Posts Tagged ‘Apple’

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.

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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.

RIM is fighting back

November 30, 2008

It did not take long for RIM to lunch its answer to Apple’s iPhone. Although there is still work for RIM in making the Blackberry Storm a worth competition to the iPhone surly they are in the right direction. At least keeping some of its users from defecting.

Another device, which was released in Europe a few months back, but just now in the US by AT&T is the Blackberry Bold. Now offering 3G and other goodies, this device is certainly a business workhorse. I did not find any worth alternative for the excellent Blackberry push email as of yet.
Until then, and especially in light of the constant improvements with its devices (HTML email is still a bummer) RIM is giving a worthy fight to Apple.

That said, if RIM would not improve their disadvantages (HTML email, for example) they will loose the fight.

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).

Where is Apple going with this?

July 8, 2008

I admit it.

I really do not understand Apple and its idiotic policy with regards to the iPhone 3G. Let’s assume I would like to buy the iPhone and pay 600 USD just to get it. According to some reports, I would still need to activate it. It would not be SIM free… I am not sure if these reports are true, but if so this represents a lame way of moving back instead of moving forward for Apple.

What was so cool about the first generation iPhone? You could activate it at home (or not) using iTunes and the whole let’s go to the store thing did not apply.

Now you are forced to activate in store (Apple or AT&T).

Frankly I am getting tired of this. The phone itself is not any new revelation to the mobile phone industry. So we have 3G, GPS and a better battery. The version Apple had to start with a year later.

If it turns out that you are to pay 600 USD for an unlocked iPhone 3G I do believe there might be other more interesting alternatives. Check out HTC touch Diamond, and the new Touch Pro (679 USD unlocked SIM free).

Here it comes: iPhone 3G

July 5, 2008

I am sure you have all read about the new iPhone 3G and what it brings (or not) to the world of mobile phones.

Frankly I am a bit disappointed from the enhancements of the new iPhone (but it is better to have a 3G capability then not). I am still scratching my head understanding why can’t Apple make the iPhone be used as a modem? Oh well.

In my opinion the biggest addition is the app store. This is the new cash cow for Apple. Write your application and split the cash with us. Very creative move by Apple. I anticipate that GPS applications and Games will be the number 1 hit for the App store (or at least this is what I will be looking for).

The other part relates to how you get your hands on the phone and how much is this going to cost you. As a loyal citizen of Apple I had bought the first generation iPhone when it cost 600 USD (Steve, where is my other 100USD?). Now I need to put 300 USD more just to get committed to AT&T again for 2-years.

Go figure.

This time I might wait a bit to hear whether the new iPhone is really that much of a change or whether it is just a nice enhancement.

iPhone 3G in 2008

December 4, 2007

So it seems Apple will be releasing a new version of its iPhone now with a 3G capability sometime next year.

The information was confirmed (leaked?) by no other then AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson.

One of the interesting things to watch will be the battery lifetime when the iPhone will have 3G capabilities.

From my own experience I can tell that when you use WiFi the battery drains fast (ok not fast as with playing Video).

What is Apple trying to do to its iPhone users?

October 1, 2007

Apple had released firmware version 1.1.1 for the iPhone. If you have software hacked iPhone that allows you to place any SIM card and use any GSM-based network, your phone will be bricked. i.e. you will not be able to use it.

The question asked is why Apple is trying to angry its customers? I have already written in the past about the new Apple cash cow, which is the percentage it takes from the net profit for the iPhone customers of the carriers, which have exclusive deals with Apple.

Apple is actually doing more then this. If you will show up in an Apple store with a bricked iPhone the chances are that your iPhone will not be replaced and that your warranty is voided.

In my opinion Apple had gone too far with this. Instead of being happy that the iPhone is a big success, and it sells in big numbers, Apple is fighting its own users. According to various sources Apple had already sold more then 1 million of iPhone units. So even if 5% of them are hacked and can use any SIM, why does Apple bothers so much about this?

One aspect would be to show the carriers it is doing something. The other is to maintain the exclusivity.

This also ties with another mistake (my opinion) Apple did by lowering the price of the iPhone by 200$ two months after it had been introduced.

Sure, if you are gadget guy you need to pay more. But on the other hand you do not expect that only 2 months will pass and that the price will be cut by 33%?

Speculation: iPhone SIM-Free? Not in this life time

August 27, 2007

Why wouldn’t Apple sell an iPhone SIM free? Many people around the world would not wait a second before placing an order to get the iPhone. But according to the rumors that I have read lately, part of Apple’s agreement with the Telecom companies (i.e. Orange France, O2 England, and Vodaphone in Germany) is to receive a 10% of the revenue from those who would buy an iPhone. So for Apple, the revenue potential is not only coming from the expensive hardware (I paid, I know) but also from its usage.

If you think about this, this is a brilliant move. So why allowing iPhone SIM free were Apple cannot collect? This is why, in my opinion, there would not be an iPhone SIM free, and this is also the reason why Apple is chasing those who claim they have unlocked the iPhone.