The tree’s lit, the presents are waiting to be unwrapped and the relatives are en route for brunch later in the day. With that in mind, happy holidays from the crew here at O’Grady’s PowerPage, who will be taking the day off to savor the egg nog and cookies and we’ll be back on December 28th to bring you the latest in mobile news coverage for the Mac.
Finally, since it wouldn’t be Christmas without presents, I present something which has simultaneously been the best and most mind-destroying link I’ve come across in a long time.
The Philadelphia PowerBook User Group (PPUG) will hold its summer 2009 meeting tomorrow Saturday, 25 July 2009. The meeting will take place from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Manayunk Brewing Company along the beautiful Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. We usually have lunch (or a brew) while we talk mobile computing.
PPUG founders Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker, Bob Snow, as well as Youngmoo Kim will be on hand to talk about latest developments from WWDC 2009, including iPhone 3.0 software, iPhone 3GS, the new MacBook Pro line, Snow Leopard (a.k.a. Mac OS 10.6) and the latest in mobile technology. We’ll talk about all the news and announcements from WWDC with a healthy serving of Q&A.
Join us for a great meeting, it’s free and open to you and your guests. Feel free to bring items to sell or swap as well.
Manayunk Brewing Company
4120 Main Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127
In addition to Microsoft’s Bing preview, Microsoft also announced Project Natal, a technology project developed by 3DV which uses a camera technology to function as an input. The core ideas behind the project include motion recognition, complex voice recognition and scanning body features.
And since a picture’s worth a thousand words, here’s what the guys at Joystiq had to offer…
Now if Apple could do something like this with the iSight, that’d be worth seeing…
Guys, I’ll be in Los Angeles covering the Electronic Entertainment Expo and following up on games coming to the Mac, iPhone, iPod touch, where developers think OnLive might be going, what’s in the works with iPhone OS 3.0, etc.
But mainly I’ll be in Los Angeles. Which is part of California. Which, according to my D.C.-accustomed brain, is due to fall into the ocean, catch fire, explode or be attacked by giant monsters.
All of these things may in fact occur simultaneously while I’m there.
So, before I start packing, I’m taking requests as to what you want me to look into, what questions you want me to ask and who you’d like me to hit up with your questions.
So, just shoot me a line here and I’ll do everything I can while I’m out there to make sure I cover your topic to the fullest extent possible.
In the meantime, I proudly present what can only be described as the most ill-conceived computer/privacy protection accessory ever created:
The lads at MacUpdate and Koingo Software have announced that they will be making copies of Koingo’s AirRadar 1.1.7 wireless network scanning software available for free.
AirRadar, which normally retails for US$10, allows users to scan for open networks and tag them as favorites or filter them out. Users can also view detailed network information, graph network signal strength, and automatically join the best open network in range.
The application also delivers other information, including encryption status, encryption type, encryption cipher, router MAC address, first and last seen date and time, noise level, and vendor information.
AirRadar 1.1.7 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to install and run and can be downloaded from here.
It’s Memorial Day, the beginning of summer and we here at PowerPage will be taking the day off to spend it with friends and family.
And the barbecue.
Definitely the barbecue.
That being said, yank yourself away from your Mac for today, see if you can get some people over, drop in a few briquettes and have a good time this weekend!!!
(And yes, you can drop back into geek mode and discuss iPhone OS 3.0 features while grilling…)
After a fairly long hiatus, the PowerPage forums have officially returned and are up and running.
Once again, you can discuss all things Apple, Mac, portable, software, iBook, iPod, iPhone, hardware, mods, hacks, fixes, workarounds, opinions and whatever else is on your mind. The forum also features a buy and sell section as well as a stolen laptop registry where you can submit the information for a stolen Mac laptop that might have gone missing and hopefully the PowerPage community will be able to help out.
If you’re going to participate, there are a few rules to follow. PowerPage has existed as a community for 12 years now and is based on an interest in the Mac, mobile technologies and where all this is headed. You guys have always piped up with a comment, idea, suggestion or opinion and that’s kept things going. Still, it only takes a few jerks to ruin a conversation, so be warned that the forums will be monitored and anything severely off-topic, insulting to another user or smacking of spam will receive no more than one warning before being banned.
The goal isn’t to establish anything authoritarian or too tightly controlled, but something that can be participated in and enjoyed by everyone as well as serve as a great resource created by a community that’s interested in something and has suggestions as to how to make a good thing better.
So, without further ado, the forums are open and waiting.
Have at it.
You people are demented.
And that’s a good thing.
We’re now at 245 requests for Joost invitations and if you haven’t gotten yours yet, I’ll get it out as soon as I can today.
For the time being, if you’d still like an invitation, let me know via the comments (don’t post your e-mail in the comment itself, as spam-bots like to collect addresses where possible and usually use publicly viewed fields like this). The only proviso is that Joost only runs on Apple’s current Intel-based hardware, so if you have an older machine, you might have to borrow a friend’s Mac to try it out.
If you’ve gotten the Joost invitation and had a chance to play with it, feel free to chip in your two cents.