The Real Reason Apple Does Windows

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Date: Monday, April 10th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

He did it to finally castrate Redmond’s last stranglehold on Apple; to wit, “Office:mac.” (sic) No longer would Apple be subject to the MBU’s whims, threats, foot-draggings and feigned indifference to gain leverage and force Apple to do its bidding. The impetuous, jealous and child-like Bill Gates made truck-loads of cash peddling the horrendous (but vital to millions because, as Chef Joanna says “it’s what everyone else uses”) Office to Mac users, but it’s not like he needed the money. No, it did something much more entertaining for Bill- it gave him power over Steve. Now, if Microsoft folds up the MBU tents (takes its ball and goes home), who cares? Windows can be run on a Mac, along with Office or any other crappy-but-necessary Windows “proggie.”

Read the rest on my blog.
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iAlertU Uses MacBook Motion Sensor and iSight Cam

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Date: Monday, April 10th, 2006, 00:50
Category: MacBook Pro

iAlertU gets the award for the most innovative use of the MacBook Pro’s motion sensor and built-in iSight camera that we’ve seen. Click through to Engadget for the links.

We’ve been seeing posts and vids (and getting tips) on a program called iAlertU all week, but were a little skeptical of software that claims to use the tilt sensors and camera in your MacBook Pro for triggering an alarm if someone tries to snatch your lappie. Skeptical, that is, until a beta version of the application was released today, and while feedback so far indicates that the code is still pretty buggy, the program seems to actually work, with users generally pleased about the overall operation (for the five minute usage limitation of the beta, anyway). Developer Slapping Turtle says that once all the kinks are worked out, a non-time limited version will be available for $10, which seems like a good deal once key features are implemented — most importantly, headphone jack and other overrides, because even the most dim-witted thief may somehow stumble upon the "force restart" key combo in mid-heist.

iAlertU MacBook alarm software available in beta – Engadget

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Play Doom II and Half Life on Your iPod

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Date: Sunday, April 9th, 2006, 20:40
Category: iPod

YouTube has a video of Doom II and HalfLife running on the 5g iPod. Doom is included in the latest RockBox build.

Playing doom II and halflife on my 60g 5th gen ipod. Using rockbox firmwareAdded on April 08, 2006, 09:10 PM by bogaut

YouTube – Doom II running on 5g ipod

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13.3-Inch MacBook Coming in May

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Date: Sunday, April 9th, 2006, 20:20
Category: MacBook

Think Secret is reporting that the iBook replacement, dubbed "MacBook" is in the manufacturing stage  and will be released in "30-60 days." The article notes that the MacBook will share features with the Mac mini and will ship with Core Solo and Core Duo processors and be marketed as a replacement for the 12-inch PowerBook G4. Don’t look for a 12-inch MacBook Pro folks, it’ll be a 13.3-inch MacBook instead. We hear that a 17-inch MacBook Pro will follow later in the summer. 

Apple has begun manufacturing its new MacBook and should have the laptop in consumer hands in the next 30-60 days, sources report. The MacBook—and it will indeed be called the MacBook, sources have confirmed, as Apple will be dropping the iBook moniker—is being built exclusively around a 13.3-inch widescreen display with a 1280×720 WXGA resolution, as previously reported

Think Secret – MacBook to land at last by May

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Ableton Releases Live 5.2 (Universal Binary)

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Date: Saturday, April 8th, 2006, 15:44
Category: Software

After seeing it in action at Winter Music Conference in Miami, I’ve got more respect for Ableton Live than ever. It’s great news that they are now shipping version 5.2 which adds Universal Binary support.

Berlin, April 7, 2006. Ableton today announced the release of Live 5.2, bringing immediate native Intel-Mac support. This development makes Live 5.2 one of the first professional audio applications on the market to run as a Universal Binary to take advantage of Apple’s fastest machines: the new Intel-Mac.
Intel-Mac Live 5.0 users can purchase a Live 5.2 serial number for 49 USD/39 EUR via the Ableton webshop. Customers who purchase the upgrade to Live 6 from the Ableton webshop will receive a full refund of this 49 USD/39 EUR. Live 6 is scheduled for release in Q3. Complete information on Live 6’s specs, availability, and pricing will be made available this summer.
Intel-Mac users who purchased Live 5 after Steve Jobs’ announcement of the new Intel-Macs (January 10, 2006) will receive the Live 5.2 download at no additional charge.
For all other Live 5 users on PCs and non Intel-Mac machines, Live 5.2 will be released as a free bug-fix update.

I recommend that you download the latest demo from and try the lessons.


Extreme PowerBook: Umm, Yeah.

