I guess all the fuss from the Computer TakeBack Campaign is taking a toll on Apple’s image. Reports (here, here, and here) have been bruising Apple’s position on its environmental and electronic recycling policies.
To counter the negative publicity (or perhaps a heart-felt action for a better world), Apple launched Apple and the Environment campaign, a site dedicated to the environmentally-friendly efforts Apple is making.
At first I thought Computer TakeBack Campaign was a little fishy: There are dozens of companies “polluting” the environment with lead-based computer components (namely, ahem-Dell-ahem), why would an organization targeting a relatively small company like Apple?
As it turned out, Ted Smith (tsmith[at]igc.org), the man behind the campaign, has been doing this for quite a number of years. I found trails of his environmental messages dating back to 2000.
Granted, millions of iPods have been sold worldwide, there are still far more Dell or HP computers in the world than computers and iPods made by Apple. And who’d, in their right mind, THROW AWAY an iPod? I’d gladly throw away my aging Dell PC versus my first generation iPod (which I sold last year for $120!).
According to this PC World report:
PC vendors shipped 177.5 million units during 2004…
In the fourth quarter, Dell edged out Hewlett-Packard in what is usually a strong quarter for HP. Dell shipped 8.8 million units during the quarter to HP’s 8.2 million units.
This reminds me of Following Bill Gates’ Linux Attack Money article published a while back. I mean,
Michael Dell must be who’s REALLY behind this Computer TakeBack Campaign?
PCWorld has a nice article (Mac Skeptic: Be a Blog Author) on various different applications available to post stuff to your own blog. The author compared the big four:
She ended up picking Ecto as her top choice, which is what I would have chosen given that it packs more useful features than the other ones. What’s especially nice is its integration to iPhoto. But I see the apps as something I’d use when I don’t have Internet access. Otherwise, using WordPress’ interface is still my weapon of choice.
UPDATE: Based on the recommendation made in the comment, I installed the WP Tiger Administration plugin (FREE). See my entry about the plugin here.
An article ran on Fortune Magazine’s Technology section details Steve Jobs’ strategy on what made Apple great… again.
An article (How Big Can Apple Get?) ran on Fortune Magazine’s Technology section details Steve Jobs’ strategy on what made Apple great… again.
The same issue also ran an article called Our DNA Hasn’t Changed.
It never seizes to amaze me the amount of consumer research Apple does and does it correctly. Many companies pour millions of dollars researching consumer behavior and still get it wrong (ahem, Micro-ahem-soft). Apple made its fair share of mistakes. But it always bounces back and gets stronger.
I used to really enjoy electronics from Samsung’s electronics division. They have caught up to the times and been making really great gadgets. But this recent incident makes me think twice about Samsung’s support for Macs.
I used to like gadgets from Samsung’s electronics division. They have caught up to the times and been making really great stuff compared to the more expensive Japanese brands. But this recent incident makes me think twice about Samsung’s support for Macs.
When Samsung first came out with their low end printer line, the ML series, it supported almost everything under the sun — even Macintosh computers. But now that a lot of Mac people have embraced it, Samsung decided to stop support of its printers on Macs universally, in North America, that is, where the Macintosh market is still the largest.
After installing Tiger on Grace’s Mac, I forgot to install the printer driver for our old Samsung ML-1710. I started looking for its latest driver on Samsung’s support site. But to my disappointment, it offered drivers for almost everything else but the Mac. That’s odd; they used to have Mac drivers all over the place!
I decided to dig deeper into this issue and discovered that Samsung’s North American operations have pulled all support for Mac drivers. And the only place to get them is from Samsung’s Asian site. Luckily I have a copy of the driver that I downloaded a year ago, and apparently it’s still the “latest” driver to date.
This taught me a lesson: Never to buy Samsung again. Stick to HP, Canon, Brother and other brands who have long time support for Macs.
UPDATE 04.22.2007: Apparently Samsung had a change of heart and decided to make drivers of some old printers available again for Mac users. But for my good’ol ML-1710 on Mac OSX 10.4.9, it’s available here. For all other OSX versions, they can be found from Samsung’s driver download site here.
It’s so easy to install Apple’s OS X 10.4 Tiger on to an external Firewire drive that you can use as an emergency drive to boot from.
Finally I got around to upgrade Grace’s Mac to Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger today.
But before I started with the upgrade, I wanted to make sure Tiger could run smoothly on the aging PowerMac (AGP) running at a meager 450Mhz, about half the speed of my Titanium PowerBook G4 (DVI).
