Views from the Ivory Tower
by Ted Bade
As Apple products continue to grow in popularity, we are going to see some companies do their
best to perpetuate the misconceptions of the past about Apple and its products. Those guys in
Redmond will no doubt, be more then happy to fuel these misconceptions and use their clout as
the most popular as well as the richest technology company to this end.
For instance, I have a Tivo Digital video recorder. It would be nice to make backups of certain
shows I have watched to see them again at some later date. If I owned a Windows PC, I could do
this. somehow, someone has convinced the people at Tivo Corporation to only support
Window's Media Players digital rights management (DRM). And for some unknown reason, the
version of Window's Media Player for the Macintosh doesn't provide this feature.
I expect to see other covert attacks at Apple and its computers and other devices as time goes on.
I suggest we all complain bitterly to those vendors that leave the Macintosh out of their equation.
With enough people complaining, perhaps we can make a difference!
iTunes 4.9 brings Podcasts to your Mac We have been hearing a lot about Podcasts. A
Podcast is an audio show produced to be disseminated across the Internet and listened to on an
iPod. The material it contains could be anything one can imagine. Think of it as AM radio talk
shows on steroids. Anyone with basic computer equipment can produce one and you don't have
to live near a radio station that broadcasts it to listen. Mostly, you find Podcasts by visiting web
sites of interest. If the person or organization offers a Podcast, you can download it. There are
literally thousands of different Podcasts available on the Internet.
Apple now provides any iTunes user easy access to most of them. Using iTunes version 4.9 you
will see a new item in your playlist area, called Podcast. There is also an area in the iTunes
music store that lets you search through the giant list of Podcasts to find one or more right for
you. In this area the Podcasts are organized by topic, such as Arts & Entertainment, comedy,
politics, science, technology, and more. Each of these categories has one or more sub category.
Chances are there are more then one Podcast you will find interesting. Apple has made these
items easily accessed by organizing links. They also provide automatic updates. Once you use
iTunes to subscribe to the Podcast, you can easily access new ones from that author or group
with iTunes. You can listen to the Podcasts on your computer or on your iPod.
I think this is really terrific. Apple has provided easy access to the thoughts of anyone wishing to
express themselves for whatever cause!
Intel chips I have seen a lot of conjecture about why the move from the PPC platform to Intel
as a chip for Macs. In one quote I read, a representative of IBM mentioned that they could have
kept up better production of the PPC chips and they don't know why Apple decided to leave that
Perhaps they could have, but from where I am sitting it looks like they didn't produce better
chips. Moving from Motorola to IBM chips only stalled the change to a new chip format. If IBM
could have made a better chip, they should have. Frankly, I believe that the sales to Apple are
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