More on Apple and SOX

For a much more thorough description of the intricacies, check out this post on CNet about the issue.

As some have pointed out in private correspondence, there is, in fact, no requirement that this be done exactly the way Apple is doing it. However, it is a requirement that the revenue recognition be defensible. As such, the other choices they could have made were not very appealing, such as deferring revenue.

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Thank you Sarbanes-Oxley!

It appears that Sarbanes-Oxley is having some more unintended side-effects. This time, you'll be paying $5 for 802.11n to be enabled on your Core 2 iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro and Mac Pro, because this was not a stated feature of the system before it shipped and therefore would need to be accounted for. That's right, adding features via software appears to be something else that Sarbanes-Oxley is here to deny you the ability to do.

Apple blows out numbers (again)

Everyone's favorite computer company (pardon me, after the removal of the word "Computer" from Apple Computer Corp's name, it should read "everyone's favorite company") has announced their FY1Q numbers (4th quarter 2006 calendar year) and they're huge. $1B in profit, $7.1B in revenues, 21M iPods sold, and 1.6M Macintoshes.

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Can Municipal WiFi cause network neutrality?

Lawrence Lessig has an article in Wired this week where he theorizes that municipal WiFi may be the Linux that keeps the Phone and Cable companies from dominating the last mile. Does he make sense?

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Lithium Corp. shows SNMP Management system

Maybe not applicable to everyone, but for those with network monitoring needs, the folks in Australia at Lithium Corp. are showing a nice commercial client-server network monitoring system.

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iPhone name disputed by Cisco

Cisco Systems's general counsel has stated online that the company is suing Apple over the name "iPhone". Sounds reasonable, as we all know that Cisco's iPhone has been shipping (most recently) for the past 9 months or so (after an hiatus in the previous five years or so). But, is this the whole story?

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802.11n support on Apple Intel-based machines

For those curious about high-speed wireless connectivity, you can check out Apple's 802.11 FAQ where they inform us that all Core2 Duo machines (except the 17" 1.83GHz iMac) are capable of N.

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Axiotron ModBook is very cool

Carol and I had a chance at the OWC booth to speak to the CEO of Axiotron, the German manufacturer or the ModBook, about the new device. In short, it's going to be a great portable tablet for people who need or want one.

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Holding back at MacWorld

What was Apple holding back at MacWorld Expo and why? My theory is that basically everything not related to the iTV (as announced in September with a "more in January" promise) and the iPhone were off the table because of messaging requirements. Apple knew that they had one big message for today and even talking about the Apple TV was held to a minimum. Anything else they announced on Tuesday would fall through the cracks. As such, I'm expecting a month of Tuesdays for announcements by Apple of all of the "ho hum" things we've been waiting for (speed bumps on the Mac Pro, final date for Leopard, etc). Not that I think those things are boring, just that from a messaging perspective, they're not as exciting as the iPhone and they would end up getting completely lost.

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David Pogue gets to touch an iPhone

I'm officially jealous. He managed to actually get his hands on an iPhone and here's the post that he wrote about it.

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