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Posts from — October 2009

Apple’s new 27 inch iMac designed to also work as a display

27 inch iMac as a display

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple has designed its new 27“ iMac model to serve as an external display for DisplayPort devices such as recent MacBook and MacBook Pros.

Apple’s new 27 inch iMac designed to also work as a display

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October 21, 2009   7 Comments

Inside Apple’s iPhone subscription accounting changes

iPhone subscription accounting

Daniel Eran Dilger

Apple’s April 2007 Q2 earnings call announced that the company planned to book revenue for its new iPhone and Apple TV using the “subscription method of accounting,” a decision that startled analysts and left many users confused. Here’s what resulted and why the company is working to reverse the decision.

Inside Apple’s iPhone subscription accounting changes

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October 21, 2009   21 Comments

Inside Apple’s new multitouch Magic Mouse

iMac Magic Mouse

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple’s new Magic Mouse brings multitouch technologies first exposed on the iPhone and MacBook touchpad to the venerable mouse.

Inside Apple’s new multitouch Magic Mouse
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October 20, 2009   11 Comments

FreeBSD adds support for Snow Leopard’s Grand Central Dispatch

Apple server history

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple’s Grand Central Dispatch technology, which debuted in Snow Leopard as a mechanism for optimizing parallelism across multiple cores and processors, has now been ported to FreeBSD.

FreeBSD adds support for Snow Leopard’s Grand Central Dispatch
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October 16, 2009   9 Comments

Microsoft’s Pink/Danger backup problem blamed on Roz Ho

Roz Ho

Daniel Eran Dilger

A fourth source has added new insight into Microsoft’s Danger datacenter disaster, pinning the root cause directly on Pink Project leader Roz Ho rather than Microsoft’s third party vendors, which the company is itself seeking to scapegoat.
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October 15, 2009   45 Comments

Lance Ulanoff and Robbie Bach explain why library size doesn’t matter for WiMo apps vs the iPhone

Daniel Eran Dilger

Lance Ulanoff, the man who in 2003 wrote that an obscure flaw in Mac OS X Jaguar made it “just as vulnerable as Microsoft Windows” during a year that businesses suffered $55 billion in virus-related losses due to their use of Windows, who in 2006 wrote a diatribe reviling bloggers so masterfully link-baiting that John Dvorak ‘bowed in awe,’ and who served as the canary in the coal mine last year in warning us all about the dangers of DRM-free music (which he called the “road to ruin”), is now serving as one of the few Windows Enthusiasts ready and willing to advocate for Microsoft’s beleaguered Windows Mobile platform.
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October 14, 2009   29 Comments

John Gruber: “crummy” not to link to the source, unless its me

John Gruber’s Daring Fireball blog got hot over TUAW linking to a partner site (Engadget) rather than the original source of a story, calling out the attribution failure as “crummy.” After drawing attention to the issue, he noted in an update that TUAW had fixed the link to make it “slightly more clear” who the original source was.

However, Gruber doesn’t like to link to my articles, so when he couldn’t resist but draw attention to the original piece I wrote up on Microsoft’s Danger fiasco, he posted a link to what was very obviously a linkjacked version on another site, which itself noted that it was not the original source of the story, stated the original source, but then failed to actually link to the original work.

When contacted to correct the attribution, Gruber refused to update his link.

Isn’t this the guy who assigns a “Jackass of the Week?”

October 14, 2009   34 Comments

Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server: Apple’s server strategy

Apple server history

Daniel Eran Dilger

Years before Mac OS X 10.0 was first released in 2001, Apple launched Mac OS X Server, targeting its newly acquired Unix-based operating system technology at the education and workgroup server market. Apple has struggled ever since to find a broad server strategy that works. The solution may be as obvious as the iPhone App Store.

Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server: Apple’s server strategy
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October 13, 2009   10 Comments

Apple iMovie 8.0.5 update debuts new iFrame video format

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple has created a new video format called iFrame for use by camcorders, allowing optimized import into iMovie for editing.

Apple iMovie 8.0.5 update debuts new iFrame video format
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October 13, 2009   5 Comments

Microsoft’s Sidekick/Pink problems blamed on dogfooding and sabotage

Daniel Eran Dilger

Additional insiders have stepped forward to shed more light into Microsoft’s troubled acquisition of Danger, its beleaguered Pink Project, and what has become one of the most high profile Information Technology disasters in recent memory.

Microsoft’s Sidekick/Pink problems blamed on dogfooding and sabotage

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October 12, 2009   13 Comments

Microsoft’s Danger SideKick data loss casts dark on cloud computing

Daniel Eran Dilger

Microsoft has demonstrated that the dark side of cloud computing has no silver linings. After a major server outage occurred on its watch last weekend, users dependent on the company have just been informed that their personal data and photos “has almost certainly been lost.”

Microsoft’s Danger SideKick data loss casts dark on cloud computing
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October 11, 2009   6 Comments

Apple updates MobileMe file sharing, iPhone features

MobileMe

Prince McLean, AppleInsider

Apple’s MobileMe cloud services package has been updated to improve its public file sharing features and make it easier to locate the Find My iPhone page. The web apps still can’t be accessed from the iPhone however.

Apple updates MobileMe file sharing, iPhone features
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October 9, 2009   3 Comments

Exclusive: Pink Danger leaks from Microsoft’s Windows Phone

Mobile platforms history

Daniel Eran Dilger

Earlier this week, an anonymous tipster leaked the news that Microsoft’s top secret Pink project, aimed to take on the iPhone just as the Zune targeted the iPod, was “near death and probably will be canceled.” Another source has now spilled even more details about the internal crisis brewing within the company and how the failure of Pink relates to iPhone, Google’s Android, and Windows Mobile.

Exclusive: Pink Danger leaks from Microsoft’s Windows Phone
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October 9, 2009   22 Comments

Podcast: Adobe Flash, Shill bloggers, Windows 7, and terrible Microsoft hardware

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Gene Steinberg of the Tech Night Owl invited me to talk about Adobe Flash, FCC rules on bloggers who take gear for favorable reviews, Windows 7, and terrible Microsoft hardware. You can tune into the live stream Thursday October 8 at 6 PM PST, or listen to podcast episodes via iTunes, and subscribe to the Tech Night Owl RSS feed at:

The Tech Night Owl LIVE with Gene Steinberg

Recent episodes:

September 17, 2009 Zune HD, Flip video and the iPod nano.
August 27, 2009 Windows 7 and Snow Leopard.
July 30, 2009, Windows 7, netbooks, and the Apple tablet.
July 9, 2009, Mozilla and Opera fight to make Ogg Theora the official codec of HTML 5.
June 18, 2009, Microsoft Enthusiasts
May 21, 2009, talking about Windows 7
March 19, 2009, talking about the iPhone 3.0 SDK
February 26, 2009, covering the Apple stockholder meeting
January 8, 2009, covering Apple’s last Macworld Expo

Earlier episodes I’ve participated on:

Oct 16 08
Oct 2 08
July 31 08
June 12 08
May 1 08
Mar 20 08
Jan 31 08
Jan 3 08
Nov 8 07
Sep 20 07
Aug 9 07
Jun 14 07
Apr 26 07
Mar 1 07
Jan 11 07

October 8, 2009   No Comments

Gartner declares Android a second place winner in 2012. Why?

Daniel Eran Dilger

Looking into its crystal ball, Gartner Group has predicted that Google’s Android will become the second largest smartphone platform by 2012. Problem is, nobody’s talking about how terrible Gartner is at predicting things, or that Gartner’s “research” has historically been paid for by special interests. So why the headlines?

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October 8, 2009   36 Comments