iPhone Launch

June 29, 2007 at 6:53 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Here are a few pictures from tonight’s iPhone launch at the Apple Store Brea Mall:

iPhone Brea 01

iPhone Brea 02

iPhone Brea 03

iPhone Brea 04

Under Safari’s Hood

June 15, 2007 at 3:45 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Interesting article about Safari for Windows – Apple (and Google) may be taking over Windows by putting a rich browser layer between the OS and the user. Safari for Windows installs a networking stack and a software update mechanism. Add to that AJAX, a (future) plugin architecture, Google Gears, QuickTime, and iTunes and you’ve bypassed many operating system services (I assume that they’re still using a POSIX layer under the Windows API).

IMHO, Firefox is a better platform, but its ambitions are limited to keeping up with Internet Explorer. Safari and iTunes have Apple’s resources and innovation to take it beyond just a browser.

WWDC Bingo

June 11, 2007 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Here’s the results of the ArsTechnica WWDC bingo card. We have a winner!

WWDC Bingo

I’m a Mac…

June 4, 2007 at 11:29 pm | Posted in Humor (G- and R- rated), Macintosh | Leave a comment

Apple iTunes is offering a free download of the Steve Jobs/Bill Gates interview at D5 last week. The picture has a bit of a pro-Apple spin (aside from the fact that Jobs is taller and has less hair :-)) – their attire and positioning is similar to a current advertising campaign.

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Save the Mac Mini

June 1, 2007 at 8:24 am | Posted in Macintosh | 1 Comment

Recent rumors have the Mac Mini going the way of the G4 Cube and dodo. That’s really too bad, since a Mac Mini is perfect as a second computer; it can be used as a server, a compute node, a media center (more capable than an Apple TV), and many other applications.
I recently took my G4 Mac Mini and installed Ubuntu 7.04 Server. Installation was straightforward and in a couple of hours, I had the following services running:

  • Web
  • P2P
  • SSH (secure logins)
  • File (accessible via rsync and MacFUSE)
  • CVS (source code control)
  • Webmin (system administration)

An added benefit was a speedup of my primary desktop computer for web development since I now have a server on the local network instead of having to go through my ISP. The Mac Mini may serve a niche too small for Apple, but without it, I would have been forced to use a small-form-factor PC that could never match the Mini’s size and quiet.

Mac Mini

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