Comicblogging: Comic Life App Converts Photos into Comic Books

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Date: Tuesday, April 12th, 2005, 16:20
Category: Software

Comic LifeComicblogging is here: Plasq‘s new Comic Life takes images from your iPhoto library (or other image files) and converts them into beautiful full-color comic books. Just drag the images into a variety of pre-set layouts, add captions, speech/thought bubbles, and sound effects (POW!), and you’re done. You can share the images via the Web, .Mac, email, print them via iPhoto Kodak printing, or even publish an RSS feed.
I got the scoop as a regular reader of createdigitalmusic is one of the developers, so I’ve been playing with this for a couple of days. The app is simply incredible. It’s elegant and utterly Mac-like, with an iLife-style interface. Even cool sound effects (creaking and whooshing) as you manipulate elements, which should be annoying, are strangely fun.
US$39.95 – download now

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John Carmack on Mobile Gaming

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Date: Tuesday, April 12th, 2005, 00:10
Category: Mobile Phone

In Cell phone adventures John D. Carmack II, co-founder of id Software and creator of such title as Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Quake extolls the vitrues of developing software for mobile phones.

I’m not a cell phone guy. I resisted getting one at all for years, and even now I rarely carry it. To a first approximation, I don’t really like talking to most people, so I don?t go out of my way to enable people to call me. However, a little while ago I misplaced the old phone I usually take to Armadillo, and my wife picked up a more modern one for me. It had a nice color screen and a bunch of bad java game demos on it. The bad java games did it.

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Stupid PowerBook Tricks: Sudden Motion Sensor Software

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Date: Monday, April 11th, 2005, 23:13
Category: Software

PowerBook Sudden Motion SensorApple added a feature called Sudden Motion Sensor (SMS) to the PowerBook line in early 2005. The sensor attempts to prevent data loss by parking the heads of an active disk drive after detecting a “sudden motion”, which could be due to strong vibrations or a fall. The SMS is also called the Mobile Motion Module, The Mac OS X kernel refers to it as “AMS,” for Apple Motion Sensor, so we’ll adopt the term “AMS” to refer to both the hardware and its software abstraction. Read More…

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What's on President Bush's iPod?

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Date: Monday, April 11th, 2005, 19:32
Category: Hardware, iPod

President Bush's iPodThe International Herald Tribune is reporting that President Bush has had an iPod since July 2004. Read More for W’s playlist…

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myGmaps: Saves Google Maps

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Date: Monday, April 11th, 2005, 11:05
Category: Software

Another feature that I’ve been requesting at Google Maps (saved locations) is now available. The only issue is that it isn’t provided by Google. Read More…

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Register: US Leads World in SPAM

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Date: Monday, April 11th, 2005, 11:10
Category: Archive

According to a story on The Register, the US is the source for more than 35% of all spam, world-wide, with South Korea second at 25%, and China third at just under 10% (all this according to Sophos).
Here’s the interesting quote in the article:

Sophos researchers say that an unprotected Windows XP computer (without any firewall, patches or anti-virus protection) stands a 50 per cent chance of infection by an internet worm after just nine minutes plugged onto the net. After 40 minutes there is a 90 per cent chance of infection.

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Apples in Redmond

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Date: Monday, April 11th, 2005, 10:15
Category: Archive

Backdrifter.com notes that Robert Scoble, a prominent Microsoft blogger whose official title at the company is “Technical Evangelist,” is using a PowerBook.

Playing with a Macintosh on the Red Couch
As penance for my pro-Microsoft sins I’m using a 17″ Macintosh Powerbook on my Red Couch. My brother-in-law is visiting and brought it along. I gotta tell ya, that huge screen just calls to me. Says “don’t you want me?” Yes, I do! Yes, I do!

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PowerBook Linux First Impressions

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Date: Monday, April 11th, 2005, 08:33
Category: Software

Sven Kissner wrote an article about his experiences with his new PowerBook, Mac OS X and Linux.

First impressions
I’m playing with my PowerBook for about two days now and even though not being too tolerant when it comes to operating systems, I have to admit that OS X itself is pretty appealing. It has that Just Works-touch I sometimes miss with GNU/Linux. I’m afraid there’s probably not too much to write about, it?s nearly too simple and I found my way around pretty fast.

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REVIEW: Pioneer DVJ-X1: Spins Music and Movies

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Date: Monday, April 11th, 2005, 07:25
Category: DJ

Pioneer DVJ-X1 at WMC 2005While we’re looking at cool interfaces and video hardware this week, we can’t miss Pioneer‘s DVJ-X1 digital video turntable. The DVJ-X1 has been out for about a year, but in case you missed it, this amazing virtual turntable spins high-quality video and audio simultaneously. DJ Eldorado got his hands on it at the Winter Music Conference — and watched the pros show it off. Click read more for the whole story. -PK

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iControl: GarageBand Hardware Interface

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Date: Friday, April 8th, 2005, 11:25
Category: Any Laptop Computer, music

M-Audio has announced the new iControl hardware for GarageBand. No audio, but one heck of a control surface for manipulating your GarageBand songs with physical controls: jog wheel, transport, individual track controls and volume knobs, master volume fader, and individual track parameters for GarageBand effects and settings. Plug it in via USB (class-compliant so no drivers), and it’s automatically recognized by GarageBand with zero configuration. Price expected under US$200 (EUR 141 list). No word on when it’s shipping yet. Not much use if you’re a Logic lover, but if GarageBand is your thing, this is a must-have.