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1.12.2003

MontagsMac0rama Teil II (Update)

Über das Logistikdesaster des europäischen Apple Store in den letzten Monaten:

"Apple has admitted that its European Apple Store has experienced “teething problems” this year following the implementation of a new logistics system.
It admits that at one time 39 per cent of its online customers experienced delivery delays, it said.
Despite this, Apple Store Europe director Francois Duquesne insists that “the crisis is now under control", adding: "We have fixed the broken parts, and have the capacity to respond. Now we only have problems with 10-15 per cent of orders. I predict that in two weeks we will see a resolution of these issues.”
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Bereitet Schmerzen:

"But Dell's simple user interface makes the iPod seem silly, if not altogether cryptic. Instead of the iPod's oversized, rotating circle, the Dell DJ has a small, clickable scroll wheel (much like the one found on computer mice). The Dell DJ is sleek and stylish but doesn't sacrifice usability for the sake of aesthetics."
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Bei den MacGuardians wird sehr angenehm ausgewogen von den 'Leiden zu leiser Computer' berichtet:
"Jetzt stellt sich aber heraus, dass durch die leisen Lüfter bei einigen Geräten andere Geräusche hörbar und damit zum Problem werden."

Mehr dazu auch bei MacFixIt.
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Von Manfred Schubert, der bereits das wunderbare .pdf Browser Plugin liefert, kommt nun ein Word Browser Plugin (ab 10.3):
"The Word Browser Plugin displays a text only preview of Word documents within your web browser."
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Update:
Apple Insider packt wieder das gerüchtete 'home on iPod'-Feature (vor längerem auch beim mir verlinkt) aus und weissagt es für 10.3.5:

"The illusive "Home on iPod" feature of Mac OS X has once again been proposed for inclusion in an upcoming update to the Mac OS X Panther, sources tellAppleInsider. Once a part of early Panther builds, the functionality seemingly vanished from the operating system during its latter development stages due to a number of imperfections.[...]
With Apple's Panther update time schedule still up in the air, it's unknown when the feature will appear, though one source is citing the Mac OS X 10.3.5 update (which is traditionally the most feature rich of Mac OS X updates, as it falls halfway between major upgrades to the operating system)."

MacRumors bietet noch die aufbewahrte Apple eigene Beschreibung der Funktionalität, aus der hervorgeht, dass dies auch mit anderen externen FireWire-Festplatten nutzbar wäre.
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Auch der Playboy hält den Mac für weltverändernd:
"In the 50th Anniversary January 2004 issue of adult magazine Playboy, the Apple Macintosh Desktop Computer is ranked #1 among the products that most "changed the world."
(via MacNN)

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MontagsMac0rama

Heute unter anderem:
• NYT zum 2jährigen iPod Jubiläum
• Spekulationen über die Zukunft des G4
• Apples stets beliebte Website
• Nix Neues von X.3.2
• iPod-Nähkästchen-Geplaudere
• Apple Care Plus
Das und mehr beim Weiterlesen...

Pflichtlektüre in der NYT zum zweijährigen Bestehen des iPod (neben Steve Jobs und den anderen üblichen Apple Verdächtigen kam selbstverständlich auch Jonathan Ive zu Wort, der gerade erst zum 'hero' erklärt worden war):

''Of course they do.'' I felt his annoyance shift elsewhere. ''And it's like . . . somebody who's not cool trying to be cool. It's painful to watch. You know what I mean?'' He looked at me for a while, and I started to think he was trying to tell me something. Then he said, ''It's like . . . watching Michael Dell try to dance.'' The P.R. minder guffawed. ''Painful,'' Jobs summarized.

What I had been hoping to do was catch a glimpse of what's there when you pull back all those layers -- when you penetrate the aura, strip off the surface, clear away the guts. What's under there is innovation, but where does it come from? I had given up on getting an answer to this question when I made a jokey observation that before long somebody would probably start making white headphones so that people carrying knockoffs and tape players could fool the world into thinking they had trendy iPods.

