Saturday, May 21, 2011

Away From The Sun

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  • nishioka
    Apr 22, 04:16 AM
    I hate this cloud crap. All just an excuse to take away the consumers control of what they buy or use.

    We need a boycott.

    BRB guys. Going to go re-read the article so I can find the part where it says Apple is taking away everybody's hard drives.

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  • technicolor
    Oct 12, 12:45 PM
    Aw come on, you do that every day! :p
    Hee hee! :D

    I am really not a huge Oprah fan, maybe when I am 40. ;)

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  • shecky
    Aug 28, 09:37 PM
    And this is why I say it can go either way. The release of the C2D mac systems are not dependent upon the rebate IMO. It might happen or it might not. My guess is that Apple is not releasing their new computers based upon when the rebate ends. They'll simply release them, and if they happen to fall within the rebate period, that's not necessarily by design. But it is our good fortune. :)

    i completely agree. this rebate has zero bearing on the new merom machines.

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  • mrdice87
    Sep 8, 12:50 PM
    Ok, my prediction:

    New nano will have to have a new name, or more than 4gb in the low end, otherwise it will be available as part of the get a free ipod campaign... i don't think apple will do that. Reminds me of a certain SNL skit.

    or... mb and mbp will be upgraded to C2D... the rebate clearly lists only core duo systems as eligible. then you won't be able to get any free ipods except with a mac pro

    there you have it

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  • Vercingetorix
    May 3, 04:38 PM
    I use my 2010 27" iMac as a monitor for a PC gaming rig that utilizes the mini-display port and I must say that this will be the last iMac I own until they change this. This was one of main selling points for me since I could still use a pc and not have to suffer with the iMac's poor gaming performance.

    No matter how you slice it, the integrated video card with the current iMacs CANNOT drive the resolution these displays use.

    The only option is build a high end PC that can push that kinda resolution at decent framerates.

    The video cards in these machines will be perfectly adequate for 95 percent of what 95 percent of their potential customers need, and that's what Apple cares about. Why eat into profit margins and complicate the product line when such a tiny segment of the market cares about something?

    Now that they have removed the option and restricted it to TB only display ports, we are now forced to "upgrade" to a new mac tho it still cant hold a candle to whats available to system builders today.

    I made the switch to Mac years and years ago but I think it's finally run it's course. When this thing takes a **** and they offer me a new one through my Apple Care, I'll sell it and buy a real display an perhaps mac mini.

    Apple has fallen so far behind the desktop computing business and its clear they want to funnel their remaining customers through this purchase path.

    They haven't fallen behind; they're just not interested in serving the market you're part of. Apple are interested in selling elegant, integrated, simple computers to ordinary people, and ordinary people play games on consoles. The universe of potential customers who care about high-end gaming on personal computers is relatively tiny, so Apple always have and always will ignore it. I'm an occasional gamer myself, so I know it's frustrating, but the simple fact is that if you use a Mac to do most of your day-to-day computer stuff, you're going to have to have a Plan B to do any high-end gaming. The market isn't big enough to make Apple care otherwise.

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  • phil989
    Sep 6, 04:59 AM
    I'm not sure that this is an entirely novel thought, but I thought I would test my psychic abilities a little.

    The mac mini seems like the target for movies here, not iPods. There's a lot of talk about Airport express and how that might be the killer hardware, but there's more to it than that. Apple is competing against rental stores and netflix to watch movies. No one is just going to want to watch movies on an iPod, they are going to want it on they're TV. So why not have a network box that saves and plays the movies that is attatched to your TV? The mini is already positioned to do exactly that. No keyboard or monitor, maybe just a remote to run Front Row.

    Download the movie to the mini, watch it on TV at your convenience. Mac video on demand. Start doing that with TV shows and all of a sudden, Tivo has got a serious contender, too.

    The hard bit will be having full-quality movies sent to your home, VOD style.

    The new iPod is a phone. There may be a video ipod, but I doubt that it's a main target for the movies.

    I have this wonderful feeling that it'll be even cooler than this, but this is what I am expecting.

    Dr. Z.

    I like the sound of that!! as for downloading the movies, the bittorrent protocol is almost perfect, but maybe a customized apple algorithm, because the beauty of services such as sky box office (no ones mentioned this so far) is you only have to wait 15 - 30 mins max for your film.

    realistically, a 6gb or heaven help us 12gb download will take absolutely ages, even if it maxes out your connection. so streaming the media would perhaps be the way forward, although i dont know enough about the bittorrent protocol to fully understand the effects of prioritizing consecutive pieces.


