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30.03.2004

MacOrama für den 30. März 2004

Tom Yager in der Infoworld über Apples 'Stammkundschaft':
"Members of a core group feel recognized and protected, as though their preferred vendor exists to serve them alone. To those who only need PowerBooks, Apple is a notebook maker. If you make music or author DVDs, Apple is exclusively devoted to the needs of creative professionals. If you’re in business, Apple puts high-density Unix servers and storage in the PC price range; they’re a budding enterprise vendor. Pretty smart."
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Wer einen viel zu langen Namen besitzt und Fast User Switching in Benutzung hat, der könnte sich über WinSwitch freuen (und nein, dabei muss nicht auf Windows umgestiegen werden...), Donationware, 288KB klein:
WinSwitch
"Wouldn't it be nice if you could access the feature through a compact, icon-sized Menu Bar icon? WinSwitch does exactly that, closely matching the performance and style of the Apple-provided menu, but without all the bulk. In fact, it even improves on Apple's menu by correctly eliminating some users which shouldn't show up in the list, and by improving the alignment of user icons in the menu."
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Die iPod Bewerbung hat in letzter Zeit weltweit enorm zugenommen und selbst in Skigebieten scheint Apple keinen potenziellen Käufer verpassen zu wollen, MacBidouille liefert das entsprechende Foto:
ipodschnee
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Garage Band Tutorial bei MacJams.com. 'Built-in Audio Unit Effects':
"Underlying GarageBand's simple interface is a host of complex functionality and features that offer some serious power in modifying your audio inputs. Many of these features are inherited from FinalCut Pro/Soundtrack, or from Apple's other audio products such as the eMagic line, including Logic. As users become more comfortable with GarageBand and want to stretch their recordings further and further, mastering all of the powerful features of the program becomes a desirable goal. In this tutorial, we'll take you deep into the bowels of GarageBand's high-end Audio Unit filters and explain how they can change the sound of your recordings."
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Für die Spieler:
Call of Duty ist inzwischen Beta und soll im Mai erscheinen, Unreal Tournament 2004 ist weniger als zwei Wochen nach Erscheinen der Windows-Version ebenfalls verfügbar und Command & Conquer Generals soll ab dem 16. April in den Geschäften stehen.
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Steves Digicams bespricht die Exilim EX-Z40 ZOOM:
"The EX-Z40 ZOOM is the latest addition to Casio's super-slim EXILIM Series and shares the same 4 Megapixel CCD imager and high-performance 3X Pentax zoom lens found on the EXILIM EX-Z4. The EX-Z40 introduces some new features, such as the ability to capture movies clips with sound that are limited only by the memory card's capacity, a new light-weight aluminum body, and a Pan-Focus mode."
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Auch in Australien findet der Xserve Verbreitung:
"As far as the Barrow is aware, there's not a Mac in sight among its 40-odd Windows XP and 2000 desktop computers — but there is a dual-processor Apple Xserve network server at the centre of this hub of industry.
The Xserve has replaced an older Windows NT server felt to be too expensive — given Microsoft's hefty site licensing fees — and no longer up to the job.
The Apple machine was installed in less than two hours, cost about half the price of a Windows server upgrade, and has significantly better performance, Ausmelt says."
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An der Harvard Law School wird eine Fallstudie zum iTunes Music Store durchgeführt:
"The Digital Media Project's Green Paper, iTunes: How Copyright, Contract, and Technology Shape the Business of Digital Media, provides an in-depth look at this service from the perspective of comparative law.  Members of the Digital Media Team examined different legal and regulatory regimes from a range of countries to deterimine how iTunes and services like it are likely to fare under different sets of norms."
(via MacDailyNews)

Außerdem gibt es eine erst empirische Studie (369KB .pdf) über die tatsächlichen File-Sharing Auswirkungen, gefunden bei Boing Boing:
"Koleman watched the file requests on OpenNap servers (to get numbers on which albums' tracks are being downloaded) and compared them to the sales-figures for each album, correlating file-sharing popularity against sales data. His conclusion: file-sharing isn't killing record sales."
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Zur Abwechslung mal russische Schreibtischhintergründe: Плакаты Студии Лебедева:
russdek
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(via thingsmagazine.net)
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"Ein neues, gravierendes Sicherheitsproblem mit diversen Bluetooth-Handys meldet der IT-Sicherheitsdienstleister Integralis. Demnach kann ein Angreifer mit einem Laptop oder PDA Gespräche auf diversen Handys mit Bluetooth-Schnittstelle absetzen, übernehmen und unterbrechen. Zudem kann er Telefonbucheinträge lesen und schreiben sowie Faxe und SMS-Nachrichten vom angegriffenen Handy abschicken. Es kann dabei selbst teure 0190er-Nummern auf Kosten seines Opfers anwählen." Momentan betroffen: Nokia 6310i und SE T610, mehr bei heise.
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Außerdem (Halb-)Wissenswertes aus dem Terminal - heute:
03/30 Vincent Van Gogh born, 1853
(Nachvollziehen).

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