Stained MacBook Info Site

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, 09:14
Category: MacBook

macbook-stain.png

This site was born as a way to give pressure to Apple regarding recent QA issues with the new white MacBook. Many people all over the world are complaining about stains appearing in their newly acquired piece of
Apple hardware.
Basically, many users around the globe are finding that their white MacBooks turn into a yellowish/grey/pink dirty computer in those areas where hands rest.

stainedBook.info

technorati tags:,

(more…)

.Macster!

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

Imagine adding Digg and Wikipedia to MySpace, except instead of flashing inverse text on top a stretched out photo of Britney Spears, with some awful pop diva tune set to autoplay, you’d have sharp looking profiles based on classy iWeb templates.
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

(more…)

A Reputation System for .Mac

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

Reputation becomes a richer basis for trust in an otherwise anonymous community. This principle is so useful in rating the value of an individual’s contributions, that it’s commonly found in commerce sites like Amazon or eBay, and in many tech advice discussion forums, including Apple’s support forum.
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

(more…)

The Apple Core: IM is the new email

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, 08:16
Category: The Apple Core

USB-device-tree.pngIn response to my piece yesterday about video chat bugs in iChat AV, many of you IM’d me to suggest other IM clients for the Mac – the most popular being Adium X. I have used most of the IM clients for the Mac (Fire, Proteus) at one time or another and was a two-year user of Adium until I got my MacBook Pro. I switched back to iChat because the MBP has a built-in iSight camera and Adium doesn’t support video chats.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

(more…)

USB Tethering Solution for the Treo 700p

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Mobile Phone

treo700p-100.jpgA PowerPage reader just IM’d me with a nice USB tethering solution for the Treo 700p. It’s kind of pricey at US$25, but there’s a 14-day trial and it’s worked quite well for him during the trial. He tracked the software down because he’s been unsuccessful getting Bluetooth to tether.
The software comes with EV-DO scripts for both Verizon and Sprint and according to the reader it “seems to get pretty warm during heavy data transfers. Not MacBook warm though.” Transfer rates are all over the place, but he’s been able to get better than 1Mb in Chicago.

(more…)

T-Mobile Releases Sidekick 3 SmartPhone

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2006, 08:55
Category: Mobile Phone

sidekick3.jpgT-Mobile today announced the Sidekick 3 smartphone and Engadget has a bunch of hands-on photos. I just hope that T-Mo fixed the swiss cheese security protecting their Sidekick Web portal.

As promised, our initial impressions of the new T-Mobile Sidekick 3…First off, the Sidekick 3 is really just an evolution and enhancement of its predecessor (just as the SKII was with the original Sidekick). It’s about 20% smaller (it’s definitely more pocketable), and finally has Bluetooth, a memory card slot, and a better camera,Just as the Sidekick II was with the original Sidekick, the Sidekick is at heart just an evolution and enhancement of its predecessor. The big improvements? Bluetooth, a memory card slot, a better camera, more memory, a music player, and a trackball. There haven’t been any major changes in the UI (mainly a few tweaks here and there), and you may or may not like the new keyboard (we liked it, but you’ll just have to try it yourself and see), but the biggest disappointment is the display, which is still a paltry 240 x 160 pixels and still looks sorta washed out to our eyes.

T-Mobile Sidekick 3 hands-on! – Engadget Mobile

technorati tags:, , ,

(more…)

Bill Gates All Hands Email

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2006, 08:06
Category: News

gates.jpgIf you haven’t yet, you really should read Bill Gates’ all hands email announcing his departure as Chief Software Architect of Microsoft in 2008. What’s even funnier though is ValleyWag’s line-by-line interpretation of said email.

Another official memo, another official string of bull: After his retirement announcement, Microsoft founder Bill Gates sent an all-hands internal memo that the press passed around this weekend. The Valleyspeak dialect has a native speaker up in MS’s Redmond HQ, so pay attention to what Gates says and what he means.

Valleyspeak: Bill Gates’s internal e-mail – Valleywag

technorati tags:

(more…)

The ‘Mac OS X Closed by Pirates’ Myth

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

There are two elements to this myth. The first is that Apple has actually closed open source development for its kernel, or plans to do so; the second suggests that the reason for this has something to do with Mac OS X being used by pirates on generic PC hardware.
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

(more…)

The Apple Core: iChat AV needs a rewrite

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Software

ichat-icon.jpgiChat was once the pantheon of instant messaging clients with its delicious aqua interface, no obnoxious ads (like AIM) and a simple ease-of-use that’s undeniable. But since the release of iChat AV (a.k.a. version 3) the application has added features at the expense of reliability.
First came the addition of audio chat, which was novel, then came the addition of video chat which had the potential to turn every Mac into a video phone. Everyone I know rushed out to buy Apple’s US$149 FireWire iSight camera (myself included) just for iChat AV, but it wasn’t long before the number of video icons in my buddy list started to dwindle.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

(more…)

Fixing .Mac – Hyperblog the Web

Posted by:
Date: Monday, June 19th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Uncategorized

Lots of existing Web sites already allow their community of members to submit web links of interesting content for indexing, sharing, and comment. Slashdot has a beta system for tagging submissions with metadata, while Digg users can give stories and comments a thumbs up or down, progressively raising or lowering an item’s visibility. Third Voice was a dotcom that built an Internet Explorer plugin that allowed users to associate comments with web sites, which then popped up like a Post It note for other users who had the plugin.
Why Apple Can Deliver this:
Apple could one-up existing services (and previous failures) by applying the company’s unique position and abilities I described earlier. For starters, Apple has (1) a network of users, and (2) owns an OS and a browser. That means they can build functions into Safari and distribute the functionality with Mac OS X. The system would be (3) given away for free, and is financed as part of .Mac, which users (6) trust with their data. Further, Apple has proven they can build things that (7) work, are (8) usable by mere mortals, (9) very cool, and (10) will actually get finished.
Here’s how it works…
Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RoughlyDrafted

(more…)