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Windows 7 not shipping before 2010 OFFICAL

April 30th, 2009 Comments off

Well pop pickers, now it seems that we can all relax and enjoy OS X Snow Leopard safe in the knowledge that Winblows 7 isn’t even likely to ship before 2010. I guessRedmondhas plenty of time to fire up its photocopiers. Read more…

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Let your iPhone tell you were the Swine Flu is!

April 30th, 2009 Comments off

 

OK.  The Swine Flu thing just jumped the shark! 

Gizmodo – Swine Flu Tracker iPhone App Allows You to Panic Anywhere – Swine flu app.

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A Tempest about Augmented Reality

April 30th, 2009 Comments off

I blogged a while ago about a GREAT TED video on augmented reality (see below or archives). Engadget posted a fun piece today on that subject. I’m not convinced that what you see in the video is actually AR. I know enough about Final Cut Studio to know that all this could be post-processing. Still it makes a good point in a fun way.

Marco Tempest’s Augmented Reality card trick makes David Copperfield look positively ludditic.


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Good Kindle Bad Kindle

April 30th, 2009 Comments off

One of the features of Kindle I’ve really used a lot is its ability to have your documents (PDFs, Word Docs, etc) converted and sent to the device simply by emailing the file to a special address that only your Kindle knows about. Read more…

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Apple hasn’t lost its appetite for chips!

April 29th, 2009 Comments off

It’s becoming clear that Apple has a growing interest in chip technology. Since it’s partnerships in the late 80s and early 90s resulting in advanced versions of the ARM family of CPUs Apple has continued to dabble in chip design. Recently this “hobby” has become a more tangiblestrategyfor Cupertino, with the acquisition last year of PA Semi and the hiring of chip “gurus” from both IBM and ATI. Read more…

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Twitter users are a fickle bunch!

April 29th, 2009 Comments off

According to Neilsen Online, a company who measures internet traffic and sells the data to advertisers, Twitter users are a fickle bunch. They assert that 60% of people who sign up for Twitter don’t return to the site after a month. Read more…

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Apple’s WWDC 09 conference for iPhone and Mac developers sells out for a second year

April 28th, 2009 Comments off

For the second year in a row Apple’s annual World Wide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco has sold out weeks before the event. This year all tickets were snapped up earlier than for 2008’s conference, implying that demand was even higher despite our economic woes. Read more…

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Microsoft to Launch iPhone Rival on Verizon Early Next Year? – Mac Rumors

April 28th, 2009 Comments off

Oh I can’t wait.  This is going to be hilarious!!!  ZunePhone – ROAR.

Microsoft to Launch iPhone Rival on Verizon Early Next Year? – Mac Rumors.

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Sophos agrees with McAfee – Social Networks can be a data risk!

April 28th, 2009 Comments off

Computer security vendor Sophos supports McAfee’s position that IT departments need to pay close attention to what their users are doing over social networks.

There is a tangible risk to data security by users casually discussing work-related topics over sites like FaceBook, MySpace, Twitter, etc, etc. Read more…

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Not the most important issue facing the country.

April 28th, 2009 Comments off

Well, for once I agree with the Republicans!

Gay marriage is NOT the most important issues facing the USA today.  Nor was it 4 years ago but that didn’t stop them from using it as a stick to beat down the civil liberties and democratic groups that were trying to secure equal rights for all Americans.

What’s changed? The GOP has finally woken up to the fact it’s a vote loser.  Go figure.

On Politics – Signs G.O.P. Is Rethinking Stance on Gay Marriage – NYTimes.com.

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Video: UK Home Secretary delays 1984 by a few years

April 28th, 2009 Comments off

This is disturbing news to be reading over my early morning coffee. I could launch into a rant about nanny states and the crazy lengths to which the UK’s government seems willing to go to exert power un-necessarilyover its unwitting populous. I’ve done all that before so I’ll just leave it up to you to read the whole story after the break and make up your own mind. All I will say is that most of the privacy invasion going on in the UK these days makes anything that W did in the USA look like child’s play.

Scary stuff. Glad I emigrated all those years ago…

Video: UK Home Secretary delays 1984 by a few years.


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Beam me up Jobso!

April 27th, 2009 Comments off

Are Apple FINALLY going to make my Star Trek fantasies come true? Any of you who’ve watched the TV show will know exactly what I mean. For years I’ve wanted a PADD like device. Something small enough to carry around easily, with enough functionality to do most of the things that I use a Mac for today but without the wires, synching and other tethers of todays laptops. Read more…

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EFF slaps Apple back for heavy-handed DMCA suit

April 27th, 2009 Comments off

So one of Bill Clinton’s less well thought through acts (apart from those involving blue cocktail dresses) was the DigitalMillenniumCopyright Act (DMCA). Apart from suffering the fate of having the all toocliché “Millennium” in its name, it suffers from being too broad, too vague and too encroaching on well established pieces of case law like fair use and reverse engineering. Read more…

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Canadian’s find spam distasteful – at last

April 27th, 2009 Comments off

The long awaited Canadian anti-spam act has finally been introduced for consideration. Hopefully it will see more success than it’s counterpart South of their border but I’m not holding my breath. It’s a nobel effort, but hoping you can intimidate spammers into changing their ways with the odd act here and there isn’t realistic and certainly isn’t a substitute for a state-of-the-art spam filter such as offered by McAfee’s Email & Web Security products.

