So what do people expect of the new MacBooks? I know Paul is in the market. John wants one but can't quite pull the trigger. I'm tempted by an upgrade. This could be the first "Nullstream Laptop" - something each of us is willing to buy (very rare).
I'd be happy for aluminum case and hardware bump. I'd really like to see what I expected the MacBook Air would be - an aluminum MacBook with no optical drive. That alone would be very interesting to me. On another note, my next laptop will have 8GB of ram. Just saying...
Well this week the first Android based phone will be announced by T-Mobile. But what are we expecting here? Something as cool as the iPhone? Probably not. Will this be a game changing platform, or just another me too phone? Chime in with your thoughts.
How about this for a crazy use case: I have been testing a configuration that will allow me to use the Mini away from my house with no monitor, mouse or keyboard or even a real network.
I am running the Mini headless connected to my XP Laptop via a firewire cable and accessing it with VNC. Tuning VNC for the firewire bandwidth gives me performance that is nearly as good as connecting local. Moving large windows stutters slightly, but everything else is smooth even animations and video.
Some of the tricks:Continue reading "Headless Mac Mini"...
Has anyone out there experienced the BSOD that is apparently being caused by the new Itunes 8 update? Don't get me started on iTunes for Windows.
The DRM on it is insane: you can only install it three times and then you're out of luck. Ever have to repave your Windows install? Ever feel like playing a game you bought a few years (and computers) back? Too bad.
I understand that piracy can be a big problem, particularly for game developers, but treating your honest customers like criminals is not a strategy for success.
See the reviews on Amazon.com for a good example of the protest vote.
Microsoft has announced new Zunes features on the Eve of Apple's Ipod related media event. New models include a 120 Gbtye and a 16Gbyte model.
The more interesting part of the announcement however is the new software features. Starting on Sept 16th the Zune will support a feature called 'Buy from FM'. This feature, which will work with over 450 radio stations at launch, allows a listener to 'tag' a song they are listening on the radio for purchase. If the user is connected to a Wifi hotspot (public or private) the song will be purchased and downloaded instantly. Otherwise it will be queued for when they connect or dock next. Although I don't listen to the radio much anymore but there are a significant number of people that still do. Many Zune owners have listed the FM radio feature as a significant reason they chose a Zune over an iPod. (I'm sure the fact that their Dad works for Microsoft could be listed as another reason.) I can see how this feature will be popular. It is pretty cool and dare I say innovative?
Additionally MS has announced an unlimited music subscription program for 14.99 a month. It should be noted that many are predicting Apple to announce a similar program tomorrow.
Additional feature are the ability to update the 'Zune card' sharing in real time, as well as Audible.com support and some new games. It should also be noted that MS is giving this update away to existing Zune owners for free and not charging them the (required?!) 10.00 amount that Apple charged iPod touch user's for new features.
I've been working on Google Chrome, our new open source web browser. I wrote the SafeBrowsing (anti-phishing and anti-malware) feature with another engineer, the download manager, and a bunch of random other bits. I'm currently working on the Mac and linux version. I guess I'm now a paid open source developer, which is cool.
Some of my favorite things:
- fast and minimal user interface
- resizable input text boxes (thanks to webkit)
- downloads don't prompt you 15 times
- multi-process architecture makes Google Chrome robust to crashy sites
- tabs are slick and easy to manage by popping in and out of windows
- search / address bar and the new tab page train themselves to my usage very fast
Since each tab can use its own process, looking in the Windows Task Manager might be a bit confusing. You'll see multiple chrome.exe instances and on XP, shared memory isn't accounted for properly so it'll look like we're using a ton of memory. So we built our own task manager: right click on the title bar and see what the tabs or plugins are doing. In any case, browsers are doing much, much more these days than rendering static pages, so the resource usage is going to more, too.
This is a beta launch, so there are likely to be missing features. Leave your wish lists here.