It happens everytime, when I feel as though I'm finally making progress in moving over to open source software and operating systems, Apple timely throws a curve ball and I'm left sitting wide-eyed looking at a new Mac and thinking about Leopard again! This is no good!

Yes so yesterday in the US Apple announced:

  • Updated Mac minis with Core 2 duo processors (so much for all the rumours predicting they’d be dead soon!)
  • A new Mac Pro RAID card
  • Airport Extreme with Gigabit ethernet
  • Storage and transfer updates to .Mac
  • iLife 2008

contentfooter_iwork20070807.png But of the product updates announced, I was more excited about iWork and the new iMac. Finally iWork has a spreadsheet programme! You can download a trial gratis from the Apple website, though it's pretty slow right now probably from demand. Looking at the press release pictures the graph functions look especially stylish, what you would expect from a suite that has Keynote in it I guess. When I have time I'll post a review.

And of course the wicked new iMac made of anodized aluminum. I'm disappointed the graphics specs still haven't been upgraded and that they're still using open-source-unfriendly ATI cards, but they're just so swish:

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Wait, that's a Commodore PET from 1978, what the hell's that doing there?

iMac 24′

So with all my talk about being a FreeBSD KDE user on boxes I build myself, deep down inside I'm still a Mac fanboy, especially if this post can make it's way onto Buzztracker page!