products and services weekly now. I can’t wait for what’s coming next week.

Update: Apple has introduced “Season Pass,” a system that lets you buy one whole season of a TV show, and like the “Multi-Pass” system, all the downloaded shows are yours to keep. I really can’t wait what Apple has up its sleeve for next week.

The Motley Fool thinks TiVo should start to worry about Apple’s new services.

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The New Laws of Digital Technology

ACM Ubiquity has reprinted the 10 Fundamental Rules for the Age of User Experience Technology written by Andreas Pfeiffer of Pfeiffer Consulting. The list emphasizes on the need for companies to shift their focus away from products that are feature-laden which can become confusing and deter adoption. They should instead concentrate on providing rich and rewarding user experience when using their products. Complicated and complex products are returned 50% of the time. I copied the list here and for a short explanation for each rule, you can click on the link I provided above.

10 fundamental rules for the age of user experience technology:
1) More features isn’t better, it’s worse.
2) You can’t make things easier by adding to them.
3) Confusion is the ultimate deal-breaker.
4) Style matters
5) Only features that provide a good user experience will be used.
6) Any feature that requires learning will only be adopted by a small fraction of users.
7) Unused features are not only useless, they can slow you down and diminish ease of use.
8) Users do not want to think about technology: what really counts is what it does for them.
9) Forget about the killer feature. Welcome to the age of the killer user-experience.
10) Less is difficult, that’s why less is more.

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Apple and Tech News Mash-ups for Week 10

Read someone’s rant about the price differences of Apple products between the US and Europe.

ZDNet is becoming the number one source of FUD when it comes to Mac security issues. They reported a contest of which a Swede hacked into a Mac in under 30 minutes. What most people don’t realize, of which ZDNet happily exploits, is that the Mac in question was allowed to be hacked. Meaning, the would-be hackers were given the username and password of the system. At the same time, the machine was not hacked from the Internet but rather from within a local network. Dave Shroeder of the University of Wisconsin says there’s a big distinction and he has launched the academic Mac OS X Security Challenge. He is doing this to counter the false and misleading claims ZDNet wrote in the article, which he called journalistically poor and sensationalistic. (Update: Shroeder changed the deadline of the challenge to end on midnight of March 7 (CST) instead of March 10. He will be posting the results of the challenge soon. Perhaps his machine got hacked sooner than he expected? The challenge has been closed and Dave Shroeder reported that there were no successful attempts during the 38 hours testing period. More test results and information soon. (March 10, 2006: Turns out that the University of Wisconsin didn’t know about the challenge and promptly pulled the plug over concerns over the security of their own servers.) TUAW also criticizes the crap ZD Net printed.

SteveJack from MacDailyNews said ZDNet and other companies that are spreading FUD (Fear, Uncertainity, Doubt) do so because they fear the switching that’s been going on. These people want to keep people from switching at whatever means possible which includes telling false and misleading statements.

Another digital security company issues warnings, this time affecting Quicktime and iTunes.

Here’s a tale of a switcher and some tips for the would-be switcher, and things to consider for those switching to Intel Macs from PowerPC Macs.

TUAW’s post explains how your Mac can become insecure and gives advice on how to lessen your chances from becoming more vulnerable to security exploits. From this post I clicked over to “The Six Dumbest Ideas in Computer Security.”

Washington Post tells you the you are foolish to rely on Microsoft Defender alone. You have to add other anti-spyware or use other browsers like Firefox or Opera. Better yet, just get a Mac.

According to Winn Schwartau, the total cost of ownership (TCO) of owning a Windows machine for three years is twice as much when owning a Mac. Schwartau has his created a TCO analysis tool and is free to download.

Learn the things you can do with your Apple remote.

The Macbook Pro is Time’s Gadget of the Week and HD Beat says connecting a Macbook Pro to a HDTV “just works.” A Boston Herald writer points out two shortcomings of the Macbook Pro: it gets pretty warm and the missing standard PC slot. The writer does call the Macbook Pro as a contender for best computer on the market and dreams of the day that Windows XP boots on the Macbook Pro (Which won’t be happening since Windows and Tiger boot up differently.) More reviews from Matthew Fordahl (“…may have a new name and brain, but they haven’t lost the Apple shine.”), Glenn Fleishman (“…clearly poised for the next generation of laptop use, though its lack of a modem disregards the reality of the present generation.”), Yuval Kossovsky (“…offers a welcome improvement in speed and performance and would be an excellent purchase for PowerBook users looking for the next bump up.”), and Jeff Carlson (…a success, delivering the Macintosh experience with speed and potential to spare.).

