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FreitagsMac0rama (Update)

Es herrscht auch hier rein Nachrichtenbedingt noch die Nach-Thanksgiving Ruhe. Der 100$ 5GB iPod wird wohl weiterhin ein reiner Wunschgedanke bleiben (oder sollten wir noch zu späterer Stunden überrascht werden?), dafür gibt es innerhalb der USA heute den iPod und entsprechendes Accessoires für 10% unter dem gewohnten Preis.

Steve Jobs macht derweil Japan unsicher, passend zur Eröffnung des zweitgrößten Apple Stores überhaupt und mit einer Menge Pläne (2. Apple Store in Osaka und iTMS) für den zukünftigen japanischen Markt (alles bereits gestern bei mir verlinkt).

Auch die iPod Akku-Diskussion bewegt sich einen Schritt weiter und zwar nicht nur durch einen Bericht des SPIEGEL, sondern durch eine erste öffentliche Stellungnahme der Neistat Brothers.
Interessant ist, dass den Brüdern durchaus bewusst war, dass es Dritthersteller für iPod-Akkus gab:

"We then purchased a third-party battery online. I'm very proficient with electronics, but it's a very difficult thing to change the battery on the iPod, and that's why I think Apple doesn't offer the option... When I put in the new battery, I broke my iPod. So then I had to buy a brand new $400 iPod."

Letztendlich entschied man sich dann für die enorm ausgeklügelte ipodsdirtysecret-Aktion und bekam auch tatsächlich einen Anruf von Apple:

"Monday night, after we got about 70,000 downloads of the video, we got a call from the Apple corporate office telling us they now offer a battery replacement program," says Neistat. "When we asked if they had seen the video, they said they could neither deny or confirm that they had seen the movie."

Zusätzlich veröffentlichte Dave Schroeder, der den Neistat Brothers das Hosting ihres Werkes unter der Voraussetzung anbot, dass alle relevanten Informationen (Akku-Austauschmöglichkeit durch andere Anbieter und Apple) klar genannt und verlinkt sind, einen mail-Wechsel mit den Brüdern, der deren aufklärerische Absichten durchaus zweifelhaft erscheinen lässt.

Ein paar äußerst lesenswerte Zahlengedankenspiele über den Zugriff auf die iTMS Konkurrenz Napster 2 und buymusic (erinnert sich noch jemand?) und was das alles mit Southpark (!) zu tun hat:

"BuyMusic.com was launched with some fanfare and millions of dollars last Summer. The press made them out to be the iTunes Music Store killer, but the user reaction was not very positive and they are probably working with seriously reduced expectations these days.
Napster 2.0 is the current hot kid on the block with huge amounts of advertising towards certain demographics. It is also called the iTunes Music Store killer by much of the press and millions have been and are being spent."

Nach wie vor sind die angeblichen 80% Marktanteil des iTMS mehr als unaussagekräftig, ich hoffe wir werden vor Januar noch mit neuen Zahlen beworfen.

Ein wenig Office-Paket von Apple Gerüchteküche:

"Up next: Document, the word processing application that is TextEdit on steroids (and Brushed Metal, probably). According to our sources within Apple, a lot of work has been put into this piece of software, and Apple is going to release the 1.0 version at MWSF 2004. It seems, though, that there are voices inside Apple against such a move just yet. Because the more Apple replaces Office with their own applications, the less likely Microsoft is to further support the Mac. Office v. X is the 'last thing standing' from the Microsoft Business Unit. And switching to the Mac is easy mostly because there is MS Office v. X. It's a delicate decision for Apple. A critical one. And their choice is to release single apps rather than a whole "Office-Replacement Suite" - mainly because of this."

