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Its finally real showtime!! Dissappointed on the 12th? Hold on tight for the 14th! Once again, Microsoft is chasing Apple in the hipster hardware game. Will it make sweet music this time? By Nina Shapiro http://seattleweekly.com/ne... On this breezy end-of-summer evening, though, Winn is here on behalf of his new employer, Microsoft. He's part of the team that, on Thursday, Sept. 14, plans to show the press the Redmond company's answer to Apple's fantastically popular iPod. Winn is head ...
Like a lot of people I eagerly awaited to hear the new announcements from Apple Showtime yesterday. I was busy preparing for a user group meeting so I couldn't catch it live. I have to tell you that no matter how much I love Microsoft software, I lust for Apple hardware. iTunes is okay. I haven't had a chance to test drive the new version 7 yet which is getting some good reviews. And I like that they are leading the charge to add the ability to download movies; even if it does lock you in to their ...
I got goose pimples reading this post on blogs.msdn.com Good Stuff Nadyne! On being a Macintosh girl at Microsofthttp://blogs.msdn.... Here are a few lines from that I liked the most.... Macintosh. Microsoft. Macintosh. Microsoft. To a lot of people, it seems like these two shouldn’t go together. But, here we [MacBu] are: the biggest Macintosh development organisation outside of Apple, and yes, we’re at Microsoft. A lot of people use our products, ...
To Quote Engadget: Remember Hymn? You should, back in the day (like, um, 2004) it allowed you to strip the FairPlay DRM right off iTunes Music Store bought files just like that; well, it's been a long time in coming, but a new app called QTFairUse6 looks like it can now be used (with some amount of difficulty) to dump iTunes version 6.0.4 - 6.0.5 files of their chastely protection. It's not quite as slick as FairUse4WM or anything, but if you're not afraid to get your hands dirty with a little python ...
A few days ago at the Apple Worldwide Dev con, where Apple showed off their New Leopard O.S. Apple displayed huge banners which read “Hasta la vista, Vista”. Mr. Jobs also was heard saying Microsofties are busy copying features off the Mac - Well Mr. Jobs - you are right - wish we had thought of adding those new features that you showed off of adding tasks and notes to Outlook before you did - let me see how Redmond can add these right away - hey wait a minute - I just noticied that Microsoft's ...
25 years ago on the 12th August 1981, IBM announced the first personal computer (PC) or at least the first Personal Computer compatible with IBM's specs. The first real PC was the in 1973 introduced Xerox Alto which had a graphical user interface and the characteristics of a desktop computer. The Apple I was introduced in 1976 and about a year later the more popular Apple II was introduced. So the first IBM Personal Computer that was introduced 25 years ago was the IBM 5150: You could by one for ...
UPDATE (12/17/2007): My blog has moved. This post is now located at: http://jason.whitehorn.ws/2... Well, WWDC is this week, and the new Power Macs... um.... Mac Pros have been announced. The name might not be as cool, but it is still awesome. It truly is sad to see Power die... but I understand the reasoning, and applaud Apple on handling the transition so well. On a side note, this video is great ...
I guess it was only a matter of time before the Apple clue-less train started to pound on Vista at the annual gathering of the faithful in San Francisco. The Moscone center will be the venue again for the annual gathering of Apple fanboys hanging on Steve Job’s every keynote word. I can only imagine what the nearby Apple Store will look like post keynote! Taken from Engadget, here are some of the banners from the conference – taking a swipe at Microsoft’s Vista. Apple is always ...
So far it has been a solid week with build 5472 of Vista. All previous builds had not lasted this long – the previous record being held by beta two of two days before frustrations drove me to yank it out and replace it with XP SP2. There are still some minor inconveniences, but all in all it is running fabulously. There is quite an improvement in overall speed of responsiveness in the OS in general as well as in IE7. More programs work well with it, although my iPod cannot get its firmware ...
I never bought an iPod - not that I hate it - but I just don't feel like giving my money to Apple nor do I want Apple's sales to go up by 1. Not that I didn't observe/use the device - I played around with enough generations of iPods among work and friends to know whats good and whats bad about it - compared it with my Playsfor Sure devices for years. Today the time has come as we announce Zune, the wait will soon be over. All that speculation that Microsoft is working on an iPod rival are true - ...
So who is Michael J. Hamilton, Sr.? Candidly? I still don't know :) Over a quarter century ago my wife joked that she was going to marry me, we'd have 10 children and live happily ever after. Today? We have 9 children, 5 grandchildren, and I still can't get enough of coding!!! Yea, I know - I lost it a long time ago :) I cut my teeth with the Apple II series some 22 years ago. I wound up working for Apple on the design of the UCSD (Unversity of So. Cal/San Diego) Pascal firmware, as well as firmware ...
So I'm walking in Chapters (Canadian bookstore chain) through the fiction section when I notice a trade paperback...and not just because Torrie Wilson was on the cover. It was a WWE based book called Big Apple Takedown...but it was in the fiction section...no autobiography or anything of some muscle clad roid rager. Interesting, I thought. So I read the synopsis on the back and seriously, I can't make this crap up: “December 2001: Vince McMahon steps out of a snowy night into a diner in upstate ...
What is Atlas? The Atlas features of ASP.NET are not just another AJAX script library for writing client-centric Web applications. Atlas builds on the .NET Framework 2.0 and adds support for better utilizing the capabilities of client-side JavaScript and the XMLHttpRequest object. It includes server-based features that make it easy to enrich existing ASP.NET applications, as well as a client script library that is used by the Atlas controls and services. The architecture diagram in Figure 1 shows ...

