June 2006 Archives

29
Jun

Apple has released a redesigned version of the .Mac Learning Center.  You can check out the details by logging into your .Mac (pronounced "Dot Mac") account or by reading the .Mac blog.

29
Jun

Apple has released and update that upgrades iTunes to version 6.0.5.  Apple states the following:

"...allows you to sync your Nike + iPod workout data to nikeplus.com, where you can easily track your progress, set training goals, challenge others, and much more. Visit the Nike Sport Music area on the iTunes Music Store to download workout mixes, Athlete Inspiration playlists, Nike podcasts, and more.

29
Jun

The folks over at PCWorld have posted a brief review of the 20-inch iMac Core Duo system.  For you potential switchers, it's a good overview of the iMac.  Ever since Apple switched to Intel processors, we're seeing an increasing number of PC centric magazines giving positive reviews of the Intel based Macs.

29
Jun

According to the ad-awards.com site, "Ad-Awards.com is a website presenting the finest TV ads worldwide."  The site lists the following information about the ad:

Title: iLife
Client: Apple
Agency: TBWAChiatDay
Country: USA

27
Jun

Although Apple released the desktop version of Mac OS X (10.0) in March 2001, the under pinning of the OS X operating system are over 30 years old.  In simplistic terms, Mac OS X is based on the BSD implementation of the UNIX operating system.  BSD in turn is a derivative of the original UNIX created by AT&T which was originally created in the 1960's and 1970's.  This article will describe the user account types as they are implemented in Mac OS X.

23
Jun

Interested in taking it one step beyond dual booting?  How does Triple Booting sound? If for some reason you need to run Linux in addition to OS X and Windows, you'll want to check out the following tutorial.

22
Jun

A 6 minute video demonstrating the use and speed of a new MacBook.  For those of you who have never used a Mac before, it's a great overview.  You'll see brief overviews of the following:

21
Jun

A nice read with views on Apple's Intel the value offered by the Intel based Macs.  A powerful quote from the article:

"Apple now has personal computing platform that is comparable in cost to most of its competitors but is more functional, more inherently secure, has more plug and play features and, incredibly, more open. All the disadvantages that kept PC users away from the Macs of the past are gone. Both platforms share the same hardware and users can even share data between Mac and Windows applications running in different virtual Windows."

21
Jun

A short but sweet read at Yahoo news.  David Morrish, Best Buy's Senior Vice President for Merchandising is quoted as stating the following at the Best Buy annual meeting on Wednesday June 21, 2006:

20
Jun

Apple has added a new feature to the iTunes Music Store.  A new area has been established that allows the purchase of a Music/Video combo for $2.49 US or either a song for $0.99 US or its video for $1.99 US.  When purchased as a combo, you can save $0.50.

20
Jun

Today's Universal Binary release of Shake demonstrates that Apple is vigorously working to transition their entire product line to support the Intel based Macs.  Apple has now transitioned to Universal Binaries, its entire line of professional software that includes Final Cut Studio, Apeture, Logic Pro, and Shake.

20
Jun

Apple released Shake 4.1, an update to the professional and sophisticated 3D compositing, keying, image tracking and stabilization software.  The update brings support to Intel-based Macs.  Apple dropped the price by 80 percent from $2999 to $499.  Note that current owners of Shake 4 can crossgrade to Shake 4.1 for just $49 US.

13
Jun

Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit (MBU) has released an update for Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac that upgrades the software to version 11.2.4.  Microsoft states that the update addresses vulnerabilities and fixes issues with PowerPoint 2004 and Entourage 2004.

12
Jun

Apple has just released three more ads that promote the benefits of owning a Mac.  The ads are based on the following themes (as stated at the end of the ads)

09
Jun

BusinessWeek Online has provided a favorable review of the Apple MacBook Pro.  A few quotes from the article:
  • "The Bottom Line Outperforms competitors with hardware and software innovations"
  • "There's little not to like about the MacBook Pro."
  • "I'd wholeheartedly recommend the MacBook Pro for those looking for one of the very best notebooks on the market."

09
Jun

Time Magazine has selected Apple's MacBook as its "Gadget of the Week."  A quote from the article:

06
Jun

Google Video Player for Mac has been released. The system requirements are as follows:

  • Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher
  • Video card with at least 16 MB of RAM
  • 1 Ghz or faster processor

06
Jun

An interesting read about Apple's growing influence on Intel.  A few quotes from the article:

05
Jun

Apple is currently running a promtion for full and part-time college/university students in the UK and in the Republic of Ireland.  Contestand must be over 16 years of age and can only enter the contest once.  From Apple's site:

05
Jun

Apple has announced this year's Back-To-School promotion. Qualified students who buy an iPod at the same time they purchase either a MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac, or PowerMac can get up to a $179 rebate.  The promotion runs through September 16, 2006.  This is a great offer to students because they can get the rebate in addition to the education discount.

05
Jun

When comparing a Mac against a PC, cost is the most often cited metric used to make the comparison.  In my view, cost is only one variable of the computing equation.  Failure to analyze other variables will lead one down an incomplete analysis.  At a minimum, the comparison should also look at the following:

  • Features, security, and stability of the operating systems
  • Included and/or bundled software
  • Maintenance and repair histories
  • Realibility and performance of customer service

04
Jun

The goal of this post is to demonstrate that the long held position that PC users have held, "Macs are more expensive" no longer applies.  This will be accomplished by expanding on the prior Dell 17" XPS M1710 and 17" MacBook Pro comparisons.

02
Jun

This post is segmented into two parts; the first is a description and analysis of the May 19, 2006 Steve Jobs interview on CNBC.  The second is a discussion of Apple's revitalized Switch campaign.  At first glance, these topics may appear as disparate topics.  I take the position that the interview provided some hints into Apple's strategy.  I'll combine Steve Jobs' comments with events that have transpired pre and post interview.  You're welcome to post your comments, views, and positions.