Viel wurde bereits zum angeblichen iTMS Hack geschrieben (auch bei mir wurde einiges dazu verlinkt), nun meldet sich der dafür verantwortliche Jon Lech Johansen selbst zu Wort, heise berichtet:

"Jon Lech Johansen wehrt sich in seinem Weblog gegen Vorwürfe, er sei durch das Knacken des Rechtemanagements bei AAC-Songs für Apples iTunes Music Store zu weit gegangen. Er habe eine Reihe von E-Mails dieses Inhalts bekommen, in denen ihm bescheinigt wird, die Umgehung des Kopierschutzes bei DVDs für Linux-Nutzer sei in Ordnung. "Keiner von ihnen hat erklärt, worin der Unterschied besteht", schreibt Johansen. "Stattdessen schwärmen sie mir vor, wie toll Apples Musikdienst ist und dass Rechtemanagement ein guter Kompromiss ist." Dabei sei "fair use" -- unter dem momentan auch in den USA noch die uneingeschränkte Kopiermöglichkeit für den privaten, nicht-kommerziellen Gebrauch verstanden wird -- der eigentlich angebrachte Kompromiss."

Laut Think Secret gibt es demnächst ein Firmware Update für den PowerMac G5:

"The update will offer some tweaks with regard to G5 operation and initialization. Sources said it will fix a security issue and enhance fan behavior in Open Firmware. The update will also provide some performance improvements to PCI-X configurations."

Außerdem (Halb-)Wissenswertes aus dem Terminal - heute:
11/28 Independence from Spain in Panama
(So einfach ist das).

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ipodspain.gifDas angeblich so schmutzige iPod Geheimnis hat die zu erwartenden Wellen geschlagen und es ist erstaunlich, wie viele Falschinformationen momentan diesbezüglich noch durchs Netz geistern.

Als Wiederholung bleibt deshalb festzustellen, dass die iPod Akkus sehr wohl austauschbar sind. Entweder man lässt Apple die Arbeit machen und zahlt 99$, oder man greift selber zu und gibt rund 50$ für einen neuen iPod Akku aus. Momentan sind beide Varianten nur innerhalb der USA verfügbar, allerdings dürfte es auch in Kürze bei uns ähnliche Ersatzmöglichkeiten geben.

Besonders empfehlenswert ist in diesem Zusammenhang Bill Palmers Antwort auf ipodsdirtysecret:

"It would be different if no one's iPod battery was lasting more than eighteen months. But as I checked out the various responses across the internet today to the Neistat Brothers' media blitz, I saw iPod owner after iPod owner point out that their iPod was much older than eighteen months and that they had personally experienced no battery problems at all. Granted, there are entire threads in the forums at iPodLounge.com dedicated to dealing with iPod battery issues, so clearly it can and does happen, but it definitely doesn't appear to be a general trend. If there's one thing that continually disappoints me about consumers, it's their insistence on judging the overall quality of a product line based solely on the one that they bought. If they went to a restaurant once, and the food was not fresh, the conclusion must be that every meal that's ever been served in this restaurant was not fresh, right? You might not want to go back to that restaurant based on your one bad experience, but it doesn't mean that you can safely make a broader assumption and then publicly claim it as fact. It drives me nuts to hear such gibberish, whether it's about food, or technology products, or anything else."

So bleibt die Frage, ob nicht die Neistat Brothers selbst das 'dirty secret' der ganzen Aktion im Sinne einer gnadenlosen Selbstvermaktung sind:

"In all honesty, I half-expected this to turn out to be a stunt backed by Napster, or Microsoft, or some other iPod competitor who was watching the iPod's market lead become insurmountable. But it turns out that the Neistat Brothers are, in fact, Mac-using filmmakers who are apparently good enough at what they do to win an awardfor a previous film that they made about the Holland Tunnel. Heck, they even got written up in MacDirectory for their efforts. But this is where things get a bit uncomfortable for me: it looks to me that they decided to create a highly controversial movie that they knew would put their names out there among the Mac community, simply for the free publicity. Again, I don't have a problem with that, except that they took a highly unfair and inaccurate swipe at the iPod (and at Apple) in order to create that controversy. Self-promotion is not a bad thing, and controversial self-promotion is a choice that the self-promoter makes. But self-promotion at the expense of a target that doesn't deserve it, that's just wrong. I don't like it."

Abgesehen davon wurde der iPod vom Stereophile magazine zum Editor's Choice and Budget Product of the Year ernannt:

"The iPod is a groundbreaking device, a paradigm shift of the first magnitude. A designer can do anything with a big enough development budget and unlimited number of chips. While the result may be impressive, it is not really a great leap forward, given the prohibitive retail cost and cumbersome implementation. Packing the iPod's level of performance, accessibility, and ease of use into such a small, sleek package ranks right up there with some of the great inventions of all time."
Mehr dazu bei ipodlounge.com.

