Thursday, July 01, 2004
Apple Announces 100 Million Song Countdown Promo
Apple will begint he countdown to 100 million songs by giving away 50 special 20GB iPod — one to the purchaser of each 100,000th song downloaded between 95 million and 100 million songs.
Apple's Rendezvous Comes To Windows, Linux, Java
Apple is further promoting the standard with the release of Rendezvous technology for Java clients, POSIX platforms, and a "technology preview" for Windows.
On The Dasbboard
Dashboard Vs. Konfabulator
Apple may hire you to work for them. They may buy your code if they want it. But they will not pay you off just for an idea, nor should they be expected to.
Dashboard Ain't About Little Apps That Apple Creates And Ships With The OS
Dashboard is like Hypercard, and that's something much more interesting altogether.
The concept of web pages as accessories inside a browser has existed for years.
I wanted to clear up what the widgets actually are written in. They are Web pages, plain and simple, and so you have the power of WebKit behind each one...
There Actually Is Some Validity To The Developer Complaint
There's a lot to be said for licking your wounds quietly especially when you produce software of great utility but limited depth. What's good is that developers are starting to care about other developers.
Oh Well, Maybe Next Year
I don't know what really went on between Apple and the makers of Konfabulator, but neither do you... Is anyone aware that the makers of Konfabulator were also the makers of Kaleidoscope, and that back during their Kaleidoscope days, they got into some kind of legal tussle with Apple for purportedly lifting the Aqua interface and using it in Kaleidoscope?
Does The "Director" Of Apple's Dashboard Watn His Name Off The Project?
If you watch the preview video of Apple's controversial Dashboard, you will see an address book entry for an Apple employee named Alan Smithee.
As things get clearer, it seems that Apple's Dashboard is copied from Microsoft's Active Desktop. Active Desktop something Microsoft "innovated" from the days of the great Browser War I. That makes more sense.
No matter how hard I try, I fail to see how Dashboard has evolved from the idea of Desktop Accessories.
Apple Launches Final Cut Express 2 Promo
Get Final Cut Express 2 for US$99 when purchasing any Mac.
Tiger, Longhorn Search For Desktop Answers
Microsoft and Apple are searching for the same thing with their next operating systems: a better way to find stuff on an increasingly cluttered hard drive.
Apple, Others Want To Change Web Browser Plug-Ins
The Mozilla Foundation — in partnership with Apple, Adobe, Macromedia, Opera and Sun — has announced a series of changes to Web browser plug-ins that they say "will allow richer Web browsing experiences."
Dell Offers iPod Trade-In Deal
For $99, consumers can exchange any iPod for a 15-Gbyte Dell Digital Jukebox.
UW Researchers Win Award From Apple Computer
Professor Michael Newton and his colleagues took the prize for their statistical analysis of biological data.
2004 Apple Design Awards Winners Posted
The "Best Mac OS X Product" award went to Big Bang Chess 1.0 from Freeverse Software.
Aged iMac 'Harming Apple'
According to NewRatings, analysts expect Apple to announce disappointing 3Q FY04 earnings.
Wall Street Immune To Tiger's Charms
Wall Street investors did not get the new iMac they were hoping for, and they showed it in two days of heavy dealing in Apple's stock.
More On Automotive iPods
A simple Aux jack doesn't recharge the iPod, as the Apple-BMW device does, and doesn't let you control playback.
Is Spotlight Actually Tunnelvision?
Spotlight is addressing the market hype of Google, search, and meta-data, while ignoring user's needs like a proper Finder to find files.
We Will Have A 20 Year Anniversay Mac... Will We?
While Steve Jobs was demostrating Spotlight technology, 3 keywords have been sued: iMac, Paris and Birthday...
The .Mac Gap
The moment other services started following Gmail's lead, .Mac's value proposition became weaker.
User don't really want a good knowledge base to consult when things go wrong — they want the problem to be instantly diagnosed and fixed for them.
This person doesn't deserve this kind of treatment from Apple support, who have mailed him the wrong kind of RAM three times in a row.
Actually, nobody deserve this kind of treatment.
Evan Williams: The funny thing about technology entrepreneurs is that they want to: a) change the world; and, b) do it in a hurry, before someone else does.