* Posts by Zeke Thomas

5 posts • joined 17 Oct 2008

App Store II: Steve Jobs sucks Mac's soul

Zeke Thomas
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Give me a break ...

With as much as Apple has invested in and riding on iTunes, I can still use their storefront to discover music, then procure it by whatever means (legal or otherwise) that I prefer, and guess what? The songs will still play in iTunes. The idea that Macs will prevent their users from installing software sourced somewhere other than the App Store is ludicrous. Maybe Steve would prefer it that way, but he's far too astute a businessman to actually implement it.

In other news, the sky is falling over western Canada ...

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Apple demonstrates how to do touchscreen desktops

Zeke Thomas

What leads you to believe ...

that Tyco monitor is capable of causing the attached CPU to switch OSes and input methods based on the screen angle?

Either the majority of posters haven't got a clue what terms like "prior art" actually mean ... or else they just look at the pics, skip the article and write posts based on their existing prejudices.

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Article & Comments Completely Miss the Point!

The innovation here is not the bloody hinge ... it's that the hinge has sensors, so that when the screen is angled horizontally the computer switches from an OSX device to an iOS device! When you tilt it back up, it goes back to your OSX session.

There is no prior art on that folks.

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Apple snubs O2's handset enviro-spec rating

Zeke Thomas

Non Eco Criteria

I have a lot of issues with this "sustainability" index. For example, the Sony Ericsson Elm (the highest-rated phone) got extra points because it "replaces" an MP3 player, GPS, etc. ... but in my experience, my SE phone had such a crap MP3 player that I still bought an iPod. I can only assume a lot of the other built-in functionality that various phone models were rewarded for in these rankings are also of minimal quality/utility and similarly DON'T replace separate devices.

Why can't they restrict themselves to just rating the enviro impact of the phones' production and stay away from such bullshit subjective areas?

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Apple MacBook

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No TDM = Boo Apple!

Every Mac I've had for nearly a decade has been capable of Target Disk Mode, thanks to Firewire. I cannot count how many times TDM has allowed me to diagnose and repair problems without a trip to the service centre. I've used it twice this week alone and I only look after a dozen or so Macs.

Peripheral connection standards come and go--and most stuff is now USB2 anyway--but TDM was an incredible advantage for Apple. Eliminating it from the company's highest volume product is a strange, and frankly disturbing development.

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