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Who Was the Biggest Loser at Macworld?

Take this Job and Stuffit
Daniel Eran Dilger
There are winners and losers in life, and in accordance with the First Law of Thermodynamics, the heat and light generated by winners must result in a cold, dark shutout for an equal number of losers. Who won and lost a Macworld 2008?

Macworld vs. CES.
Macworld itself was a winner, with a giddy, satisfied audience radiating everything that was missing from CES a week prior. Apple released four major new product family advances in arenas where it’s already leading, and plenty of third parties introduced interesting software and new gear as well.

CES: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Innovation: Apple at Macworld vs Microsoft at CES

Apple TV vs. Vudu, NetFlix, UnBox, Xbox 360.
Steve Jobs dropped the expected bomb of movie rentals from iTunes and HD rentals through Apple TV. That has to suck for Vudu, which has instantly become an iPod’s Zune. It also makes NetFlix’ mailers the buggy whip of the auto age, relegates UnBox to the Tivo niche, and empties the 360 of any advantage it held as a fractional percentage market share statistic in the online video downloads market.

First Look: Apple TV 2.0 and iTunes Movie Rentals
Apple TV Promises to Take 2008
Apple TV Digital Disruption at Work: iTunes Takes 91% of Video Download Market

Time Capsule vs. Microsoft Windows Home Server.
Last year, I thought it comical how Windows Enthusiasts simultaneously wrote off the Mac market as inconsequential while trying to also tout Leopard’s Time Machine as the perfect vehicle for Microsoft’s Windows Home Server. In other words, Macs don’t matter but will result in a watershed of support for Microsoft’s attempt to shoehorn licensing revenue into home storage.

In a “Von Trapp Family Singers!” style announcement, Microsoft has twice herald out the name of Windows Home Server to polite applause without the product actually ever actually appearing. What is it that’s so sophisticated about the box that has the company struggling to get it out in a usable form and taking more time to do so than Apple TV?

Whatever the reason, it certainly doesn’t appear that anyone cares, the least of whom might be Mac users running Time Machine. Why buy a big PC box that does little more than file and print sharing, and then be forced to use Internet Explorer to administer it when you can already buy a faster wireless N AirPort Extreme for less?

That’s no theoretical question. Windows Home Server isn’t selling units at all, but Apple’s AirPort Extreme is. In fact, NPD designated Apple as the number one 802.11n router maker last year. Apple now has 5 million Time Machine users interested in a backup target. Which are they going to choose?

At Macworld, Apple made the decision even easier by slapping a server drive in the AirPort base station and branding it as Time Capsule. Microsoft also helped to throw things in favor of Apple’s solution by introducing a file corruption feature in Windows Home Server so that files saved directly to or edited on its Home Servers’ shares could have an exciting Russian Roulette style chance of being toasted automatically whenever the planets fail to align properly.

Oh the humanity!

First Look: Time Capsule, AirPort, and Time Machine
Windows Home Server vs AirPort Extreme

MacBook Air vs. Existing Ultra Light Laptops.
Other ultra light laptops might be cheaper with a fraction of the horsepower and graphics savvy, or lighter when their battery is detached, or thinner like the $6000 experimental laptop CNET’s Michael Kanellos dredged up from ten years ago in order to quibble with Apple’s “thinnest” claim, but none are as full featured as the Air, as light as the Air, or as thin as the Air, and as price competitive as the Air… all at the same time.

Another big deal in Apple’s favor is that the Air is a Mac, meaning that the company has a locked up demand for light, thin laptops that run Mac OS X. While you could theoretically run Vista on the new MacBook Air, doing so would rob you of about 20% of its overall performance, particularly if you have third party anti-virus (and/or virus) software running.

Other laptop makers have no choice, and are either forced to build in performance that users will never actually see running Vista, or ship their ultra light hardware running the ancient Windows XP from 2001. Don’t laugh; the XP Downgrade DVD is actually a hot accessory among ultralight laptops, and often comes bundled as a feature.

