BumpTop 3D Desktop Prototype

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Date: Friday, June 23rd, 2006, 11:00
Category: Uncategorized

bumptop.jpgI can still remember how bowled-over I was by my first experience of the Macintosh operating system… a ‘desktop’, folders to put things in, a trash can, the ability to point, click and grab… using a mouse. Well that was 1986, and 20 years later I’ve just seen something that makes OS X look tired.
BumpTop “aims to enrich the desktop metaphor with expressive, lightweight techniques found in the real world. ”
Thanks to Conrad and Stuart for pointing this one out.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan


Windows XP Volume Licensing and BootCamp

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Date: Friday, June 23rd, 2006, 10:56
Category: Software

windows-xp-pro-box.jpgThe conventional wisdom is that you need to buy a full license of Windows XP Pro SP2 (US$299) if you want to install Windows on your Mac in BootCamp.
This appears to contradict Microsoft’s long standing position that the Volume Licensed (VL) version of XP is an upgrade to Mac OS X when used with VirtualPC.
Last month Microsoft cleared this up with an official statement on the matter. Click through to see how Volume Licensed (VL) users can save themselves more than US$200…


The Apple Core: SightSpeed – an alternative to iChat

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Date: Friday, June 23rd, 2006, 09:06
Category: The Apple Core

sightspeed.jpgI’ve been writing all week about the pros and cons of iChat AV and the power of video conferencing in general. Today I want to take a look at a new option for video chatting that I recently discovered.
If you’re frustrated by the performance of iChat AV there’s a little known alternative (at least to me) that a couple readers referred me to. SightSpeed is a cross-platform IM application that does video conferencing – the only application that can claim this.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.