I just got a call from 666-666-6666 (which was creepy enough). An automated voice that sounded like the old Apple text to speech guy stammered sputnik at me for a bit then called me a f**kstick and told me to press 3 to remove myself from the calling list.

Kind of weird. It's like the beginning of a horror movie. Hopefully they don't know about Where's Tim!!

There is a lot of people out there these days having fun finding holes in software. A great example is http://browserfun.blogspot.... which has promised to reveal a browser bug a day for the month of July. You can read a news article about it here. Another article you can read here cited Firefox, iTunes, & Skype as the three software applications with the most security vulnerabilities. The complete list was: 1. Firefox 1.0.72. Apple iTunes 6.02 & QuickTime 7.0.33. Skype 1.44. Adobe Acrobat ...
Today is Canada Day, the day we celebrate our great country's birth (and considering that we're the second largest country in the world, it must have been a c-section). So to help educate my non-Canadian friends *coughAmericanscough* here are some fun facts about Canada. White House...we burned itIn 1812 American invaded Canada...er, tried to invade Canada. Not only did we beat them back, but we went to Washington and burnt the Whitehouse down. To hear a musical rendition of what went down, watch ...
Gotta rush, gotta rush! Just 7 days left! Thank goodness the deadline for the contest is at 11:59PM on June 30th, thus giving me virtually an extra 24 hours! Refactoring What project is complete without its own share of tedious refactoring? Today I realized a few follies in my code design, and shifted some logic around. For one, sprites (sprites==entities=='things') are now created from a set of 'sprite templates', rather than generated from a hard-coded list every time one is created. This set contains ...
Yonah is definitely here and at bellow $750. Compaq V5000T 1.66 Duo 15.1' 40GB DVD/CDRW $675 after ($250 in rebates) might or might not have IEEE on the Left side - check. For that matter HP dv1000t 1.83 Duo 14' 80GB $895 after ($150 rebate and free upgrades) or $999 with 2.0 GHz Duo but the same Intel PRO/wireless 3945ABG and similar no Giggy or remote which is useless but cost $15 extra. Compaq configured the same as HP would come to $890, but HP has more options and rebate is only $150 vs $250. ...
Microsoft has launched a Web site outlining the minimum hardware requirements for the next version of the Windows OS, Windows Vista. Apple hasn't announced its intentions for Vista and Boot Camp, but preliminary indications suggest that Intel-based Macs will make the cut. This comes less than a week before the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Seattle. At the show, which kicks off Tuesday, Microsoft and hardware manufacturers are expected to show how Vista will run on a variety ...
Ok so I downloaded, installed, and tried Windows Media Player 11. There is a lot I like about it, the new minimalisting UI is very neat. I really dig it. I love how stuff are organized in the library. They’ve even fixed a few of my earlier gripes (but only a few) The player in its smallest size is still tooo big to tuck anywhere on your screen while you are working (i.e. as default without hunting down for a tini mini skin) Customizable keyboard shortcuts are still missing. Currently as in ...
I’ve been asked by a couple people now for a more complete review of my new PDA phone, and finally have a chance to post my thoughts. One of the reasons I waited is that I wanted to get the new updates installed, and have some time to check them out. Here’s a size comparison with my original Axim X5, the PPC-6700, and my old phone, the Samsung A500. So, the first thing you see is that the PPC-6700 is actually closer in size to my old phone than the Axim. That was one thing I always disliked ...
I fear that with this latest news from Apple, I may not be able to resist the temptation to buy a Mac anymore. I've felt for a while that Apple creates products with a certain "sexy-ness" factor to them. The only preventing factor to date for me when thinking about purchasing a Mac has been that all my development at work takes place on a solely Windows platform. Well, it appears that this is no longer an issue. Oh great. I guess I should start saving up now for the money I'm going to blow :) ...

