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So, wasn’t it Apple who claimed that Microsoft is copying almost all features from Mac OS X? Where’s the Innovation Apple when it comes to your own products?
Almost a year ago a guy named “Jonathan del Strother” released a nice tool called “Coverflow”. Now Apple bought the Coverflow Intellectual property. It’s common sense in the IT industry to do such things. But Apple is one of the few companies that blame other when they are doing that…
“We are pleased to announce that all CoverFlow technology and intellectual property was recently sold to Apple. It has been incorporated into the latest version of iTunes.”
Well nice description what this could do:
“They may not work. They may not even install. They may make your monitor explode in a shower of glass. EVEN LCDs! They may make your children grow horns, and cause the people in your neighborhood to explode spontaneously while doing the Macarena. They will rip out your eyeballs, and eat your soul with a really dull spoon, laughing and cackling while forcing Cheerios up your nose. They will make your intestines explode in a rain of confetti, while evil clowns bite your feet.”
But what it really will do is slightly different:
Since my MacMini has some kind of OS9 Classic mode which is quite slow, I am not using it on this machine – actually the emulated PowerPC G4 in SheepShaver feels a bit faster…
Paul Thurrott writes about the upcoming cat:
“Sometimes I wonder how Apple CEO Steve Jobs can sleep at night. He appears to spend half his waking hours ridiculing Microsoft’s admittedly behind-schedule operating system, Windows Vista, for copying Mac OS X features. But this week at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), he announced ten new features for Leopard, the next version of OS X, most of which will seem more than vaguely familiar to Windows users. I’m not dim: Microsoft does copy Apple on a fairly regular basis. But seriously, Steve. Apple’s just as bad.”
“While yesterday’s preview of Leopard didn’t show too much (I’m talking about the “top secret” features that Steve left out this time around), it did show enough to, well, make quite a few shareware and freeware applications somewhat obsolete”
Follow the link and find out which applications are going to be obsolete and which programmers will find themselves searching for a new job soon…
“A repository for every keyboard secret in OS X. Some of these are well known, some are not. Shortcuts in the Menu category are common rather than universal. This list should continue to grow exponentially over time.”
“Macs are great. So are PCs. So are toasters – what’s your point? It’s just a computer, get over it.”
I am a PC and Mac user…and the apple ads are just…insanely dumb. So listen up to this:
Now since Apple officially supports Windows on their Intel based machines I really think about getting one of them. If they manage to run both operating systems concurrently (like they could with Intels Vanderpool technology)… THAT would be the killer argument.
The thing is: It’s so not Apple. Why would they support the operating system they always bashed?
I really like the User Interface that Mac OSX gives me. I even like the iLife applications and I used them for the first time just for fun… and I came across something which is a really serious design flaw in my opinion: notice the black dot in the red “close”-button of each window:
This dot apparently shows me that I cannot do anything with this window apart from moving it around.The dot shows that the document changed – in the case of the iLife applications you cannot do anything else than moving the window around… you cannot minimize it. And the case is: The only thing I don’t want to do with such a window is starring at it’s progress bar and waiting … So normally I and probably every other user wants to hide/minimize that window. But it’s impossible. It’s just not allowed to minimize it…
Why is that? Ideas anyone?
Personally I like the cmd-opt-shift-delete-# combination most… how much more complicated could they’ve made it?
|mouse down||Eject removable media|
|opt||Bring up OF system picker on New World machines|
|cmd-opt||Hold down until 2nd chime, will boot into Mac OS 9 ?|
|cmd-x (or just x?)||Will boot into Mac OS X if 9 and X are on the same partition and that’s the partition you’re booting from|
|cmd-opt-shift-delete||Bypass startup drive and boot from external (or CD). This actually forces the system to NOT load the driver for the default volume, which has the side effect mentioned above. For SCSI devices it searches from highest ID to lowest for a partition with a bootable system. Not sure about IDE drives.|
|cmd-opt-shift-delete-#||Boot from a specific SCSI ID # (# = SCSI ID number)|
|cmd-opt-p-r||Zap PRAM. Hold down until second chime.|
|cmd-opt-n-v||Clear NV RAM. Similar to reset-all in Open Firmware.|
|cmd-opt-o-f||Boot into open firmware|
|cmd-opt-t-v||Force Quadra AV machines to use TV as a monitor|
|cmd-opt-x-o||Boot from ROM (Mac Classic only)|
|cmd-opt-a-v||Force an AV monitor to be recognized as one|
|c||Boot from CD. If set to boot to X and no CD is present, may boot to 9.|
|d||Force the internal hard disk to be the startup device|
|n||Hold down until Mac logo, will attempt to boot from network server (using BOOTP or TFTP)|
|r||Force PowerBooks to reset the screen|
|t||Put FireWire machine into FireWire Target Disk mode|
|z||Attempt to boot using the devalias zip from first bootable partition found|
|shift||(Classic only) Disable Extensions, (OS X, 10.1.3 and later) Disables login items. Also disables non-essential kernel extensions (safe boot mode)|
|cmd||(Classic only) Boot with Virtual Memory off|
|space||(Classic only) Trigger extension manager at boot-up|
|cmd-v||(OS X only) show console messages during boot|
|cmd-s||(OS X only) boot into single user mode|
I thought many times of such an application. A tool that would allow me to use almost every MP3 player available on the market to sync with iTunes…
This solution does work – there are no worries. But it’s not the perfect solution of the problem. The perfect solution would be an application that runs on the MP3 player (Windows Mobile, eh?) and allows the MP3 player to pretend it is actually an iPod. Than no software on the Mac/PC is necessary to sync…
Anyone got the iTunes/iPod sync protocol documentation ready?
