BumpTop 3D Desktop Prototype

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Date: Friday, June 23rd, 2006, 11:00
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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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Fixing .Mac – Hyperblog the Web

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Date: Monday, June 19th, 2006, 08:00
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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

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Apple’s 84 “Car”

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Date: Wednesday, June 14th, 2006, 08:10
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I went to see the new Pixar film “Cars” this weekend because I always make it a point to see Pixar films. The graphics are visually stunning and many of the scenes, specifically the race track, look absolutely photo-realistic. The movie didn’t hold my attention as well as previous Pixar offerings but I enjoyed it nonetheless. One easter egg that I missed (but my cousin caught) was the Apple-sponsored 84 Car.

FreeMacBlog posted the following entry:

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In the opening race of the movie, I thought I caught a glimpse of an Apple car. I thought it strange because there is no other product placement in the whole movie. So, when I got home I grabbed the movie on line (for research sake) and sure enough, there is the Apple car. And even more fitting, the number on the car was 84. Pretty cool!

FreeMacBlog.com – Apple Sponsors In The Piston Cup Circuit

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MacBook – Practically Pro

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Date: Saturday, May 20th, 2006, 08:19
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The iBook started life as a schoolBook with a very K thru 12 look. The large durable color toilet seat enclosure and small screen made this machine unappealing even for higher education, let alone business users. The second rectangular form factor for iBooks had a much more universal appeal. The size of the 12 inch model seemed just right and there was not nearly as much of a weight and size penalty vs. a PowerBook. The upgrade to G4 boosted performance without changing the packaging very much. The new MacBook broadens the appeal considerably in terms of performance and features. Read on……..

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To Upgrade or not, That is the Question

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Date: Friday, May 19th, 2006, 11:00
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daystar_machspeed.gifRecently I had the opportunity to upgrade my PowerBook G4 1.5GHz to a 2.0GHz Freescale 7447A CPU. Daystar Technology based in Georgia offers a MAChSpeed upgrade service to PowerBook owners like me who are wanting that extra power to run Logic Pro and other CPU intensive applications like Final Cut Pro. I took the plunge in the name of technology and sent my PowerBook in a custom box provided free by Daystar to its customers.
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Contributed by: Pierce

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Latest ‘MacBook’ leak looks fake

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Date: Monday, May 15th, 2006, 09:00
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macbook-fake.jpgThis screen shot posted in the MacRumors forums is purported to be an Apple “slip up” of the upcoming MacBook (iBook replacement) that allegedly appeared on their Web site.
As one astute poster on the SpyMac forums noted the photos in the “slip up” are clearly copied from Apple’s iBook software page.

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Downside to Wireless Philadelphia?

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Date: Monday, May 8th, 2006, 08:00
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philly-wireless.jpgIt looks like wireless Philadelphia is on track for Q3 2007 but no one is looking at the potential downsides.
I am a long time Philadelphia resident, which means I am cynic by defintion. I also currently run my own in-home 802.11b/g wireless network (done so for 5+ years). Is this new “Wireless Philadelphia” project going to drown out or interfere with my current setup?
Information about the actual technology that is going to be deployed is hard to come by since “Wireless Philadelphia” is a private company. At last report, it was going to be 802.11b. A signal strong to cover an entire city block would surely cause some interference problems. And, if I can’t maintain my current network under those conditions, what is my recourse? Not the city for sure (eminent domain kills that approach). The FCC? Will Verizon or Comcast join the fray? Who knows?
I tried looking into the gift horse’s mouth to find out more. The server never responded. Is this just a sampling of the service that is to come?
Some would say “stop being a grouch and just use the new city-wide wireless network.” I’m fairly sure that I won’t be able to maintain a decent game of Quake 4 with the amount of traffic and bandwidth available on that network. Think of it like you would public transportation. Yeah, it works but would you ride it if you had a stretch limo and driver?
I’m just worried that the whole thing was fast-tracked to promote something positive for the City of Philadelphia. I don’t think all of the technical aspects have been explored. And, Earthlink wants it because this is just another way for them to perpare for their inevitable exit from the dialup arena.
I’ll continue to track this and provide more insight when I can.
Contributed by: smaffei

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New Apple Television Ads

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Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006, 08:00
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apple-tv-ads.jpgApple has released a new set of TV ads. Featuring two guys, one representing a PC (and who just happens to bear a passing resemblance to Bill Gates), and the other a Mac (who looks a lot like Steve Jobs would probably like to!), they are short, humourous, and worth a look if you have a few moments to spare.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, the lady is a digital camera.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan.

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Nintendo Introduces Wii

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Date: Monday, May 1st, 2006, 00:00
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nintendo-wii.jpgIn the world of technology, there are two names that consistently impress me with their ability to mix innovation, humanity and fun. Apple is one, Nintendo is the other. Another characteristic they both share is influence far beyond that which their sales figures might suggest. Look at any list of ‘greatest computer games ever’ and Nintendo titles will be in the top ten.
For some time Nintendo have been talking about releasing a new console. Code-named ‘Revolution’, its main feature is a revolutionary new ‘joypad’, which will work in a similar way to a television’s remote control (for more info, click here).
Yesterday, Nintendo announced the launch name of its next games console with this typically quirky (and frustratingly brief) press release.
Introducing… Wii
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MicroMat’s TechTool Protege, Why Stop There?

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Date: Friday, April 21st, 2006, 09:00
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micromat-protege.jpgMicromat have recently released a very nice little tool, the Techtool Protege:

This tiny FireWire-based device contains 1 gigabyte of memory and comes complete with the latest version of Mac OS X, the latest version of TechTool Pro and our latest drive utility DiskStudio. And there’s still room left over for your other utilities as well.

Now, this got me thinking… why doesn’t every computer come with one of these? How difficult would it be for manufacturers to put a basic startup system, along with analysis tools on each machine, so that if a problem is detected during startup, the machine switches to the flash-based basic system, runs a set of repair routines, and then either restarts from the repaired drive, or alerts the user that more work is needed?

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