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Posts by Brian Green

Hmurchison, I like the way you're seeing this, but I have to admit that if this thing is search-centric, it's going to be less appealing to me than if they make it more interactive. I know I'm not the normal user here because I rarely ever search for things. I do search, but it's not even something I use my computer for the majority of the time. Searching is great, and there are awesome uses for it that were demonstrated in the video of Siri. I just think they ought to...
I find this rather interesting considering that I'm one of the few people who use text to speech daily just because I'm odd enough to enjoy my computer reading the news, my emails, and even posts on this thread, to me. I suppose I watched 2010 far too many times as a kid and wanted a computer that actually could understand me and do what I ask. If Apple is able to make this work in a way that really is seamless, I'm going to be very impressed. Many of us have waited...
To be honest, I'm not sure. I don't think he texts more than ten times a month, and that's just to see if his wife needs anything from the store while he's out. He has a bare-bones plan I think. Either way, he likes it and is happy with what he can do with it. The thing he likes most is Maps, Safari, and the iPod being in one phone. He's a pro at getting lost, so that helps him. The first gen iPhone is more than enough for him, but I don't know what plan he has. ...
I used to have the first gen iPhone. I was #43 in line at the Alderwood Mall store. I waited for the 3Gs to come out and then upgraded. I handed-down my first gen iPhone to my best friend that wanted an iPhone, but didn't have the money to jump in with the 3Gs. The price was right, at free, and he transferred his line over to it. I've gotten most of my family to use Macs by doing the same thing, whether it be iBooks, Powerbooks, MBP's, iMacs, Mac Pros or iPhone. ...
Provided that a PIN number or Password is required before each use (upload or download) of the RFID Reader, I'm all for it. I just don't want the thing on all the time, and I don't want even innocent marketing billboards to be able to read my phone, much less more nefarious entities. Being able to use my phone as a credit card is awesome because the phone is a computer, and able to encrypt data. Being able to give $50 to my brother when he needs it, by tapping our phones...
Apple has been burned too many times through its alliances. Maybe this will be the time Steve decides to pull out all the stops and emerge victorious. That said, I was rather surprised to see that the new Safari didn't have an alternative search. I hope Apple comes out guns-blazing.
I have literally no proof of this, and I am quite possibly completely off base here, but the first thing that popped into my mind when reading your comment is that this sounds like a facet of a deal with Microsoft. If Apple and Microsoft worked out a deal to bring Microsoft software (Office) to the Mac, there very well could have been concessions. One of those concessions may have been the absence of ODF support in iWork. I don't know. I use iWork frequently and...
DJRumpy, I appreciate the information you've provided. I think it ultimately comes down to two things. Either Apple will provide an EFI update for those computers that have CPU's that can run in 64 bit mode, or the hacker community will find way to make it happen. There are a lot of brilliant people out there who love challenges like this, so I'm hoping this is a particular cause they feel like taking on. That said, it's preferable that Apple be serious about it's...
I believe I bought this in early 2007. I'm expecting some form of upgrade of the EFI chip. I've seen Apple issue EFI updates before for my MBP, so I know they can do it. It's just a matter of IF they will do it, and why they haven't done it thus far. I have a feeling I'll be putting this Mac Pro into the crusher. That's kinda sad being that I've got two 3GHz Quad Core Xeons in this thing. It's not what I'd call old or even aging. If it's not going to be supported in...
Solipsism, all I know is that I'm unable to boot into 64 bit mode because of the EFI chip being 32 bit. If Apple is going to make 10.7 a 64 bit cat, I'm going to be having to recycle my Mac Pro for a new one. I'm hoping Apple issues an update that corrects this. Otherwise, there are a lot of people out here with 64 bit CPU's that won't boot the 64 bit kernel simply because of the EFI limitation and will be forced to recycle perfectly good and powerful Mac's or never...
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