OK, this is a question for all you Apple employees (you can answer anonymously, if you'd like)...
Over on the ehMac.ca forums, this statement came up regarding working at Apple:
It might still be a nice place to work, but having a CEO that yells and fires people in hallways and elevators would be like working at Abu Ghraib, without the nice pictures.
I responded, "Don't know about "nice" but every Apple employee I know loves their job - the challenges, the experience, the idea that they really are changing the world....That makes up for the occasional tyrannical rages. :)"
What say you, Apple employees? We are on the outside, looking in (often with our virtual noses pressed against the glass). What's it like, in general, working at Apple? Good pay? Good benefits? Mind-numbingly tedious (like most jobs in "Corporate America" :) )?
Don't give away any company secrets but let us know what it's like at One Infinite Loop.
Shareholders of Apple, one of more than 100 US companies being investigated for stock options accounting irregularities, will vote at their May 10 annual meeting on whether to change the rules on how options are granted.
The head of Adobe Systems has questioned Microsoft’s commitment to keeping its new Silverlight platform compatible with other operating systems besides Windows.
A subsidiary of Vietnam's largest company FPT has opened the first store in the country specialising in distributing products of Apple Inc.), company officials said on Monday. "The shop selling only Apple products is one of the six we want to open this year in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City," a company spokeswoman said. The store is in Ho Chi Minh City.
Apple is offering Final Cut Studio 2 tours in eight major American cities: Washington, D.C., Seattle, Miami, Hollywood, San Francisco, Atlanta, Dallas and New York City. It’s free to register, and Apple is offering two separate tour tracks: Final Cut Studio 2: What’s new, and Final Cut Studio 2: Overview.
Adobe said it began shipping Creative Suite 3, the company’s suite of applications designed for the creative professionals. Available today are Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium and Standard editions and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium and Standard editions.
Apple unveiled Final Cut Studio 2, a significant upgrade to the company’s video production suite that delivers new creative tools designed expressly for editors.
In addition to shipping Creative Suite 3 and showing off its first Apollo application, Adobe has released public betas of Premiere Pro and After Effects for Windows and Mac users.
Shareholders of Apple, one of more than 100 U.S. companies being investigated for stock options accounting irregularities, will vote at their May 10 annual meeting on whether to change the rules on how options are granted.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs again took a salary of only $1 in 2006, according to an Apple filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. “The majority of Jobs’ compensation is paid through an equity grant, though he received no new grant in 2006,” reports CNN/Money. “During the year, a 2003 stock grant fully vested, giving him Apple stock now worth nearly $1 billion.”
Other Apple executives also fared well. Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer realized $56 million in value from stock options during 2006, in addition to a $615,000 salary, a $450,000 bonus and restricted stock valued at $14 million. Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook received a salary of $697,000, a $525,000 bonus, and restricted stock valued at $22 million in 2006.
German language Mac site Macprime is reporting that the show has been cancelled. It seems that not enough exhibitors were interested.
(Shawn's Comment: Not interested in being sued, perhaps. No one was given permission to use the name "Macworld" in association with any European Expo)
Griffin Technology has announced the addition of three new iPod cases to its lineup - the Courier for iPod, the iVault for iPod nano and the Tempo armband for iPod shuffle.
We’ve previously written about how to rip DVDs and convert other files into formats that will play on an iPod and even how to make those videos look best when played through the iPod on a TV. But you can also convert these videos into Apple TV-compatible files that you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch in the best possible quality.
No sooner did Apple announce that Leopard had been delayed did the gnashing of teeth and the rending of clothes begin among Macintosh users. Curse the iPhone! It’s nothing but a distraction to Apple, which has more and more become a consumer electronics company!
No. The iPhone is the point.
Mac users may be frustrated by the delayed release of Mac OS X 10.5, but tech-industry analysts say an October release date for the next major OS X update is nothing to get alarmed about—especially if it helps get the high-profile iPhone out the door on time.
I’m not overly superstitious. I don’t get squirrelly going under open ladders or on Friday the 13th (check your calendar). ;-) I have 2 black cats (okay, okay so one has white mittens and a small white patch on his chest and a spot of white on his nose) that cross my path a million times a day, in an attempt, I am convinced, to kill or at the very least seriously maim me but that’s not superstition; they’re just inherently evil creatures at times.
Apple on Thursday released a statement noting that Mac OS X v10.5 “Leopard” won’t be released until October. The cause of the delay? The iPhone.
“iPhone has already passed several of its required certification tests and is on schedule to ship in late June as planned. We can’t wait until customers get their hands (and fingers) on it and experience what a revolutionary and magical product it is,” reads a statement published by the company.
