Jobs, Current Apple Board Cleared on Backdated Pixar Stocks

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2007, 15:32
Category: News

Walt Disney Inc. has announced that it discovered backdated stock options at Pixar, a technology company founded by Apple CEO Steve Jobs during his years away from Apple.
The discovery, as noted by Macworld News, clears Jobs of any wrongdoing.
“The Committee and Board have concluded that while options were backdated at Pixar prior to the acquisition, no one currently associated with the Company engaged in any intentional or deliberate acts of misconduct,” commented Disney representatives.
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Rosyna Discusses Prebinding Bug in OS X Updates

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2007, 14:20
Category: How-To

A post over on Unsanity wherein the author (identified as “Rosyna”) describes the prebinding bug in Mac OS X 10.4.
Simply put, this is where Mac OS X finishes installing an update and enters its “Optimizing System Performance” stage. Here, the operating system is prebinding, or looking off memory offsets of symbols in the operating systems’ libraries before a program is launched and won’t have to search for these offsets later on (whenever I’m installing an update and it takes a while with someone looking over my shoulder while the Mac reaches this stage, I tell them this is important. And not to interrupt. Ever.)
The “not touching the Mac” part might be just that critical. According to Rosyna’s post, Mac OS X features a bug wherein if multiple processes are prebinding at a given time, it’s possible for a system’s file system to completely zero itself out.
The best way around this: let the “Optimize System Performance” process run to its conclusion and don’t launch any applications during this time. The piece also discusses workarounds in case the system happens to zero itself out.
If you’ve had any experience with this or advice to offer on prebinding under Mac OS X, let us know.


Fmenu Plugin Hooks iPhoto to Facebook Albums

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2007, 11:05
Category: Software

The guys over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog has pointed out Fmenu, an open source program that allows the user to hook their iPhoto albums into their Facebook social network albums. Here, users can select photos and export items directly to their account.
FMenu, which resides in the menu bar by the clock when installed, can also alert the user as to the follow Facebook account changes:
-A friend updates his profile
-A friend changes his status
-A friend writes a new note
-Someone writes on your wall
-You have new messages
-You have new pokes
-You have new friend requests
-You have new photo comments
The software is a free 270 kilobyte download (courtesy of SourceForge) and is a universal binary capable of running at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware. Fmenu requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later and the Growl notification program to already be installed to run.
Give it a try and if you have opinions on it either way, let us know.


Headplay Announces Personal Cinema System

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2007, 08:23
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On Friday, Headplay announced its Personal Cinema System a three part unit that allows media sources to be input through a converter and the user to be able to view content with the equivalent of a 52″ screen six feet away through a pair of goggles.
The Personal Cinema System, powered by a breakout box known as the “Liberator”, allows for connections from an iPod’s Dock connector, USB 2.0 connections, a CompactFlash card connection and RCA and S-Video connections. Headplay also includes a distinctive remote control according to MacNN that lets the user control the device’s volume, doubles as an audio jack and controls a heads-up display with which to manage content.
The device also includes a pair of supplied earbuds and will be available in June for US$499.


Apple Releases iTunes 7.1.1

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Date: Monday, March 19th, 2007, 07:41
Category: Software

On Friday, Apple released iTunes version 7.1.1, a patch version which addresses stability issues within iTunes 7.1 as well as what the company terms “minor” compatibility issues with that version of the software. The patch also addresses various bugs within the recently-released Windows Vista operating system, Apple working closely with Microsoft to resolve various issues between the two products.
This month, Apple released iTunes 7.1, which added support for Apple’s upcoming Apple TV device, due out sometime this month. The 7.1 version also added Cover Flow and improved sorting options for tracks currently on file according to Macworld News.
iTunes 7.1.1 is a 27.4 megabyte download and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, a 500 MHz G3, G4, G5 or Intel-based processor and 256 megabytes of RAM to run. The software is available for free and can also be snagged via Mac OS X’s built in Software Update feature.
If you’ve had a positive, negative or interesting experience with the new version, let us know.