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Running classic Mac OS 9 on Intel Mac

July 12th, 2006
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Maybe you don’t remember it, but there are still people out there who love the classic Mac OS 9, the operating system that powered the Macs for a long time during the 90s. Although Mac OS X is the-way-to-go, Mac OS 9 has a distinctive look that makes a lot of people still like it.

So, it is not very surprising that someone decided to run the Classic OS 9 in one of the newest Mac Intel machines. It is something doable, but not easy to do, since Apple has no intention to support Mac OS 9 in its new line of machines.

The basic trick behind it is to use SheepShaver, a run time environment for programs written to the PowerPC processor. It is a free software, and it was created mainly to run mac programs in the Linux and Windows OSs. As we see, with a little hacking, you can make anything working on anything else…

Link via the Apple Blog

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Apple financial results web cast

July 11th, 2006
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If you are a hardcore Apple fan, of just another investor that believes that the fruit company is still a great investment, you should not miss the Apple webcast.

The webcast will take place at 2pm PT/5pm ET on Wednesday, July 19, 2006. Apple’s Financial Results Conference call provides the recent sales numbers for Apple’s product lines and typically provides some insight into Apple’s plans.

Link via Digg.

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The iPod hallo seems to be working

July 11th, 2006
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After years of being nothing more than speculation of industry analysts, the so-called “iPod halo effect” seems to be working for Apple. In the first quarter of the year, it seams that a large number of Apple computers have been sold — much more than in the previous years, in percentage terms.

This may be a signal that Apple is finally becoming a major seller of computer, after years of shrinking revenue. I hope the best years of Apple are still to come…

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Apple can redesign iPod nano to avoid scratches

July 11th, 2006
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While we approach the season of new announcements by Apple, forecasters start to get busy at work. According to MacObserver, the new rumor is that the iPods will now come with a better case, made of magnesium, which will be much more protective and avoid scratches all over the iPod.

According to the article:

American Technology Research Analyst, Shaw Wu, thinks the next generation iPod nano is likely to have a magnesium-based metal case instead of the polycarbonate version used in current models. While some analysts are speculating that a redesigned nano will be announced in July or August, Mr. Wu thinks that problems in converting to a system on a chip (SOC) architecture are slowing the process down.

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Apple removes eMac from its line

July 6th, 2006
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After years as the low-priced version of macs, the eMac is finally retiring.

For some time, the eMac has only been used by schools, which want to buy cheap models to serve hundreds of students. Now, Apple is introducing a new version of the iMac target to schools at the low price of $899.00.

With this, there is no real need for the old eMac, since everything it did can now be done with the iMac, for the same price.

Moreover, Apple will not be required to change the processors of the eMac, in order to transition completely into the Intel world.

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