Sunday, February 27, 2005

Jeff Raskin Now A Sad Mac

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This was only photo I could find of him (I added the sad mac)

Jeff Raskin - one of the original Macintosh Design team members passed away on February 26 2005.

Raskin joined Apple in January 1978 as the 31st employee. He later hired his former student Bill Atkinson from UCSD to work at Apple, and began the Macintosh project. He is credited with the decision to use a one-button mouse as part of the Apple interface, a departure from the Xerox PARC standard of a three-button mouse. He has since stated that were he to redesign the interface today, he would have used a two button mouse.

Not too far back, Raskin criticized Apple for making OSX in to a complicated mess of navigation and user interface, in what seems to be hard feelings towards Apple.

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Thursday, February 24, 2005

John C. Dvorak / Jason D. O'Grady separated at birth???

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The owner of O'Grady's PowerPage has gone off the deep end.

There is no longer a place for comments on the site.

Then of course Jackwhispers, brought you this report two weeks back.

Read this latest uneducated, nonsensical, and vitriolic rant: Apple Ditches FireWire in Favor of USB, Worlds Collide

On second thought, here's the text, don't visit:

Apple Ditches FireWire in Favor of USB, Worlds Collide
24 February 2005 07:10AM EST
Jason D. O'Grady
From the Opinion Dept.

In probably the most surprising move in the announcement of the new iPods yesterday Apple has unbundled the FireWire cable in favor of (Gasp!) USB. Has Steve Jobs lost his mind?

Apple invented the Grammy award-winning FireWire (a.k.a. IEEE 1394, iLink) and has been bundling it with every Mac since the Power Mac G3 "Blue & White." Apple even turned a blind eye to USB 2.0 in their first few products released after the faster USB standard was available, presumably to push their "better and faster" FireWire.

When Apple announced the new iPod minis and Photos they also announced lower prices dropping the iPod Photo from US$499 (40GB) and US$599 (60GB) to US$349 (30GB) and US$449 (60GB) an apparent drop of US$150 until you realize that they also unbundled not only the FireWire cable (US$20) but also the the Dock (US$40) and the A/V cable (US$20) as well, bringing the actual price drop to more like US$70.

Apple's attention shift toward PC customers lately is more than a little disturbing. The company appears to care more about converting PC users to Macs than they do about their loyal customer base. It has been suggested several times that Apple doesn't even attempt to market their products to existing Mac users anymore because they've already "got" them and like sheep, they'll just continue to buy.

The switch from FireWire to USB in the iPod box, Apple's iMac commercials ("from the people that brought you the iPod"), January's iPodWorld Expo (ahem, Macworld Expo) and a spate of litigation against its greatest fans and advocates are more signs that Apple has forsaken its loyal base and is instead only focused on new business.

Think Different indeed.


This almost seems to be a John C Dvorak column filled in like a mad lib.

And here's another tidbit I found while googling for a pic of him:

Go2Mac.com has been publishing news daily since December 2001 - almost six years - and is your definitive source for news and rumors on PowerBooks, iBooks and mobile technology.

That was written in October of 2004 ... mind explaining how December 2001 to October 2004 is almost six years?

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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

That sounds like a recall

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From the JBL website:

"The problem will present itself in one of two ways: Either the unit no longer works or the volume can't be controlled. This condition may occur ONLY if all of the following conditions are present:



1. You dock your iPod® to JBL on stage while both products are on and


2. A significant charge of static electricity transfers from you to the JBL on stage volume control and


3. A specific chip was used in your JBL on stage.


We want to emphasize that there is no safety issue.

We are offering to replace your JBL on stage at no cost to you except for the shipping cost to our warehouse (we will pay return shipping), should you have a JBL on stage with a defective chip. First, let’s find out whether your unit has the defective chip.

Please enter the serial number of your JBL on stage into this field"

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Steve makes a plea to Steve

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As reported by MacMinute

Wozniak defends student in Tiger leak lawsuit

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, has commented on Apple's lawsuit against a student for illegally distributing beta versions of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger on a file-sharing Web site.