Jobs shook his head. ''But then you meet the girl, and she says, 'Let me see what's on your iPod.' You pull out a tape player, and she walks away.'' This was an unanticipated, and surprisingly persuasive, response. That's thinking long-term, I said. ''No,'' said Steve Jobs. ''That's being an optimist.''
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Ebenso zur Jubiläumsunterhaltung nochmal ausgegraben: Der Ur-Slashdot-Thread zur Einführung des iPod, der die übliche Bandbreite an Kommentaren bietet, von wohlinformierten Weisheiten bis hin zu dümmsten Fehleinschätzungen:

"The BrownFury writes "At an invitation only event Apple has released their new MP3 player called the iPod. iPod is the size of a deck of cards. 2.4" wide by 4" tall by .78" thick 6.5 ounces. 5 GB HDD, 10 hr battery life, charged via FireWire. Works as a firewire drive as well. Works in conjunctions with iTunes 2. Here are Live updates". No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame."
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Apple Insider spekuliert über die Zukunft des G4 und die Rolle die IBM darin spielt:

"Meanwhile, IBM is in the advanced stages of development of the 90nm PowerPC 750VX -- a chip which sources say will essentially replace the iBook's Motorola G4".
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"Apple Computer Inc.’s Apple.com led all computer hardware e-commerce sites with 4.5 million visitors for the week ended Nov. 16, topping Dell Inc.’s Dell.com by 53%". InternetRetailer.com

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Nichts neues von 10.3.2 (7D15):

"Another seed early next week could lead to a download for users at the end of the week."
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"The harbinger of all this change was the iPod. One benefit of any digital technology is that its firmware and software can be updated regularly. You don't have to buy new hardware to stay current - just upgrade your device's operating system and applications every now and then. The iPod is, after all, just a hard drive in hot pants - and that's the secret of its success." Wired über das beste Spielzeug.
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iPod-Nähkästchen-Geplaudere bei Columbia Chronicle Online:

"Instructional Resource Coordinator Jemal Diamond was rocking out to tunes from his iPod last year when he slammed the bicycle he was riding straight into a parked car.
“The whole thing was surreal,” said 33-year-old Diamond of flying over his handlebars and crashing into the concrete. “People were trying to help me, but I still had the earphones in and I couldn’t hear them at all.”
Diamond’s iPod played the entire duration of his fall, despite the fact that a chunk of it broke off during the collision.
“It probably didn’t even skip during the accident,” he said."
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Bei Mac.Ars gibt es eine Mac-Geschenkideensammlung und den zweiten Teil der Mac-GebrauchtKaufberatung:

"Because Apple famously used a variety of different case colors for the iMac, it can be tough to tell which model you're getting.Follow along with Apple, if you can. And don't worry, your secret desire for a Flower Power model is safe with us. Both Eric and I agree that Sage is the smoothest color of all, but if Blue Dalmatian is your thing, then by all means indulge yourself."
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Think Secret berichtet über ein Apple Care Plus Paket für Power/iBooks, welches ab kommenden Juni angeboten werden soll und mit dem auch durch Unfälle verursachte Schäden abgedeckt werden sollen:

"AppleCare Plus would reportedly cover accidental damage, but would only be available for iBooks and PowerBooks. Laptops, of course, are more likely than desktops to incur accidental damage, in situations such as travel."
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Außerdem (Halb-)Wissenswertes aus dem Terminal - heute:
12/01 Woody Allen (Allen Stuart Konigsberg) born in Brooklyn, NY, 1935
(So einfach ist das).

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Bitte hinten anstellen (Update)

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So sieht also das Ende der Schlange zum Apple Store Tokyo (auch bei mir verlinkt) aus!
Weitere Bilder gibt es zuhauf unter anderem die 'offiziellen' sowie hier und hier.

Update:
Kodawarisan, berühmt berüchtigt für die Zerlegung jeglicher Apple Hardware, haben weitere Fotos online gestellt.
JapanConsuming (!) wirft zusätzlich mit Zahlen:
"Although a little damp after two nights on the street, the new, aluminium wrapped store opened at 10am on Sunday with 5,500 people waiting to enter. Roll over Louis Vuitton, Hermes, and everyone else."

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Meinten Sie: Neustadt brothers ?

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Auch Google meldet sich noch zu Wort, damit sollte das Thema allerdings langsam wirklich abgeschlossen sein...

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