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28.01.2005

MacOrama für den 28. Januar 2005

MacOramaMein PowerBook ist leider immer noch nicht zurückgekehrt. Die Fehlertesterei wurde nicht in der letzten Woche, sondern erst diesen Dienstag in Angriff genommen, dementsprechend länger dauert es wohl bis zur Wiederkehr. Nichtsdestotrotz werde ich versuchen, das fscklog für die kommenden Tage behelfsmäßig via iBook und Backup zu bespeisen.
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Apples Spotlight Patent mit dem schönen Namen "Universal interface for retrieval of information in a computer system": "More specifically, the present invention is directed to a universal interface which uses a plurality of heuristic algorithms to identify an item of information (e.g., document, application or Internet web page) in response to at least one information descriptor." Eingereicht wurde der Patentantrag bereits Anfang 2000. (via TMO)
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OSDir.com Interview mit dem JHymn Entwickler, darin unter anderem die Frage nach Apples DRM Funktionsweise: "In a protected file, the "mp4a" atom -- part of a standard AAC file -- is replaced by a non-standard, proprietary "drms" atom. This contains the same basic information about a song as the "mp4a" atom, plus the identity of the purchaser and some of the cryptographic information needed to decrypt the music. The actual decryption key needed to decrypt the music is not stored here, however,but merely an indicator as to which key -- among many possible keys -- assigned to a particular user should be used."
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iPod shuffle Seriennummer
Apples Knowledge Base Artikel wissen immer wieder zu unterhalten, so wird auf der Suche nach der Seriennummer des iPod shuffle tatsächlich der Einsatz einer Lupe empfohlen: "Use a magnifying glass to see the smaller print."
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iPod shuffle Tipps und Tricks von Christopher Breen: "Read on to learn how to hang onto your shuffle's cap, create a smarter playlist than what is offered by Autofill, and--speaking of Autofill--why it, in league with an iPod Preferences option, are a handy combo."
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Phil Schiller in der Business Week über das 'Made for iPod'-Programm: "Rather than aggressively expanding into iPod accessories, Apple's plan appears to be: keep the party going for its many partners. Besides the iPod shuffle sports case, it has no plans for a broader product rollout, says Executive Vice-President Phil Schiller. Schiller adds the Made for iPod program seeks to formalize how accessory makers work with Apple -- while also preventing consumers from getting stuck with knockoff products that don't perform as advertised. "We have worked hard on this market, to help developers design, market, and sell their products," he adds. "And that's what we intend to keep doing."
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Rob Griffiths hat für die Macworld die gebräuchlichsten OS X Pflegeroutinen und Tools zusammengestellt: "Properly maintaining your Mac can ward off disasters that could leave your comfortable digital environment in ruins. And Mac maintenance is easy—there’s even software that does most of the work for you. A little effort is all it takes to keep your technological house in order." Sollte eigentlich alles bekannt sein, trotzdem ein netter Überblick für Einsteiger und Vergessliche.
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AppleInsider: "According to reliable sources, Backup 3.0 will simplify backups through the addition of multiple backup plans, which are designed to secure users' most critical data, such as home folders, personal data files, and iLife content. The release will also allow users to schedule backups to any destination, and back up more than one computer to the same iDisk." Kommt etwas spät (für mich) aber immer noch gelegen.
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Beyond the Obvious: "Thusly, a decision was made, by me, to compile an archive of Apple Commercials in a single BitTorrent file. It’s not complete but it’s as extensive of a collection you’ll find on the web." Knappe 800 MB schwer, 165 Spots insgesamt.
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Die Knowledge Base mit wissenswerten Details zu den Normalitäten von Pages: "When you choose a template in Pages, much of the text in the initial document may appear to be in Latin or come across as gibberish. This is normal behavior for Pages."
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Die New York Times über die wundersamen Genies der Apple Retail Stores: "And the experience of one customer whose keyboard had a sticky "e," which was cured by Ms. Souverbielle's mere touch, suggests that the experts might even have healing powers. Ms. Souverbielle declared that it was merely a coincidence."
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Skype 0.4 mit neuen Funktionen: "SkypeOut contacts in the start conference call dialog, watermark in My Skype tab, handling of pending auth requests, added button to Edit Profile window to change avatar."
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Update für iMovie HD auf 5.0.1 per Software Update. Die Knowledge Base erklärt: "To avoid synchronization issues during playback, update iMovie HD 5.0 to version 5.0.1 if your projects contain any of the following: DV Widescreen assets, Titles, Transitions, Video effects."
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