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The Odds at Macworld 526

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the just-ship-me-review-units-please dept.
Moby Cock writes "Jason O'Grady has posted the odds on what is to be announced at the Macworld Expo beginning next week. Coming in at 100:1 is OS X 10.5 and even money on a new and sexy Intel Mac Minis and iBooks. Gentlemen, start your credit cards."
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The Odds at Macworld

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  • The odds? (Score:4, Funny)

    by sczimme (603413) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:22AM (#14391754)

    If this guy [zdnet.com] is there, I would say the "odds" are well represented.

    • Re:The odds? (Score:3, Insightful)

      by John Harrison (223649)
      Once he stated that he thinks there will be a firmware upgarde to the iPod nano to support video I figured he was out to lunch. The 5G iPod has a hardware video decoder. You aren't going to be able to update your nano's software and get the same thing.
  • by Pope (17780) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:23AM (#14391757)
    OK, pal, sure.

    I predict no 10.5, no Intel machines releases, nothing major. Just a bumped Mini.

  • Nah.... (Score:4, Funny)

    by millerjl (126046) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:25AM (#14391770)
    Apple will announce the release of a 3 button mouse after they realized what a hit they had with their 2 button model...
    • Apple will announce the release of a 3 button mouse after they realized what a hit they had with their 2 button model...

      Actually the mightymouse only has one button and it looks and works just like the old single button mice. The trick is that depending on which finger you press down on the single button with you get a left or right click functionality and the trackball on top of it doubles as a third button. This is a typical Apple (aka. Steve Jobs) solution:

      Fact #1: Official Apple policy is that a user on
      • It never ceases to amaze me how Apple continually seems to succeed in coming up with gadgets that sell like hotcakes but that really are only redesigns or recombinations of already existing ideas.

        To put it bluntly, that's just because your expectation of what sort of innovation a good product should contain is abnormally high. All Dell ever seems to do is make things cheaper. All monitor manufacturers seem to do is to make bigger monitors with better resolutions. All printer manufacturers seem to do is to

      • No, the innovation with the iPod was not only to greatly increase all the technical specs of the player (not just storage space but transfer speed- Firewire was so much better than USB at the time there was simply no comparison) but to give the player a really well-thought-out interface (the wheel) and marry it with the best media management program they could get (iTunes). iTunes, the iPod, and the ITMS were all designed simultaneously as part of a single Apple initiative and had always been intended to wo
  • by User 956 (568564) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:26AM (#14391777) Homepage
    You can always tell which rumors are true by the rapid-fire Apple lawsuits [theregister.co.uk] to the websites responsible.
  • by carou (88501) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:26AM (#14391778) Homepage Journal
    Personally I'd have said this was a dead certain - all the previous versions have come in at MacWorld with an annual release cycle. Surely the only question is what new features will be in it?

    • Front Row?
    • New program providing PVR functionality?
    • Blogging tool? - actually no, that should go in .Mac instead.
    • Backup moved from .Mac to iLife?
    • Finance program or tax calculator?

    • What I want... (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Cadre (11051)

      Backup moved from .Mac to iLife?

      I'd like to see them open up the .Mac XMLRPC schema so it'd be easier for users to roll their own .Mac [tnpi.biz].

      Ah heck, lets just list a couple of things I'd like to see (which are completely unrelated to iLife):

      • Tabbed chat in iChat
      • Single-system image or some type of tightly coupled clustering with NUMA
      • Option to share podcast playlist in iTunes (right now, all playlists appear 'cept for the podcast one to users over Bonjour)
      • Ability to force iSync to do "Last name, first name
  • by hsmith (818216) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:26AM (#14391779)
    I have no problem paying $.99 for a song, but i will pay no more. This happens and I will be looking other places for my music for my iPod. They have to pay none of the traditional distribution costs of CD's, so they shouldn't even be the price they are now. you want to be greedy, i'll look elsewhere.
    • by jocknerd (29758) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:31AM (#14391800)
      Well considering that it wouldn't be Apple's choice to raise the prices, I would think it might be pretty hard to find lower prices from legitimate online stores.

      Personally, I don't care if the prices go to a tiered structure. I don't buy the "hits" so the songs I'd purchase would probably come out cheaper than $.99.

      • The music industry would, I'm sure, like to have a tiered structure set up like so:

        Tier 1: Music you don't buy: $.49
        Tier 2: Music you do buy: $2.99

        • Now that would be a great business plan, charging people for things they don't buy.

