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19.02.2004

Apple beherrscht den Wi-Fi (802.11g) Markt

Mit iPod und iTunes Music Store bewegt sich Apple in einem momentan medial schwer beachteten Bereich, dabei ist gänzlich unter den Tisch gefallen, dass man erstaunlicherweise ebenso den aktuellen Funknetzmarkt ziemlich fest in der Hand hält, wie Alex Salkever in der Business Week zu berichten weiß:

"How fast did Apple embrace Wi-Fi? According to research by tech tracker In-Stat/MDR, Apple grabbed 20.2% of the global market for network interface cards (NIC) and wireless access points offering the 802.11g flavor of Wi-Fi. That put the Mac folks behind only Cisco subsidiary and industry leader Linksys in sales of gear running 802.11g, which is quickly become the de facto standard for consumer and small-business Wi-Fi use.

Still, if Apple is No. 2 in sales, it leads in revenues. In 2003, it pulled in $148.3 million in 802.11g revenues, putting Jobs & Co. ahead of Linksys by some $32 million."

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DonnerstagsMacOrama

Die alte Fragen nach der Virenanfälligkeit des Mac, beantwortet von Antivirus Software Herstellern (...die Frage nach der Wichtigkeit des Frühstückens beantwortet von Müsli-Herstellern...) und so liest man bei MacCentral:

"Although the experts MacCentral interviewed for this story admit that to date, they're unaware of any Mac OS X-specific virus or worm, one thing they all agree on is Mac OS X not immune to a potential hacker attack. Over the years, Unix-based operating systems have been compromised many times, and all of them suspect it's only a matter of time before someone steps up to the plate with their own Mac OS X virus or worm."
Gähn, 'only a matter of time', gähn, das hört man nun schon seit OS X vor rund drei Jahren auf den Markt kam...
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David Pogue antwortet in der NYT auf wüste Beschimpfungen, die er nach seiner Abhandlung über die iPod Konkurrenz bekam und entgegnet dem anhaltenden 'iPod Akku stirbt nach 18 Monaten' Stumpfsinn.
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François Joseph de Kermadec bei O'Reilly über die Palm-Mac Querelen der vergangenen Tage:

"Therefore, when I am asked if I am surprised or angry at Palm for their latest decisions, I can only answer "No !". In fact, I am quite glad ! Let everyone focus on what he is excellent at : the PalmOne and PalmSource engineers will design the Palm OS and Palm handhelds and let Apple and third-party developers design the syncing solutions. As strange as it may sound, I think that our Palm experience will very soon be much better than the one enjoyed by PC users who will rely on Palm software to do the job -- and it already is for iSync users. Indeed, I'd much rather use a good third party application than a clunky manufacturer-provided one -- how many Mac users soon forgot about the software that came with their cameras after iPhoto was released ?"
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"Bruce Horn, one of the members of the original Macintosh team and the person who designed and implemented (along with Steve Capps) the Finder, is still a Mac user and Mac fan." Mehr bei MacMinute.
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Etwas verspätet stellt auch das DigitalJournal fest, dass ein PowerMac G5 der 'Ferrari unter den Computern' ist.
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Apple Führungskräfte als Redner:
"Rob Schoeben, Apple's vice president of application marketing, will be one of the speakers at the Digital Music Forum that's being held at the French Institute in New York on March 1." Bei MacMinute.

"Apple's outgoing chief financial officer Fred Anderson is scheduled to speak at the Goldman Sachs Technology Investment Symposium.
This year's conference will be held from February 23-25 in Phoenix Arizona. Anderson will speak on February 24 at 12.30pm PT (8.30pm GMT)." Bei Macworld UK.
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Außerdem (Halb-)Wissenswertes aus dem Terminal - heute:
02/19 Nicolas Copernicus born in Thorn, Poland, 1473
(Anleitung).

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18.02.2004

Es geht los: iPod mini Video und Ausziehbilder (Update)

Musste ja langsam beginnen:
Mike Wendland hat den iPod Mini gleich mal in einen einhändigen Videobericht gepackt:

ipodminivideo

Und ein iPodlounge Leser liefert eine leider nicht mit Thumbnails ausgestattet Bilderseite über das rituelle Entpacken des kleinen iPod mit diesem erbaulichen Größenvergleich:

ipodminivergleich

Update:
CNET wirft ebenfalls per Streaming Video Interview einen Blick auf den iPod mini.

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Probleme mit SE T630 und Adressbuch unter OS X?

Macosxhints bietet einen Tipp für Anwender, die Probleme mit dem Sony Ericsson T630 und der SMS-versende Funktionalität des Adressbuchs über Bluetooth haben:

"1.Quit and backup your Address Book app... bla bla bla ...
2.Control click on the Address Book app, select Show Package Contents, then navigate to Contents -> Resources.
3.Control click on Telephony.bundle, Show Package Contents, then navigate to Contents -> Resources
4.Open ABDeviceCommandSets.plist with Property List Editor (or a text editor to change the XML in a more primitive way)
5.Find this array in the ABDeviceCommandSets.plist: Root -> 1 -> ABDeviceModelStrings ... you should see two string entries here, T610 and Z600. Add another string entry with the value T630. Save and quit."

