Archive for September 29th, 2005

Music Industry Threatens to Pull Plug on Apple

This is just preposterous, the Music Industry wants more, more, more. It’s not enough that they milk the artists taking away sometimes as much as 95% of their sales, now they want to earn more via Apple. However, Apple being a tech company understands the dangers this will bring destroying iTunes and get people fall back to piracy. It’s the fat asses at RIAA and SONY/Warner who don’t get it.

The x86 Apple machines are around the corner

I believe that in Macworld in January 2/3s of the full Mac hardware line will be replaced, at once. Among those it will be the G5s and the Minis and the Powerbooks.

This (http://www.hardmac.com/news/2005-09-30/#4552) is only one indication, but the reason why I believe it to be true, is simple: creating a new x86 machine only takes a few weeks of design and testing. It has a well-known recipe, and Intel is there to help both with the hardware and the software side of things.

Creating a Mac on the other hand is much more painstaiking, because there is only Apple and a couple of others that know how to put together such a machine. Let alone the chipset troubles that Apple themselves has to solve each time.

As for Mac OS X, the x86 version is nearly there. I knew for years that Marklar existed, it only needs some polishing right now and bug fixing.

One thing is for sure: Apple is on the march to deliver x86 Macs by January, not by June as Jobs promised. Jobs mentioned June as a fail safe date.

So, I hope you put some money aside to get a new x86 Mac this January. IF the new x86 Powerbooks are also 64bit (not OSX, just the CPU), I am going to be replacing my first generation 12″ Powerbook 867 Mhz. I want to buy one with a 64bit CPU in it just in case Apple has such a mandatory requirement in a few years for their OS or libraries. I tend to keep my hardware for a long time, so I don’t want to end up with an unsupported Mac in only 2-3 years time.

Mobile Update for GnomeFiles.org

Spent the better part of the afternoon fixing the mobile version of GnomeFiles.org. Previously, only the front-page was mobile-enough, but now more pages should work better (except the comment’s pages which is so-so and the developer’s back-end which is not mobile-enabled at all). Especially people with Opera on Zauruses or Symbian should see a tremendous difference in support. Still though, Gnomefiles’ mobile html pages are optimized for PDAs, not so much for phones (pages are about 30KB to 60KB each, normal phones would run out of memory). Non-smartphone users are still recommended to use Gnomefiles’ WAP pages instead.