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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 ...
There's a good article on the downsides of "the wisdom of crowds" over at Tyner Blain. Basically, they point out that while collaboration is good during some of the early phases of the project, design isn't one of them, because it "prevents innovative, passionate, fantastic decisions". They suggest one solution is the Apple "Dictator" approach. One way is to follow apple’s model - have a dictator. As long as the person calling the shots has good instincts, she’ll make good decisions. If she doesn’t, ...
Symantec found that Microsoft Windows is the most secure operating system. This is based on the number of patches found and the time to patch them. Microsoft Windows Red Hat Linux Apple Mac OS X Hewlett Packard HP-UX Sun Solaris Despite the latest TV ads ridiculing the security in Vista with a Matrix-like Agent playing the UAC in Vista, Apple (QuoteChart-->) has nothing to brag about. Symantec found 43 vulnerabilities in Mac OS X and a 66 day turnaround on fixes. Surprise, Microsoft Listed as Most ...
For more than 5 years now, Apple has used buzzwords like "stylish", "sleek", "elegant" to stress the design of their products. I think that in the early 00's they realized that not only are people looking for functional stuff, they're looking for sexy stuff. And, for the average user of their stuff, being sexy was much more important than being functional. Oh, yeah, and they were ahead of the game with their technology. “The competition hasn’t even caught up with our first generation iPod, and we’re ...
Announced at this years Cebit the brand name Commodore has risen from the ashes to title a range of some rather high speced PC's. These machines are aimed fairly and squarely at the PC gamer. Amongst the distinguishing features of these PC's is the option to chose a different piece of art-work for your case called a 'C-Kin'. The art-work is very contemporary in style and ranges from recent game-titles to street art from simply garish to - not '3' bad. The PC's themselves have the highest speced graphics ...
This post is in response to the article "Why Linux will not displace Windows". (I have posted the entire comment just in case it gets taken down from ZDNet.) You are kidding arent you ? Are you saying that this linux can run on a computer without windows underneath it, at all ? As in, without a boot disk, without any drivers, and without any services ? That sounds preposterous to me. If it were true (and I doubt it), then companies would be selling computers without a windows. This clearly is not ...
I like Visual Basic.NET because… A professional picks a tool for logical reasons. As a professional business programmer, I pick VB.NET. Before I expound further on my choice, you should know whether or not I am qualified to have an opinion. Certified in C# and Visual Basic.NET, I was lucky enough to be chosen as Microsoft MVP in Visual Basic.NET in 2006. I founded and head up a 1500+ member .NET User Group in Charlotte, the Enterprise Developers Guild (www.DevelopersGuild.org). We routinely have ...

Take your stale sandwich / rotten apple spinning vending machine and throw it in the ditch.  Every IT department needs one of these.

