Saturday, January 22, 2005

Apple's Low Cost Mac PC - the "Mini Mac"

The blog Datapoint at ZDNet points to an amazing explosion of readership for Apple in the last month, a "heightened buzz" which they attribute to announcement of a low cost Mac PC, which also fits into the iPod strategy.



A Special Report at Platinax Internet News entitled "Apple explodes mass marketing" covers not only the "Mac Mini" but also Apple's unprecedented "major incursion into mass consumer shopping", citing to NixLog.



There is surely enough dissatisfaction out there about Microsoft Windows, its instability and security problems, that many will now give a cheaper Apple a second look. The PC competitors always had some advantages. We ourselves look fondly back to the days of our Atari Mega ST4 (in those days with absolutely dependable 4MB RAM) which ran without a hitch for years and NEVER crashed - not once. We have a good friend who composes music and today still runs his synthesizer programs on a Korg workstation using aging Ataris. Incredible.



By contrast, our Windows XP PC still crashes (freezes) regularly as it reaches its memory and virtual memory limits.



So it will be interesting to see what the "Mini Mac" can do.

Threat of Software Patents in Europe noted at KNOPPIX Linux Live CD

KNOPPIX on Software Patents at KNOPPIX Linux Live CD writes (correctly in our opinion) as follows:



"'Software-Patents' in Europe: The threat prevails



Soon the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers will again decide about the legalisation and adoption of so-called 'software patents' in Europe, which are already used by large companies in other countries to put competitors out of business. This can lead to the termination of many software projects such as KNOPPIX, at least within Europe, because the holders of the over 30,000 already granted 'software patents' (currently without a legal foundation) can claim exclusive rights and collect license fees for trivial things like 'progress bars', 'mouseclicks on online order forms', 'scrolling within a window' and similar. That way, software developers will have to pay the 'software-patentholders' for using these features, even in their own, completely self-developed applications, which can completely stall the development of innovative software for small and medium companies. Apart from this, the expense for patent inquiries and legal assistence is high, for even trying to find out if the self-developed software is possibly violating 'software-patents', if you want to continue to market your software. Contrary to real patents, 'software-patents' are, in the draft proposed by the commission, monopolization of business ideas and methods, even without any tangible technical implementation.



More about the current major problem at http://swpat.ffii.org/index.en.html."


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