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MacOrama für den 06. April 2004

Die Gerüchteküche.
O'Grady, der PowerBooks für vergangene Woche vorhersagte, bessert verzweifelt nach:
"...a reliable PowerPage source has informed me that the speed bumped PowerBook G4s (note: they are not going to be G5s) should be announced within the next week or two - give or take a few days."
AppleInsider kann vor lauter Brisanz keinen Termin für die nächsten Power Macs nennen:
"After confirming the most recent wave of delays, sources provided AppleInsider with an updated time-frame for Power Mac revisions. Due to the sensitivity of the subject, AppleInsider will refrain from publishing these details until they can be confirmed. However, it should be noted that a number of larger Apple resellers have received a significant shipment of the current Power Mac G5 offerings over the past week."

Fröhliches WegvonWindows-Konvertieren: Der Schockwellenreiter erklärt, wie sich ein WMV-Filmchen in Quicktime umwandeln lässt und EasyWMA (Donationware) konvertiert WMA in MP3, was ebenfalls äußerst praktisch erscheint.

Bei internetnews.com wiederholt Ron Okamoto einmal mehr 'Apple Sees a Shift in Developer Profiles':
"The Cupertino, Calif.-based computer maker, which is preparing for its annual developers conference in late June, claims a spike in the number of enterprise code writers. The company said it has seen a large number of UNIX, Java and Open Source developers migrating to its Mac OS X operating system.
"Over the last three years, people who have experience in those areas are showing a great interest in our OS," Apple Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations Ron Okamoto told internetnews.com. "We're seeing a lot of first timers. It's really impressive."
Was Okamoto in letzter Zeit ähnliches zur WWDC von sich gab ist hier und hier im fscklog verlinkt.

Die Genius Bar der Apple Retail Stores unterliegt nun einer Reservierungsmöglichkeit.

Laut Think Secret besitzt Office 2004 die längst überfällige Unicode Unterstützung:
"Sources said that Office 2004 for Mac will have four levels of support for the Unicode text encoding standard, which enables character support across languages. Office 2004 will officially support Japanese and most Western European languages; these have been properly tested and debugged by Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit (MacBU), according to reports."
Ausgeliefert soll es ab Ende Mai werden.

Linux on iPod schreitet voran:
"A release version of the 2.4.24 kernel is now available for download! This version includes full support for first, second and third generation iPods (no iPod mini support) including audio, firewire and remote.
The other important inclusion with this release is the demo podzilla program. Podzilla is a basic GUI demo similar to the native Apple firmware, it has a very simple mp3 player which can be run by running the file browser and selecting a .mp3 file, during playback the pause/play button will pause and menu will exit back to podzilla."
(via iPodlounge)

Apfelautos.com begeht seinen zweiten Jahrestag.

"The Customer Respect Index is a qualitative and quantitative in-depth analysis and independent measure of a customer's online experience when interacting with companies via the Internet." Apple schaffte es gerade mal in die Durchschnittlichkeit.

Dirk Ellenbeck testete ausführlich die iPhoto-Fotobücher:
"In dem von uns bestellten Buch sind sowohl gescannte Fotos als auch Fotos, die mit einer Digitalkamera mit 4 Megapixeln gemacht wurden, enthalten. Allen Fotos gemein ist die gute Abbildungsqualität, die die eines Ausdrucks auf einem sehr guten Tintenstrahldrucker unserer Meinung nach übertrifft.
Nicht so überzeugend ist hingegen die Qualität der Schrift, da diese zum Teil Streifen aufweist."

playfair Diskussion bei macslash.
"It's not clear if the process of stripping the DRM affects the bit rate quality, but the program is reported to be extremely quick -- taking only a few seconds to strip the DRM -- so it's unlikely that any re-encoding is taking place. However, some MacSlash.com users are reporting that iTunes reports a lower bit rate for tracks that were processed by PlayFair.
It will be interesting to see if PlayFair affects iTMS sales. Will those that do not like DRM get off the fence and start purchasing tracks? Will wide scale pilfering of the iTMS's database ensue? Time will tell."

Ogg Vorbis 1.0d7:
"Ogg Vorbis is a iTunes 4 compatable Ogg Vorbis decoder plugin for Quicktime 6.2 or later under Mac OS X 10.2 or later. This will allow you to play Ogg Vorbis music with iTunes."

Dell versucht seinen Dell DJ mithilfe eines geringeren Preises zu verscherbeln:
"No. 2 personal computer maker Dell Inc. on Monday cut the price on its digital music player 20 percent to $199 from $249 as it tries to compete with the industry leading iPod from Apple Computer Inc.

Außerdem (Halb-)Wissenswertes aus dem Terminal - heute:
04/06 Chakri Memorial Day in Thailand

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