Windows is caught between Mac and Linux

March 25, 2008

For the first time in ages, the sale of new PCs with Windows as a percentage of the PC market is declining sharply. The new winner is the Mac, but, while no one does a good job of tracking the still-new, pre-installed Linux desktop market, it’s also clear that Linux is finally making impressive inroads into Windows’ once unchallenged market share.

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Finding a worm in the Apple? Secret APIs in Mac OS X

March 1, 2008

A Mozilla developer has discovered undocumented Mac OS X framework APIs that are being used in Safari. This discovery has led some to question if Apple is giving itself an unfair advantage, with some pointing out that if Microsoft was caught doing this it might find itself in front of a judge.

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The Economist: Ubuntu is the source of Linux’s rise

December 27, 2007

The Economist makes three technology predictions for 2008, two of which concern web surfing and the third of which concerns everyone, whether they surf the web or not. The Economist’s third prediction is that the technology world will open up: Click to download this Linux wallpaper that somebody thought very hard about.

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Leopard 10.5: One week out of the box… Top Five Lists.

November 2, 2007

As many reader know, iFirst decided to created this blog due to the unbridled buzz for the latest Apple, Inc. Operating System, 10.5, code named, Leopard. That first deadline, 4.20.2007 or so was missed. Perhaps it had to do with the due date they selected, i’m sure many people forgot to do a lot of things on that day, but the official claim was that it was the heralded iPhone that held up the big cat. At this point it’s dubious, but nevertheless the in”stall”ment gave me time to reflect and so my expectations have been rather high and the reality not always so. Let’s take a look at the big factors that I have noticed, and the big factors that are noticeably missing. (Star Wars-like Hologram in iChat people!)

Best Five Things.

1.Spaces. iJust love this thing. Zip around lining up squares or four across bars all the way up to 16 different desktops on one machine. It really clears things up when you are using iTunes, Garageband, Firefox, Camino, Pages, and whatever else you like to have in front of you. iOwn a 20″ machine and am using a 15.4 MBP for editing and feel the 15.4 MBP is a far better too, in that it’s faster, portable, but most of all, seems bigger, because of OS Xleopard ‘Spaces.”

2.Quicklook. It’s just cool. it speeds things up considerably, especially when editing… videos/fotos and the like, and makes the mac more pleasureable as well as faster to work on than anything else. two thumbs up for this one too.

3.Desktop. This includes stacks, the transparent menus, organization. Really its the organization that is key. The dock works better and it is really much easier to stay organized now. I would say this fits in with spaces & quicklook, because when you are looking for files or organizing files, its a breeze, it’s kind of like you hired someone to help you, but clearly you are doing this yourself, strange but true, major plus, easy push into the 30% faster work-flow due to cleanliness. The widgets are a little slicker and with Safari you can evem make your own.

4.Mail is cool. Letterpop pretty much beats the pants off of it now, but if you want to intergrate your Apple vCard, or namecard from the rolodex, apple mail/calandar/contact integration or higher-end solutions like filemaker pro, and sugarCRM are a much better bet than a simple organizational tool like letterpop, or even the 1 to 4 team solutions like Constant contact or ACT! The calendar and contact information has garnered some AI where the OS understands addresses, dates, and of course still rocks theautomatic form fill as found in Safari.5.

Installation. A breeze, this Intel Core Duo 2 Santa Rosa 2 RAMfresh from the refurb store did a nice lil’ job at taking Tiger, all of it’s files and places them together as i left them. I never really upgraded asisde from a fresh Tiger install and it was pretty much the same thing then. A breeze. Read the rest of this entry »

Best of Leopard Is Yet to Come…

November 1, 2007

by By Leander Kahney

There’s been a lot of brouhaha about Leopard, but the most exciting thing about Apple’s latest OS upgrade hasn’t even arrived yet — a wave of third-party applications that make use of new technologies under the operating system’s hood.

Core Animation could prove particularly revolutionary. A powerful programmers’ toolkit embedded in Leopard, Core Animation makes it easy to create flashy, animated 3-D interfaces. While some observers dismiss such things as pure eye candy — mere special effects to make the UI pretty — others have said they may herald the most significant advance in computer interfaces since the original Mac shipped 30 years ago.

“The revolution coming with Core Animation is akin to the one that came from the original Mac in 1984,” says Wil Shipley, developer of the personal media-cataloging application Delicious Library. “We’re going to see a whole new world of user-interface metaphors with Core Animation.” more…

Leopard is a go.

October 26, 2007


ileopardAlright, it’s officially 2007 and Leopard (Rrrrarrrr!) has been released. Its… evolutionary. No big shocker from a user perspective. Really, its all that, but maybe not a bag of chips.Yes the desktop looks a little better. The first thing iNoticed was that the folders were sharper. Stacks is bona fide function & utilitarian cool, yet spaces… is still giving me some trouble. i got it to work fine, but icant get that screen where you can change applications, its suppose to be F-8, so i tried it, nothing, switched the magic key to F-1, nothings, etc. Any help is appreciated with that one.Mail. Better.Photobooth, Way Better.Front Row (dunno, don’t use it)

os x leopard

iCould go on and on how things are slightly better (even Camino got better!) everywhere, it is a major upgrade to be sure, but it is not “drop dead gorgeous” as the marketing would lead you to believe, at this point ( one hour into using it) iThink i couldn’t waited. iWill be happy to set up time machine/networks/ and .mac a little later though, overall i’m glad this has come through and i hope the OS is highly adopted, so i Can iChat with more people, amybe even from a roller coaster.

Screw 6pm, iGot my leopard at 11:59, here’s how…

October 26, 2007

iGot Leopard a few seconds ago from a pretty fed ex lady, maybe 60 seconds ago, maybe twice that. Anyway it has arrived. Here is a picture from this afternoon RIGHT BEFORE load ‘er up! The box is very 3d, now lets get to that dock.

me & my leopard