Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Nov 2010 13:10 UTC
Apple It's the end of the line for Apple's line of servers, the Xserve. The Cupertino giant has just announced that the Xserve line (no more future models, either) will no longer be sold after January 31, 2011, and advises people interested in Mac OS X Server to buy either a Mac Mini or a Mac Pro with Snow Leopard Server installed.
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Also I don't see how old issues aren't issues longer.

I mean, forced Atrac conversion when MiniDisk finally become NetMD enabled? On MP.. uhm, flashmemorybasedmusicplayers? MemoryStick only? UMD? DRM and rootkits on CDs?

It's not like we would give Sony a break for fucking up in historical times just because they may have shaped up in some areas by now (mostly by being forced to since their own formats and implementation didn't survived because they where shit in the first place)?

So why should Apple go free? Apple is the most vendor locked-in vendor/series of hardware and software I know.

Want to use remote desktop on your mac? Get a MobileMe account.
(Not entirely Apples fault but still disturbing:) Want to use a webcam with a friend? They better use iChat or AOL IM.
Want to have a video conversion on your phone? These are not the standardized 3G video solutions you're looking for.
Rather obvious but iPhoto and Aperture photo management will most likely enforce the Apple platform upon you (as would using Logic I assume ...), while Lightroom and things like Reason probably keep your options open.

I think I read how the H.264 acceleration only worked with some videos encoded in some Quicktime way, probably got something with some weird options to do in some other variants, still annoying if the cards would had been able to play them accelerated (of that I have no idea.)

H.264 acceleration for others than Quicktime was damn slow implemented and is still poorly implemented because it's only done for the very last computers.

Earlier, don't know about current versions, I've read that Apple OpenGL support was way behind as well.

Those two last are not vendor lock-ins, but it still suck.

Graphic cards are vendor locked-in. You could argue that's because they use EFI and it's not because Apple are bitches, but anyone with a hack can use a normal graphic card so ..

But paying more for Apple branded items are fun. For my Macbook Pro I could choose from some TwinMos ValueRAM or whatever or some TwinMos made-for-Apple-RAM. Picked the first assuming they where all within the standard and the Apple using regular Intel components (with some stupid OCZ or something such memory modules maybe not.) Worked, saved cash.

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