“iTunes Agent is a small application resting in your system tray constantly looking for new MP3 players and other music capable dev”ices connecting to your system. When a device it recognizes is connected to the system, it will create a playlist for the device in iTunes and it will synchronize that list with tracks on your device.
You may then modify this list, add and remove tracks, before you tell the iTunes Agent to synchronize the list with your player”
hmm… is it just me or is there a Mac GUI shown on the desktop in this mysterious project origami ad:
Whatever the GUI might be… I want one of those ultra portable “notebook-desktop-inbetweens”
When I first worked with a Mac I had many problems finding things and doing things that worked just out of the box on a Windows machine. One thing that was very annoying was that the Mac apparently is not able to mount a network volume at startup. On Windows you are just doing something like this:
But that’s not possible on the Mac. So I had to find another way. The easiest way is to write a script that is executed at startup. And so I did.
Go to your applications folder where you probably find the “Applescript” folder in which you’ll find the “Script Editor“. Start it and you’re ready to write the script which looks like this:
try mount volume "smb://bietiekay@femflawlessfs/1" end try
Whereas “smb://” is the protocol and “bietiekay” is the username followed by the servername “femflawlessfs” and the share name “1“.
When you did that you can check if it works just by clicking on the “Execute” button in the icon bar of the script editor. Normally you’ll be asked for a username+password. If so enter your username and password and add it to the key chain by activating the checkbox in the username+password dialog. You have to do that to allow the script to mount the share without asking you for the username+password again the next time it runs.
When you checked that everything is working you do a “File->Save as“. Give it a name and most important select “Application” instead of “Script” in the file format select box. I recommend to deselect the “startup dialog” checkbox so you would not get bothered by another dialog at startup…
Now you have a script and the executable application.
Go to the “Apple menu->System Configuration->Users” dialog where you can configure the applications that run at startup/login. Click on the “+” symbol under the startup list and select the application you just made with the script editor.
That’s all. You’re set-up to test this… start your machine and see if it works.
There are many iPods. Many different generations. There’s even a video playing iPod. But some guy made a flash mockup of something he wants to have as the next videp playing iPod. And oh my god I am with him! I would instantly consider robbing a bank for this one:
I am using dict.leo.org for years now – and all the time I looked for a frontend to the website. It’s not as if the website is not usable – it’s just the point: a website takes so much more screen space than a dedicated tool does.
So there’s now iTranslate: A free tool by equinux that is exactly what I was searching for – a small and handy frontend for leo. Great!
You complained about the Windows Media Player 10 – when the End User License Agreement said something like “We want to log what you’re playing and use that data for statistic purpose.” – So what about the newest and coolest feature of the brand new Apple iTunes 6.0.2? – It’s called “iTunes Mini Store” and shows a smaller version of the iTunes Music Store right beneath your song overview:
To display the information inside this little box – iTunes HAS TO send the information about the song I am playing right now to Apple. So Apple can keep track what and how often you’re listening.
As a matter of fact: Where are the complaints about that now? Oh I forgot: Apple is on the bright side of the force whereas Microsoft is on the dark side… Come on Apple fans! Start to think about the stuff you’re using everyday…
Unlike in my previous article about Flip4Mac now the codec that is needed to play Windows Media files with the Quicktime player on Macintosh computers is now free-of-charge!!! Hurray! You can download it directly from Microsoft and install. It’ll run natively on G4 and G5 processors – so no hacking anymore to watch Windows Media content.
