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

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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…

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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.

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Apple: It’s Normal for MacBooks to Moo

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Date: Thursday, June 22nd, 2006, 12:34
Category: MacBook

If you’ve been keeping up with MacBook sans-Pro news, you may have heard something about an infamous “moo”-like noise coming from the fan. Basically, the fan goes on and off and on and off and on and off continuously, in a vain attempt to keep the machine cool. Now, I’m no engineer, but it certainly doesn’t take one to recognize that this isn’t normal behavior.

I took my black MacBook to the Genius at the Apple store (Oakbrook,
by the way) to get this fixed, and his response? “It’s normal. A fan
will do what it needs to do to keep the machine cool.” Gee, thanks.

Apple Genius says: Moo’ing normal – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

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iTunes Visualizer for the MacBook Pro Backlit Keyboard

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Date: Thursday, June 22nd, 2006, 09:24
Category: Hack

iSpazz.jpgSorry MacBook users, this one requires a keyboard backlight.

iSpazz is a plugin for iTunes on OS X, controlling the MacBook Pro/PowerBook backlit keyboard and optionally the display backlight.

To use this yourself, download the plugin uncompress it and copy it to Library/iTunes/iTunes Plug-ins in your home folder.

Pressing the “i” key toggles the display flicker.

iSpazz

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The Apple Core: Fun with iChat AV

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Date: Thursday, June 22nd, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

chatfx.jpgJudging by my column the past couple of days you’d think that I didn’t like iChat AV or something. Au contraire! I only point out it’s deficiencies because I think that video conferencing is nothing short of revolutionary and I want Apple to invest more R&D into iChat so that more people will start using the tiny cameras embedded in their machines rather than less… Click through to read about a must-have plug-in for iChat AV that allows you to enhance your video chat with Quartz Composer effects.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Apple & Open Source… Strange Buffaloes?

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Date: Thursday, June 22nd, 2006, 07:00
Category: Opinion

There are far more interesting topics on the intersection between open source and commercial development than the binary-only kernel for Intel non-story. Tim Bray�s Time to Switch? and John Gruber’s Why Apple Won�t Open Source Its Apps both discuss the potential risks and benefits Apple would face in open sourcing their consumer applications, such as the Finder, Mail, iChat and their iLife apps, to worldwide perusal.
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

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Cancelling AOL

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Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, 23:05
Category: News

Vincent Ferrari decided to cancel his AOL account. Little did he know how hard it was going to be. Click through to hear the audio recording of his phone call to AOL’s cancellation (a.k.a. “retention”) department.

I had an AOL account years ago. I kept it around because many of the suits in my office use AOL. When the boss needs AOL fixed, you’d better have an account to get it running. That’s fine with me. It made troubleshooting much easier. Even though my father and mother both had accounts under mine, their computer didn’t even have the software installed. No one in my family was using it, and at most I was using it once a month.

Recently, I decided that I could spend $14.95 a month in many better ways, and decided to cancel the AOL account. Knowing the horror stories, I decided to do the deed at work where I could record the whole thing. I knew it was going to be good, but I had no idea it would be the abusive disaster it was.Click here to check it out.

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Mac Mini Installed in a Toyota Prius

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Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, 10:00
Category: Hacks, Mac mini

macprius.jpgJeremy Kusnetz has installed a Mac mini in his Toyota Prius and even hacked the touch screen to work with Front Row. Very impressive, my man!

The quest to make Mac Prius.

The first thing I needed was video in. There are a number of options here, I decided to go with the CAN-view for a number of reasons, it takes RGB in opposed to other options that are either only composite video or s-video. Also the CAN-view has a serial out which I had hoped to be able to use to read touch screen coordinates, and maybe eventually take the other CAN data to build an interface showing different car statistics.

Mac Prius

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MacBook Pro Light Sensor Secrets

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Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, 10:55
Category: MacBook Pro

Mac programmer Amit Singh, who in February figured out how to access and manipulate the motion sensor in Apple’s laptops, has published an explanation of the ambient light sensor also found in the company’s latest portables. The ambient light sensor detects the amount of light in a room and brightens the laptop’s keyboard as needed.

Programmer Reveals MacBook Pro Light Sensor Secrets || The Mac Observer

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