MacDailyNews – Apple and Mac News – Welcome Home: “You’d think that Fordahl, if he’s too lazy to conduct a proper hands-on review of the machine, could at least spend 10-seconds to read Apple’s iMac webpages first to get the basic facts right, especially as he knows that what he writes will be syndicated verbatim worldwide.” MacDailyNews is out with a blast at the Associated Press’ Matthew Fordahl regarding a recent review he wrote on the Apple iMac.
In addition to errors about the iMac, Microsoft’s Charlie Owen from the Microsoft Media Center team also points out that Fordahl got a few things wrong about the Media Center platform as well. Owen takes issue with Fordahl’s statement, “unlike a Windows Media Center PC, however, Front Row never dumped me in a position where I had to leave the couch and pick up the keyboard.”
Charlie correctly notes that technically you never need to use the keyboard with Media Center. I’d have to agree. I can’t remember an instance where I’ve ever had to use the keyboard in MCE. There are times when I want to switch out of Media Center mode and then by choice I use the keyboard, but MCE will work just fine 100% with the remote.
Charlie also takes issue with Fordahl’s statement that, “The machine also doesn’t have the nasty habit of turning itself back on after it’s been put into standby mode – a problem I’m currently having on a Media Center PC I’m testing in my bedroom.”
I can’t really comment on Fordahl’s standby issue as I never use the standby mode. However, it wouldn’t surprise me that Fordahl would have a glitch from time to time. Although MCE 2005 is the most error free version of MCE yet, there still are curious errors that I get from time to time. For instance, if I use the volume control on my MCE remote it doesn’t effect the volume when I’m running the sound of my MCE machine through an optical link to my home theater. Even though the sound goes from 25 to zero on my MCE machine the volume level never changes on my home theater. I’m sure this is just a glitch as I’m sure Fordahl experienced his own glitch with the standby problem he says he experienced.
Say what you will about the blogosphere, but most of us are pretty quick to correct errors when they are pointed out. I wonder if Fordahl will be as quick, if he corrects his errors at all.