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  • Blog Post: tablet rumours

    It's a few days before the next Apple announcement, and I'm really surprised at how the blogs have absolutely exploded with rumours, conjecture, hyperbole, and heaven knows what else. There's a part of me that hopes that Apple goes on stage on Wednesday, pretends to be completely unaware of the bandwidth...
  • Blog Post: things I dislike about Safari 4

    I've been a Safari user for ages. I'm not a Firefox fan (just don't like the UI, plus the fact that it doesn't honour my Locations ( we use a proxy at work, but I don't use one at home) annoys me). I've tried various other browsers at various other points, but they've never been enough to make me want...
  • Blog Post: thoughts on the Apple Tax

    I keep on hearing about the Apple Tax again, and I keep on hearing people on both sides of the issue getting quite upset about it. The thing is: both sides are right. The Apple fanboys say that if you take a Mac and then go to Dell (or Sony, or Lenovo, or whoever) and configure a machine that's...
  • Blog Post: the man behind the logo

    Ever wondered where the Apple logo came from? An older interview with Rob Janoff , the designer behind it, has now surfaced. His website has a radio interview about the logo, too. What I like is that his inspiration came from a bag of apples. Inspiration comes where you find it, and his design has...
  • Blog Post: a personal Mac history

    The Mac is now 25 . I am 32. I don't remember the introduction of the Mac, and I don't recall ever seeing the 1984 ad. In fact, I was only vaguely aware of the Mac until I hit college. My schools never had Apples or Macs, and none of my friends had one either. For my first college programming class,...
  • Blog Post: will Apple give me a netbook?

    While I desperately (desperately!) want an updated Mac Mini, the thing that I've been pining for forever is an ultra-lightweight laptop. It's been on my wishlist for every single stinkin' MWSF and WWDC that I've attended since I joined MacBU. So you can imagine how my heart leapt when I read the...
  • Blog Post: plan to throw away good designs

    Last week at SxSW (which I have got to get to sometime!), Michael Lopp , one of the senior engineering managers at Apple, was part of a panel about design. During the panel, he was asked about the design process at Apple. The Tech Beat blog at Business week has the best description of his complete answer...
  • Blog Post: Valleywag endorses His Steveness

    In honour of Super Tuesday, Silicon Valley gossip rag Valleywag has now endorsed Steve Jobs for President . Their reasons? As quoted from the site, these are their reasons: State of the Union address will need to be read on Engadget. Taxes $200 higher for early filers. Dialing any goverment...
  • Blog Post: iTunes movie rentals vs Netflix

    The latest Apple news swirling about comes to us courtesy of the Financial Times : Apple signs film deal with Fox studio . This will bring the long-rumoured movie rentals to iTunes. I'm a Netflix customer. For $20 a month, I have three of their DVDs sitting at home at any given time. (Current DVDs...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: what Apple news sites do you read?

    In the comments to my last post, someone asked what Apple news sites I read. I looked over to my newsreader and discovered that the list was way longer than I realised (I'm such a geek), so this gets its own post. These are in alphabetic order, since that's how they show up in my newsreader. ...
  • Blog Post: best non-Apple laptop?

    When I attend conferences like OOPSLA, I'm a laptop watcher. It's interesting to see what hardware everyone is carrying. This year, I'm noticing the Windows-based laptops. There are a lot of nice-looking designs out there. I keep on noticing, and being jealous of, the ultra-light laptops that I'm seeing...
  • Blog Post: hope springs eternal for Newton lovers

    One of my favourite recurring Apple rumours is that the Newton is just about to be resurrected. It's a favourite of mine because I've been a long-time PDA user (only retiring my Palm T3 when it crashed horribly and lost all of my data), so I've long held on to the idea that Apple could do something interesting...
  • Blog Post: can we stop with the unboxing photos already?

