[MyAppleMenu] Jun 23, 2011

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**** Boom 1.1 <http://www.macworld.com/article/160402/2011/06/boom1.html#lsrc.rss_main>
Jonathan Seff, Macworld

In general, I found the EQ settings more useful on a regular basis than the volume improvements. But if you’re in a crowded or noisy environment and need to hear what’s coming out of your Mac, Boom might be quite helpful.

**** GitHub For Mac Now Available <http://www.tuaw.com/2011/06/22/github-for-mac-now-available/>
Megan Lavey-Heaton, TUAW

**** Critic's Notebook: Jack Kerouac's 'On The Road' Book App Is A Road Trip And A Map To The Future <http://www.latimes.com/features/books/la-et-on-the-road-20110622,0,5717729.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+features%2Fbooks+%28Los+Angeles+Times+-+Books%29>
David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times

There's a certain poetic justice in the fact that "On the Road" is one of Apple's top-grossing book apps. Released on Saturday, the iPad app for Jack Kerouac's landmark novel — featuring a variety of enriched content, including commentary, maps, audio recordings and other ephemera — hit No. 4 on Apple's list on Tuesday, ahead of the Bible and T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land." That's a testament to the power of the digital project, but also to the novel, which has occupied a visionary place in the culture since it was first published in 1957.

**** Early Adopters Unimpressed By Apple's Final Cut Pro X <http://www.zdnet.com/blog/hardware/early-adopters-unimpressed-by-apples-final-cut-pro-x/13411?>
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet

Lesson: Don’t be in such a rush to spend $300 on software before knowing if it does what you want it to do.

**** OS X FileVault Passwords Not All That Hard To Crack <http://www.macgasm.net/2011/06/22/os-filevault-passwords-hard-crack/>
Eugene Huo, Macgasm

Basically the instructions boil down to finding the password hash, cutting and pasting it into a password cracking app like John the Ripper, and waiting.

**** Too Broad Or Too Narrow? Apple Multitouch Patent Sparks Debate <http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2011/06/too-broad-or-too-narrow-apple-multitouch-patent-sparks-debate.ars>
Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

What's clear is that Apple's recent moves to aggressively defend its intellectual property has left everyone on edge—so much so that even the narrowest of patents are now receiving extra scrutiny from experts and non-experts alike.

**** Apple Starts Over With New Final Cut Pro X <http://tidbits.com/article/12274?rss>
Jeff Carlson, TidBITS

With Apple’s release of Final Cut Pro X this week, I think the company chose to soft-announce its high-end video editing application so it wouldn’t come as such a shock to many of its power users. This version is a complete rewrite, emphasizing speed and flexibility and a new platform on which to build future versions. It also lacks some important features and capabilities that current Final Cut Pro 7 owners rely on.

**** Apple Releases Epson, Lexmark Printer Drivers <http://www.macworld.com/article/160682/2011/06/epson_lexmark_printer_drivers.html#lsrc.rss_main>
Philip Michaels, Macworld

**** Counterpoint: Apple's iPhone Patent Not As Broad As Some Think <http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2387449,00.asp>
Damon Poete, PC Magazine

Instead, Apple's patent details a very specific set of gestures used to navigate around Web pages on a mobile, touch screen device.

**** Apple Removes Pro-violence Palestinian App <http://www.macnn.com/articles/11/06/22/ban.follows.complaints.from.jewish.groups/>

**** AutoCAD 2011 <http://www.macworld.com/article/159942/2011/06/autocad11.html#lsrc.rss_main>
Greg Miller, Macworld

If you are a longtime user of AutoCAD for Windows, you might want to wait for the next version (AutoCAD 2012 is due before the end of the year), which will no doubt fill in some of the missing features and provide a better value. If you are new to AutoCAD, unconcerned about the price, and crave the native DWG file format and peace of mind using AutoCAD provides, then this version will work fine—and you can look forward to an upgrade soon.

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**** My Disillusionment: China, 1973 <http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2011/jun/22/my-disillusionment-peoples-republic-1973/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nybooks+%28The+New+York+Review+of+Books%29>
Perry Link, New York Review Of Books

The first time I tried to go to China was in 1967, the year after I graduated from college. My father was a radical leftist professor who admired Mao Zedong. And that influence, along with the Vietnam War protests—a movement in which I was not only a participant but an activist—led me to look at socialist China with very high hopes.