          Now, how to market it.

          Obviously the RIAA's attempt has been less than satisfactory.
        • Tier 1: Music you don't buy: $.49
          Tier 2: Music you do buy: $2.99


          Imagine if this were literally true: the prices you see are prices pitched to you individually based on their profile of you and your purchasing history. If your history shows you buy everything put out by a particular artist, those titles are pitched at higher prices to extract more money from your obsession-compulsion. Others may pay more or less.

          It is technically feasible today: pricing not for what the market will bear but what each indi
      • by TCQuad (537187) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @11:20AM (#14392177)
        I don't buy the "hits" so the songs I'd purchase would probably come out cheaper than $.99.

        That sound you hear in the background is thousands of executives worldwide laughing at your naiveté.
      • I'll never buy anything transcoded to a lossy format. Apple has been ready to deliver full quality audio for some time (ALAC, apple lossless audio codec), but I am sure the labels are adamantly against _THAT_
    • by JWW (79176) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:37AM (#14391845)
      I would have to agree with you. The music industry is looking INSANELY greedy with this move. I hope Apple holds out and holds their feet to the fire.

      My prediction: If Apple goes to $ 1.99 for popular songs (read all but a small token number of the songs on the sight), allofmp3.com will begin to become an _enourmous_ hit (think Napster at its height). The RIAA is going to absolutely freak out and do everything in their power to shut them down. The funny thing is that that sight is bringing true market dynamics to selling music online (along with giving customers what they want, no DRM crap), but as much as they _say_ they are capitalists, the RIAA is just a price fixing oligarchy.
      • "The funny thing is that that sight is bringing true market dynamics to selling music "

        Apart from not actually paying the creators. That part of the "market dynamics" are a wee bit distorted.

        And some portion of AllOfMP3's money surely goes to the Russian mafia, also known for such delightful activities as human trafficking. I can't see the Russian mob failing to take a chunk of a money-spinning business like this.
        • by croddy (659025) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @11:02AM (#14392023)
          As I understand it, under Russian law, internet distribution of audio recordings is viewed as we would view cable television -- it's a transmission, not a copy. If you've secured broadcast rights (and they have), then you can transmit audio recordings over a network cable.

          Musicians obtain the vast majority of their income from live performances. Recordings serve the same purpose as radio play -- to promote performances. AllofMP3 does not represent a market failure.

          There was music before there were records or radios. Selling copies of pre-recorded music is a very recent phenomenon for this art form. The disappearance of substantial cash flow from record sales will not harm our musical culture.

          • Musicians obtain the vast majority of their income from live performances. Recordings serve the same purpose as radio play -- to promote performances.

            I see this falsehood repeated so often, especially when P2P is the subject. Having spent twenty years in the music industry, I can say with assurance that both of the above sentences are completely backwards.

            In 2003, US gross numbers for live music totalled $2 billion. That same year, recorded music grossed $12 billion.

            Most touring acts are lucky to break

        • Just because they're not paying the creators, doesn't mean it's not legal. They say they have the money put aside, ready for when the various publishers register for it (as required by Russian law).

          I've never seen a site that says "yep, allofmp3.com is illegal". In fact, I've never seen a music or RIAA rep say that, which is pretty unusual.

          Firstly, I would say that the music industry guys WON'T register as required, as they DON'T want to provide legitimacy to the site. With the site running from Russia, and
          • by C0vardeAn0nim0 (232451) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @12:30PM (#14392720) Journal
            allofmp3.com is not illegal in russia, that's why RIAA bought a resolution on the american senate on an atempt to bully russia into passing some sort of DMCA. here. [riaa.com]

            now let the "soviet russia" jokes begin.
      • dude. i have to be a pedant- the word is site, not sight.

        sight = vision.
        site = location.

        as in, "we have an on-site admin" or "can you send someone out to the job site to check on this?". while there are many sights to be seen at various sites on the web, one does not go to a websight, but to a website.

        got it? kthxbye.
    • I have no problem paying $.99 for a song, but i will pay no more. This happens and I will be looking other places for my music for my iPod. They have to pay none of the traditional distribution costs of CD's, so they shouldn't even be the price they are now. you want to be greedy, i'll look elsewhere.

