IE in bug fix mode? Then fix the bugs!
As was mentioned here
before, MS is discontinuing
the free version of IE for Mac, and offering it only as part of the MSN service instead. They also appear
to be doing the same with IE for Windows. The Web Standards Project
is demanding that they include standards bugs in the list they are going to fix, because MS has always advertised IE as standards-compliant.
Is it me, or does Mac Mentor
sound like the name of a comic book super-villian? (Say it slow.)
Microsoft to discontinue development of IE for the Mac...
Surprisingly this apparently isn't being done because of the low market share for Macintosh, but rather as a side effect of the increasing integration (whether real or alleged) between IE and the Operating System, which on the Mac is closed, so MS can cease development as support for their claims of mandatory integration between browser & OS. I await the next step, mandatory integration between email & OS? IM? Media tools? Net access?
A study posted at Adobe's website
describes how traditionally Mac-centric tasks (rendering using After Effects, Illustrator & Photoshop) are all faster on a PC. These kinds of studies are a dime a dozen; what's interesting isn't which platform is faster, but that Adobe would host a page proclaiming the PC is the "preferred" platform for such tasks. Given the notoriously fickle folks at Quark, I would have pegged Adobe as the biggest Mac boosters in the third party software market. Are times changing?
Apple to switch to Intel processors,
at least according to John Dvorak in a brief article over at PC Magazine. No mention in the article of the massive amount of effort required to re-write every piece of mac-compatible software for x86 architecture, or the unlikeliness of developers to be willing to do so having just optimized for OSX, but then, this piece seems to be mostly just bold, unsupported predictions.
Oh, but to imagine what could have been.
"I have been particularly impressed with the new Mac OS X operating system and the company's commitment to the open source movement."
"locates the very worst of Mac software. We search the web for 15 minutes a day -- so you don't have to!" [via Macintouch]
For Mac users (OSX), desktop widgets of a cute and useful nature. Create your own if you're so inclined; they'll add it to the gallery
. Keep track of weather, the latest Homeland Security Department alert level, sports scores, your iTunes status--all in a tiny little application.
"PowerBook G4 cooked at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. The machine still booted, video and all..." [details at MacFixIt; no permalink]
Ambient Information (NYT reg. required)
Ambient information can be defined as material objects, such as computers, watches or furniture, which interact with digital information and react in certain ways such as sound, color, or light. Apple has filed an intriguing patent
for a computer that could change color when you get an e-mail, for example. So, is this concept the next “new thing” or the next pet rock?
Ellen Feiss speaks!
In her first-ever interview, she breaks her silence and answers the question many of you have been asking
: "by the time I made it it was like 10, so I was really tired. The funny thing was, I was
on drugs! I was on Benedryl, my allergy medication, so I was really out of it anyway. That's why my eyes were all red, because I have seasonal allergies. But no one believes me." (via MacRumors
; see also Wired
The Mac is a typewriter.
The ElectriClerk combines a 1988 Mac SE with a 1923 Underwood typewriter to produce "a fully-functional retrofitted prop computer." (Hmmm...where have I seen this before
?) [via dive into mark]
Apple releases iSync
barely meeting its promise to unveil the software before the end of September. Will Apple's iSync finally take the hassle out of syncing between PDAs, online calenders, email, and cell phones? Why hasn't anyone else made this kind of software?
cool or creepy?
apple is hyping the way forensic detectives in a southern town have gone mac. are we supposed to focus on the guy with the ipod or the corpse on his screen?
Codename Marklar: Marklar
is maintaining a feature-complete marklar of Marklar
running on Marklar
as a fall-back marklar in case the Marklar
is no longer viable. Maintained since the early days of Marklar
, Marklar gains greater relevance in the context of Marklar
's inability to deliver higher-frequency Marklars
, but is seen as less likely given Marklar
's forthcoming 64-bit Marklar
. (via Marklar
MacOS X for $82,402.02
CompUSA feels MacOS X is just that good.
Bait and Switch?