From MSN MoneyCentral:

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Computer Inc. on Wednesday rolled out a software patch that enables its Intel-based Macintosh computers to install and run Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP operating system.

Apple said that the new software, called "Boot Camp" is available as a download beginning today.

Once upon a time back in 1991 there was a settlement between Apple Corp(the Beatles Company) and Apple Computer which basically stated that Apple Computer will not deal with the business of selling music. Something perfectly reasonable at that time. Fastforward to today (2006), Apple Computer sells music (the digital kind) via Itunes which is the reason for this lawsuit. It will be interesting to see how this plays out ...
Day one at Office Dev Con 2006 was full of information. On the non-technical side, the people are great, the wifi is pervasive, the food is decent and plentiful and the fabled Microsoft coolers full of pop, juice and other beverages are always magically full. Perhaps they employ gnomes or house elfs? If I had one complaint is was distributing the Office 2007 beta 1 refresh to us via BetaPlace. We are on day two and we still don’t have our welcome emails so we can access the builds. For me, ...

Don't own an iPod but want to sync with iTunes?  Get iTunes Agent, an open-source project written in .NET 2.0 before Apple shuts them down.

 

Looks like neither mplayer nor xine could play .smil playlist. Apple way of converting .smil to .mov by adding SMILtext and saving as .mov is a hack. And .qtl could be used to playout supported content in full screen despite Apples efforts to collect money for the priviledge ...
So far Apple kept their Podcast Chapter Tool private and only available of OSX. Trying to hack it out have been unsuccessful so far. My guess is that is because editing .mp4 is supported in QT 7.x and QuickTime for Java is QT 6.x. Anyhow, the easiest way to edit .mov (and .mp4?) is using quicktime.std.movies of QuickTime for Java. Here are examples Part 1 and Part 2 or this. Still, not very clear how to create .mov refferencing external movies? Is it as simple as creating Movie and saving it without ...
Amazon started selling Intel based Mac Mini. Mac Mini 1.5GHz Solo is at $599.99 and Mac Mini 1.66GHz Duo is at $799.99 or both are at MSRP. Amazon runs $25 mail in rebate on both until 03/21/06. Mac Mini review by arstechnica pointed out that MacMini CPU is socketed and thus MacMinis are upgradable, but at least for now it is quite expensive $300 to go to Core Duo 1.83GHz and $400+ for Core Duo 2GHz. Still, it makes MacMini very cheap Yonah entry-level box that could have longer life with CPU upgrades. ...
So Apple released Intel based MacMini with their stinky old remote. At $799 Core Duo version is competative with lower end Pentium D boxes starting at $700+, alas Gateways and such offer more raw power and disk space (2.8GHz, 2x1MB L2, 800 MHz, 1GB RAM, 250GB HD vs. 1.66GHz, 2x1MB L2, 667MHz, 512 MB RAM, 80GB HD), but lack extras like 1G ethernet, bluetooth and built in wireless. Oh did I forgot remote? Anyhow, looks like for the first time ever Apple appears if not cheap, but at least as a good ...
Steve Wozniak's remarks regarding Apple's switch to Intel interest me. I bet a lot of Apple employees working on the project felt the same way. His comments provide another excellent example of the pain related to this innovation. "It's like consorting with the enemy. We've had this long history of saying that the enemy is the big black-hatted guys, and they kind of represent evil. All of a sudden we're the same in this hardware regard, so it's a little hard to swallow your words from the past." ...
I have always been a Don Knotts fan. I grew up watching Andy Griffith with my dad, and have many fond memories of the show. If I'm casually flipping through channels, and happen to come across an old episode, I'll stop and watch it. Then came the movies, like "The Apple Dumpling Gang", or "Mr. Limpet", or "The Shakiest Gun in the West." Knotts was an incredible physical comedian. He was one of the best of a generation that is beginning its final curtain call. Thanks for all the laughs, Don. ...

