What’s up with that ‘movies’ directory at Apple.com?

This may or may not mean a thing – you decide:

Directories at Apple.com that are not found, for example… http://www.apple.com/windows/ … usually return:

“Looking for something at Apple.com?
The page you tried was not found. You may have used an outdated link or may have typed the address (URL) incorrectly.”

But… http://www.apple.com/movies/ … currently returns:

You don’t have permission to access /movies/ on this server.”

Hmmm… What do you think?

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Ars Technica peeks at Apple’s portable video plans – July 18, 2005
More info about Apple’s reported iPod+iTunes video talks – July 18, 2005
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  1. if you:

    Connect to server (command K)

    from the go menu you get a file system Authentication window, if you the type in your .mac account and password you get….

    nothing just kidding, but it is accepting ftp connections?

    water as in water you think all this fuss is about!

  2. On most Apache webservers, you’ll get that message if you go to a directory that doesn’t have an index.html (or whatever you’ve designated as a DirectoryIndex in your config or htaccess files).

    In basic terms, it just means the directory exists, but there’s no default page in it. It may have content in there, it may not, but there’s no default.

    Still, if they’ve created a directory with that name, it might mean they’re planning to populate it. Then again, the last time I cleaned up my own webservers, I found dozens of directories I’d created that I had good intentions for, but never did anything with.

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