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Apple Tablet und Microsofts Untergang

Zwei zumindest als Gedankenspiel interessante (und sehr unterhaltsame) Artikel von Robert X. Cringely, der in den späten Siebzigern bei Apple arbeitete, von Steve Jobs Aktienanteile angeboten bekam, sich aber dafür entschied mit 6$ die Stunde nach Hause zu gehen und heute lieber nicht mehr darüber nachdenken will (wer kann es ihm verübeln?):

Der erste spekuliert über ein Apple Tablet, allerdings etwas abseits der bisherigen Gerüchteküche:

"A year from now, I am sure these technical problems will be solved, but by then Motorola will have been shipping DS-CDMA products for 12 months. And some of those products will be going in that Apple tablet computer. Watch TV in your bathroom, access your audio and video collection from anywhere in the house, control your big screen TV and route video to it from your desktop or the Internet. Take a dozen movies and your entire music collection with you on a trip. Strap the gizmo to the back of your car headrest and entertain the kids. Grab e-mail from a passing WiFi hotspot. Surf the web. Play video games. It will still cost too much, but a million early adopters won't care.
And a year later, when Multiband OFDM gets its act together, Microsoft will claim to have invented it all."

Der zweite befasst sich mit Microsofts Plänen allgegenwärtig zu sein und damit gleichzeitig den eigenen Untergang einzuläuten:

"The step after ubiquity is invisibility.  Last week, I wrote about the peculiar business psychology of Microsoft, and this week, we cut to the chase -- what it all really means.  And the key idea lies in that first sentence.  Microsoft's goal has always been to make Windows ubiquitous, but achieving that goal will ultimately be the company's doom.  And at the highest reaches of Microsoft, they know it.  What was the personal computing revolution has turned into just another part of the electronics business, and even mighty Microsoft risks being commoditized to death.  It is already happening.  Don't think so?  We live in the age of branding and the Microsoft, Windows, and Office brands are among the best-known in any industry, yet how many people actually buy software from Microsoft BECAUSE it's from Microsoft?"

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DonnerstagsMac0rama (Update)

Die 'Angriffe' auf Apples im iTMS verwendete DRM wurden bei mir hier und hier bereits verlinkt und führten zu manch merkwürdiger Berichterstattung. Deshalb ist es umso löblicher, dass bei chaosmint.com nun eine wunderbare Erläuterung zu dem ganzen Komplex (MyTunes, QTFairUse, Audio Hijack und den verschiedenen Dateiformaten) nachzulesen ist:

"These two applications have recently received a lot of attention due to their interactions with iTunes and the iTunes Music Store. Unfortunately, due to some very poor reporting across the internet, there are significant misconceptions about how these programs actually work. In fact, one article claims that you could now download songs for free from the iTunes Music Store. (This is not true.)
You will see that MyTunes and QTFairUse have nothing to do with each other, and serve different purposes altogether."

Apple erinnert daran, dass der Apple Store Tokyo am 30. November eröffnet wird (wie bereits mit Bild berichtet), dabei beeindruckende Details über das Angebot des Stores:

"Mac specialists who speak 10 different languages including Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai, Korean, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and English".

Interessant auch, wie Steve Jobs die anstehende Eröffnung kommentierte:

"Apple's market presence has been declining in Japan, its second biggest market, as it competes with Sony Corp's Vaio brand for consumers willing to pay more for a chic computer. "Apple's market share in Japan used to be higher than it is today and we want to let all of those people know...that Apple is back in a very serious way and investing in Japan," Apple chief executive and co-founder Steve Jobs told reporters on Thursday."
Leider lässt sich dem Artikel in keinster Weise entnehmen, wie hoch der Marktanteil denn genau ist.

Zusätzlich plant Apple nächstes Jahr einen weiteren Store in Osaka zu eröffnen und so bald wie möglich den iTMS in Japan verfügbar zu machen.

Bei MacCentral gibt es noch aktuelle Bilder vom Store.

