UPDATE: Griffin Technology has release iFill version 1.0.9 that fixes a problem with iTunes 6′s database format.
On Tuesday I covered a killer app for the iPod called iFill from Griffin Technology in my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.
It works like this: attach your iPod, enable “disk use” in iTunes and launch iFill. The software presents you with a nice graphical display of your iPod’s memory and allows you to reserve a certain amount for iFill. You then choose from thousands of Internet radio stations and click record (you can even fill your iPod quicker by selecting multiple stations to record at once.) As you sleep and re-charge your iPod you can also be topping it off with iFill.
We finished the import of all the historical stories from the previous PowerPage back end database. There are now over 8,000 stories in the database dating back to 1999 for your searching pleasure. The GUI for the search pages is still incomplete, so pardon the dust there for a while longer.
Thank you to Habi Jilani who wrote the converter from our Web Objects format to Movable Type.
We are in the process of searching for and importing the stories from the PowerPage lost years (1995-1999) and hope to have them imported an online to celebrate our tenth year anniversary of publishing in December.
Apple’s new post-production tool for photographers, Aperture, is one of the most promising applications to come along in a while and it has the potential to revolutionize photography as we know it. I’m wondering how it will perform on real world PowerBooks in the field.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.
The Eminem Spot is a tempest in a teapot. Apple has been using black silhouettes for its iPod for a while now. The Eminem rap spot is consistent with what Apple has been doing in that campaign. In fact Eminem does not look much different from the hooded Eminem in his Mosh video, although the cartoon characters in Mosh look a bit like South Park and some of the Bush TV spots look Jib Jabish. In the Apple television commercial, the iPod character looks like the typical silhouette with white wires. The color palette in the new Apple ad is right out of the Lugz ad from 2002, and even though this does not constitute plagiarism, there will be no ad industry awards forthcoming for this effort.
The ROKR mobile phone is a joint venture between Motorola and Apple that promised to deliver the best of both worlds: a quality mobile phone with Apple iTunes built-in. What could be better? As it turns out the iTunes phone is built on a series of compromises that hobbles its functionality and makes it less than desirable to consumers.
Read more in my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.
I’ve been a Firefox user for quite a while but have been getting more than a little tired of a few issues with it. For example, you can’t press the up arrow key to jump to the beginning of a text field and new windows can take eight to 10 seconds to open. Firefox issues notwithstanding, I’ve found my new Web browser: Flock.
Flock is a new browser that’s built on the Mozilla code base, but it’s more than that. The coolest new features in Flock are built around social networking, and I don’t mean that you can find an Internet date with it, either. My favorite features:
- Instead of favorites and bookmarks Flock works with del.icio.us and syncs your local favorites with your del.icio.us ones. “Each time you star a page as a Favorite, it is added to both your local and your del.icio.us list.” If you haven’t used del.icio.us’ network bookmarks yet, set up an account today and you’ll never look back.
- Flickr image support. “With Flock, blogging Flickr pictures is easy. You can drag and drop pictures from our integrated Flickr topbar right into your blog post.”
- Blogging. In case you haven’t heard, there’s this craze called blogging and everyone’s got one. If you’re a blogger, Flock features built-in tools that allow you to easily highlight some text on a Web page, right-click on it and select “blog this.” This feature has tons of potential but I could only get it to work with my Blogger account. For whatever reason, It wouldn’t work with my Movable Type or WordPress blogs.
Bear in mind that Flock is only a developer preview, they list the version number as 0.5-pre. So expect to find lots of bugs and prepare to stare at the spinning beach ball every now and again. If you’re into browsers and you use any of the social networking tools mentioned above, you owe it to yourself to check out Flock.
PowerPage Podcast Episode 7 is now available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
On Episode 7 of the PowerPage Podcast my guest is Rob Parker from ParkerDigital.net. On today’s Podcast Rob and I discuss the October 19, 2005 Apple announcements on the eve of PhotoPlus Expo in NYC: New PowerBooks, dual-core PowerMacs and Aperture. With my Guest Rob Parker of www.ParkerDigital.net.
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Cdiclerico has posted a gallery of images of his iPod video unboxing:
My 60GB iPod (video) arrived this morning. I am probably one of the first people to get it since they shipped yesterday. The packaging is disappointing, but the iPod is incredible.
In addition to unbundling the FireWire cable, dock and power adapter, the new iPod packaging is getting some criticism too. If that wasn’t bad enough, the included case is a joke. From a caption:
The included “case” is the shitty white sleeve on the upper-right. All other accessories are in a shitty envelope. iPod, of course, is beautiful.