      I'd totally buy into it if they also drastically lowered the price of less popular tracks. I don't listen to top 40 crap anyway. Go ahead and jack the price of Jessica Simpson tracks up by two or three time

  • by mynickwastaken (690966) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:27AM (#14391780)
    I have a colleague which likes almost everything coming from Apple.
    In the last time I have the impression that he is working, here in our company, for nothing.
    I told him, that would be much easier, to talk with the payroll, so that they send his salary directly to Apple.
    • I have a colleague which likes almost everything coming from Apple.
      In the last time I have the impression that he is working, here in our company, for nothing.
      I told him, that would be much easier, to talk with the payroll, so that they send his salary directly to Apple.


      I could say the same thing about most of my colleagues and their expensive jeeps. There is no way I would ever get into that much debt because of a dispensable luxury like a car I only buy used ones and drive them until they fall apart out o
  • Stupid odds (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:27AM (#14391785)
    Where the hell are the odds for overblown hype?
  • The irony (Score:4, Funny)

    by drsmithy (35869) <drsmithy@nosPam.gmail.com> on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:29AM (#14391790)
    From TFA:
    Apple has recruited a bunch of former Sony VAIO engineers for the project and the PowerBook successor is rumored to be 20-25 percent thinner.

    Oh, man, that's gotta hurt the Mac zealots even more than the switch to intel. Apple hiring *PC laptop designers* to build the next Powerbook.

    • Re:The irony (Score:4, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:35AM (#14391829)
      Nothing new. Sony designed the PB100.
    • Re:The irony (Score:2, Interesting)

      by bodgit (658527)

      Oh, man, that's gotta hurt the Mac zealots even more than the switch to intel. Apple hiring *PC laptop designers* to build the next Powerbook.

      Why? Who do you think makes the laptops for Apple? The same OEMs that make all of the PC laptops, that's who.

    • Re:The irony (Score:4, Insightful)

      by ThaFooz (900535) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:49AM (#14391938)
      Oh, man, that's gotta hurt the Mac zealots even more than the switch to intel. Apple hiring *PC laptop designers* to build the next Powerbook.

      I think Mac zelots (arguably myself included) are more enamored with the OS than the hardware. My gripe with PC manufactures out there is a lot of shoddy support, bottom-of-the-barrel parts, and bulky/ugly laptop design and only a handfull of gems.
    • Since we're talking about former SONY engineers, the new laptops will also be riddled with even MORE DRM and a few rootkits thrown in for good measure.
    • Re:The irony (Score:3, Insightful)

      by jcr (53032)
      Oh, man, that's gotta hurt the Mac zealots even more than the switch to intel.

      As it happens, the intel announcement was taken with very little complaint in the Mac community. I went up to the SF apple store the day after the keynote last year, and it was business as usual. One sales associate there told me about one fanboy he pretty much needed to talk down from a ledge, but that was about it.

      Apple hiring *PC laptop designers* to build the next Powerbook.

      Want to talk pain? Imagine being one of those Sony
  • Upcoming products (Score:5, Interesting)

    by pieterh (196118) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:29AM (#14391791) Homepage
    1. Improved video iPod with larger horizontal screen
    2. More tie-ins with TV producers
  • by SteeldrivingJon (842919) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:31AM (#14391801) Homepage Journal
    O'Grady writes :"Hopefully it'll be the PowerBook nano I've been dreaming of. Unfortunately, it's not likely as the pro software (Final Cut, Creative Suite, etc.) isn't universal binary yet. Rosetta emulation isn't fun folks. Odds: 50-1."

    So, basically, he's saying that because a certain segment of the userbase will be waiting a little while, EVERYONE should wait?

    If Apple doesn't ship Intel Powerbooks now, these users are going to be waiting, because they certainly aren't going to buy G4 powerbooks unless they absolutely have to. If Apple does ship Intel Powerbooks now, these users are going to be waiting for their apps to be shipped as Universal binaries.

    So, given that these customers are ogoing to be waiting either way, why shouldn't Apple get hardware on the market to serve the customers who *can* buy now? Customers for whom XCode is their main app, not Photoshop or Final Cut.

    • by ivan256 (17499) * on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @12:37PM (#14392757)
      So, given that these customers are ogoing to be waiting either way, why shouldn't Apple get hardware on the market to serve the customers who *can* buy now?

      Because unlike every other laptop vendor out there, Apple is all about the full experience, not just the box. If Apple did what you're describing, why wouldn't people just go buy a Dell, or a Sony instead? It's the same hardware for the most part now...

