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Apple v. Samsung: The True Story
Phishing and Safari (Part 2): A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing
Phishing and Safari (Part 1): A Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing
Microsoft Junkies Spreading “Apple Messed Up The iPhone” FUD
Ars Technica Predicts Microsoft’s Silverlight Will Kill Flash
Spread The Word: Al Gore Used Keynote For “Inconvenient Truth”… NOT PP
Analyst Missing Secret Ingredient in iTunes/iPod Video Service: No DVD Involved
Rob Pegoraro does a great job balancing coverage of the Mac with that of Windows in his Washington Post tech column. However, I think he missed a key selling point in the iTunes video store launch when he wrote in a recent column that Apple’s new offering was “worth skipping.” Pegoraro gave two main reasons why the iTunes video store is uncompelling at the moment:
- There aren’t enough titles (though he concedes the titles that Apple’s rounded up are top-notch), and
- You can’t burn your purchased movies to DVD.
Pegoraro’s right about the iTunes store’s movie selection, although I had no trouble finding several I’d like to buy. But his second criticism about DVD’s is way off the mark. That’s because I believe the iPod will eventually make DVD’s obsolete in the same way that it’s making audio CD’s obsolete today.
John Gruber on Apple’s New AirPort Security Update
Laughing at Negative Prognostication About Apple
Is Apple Being Unfairly Targeted on Environmental Issues?
SecureWorks admits to falsifying MacBook wireless hack - The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)
Cracked MacBook: Gleeful PC Zealots Once Again Try To Put Mac OS X Down
Apple Market Share Myths Exposed!
The Apple Market Share Myth
MuseStorm Desktop A Flop in Safari
Apple & Open Source… Strange Buffaloes?
The ‘Mac OS X Closed by Pirates’ Myth
MacDailyNews Doesn’t Mourn Bill Gates (Neither Do I)
Video Shows John Dvorak Explaining How He Lies To Get Hits
Trying To Debunk The “Mac Is More Expensive” Myth
Thorough Analysis of Five Mac Myths Related to Security
More on Microsoft’s “Big Lies”: A Tale of Two Press Releases
Microsoft At It Again: On the Art (?) of Disinformation–Telling the Big Lie
Yahoo’s Ajax/DHTML User Interface Library Apparently Fails Its Own Test
I have been among the developers and observers who have praised Yahoo for the technical strength of their recently launched User Interface Library. In my tests for the Ajax/DHTML Scorecard project in March, Yahoo’s library was a clear “A” in its cross-browser credentials, and I was very impressed with Yahoo’s development team, which published clear and exacting browser standards for their library.
According to Yahoo’s own Graded Browser Support table, Safari is an A-graded browser, meaning it achieves the highest level of support possible with the Yahoo interface library. Clearly, the thought that went into this table is impressive, and the authors conclude the explanation that precedes the table itself with an appropriate quote from Tim Berners-Lee on the importance of cross-browser support:
â€œAnyone who slaps a â€˜this page is best viewed with Browser Xâ€™ label on a Web page appears to be yearning for the bad old days, before the Web, when you had very little chance of reading a document written on another computer, another word processor, or another network.â€
It is therefore highly disappointing and disillusioning to discover tonight that Yahoo has released a preview of its new, Ajax-enabled home page with support only for Internet Explorer 6.0 and Firefox 1.5. The only logic one can use to justify such a move is based on a totally PC-centric viewpoint, which argues that only Windows users are worth troubling with, since they comprise the vast majority of potential viewers. But this is precisely the viewpoint that must cease if Web 2.0 is to become the fertile melting ground for truly cross-platform interdependence that it wants to be. It’s simply not the viewpoint of any company that really cares about Berners-Lee’s vision or about the millions of users on platforms other than the virus- and malware-riddled mess that is Microsoft Windows today.
Is It Possible This Reuters Writer Can’t Read? Nah!
While reading MacDailyNews this evening, I happened on a remarkable story entitled, “Another iPod+iTunes FUD article keeps the disinformation flowing.” With a sigh, I took a look to see what idiot could possibly not understand the iPod and/or iTunes after so many years and so many articles.
As it turned out, the depth of this writer’s ignorance is absolutely shocking. There’s no way he could honestly think this stuff is true. If he does, he has no business covering complicated technology topics like the iPod and iTunes, because clearly the product’s available options are far too difficult for him to grasp. Concluding instead that he’s probably a bright guy, I’m tempted to conclude, as MacDailyNews did, that his piece in Reuters is a deliberate attempt to mislead consumers and smear Apple’s innovative and highly successful music service. The article appears as part of Yahoo’s Finance site with the innocuous-sounding title “Do you own songs bought online? Well, sort of“.
Dave Winer Has Been Bad Again, and Les Posen’s Hunting Him Down!
MacDailyNews: A Banner Day for Anti-Apple FUD
At PC Magazine, Writing About the Mac With PC Blinders On
PC Mag’s Michael Miller has written what I’m sure he believes is a reasonable comparison of the state of things with Mac OS X versus Windows. What he doesn’t realize is that he’s full of B***hit, ensnared in a system he thinks he understands but is really merely apologizing for. In doing so, he adheres to old Mac myths that he’ll probably believe till he steps over that final cliff.
Miller tries once again to make the case that Macs are more expensive than PC’s and that they don’t have enough software. If I weren’t so irritated by this, I’d simply yawn. In one case, he writes of visiting the Dell store and buying an E1505 notebook for only about $1,300, while the entry-level MacBook Pro with roughly the same specs is $1,999.
John Gruber Shreds the Bogus, Viral “Mac Virus” Reporting
Rob Enderle Revs Up the FUD
A Seattle Tech Writer Exposes Mac Ignorance
PC Magazine’s Dvorak Proclaims IE To Be “The Great Microsoft Blunder”
MacDailyNews Shreds Columnist Who Perpetuates Myth That Apples Are Pricier Than Dells
TUAW Isolates Another Bizarrely Dim Windows Cretin
MacDailyNews: USA Today’s Kantor Embarrasses Himself Yet Again
San Francisco Chronicle Writer Proves Himself An Idiot Technology Analyst
MacDailyNews: Another Day, Another (Wrong-Headed) Mac Market Overview
Windows Blogger Gets Excited About A New, Innovative Windows Tool That… Is A 5-Year-Old Mac OS X Feature
Vista and the Quest for More Memory
PC Magazine on G5 Quad Pricing: Fact, Fiction, or FUD?
This can’t really be called â€œnewsâ€, since I clipped this PC Magazine review in late December, 2005. But a Martian never forgets! Besides, PC Magazine still brazenly displays this information on its website as if it were fact, not fiction. After reading through the info I’ve gathered in the last half hour, you be the judge of the facts in this case.
The serious error here is that PC Magazine lists the Apple Power Mac G5 Quad as costing… guess! You’ll never guess how much they say it costs. Honestly.
OK, I gotta spill the beans at some point. PC Magazine says a Quad costs $7,023 to $9,522!
That struck me as very odd, since I had just bought a new Quad for myself in December, and I didn’t pay anywhere near $7,000-$9,500 for it. The unit I bought was hardly the base model, either: I had upgraded to the $350 Nvidia GeForce 7800 graphics card when it became available and also added Bluetooth and Airport wireless cards for $99. And I got all this for only $3,448! How is this possible, you ask? Read on.