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Hilarious experience today: I happened to stumble again on Tim Sneath's announcement of Silverlight in April this year. I spent a moment reading the comments, and it was really funny! I especially liked the Linux crowd saying (in essence) that there would obviously NEVER be a support for Linux. Read the rest of this entry » ...
I just finished listening to the audio version of George Orwell's dystopian book, 1984... While I first read this in seventh grade (MANY years ago), I was fascinated by how many more things I caught this time. 1. It looks to me that Winston was safe until he was corrupted by Julia - which harkens back memories of the Garden of Eden story where Eve convinces Adam to eat an apple from the Tree of Knowledge. (Remember that Winston's first secual episode with Julia is in the fields where Winston is reminded ...
I have long been a fan of Stephen Fry's work even before our stint living in London and his ability to set forth on a diatribe on any number of topics is almost unsurpassed. Here in what I gather is only his second blog post he describes what he considers the faults of all manner of SmartPhones, and I do mean ALL as he is a self-confessed addict for PDA's and SmartPhones Stephen Fry Blessays, blogs and blisquisitions Let Fame » Device and Desires All the big guns want an iPhone killer. Even I, mad ...
Five years ago is when our school had the first Tech Night. It seems like yesterday. Tech night was sponsored by the US Computer Science Department and it was a night to discuss technology. Microsoft has always sponsored the event and sent lots of swag to give out to students and family. An XBOX was donated and given out as a door prize. This year we have scheduled our Tech night for Thursday, January 24th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on our campus in Orlando, FL. The speakers will include: Dan Waters from ...
Since around late 2003 I was getting fed up with Vodafone's service at the time in London and was looking to switch, I was also getting somewhat fed up with Nokia's offerings with it's monochrome screens while everyone else was offering colour screens. So I switched to Orange and the MPX 200 from Motorola, not only for it's colour screen, but also the fact that it was a Microsoft device that seamlessly (well sort of....) synched Outlook contacts etc.... Anyway, the point is that since switching to ...
From Customers Ask: Is Apple Going Rotten? Five big complaints are stirring up against the "Golden God's" great product line. Of course the $200 iPhone price drop. Video accessories no longer work on the new models. You have to re-purchase all your games. Touch screen is flawed, and they knew it. Pay a second time for ring-tones. But over the past two weeks, Apple's fans have been grumbling that the company they knew and loved is transforming into another Microsoft, making short-sighted, anti-consumer ...
Welcome to round 4,620 of Microsoft vs. Apple. This time we will be comparing bad commercials to see who had the absolute worst. First up - Geek vs Business executive. The geeks will be representing Microsoft, the business executives will be representing Apple. Warning: Apple is cheating in this one by hiring Kevin Costner. (Watch how he uses a mouse!) Now let's see who has consumed more drugs! Apple has chosen pot, Microsoft has chosen speed. Who's the winner of worst commercial. Comment lines are ...
When I was a kid, my parents strongly discouraged watching "after school cartoons" so I was one of those kids who watched the after school child offerings from PBS. One of those shows was 3-2-1 Contact which was a great science show. They did all kinds of articles about science and what not including an entire week where the "kids" on the show went to Malaysia ("The Tropics are Hot"). I hadn't really thought about that show in a long time until I read a science article on cnn.com this morning. This ...
Cringely has the best summation of this week's iPhone fiasco I have seen yet. It wasn’t an accident. It wasn’t a thoughtless mistake. It was a calculated and tightly scripted exercise in marketing and ego gratification. So why did he do it? Why did he cut the price? I have no inside information here, but it seems pretty obvious to me: Apple introduced the iPhone at $599 to milk the early adopters and somewhat limit demand then dropped the price to $399 (the REAL price) to stimulate demand now that ...
My RSS reader is filled with tons of Apple news which could easily be summed up. Ringtone robbery, more Shuffles, fat Nano, still just an iPod, iPhone - phone - storage space, FU early adopters, and iTunes everywhere. Oh yeah, and Zune, I'm still over here ...