Wer übrigens schon mal einen Blick auf das gemunkelte Nachfolgemodell SE T650 werfen möchte, kann das hier im fscklog tun.

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Apple nun angeblich schuldenfrei

Es wurde bei der Bekanntgabe der letzten Quartalszahlen Mitte Januar bereits darauf hingewiesen, dass Apple plane, seine Restschulden in Höhe von 300 Millionen US-Dollar innerhalb des laufenden Quartal aus der eigenen Barreserve zu begleichen (diese dürfte nun wieder bei 4,5 Milliarden US Dollar liegen).
99mac veröffentlichte heute ein angebliches Memo von Steve Jobs, in dem dieser sich freute, dass Apple nun wieder schuldenfrei sei, nachdem bei seinem Wiederantritt 1997 noch 1 Milliarde US-Dollar ausstanden:

"Team,
Today is a historic day of sorts for our company. When I arrived back at Apple in mid-1997, the company was burdened with $1 billion of debt. Through everyone's hard work we turned Apple around, paid off the majority of our debt and began to amass a war chest of cash in the bank which has grown to about $4.8 billion! But there was still $300 million of remaining debt, which we decided to hold to maturity.
Today we used $300 million of our cash to pay off this remaining debt.
Apple is now a debt-free company – for the first time in over a decade!
It sure feels good.
Steve"
(via MacRumors)

Zusatzinfo über die Memo-Herkunft:
"The email was displayed last night at a MUG meeting by an Apple employee.
The employee was thrilled."

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iTunes Pepsi Promo gehackt (Update_2)

MacMerc hat einen wunderbaren Trick hervorgezaubert, den ich hier leider nicht praktisch überprüfen kann. Klingt aber alles sehr 'scientific', wie man problemlos erkennen kann:

pepsiTunes

"It's easiest to read "again" and tag the losers because there are no random letters involved. You can spot a word like again from a mile away. If you don't see again and you have given the bottle a twist (to check from all angles), make a purchase. If not, hit the shelf."

Update:
Kommentar Pepsi/Apple:
"Pepsi said that as a precaution against prying eyes and other shenanigans, the company restricted the number of codes a given customer could redeem in a day.
"We always put redemption limits in place on promotions like this," said Dave DeCecco, a Pepsi spokesman, "but we found that most consumers played by the rules."
Apple declined to comment."
Mehr zum Kleingedruckten der iTunes Pepsi Promo hier im fscklog.

Update_2:
Jon Gales, der die Lawine bei MacMerc losgetreten hatte, berichtet in seinem Blog von dem unfreundlicheren Feedback:
"I thought I would publish some of the more recent hatemail I have received. Why? It made me laugh, hopefully it will make you laugh. These were all over the recent "analog hack"

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MittwochsMacOrama

Mac.Ars nimmt sich '64-bit computing' vor:

"We all know the rest of the story. IBM pulled a deus ex machina and presto, Steve Jobs ends up onstage in San Jose last June unveiling an IBM-made CPU that would become the heart and soul of Apple's computers. While the 2GHz CPU was nice, and represented a significant step ahead in terms of clock speed, the more noteworthy fact was that the PPC 970 was a 64-bit CPU.
What is so great about 64-bit computing? There are no 64-bit consumer applications, and no 64-bit consumer OS on which to run the nonexistent applications. Right now, some would go so far as to argue that 64-bit PCs are a solution in search of a problem. Sure, a PPC 970, Opteron, or Itanium server loaded with 32GB of RAM would be fantastic for serving up databases, but who needs a word processor that can support 64-bit integers?"
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Die MacGuardians widmen sich IBMs Prozessor-Zukunft:

"Noch weiter als das "PowerPC PowerTuning", die Stromspartechnik im neuen PPC970fx (unter anderem im XServe verbaut) geht anscheinend das PowerManagement im Power5. Während sich hinter PowerTuning, ähnlich wie bei den Konkurrenz-Pendants Speedstep, Powernow oder Longrun, eine dynamische Anpassung von Spannung und Taktrate verbirgt (nur anscheinend erfolgreicher arbeitet), ermöglicht der Power5 eine sehr detaillierte, partielle Abschaltung gerade nicht benötigter CPU-Teile. Das entlastet die Kühlung enorm und senkt die durchschnittliche Stromaufnahme - denn wann ist eine CPU schon auf Vollast, virtuelle Doppel-Hypno-CPU hin oder her."
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Es darf sich eingeschrieben werden zur Worldwide Developers Conference 2004, die vom 28. Juni bis zum 02. Juli in San Francisco stattfindet. Vor zwei Jahren konnte man dabei die ZuGrabeTragung von MacOS 9 erleben, letztes Jahr gab es den G5 (+iSight) und einen ausführlichen Blick auf 10.3
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Bei AppleMatters erinnert man sich an einen ähnlichen Quantensprung mit dem blue&white G3 wie jetzt wieder mit dem G5:

