One Month at Apple Matters
by Devanshu Mehta
It has been one month since I started writing for “Apple Matters”:http://www.applematters.com and it has been quite a revelation. I now know what it feels like to have a weekly deadline- and however much I love Apple products, 7 days are not always enough to come up with something new!
Having said that, it’s been a blast and I’ve tried my hand at most types of articles so far. Here is what I’ve put out so far:
- “Fink: The Power of Open Source”:http://www.applematters.com/index.php/section/comments/fink_the_power_of_open_source/ (Review: Feb 9, 2006)
For those unfamiliar with Fink, it is a project that unleashes the beast that is BSD from under the gorgeous shell of OS X. It is an open source project that modifies Unix software so that it compiles and runs on Mac OS X and provides a tool for easy installation
- “Camino 1.0: The Scoop on Mozilla’s New Open Source Browser”:http://www.applematters.com/index.php/section/comments/camino_10/ (Review: Feb 16, 2006)
Camino is the only native Mac OS X browser that uses the Gecko rendering engine, Mozillaâ€™s powerful central nervous system that drives Firefox. What this means is that under the hood, Camino is very similar to Firefox. On the outside, however, it is like the OS X applications you know and love. With the growing clout of Firefox, Opera becoming free and last yearâ€™s Safari RSS, the browser wars can only get more interesting.
- “From Podcast to Paidcast”:http://www.applematters.com/index.php/section/comments/831/ (News: Feb 23, 2006)
This week marked a major milestone in the young and fast growing medium of podcasts- two popular podcasts are experimenting with two very different payment models and a third one is turning the world of film distribution on its head.
- “Folksonomy on the Macintosh: Del.icio.us, Flickr and Last.fm”:http://www.applematters.com/index.php/section/comments/folksonomy_on_the_macintosh_delicious_flickr_and_lastfm/ (Review: March 2nd, 2006)
Folksonomy is a collaborative way in which information is categorized by people on the internet. If you have ever used Flickr, Del.icio.us, Last.fm (Audioscrobbler) or searched on Technorati, you have had a glimpse into the growing world of Folksonomy, or social software on the internet.
- “Why Apple Needs the Web 2.0 Revolution”:http://www.applematters.com/index.php/section/comments/why_apple_needs_the_web_20_revolution/ (Opinion: 9th March, 2006)
In a world where most applications you use are used through your browser and a lot of your data you have lives online, if you are a Windows user, do you have any reasons to be one any more? A major reason for people sticking with it is that everything they use works on it already. Well, what if it worked everywhere? Web services would separate the applications from the underlying platform and with everything running on x86, would allow operating systems compete solely on the basis of their capabilities and price. Never again would someone choose Windows because all their stuff works on Windows. All they would need would be a browser.
I write one article every Thursday for Apple Matters. So if everything goes as planned, I will have my next article up on the 16th of March. Of course, I have no clue what I will write about… yet!