      If they want to keep their premium rep, they can't ship the new hardware until *all* of the new software is ready.
  • by majest!k (836921) <slash&majestik,net> on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:32AM (#14391808)
    Odds that Steve Jobs won't wear black:

    999999999-1
  • My breakdown... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by csoto (220540) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:33AM (#14391815)

    10. OS 10.5 - not gonna happen. Apple is focused on Rosetta/Xcode QA for Mac OS X86. Whatever works well gets ported to 10.5 (think of 10.4 as the beta for X86)

    9. X86 Powerbook - Could be. I would bet on this one.

    8. iWork '06 - Could be. Who cares? I really like iWork '05. Pages is a treat, and Keynote is indespensible for me. But if they are working on a spreadsheet, yeah, this is the time to release it.

    7. iLive '06 - Unless it adds things similar to Front Row, I don't see that it needs anything more than bug fixes. I wouldn't bet on it.

    6. BT remote - Definitely going to be some kind of Front Row remote. Bluetooth? Probably. All new Macs have it, for several months now.

    5. iTunes price increases - Not gonna happen. Steve knows this market. The market will not ignore him, no matter how greedy they are. Too much money is being made.

    4. AirPort Ultra - Neat idea, but I won't bet on it. I would buy one, though :)

    3. 1GB iPod Nano - Don't think so. The shuffle fills this space, but that's not big enough for the Nano's market segment.

    2. X86 Mac Mini - I'd bet on this. I might even buy one for my parents. Their old IBM suck ass.

    1. Widescreen X86 iBook - This one is obviously going to happen, but probably not now. Apple will drop 4:3 format entirely, as will the rest of the world (showing they are, as always, technology leaders). They just won't cannibalize Powerbook sales with iBooks until they have milked it long enough.

    • Re:My breakdown... (Score:5, Interesting)

      by antifoidulus (807088) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:41AM (#14391874) Homepage Journal
      It will be interesting to see whether or not Apple will update the powerbook or iBook first. Obviously the powerbook needs a serious upgrading, although I love the powerbook that I bought in May of last year, if I didn't get $400 off due to a very generous campus promotion, I would have never bought it. The machine is way too underpowered compared to the competetion.
      That being said, the switch over to Intel is obviously going to be a big one and the chances for serious bugs is still high even with a lot of testing. Apple could try rolling out the mini/iBooks first to test the waters, knowing that pro customers make up a lot of Apple's revenues and are much less tolerant of bugs than say consumers.
      Regardless, twenty-aught-six should be an interesting year for Apple!
      • Re:My breakdown... (Score:3, Insightful)

        by BenjyD (316700)
        But if they upgrade the iBooks first, won't they be significantly more powerful than the Powerbooks for a while. Assuming Apple is going for a new Pentium M of some kind, that is.
    • Re:My breakdown... (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Dr. Spork (142693)
      One thing you can bet on is that 10.5 will be released simultaneously with their first Intel-based machine. You'd be crazy to bet that the latter can happen before the former. What would it run? There won't be a 10.4X86....
  • I predict (Score:5, Funny)

    by Zog The Undeniable (632031) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:33AM (#14391819)
    It will be white and the name will begin with "i".

    I'm sure they'll keep flogging the iPod cash cow; maybe an iPod portable DVD player?

  • How will we know? (Score:3, Informative)

    by tcoady (22541) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:34AM (#14391827)
    According to macrumors.com there will be a blackout:

    Thank you for your email. A replay will be available on http://www.apple.com/quicktime/mac.html [apple.com], but there are no plans for live streaming.


    • "Journalism" (Score:3, Informative)

      by mblase (200735)
      How will we know?

      Major and minor Mac news sites like Macintouch [macintouch.com] and MacNN [macnn.com] always have someone in the audience blogging the Apple presentation in real time. Lately Apple's been blocking wi-fi connections during the presentation, but you still get the information immediately after it's over.
  • As nice as it would be to see iLife '06, I think there will first be a universal version of iLife '05 and iWork '05. That way Apple can grow the market for paid upgrades to iLife '06.
  • by digitaldc (879047) * on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:37AM (#14391847)
    Does this mean if I buy one I will get laid for certain?
  • 1. The "Big Dance" link is broken on the ZDNet site. Here's what you want... [macworldexpo.com] (Macworld!)

    2. Who's "Jason the Greek" [google.com]? No dice on my initial search. Do I live in a cave? (You don't have to answer that.)

