Remember the early days of Usenet? Using your ISP’s awful news server and crawling through mountains of alt.whatever? What a pain. Usenet has taken a new direction these days and most ISPs only offer a fraction of the newsgroups that are available and they store very little, making archives weak. Don’t even get me started on the censored newsgroups.
Anyway, if you want to return to the glory days of 1981 (!) you’ll need a decent Usenet client…
SubRosaSoft.com LLC has announced FileSalvage version 4.1. The latest generation of their data recovery software for Mac OS X software adds detailed logging and the ability to process disk images. Defense attorney’s, law enforcement and corporate agencies can now access EnCase, Unix DDM, CopyCatX, etc. image file systems without purchasing expensive computer forensics software…
A friend once told me that the single best way to learn how to type was to practice on Instant Messenger. I’ll be damned if my horrible “hunt and peck” style hasn’t turned into a respectable 25-30 words per minute because of my inline chatting. The problem is that my speed probably won’t get much higher than that without professional help. That’s when I cam across a Mac OS X application that bills itself as a “keyboarding driller featuring innovative typing cues.” Read More…
Griffin Technology has announced beta 2.0 of its radioSHARK software for Mac OS X. We first reviewed radioSHARK on 17 September 2004:
The radioSHARK is a US$70 USB radio that comes with software that allows you to record any AM or FM radio broadcast in real time. What makes it cool is that the software allows you to schedule recordings and even pause live recordings – think of it as TiVo for broadcast radio.
New features and enhancements include:
- New compact, redesigned interface
- Improved scheduling
- Improved 10 band equalizer
- Expanded record/playback, tuning and appearance preferences
- Spectrum visualizer
- Selectable display color
- Dock icon displays station and record status
- AppleScript support
- Supports G3, G4 & G5 processors running 10.3 and higher
radioSHARK 2.0 beta includes a radioSHARK Widget, for use with Apple’s Dashboard technology in Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger). The radioSHARK widget lets you control tuning, volume, mute and station presets in one convenient dashboard. Beta 23 also provides support for Macintosh G3 computers and adds 64kbps recording.
Attention Burners: Burning Man Countdown (mirror) is a Mac OS 10.4 Dashboard widget that counts down until the exact moment the Burning Man is ignited. Although the default is set to this years event, you can change the date and time to accommodate the coming years. When the time is up, a message regarding the theme of 2005 and a Timothy Leary audio sample is played.
Your editor will be taking off for Burning Man year five. If you’re attending this year be sure to look me up!
Plenty of you chimed in on the great Pocket OS debate when I published a story about the Palm Treo 670 running Windows Mobile. The Treo’s move to WinMo would be significant defection from the namesake Palm OS that is installed on previous Treo 600 and 650s.
On Windows Mobile versus Palm, some of you came down squarely on the side of WinMo while others were loathe to have any Microsoft OS on their person. Click through some of your responses…
Are you furiously working on your Podcast so that you can get it on the air (like the PowerPage is?) Frustrated debugging errors in your RSS 2.0 feed? Well, suffer no more, Feeder is here…
Reinvented Software’s Feeder (US$29.95) is an application for creating, editing and publishing RSS feeds. With Feeder you don’t need to understand RSS to create feeds and publish them to the Web.
In case you’re not in the loop, RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a technology for distributing news on the Web. Many news sites, organizations and weblogs publish RSS feeds to keep people informed of the latest news, product updates and more. The PowerPage’s RSS 2.0 feed is here:
What’s cool about Feeder is that they plan to fully support the iTunes-specific extensions to RSS introduced with iTunes 4.9 allowing you to easily publish your feeds on the iTunes Music Store.
iTunes 4.9 was released on 28th June 2005 to include podcasts as part of iTunes and the iTunes Music Store. On the same day Apple released details of iTunes-specific extensions to RSS.
Feeder 1.1 does not support the creation of these attributes, but Feeder 1.2 will. Feeder 1.2 will be released as soon as this new functionality is ready and will be a free upgrade for registered Feeder users – expect to see this in August 2005.
Ever fumble through your rucksack looking for a subway map? If you carry an iPod you may be able to stop the madness forever with iPod Subway maps:
I came up with the idea of sticking subway maps onto my iPod Photo. By chopping up sections of the New York City MTA subway map into 220×176 pixel sections, I was able to carry a complete New York City subway map in my pocket at all times!
So yesterday, after coming up with the idea, I went straight ahead and nabbed this awesome domain name, and started building the site.
Hopefully these will be just as helpful for you as they are to me. Soon I?ll be adding in an infrastructure which will allow this site to be more community-based ? where you will be able to upload, download and rate user-submitted maps. That?s my hope at least.
Maps are currently available for NYC, Boston, San Francisco, Washington DC, Chicago and Hong Kong. Coming are: London, Toronto, Montreal and maybe Ottawa.