“With Windows Media® Components for QuickTime, by Flip4Mac™, you can play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) directly in QuickTime Player and view Windows Media content on the Internet using a Web browser.”
LOL! What great news: The new
Powerbook…Mac Book Pro is 4-5 times faster than the old ones… and the new iMac is 2-3 times faster than the old ones…
If I was an Apple customer – I would feel pissed! It’s like I said all the time – the “old” Apple hardware was just old and slow. And they sold it like the new shit.
It’s incredible how the Apple community seems to oversee the amount of cheekiness from Apple in that matter.
As it’s always: Steve Jobs/Apple farts and the lemmings jump.
By the way…does anyone know if Windows XP / Vista is supposed to boot on that babies? 🙂
UPDATE: So it’s officially doable: You can boot XP and OSX in a dual-boot environment on the new Intel Macs. Great News! Now please some words how long the battery lasts on the MacBook pro and I eventually…you know…
Source: MSN News
so there is a tool to optimise the performance of my Mac? Hey! It’s installed now…
Since I am quite frequently working on my Mac via ssh I was in desperate need for a tool to monitor the input/output network traffic. I normally don’t need something like ethereal or tcpdump – I just need something that displays a graph and simple traffic statistics and last but not least updates itself frequently. So netstat is not usable for that purpose because it’s not the most concise tool I know. So ethereal and tcpdump are usually used for different purposes like traffic sniffing and dumping – So ahzf gave me the hint to look for something called “darkstat” – And yes: it’s a really useful tool.
Darkstat runs on the host system and monitors the network interfaces. It also incorporates a webserver which allows you to take a look at the statistics.
Darkstats main start-page looks like this:
It’s a great tool that displays more detailed information when you click on the links in the menu bar. If you’re searching for a great network tool for your unix/mac – go for darkstat!
I have to mention that darkstat is no longer under active development – sad but true.
Did you ever try to play a Windows Media Video file on a Mac? If you did not – you probably would not expect the result: it’s horrible and simply nothing you want to watch.
Now there’s a filter/application that allows Quicktime to play the Windows Media Video files – and this does work really really great.
Almost all files I tried to play worked instantly – some had their problems – but well I did not expect the DRM to work.
“The WMV Player is an industry first product offering that allows you to play Windows Media directly in your QuickTime Player. This eliminates the need for an additional player and provides the great playback experience and control that you’ve come to rely on with QuickTime Player. “
Flip4Mac offers not only a WMV Player but also a “WMV Studio”-Application that allows you to cut and edit WMV content on MacOS X…
Oh… it does cost some money…….;-(
Well – the answer is: 19.2 – But not on the iBook of Ahzf. He is getting something like that:
Hmm… strange, eh? Can anyone explain that?
Oh… on my machine it’s this:
a funny typo in iTunes….
where there any asian people involved in the development of iTunes?
UPDATE: Hrm…obviously I’ve made a mistake by calling it a typo. Thanks Tim for the help…
That’s what happened just now:
GREAT! I just had the Excel file open for about..uhmm…2 weeks or something… and now this…
I made some more pictures of iTunes for Windows Mobile 5.0 that show how it looks when it’s playing songs. And some more detailed pictures of the interface itself. They tried to make it one-hand accessible which means that you can easily control iTunes for Windows Mobile 5.0 with just one hand. You literally never have to pick the pen to click on something on the touch-screen – just use your thumb.
Finally some more words on the technical aspects: It seems that it’s entirely written in some .NET language since it requires the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 to run. And that leads me to the conclusion that there will not be an iTunes for Windows Mobile for earlier Windows Mobile versions like 2003 and 2003SE.
I so far was not able to actually buy anything in the apple store – iTunes just crashed when I tried. So there’s obviously more work to do for Apple than I thought yesterday.
I managed to get my hands on Apple iTunes for Windows Mobile 5.0. After the Motorola ROKR Apple seems to get seriously into the mobile phone business. As my sources tell there will be a special data rate for T-Mobile bundled with devices that come with iTunes (maybe we’ll see an official announcement soon).
The version I could test was iTunes for Windows Mobile 5.0 version 0.9. Although it looks pretty complete (everything (except bonjour) is in place and even podcast sync worked like a champ (see picture)) it’s not a customer ready version. I don’t know anything about the release dates or announcement dates at the moment.
Some words to the graphical user interface: Apple decided to use the well known iTunes in favor of the iPod user interface. Since the buttons and functionalities are all where I expected them it’s as easy to use as the “big” version of iTunes.