Wonder Pizza

Now if this was Microsoft shipping an Xbox late without cables everybody would be screaming bloody murder. But since it's "do no wrong" Apple, all I am seeing are a lot of "we understand" style excuses. "We need to give them time to make a great product" or "It's better than shipping crappy cables" type stuff. Don't get me wrong, some people are complaining, they're just not doing it as loudly or are harshly as they would with Microsoft. Any else notice this? That the industry is bent toward being ...
Today I got my brand new Zune MP3 player which I did win at a Microsoft Event. Lucky me ;-). Ok install the software and you are ready to rockn roll, I thought, and I was wrong. Very wrong. At 94% of the installation it did stop with an error which was there even after a reboot. A quick Google search did confirm that other users had this problem also. One of the possible installation problems was the the Users group has the wrong name. Aha! I have a German Windows XP where the Users group is named ...
First Apple posts now Linux. Good thing you can't bet banned from GeeksWithBlogs for this. :) Linspire has announced that it is changing it's core distro from Debian to Ubuntu, another testimony to how well (and quickly) Ubuntu is being received. I've tried both Linspire and Ubuntu in the past just for fun and to see if my kids would take to it. Linspire had some driver problems (audio and 3D video) but was the most user friendly, Ubuntu just worked. So we went with Ubuntu. Linspire: Ubuntu: My oldest ...
I know, I know, too many Apple posts the last couple of days. If you haven't seen this yet, it's a letter posted on Apple's site from Steve Jobs talking about music. He doesn't do this very often so it's getting a lot of attention. It's primarily in response to the building anti-trust issues with Apple's dominance in the digital music market, which is misguided since the real problem are the music companies. To break it down: Apple won't license it's DRM because it will be cracked and the crack can't ...
I made a tongue-in-cheek comment about why I don't switch to Mac OS X on a recent post to which Jeff Julian made a comment that got me thinking. What would it take to get you to switch to Apple? For me it would take a two-punch combo: Visual Studio for the Mac or an equally good development environment for Ruby on Rails. (I mostly do web development.) A music and video subscription model to iTunes. If I could get that, I would seriously consider trading in my laptop, Zune and Xbox for a MacBook, ...
Like the OS, hate the OS, love the OS and you're upgrading today? Well, it only really matters a little. The vast majority of consumers only upgrade to a new operating system when they buy a new computer. So what Microsoft needs to do is win them over at the purchase point. It's not going to come down to does Vista have this specific feature or not. It's going to come down to one of two things. First, maybe knowing Microsoft has a new OS will peek their interest into getting a new PC. If this happens, ...
http://news.com.com/2061-10... Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is scheduled to appear on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Monday, January 29, the eve of Microsoft's Windows Vista launch. News of the interview was confirmed by Tony Fox, the executive vice president for Comedy Central. "He sure is!" said Fox, when asked if Bill Gates would be appearing on the program and talking about Vista. Gates' visit to The Daily Show could be a particularly ...
Hey, c'mon guys, Rob May was just putting his opinion out there...let's all have a big GWB hug and lovin-in...Kumbya...Kumbya... But anyway, I wanted to voice my own opinion on part of Rob's comment...and not as a slag to Rob, but as a slag to the many who think the same thing as what Rob posted, and what I've even though before I started running with Vista. Here it is...ready? Vista kicks the f#%$^'n s%#%t out of OS X. There. I said it. Let all the Steve Job fanboys begin their flames. I can make ...
I want to go on record as saying that I have great respect for Michael King, born 78 years ago today. We all know him a little better by the name Martin Luther King, Jr. Various blemishes aside, largely he used his talent to benefit others, and held strong to his goals of freedom and equality. I greatly respect that. His tenacity is evidenced in the setting where he first heard he had won the Nobel peace prize: after being admitted to the hospital while suffering extreme fatigue during his efforts. ...
This isn't really a problem for me, since, in the foreseeable future, I don't have a use for an Apple. But this does present a marketing hurdle in promoting adoption in the marketplace. It CAN become a problem if the tide turns and people move to open formats because products like iTunes are dependent on network effects.There are three trends in marketing that I've been paying close attention to for the last few years: upgrading – moving up the ladder of benefits, or creating products and services ...
So I’ve just caught up with all the hype about the new Apple iPhone and even the Geek in me isn’t really biting. I’m not blindly in love with Apple so that’s one reason, I did own a Mac at one time, my wife has a Nano, so I’m not anti-Apple either. My view on Apple is they sit at the same level as Dell or HP in my thinking. Apple has a great skill in being able to capture and distil the features that the average Joe (Tech or otherwise) really wants, then create a design that is neat, consistent, ...
The Apple iPhone runs OS X Posted Jan 9th 2007 12:45PM by Chris ZieglerFiled under: Cellphones, Features, Handhelds, Portable Audio, Portable Video Capping literally years of speculation on perhaps the most intensely followed unconfirmed product in Apple's history -- and that's saying a lot -- the iPhone has been announced today. Yeah, we said it: "iPhone," the name the entire free world had all but unanimously christened it from the time it'd been nothing more than a twinkle in Stevie J's eye (comments, ...
All this talk about the iPhone (hurry and grab quicktime killer before it's too late) reminded me of Lance's post about converting a PocketPC into an iPod. I guess Apple is close to finding out how many times they can beat a dead horse. Technorati tags: iphone, quicktime killer, Lance Robinson ...
If think u have apple iPod. Its time to change your iPod into iPhone. Your iPod has been old. Kindly replace it with iPhone apple new product. Its available in $499 boss. http://www.cnn.com/2007/TEC... ...
Pheeeeeew - 2007 sure has got an exciting, futuristic start! You've gotto see this to believe it - Ok Steve Jobs announced the iPhone a few hours back - Apple products apart from their looks fail to impress me - but this one with its capability to Sync with Exchange - innovative Interface and sweeet looks has my attention - I'll wait for June to conclude though. But the Real exciting part is this... Ever wanted to win a trip to (almost) Outer Space? Well thats where the Ultimate Vista is - you've ...

So in my response to NY Times and other magazines out there - I am gonna just give you this link and you have fun with it.

www.SecureMac.com

Unlike Apple ads, I don't need to say anything immature and cocky.