"Wow. Opening windows happened in a snap! Images in Photoshop opened, rotated, blurred and saved with ease. This was, compared to the 604e processor, a significant shift. Suddenly more seemed possible. Even crashes (this was a classic OS after-all) weren’t as bothersome, the G3 booted up so quickly compared to my old machine.
I had exactly the same feeling a couple of weeks ago when I finally spent a day with my new G5. OS X suddenly made sense! Photoshop opened up absurdly quickly. More importantly the whole OS felt smooth and responsive. Apple has done it again!"
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Der MacObserver knüpft sich GraphicConverter vor, ein Programm, das wirklich jeder Apple Anwender hinlänglich kennen müsste/dürfte/sollte:

"GraphicConverter is one of those tools that you don't know you need until you need it. Download it the next time you have a graphic file you want to play around with and you may be surprised to find the GraphicConverter is just the tool you were looking for all along."
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In England beginnt Apple, die iPod Ads im Fernsehen zu zeigen.
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Schon ein paar Tage auf dem Buckel, dennoch handlich für Leidende, die ihre Windows-Firefox Variante mehr nach Mac-Firefox aussehen lassen wollen.
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Bei MacNN darf man sich per zweier Fotos vorab die am 28. Februar eröffnende Apple Store Kathedrale in San Francisco vor Augen führen, die bereits heftig unter die Lupe genommen wurde.
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Basteleien am 17" PowerBook bei Computerworld.com:

"So just before Thanksgiving, I moved to the newer model, ordering a stock configuration with the 4,200-rpm 80GB hard drive. Although Apple offers a faster hard drive on its PowerBook (a 60GB 5,400-rpm version), I was already eyeing an even faster 7,200-rpm alternative from Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, better known as the Travelstar 7K60. I'd read reports online from owners who had cracked open their PowerBooks and, with the precision of surgeons, replaced the stock hard drive with the faster one from Hitachi. All reported notable speed increases, solid performance, little if any increase in heat and silent performance."
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Außerdem (Halb-)Wissenswertes aus dem Terminal - heute:
02/18 Pluto discovered by Clyde Tombaugh, Lowell Observatory, AZ, 1930
(Anleitung).

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17.02.2004

Zum Download: iSync 1.4 (Update)

Per Software Update, oder direkt bei apple.com, 6.6 MB groß, mindestens 10.2.8 besser 10.3.2:
"iSync 1.4 includes support for more Symbian OS smart phones and the iPod mini, as well as stability improvements."

Zwar an der Zeit, aber sehr schön:
"The latest version expands support for the powerful Nokia Series 60 smart phone platform to include the new compact Nokia 6600. With this device and other Series 60 phones such as the Nokia 3600, 3620, 3650, 3660, 7650, N-Gage, and Siemens SX1 you can sync your calendars, to-dos and contacts (where even the picture from your Mac OS X address book syncs to the phone)."

Detail am Rande:
"In addition, Mac users in Japan can now sync over 110 Japanese mobile phones when they purchase a third-party USB cable."

Update:
Laut dem Apple Diskussionsforum soll auch die Synchronisation mit dem SE P900 nun absolut einwandfrei funktionieren.

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Apples eigene RSS Feeds im Überblick

Die meisten sind in den vergangenen Wochen schon durch die Blogs getingelt, trotzdem praktisch, dass Apple nochmals alle verfügbaren eigenen RSS-Feeds auf einer Seite zusammenstellt:
"All RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds from Apple are based on the RSS 2.0 specification. RSS is a means of syndicating frequently updated content from a site via a newsreader."
(via What Do I Know - Enjoying)

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Offiziell: iPod mini unterwegs zu seinen 100.000 Vorbestellern (Update)

Apple hat die eigene Startseite entsprechend angepasst. Angeblich konnte der iPod mini bereits 100.000 Vorbestellungen für sich verzeichnen. Die Presse überschlägt sich seit einigen Tagen mit Lob (unter anderem hier und hier im fscklog), der Rest der Welt darf sich mit Warten oder Importieren vergnügen.

Update:
Noch ein paar Feinheiten aus einem Reuters Artikel:

"What we've seen anecdotally is that the iPod mini has been very attractive to the youth market, for an athletic lifestyle, and women seem really to like the iPod mini as well," said Stan Ng, head of product marketing for iPod. "It's been a great validation that iPod mini is expanding the market and iPod sales overall remain strong."
Ng said that it was difficult to compare preorders for the iPod mini with those for earlier iPods, because none of the others had such a long lag between announcement and shipping. Between October 2001, when Apple introduced the original iPod, and the end of that year's Christmas quarter, Apple sold 125,000 iPods."

Weitere Details bei CNET:

"We're definitely excited by the response we've had from customers," iPod product manager Stan Ng said in an interview, referring to the orders placed by individuals through Apple's Web site. Apple is still watching to make sure the iPod Mini doesn't cannibalize sales from the original iPod, but Ng said thus far it appears to be attracting a new audience.
"Does the iPod Mini take away from iPod sales?" Ng said. "What we've seen so far says it really doesn't."

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