Saturday, January 28, 2006 

Some people have been seeing something strange happening with Google lately. Lots of people, including myself, have seen all the links above the search field disappear and a drop down menu appears to the right of the search field. From the menu you can select if you want to search Web, Images, Groups, etc. It only happens briefly. When you refresh it is gone and back to normal. Could this be Google hinting at a sight redesign? Here is a screenshot:
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Tuesday, January 24, 2006 

"he Motion Picture Assn. of America, the leader in the global fight against movie piracy, is being accused of unlawfully making a bootleg copy of a documentary that takes a critical look at the MPAA's film ratings system." See.. everyone does it. No... but really, that's just funny. Are they going to sue themself?
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Monday, January 23, 2006 

From the Inquirer: "DRM is a complete lie. It has never protected a single thing." Finally, people get it. This is a good read.
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Windows Vista is just a copy of Mac OS X. Sceptic? Need proof? Here it is. This is audio of the Windows Vista product manager talking about the new features in Vista with a video of the same things already in OS X. There are three episodes on this page.
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Ok... so the world's LARGEST software company is spending $120 million dollars to fight it's image as "a huge American company." I don't think of them as a huge company. I see them as: a skinny rich dude who runs like a girl and a fat sweaty guy dancing around screaming " developers, developers , developers!!"
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Microsoft has won patent rights to "its" File Allocation Table. This would allow Microsoft to go after Linux and other open-source operating systems. Run little penguin!! Run far away!!!
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ExtremeTech takes a look at everything you will need to run Vista. Start building today. You know, you could could just buy a Mac. Vista is just a copy of OS X with more security flaws. Ooops... hope I didn't offend anyone.
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Sunday, January 22, 2006 

I went to the CompUSA yesterday to talk to John (the Apple guy) and to my surprise they had already received the new 1.87 GHz Intel iMac complete with iLife '06 and all. It was noticeably faster than the previous iMacs. It took hardly any time at all to load all the iLife apps and iPhoto "scrolled like butter." I went back and forth between it and the Powermac Quad and I have to say I was stunned. I could tell any difference using the iMac vs. the Powermac. If anything the iMac felt faster, especially when browsing the web and using iLife applications. I also played around with iWeb for a while. It was very easy to use and the templates looked great. Dragging over photos from iPhoto was a breeze. I think that anyone could make a professional looking website with iWeb. Even my mom could sit down and begin using the program. Garageband was also very zippy and easy to use. All of the little "Jingles" and "Sound Effects" were great. It also made it east to make an enhanced podcast with chapters, multiple album art, and links. They did not have any games to test out, nor did they have Office installed so I did not get a chance to see how fast Rosetta is. If you would like a full review than please check out PC Mag's Review.
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"The RIAA and MPAA want their copy controls on your digital TV and your satellite or digital radio, and they plan submit a bill requiring these controls to the Senate Commerce Committe." Please take action immediately. We can't let this happen. "If this bill were to pass, government - and the entertainment industry - would control what you could do with digital media in your home. The broadcast flag would place TV shows in a DRM ghetto, where your right to copy, back-up, sell, time-shift or convert them into formats convenient to you would be at the whim of the broadcasters. The audio flag would give the FCC matching powers over "digital audio broadcasting," including satellite radio, digital HD radio, and potentially even Internet radio. Fair use would be frozen into "customary historical use"." As I have said in the past about all other froms of DRM: "There's no benefit here for artists or customers, and for infringing copiers, evading these copy controls will be as easy as ever. No matter how inconvenienced individual users would be by a flag, pirates would be able to bypass it. The bill would usher in a new world of anti-consumer electronics, and a chance for the MPAA's and RIAA's member companies to seize even greater control over all media distribution and use." "You have a senator on the committee if you are a resident of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Massachussetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, South, Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, or West Virginia."
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Saturday, January 14, 2006 

