AMITIAE - Friday 11 May 2012
Cassandra: Friday Review - The Weekend Arrives
By Graham K. Rogers
Opening Gambit:Apple shares artificially low. The strong team at Cupertino: power does not need noise. Updates: iOS and OS X. Mountain Lion coming soon. Will it be free? We have established what Proview is, now it is haggling over the price. Rumours on Apple products. Dolphins, Orangutans and iPads. Google and Oracle: mistrial over Fair Use? HP denies cloning the MacBook Air: they all look like that. Analyst claims Zuckerberg is disrespectful because he wears a hoodie. Tablet computers for Thai schoolchildren: coming soon.
Apple StuffWith Apple shares late Thursday (here) at $572, down from what they were before the last quarterly figures, it strikes me that the share price is being maintained at this low level artificially, especially as some analysts are predicting a price in the 4-figure range sooner or later. Part of that artificial push may be the way that the executive team at Apple is totally disregarded by some commentators who are not really aware of how Apple works: they just want hits. Tim Cook especially has been through a lot of negative criticism in particular, mainly because he appears quiet and does not raise his voice that much. Well, as far as anyone knows.
Tim was put in the position because Steve Jobs had total confidence that he would carry on the work that Steve was doing, and he has the same team which no one mentions at all, apart from the occasional comment about Jony Ive when he gets another award. Eric Jackson on The Street is having none of this and he examines the team that Steve Jobs created (which ought to be enough for some but isn't) and he criticises the "Apple-worrywarts" for making something out of nothing. Actually, there is a word for that: flocci-nauci-nihili-pilification.
In his two page article he goes through the team, which I sometimes think of as a round table, with all the Arthurian meaning. Head of the table is Tim who runs the knights, while each of these -- the exec VPs -- is deferent to the boss, but runs his own show with an interlinked autonomy (not like Sony's separate fiefdoms). My link for the Jackson article was MacDaily News.
I noticed that only an AppleInsider page had the same information about the Safari 5.1.6 update as me which they too amended. I also saw on a feed from OS X Daily that their download of 10.7.4 was reported as 729.6MB: twice the size that my Software Update panel reported. They also showed links to the Apple Downloads pages where standalone downloads could be had. I downloaded the Client Combo update which was 1.4GB but includes all the updates since we started with Lion. I still have not installed this as I had to retrieve my backup disk from my office. I ran Time Machine for a couple of hours on Thursday evening while making a page on a trip down to Mae Klong I did this week. It may be vacation time, but I am busy.
A few users have had some problems with Bluetooth after the 10.7.4 update although Topher Kessler reports that most problems are easily fixed and shows how. His last suggestion (if all else fails) was a reinstall, but (as he explains) with the recovery partition this may not be so daunting these days. Back up your data.
Some of the discovery that always goes on after a new update has revealed that in OS X there is now code that will apply to future Macs with Retina display (MacNN)
We are now told by MacNN that there is an update (to 5.0.1) for the version of iOS that goes on Apple TV.
Then in the small hours of Friday morning, a report from Jonny Evans wondered if the update to Mountain Lion would be free.
Also with Mountain Lion in mind, we are told by OS X Daily that users will be able to upgrade directly from Snow Leopard and the page explains how.
Electronista suggests that $18 million was put forward, but that Proview was not ready to accept that as it wanted $63 million (it earlier wanted $2 billion) according to Simon Sage on iMore. It will not be able to pay off its creditors with that low sum.
Half and HalfAnother day another lawsuit. And this time not just Apple but pretty much everyone. Mike Schramm writes on TUAW that a company in New Jersey is suing Apple (who else) and loads of others because it claims to hold critical patents for 3G.
Other MattersWhat a bloody sauce. He is head of one of the most exciting companies in IT and it is defined by his very style, but a Wall Street analyst suggested that Marc Zuckerberg's hoodie, showed disrespect to investors. What arrogance. You don't have to read through my annoyance at this sort of comment by one of those who needs to get out of the way, but Jim Kerstetter writes about the pzzaazz of the Facebook man and the loser analyst.
As we expected earlier in the week, we are told by Electronista that Google has filed for a mistrial in the case with Oracle (or cases, really) because the jury refused to rule on the crucial matter of Fair Use. If a mistrial is declared, it will need a new jury, and I wonder how many more times they will try to get the Lindholm emails ruled out of bounds.
We are also told by Florian Mueller on Foss Patents that Judge Alsup does think that the question is important enough and may be on the points of declaring a mistrial. As ever Mueller's commentary allows me to build up a really broad picture of the situation and the site is highly recommended.
Local NewsWe read in the Bangkok Post on Thursday that the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology has signed a contract to buy 400,000 tablet computers from Shenzhen Scope Scientific Development Co Ltd.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.
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