What's up with MacOS Rumors these days???

Ouroboros

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Hmm.... I wonder what the deal is with MacOS Rumors these days. They sort of fizzled out. I mean for the past month or two, AFTER things happen, they just kind of do a recap post, sort of to let people know that there's someone manning the helm over there. It looks like all the fire is now over here, along with Thinksecret and SpyMac I guess. Any ideas/thoughts? Do you care at all? Just interested....

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Ensign Paris

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MOSR seems to stop for a while every now and again, I guess they will update before MWNY.

They often are correct, but I never really understood how that site got so popular (According to there visitor records)

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Ouroboros

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Yeah it is interesting. My limited knowledge of the rumor sites and history is that they were one of the first. As such, up till recently I visited them for the scoop on a lot of stuff. I find this site to be excellent though, so I've moved on to here. I really appreciate these forums especially! Anyway, thanks to all for the discussion people. :D
 

Hemingray

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Ha ha haaa!
I always got a kick out of when they'd say "More news tomorrow, we promise!" and it was already three days after they'd posted it, and no new news. ;) Ahh yeah, we all say we'll stop checking, but we keep coming back... damn them! Heheh.

Amazing that they actually updated their site today. Woohoo! Especially like the "one more thing" at the end.
 

arn

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history of mac rumors sites

I can't say I know the entire history... but here's my vague recollection... I hope people can add to it, as they know...

I remember reading rumors websites back in 1996-7.

MacOSRumors was the first, as I recall... but it wasn't hosted at http://www.macosrumors.com. This was before the domain name was registered. It was at some random website for a while.... disappeared for a while, and reappeared.... I don't remember when it exactly got the domain name.

From various comments on other sites, I heard that Meader took it over at some point after the original owner may have gotten into legal trouble (not apple related).

The next one was MacInsider.... which appeared for a short while... which was rumored to be run by an Apple Authorized dealer... and it was only around for a short while...

AppleInsider.com, ThinkSecret were next...

AppleInsider had some real leaks... but slowly tapered off to nothing... especially after the whole Worker Bee incident.

Macrumors.com appeared in 2/2000.

SpyMac emerged with the iWalk thing 10/2001.

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Ouroboros

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:D Yeah it would be damn funny to see them promise in such a heartfelt way things like, "we will be resuming daily updates, starting later today!" -- and then a week or two would go by, and you'd see something small.

Then there was the whole thing where if you pay them, they'd give you these "member only" updates! Like a premiere subscription! Guess the money wasn't very well spent with that venture... I wasn't aware of that the whole worker bee thing was with AppleInsider, interesting...
 

mac15

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Thats was kinda smart of spymac everyone went to the site to watch the iwalk thing at it became popular
spymacs the bad boy of the rumors circuit
 

Backtothemac

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Originally posted by mac15
Thats was kinda smart of spymac everyone went to the site to watch the iwalk thing at it became popular
spymacs the bad boy of the rumors circuit
Well, I don't know if I would call them the Tommy Lee of the Mac rumor circuit. Maybe the Jim Baker :D

Seriously though, they have had some real leaks as of late. They broke the rumor on the 17 iMac (eMac), and called the PowerBooks dead on. They have good site design, and they are trying. As few of us as there are around (Mac rumor sites) we should encourage them as much s possible.
 

Taft

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Originally posted by Backtothemac

Seriously though, they have had some real leaks as of late. They broke the rumor on the 17 iMac (eMac), and called the PowerBooks dead on. They have good site design, and they are trying. As few of us as there are around (Mac rumor sites) we should encourage them as much s possible.
Yeah, I used to go there every once in a while, but then there was all that bad blood and some of their forum members started bashing us (and by 'us' I mean the MacRumors forum members as well as the site). I thought that was just uncalled for.

From now on I'll just check this site for mac rumors. We get everything eventually.

Taft
 

arn

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Originally posted by Taft


Yeah, I used to go there every once in a while, but then there was all that bad blood and some of their forum members started bashing us (and by 'us' I mean the MacRumors forum members as well as the site). I thought that was just uncalled for.
there was some name calling both ways... but I wouldn't hold it against the site personally...

arn
 

peterjhill

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Re: history of mac rumors sites

Originally posted by arn

I remember reading rumors websites back in 1996-7.

