January 2006 Archives

20
Jan

Deciding to purchase a new computer is a much easier task than deciding on the specific model to buy. The task can be so daunting in the PC world because there are so many different processors (Intel vs. AMD), processor specifications, RAM types and speeds, video cards, configurations, features, manufacturers, and installed software to name a few. If a newly purchased Windows based computer doesn't come pre-installed with an Anti-Virus and/or security suite, the system is better off removed from the Internet. It will only take a few minutes before an unprotected Windows system is compromised. There is an emerging trend towards the exploitation of new and unprotected Windows-based computers connected to the Internet. This is caused by numerous issues:

19
Jan

With Intel inside, Apple sets bar for home PCs even higher

A nice read on the new Intel powered iMac.  The writer starts off by giving a review of the iMac and his experience with various software installed on the system.  The writer ends by stating:

19
Jan

Apple Computer Inc. reported a 95 percent rise in its December quarter profit compared to the same quarter last year.  Surging sales of its iPod music players played a key role in Apple registering more than $1 billion in sales through its company owned retail stores.  Apple sold 14 million iPods in the quarter, a 207 percent increase year-over-year.  iPod sales accounted for $1.74B in revenue, up 46 percent from the same quarter last year.

18
Jan

Apple's earnings are due out today at 2pm PST.  Wall Street analysts are looking for earnings ranging from 59 cents to 69 cents per share on revenue of $5.7 billion for the December quarter. Estimate have moved up following Steve Jobs' keynote speech at last week's Macworld Expo.  The EPS estimates ranges from $1.95 to $2.53. Fiscal year 2006 estimates range from $19.4 billion to $22.3 billion, an increase of $2 billion to $3 billion over 2005.

12
Jan

Software from Flip4Mac™ makes it possible to run  Windows Media® files in Quicktime.  The software allows you to play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) directly in Apple's QuickTime Player and view Windows Media® content on the Internet in your browser.  The software can be downloaded directly from Microsoft.

11
Jan

Why did Apple move to Intel processors?  We've all heard the "Performance per Watt" argument presented by Steve Jobs and other Apple executives.  Although true, the reason to go with Intel reaches far beyond performance metrics.

10
Jan

Apple Computer Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs stated at Macworld 2006 that sales for Apple's December quarter exceeded expectations on strong demand for the company's iPod music players.  Revenue for the quater came in at $5.7 billion, well above the $5.04 billion average estimate of analysts.  In addition, the company's retail stores posted revenue of more than $1 billion for the first time in their history. Shares soared to a record high following the announcement.

10
Jan

The 2006 Macworld Expo kicks off today with Steve Jobs's Keynote address at 9am Pacific/12pm Eastern.  The rumors and expectations surrounding the keynote have been picking up the past few days.  Here's a quick overview of the latest rumors:

06
Jan

Professional, Consumer, Prosumer, or Transitive?
Mac users generally fall into one of two primary classes, Professional or Consumer. There are however two additional user types to acknowledge, Prosumer and Transitive.  All four user types are the focus of this article as identifying your user type will help you choose your Mac and make the switch that much easier.  Based on your primary user type, Apple has hardware and software to cater to your computing needs and requirements. Apple currently offers six Mac models that can be customized to suit your unique style and needs. A benefit of purchasing a Mac is that the hardware and software are truly integrated, Apple designs both the hardware and the Mac OS X operating system.

05
Jan

Apple's iTunes Music Store has more content to sell to a larger base of consumers thanks to an extended partnership with The Walt Disney Co.

04
Jan

Where to Start?
Clearly, Macs are showing up more and more in everyday places.  Perhaps a family member, friend, colleague, or classmate has recently switched and you want to understand what encouraged them to buy a Mac.  Perhaps you're seeing more people using Apple products and want to know why there's so much Apple and Mac buzz these days.  Perhaps  you've made the decision to purchase a Mac but need some help on how to move forward.

If any of these situations apply, you need to start thinking about and answering a few or all of the following questions:

  • Do you have some questions about Macs or simply want to learn more about what today's Macs have to offer?
  • Are you a Windows user tired of the PC platform?
  • Have you had enough of Windows' security holes and vulnerabilities?
  • Are you willing to free your computing experience of viruses, spyware, malware, malicious code, and exploits?
  • Are you ready to start enjoying your computing experience?
  • Are you ready become a more productive computer user?
  • Are you ready to become a more knowledgeable computer user?
  • Are you ready to leverage today's digital lifesytle with ease?
  • Do you own an iPhone and/or iPod and considering purchasing your first Mac?
If you've answered yes to any of the above questions, read on!

03
Jan

Apple computer's Safari Web browser continues to gain market share and checks in as the number three on the most used browsers.  Safari experienced a growth of approximately 85 percent in 2005.  By comparison, Microsoft's Internet Explorer lost market share during 2005 down to 85.05 percent in December from 89.44 in January, a decline of 4.9 percent Firefox, the number two browser finished 2005 with a 9.57 percent share of the market, an increase from 5.59 percent in January, an increase of 71 percent.

03
Jan

This is the first post on how one begins the process of switching to a Mac. The objective of this post is to get you to start thinking about the answers to a few general but simple questions:

  • Where to start?
  • What kind of user are you?
  • Which Mac should you buy?
  • What misconceptions have I heard about Macs?
  • How do you use a Mac and OS X?
  • Will I be able to use my existing documents and files?
  • Can a Mac handle today's popular file types?
  • What to transfer and install on your new Mac and how?