(Quicktime Movie) - One of the Mac Faithful at fury.com
makes a funny (but true) statement about the new .Mac
service charge that Apple recently announced. How far can Apple push their core consumer market with this type of thing? In a News.com report
, Apple predicts losing up to 90%
of their existing .Mac users. That's some public relations plan. They are indeed thinking differently.
Mac takes control of Windows!
A very useful addition to the Mac desktop for those who administer Windows-based servers. This handy utility allows you to start a Terminal Services session on a Windows machine.
This and a nice X Windows client
lets my little 'ol iBook show the big iron who's the boss!
And we know how to use Unix, too.
Nielsen/NetRatings study finds that Mac users are better educated and make more money than their Wintel counterparts. More fuel for the platform wars...
The Apple rumor mill is buzzing...
Tonight marks the expiration for many of their recent promos
and rebates. The Apple Store
has been closed for a few hours now for "updating." Is a new "insanely great" product about to be unleashed unto the Mac faithful ... or is it just wishful thinking?
Ancient OS may be the best weapon against hackers.
I thought this was great, aging Operating Systems such as Solaris and older versions of Mac Os are becoming valuable tools against electronic attacks, simply because they *are* older. (Anyone got the full set of floppies for System 7?)
Link from RobotWisdom
Good news for Mac-owning, Celine Dione fans "The process is pretty easy: I took a bit of electrical tape and applied it to the edge of the CD, the 'shiny side', - just a half inch of the stuff - and aligned it with the very edge 'data track session ring' visible on these copy protected CDs. Took the tape out to the outside of the CD and put it in my CD Rom."
is for Apple G4 Powerbook owners like me who have blemishes on thier baby's sleek exteriors. I dunno that the fact this product exsits is good or sad, but I know I just bought some and can't wait for it to show up. At least it's not terribly expensive.
So, is Dr. Richard Paley
a hoax or not? According to slashdot
, we were talking about this site here yesterday evening, but I must have missed it.
Hell freezes over.
MSN coming to the Mac this summer.
Chimera 0.2.0 for Mac OS X
is now available for download. If you prefer using Mozilla
to IE5.x/Mac but dislike the lack of an Aqua GUI, then this is the browser for you. Chimera now supports Quartz rendering and is based on the Gecko engine which means it has great standards compliance. There are still many features missing, but this browser is showing great potential.
Like they say, it really is "indubitably the most astounding web-based email application on earth." I was skeptical, but their drag-and-drop interface is so clean and functional that comparing it to Microsoft Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail is like comparing a Frank Lloyd Wright house to a birdcage made of Tinkertoys. All DHTML, so it requires IE 5+ on Windows. Netscape, Opera, Mac, and Linux users are out of luck. (Welcome to the effects of market share
An old Mac gets overhauled as an iBong, and sparks some interesting hypothesis about where does Apple's creativity spirit really comes from.
PC users are eeeevil!
Kind of amusing story from Wired about how an observant viewer of 24
noticed that the bad guys use PCs, while the good guys use Macs
Apple's retail stores are drawing visitors but not generating sales,
with a disappointing conversion rate so far. Apple doesn't blame its sales clerks: "Apple stressed Mac expertise — not salesmanship — when it trained them. . . .
But now Apple plans to beef up its instruction to teach clerks how to close the deal." But John Manzione isn't so sure
: when visiting a local Apple Store
, he found that "[w]ho I was dealing with here were Mac enthusiasts who cared more about being around the product than selling it."
Don't let the URL fool you,
it's completely work safe, and yet oh so naughty
. I wish more sites would do this. It would lead to mass confusion, and last I heard, that's the next big monkey-making trend.
Aztecs Conquer Russian Civilization
…Now that Sid Meier's Civilization III
has been released for the Mac OS
, I shall now begin to wall myself off from our own actual
civilization and begin a weeks-long campaign to rule a fictional world.
Civ3 truly is, as its packaging claims, “the Greatest Game of All Time.” Civ is not merely a battle simuator or an extrapolation of the board game Risk — it's a chance to learn how successful (and not-so-successful) societies can be developed through history. Strategy gaming at its finest.