FAQ: 12 Questions about OpenOffice, die MS Office Alternative unter OS X.

Auch in der Computerworld wird noch ein durchweg positives 12" PowerBook Review nachgelegt:

"One key to portability is battery life, and this PowerBook excels. With the processor speed set for "automatic" in the energy-saver preferences pane, and with monitor brightness turned to three notches below full, I was able to use the PowerBook for almost four hours before needing a recharge. That might not get you all the way from New York to L.A. on an airplane, but it's close enough for me, and much better than my 17-in. PowerBook."

ipodhacks.com rumort auch von einem recht unglaubwürdigen 100$ 5GB iPod (bereits erwähnt) am kommenden Freitag.

In der Business Week glaubt man, dass Apple gerade iPhoto für Windows auf den Markt schmeissen sollte:

"This chaotic situation represents an opportunity for Apple. Steve Jobs has already proven he can translate his mastery of the intuitive user interface to the PC world with the successful launch of iTunes software for Windows machines. That release garnered rave reviews, even from some of the most technophilic publications around, such as Slashdotand ArsTechnica.
For an encore, Apple should release a version of iPhoto for Windows. After iTunes, it's the next most popular digital-lifestyle application on the Mac. And iPhoto is an excellent product, better in my mind than anything PC makers have offered with the single exception of Adobe's consumer package."

Kommentar dazu in Stephen Withers' Weblog.

Merkwürdige Sicherheitslücke in OS X, Apple scheint schon an der Behebung zu arbeiten, zumal eh sehr diskutabel ist, inwiefern dies Auswirkungen auf den 'average user' habe soll...

Apple hat vorerst mit einem Knowledge Base Dokument reagiert:

"Please note that the exploit requires the malicious DHCP server to be located on your local subnet. For typical home network configurations with a broadband (DSL or cable service) modem and a NAT (Network Address Translation) device, such as Apple's Airport, this exploit is not possible.

If there is a chance that a malicious DHCP server has been injected into your subnet or you are operating on an untrusted network there are two solutions to the potential vulnerability depending on if you are using a directory service."

Außerdem (Halb-)Wissenswertes aus dem Terminal - heute:
11/27 Jimi Hendrix (Johnny Allen Hendrix) is born in Seattle, 1942
(So einfach ist das).

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Danke übrigens, Herr Google!

So landet doch der ein oder andere Suchende bei mir, getrieben vom Wunsch nach Informationen z.B. über explodierende Nokias, oder aber über G5 Clusters, über die Bildübertragung per Bluetooth, auch über John Bonhams Alkoholvergiftung und selbstverständlich über die Explizität von Händels Messias sowie über den Zusammenhang von Matrix und Microsoft und die Möglichkeit einen Mac zu hacken. Nach Beantwortung all dieser Wissenslücken wird bei mir natürlich auch Lebenshilfe angeboten, zumindest was folgende Sorgen angeht: 'Ich liebe den Mann meiner Freundin' und ebenfalls zum Problemfeld 'ein cluster wie sich angst äußert', dort scheine ich allerdings nicht gerade die Quelle erster Wahl zu sein, was nicht weiter verwundern dürfte...

Nicht zu vergessen ist, dass Berlin stinkt, der iTunesMusicStore fest in meiner Hand ist (das kommt davon, wenn man alles zusammenschreibt) und sich auch der einzigartigen Apple Computer Toaster finden lässt!

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MittwochsMac0rama (Update)

Heute unter anderem:
• Rendezvous Browser
• Apple als 'lovemark'
• Xserve im wissenschaftlichen Einsatz
• neuer 5GB iPod?
• Jobs vs. Gates
• Brasilien linuxt
Das und mehr beim Weiterlesen...

Stephen Withers stellt kurz den sehr empfehlenswerten Rendezvous Browser vor:

"Rendezvous Browser displays a live inventory of the Rendezvous services available on your LAN."

The Globe And Mail berichtet etwas verspätet auch noch sehr positiv über 10.3, hat dafür aber ein besonders schönes Fazit zu bieten:

"If your Windows PC is near the end of its life, I encourage you to take a serious look at Panther (perhaps on an eMac computer) before chaining yourself to anther Windows-based machine. This advice goes double for anyone with children, and triple for anyone with teenagers. (If they want to buy a bare-bones PC to download music from Kazaa and play PC games, let them spend their own money. You have a life of your own.)