This is an area that I have not explored before. That is the creation of plug-ins and community property. Add to that the fact that the most graphical programming I have done is frame by frame line drawing animation on an Apple II. In this case I ran into a challenge online that requested an effect that Paint.NET did not offer. My first adventure started with a version of CodeLab published by BoltBait (sorry I don't have a real name). It is a tool that launches as an effect within Paint.NET giving ...
Looks like the iPhone has been set free by the persistent guys at iPhoneDevWiki. No doubt the discovery will send the stock prices of Apple and T-Moble upwards. This post is aimed to those technical souls out there who want to give it a try. It's a concise look at all the steps necessary to get the job done and enjoy much cheaper iPhone service when traveling overseas. (Don't get stuck with a $12000 bill!) A quick look at the second phone ever unlocked in this way: George Hotz who worked closely ...
I just happened to check some of the news coming through from TechCrunch on Bloglines and noticed that the iPhone now appears to be well and truly hacked to any Carrier, as seen in this screenshot connected to T-Mobile Now That The iPhone Can Be Unlocked, Will Apple Try To Block The Hack? iPhoneSimFree.com And thanks to Ian for pointing out more details on video, and it's interesting to note that George wants to become a Neurosurgeon so that he "can hack the brain"... ;-) AP Aug. 24: George Hotz, ...
So imagine Microsoft releases a new patch for Windows Media Player. You install it and now you have the Zune software. How many people do you think would be pissed about that? When I setup my desktop last week I didn't install iTunes because I don't really have a need for it. But I did install QuickTime and Apple Software Update. This morning Apple software update kicked in and wants to install iTunes + QuickTime to patch iTunes which doesn't exist on my computer. So I thought I would let it update ...

It was a toss up between Steve and D'Arcy.  The coin landed Apple side up.

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Google has knocked Microsoft off the top spot and been named the most powerful global brand of 2007 in a recently published ranking In the ranking, which factored in financial performance and consumer sentiment, Google ranked first with a brand value of more than $66 billion, nearly double its value in the 2006 ranking, according to market researcher Millward Brown Optimor Microsoft came in third this year with a brand value of $55 billion. Fellow tech companies in the top 10 are China Mobile, in ...
So after you have survived another update Tuesday you are thinking that all's well with the on-line world? Perhaps it's worth checking all those other media snap-in's and add ons to make sure you have minimized the security implications? And don't think that you're safe just because you're running Firefox, etc? As an example this was what the scan came back with for my Laptop: Applications / Result Version Detected Status Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 Adobe Reader 7.x 7.0.9.50 ...
So tonight, I open up itunes and get a message that my library is invalid or missing, and Itunes proceeds to examine my library. When finished, I was missing all my playlists. Hey, thanks, Itunes! Similar to this link: http://lab.artlung.com/not-... Never fear, Previous Versions, aka Shadow Copy is here! Use Windows Explorer, and browse to users\yourusername\music\it... Right click Itunes folder, select Restore previous versions, and select the most recent one of the versions you ...
Been awhile since I last posted, and I apologize for that. I hope to keep it more updated. The Blackberry install went pretty well as far as I could help it. The actual installation of the product went fine. I made sure I was prepared, had the install files downloaded, read up on the procedure, documented how I was gonna go about it. Couple of things I'd like to share just to help people who might have to do it. 1. Read the manual carefully! It explains all you need to do for permissions to Exchange, ...
My Dad is in the old school sense a Geek. He is a true Renaissance Man. He can bake an apple pie that would turn your Granny green with envy AND he can make wood furniture that would make the cabinetmakers of old proud. Not only is he comfortable with that he's comfy taking a multi-meter to task when troubleshooting an electrical problem on his boat. So here goes in Dad's own words: When a radio doesn't work at all, no lights, total silence, what sort of idiot to you have to be to think that turning ...
From Jeff Atwood: Let me start by saying up front that I am a fan of the iPhone. Let me start by saying up front that I am not. He brings up one of my biggest criticisms of the iPhone: EDGE data connections, on the other hand, are none of those things. When my Samsung Blackjack is using an EDGE connection, it's like downloading the internet through an overclocked dialup modem. It's, in a word, unbelievably painful. It's the difference between "hey, let me whip out my phone and look this up really ...