Time Canada... your source for Mac news
gives the product to revolutionize the whole entire universe. As discussed here
, hopefully this thread will be the last in a trilogy? Feel free to discuss, add, advocate.
(Nope, not the codename for Dean Kamen's followup to "Ginger
"...) Could this the product that Apple
is hyping for release at the upcoming MacWorld Expo
? Pretty convincing video clips on this page... or is this simply the next generation of AppleFan fakery
Apple setting the marketing bar higher than their engeneers can jump again?
Today apple.com reads "Beyond the rumor sites. Way beyond." Apparently yesterday it said something like "This is big, even for us." All of this is reference to the San Francisco MacWorld Expo on Jan, 7th where they presumably plan to launch a new product. The most credible rumour
so far is a new iMac with an LCD flat-panel display that has been ready for months, but held back
. It's interesting that after the iPod popped the expectations bubble (don't get me wrong, it's a cool toy, but lots of people were disappointed after the hype), Apple is stirring up so much hype themselves. I guess they've got me talking about it.
Don't know if this has been posted yet, but for all you OS X users, looks like Photoshop 6.5 is close to going native! Check out the screenshot!
iTunes installer débâcle
Backups are insufficiently sexy: “This time Apple deserves the lion’s share of the blame for creating an operating system that can’t be backed up and restored reliably many months after the initial release. For this reason alone, Mac OS X cannot be considered acceptable for serious use in many situations”
OS Google searches
are pretty helpful when you're looking for Mac or Linux
-specific info, and they each come with their own Google logo.
was released recently. Some poor OS X users lost
all their data after installing this seemingly innocuous software. (about a third of the way down)
Is being on the bleeding edge worth it? What responsibility does a software manufacturer have to prevent from damaging your data? Any other horror stories from installing just released software? Not bashing Apple, as I'm using a Mac myself.
Apple's new device is rumored to be a PDA/MP3 Player with a color screen and airport functionality. Never heard of spymac.com before, but this looks pretty legit. (contains photo)
Apple Computer will introduce a 'breakthrough device' next week.
Will this be the long-rumored Apple PDA that Newton fanatics have been asking for? A device for wirelessly streaming your mp3 collection through your stereo? Your basic portable mp3 player? Or something that hasn't shown up on any of the rumor sites at all? Whatever it ends up being, my curiousity is officially piqued.
Where Apple goeth, the industry will follow . . .
eventually. "Intel is finally inciting the death of the floppy drive and is calling on PC manufacturers big and small to stop supplying the once-capacious 1.44MB removable drive in the latter half of 2002."
I remember the first 3.5 inchers (weren't they 400k) with my first Mac in '84. Yet another era passes.
Yes, the nation's in mourning, but does that mean Apple's going to postpone its OSX Update
? I mean they said September, and that was like two months ago. I wannnnnnnnnnnnt it.
- Have you ever wanted to run Mac OS 8 on your PC, but couldn't? Well now you can with this flash animation. I'm amazed at how detailed it is.
If you're a fan of Interactive Fiction then you'll certainly be familiar with Andrew Plotkin
the author of some of the best works in the genre, including Spider in Web
and So Far
. Only Macintosh users, however, will remember his phenomenol early-90s puzzle game, System's Twilight, "An Abstract Fairytale."
I recently played it again, and am astounded that such an early piece of work contains such a fully realized fantasy world (literally, it's abstract) and such goddamn
hard puzzles. Download it and experience some gaming history, and a damn good time.
I guess this cube wasn't sufficiently assimilated.
. . . and I was just about to break down and buy one to replace my old 300/G3.
“Maced wi Macintosh”
How to say “Made with Macintosh” in any of several extinct languages. And of course Dutch.
Apple lawyers target Mac Themes Project
-- Apple has issued a cease and desist order against Mac Themes Project (MTP) for creating a theme editor. Apple claims the editor enables third parties to copy its copyrighted trademark themes by "improperly copying Apple's copyrighted software code and graphic files".