Archive for January, 2006

Apple’s iWork emerges as rival to Microsoft Office | CNET News.com

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Apple’s iWork emerges as rival to Microsoft Office | CNET News.com

According to this c|net report, Apple’s iWork office productivity suite is now the second best selling Office suite, out selling Corel Office, both of course being distanced by Microsoft Office.

This is very interesting news, but you can’t really compare iWork to Corel and Microsoft Office. For one iWork doesn’t include a dedicated spreadsheet program.

Like the commentaries to this article points out, what is driving sales of iWork is the Keynote application.

Again it is pretty amazing that a Mac only software package can compete with Corel Office in terms of units shipped, and I see it as a direct measure of Apple’s surging market share, which I for one welcome.

Guess I have to give Keynote a spin.

Now if Apple would only produce a full fledged office productivity package…

What stops them? Well they’re too snug with Microsoft. Just look at the billing Office was given at the MacWorld keynote, it looked a bit like the main reason Rosetta exists, is to make Office run on the new Mactels.

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear PB, happy birthday to you

Friday, January 20th, 2006

Today marks my first anniversary as a Mac user.

On the 20th of January 2005 I decided to pay the MacCenter Gl. Mønt in Copenhagen a visit, I went there to get my hands on a Mac mini, that had just been released, “unfortunately” there was a serious backlog of orders, no Mac mini for me. While I was putting in an order for a Mac mini, something strange happend, my eyes wandered, resting on the PowerBook G4 12″…WOW that was love at first sight, wasn’t that the first computer in the history of mankind that I had put my eyes on?

I left the store with a beefed up PowerBook G4 12″, and since then I’ve never looked back, it’s a fantastic computer, that I can bring with me, and use, everywhere I go. It has changed the way I use my computer, OS X really support my way of working, people that have seen me work are baffled by the number of applications and windows I keep open, I never close anything, right now I have 17 applications running and several Firefox instances with something like 70 tabs open, Windows and PCs just can’t support that the way OS X can, the Exposé´interface is fantastic for gaining an overview of what you’re working on. Exposé has to be seen in order to grasp it.

I did however get a little too excited by Apple, you could say intoxicated, dissing everything not Apple, and yes Steve Jobs epitomises kewl, but he is only a businessman, albeit one with a vision, I was on my way to WDDC 2005 to meet the man…Then I wised up after I realised how much UNIX, OS X is, and that all important Open Source projects are supported on the Mac.

After attending the LinuxForum 2005, I went from Switching evangelism to Open Source evangelism.

I still flash my Apple gadgets every opportunity I get, and I still do my share of switching evangelism, people really make eyes when they see a PowerBook, it’s so beautiful and well designed.

If you’re a serious computer user considering buying a notebook, and you’re prepared to spend some time replacing your familiar PC software and Windows user interface, you should really consider buying a notebook from Apple. But if you want to do serious gaming, get a PC or, better, a gaming console and a Mac.

But…With the switch to Intel that Apple is doing, the Apple hardware will actually, in theory – I haven’t seen it – be capable of running Windows (Vista) natively, as well as ALL major operating systems (e.g. Linux) and of course OS X…How’s that for choice.

One year later, my PCs are gaining dust

NASA – NASA’s Pluto Mission Launched Toward New Horizons

Friday, January 20th, 2006

NASA – NASA’s Pluto Mission Launched Toward New Horizons

The New Horizons Pluto mission launched successfully yesterday.

Quote from the above press release:

“The United States of America has just made history by launching the first spacecraft to explore Pluto and the Kuiper Belt beyond,” says Dr. Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator, from Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo. “No other nation has this capability. This is the kind of exploration that forefathers, like Lewis and Clark 200 years ago this year, made a trademark of our nation.”

Congratulations to NASA with the success, they’re batting a 100.