I had a chance to pop in to one of the Apple stores this weekend and have a play, for my 2cents worth.....

  • Verrry nice screen and User Interface
  • Virtual keyboard will be fiddly for anyone who doesn't have dainty fingers
  • The fact that all the demo models are using the Apple Store's WiFi does tend to mask the 2.5G  ;-))
"Good morning everybody, you're tuned to Computers 2K7 on sports radio 850 The Buzz" and so began this mornings show as we do every Sunday morning from 8am - 10am here in Raleigh, NC. You can download the show from the show's website. The first segment was dominated by iPhone content. My co-host Spencer went down to the Apple store in Durham (yes, the same Durham from the movie Bull Durham with Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon) and got his hands on one for the first time. He didn't actually buy one, ...
Well - that certainly didn't take too long did it? ;-)) iPhone hacked for shell access By Nilay Patel on IphoneHacks Filed under: Cellphones Well, that didn't take long -- the hacker crew of IRC channel #iPhone has managed to enable shell access to the iPhone just a week after its release. There's not a lot to the hack -- the iPhone's 30-pin dock connector features the same pinouts as the iPod, so creating a serial connection simply involved connecting up a resistor, ground, and RS-232 level converter ...
Jim Lynch provides 9 very good reasons not to by an iPhone: Too Expensive Tiny Storage Stylish and Stupid Stuck with AT&T Edge and Not 3G No Flash or Java Support Two Year Contract and $175 Termination Fee No Keyboard Crapfari Instead of Firefox Those are all valid. When you think about the iPhone, what you are getting is a shiny interface, cool factor, a widescreen iPod (arguably the single reason to buy one), and one device instead of two if you are an iPod owner. What Jim forgot is battery ...
And this just in from the Register... ;-)) iPhone hack bypasses AT&T DVD Jon strikes again By John Leyden ? More by this author Published Wednesday 4th July 2007 12:43 GMT Famed reverse engineer Jon Lech Johansen claims to have discovered a way to "activate" an iPhone without signing up for a contract with AT&T. The hack allows users to use the iPod and Wi-Fi capabilities of the devices, but doesn't allow use of its phone features. DVD Jon - who's been something of a thorn in Apple's side ...
So for those of you who have one, or are interested in how this is progressing it might be worth while checking out http://hackint0sh.org/forum but it's quite clear that Apple's blaze of Hype and Publicity could be bringing with some rather unwanted attention? ;-)) Files in iPhone reveal overseas plans for T-Mobile, Vodafone Posted Jul 4th 2007 3:09PM by Ryan Block Filed under: Cellphones That iPhone firmware leaked this week? Well, as found on the iPhone Dev Wiki it's been cracked open, its files ...
So not quite in the same vein as the Hacking that I'm thinking about ;-)) but interesting enough all the same? iPhone hackers disclose vulns and hunt for clues - Closing in on their Holy Grail By Dan Goodin in San Francisco ? More by this author Published Tuesday 3rd July 2007 01:37 GMT The game is on for hackers trying to spot security vulnerabilities in Apple's iPhone and already they're scoring points. Less than 72 hours after the iPhone's introduction, researchers have reported at least one flaw ...
Looks like the 1.2 Mbps downstream / 0.7 Mbps upstream that I had tested about a week+ ago was an early indication of some changes Verizon announced today. They had been rolling out a network update to Rev. A of EV-DO, expected to be completed by the end-of-year, but given the iPhone announcement they stated it was completed. Verizon Upgrades EV-DO Net AT&T and iPhone got the buzz, but Verizon's EV-DO customers got a network speed boost. http://www.pcworld.com/arti... ...