"Everything fits into place that this is an unintentional oversight and the interviewed student appears to be one of the most honest people on this planet..." "I have to question who is most right in this case. I wish that Apple could find some way to drop the matter. In my opinion, more than appropriate punishment has already been dealt out. In this age of professional spammers and telemarketers making fortunes, we're misusing our energies to pursue these types of small time wrongdoers. I will personally donate $1,000 to the Canadian student's defense."

FixYourThinking note: Don't get this confused with the lawsuit against Think Secret. I wish Wozniak would have added that he thought it necessary for Apple to continue that particular litigation.


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Friday, February 18, 2005

Apple Let's Produce Sit On Shelf For A Bit

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From a forum post at Macrumors:

"...for those who have forgotten the First Amendment issues involved in the case. So, check out the Electronic Frontier Foundation and please tell me how anyone can support Apple's position in this matter."



FixYourThinking reply:

There isn't a single 1st ammendment right involved in this case. The EFF also supports two Apple hate sites

What used to be www.itunesisbogus.com is now hosted here: http://downhillbattle.org/itunes/?P...5a872359c395cd7

AND

http://itunesperipod.com/

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Tell me where in this sentence (below), you have the right to receive stolen property (business plans = trade secrets)

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.


Post on Macrumors.com:

"...our First Amendment right to publish about what corporations are up to"


FixYourThinking reply:

Is there such a right? Point it out to us in the actual law above.

Where in there, do you see that business plans are even speech? You can't transform property magically into something that's free domain. By this logic, I could do this.

If I go to your garage (compare to Apple Campus/Apple contractor/employee), steal your lawnmower (compare to business plans/trade secrets), publish in a paper (loosely compare to Think Secret) that I have it my possession, do a review of it (post precise details as TS did), publish it's specs and profit off the review and notariety(Think Secret's ad revenue SKYROCKETED). I can keep the lawnmower because you have no way of proving it was yours. (I'm hiding behind the "without a reasonable doubt" clause for court proceedings as Think Secret is hiding behind the 1st Ammendment)

Some people say Apple should be at fault because they should be keeping it tighter internally. Did you secure your lawnmower completely? Did you write down the serial number or any other distinguishing identification for it? Simply saying it is yours or producing a receipt isn't enough evidence. You'd have to sue me to get something as untraceable as that back from me.

Tell me where in this law Think Secret had the right to publish this information

...the "Uniform Trade Secrets Act" ("the Act") to prohibit the misappropriation or improper disclosure of trade secrets. This Act has been adopted by the majority of states. It does not change the law but does codify it in one comprehensive statute.

The Act defines a trade secret broadly as information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, or process, that 1) derives independent economic value from not being generally known, and 2) is reasonably protected as confidential.

Misappropriation is defined to include the "acquisition of a trade secret by a person who knows or has reason to know that the trade secret was acquired by improper means." Misappropriation also includes the disclosure of a trade secret of another without express or implied consent.

Actual or threatened misappropriation may be enjoined under the Act. The Act also provides for monetary damages if the misappropriation is willful and malicious. A party wrongly accused of misappropriation may recover attorney fees if his accuser acted in bad faith.

The Act specifically provides that a court shall preserve by reasonable means the secrecy of an alleged trade secret during the course of litigation.

Here's another law that may apply:

"(copyright law) prohibits the substantial use of a copyrighted work without permission of the copyright owner"

Friday, February 11, 2005

TRUSTe says FreeiPods.com not so trusty

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As reported by Engadget:

TRUSTe says FreeiPods.com not so trusty

We know that FreeiPods.com isn’t entirely a scam, in the sense that they have been sending out free iPods to people who manage to complete the offer and are able to sucker convince five friends to do the same, but if you felt uncomfortable with the whole thing before, we have some news that isn’t going to make you feel any better. Internet privacy certifier TRUSTe has done something it rarely ever does and asked Gratis Networks, the company behind FreeiPods.com (and many of those other free stuff sites), to remove TRUSTe’s privacy seal of approval from all of its sites, saying that the company “violated promises involving the protection of children’s information and changed how it managed the private information of its customers without adequately notifying them.” Plenty of people have complained about getting tons of spam after signing up for one of Gratis Networks’ offers, but this is the first time in at least two years that TRUSTe has brought down the hammer like this so we’re guessing they must have done something a smidge worse than just selling their email list. You get what you pay for, dude.