So I did some investigating and got some good info. I asked a "Genius" at the Apple Store today about the estimated battery life would be on the new MacBook Pro. He said anywhere from 4-6 hours. Although, Macworld says: "Apple hasn’t given an official battery life rating to the new MacBook Pro, but told us it expects battery life to be similar to that of the current PowerBook line (which ranges from 4.5 to 5 hours). Apple says that the MacBook Pro’s new, thin lithium-polymer battery is state-of-the-art, and that the Core Duo chip that powers the MacBook pro is roughly comparable to the power consumption of a G4 chip, or slightly higher. The MacBook Pro also has a much brighter screen than previous models, and that screen may negatively effect its battery life as well." I would hope that you could get at least five hours. We will know for sure as soon as reviewers get there hands on them in February.
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I am writing this post from a Nokia 770 test unit at CompUSA. I went to the Apple store today and asked about the MacBook pro battery life. He said it would be 4 to 6 hours. I will write morre when I get home.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 

The prices are the same as the previous Powerbooks. What?
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New Macbook Pro to have built in iSight and IR sensor for the Apple Remote!!!!
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It's here!!! The new Intel Powerbook, renamed the Macbook Pro. With Intel duo Core. 4-5x Faster!!! Read this!!
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Here is a LIVe view of what is going on at Steve Job's keynote. It updates every minute through AJAX. So far: Photocasting, Video Podcasting, Podcasting, and iWeb.
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Sunday, January 08, 2006 

Here is a explanation of the "other surprises". "Other products under development likely to be unveiled at Macworld include software and hardware designed to link existing Apple products and software to TVs and hi-fi in the living room. There is also speculation in the US that Apple hopes to be able to launch its own version of Office software."
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Well, looks like it is "official". The Business Online claims that Apple "is to launch a low-cost laptop. Company founder and chief executive Steve Jobs hopes to be able to unveil the device this week in San Francisco along with a new low-cost iPod and some other surprises." My favorite part is the "and SOME other surprises." I think the "other surprises" might be iLife '06 with some kind of media PVR functionality and possibly a plasma display.


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Friday, January 06, 2006 

Yesterday during Bill Gates keynote at CES he introduced a new media service called "Urge." It is a way to buy music or pay for a all-you-download service. It will also feature other content from different providers. Read all about it at the link below.
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On Thursday there was apparently an accidental site change to Apple's website. There was apparently text talking about iLife '06 and it's features. There was a link to a new feature called iWeb. Here is what Apple Insider has to say about it. I think that Apple might just be messing with us. It might not even be real. No one really knows where this "Screenshot" originated. It could just be a rumor started by a blogger for fun. Who knows? It is worth reading though.
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Ok. So Macworld begins Monday and everyone has their theory on what Apple is going to release. I have said in the past that I believe they will release the first Intel power Mac, along with the new version of iLife. I have been thinking a lot about Apple calling the new 5G iPod the: "iPod" or "iPod WITH video" and I am starting to think that they might, in addition to an Intel Mac, release a new iPod with much improved video capabilities. I personally just got the new iPod and I like it a lot. I don't mind the 2.5 inch screen, because I watch video only as a "Secondary" thing. On the other hand, some people watch lots of video. Most likely it would be people that commute on public transportation or people that fly a lot. I admit that the screen does start to feel a little to small when used for long amounts of time. There is also the issue of the low battery life. You only get 2 hours of video playback on the 30Gb model and still only 3 hours with the 60GB model. There are lots of rumors out there. No one really knows for sure. Let's just wait and see.


 

When I first saw the title for this on digg I thought: "No Way!! Ha ha ha!!" After reading this, it seams as though this might be a possibility. I still think they will introduce an Intel Mac, but this could be another one of those "One More Thing" deals.
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Sunday, January 01, 2006 

I'm sorry that I haven't posted a lot of new lately. I was also taking a break around the holidays. January is a big month in tech news, so I will have a lot to post about. First, there is CES the 5th through the 8th. Then there is Macworld the 9th through the 13th. So I will probably start posting on Thursday and possibly do a podcast that week. I might also do a Video Podcast as a test. I borrowed a webcam from my friend Adam that looks pretty good. Until then, Dan

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  • I'm Daniel
  • From Texas, United States
  • I'm 14 and enjoy blogging, podcasting, and gaming. My favorite quote is: "To create a new standard it takes something that's not just a little bit different. It takes something that's really new and really captures people's imagination. And the Macintosh, of all the machines I've ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard." Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corporation.
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