Monday, January 19, 2004
This is really pretty funny. It’d be even funnier if Mike ends up receiving a wad of money from Microsoft just on principle. Never mind the punditry about how Microsoft could offer the kid just $10 and keep a straight face—that M$ actually did only offer that much is absolutely deplorable. I just hope Mike doesn’t get into a butt-load of trouble over it. I can’t believe any jury would find him at fault. What he’s done is absolutely no different than me registering LeeBennettSoft.com. [MacMinute.com]Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Saturday, January 10, 2004
I think Bill Palmer has got it figured out. Here are some key points for anyone who doesn’t want to read the whole article:
“In making this deal with Hewlett-Packard, Apple didn’t just hit a home run, it hit a game-winning grand slam…and then ran out into the parking lot and started smashing opponents’ windshields with the bat. Yep, this deal is that big.”
“Rumor has it that, in the past twenty-four hours, Michael Dell’s head has popped clean off his shoulders and Bill Gates is holed up under Michael’s desk in a fetal position. There’s just no way they could have seen this coming. Their plan was to use the Windows Media audio format to force the iPod off PC desktops, but someone forgot to give Carly Fiorina the memo. Instead of playing along, she’s out there putting Apple’s AAC file format on more PC desktops. Lots and lots of them. And as the rise of Windows has taught us all, those who control the format, control the market. The funny thing is, Apple didn’t have to resort to any threats or devious tactics in order to get HP to adopt the whole iPod/iTunes/AAC format—all it had to do was ask.”
“Mainstream media outlets…each managed to miss the fact that there is one, and only one, reason that Apple made this deal: to sell more Macs.”
“Purchasers of HP and Compaq computers now get access to iTunes and an iPod clone, so one might question where the motivation lies for consumers to buy a Mac instead. But HP and Compaq purchasers already had full access to iTunes and the iPod. All this deal does is greatly increase the chances that they’ll actually take advantage of them. This move certainly isn’t going to cost Apple any potential Switchers, because it’s not going to cause any additional HP computers to be sold. Why would it?”
“HP took a look at the lack of success that Dell has had in pushing its own MP3 player in an iPod-dominated market, and foresaw itself ending up in the same position…[and] decided to stay out of the fray altogether and simply resell iPods.”
“In some respects, it’s remarkable that HP would even want to participate, considering the way that the whole thing seems to so heavily favor Apple. But I guess that’s what happens when one company so heavily dominates a market. Just ask Microsoft.”
“This week’s deal takes [Apple’s] strategy [of getting iPods/iTunes into the hands of Windows users even if it means not selling them a Macintosh, figuring they’ll eventually wonder what other great Apple stuff they’re missing] and expands on it by putting iPod/iTunes in the hands of not just those Windows users who volunteer for it, but every unwitting Windows user who opts for an HP or Compaq computer…all without any further sacrifices on Apple’s part.”
“We might as well start referring to them as ‘Mac users in training.’”
“The next layer of speculation, of course, is whether that ‘Mac’ that they finally switch to might also have an HP logo on it. But I’ll leave that for another day…this article has been difficult enough to type as it is, with my jaw still resting comfortably on the ground…I don’t want to be responsible for the implosion of the entire Windows world quite yet.”Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Thursday, October 23, 2003
This is really cool. Ever remember a few words in a book but can’t remember the title, author, or anything? Worry no more. Amazon now lets you search on words contained in the books they sell. All of them. Yes—every word.“Starting today, you can find books at Amazon.com based on every word inside them, not just on matches to author or title keywords. Search Inside the Book—the name of this new feature—searches the complete inside text of more than 120,000 books—all 33 million pages of them. And since we’ve integrated Search Inside the Book into our standard search, using it is as easy as entering a search term in our regular search box.”Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Monday, October 20, 2003
Upon making my usual $50 ATM withdrawal the other day, I received, for the first time, two of the updated $20 bills.“The $20 bill got a facelift Tuesday, complete with new colors, a new number arrangement, and a new background, in the government’s latest effort to thwart counterfeiters.”Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Friday, August 22, 2003
A new Road Runner Broadband policy “calls for the blocking of any incoming e-mails that contain contradictory domain-name routing information. That means Road Runner will block e-mails originating from people who have their own e-mail servers on top of an outside Internet service.” [News.com]
Fortunately, though I’m a Road Runner customer, I have a separate host to handle my web hosting and e-mail service.Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Wednesday, June 25, 2003
Sony really dropped the ball. [Gizmodo]Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Friday, June 20, 2003
Spymac reports, “Apple will provide a QuickTime version of Monday’s announcements. ‘Tune-in on Monday afternoon June 23, 2003 to see a replay webcast of Steve Jobs’ Worldwide Developers Conference keynote.’” [WWDC 2003 Keynote Page]
In other news, like you haven’t already heard, Apple managed to leak its own specs for the new G5 machines.