Is this why Apple has been keen to keep the device out of reviewers hands until lthe Hype Cycle has completed the selling frenzy? Will Unusable Keyboard Fuel Apple iPhone Backlash? June 30, 2007 [General] | By Tadd Rosenfeld. Yes. The inner technology junkie in me was in prime form yesterday when at 6:00PM eastern standard time, when the normal Tadd would have been enjoying a Friday evening off, I found myself instead tapping my arm for a vein at the local Apple store. I was joined there by perhaps ...
The Iphone was finally launch and the best strategy that the ATT company could follow was to create a "SPECIAL" events on each of its store. Every store in az was having lines of people just to buy a 500 first generation of IPHONE.. these people dont understand that buying the first generation of a product its not really a good idea... well if they can be patience to make a line to buy then they will be patience for all the recalls, patch downloads.. all the upcoming UPPPS that APPLE will be announcing.. ...
So from MSmobiles I found this very neat comparison of the features - I'm actually considering replacing the trusty Orange C600 that I have been using for some while now and everytime I catch the video of the interactive display of the iPhone I do think it looks great, but..... I have to remind myself that Mobiles (even more that Laptops) are a very tactile choice and before you make the commitment you should definately have the chance to pick one up and touch and play with it - jump in too quickly ...
I had a look at one recently and when online the response time just getting to the basic high volume sites like Google News, MSN, etc. was just painful and made me think that I was working with Dial-up. The real core of the issue is that Apple is using Cingular (AT&T) and their EDGE protocol. Which from what I hear is stuck in < 100 Kbps mode. Now, I have Verizon's broadband and when tethered through my USB cable I did a speed test (www.SpeedTest.net) and got 1.2 Mbps dowstream and 0.7 upstream ...
OK, so let's stop right here, this is getting silly isn't it? Is it April the 1st? ;-)) Virtualization on your iPhone? June 20th, 2007 by Alex Barrett No, Apple hasn’t made any announcements about virtualization for the iPhone, but all this reporting about VMware ESX Lite jogged my memory of a conversation I had recently with XenSource CTO and founder Simon Crosby. While talking about Xen 3.1, Simon mentioned that since Xen is an open-source project, some developers in the consumer electronics space ...
iPhone syncs with Outlook and Entourage By Ryan Block on sync Filed under: Cellphones It was definitely quickly glossed over in today's iPhone activation and sync walkthrough, but Apple pretty clearly stated that Mac users with Entourage can sync their calendars with the iPhone through iTunes, and PC users can sync their Outlook calendars the same way. That's totally heartening for any corporate calendar users wondering how they were going to get their datebooks on their new phone, but there was ...
Apple iPhone review roundup By Paul Miller on iphone Filed under: Cellphones With just a few days to go before launch, Apple has apparently lifted its embargo on the lucky few journos to get their hands on an iPhone a couple weeks early, and David Pogue, Walt Mossberg and USA Today's Edward C. Baig are doing the first honors. And honors abound: three out of three reviewers agree that the iPhone is pretty much the sexiest phone to ever hit the market, and there was no small amount of praise for the ...
iPhone facts from the first reviews By Ryan Block on iphone Filed under: Cellphones Well, the first reviews are in. But you may have missed some of the more interesting factoids unearthed by the trio of gadget reporters deigned worthy by El Jobso to get a pre-launch iPhone. Here's a few fresh n' interesting iPhone facts right off the presses: The mobile version of OS X or whatever it is the iPhone runs takes up 700MB of the device's capacity. Damn son! There's no way to cut, copy, or paste text! ...
This is nice to know, even if you aren't going to buy it straight away because of all the potential issues? there has been a lot of reporte issues surrounding battery life (not unlike some of the issues with the iPods?) and I'm sure it's not goiing to be an easy start for the iPhone - but at least it would mean that you aren't disconnected if you decided to buy one of these? With the amount of convergence currently in the electonic consumer market it would be unwise to place people in a position ...
So the new version of Safari is out in beta, not just for Mac but for Windows. This is great news! I mean, now they have TWO code-bases to fix the horrendous bugs on instead of just one! There's no secret that I'm not a huge fan of Safari. It was buggy as hell when I first used it on my Mac back in November when I got it, and i've been in very happy Firefox bliss ever since. But I applaud Apple for not giving up on Safari, and I'm willing to give it another shot. That shot lasted 5 minutes. I loaded ...
