Archive for the ‘Apple’ Category

Office 2008 for Mac – A Ture Microsoft Software

March 1, 2009

I am a Mac user. This is not new. I got a habit to write about the software I am using from time to time, and to complain about software as well.

I already had written in the past about Office 2008. Using it extensively on the Mac for the past several weeks, and I am getting tired of it everytime I need to use it. The bugs Word, Powerpoint and Entourage have are making this software unbarable.

My frustration grows as I tried using Keynote and Pages ’09. The problem being is incompatability. Yes, forget about compatability, it is simply a lie. Open a powerpoint presentation, it would open, but most times the design you had would not be there any more. The same holds true when creating a Keynote presentation and exporting it to Powerpoint format.

Open Office is not an option as well, as I see what it produces on Linux.

So, what is the solution for all of this?

Steve, get well!

January 15, 2009

The announcement that Steve Jobs is to take a sick leave from Apple for six months was not a surprise to those monitoring Steve’s health in the past several months. Jobs is one of those unique technology icons we all love, performing a tremendous job at Apple, but more importantly shaping our entire computer world for years now.

I would like to wish Steve that he would get well soon.

Apple Macworld ’09 Keynote

January 8, 2009

I had a chance to watch the recorded Apple Macworld ’09 keynote this morning.

Apple sold 9.7 million Macs last year. Twice the number of its rivals. This is an amazing number.

3 new things were introduced: iLife ’09, iWork ’09, and Macbook Pro “17.

I am not sure what impact would those have on Apple sales since none of the announced is that of a major differentiator. There are certainly interesting additionas to the software line Apple offers (iPhoto ’09 seems promising as well as the new version of Garage Band). Personally, I still doubt the power of iWork against Office for the Mac.

As for the Macbook Pro “17 I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand the work Apple did with regards to the battery (1000 recharges, 8 hours of work time) seems remarkable. But it comes with a price tag – no easy access to the hard disk and other parts. the design of the notebook itself is amazing, and the Apple design team deserves kodus for that.

I am still awaiting some more meaningful announcments from Apple (new Mac mini’s, iPhone nano, etc.).

Experience with yellowsn0w 0.9.5 – Working

January 5, 2009

I have been running yellowsn0w 0.9.5 for the past day and a half now. Except for an annoyance of having to pop the SIM out and in when you shutdown the iPhone, everything is working as it should.

The interesting thing is that the iPhone works really fast now. I am not sure why but who cares 🙂

yellowsn0w is still beta software, but now, a working beta software.

Stay away from yellowsn0w

January 2, 2009

Well, after playing around with it for several hours I gave up on yellowsn0w. For those of you who did not experienced  the new unlock tool for the iPhone 3G I would strongly recommend staying away from it until someone figures out why there are so many unsuccessful unlocks.

After unlocking I ended up with an unstable iPhone 3G unable of making or receiving calls, unable to use the Internet, etc. Lucky me, restored to a clean install of 2.2, inserted my Turbo SIM and at least I am having a working 2G iPhone (no, 3G does not work still with firmware 2.2 and Turbo SIM).

The Dev-Team is making an effort resolving this. Currently they have released version 0.9.3.

Update I: The Dev-Team had released version 0.9.4. With this release I was able to unlock the iPhone and make and receive calls. I still don’t have 3G enabled, or the Internet working…

Update II: Everything is working perfectly fine now.

Update III: It is unstable and cannot be trusted. There is still a long way to go with this.

Countdown for yellowsn0w

December 31, 2008

A few hours now separates us from 2009. One of the most anticipated events to happen right at the start of the new year (for those who care) is the release of yellowsn0w, the unlock for Apple’s iPhone 3G. This is if you haven’t upgraded to the new baseband that comes with version 2.2 (there might be a surprise there according to the latest rumors). The unlock will be available via Cydia at midnight tonight and it seems that the crowds are already mounting in anticipation.

I have already written in the past about Apple’s treatment with regards to those who wish to purchase and unlock an iPhone. And I have also written about why do I think Apple would not make the iPhone SIM-free. I still think that Apple’s approach is wrong, and the efforts that are being made by Apple preventing this from happening proves not to last for long.