If you're a power user who prefers plain text to eye candy, take a look at all that OS X offers under the hood (e.g. FreeBSD, Apache, GCC, X11, etc.). It's a good thing to be able to code while downloading e-mail and watching a DVD.

Finally, if you're a Mac user still clinging to the classic Mac OS, I encourage you to set aside your preferences (literally) and embrace the future. Think of it this way: you've avoiding paying for three system upgrades so far. Treat yourself to a new Mac now, and you can have Panther for free!"

Etwas Brand-Blabla bei lovemarks.com:

"Lovemarks transcend brands. They deliver beyond your expectations of great performance. Like great brands, they sit on top of high levels of respect - but there the similarities end.
Lovemarks reach your heart as well as your mind, creating an intimate, emotional connection that you just can’t live without. Ever.
Take a brand away and people will find a replacement. Take a Lovemark away and people will protest its absence. Lovemarks are a relationship, not a mere transaction. You don’t just buy Lovemarks, you embrace them passionately. That’s why you never want to let go."

Natürlich verwundert es hier auch nicht weiter, dass Apple in der Liste der beliebtesten Brands/Lovemarks momentan auf Platz 2 auftaucht.
(via BoingBoing)

Computerworld Singapore mit einem Bericht über den Einsatz von Macs für wissenschaftliche Zwecke:

"The researchers at Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) are making use of Apple's Xserve to do its number crunching. One of the key goals of TTL is to undertake research in molecular biology and genetics in the fields of life sciences, including plant sciences."

Seite 2 Gerücht über einen neuen kostengünstigen 5GB iPod bei MacRumors.

Am 04. Dezember wird BBC2 eine Sendung über Jobs und Gates ausstrahlen:

"The show features Apple CEO and company co-founder Steve Jobs, and Microsoft founder and chief technology officer Bill Gates.
These two men were "responsible for the birth of modern personal computing," the report says, asking "but which of the two men is the world's most powerful computer mogul?"
Show presenter and financial analyst Alvin Hall will try to quantify the merits of both men. The show features "helpful insights from those who know them best", and will declare "who emerges at the top of the technological pile," show information says."
(via Macworld UK)

"Brazil's government is urging its massive bureaucracy to use free software like Linux on its computer systems in a cost-cutting move that could cost Microsoft millions of dollars in lost revenue."
Mehr bei Reuters.

Bei Daring Fireball werden aus Tradition Finder-Merkwürdigkeiten ausgebreitet:

"It’s a Daring Fireball Thanksgiving-week tradition: griping about the OS X Finder.
Today’s example pertains to a very specific instance of click-through in the Panther Finder. (Click-through is what happens when a window in the background accepts mouse clicks without bringing the window to the front first.)"

Ein langer Artikel über den Werdegang und die Visionen des Steve Jobs bei macdirectory.com, stammt allerdings noch aus der Pre-G5 Zeit.

"There are some companies in the world who rely strictly on research and numbers to figure out what people want," says Segall, remembering Jobs' return. "Only when the world is asking for something do they deliver it. There are other companies [like Sony] who try to invent products that people have never even dreamed of before. So some of the most successful products
of our time -- like the Walkman and the mini-van -- never showed up in research at all. They were born of intuition, creativity, genius and a desire to just do something really cool. Those are the qualities that Apple embodies. Shockingly [to some], there is no research at Apple when it comes to new products. None at all. It is through sheer smarts and innovation that
Apple is able to come up with things like the original Macintosh and both generations of iMac. This is what makes Apple different. So along the way, Apple may stub its toe now and then. It shows up as a hockey-puck mouse. Or a Cube. But that's the price of bold thinking and fiery imagination."

Außerdem (Halb-)Wissenswertes aus dem Terminal - heute:
11/26 Cream performs their farewell concert at Royal Albert Hall, 1968
(So einfach ist das).