I did not have the time for an in-depth test yet but it seems that it is not limited in the way the Motorola ROKR is. Nevertheless I was not able to sync it with a PC/Mac iTunes yet since there are no drivers (and I haven’t got any) I successfully copied 1 GB of MP3/AAC files onto a SD Card and I could play it all. When I inserted the SD Card iTunes automatically searched for media files and rebuilt it’s library. After some seconds I could start listening.
It’s about 6 AM here and I had no sleep – so more after I woke up…
we all know this icon… now even on Windows Mobile.
This MDA2 is connected to the Internet over GPRS. You can see that a search in the iTunes podcast directory was successful.
The one interesting thing is that this piece of software for Windows Mobile is giving you the possibility to listen to music which is streamed to you – hopefully wireless – from your iTunes on your Mac/PC. The second interesting thing about this application is that it’s entirely written in C# (.NET Compact Framework) and the sourcecode is/will be available. How cool is that?
“WiFiTunes is a solution that enables you to stream MP3s from a computer running iTunes to your Pocket PC. Since I last posted on the product in January, the developer has modernized the look and made the software simpler in use.”
“A C# implementation of the DAAP protocol was written using AppleRecords as a reference so thanks to Chris for doing all that tedious work. Thanks also to SPAlarm for starting a fmod C# wrapper.”
“Cool a new iTunes version!” I thought and downloaded it…but after the system restart and the first start-up of the new iTunes this came up:
“this iTunes library is damaged….”
And guess what: all my podcast subscriptions are gone. Damn! What the hell do you think you’re doing Apple?!
The “Update-Mania” on the Macs I am using is quite impressive: After a fresh Panther Installation you are forced to download more than 400 Megabyte of Updates…and at the moment around 200 Megabyte of Updates for a fresh installed Tiger…
Who is complaining about the 180 Megabytes of Windows XP!?!
From time to time some of my applications on Mac OSX Tiger tend to loose some functionality. The most frequent bug is that I cannot minimize a window to the dock. It’s not only that the window does not response. The orange minimize button at the upper left of the window is ghosted…
For your understanding: This is what it should look like.
and this is what it look like:
Christian “Aero” Koch made is talk about MacOS X and the Apple product line…quite interesting and informative.
hmm… another one…this is getting me tired… had to restart the dock to get the two defect Icons of Entourage out there…
AdiumX tells you!
I thought it might be a good idea to do it like kiesow did…
Okay. We got several virtualization solutions for Windows and the x86. Now there is something brand new for the Mac.
“Mac-on-Mac is the userfriendly port of the Mac-on-Linux Project to Mac OS X.It makes it possible to run Mac OS Classic,Mac OS X, OpenDarwin or Linux for PowerPC in parallel with your Mac OS X installation in a Virtual Machine. Due to the fact that there is no real platform emulation its very fast!”
Because namenlos is managing the media storage array we had to visit the video cutting room. There were some teams cutting their videos and I was impressed by the number of G5s available there…
You can watch the ISWISION broadcasts via live-stream or even better: Live at in the audience in MKR 102.
Doh!. -2096314! Am I supposed to write them NOW?
When this came up tonight:
I thought for some moments: THAT could fix all the problems I have with Tiger. To make a long story short: it does NOT. What did I expect anyway ;-(
None of the problems mentioned earlier is solved. Thank you Apple.
As usual I’ve got a very strange wish what nobody else seems to have on this planet. I have several computers of different platforms. And on one of this machines there are speakers attached…I want to have the possibility to output from any of the machines to the speakers. And please loss-less and low latency!
Unfortunately there’s nothing available that would do that… but there are some good starts like these:
“Pinhead, an Airtunes stream receiver Currently only supports streaming from Airfoil, further support coming soon.”
“FairPort is an open-source “emulator” for AirTunes base stations. It will recieve lossless music streamed across a local network.”
Source 1: http://aquaticmac.com/fairport/
Source 2: http://partiallystapled.com/index.cgi/projects.html
After a 30 minute telephone call with the german Apple Support Hotline I was asked to make a sample movie what my problem exactly could be.
Maybe you remember the article I’ve written about some annoying Mac OSX “Tiger” bugs. And so far I got to the second level technical support…after three telephone calls with half an hour overall time ;-(. No solution for any of my problems so far. But the mentioned task: Make a short clip of the pivot bug.
So I made one movie clip with pivot disabled and then one clip with pivot enabled (you can see the screen rotated by 90 degrees):
In the #blogs.de IRC channel I was asked by Marcus (the author of Moinx) to test if Moinx would run on Mac OSX Tiger. So I checked it. Marcus could not know that I was searching for something like this: A easy to install and manage Wiki.
Just download and drag the Moinx Icon to the application folder and you got a locally available Wiki. You can even configure it to be accessible via the network… great thing.