After the spectacular failures of a number of robotic missions in the 90ies, lead NASA to change it’s traditional complicated space craft designs to simpler, innovative (like the use of airbags for soft landings) and last, but not least, cheaper designs, the success-rate of the robotic missions has been increasing, and it now seems like routine that the missions are so successful, that they are extendend again and again.

BBC NEWS | Technology | Apple addresses iTunes concerns

Friday, January 20th, 2006

BBC NEWS | Technology | Apple addresses iTunes concerns

Apple has announced that they’re addressing the privacy concerns over the MiniStore feature introduced with iTunes 6.0.2, that I reported on earlier.

According to the BBC article above, this is amongst the changes:

The changes include a pop-up warning about MiniStore that gives users a chance at installation to turn off the feature so no recommendations are made and no data is passed back to Apple.

So far I haven’t seen a new version in my software updates.

But Apple has definitely done the right thing.

Linuxforum 2006

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

LinuxForum 2006

Så er det tid til LinuxForum 2006, sæt kryds i kalenderen den 3 og 4 marts 2006. Der er masser af spændende keynotes, sessioner og udstillere.

Bestil billet her…

Lørdagens program er klart nu. Jeg glæder mig til at se fredagens program, sidste år var der mange spændende talere fra det offentlige, der kunne rapportere fra the “bleeding edge” indenfor OpenSource i det offentlige.
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First iPod Compatible Jeans

Saturday, January 14th, 2006

First iPod Compatible Jeans

Well this had to happen, jeans with iPod support build right in.
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BBC NEWS | Technology | Snooping fears plague new iTunes

Saturday, January 14th, 2006

Like I predicted in a previous post, Apple has come under fire because of privacy concerns regarding the new MiniStore feature introduced with iTunes 6.0.2.

BBC NEWS | Technology | Snooping fears plague new iTunes

The comments made by the critics are indeed valid, and Apple has to be criticised for launching such a fundamentally new feature, without any mention, and with a minor point release, going from version 6.0.1 to 6.0.2.

Apple has released information on how to turn the MiniStore off, and it has been confirmed by independent sources, that there is no communication with the iTunes servers if you turn the MiniStore off.
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AgoraVox – “citizen journalism”

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

Agoravox English edition ! – AgoraVox – le journal citoyen

AgoraVox is an important initiative, since I belive that their model could lead to higher quality grass-roots journalism and other content, by combining weblogging with a tradtional editorial process.

Below is a quote from the English AgoraVox Website.

AgoraVox puts together one of the first large-scale European initiatives for a totally free of charge “citizen journalism”. Our initial standpoint is simple: thanks to the effective democratization of multimedia and information technologies (IT), each citizen has the ability to potentialy become a “reporter” who can identify and offer high added-value information. With means of a simple phone, a computer, a camera or a a digital video camera, thousands of internet users or bloggers are now able to perform an incredible local work that no media, no organization, no association could ever accomplish.

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Fogscreen – new display technology

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

Fogscreen

The Fogscreen is a very cool new display technology, I doubt that it will ever enter homes, but it’s really well suited for convention displays. Below is a quote from the website:

The FogScreen is a new invention which makes objects seem to appear and move in thin air! It is a screen you can walk through! The FogScreen is created by using a suspended fog generating device, there is no frame around the screen. The installation is easy: just replace the conventional screen with FogScreen. You don´t need to change anything else – it works with standard video projectors.

New version of iTunes released

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

A new version, 6.0.2, of iTunes has been released. The new point release of iTunes wasn’t mentioned in the keynote by Steve Jobs earlier on tuesday. So far I’ve only noticed one major change, and it’s the addition of a feature called MiniStore. This feature is turned on by default, and it adds a sub-window to the Library browser window, where Featured Artists, Main Categories, New Releases, Top Songs and Top Albums from the iTunes Music Store are displayed in a condensed Music Store view, thus the name MiniStore.

But the MiniStore goes beyond this, showing context sensitive information about the artists from the Music Store, as you browse your music library.
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