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Dell's new Bizarro version of Apple's iPod

"The evil scientist Lex Luthor used his duplicator ray to try to clone Superman, but something went terribly wrong. The result was Bizarro, a good-natured but ugly and backward version of the Man of Steel. Bizarro was the antithesis of cool; his home planet, Htrae, was square," Peter Lewis writes for Fortune.

"Which leads us into a discussion of Dell's new Bizarro version of Apple's iPod, called the Dell Digital Jukebox Music Player, or Dell DJ for short. Coming from the square world of Dell instead of the hip world of Apple, it's bigger, heavier, and clunkier than Apple's sleek, suave, elegant iPod, which arrived on the scene two years ago and quickly became the most popular portable digital music player on our home planet, Earth. Even worse, the Musicmatch-backed Dell Music Store is the clumsy, Bizarro counterpart to Apple's brilliant iTunes Music Store," Lewis writes.
(via macdailynews)

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Heute unter anderem:
• Mehr zum Angriff auf Apples iTunes DRM
• Apples Untergang Nr. 34
• iPod als Synonym für MP3 Player
• Tipps zur Suche in mail.app
• Shootout der Festplattenreparaturprogramme
• Weitere Akkutipps für den iPod
• Panther Server Bericht Teil 2
Die Details beim Weiterlesen...

Mehr zum Angriff auf Apples DRM (bereits am Samstag verlinkt) heute bei CNET:

"If that is indeed the approach Johansen took, it's possible Apple could release an update to QuickTime that nullifies Johansen's work, much as Microsoft did for the early break of its digital rights management tools.
In several CNET News.com experiments, the unprotected file created by Johansen's program was not playable. Several people on Web message boards reported using a series of other MPEG 4 audio tools to create a usable song from the resulting file, however."

Bei Ars.Technica wird das mit einer interessanten Spekulation verknüpft:

"I'll be watching Apple's response to this with great interest, because the company has consistently tried to play both sides of the fence on the music "piracy" issue. A full-blown iTMS ripper tool, which now seems like an inevitability, will put Apple in a bind as far as their relationship with the recording industry goes and will force the company to respond decisively in one way or another. [...]

If such a ripper tool becomes popular, the question should be this: is there any evidence that it's hurting iTMS music sales? If the answer is "no," and I have little doubt that it will be (in fact, it would probably help sales significantly), then Apple may be able to make the case to the RIAA that it doesn't need to respond by resorting to ever more drastic DRM measures to disable end-users' fair use rights."

Einmal mehr Rob Enderle, der inzwischen Apples Untergang schon dreimal vorhergesagt hat, er schafft es auch ein viertes Mal:

"I also asked which companies would be dead. The panel agreed that it would be Apple, Sun and Novell. The panel also agreed that if it didn't run on the x86 architecture, it was likely gone. What was really interesting was that almost everyone I spoke with after this panel said that this x86 prediction was like predicting that the sun would rise in the morning -- in other words, that it was a given. Most participants felt that the future world of technology would be solidly based on standards and that anyone not using standards would be gone."

Das hat wirklich schon erheiternde Qualitäten, mehr dazu auch im Mac Observer, die ja bereits seit einiger Zeit den offiziellen Zähler zu Apples vorhergesagtem Untergang führen.

"Tomorrow, we'll probably not talk of portable MP3 player anymore but of «iPod»…"
So stand es zumindest laut MacBidouille in Le Figaro. Dazu kommt, dass der iPod in Frankreich noch ein weiteres Einsatzfeld erschlossen zu haben scheint:

"Not sitting idle after their success, Apple is still seeking to innovate in order to acquaint its device to the maximum number of people. Since January 2002, Apple works on the use of the iPod as an audio guide in French museums. A first experiment was held during the VIP night that followed the Apple Expo 2003's keynote. The guests had thus been able to visit the Orsay Museum using the iPod as a guide.
The next test will be held at the magnificent Castle of Chenonceaux that crosses the Cher river but this time it will be open to the public. 500 iPods are expected to be used there."

