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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Apple Needs to License its DRM – Soon

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Date: Friday, July 28th, 2006, 08:10
Category: Opinion

There is a fundamental difference between the record business, the movie industry and book publishing.
When the iTunes Music Store opened, the recording industry was decimated by piracy. Not just file sharing of MP3′s but simple duplication of CDs being passed around between friends. The recording industry was hemorrhaging money when Steve Jobs got his agreement for 99 cent downloads. The distribution of recorded music worked fine when it was just the phonograph and radio.
The 8-track tape was developed for the car, but was short lived. The cassette was used to wholesale copy vinyl music collections by many industrious types and was first and foremost a recording format. The digital CD provided a boost to the industry, but there is no copy protection built in. It is unlikely that manufacturers of CD players will support some sort of revised format and DRM and the industry has tried hacking the CD format to stop copying, by installing spyware on Windows computers and introducing errors that keep CDs from mounting, all to no avail.
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The Xserve mini

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

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Two and a half years ago, I wrote an article presenting how Apple should move their Flat Panel iMac into the future: plop three inches of Mac on the back of a Cinema Display and call it the new iMac. I also presented why the alternatives made no sense. As it turned out, I was spot on.
Apple did exactly what I predicted: they dumped the igloo iMac and released a computer integrated into a slightly thicker version of their display as its successor. Since Ive, Jobs and company are all no doubt anxiously awaiting my next new idea for a new Mac product category, I’ll get right into presenting what it is, and why the world needs (drumroll please)… the Xserve mini.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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Market Share Myth: Nailed!

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

In The Apple Market Share Myth, I demonstrated how overall market share numbers can be used to suggest ideas that have no basis in reality. Here, I’ll look at the slippery aspect of numbers, prove that a quality share of the market can be better than a larger market share, and then compare how the definition of a market is critically important in determining how useful market share numbers are. In particular, I’ll look at the iPod’s market share.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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New Media and Free Market Choice

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Date: Monday, July 24th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

Here in part two, I’ll consider five examples that prove that intellectual property, while offering some new challenges, still obeys the same market laws of supply and demand. Along the way, I’ll also prove why the market has rejected digital media rentals.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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The Apple Market Share Myth

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Date: Monday, July 24th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

Market share is often used in spreading FUD. It has been used against Apple’s Macintosh since its introduction over twenty years ago. Professional nay-sayers have long insisted that the Mac’s limited market share would prevent it from benefiting from the hardware economies of scale that were driving PCs cheaper, as well as the widespread software development forces that were introducing a wide range of diverse PC applications.
Ironically, those making the biggest stink about Apple’s historically low share of the overall PC market have started attacking the iPod’s majority share of the music player market. They gleefully preach the imminent demise of the iPod because its reported market share fell to 75% of all music devices. If market share is so critically important, why aren’t the same analysts advising people to march out and buy the market leading iPod?
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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