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Colbert says “Zune Ownership – Proof You’re Crazy!”

Colbert says Zune Ownership Proof You’re Crazy

227D40E8-17E0-4EE9-AD0A-E4CC40B47E6F.jpgOn last night’s Colbert Report, Stephen gave advice to George Bush on how to go “completely nutball” so Sen. McCain can distance himself from the extremely unpopular president on the campaign trail. Not only did he tell Bush to wear a tinfoil jockstrap, he said the prez should buy a Zune. Really? Sure it’s market share is 4%, but what about the new software?

(Via Gizmodo.)


First Look: VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 1

First Look: VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 1

E2BDA8A1-57D8-432A-8F4E-D07644D1AD50.jpgThe ongoing competition between Parallels and VMware in the virtualization market continues with Tuesday’s release of the VMware Fusion 2.0 beta. Rob Griffiths takes the beta out for a test spin and tells you what to expect from the next version of Fusion.

Read More HERE.

(Via Macworld.)

Microsoft pulls bid for Yahoo!, Microhoo will never be

Microsoft pulls bid for Yahoo!, Microhoo will never be

D2412904-3ABE-40BA-91E5-2575DDBA496A.jpgWell, that’s that! Microsoft has officially pulled its bid for Yahoo! — inflated for good measure this weekend by another $5 billion — after the company did “not move toward accepting [the] offer”, asking again for even more, another $4 bil (totaling $9b more than the original offer). In a letter from Ballmer to Yang, he states that Microsoft also won’t be looking at its option for a hostile takeover, stating that Yahoo! likely “would take steps that would make [it] undesirable as an acquisition”; Ballmer then goes on to make a few backhanded criticisms of Yahoo’s possible new partnerships with Google (which is no surprise). Good night, Microhoo, the monstrous, hamstrung, lumbering mega-merger that might have been.

(Via Engadget.)

Microsoft/Yahoo: No Deal Today!

Microsoft/Yahoo: No Deal Today, Markets Look For Announcement Early Monday

D2412904-3ABE-40BA-91E5-2575DDBA496A.jpgTalks between Microsoft and Yahoo continue as the market closes and the business week comes to an end. Every signal is that the two sides are close to finalizing a deal, somewhere between $33 and $37/share.

Microsoft has signaled that they’ll go as high as $33 this week. The alternate board members, who must be notified before any announcement of Microsoft going officially hostile, have not been contacted by Microsoft, sources say.

The market agrees, with Yahoo stock up as much as 11% today. Yahoo closed at $28.68, up about 7% for the day.

Analysts we spoke to today, emphasizing that they have no inside information, say they expect a deal to be wrapped up over the weekend and announced on Monday. Look for a cash/stock mix in the $35 range, announced before the market opens, possibly with a conference call pre-market as well.

The main reason Microsoft has changed strategies seems to be the overt willingness of Yahoo to do a search outsourcing deal with Google in the event Microsoft walks away or goes hostile. The threat is very real, and some experts say that regulatory approval of such a deal would not be as difficult as some have speculated.

See our interview with Citi Analyst Mark Mahaney from earlier this week.

(Via TechCrunch.)

Ten things I hate about Windows and love about my Mac

Another great article from Appletell:

Ten things I hate about Windows and love about my Mac

This is part two of a series. Read Part One here.

What I Hate About Windows

1) The Taskbar – Windows users will crow on and on about the taskbar’s superiority, but it is crap. It has no one purpose, rather it is a poorly implemented strip that serves as the main control point for the computer. The place where this becomes the biggest issue is if you hide it. You may just want more screen space, or to just hide the start menu, but you have no choice. Everything goes. Your list of programs, your minimized windows, system notifications, everything, is gone. Which brings me to my next gripe. Why would all my windows be displayed in huge buttons? I can understand it if my minimized windows were, but the maximized windows are already there. No need to have them in the taskbar. The argument is that its easy switching between windows, but I don’t find it easy to try to decipher between three Internet explorer windows, or three any windows. In the taskbar they all look the same and that doesn’t speed up the workflow at all.