1.6GHz, 1.8GHz, or Dual 2GHz PowerPC G5 ProcessorsComments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Up to 1 GHz processor bus
Up to 8GB of DDR SDRAM
Fast Serial ATA hard drives
AGP 8x Pro3 PCI or PCI-X expansion slots
One FW800, two FW400 ports
Bluetooth & Airport Extreme ready
Optical and analog audio in and out
Spymac reports, “Apple will provide a QuickTime version of Monday’s announcements. ‘Tune-in on Monday afternoon June 23, 2003 to see a replay webcast of Steve Jobs’ Worldwide Developers Conference keynote.’” [WWDC 2003 Keynote Page]Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Wednesday, June 18, 2003
“In his latest column for BusinessWeek, Alex Salkever says that Apple’s real worry isn’t the loss of Internet Explorer—it’s the growing chance that Microsoft will abandon Office for the Mac.” [MacMinute.com]Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Sunday, June 15, 2003
Good grief. This could be the closest any company has come to being Microsoft-like.
“[VeriSign] claimed that if it lost the case, it would actually mean the end not only of the company, but the entire Internet.” [The Register]Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Wednesday, June 04, 2003
So, let’s review: Jeff Hawkins and Donna Dubinsky, who founded Palm in 1992, left that company and founded rival company Handspring in 1998, only now to be bought back by Palm in “an effort to strengthen its grip on the [slowing] market for handheld devices.” [CNET News.com]
Tuesday, June 03, 2003
At first glance, this looks like it could be bad, but one would have to believe that Steve Jobs isn’t that stupid. Surely the Apple Computer board wasn’t clueless on this issue and has plans to resolve it.
In a nutshell, the Beatles’ holding company, Apple Corps, Ltd., controls Apple Records which released the Beatles’ records way back when, and was also used to release the Beatles anthologies. Back in 1981, because of trademark malarky, Apple Computer had to sign an agreement to never go into the music business and even had to pay a $26 million settlement several years later when Apples started being capable of producing music files and software.
Now, with iTunes, the iPod, and talks that Apple may have sights set on buying Universal Music Group, the Beatles’ record label is likely preparing to make things rather ugly.
Full MacDailyNews story.Comments: 2 (Comments are now closed.)
Thursday, May 01, 2003“The service, which went live Monday, sold an estimated 275,000 tracks at 99 cents apiece in its first 18 hours, according to major-label sources. The feat is especially remarkable when considering that the offering is available only to the limited universe of users of Apple computers.”
Wednesday, April 30, 2003
While the jury is still out as to whether the iTunes Music Store will ultimately prove successful, a deal possibly in the works that would potentially bring the Music Store to the 26 million AOL subscribers. Apparently, AOL hasn’t been successful with developing a system to bill for individual tracks, as Apple has.
Admittedly, I couldn’t care less about AOL, but if this deal goes down, I believe it would almost assuredly seal Apple’s dominance in the digital music selling business.
Thursday, March 27, 2003
My God, this is completely unreal. I first heard about this listening to the Glenn Beck show on the radio. In today’s Picture of the Day box, his web site said:“U.S. Marines searching Iraqi military headquarters in this southern city that was the site of intensive fighting came across a mural depicting a plane crashing into a building complex resembling New York’s twin towers…”
The photo linked to a New York Post article, though the article oddly says nothing about the mural except in the caption to a much smaller version.
BTW—the photo’s credit is listed as Joe Raedle/Getty Images.Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Monday, March 24, 2003
Too much moving and shaking going on—even with other companies. It’ll be a long time before I even remotely consider purchasing a digital video recorder.
Full Wired News story.Comments: 1 (Comments are now closed.)
Wednesday, March 19, 2003
As Jon succinctly stated, here we go.
Among his search of resources was a blog from Baghdad. It might be a good one to follow over the next few days.Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
This announcement could prove rather interesting.
Al Gore says, “I have been particularly impressed with the new Mac OS X operating system and the company’s commitment to the open-source movement. And I am especially looking forward to working with and learning from the great board members who have guided this legendary company’s inspiring resurgence.”
Full News.com story.Comments: 1 (Comments are now closed.)
Tuesday, March 18, 2003
This news item is pretty hilarious, but my feelings are quite well echoed at the end of the story. Coke or Pepsi? I don’t care!
