Category: Apple

The last two weeks have brought two major software upgrades for my personal computing environment.

The Ubuntu team released the latest version codename “Gutsy Gibbon.” Ubuntu has come a long way, and continues to be the leader in desktop Linux. The Add/Remove programs and browser integration is second to none, even to OSX.
Ubuntu Gutsy Desktop

Speaing of OSX, I upgraded my Macbook to Leopard over the weekend. Leopard is definitely a worthy upgrade. My only complaint is I did a fresh install and I totally forgot that i-applications (i-photo, i-movie, etc) are not included with OSX. I’ve never under the rational for seperating iphoto and imovie from OSX. Its almost as dumb as “Quicktime PRO.”

OSX Leopard Desktop

Overall, I’m pleased with both upgrades.


So the new version of OSX is coming out next Friday, finally. Hey software developers, this is what a good changelog looks like. Anybody could read that changelog, and get an idea of whats new.

While most people are talking about the client improvements, I’m always impressed by what Apple is doing on the server side. While nobody with sane mind will ever look at OSX as a enterprise option, its a good choice for small business. Install two low end osx servers, and you got a nice redundant setup for small business.

Looks like Apple is getting quite a bit of bad press, over its attempts to block 3rd party applications and sim unlocking by illegally invalidating warranties, and potentially bricking phones in future updates.

Apple and its CEO should be blamed for this situation.

Disallowing third party applications is simply idiotic, but its part of Apple’s ongoing effort to make its products proprietary, now that it has a monopoly. If Apple had the ipod market share in computers, it would use the same iphone model of locking developers out. When it comes to pushing the proprietary model, Apple is worse than Microsoft.

As far as unlocking is concerned, Apple chose to use an exclusive provider in order to get a bigger cut off the service plans. Apple’s greed created a situation where many people have no other choice but to unlock the iphone in order to use it with their provider.

Landis Gets Two Years

Floyd Landis was given a two year suspension, and will probably never cycle professionally again. While Floyd probably doped, his case against the doping regulatory agency was legitimate. Floyd’s test would be a non-positive in the US, and many other countries.

Cycling has very flawed testing procedures. Basically they take two samples, and if sample A tests positive, you are informed and given the right to have the B sample tested. Guess what? The B sample never contradicts the A sample, because there is way too much external pressure to not have any contradictory results. Plus, the tests are generally done by the same lab for both samples.

If they want to do doping tests right. Take the A sample and the B sample, and test them at the same time by random labs using different id codes sent to each lab. This way there is very little chance of a procedural error resulting in a false positive. People need to also realize, these tests are not black and white. Its not a pregnancy test with a + or -. There is a lot of deduction in determining the result for a lot of these doping tests.

Bush Threatens Veto of Child Health Bill

Bush is trying to stop the coverage of children under the extension of a federal health bill designed for working people who can’t afford to cover their whole family. Bush is basically acting for the HMO’s, which is obviously not a shocker. Bush has dedicated his entire political career to working on behalf of special interests.

The system of health care in the United States is completely broken. There is no reason why businesses should front the bill for health care. HMO’s are extorting the American people, as politicians like Bush do their bidding. The odd part is, every time Bush threatens to veto a bill he usually cites fiscal responsibility as the reason, yet he has been the most fiscally irresponsible president since Lyndon Johnson.

Today, Mr. Bush defended himself. “I respectfully disagree with Alan Greenspan when it comes to saying that this administration didn’t handle the fiscal — the fiscal issues we faced in good fashion,” he said, stopping for a moment mid-sentence. “As a matter of fact, we did.”

Lets see, Allen Greenspan or Bush Jr, whose opinion do you trust?

Apple is Evil, and getting Greedier

Apple’s role a content distributor has to lead to more restrictive device designs. Apple continues to screw over developers, with a pompous mentality when it comes to providing tools to develop software for its products. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next few years. I think the days of Apple’s complete domination of digital media players and content distribution might be coming to a close.

Apple Locking Out Linux

I can’t believe there hasn’t been more of an uproar over this. Apple is deliberately locking out third party clients from accessing ipods for no reason. Apple has monopolistic market share numbers on portable music players and online music distribution. If behavior like this continues from Apple, steps should be taken from a regulatory level to get Apple to play nice.