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Bitten by the trolls or crushed by bureaucracy

July 11th, 2011 Comments off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seems that high-tech just can’t get a break with the legal system these days. If you don’t hold a patent for something you develop, you can someone else does and will slap you with a law suit. If you go buy a bunch of patents that relate to your business to protect yourself from the trolls then you get investigated by govt antitrust regulators.  It’s enough to make a guy give up!

 

Antitrust Investigation of Apple Led Nortel Patent Purchase – Mac Rumors.

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The Osborne 1 started the journey to the #iPad

April 3rd, 2011 Comments off

 

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Not what we would call a portable solution today, the Osborne 1 was the first luggable step on a path that just 30 years later lead to the iPad. Happy birthday Osborne 1 !

Osborne 1 celebrates its 30th birthday, and that of the portable computing revolution — Engadget.

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#Backblaze – A #Mozy killer?

September 6th, 2010 1 comment

I think I might have found an online backup service that works for me.

After several failed and frustrating attempts getting Mozy to deliver on its promises I finally gave up and went searching for alternatives.

OnlineBackupDeals has a good comparison page of currently available online backup services. It was here I found BackBlaze. Written primarily for the Mac user but with a Windows port, it gives me all I need. Most importantly, unlimited backup capacity for $5/mo and the ability to effortlessly backup external drives. This last feature was Mozy’s final undoing. Despite claiming that they support the backup of “Mounted” drives (including permanently attached USB, FireWire, etc) I’ve been unable to get the data on my My Book secured by their service. BackBlaze didn’t hesitate. It scanned the drives on the Mac and immediately started backing up all 2TB of the data it found.

There are some limitations. By default it doesn’t backup System files or Applications. Files over 4GB in size are passed over too. However these settings and the ones that exclude specific file types like virtual images are all customizable in the preference pane, making it easy to craft the protection you need.

Stay tuned for the restore test after the first backup completes.

Easiest Online Backup Service – Backblaze.

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#HTC 1 – An #iPhone Killer?

July 12th, 2010 Comments off

Most other smart-phones look like a student design project when compared tot he iPhone. Here’s a student design project that could be a iPhone killer. Taking gorgeous to the next level it wins on looks alone but as we all know a pretty face does not a winner make.

design fabulous: HTC 1.

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#Palm Prices Plummet – No #iPhone Killer Here

January 22nd, 2010 Comments off

When your price collapses this quickly you know you’re not an iPhone killer.  A few short months after their well accepted launch, the Palm Pre family of smartphones are hitting the bargain bin with a thud.

Verizon is n a price cutting spree for sure but now the Pre is up on a buy 1 get 1 free deal.  Not the ld Pre, but the new Plus models.  Given the buzz at launch you’d have thought that these puppies would have held their price longer.

the iPhone shrugs…

Verizon Confirms Pre Plus and Pixi Plus Costs, Buy One Get One Free Offer – Palm pre plus verizon – Gizmodo.

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#Windows7 is nothing like #Mac #OSX – “Trust us”, #Microsoft

November 13th, 2009 Comments off

If, like me you’ve been chuckling more than a little about the fact that a Sr Microsoftie Simon Aldous came clean was horribly mistaken earlier this week when he admitted inaccurately told the press that Windows 7 owes its look and feel to Apple’s OS X. You’ll be relieved that Microsoft has now settled the matter officially stating that Me Aldous’ comments were “Totally inaccurate”.

Methinks that our friends in Redmond doth protest too much.  After all, the fact that Windows 7 has an alpha blended UI at last is total coincidence and that the new task bar highly resembles Apple’s Dock is just a perception issue. Anyone thinking that Windows 7’s new thumbnail view for running application looks anything like Apple’s Stacks must have mud in their eye.  Not forgetting that Windows 7 now supports multi-touch (oh what innovation!) is in no way influenced by the fact that Apple brought that technology to market over 3 years ago. Lastly be mindful that the brand new Microsoft retail stores look almost exactly like in no way resemble the Apple stores we’ve all been packing into for years.

Most importantly know that Microsoft thrives off innovation……  just not their own innovation!

Microsoft denies employee’s comments about copying Apple | Mac OS X | MacUser | Macworld.

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#Sidekick ed into touch. #iPhone still on cloud 9

October 11th, 2009 Comments off

SidekickCloud computing is the current darling of the IT business.  Companies all over are looking for new and exciting services to bring to market with no or low client footprint. Read more…

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Quick! Jump on the bandwagon – #iPhone OS 3.1 breaks #Exchange – Pfft!

September 18th, 2009 Comments off

Lately I’ve noticed a depressing plumet in half-way objective blogging about Apple on certain “mainstream” web sites.  All too often are they rushing to beat the drum on how Snow Leopard is just like Windows 7 – a bug fix…  Dream on people.

