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12 posts • joined 24 May 2007

Adobe claims Apple 'collaboration' on iPhone Flash

Jonathan

The solution to this...

is for it to work just like the current QuickTime media player does on the iPhone. Only playback what is actively loa tded by the user in a standalone app, rather than have it load on the webpage. That way, it is the user who gets to dictate how much battery life they want to be sucked up by Flash.

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Apple MacBook Pro 15in

Jonathan

@ keyboard

You press fn with the arrow keys.

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OpenOffice.org 3 beta lands

Jonathan

@ Hmm

Given that is utterly impossible for anyone except MS to comply with OOXML in full due to all the BS "do this like MS Office 5.x, 6.x, etc." comments in the spec, no OOo won't be able to get that 'right' before MS does.

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Mac OS X Tiger out, Leopard back in

Jonathan

The latest development versions of GIMP run natively (no X11)

Not ready for prime time yet, but development builds of GIMP run natively in OS X without a need for X11.

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Jonathan

Scribus is also available for OS X

http://macupdate.com/info.php/id/22952/scribus

You don't need Linux per se.

NeoOffice/OpenOffice.org and the GIMP also run on OS X (either natively or in X11).

However, the free OSS VirtualBox virtualisation environment is a better choice than VMWare/Parallels if all you want to do is test out a Linux distro on OS X. If you find you need more capabilities, you can always purchase VMWare or Parallels at a later date.

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Jonathan

Oops, Scribus is currently PPC only

My bad, the current version of Scribus is not an universal binary. The Linux version might run better.

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Jonathan

Ragtime?

Not sure if it is Leopard compatible, but Ragtime might be a possibility for replacing InDesign.

http://www.macupdate.com/dev.php?id=9792

I also have no idea if it is any good or not.

Depending on how much capability you need, another alternative could be Swift Publisher from BeLight which takes a more iApp approach (again, I have no experience using it):

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/18896/swift-publisher

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Apple MacBook Air wins Greenpeace's approval

Jonathan

The battery is "user-replaceable"

All it requires is a size 0 philips screwdriver and a replacement battery and anyone can do it themselves. It's possible/probable that it would void the warranty (though, who knows for sure yet) and it will require third-parties to produce compatible replacements for you (e.g. OWC most likely will have something at some point), but taking the MBA apart and removing the battery is apparently a trivial exercise:

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/08/01/18/sources_macbook_air_battery_replacements_take_only_minutes.html

In other words, for the 90% of people who never (need to) remove the battery in their laptops for the first 2 to 4 years of their lives, it is a non-issue.

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Caught on camera: the Downfall of HD DVD

Jonathan

Internet will win out

Both BD and HD-DVD are dead in the water already. One physical format too many when the internet is already demonstrating that it is the preferred means of obtaining your high resolution films (either illegally or legally). It's just a shame that the studios have to shoot themselves in the foot in this respect by imposing the most ridiculous limitations on buying or renting legal content, the worst of which is that you have to live in the US.

In terms of backup, Flash drives and hard disks are superior to both already.

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Strong laptop demand drives Apple US retail share to 13%

Jonathan

Gigabit...

I don't know about the MacBooks, but the MacBook Pros and Powerbook's before them have GBit ethernet.

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Opera tries to out-do the iPhone

Jonathan

S60 browser is *not* the same as the iPhone's

It is the same OSS rendering engine (WebKit) in both browsers, but not the same browser. To say it is the same browser is like saying Netscape is the same as Firefox.

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Elgato Turbo.264 H.264 encoder

Jonathan

What about older Macs?

Am I tight in thinking that the speed you get from the Turbo.264 will almost be the same regardless of which Mac it is running from (it presumably only works at one speed so-to-speak)? Therefore, for someone on an older Mac, you should see similar times for encoding as you do on a newer model?

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