More detail at cbc.ca


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IBM’s Papermaster finally gets to be Apple’s iPhone master

April 27th, 2009 Comments off

Apple can finally welcome one of its newest employees in waiting. Mark Papermaster is at last allowed to take up his position with the company. Much delayed by theshenanigansIBM decided to pull by claiming that his choice to join Cupertino in some way damaged their oh so buoyant CPU business. Read more…

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Android 1 and half ships!

April 27th, 2009 Comments off

YEAH! Android 1.5 SDK shipped! Oh… What’s that you say?? Yawn? Well I guess some folks are excited but I must admit that I’m finding hard to be thrilled. They say they’ve sold 1 million ofthesephones but I’ve yet to see one being used in public. Maybe I’d have better luck if I wasn’t such a hermit.

Android Developers Blog: Android 1.5 is here! .


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Juxtaposer for iPhone Review | Software | iPhone Central | Macworld

April 27th, 2009 Comments off

I’ve been using Juxtaposer for a while. It’s a rock solid little app. Macworld’s review of the latest version will give you a good feel for how easy it is to get creative with the images on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Juxtaposer for iPhone Review | Software | iPhone Central | Macworld.


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Steve Jobs’ Thoughts on Accepting Apple’s CEO Position and More – Mac Rumors

April 27th, 2009 Comments off

Steve Jobs recent deposition is now a matter of public record. MacRumors picks up on his reason for not initially taking on the title of CEO of Apple.

Steve Jobs’ Thoughts on Accepting Apple’s CEO Position and More – Mac Rumors.


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Apple & Microsoft OS updates to use GPUs for more than graphics

April 27th, 2009 Comments off

New technologies in Apple’s upcoming OSX Snow Leopard and Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating systems offer a way for the incredible and mainly untapped processing power of Graphic Processing Units (GPUs) to be utilized by the system for tasks that go way beyond rendering images. Read more…

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Windows 7 the most anticipated bug fix of the year – Computerworld Blogs

April 27th, 2009 Comments off

According to some who read the tea-leaves in the whacky world of Windows, version 7’s release candidate is just days away from public availability.   Read more…

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SlingPlayer for iPhone getting closer to release?

April 26th, 2009 Comments off

For anyone who travels or likes to keep up with their favorite TV shows when they are on the go, SlingBox is a great solution!  Now the introduction of the iPhone client app is getting close and AT&T have backed down from their ridiculous position on video over the 3G network.

Let the pocket sized tailgating begin!

SlingPlayer for iPhone getting closer to release?.

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Mega Star Trek Movie link roundup

April 26th, 2009 Comments off

With the new and stunning looking Star Trek movie just days away I thought it would be useful to compile a roundup of links related to the movie. Read more…

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U.S. Steps Up Alert as More Swine Flu Is Found – washingtonpost.com

April 26th, 2009 Comments off

This really worries me.  This stuff spreads so fast and you can get exposed by people who aren’t even showing symptoms.  I’m going to stay away from anyone who’s recently been to Mexico until they are way past the incubation period.

U.S. Steps Up Alert as More Swine Flu Is Found – washingtonpost.com.

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The Final Cut still stings

April 25th, 2009 Comments off

Today I went to visit an amazing place. Amazing not for it’s beauty or spiritual significance or for it’s healing powers or even for its wine. The thing that this place is dedicated to is nuclear destruction. Yeah that’s right, blowing our asses off the face of the planet. So why is this amazing and why was I there? Well, those who know me know that I have this weird fascination with nuclear history so learning that there was a fully functional Nike Hercules missile site just 10 miles from me piqued my interest!

This is a tease because I’m going to blog about the place and the visit in detail in an upcoming blog (trust me, you won’t have to wait long). What it did make me do is to sit down and listen to Pink Floyd’s album “The Final Cut”. The band made this just after the ill-advised Falklands’ war. Margaret Thatcher’s final act of madness. In true Bushian style, she put the whole country at risk for political gain. Many lost their lives, much damage was done, but we saved a few thousand sheep there from the hands of those evil Argentineans. I’m sure they were very relieved.

