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http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/ptech/04/28/mac.tiger.ap/index.html?section=cnn_topstories

New Mac operating system goes on sale Today

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Thursday, April 28, 2005 Posted: 11:12 PM EDT (0312 GMT)

(AP) -- Tired of waiting while your computer slowly scours its hard drive for a document you stashed somewhere six months ago?

Sick of having to change how you work to conform with the computer's rigid way of organizing files?

Bored with the flat look of the desktop's graphics?

If you have a Macintosh computer, or plan to buy one, those issues have been tackled. They're addressed in the latest update of Mac OS X, dubbed "Tiger," which goes on sale Friday.

Despite a much smaller user base, Mac OS X has been steps ahead of Microsoft's Windows on key fronts since its first release in 2001. :P

It's got more advanced and polished graphics. It's less prone to malicious attacks. And Macs look better than nearly all Windows PCs. ;D

Until recently, Apple has been dogged by a reputation for high prices. Its computers now start at $499, and the number of programs that run on them has grown dramatically. Tiger provides another incentive to switch from Windows. <---- :)

Topping the list of 200 or so improvements in Tiger is a built-in search tool that goes a long way toward relieving one of the biggest headaches that's plagued computers.

That is, as hard drive capacity grows and our digital universe broadens to include text, music, video, e-mail, pictures and everything else, information gets lost in the shuffle of folders scattered across gigabytes of hard drive real estate.

Operating systems have been designed to pigeonhole that data into a hierarchy of folders.

But what if a document, song or picture fits into five or six different categories, each with its own folder? If you choose one, how will you remember it a year from now?

Spotlight search

Tiger addresses both problems with a search technology, called Spotlight, that also enables a new way of organization, called Smart Folders.

Accessed by clicking small magnifying glass icon, search results fill in as you type keywords. Spotlight doesn't just search filenames.

It also looks inside files -- into a document's text, a picture caption or tags linked to a music file, for instance.

And Spotlight's speed is impressive.

Like the desktop search tools available on Windows PCs from Yahoo, Google and MSN, Spotlight relies on an index that's created when it's first installed.

Instead of having to scour an entire drive in search of something, it just looks it up in the database.

Indexing with Windows add-ons is a more computer-intensive process.

Most are smart enough to do their work only when you're not working on something, but that means new information isn't always available.

After the initial index is built in Tiger, changes are made to it whenever a file is changed -- whether it's saved, deleted, moved or modified in another way.

And there's more. Searches can be saved and the results turned into folders that run a query each time they're opened, fine-tuned to display only certain types of files. Time variables can also be set.

Spotlight only searches for files on the local computer, not networked hard drives or remote shared folders.

Network file searching is something that's expected in Microsoft's upcoming next-generation operating system for Windows, code-named Longhorn, and Apple hasn't ruled it out as a future feature.

Tiger -- like previous versions of Mac OS X -- also sets the bar high in the graphics display area.

In its "Dashboard," small programs called "Widgets" overlay the screen at the punch of a button -- displaying the weather, stock prices, flight information and calendar info. More can be added, and they pop open with a rippling flourish.

But Tiger is about a lot more than look and feel. It's also about looking at more people than ever on your video screen live.

With Apple's iSight camera ($149) and Tiger's new built-in iChat AV program, you can set up and participate in video conferences with 10 people.

It's visually stunning, with each person showing up in a panel, their animated faces reflecting against a black background.

Of course, it's impossible to judge how Tiger will compare with the next-generation of Windows, since Longhorn isn't available.

As more details come out, additional complaints of Microsoft copying Mac OS X will surely be heard. <--- fo shizzle my nizzle

Both Apple and Microsoft are trying to address the same problems: sifting more quickly through more and more data.

The onus is now on Bill Gates & Co. to see if it can one-up Steve Jobs' shop. <--- ::)

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Guest ramon

anyone going to the apple store tonight for the launch? i'm heading there after work tonight.

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Guest web_norah

i thought this'd be another Sigmud and Roy story (the gay dudes that got attacked by the tiger in Vegas).

lol

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Guest ramon

anyone going to the apple store tonight for the launch? i'm heading there after work tonight.

Which one are you going to? I would go but I've already been playing around with the OS for awhile now... so the thrill is gone. Was still wondering if I should go to the Aventura release though... hmm.. i'll probably just stay home and code.

i thought this'd be another Sigmud and Roy story (the gay dudes that got attacked by the tiger in Vegas).

lol

:D I tried to make the title interesting.

probably going to the falls .. im in miramar but getting over to aventura is going to be terrible at this time of day.

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Guest LdySphynx

If I am not mistaken I think there was a post in here that was supposed to be funny, anybody else saw that :-\??

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Guest pod

What's gonna happen when everyone gets a Mac and Macs are no longer cool and elite?

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Guest pod

But the elite won't want the unwashed masses being familiar with their systems. OS X on a Mini is functionally the same as OS X on a G5 Xserve. Elitist pigs will move on to something else.

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Guest pod

The elites don't want us poor folk having their shit. The nice thing is that in a performance factor their shit could and does a lot of the time suck ass.

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I'm not necessarily referring to PCs and Macs. Elite folk don't buy Macs for the power. They buy it because some style freak told them to. If Macs were ugly, you bet their 3 percent market share would be down to 1.5 percent. Yeah, only half of Mac users really use their Macs. I'm talking like everything-is-at-100%-utilization so I gotta go out for lunch usage...

Most people I know that use Macs could get by with a 3 year old Dell with a 900 MHz processor in it, running Windows 98. You don't need a G5 processor to type out your latest proposal to knock down an apartment building to make room for yet another condo. Most of these "power players" really only need a thin client.

If I was responsible for deploying a network in a conventional office environment (i.e. a real estate firm), I would give all the brokers thin clients, and have a few powerful machines for serving up apps. And maybe 1 more for anything that might come along that requires significant power...maybe a virtual walkthrough or something. Possibly some laptops for mobile sales use.

Oddly enough, anyone I know who really uses the power of their G5 or their PC, is flat broke and lives like it, since they spend all their money on gear.

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ATTN POD. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM TRYING TO BE FUNNY .. PLEASE LEAVE THAT TO RENZO AND KOKY ! THANK YOU , THE MANAGEMENT 8)

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ATTN POD. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM TRYING TO BE FUNNY .. PLEASE LEAVE THAT TO RENZO AND KOKY ! THANK YOU , THE MANAGEMENT 8)

LMMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

WTF is that?? :-\

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Guest ramon

Tell us if you win anything while there.

got a few free itunes songs. :)

and 2 x 10% off certificate.

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Guest ramon

really happy with tiger so far .. its hella fast .. i installed it on my ipod for a few days to see how it behaves with things , then i'll upgrade. :)

you get 16 free songs with purchase too goood stuff .. death cab for cutie, the stills etc.

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Guest ramon

i got a mac because i wanted the power of unix and the most polished UI ever in OSX. it's truly the best fuckin OS out there. I can open up a terminal do my ssh work or I can open up photoshop and retouch some horrible photo I've taken. Shit just works. It's not for everyone, but maybe now with mini's it will catch on. Hell if it does I think people might actually enjoy using the internet more.

Tiger's install took care of setting my wireless network out of the box .. asked me for WPA passwords etc. I'm really impressed how fast this thing runs off a fuckin ipod. Do that in wintendo.

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