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Comment Re:WOW (Score 1) 476

Plus, the batteries go bad after a couple years

Do you realize that the lithium-polymer battery tech Apple is using in the 17" MacBook Pro battery is expected to have a life of 5 years? That is longer than most people keep a computer.

I would understand if there something to gain by not having a removable battery. But really, does it save any space at all? Usually the bottom of the battery is the exterior of the laptop, so it doesn't have to fit "inside."

They gain considerable volume by ditching the rugged battery encasing that other laptops must have. Apple claims that they were able to achieve 40 percent greater capacity than they could have with a traditional user-serviceable battery. That means to get the same battery capacity, they would have had to make the battery about twice the size with a user-serviceable battery. That would add a good bit of thickness and weight to the laptop.

Comment Re:Product naming, again (Score 1) 230

Thanks for the link.

You can also drop files in the Public folder of your iDisk that people can easily mount from within the Finder (select iDisk from the Finder's Go menu) or any WebDAV client. And your public folder can be password protected. Your friends and family can easily store that password in their Keychain so they don't have to remember it.

Comment Re:What's an 'application' to a user? (Score 1) 842

You're right. I guess I wasn't entirely clear. I was somewhat happy using Windows 2000. But, back then Windows XP was coming along and was going to be the future of Windows. XP is what debuted Product (de)Activation and I wasn't going to have a part of it.

So, like I said, I switched from Windows 2000 to the Mac (once Mac OS X was shipping on Macs) and I haven't looked back.

Comment Re:What's an 'application' to a user? (Score 2, Interesting) 842

You know, I switched from Windows 2000 to the Mac back in 2001 because of similar stupidity Microsoft was engaging in. Back then it was Windows Product (de)Activation. I haven't looked back.

Apple doesn't have crazy long keys that you have to enter in to install the OS, you just install it. You don't buy your computer from a vendor that didn't feel like giving you a restore disc. You don't have to ask Apple for permission before using your computer, you just use it. They don't use copy protection on their iLife applications (iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, etc.), they trust their users. They recently dropped copy protection from retail copies of their iWork suite (Pages, Numbers, Keynote). And Apple has been fighting the good fight on getting rid of copy protection in music and finally won that as well.

It just strikes me as bizarre that people put up with all of these restrictions from Microsoft and let themselves be treated as criminals first and customers second when there is a company like Apple that doesn't do any of that and arguably also has a better user interface.

Comment Re:Seriously... (Score 1) 693

This is a good point. And it really does fully discount what was a somewhat silly hypothetical instance of trying to frame someone. But, there is still the possibility of this coming back on the purchaser in cases where the original iTunes Plus music was actually stolen.

But, as I have said in other posts I haven't heard of any cases of this since May 20, 2007 when iTunes Plus was rolled out. So, it doesn't appear to be a practical concern.

Comment Re:Seriously... (Score 1) 693

I have the same concern as you. However, Apple includes the Apple ID of the purchaser. Whatever e-mail address you find for your hypothetical enemy probably doesn't match their Apple ID. But, it might.

Secondly, Apple has included this information in iTunes Plus files since May 30, 2007. It's been over a year since then and I haven't heard of any cases of the RIAA bringing a lawsuit to anyone with similar circumstances. As time goes by, my concern around this becomes less and less.

Comment Re:Seriously... (Score 1) 693

I agree with you for the most part. This isn't anything new. Apple has embedded identifying information about the purchaser since iTunes Plus was launched on May 30, 2007.

The only situation where I could see this being a problem is if your equipment is stolen (MacBook, iPod, etc.) and it resulted in your iTunes Plus files being loosed into the wild. There is the potential for the recording industry to come at you with a lawsuit stating that you willfully infringed copyright. However, it has been over a year since iTunes Plus has been around and I haven't heard of any problems like this, so I suppose it isn't really something one should worry about.

By the way, AtomicParsley can already remove the identifying information from the files.

Comment Re:This could save Palm (Score 1) 617

Why is it that we never get any love from the phone manufacturers?

Perhaps it is because Verizon is notorious for crippling features that manufacturers build into their phones?

Also, Verizon did have a crack at the iPhone, but they turned down Apple.

Verizon's general suckiness aside, I really do like the Palm WebOS and think it might be a decent competitor to the iPhone. We'll have to wait and see what happens when it comes to market. But, it has some neat ideas.

However with Apple supporting round-tripping of photo meta-data with Facebook in the new iPhoto '09, I wouldn't be surprised to see Facebook integration with the iPhone's Contacts application in the next version.

Comment Re:Apple showed it is never too late. (Score 1) 617

Microsoft didn't invest money in Apple. Microsoft settled a lawsuit Apple had filed against them for stealing QuickTime code and that was part of it.

It's a long and rambling article but it gets to the truth towards the end.

Comment Re:How many iPhone killers is that? (Score 1) 617

The device has a keyboard. It isn't a good keyboard, but even so it's a whole lot better than the keyboard on the iPhone - and the lack of a keyboard is a significant part of the reason I don't have an iPhone.

Have you used the iPhone's keyboard? I bought an iPhone on day-one (my Sony Ericsson T610 died a week before the iPhone's release) and while I was waiting on an AT&T salesperson to ring me up, I checked out their demo units. I'd never typed on a phone's QWERTY keyboard before in my life since I was coming from a T610.

I decided to jump in with both thumbs and immediately fired up the Notes application to test out the keyboard. I quickly typed out a sentence as fast as I could and when I looked to see how close my results were I was only off by one letter.

The iPhone is what has made me realize that I have NEVER touch-typed in my life and that all this time all I was doing was typing by muscle-memory. I can easily type on the iPhone without looking at the keyboard at all with great results. And, the excellent bonus for me is that I'm not pounding my thumbs and fingers into hard little keys that make my fingertips sore if I use the keyboard too much.

And if, as claimed, the device has good Microsoft Exchange support, then for many commercial users it's one better than the iPhone on that count as well.

How so? I have two friends that use their iPhone with their work Exchange accounts and they have no complaints.

the iPhone, despite being very pretty, isn't actually a very good telephone - contacts management is poor, reception is poor, battery life isn't good, sound quality is so-so

How would you improve contacts management? I think the iPhone is close to perfect in that arena. I don't have Exchange but I do have MobileMe so I get the same sort of updates to my contacts over the air that my friends get through Exchange. I can quickly get to the right contact in my list of 55 and if I want to I can search search my contacts easily by name and company.

I don't have an iPhone 3G, but I have no issues with the battery. I'm a fairly heavy user (podcasts, music, web browsing, e-mail, Twitter) and I can get two-days use out of it at times. Worse case scenario for me is that I need to recharge at the end of the day. Obviously, the 3G has shorter battery life if you're using the 3G radio, but that isn't unique to the iPhone.

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