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Date: Saturday, April 8th, 2006, 15:28
Category: Uncategorized

extreme-powerbook.jpgSo they don’t say much about how it happened, but this has got to be one of the most extreme PowerBook manglings that I’ve seen (except for maybe that motorcycle one). The only detail is “It boots……Airport works….”. Looks like it got run over by a Hummer, and I don’t mean one of the little ones, either.

Scott Stevenson, of Theocacao, shares this picture of Matt Johnston’s Powerbook. It has obviously been through a lot, but it still boots and Airport works as well.

Mangled Powerbook still works – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

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MacBook Pro EVDO ExpressCard in May

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Date: Saturday, April 8th, 2006, 15:56
Category: MacBook Pro

I just stumbled across this little ditty on TUAW about EVDO ExpressCards on the way from Novatel Wireless. Those of you that live in EVDO coverage areas (which I do not) can rejoice. I’d love to get the service down in my area but it’s a toss up between which I want first EVDO or FIOS coverage. Hmmm… Anyway, click through to TUAW for the links.

I happened by Om Malik’s blog today and saw, as CTIA winds down, he’s caught wind of an EVDO card from Novatel Wireless that’s due in May. The best news is, it’s going to be an Express card, and it’ll work in the MacBook Pro, no Windows partition needed. So what? Well I guess C.K. can finally get back to playing World of Warcraft in Central Park (and freaking out the squares). If you just can’t wait until next month, when they are rumored to appear, you can keep an eye on this MacBook Pro page on Wireless is great, especially if it’s everywhere. There is a USB EVDO device from Novatel that’ll be out "later this year."

Mac EVDO card in May – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

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How to Avoid a MacBook Meltdown – Part I

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Date: Friday, April 7th, 2006, 10:40
Category: Software

Thank you to all the people that wrote to me about my MacBook meltdown yesterday after installing Mac OS 10.4.6 and the MacBook Pro Firmware update. PowerPage reader Bill Elkus wrote about one of the best suggestions that I’ve received:

Before I install any system update, I make a bootable backup using Synchronize Pro X from Qdea. Then if I don’t like the update, I just boot off the external hard drive and overwrite my internal hard drive with the prior image. It takes perhaps ten minutes because it only writes the changes (most of the time is spent finding the changes).
I use Synchronize Pro X religiously at least once a day and it has saved me more then a dozen times over the five years I have owned various versions of the application. Rather than chase down some corrupted preference file, I just revert to an earlier state of my Mac. If I have done substantial work in the mean time, I can usually keep that too since Synchronize Pro X has an option to show you what it is going to change before overwriting anything and it allows you to selectively remove any particular file or files from the process.

Heed this advice fair reader and learn from my mistake.
Rob Kolter wrote How to Avoid a MacBook Meltdown – Part II on 12 April 2006.


Getting Things Done

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Date: Friday, April 7th, 2006, 10:00
Category: Uncategorized

Getting Things Done is a productivity methodology created by David Allen and our own Emory Lundberg has jumped in with both feet.

This paper is nothing more than a summary and use-case of implementing David Allen’s Getting Things Done™ (GTD) using both hifi and lofi weaponry with a primary focus on Mac OS X but the general desire to be as desktop platform agnostic as possible, except where not possible.
The author puts portability, mobility, and efficiency above all other considerations. The author is an information security researcher and engineer for a large organization with offices around the globe, as well as a consultant, and a freelance writer. Due to the very nature of the author’s responsibilities, a suitable workflow to implement GTD was difficult to accomplish.
As something of a (wince) subject-matter expert for mobile tech specifically relating to Mac OS X and wireless connectivity this paper is decidedly low-tech. Presently the online methods for implementing GTD are deemed by the author to be not mobile-friendly and the author places the utmost importance on accessibility and reliability.
For most of my friends at 43Folders this will read like an erotic novel. Hello, everyone!
This is my trusted system. I trust it. It works for me. It has helped me sleep better, work better, play better, and live a much better life. With all things related to productivity, it comes down to what works for you.

Read the rest of Emory’s story on his blog.


The Apple Core: Virtualize, don’t dual boot

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Date: Friday, April 7th, 2006, 10:09
Category: The Apple Core

There’s been plenty of hype about Apple’s dual boot option for Windows Macs, Boot Camp but there’s another option that is worthy of consideration.
In my post about Boot Camp yesterday I mentioned that although it’s a great option for people that need a full Windows workstation, I prefer something like Wine that allows you to run Windows applications while still living in Mac OS X.
There’s another solution that does this now called Parallels. Parallels Workstation 2.1 is the first desktop virtualization solution for Intel-based Macs that enables you to run Windows, Linux and other operating systems in parallel inside Mac OS X.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.