If they’re going to answer user questions, they probably need to be running it: AppleCare support representatives have been issued redemption codes to download OS X Mountain Lion, according to a report on 9to5Mac tonight.
This amplifies the anticipation for the new OS release, which many suspect could show up by midweek. In 2011, the release of OS X Lion followed on the heels of Apple’s quarterly earnings call by one day; the Q3 FY2012 call will be Tuesday July 24th at 2pm PT.
The build number on the version of Mountain Lion that the support reps are downloading is reportedly 12A269, which matches the developer GM build.
Dear Aunt TUAW,
As an iPad 1 owner, would now be the best time to make sure I load up on apps — as the iPad 1 won’t be supported in iOS 6?
ZFS is a file system invented in 2004 at Sun (now part of Oracle) which offers next-generation support for huge volumes, fault tolerance and other essential Big Storage features.
The history of ZFS on OS X is somewhat convoluted. In the run-up to OS X Leopard 10.5, it seemed likely that ZFS would be used as an alternative or replacement for HFS+ as the Mac’s primary file system format. That never materialized, and the announced/anticipated support for ZFS in Snow Leopard never shipped either. Apple’s open source ZFS project was closed down in 2009.
There are few movies that are as bad as the 1966 horror film MANOS: The Hands of Fate, which sits very near the bottom of IMDB’s ratings list.
I can think of a few almost as bad, like Robot Monster (guy in gorilla suit wearing a space helmet), Hercules Against the Moon Men (science-fiction and Greek myth combining the worst elements of both), and maybe Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (Martians kidnap Santa so Mars kids can have Christmas).
Certainly, though, MANOS is a stunner. Without going too deeply into the plot, it’s about a vacationing family who happen upon a cult in the Texas desert. The film was shot in less than 3 months for $19,000 and directed by an insurance salesman. The handheld camera being used could only shoot in 32 second spurts, so the editing is, shall we say, a bit choppy. Chunks of plot are unconnected, the night shots are plagued with moths, and one character (Torgo) may be a satyr.
You’d be forgiven for thinking this is a story about some sort of jukebox from my House (of Crackpot Theories), but this is news about a real app called Chirp.
What’s Chirp? “Half Bump, half Soundhound.” On your iPhone, you choose an item (photo, note, or link) and then you can share with everyone around you who also has the app. It plays a high pitched series of tones, which other phones nearby (also running Chirp) listen for; the tones convey the URL to the item uploaded, and the other phones download it. (The app does require data access to work, so it’s not true peer-to-peer sharing, but it’s good enough.)
I loaded it today, and since the TUAW staff doesn’t all report to one big office, I was sitting here by myself wondering how to test it. Luckily the Chirp Blog has a couple of test items you can use to try it out, and I have to admit, it’s pretty slick.