When put on the spot, Sony was quick to point out that it made light, thin laptops first. Yes Sony, we even know it was you that designed the first Apple PowerBook. You are great at designing incredibly thin hardware. The problem is that you have no sense when it comes to software, so stand in line behind the Diamond Rio and keep telling yourself that you did it first while the world moves on. And don’t make me tell you where to put your proprietary Memory Stick, just keep advertising the rated life for your laptops using an optional, heavy, bulky battery that you have to buy separately.

First Look: Apple’s new MacBook Air

Apple vs. the Media.
The media seemed intent on marginalizing Apple’s engineering decisions compared to other hardware makers, but none appeared to be quick enough to really get the fact that Apple has solved a number of ultralight laptop problems for the MacBook Air in software:

  • a more capable multi-touch trackpad that goes far beyond what a finger joystick or standard pad can do.
  • Remote Disc networking and discovery software that makes an optical disc drive largely unnecessary.
  • a Wireless Migration Assistant that magically imports settings and files from another computer.

Yes, reporters, we are all aware that Apple hasn’t been in the light laptop game for over a decade. Rather than trying to tell us what we know, point out something really notable. Apple just did to the ultra light laptop market what it did last year to the smartphone market : plan out a much better product designed to hit the actual needs of consumers, execute it flawlessly, and release it to the public so smoothly that it appeared to be effortless.

Of course, if it were indeed effortless, we would have seen the same stuff from other vendors long ago. In contrast, Dell couldn’t even copy the iPod. Neither could Microsoft, nor any of the companies that were already making audio players. Apple is rapidly entering difficult new territories and blowing away incumbents through smart innovation and engineering work, while competitors are unable to match the success of any of Apple’s existing product segments. That’s a pretty important song to go unsung so long. Shame on the ignorant media and their advertiser cowering, disingenuous tech coverage.

Zune vs. iPhone: Five Phases of Media Coverage
Ten Myths of Leopard: 10 Leopard is a Vista Knockoff!

iPhone and iPod Touch vs. Crickets.
When Wired and CNET reviewed the latest Zune 2.0, they compared it against Apple’s 2005 legacy model iPod Classic. Positioning Microsoft’s latest model against Apple’s current product lineup would have been far more embarrassing. Big corporate media is so biased against Apple that it’s almost comical. Fortunately, all of the anti-Apple scare mongering has had no discernible effect apart from making Apple look like the underdog in markets where it is currently outsmarting, outselling, and outperforming its competitors.

The iPhone software update demonstrates just how far Apple is ahead. Its four million users just got a newly revamped phone with additional features, a harbinger of what’s to come. Nokia was left to release an 8GB version of the N95, so that its users will have to replace their hardware at their own expense in order to have what the iPhone originally shipped with.

Nokia is also advertising that it thinks phones should have wide open potential, a competitive dig against the iPhone. The problem for Nokia is that it only has potential. The iPhone actually delivers usability now. And next month, when its SDK ships, the iPhone will offer more than just potential. It you filter out all of the blowhard baboonery about how “the iPhone isn’t right for Enterprise,” you will see a clear picture of enterprise giants lining up to get their software running on the most capable handheld computer platform available.

If you thought 2007 was a fun ride, buckle up for 2008, as Apple takes on ultra mobile laptops, smartphones, movie rentals and set top boxes, and handheld rich media computers all at the same time.

Steve Jobs vs. Violet Blue.
Sex blogger Violet Blue, who likes her pseudonym so much she sued a young porn starlet with the same handle for ‘dilution of her brand,’ reported that she approached Steve Jobs on the show floor at Macworld, tugged at his arm and asked for a picture. According to her blog, she said Jobs was standing alone poking at his iPhone. By Blue’s account, Jobs reply was that taking a picture “would be rude.”

Without witnessing what happened, it wasn’t obvious whether Jobs allegedly meant that it was rude for her to demand a photo, or if it would be rude to allow her to take pictures without setting up a booth to allow everyone else to take Santa photos with Jobs, too.

In any case, Blue backed up and took a photo of Job’s back anyway, proving her exceptional class and that her account of the events wasn’t really straightforward. Blue said Jobs was standing alone, but her “no? I’ll take one anyway” picture revealed that Jobs was with an unidentified woman from Apple Katie Cotton, Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Communications and Senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing / Teddy Bear Phil Schiller, whose backside is recognizable from any angle.

