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Bracing for Applefest

It's that time of year again, Steve Jobs' reality distortion field is about to extend throughout the internet and consume your favourite tech news sites for days. To Apple fanboys it is more than Christmas -- to others it is WWDC and you cannot escape it .

It's that time of year again, Steve Jobs' reality distortion field (RDF) is about to extend throughout the internet and consume your favourite tech news sites for days. To Apple fanboys it is more than Christmas — to others it is WWDC and you cannot escape it.

Open source followers will forgo their principles and embrace a proprietary platform; Microsofties will wonder how to get into the iPhone App Store; and locally we will all be waiting for the official announcement of a 3G iPhone release in Australia. It's a "dogs and cats living together"-type situation, something we thought we'd never see.

Disclosure: despite my own protestations and cynicism, I will be embracing the RDF and purchasing the over-hyped paperweight known as the 3G iPhone at the first possible opportunity. Please flame away.

WebKit made the announcement of a new javascript interpreter that is quicker than its vanilla Mozilla counterpart by a factor of 1.9 times. I've been using a nightly build of WebKit this week and have found no stability problems, if you are using a WebKit based browser I do recommend a recent nightly build.

In non-Apple news, cultural critic Lee Siegel spoke out against the Web's mob mentality and vanity in social media.

The number of countries appealing the OOXML ratification continues to grow. Brazil, South Africa were joined by Venezuela and India this week, however it is unlikely to stop OOXML becoming ISO/IEC 29500.

In the realm of videos, this week's Club Builder contains a great silent movie-style explanation of blacklisting and whitelisting and AT&T computer researcher William Cheswick explained why he thinks three passwords is enough.

Enjoy the long weekend, where applicable, and we'll see you next week.

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