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Road to Mac OS X Leopard: QuickTime, iTunes, and Media Features

Road to Mac OS X Leopard: QuickTime, iTunes, and Media Features
In addition to the new searching, browsing and back up features for office documents (Finder, Dock, Quick Look, Cover Flow, Spotlight, Time Machine) and new support for collaborative information sharing (Mail, iChat, iCal, Server), Mac OS X Leopard also advances support for audio and video media in QuickTime, iTunes, Photo Booth, Front Row, and other applications. Here’s what’s new in Leopard and where the ideas behind rich media on the desktop came from.

AppleInsider | Road to Mac OS X Leopard: QuickTime, iTunes, and Media Features.

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October 25, 2007   4 Comments

Road to Mac OS X Leopard: System Preferences

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Many functions in Mac OS X are only exposed to the user via System Preferences, so as you might guess, a lot of new things in Leopard show up there. Among them are a few of the “secret new features” that have never been previously announced in demonstrations of Leopard, laying to rest the hopes of certain critics that Steve Jobs somehow failed to deliver upon his assurance that the new system would deliver a variety of other new features Apple was keeping under wraps so that competitors wouldn’t copy them before they were released. Here’s a look at where System Preferences came from, and what’s new.

AppleInsider | Road to Mac OS X Leopard: System Preferences

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October 24, 2007   1 Comment

Road to Mac OS X Leopard: Parental Controls and Directory Services

Road to Mac OS X Leopard: Parental Controls and Directory Services

Mac OS X Leopard not only makes it easy to do new things, it also allows you to restrict functions based on permissions. In home settings, this feature is presented as Parental Controls. In business settings, the same technology is used to provide Managed Preferences, essentially setting up controls and guidelines for employees rather than children. This is another example of applying technologies in both the client and server side of the product, and how Apple is leveraging its strength in its core markets to expand into new areas. Here’s how the features work in Leopard and Leopard Server, what you can do with them, and where the ideas behind managed preferences — and the underlying directory services supporting them — came from.

AppleInsider | Road to Mac OS X Leopard: Parental Controls and Directory Services

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October 23, 2007   1 Comment

Road to Mac OS X Leopard Server: Collaborative Info Sharing Services

Road to Mac OS X Leopard Server: Collaborative Info Sharing Services

Leopard sports a series of changes both under the hood and in its user interface that improve the performance and usability of the Mac desktop for individual users, and combine to deliver new collaborative server features for networked machines in office settings. Servers and shared services are also moving into the home; here’s a look at what’s new in Leopard and Leopard Server related to file sharing and collaborative information services, and where the plumbing inside Mac OS X comes from.

AppleInsider | Road to Mac OS X Leopard Server: Collaborative Info Sharing Services

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October 22, 2007   4 Comments

SCO, Linux, and Microsoft in the History of OS: 2000s

SCO, Linux, and Microsoft in the History of OS: 2000s
Daniel Eran Dilger
[continued from part four: SCO, Linux, and Microsoft in the History of OS: 1990s]

Apple’s Reversal of Fortune, Outlook: 1990 vs 2000.
Apple started the 1990s with seemingly bright prospects and plaudits from the press, but in reality, its management had aimed the company’s future into the ground. While often described as a “Golden Age” for Apple, the early 90s were actually the beginning of an end.

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August 22, 2007   6 Comments

SCO, Linux, and Microsoft in the History of OS: 1990s

OS history of the 90s

Daniel Eran Dilger
[continued from part two: SCO, Linux, and Microsoft in the History of OS: 1980s]

Intel 80×86 vs Motorola 68000.
In the 80s, a new generation of graphical computers from Apple, Atari, Commodore, and NeXT–all based on the Motorola 68000 family of processors–leapt past the previous generation of 8-bit computers. That new hardware enabled more powerful software using a fully graphical user interface.

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August 18, 2007   8 Comments

SCO, Linux, and Microsoft in the History of OS: 1980s

SCO, Linux, and Microsoft in the History of OS: 1980s
Daniel Eran Dilger
[continued from part two: SCO, Linux, and Microsoft in the History of OS: 1970s]

Xerox PARC and Apple New Macintosh: 1980 – 1984.
While Microsoft ripped off the 70s technology in Digital Research’s CP/M to resell in the 80s as MS-DOS, Apple used its hardware profits of the 70s to finance the development of a new generation of much more powerful software in order to sell new hardware in the 80s.

