Joe Wilcox: Too Much Talk
Google Talk, on the other hand, in its first beta incarnation isn’t as relationship focused. Sure, there is integration with GMail, but why not Blogger or Picasa? The name is apt. Right now, it’s just talk, with IM or voice.
My eleven year-old’s reaction, and I quote word for word: “This stinks. This is the dumbest thing in the world. Who wants to do IM without cool backgrounds or smileys or anything?”
Joe is completely right about the lack of integration with other services. Picasa I can understand – but Blogger? At present there’s more integration between a Microsoft product – Word, via the Blogger plug in – than with Google Talk.
Like Joe, though, I like the Google Talk steamlined interface. And it’s given me another reason to take a look at Google Desktop Search.
Link: Apple Matters | iPod Shows Soft Underbelly? Not Just Yet
Yet Mr. Munster forgets that the iPod is much more than just another consumer gadget people can get rid of on a whim. Once you couple the iPod with songs from the iTunes music store you’re stuck (short of EULA violating hacks) using the iPod as you mp3 player until something sufficiently compelling comes along to replace it.
Sadly, Chris Seibold is completely right about this. The iPod/iTunes Music Store connection is an attempt to lock consumers into the iPod by making it harder to move to another player if you’ve bought a substantial number of tunes from the store. Yes, there are ways that you can strip the DRM out of the AAC files that you get from iTMS: but most consumers simply don’t care enough to do it (and don’t buy enough music online to justify it – yet).
David Hewson: Diary of a Mac returnee: When Mac users turn ugly.
A member of my family recently spent a couple of weeks working in tech support for a large media company with an extremely popular product available for both Mac and Windows. He’s got a fairly agnostic attitude towards computers, with no particular bias in either direction. After a couple of weeks dealing with tech support requests he came home steaming about Mac users in general. A bug had emerged in one of the applications the company used. This software worked fine under OS X 10.3. Under Tiger, the printing can go funny.
Why? Well, anyone who hangs around tech areas knows the answer already. Tiger has bugs, big ones sometimes. The problem with the company’s app not printing was to do with Tiger, not with the app.
Would the average Mac user calling up to complain accept this? Not at all. Most simply railed against the third party company for not meeting Apple’s exacting standards, and absolutely refused to believe that the real problem might like with the operating system itself.
I’ve long thought this kind of blind loyalty has been extremely damaging to Apple itself. It allows the company to get away with murder on occasion, in customer service, quality of product and its general attitude towards the people who buy its wares. It’s also extremely off putting to people sitting in the middle wondering whether to plump for Windows or the Mac.
My own experience of Mac users has been much more positive than this. In fact, I’ve found in meeting Mac users face to face that they’re much more willing to blame Apple than third parties – but perhaps that’s because British Mac users tend to be less inclined to believe in Apple’s corporate myth.
Link: ::: bisonium.com :::: Apple Tablet in the Works?.
According to a recent job posting at Apple, they are looking for a Handwriting Recognition Engineer. Could this mean an Apple Tablet is in the works?
Although this could simply make sense in terms of keeping Inkwell up to date, I really don’t see why Apple would would be bothering with Inkwell at all if there’s no Mac Tablet PC in the works. When you’re sat at a desk with a keyboard in front of you, why use a graphics tablet to write on?
Jason Shellen of Google notes that the Word plug in for Blogger is Windows only, and as an aside mentions:
As Ev mentioned in his post, the biggest tradeoff is that this is Windows-only. As a Mac-fan I tried to find a good developer to do a Mac version and came up short. If you have any recommendations, I’m all ears.
If you know anyone – point them in Jason’s direction!
Steve Rubel: Podcasting Will Be a Losing Game for Most Big Media
As podcast listening becomes more popular, big media will try a few avenues to monetize their investment. Some will eventually try audio ads. However, this will lead many listeners to revolt and unsubscribe. Those who do stick around will certainly fast forward passed the ads. Others will try paid subscriptions. Personally, I doubt anyone will pay for podcasts from the MSM when they can get the same content free through other channels. Would you pay to listen to Ebert and Roper on your iPod or just simply TiVo it and skip the ads?
I can’t help but think that Steve’s wrong on this one. Seven or eight years ago, you could have written virtually the same paragraph – but with the word “podcast” replaced by “web site”. I’m already listening to Podcasts with audio ads, courtesy of The Podcast Network – but I keep on listening to their shows because they’re of high quality compared with a lot of shows out there.
That’s not to say that small companies won’t come in and make money, or that enthusiastic amateurs won’t carry on making great podcasts. Just as News.com has survived and prospered despite the presence of older media companies, and just as millions of people wrote blogs and do their own sites, so others in the Podcasting sphere will do likewise (I’d back the Podcast Network boys, personally).
The Apple Blog normally gets things right, but if you’re looking for coverage on Windows, Apple sites aren’t the best places to go for information. In its report on the Zotob worm, it includes this:
It apparently does a buffer overflow exploit on Windows 2000 and XP machines running the LSASS service on TCP port 445, just as the Sasser worm did before it.
It’s a shame this service is still running on a default installation of Windows 2000 and XP. Machines with all the latest security patches should be doing OK.
This is incorrect. As Johannes Ulrich of the SANS Institute explains:
Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 systems could be vulnerable in certain rare circumstances, however. In order for this to happen, the system’s registry file would have to be altered to allow the computer to list system resources without requiring a login, a practice called “enabling Null sessions.” Null sessions are not enabled by default in Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, Ullrich said.
There’s plenty of misinformation about Zotob floating round the Macosphere. Hopefully, this won’t become one of those urban myths (like “Macs don’t have any software”).
John Dvorak makes a bizarre little post on the Zotob worm:
This worm seems like a good way to get people to get off of the W2K teat. W2K is the last MS-OS that could be transferred easily from machine to machine. And still one of the best most reliable OS’s.
Erm… why would any worm target that vulnerability? Because it’s a known vulnerability, Microsoft only just patched it, and so quite a few idiot sysadmins won’t have done the patch yet?
Sometimes it’s fun to look back. For example, have a look at the comments on Slashdot about the release of the first iPod. This one stuck out:
Raise your hand if you have iTunes …
Raise your hand if you have a FireWire port …
Raise your hand if you have both …
Raise your hand if you have $400 to spend on a cute Apple device …
There is Apple’s market. Pretty slim, eh? I don’t see many sales in the future of iPod.
Scored 4, for insightful.
As of March, Apple had sold over 15 million iPods
Something that might, just might, get me using my Blogger account again arrives in the shape of the Blogger for Word plug in. I’m a total Word junkie – unlike half the world, I actually love using it as a writing tool – so being able to write long posts in Word actually makes sense.