nullstream weblog - June 2007

Bluethooth denial

Mobile Tech

June 30, 2007 11:42 PM PST


At what point do you realize that despite years of criticizing bluetooth technology you might actually be a closet fanboy? I guess right about the time you sit down and think about how many Bluetooth accessories you actually own, and how often you actually use them. Pretty much all the computers and mobile devices I use these days are Bluetooth enabled in some fashion. Oh, and that photo is not entirely accurate since I actually own 3 pairs of those Logitech made headphones (don't ask) and a couple of Bluetooth dongles.

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Google updates


June 28, 2007 05:11 PM PST

Some recent Google newness...
They have added the ability to do group chat to GTalk via a new online chat client gadget which also supports tabs as well as video and photo preview. They have also revamped Google Docs with more features and a new home page look and feel. On the maps side you can now manually re-route driving directions by dragging the route around visually.

One question; What's up with Google and Flash these days? The new GTalk gadget is flash based. And also the new Google Maps street view. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it's just curious considering that Google practically invented Web 2.0 / Ajax.

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Google's foray into hybrid web apps.


June 20, 2007 08:54 PM PST

Some predict that the future of applications lies not on the OS but rather on the web. To make that a reality however, we will need ubiquitous network access. Not content to wait for that day, several companies are looking to bridge the gap between online and offline application use. One of these companies is Google, and their first entry into the hybrid web app space is a technology they call Gears. You can read more about it here.

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Vista Virtualization Limitations


June 20, 2007 04:00 PM PST

About three months ago I wrote a blog entry to express my frustration with MS's attempts to limit Vista virtualization via the EULA to only the most expensive skus. I calmed down however and decided not to post it.

Recently MS decided to relent to user outcry and reverse their EULA restrictions. They had a press release preloaded and ready to launch, but then at the last minute they changed their mind. Well I changed my mind also. Here is my original post. Beware there be dragons.

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Marketing Out of Control


June 20, 2007 10:03 AM PST

Check out Angry Aussie's translation of the marketing spin surrounding Alli, the new miracle dieting pill. You'll laugh so hard you'll... we'll you'll see.

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Live Messenger Broken Features


June 20, 2007 09:34 AM PST

I have never managed to get messenger's white-boarding and application sharing activities to work. And by never I mean that I've tried it with every new version of messenger that has come out over the last couple of years. I have tried it across the web as well as with a contact on the same local LAN. I suspect that these features do not work at all.

Please comment if you have been able to make this work, or know anyone else who has.

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VMWare Fusion

Cool Tech

June 12, 2007 11:09 PM PST

Parallels has enjoyed an early lead in the Mac VM market, but it is headed for serious competition from VMWare. I like Parallels, they are local boys and I wish them well, but VMWare is coming at them hard with Fusion. Its first release (it is in beta now) will include features such as Unity (VMWare's version of coherency mode), run from Boot Camp partition, DirectX 3D support, snapshot / backup, virtual SMB and the ability to run 64bit client OSs.

Both VMWare and Parallels have a feature that seems to have slipped below the radar but which I feel is the "killer app" for Mac switchers. On Fusion it is called the VMWare converter. On Parallels it is called Transporter. These utilities allow you to convert existing physical machines into virtual machines. This allows a new Apple convert to migrate his entire existing Windows machine (OS, software, data) to a virtual image and run it on his new Mac. Talk about reducing your risk. If I were Apple I'd be seriously hyping this capability.

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Apple WWDC Discussion


June 11, 2007 02:11 PM PST

Just a post to start a discussion on Job's keynote at the WWDC.

To seed the discussion:

1. Sweet iPhone development model. Use the Web??
2. Safari for Windows. - Why?

In related news, it looks like the Apple stock bubble burst (or just lost some air) shortly after the keynote, losing 4 bucks before the market closed. As a result my manually guided sell stop fired and I am no longer an Apple share holder. I'm not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing yet, but at least it was one of the few times I actually made money in the stock market.

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Tank Man


June 8, 2007 12:33 AM PST


53 minute documentary on the events of 18 years ago.

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iPhone Round Up


June 4, 2007 10:57 PM PST


After initially indicating that the iPhone would be closed to third party developers, it seems that third parties might actually be able to write applications for it after all. I'm guessing that with such a new product for Apple, they might have wanted to make sure that the shipping version worked fine before opening it up. Google Desktop did something like this: no plug-ins to plug-ins using only C++ / ATL to Javascript / HTML widgets to a visual plug-in editor. Walk before you run, especially when doing something new.

I'm willing to give Apple the benefit of the doubt for now, but I'd be very disappointed if I couldn't write applications for it (though I'd still buy one). If they do release an iPhone SDK, that'll be the end of Windows CE. They could even make the SDK run only with Xcode and Mac OS X, so iPhone developers would have to buy Macs...

Note, in the left image above, that there seems to be one application missing... what could the fabled 12th app be?

Also, new iPhone ads.

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No love for multiple 360s


June 3, 2007 10:39 PM PST

Dear multiple Xbox 360 customer... thanks for buying more than one of our expensive products.. As a reward for your loyalty please accept this 'feature' as a token of our appreciation...

With the original Xbox, you could use recovery to put your account on multiple consoles and switch between them freely (also known as roaming).... you can now only have one Xbox Live profile active on one Xbox 360 console at a time. That means when you recover on one console, any copy you have on another console is invalidated. If you go back to that console, you'll have to recover again.

Ahh thanks. So instead of just being able to move from one box to the other by just logging in, now I currently have to go through some big recovery process. Oh and by the way, recovering your accounts takes over 15 minutes for some reason. But wait there's more... now that I've transfered all my data from my old box to my new box, I can no longer play Hexic on the old 360. This is because it was pre-installed, and has subsequently been deleted and it is not available for download.

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Re-examining the Foleo

Mobile Tech

June 1, 2007 12:13 PM PST


I'm sure by now you have heard of Palm's 'revolutionary' new product the Foleo. It is supposed to be a 'smartphone companion'. The Web universally trashed it literally in real time as it was being announced. I also had a 'WTF?' moment and figured it wasn't even blog worthy. I admit it was a bit of let down since Jeff Hawkins said, "Foleo is the most exciting product I have ever worked on." I have a lot of respect for Hawkins, he is a really smart guy. Of course I have never had respect for Palm, and after this announcement that has not changed.

But now that I've had some time to mull the concept over, I admit I think the idea has merit - not the way it exists today, and certainly not the way they are positioning it. But someday in the not to distant future, I think this concept will take off. Heck I'd probably even buy one - someday. I'll explain my thoughts, but first, lets examine what we know.

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The end of BSG


June 1, 2007 11:15 AM PST

The next season will be the last.

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