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  • dr Dunkel
    Mar 23, 01:40 AM
    Call me spoiled by all things thin, I think the iMac is looking pretty chunky these days. Not sure why it isn't significantly thinner than it is. The next time they do update the form factor it should essentially look like a giant first gen iPad.

    I see no end in itself in the iMac getting thinner. Performance is much more important to me. I think the form factor is fine today, and no, today we can't have both. I want a real computer, not a giant iPad.

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  • whatever
    Oct 12, 02:21 PM
    I would love to have a red iPod, but I don't know why we would ever give money to help fight AIDS on a continent where the people take NO precautions to prevent themselves from getting AIDS... I mean, sure many children are born with it in Africa, but for soooo many adults, they could prevent the spread if they would just be monogamous.

    So there, I solved AIDS for free, no Oprah, no Bono, no Ipods. Just have sex only within a lifetime committed relationship and AIDS is all but gone in one generation!

    I'll stick to my black aluminum iPod nano, anyhow. I just hope 10% of the proceeds didn't go to research finding cures for the black plague... or frostbite...
    It makes me so happy to know that there are still plenty of stupid people in the world.

    Thank you

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  • Vegasman
    Mar 30, 11:57 AM


    I think this is enough to show that Microsoft is unequivocally correct. The term has been in use for much longer than Apple's launching of the store and it has been ubiquitous in the computer industry for a long time.

    The way to distinguish (if it needs to be done) between app stores is by saying the name of the app store before hand, ie the Apple App Store, the Amazon App Store, or the Microsoft App Store.

    Examples of uses (Dvorak in his references to "killer app"):


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  • jonhaxor
    Mar 30, 12:23 PM
    No one refers to McDonald's as Burger Store. Their brand name is so strong that people actually say McDonald's because that logo and name is pretty much seared into everyone head.

    i do .. it's kinda catchy .. my 2yo calls it "old mcdonalds" because of .. you know .. that song

    language is use .. didn't we learn anything from Wittgenstein?

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  • Chundles
    Oct 12, 01:43 PM
    Except that ColorWare paints the products (AFAIK). A red iPod nano from Apple would be red anodized, not red painted.

    Yeah, I posted that earlier - I want the proper matte anodised finish. But RED, not that trendy pinkish colour that's going around at the moment. Proper, primary RED.

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  • bommai
    Sep 19, 04:07 PM
    I don't think Apple is aiming for the uber-geek with $25k worth of home entertainment equipment. IMHO, they will never be able to compete in that market.

    I think they are reaching for the average joe blow that has a servicable $400 TV that he bought at Wal-mart, and maybe, just maybe, has a stereo hooked up to it. The average Joe doesn't care, and can't tell, that it's Dolby Surround and not Dolby Digital.

    I disagree. The average Joe is not the customer for iTV. Average Joe might buy a $40 DVD player from Walmart to hook up to a $200 TV. Remember, the iTV is meant for a HDTV. In fact you cannot even easily hook it up to a non-HDTV. It has only HDMI and component video outputs. These outputs are found only on HDTVs. Granted the price of HDTV is coming down pretty fast. You can buy a CRT based HDTV for under $500 now. However, I still standby my assertion that iTV will be bought by people that have computers with a large enough hard drive and a home network. This is a little bit more complicated than just owning an iPod and buying tunes off of iTS. For iPod, you need one computer connected to internet and an iPod. For iTV, you need a computer with a large HD, a home network, a TV with HDMI or component video input and an iTV.

    Dolby Digital / 5.1 discrete tracks need to be worked out soon!!

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  • cube
    May 3, 12:25 PM
    That is still one display per output though.

    If the monitors cannot daisy chain, you need a hub for the port(s) to which you connect multiple such displays.

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  • seenew
    Jul 15, 03:41 PM
    Someone should have paid attention to the Buyer's Guide.

    I've had the money for an iMac for over a month now. I haven't bought it though.

    I did, at the time, it said mid-product cycle. And I had to have the computer for school, so I had to get it then. I'm just sad.

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  • splintah
    Sep 10, 08:33 AM
    quad core macbook pro anyone ?