My logic behind this, is that if someone wishes to purchase an iPhone, and there is a provider in his country that sales it, the chances are lower that this person would be looking into the trouble of getting an iPhone and unlocking it. Those unfortunate that do not have the option to purchase the iPhone in their countries, are ,in my opinion, those who will be looking into getting one and unlocking it.

The iPhone is a status symbol in many countries, especially if there is no carrier saling it. This makes it  ‘cooler’ having one, when most cannot have it.

Update: Seems like the unlock is compatible with version 2.2 and the 02.28.00 baseband.

Mac software: Some might still not be there…yet.

December 22, 2008

I know that what I am writing here would result in hate replies saying I am just a PC user envy of those cool Mac users and this is why I am writing the stuff I am writing.

So let’s start with a disclosure: I am a Mac user from the initial release of Mac OS X. My first Mac was a G3 notebook. I still remember how costly it was buying that machine (I still own it). From there I have moved to a G4 notebook (Mac Book Pro) , later to the first Intel generation of MPB’s (Yuck), to my latest 2.6Mhz 4mb of memory MBP.

Like every other Mac user back in those days I had suffered from a number of issues, like hardware (my first generation Intel-based MBP was replaced 4 times), to the limited number of software that back then was available for the Mac.

So, why am I writing about “Mac software: Some might still not be there…yet.”?

Two incidents in the past months are the reason. The first relates to Office 2008. Let’s put the incompatibility issues with Office 2007 aside for a second, and the irritating bugs and talk about the email client: Entourage. Unfortunately this is no equivalent to Outlook 2007. What is my problem with it? One nice morning office declared the database is corrupt. Using the DB tools provided I tried rescuing it. Going through nearly the entire database the tool just hang and crash… Bye-Bye to a month of emails (luckily I had backup).

The second incident was with PGP Desktop for Mac. Using PGP for years now (for the PC and for the Mac) I was tempted to get the latest version for Mac (10.5.x compatible). The result? After several months of work, it got my encrypted drive corrupt.

Still, if you are looking at it, two distinguished software for the Mac simply cannot leave to its expectation.

Before you all jump saying this happens for the PC as well, then I would say – show me an alternative that I can use on the Mac. Email client == none (please do not mention mail.app because it is simply useless when you have a lot of email).

The fact is that I will be still using my MBP and Mac OS X as my main machine and work tool, but my disappointment is big. Currently this is the better option then using a PC. But if Apple would wish people to treat its hardware, OS, and software as a solution they can be using for the enterprise it needs at least to make sure that it encourages developers to develop alternatives to what is out there software wise for the Mac OS X platform.  Looking at the economy, and the fact anyone has an iPod, notebooks makes a huge slice of sales for Apple. Before it is not late, they should develop/encourage/solicit more viable options for it.

Apple and Security: When will this bubble blow up?

December 6, 2008

Apple is thinking that security through obscurity is the right way to handle security on their products. The latest example is with their KB article on the support site related to anti-virus. A KB which was posted last year, and only now being discovered by the media.

So, what is wrong saying you may need an anti-virus for your operating system?

Does Apple think that malware and other security hazards would not hit Mac OS X for ever? This is a very bad assumption. What happens is that as the popularity of Apple based products are on the rise so does the number of people with direct access and interest.

What would the future would look like? Well, not as it is with Windows, but in my opinion it would certainly drive sleep away from Apple users as well. Treating security as another something that needs to be taken care of can cost Apple dearly especially if it would hurt those that use its products because of their related simplicity.

Mobile ME orientation movie – Using Firefox

July 11, 2008

I have decided to use a trail of Mobile ME.

To my surprise on the orientation movie the browser used is Firefox and not Safari… Go Figure.

Goodbye Blackberry?

July 11, 2008

One of the interesting things Apple has added into Mobile ME and into the new 2.0 iPhone software is push email.

After examining several videos that are available online an interesting question is now raising – Where is Blackberry going to go from here?

Having PUSH email is an enormous advantage for all of us geeks that needs their email wherever they go and immediately.

Seems to me there is no gap anymore between Apple to Blackberry. From now on it is Blackberry trailing behind Apple not only with features, but also with Sales.

That said, you can get Blackberry on all major carriers (at least in the US), but only select offers the iPhone (usually a single per-country).