**** My Life As An Undocumented Immigrant <http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/magazine/my-life-as-an-undocumented-immigrant.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all>
Jose Antonio Vargas, New York Times

One day when I was 16, I rode my bike to the nearby D.M.V. office to get my driver’s permit. Some of my friends already had their licenses, so I figured it was time. But when I handed the clerk my green card as proof of U.S. residency, she flipped it around, examining it. “This is fake,” she whispered. “Don’t come back here again.”


**** $$$$, DBSS Or DUMBASS? <http://feedmetothefish.blogspot.com/2011/06/dbss-or-dumbass.html>
Feed Me To The Fish

The material and money culture in Singapore is turning into a monster!

**** 小贩中心熟食没涨价? <http://www.zaobao.com.sg/yl/yl110623_008.shtml>
张秉翔, 联合早报


**** Tony Tan To Run For President <http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110623-0000652/Tony-Tan-to-run-for-President>

Former Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan went to the Elections Department this morning at about 10.25am, where he collected forms and announced his intention to contest the upcoming Presidential election.

**** ‘Optimal’ Ratio Of 1 Foreign Worker To 2 Singaporeans !!?! <http://unbiasedelectorate.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/optimal-ratio-of-1-foreign-worker-to-2-singaporeans/>

**** Mark Of A Civilized Country And Society <http://harishpillay.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/basic-respect/>
Harish Pillay, Life One Degree North, One-O-Three Degrees East

For us to even entertain a discussion on whether domestic helpers should be given a day or two off shows that there are members and segments of this society that determines a persons privileges based on the job being done. How disgusting can that be?

**** Malaysia And Singapore At Odds Over Airspace Intrusion Claims <http://kementah.blogspot.com/2011/06/malaysia-and-singapore-at-odds-over.html>
Senang Diri

Whichever side you choose to believe, the winners are hardliners in both countries who will use this episode as yet another excuse to arm themselves to the teeth. The hawks may also paint the other side as an unworthy neighbour.

**** Tony Tan Engages The Blogs: New Era In Relations With Alternative Media? <http://journalism.sg/2011/06/23/tony-tan-engages-the-blogs-new-era-in-relations-with-alternative-media/>
Cherian George, Journalism.sg

Citizen journalism in Singapore appears to have made a major breakthrough, with the Tony Tan Campaign for President inviting some of the country’s most influential political bloggers to its press conference announcing his candidature this morning.

**** One Day Off For Maids? Too Much For Singapore <http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/one-day-maids-too-much-singapore>
Patrick Winn, Global Post

**** Singapore Without Lee Kuan Yew <http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2011/06/23/singapore-without-lee-kuan-yew/>
Michael D Barr, East Asia Forum

The positive implication is that Lee will be a less disruptive influence on regional relations. His many inappropriate comments about neighbours will no longer be directly associated with the Singapore government. For decades he has been a loose cannon in Singapore’s foreign relations with a bad habit of offending neighbours like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.

The negative implication is that Lee will not be there to contribute to good relations with Malaysia. As contradictory as it seems in light of the previous point, Lee Kuan Yew has built very strong relations with the Malaysian elite, and these have weathered the tribulations of his loose tongue.

**** Leong At Tony Tan Press Conference – The Presidency <http://leongszehian.com/?p=794>
Leong Sze Hian

"I do not have backing of any political party. Government did not ask me to stand."

**** Singapore Netizens Slam Nude Squats <http://www.mmail.com.my/content/75898-singapore-netizens-slam-nude-squats>
Joseph Kaos Jr, Malay Mail

**** SDP Writes To Sembawang Town Council <http://www.yoursdp.org/index.php/news/singapore/4868-sdp-writes-to-sembawang-town-council->
Singapore Democratic Party

**** Bomb Disposal And The Grand Art Of Tai Chi <http://www.sgpolitics.net/?p=6941>
Ng E-Jay, Sgpolitics.net

It is clear that the civil service has not improved on their attitude of lackadaisical indifference. They are just interested in going by the book. There is no sense of initiative and pride in their role in serving society.

**** AGC Will Take No Further Action Against Alan Shadrake <http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/06/agc-no-further-action-alan-shadrake/>
Jewel Philemon, The Online Citizen

Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) has decided not to take any further action against Alan Shadrake, the author of ‘Once a Jolly Hangman‘, following their investigation into offences of criminal defamation and wrongful communication of official secret information.

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