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Want an iPhone 3Gs from AT&T? – Forget it! #mac #iPhone

June 13th, 2009 Comments off

iPhone 3G SAT&T have already sold out of their initial shipment of iPhone 3GS units.  If you haven’t already placed your pre-order (and received a confirmation) then try Apple instead as it’ll be a while before AT&T have them back in stock. Read more…

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We get it, Windows means cheap hardware #mac #tech

May 18th, 2009 Comments off

One of the most rational piece’s on the “I’m a Mac” vs “Laptop Hunter” ad series that I’ve read.  Aron does a great job of analyzing the ads, their intention and their real message.  Nice to see this topic discussed in a way that avoids the finger pointing, name calling and hair pulling of others (yours truly probably included).

We get it, Windows means cheap hardware.

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Intel: A CPU in Every Pocket by 2011 #tech #iphone #smartphone

May 17th, 2009 Comments off

One of things you have to trade off as a tech vendor is what you share with your partners & customers and what you keep secret.  Apple is at one end of the spectrum with their legendary secrecy.  Intel might be thinking about taking a page from their book as their small form-factor CPU roadmap for the next two years gets leaked to the press.   Read more…

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Microsoft – Sticking it to the little guy again. #Security #Apple #Mac

May 13th, 2009 Comments off

msft_logoWell Redmond’s panic over Apple’s increase in market share, both in the USA and overseas seems to be spilling over and clouding its judgement on issues that it needs to be seen as being very cooperative on.   Read more…

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Are you a Mac, a Megan or a PC sufferer? #Apple #Mac

May 12th, 2009 Comments off

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Apple just launched a new set of “I’m a Mac” TV ads.  This time they are addressing Microsoft’s recent attempt to take a byte out of Apple by attacking the price of Macs. Read more…

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MacWorld diggs into Apples OS X 10.5.7 update #Apple #Mac #OSX

May 12th, 2009 Comments off


Rob Griffiths over at the recently downsized MacWorld takes a long hard look at what exactly is in Apples latest OS update 10.5.7 which might well be the last update the OS sees before Snow Leopard ships later this year.

Digging into Apples OS X 10.5.7 update | Mac OS X | Editors Notes | Macworld.

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Windows 7 – Horse Feathers! #tech #Windows7

May 10th, 2009 4 comments

So I know I’m going to get flack for this one, but Windows 7 bunnies, I’m about to burst your bubble. Read more…

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Apple Adds Chinese Handwriting. Could this be more proof of a Mac tablet?

May 8th, 2009 Comments off

apple-logo-thumb.pngThere have been rumors flying around for months (if not years) about the “soon the be released” Apple tablet computer.  The closest we’ve come so far to actually getting such a device has been the iPhone.  Portable, connected and pretty full featured, internet-wise and built on the cult of the Newton..  However at heart, it’s still a phone (albeit a frakkin amazing one! – yes, Fanboi – yawn). Read more…

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Apple storms the UK!

May 8th, 2009 Comments off

OK, call me a fanboi if you like but data is data and it’s hard to argue with numbers like these.

PC sales in the UK slid by 5.1% in the first quarter of 2009 while Apple’s sales grew by 6.6% during that same time. This trend really puts into question Microsoft’s whole premise that Macs are too expensive for the average guy/gal (whoever they are). Surely if that were the case Microsoft would have gained market share based on the sale of cheap netbooks. Not so. Read more…

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FaceBook for the iPhone or WinMob? Which would you chose?

May 7th, 2009 Comments off

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The faceBook app for Windows Mobile is finally released. There are a ton of reviews of it out there so I won’t try to repeat them or paraphrase. I guess really all you need to do is take a look (click the images for a closer look). WinMob on the left vs iPhone on the right. Which would you chose? (PS. I’m not a PC!)


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Next iPhone – Hike while watching Star Trek

May 7th, 2009 Comments off

Our good friends over at MacRumors picked up on BoyGeniusReport that shows the iPhone 3.0 firmware was support for not only the current accelerometer but the ability to log motion and compass heading.

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Depeche Mode – Sounds of the Universe – The iPhone App

May 7th, 2009 Comments off

If, like me, you’re a fan of 80’s music you’ll know, unless you’ve been living under a rock, that Depeche Mode have just released their long awaited follow up to “Playing the Angel” called “Sounds of the Universe”. I’ve got to admit that the album is still growing on me with the first single release “Wrong” being a huge stand out. Read more…

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Apple now scrubbing for iPhone 3.0 support

May 7th, 2009 Comments off

Apple’s shiny newversion of itsiPhone OS is getting close to release. Beta builds are coming more frequently and WWDC is just a few weeks away. Coincidence? I think not. Read more…

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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

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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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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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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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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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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