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Apple quickies

How's this for irony:

Wired

To the growing frustration and annoyance of Microsoft's management, Apple Computer's iPod is wildly popular among Microsoft's workers.

"About 80 percent of Microsoft employees who have a portable music player have an iPod," said one source, a high-level manager who asked to remain anonymous. "It's pretty staggering."

The source estimated 80 percent of Microsoft employees have a music player -- that translates to 16,000 iPod users among the 25,000 who work at or near Microsoft's corporate campus. "This irks the management team no end," said the source.

So popular is the iPod, executives are increasingly sending out memos frowning on its use.

In other news, here's an entertaining review of Apple's Mac Mini.

Mac Minis

You know, I was reading this guy's review of the Mac and I couldn't help but feel sorry for him. The true majesty of OS X is in the inherient stablity and protection that all Unix platforms enjoy. And to compare OS X to Windows CE... I almost vomited. What a fool.

if I had the money

I would give anything to rid of my "TOWER".
As soon as this PC gives up the ghost I will be switching to a Mac.

sorry to break it to you Jake

sorry to break it to you Jake, but you may want to re-read the review ...

Mase, surely you of all people...

I re-read the interview and I must be missing something. Apple doesn't make different flavors of OS X, the only thing OS X Server adds on is some neat management tools. Other than that it's exactly the same. All Macs come stripped down software wise as it is, so why should the Mini be any different. If anything it comes with MORE than your average Power Mac would. (I should know, I own two of them.) I can see where he might have an issue with the processor's overall lacking of power, but even then, at 1.25gHz it's still way better than most PCs running at 2gHz. I can see where the dude is coming from on a price issue, but that's a whole other story. Macs have always cost more than PCs... quality comes at a premium.

OS X doesn't need anti-virus protection because the operating system itself is the protection. Why do you think that Linux and all other flavors of Unix rule the server world? Naturally built in virus protection. One process can't affect another process because the kernel doesn't let it. Mac OS X is FAR superior to Windows in so many ways it ain't even funny.

Yes, I am a rabid Mac user.

He's joking Jake!

He's joking Jake!

At first I didn't pick up on it but then when he started saying that Apple was claiming that it was "smaller than a pack of gum" I started to clue in. (Apple did say that, but they were talking about the iPod Shuffle, not the mini.) The article is a caricature of Mac haters.

My favorite part:

So is the mini a maxi value?  For me, clearly, no.  When I consider that a good deal of my time is spent running applications like Disk Defragmenter, Scandisk, Norton AV, Windows Update and Ad-Aware--none of which are available for the Mac platform--it doesn't make sense for me to "switch" to a Mac at this time.

I about died reading this ... he's bagging on Windows bad.