Rory, in his pain induced 2006 stupor, accidentally "tagged" me (he really was meaning to tag Georges Cuvier in an attempt so show how silly he found the tagging system, but his fingers slipped and brushed me in my special place instead). This accidental tagging put quite a lot of pressure on me as I dug through the recesses of my mind to vainly try to come up with any interesting fact or juicy morsels that my one reader might be interesting (hey Shawna, I should be home tonight early!). I felt even ...
Matt posted on his blog about his 5 things nobody knew about him, and I'm now tagged, so here are mine: 1. I never graduated High School. That's right...I'm a drop out. I only needed a few more credits, but grade 11 math was a bore and besides, I was making good money at a certain restaurant with golden arches, which I was convinced I'd spend the rest of my life making a career out of. I got to the rank of Second Assistant Manager before realizing that the lifestyle we wanted didn't match the career ...
<disclaimer>I am a MSFT true believer</disclaimer> This post references Scivs a post about his predictions in review. It should be noted that I am a big fan of Scrivs and have been following his writing since he was in grad school. Scrivs, come on. Microsoft failed? This year, Microsoft has launched: XBOX 360, Vista, Office 2007, SharePoint 2007, Exchange 2007, .Net 3.0 (Avalon, Indigo, CardSpaces), Windows Media Player 11, Zune, and who knows what else. You claim that they failed and ...
Someone at Microsoft is getting sick of the I'm a Mac commercials. Video: Apple Mac vs. PC - Zune vs. Ipod ...
Finally (!) Microsoft strikes back against Apple's hilariously funny "I'm a Mac. I'm a PC." commercials. It's not really a public commercial - more of an internal lampoon - and it's certainly not as sharp as some of the original Apple ads, but it goes to show that at least some people in MS are indeed in touch with reality and care to respond to the hammering they're getting on the web. Sony also jumped into the arena with a small flash banner that you can see on their Sony Australia website. Considering ...
"I understand there is also a written report of the investigation addressed to me and others, but I did not read it. I could have, and I should have." -- Mark Hurd, Hewlett-Packard's embattled CEO, stating the obvious over his failure to peruse key information describing the company's bizarre attempts to unearth the source who leaked board-level confidences. "You can talk about the negatives of 4 to 5 percent market share, but it's kind of like being in the ocean. We're on the bottom, so it doesn't ...
Microsoft has just announced a new CTP available called "WPF/E", which is the codename for a new web presentation technology. I am guessing that the "E" stands for "Everywhere" since this is being created to run on a variety of platforms. According to the documentation, It enables the creation of rich, visually stunning, and interactive experiences that can run everywhere: within browsers, and on multiple devices and desktop operating systems (such as the Apple Macintosh). It is consistent with WPF ...
jeepx reports that the University of Washington has released a report that they found a way to track people without their consent or knowledge when they are using the iPod + Nike sport kit. The iPod + Nike kit tracks the distance you have traveled by submitting information wirelessly from the sensor in your shoe to your iPod. They say that the internet-connected tracking kit could be built for less than $250 and would work up to 60 feet from someone using the iPod + Nike kit. The tracking application ...
Okay, I realize the Zune is not for everyone. In fact, 9 out of 10 times, I would recommend an iPod first even though I own both an iPod and Zune and prefer the Zune. I was sold on the larger screen and subscription music and was willing to give up a bunch of other features to get it, at least temporary. The clock is ticking and I hope Microsoft keeps improving it. Otherwise, a year from now, I'll start looking again. But I honestly think this is just the beginning. But I am sick of false information ...
The iPhone rumors are flying again. What I think Apple should do to save research and development costs is just leak rumors of their next product and see what shows up on the internet. The embedded video I have included for the iTalk looks really good. Now Apple can just go build it. Heck, they really don't even need to think of new ideas. Just listen to the rumors ...
I have my iPod Shuffle since yesterday and I still didn't manage to upload any song to it using iTunes v7.0.2 on Windows XP Professional x64. The problems started when I first connected the device and started iTunes. iTunes detected that the iPod Shuffle was running software version 1.0 but there was recent version of the software that contains several bugfixes so I upgraded the software. After 45 minutes or maybe longer the update got interrupted because the device was no longer attached (?). ...
Unless you are just looking for a case to protect your Zune, all other accessories were not shipped. I would hope Microsoft would know that portable devices are nothing without car/home attachments. You need to ship chargers and transmitters with the devices to the stores. This was a lesson Apple needs to learn as well. Every iPod I have purchased (1G, 4G, Nano) have not had adequate accessories at launch. At least Microsoft announced what the accessories were, but with the delivery date set on most ...
Man I need some accessories. Last night I downloaded so much music that I have been meaning to listen to (well over $249.99 in CDs), but I don't have anything for playback in my car. Here is my review of features: Radio - Robert's friends say it isn't good, but I am in the middle of a large brick building (center office, middle floor) and it comes in perfectly. It is nice to just flip from CDs to FM, too bad I mostly listen to AM and there are no talk radio stations on FM in KC. Buttons - Yeah this ...
So we finally moved the HP inkjet printer/scanner from the office to where the Mac is. Apple always plays up how "plug and play" friendly Macs are, and I was veeeery skeptical. So I plug in the printer, and plug the usb cable into the Mac...and nothing. No notification, no "we've found new hardware"...nothing. WTF?! How the heck do I get this printer working? I don't even know where the driver disk is! So now I'm ticked...another Mac woe for me to blog about. But then I remembered that there's a ...
Steve Jobs / Apple Keynote bloopers - you know when things just .... ;-) Steve Jobs' Apple Keynote Bloopers probably the most interesting Steve Jobs video :-) ...
You may have read here or on Scoble, that someone from Apple has started blogging, albeit anonymously. I applaud him, and I hope he's successful in bringing blogging to Apple, but I doubt he will be. Let me be frank; I don't own any Apple products. Ok, two. I bought my wife an iPod Mini about a year and a half ago. Oh, and I play around occasionally with a fully licensed copy of MacOS X using PearPC. That's it. That's the extent to which Apple has invaded my life. There are a number of reasons for ...
I recently finished Steve Wozniak's iWoz and it was a real treat to get into the mind of the guy who basically built the device responsible for so many hours spent doing things other than homework as a kid. I still remember the day my dad came home when I was a kid and brought me a big ol' box and said it was a computer. I said “What's that” and he said “Well, open it and find out”. So my journey began. Of course he already knew what it was and what it could do and had been ...
SAN DIEGO--The open-source Firefox Web browser is critically flawed in the way it handles JavaScript, two hackers said Saturday afternoon. An attacker could commandeer a computer running the browser simply by crafting a Web page that contains some malicious JavaScript code, Mischa Spiegelmock and Andrew Wbeelsoi said in a presentation at the ToorCon hacker conference here. The flaw affects Firefox on Windows, Apple Computer's Mac OS X and Linux, they said. "Internet Explorer, everybody knows, is ...
So my new logic board got to the shop today, and they installed it. When they booted up my machine they actually got the question mark (which I believe means that it just can't find the hard drive). However, it seems the new logic board is only part of the solution. The hard drive will now not mount to anything at all. Even when put into an external casing and connected to another machine, it doesn't show up. Not good. So now I'm waiting on the hard drive to be shipped because... Mac Lesson: You ...
So I got an update on my Mac. Turns out that one of two things happened: 1) I got a faulty logic board from the manufacturer, and the booting issue raised itself while I was doing the bootcamp thing. 2) Boot Camp can seriously f*ck up your Mac in horrible ways. There's always a risk that beta software may cause dataloss, but there's no reason why it should cause hardware failure. So I've got a new logic board coming from Apple which will be replaced into my machine. What is a logic board? The term ...
So its now official. If you haven't heard already, the guy with the Steve Ballmer shrine has bought an IMac. I really like it...well, until I tried to mix Windows with Apple. But before I get into that, here are my first few thoughts: The Good The mouse is awesome. Many people mistakenly think that its a one button mouse. Not true...sorta. It is a one button mouse, but its sensitive to how many fingers are on it. So if you lift the finger normally used to click on the left mosue button, it simulates ...