I have been trying out Safari on Windows and so far the experience has been miserable. But let me start with the good points. User interface is nice and clean. I can test web sites I am working on without borrowing my wife's MacBook. Now for the bad. Slower to load pages than Firefox or IE even though Apple claims it's faster. Bookmark import from Firefox didn't work. When I maximize the browser on then second display of my dual display the browser completely disappears to somewhere on a phantom ...
Yesterday, Steve Job as part of his keynote at the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) announced a version of the Apple Safari Browser for Windows. Job’s was honest and admitted that 4.9% of the market is currently Safari and he would like to increase that amount. So it doesn’t take a genius to work out that the Mac has a larger share of the PC market than 4.9% so many Mac users must be using something other than Safari and to hazard a guess I bet it’s Firefox. So I see the release of the ...
I like the idea of the Apple iPhone, I think that anything that pushes innovation in this market space is great. However the HTC Touch P3450 (Elf) is serious competition for the iPhone mainly because of the interface. This video from BBC demonstrates the HTC Touch's user interface. You can order the device today if you wish. Sadly the iPhone is not yet available to purchase in the UK yet but there is massive interest. Of course the device is a Smartphone running Windows Mobile 6 which means connecting ...
As per normal I was looking for something else entirely but happened upon this little gem. As I don't have a MAC it's not much use to me at the moment, unless of course I start layering way beyond good sense and load Fusion on to the MAC I'm running in VMware under the XP Desktop? Yeah.. it does get knid of messy real quick, best to leave that for another time? ;-)) How to install Longhorn Reloaded using VMWare Fusion in OSX - a complete walkthrough This tutorial is for anyone with an Intel based ...
How many kids do you think these people have given nightmares too? Brain-eating zombies invade SF Apple store ...
Michael Singer posted an article on Information Week about Microsoft's seeming lack of community (Thanks to Scott for originally posting about the article on GWB). I think that he might have gotten some misinformation from less-than-reliable sources, so I wanted to go through his article and give a Microsoft-ie point of view. Let's review the article shall we? "Apple has one. So does the Java community, Oracle, IBM, and Google. Lord knows anyone who uses Linux or free and open source software is ...
Having moved away from an IPod to a Zune for my portable music source and having also discovered the joys of the Itunes US store for TV shows - downloading all the latest shows to my IPod for viewing I sort of hit a strange state of needing both. Now the interesting point here is that I live in the UK and yet I'm still able to download from the US store! (For info on that little trick go to Using US ITunes store in UK) The content I download is various TV shows - Lost, Heros, Jericho, 24 - and of ...
I've noticed that the Apple fans are mostly forgiving Apple for the Leopard delay. Even the ones "reporting" are taking a very nice tone compared to how they treat Microsoft. And they are right, here is why. Apple has a lot on it's plate right now with the launch of Apple TV and the upcoming iPhone. They have a lot of products to support unlike Microsoft who only has, what, two? three? Their brightest engineers are busy working on alternative designs for the mouse so everyone will quit complaining ...
I like Apple's computers, and if I had a few thousand lying around with nothing to do I might buy one. One thing I was never a fan of though, was Steve job's arrogance and open hostility towards Microsoft when on stage - and in advertising with regards to the delays surrounding Longhorn. Now it seems the shoe is on the other foot and I love these quotes from some of the Mac bloggers. From a ComputerWorld article: "I've gotta admit, this puts Apple is an awkward situation, given how much flak they ...
Apple on Thursday released a statement noting that Mac OS X v10.5 “Leopard” won’t be released until October. The cause of the delay? The iPhone. “iPhone has already passed several of its required certification tests and is on schedule to ship in late June as planned. We can’t wait until customers get their hands (and fingers) on it and experience what a revolutionary and magical product it is,” reads a statement published by the company. Getting the iPhone ready for its June launch has had an unintended ...