Violet Blue's ass pic

Others at Macworld reported that they approached Jobs to say hi and shook his hand in after a friendly reception. Why did Blue think the reclusive billionaire would welcome a fan photo shoot like LeVar Burton at a Trekkie convention? And why after being shot down over her photo op request did she snap an unflattering rump shot to post in her blog? And why did she then run to the arms of Microsoft blogger Robert Scoble in order to pout about her failed plot to associate herself with someone notable?

Had Jobs enthusiastically jumped into Blue’s picture, would the shot have then accompanied her subsequent column in the San Francisco Chronicle, an entry titled “So, I seduced a Mac geek,” with the subheading “Violet Blue, a black turtleneck and Macworld Kama Sutra,” which went on and on about how she had steamy hypothetical sex that involved various products from the show floor?

There are no “mac geeks” that dress like Steve Jobs, so the black turtleneck was clearly an allusion designed to associate herself with Jobs in some masturbatory fantasy of fan fiction. To link her column tighter to the Mac event, Blue even posted a query hyperlink in the online Chronicle version designed to bring up all Craigslist personal ads that referenced “Macworld” in them, a decidedly uncool stunt to pull.

Personal ads aren’t public news, and Blue’s attempt to drag the postings into public ridicule for her own fame and profit bear a little too much similarity to the pasty faced geek who posted fake sex ads online and then outed everyone who responded by publicly posting their photos and fetishes. To really add some sensationalism to her otherwise boorish article, Blue even made allusions to demonic religious sacrifice, and tried to associate the Macworld trade show with the Church of Satan’s Anton LaVey. What a desperately twisted attempt to fan her own flames.

Before you scramble to read her posting, be forewarned that it is no more interesting to read than any of the other staff op-ed writers that grace the Chronicle, most of whom are out of town suburbanites who complain about tall buildings downtown and advocate parking garages in Golden Gate Park. The SF Chronicle’s offices are only physically situated in the City; its editorial viewpoint is clearly housed in the stuffy McMansions of gated communities well outside of San Francisco, which approach in sophistication the crusty red state underbelly of California. That’s why we call the paper the Comical.

Blue is paid to write edgy corporate copy, but it’s nothing incisive or interesting. She’s worked her fingers into the leagues of Forbes’ celebrated bloggers, a feat that includes co-appearances in Daniel Lyon’s FSJ blog and other cobranded marketing stunts. Perhaps the Real Steve Jobs had a premonition that something Fake was afoot in the photo shoot request, and didn’t want to willingly play into it.

Something else Jobs may or may not have known about Blue was her penchant for dropping product mentions for anyone who plays along with her alternative indie charade. She’s been touting the Helio Ocean phone ever since the company sent her one for free last year, and immediately after being turned down by Jobs, she rushed to post smack about the new MacBook Air “not being that small” in her blog, recommending a variety of alternatives from Sony and Panasonic instead. Take that, publicity stunt foiler Jobs.

The odd thing is that Blue never really talks about tech until there is a business model for doing so–or a socially transmitted virus she hopes to spread, like the wildfire outbreak of crabs on Digg who were all upset that Jobs didn’t vogue for Blue. There’s a fine line between being successful and being a sellout (actually there’s no line whatsoever), but Blue even managed to blame Apple for contributing to her success by having promoted her podcast content in iTunes.

“It’s not a happy feeling to have been the poster child for iTunes podcasts for so long (I still hit the top ten, yo) — even famously when it launched — and be humiliated like that,” Blue complained in her blog. Of course, if you’re pained with being a “poster child,” maybe you shouldn’t be signing contracts to poster your face everywhere to begin with. And if, on the other hand, you’re a sellout trying to build your pseudonym into a valuable brand, maybe you shouldn’t be reviling the executive who gave you a podium to talk about whips and fetishes and whatnot.