Thanks, Eric.Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Monday, March 17, 2003
Wired News also has an article that touches on what I couldn’t express earlier. It’s true, if you want a really good journalistic take on how the U.S. is handling the situation, go read it from sites that don’t care if what they report slams on Bush’s tactics—go read foreign news sites.Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Is it just me? Is giving Saddam a final 48 hours an earnest plea for him leave or face a military conflict at “a time of our choosing” or is it just schmooze to us Americans? Saddam isn’t going to do in 48 hours what he hasn’t done in countless years. Forget about the timed ultimatums and just go in and get the bastard.
Bush also said, “I urge every member of the Iraqi military and intelligence services, if war comes, do not fight for a dying regime that is not worth your own life.” Exqueeze me? Isn’t this the type of thing a military leader says to try to scare his opponent when he knows he may be getting ready to fight a battle that isn’t going to turn out well for him?
Don’t misunderstand me, Bush is probably right. Knowing how things turned out during Desert Storm and knowing that Iraqis have already been surrendering without there even being a declaration of war on them yet—sure, Allied forces are likely going to go in there and totally kick ass. It just seemed to me like a pretty lame thing to do to suggest to Iraqi military that they should just not bother fighting.Comments: 1 (Comments are now closed.)
Wednesday, March 12, 2003
Remind me never to buy Benetton clothes.
Full Wired story.Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Tuesday, March 11, 2003
As previously blogged, a movement had started to officially rename french fries as freedom fries.
Apparently, it’s now official.Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Saturday, March 08, 2003
At least there’s one person who’s a smarter-than-the-average-automaton military officer. I’d be curious to know what sort of apps the guy is running, since you know the Army’s IT department isn’t writing Mac software.
Update—3/10/03: Chris took a bit of exception with my wording, above, so I decided to clarify. What I meant to say was that someone in the military was headstrong enough to go through the effort of acquiring a Macintosh. I didn’t mean to implicitly say that military personnel tend to be automatons. I have a tremendous amount of respect for them. I just don’t imagine we’re going to hear many more stories like this one where someone takes the effort to go against the grain of armed forces tradition and standard procedure.Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Friday, March 07, 2003
This is good news. Even better news would be if it’s developed for Mac OS X, but even if it sticks with Windows/Linux/Solaris, it’s still one more good whack at Microsoft—the goal being to knock it on its monopolistic ass.
I just came across this News.com page that reports:“Last November, a team of scientists broke the world record for transcontinental data transfer, sending two DVDs worth of data from Sunnyvale, Calif. to Amsterdam in less than a minute. That’s 6.7 gigabytes of data, traveling more than 6,800 miles at an average speed of 923 megabits per second, or more than 3,500 times faster than a typical home broadband connection.”
Just for the sake of interest, I was amused when I scrolled a bit lower on this page and read a blurb about the most recent iMacs sporting Sony-manufactured SuperDrives that should be capable of writing both DVD-R and DVD+R, but only do DVD-R. I’d seen this story before and didn’t pay it much attention, but the headline of this one gave me a chuckle.
(DVD+R)+(DVD-R)-(DVD+R)=DVD-RComments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Thursday, March 06, 2003
Full Wired News article.Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Friday, February 28, 2003
Where’s John Bobbit when you need him?
Wednesday, February 26, 2003
You’d better take off those links on your web site for MP3s of copyrighted music you ripped from your CDs. You might lose your domain over it.Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Tuesday, February 25, 2003
Today seems like another sad day. Bare Bones Software came up with TextWrangler—a less expensive (and less-featured) alternative to BBEdit Pro. What they weren’t so forthcoming about was that TextWranger completely replaces BBEdit Lite. Officially, you cannot download BBEdit Lite anymore. If you have a 6.1.2 installer laying around, archive it safely…now! I said you can’t “officially” download it because, at this writing, you can snag it from Bare Bones’ FTP server. Get it quick. If you missed it, and you want it, and you’re on my good graces, just ask. If you missed it, and you want it, and you’re not on my good graces, beg!Comments: 1 (Comments are now closed.)
Wednesday, February 19, 2003
I don’t have to be a Connectix Virtual PC customer to know that the news of Microsoft buying Virtual PC means trouble. MacMinute has a report from a journalistic point of view, yet Chris has a more real-life point of view! But, in the eloquently succinct words of the PC-preferring-but-Microsoft-hating-and-Macintosh-respecting IT director at my office, “this should not be allowed to happen.”Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
Saturday, February 15, 2003
Yahoo!’s news site is reporting that Opera has released the Bork Bork version of its browser. Most people won’t know the difference, but rendering pages from the Microsoft site will produce text translated by the Muppets’ Swedish Chef.
Saturday, February 08, 2003
Some of world-famous hacker Kevin Mitnick’s stuff that was seized by the FBI is now for sale on eBay!
