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In eigener Sache: fscklog laaaangsam

Wer sich beim Besuch des fscklog schon gewundert haben sollte, ob sein DSL/Modem-Anschluss unter akuter schrecklicher Langsamkeit leidet, dem kann ich versichern, dass das Problem bei mir bzw. bei typepad vorliegt, die diese Seite hosten.
Man ist dort wohl fleissig am Problembeheben, ich hoffe deshalb, dass im Laufe des Tages wieder alles seine gewohnte Geschwindigkeit zurückbekommt und möchte mich für die nervende Trägheit entschuldigen!

Inzwischen sollte alles wieder schnell laufen und hoffentlich so bleiben...

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OS X 10.3.3 (7F34) geht an die Entwickler (Update)

Macnews.net.tc berichtet:
"The 10.3.3 Update delivers enhanced functionality and improved reliability for Mac OS X v10.3 "Panther" and is recommended for all users.
Key enhancements include:
- network volumes are now available in the Finder sidebar and Desktop for convenient access
- improved file sharing and directory services for Mac (AFP), UNIX (NFS) and PC (SMB/CIFS) networks
- improved PostScript and USB printing
- improved font management
- updated Disk Utility, DVD Player, Image Capture, Mail and Safari applications
- iPods connected via USB 2.0 are now recognized by iTunes and iSync
- additional support for FireWire and USB devices
- new ATI and NVIDIA graphics drivers
- improved compatibility for third party applications
- FileVault, FireWire 800 and WebDAV improvements from Update 10.3.1
- previous standalone security updates and Bluetooth Update 1.5"

Da das zugehörige Knowledge Base Dokument schon kurzfristig aufgetaucht war, darf man spekulieren, ob es sich hierbei um die bald für die Allgemeinheit herunterzuladende Version handelt.

Ebenfalls in 10.3.3 soll Safari 1.2 (v125.1) und Mail.app v614/613 sein, leider ohne weitere genannten Details.

Etwas verspätet Think Secret:
"Suggesting that Mac OS X 10.3.3 is nearing release, the only "known issue" was that the update's Knowledge Base article is a placeholder, and is not online yet."

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Professor iPod im Wired Interview

Zwar wird der Wired-Leser immer noch mit 'IPod' gequält, dennoch ist das Interview mit Dr. Michael Bull, laut NYT "the world's leading -- perhaps only -- expert on the social impact of personal stereo devices", sicherlich empfehlenswert:

"One of the interesting things is that with vinyl, the aesthetic was in the cover of the record. You had the sleeve, the artwork, the liner notes. With the rise of digital, the aesthetic has left the object -- the record sleeve -- and now the aesthetic is in the artifact: the iPod, not the music. The aesthetic has moved from the disc to what you play it on ... and the iPod mini will appeal to those who want an artifact for style....
The other thing is that there's a lot of illegal downloading. Half the people I've talked to so far download music illegally. The investment they're making is going into the artifact, not the music. The market is moving toward the artifact, not the music to fill it."

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Microsoft Vermeidung im Consumer Markt

Ein Artikel des Wall Street Journal setzt sich mit einer Tendenz im Heimanwender-Markt auseinander, Microsoft-Lösungen nach Möglichkeit nicht zu nutzen:

"It's a delicate dance for many companies. They want the freedom not to choose Microsoft -- but many also want to reap whatever benefits they can from Microsoft's software strength, money and sheer tenacity.
"Everybody wants an alternative to Microsoft, even if Microsoft turns out to be their bread and butter," says Randy Komisar, a veteran Silicon Valley executive and TiVo board member.[...]
In a meeting with analysts late last year, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said the company decided against licensing audio from Microsoft and being "subject to whatever whims they may have in the future about where that goes and how much they want to charge for it." Windows Media has been adopted by Roxio Inc.'s Napster, Musicmatch Inc. and numerous other music sites, and works with multiple music players. By contrast, iPods only work easily with the iTunes Music Store, an arrangement Apple is in no rush to change."

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Die alte immerwährende Sony Apple Geschichte

In der März Ausgabe der Business 2.0 findet sich ein leider nicht online verfügbares Interview mit Sony's CEO Nobuyuki Idei, der sich darin unter anderem auch zum Verhältnis zwischen Sony und Apple äußert:

"There are a lot of joint projects going on between Sony and Apple. I've seen Steve Jobs three times in the past year, and we talk a lot about how we can define common technologies for, say music downloads. We are working with Apple on improving connectivity with camcorders. We make great use of QuickTime in our Sony Ericsson telephones and in our Clie PDA's. But we would like to work more closely with them.

My plan now is to get Steve Jobs together with our own Steve - Ken Kutaragi. They haven't met yet. It would be interesting to see how they would get along, because both of them think they have all of the answers. [Laughter] Where we go from here with Apple all depends on the chemistry between Ken and Steve."