Getting the iPhone ready for its June launch has had an unintended consequence, however: QA and “some key software engineering” resources allocated to Mac OS X needed to be diverted from their work to finish the iPhone. As a result, Apple won’t release Leopard at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, as it had first planned.
(Shawn's Comment: This is a *huge* black eye for Apple. Watch how much of a hit the stock takes. I can't believe this is *just* because of the iPhone...)
Civility? They're proposing a code of conduct for the blogosphere to ensure civility online? Who's kidding who here? Before you can expect a bunch of utterly spoiled, self-indulgent bloggers (i.e. the kind who indulge in their online mudslinging) to practice civility, you might try restoring a bit of it to what passes for civilization these days.
Kansas City, Kan., school administrators have unveiled a program that would outfit every high school student in the district with a laptop computer by next school year. The proposal, which has yet to earn board approval, would cost about $2 million a year. It would pay for a lease on 6,000 Macintosh computers, technology upgrades to wireless access, support and more. If approved, every high school teacher and student would be assigned a machine each year. Students could tote the laptops in and out of schools just as they do textbooks.
And while district officials know some may call it an extravagant expenditure, the group argued that the technology is a crucial way to engage students in unique and alternative ways.
Apple began airing two new Get a Mac ads on Wednesday. Flashback portrays the Mac as an easy to use computer that fosters creativity while the PC is seen as stodgy and a boring business tool. Computer Cart depicts PCs as unstable and difficult to understand.
Streamed Audio Only Archive - http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/QT/YML070411s.mov (Open QuickTime, type Command-U and type in the address)
Streamed Video Archive - THERE WAS NO VIDEO OF THIS WEEK'S SHOW
Our guests on Wednesday's show were:
Melissa Findley - I never seriously considered being an artist. I think, somewhere in the back of my head, I'd totally bought into that whole "starving artist" idea--and I'm not overly fond of starving.
Art, however, is something I've just always been able to do, from the time I was old enough to pick up a crayon. Drawing, to me, is like breathing. I don't really have to think about it, and it's necessary to life.
I'd been doing freelance art and graphic design for a long time, without even realizing it. Mixed in with everything else I was doing, it just didn't seem like that big a deal. Then, in 2003, my roommate bought me a Wacom tablet, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Since Apple launched its wildly successful iTunes music store back in 2003, CEO Steve Jobs has adamantly refused to offer a monthly subscription service. If you want to buy music from iTunes, you do it either by the single or the album, that’s it. But that could soon change.
Les Ottolenghi, CEO of INTENT MediaWorks, a digital distribution system that works with peer-to-peer networks, said he’s had meetings with people from Apple and he believes the company will announce a subscription service for iTunes within the next six months. “I think Apple is seriously considering a subscription offering right now even though they will probably tell you otherwise,” he said. Spokespeople for Apple were not immediately available for comment.
So far though, it appears that Apple has made the right decision to spurn the subscription model. Rival online music stores, such as Napster, RealNetworks’ Rhapsody and Yahoo’s Y! Music Unlimited, that offer monthly subscriptions have failed to attract a lot of interest.
SanDisk’s Sansa Connect Wi-Fi-enabled media player is the first significant rethinking of portable media players—and how we acquire digital media—since the introduction of Apple’s iPod and the iTunes online media store several years ago.
In many ways, the 4GB $249 Sansa Connect surpasses iPod. For one thing, its bright, simple interface is, arguably, more engaging than the iPod’s. But its most notable capability is built-in Wi-Fi, which is missing, so far, in Apple’s offerings.
GelaSkins already offers a line of protective “skins” for various iPod models that feature a collection of unique artwork. Now the company is applying the same technique to a line of vinyl protective skins for Apple laptops, as well. The company is offering GelaSkins for everything from 12-inch PowerBooks to 17-inch MacBook Pros, and everything in between. Each costs $32.95.
The line of skins features the work of classical artists including Claude Monet, Edvard Munch and Vincent Van Gogh to pop artists like Ralph Steadman. You’ll even find works from Kurt Vonnegut, graphic art showing the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and pop art inspired by video games and modern graphic design.
Hockey Fever is gearing up as the NHL begins its post-season play tonight. My Vancouver Canucks begin their second season (having missed the playoffs last year) with their winniest post-Christmas surge ever against the Dallas Stars tonight in Vancouver.
What better then to feature the Ultimate Fan in the Canucks ultimate fan contest – we start ‘em young in these parts.
Too Cute! ;-)
Go Canucks Go!
Those crazy kids. It seems that more and more of them think it’s actually cool to pay for music. Who knew?