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苹果新产品比较让人失望

总结如下

MB:
– 1299的CPU速度降低
– 价格提高
– 没有了Firewire端口
– 一年老的低端型号居然还卖999
– Jobs无耻的声称这是1999降到1299
– 实际上液晶比MBP差太多

MBP:
– video-out的配件要自己买了
– 价格不变
– 没有matte屏幕只有glossy了
– 边框似乎变大了
– USB 只有2个而且只有一个FW800
– 最大内存支持只有4G
– 默认2G已经把所有内存插槽用掉,MB同

MBA:
– nothing much has changed, except better graphics
– 为什么没有64GB SSD型号?可以有相对低价的SSD型号

Cinema Display
– 没有FW端口了: 苹果要彻底放弃FW吗?问题是USB现在还不行阿

总体:
edu discount减少了很多!!!
貌似苹果正在离开graphics pro这个市场群.

Western media mastered the art of propaganda

So, iTunes was promoting the album “Songs for Tibet” and caused resentment among Chinese both overseas and in China. A couple of days ago, iTunes Store was blocked by China. It was a big deal for the western media because they found another thing they can attack.

Today Associated Press reported from Beijing, that,

Blocked iTunes users poured out their frustration on Internet bulletin boards.

“It seems like suspending iTunes is punishment for iTunes, but really it doesn’t hurt iTunes, it hurts us,” said a note on macfans.com.cn, a Chinese site for Apple users.

I was totally surprised. So I went to macfans.com.cn and found out that, the main thread talking about the block, people are NOT complaining it is blocked. Chinese people on this forum agreed iTunes should pay for this. What they actually said were like this:

Oh, I thought it was my software’s problem I cannot access it.

This time Apple did something inappropriate, there’s nothing we can say now.

This time they (the great firewall) reacted too slow.

Isn’t it on iTunes before the olympics? They are too slow to react.

They deserved it by violating Chinese law and regulation; the block came too late!

Apple has no common sense and made a big mistake.

Great!

Apple doesn’t care about Chinese people.

I demand the custom ban all Apple products from import. Show Steve Jobs we mean business!

In Jobs’ eyes there is no Chinese market. He doesn’t care.

I support the ban.

If there is content on MobileMe that supports Tibet independence, it should be banned too.

and many more like these.

So I have yet to see anyone who is actually annoyed by the ban. Totally different from what AP reported. Yet, Americans will believe whatever they read. And they will call Chinese brainwashed if we don’t believe what their media like AP says. Because western media has mastered the art of propaganda.

Wall-E is an A rated movie!

Wall-E. I finally watched it today. Has been expecting this since Ratatouille. It is an amazing movie. With so little dialogs in this movie, it successful became the best Robot movie ever made, IMO. If you want a moving, touching Robot movie, look no further, A.I. or I, Robot are not comparable.

Aside from everything that’s great, the human plot is the weakest. I often felt it ruined some of the good about this movie. And it is not really convincing. However, an happy ending is always expected for such kind of movie. If only there is an artistic version of Wall-E may we see alternative ending. But I cannot really blame.

So apparently, Ratatouille is probably the best rat movie. Now introducing the best robot movie.

And, to some extend, this movie is indeed, sort of, an Apple commercial.

Oh, I think the soundtrack is nice too. Although sometimes I dislike some reprising at some scenes.

Migrate Time Machine Backup from External Hard Drive to Airport Disk

Time capsule, a combination of hard drive and airport extreme is a sweet idea. The hard drive is server grade, meaning it is much less likely to fail. However, Time Capsule is expensive, and cannot be easily expanded or upgraded.

Luckily Apple made Airport Disk compatible with Time Machine since Mac OS X 10.5.2, although it is an unsupported feature. But anyone who is budget sensitive can enjoy wireless whole system backup.

The problem is, many people like me have been using Time Machine with external hard drive for a while now. We don’t want to lose our older backups. However, Apple has not provided us a tool to migrate our backups from these external hard drives to Time Capsule or Airport Extreme Base Station’s Airport Disk. We cannot simply copy these files to Airport Disk, because of hard links. And Apple uses folders to store backups when the hard drive is attached to the computer. But sparse bundle disk image is used on Time Capsule or Airport Disk.

I searched online and could not find a tutorial to solve this migration problem. After doing some research, I have solved this problem, so I am sharing my experience with you, with the following tutorial I believe is easy enough for anyone to do it.