Really, boo-frigging-hoo, Ms. Blue. If you think your celebrity makes you worthy of taking pictures with Jobs, maybe you should introduce yourself as who you are, so you don’t just come across as another incessant Apple fan with a camera. Try to keep in mind that there’s 60,000 of those at Macworld, and less than 500 minutes per day on the show floor to engage them all in photos and polite banter.

Then, try to remember that when you ask permission, one of the possible answers might be no. And try to remember that, as the ladies say, “no means no” whenever asking permission is involved. Also, try to take disappointment like a man, rather than running around portraying yourself as a victim while getting as much airplay as possible for a limp story that just doesn’t fit together.

Take this Job and Stuffit

Reality vs. Stuffit.
Back in the day, Mac users downloaded Stuffit Expander to uncompress their file archives, particularly software compressed and archived for Internet distribution. Stuffit’s developer decided to monetize its position by forcing users through ugly hoops just to download the free expander utility, and tried to lead them into buying things they didn’t really need.

Apple dropped Stuffit and added its own standard compression and archive features into Mac OS X. By 2005, Stuffit wasn’t even being bundled by Apple anymore. Since then, nobody really uses Stuffit apart from the random ancient archive that turns up or the odd developer who sends out an installer in the archaic .SIT format.

When a third party developer is rendered obsolete it is usually a sad affair where the needs of the many simply outweigh the needs of the few who made a particular product. Other times, it’s more like the fall of Real Networks or Netscape, where their previous misconduct when at the height of their power and influence simply makes it easy to feel a bit of schadenfreude for their now desperate plight.

It’s easy to laugh at Stuffit after remembering how difficult the company made it to download their free tools. Why the company is at Macworld in 2008 is a bit of a puzzle, but I thought the lonely Maytag repairman rep made for a great picture. Perhaps if John Hodgman ever gets tired of being PC, this guy can take the role. Although secretly, I hope Hodgman sticks around for a while.

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  • droughtquake

    Mark Morford also writes for the SF Chronicle and has sometimes been accused of being a shill for Apple by his detractors. His musings are much more interesting than Violet Blue’s fabrications — and he’s much sexier too. (Too bad he’s straight.)

  • http://web.mac.com/lowededwookie lowededwookie

    Ohh man you really really do have to feel sorry for that StuffIt man.

    I wonder if later in the day he said “stuff it” and buggered off home. God knows I would have.

  • tripleman

    “It’s easy to laugh at Stuffit after remembering how difficult the company made it to download their free tools.”

    Yes it is. When will companies understand how off-putting that entire technique is? Every time I see that gambit used, it’s a guarantee that they will never, ever see my money. It feels so… bait and switch.

    They might have, but for that play.

    You lose stuffit.

  • Brau

    I think what likely drew Steve Jobs ire at Violet Blue was that she touched him as a matter of getting his attention. That’s just not done with people you don’t know. Adults should know this. As for Steve, he likely looked up to see a full grown woman dressed like a child, speaking in baby talk, grabbing his arm, and responded as any parent would to a child – with a bit of social correction.

  • James

    The Violet Blue Story, as I understand it is that this woman who is a sex blogger (not that I have any problem with that, but she’s not exactly a tech guru) accosted Steve Jobs at Macworld, and asked to have her picture taken with him. She reported that he said no, and reprimanded her for being rude. She thinks he was rude. End of story.

    Why is this story worth half you column, and 14 paragraphs? Who cares if Steve was or wasn’t rude? It’s not like he’s God or something.

  • kingmob

    You should check your facts. Violet Blue is not a pseudonym. It is, in fact, her given name.

    I usually like your blog, but today it just seems like you went out of your way to be mean to her. I think that was unnecessary and unprofessional.

  • zaxzan


    Accosted –

    accost |əˌkɒst|
    verb [ trans. ]
    approach and address (someone) boldly or aggressively : reporters accosted him in the street.
    • approach (someone) with hostility or harmful intent : he was accosted by a thief, demanding his money or his life.
    • approach and address (someone) with sexual intent : a man tried to accost the girl on her way to school.

    ORIGIN late 16th cent.(originally in the sense [lie or go alongside] ): from French accoster, from Italian accostare, from Latin ad- ‘to’ + costa ‘rib, side.’