  • Inconsistencies... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by djrogers (153854) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @10:50AM (#14391943)
    Yes, a sexy new Intel based mac mini seems likely, but in light of that why are they only giving 10:1 odds on an iLife/Frontrow upgrade? It seems the new mini would be the perfect platform to add PVR functionality to, but with no upgrades/additions to iLife, it seems the new minis would move from a killer living room appliance to a minor curiousity...
  • BT Mighty Mouse (Score:3, Interesting)

    by HogGeek (456673) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @11:04AM (#14392036)
    Personally, I'm hoping for a BT Mighty Mouse.

    He doesn't bring that up, or do most think it is so insignifigant, that it doesn't rate being mentioned.

  • Huh? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by macwhizkid (864124) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @11:05AM (#14392045)
    Interesting speculation, but a lot of it just doesn't quite add up.

    -The AirPort "Ultra" would "be able to stream video to your TV - in High Definition". Where is all this HD content coming from? Not from the iTMS, not from DVDs. Assuming this AirPort is running 802.11g, streaming HD content is iffy at best. Apple is known for making things easy. I don't see how this could possibly fly as a consumer product. Maybe in another year or two, with faster WiFi and more HD content.

    -Jason reckons that the Intel PowerBooks won't be released because (despite all the engineering done) not all the pro software is written yet for Intel, and Rosetta emulation just isn't fun. But then his #1 prediction is for Intel iBooks? Doesn't make sense to me.

    -Why are iLife & iWork updates so unlikely (10% and 4% odds, respectively)? Unless Apple is just willing to let this software die (unlikely given relations with Microsoft), this is practically a given. Maybe not until summer, but the odds of an announcement or mention are more likely on the order of 50% - 75%, IMO.

    Sorry, I'm just not buying it. Guess I'll wait until next week to find out for sure.
  • by metamatic (202216) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @11:10AM (#14392090) Homepage Journal
    Mac OS X 10.6 Liger.

    Known for its skills in magic.
  • by SpeedBump0619 (324581) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @11:14AM (#14392127)
    Here's hoping that the new Mac Minis, whenever they arrive, have a few specific improvements:

    1) Optical Audio (we want surround sound!)
    2) Better DVD playback software (for a UI centered company like Apple, "DVD Player" program blows donkey wang)
    3) RF receiver (for my kick ass universal remote, or maybe Apple can make a bluetooth+RF remote)
    4) Better support for my TV (having to use VNC to set it up is beyond most people)

    I've been using a Mac Mini as my entertainment hub for a while now (almost a year), and its great. DVDs, AVI and WM files, ITunes though my stereo, internet surfing on my HD TV, flash, movie previews, games; the list goes on and on. Its quiet, low power, wakes quickly, and does what I want it to do.

    Oh, and can you guys please make it so I can autohide the menu bar? You know, like the dock can do.
    • Better DVD playback software (for a UI centered company like Apple, "DVD Player" program blows donkey wang)

      A DVD player which doesn't moan about regions and doesn't prevent you from skipping would be a good start. I know about VLC and MPlayer OS X, but they don't work well on all DVDs. I have Region 1 DVDs which I can't even play on my Mac, but which work fine on my Linux box. This isn't the way it's supposed to be ...

      Rich.

      • by Whatchamacallit (21721) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @02:45PM (#14393983) Homepage
        The region issue and unskippable portions have to due with the DVD standard to which the DVD Player 'complies'. The content creator puts those lockdowns in there. i.e. MPIAA, production studio, etc. There are ways around those features but then you are breaking the law... Apple has to comply to those features or they will loose their ability to distribute the DVD player at all (they license the codes to unlock DVD's). DVDJon wrote DeCSS so he could simply 'play' DVD's under Linux with a side effect that you can also copy the DVD. DeCSS makes it possible to unlock a DVD without the authorized license codes. Therefore, it bypasses the DVD standard controls. DeCSS is included in most Linux systems so that's why it works so well for you.
  • by Viewsonic (584922) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @11:17AM (#14392160)
    I dont understand this. Tivo right now, works perfect. It is the iPod of DVRs. The only way this will be replaced by Apple is if Apple releases a machine that can do CableCard HDTV recordings - And do it as simple and elegantly as Tivo can. We have a problem here, for this sort of recording, people will be wanting 500 gig or so of space. I hardly think you're going to be sticking this much space in a Mac Mini.

    I just dont think Apple is going to make a DVR to actually compete with Tivo. Let alone "defeat it in one fell swoop!!#!11111!!!".