2) Just Do It!! – Windows needs coaxing to do everything. Setting up a home network is hell in Windows. Even connecting to an unencrypted wireless connection requires the user to tell it to half the time. Mac OS X detects everything and makes it easy. Windows couldn’t be more different.

3) Install and Uninstall – The best thing, and perhaps most confusing about OS X to a Windows convert is the fact that installing and application is usually just drag and drop. On Windows, it’s a whole affair. Installers usually get the job done, but they leave little trails all over the system. Once you’ve installed software, rest assured it will never be fully gone. Uninstalling an application on Windows looks easy. Simply open the Add/Remove Program window, and click “Change/Remove” (a button cryptic enough in and of itself- why would you label a button two different things?) Half of the time the software can’t fully be removed. Th other half of the time, it appears to work, but if you know where to look, you will still find remnants, and sometimes rather large remnants, of the program.

4) Bloat – Windows in and of itself is a bloated piece of software, but what I’m talking about here is with peripherals that you might purchase. 95% of the time, when you purchase a printer, scanner, even speakers, keyboards, and mice, it comes with its own software that you have to install. Though this happens on occasions with Mac OS X, most of the time you can plus it in and go. The operating system takes care of it for you.

5) Viruses – Nuff said. It’s not entirely Windows’ fault that there are so many viruses written for it, but it’s a big side effect of Windows.

What I Love About The Mac

1) iLife – Every new Mac comes with some version of iLife. It blows Windows Movie Maker out of the water. iMovie is a phenomenal video editor, and if you’re an iMovie pro, you can actually get some advanced stuff going. I found that I had to trick Windows Movie Maker into doing most of the stuff I needed.

2) Out of the Box – Continuing in the same thread, I love that right out of the box, you can start doing stuff on a Mac. You’ve got a camera, mic, cha software, browser, video editor, photo organizer, music organizer, mail program, a basic word processor, and so much more. On Windows? Calculator, Clock, Internet Explorer, and a plain text editor.

3) Menu Bar and Dock – I love the dock, for the same reasons I hate the taskbar. It serves one purpose (for the most part:) to hold your applications. If you hide it, you still have access to the vitals like clock, menu items, and menus. Which brings me to the menu bar, which is superior to window -embedded menus in every way.  It’s all about Fitts’ Law, which has to do with the fact that the menu bar on OS X is infinitely many pixels tall. Basically, if you throw your mouse to the top of the screen, you can’t miss it. By contrast, a menu in Windows could be anywhere on your screen, and it’s likely there are multiples on the same menu in different windows. Kinda confusing.

4) Self Contained Applications – Most applications for Mac OS X come in one little bundle. It is entirely self contained, can be moved around without worry of losing program files, and it doesn’t leave a trail when it’s uninstalled. Perhaps uninstall isn’t the right word. All you do is drag to the trash, after all.

5) Productivity – It’s tools like QuickLook, Exposé, and Spaces that make Mac OS X. With QuickLook, I can easily and quickly see a file without opening it’s application. With Exposé, it is so easy to see all my windows (and it beats the snot out of the taskbar in Windows.) Spaces is nothing new, but it is seamlessly integrated into OS X, and thats really what makes OS X a better experience: the integration.

What gripes do you have with Windows? What do you love about OS X? How about the other way around? Sound off below! The best answers will go into a final part in these series of your submitted likes and dislikes.

Full Story » | Written by Adam Fisher-Cox for Appletell

(Via Appletell)

IT departments running out of excuses not to use Macs

IT departments running out of excuses not to use Macs

3BC55A03-19C8-4EF2-9D0A-9700949E57E4.jpgIn spite of their stability and ease of use, Macs have long been shunned by IT departments everywhere. It is getting harder and harder for IT departments to come up with reasons not to include Macs in their short lists of hardware, however. With factors from a greater number of users embracing the Apple interface to greater availability of cross platform options, IT is running out of excuses.

