BootCamp Beta 1.2 released, supports Vista
What a great way to tell those fake-rumourspreaders in the Far East that quite certainly, Leopard is not delayed because of Windows Vista support in BootCamp. Because BootCamp now has Windows Vista support. ;) ... Get your new drivers (with BootCamp 1.2) here at apple.com
I've had Windows Vista Ultimate installed previously (worked just fine apart from some missing drivers), and I must say, this version of BootCamp suits me really well. The trackpad is finally supported better (two-finger right-click and scrolling works, although scrolling's a bit quirky). One mishap: The Startup Volume control panel has the icons for Windows and OS X reversed: So just choose the right partition by name right now, even if your Mac OS X volume has a Windows icon. ;)
NeoOffice 2.1 available to everyone
The NeoOffice project, bringing an Aqua-version of OpenOffice.org to the Mac OS X using masses, has now publicly released the newest version. You can get it here
for PPC and intel Macs. The new version does something even MS Office 2004 for Mac doesn't: It opens (although with some "adjustments") the newest Word and Excel formats available to the users of Office for Windows, something Microsoft has only promised to Mac users so far.
Apple TV? No, thanks.
I'm not entirely sure about how to put this... The Apple TV only connects to HDTVs (and something called EDTVs that I've never heard of here in Europe) - and gets its content in "good" old standard-def only from the iTunes Store. If you live in the US, that is. Outside the US, there is no content.
I have a question...
Maybe _someone_ out there can answer this. Will VLC _ever_ be able to open more than one video, you know, in separate windows? Too often I find myself pausing a video I'm watching, doing something else and open another file - only to notice how my previous session disappears into nothingness. If I'm lucky, I catch a glimpse of where I was before. Please, videolan.org, make VLC be able to open more than one file on Mac OS X.
Labels: videolan, vlc
ZDnet: Unnecessary hostility towards Apple?
Does anyone else get the feeling that Apple has rougher times ahead, partly because the Mac vs. PC ads are seen as being quite smug about security? ZDnet titles: "Apple megapatch plugs 45 security holes" ... And I wonder, what a "megapatch" is. Never heard of Apple release a "megapatch". So I read the article and find a link, where "The Apple patch can be downloaded and installed via the Software Update feature in Mac OS X, or from Apple Downloads." ... And when I follow the link given, to Apple's Support Downloads
page, there sure as hell is _no_ "megapatch" mentioning "45 security holes". Instead, there's Mac OS X 10.4.9 available for download. Same when I go via Software Update. (Not actually, since I've previously installed 10.4.9 combo, but you see where I'm going...)
Generally, I get the feeling that Apple, in the past two years, has p***d off a couple of people on the PC-bandwaggon. Gladly, we can still silently ignore security threads and hyped-up headlines like the one ZDnet posted as long as we let Apple keep our computers up-to-date with their security updates and "megapatches", which *I* personally rather still call simply "system updates", since that's what they are. If 10.4.1-10.4.9 - the system updates bringing along stability and security as well as feature updates - were all "megapatches", I wonder what ZDnet would call something like Windows XP Service Pack 2: Überpatch? I _guess_ they'd simply call it the "Windows XP Service Pack 2", though. So come on, ZDnet: Get off that high horse, please, and stay real. FUD don't become you.
Market share blues (Microsoft), installed base hymn (Apple)
If you've ever felt you had to defend the Mac platform against some PC/Windows fanboy, this interesting column
gives you a lot of important information. Tidbits like if Apple sells one Mac, two Windows PCs aren't bought, because the Mac stays in use much longer. As long as Apple doesn't
increase its market share, this is no problem for Microsoft. But quite clearly, Apple is
increasing its market share ever since their switch to intel processors (plus the iPod's success). You'll have to scroll down a bit in the article for the Mac vs. Windows argument, but the other stuff is interesting to read as well.
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.4.9
Apple has finally released the next update to Tiger. :)