Mobile Data – You Really Can Take it With You

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Date: Monday, March 7th, 2005, 22:47
Category: Archive

My good friend from high school’s older brother walked by us one day while we were hacking away at an old Mac SE and smugly remarked, “My Visa card has more memory than that thing!” Although he was probably right at the time, we now carry much denser forms of data with us all the time – sometimes several of them at once. Wether it’s one of those fancy USB Flash drives, an iPod or your PowerBook you’re probably carrying much more data than you even think about. Read more…

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CherryOS Mac Emulator for PCs Now Available

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Date: Monday, March 7th, 2005, 20:01
Category: Software

If you are interested in running the Mac OS on a PC, check out www.CherryOS.com (US$49). It looks like they have updated their Web site and a “trial download” is now available. Read more about the not-so-cheery parts of Cherry…

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Bumptunes Controls iTunes with PB Motion Sensor

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Date: Monday, March 7th, 2005, 08:42
Category: Software

Bumptunes is script that allows you to control iTunes with the 2005 PowerBook G4′s motion sensor. Here’s more from Interconnected.org:

After a few more minutes, we had the tilt sensor controlling Timo’s music. You rock the machine backwards for the next track, and rock it forwards for the previous track. Then we realised that you rarely need “previous”–you just listen to music, and when a track comes on your don’t want to hear, you jog your laptop and it bumps on to the next song (and you don’t need to be in iTunes). Wicked. Tasty microembodiment.
Here’s the script: bumptunes.py. Download amstracker, put both files in the same directory, go to that directory in the Terminal and type:
./amstracker -u 0.1 -s | python bumptunes.py
That amstracker tool is absolutely fantastic, I can think of a thousand things I want to do with it: Bumps that are application-specific, that take into account context, length of bump, slower tilts. You could extract some very nuanced input, and do some very detailed things with the computer. Drawing, rapid-fire email filing (tilt right to delete, left to keep, like you’re driving through time through your mail inbox).

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Bubblegym First Game for the PowerBook Motion Sensor

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Date: Monday, March 7th, 2005, 08:51
Category: Software

Bubblegym is a tilt-controlled computer game for the 2005 Apple PowerBook G4.

As far as I know the very first computer game that reacts to how the machine is tilted. The 2005 Powerbooks have a chip on the logic board that is there to signal if the computer is dropped. Thanks to Amit Singh (kernelthread.com) this chip’s values can be read and utilized for your amuzement. The gameplay is simple but challenging, control the balls by leaning the computer and get to the clouds before they disappear. The program is donationshareware. Donate what you think it is worth and you get the full version.

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