Microsoft is once again offering a block utility for one of their service packs. Just like its Windows XP SP2 block they offered last year, this one blocks SP1 for Windows Server 2003 until March 30, 2006. This will give companies plenty of time to prepare and test their systems for company wide deployment of the service pack. While this utility blocks SP1 it does not block the rest of Microsoft’s security updates. The utility is available for download from the Microsoft website.
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A company called Contois Music Technology has hit Apple Computer, Inc. with a lawsuit over Apple’s iTunes software. The suit, filed early last week in Vermont, alleges that the iTunes software design infringes on Contois’ six-year old patent (US Patent No. 5,864,868) Computer Control System and User Interface for Media Playing Devices. Contois says that 19 aspects of the iTunes interface are in violation of the patent, including iTunes abilities to transfer music to a portable music player and sort music files by artist, genre, or album.
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If you are a Windows user, you probably know that QuickTime 7 For Windows Preview is available for download. It seems that there are quite a few bugs in the code that Apple still needs to work on, like the amount of resources it takes to even watch a movie encoded in H.264 in the first place. A few people on the forums are talking about how QT7 for Windows runs on their PC’s. Let us know how it’s working for you.
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Now this I like. Not that it will change any of my, um, habits or anything. It is basically an interface that trys to keep you conscious of exactly how much illegal content you are downloading, with a robust statistics system. If you want to know how much money you owe based on your practices, just check CrimeWire. It will even give you an allowance of sorts if you punch in your wage, basically telling you that since you only make $5.50 an hour, you shouldn’t feel guilty about downloading a maximum of 18 songs per day, or something to that effect. CrimeWire is a skin for the LimeWire P2P client.
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Opera software unveiled Opera 8 web browser for Macintosh today, to moderate fanfare and a few raised eyebrows from those who wonder whether it can take on Firefox, or Apple’s native browser for OS X, Safari.
The features of the new version of Opera were detailed in a somewhat dubious press release:
“With Opera, Mac users can surf fast, comfortably and efficiently using a full-featured browser that is not tied to the operating system (OS),” says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “Rather than incurring costly upgrades to your OS to get the newest features, Opera allows Mac users to browse, e-mail, download and chat using one program, requiring minimal system resources due to Opera’s small size.”
Costly upgrades to the OS to get new features? Since when? Firefox is free, for crying out loud, and as far as I know, Safari doesn’t charge per update or anything ridiculous like that. Obviously von Tetzchner hasn’t done his homework in this case — I can’t think of any browsers, regardless of platform, that require “costly upgrades to [the] OS” for new features.
Michael Dell, of Dell Computers, has noted that should Apple “decide to open the MacOS to others,” they’d be glad to offer it up over at Dell.
Over Steve Jobs’ dead body, I’m guessing the answer will be. Some of the panicked mac-enthusiasts, however, are blinded by paranoia after the announcement that Intel will be Apple’s new chip supplier starting in 2006, and see a bleak future for the OS. I’m going to put a stop to this here and now, everyone. When are people going to get it through their heads that just because Intel is going to be Apple’s new chip supplier, the world isn’t ending? It’s hardware, the OS is to remain the same. Apple isn’t going to offer MacOS on non-Apple computers, they’ve already said it. I believe MacDailyNews said it best:
It’s a processor. A lump of silicon. Would we have preferred to have PowerPC if it could deliver what Apple needs? Sure. But, if Apple thinks they can get better performance in the future from Intel than from International “Where’s That 3GHz G5 You Promised Us Last year?” Business Machines, so be it. What’s next, are some Mac users going to burst a blood vessel if Apple changes hard drive suppliers?
Seriously. If people really think that just because Apple switched to a different supplier for one of their components, we’re likely to see MacOS X running on Dell’s computers, I’ve got a mile of oceanfront property in Nevada to sell them. Ain’t gonna happen.
Apple shocked the developer world once again by announcing plans to include WebObjects as a free application, included with OS X 10.4 Tiger Developer tools package. It’s a strong tool that is extremely versatile and is the muscle behind Apple’s iTunes Music Store, and many other high-profile e-commerce projects. While WebObjects isn’t very well known outside the development and design community, those who develop web applications for not only the Mac platform but also the PC, are buzzing about this new announcement. So, you may ask, why all the fuss about WebObjects, and what does it do?
MacWorld UK explains:
WebObjects is a Java-based application-server and builder for Web publishing and internal application building. It’s often used for e-commerce applications, and can even produce pure Java applications that can be run on non-Mac platforms.
In other words, this is one hardcore, powerful tool (and very spendy, even after an extreme price drop from $50k to $700 in 2000). Apple previously released the WebObjects deployment software for free with the XServe and OS X Server in 2002 but now plans to offer the powerful tool free of charge with their developer tools bundle.
A lot of mac users have noticed that Spotlight can seem to take over the system, constantly indexing and reindexing for better search ability. This can cause the system to run slow, and frustrate even the biggest fan of Spotlight as a search tool. Never fear, Mac users, our friends over at MacGeekery have come through again with tips and tricks on how to make Spotlight chill out a bit and give your system a break.
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This has to win some sort of award for innovation in widget-making, or something. Now you can watch classic movies in quicktime from Dashboard, courtesy of streams provided by Archive.org‘s library of classic flicks that are in the Public Domain (that is, uncopyrighted). The dashboard widget provides links to 7 movie streams per week and changes to 7 different movies every Monday. This is awesome - check it out.
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Rumors, gotta love ‘em. Here’s another one for you. Seems that there have been talks between Skype and Yahoo - perhaps to merge IM clients? Skype would definitely be a great acquisition for Yahoo, however their close friend, Bell, might not like this idea. We’ll have to keep an eye out for this one.
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