Aperture Questions and Extending Apple's Halo Effect

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Date: Friday, October 28th, 2005, 10:11
Category: Software

If one can argue that the iPod has had a “halo effect” to benefit Macintosh sales, then maybe one could also argue that releasing Apple’s new Aperture software for Windows would also draw more Wintel users to the Mac platform.
Don’t laugh. Think about it.
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Update: iFill Updated for iTunes 6

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Date: Friday, October 28th, 2005, 10:50
Category: Software

UPDATE: Griffin Technology has release iFill version 1.0.9 that fixes a problem with iTunes 6′s database format.
On Tuesday I covered a killer app for the iPod called iFill from Griffin Technology in my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

It works like this: attach your iPod, enable “disk use” in iTunes and launch iFill. The software presents you with a nice graphical display of your iPod’s memory and allows you to reserve a certain amount for iFill. You then choose from thousands of Internet radio stations and click record (you can even fill your iPod quicker by selecting multiple stations to record at once.) As you sleep and re-charge your iPod you can also be topping it off with iFill.

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Flock: My New Web Browser

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Date: Monday, October 24th, 2005, 08:51
Category: Software

I’ve been a Firefox user for quite a while but have been getting more than a little tired of a few issues with it. For example, you can’t press the up arrow key to jump to the beginning of a text field and new windows can take eight to 10 seconds to open. Firefox issues notwithstanding, I’ve found my new Web browser: Flock.
Flock is a new browser that’s built on the Mozilla code base, but it’s more than that. The coolest new features in Flock are built around social networking, and I don’t mean that you can find an Internet date with it, either. My favorite features:
- Instead of favorites and bookmarks Flock works with del.icio.us and syncs your local favorites with your del.icio.us ones. “Each time you star a page as a Favorite, it is added to both your local and your del.icio.us list.” If you haven’t used del.icio.us’ network bookmarks yet, set up an account today and you’ll never look back.
- Flickr image support. “With Flock, blogging Flickr pictures is easy. You can drag and drop pictures from our integrated Flickr topbar right into your blog post.”
- Blogging. In case you haven’t heard, there’s this craze called blogging and everyone’s got one. If you’re a blogger, Flock features built-in tools that allow you to easily highlight some text on a Web page, right-click on it and select “blog this.” This feature has tons of potential but I could only get it to work with my Blogger account. For whatever reason, It wouldn’t work with my Movable Type or WordPress blogs.
Bear in mind that Flock is only a developer preview, they list the version number as 0.5-pre. So expect to find lots of bugs and prepare to stare at the spinning beach ball every now and again. If you’re into browsers and you use any of the social networking tools mentioned above, you owe it to yourself to check out Flock.

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iTunes 6.0.1 Released

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Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2005, 22:33
Category: iTunes, Software

Apple release iTunes 6.0.1 tonight via Software Update (although some people weren’t getting it). iTunes 6.0 was listed as build number 17, while 6.0.1 is listed as build number 3. According to Apple “iTunes 6.0.1 features several stability improvements over iTunes 6.” The 6.0.1 update appears to fix the broken TV show previews in iTunes 6.

My favorite comment about iTunes was about the application icon posted by Ronald Schoedel:

…we are waaaaay overdue for a change in the icon. Version 1 was pink notes, version two was blue notes, version 3 was a single purple note, and version 4 and ever since has been the single green note. THREE VERSIONS (4, 5, and 6) with the SAME ICON? What is happening!? Are Apple asleep on the job? Too busy worrying about adding new features to get around to updating the icon???? I swear, this is the last free software from Apple I will download if they don’t get on the ball. Steve, are you listening to your loyal fans????

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Five Architectural Flaws in Windows Solved In Mac OS X

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Date: Monday, October 10th, 2005, 03:28
Category: Software

What was intended to be a short aside about Mac OS X’s strengths turned into an entire series on Windows NT/2000/xp flaws! Here is the first of five examples of core Windows architectural problems that relate to process management, applications and security. Click through for the link…

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The Apple Wishlist: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Part 2

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Date: Monday, October 10th, 2005, 02:45
Category: Software

It might seem early to be talking about new features for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, considering that we just got Tiger, but now’s the perfect time to look at ideas Apple could consider in the next major release. Roughly Drafted’s The Apple Wishlist: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Part 2 looks at process control and notification services. Click through for the link…

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GarageSale 1.9 Price Drop; Pro Features new Free

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Date: Monday, October 3rd, 2005, 01:27
Category: Software

We’re big fans of eBay here at the PowerPage and our favorite listing application just got better. iwascoding today released GarageSale 1.9, a free update to its award-winning eBay client for the Mac. The best part is that GarageSale Pro, an add-on service for GarageSale that allows tracking of your auctions is now offered free. iwascoding has lowered the price to US$19.99 (US$5 off) to celebrate GarageSale’s first birthday.

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FireFox 1.0.7 Available

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Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2005, 19:38
Category: Any Laptop Computer, Software

FirefoxFireFox 1.0.7 is available. In their own words: “Firefox 1.0.7 is a security and stability release. We strongly recommend that all users upgrade to this latest version.”
In other Firefox news, Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 is available for download. Beta 1 is the first Beta release of their next generation browser, to be released later this year.

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.Mac Upgraded to 1GB Storage

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Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2005, 08:01
Category: Software

dot-Mac has a completely re-designed backup tool that is very flexible and has a brand new interface. Well done. I hope to see more applications like this.
You now receive 1 GB of storage with your .Mac account if you are a current subscriber. It also includes a new blogging feature named “Groups.” Home page templates will incorporate external HTML files into the home page tools.
Although it is disappointing that no widgets were released specifically for .Mac services as promised by Apple earlier this year. It would be great if Apple released a dashboard widget for groups.

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Opera Web Browser Now Free

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Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2005, 10:57
Category: Any Laptop Computer, Software

Finally the little company from Norway has grown and will be offering its powerful and innovative Web browser for free. As I mentioned in a previous article that as I wait for FireFox 1.5 to arrive I would download and play around with Opera Version 8.
Well after doing so it has been a bitter sweet experience. There are so many unique features of this browser you’re a bit overwhelmed as you take it all in. There is so much you can customize… and there are communities that provide excellent add-ons especially for developers and widget junkies. Though innovative Opera at the same time is poorly laid out, the interface is a bit jumbled and confusing.
But don’t take my opinion for it… try it out. After all it’s FREE!
BTW, also not to be missed is the fact that Opera has been busy over at their hive. They’ve cooked up some partnerships and are really pushing for the browser on mobile devices. But what really caught my eye and has been on my mind after HP announced the TV as a digital hub was the fact Opera has a SDK for their product to run on a TV.
Very interesting in that it is written in HTML and JAVA for easy platform compatibility. Amen to that.

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