Vor fast einem Jahr, im März 2003, gab es ebenfalls ein Interview mit Idei:

"Idei: We actually met several times with Steve last year, in January, March, and June to try to work out a mutual strategy. But you know Steve, he has his own agenda. [Laughs.] Although he is a genius, he doesn't share everything with you. This is a difficult person to work with if you are a big company. We started working with them, but it is a nightmare. We have the exact type of guy like Steve within Sony. His name is Ken Kutaragi. They respect each other. So maybe if we can get them both together then they could figure out how the PlayStation and the Mac can work together.

Perkins: Well, in many ways Sony has always been Steve Jobs's model for Apple.

Sir Howard (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sony Corporation of America): So we are also rivals, and trying to get together would frankly be a waste of time!"

Bin schon gespannt, ob wir im nächsten Frühjahr wieder ein beinahe identisches Interview zu lesen bekommen...

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Apple Computer Inc. vs Apple Corps (Update)

Wie bereits kurz Anfang Februar angesprochen, nimmt die Apple vs. Apple Klage ihren Lauf, wobei es heute zurück vor Londons 'High Court' geht. Bloomberg.com hat einen Artikel, der den Hintergrund der Klage erläutert und eine praktische Zeitleiste mit der Beziehung zwischen den beiden Firmen beinhaltet:

1981 Apple Corps signs agreement with Apple Computer over the use
of the word Apple and the apple logo as a trademark. The agreement
settles conflicts in the 1970s over Apple Computer's use of the
`Apple' and the logo of an apple.

Late 1980s - Disputes arise between Apple Computer and Apple Corps
over the 1981 agreement.

1989 Apple Corps files its first suit against Apple Computer,
claiming the 1981 agreement has been breached.

1991 Oct. 9 - After more than 100 days of trial in London, Apple
Corps and Apple Computer reach a settlement. Apple Computer pays
Apple Corps $26.5 million. A trademark agreement is also signed,
replacing the 1981 and 1986 contracts.

2003 July 4 - Apple Corps sues Apple Computer at the High Court in
London. Oct. 8 - Apple Computer files its suit in San Jose,
seeking a declaration from Apple Corps that the agreement has not
been breached.

Bis jetzt drehte es sich rein um die Frage, wo die Klage zu verhandeln sei, wie der Mac Observer berichtet:
"In the first day of what is expected to be a three-day hearing, lawyers for Apple Computer argued that because at present its iTunes service is only available in the US, and because a similar lawsuit by Apple Corps is already being dealt with in San Francisco, Calif., the case should be heard in the US and not Great Britain.
"This is purely a question of jurisdiction at this point," Mike Taylor, a court reporter for the British Press Association, who was in the court room during Wednesday's proceedings, told The Mac Observer. "The attorney for Apple Computer, Lord Grabiner QC, said he was 'completely in the dark about the reasons Apple Corps wanted to move this case.'"

Die schönste Anekdote am Rand ist allerdings der iPod besitzende Richter:
"In an opening volley of light talk, the judge hearing the jurisdictional issue revealed he owns an Apple iPod and asked the lawyers if that revelation disqualified him from hearing the case. Lord Grabiner QC said he was delighted to hear Justice Mann had an iPod and added, "We would perhaps have sent you one free if that would not have been improper."
Neither the plaintiffs of defendants had any objections to the judge's concerns."

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Apples Marktanteil liegt in Südafrika bei 2% berichtet allAfrica.com, allerdings auch hier:

"It has maintained its traditional dominance of the local creative content industry with a market share of about 80% in the graphics design, desktop publishing and video-editing segments."

Peter Glaskowsky langweilt weiterhin mit seinen wenig informativen PowerBook G5 Vorhersagen:

"He speculates that the new laptops could be introduced basically at any time. "I would not have been surprised to see the new PowerBook announced last month, and I won't be surprised if it doesn't come out until summer," Glaskowasky concluded."
Siehe bereits hier und hier im fscklog.

iPodlounge liefert zwei Extrem-iPod mini Besprechungen, Nummer 1: Newbie Review und Nummer 2: Power User's review.

Statt iPod mini kaufen, einfach die Handbücher im .pdf Format durchschmökern.

Wer sich die Trailer der diesjährigen Oskar Nominierten (unter anderem 'Lost in Translation' und 'Mystic River') nochmals anschauen will, wird an zentraler Stelle bei apple.com fündig.

Außerdem (Halb-)Wissenswertes aus dem Terminal - heute:
02/25 Renoir born, 1841

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Steves Geburtstag und eine weitere Klage (Update_2)

Vollkommen unabhängig von Steve Jobs 49. Geburtstag (Herzlichen Glückwunsch!) hat Eminems Musikverlag Eight Mile Style Klage gegen Apple (sowie MTV/Viacom und TBWA/Chiat/Day) eingereicht:
"At issue is an ad for Apple's iTunes pay-per-download music software, in which a 10-year-old sings Eminem's "Lose Yourself." The suit claims the commercial aired on MTV beginning in July 2003 and ran numerous times for at least three months. It also appeared on Apple's Web site.
"Eminem has never nationally endorsed any commercial products and ... even if he were interested in endorsing a product, any endorsement deal would require a significant amount of money, possibly in excess of $10 million," according to the 15-page lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Detroit.
The suit claims that Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs personally called Joel Martin, manager of Eight Mile Style, and asked Martin and Eminem to "rethink their position" about using the Grammy-winning song."
Manch einer wird sich erinnern, dass der besagte/beklagte Spot beizeiten ziemlich schnell wieder von apple.com verschwand.