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August 15, 2007   11 Comments

SCO, Linux, and Microsoft in the History of OS: 1970s

SCO, Linux, and Microsoft in the History of OS: 1970s
Daniel Eran Dilger
[continued from part one: Daniel Lyons: Fake Steve Jobs and the SCO Shill Who Hated Linux]

he recent news about SCO and Unix copyright and Linux is difficult to accurately piece together without historical context. Understanding the market for Windows, Linux, and the Mac today also benefits from hindsight of previous events that shaped the present. It even offers to illuminate possibilities of the future.

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August 14, 2007   2 Comments

How Apple Keyboards Lost a Logo and Windows PCs Gained One

How Apple Keyboards Lost a Logo and Windows PCs Gained One
Daniel Eran Dilger
A variety of bloggers have been commenting on the removal of the Apple logo from the new aluminum keyboards on the refreshed iMac release this week. They’ve explained why Steve Jobs took the Apple logo off back in the mid 80s, but nobody explains how it snuck back on since then.

En Español:
Como fue que los teclados de Apple perdieron un logo y las PC con Windows ganaron uno
Traducción: Cuauhtémoc Amox

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August 11, 2007   13 Comments

Daniel Lyons: Fake Steve Jobs and the SCO Shill Who Hated Linux

Daniel Lyons: Fake Steve Jobs and the SCO Shill Who Hated Linux
Daniel Eran Dilger
After months of tongue in cheek blogging as an even more wildly eccentric and brutally forthright version of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Daniel Lyons of Forbes Magazine was outed by Brad Stone of the New York Times as the real Fake Steve Jobs. What Stone didn’t reveal was Lyons’ far more scandalous past as a shill for the bottom feeding SCO Group and its outrageous attack on Linux and open source.

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August 7, 2007   6 Comments

10 FAS: 7 – Apple’s Hardware and Dvorak’s Microsoft Branded PC

Apple vs Microsoft in Consumer Electronics
Daniel Eran Dilger
While the previous fake Apple scandal advanced the myth that Apple’s first generations of hardware releases are unusually problematic, the seventh fake scandal charges that all Apple hardware is bad, and only sells due to excessive advertising and a blind pool of devoted fans who don’t know any better. The best answer to these claims is look at Microsoft’s own hardware efforts and the comments made by Windows Enthusiasts.

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July 29, 2007   2 Comments

Universal vs Apple in the iTunes Store Contracts

Universal vs Apple in the iTunes Store Contracts
Daniel Eran Dilger
When reports surfaced that Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music label, refused to resign its existing deal with Apple’s iTunes Store, there were private schadenfreude celebrations held in many closets.

Anti-Apple pundits briefly rejoiced at the prospects of a cataclysmic collapse of iTunes, something that they’ve been predicting and even, on occasion, pre-announcing as already having occurred in a test of their increasingly faulty powers in advancing self-fulfilling prophecies.
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July 10, 2007   3 Comments

Readers Write: the iPhone in Asia, iTunes OTA, and a CueCat?

Readers Write: the iPhone in Asia, iTunes OTA, and a CueCat?
Daniel Eran Dilger
Continuing on reader comments from on the article “International iPhone: Europe, Japan and 3G UMTS” are notes about Asian markets, iTunes sales over the air, and Japan’s CueCat-like barcodes.
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July 8, 2007   2 Comments

How AT&T Picked Up the iPhone: A Brief History of Mobiles

How AT&T Picked Up the iPhone: A Brief History of Mobiles
Daniel Eran Dilger
How was it that AT&T ended up the iPhone’s exclusive carrier? Here’s a historical overview of how things developed in the US mobile industry, from AT&T’s first cellular phones, to its removal as the American telephone monopoly, the breakup, regroupings, and its recent reinvention as the brand delivering Apple’s iPhone.

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July 4, 2007   6 Comments

The iPhone Threat to Adobe, Microsoft, Sun, Real, BREW, Symbian

The iPhone Threat to Adobe, Microsoft, Sun, Real, BREW, Symbian
Daniel Eran Dilger
The version of Safari running on Apple’s iPhone shows the web without Flash, Windows Media, Real Player, or Java applets. It’s not just a case of few plugins gone missing. Here’s why Apple chose to cut proprietary content from the web, and what it means for Adobe, Sun, Microsoft, Real, and other mobile makers.

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July 1, 2007   5 Comments