Palm turns it back on Apple?

From this Brighthand dot com covering the PalmSource conference, it has been revealed that the new Palm OS 6, or Cobalt, will not be supported in Mac. Palm Desktop will not be developed to be used with future Palm-OS PDAs.
So it’ll be like not able to use PocketPC PDAs. ‘cept that PPCs are by Microsoft, and I won’t give much a damn about that. But losing the ability to sync with a Palm? Most Mac users will definitely go straight and buy a Palm as it makes personal information management an ease with Palm Desktop and also now with iSync, Mac users get to work directly with iCal and AddressBook. Yeah, some might not be using the Palm Desktop software to do our PIM, but at least keep the support for HotSync!
Straight after that announcement, Mark Space reveals that they’ll make a new version of their popular Missing Sync software to be used on the Mac. Currently, Missing Sync allows some versions of Sony Clies to sync with the Mac, via HotSync. But without Palm’s Hotsync, the new version would most have to have the HotSync function added to it. No wonder they say it’ll probably cost US$40. Ouch. That’ll be almost 90 plus odd in SG$.
So why did Palm turn its back on Apple?

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The Times They Are A-Changin'

Its January 24, 1984, a much younger looking, more hair, Steve Jobs, in a grey suit and a bow tie. The day which started it all.
Its the long-awaited public unveiling of the Macintosh at Apple’s 1984 annual shareholder’s meeting.
When I read this story at Folklore.org, I can almost imagine the same kind of energy that emanates from Steve Job whenever he goes on stage for his keynote addresses.
bq. He slows down, speaking emphatically. “It is now 1984. It appears that IBM wants it all. Apple is perceived to be the only hope to offer IBM a run for its money. Dealers, after initially welcoming IBM with open arms, now fear an IBM dominated and controlled future and are turning back to Apple as the only force who can ensure their future freedom.”

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Tunes

Was reorganising my Mac after getting a new HD, I went through the MP3s I have in it and realised many of them I’ve yet to listen to. Don’t ask me how I got them. Anyway, so I used the Smart Playlist to create one with 0 Play Count and there were like 1000s of songs in there.
So now, I’m listening to many of them as I work, and realised there are many gems in them. One of them is Bare Naked Ladies song called War On Drugs. A song I guess about the haplessness of people, sometimes feel when they are faced with the never-ending fight against drugs.

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intherain

coolsite-intheraini like this classy looking photoblog: intherain.org.
Jasmine, from Singapore has a good collection of personal photos and all well put up in a nicely designed site, placing full attention to the photograph.
She also has a good collection of desktop wallpapers created from her photographs.

News on the car

Finally got the news that the car will be repaired. Got the call from both the insurance company and the garage regarding the approval. Cost is quite substantial but it’ll be covered by insurance.
Glad to be able to put this behind me. It was quite a bad start for me in this new Chinese New Year. According to Chinese Horoscope, Tiger in the year of the Monkey will not be an auspicious time. 犯太岁。It ain’t suppose to be quite a good year in terms of finance and health. Anyway, what my mom said is pretty true, the crash is sort of the worst I’ll be in this year. The only way is UP!

Safari works with Singapore e-banking sites

updateOCBC’s web site revamped has broken its usage on Safari. Login is still possible but links within the Internet Bank site is not functional. Links are generated via Javascript and guess they coded it in a way that break its usage on Safari
Finally. After a long wait, Apple’s browser Safari is finally showing its true colors! The latest update, version 1.2, together with Java 1.4.2 finally allows connection to local e-banking sites. Previously, the only way to do it is via Netscape 7.02.
List of e-banking sites from Singapore that works:
* “OCBC Bank”:http://www.ocbc.com.sg/
* Citibank
* UOB
* DBS Bank
So far I’ve managed to login to the first 3 as I’ve accounts with them. No problem. And its pretty fast! Finally can do ebanking without having to open multiple browsers.
Grab the updates via Software Updates or download from Apple site.

new XBox uses IBM chips found in G5

Some new insights to future XBox development includes the detail of XBox using 3 IBM-designed 64-bit microprocessors that are found in current high-end G5 Power Mac.
The new XBox which is scheduled for fall 2005 release will have these specifications:
* Three IBM-designed 64-bit microprocessors. The combined power of these chips means the Xbox Next will have more computing power than most personal computers. The chips are used in Apple Computer’s high-end G5 PowerMac machines now.
* A graphics chip designed by ATI Technologies with speeds much faster than its upcoming R400 chip for the personal computer. This chip will help the next Xbox to display games with the resolution of high-definition TV.
* Compatibility with the original Xbox, which is based on Intel and Nvidia chips, isn’t guaranteed. Microsoft is concerned it would cost too much money in hardware or in licensing fees to enable the Xbox Next to play old Xbox games. This is risky in part because Sony’s strategy has been to maintain compatibility with its old consoles.
[ From Mercury News ]

Secure out of box

FBI likes to use Mac but also find Macs hard to crack.
“If you’re a bad guy and you want to frustrate law enforcement, use a Mac.”
That’s according to an article from Security Focus. The writer wrote about an FBI agent speaking to his class about computer security issues and during the talk, the agent mentioned about how the FBIs use Macs back at their HQ but because of limited budget, their field agents resort to Wintel machines. He also mentioned that the FBI has much difficulty extracting data from Mac machines and they have to send those to the Canadian Mounties to help recover it.
Wonder whether our Police Force uses Mac.
Besides the ringing endorsement from the FBI, the article also has many interesting information about present issues and information regarding to computer security.