APPLE UPDATES: SAFARI INVASION

A client asked me about an update window that had popped up so I sat down in front of “Apple Updates” and stared at the three programs listed – “updates” to iTunes, QuickTime, and Safari. I’m as burned out as anybody on the unending stream of updates but okay, iTunes and QuickTime might plausibly have updated versions available. […] continued

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IPHONE & EXCHANGE

Apple announced today that it has licensed ActiveSync technology from Microsoft, allowing the iPhone to sync mail, contacts, and calendars with Exchange Server.  Apple also released a development kit which will result in an explosion of third party applications for the iPhone.

The iPhone is poised to be a compelling choice for businesses, including my clients running Small Business Server. […] continued

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DIGITAL MUSIC NOTES

There have been a lot of changes in digital music recently, many of them favorable for consumers.

People are recognizing the value of the MP3 format, free of any licensing restrictions. If you are ripping your CDs, make sure you use the MP3 format at a high enough bit rate to preserve the quality of the music! […] continued

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iPHONES & EXCHANGE SERVER

The iPhone is a sleek, sexy device that permanently changes our expectations for handheld devices. After holding an iPhone, it’s hard to pick up another cell phone and PDA without feeling a bit of a letdown.

The iPhone has a few shortcomings that are not immediately apparent when you look at one for the first time. […] continued

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J RIVER MEDIA JUKEBOX 12

J River Media Center is the only important program on my computer developed by a small company. J River just released Media Jukebox 12, a simpler free version focused on music that you might want to consider if you’re not already using Media Center.

MJukebox Media Center is the only program I use for music. […] continued

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XMAS SHOPPING

Monday, December 10 is expected to be the busiest online shopping day of the year.

Can I ask you for a favor?

There are a few links on the bruceb favorites page and the bruceb shopping page that lead to places you might do some shopping – any link to Amazon or Dell, plus Apple, HP, Buy.com, Adobe, Walmart, and TigerDirect. […] continued

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MP3s AND THE FUTURE OF MUSIC

The music industry is in complete disarray; the shift away from CDs is irreversible and most consumers simply expect music to be free. The recording industry’s hostility, arrogance, and litigation tactics have alienated everyone, making it harder for the industry to imagine a business plan that works – especially while it’s controlled by executives who freely admit they don’t understand these new-fangled Internet tubes. […] continued

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APPLE DOES A FUNNY


Those funny guys at Apple! It’s just a laugh a minute over there.

In Mac OS 10.5 “Leopard,” this is the image used to represent each Windows computer on a network. It’s an old CRT monitor displaying a Blue Screen Of Death, the screen that Windows 98 displays after a hardware failure or catastrophic driver crash forces the computer to shut down unexpectedly. […] continued

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RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR COMPUTERS

I wish we could count on the software and hardware vendors to play fair and treat us well, but it’s not happening. We have to take responsibility for our computers.

When Windows XP and Vista are installed on freshly formatted hard drives, they are secure, rock-solid, and fast. Both operating systems are loaded with features. […] continued

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LEOPARD VS. VISTA

The nonstop criticism of Vista has been getting me down, and Apple’s release of Mac OS 10.5 “Leopard” has been greeted with so much overhyped enthusiasm that I began to wonder if I was missing something.

As always, what’s missing from the Apple hype is perspective.

Mac OS 10.5 is a fine operating system, with several incremental improvements over Mac OS 10.4 “Tiger,” although even the most ardent Mac fans are a little embarrassed over the list of “300 new features,” which adoringly describes really, really trivial changes. […] continued

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APPLE BACKLASH

Apple’s rollout of the iPhone and updated iPod line generated impressive buzz, giving the impression that Apple is an unstoppable force. At the same time, though, Apple’s efforts to lock down its control over its users created uneasiness.

Two things happened today that are worth watching in case Apple’s base turns out to be more fragile than we suspect. […] continued

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APPLE LOCKDOWN

It’s hard to make the stereotypes fit.

Microsoft is reviled as the big monopoly. I don’t want to suggest that Microsoft is a huggable teddy bear, but it’s worth noting that much of its success comes from the work of thousands and thousands of hardware and software partners invited to build products on Microsoft technology. […] continued

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AT&T TARNISHES iPHONE

Apple had to know that signing a deal with AT&T would lead to disgruntled customers. By definition, any customer of AT&T is an unhappy customer, right?

It started when the first AT&T bills were delivered to iPhone users. AT&T chose to itemize each and every bit of data to and from the phone – each text message, each individual ad graphic on each web page. […] continued

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IT’S AN IPOD WORLD

Apple demonstrated again today that it can run circles around everyone else with its handheld devices. There will be lots of news coverage of the updates to the iPod line – here’s one article, here’s photos, and here’s an exhaustive rundown of all the details.

The updated versions of the existing iPod line are significantly cheaper, include more storage space, and are thinner than the previous generation. […] continued

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ACER ACQUIRES GATEWAY

Acer, the third largest PC manufacturer globally, announced that it is acquiring Gateway and the eMachines brand purchased by Gateway a few years ago.

I’m nostalgic about Gateway after all the years of buying computers in the famous cow-spotted boxes, but Gateway’s slide into irrelevance began long ago and the brand name does not mean anything now. […] continued

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