OS X could destroy Microsoft?

OS X for Intel would change the PC landscape like no other operating system has or could. Apple should open-source their operating system, port Openoffice.org to Aqua and bundle it for Intel PC’s. Offer it for $199 for a home edition and $299 for a professional edition and the world will say goodbye to Windows for good.

Why? OS X is a stable and secure platform and offers the proprietary multi-media applications lacking in Linux. Reports of OS X for Intel indicate it performs well, has a great interface and provides a better overall experience than Windows. Some say the experience is vastly improved.

With Microsoft Vista borrowing heavily from the OS X look and feel, why wouldn’t someone want the original?

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Photo Booth pics

Apple Photo Booth isn’t available as a download yet, but still has got it’s own group at Flickr. Some examples from the group:

Party tip: Put up your Mac with a camera and Photo Booth running, next to the stereo or bar. Choose one of the more wacky effects. People will fall over laughing. It’s hilarious.

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Update:: An alternative for Photo Booth is the shareware WebcamTweaker.

Apple movie trailers RSS

Apple has finally changed the format of their movie trailers RSS feed. Now each post points to the actual page of each movie, not just the general page with all movies.

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And, as you can see, a nice description, movie poster icon, director and cast.

The next – and final step – would be to add the actual Quicktime movies as enclosures.

Show me your music

Do you read this site, or the feeds? Do you know me? Chat with me? Or use the same rooms as me? Then join the Last.fm Brilliantdays group.

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If you’re new to Last.fm, it works like this: You download a plugin for your music player software. There are a number of plugins found here. Install the proper plugin for your OS and player. Some of the plugins also works with mp3-players like the iPod. So when you sync your iPod, it sends the tracks played to the plugin.

Register with Last.fm and create a free account.

Next time you play a song, the plugin will send the artist and track name to Last.fm. Now the whole world can see what you’re playing. Scary for some, cool for some! My Last.fm status page is here.

When you have registered (or if you already are a Last.fm user), head over to the brilliantdays.com group, and join. When 15 people have joined, you can see the collective music taste of the members at the group page.

Web apps and services on all platforms

Scoble has a 12-point list from Ross – the 12 reasons Web 2.0 entrepreneurs aren’t using Microsoft’s stuff:

7) On clients, they want to choose the highest-reach platforms. That doesn’t mean a Windows app. Or even an app that runs only in IE. It must run on every variant of Linux and Macintosh too.

In my opinion, this alone is good enough reason.

I’m so tired of Microsoft making non-standard stuff that doesn’t work in other browser, and on other OSes. One of the worst examples is Microsoft’s own IE 5 browser for Macintosh, that has msn.com as the default homepage. But what happens when you try to msn.com with a Mac? Doesn’t work.
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Open streaming platform?

A very short summary:
– Public broadcasters should use open standards
– People in general agree on this
– Microsoft Windows Media is not an open standard
– The public broadcasters should choose something else
– People question the knowledge of the broadcasters

Is there an open streaming platform that can meet the demands of broadcasters that wants an alternative to Windows Media. Eirik at Eirikso.com wants to know.

Still, I fail to find one single blog, comment or article that actually suggest a complete, working alternative.

Post suggestions to the article, or use Del.icio.us with tag “opencast”.

Dvorak is Tired

He has been boring for 10 years now. And still is. Boring.

As big and as important as Microsoft is, the coverage of the company is quite mediocre. This is particularly true in the mainstream press. The reason for this is that today’s newspaper and magazine tech writers know little about computers and are all Mac users. It’s a fact. This is why when Microsoft actually does have a good idea, people look to trash it out of hand. With 90 percent of the mainstream writers being Mac users, what would you expect?

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