    Well there you go, you answered your own question.

  • lmasanti

    “That man from Stuff It…”

    Seems like a diabetic boy in a candy store…

  • James

    No it doesn’t. My question was and is why is this story interesting to anyone at all? It is absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with how Apple is run and what they do. Even if (unlike me) you read Hello Magazine and are interested in celebrity gossip, it sheds no light on the character of the mysterious and charismatic Mr Steve Jobs, particularly as we only have one side of this very boring story. There wasn’t even a good punch up! ;)

    Earlier this morning my son forgot to take his lunchbox to school. I told him off about it, but he thinks I was unfair. Anyone want to write a column about that?

  • trekkie

    I know snark is your main mission in tone but I think your diatribe on Violet Blue was a bit much. You slam her name, slam the fact that a Porn Star took her name for profit and she had to sue the twit to stop it, slam what she does for a living, and then insult her a few times for good measure.

    Were you standing next to them observing the event? I don’t remember that fact being ‘reported’ by the number of macheads that went ape shit that the god Steve was dared to be approached and asked for a photograph.

    Your diatribe was a bit out of left field, you have a few snarky comments for everything else but write a huge paragraph digging up any insult you can think of about Violet. You have a problem that someone who’s mission in life is to try and educate people about sex or something? Seems an odd non sequitor for your usual reporting skills

  • snookie

    The woman with Steve Jobs is Katie Cotton, Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Communications. I really don’t see how how Apple’s movie downloads are going to hurt Netflix since they are so restrictive in nature. Once I get a Netflix DVD I can do anything I want with it and their all you can eat cost is much cheaper than renting from iTunes.

  • qka

    In Stuffit’s defense, I will say that their Expander can sometimes get some of the files out of a damaged .zip file that Apple’s BOMArchive utility cannot. For me, that makes it worth keeping around.

    Other than that, I agree that Stuffit’s time has past.

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  • rpmasson

    Glad to see the Stuffit guy cooling his heels.
    Stuffit Deluxe for the Mac: $79.99
    Stuffit Deluxe for Windows: $49.99
    That’s always burned my rear and the reason I never purchased Deluxe.

  • mrbee

    Another great blog Dan.

    For those who think Dan gets too personal or involved with these things … lighten up, it’s a blog and an opinion site, he is entitled to say whatever the heck he wants.

    Love the photo of the Stuffit guy, it sums up so much in one simple image, brilliant! :-)

    I am so glad to finally see someone talk about the other side of the Violet Blue story. The reason it’s worth the column inches here is because it go so much “pro violet” coverage in the other media when it broke, because they all love to print a story about Steve Jobs being cold or aloof. Why would anyone who runs a multi-billion dollar company want to have his picture taken with a porn columnist anyway? Especially not knowing what she would do with the picture, what caption she would put on it etc.? And when you consider that on the internet, “sex” can be simply dirty chat or blogging, Violet Blue does indeed qualify as a “porn star.” Besides I have seen videos of her several times doing this sort of this in public places and what she calls “touching his arm” is more like “rubbing up against him” from what I have seen of her act.

    She seems like a nice enough person but you could not find a more opposite personality to Steve Jobs than her, and she was totally rude IMO. You don’t just walk up to people and grab them, especially when they are occupied doing something like talking on the phone or emailing.

  • Robb

    I’m guessing that Violet Blue is a S.F. thing? Sounds a bit like a gossip groupie, so whatever. I’m guessing that Dan took offense to something she wrote.

    James, if you want someone to write a column about your son forgetting his lunchbox, start your own website.

  • L

    Jobs and Apple keeps a clean image, like “You meet the nicest people on a Honda.” Blue wouldn’t fit that. Newman, however, has Pixar fame, and Jobs inflection does that quick legal disclaimer thing well.

  • excentrik

    Apple TV is not on my purchase list. Netflix is good for the price, has a much larger and broader catalog, and doesn’t constrain the user to a 24 hour usage window. Apple TV will be chosen by those willing to pay a tariff for instant gratification, or who want to carry movies around on their portable iDevices, neither of which I need. I can wait and view movies at my leisure in a home theater.

