updated 02:15 pm EST, Tue March 6, 2007
DST fix for Panther
In brief: Developers at the University of New Hampshire have released a software fix for older Macs running Mac OS X 10.3.9 and earlier that fixes the Daylight Savings Time issue on those systems, an Obama fan has created a mashup of Apple's 1984 ad against U.S. senator Hilary Clinton, and Apple revealed a series of new banners in its latest newsletter to Apple Store Affiliates that encourage consumers to "go beyond Vista". Pictopia today announced the launch of the National Geographic Photo Store at the official website of National Geographic magazine, Linotype announced its upcoming TypoTechnica conference, and MacsDesign Studio released an update to its technical support software. The University of New Hampshire's support for older Macs reveals three options for users of the aging hardware to properly handle DST.
Owners of aging Macs need to do one of three things to update their systems:
1. Upgrade to Mac OS X 10.4 (if possible).
2. Follow a specific set of directions to update the timezone related components of the antiquated Mac.
3. Manually adjust the Mac's time settings four times per year.
The university also offers a technical way to check the Mac's DST status.
1984 Apple ad mashup against Hilary Clinton
An Obama fan has created a mashup of Apple's 1984 TV ad, replacing images of the Orwellian figure with Hilary Clinton making broad statements about her campaign.
Go beyond Vista
Apple's new advertisement banners are encouraging users to go beyond Vista, stating that "Its time to get a Mac". The ads are available in several sizes to Apple Store Affiliates, with the largest adding the phrase: "Skip the hassles and choose the ultimate PC upgrade" to the bottom of the banner.
The move reinforces Apple's ongoing effort to drive customers into its own Mac camp as the company uses iPods and special events to market its Mac systems to the masses. Apple gained sizable market share since it introduced its Intel-based Macs last year, and is targeting the enterprise market with the forthcoming release of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.
National Geographic online photo store
Pictopia has launched the National Geographic Photo Store at the official website of National Geographic magazine, offering more than 25,000 photos from the official National Geographic Image Collection ranging from the earliest days of the publication to the latest edition on news stands.
The new store enables customers to purchase art-quality reprints from wilderness photos captured by international photographers, such as Michael Nichols' "Elephants Near Tinga Camp" and Chris Johns' shot of the African Cheetah captured sprinting at around 65 miles per hour.
Linotype has announced that its upcoming TypoTechnica conference -- a gathering for typeface designers, font developers, and software technicians -- will take place at the Gutenberg-Schule in Frankfurt, from April 27-29th. The fourth annual event features speakers and trainers for the open exchange of experience, skills, and technical know-how.
New York type designer Christian Schwartz is featured as the keynote speaker at the conference. The main program revolves around several themes which include a review of OpenType and the demands of the next font format generation, the newest font development tools, software training, scripting with Python, and more.
Web Help Desk 8 released
MacsDesign Studio has released Web Help Desk 8, an update to its technical support software designed for education and enterprise customers. The application introduces a column set widget, bulk action editor, and a single-click quick ticket widget. Web Help Desk is built on a Java foundation to provide platform and database independence, and is scalable with built-in clustering support.
The application is supported on multiple platforms including Mac OS X, Windows Server, Linux, and Solaris 8.