Apple's Lawsuits Leave Mac Faithful With Bitter Taste

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Date: Wednesday, March 9th, 2005, 09:00
Category: Archive

The LA Times’ Terril Yue Jones has posted a story (“Apple’s Lawsuits to Guard Its Secrets Leave Mac Faithful With Bitter Taste“) about the litiguous nature of the “new Apple.”

Rumormongering about the latest creations from Apple Computer Inc. is as much a part of the Apple experience as the one-button mouse.
The notoriously secretive company is trying to change that by suing website operators that publish confidential details about unreleased products ? and that may spur a backlash among techies who have admired Apple’s unconventional style.

Read more at the LA Times.

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Theory: T-Mobile Web Site Victimized by Injection Attacks

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Date: Wednesday, March 9th, 2005, 09:00
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ComputerWorld is speculating that the recent compromise of T-Mobile account data by hackers was a result of SQL “injection” attacks:

Koziol speculated that Jacobsen used a SQL injection attack to compromise T-Mobile’s servers and noted that, as of his posting, there were “literally hundreds of injection vulnerabilities littered throughout the T-Mobile website,” according to his blog, “Ethical Hacking and Computer Forensics.”
In a SQL injection attack, attackers use a SQL database query to send, or “inject,” unexpected commands into a SQL database, allowing them to manipulate the database’s contents.

What’s T-Mobile doing to protect customer’s data? The company has been suspiciously quiet on the issue.

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Apple Developing New Palmtop Mac

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Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2005, 10:56
Category: Hardware

Apple eMate 300Remember Apple’s eMate 300 from the early nineties? (nicknamed “Eat Me” by developers). It was a kind of Batman green and a fab little flat lap Newton. The PowerPage EU bureau has been beamed some details of a secret development team planning specifications for the release of a new mini laptop. (It goes well with their current mini theme. -Ed). Deep in the Apple cave these slim little mini pocketops are doing the rounds and getting a lot of great feedback. Sources who claim to have see one have commented that an internal planning spec details that the new machine runs a stripped-down flavour of Mac OS X. We’re told that it will finally utilize Apple’s Inkwell technology to “write anywhere” and neatly fold into your pocket – rather like an enlarged Motorola RAZR V3 mobile phone with a keyboard.

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ITMS Just Training Wheels for iTunes Video Store?

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Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2005, 10:35
Category: iTunes Music Store, Software

Richard Ackerman revisits the rumor of an iTunes Video Store

Why is The Incredibles movie trailer inside of iTunes?
I wondered why Apple put trailers inside of iTunes.
But I have figured it out.
Apple is building the platform for selling video downloads the same way they sell music downloads.
Why do they host trailers on their site at all?
Hmm, sort of a daily infrastructure test…
Why video inside iTunes? iTunes is crossplatform… sales platform…
Steve has said that portable video (the “iPod Video”) doesn’t make sense. (There is already portable Mac video, it’s called an iBook or PowerBook.) But downloading video to your desktop… or say the Mac Mini… Send the video over wireless to your TV like they do with the AirPort Express audio thing…
Notice how every time Steve does a talk he goes on and on about some new video thing the Mac can do? I thought he was wearing his Pixar hat, but he’s actually building the Mac video infrastructure.

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Mobile Data – You Really Can Take it With You

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Date: Monday, March 7th, 2005, 22:47
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My good friend from high school’s older brother walked by us one day while we were hacking away at an old Mac SE and smugly remarked, “My Visa card has more memory than that thing!” Although he was probably right at the time, we now carry much denser forms of data with us all the time – sometimes several of them at once. Wether it’s one of those fancy USB Flash drives, an iPod or your PowerBook you’re probably carrying much more data than you even think about. Read more…

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CherryOS Mac Emulator for PCs Now Available

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Date: Monday, March 7th, 2005, 20:01
Category: Software

If you are interested in running the Mac OS on a PC, check out www.CherryOS.com (US$49). It looks like they have updated their Web site and a “trial download” is now available. Read more about the not-so-cheery parts of Cherry…

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Bumptunes Controls iTunes with PB Motion Sensor

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Date: Monday, March 7th, 2005, 08:42
Category: Software

Bumptunes is script that allows you to control iTunes with the 2005 PowerBook G4′s motion sensor. Here’s more from Interconnected.org:

After a few more minutes, we had the tilt sensor controlling Timo’s music. You rock the machine backwards for the next track, and rock it forwards for the previous track. Then we realised that you rarely need “previous”–you just listen to music, and when a track comes on your don’t want to hear, you jog your laptop and it bumps on to the next song (and you don’t need to be in iTunes). Wicked. Tasty microembodiment.
Here’s the script: bumptunes.py. Download amstracker, put both files in the same directory, go to that directory in the Terminal and type:
./amstracker -u 0.1 -s | python bumptunes.py
That amstracker tool is absolutely fantastic, I can think of a thousand things I want to do with it: Bumps that are application-specific, that take into account context, length of bump, slower tilts. You could extract some very nuanced input, and do some very detailed things with the computer. Drawing, rapid-fire email filing (tilt right to delete, left to keep, like you’re driving through time through your mail inbox).

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Bubblegym First Game for the PowerBook Motion Sensor

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Date: Monday, March 7th, 2005, 08:51
Category: Software

Bubblegym is a tilt-controlled computer game for the 2005 Apple PowerBook G4.

As far as I know the very first computer game that reacts to how the machine is tilted. The 2005 Powerbooks have a chip on the logic board that is there to signal if the computer is dropped. Thanks to Amit Singh (kernelthread.com) this chip’s values can be read and utilized for your amuzement. The gameplay is simple but challenging, control the balls by leaning the computer and get to the clouds before they disappear. The program is donationshareware. Donate what you think it is worth and you get the full version.

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Pod My Ride

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Date: Sunday, March 6th, 2005, 13:48
Category: Hardware

Additional options to connect iPods to vehicles that were left out which you may find interesting. Read more about ICElink…

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The Maytag PowerBook Man

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Date: Friday, March 4th, 2005, 22:48
Category: Hardware

No one wants to fix your PowerBook. Apple’s charge for repairing the screen of a 15″ PowerBook equals the cost of a new one. Fortunately, there are 3rd-party techs who can provide customer service at a reasonable price. Read more…

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