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Jeez, LiveJournal, guys. Does anyone still use this? The only reason I'm visiting now is because I keep getting spam comments to my most recent blog entry. Sad. Microblogging has sure taken things over hasn't it?

Maybe not. If you still LJ, reply to this. I'm curious!

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I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly...
--- Ron Burgundy

The Glenlivet 12, on the rocks. So damned good.

Kyocera designed. $599. Microsoft Technology. Look out, road warriors.

Eight-large of memory, 2.4 under the hood. 16 hour battery life.

Connect it to your satellite-enabled Zune!

Introducing the Microsoft UltraTRON 10KCollapse )

Originally published at Contemplate Infinity. You can comment here or there.

Kyocera designed. $599. Microsoft Technology. Look out, road warriors.

Eight-large of memory, 2.4 under the hood. 16 hour battery life.

Connect it to your satellite-enabled Zune!

Introducing the Microsoft UltraTRON 10KCollapse )

Well, I read the announcements today during lunch, and this evening watched the streaming video, and looked through the updated Apple site.

Not a good WWDC. They demoed some great technology, but there was a lot of hand waving and maneuvering. There are still a lot of unanswered questions and things left unsaid. It leaves you anticipating some things, but also wondering what exactly is going on at 1 Infinite Loop, and not in the usual good way.

I’d like to just touch on a few things that didn’t resonate too well with me. I’ll be covering topics in, generally, reverse order since I just finished watching the video, and the end is freshest in my mind.

1- The iPhone software development “solution” is not. They basically said, “haha, no, but you can write a webapp and it looks almost the same and will catch strings it recognizes so you can do maps, email, and make calls!” Sorry, guys, this doesn’t make up for a lack of a SSH client. Provide one, or open up the device so someone else can write one. Until then, the iPhone is a very hard sell for me, especially at the price. Also, it’d be nice to have additional functionality when you were off the network, eg on plane.

2- OK, speaking of iPhone price, we know its costs, know what it can do, and we knew it was coming out on the 29th. There are still a lot of questions about what the plans will look like. I assume the details haven’t been finalized yet, and that’s why they were absent… but what a damn shame. You’d figure this close to release they’d be able to give someone a heads up. Honestly, if the price of the *contract* is really affordable (say, $40-50/month for a normal 500/5000 minutes + “unlimited data”, ok… I could do that, compared to a normal unlimited data plan with the same minutes being, oh, $80-100 normally, at least from the GNU at&t. And the iPhone is nice.. so for price I could overlook not having SSH. My current phone doesn’t.

3- Safari. Ok, you released it to Windows. Good thing for 1, since you’re telling people “webapps or GTFO” except.. when the topic was brought in, regarding Marketshare. A graph was displayed with IE 78%, Firefox 15%, Safari 5%, and everything else, 2%. “Well, we dream big. We would love for Safari’s marketshare to grow substantially.” At which point, IE stayed unchanged and Safari extended to cover the entire remaining 22%.

PUMP. YO. BRAKES. I thinks you just ran over the fox, fool!

Firefox is the only truly cross platform browser he mentioned. I can’t run IE or Safari on my Linux desktop, you insensitive clod! Bastard guy! It’s the most popular open source, extensible browser on the market, and it’s making a great difference with sites’ web standards compliance. You want to target their audience? Also part of what makes Firefox so successful is the whole community making extensions for it. Safari can’t touch the breadth of capabilities Firefox can do via extensions — on all the platforms firefox supports!

And why didn’t they dip at all into IE’s share? Target them. Not only so then you wouldn’t be playing opposite the open source good guy (bad move..) but also because you’d be more likely to swing iTunes-using iPod-having otherwise 100% IE users more likely than getting someone who’s made a switch to Firefox.

Ugh.

4- I don’t like the new default background and the translucent menubar in Leopard. :-)

The translucence would be a nice option in the desktop/screensaver control panel, but on by default? Also, I always appreciated the subtle default background of Mac OS X. It was plain and clean enough to be suitable in any environment, business or home, and it was always something that could be changed easily by the user anyway. Now, it’s something I’d start to feel compelled to change on a default system installation in a commercial environment.

