Greenpeace Report Targets Apple, Misses

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Date: Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, 00:01
Category: Opinion

Greenpeace recently released a “Guide to Greener Electronics,” which specifically called attention to Apple and assigned the company a failing grade.
But just this April, the Sierra Club named Apple a “Forward Green Leader,” as one of the top ten environmentally progressive companies.
How is that possible? It turns out that the Greenpeace report was written by a member of the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, the grandstanding group that staged demonstrations last year complaining that consumers would throw away their iPod rather than replace its battery.
Both the SVTC campaign and the Greenpeace report were both factually flawed and grossly misleading. Here’s an evaluation of the claims each made, in comparison with the facts.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted.com

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Why Is Apple so Secretive?

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Date: Wednesday, August 30th, 2006, 09:20
Category: Opinion

Apple has long been notoriously secretive about its unreleased products. Critics compare Apple’s secrecy against the transparent development efforts of open source projects, and even with other commercial developers. Microsoft, for example, has a history of providing detailed roadmaps of future plans. Why does Apple keep its future plans under wraps?
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted Magazine

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Exploding Battery Panic!

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Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

Dell and Apple recently announced recalls of 5 million Sony laptop batteries. The recall was prompted by safety issues caused by batteries melting, and in some cases, even catching on fire. While the incidents aren’t widespread, the very real danger posed by laptop batteries unpredictably catching on fire has consumers worried.
Here’s a look at the problem, how batteries work, and steps you can take to maximize your safety.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted Magazine

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Greenpeace Guide to Green Electronics

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Date: Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, 01:30
Category: Opinion


The biggest names in electronics have just sat their first global exam on their green credentials. Ranked on their use of toxic chemicals and electronic waste (e-waste) policies only Dell and Nokia scraped a barely respectable score while Apple, Motorola and Lenovo flunked the test to finish bottom of the class.

Our scorecard highlights which of the major electronics companies is doing the most to remove the worst toxic chemicals from their products and which companies have good recycling programs for their products

Newsvine – Your guide to green electronics

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How Apple’s Firmware Leapfrogs BIOS PCs

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Date: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006, 07:00
Category: Opinion

Prior to the latest series of Intel Macs released this year, Apple had been using Open Firmware and their own proprietary disk partitioning system called APM. The new Intel Macs can read, but not boot, from existing APM drives. PowerPC Macs running Mac OS X 10.4.2 or later can read, but not boot, from GPT formatted disks.
Tiger is currently not Universal, so a Mac OS X boot disk has to be Intel or PowerPC specific. Therefore, the ability to boot both Mac architectures from the same type of disk isn’t very important.
With Leopard, Apple will release one version of Mac OS X that installs and runs on both PowerPC and Intel Macs. After delivering Leopard, Apple will likely release new firmware for Intel Macs that removes any limitations from booting from the APM drives created by PowerPC Macs. This will once again allow a single drive to boot any Mac computer. It’s also possible, but more unlikely, that Apple will allow PowerPC Macs to boot from GPT drives.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted Magazine

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Bloggers In Blind Rage Over Digg Article

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Date: Friday, August 18th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

Uncharacteristically, the attack wasn’t just one sided; extremist advocates from both Windows and Mac camps venomously attacked the report as “lies,” “underhanded,” and “zealotry.” What was the racy subject that offended so many so quickly?
Yesterday’s Windows 5x More Expensive than Mac OS X, had rather innocuously recounted the development of Mac OS X, with comparisons between the products delivered by Apple and Microsoft since 2000. It concluded with an accounting of how much users of each platform would have to pay to stay current over the last seven years.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted Magazine

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Windows 5x More Expensive than Mac OS X

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Date: Thursday, August 17th, 2006, 10:00
Category: Opinion

How will software pricing affect sales of Apple’s upcoming Leopard and Microsoft’s Vista? Here’s a historical comparison of professional desktop operating systems from both, leading up to a future outlook for how Microsoft’s significantly more expensive platform will affect new computer sales in 2007.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted Magazine

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Three Reasons Why Microsoft Can’t Ship (and Apple can)

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Date: Friday, August 11th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

How has Apple been able to ship six major revisions of Mac OS X in the same timeframe that Microsoft has done little for their desktop users apart from service packs, patches and ads?
Compare Apple’s development of Mac OS X with these three distractions that Microsoft struggles with, and you’ll see why half a decade has passed without any significant feature upgrades to Windows XP!
It’s not that Microsoft has been standing still. They’ve been working hard to deliver a regular volley of patches and workarounds to Windows’ security vulnerabilities and redesigns for Window’s architectural flaws. Further, they’ve been sidetracked by the allure of adware and paid search.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted Magazine

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Alternative Interfaces Part 2

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Date: Friday, August 11th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

Back in February I posted links to some alternative interfaces. One of them was by Jeff Han, a research scientist for New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
Adobe has posted a fascinating and informative video of Jeff demonstrating his latest developments. The clip runs for just under 10 minutes, so is ideal to watch while you are taking a *insert beverage of choice* break.
It is also available as a video Podcast, so you can download it to watch later on the QuickTime-enabled viewer of your choice.
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Contributed by: Brett Jordan

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WWDC Leopard Sneak Peek Highlights

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Date: Wednesday, August 9th, 2006, 00:01
Category: Opinion

New Open Source Announcements
Open Source Product Manager Ernest Prabhakar announced a broad new initiative that includes buildable Intel kernel source. Thank you, and please note Tom Yager was as completely full of hot air as I had suggested. No vast conspiracy afoot, just a delay involved with rolling out Leopard and the Intel platform.
Prabhakar also announced a new, open calendar server under the Apache license, a direct blow to Microsoft Exchange Server. The iCal Server, along with Bonjour and Launchd will be supported in a new Mac OS X centric, open development website called Mac OS Forge.
Leopard feature overview
Leopard Server feature overview
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted.com

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