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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Extreme PowerBook: Umm, Yeah.

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Date: Saturday, April 8th, 2006, 15:28
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extreme-powerbook.jpgSo they don’t say much about how it happened, but this has got to be one of the most extreme PowerBook manglings that I’ve seen (except for maybe that motorcycle one). The only detail is “It boots……Airport works….”. Looks like it got run over by a Hummer, and I don’t mean one of the little ones, either.

Scott Stevenson, of Theocacao, shares this picture of Matt Johnston’s Powerbook. It has obviously been through a lot, but it still boots and Airport works as well.

Mangled Powerbook still works – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

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Getting Things Done

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Date: Friday, April 7th, 2006, 10:00
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Getting Things Done is a productivity methodology created by David Allen and our own Emory Lundberg has jumped in with both feet.

This paper is nothing more than a summary and use-case of implementing David Allen’s Getting Things Done™ (GTD) using both hifi and lofi weaponry with a primary focus on Mac OS X but the general desire to be as desktop platform agnostic as possible, except where not possible.
The author puts portability, mobility, and efficiency above all other considerations. The author is an information security researcher and engineer for a large organization with offices around the globe, as well as a consultant, and a freelance writer. Due to the very nature of the author’s responsibilities, a suitable workflow to implement GTD was difficult to accomplish.
As something of a (wince) subject-matter expert for mobile tech specifically relating to Mac OS X and wireless connectivity this paper is decidedly low-tech. Presently the online methods for implementing GTD are deemed by the author to be not mobile-friendly and the author places the utmost importance on accessibility and reliability.
For most of my friends at 43Folders this will read like an erotic novel. Hello, everyone!
This is my trusted system. I trust it. It works for me. It has helped me sleep better, work better, play better, and live a much better life. With all things related to productivity, it comes down to what works for you.

Read the rest of Emory’s story on his blog.

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Brett Jordan’s iPad

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Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2006, 08:00
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As I lay on my couch on Saturday afternoon enjoying my iPod’s AOQAD smart playlist (Artists Of Quality And Distinction: all songs in my iTunes collection by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Lloyd Cole, Beatles, U2, Elvis Costello, Aimee Mann, Vigilantes of Love, Mike Scott, Jellyfish, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Ryan Adams) I wondered whether it would be worth investing in one of the devices that are now available that let me control the iPod remotely.
It occurred to me that this is all backwards. The iPod isn’t much bigger than most remote units, its hard drive is bigger than many laptop computers, and its battery life is substantial. Why doesn’t Apple install WiFi, Bluetooth, RF and infrared transponders in an iPod, so it can be used as a universal remote AND to wirelessly transmit the music/video stored on it to an Airport Express unit connected to existing AV equipment?

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What’s on my N90?

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Date: Thursday, March 30th, 2006, 23:08
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nokia-n90.jpgI’ve been using a Nokia N90 S60 smartphone for almost a month now. I have the full unlocked 3G version from Europe, not the crippled cracked out one you can buy at Ritz Camera in exchange for a new contract with T-Mobile.
I routinely change things up, get new devices, but I always seem to come back to S60. I think this is largely because the devices are just so damned usable and functional, especially when compared to BlackBerry devices, the Treo, UIQ devices such as the Sony Ericsson P910 and the like.
Some of the built-in applications on the N90 are quite good. For example, the email client is fantastic. It supports IMAP, IMAP-IDLE, and email gets pushed to me as fast as my BlackBerry ever got it. I have no complaints there, really. The input device doesn’t even bother me that much because a lot of my email when I’m mobile is consumption anyway, and I rarely have to type out a huge edict or anything unless I’m at a desk. Even the built-in browser is quite good. I have also installed Opera and Opera Mini but honestly I use the built-in browser most of the time.
But like any smartphone user, I have managed to accumulate some favorite applications over the last month that I feel are very useful, so I’ll be outlining them in this post.
This post is a doozy. Get comfortable.

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Dell Latitude D820 with Intel Core Duo Processor

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Date: Thursday, March 30th, 2006, 20:07
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Engadget’s got a review of the new Dell notebook with a Intel Core Duo processor. The cool part is that it has 3G networking (and an optional fingerprint reader). I’ll stick with my MacBook Pro, thanks.

PC Magazine has taken Dell’s entrant in the 15-inch Core Duo laptop category for a spin, and although it doesn’t knock the IBM Lenovo Thinkpad T60 from its Editor’s Choice throne, it still manages to grab four out of five stars and a "very good" rating. As you’ll probably recall from our previous coverage of this model and the D620, the D820 is a Core Duo-packing replacement for the Latitude D810, and its 2.16GHz T2600 bested the older model by an impressive 59% in PC Mag’s benchmarks. Also noteworthy were the pixel-rific 1920 x 1200 widescreen display (remember, those are packed into just a 15.4-inch screen), 5 hour battery life, and built-in WiFi sniffer that not only works when the machine is shutdown but helpfully informs you when security-disabled networks are in range. Overall, the theme for this $1,300 desktop replacement seems to be choice; you have the option of: a fingerprint scanner or SmartCard reader for security, trackpad or pointer nub for navigation, PC Card or Express Card for expansion, and Verizon EV-DO or Cingular HSDPA for 3G. Wow — this one’s already looking like a contender for one of the coveted 2006 Engadget Awards (only to get voted down in favor of a MacBook, we’d imagine).

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If You Can’t Join them, Beat them

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Date: Thursday, March 23rd, 2006, 10:18
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Rumors are flying about an iPhone being manufactured in Taiwan. What are the pitfalls of an Apple branded iPod phone? Clearly, the biggest problem is that the mobile phone providers think they can sell songs over their networks at prices much higher than the iTunes music store. I doubt it, but that does not stop them from thinking that way. Most people get their phones heavily discounted or free from their service provider in exchange for a service contract that typically lasts two years. Very few people pay retail for a phone, even though doing so gets you an unlocked, uncrippled phone with no multiyear commitment to any particular service. An iPhone will not succeed without subsidy and branding from Cingular, Verizon, and T-mobile.
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Microsoft bombshell: no EFI support for Vista

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Date: Friday, March 10th, 2006, 11:27
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Digg: Microsoft revealed today that it will not support EFI booting for Windows Vista on its launch. The news will be a shock for owners of Intel Macs who had hoped they would be able to dual-boot between Windows Vista and OS X. Intel Macs only support booting via EFI.
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Preview of Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) Thanks to the USPTO

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Date: Friday, March 10th, 2006, 11:01
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Apple can be cagey but they can’t hide, thanks to the wonders of the badly in need of reform U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Hrmph.com has posted some interesting details (more deets) from some patents that Apple filed for Spotlight. They expose aspects of the Finder previously unseen.

Apple is expected to release the next version of OS X – 10.5 “Leopard” by the end of 2006 or early 2007. Little information has leaked about Leopard but rumours suggest that the Finder of OS X 10.5 (code named ‘Chardonnay’) is going to depend heavily on Spotlight (Apple’s metadata and search tool).
Improvements to the Finder include:
- New Spotlight User Interface
- Hierarchical Nested “Smart Folders”
- (More) Human Readable Search Queries
- Better metadata creation- OCR, voice recognition

Expect a preview of the new OS at WWDC 2006 which runs from August 7-11 in San Francisco.

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