Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Apple to Provide Live Video Streaming of September 1 Event to Apple Users Only

Well, not much to add to the post from Apple but if you use any of the following then you can watch the live video of the September 2010 event from Apple:
  • A Mac® running Safari® on Mac OS® X version 10.6 Snow Leopard®
  • An iPhone® running iOS 3.0 or higher
  • An iPod touch® running iOS 3.0 or higher
  • An iPad™
As to hints as to what Apple will announce? Well, let's see. They're doing something with live streaming and want to show the world they can handle the bandwidth requirements (iTV?). They also announce "Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices".

Nice to see that Apple are only preaching to the converted and Windows users are left out. I guess they figure that there's no convincing some people (unless they use an iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone - oh wait, most of the people with iPxx's run Windows computers).

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

"Getchaself A (Free) Hedjucation"

I've been a fan of the iTunes U sites for some time. iTunes U contians classes from some of the world's top universitites and professors, as well as museums and other educational and cultural institutions, in a broad range of subjects. I've used the site to expand my knowledge in areas that are new to me as well as trying to get a different perspective on topics that I teach. I find it, ahem, very educational.

Apple published a press release yesterday anouncing that iTunes U downloads have now topped 300 million. They continue that "over 800 universities throughout the world have active iTunes U sites, and nearly half of these institutions distribute their content publicly on the iTunes Store. New content has just been added from universities in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico and Singapore, and iTunes users now have access to over 350,000 audio and video files from educational institutions around the globe."

This is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to improve and enhance their knowledge on a given subject. Many (most?, all?) of the classes are free. So where does your interest lie?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Cheap Components in Expensive Macs

People buy macs over PCs for any number of reasons. Some are perceived, some real, some are just not true. One of the reasons often given for buying a mac is the superior components used in the manufacture of the computer. The continued insistence by Apple to use the ever so appropriately named MatSHITa (the emphasis is my own) optical drives negates this arguement.

My MacBook Pro went in for repairs again for a replacement Superdrive. I'm now on my fourth Superdrive (sic) in under a year. Luckily, the computer is still under warranty so the repairs have been free so far (except for the inconvenience of being without the computer for two days each time). But my warranty is running out so I bought (at no little expense) the extended warranty as I doubt that this is the last time I'm going to have to replace this part.

A couple of observations. I am not hard on my computers. They are somewhat babied, if anything. I've never once had to replace any drive (optical, hard, etc.) on any machine in all the years I've had computers. So it's not me. Also, I had two of the drives go bad before I made my drive region free so that's not the culprit (and yes, I removed the RPC-1 (Region Free) hack before I took the computer in to be repaired).

And it's not just me. There are numerous threads on mac user forums with many posts saying they suffer from the same problem I encountered. These posts go back years so the problem isn't new. Perhaps its time for Apple to step up and look for another supplier. It is inappropriate for them to use cheap componets on a very expenive computer.