Test install on the second 60GB hard drive went well. Speed was acceptable — no noticeable slow down or hiccups compared to Panther.
Then just out of couriosity, having read that booting OS X from external Firewire drives was possible, I installed Tiger on my spare 6GB Firewire/USB drive just to KNOW it’s possible. Not surprisingly, it booted like it should (a bit slow though).
If I am not mistaken, I don’t believe this can be done on a Windows OS since hardware information is inserted into OS’s registry, thus making a boot on a different machine impossible. In fact, just booting FROM an external drive can prove to be difficult without thorough knowledge about PC hardware and Microsoft Windows OS.
I also found a few articles (1, 2, 3) on installing an external boot drive using Linux. But even with Linux’s flexibility, it still requires some fiddling with MBR (master boot record). No plug & play there. One article, written by an IBM engineer, suggested booting from a USB 2.0 drive arguing USB 2.0’s popularity on standard PC hardware.
In any case, the upgrade was a success. Everything was mrigrated without major issues, though StuffIt Delux had some issues, that went away after patching a 9.0.2 updater.
I can’t imagine doing anything Windows now that I’ve had it so easy and simple on the Macs.
Simple warning system before user closes Safari windows with multiple tabs in them. I know I can’t use Safari without it.
Taboo is a very useful “hack” for Safari that provides a warning before a user quits or closes a winow in Safar with more than one tab open. This is extremly helpful because Apple built the damn Previous Page button so close to “Close Window” button. I can’t tell you how many times I have accidentally closed a window full of active links I was still using in Safari. Kudos to Adam Cohen for developing this great hack.
Image courtesy to Adam Cohen’s Obsessive Compulsive Development, maker of Taboo.
DrunkenBlog posted this cool presentation Steve Jobs did years ago when he was still running NeXT. A cool presentation with some great technologies. But It’s still no Mac!
DrunkenBlog posted a video of Steve Jobs demoing NeXT.
Click to download the video (50MB)
To be frank, NeXT was butt ugly. But some of its technologies and innovations were quite impressive its day. DrunkenBlog posted another article about striking similarities in some of the apps under OSX and NeXT. I guess when being good just wasn’t enough, you just gotta ride on the cool kid to bring out the edge.
Has anyone noticed what was wrong with the video? Somehow Steve just didn’t quite look himself in that grown-up-wannabe attire. Maybe that was why NeXT didn’t do too well — he tried too hard being someone he wasn’t. He’s meant to be a rebel.
Video courtesy of OpenStep.se.
Not sure if this kind of thing is available on Microsoft Windows. But damn this is a great gimmick to show your friends.
This “trick” puts whatever you have on your Screen Saver as the desktop image. While it’s not all that useful, it’s a pretty cool trick to show your geeky friends. Sorry, Mac OSX only.
1. Open “Terminal” (Applications –> Utilities –> Terminal)
2. Type in exactly (no spaces or new lines):
3. Press “Return”; watch the magic
4. To stop it, press: “ctrl” + “c” keys (in that order) within the Terminal
References from this Mac Dev Center article.
A very inspirational and uplifting speech about three stories of his life. It’s a 15-minute mind blower.
I had planned on going to this commencement this morning. Then I discovered my camcorder’s CCD chip has gone bad and is unable to record (apparently a wide spread problem); I decided it’s not worth my while to go if I can’t record the God of Computer himself (having to deal with traffic, the sun and the crowd). With a bit of luck, I found out that his speech was going to be broadcasted live through Stanford’s very own KZSU 90.1FM. And of course, the station is listed in iTunes under “Radio –> Public”. Bless iTunes.
So I recorded his speech using RadioRecorder.
Download the clip in:
Best sound quality: AAC (launches iTunes)
If you appreciate the effort I took to have recorded the audio, polished it, converted it into AAC and MP3 formats and actually made them available to the public, please consider a donation to help offset the cost of the bandwidth I know the audio downloads will sure exceed. Thanks.
Here’s an article about the commencement itself if you are interested.
To further help spread the clip, I also created a page dedicated to the speech so that visitors don’t have to go through my blog unnecessarily.
UPDATE: It appears that Stanford has released the video version of the speech on its iTunes music store (for free). You can access it through your iTunes application (if you are still not using iTunes, it’s about time to start using it!). Get the speech in video here.
If you don’t see it initially, dig around. It’s there (Stanford -> Heard on Campus -> Visiting Lecturers and Speeches). Al Gore spoke there once. I wonder where THAT speech is… hmm…