Continue reading Migrate Time Machine Backup from External Hard Drive to Airport Disk

化解对苹果无知的人的”憎恨”

为对苹果不了解而憎恨苹果的人设计的FAQ

Q: 苹果的单键鼠标简直是…
A: 苹果的单键作为一个传统,确实是被长期保存的.对于长期的苹果用户而言,并非是一个真正的不方便,因为多数苹果软件并不需要太多的右键点击.右键的功能也都可以在菜单里面实现.一个被忽视的单键优势,是多数时候你向用户解释鼠标的时候,就只需要说点击.我无数次遇到向入门级PC用户解释右键,而他们总是左键的情况.

另外,这个和苹果的鼠标设计也有关系.当你使用单键的时候,手会相对更轻松.特别是后来的设计,整个鼠标就是一个按键,整个鼠标上层塑料就是一个按键,这个时候用户会用整个手来按下去,而不是只用指尖.较早前的设计,用户会用多个手指来同时按下鼠标按键.这种设计对于长时间的电脑用户 来说,是更舒适的.

而按键的数量在Windows下长期是双键,UNIX下是三键,可见这个更多的是系统的偏好设计.何况苹果后来出的鼠标看起来是一个按键,但是其实是双键.从MacBook和MacBook Pro开始,看似单键的trackpad其实比多数PC笔记本的双键设计更好用.

Q: 好多PC上的软件苹果上不能用…
A: 这个其实就不是苹果自己的问题.多数软件都是第三方开发的.而由于苹果长期作为弱势系统,理所当然开发者数量无法和Windows相比.而且多数软件开发者仅为一个平台开发,所以多数软件只会有Windows版,或者苹果版,或者Linux版.这个问题其实并非任何人的错.何况苹果上和Windows下类似的软件相当多.

Q: 苹果上的软件比Windows下的差多了
A: 苹果下的软件的设计理念和Windows下的是很不一样的.苹果下的软件往往有统一的使用规则,用户界面风格,以及共通的设计理念.通常苹果下的软件界面简洁明了,以易用性,简洁和美观为第一位.因此确实有不少苹果下的软件不如Windows下的功能多.但是用户赢得的是易用性和使用的舒适.而且由于Windows下软件设计规则不统一,不同的软件往往界面设计截然不同,或者行为方式也很不一样,给用户带来很多迷茫.除此以外,如果你熟悉了Windows软件再来用苹果,当然会有不适应.但是事实上苹果下软件的设计其实不比Windows差,更多的时候有更好的设计,其实只是需要适应罢了.

Q: 苹果的兼容性太差
A: 兼容是一个相互的过程.苹果的系统毕竟不是Windows,必然存在兼容性的问题.不过这么多年的发展已经使得苹果的兼容性突飞猛进.大多数情况下用户不会体验到严重的兼容性问题.而事实上,如果苹果系统是占有更多市场份额的系统,那么现在的Windows对于苹果的兼容可能更是惨不忍睹.

Q: 苹果上居然没有QQ,没有Bitcomet,没有PPLive…
A: 不同的系统就是有不同的应用软件.你只能适应这样一个事实.如果你离不开某些软件,那么不要用苹果.也有很多人因为以来苹果下的软件,而不愿意转换系统.

Short review of new iPods

The new iPods are released for a while now. And Microsoft just announce Zune 2. I think it is time for me to do a short review on the new iPods.

iPod Touch: 3 out of 5 stars.
Pro:
Revolutionary user interface with multi-touch. Big screen. Wi-Fi and Safari web browsing. Over-the-air music purchasing.
Con:
Very limited storage not good for storing videos. No wireless sync. Cannot input Calendar items. Does not support 3rd party applications. No bluetooth. No microphone. Apple evilly and intentionally made iPod touch a very limited device.
Bottom line:
It is a fancy device and does what it can do very well.

iPod Classic: 2 out of 5 stars
Pro:
Larger storage, cheaper and metal case, enhanced user interface
Con:
Only black and silver color option. NO bigger screen, NOT compatible with older iPod games, NO higher resolution, NO any kind of wireless, has not changed much for over 2 years, and that’s the worst thing ever.

iPod nano: 3 out of 5 stars
Pro:
Bigger screen. Ability to play video. Will have games. Color is okay. Cheaper while larger storage. Enhanced user interface.
Con:
Fat form factor is not as charming as previous version. Color is okay but not vibrant as previous version. Polished metal back prone to scratches, a step back from previous version. Nothing really exciting.

iPod Shuffle 2nd gen
Remain unchanged. Even the price. Boo! Apple should have lowered at least $10 for the shuffle.

Overall the current product line of iPods are very disappointing. Without the halo, it is barely competitive in terms of specs.