Let Microsoft drop you into Fischer Price on first boot. I’d rather my mac maintain a level of decorum, at least out of box. :-P
5- Leopard. Again, the absence of new information.

One year ago at the last WWDC, Jobs spoke about the presence of top secret features that couldn’t be demoed or even mentioned. “See you next summer at WWDC 07!” OK, word, sounds exciting! So, here we are. One year later. Leopard feature-complete demo! Throw down on the top secret, Steve! Cough it up!

Ten things… right, right, ok. Well, after about #3 or #4, I was hearing a lot of stuff that had already been covered in previous demos. Some items were examined in slightly more detail, and there were a lot of nice innovations displayed, but the totally new stuff demoed came down to a refreshed desktop, dock and finder, plus quick look (certainly a very important piece of software since it’s hooked from iChat, Finder and Time Machine, etc.) and stacks.

Good stuff, yeah, and I’m looking forward to it… but top secret? Where’s the secret sauce, Steve! That was a lot of time spent covering old material.. at a developer’s conference! This isn’t Macworld — no need for a review! Most developers know what was previously discussed.

That’s not to say I don’t appreciate the new features and updates. Some, eg Mail, I’ll probably benefit over and over from. The notes that get synced to LDAP and hook with iCal would be pretty sweet, and the RSS reader looks rather nice as well. Ironically, regarding iCal, it had several very nice and much needed updates (eg, the floating edit window instead of being in the window tray, and the scheduling conflict tool) , but no mention of it was made. http://www.apple.com/macosx/leopard/features/ical.html

Anyway, top secret? Hype backfires, Steve. Something with less hyperbole last year would’ve served you well today. Say what you mean, don’t blow hot air up peoples’ asses.

Anyway, I think that pretty much sums it up for me. The above is a lot of venting and sounds rather negative. I still massively love my Powerbook G4 laptop and the dual G5 workstation with 20″ cinema display I use at work, and I can’t wait for Leopard’s release, but as far as WWDC07 is concerned, I think a lot of people are wondering about what’s going on behind closed doors at Apple.

The market seemed to agree. Apple’s stock fell 3.45 points ($4.30 down to $120.19) although it has risen .99 points in after-market trading to 121.38.

Originally published at Contemplate Infinity. You can comment here or there.

Well, I read the announcements today during lunch, and this evening watched the streaming video, and looked through the updated Apple site.

Not a good WWDC. They demoed some great technology, but there was a lot of hand waving and maneuvering. There are still a lot of unanswered questions and things left unsaid. It leaves you anticipating some things, but also wondering what exactly is going on at 1 Infinite Loop, and not in the usual good way.

I'd like to just touch on a few things that didn't resonate too well with me. I'll be covering topics in, generally, reverse order since I just finished watching the video, and the end is freshest in my mind.

1- The iPhone software development "solution" is not. They basically said, "haha, no, but you can write a webapp and it looks almost the same and will catch strings it recognizes so you can do maps, email, and make calls!" Sorry, guys, this doesn't make up for a lack of a SSH client. Provide one, or open up the device so someone else can write one. Until then, the iPhone is a very hard sell for me, especially at the price. Also, it'd be nice to have additional functionality when you were off the network, eg on plane.

2- OK, speaking of iPhone price, we know its costs, know what it can do, and we knew it was coming out on the 29th. There are still a lot of questions about what the plans will look like. I assume the details haven't been finalized yet, and that's why they were absent... but what a damn shame. You'd figure this close to release they'd be able to give someone a heads up. Honestly, if the price of the *contract* is really affordable (say, $40-50/month for a normal 500/5000 minutes + "unlimited data", ok... I could do that, compared to a normal unlimited data plan with the same minutes being, oh, $80-100 normally, at least from the GNU at&t. And the iPhone is nice.. so for price I could overlook not having SSH. My current phone doesn't.