Arn,

Do you remember the vaporware newsletter that used to get posted in the alt.mac.info-mac usenet group (i think that was the group). That was way back in the day, prior to Mosaic and the web. I was addicted to that like nothing else.
 

peterjhill

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Let's take the Way-Back Machine

This is from a google search of comp.sys.mac.digest for vaporware

It is pretty interesting. Read about the wireless appletalk, in 1993

Talk about blast from the past



VAPORWARE
Murphy Sewall
From the January 1993 APPLE PULP
H.U.G.E. Apple Club (E. Hartford) News Letter
$24/year
P.O. Box 380027
East Hartford, CT 06138-0027
Call the "Bit Bucket" (203) 257-9588
Permission granted to redistribute with the above citation

Feature Wars.
PC prices can't go much lower, so IBM, Compaq, Gateway, NCR, Unisys and
others are switching to a strategy of adding more features without
raising prices. Coming soon: low-price systems with integrated graphics
accelerators, faster processors, and modular upgradeability. Later this
year, standard features may include sound cards, built-in CD ROM, and
Ethernet. - PC Week 14 December

Ad Hoc Wireless Networks.
Look for a March debut of a battery powered, wireless AppleTalk
transceiver named Grouper from Digital Ocean, an Overland Park, Kansas
startup. The $450 wedge-shaped device can be affixed to the bottom of a
PowerBook and will operate for about three hours. Grouper can be
recharged with a PowerBook battery recharger. Four separate
spread-spectrum channels can each communicate with up to fourteen other
AppleTalk devices within a 250 foot radius. Digital Ocean says the
signal will even penetrate steel reinforced concrete.
- Ma

PowerStation in Your Lap.
IBM is negotiating with SPARC notebook maker Tadpole Technology to
develop the first PowerPC notebook computer. The Tadpole model will not
wait for the energy conserving PowerPC 603. It will be based on the
initial PowerPC 601 and run IBM's Unix variant, AIX. Introduction is
envisioned by the first half of 1994. IBM plans to purchase a minority
interest in Tadpole. - PC Week and InfoWorld 7 December

PowerPC Acceleration.
Apple's "A-list" developers have been seeded with NuBus boards
containing early samples of the PowerPC. Apple's plan is to have a half
dozen to a dozen native PowerPC applications ready to ship when the
first PowerMac ships at year's end, but one source reports that two key
engineers working on Apple's PowerPC development team have been hired
away by a multimedia developer. Replacing this talent may delay Apple's
next generation rollout - PC Week 7 December and MacWeek 14 December

Longhand.
Lexicus of Palo Alto plans to release handwriting recognition software
for PenPoint and PenWindows computers in March. Lexicus's Longhand uses
pattern matching algorithms and a 25,000 word dictionary to interpret
users' cursive and printed handwriting. The program will work with most
applications running on pen-based hardware. - PC Week 7 December

Full-Screen, Full-Motion.
Radius's $3,999 (specially reduced from $4,000) DigitalMedia Studio
should ship by March. The new product is based on the company's
VideoVision with the addition of a C-Cube Microsystems video compression
chip. The DigitalMedia system will deliver 30 frames per second at 640
by 480 (NTSC) or 768 by 576 (PAL). - MacWeek 14 December

Faster Vaporware.
Even though DEC's desktop Alpha operating system (Windows NT) remains
vaporware (and Microsoft is the company that knows vaporware best),
manufacturing efficiencies are expected to make it possible to introduce
a 200 MHz version of the CPU early in the year, six months ahead of the
original schedule. DEC expects to double the performance of Alpha by
spring 1994. - PC Week 7 December

Pentium Specific Applications.
By the time DEC has an operating system for its Alpha PC, Intel's
Pentium may be too entrenched in the marketplace to overtake. When the
Pentium (nee i586) ships (within 90 days), Intel expects software
developers, including Microsoft, Lotus, and Borland, to be ready with as
many 25 applications compiled to take advantage of the CPU's superscalar
design. Initial Pentium CPUs will cost manufacturers $850 each; early
systems are expected to retail for $5,000 and up.
- PC Week 23 November and InfoWorld 30 November

Image Server.
Apple's Enterprise Systems Division is working on a Multimedia server
that will use intelligent agents to retrieve graphics and text based on
relatively unstructured user descriptions. The product is not expected
to ship before the end of the year at the earliest. Radius's Macless
image server probably will beat Apple's to the market. Radius's SCSI 2
compatible four NuBus slot box will contain a digital signal processor
and one or more Radius Rockets. The box won't require a Mac to run
because Radius has licensed enough of Apple's ROM code to market a
server that doesn't require a Macintosh.
- MacWeek 23 November and 7 December

