The world according to Sven-S. Porst
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Haven't tried it, but there's a tool for making OS X boot CDs from our university. Nice to see they have Mac people working here as well. Also note that they have an AFP Server. Only the usual suspects of shareware offerings and updates. Yet one of the few AFP servers 'in the wild' that I know of. Sadly.
The Register remains unenthusiastic about the iTunes music store. That's a good thing. I still consider that DRM crap to be very scary. Just so many things that can go wrong. How does it work anyway? Do you authorise your computer or only one account? How will it work in lab situations? What if kids use it and lose/delete files? All these things mean that you'll really have to think a little bit before starting to purchase restricted files as you may have manoeuvred yourself and the money you spent right into a cul-de-sac with those files you bought. I can still play the 7" inches my grandma bought in the 1950s. Will iPods, iTunes and Apple still be around in half a century's time?
John Gruber analyses Microsoft's anti iTunes FUD. Tongue in cheek that is. John writes
It’s fun to run all over town looking for a decent price on a CD, and we’re hoping Windows users are looking for that same experience when they pay for music online, which is apparently meant to be ironic. Although I have the feeling that Microsoft may know their clientele better here: The cheapskates, the people who think they 'saved' money if they surfed the internet for hours for a price that is a few pennies lower, the people who enjoy telling the story how they shopped around for their computer more than actually using it – those are probably Microsoft customers.
And there are G4 iBooks. Very cool. Apple did it again – a significantly new product that we didn't read widely spread rumors about beforehand. And I think it's very cool. The main thing putting people off the iBook was the 'aged' feel of the G3 processor. Then you have up-to-date connectivity and the same restrictions as before which most people won't mind. Best thing, in my opinion, now you can buy the cheapest model without a problem. It's got a combo drive, slot-loading even, making the iBook more affordable and cooler at the same time. You actually don't want the more expensive ones anyway because they're 14" monsters now. – Just the 12" Powerbook looks very overpriced now...
This gives a wholly new and, at least for me, unexpected twist to the discussion on Apple's line up that John Gruber and me started a while ago.
via 2lmc: a cool photo
Why Mac websites suck, via Juha Haataja. Although my impression is that the regurgitating of press releases and rumors isn't exclusive to Mac websites but very common all through the web and even creeping into the real press™.
We went to the streets today to protest against the latest cuts in the university budget. €12 million seems to be the figure for next year. It wasn't too great. There weren't many people joining in. Perhaps a thousand or so. Quite embarassing. Particularly as all the freshers should've been easy to motivate. Allegedly, the right-wing jerks who represent the students this year spent almost €10000 to put a huge banner up one of the university buildings. Spending the same money on beer would surely have attracted more people – or bought three or four more of the much needed supervisors for our department. Nobody in the university wants these cuts of course but as the people in government come from other university towns they'd rather have the most cuts made over here... [a report on this ]
October 22, 2003, 22:44
The link to the Concorde pic didn’t work for me. Here’s a direct link to the file: http://sfgate.com/news/pictures/2003/10/21/concorde7.jpg
October 23, 2003, 17:38
Thanks. I replaced it.
October 23, 2003, 19:55
Out & About
- Apr 20 Faber, Mojo
- Apr 21-23 Frankfurt
- Apr 22 see #12, Wiesbaden
- May 5-7 Frankfurt
- May 17 HH.js
- May 25-28 Frankfurt
- Jun 3 Göttingen
- Jun 4 Cardiff
- Jun 5 Bath
- Jun 6-10 Cornwall
- Jun 11-13 Brighton
- Jun 13-14 London
- Jun 15-16 Cambridge
- Jun 17-18 Bremen
- Jul 2 Arcade Fire, Berlin
- Jul 14 Liga der gewöhnlichen Gentlemen, Hafenklang
- Jul 22-23 Frankfurt
- Aug 10-12 Haldern Pop
- Aug 18-20 Göttingen
- Sep 16-17 Freiburg
- Oct 12 Sigur Rós, Hamburg
- Oct 26 Cédric Pescia, Elbphilharmonie
- Nov 26 Herbert Schuch, Elbphilharmonie
- Jan 31 Claire Hugancy, Elbphilharmonie
- Mar 19 Lilit Grigoryan, Elbphilharmonie
Received data seems to be invalid. The wanted file does probably not exist or the guys at last.fm changed something.