Apple hungers for world domination?

Yesterday, I watched most of the belated keynote stream. As usual, Steve Jobs was on form. Despite the odd glitches, it all went pretty smooth, although the applause weren’t really as frantic as they have been several times in the past. This despite the introduction of what seems like the Macintosh LC for the 21st century, the Mac mini. Now, perhaps it wasn’t such a big surprise as it could have been, seeing as Apple did the dubious deed of taking Apple rumour site Think Secret to court after it had publicized “gossip” regarding BOTH the Mac mini and the new iPod Shuffle (which is pretty good value, considering it costs less than many brand name 1GB USB memories). Now, I’m not going to discuss whether Apple did the wrong thing, but personally, I think it’s stupid and likely to alienate hardcore Apple fans.
But back to the applause: I was pretty damn excited when I read the live report on irc 2 days ago, and even more so when I saw images of the Mac mini. Of course, I’ve got G5s myself, but still: it is a great argument for switching to mac from Windows. The cost is no longer an issue. If you have a virus-infested Windows box with some years of usage, you might want to consider moving to a different platform. Unless you’re an avid gamer or numbercruncher or video/graphics pro for example, in which case the Mac mini is far too pussycat.
Strangely, I react upon Apple’s world domination schemes like a true non-conformist: vaguely considering a switch. Of course, I won’t do it. Having used macs since I borrowed an upgraded Mac 128 in 1990, I’m not likely to turn somewhere else. What else is there? SUSE is becoming a great desktop linux, but it lacks apps, and has still got some configuration quirks. Windows has great games and great virii. OS X is slick, stable & swift, and one can still run X11 apps on it, if needed (through the brilliant Fink project, for example). Nuff said.

Solid weather!

The weather is too nice. It is a bit on the chilly side, but the sun is shining like nobody’s business.

I added a new link to the left: my little icecasted radio station. Check it out, if you feel like it. It is what they call an “eclectic” selection, but I dunno. It is very mixed, to say the least. If you want to hear stuff that is different from empty V and commercial radio, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. No talk, no commercials, just a nifty 128 kbps feed that KICKS ASS. Mail me at radio[.AT.] if you wonder anything about a track you heard. Recommended players are iTunes [mac & win], Whamb [mac], xmms [linux, X11] and winamp. But that should go without saying. But really, you should check out whamb!

Talking about checking out, about a month ago I reacquainted myself with the fire multiprotocol pager (multiprotocol meaning supporting several chat protocols, like AIM, ICQ and MSN). It’s still a fairly ugly app, compared to Proteus. The difference, apart from Proteus being super-slick, GUI-wise, is that a) Proteus is shareware, whereas fire is open source, and b) that fire supports GPG encrypted/signed messaging over any chat protocol! That, my friends, puts it apart from any other chat client I have ever seen. In fact, I don’t know of a GPG encrypted pager for Linux, even. Just like the brilliant GPGMail mail bundle for, Fire is a must-have if you ever feel like communicating truly in private! I’d hope for total GPG integration in OS X out of the box, but that may be a utopian sentiment.

At any rate, I’ve decided to totally dump PGP. Since it went commercial, it’s been going downhill, and downhill pretty fast too. If one checks the console log, one notices that PGP causes tons of warnings. It’s fairly expensive, too, and they have an ass-backward licencing system that prevents site licensing for, say, universities. So these days I rely on OS X “secure empty trash”, encrypted DMGs (128 bits, but still), File Vault, GPGMail, Fire, and GPG as a whole of course. Sorry, PGP, it was fun while it lasted (I used PGP since the mid 90s, I think, command line stylee on Sun OS. Possibly because it made me feel like a hotshot), but now I close the book on you.