    Might they make DVR software for say, college kids and such? With a little dongle for cable input? Sure. But this would hardly make any waves in the DVR market.

  • by BMonger (68213) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @11:18AM (#14392168)
    We all know about the U2 branded iPod... you've drooled over the Harry Potter laser engraved iPod... 2006 brings you a new revolution in branding.

    The Flying Spaghetti Monster iPod. This iPod includes a non-removable case for your iPod made out of durable foam latex. A respectable amount of "noodly appendages" keep the iPod off your desk and floating mysteriously in the air. This can be had for you and your loved ones for the price of... $599, $100 of which is donated directly to the beer volcano.
  • by Mercano (826132) <mercano&gmail,com> on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @11:38AM (#14392313)

    It can be said about a woman looking for a date at an engineering school or next Apple keynote: "The odds are good but the goods are odd."

  • The one sure thing (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Geoff (968) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @11:40AM (#14392324) Homepage
    The one sure thing is that, whatever he announces at MacWorld, Steve Jobs will made it seem like the most amazing development in the history of computing, and the Apple Store site will be bogged down with orders.

    Geoff
  • Noooooooo! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by sootman (158191) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @11:41AM (#14392331) Homepage Journal
    Apple's productivity suite will get upgrades to Pages and Keynote with the possible addition of a modern Office-killing spreadsheet application (rumored to be called "Numbers" or "Sheets"). If it reads and writes Excel files the Apple spreadsheet will be the final nail is Microsoft Office's coffin. Microsoft will waste no time in announcing the end of support for Office for the Mac if this happens.

    And then Apple can kiss all of its corporate sales goodbye. Nope, not gonna happen. Maybe a light-duty, somewhat-compatible spreadsheet for people to make little lists with, but Apple knows it will lose more in corporate hardware sales than it can ever make back with their little $99-a-pop suite.

    Besides, if there's one thing we have learned, it's that 100% compatibility with MS Office file formats is impossible. Can OOo do it? Can Quark or InDesign perfectly import Word docs? Hell, do MS Office for Mac and Win perfectly read each others' files? No, no, and no.
  • by shotgunefx (239460) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @11:46AM (#14392372) Journal
    The last time I was at a Mac World was in the early 90s in Boston when I was a teen. I was supposed to be giving out free subscriptions to macworld magazine or something, but ended up mainly talking to Julie Strain and some other Penthouse Pets that were there promoting some Penthouse VCDs and the programmers of it. :)

    Some executive from Microsoft coming over and hanging out too. With the programmers, basically talking about some info John Carmack posted on Worldnet BBS about using Eigenvectors for color quantization of video to 256 colors. A great excuse to spend some time in their booth ;)

    When Carmack came up, of course so did Wolfenstein. I remember the MS guy talking about how it gave him motion sickness. LOL

    I was suprised by the sheer amount of porn there. They had one porn booth that was enclosed in a curtain with the hardcore stuff. There were so many dudes in there, when you walked by, you could see their shapes presses against the curtains. Like in the movies when the ghouls start coming out of the wall.

    Damn that's creepy. Last place I'm going to watch porn is pressed against 20 other dudes.

  • Screw 10.5 (Score:3, Interesting)

    by EvilTwinSkippy (112490) <.yoda. .at. .etoyoc.com.> on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @02:07PM (#14393583) Homepage Journal
    I just want 10.4 to stop crapping out as a Domain controller. We are rebooting our domain controller and file servers so often management is actually having me put together a proposal to migrate back to Linux. For those of you not in the Know, 10.4 server has a nasty bug that locks of the server when a particular sequence of events occur, usually during replication. (Which on an active Windows Domain happens every few minutes.) Apple has acknowledged the problem and a fix has been "any day now" ever since Tiger was released.
  • Firewire and iLife (Score:3, Insightful)

    by payndz (589033) on Wednesday January 04, 2006 @03:45PM (#14394575)
    From TFA:

    Don't be surprised if this IBook is the first to ship without a FireWire port.

    Which instantly eliminates one of the big USPs of the whole iLife suite - that you can import, edit and burn your own movies. Without Firewire, how are you supposed to get the data off your digital camcorder? (Do many camcorders support USB 2.0 yet?) And what about all those people (like me) who have their data backed up on Firewire external drives? What are they supposed to do, transfer it on Zip discs when they upgrade?

    Hell, Apple invented Firewire, so it's not like they have to pay a per-unit royalty to have one somewhere on the machine.

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