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Rants Technology

Dear Apple, do you hate my family?

Just “watched” Apple’s lat­est from their World­wide Devel­op­ers Con­fer­ence, and they announced a lot of cool things, but they have left me, in the end, wor­ried. In a nut­shell, Apple hates me (us). Right now, we have one Mac, two iPhones and an iPad in the fam­i­ly (with anoth­er iPad on the way, we expect). […]

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Technology

Computer, tell me a story

Last week brought rumors that Apple’s next iOS will be deeply voice-con­trolled/­­con­trol­lable. I am in favor. Imag­ine this: You get up from your work desk to go home. You dou­ble tap your ear­piece, and ask (sot­to voce?) “Is it rain­ing out?” A few sec­onds lat­er (after con­fer­ring with your iPhone in your pock­et), a voice […]

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Technology

Leave Gaunt Jobs alone!

Mark just sent me to an arti­cle about how investors at Apple’s lat­est quar­ter­ly earn­ings report were ner­vous about Steve Jobs’ health. They report­ed­ly asked him to name a suc­ces­sor. Which is just sil­ly. I went back and looked at the list of like­ly suc­ces­sors. I not­ed that my favorite (and Job’s favorite, if the […]

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Technology

Why I’m waiting on a new computer

Got a new job, got an old iMac (800 MHz G4!), gonna get a new com­put­er!  Right?  After spend­ing two sol­id days re-mas­ter­ing the Home Com­put­ing Mas­ter Plan, I think I can safe­ly say, maybe. The first thing that has to hap­pen is item num­ber one in the Mas­ter Plan.  We need a new disk […]

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Link Technology

More iPhone 3G buzz from Uncle Walt

Absolute­ly in love with Michael Rose’s char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of Walt Moss­berg as the geekos­phere’s Fed Chair­man.  Spot on.

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Culture Technology

I’m already standing in line for an Apple DVR

This patent appli­ca­tion by Apple regard­ing their research into dig­i­tal video recorder (DVR) tech­nolo­gies has me sali­vat­ing. If you know me at all, you know how much I love my TiVo. And yet, were Apple to build a DVR, I would hap­pi­ly back over my TiVo on the way to the near­est Apple Store. I’m […]

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Technology

Apple Displays and the iSight

Any­one else won­der­ing when Apple will put an iSight cam­era in their free­stand­ing LCD dis­plays? Or if they ever will? I believe that every time some­one at Apple takes a look at the issue, they flash back to the ADC mon­i­tors with their all-in-one Apple-only cable, and all the prob­lems and bad press they got […]

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Technology

The Home Computing Master Plan: Macworld 2008 Edition

Here is the orig­i­nal mas­ter plan. It is notable most­ly for pre­dict­ing yes­ter­day’s Apple TV announce­ment, and for my woe­ful bitch­ing about the com­put­er that I still have now (that was more than two years ago!) I now present to you, the new edi­tion of the Home Com­put­ing Mas­ter Plan, as informed by the recent­ly […]

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Technology

MW 2008: Liveblogging winners

Clear­ly the win­ners of the live­blog­ging com­pe­ti­tion were the guys at MacRu­mors. Their AJAX-pow­ered inter­face gave news updates in a time­ly man­ner, and their pho­to feed was show­ing rel­e­vant pho­tos at the right time. Sec­ond place goes to Ars Tech­ni­ca, for their almost-as-up-to-the-moment feed as MacRu­mors, com­bined with a lit­tle more com­men­tary (the MacRu­mors stuff […]

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Technology

Questions about Time Capsule

Part of the Mac­world 2008 Keynote post-mortem. Time Cap­sule is Apple’s wire­less hub + back­up dri­ve all-in-one prod­uct. It pro­vides fast wire­less net­work­ing: 802.11n. It pro­vides a large, “serv­er-grade” hard dri­ve, acces­si­ble wire­less­ly. (By “serv­er-grade” they seem to mean 7200 rpm, SATA.) You can use this hard dri­ve to make Time Machine back­ups from all […]