MacMerc.com shares more information.Comments: 1 (Comments are now closed.)
Tuesday, February 04, 2003“Microsoft is warning that the success of the open-source movement could hurt its sales, potentially forcing the software giant to cut prices and sacrifice both revenue and profits.”
Oh, heaven forbid M$ would be forced to cut prices and sacrifice profits!
Saturday, February 01, 2003
I feel completely without words. I was called by my friend, Andy, this morning to tell me to turn on the newsthat the Shuttle had apparently disintegrated over Texas. Fellow ATPM staffer Chris Turner just a moment ago wrote a message to all the staff and mentioned that he had witnessed the Columbia’s first launch, and has now witnessed its final return. I, too, was among the countless people who excitedly watched the first Space Shuttle, Columbia, hurtle into space for the first time. You can read more of his thoughts.
Update: 05:05 PMATPM editor Michael Tsai also has some information on his blog with links to other people’s thoughts (including a link back to me). I was most interested in his link to Dave Winer’s site.
Memories of the 1986 Challenger explosion came rushing back when I heard news of the Columbia. I was in 10th grade and recall all the students huddling around the school’s only television to learn more. It’s quite a contrast to be absorbing this latest NASA tragedy while having the television, phone, and the internet to supplement the information I learn.
Speaking of information, let me credit and describe the images you see within this entry. The photo at the top is, of course, the seven crew members of the Columbia’s 28th mission, STS-107, and came from the web site of Orlando’s NBC affiliate, WESH-TV, Channel 2. You can click the photo for a higher-quality version. The graphic in this paragraph, right, vividly shows the path of debris picked up by weather radar stations near Shreveport, LA. I just listened to a CNN anchor mention that the fire and smoke trail seen and videotaped throughout Texas was also clearly visible from Tampa, Florida. Click the graphic for a large, animated rendering. The thumbnail was also found on the WESH web site but was linked to Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc. The large, animated image was converted by me into an animated GIF using images from the National Weather Service.
My thoughts, prayers, and condolences to each of the crew’s families.
REST IN PEACE
Rick D. Husband, commander
William C. McCool, pilot
Michael P. Anderson, payload commander
David M. Brown, mission specialist
Kalpana Chawla, mission specialist
Laurel Clark, mission specialist
Ilan Ramon, payload specialist & first Israeli astronaut
Update: 07:10 PMOh good grief! Why did I let this catch me off guard? Below is a Reuters story. It’s short, so I’ve reproduced it here since news story URLs often disappear after time.Iraqis Call Shuttle Disaster God’s VengeanceBAGHDAD (Reuters) - Immediate popular reaction in Baghdad on Saturday to the loss of the U.S. space shuttle Columbia and its seven-member crewincluding the first Israeli in spacewas that it was God’s retribution on Americans.“We are happy that it broke up,” government employee Abdul Jabbar al-Quraishi said.“God wants to show that his might is greater than the Americans. They have encroached on our country. God is avenging us,” he said.Car mechanic Mohammed Jaber al-Tamini noted Israeli air force Colonel Ilan Ramon was among the dead when the shuttle broke up shortly before its return to earth.“Israel launched an aggression on us when it raided our nuclear reactor without any reason (in 1981), now time has come and God has retaliated to their aggression,” Tamini said.Comments: 1 (Comments are now closed.)
Wednesday, January 29, 2003
Who saw this coming?“Ted Turner is resigning as vice chairman of AOL Time Warner, capping a tumultuous year for the beleaguered media giant.”
This news comes after a reported net loss of $98.7 billion as well as an earlier announcement that AOL founder Steve Case was stepping down as chairman.
Tuesday, January 28, 2003
Is turnabout truly fair play? A News.com story reports:“Sharman Networks, owner of the popular Kazaa file-swapping software, has launched a legal counterstrike against the major record labels and Hollywood studios, asserting they have ‘obscenely’ abused their copyright powers.”
The article points out that “a federal judge ruled that record companies and movie studios can proceed with their lawsuit against Sharman.”
Apparently feeling it has sharp enough teeth to attempt to bite back, “Sharman is asking the judge to declare the copyright holders guilty of antitrust and related violations, and to bar them from enforcing any of their copyrights.”
I don’t think this nonsense is ever going to endnot until the recording industry adopts a completely new model for licensing. The model we’ve all come to know and love is going to be their undoing.
On a related topic, the Kazaa news section posted an L.A. Times article that reports Microsoft uses Kazaa as a marketing portal. It seems “Microsoft started showing off Windows Media 9 to an audience reviled by the entertainment industry: the Kazaa file-sharing network, where users routinely copy digital songs, films and software free.”Comments: 0 (Comments are now closed.)
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