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Macthmaking: Why Online Matchmaking Is Better On A Mac

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I was reluctant to post this story for several reasons.

1) I have met many people online. I wanted to use some of them as examples in the story

2) Some of the remarks I make come across as shallow

3) I didn't want anyone that I'm dating to think I'm still looking, used a trick on them, or was disingenuine in any way.

I think the Mac has given me a lot of advantages vs a PC User while dating. That said, I realize my being a Mac Savvy Apple Computer Consultant helps out a lot too.

Rules for online personal ads:

Not to sound mean, but if a woman puts anything OTHER than slender opr athletic - she is overweight.

I have had women send pictures to me through IM - usually these pictures are crafty shots or pics from high school.

One trick is for a woman to wear black in a picture. Another is for them to spread their arms wide.

If you browse the Yahoo personals right now, you'd find that greater than 50% of them are fakes - just ads to get an email address to solicit for porn.

eharmony is getting a lot of attention lately - their process is so boring and monotonous you forget who's who and by the time you get to open communication - most have stopped responding. And it's not just me that's noticed - but eHarmony seems to be where the ugly people like to go because they don't stress pictures.

To me, if you don't have a picture - you're hiding something.

Have any of you tried match.com, yahoo, love, eHarmony?

Friendfinder is solictations for porn.
2Mingle.com is a local company to me - just full of fake ads
Cupid.com is ok but I've only found repeat ads there

Good advice: before you email or communicate with anyone, examine their profiles and see if they return often. If you've dated someone, check back to see if they are STILL searching, and in quarterly intervals - check back to see if you were dating a player that just can't seem to have a meaningful relationship. If so, email the matchmaking service and tell them.

Coming Monday:

I will discuss why the Mac makes for good conversation and how it can be used to impress that special someone.

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Apple Slices

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As reported by MacMinute:

Apple today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a two-for-one split of the company's common stock and a proportional increase in the number of Apple common shares authorized from 900 million to 1.8 billion. Each shareholder of record at the close of business on February 18, 2005 will receive one additional share for every outstanding share held on the record date, and trading will begin on a split-adjusted basis on February 28, 2005

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This is a good move and should get Apple really good looks from investors. The stock price was getting too high to make reasonable investments. It also gives shareholders that had their investments languish in the 90's a new hope for a good investment. Hats off to everyone that has held on to their Apple stock for 10 years!

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Sunday, February 06, 2005

Does anybody know anything else about this?

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Finally, TV programming might get the kick of quality it deserves when Al Gore's INdTV gets underway later this year. With a galaxy of interesting names attached to his project, including Apple's Steve Jobs, to create a revolutionary news and information channel for the 18-34 demographic in America, it's going to make for interesting viewing, with Fox launching a business service and all the US networks deciding what to do with their regular output.

Having already lined up an interesting cast of talent to get the network on the air, the association with Jobs suggests that ANN the Apple News Network might actually become a reality.

Building on the concept of having citizen-style reporters tell the stories, as pioneered by OhmyNews in Korea, Gore's new channel could mark a revolution in broadcast news


I have never even heard of this ... anyone wanna shed some light on it?

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Friday, February 04, 2005

Can we leave out the politics??

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As reported by MacMinute:


In his column for BusinessWeek, Robert Barker's "The Barker Portfolio" looks at Apple's financial success and huge stock climb and ponders how this affects current and future investors in the company. "If the Bush Twins, Barb and Jenna, accessorize with iPods, as some gawkers said they had amid Daddy's inaugural celebrations, does that make the iPod more cool, or less? What about President Bush himself, who was seen iPoding late last year as he went for a bike ride? Did that spur iPod's monster holiday sales?" asks Barker. "Lately hitting a new high above 77, stock in Apple is not just high-priced -- 37 times this year's estimated profit -- but high-fashion. Which got me wondering: Besides a reflected glow as part-owner of today's most glamorous gadgeteer, what does 77 a share get an Apple buyer?"

Hmmmm ... what does President Bush or his children have anything to do with the popularity amongst political affiliations?

Kerry has a PowerBook.



Al Gore is on Apple's Board Of Directors.

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