Today I found a very interesting article on MacOSX hints. It’s about Spotlight and how to force it to index network shares.
By default Spotlight ignores NFS/SMB/AFS shares. Of course there are some problems about the whole metadata idea behind spotlight when it comes to network shares.
It’s the idea behind a network shared volume that makes it hard to be indexed by spotlight. First of all more than one user at a time has access to this volume. So at any time there can be changes made to documents on that volume. Secondly the system Spotlight is running is not informed that a document changed…
One feature of Spotlight is, that you do not have to reindex a drive. It just indexes every document when it’s created or changed on the drive. And this is impossible on network volumes. Because there’s no possibility to stay in touch with the documents like it’s on physically attached exclusive used drives (through the file system for example).
So you have to reindex manually from time to time to use Spotlight on network volumes. So here’s what to do to force Spotlight to index network volumes:
Open a Terminal and enter:
sudo mdutil /Volumes/… -i on
Great hint! Unfortunatly you have to reenable the indexing everytime you mount the drive…that’s once a week for me… so not a big problem but not perfect anyway.
UPDATE: Unfortunately Spotlight just seems to index the network volume but it does not search through this index ;-( Thats disappointing!
Source: MacOSX hints
Why the hell is this dock icon not filtered?!
Okay. Here’s the list what’s really driving me mad with Tiger:
- Pivot is not working correct. It flips the screen but it’s unusable because it’s far away from smooth… stuttering crap!
- the program icon in the dock is not filtered, pixel salad?!
- you cannot configure spotlight noteworthy… it just indexes your local hard drive. That’s it. You even cannot configure when and what. You just can define exclusions.
- Dashboard Widgets are crap. What the hell do I need a dictionary for when I cannot even select the language? Anyway: Konfabulator did it far better.
- many programs crash or run out of memory. For example: iPulse. I used it about 12 hours… first the iPulse graphics screwed up. Then the system ran out of memory resulting in an excessive swap orgy
- Quicktime 7 is far from smooth playback. Stuttering on a Mac where Quicktime 6 worked absolutly smooth. Even the new Fullscreen Zoom-Animation isn’t playing smooth. When you minimize the Quicktime Player to the dock the movie isn’t playing in the dock. Even worse when you do this the player crashes.
- the newly added RSS Screensaver just “exploded”… after one hour of use it came up with a… well bright cyan color which just hurts the eye. Of course: You cannot configure anything…
- Safari has some serious bugs. Sometimes it “forgets” to draw the scrollbar… The RSS Implementation is well…why no stand-alone App. Why integrated in Safari?
- Rendezvous=Bonjour. Well I wrote about that issue some months ago. And now it’s time to forget about Rendezvous. It’s now called Bonjour. (it’s not really something Apple screwed up ;))
- Apple changed for some strange reason the security settings so that Virtual PC isn’t able to install the “Virtual Network Switch”
I will complete the list when Panther is back running on my Mac.
MicroNet presents the mini mate. A feature rich and cool looking add-on for your Mac mini. (and mine! ;))
“The miniMate, MicroNet’s new external disk drive and port replicator, is created specifically to complement Apple’s new Mac Mini. With available storage up to 400GB, 4 USB 2.0 ports and 3 FireWire ports, the miniMate extends the capabilities of your new Mac to match the most capable workstations, all in a stylish aluminum and plastic enclosure that perfectly complements Apple’s Mac Mini!
Oh… TRENT has prepared!… Oh! Why not more of that?!
There are not many great CSS Editors. But there seems to be a new one that is really cool. Xyle scope. Because I will need a good CSS Authoring Tool in the near future this is quite helpful.
“Einer der Gründe, warum ich Websites teilweise auf Firefox entwickele, ist der Live-CSS-Editor der Web Developer Toolbar. Ein geniales Ding, wenn auch ziemlich hässlich und manchmal ein bisschen buggy. Xyle Scope ist gewissermaßen die extrem aufgebohrte, native OS X-Variante dieser Grundidee.
Xyle ist jedoch keine Safari-Erweiterung, sondern eine Standalone-Applikation, die auf dem Apple WebKit basiert und Seiten somit genauso rendert wie Safari. Hinzu kommt jedoch eine Seitenleiste, in der man sich allerlei CSS- und HTML-Strukturen anzeigen lassen kann. Dabei ist es egal, wo sich die Seite befindet, ob auf dem eigenen Rechner oder irgendwo im Web.”
Source 1: http://www.praegnanz.de/weblog/598/xyle-scope-daumen-hoch
Source 2: http://www.culturedcode.com/xyle/