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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New MacBook Pros, MBAs, and iMacs at the June WWDC?! Really? Plus the end of a valuable open-source project

Welcome back again. I’m having cynicism attacks after reading about the new fall TV shows. The hyperbole over the forthcoming Macs doesn’t help much.

Here goes.

Gene Munster with the firm of Piper Jeffries predicts that Apple will announce the new Macs of various kinds, all with the Retina displays, at the June 11-15 Worldwide Developers Conference. They will also announce OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It would be nice if they narrowed the range of dates for the release of Mountain Lion, too. But that’s just my opinion.

As for the rumored Apple TV, Foxconn has denied they are working on it. At least for now. This is going to be like the video iPod, people. Steve Jobs denied it would happen for years. Then, one day, boom, there it was. So it will be with the Apple TV.

Just relax. The programming won’t get any better soon. If your current HDTV can hook up to a Mac, install the Fracture screensaver and let it rip. After a few drinks, you’ll be entranced.

Now to the end of a great open-source project,Perian. Perian was begun 6 years ago to augment Quicktime. With Perian installed, you could view more video formats.

We began the Perian project over 6 years ago,” the website reads. “We wanted to simplify viewing your content. Our team has attained that goal and with that in mind, Perian will be retired soon. Our stewardship has been a blast but it's time for all of us to move on.“From the beginning we kept Perian simple,” the post continues. “Our preferences were minimal, updating was easy, and we gradually grew the product to add in extras like subtitles and different formats. We've contributed a lot. Today, Perian stands as complete as it ever will be under our stewardship.”

Thank you guys and girls. We look forward to your next project.

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