nullstream weblog - August 2007

Apple vs. NBC


August 31, 2007 02:34 PM PST

NBC pushes Apple for more money and threatens not to renew. Apple cuts them loose early and spins it their way. Consumers will find it hard to side with NBC on this one.

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Vint Cerf predicts the future of TV


August 27, 2007 11:57 AM PST

Quick read in the Guardian. He proclaims that the current comments that increasing online video will bring down the internet are nothing more than scare tactics. I agree. I remember when IPV4 wasn't going to have enough space to support the surge in users, yet no one is using IPV6. The problem was solved with creative partitioning. Skeptics have been saying that the earth's food supply cannot keep up with the populations growth much longer than I've been alive. Yet farming technology has managed to increase the crop yield per acre at a rate that has outpaced population growth. I think people have a tendency to underestimate man's ability for creative problem solving when the need is urgent.

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PAX 2007


August 25, 2007 03:31 PM PST

On Friday we went to the Penny Arcade Expo 2007. This year it was held in Seattle rather than Bellevue, as there were reportedly 30,000 dorks social gamers in attendance. As was the case last year, we saw exactly ZERO PSPs, but thousands of Nintendo DSs. We even managed to get captured on video playing Bomberman over Wi-Fi on our DSs.

The lines were long, but the talks and energy were great. This might have finally pushed me over the edge towards getting a 360. Given that I've spent half the cost of one over 24 hours just buying DS games :-)

We're sorry we missed Jon this year. Many more photos after the jump.

Wil Wheaton holding up a USB key containing "every Atarti 2600 game ever made."

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August 25, 2007 11:53 AM PST

Somehow I fell asleep at the wheel. It looks like this game got released without me noticing. Actually after 5 years or so I had pretty much just written this game off as another Duke Nukem. But then as I was wondering around circuit city there it was on the shelf. Sad, after all these years of waiting I think I lost interest. I'm having too much fun with Bioshock.

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Sony PS3 to become DVR?


August 22, 2007 01:23 PM PST

It looks like Sony' is transforming the PS3 into a DVR / Media hub with the addition of a TV tuner peripheral. I wouldn't mind something like that for my 360.

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August 18, 2007 05:53 PM PST

The wait is almost over. Bioshock will be released on Aug 21. The reviews are coming in and it seems everyone loves this game. The demo is available on Xbox Live now. You should check it out. It is amazing.

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Google Docs Blog Posting to MovableType

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August 13, 2007 03:12 PM PST

John claims that he'll do more blog posts if I hook up blog publishing from Google Docs. So here it is. This post is published from a Google text editing document. It definitely makes text entry easier, but some of the features like the post title(!), categories and extended entries don't work, requiring us to still do minor editing back in MovableType. Still, the ability to re-edit posts with the rich text features and inline images may well make posting easier. Let's see how this goes. This counts as my post - John and Paul, you guys owe us a brilliant, witty post from Google Docs. Now back to my Pokemans.

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The Story of the Mexican Fisherman


August 10, 2007 02:45 PM PST

An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

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Apple Predictions


August 8, 2007 01:18 AM PST


Ok it's my turn to put on the Crackly tin foil hat and make some random Apple predictions for the upcoming 12 months.

In today's Apple town hall they responded to a question about multi-touch macs with "...we're not sure it makes sense in the Mac. We'll categorize it as a research project for now". Yeah right. One thing I've learned from Steve is that when he says 'no' what he really means is no, not right now. Remember that whole thing about Intel processors or maybe that they wouldn't do a pocketpc (umm, the iPhone is basically a pocket pc phone edition, a very slick and cool version of, but still a pocket pc - get over it). So here we go ...

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New iMacs and Minis


August 7, 2007 03:57 PM PST

Apple today announced new iMacs, new specs for the Mini, iWork 2008 and updated features for .mac.

This post is all about our comments. Mine are that the new iMacs look nice (although they need to lose that bottom bezel) - they're looking more and more like the iPhone! The new mac mini configurations look like a great value. This is the first time that I've seen the lowest end $599 model actually have a usable amount of RAM and dual core processor. I don't use iWork and I feel that .mac should be free with the latest OS updates (either that or the latest version of the OS is provided free to current subscribers).

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Mechanical Bonds


August 6, 2007 02:59 PM PST

We don't normally post about sports here (as I don't think any of us follows them), but this is an interesting technical article: EXCLUSIVE: Barry Bonds' Home Run Record Tainted by Mechanical Device.

I've never seen Bonds at bat, but I was immediately suspicious after reading the article, and grabbed some pictures of him. Wow - that contraption on his arm sure seems like an unfair advantage. It's like one of those training apparatuses used to straighten your golf swing. How does MLB allow him to wear that? More pictures after the jump.

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