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Month: January 2004 (Page 2 of 2)

New Apple Products

I have to say that I was a little disappointed with the new hardware offerings that Apple introduced at MacWorld yesterday. I was expecting a new machine that was kind of “out there” to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Macintosh. A few years ago (1997 I think), Apple released the 20th Anniversary Macintosh to celebrate 20 years of being in business. It would have made more sense to call this the 20th Anniversary Apple, or something different so they would be able to ship a real 20th Anniversary Mac this year. For it’s time though, the 20th Anniversary Mac was “out there” compared to the more boring machines of it’s time. It was no speed demon, but it’s design was top notch.

Instead, we got new iPod minis and a new G5 XServe. Both of these are pretty nice products, but it just wasn’t what I was expecting.

I think the iPod minis miss their intended market slightly. Apple wanted to have competition in the high-end flash card MP3 player market. The iPod mini does do very well when you just look at it in a narrow field of high-end flash players. However, I wouldn’t buy one at the price that they set for it. $249 for a 4Gb player? Yes it’s only $50 more than Rio’s 256Mb offering, but the 15Gb iPod is only $50 more for almost 4 times the storage. Give me that amount of space for $150-200 and you have a sale.

The XServe G5 looks like a pretty nice machine. Being able to get dual G5s cooled enough to run in a 1U rack gives me hope that we’ll see a G5 Powerbook soon. Then again, they had to put 7 fans in there to do it…

Advertising in Web Server Logs

Today I was checking out my web server statistics and I came across 5 or 6 lines in the referrer section that advertised sites that would never link to my web server. I really hope this isn’t a new form of “SPAM” that will be used by advertising companies in the future.

You would think that the number of people who actually look at their web server logs wouldn’t be large enough for companies to go through the trouble of faking a referrer. Also, personally, I will be a lot more pissed off if things like this throw off my log statistics than I do when I get some SPAM in my inbox. At least there are some reasonable ways to block most advertising email (I use a combination of SpamAssassin on the server and Apple’s Mail.app Client that is blocking about 99% of the SPAM I get now). Then again, spammers never cease to amaze me in the hacks they put together just so people might see their ads.

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