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    January 12, 2005

New stuff from Apple - At Macworld, Steve Jobs unveiled new products, including the iPod Shuffle and the Mac mini. The iPod shuffle uses flash memory. "The shuffle is smaller than most packs of chewing gum, weighs less than an ounce and is a third of an inch thick. The smallest-capacity model will have 512 megabytes of storage, which holds up to 120 songs, and costs $99." And the new Mac mini: "Smaller than even some standalone external computer drives, they lack a monitor, mouse and keyboard. The 40-gigabyte Mac mini will cost $499. They'll ship with Apple's latest operating system, Mac OS X Panther." And what the Slashdotters are saying about all this. "I've been putting off buying a mac for quite some time, this makes it much harder to just say no."
posted by jr to technology at 10:08 A.M. EST     (7 Comments)

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Man, they are such great pieces of equipment. OSX is so nice. Where windows requires so much user intervention, OSX gets out of the way to allow you to accomplish good, sometimes great things.
posted by tgramsam at 12:02 P.M. EST on Wed Jan 12, 2005     #

OS X has the benefit of being able to compile and run most open source UNIX applications. The downside of Apple is also an upside. They tend to be limited on internal expandability (can't throw a lot of cards in) so you have to go to external devices. What does work inside the box usually is quality hardware. Most of the external stuff also tends to be quality goods, or at least present a standard interface.
posted by Guest at 12:57 P.M. EST on Wed Jan 12, 2005     #

Isn't it amazing that some still say Apple is a doomed company?

It has seen the monster success of the iPod, attractive new products coming out (I ordered an iPod Shuffle already) and the news today that AAPL beat the street by almost 43% in its first fiscal quarter. Apple earned a profit of 70 cents per diluted share, or $295 million, on revenue of $3.49 billion. (

I love my Mac, but I love the lack of viruses and spyware even more.


posted by photodan at 06:10 P.M. EST on Wed Jan 12, 2005     #

It's an industry standard: Every 2-3 years, the columnists start to oscillate together and the resonance produces a spate of "Apple Will Die" articles. What often escapes their notice is that Apple is the largest single computer producer. If Apple can die, then there's nothing that stops Dell, Gateway, even IBM from dying ... but they never claim that, oh no.

True, Commodore Business Machines died off, and they owned much of the personal computer market at their peak. It can happen. But Apple stays current. They maintain their market share as far as I care about. If investors give them any heartache for any fractional slippage, Apple is strong enough to buy back shares and reduce its exposure to the inanities of public stockholders.

Apple is good competition. And Linux is even better. Too bad for Bill "Open Source is Communism" Gates and all the rest of his Imperial legions.

posted by Guest at 06:25 A.M. EST on Sun Jan 16, 2005     #

"Clearing up confusion about the Mac mini."
posted by jr at 02:33 A.M. EST on Tue Jan 18, 2005     #

A fun story about a Mac software development startup. Their office for meetings and development is the local coffee shop.

"Delicious Monster is the Mac software company behind the hit Delicious Library, a program for cataloging collections of books, movies and games. The software is selling like hot cakes and has garnered rave reviews and awards, yet the company's headquarters is a Seattle coffee house. Delicious Library, was launched in November 2004. It generated $250,000 worth of sales in its first month. But its four main employees meet every day at the popular Zoka coffee shop in Seattle's university district."

posted by jr at 11:33 A.M. EST on Wed Jan 19, 2005     #

HOW-TO: "Turn your Mac mini into a media center."
posted by jr at 12:03 A.M. EST on Fri Jan 28, 2005     #

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