Archive for the ‘ichat’ category

Leopard’s Crucial Role? Fooey!

February 15, 2007

Piper Jaffray keeps saying Vista’s going to put the crunch on Apple to step up and deliver in the OS space.

To that I say, “DUH! Do ya think?” Seriously folks… They must have spent their whole Christmas break thinking up that one.

Vista’s a fine move forward for Windows and brings some serious stuff to the PC and the inevitable patches and upgrades are going to further build on top of what Microsoft has released (and, yes, I spent my Christmas break thinking THAT one up). Things that don’t yet work like, oh, iTunes and EVDO drivers… WILL, eventually. Apple’s hoped for announcement of the release date is going to probably be accompanied by a demo of where things stand in their development cycle. I can’t see an announcement of that sort (if any is to come at all) without a show and tell. But, to think it’s the be all end all, pivot point of the success of the platform. No way Jose. Not buying that bit.

So, what DON’T we know?

  • We don’t know what the secrets are yet
  • We don’t know the ship date
  • We don’t know if FTFF has been addressed
  • We don’t know if ZFS is going to be fully supported
  • We don’t know if iChat will have VoIP
  • We don’t know terms of who will qualify for no-charge upgrades
  • We don’t know if Alex (the Voice Over voice) is going to work on Server
  • We don’t know if Mail.app will have multi-part mime mail.
  • We don’t know if torrent support will reside in the OS
  • We don’t know what shape “Illuminous” will take. If any.
  • yada, yada, yada

There’s a LOT we don’t know. What we DO know is when Leopard does eventually arrive (boxed or torrented) that it’s just the starting point. Cupertino’s going to have to build on top of, what I’m seeing so far, to be a sweet upgrade. It’s by no means a Vista killer. It’s just one more step in a long march in the road called OS Bloat.

Skype goes v2.5 for Mac

February 1, 2007

Briefly… If you’d like todownload Skype for Mac the new features you will find are SMS messaging and 10-way conference calling.

I’m GeraldB28 on Skype. Feel free to add me to your contacts list if you like.

I’m also GeraldB28@mac.com and am available for video and audio iChats. You might even catch me online with the Leopard iChat client sometimes… who knows.

Leopard’s Evolution To Date…

December 14, 2006

This post will be edited until Apple’s official release. Ground Rules: I am under NDA with Apple as a developer and will only point to that which is posted elsewhere and comment on THAT. However, I’d highly recommend becoming an ADC Select developer. You’ll get in on all the early goodness, get discounts that easily pay for the membership AND you’ll save a good deal of time roaming about trying to make sense of the latest gossip 🙂

That said, please bookmark this page. It’s going to morph into the best single spot you’ll find regarding Leopard’s GUI as time rolls on.

LINKS

ILLUMINOUS – As of 12/10 I hadn’t heard boo about “Illuminous”. Apparently MacShrine and MacGazette are reporting their respective angles on a supposed new GUI of Leopard and have either dubbed it Illuminous themselves or are privvy to some code name we’ve not really heard of yet. I’ve downloaded both of the developer seeds and will not give credence to either of these reports that an Illuminous GUI appears in the build. However, Macshrine’s subsequent posting might be of interest.

SIGHTINGS

  • MacRumors Leopard page are appear to be sporting pics from previous builds. There might be more coming (or not).
  • Less of a sighting and more of a yearning… There was nothing of note regarding Leopard at the MWSF07 show. Instead, the iPhone and iTV dominated stage center. And, despite my “Tuesday” release predictions… there was no new Developer seed during MWSF. Odd.

EMERGING “FEATURES”?
Mr. Jobs’ keynote tipped us off that we weren’t going to see all the neat new bells and whistles at WWDC06. There were a lot! But, we were left with the sense, “There’s definitely more you’re not seeing…” I’m endorsing/expressing/implying ZERO warranty of the tidbits below. Yes, there are a LOT of speculations out there. Yes, I’m editorializing by cherry picking and not posting them all. Still… I make no claim to the validity.

Apple – Seminars Training & Events

September 22, 2006

Free Apple Seminars online? You bet and they’re fantastic! Click for all the details

iChat Buddies Wanted

September 22, 2006

I have a new version of iChat I’d like to test out. No need to have the same version on your end just a willingness to tell me how the video, audio and text are coming through. Please email me at geraldb28 over at mac dot com or simply iChat me at same.

ARD & Acrobat 8

September 18, 2006

What with the new Leopard coming out this spring ’07 the timing of the Acrobat 8 announcement leaves a bit to the imagination. See, at the heart of OS X is the PDF rendering engine. It’s really integral to the underpinnings of (more…)

Tim Bray’s Switching (Again)

June 20, 2006

Bummer, Tim Bray is talking about chucking his Mac for Ubuntu (don’t ask, it can’t hurt you).