3- Safari. Ok, you released it to Windows. Good thing for 1, since you're telling people "webapps or GTFO" except.. when the topic was brought in, regarding Marketshare. A graph was displayed with IE 78%, Firefox 15%, Safari 5%, and everything else, 2%. "Well, we dream big. We would love for Safari's marketshare to grow substantially." At which point, IE stayed unchanged and Safari extended to cover the entire remaining 22%.

PUMP. YO. BRAKES. I thinks you just ran over the fox, fool!

Firefox is the only truly cross platform browser he mentioned. I can't run IE or Safari on my Linux desktop, you insensitive clod! Bastard guy! It's the most popular open source, extensible browser on the market, and it's making a great difference with sites' web standards compliance. You want to target their audience? Also part of what makes Firefox so successful is the whole community making extensions for it. Safari can't touch the breadth of capabilities Firefox can do via extensions -- on all the platforms firefox supports!

And why didn't they dip at all into IE's share? Target them. Not only so then you wouldn't be playing opposite the open source good guy (bad move..) but also because you'd be more likely to swing iTunes-using iPod-having otherwise 100% IE users more likely than getting someone who's made a switch to Firefox.

Ugh.

4- I don't like the new default background and the translucent menubar in Leopard. :-)

The translucence would be a nice option in the desktop/screensaver control panel, but on by default? Also, I always appreciated the subtle default background of Mac OS X. It was plain and clean enough to be suitable in any environment, business or home, and it was always something that could be changed easily by the user anyway. Now, it's something I'd start to feel compelled to change on a default system installation in a commercial environment.

Let Microsoft drop you into Fischer Price on first boot. I'd rather my mac maintain a level of decorum, at least out of box. :-P

5- Leopard. Again, the absence of new information.

One year ago at the last WWDC, Jobs spoke about the presence of top secret features that couldn't be demoed or even mentioned. "See you next summer at WWDC 07!" OK, word, sounds exciting! So, here we are. One year later. Leopard feature-complete demo! Throw down on the top secret, Steve! Cough it up!

Ten things... right, right, ok. Well, after about #3 or #4, I was hearing a lot of stuff that had already been covered in previous demos. Some items were examined in slightly more detail, and there were a lot of nice innovations displayed, but the totally new stuff demoed came down to a refreshed desktop, dock and finder, plus quick look (certainly a very important piece of software since it's hooked from iChat, Finder and Time Machine, etc.) and stacks.

Good stuff, yeah, and I'm looking forward to it... but top secret? Where's the secret sauce, Steve! That was a lot of time spent covering old material.. at a developer's conference! This isn't Macworld -- no need for a review! Most developers know what was previously discussed.

That's not to say I don't appreciate the new features and updates. Some, eg Mail, I'll probably benefit over and over from. The notes that get synced to LDAP and hook with iCal would be pretty sweet, and the RSS reader looks rather nice as well. Ironically, regarding iCal, it had several very nice and much needed updates (eg, the floating edit window instead of being in the window tray, and the scheduling conflict tool) , but no mention of it was made. http://www.apple.com/macosx/leopard/features/ical.html

Anyway, top secret? Hype backfires, Steve. Something with less hyperbole last year would've served you well today. Say what you mean, don't blow hot air up peoples' asses.

Anyway, I think that pretty much sums it up for me. The above is a lot of venting and sounds rather negative. I still massively love my Powerbook G4 laptop and the dual G5 workstation with 20" cinema display I use at work, and I can't wait for Leopard's release, but as far as WWDC07 is concerned, I think a lot of people are wondering about what's going on behind closed doors at Apple.

The market seemed to agree. Apple's stock fell 3.45 points ($4.30 down to $120.19) although it has risen .99 points in after-market trading to 121.38.

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Kenneth Branagh's rendition of Hamlet, from 1996, is going to be released on DVD on August 14, 2007. About time... damn. I'm still waiting for it to appear on Barnes & Noble's site to preorder*. Right now their coming soon DVD section only covers up to July 31st.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005JLCI

* B&N doesn't have a patent for one-click shopping. I try to give them my business over amazon whenever possible. With a membership card, B&N costs about the same, and sometimes less than, Amazon.

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