  • harrywolf

    @KingMob: No-one is ‘being mean’ – sometimes we make statements where right and wrong are in play – being mean is when someone steals your candy at school.

    The story is NOT about ‘violet blue’, it about using her as a way to attack Steve Jobs.

    Someone comes up to you, touches you on the arm and asks you to do something.
    You refuse, and a million ‘journalists’ try to turn that non-event into a story.
    Thats the stupid world we inhabit.

    Read a bit of her ‘prose’ – the woman is an amoral moron, with some serious psychological issues.
    End of story.

  • http://homepage.mac.com/johnnyapple johnnyapple

    If I rub up against Steve Jobs and ask for a photo he damn well better listen, and make me breakfast too.

    As for Stuffit – they can stuff it.

  • gus2000

    Daniel I am shocked, SHOCKED to see technology analysis in your sex blog this week. What we really want to know is when we can start renting porn from iTunes. They could market it as the “iTouchMyself”.

  • http://homepage.mac.com/johnnyapple johnnyapple

    Porn and politics – what’s your web traffic look like this week ;-) ?

    Anyone want to adopt the porn name iStuffit… not me.

  • http://www.jon-wright.co.uk/oldarchives/ mrunderhill


    “I wonder if later in the day he said “stuff it” and buggered off home.”

    Cheered me up no end that did.

    On the Steve Jobs Violet Blue saga, if he doesn’t want his picture taken with her then that’s his prerogative end of story.

    Nice article than Dan. Top bloke.

  • daniel.lucas

    The Stuffit photo is genius! Love it!

  • http://www.coolgrafix.com coolgrafix

    Apple’s built-in ZIP format is only useful when sending ZIPs to other Mac users. Send one to a PC user and they’ll notice a bunch of other odd stuff in the archive that Macs ignore. That’s why I don’t use it and still find StuffIt Deluxe very, very useful. Being able to right-click a file and choose essentially any archive format under the sun is pretty useful in my opinion.

  • Boregard

    Microsoft, the LOSER @ MacWorld: MS Office 2008 is Mega-more of the same Office which has so many features 95% of users don’t even know about, let alone USE. Not one media outlet I’ve seen has EVER questioned why there is no MS Office Lite? Could it be that might offend their advertisor, Microsoft to even question it?

    Adobe has realized it can’t drag megabucks out of every user who wants Photoshop, so the more affordable Elements is in the queue. That is a wise move.

    Featuritis & UItis taken to the next level to get multi-hundreds of dollars per copy. I’m sure MS has done consumer surveys and convinced themselves not to do a n Office Lite, but…

    MS ought to have Office Lite which gets the functionality required for the typical Computer User. Unfortunately, in an effort to keep mega-income from Mac Office, they have allowed iWork to take center stage, and will have an uphill battle against iWork, unless maybe Mac Office Lite = $39.

    The question is how long the MS Mountain can continue to be held up by the Mega Price of MS Office? What happens when iWork, OO.org etal finally make a big impact?

  • http://homepage.mac.com/johnnyapple johnnyapple

    The resource forks (bunch of other odd stuff ) in Mac native ZIP files are largely ignored by Windows – they’re broken off and stored in a separate folder.

    When this is a problem for me I use BetterZip.

  • http://www.coolgrafix.com coolgrafix

    It’s extremely confusing to the recipient, and I can’t say I blame them. “Hey I got your ZIP with the PDF. But what do I need to do with this other stuff?”

    A quick time on my Leopard install seems to indicate that the resource fork is no longer embedded as in Tiger. Yay! Still, it’s handy to be able to right-click a file and Gzip it.

  • ericdano

    I think people have the iTunes rentals mixed up a little. It does NOT compete with NetFlixs. It competes with OnDemand, or PayPerView. The pricing is similar. Plus, you have the option in 24 hours to watch it again, or put it on your iPod, or whatever.

    Stuffit. Sadly, the era of compression is being lost. I however do use Stuffit to archive projects and files for backup. It does work well, and compresses smaller than zip does. I hope they figure out a new business model or something.