Frederic Latour setzt sich in seinem Panther Weblog mit den verschiedenen Möglichkeiten der Suche in mail.app (Mehr Tipps zu mail.app auch bei mir) auseinander:

"When tons of messages appear in your different mail accounts every day, it is sometimes not easy to find some messages when you need to read them immediately or to find the exact sentence you are looking for in one message. I'll cover all you need to know to search messages in Mail, from the basic options to search some text (a knowledge you can apply to text from any application in Mac OS X, including web pages viewed in Safari) to the new options in Panther to search in some specific Mailboxes at once. You'll also learn how to mark your message once your found them, using any color if you want."

Bei TidBITS.com gibt es ein überausführliches Shootout der häufig verwendeten Festplattenreparaturprogramme, um es kurz zu machen: DiskWarrior gewinnt.

Abgesehen von all der Aufregung um den Akku im iPod hat Apple in der Knowledge Base auch etliche Artikel zu diesem Thema, unter anderem:

'iPod: The Battery Status Indicator Is Approximate'
'iPod: How to Get the Most Out of the Battery'
'iPod: About Battery Care'

Gesamtüberblick zum iPod Troubleshooting gibt es dort ebenso wie eine obligatorische FAQ-Liste.

Eine Geschichte wie von Apples eigener PR-Abteilung verfasst:

"The cost of the fully configured Xserve also came in at about half the price of the Windows servers he was looking at -- an important issue in the decision-making process, because Matusewicz admitted that if the Xserve had come "within a bull's roar" of the PC systems he was looking at, he would have leaned towards a Windows server "due simply to the comfort factor" that such a system would have provided."

Teil 2 des Panther Server Berichts in der Computerworld (Teil 1 findet sich hier verlinkt):

"In the previous version of Apple Mac OS X Server (10.2), service parameters were managed through a graphical user interface (GUI) tool called Server Settings, while log files for each of those services were read using a tool called Server Status. For the latest X Server release, Version 10.3, or Panther, the functionality of both of those tools, plus a bit more, has been combined into a single utility called Server Admin. What follows is a look at the new GUI, with screenshots and explanations of what I believe are the best new features."

Außerdem (Halb-)Wissenswertes aus dem Terminal - heute:
11/25 Alfred Nobel invents dynamite, 1867
(So einfach ist das).

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10.3.2 nächste Woche?

Am vergangenen Samstag waren die Details von Seed 7D15 (X.3.2) auch hier zu lesen, jetzt legt Think Secret noch ein wenig mit Terminplanung nach:

"Please report any issues you may encounter in a timely manner," Apple told testers in a seed note, suggesting that the 10.3.2 update is nearing public release. "Within a week of this seed would be very much appreciated."

Außerdem wird von Xcode 1.1 berichtet sowie 'DP2 of Java 3D, Advanced Imaging APIs'.

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"The PCs beat the Macs soundly."

Gähnenderweise las ich eben folgende Meldung:

"Alienware, the leading manufacturer of high-performance computer desktop and mobile systems, and leading-edge professional systems, announced today that Alienware PCs have overcome the "world's fastest personal computers." Alienware systems outperformed the Power Mac G5 systems in six out of seven head-to-head comparisons, including tests using Adobe Premiere, MP3-encoding, Microsoft Word, and Quake III. Mac World opined, "The PCs beat the Macs soundly."

Der 'Test' ist bei Alienware in Auszügen (!) nachzulesen.

Albernerweise ist der Test allerdings nicht gerade neu, sondern schon am 16.10. bei mir zu lesen gewesen, mit dem einzigen damals wie heute passenden ./-Kommentar, den ich hier nochmals zitieren will:

"Did you look at the apps they compared the G5s and the Athlon64s with?
Word- It's Microsoft, no shit it's going to be faster on windows, who would have guessed that?
Premiere - The video app that sucks so hard on mac that Adobe stoped making it. Try the same functions on FCP and watch it come out a few times faster.
Quake 3 - A game, 'cause you know macs are what everyone uses for gaming, and developers spend just as much time optimising their mac versions.
Photoshop - The only relavant and fair app they bothered to test, and the G5 is noticablly faster than any of the Athlon 64 systems, beaten only by the Opteron."

Ich hoffe, die ermüdende Dauer-Benchmark-Diskussion bricht nicht wieder los, zumal diese inzwischen sowieso eher hinfällig sein sollte, traurig nur, dass sich die Macworld dafür hergegeben hat...

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