In their “Two Gigahertz Bonanza,” Bare Feats pitted a 2.0 GHz Macbook Pro against a Powerbook G4 that has been upgraded to 2.0GHz! To make things more interesting, they disabled one of the cores in the Macbook Pro and also used a 2.0 GHz iMac Core Duo and a 2.0 GHz Dual Core PowerMac G5 as comparisons. Their test showed the Macbook Pro, even with one core disabled, performing better in all but one test (Photoshop CS which is non-universal binary). The Macbook Pro also managed to hold its own against the two desktops.

Tom Yager reports that the Macbook Pro has problems reporting battery status properly.

Ifixit.com has a complete disassembly guide for the Macbook Pro.

Apple is having problems supplying Macbook Pros to their retail stores and resellers. There aren’t enough MBPs to keep up with demand. Analust Gene Munster says that there might be a fiscal second-quarter drop because of limited availability of the Macbook Pro.

Apple declares the 20″ iMac G5 as terminal, “end of life.”

Murray Hill of Canada.com says that concern regarding applications running under Rosetta is a “lot of bunk,” but erroneously states that there is no FireWire port. Transitive, developer of Rosetta, echoed the sentiment and said that majority of Mac users are not concerned with the speed hit on applications running under Rosetta.

Last week, an actor from Fox’s hit show, 24, complained about the shabby treatment he got from Apple regarding his problems with his Mac. MacDailyNews reports that Steve Jobs is sending him a new Intel iMac as a way to say he’s sorry. If only things were this easy with us normal humans.

The 5G iPod goes up against what Toshiba and Creative has to offer. The result? The iPod is still king. Audio tests using RightMark Audio Analyzer 5.5 resulted in the fifth-generation iPod getting an overall performance rating of “very good”.

Shaw Wu of American Technology Research reported that iPod demand is still solid with the low-end models like the iPod shuffle and 1GB iPod nano leading the way, and intial sales of the iPod Hi-Fi is strong. Goldman Sachs, however, said that iPod shipments may drop by a minimum of a million units for the first-half of 2006.

Vending machines for the iPod and PSP? Cool!

David Pogue thinks that Samsung’s Z5 is better than the iPod nano.

More ‘real’ iPod video pictures from Macshrine.

MacNewsWorld gives a lowdown on the different earphones available to get the most from your iPod. Quality is not dependent on cost.

Apple UK hopes the iPod’s success will spill over to the Macs.

The iPod keeps Filipino youngsters shielded from the insane politicians like Marcos, Escudero, Ocampo, Estrada (all of them), etc…

ITunes Music Store competitors are still betting on a subscription model for music downloads as the way to beat Apple. Competitors are fighting over the remaining 16% of the market share for digital music download while stuck with Microsoft’s buggy and inferior technology. Meanwhile, Apple is trying to convince consumers outside the US that the iPod is hip to own. Apple is looking at rapidly growing countries like China, India, Russia and Brazil as potential markets for their own brand of digitl music players. Piracy, however, might hurt Apple’s drive. With pirated music readily available in countries like China, it makes no sense to buy an iPod when a digital music player that can be bought at a fraction of the cost of the iPod can do the same job. It also means that an iTunes Music Store, which is a part of the iPod + iTunes system, most likely won’t be profitable in China. The Chinese are also known to blatantly copy designs from companies from other countries. IPod knock-offs are seen proliferating in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Hence, music and intellectual piracy will hurt Apple in gaining a real foothold in some countries and Apple has to rely on the iPod’s aesthetics, ease of use, and popularity to woo consumers.

Best Digital Music Store: iTunes. Music Week Awards 2006.

Get a free iTunes song from Papermate. (Hasn’t worked for me. Twice.)

A cardiovascular surgeon has his own podcast. Cool!

University of Michigan will offer podcasts of lectures this autumn as Georgia College & State University is being called as a leader in integrating the iPod into its curriculum. The school has been using the iPod to enhance learning and teaching.

