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This is probably a comment on what an exciting city New York is, or I am just having more than my usual share of run-ins with incidents worth writing about.

I was at the Apple Store yesterday, waiting in the checkout line which was being held up by a bunch of people with unusual orders. I saw someone pay cash for two mac book pros - nearly $4000++, someone else paid cash for a $2000+ gift card. While these were unusual, they are not really very surprising. For example the couple buying the macbookpros were from UK and they wanted to use up their spare dollars possibly avoiding their bank's usurious charges.

However what I saw next was something else. There was a kid of 18-21 who was looking to buy $43000 (yes, forty three thousand dollars) worth of Apple store gift cards. Of course, it took for ever for the store clerk to activate the gift cards, but that's not the point.

The kid tried to pay with 3 different credit cards, and each gets rejected. And each card has a different name on it. Everyone around gets really suspicious, and then the kid shows some ID and explains that one has his middle name, and the other card has his last name or some such. Then he says he's got a friend standing outside who has a card that will work, so he goes to fetch him.

A few minutes later, in walks a 30 year old guy, dressed in a leather jacket, turtle neck sweater and baseball cap. He is holding a stack of some 2 dozen credit cards of various colors, held together with a rubber band. He extracts an American Express Gold card which actually works. The ID he produces to validate the sale is a New York State driving license that looks like it has been through the wash cycle more than a few times, it's faded, and bent at the corners. There's really no way to tell if it is fake, but I'll tell you that most bars will not let you in with that kind of ID, but surprisingly the Apple store clerk had no trouble believing the story.

Now there could be a harmless explanation for that kind of thing, in fact I can think of some. However, I am willing to bet money that the credit cards were stolen and the gift cards are already on ebay, like this one...
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After refusing to acknowledge the problem even exited despite countless [Here, here, here and here] users complainin' in forums Apple releases a fix. FWIW, I had filed a bug with Apple too about this.

Apple update screen

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I am trying to save an attachment from Thunderbird on my mac to my desktop machine running Vista.

So, I smb mount the Vista location which looks like so;


However, each time I try to save the file it saves it in my local mac home directory, which is /Users/srinivasanr

I am quite shocked at Apple!
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No third party apps on the iPhone:

So why won't Apple make the iPhone an innovative environment?

It's all about the money honey.

Stop believing naively in a benign Apple. The carriers hate an uncontrolled phone environment. Ergo, Apple will need to control the phone to make greedy money. Because, you guessed it Apple makes more money working with the carriers than fighting them. The iPhone innovates with the help of the carrier, think visual voice mail. OTOH, a full featured OS X running phone would make SIP/VoIP trivial.

An open platform will lead to SIP / VoIP, the carriers need a couple of years to control the VoIP market through usable offerings of their own, and they need to cripple better choices till then. It'd be really bad timing for Apple to deliver a full feature phone this early. Apple is at the mercy of the carriers who subsidize every popular phone in the US market. A popular phone with carrier subsidy will end up selling more music for Apple than any other medium.

A powerful computing device in the hands of the many will prove to be too disruptive a force to established businesses, including Apple. Heck you'd have people cracking DRMed music for the iPhone, having OGG and DivX running directly on the iPhone, and in short ringing a death knell to the iTunes walled market. Apple clearly intends to make money off the iPhone, and it's not merely by selling the hardware.

Of course there are other reasons too,

The UI is completely unique in the industry today, Apple will want to gain maximum mileage from it, and understand how the UI can be used optimally before opening it up to 3rd parties in a controlled manner. In a couple of years if the UI proves to be successful there will be innumerable clones on the market, at which time the Apple UI libraries will be infinitely superior and offer greater control. Hence possibly mad profit.

The processor maker, Intel has an interest in ensuring that the iPhone does not kill the handheld / tablet / micro-notebook market for a while. It's also clear that too much computing will kill the battery in short order increasing customer dissatisfaction and leading average joe to think twice about buying the phone.

Of course all of this is assuming that Apple has not as usual made bloat ware, where loading any extra app on the phone would slow it to a crawl and make it unusable. i.e. make you miss your calls because the color wheel of patience is busy spinning.


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