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  1. Let me be the first to say GO APPLE!

    Oh yea, I wouldn’t be your friend if I didn’t warn you about the possible privacy dangers of EFI based Mac’s and Trusted Computing.

    EFi is a rather powerful firmware level that can access the internet, read hard drives, intercept hardware calls and download things independent of the operating system and quite frankly without your knowledge.

    It was designed for stringent DRM schemes, but EFI can be used maliciously or made carelessly insecure by poor developers. The UEFI group handles EFI and not Apple. So there might be a little lax thing going on here after the sale of a new Mac.

    Apple currently has EFI empty, but a developer could use it. Nobody is really checking what’s going on in EFI by third party developers.

    I bring this awareness to you in the hopes of generating interest that your privacy and security be maintained and not carelessly thrown to the wind much like it is on Windows.

    I wish Apple to succeed and wish EFI wasn’t a part of it, but Intel created it and it’s there on all new Mac’s, waiting to be exploited for good or evil purposes.

    Just be aware OS based software lke outgoing firewalls and such don’t work for EFI. Your computer can now connect to the internet without your knowledge, unless something is installed in EFI itself. So far there isn’t any software made to govern this powerful firmware enviroment.

    MDW: involved “Get involved with the security and privacy of your computers or it will vanish”

  2. It’s too bad that Apple can’t just post the video in iTunes so that we can watch it on our AppleTVs (like the Wall Street Journal did with the All Things D conference featuring Steve & Bill).

    Guess Apple can’t get too upset with the Movie studios if they won’t even post there own video on iTunes…

  3. Dave, give it a day or two and the keynote will be in iTunes.. Both January’s MacWorld keynote and the more recent All Things D conference took a few days to be up in iTunes as well.

  4. Is it me or is the video quality of the Keynote just crap. I can’t enlarge it without it looking very pixelated (sp?). I do have a cable modem with plenty of bandwidth to spare. This doesn’t bode well for those Windows users not very familiar with the usual quality of Quicktime video.

  5. I just watched it, and while I am looking forward to Leopard, I didn’t see much that I wasn’t already aware of. It seemed like the developers in the audience were a bit luke warm too. With 300 features, why only 10 demos? And of those ten, which were new besides the desktop, finder and coverflow incorporation? I’ve got to believe that they were disappointed with Web 2.0 method of iPhone development as well; it requires a web connection to function. I’m sure there are many that want to make use of the iPhone when it is completely off-line. I really liked the new Finder additions. They look to make access to all the machines I have in various location very simple. It also means that I don’t have to carry so many duplicate files on my laptop when I can access the originals so simply.

    My main disappointment is the lack of iChat compatibility on the Windows side. I can’t make use of any of the neat additions with my typical business clients. iChat for Window would be killer.

  6. The servers must be damn well overloaded tonight because the video just won’t load.

    I agree with Jaribbs, this doesn’t look good to the ‘casual’ quicktime user.

    Maybe next time we get a bigger pipe for the bigger demand.

    MW: process

  7. Maybe today there are plenty of times when the iPhone will be completely off-line. But the day will surely come when between cell and wifi coverage, you’ll be online all the time (and of course, have an unlimited data plan!)

    So I wonder what Apple/AT&T (and throw Google in for good measure) is doing to toward universal coverage. Plus I wonder what all of them are doing to provide the web-service back end, i.e., what’s happening with Apple (.Mac), AT&T, Google, Yahoo, etc ?

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