There’s something about Roger Waters’ lyrics on this album that draws on his personal history of losing his Father in WWII (which spawned Floyd’s opus “The Wall” ) that makes it all slam home with such vivid terror that you can’t help but stop and think about what we as a civilization do in the name of peace.

The USA suffers the most from this I believe. Being the only country on Earth to have ever used nuclear weapons in combat, I think, makes the US particularly sensitive to both the power to be gained and the price that has to be paid.

It was tangible today as I watched Nike Hercules missiles be raised from their bunker as they would have been when being readied to fire against the enemy. Just the sound of them being launched would kill you if you were any where near by. This is truly horrific power. Power that we need to put down and walk away from if we ever hope to lead normal lives.

To quote Waters

The rusty wire that holds the cork that keeps the anger in, gives way and suddenly it’s day again. The sun is in the East even though the day is done. Two suns in the sunset, could be the human race is run.


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Microsoft can’t even get it right for big bucks!

April 25th, 2009 Comments off

If you, like me, think that Microsoft is so off course that it’s going to take a reboot of it’s mid 90’s IE proportions to turn it around then you’re going to get a giggle out of this.

Not only do they have the gall to charge $17K for their questionably useful “Surface” touch table computer thingy but it seems that usability is extra at that price.

Didn’t anyone in Redmond think that a very expensive TOUCH device should be able to be set up using TOUCH?? Apparently not as not only is it almost impossible to plug it in without a tech support call but then you have to dig out a keyboard and mouse to configure it… Insane.

Oh poor confused, out of touch,increasingirrelevant M$FT.

Microsoft Surface setup impressions: “filled with mind-bogglingly frustrating usability issues”.


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Microsoft’s worst third quarter ever – Computerworld Blogs

April 24th, 2009 Comments off

So MSFT’s lack of ability to keep their eye on the ball is finally catching up with them.  Now I know times are hard, etc, but for MSFT to actually see a decline in revenue, not just a missed goal is pretty darn significant.

Maybe this will be a wake up call that Redmond will listen to.  The IT industry doesn’t take prisoners, it eats its own.  IBM, ICL, SGI more recently Sun all suffered a huge shift in their industry positions after making one fatal mistake – Thinking they knew better than their customers.

MSFT is a big ship to turn around, it’s going to be interesting to see how and if they can do it.

Microsoft’s worst third quarter ever – Computerworld Blogs.

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Jesus is a KitKat – WTF?

April 12th, 2009 Comments off

So, kiddies, suspend disbelief about the whole savior thing for a second and put yourselves in the shoes of our friends who truly believe in Jesus.  I’m not knocking them, or their faith.  I actually have a huge respect for faith so run with me here for a second.

I have 2 questions about this.

  1. Who takes time to examine their KitKat bars between bites in the hope that they will see a rendition of their savior?
  2. WHY would Jesus chose to come back to us as a snack food?

Sorry……  Had to ask…

Gizmodo – Its Easter: Eat Jesus In a Kit Kat – Easter.

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World’s Fastest Teasmade

April 6th, 2009 Comments off

One lump or two?

This just begs the question “Why?”.  I mean it’s fun to go fast and break records and stuff, but steam powered?  Charles Barnett III hopes to break the previous land speed record for a beverage maker which was set back in 1906 by the US’s Fred Marriott who scooted across the Mojave at 127.658 mph, tea bags in one hand, sugar cubes in the other.

The original Teasmade

Now I’d hope that after over 100 years of brewing evolution that today’s Earl Grey connoisseur would be able to out pace gramps but you never know.  They don’t make them like they used to!

Gizmodo – World’s Fastest Kettle: Steam Supercar to Break 170MPH Barrier – World’s Fastest Kettle.

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Dong by another name

April 5th, 2009 Comments off

Kim Jong Dong
There’s something about a tin-pot unfashionable midget dictator with an overwhelming porno fetish who can’t get his missile up, even if it has got “Dong” in its name that brings out the 14 yr old in me.  Can’t think why!

If I were you Kim Yong, I’d stick to back combing what’s left of my hair and ordering back issues of Hustler from those corrupt, evil, pig-dog capitalist scum people..  On the whole less embarrassing.

Gizmodo – North Korea Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Fails Miserably – ICBM.

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AT&T tweaks wireless terms of service to forbid video streaming, filesharing, data tethering

April 3rd, 2009 Comments off

Is it me or is it pretty pointless having networks that you’re not allowed to do anything on?  I thought mobile video conferencing was something the carriers were encouraging!  Their “unlimited” plans cap at 5GB/mo anyway.  After that you pay through the nose per byte.  So what is there to lose?

This just reeks of stodgy, old-f-touch old men, making dumb-ass decisions about technology they don’t understand and are probably afraid of.  When did we hand the internet over to these goons?

AT&T tweaks wireless terms of service to forbid video streaming, filesharing, data tethering.

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