I just checked the Apple site to check my order status. It's now been moved to September 26 as an estimated shipping date. Holy crap...maybe I should just check what the pricing is at the local stores here and cancel my Apple order...this is getting rediculous.

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I've long been a fan of the Small Form Factor PC, and it's been interesting to note the offerings from AOpen that bring the PC every closer to the benchmark set by the Apple Mini. I was glancing through some snippets from Engadget yesterday and came up with this little gem, it's not cheap at close to £500 without the OS, but it does appear that that includes 512Mb, an 80Gb HDD and an Intel®Core™2 Duo processor T5500. Super Mini So for the size it certainly sounds like the business? ...
This is letting the cat out of the bag a bit, and I had hoped to have a huge whiz-bang announcement that would blow the socks off of all my friends that think I just go home and worship at my alter to Steve Ballmer, but I need to blog about this annyance, so... I'm buying a Mac. Yes, its true. Mr. Microsoft-To-The-End is going to be surfing the web on one of the machines made by the other Steve. I placed my order for my new 20 inch iMac back on September 7th. As I was customizing my Mac, I was quite ...
I've done it. On Sunday I completed my long cross country flight requirement. The route was KPAE (Everett) - KCLM (Port Angeles) - KBLI (Bellingham). There were low cloud ceilings first half of the day and I had to wait for the afternoon before taking off. I had prepared two flight plans to choose from in case the weather is bad on one of them. It turned out to be a good decision: even by afternoon ceilings were lower than VFR minimums along two legs of my first choice route: Everett - Port Angeles ...
I dont want to steal any thunder from the Beta 2 TR posts floating around the web, but thought it might be interesting to point out that Apple has released Itunes 7. Now I an NOT a bit Itunes fan, but version 7 looks much better than version 6. Link tags: Itunes 7, apple Cross-posted from tariqayad.com ...