Paul Barry

Why do we give Apple a pass?

March 23, 2008

I’ve been adding a few music podcasts to my iPod this morning, and I ran across a website that appears to be producing a pretty good podcast, but as far as I call tell they don’t list their podcast in the iTunes directory. That seems odd, you would think they would want people to subscribe to their podcast via iTunes, but they do have an RSS feed. So I thought, ok, well maybe there’s a way to subscribe to an RSS feed via iTunes, but there doesn’t appear to be. It makes sense too, because Apple wants you to go through the iTunes store to subscribe to a podcast, so they can get you to buy music in the process. In order to maintain their monopoly, they’ll never add that feature.

So I’m trying out YamiPod which appears to have that feature. But it got me to thinking, just as the first poster points out in a recent Slashdot article calling out Apple for unfairly bundling Safari with iTunes, why do we let Apple get away with all sorts of monopolistic things that we would absolutely kill Microsoft for? I think the obvious answer is that, in general, we like Apple and the software they make, but I think we’ve got to call them out on things like this.

Update: Whoops, my bad :). If you go to Advanced > Subscribe to Podcast in iTunes, you can subscribe to any random URL that is a valid feed.

Posted in Technology | Topics iPod, Podcasting, Apple | 2 Comments

December 10, 2007

I just got a new Macbook Pro and I’m slightly underwhelmed so far. It didn’t have Leopard installed, it has Tiger. Ok, not a big deal, but it is a slight annoyance, considering Leopard has been out for over a month. It did come with the Leopard DVD, so no problem, I’ll just install that. So I pop in the DVD, reboot, and we’re back to the Welcome to Mac OS X 10.4 screen. :(

Luckily I stumbled across this article the says hold down “C” while it is booting to get it to boot from DVD. Or maybe the command key. Oh, and if that doesn’t work, then try Command+Option+Shift+Delete. Huh? I know that white screen that comes up with the grey apple is pretty and everything, but do you think they could have it detect if you have a DVD in the drive, and if so, have it say “Press the Apple Key to boot from DVD”? It’s always the little things. Anyway, let’s see if I can have Rails running by the end of the night.

Posted in Technology | Topics Rails, Apple, Mac

Behold, the Intel Mac Mini

March 1, 2006

As predicted, the Intel Mac Mini is out, checking in at $599 for the solo and $799 fro the duo. $1,224 will get you a duo core with 2GB of RAM and 120GB disk. Looks cool, but it’s just too pricey. I thought Intel chips were going to make Mac cheaper? Guess not…

Posted in Technology | Topics Apple, Mac

The Intel Mac Mini

February 13, 2006

I’ve been wanting to get a Mac for years now, and I think it may happen soon. I’ve wanted to buy a mac, but they are just so over-priced. I look at the G5 and think it looks sweet, but then I think to myself that I could build an Intel-based system for a quarter of the price. I’m hoping the switch over to Intel will keep the cost down, but we’ll see. Rumor has it that there will be an Intel-based Mac Mini out within the next few months. “Specs are expected to be 1.67GHz Intel Core Solo processor, 512MB RAM, and Front Row.” If they can do that with a decently fast hard drive for $499, I’m sold.

Posted in Technology | Topics Apple, Mac