I went to see the new Pixar film “Cars” this weekend because I always make it a point to see Pixar films. The graphics are visually stunning and many of the scenes, specifically the race track, look absolutely photo-realistic. The movie didn’t hold my attention as well as previous Pixar offerings but I enjoyed it nonetheless. One easter egg that I missed (but my cousin caught) was the Apple-sponsored 84 Car.
In the opening race of the movie, I thought I caught a glimpse of an Apple car. I thought it strange because there is no other product placement in the whole movie. So, when I got home I grabbed the movie on line (for research sake) and sure enough, there is the Apple car. And even more fitting, the number on the car was 84. Pretty cool!
One of the most-anticipated and pre-hyped products of all times has to be the iPhone. A hybrid device that is part mobile phone and part iPod has the potential to light the mobile technology world on fire like the original iPod did five years ago.
Since the early days of the iPod people have been dreaming of iPhone. Numerous mockups have speculated about what the elusive beast could actually look like. Unfortunately the clever Photoshop jobs only add fuel to the fire inspiring more waves of theory, speculation and dreams.
If Apple’s patent applications are any indication of future products then we may have a smoking gun.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.
In addition to my post on Monday, Antonio Rodriguez has also posted a blog entry about how to attach a MacBook Pro to Verizon’s EVDO network using a Treo 700p:
As of 6/10/2006, Verizon has a couple of plans that provide unlimited data on top of some allotment of minutes. Go and sign up for this, but make sure that you also sign up for a $15/month “feature” to let you do this in the first place called something like “Broadband Tethered Access.” Just check that a) it is $15/month incremental for nothing other than the privilege of using your Treo as a modem, and b) that when you log into your account and check your service, you see a line item that reads like so: “BBA CONNECT UNL.” Without this enabled, you will not be able to authenticate. In my case, I asked for it at the store (didn’t get it), and twice on the phone (didn’t get it). The trick was getting to the data support people and using the magic words “BBA CONNECT UNL” which seemed to turn some lightbulb on.
Also, you do not need to install the Verizon Access connect software that they put out for the Mac. I am not sure whether this software is good or bad- in fact I’ve only ever used it on my Thinkpad where the first thing it did was flash my otherwise very Mac-friendly 5220 so that it only worked just ok after that- but I prefer to keep as much of that third-party crap off of my computer, particularly when it comes to OS services like networking (and given that the MBP seems to have a few hiccups of it’s own in this area, why add insult to injury?).
As you know there is no AC adapter for the MacBook Pro that can be used on airplanes (because of the 75 watt limit) and there are no AC adapters for 12 volt use (i.e. in automobiles).
The 60 watt MacBook AC adapter will charge both the MacBook Pro 15 and 17-inch but at a slower rate. The 60 watt AC adapter gives off no more heat than usual (on either the charger or the MBP) when charging a MacBook Pro. We believe that this may be a temporary solution for the lack of an airline charger.
We’re looking for others to test this setup who have more knowledge about the correct voltages and battery charging requirements. Please post in the comments if you have any ideas.
Contributed by: Rob Graner
A test of the 2GHz white MacBook showed it offered a slight performance advantage in comparison with the black models. This confused the testers, as both Macs are, to all intents and purposes, equally configured.
“Testing the white 2GHz MacBook and comparing the results to the published scores of the black model, we saw small performance differences in many of the tests, with the edge going to the white model in most cases,” reports Macworld US.
My major music source is my iPod, played through my car, home or studio music system. I purchase the majority of my music on CD, rip them into my PowerBook’s iTunes collection, add album artwork and move them on to my ‘preview’ playlist. Songs I like stay, ones I don’t get deleted. I also have a 90 song per month subscription to emusic.com, and go through a similar process with the songs I download, re-ripping them to 128kbps AAC and adding cover artworks.
Storing CDs is a logistical problem. I have thousands of CDs, the majority of them are stored at my design studio, with another tranch in three main locations at my house. There is also a significant percentage ‘on loan’ to friends. Some of these return.
At some point I am going to rationalise this in to one big ‘alphabetised by artist’ collection in my house, at the moment, discovering where a specific CD is can be problematic… but at least I can ‘see’ the ones I do have. The songs I download are more of a problem. They sit in my iTunes collection, effectively invisible unless I remember what they are called (yeah, right!) or if they appear on one of my playlists. Worse still, if I delete a track, then later hear it somewhere else and decide that I actually DO like it, I have to pay to download it again.
So, I’ve come up with a solution. Before I even listen to them, the files I rip or download are copied to a folder on my hard drive, along with a JPEG of the cover artwork. When there are 12 ‘albums’ in the folder, I make up a CD cover featuring all 12 album artworks with their titles and artists. I then burn the music files (along with the cover artworks and PDFs of the cover artwork) to a CD.
The CD serves two main purposes; as a visual reminder of the albums I have purchased and downloaded, and as a ‘backup’ so that I have copies of every song I have purchased.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan
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