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RoughlyDrafted Archives: August 2006

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Index page for articles from August 2006.

August 2006 (newer articles on top):

Nature Abhors an Apple Vacuum

Since its first splash on the newly emerging computing scene in the late 70′s, Apple has always managed to maintain a special status with the media, who quickly realized that putting an Apple related headline on a front page dramatically increased readership.

1985-1990: 16-bit Graphical Computing

Apple’s Macintosh introduced a new wave of computing technology built upon the Motorola 68000 processor and a sharp, high quality graphic display.

Why Is Apple so Secretive?

Apple has long been notoriously secretive about its unreleased products. Critics compare Apple’s secrecy against the transparent development efforts of open source projects, and even with other commercial developers. Microsoft, for example, has a history of providing detailed roadmaps of future plans. Why does Apple keep its future plans under wraps?

1980-1985: 8-Bit Platforms

It’s important to remember that there is more than one way to maintain a successful platform. Realistically, most upstart competitors realized they had no chance of entirely supplanting the entrenched systems of the time. Most sought to provide alternatives that intended to coexist among a variety of other systems.

Exploding Battery Panic!

Dell and Apple recently announced recalls of 5 million Sony laptop batteries. The recall was prompted by safety issues caused by batteries melting, and in some cases, even catching on fire. While the incidents aren’t widespread, the very real danger posed by laptop batteries unpredictably catching on fire has consumers worried.

Platform Death Match

Competition is a good thing. As more players enter a market, competition spurs innovation, which results in better products delivered at greater efficiency. But if that’s the case, why don’t we see more competition in the commercial operating system market?

How Apple’s Firmware Leapfrogs BIOS PCs

Apple has leapt a generation ahead of other PC makers in adopting Intel’s modern EFI in its new new Intel Macs. An earlier article, Imaging MacBooks: Understanding MBR, APM, & GPT, introduced the idea of what’s different between the BIOS in today’s PCs and the new EFI in tomorrow’s. Here’s a more in depth look at what these differences mean, particularly for users of interested in using Apple hardware to run both Mac OS X and Windows.

How Boot Camp Works

The previous article, An Introduction to Boot Camp, explained what Boot Camp is and how it differs from Parallels. Here’s an overview of how Boot Camp works, and an introduction to disk formatting and the new issues introduced by EFI, Intel’s new firmware used in this year’s Macs.

An Introduction to Boot Camp

I previously introduced a project to roll out MacBooks as standard Windows laptops in Do MacBooks Make Business Sense as PC Laptops? Since Windows is 5x More Expensive than Mac OS X, why would anyone want to run Windows on a MacBook? Well in many cases, the decision to run Windows has already been made; here’s how to make lemonade!

Bloggers In Blind Rage Over Digg Front Page Article

An article based on information published by Consumer Reports and the Gartner Group was brutally attacked by a wide swath of bloggers who didn’t like the facts it presented. It turned out that despite all their dramatic blog rage, they weren’t even exactly sure what it was about the story that got them so upset.

Windows 5x More Expensive than Mac OS X

How much does it cost to maintain Windows and Mac OS X? Since Apple has released five times as many major updates and over fifteen times as many minor updates to Mac OS X since 2000, you might not have guessed that Windows actually costs users five times as much to keep up to date!

Top Secret Leopard Features Unleashed!

Nothing is more tantalizing than being left with a cliffhanger. Apple has capitalized on this to create anticipation for the top secret features yet to be announced for Leopard. What are they?

The Time Machine Rip-Off Myth

According to proponents of this myth, Apple’s new Time Machine is blatant rip off of Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Copy, and by extension, nothing in Leopard is interesting at all because it’s all been done before. They’re wrong, here’s why.

WWDC Secrets Paul Thurrott Hopes You Miss

Microsoft apologist Paul Thurrott is doing his very best to scribble up a negative spin on Apple’s WWDC Leopard announcements. Poor Paul! After five years of Longhorn waiting and regular Vista disappointments, his very best attempts at poo-pooing Leopard sound a lot like sour grapes. In the previous article, Three Reasons Why Microsoft Can’t Ship (and Apple can), I described why Thurrott is so bitter about Leopard: Apple has been shipping so much innovation while Microsoft struggles to deliver any! Here’s a look at the real secrets behind Leopard that Thurrott doesn’t want you to notice.

Three Reasons Why Microsoft Can’t Ship (and Apple can)

Microsoft apologist Paul Thurott is doing his very best to scribble up a negative spin on Apple’s WWDC Leopard announcements. Poor Paul! After five years of Longhorn waiting and regular Vista disappointments, his very best attempts at poo-pooing Leopard sound a lot like sour grapes. Why is Apple shipping so much innovation while Microsoft struggles to deliver any at all?

WWDC Leopard Sneak Peek Highlights

Steve Jobs revealed a first glimpse of new Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard features in the WWDC opening keynote address. There are additional details and movies illustrating Leopard and Leopard Server features on Apple’s site. Many new features delivered on my wishlist items! Here are some highlights and observations.

WWDC Leopard Server Sneak Peek Highlights

Steve Jobs revealed a first glimpse of new Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard features in WWDC opening keynote address. There are additional details and movies illustrating Leopard and Leopard Server features on Apple’s site. Here are some highlights and observations.

Leopard Predictions for WWDC 2006

What will Apple announce at WWDC06? There will no doubt be some surprises, but here are some well known inevitabilities, some reasonable possibilities for new apps, new UI, and new hardware, and a few commonly repeated ideas that – sorry – have no chance!

How to Fix the Finder 3: Prettier

The Finder uses a number of graphic effects to reinforce behaviors. A third aspect of fixing the Finder makes it prettier, not by just adding fluff and eye candy, but employing intuitive user interface devices that make sense, enhance utility, and look good too. Here are some examples.

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