Beyond the learning curve, install problems, technical issues, etc.  There is really one big reason I don't leave Windows.  Visual Studio.  I have worked with Java and PHP but nothing compares to the Visual Studio .NET / ASP.NET 2.0 experience.

Without this, I would strongly consider both Apple and Linux.

I spoiled myself today. I received my annual bonus at work and I outright spoiled myself. Actually, for me, that would be an understatement. I splurged so much it isn't even funny. What did I do? I went out and bought a 4GB iPod Nano _and_ a PSP (and all sorts of accessories for both of them). When I came home and unpacked my babies from their packaging, I came upon a realization: both of these devices are incredibly sexy. I don't mean they are sexy as in "cool". I mean they are "feel a tingling ...
Before any team releases a product, they must consider the importance of protecting the consumer. That makes a lot of sense. But, in this case, I think the consumer needed to exercise some common sense. Apple provided a wonderful product with very nice headphones. No one ever told the user they needed to turn the volume all the way up. People have been warning me about the dangers of listening too loud for years. This is a great FAQ from the American Tinnitus Foundation. Stereophile has also advocated ...
I am working in a Starbucks at the moment in Cincinnati. There are about 20 people sitting in hear at the moment and 12 of them are in front of laptops. I have counted 6 Treo’s and 1 Samsung i730. There are 2 Apple laptops and the rest are Wintel. This is probably the highest ratio of geek tech to coffee drinkers I have seen in a local Starbucks in a while . . . Next door they built a “Nothing but Noodles” that offers free wifi. So do you think I am paying $9.99 for Starbuck’s ...
I have to admit, I was pretty excited for Intel when Apple announced it would begin shipping boxes using their Core Duo processor. I think their marketing around the change is silly. In fact, it made me laugh out loud when I saw it. The idea that, after years of claiming the PowerPC chip is infinitely better than the Intel processors driving PCs and linux boxes around the planet, Apple is somehow, “setting the Intel free” by using these chips, can only be described as clever spin. (Not ...
By now you have seen the news about Disney buying Pixar, and how Steve Jobs will become the single largest shareholder at Disney. Charles Cooper at CNet poses the question: How long before Jobs is Disney's new boss?: As long as Disney's earnings-per-share continue to climb, there's no pressing reason for Jobs to enter the picture. But we're talking about a legendary entrepreneur with a unique understanding of both the computer and entertainment industries. I think at this point (and I am such the ...

Okay, so this post is not about features. I just thought it was funny that my last post was about something Apple did very right, and now this one is an Apple basher.

Why Macs Suck (Put on headphones for this video if you are at work.)

On the back of my comments about Citrix and it's competitors, it was interesting to unearth this little gem about the Software companies from the viewpoint of a developer.... Oracle and SAP say that enterprise software is boiling down to three or four vendors. Why bother with all of the moving parts, they ask, while citing industry statistics that make it sound inevitable. I'm placing my bet on the other end of the spectrum. The next few years will see the rise and fall of technology empires and ...

I'm in the middle of upgrading my mail server.  To test the upgrade, I installed an old version of Microsoft's Virtual PC, and then put Server 2003 on it to test the upgrade without messing up the actual machine.

My next trick is to see if I can install Mac OS/X (Darwin) on Virtual PC.  It's available from the Apple Developer's Site.

