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Iomega announces next-gen NAS appliance for backup and media management {}

Oct 8th 2009 8:22PM AI, I spoke with a rep from Iomega, and he wanted to be very clear on the point that the StorCenter can indeed function as a Time Machine backup point. Thanks for reading!

Iomega announces next-gen NAS appliance for backup and media management {}

Oct 8th 2009 12:24PM Hi Chris, I agree that it's not "next gen" in the absolute sense, but is more so the next iteration in this particular line of NAS's, and is pretty next-gen in the context of consumer-level NAS's, with capabilities like iSCSI. Thanks for reading!

Arcane Brilliance: Mage leveling guide: 1-10 {WoW}

Sep 26th 2009 6:36PM Bill Haverchuck is the man.

The Queue: Too soon {WoW}

Sep 13th 2009 10:17AM here's what I want to know-- what happened to Patches of Yesteryear? I thought that it was so incredibly cool, but there's only been one, I think :( Not enough material?

Mac 101: The Menu Bar {}

Aug 14th 2009 1:02PM Matt, I don't think it's more translucent, as I have 10.5.8... it must just be the color contrast behind it that makes it seem so.

Mac 101: The Menu Bar {}

Aug 13th 2009 7:22PM That doesn't work for me, weirdly, but it makes sense that it should.

Mac 101: The Menu Bar {}

Aug 13th 2009 7:11PM Khalid, if your keyboard uses standard function keys (and not the special functions Apple sometimes assigns to them, like up/down brightness, volume, etc.) pressing Ctrl + F2 will put you in the menu bar, and then you can use the arrow keys to move around.

iTunes Store to add enhanced liner notes, extra media to album purchases {}

Jul 27th 2009 1:30PM dev, I'm sure Apple would love to trick you into buying all tracks individually, but they can't pull the wool over most of our eyes :) I think their logic is more along the lines of wanting to give you incentive to buy albums in full, rather than just a couple of tracks from that album. Sales of most individual tracks on an album usually pale in comparison to one or two, especially if they are popular singles. If Apple can persuade you to get the whole album, they'll be making money on tracks that will otherwise hardly ever sell on their own.

To AppleCare or not to AppleCare -- that is the question {}

Jul 20th 2009 9:46PM Karen LH, I would encourage you to think about not just the input-output of money in a warranty situation, but what each party can offer. I'd never argue that, come to the bottom line, Apple would offer these plans if they ultimately came to a loss. But Apple can make repairs and replacements generally much cheaper than an individual can, considering the bulk in which they buy parts. For example, say your $299 iPhone breaks and you got the $69 Apple Care. The iPhone cost them about $160 to make, so with that purchase you put $210 in their pocket. When they replace your phone under Apple Care at a $160 cost to them, they still have $50 of yours. If you had not gotten the Apple Care, you'd be buying another iPhone for at least what you paid, if not more, giving $280 to Apple in that situation. Apple wins monetarily either way.

You also need to consider the spread of Apple Care-- they almost certainly don't make money on laptop warranties, because laptops are so much more susceptible to abuse, but probably make much more on their desktops and the like.

Apple will design its own tablet Mac chips {}

Jul 15th 2009 11:08AM Mr. Punk Ass,

I am not, in fact, surprised that Apple is using a chip company to make chips. The surprising thing is that they acquired the chip company in the first place (old news, obviously), and that they are using the team to develop chips for the long-rumored tablet. There are many less-surprising scenarios that they could have used PA Semi for. I hope this clears things up for you.