The Apple Core: Meet the Flockers

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Date: Monday, April 10th, 2006, 08:43
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flock.jpgMy favorite Web browser these days is Flock. It’s built on the Firefox engine, supports my various blogs and cool features built-in like hooks to the social networking services that I use.
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The Apple Core: Virtualize, don’t dual boot

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Date: Friday, April 7th, 2006, 10:09
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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.
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The Apple Core: Apple vs. Me

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Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2006, 10:00
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Would you ever want to be on the business end of legal action from a company with US$9 billion in cash? What about being targeted for deletion by one of most powerful multi-national corporations in the world? What if a company with US$14 billion in revenue and 14,000 employees wanted a piece of your ass?
Welcome to my world.
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The Apple Core: Apple Endorses Windows XP Booting with Boot Camp

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Date: Wednesday, April 5th, 2006, 13:20
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boot-camp-beta.jpgApple has released a public beta of a product they’re calling Boot Camp that will let you dual boot an Intel-based Mac into Windows XP.
According to the public beta Web site “Boot Camp lets you install Windows XP without moving your Mac data, though you will need to bring your own copy (of Windows)… Boot Camp will burn a CD of all the required drivers for Windows so you don’t have to scrounge around the Internet looking for them.”
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The Apple Core: Tevanian, Rubinstein leave Apple

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Date: Monday, April 3rd, 2006, 08:54
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tevanian-rubenstein.jpgMarch 31, 2006 was the last official day of employment for two key Apple executives: Avadis “Avie” Tevanian, Jr. and Jon Rubinstein.
Think Secret reported last Monday that San Francisco Chronicle reporter Alan T. Saracevic confirmed that Tevanian was leaving to “pursue other interests.”
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The Apple Core: The Beatles in court (again) with Apple

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Date: Friday, March 31st, 2006, 08:21
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apple-corps-logo.jpgThe Beatles record label, Apple Corps Ltd. was in court for the third time in as many decades with Apple Computer, Inc. this wee. The record label claims that the Cupertino, CA computer firm has breached an agreement dating back to 1991 preventing it from entering the music business. In the 1980′s Apple Corps Ltd. took Apple to court over the use of their logo.
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The Apple Core: More on the mysterious MagSafe connector

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Date: Tuesday, March 21st, 2006, 12:03
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I mentioned in my posting yesterday that Apple’s new MagSafe power connector is both an asset and a liability.
There was a piece on the Japanese Mac Treasure Tracing Club Web site on 26 February 2006 that stated “Because Apple acquired a patent for MagSafe, third party manufacturers cannot sell an adapter with with such a connector.” It also goes on to say that Apple is not going to give permission to do so.
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The Apple Core: MagSafe being withheld from third parties?

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Date: Monday, March 20th, 2006, 08:00
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One of my favorite things about the MacBook Pro is the MagSafe power connector, but the more I use it the more I am finding that things might not be as rosy as I originally thought.
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The Apple Core: DIY Photoshop Torture Test

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Date: Thursday, March 16th, 2006, 11:48
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Photoshop-torture-test.jpgBack in February I posted some Photoshop benchmarks pitting the MacBook Pro 2.0GHz against the PowerBook G4 1.5GHz. Not surprisingly, the old-school PowerBook G4 won the pixel-pushing death-match in a unanimous decision due to the fact the Photoshop is written to natively address the PowerPC chip whereas the MacBook Pro is sorely hobbled by the constraints of Rosetta emulation.
If you’ve ever wondered how your Apple iron stacks up to the Photoshop benchmarks I posted, I am making available the Photoshop action and test files that I used in the test. Feel free to download them and run them on your own machine. After you run the Photoshop action, please post your results in the TalkBack below!
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Tempmarks: MacBook Pro versus PowerBook G4

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Date: Wednesday, March 15th, 2006, 08:00
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One of the most popular questions about the new MacBook Pro is about its temperature. Users of previous PowerBook G4s (especially the 12-inch model) are very conscious of the ambient heat generated by their machines. It’s difficult to use on your lap after running for as little as 30 minutes. This heat (and lawyers) are the reasons manufacturers don’t call them “laptops” any more – they’re only referred to as “notebooks” now.
In fact, Apple’s MacBook Pro User Guide explicitly states “Do not leave the bottom of your MacBook Pro in contact with your lap or any surface of your body for extended periods.” Adding that “prolonged contact with your body could cause discomfort and potentially a burn.”
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