nullstream weblog - October 2007

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Reviews

October 24, 2007 12:08 AM PST

24.jpeg Doh. I just Netflixed up 24 and after 20 minutes of episode 1, I'm hooked, so awesome. Next up: The Sopranos.
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Steve's Big Decision

Apple

October 21, 2007 12:24 PM PST

With only 5 days left before Apple's big Leopard launch Steve Jobs is facing a difficult decision, probably the most difficult decision in his career. He has two different "And one more thing..." announcements sitting it front of him and he has to choose which one to present. He could take the safe path and announce some lame partnership with McDonald's, iTunes movie rentals, or Facebook integration etc. Or he could finally push the button on the big one. The secret weapon with the shiny red button. The one he as been carefully laying the ground work for all these years. The one that will finally allow him to get his revenge over getting sand kicked in his face by that little nerd Bill Gates. I'm talking about cutting OSX free to run on any PC.

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Radiohead, how much did you pay?

Music

October 19, 2007 10:32 PM PST

Well we have had some time to let the dust settle from Radiohead's internet release of In Rainbows. Unfortunately the dust seems to have been replaced by fog. After the initial hype followed by the swamped servers and lousy web site some have proclaimed it a huge success while others describe it as a hard learned lesson that people still prefer bittorrent. I figure it this way, the people that want to 'steal' music will do it no matter what, but for those fans that are willing to pay the band gets all the money rather than a record label. Seems like a win to me. What do you think?


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Comcast Tactics

Lame

October 19, 2007 07:40 PM PST

We'll tests are starting to show that Comcast is indeed messing with BitTorrent traffic. Since there are at least some legitimate uses of BitTorrent it will be interesting to see how this progresses. I doubt your day to day MP3 pirate will bring a lawsuit against them, but perhaps some company who's business is hurt by this will.

I have also heard rumors of Comcast terminating VPN connections regularly. When contacted they claim that using your connection for business use (work) is against the service agreement.


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iPhone 3rd party SDK

Apple

October 17, 2007 11:22 AM PST

Steve now announces that he will open the iPhone (and iTouch) to 3rd party apps in Feb. It's taking a little longer than than hoped because they are trying to protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks according to big Steve. Of course the apps will have to be digitally signed (i.e. approved by Apple). Still no mention of the distribution model. But I think we can assume they will be sold through iTunes.

This is another example of why you can't really believe anything Jobs says. Was it really necessary to tick off the dev community by lying to them about the web being the app model? Would it have been that hard to be honest and say - "Yes we are working on it, but it isn't ready yet."? Oh right, that might have hurt the share price.


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Cool Invention

Cool Tech

October 13, 2007 04:13 PM PST

This dude invented a totally cool microwind generator . Check out the video link toward the end.


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The Blandification Will Continue

Gaming

October 11, 2007 11:17 PM PST

bioware.gif Great news, everyone! Bioware has been acquired by Electronic Arts for a big pile of money and all their employee's eternal souls. I can't wait for Mass Effect 2007, Mass Effect 2008 (same as ME 2007, but with updated jerseys) and John Madden's Mass Effect 2009.

This is the company that brought you ea_spouse and an endless series of identical sports games slightly tweaked to have the current year's player names and not much else. Depressing. It's like Walmart acquiring Trader Joe's.

Now that Lionhead is part of Microsoft, what other major independent studios actually try to do something innovative? I guess there is still hope for Project Offset, assuming that will ship in our lifetime.


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The Year of Linux on the Desktop

Linux

October 11, 2007 09:59 AM PST

Being ready for the desktop does not equate to being successful on the desktop.


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Post Trip Stats

October 9, 2007 01:19 AM PST

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RV = 34 feet, Trailer = 20 feet, Tongue = 4 ft.
Trailer weight outbound trip, uh, very very heavy. Heaviest single item: a pallet of sheet steel for a kit garage weighing 3400 pounds. (Had to be unloaded by hand and then re-stacked on the pallet in a storage unit).
Return trip; just heavy. Heaviest single item: an old Ford pickup.

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When you've got it...

Music

October 5, 2007 01:37 AM PST

So, this guy is a mobile phone salesman in England, and enters their version of American Idol to sing, wait for it... opera.
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Experiment: XP

Rant

October 3, 2007 11:54 PM PST

osx.png Almost 7 months ago, I switched completely to the Mac at home. Since that time, I've picked up an iPhone and moved my home network to Airport Extreme.

It hasn't been completely trouble free, and I find my myself wondering if I shouldn't go back to my old set up: Mac OS X for my laptop and Windows for my desktop.

What caused me to start doubting my switch? There are a lot of little things that irritate me when using a Mac.

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It's October

Events

October 1, 2007 02:41 AM PST

Best month of the year.

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