They don't have a live video feed from Steve Jobs' keynote, but according to some sites reporting from inside the keynote, Apple just announce availability of Intel-based iMacs, shipping today. Also announced the new MacBook Pro, an Intel duo Core replacement for the Powerbook. Dual processor, 4-5x faster than its predecessors, and the “fastest notebook ever.” For a live report of the keynote main points, see http://www.macrumorslive.co... or http://engadget.com/2006/01... ...
Me and my Boss: When I Take a long time to finish, I am slow, When my boss takes a long time, he is thorough, When I don't do it, I am lazy, When my boss does not do it, he is busy, When I do something without being told, I am trying to be smart, When my boss does the same, he takes the initiative, When I please my boss, I am apple polishing, When my boss pleases his boss, he is cooperating, When I make a mistake, I am an idiot. When my boss makes a mistake, he's only human. When I am out of the ...
Apple iPod mini Blue 4GB MP3 Player + Car Kit +Armband $225.00 APPLE IPOD 20GB 4TH GENERATION 5,000 SONGS! $167.98 APPLE IPOD 20GB 4TH GENERATION 5,000 SONGS! $140.61 Apple iPod Fourth Generation 20 Gig with iTrip Neoprene $177.50 APPLE IPOD NANO BLACK 2GB MP3 PLAYER BONUS CAR CHARGER $157.50 APPLE IPOD 40GB HARD DRIVE FROM 4TH GENERATION $95.60 APPLE IPOD 20GB HARD DRIVE FROM 4TH GENERATION $67.00 iTrip by Griffin Technology for Apple iPod FM transmit $15.50 ...
Unless you have been hiding under a rock you have seen the numerous articles out there pitting Microsoft against Google. A think a lot of the fools buying this bunch of crap are Microsoft haters still lamenting the downfall of Netscape and still wondering why Apple isn't the corporate desktop standard. I know rich web apps, software as a service, and open source is a threat to Microsoft's current marketshare but Office, Windows, IE, SQL Server, Visual Studio, etc, etc, etc are safe for a very long ...
New Page 1 The best way to describe this space is : scrap paper - loose sheets of paper, often already partly used, for writing notes on. For many reasons I feel the current timeslot to be a highly active one. A lot of things are happening. Applications are moving away from the PC to the internet. Computing is becoming more and more pervasive. The size of information we used to manage is getting bigger and bigger. There was a period when I used to wonder why the chip makers always try to make the ...
Pure sweetness — if you own a series 2 TiVo, the below procedure allows you to use the “video to go” function to get shows on to your Video iPod. There are a few steps and 2 different programs you have to get the video converted through, but once mastered it is easily scriptable\batchable. Let the goodness begin. I am going to see if I can get the USC vs. Notre Dame game from this weekend on the iPod to watch . . . How-To: Get TV shows off of your TiVo and onto your iPod (with video) ...
I've now been living in London (this time around) since '99, and shortly after getting here I took myself off to Tottenham Road Computer Fairs with a shopping list and built my own. If I remember correctly it started off life as a PIII 500, etc.... and then after a while it was upped to a PIII 800 (still Slot One)... then came the first of 3 (Yes that's right 3!) Motherboard upgrades that has seen this humble beast now up at P4 3.06. Along the way it has had the original PSU replaced with a Tagan ...
Via Darren and Boing Boing, a very neat re-imagined trailer for The Shining. I found this one absolutely hilarious. It's like the feel good movie of the fall! Also from the same guys are trailers for West Side Story and Titanic. Not as well done in my opinion, but neat nonetheless. Note: The links are directly to the trailers, so be prepared to wait a while for them to dowload. Or right-click and select “Save As“ to save them locally. Oh! and you need Apple Quicktime to view them. Currently ...
Here is a question and one that a friend of mine brought up. Should we have a face of Technology. This would be someone who represents technology, gadgets and software around the world? The idea is that one person could represent the technological voice in images, voice and video. So far there has been no one big loud voice in technology. (OK I am going to get a lot of shouts back for that... but you will see what I mean when I explain a little better I hope!) Yes we have Bill Gates and all his people ...