Where’s the Beta?

There have been several recent instances of Apple releasing products that have flaws that are found in a found in a few days by civilians in the wired community. Although this is the kind of practice that is expected from other companies, the recent rush to market of Apple products is undermining confidence with those users who rely on Apple quality the most those without the technical skills or desire to solve or remedy the problem.

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Why Geeks Hate the Mac?

I have the opportunity to work with a Mac at home and a Win98 lab at work. I was only exposed to the Win98 way of doing things eight months ago; during this time, I’ve gone through several evolutionary changes, summing up to one epiphany: I know why geeks hate the Mac.

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Bungie’s Presence at MacWorld

Bungie was actually present at MacWorld–but you had to wait until the final Friday of the show, and walk down to the gaming shop “Neutral Ground” on 26th. Bungie was received at a fanfest .

hosted by www.bungie.org, and attended by Hamish of the Marathon Story Page, flown in from Ireland for the occasion. Bungie was represented by Alex Seropian, Max Hoberman, and Matt Soell.

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AppleScript: Personal Preferences

The first feature of Mac OS 9 is that it can have different settings for each user. There are people who want this feature, but can’t upgrade to Mac OS 9. Guess what? Anyone with AppleScript can have multiple user settings.

I will be explaining how to switch preferences for a computer with three users. The users names are User 1, User 2, and User 3. You can use real names if you wish, when you create this script.

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Steve Jobs CNBC Interview Transcript

Host: Put your Apple Hat on for us will you? Tell us how things are going for you in the computer area.

Steve: Well you know, uh, things are going well. We just released a bunch of new products at MacWorld, and they’re just beginning to sell.

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Forming Your Own MUG (Macintosh User Group)

Why Should I Do This?

Macintosh User Groups are strange things, communities of people seemingly springing out of nowhere to meet on a regular basis, discuss the Macintosh and help each other out with whatever problems they may be experiencing. Most communities are lucky enough to have a MUG presence of some sort, new MUG’s being created all the time.

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Circuit City – Just SETTLE DOWN NOW!

As a field rep for the new Apple rollout for Circuit City, I have read with increasing disgust the quick-to-judge Mac community pouncing all over the newest member of the iMac/iBook retail family, Circuit City. If you want the short version of this article, here it is: PATIENCE, PEOPLE! Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the task before us is almost as Herculean. Transforming low-paid home-electronics wonks into decent Mac salesmen is no easy task, but if you start condemning CC too early, I can guarantee a repeat of the “Worst Buy” disaster.

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OS X DP4 In-depth Look With Screenshots!

Installation was similiar to previous versions. You insert the CD, double click on the installation app, and it reboots from the CD into Mac OS X. It erases a partition on your hard drive and installs itself. The installation took somewhat more time than the current Mac OS; I timed it at 17 minutes.

During the application, you are IN Aqua. You can drag the installation window around, access menus, etc. I tried clicking on the Services cascading menu, but since OS X wasn’t installed, there was no services, so the menu disappeared, but when I brought it up again, it was more transparent. I repeated this process until it no longer came up at all, and though the installation appeared to finish, I had to do a cold restart, and the machine never finished booting into Mac OS X. I had to reboot from the OS 9 CD and then repeat the OS X installation process.

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Can I Run Linux/Unix on My Mac?

You can’t run any old linux distro on a PowerPC mac. This is because of three fundamental reasons

  • The PowerPC CPU uses a totally different instruction set from x86. You simply can’t run an x86 binary on PowerPC, and nor can you run a PowerPC binary on x86.
  • Byte order. PowerPC uses what is known as ‘little endian’ byte order, while x86 uses ‘big-endian’. In English, this means that, in a byte, binary 1 is stored on PowerPC as: 10000000 and on x86 as: 00000001
  • Hardware interfaces – Apple Macs use different busses, ports and other hardware (sound & graphics architecture) than x86 PCs.

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