Will podcasting kill satellite radio? In Australia, podcasting is gaining traction and surprisingly, consumers that are quickly adopting this form of media are thoseaged between 40 and 54.

Should Apple fans expect a reward for being loyal to Apple? A debate on the issue at MyMac.com. MyMac.com also has a review of iLife 06.

Giles Turnbull from O’Reilly Network reviews iWeb, RapidWeaver and Sandvox to determine which one comes out on top of the heap. His recommendation is for those who need a website quick and fast, and a webpage builder that’s easy to use, iWeb is the way to go. He adds that RapidWeaver is a nice polished application and Sandvox shows promise.

Apple is said to be planning a media event for their 30th anniversary, but no definite schedule is set. It is speculated that the event might held be on March 28 or April 4.

Apple’s WorldWide Developers Conference (WWDC) this year will take place on August 7 to 11, two months late from the usual June schedule. There are no official explanations from Apple. Coincidentally, Intel has announced that their new processors will be released on the second-half of this year. The new “Core”-based processors are the Merom for mobile PCs, Conroe for desktops, and Woodcrest for servers.

Some people are reluctant to switch because of familiarity, according to Daring Fireball. The writer explains that Windows users find the familiarity with their current OS as comforting and Microsoft pulled off a neat trick making their users think Windows is open.

There are speculations that Adobe Photoshop CS3 will be ready by the end of the year instead of the first-half of 2007. Source say that Adobe, with a help from Apple, is pushing to get the product into the hands of consumers this year.

Another patent application from Apple for a touch screen interface has been revealed.

Needham and Co thinks Apple could grab as much as 10% of the PC marketshare if Windows applications can run in the new Macs. Apple, however, says that there’s no way to dual-boot Tiger and the Windows operating system on an Intel-based Mac since both start-up differently.

Being number one, Apple’s got a bull’s eye on its back. Lawsuits are filed against Apple from all directions. From the stupid American that can’t read as well as from companies that exist to sue.

Apple’s Chief Financial Officer says there are now more than 1,000 native applications available for the new Intel Macs. He also adds that major developers such as Adobe and Microsoft have expressed their commitment, and that Apple has no plans of making Windows and its applications run on the new Intel Macs.

Web 2.0 is here and it is said to change the way we look at the Internet. Apple is wise to support it and its developers since Web 2.0 is seen to make some of Microsoft’s services become redundant and irrelevant. Speaking of which, Google has acquired Writely, a web-based document editor that allows users to collaborate, developed by Upstartle. Google has shown thepublic its first step into challenging Microsoft in the office suite applications arena.

IfoAppleStore has screenshots of two new Apple Store window displays.

The trials and tribulations of an Apple Genius. Of cracked LCDs and protestation of innocence.

A writer talks about his experiences in digitizing the contents of his ‘banker’s box’ with the help of his Mac and the web.

How to…
… podcast in 8 easy steps.
… install FrontRow with Bonjour support.
… boot a PowerPC Mac from a USB 2.0 drive.
… make the comma trick in Quicksilver work for you and fully utilize the preferences pane. Also understand Quicksilver basics.
… become smarter.
effectively use RSS.
… avoid the ten biggest mistakes in making a database.
… create photo-realistic digital images.
… use Apple’s Remote Desktop.
tag pictures in iPhoto.
… avoid making the biggest mistakes in web design and avoid being featured in Webpagesthatsuck.com and Useit.com.

Mailbigfile.com let’s you send files to up to 1GB.

You can choose from over 400 clips, images, and audio files from BBC’s Open Earth Archive and download them for free.

Gorog thinks he’s all that and blames Microsoft and other digital music player for the failure to beat Apple to the ground. Gorog has failed to realize that his Napster is only a part of the whole and even though he thinks his company’s so great, without the other pieces, there’s no way to compete with Apple and its iPod and iTunes.

The blog of Mac Kiesler has a list of downloadable AJAX galleries, slideshows and effects.

Manybooks.net has currently over 13,000 books available and they are free to download. The website is being maintained by Matthew McClintock as a service to the Internet community.

A starting list of 25 websites for the Apple loyalist.

Brief history of ClarisWorks.

Cool wall mounts for the Mac.

Is 2006 the Year of the E-Paper? Is iPad coming?

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