    Apple released new iPods on Tuesday. Thankfully, none of them have forced me to drop everything and head to my local Apple Store with my credit card in hand. I've already got an orange Shuffle and an iPhone. The newly-renamed iPod Classic is almost attractive in its 160GB model, but that's not big enough...
  • Blog Post: Mac geek humour

    I hadn't noticed that some of the best pieces of Mac geek humour have made it up onto YouTube. WWDC attendees have all heard of (and hopefully been treated to a performance by) James Dempsey and the Breakpoints. You can check out The MVC Song , I Love View (in beta at the time of its performance), and...
  • Blog Post: the unmasking of Fake Steve

    It was bound to happen sooner or later, but, as Fake Steve himself (in his real persona) says: 'I knew it couldn't stay anonymous forever'. The New York Times is the one who broke the story: A Mystery Solved . Fake Steve: Really, please keep it up. Your blog is one of my favourites. You do a great...
  • Blog Post: queue with Woz for your iPhone

    According to the Los Angeles Times , Woz is going to queue for the iPhone just like the rest of us . Hmmm, there are only two San José Apple stores, so figuring out which one he's at can't be too hard. I wonder if anyone will notice if I take off to go queue up with Woz ... ;) Edit, 3:19pm...
  • Blog Post: delicious taunting

    As a Mac geekgirl, I've long since come to accept that Apple likes taunting me with New Hotness That I Can't Have Yet. I've been spending the past six months lusting after the iPhone , after all. But they usually limit their taunting to their own apps. They upped the ante last night at the Apple...
  • Blog Post: Mac girl at Microsoft, Windows boy at Apple

    Oftentimes, when I tell people that I work on Mac software at Microsoft, the conversation is pretty predictable: disbelief that Microsoft makes Mac software, a reminder that we're the oldest Apple developer and make Office:Mac amongst other things, a comment that it's weird to do Mac development at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: iPhone ad deconstruction (first thoughts)

    What do Mac geeks do for fun on a Sunday night? Why, they deconstruct the newly-released iPhone ads , of course! So far, my boyfriend and I have noticed: icons on the bottom of the screen look different than what Steve demoed back at MWSF the ringtone in the ad isn't the iPhone ringtone...
  • Blog Post: Fake Steve is writing a Real Book

    October's going to be a busy time for me. Not only is that the month of OOPSLA 2007 (I'm posters chair, so submit your posters by 02 July 2007 and impress me with your intelligence!), but now I see that I've got some reading material headed my way. According to Amazon , my darling Fake Steve is publishing...
  • Blog Post: Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, together at last

    Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are going to do a joint interview at the Wall Street Journal's D5 - All Things Digital conference next week. Steve's also doing a separate interview during D5, and Steve Ballmer has one as well. Mark your calendar, folks. The Mac web is going to go nuts next Wednesday after...
  • Blog Post: the one thing I don't like about my Macbook

    I love my MacBook. I really do. His name is Bernard. Bernard is the right size for my personal laptop. I don't want a big MBP for my own use, I like Bernard's small form factor. I'm okay in making the tradeoff of price and size versus the better video card that's in the MBP -- although I do have to admit...
  • Blog Post: will the real Fake Steve Jobs please keep hiding?

    My current favourite blog is The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs . The identity of FSJ is unknown. This week, BusinessWeek says that FSJ might be outed . I'm kinda sad about that. I really like the blog. Guessing who could be writing it (has to know Apple and real Steve's history very well, obviously...
  • Blog Post: blue and green and orange and purple all over

    There's a new ad in the UK Get a Mac campaign: Office Posse. There's absolutely no way that you're going to get me into a purple Entourage suit like that. I work on all the apps, anyway, which means that there would be some monstrosity involving stripes or polka-dots. Ugh.
  • Blog Post: a short guide to Mac user responses to the Leopard slip

    In case you haven't heard this yet [1], Apple announced late yesterday that Leopard won't ship until October. The immediate responses from Mac users have been pretty amusing. I'll provide a community service today by giving you a shot guide to Mac user responses to the Leopard slip. This means that you...
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