More and more people in the work force are asking their IT departments to either switch to or offer Macs as an option. Up until now, there weren’t that many compelling reasons for IT to say yes. Macs have been hobbled in the past by high prices, lack of cross platform compatibility, and a reputation for lacking enterprise management solutions and being only “for creatives”.

The surge in Mac requests has come hot on the heels of the popularity of the iPhone, iPods and the newest lines of MacBooks, MacBook Pros and iMacs. Company IT departments are usually keen on keeping the hardware in a company as uniform as possible to prevent issues with incompatibility, malfunctions and problems like viruses. These are all problems that plague the more ubiquitous Windows systems.

Macs are gaining a toehold in corporate America because they are prone to none of the incompatibility issues that Windows based PCs are. Mac’s insistence on doing everything from design and hardware to software in house keeps their computers in top shape right out of the starting gate. They are built to be easy to use, and will “see” whole networks regardless of platform once installed.

More and more people are writing software for Macs, eliminating the software compatibility argument. There is also a plethora of Open Source software available as well. Though a bit pricier out of the starting gate, when you stack them up next to an equivalently equipped PC their cost effectiveness becomes apparent. They also have a long shelf life, capable of lasting for years, often long past the changes in technology.

Even the government is thinking of rising the Mac wave, publishing a handbook on how to make their security comparable to federal standards. IT departments are coming to realize how easy MAcs are to set up and how simple they are to support, as well. Over time, any remaining reluctance to avoid Macs in businesses should be eliminated as they grow in popularity and demand for something better than Windows continues.”


Updated for Windows XP and Vista – Bootcamp

Bootcamp updated for Windows XP and Vista

D0F78D76-CE63-49C7-928D-6A53796820F0.jpgBootcamp 2.1 has just been released in three Windowslicious flavors: Windows XP, Vista 32 bit, and Vista 64 bit. All three updates ‘address issues and improve compatibility,’ which is always a welcome thing.

Bootcamp, in case you aren’t in the know, is Apple’s utility that allows you to dual boot your Mac: one partition boots OS X and another boots Windows (it is a little creepy, but very cool).

Windows XP users take note: Bootcamp 2.1 should be installed before you apply Windows XP Service Pack 3.

(Via (TUAW)

Red Zune 80 on its way to retail…So what.

Red Zune 80 on its way to retail

B4672AB1-8450-43A8-85C9-AEB16250B8CB.jpgNot unlike the early colorized versions of the original Zune before it, the red Zune 80 looks like it should finally be ready to make its un-tattooed retail sales debut . If you’ve been considering getting loud and/or proud with your next Zune, call ahead to your local gadget stock keeper and see if they’re in.

(Via Engadget.)

Vista is ‘a Work in Progress’ – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: Vista is ‘a Work in Progress’

0C66A004-5A55-4C8F-9C6E-0E1FAB164339.jpgWhile Microsoft recently extended the date when the XP software will be available for low-cost PCs, it doesn’t plan to listen to some other complaints, including that Vista is too big. “Vista is bigger than XP and it’s gonna stay bigger than XP,” Ballmer said. “We have to make sure it doesn’t get bigger still.””

(Via url}view/technology”>Digg.)

Windows Software Update Utility Gets Fixed

Apple fixes Windows Software Update utility

7BB0379B-CC95-41E8-B26C-3B79A1F28D02.jpgFollowing considerable public criticism, Apple has release a new version of its Software Update utility for Windows, bringing it to v2.1. The patch is available through the current version of Software Update — bundled with programs such as iTunes — and addresses an earlier policy of Apple, under which Safari 3.1 would be pushed to Windows users whether they wanted it or not, as if they had already downloaded the application previously. Some have accused Apple of trying to artificially improve the distribution of the Safari web browser in the Windows sphere.
Safari continues to appear as a default checked item in Update 2.1, but has been moved to the “New Software” category, and so is readily identifiable as non-essential. New versions of Safari should now also stop triggering the automatic appearance of Software Update, unless users do in fact already have an earlier edition.

(Via MacNN.)