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  • longsilver
    Sep 2, 04:43 PM
    I'm sure there's actually a perfectly reasonable explanation, but it would be fun to indulge in groundless speculation and suggest that declining to bother to go to Paris to give this keynote is a riposte to the French and their recent legislative fiddling with DRM and iTMS.

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  • QuarterSwede
    Sep 10, 06:34 PM
    My guess is that the Core 2 Duo MBs & MBPs will be a silent release who knows when.

    The Showtime event will be for the iTunes Movie Store and an upgraded iPod with a slight design change (not the widescreen iPod). And possibly an Airport Express with video streaming, which would be sweet because I'd like to get another Airport Express anyway.

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  • cdallen
    Mar 29, 11:25 AM
    I'm surprised they even opened this up for conversation in a mac forum

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  • eye
    Mar 23, 05:06 PM
    I'm simultaneously amused and saddened by the number of people who believe that drunk driving is a constitutionally protected right.
    Hope you never have to see the results of the 'patriots' who would have a use for this and then kill innocent people.
    This app enables murder. Rationalize all you want.

    Pretty sure nobody came close to saying anything of the sort, so it's all good.

    Oct 12, 04:35 PM
    This will probably go over like a lead balloon, but there is something to be said for natural selection. NOW BEFORE YOU START SCREAMING, hear me out...

    AIDS is an awful thing, especially to the proportions it has affected the people of Africa. But there is also a reason AIDS has taken over there the way it is, and it's only partially to do with poverty. AIDS has exploded in that population, because it is a population that is extremely traditional, rudimentary, and in many ways archaic. There are many wonderful things about the African people, but there were also many wonderful things about the Dinosaurs, the Dodo bird, and numerous others.

    Please don't take this to mean I'm equating the people of Africa with wild animals. I'm not. But in many ways, the people of Africa are in the situation they are in because they have not evolved the same way as most of the world, and in that respect, they are paying a price. Yes, it is our responsibility as human beings to try and help people in need, and that is a wonderful thing. But at the end of the day, if we did nothing, there would still be a small percentage of African people who will survive this epidemic, and they will be more educated and elightened than the ones who do not.

    Much in the way that forest fires, although terrible in some respects, are essential to the rejuvenation of the population and ecosystem in that area, so too are epidemics and catastrophes. And this not a bash-on-Africa comment... the Black Plague was the same idea. Too many people, living in too close quarters, with too little regard for health or wellbeing. Millions died, but many survived, and the ones that did were smarter and wiser for it.

    The people of Africa are not necessarily as helpless as the may seem from the outside. They just have a different culture and mindset than Western people do. Right or wrong is not for us to decide, but adapting to nature is part of life on Earth... and sometimes that means that large numbers of people or animals die, needlessly or otherwise. Just my two cents.

    Dude... That has to be the most racist thing I have ever read! :eek:

    Evolved???? And comparing humans to natural selection of animals????

    Aug 23, 05:22 PM
    I was driving home for lunch today and thought "I wonder what ever happened with that Creative suit? I bet Apple will settle."

    Well, now i know!

    Sep 5, 12:00 PM
    iLounge has received the same invitation (

    Mar 23, 04:46 PM
    They are couching this as a fight against drunk driving, but Trapster primarily is about alerting you to speed traps, red light cameras and other purely revenue generating tools used by local cops and insurance companies to take your money from you using the fig leaf of allegedly improving traffic safety.

    pro-tip: You want to reduce red light crashes? Make the yellow light longer. Oh but that won't make you more money in traffic fines. Oops. In actual fact, many communities that have put in red light cameras have been caught cheating - REDUCING the length of the yellow lights beyond the minimums in the MUTCD.

    If they ban Trapster from the store I solemnly swear that I will make it my life's work to build a web-based replacement that they can't ban.

    Mar 30, 01:18 PM
    iTunes is made by APPLE so of course its going to have application as the file names. Show a MS production that uses application as a term.

    Again why cant MS just call is their MobileApp store? Adding mobile to the front of app would solve their problems no?
    Or add WinApp Store. Why isnt MS doing that?

    Its because they want to take a shot at apple, its the only small victory they can get since osx is better than windows, and of course the ipod is better than their joke of am mp3 player Zune.

    That is MS Explorer calling the iTunes.exe file an Application. It has nothing to do with Apple. Anything ending in .exe will have the same description.

    It's all irrelevant to the conversation though... we are discussing "App Store" not "Application."

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