    [I certainly agree that iTunes and NetFlix are different models, but they will compete. I currently use NetFlix to deliver as many rentals as I can remember to queue up every month, but when I forget or stop watching DVDs for several weeks, I continue to pay for a service I don’t use. For ~$20/month, I can rent about as many movies as I effectively get from NetFlix, and don’t have to line up a DVD player or rip them and mess around with a 8 GB file. I think Apple TV will allow me to drop NetFlix and $100 cable, and buy more of the content I want directly rather than sift through a separate online site or a river of channels where nothing is on when I want to watch something. Add in Ytube, flickr, and podcast content, and I think it will be a hot replacement for a lot of people. Now I just have to line up my own Apple TV podcast so I can publish as much as I consume. – Dan]

  • http://web.mac.com/lowededwookie lowededwookie

    @coolgraphix: “Apple’s built-in ZIP format is only useful when sending ZIPs to other Mac users. Send one to a PC user and they’ll notice a bunch of other odd stuff in the archive that Macs ignore.”

    That works the other way as well. I guess it’s more a problem with ZIP than the OS.

    Anyone here used to use an Amiga? Anyone remember LZX? That was an awesome compression utility that absolutely trounced ZIP and LHA.

  • http://johnsessays.blogspot.com John Muir

    When “Who Was the Biggest Loser at Macworld?” turned up in my RSS, I was fully expecting an article about MS Office 2008. Ho hum. ;)

    StuffIt … what an appropriate name that has always been. Sit files used to be such a chore but they’re few and far between these days, and usually a valuable message: best avoid.

  • http://www.fipscamp.com Michael Vasovski

    Sorry. But did anyone happen to look up that chick’s photos? My lexicon probably isn’t as refined or as modern as hers. But when looking at her photos, descriptive words, such as: paperbag, bu-fu, and fugly came to mind.

    I totally respect Steve for not wanting to take a photo with that. And it was totally polite, on his part, for not jumping ten feet back, when he realized what was touching him… I probably would’ve yelped for security and a medic.

  • Brau

    @ Michael

    Lol! Very funny. Perhaps he should have taken her to the lost and found to locate her mommie, as she was clearly lost. ;)

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  • Jesse

    Wow, an Amiga-head! Been a long time since I’ve seen one of those around. Good on you, mate.

    Stuffit has severe flaws in my opinion, but it has some features that are irreplaceable as far as I know. For one, you can password-protect archives. For another, you can inspect the contents of archives without expanding them. And following that, you can selectively extract specific files without having to un-stuff it all.

    Still, it costs way too much for me to be happy about, and along with those unique features comes aggravating slowness and frustrating UI clumsiness. Every time I use it I wish somebody would kill it and slice it up and make something better out of the pieces.

  • ebob

    “Remote Disc networking and discovery software that makes an optical disc drive largely unnecessary.”

    NT-based operating systems, at least, have always had this in the form of \\system\cddrive$ (for system-dependent values of “system” and the “cddrive” letter). That doesn’t make me like Windows one whit better, mind you. Just sayin’.

    I also thought the rag on Blue was too long for us who don’t live in the SF media sphere. And definitely too much personal attack in it. But it’s not my blog, just not what I want to read.

  • humann

    Sorry, but after seeing MacTV’s picture quality on a (supposedly) better HDTV than I have I’m very happy with my whip-and-buggy Netflix account. Maybe it’s mostly the difference between a CRT and an LCD (I was watching a very dark scene from National Treasure) but it looked really bad in the Apple store, Glendale. I’d really need to see them side by side to compare the resolution. I know the resolution specs are supposed to be better than DVD with the MacTV, but maybe my DVD/TV combo simply does better with its progressive upsampling/interpolation or whatever it’s called.

    Very subjective of course, but I was very surprised and disappointed with my first real-world experience with the MacTV experience. I’m probably still going to get one so I can watch the BBC and Comedy Central without paying for ESPN, the Home Shopping Network and FOX too. But for movies I really hope they do look better than DVDs on my own set-up. I have some 2.5 year-old Sony DVD player and an $800 floor model of their 34″ HD CRT that I bought at the same time.

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