Apple darf/muss sich dieses Jahr mit etlichen Klagen auseinandersetzen, unter anderem mit der Apple vs. Apple Klage, die in letztem Jahr für erhebliche Schlagzeilen gesorgt hatte.

Nach einem Bericht im MacObserver hat zumindest Chiat/Day schlechte Karten:
"The complaint alleged that "at no time did Apple, Chiat/Day or MTV receive authorization or permission to record, reproduce, perform, transmit, copy, use or otherwise exploit the Composition for any purpose."
To prove its point, the complaint included a copy of an e-mail letter from Andrew Schafer, an employee of Chiat/Day, confirming to Mr. Martin his understanding that the rapper was not granting use of the song, 'Lose Yourself'.[...]
"They negotiated in bad faith," Mr. Hertz said. "It remains to be seen if they deliberately used the material knowing they had no right to."

Wer sich die Klage gerne im Original durchschmökern möchte, kann sie sich als 821KB .pdf auf den Rechner befördern.

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Die New York Post vermerkt am Rande eines iPod mini Berichts, dass der Traffic auf apple.com mal wieder zugelegt hat, leider mit nur sehr spärlichen Informationen:
"Analysts said Apple.com, the company's Web site, had a 24 percent increase in visits as frenzied fans checked out the new audio tool."

Apple sahnt bei NetworkWorldFusion einen 'Best Products'-Preis für iSight und iChat AV ab:

"Apple is well known for style and design, but the technology behind the camera was equally impressive. A Web chat over a broadband connection (on both endpoints), looked and sounded like a real-time videoconference with equipment that costs thousands of dollars. The camera connected to our Macintosh laptops via FireWire, which helps improve picture quality when streaming. The camera also does auto-focus the right way - with other Webcams we spent a lot of time trying to adjust the focus manually to sharpen the picture."

iPod als begehrtes Diebesgut, wen wundert es? Bei ThisisLondon:
"Gary Parkinson, deputy editor of gadget magazine Stuff, claimed the key for owners was to change the headphones. "Having white headphones might be stylish but they act as an indicator to thieves. You really are an obvious target if you use them."

Wer sich schon immer einen dialektischen Browser (i.e. Safari) wünschte, der kann über macprime.ch gleich selbst Hand/Sprachzentrum anlegen.

Fake-iPod im Pocket PC von Starbrite, Kommentar bei iPodlounge:
"Starbrite Solutions has introduced the pPod for the Windows Pocket PC platform. This MP3 player mimics the look and basic functionality of a 3G iPod... including a scroll wheel. It even has a blue backlight! I wonder how long it will take Apple to blow the whistle on this product."

Laut O'Grady's PowerPage verstehen sich iTrip und iPod mini durchaus.
Weiterhin gibt es dort mehr und weniger offensichtliche Tipps zum schonenden Akkugebrauch mit dem iPod.

Seit einigen Tagen online und vollkommen übersehen hatte ich den O'Reilly Artikel von François Joseph de Kermadec über Sicherheit in/mit OS X:

"The recent security issues that have affected Windows users have led the media--and sometimes even Mac-specialized publications--to talk about the shortcomings of the Windows security scheme and to provide surprisingly detailed advice.
So far, Mac users indeed have been luckier. Mac OS X is relatively secure out of the box, and Apple has been good about providing easily installable security updates as needed.[...]
In this article, I'll take a hands-on approach to what I call "security through common sense," the basic security steps that every single Mac user should take.

Think Secret sagt FileMaker 7 für kommenden März vorher:

"Earlier, some sources anticipated that FileMaker would announce the new version at Macworld Expo/San Francisco, but the company instead opted to push back the announcement, which has given the company more time to demo Version 7. "This upgrade is bigger than any other upgrade in the past," said one source who recently got his first look at FileMaker 7. "This release is going to keep FileMaker a best-in-class app for several years."

Außerdem (Halb-)Wissenswertes aus dem Terminal - heute:
02/24 Impeachment proceedings against Andrew Johnson begin, 1868

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Napster erreicht 5 Millionen Downloads

"Napster said today that it has sold more than five million digital music downloads claiming to be the first PC-only service to hit this milestone." (Quelle: netimperative) Der genaue Zeitraum ist leider nicht mitangegeben, man könnte allerdings daraus grob schlußfolgern, dass Apple nicht nur rund das vierfache der Napster-Verkaufszahlen vorweisen kann, sondern eher das sechs- bis achtfache (ganz abgesehen von den voraussichtlich immensen Zahlen der iTunes Pepsi Promo)...

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