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Posts from — September 2007

Leopard and the History and Future of Mac OS X on PowerPC

PowerPC Future
Daniel Eran Dilger

How long will Apple continue to support existing models of Macs in the latest version of Mac OS X? Previous versions of Apple’s OS have drawn the line for officially supported Macs based on practical considerations, rather than just being arbitrary or artificial. Here’s what the past suggests for Mac OS X Leopard and the version that comes after it.

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September 30, 2007   6 Comments

Forbes’ Fake Steve Jobs Is Also Fake On Apple

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Daniel Lyons is the author of the Fake Steve Jobs blog and a columnist at Forbes. After developing a reputation for attacking bloggers, open source, and any alternatives to Microsoft, Lyons has shed his skin to escape from one scandal while at the same time squirming into position to choke the truth out of his next victim: Apple.

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September 25, 2007   7 Comments

EU Urged to Open Microsoft’s Monopoly Billions to Free Market Competition

Microsoft Monopoly
Daniel Eran Dilger
After the European Court of First Instance upheld its antitrust decision against Microsoft, professional Windows Enthusiasts all worked to spin Microsoft’s setback as bad news for Apple. They hoped and prayed Apple might be similarly restricted by the EU courts–but immediately, rather than after ten years of deliberation as was the case with Microsoft.

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September 24, 2007   No Comments

Forbes Prints Insanely Self Serving Attack on iTunes by MediaNet CEO Alan McGlade

Forbes Alan McGlade
Daniel Eran Dilger
Forbes, best known to many readers as the soapbox Daniel Lyons used to promote–perhaps unwittingly–a pro-Microsoft agenda backing SCO and vilifying Linux and open source, has taken another opportunity to present outrageously false information serving the interests of Microsoft: an impassioned outcry of rage over the success of iTunes.

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September 22, 2007   No Comments

BBC’s Bill Thompson Hates Being Fingered As a Fraud

BBC Bill Thompson
Daniel Eran Dilger
In response to the article “BBC Prints Irresponsible Rubbish on Apple,” Bill Thompson wrote me explaining that he didn’t like being called out on his errors. However, he failed to explain how he was accurate in his rambling diatribe assailing Apple as equal to Microsoft in anticompetitive, market monopolizing behavior.

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September 22, 2007   1 Comment

BBC Prints Irresponsible Rubbish on Apple

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Daniel Eran Dilger
The BBC has joined the London tabloid press in printing a series of articles skewering Apple over invented suppositions based entirely upon misinformed speculation and some outright lies. The worst part is that the BBC is being grossly hypocritical in its misinformation campaign against Apple, because the company is up to its eyeballs in the Microsoft-encrusted scandal surrounding its proprietary, Windows-only iPlayer imbroglio.

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September 20, 2007   1 Comment

UK Tabloids Pick Up Zoon Awards for Technical Incompetence

UK Zoon Awards
Daniel Eran Dilger
It’s not just the American media that is desperate to publish misleading or downright false information in attempts to prevent the erosion of existing barriers to innovation. The release of the iPhone in the UK touched off a flurry of snide reporting worthy of being Zooned.
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September 20, 2007   1 Comment

Office Wars 4 – Microsoft’s Assault on Lotus and IBM

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Daniel Eran Dilger
IBM’s announcement of the new Lotus Symphony suite is an interesting turn of events because it signals a revenge strike against Microsoft’s Office hegemony. It is particularly interesting that it is based on OpenOffice, allowing IBM to pair the support of the industry and community backing the open source suite with its own position in the Enterprise with Lotus Notes.

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September 19, 2007   No Comments

New York Times Violates its Own Microsoft Shill Policy

NY Times Shill Policy
Daniel Eran Dilger
Randall Stross tried to explain in the New York Times that Apple is bungling its limited window of opportunity to sell Macs as Microsoft recovers from its Windows Vista retail sales flop. In doing so, he had to rely on overly broad generalizations, ignore well known retail realities, and violate the Times’ ban on interviewing Microsoft’s weaselly shills.

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September 19, 2007   3 Comments

New iPod Reviews: 3G iPod nano, iPod classic, iPod touch

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Can a 6.5mm thin device really deliver a usable Keynote presentation on a TV? Why doesn’t the iPod Touch offer a hard drive option? Is the Touch really an ‘iPhone without the phone’? Is the new iTunes WiFi Store usable? I did a series or reviews for AppleInsider ferreting out the details on Apple’s new iPod lineup to find out.

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September 17, 2007   4 Comments

Scott Woolley Attacks Apple TV in Forbes, Gets the Facts Wrong

Scott Wolley Attacks Apple TV
Daniel Eran Dilger
Scott Woolley of Forbes tried his best to paint Apple TV as a colossal failure, but his article is based on supposition and false comparisons, and demonstrates he doesn’t know much about the video distribution industry he writes about.
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September 17, 2007   3 Comments

How Open will the iPhone Get?

iPhone Open or Closed
Daniel Eran Dilger
There is obvious interest in iPhone development, and users of the device have good reason to demand a vibrant software ecosystem growing up around it. There are a lot of applications Apple doesn’t have the time or inclination to deliver, but which would greatly increase the value of the phone and subsequently expand sales. Apple needs third party help.

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September 15, 2007   2 Comments

Apple’s iTunes Ringtones and the Complex World of Copyright Law

Apple Ringtones and Copyright Law
Daniel Eran Dilger
While I’m no huge fan of the “all singing, all dancing” mobiles that announce every incoming call by belting out a section of a song–particularly since they tend to use songs that I don’t want stuck in my mind for the next hour–ringtones are extremely popular and a big money business, so they’re not going away anytime soon.
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September 15, 2007   1 Comment

How Closed Is the iPhone?

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Daniel Eran Dilger
“Six Reasons Why Apple May Never Open the iPhone” outlined the rationale behind the strategy driving Apple’s software plans for its new mobile. At the same time, it’s important to take a reasonable appraisal of the iPhone’s supposedly closed nature. While Apple is unlikely to open up the iPhone in the same sense as the Mac anytime soon, it is already an open platform in ways that matter.

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September 13, 2007   2 Comments

Why Dan Frommer and Scott Moritz Are Wrong on iPhone Sales

Dan Frommer and Scott Moritz wrong on iPhone sales
Daniel Eran Dilger
Silicon Alley Insider’s Dan Frommer says Apple’s announcement of reaching its million mark goal in iPhone sales three weeks early is actually bad news for Apple and is convolutedly “below plan.” He also says the announcement only props up the speculative conjecture by Scott Moritz of the Street that Apple’s iPhones sales are somehow woefully below expectations. They’re wrong, here’s why.

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September 13, 2007   10 Comments