Its going to cost $199.99 and be out mid November.
I looks like the choice between Blueray and HD-DVD has been made... for me at least. I probably won't commit to buying any titles yet however - at least not the smoke clears a bit. Not to worry though, Netflix is building up a decent selection of both formats.
Well you can't be a tech based blog and not talk about Apple's new product announcements. I would have posted something yesterday but being a historically anti-Apple guy I needed some time to calm down and gain some objectivity. (I have to remind myself that I'm an Apple share holder so what's good for them is good for me also). This event was all about the iPod and iTunes. Keeping focus is one of Steve's things so that explains why the 24" iMac was announced last week instead.
There were lots of things announced, but no real surprises (if you follow Apple rumors that is). The only real surprise is what was not announced - the wide screen iPod. (Yeah people also keep talking about the iPhone, but I don't see that happening). My top three announcements:
I'm one of those guys that just needs to know how stuff works. I need, at a minimum at least, a high level theory for everything. It doesn't have to be a completely accurate theory, just something that allows me to stop thinking about how something works and move on. One topic that continues to puzzle me has been thinking itself, or more specifically how the brain works. Jeff Hawkin's new book "On Intelligence" has scratched that itch nicely. His name should sound familiar, founder of Palm Computing, inventor of the Palm Pilot, founder of Handspring... In his book he presents a new theory for how the brain works and what intelligence really means. He hopes that by understanding the human brain we will someday be able to build intelligent machines - A promise that so far traditional AI has failed to fulfill.
WriteRoom is an interesting free word processor for the Mac that blocks out the rest of the screen so you can focus on the words.
Game Tunnel is a magazine dedicated to independent games, like Defcon (pictured right). Game Tunnel also has a really well produced PDF version if you're old school enough to want "files" on your "local disk".
Also check out The Escapist, which has plenty of good articles.
Google Image Labeler is a game where you are matched with a random person on the intardweb, and you have to guess words that describe the picture you are shown within a time limit. When you and your partner agree on a word, you move on to the next image. It's weirdly addictive.