US Government Shunning Mac users

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Date: Monday, February 13th, 2006, 11:06
Category: Software

New Grant System Excludes Mac Users

“Uh, this would be the same government that spent a lot of time and money pursuing Microsoft for its anti-competitive behavior?” one blogger wrote. “And they now offer a government site that mandates monopoly?”

Indeed.
Contrast to the move that Massachusetts recently made to only use non-proprietary formats in state offices.
Sounds like a logical step for me, why should Government only be accessible to people who run Windows?
If you’re a Mac user in the United States, you should be giving hell over this. Tens of billions of dollars were spent, and apparently one of the goals was to require people to use Windows. There is no reason these days to not support standards that are cross-platform.
Some people will try to suggest that this is fine because there aren’t as many Macs deployed, but note this gem:

Critics note that in contrast to the domination of PCs in the business community, Macs constitute about one-third to one-half of the computers scientists and academicians use.

Ah, to know your target audience and shun half of your userbase. Thanks, guys.

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Landscape Full-Screen iPod Coming April 1?

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Date: Monday, February 13th, 2006, 09:22
Category: iPod

apple-ipod-patent.gifAnalyst Charles Wolf of Needham & Co. thinks that Apple may have a surprise announcement up its sleeve for April 1, 2006. According to MacNN:

Apple could use April 1–Apple’s 30th birthday–as an opportunity to introduce an Intel-based iBook as well as the “real” video iPod. Wolf says that a failure by Apple to have an Intel iBook ready for purchase by the May beginning of the K-12 school-buying season would significantly jeopardize Apple’s education sales, in which the iBook represents an “increasing fraction.” Wolf noted that “at the end of his Macworld keynote address in January, Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, noted that the company will celebrate its 30th birthday on April 1, 2006. While it’s possible that Jobs was simply pointing out the longevity of Apple, we interpret it as a signal that Apple will hold a major birthday party in the form of new product event around that date, most likely in early April.”

Apple announced the iPod 5G with video on October 12, 2005 and there is a rumor that Apple will use their 30th anniversary to announce a “true video iPod” with an edge-to-edge screen and a virtual clickwheel. Macstein suggests that the next generation iPod will have a resolution of 960×540 and be in the 16:9 widescreen format.
Hrmph.com has posted some drawings from an Apple patent (one is pictured above) detailing what could be a new iPod form-factor. The image appears to feature an iPod in a landscape orientation running a full version of iTunes as opposed to the stripped-down iPod music player UI.

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New Lip Around Face of iPod nano 1GB

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Date: Monday, February 13th, 2006, 09:45
Category: iPod

ipod-nano-1gb-lip.jpgA posting on the iLounge message boards claims that Apple has added a new lip around the front of the new iPod nano 1GB to protect it from scratching.

Apple has sliently updated the iPod nano design in response to scratching outcry. With the 1GB nano and possible others, there is a slightly raised rim around the entire iPod, thus preventing the entire iPod face touching the surface when laid on its face.

This has not been confirmed and there’s no word on whether Apple plans a similar change to the 2GB and 4GB nanos.

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The Apple Core: iPod Wishlist – Audio Input

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Date: Monday, February 13th, 2006, 08:00
Category: The Apple Core

ipod_video_6g_mock.jpgThere’s a hot rumor floating around that Apple is planning to release a “true video iPod” soon with a large 3.5-inch display with a virtual clickwheel that appears on screen when needed then fades away when not. All that’s well and good but there’s something more practical that I want: high-quality audio capture.
The latest (5G) iPods allow you capture a full 44.1 KHz, stereo audio signal but no one’s given us a way to take advantage of this feature. Yet…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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