news of 2004-05-26

10.3.4 Combined Updater

If you want to keep the Mac OS X 10.3.4 Update for later (re-)installations, you can download the 79 MB sized combined updater here at "". (You can also get the Mac OS X Server 10.3.4 updaters there.)

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-05-26 at 23:02 CET ]
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Apple releases Mac OS X 10.3.4 7H63

... in Software Update.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-05-26 at 22:35 CET ]
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And while we're at it...

... "The Mac is a harsh mistress." And Microsoft? "Microsoft, ladies and gentlemen, is a cheap whore. [...] There's a certain painted-on mystique to her, of course. We've all been indoctrinated with the propaganda, the hooker with the heart of gold, the disturbingly wide-mouthed Pretty Woman. When you find her, though, beneath the paint she's really quite plain. You take what you need from her, but reluctantly and because you have no alternative. You get what you want, but she is almost peripheral to the act."

Want more of that one? Go to this hilarious article comparing OSs to types of women.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-05-26 at 20:19 CET ]
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Comparing the Mac to Islam

You'll find quite a good column about it here. On some forums around the world, of course, people don't get the point the writer wants to make at all.* I'm sure she gets a lot of hate-mail from Christian Americans who've already forgotten that the USA is not exactly a one-religion country. Which makes me think about whether those people actually think the USA are in a 'holy war' themselves... Which then leads me to the thought that people just shouldn't try and compare computers to religions - period.
As an atheist, let me put it this way: There's quite a difference between "My religion is something between me and God" and "Writing is something between me and my Mac". I'm quite glad that while writing my books & stories, I know for certain that my PowerBook exists, while in my religion, God doesn't. ;-)

If you think you yourself have missed the point she wants to make and are just angry about even the thought someone would compare the Mac to Islam, read the following quote aloud and try to ignore your hatred for a moment. If it doesn't work, do it again. If it still doesn't work, go to a priest and let him explain it to you. The quote from her column: "The choice to use a Mac or to be Muslim in today's world is not easily understood. In a world where the vast majority of computers are PC, where Islam is perceived as the enemy, why would someone choose to be a Mac user or a Muslim?"

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-05-26 at 20:12 CET ]
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iBook 14" SuperDrive 'standard' model

... for 1699 USD? AppleInsider says so. And their reasoning sounds okay. This would mean you can get a SuperDrive equipped 14" iBook through normal channels soon. However, you might want to spend the 100$ (instead of adding an AirPort Extreme card to that iBook) more for a PowerBook 12". Not only is it faster and also has Bluetooth (another 50 USD) integrated, but is smaller and sexier, too.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-05-26 at 19:46 CET ]
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The iPodLibrary

A new project called has started to store reference works (and later probably other eBooks, they call the iBooks...) for iPod users. Someone should quiet definitely start a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy now. ;-)

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-05-26 at 19:27 CET ]
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