Visual C++.
Microsoft's C 8.0, which will be marketed as Visual C++, should go beta
this month. The completely rewritten version with an integrated
development environment is optimized for both code size and speed under
Windows. - InfoWorld 30 November

Wowing Them at MacWorld.
Fractal Design's Painter 2.0, a program that lets computer users
simulate oil paint, pastels, and water colors on a variety of canvases
and papers, will ship for the Macintosh at January's MacWorld and for
Windows in February. The upgrade for owners of the first versions of
the $399 package will be $79, and upgrades will be free for users who
purchased after November 1. Silicon Beach will be showing SuperPaint
3.5 at MacWorld as well. - InfoWorld 7 and 14 December



Accelerated Windows Printing.
Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard will ship a graphics devices interface
(GDI) cartridge for LaserJet printers during the first quarter. The
Windows Printing System will require a megabyte or RAM and be priced in
the "low hundreds of dollars." The initial version will not support the
recently released LaserJet IV printers. - InfoWorld 30 November

Falling Color Printing Prices.
Tektronix's new 300 dots per inch thermal wax color printers will ship
this month starting at a lists price of $3,695. The Phaser 200e with
PostScript Level 2 and HP-GL page description has 17 fonts in ROM and
prints two pages a minute. Parallel, serial, and AppleTalk are
standard, TCP/IP and DECnet interfaces are optional.
- InfoWorld 14 December

New Apple Printers.
Three new printers for the Macintosh will be introduced at MacWorld.
The LaserWriter Pro ($2,399 and $2,999) uses the same technology as HP's
LaserJet IV. The Apple Color Printer (around $2,600) is based on
Canon's BJP-C80 bubble-jet printing engine and has a 360 dots per inch
resolution. The Apple Color Printer has no processor or internal RAM
and no AppleTalk interface--networking will be handled by a software
spooler, Grayshare, that will be bundled with the printer. The two page
per minute StyleWriter II will have the same price as its slower
predecessor. - MacWeek 23 November and InfoWorld 30 November

Mouseless.
SuperMac Technologies will introduce 17 and 20 inch sizes of its
SmartTouch monitors at MacWorld. At $3,000 to $5,000, the monitors are
seen as ideal for kiosk applications rather than for desktops.
- InfoWorld 14 December


Energy Savers.
IBM demonstrated an energy efficient desktop computer with a recyclable
case at last November's Comdex. The 25/50 MHz 486SLC2 prototype
requires only 50 watts in active mode and a scant 16 watts in sleep
mode. Electricity costs could be a low as one-tenth that of current
desktop computers. IBM expects to begin shipping the Energy Desktop
within a few weeks. The CPU is only 12 by 12 by 2.5 inches and can be
wall mounted. The prototype had an active matrix flat panel color
display. - PC Week and InfoWorld 23 November

20 Hour Notebook Battery.
Early this year, AER Energy Resources will offer a six pound external
battery for Apple's PowerBook line. Fully charged, the $649 zinc-air
battery should keep the Macintosh notebooks running for slightly more
than 20 hours of typical use. - MacWeek 23 November

More Hobbit RISC Systems.
NEC and Toshiba have both promised to develop pen-based systems using
AT&T's Hobbit RISC processor (see last August and December columns).
NEC will serve as a second manufacturing source for the processor and
Word Perfect has announced plans to write applications for the devices.
- PC Week 23 November

Developer Raiding.
Microsoft hopes to attract as many as 500 developers to this month's
Microsoft Windows Programming Conference for Macintosh Developers.
Microsoft is readying a Windows-based development tool code-named Altar
that designs programs to run in both Windows and Macintosh environments.
Altar will compete with Apple and Symantec's Bedrock (see last August's
column). - PC Week 23 November


/s Murph Sewall <Sewall@UConnVM.UConn.Edu>
 
mac os rumors has been arround for a while

my father has had Mac Os rumors bookmaked for as long as i can remember, i always thought he was weird visiting it about every week. but now i visit here multipul times a day and ive been registered for about a week, but ive been an avid visitor for a cupple of months. i love this site
-royal
 

Hemingray

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Ha ha haaa!
Re: mac os rumors has been arround for a while

Originally posted by Royal Pineapple
my father has had Mac Os rumors bookmaked for as long as i can remember, i always thought he was weird visiting it about every week. but now i visit here multipul times a day and ive been registered for about a week, but ive been an avid visitor for a cupple of months. i love this site
-royal
Are you talking about MacOSRumors (MOSR) or MacRumors (this site)? They're two separate sites... MOSR is the one that rarely gets updated. :p (But we love it all the same, right guys?)