I will roll my eyes SO HARD at all the Apple rumor sites. With the iPhone, Apple proved that they can defeat rumor people by showing off demo units and prototypes to many different people. The conflicting rumors will increase buzz and increase surprise at the same time, even if some of the rumors were legit.
A while ago, an Apple patent surfaced for an ultra low-profile optical drive underneath the keyboard that requires sleeping the laptop, turning it over, and changing optical discs while it is upside down.
Since then, rumors have been about laptops with no optical drive, and now recently there's a rumor about an external optical drive. This ignores the fact that leakers could look right at a device with the upside down optical, and think that it has no internal optical drive.
In Leopard Mail & a bunch of the iLife apps, you can open up a Photo Browser that lists Apple apps & the photos they contain. I know that Aperture, iPhoto, and Photo Booth show up there, and I'm not aware of any other potential sources.
Is there a documented or known-but-undocumented API for becoming a source in that photo browser? I know that any app can open a photo browser. I want to know if my Lightroom photos will ever, ever appear there. An extremely preliminary googling turns up nothing, so I assume the answer is no.
What's the best video jukebox software? Something like iTunes, except that can actually play videos without crippling my otherwise extremely capable PC. Also, iTunes ignores the DVD ISOs that I've ripped, which makes it kindof useless for most of my media consumption needs. Alcohol 52% keeps a list of ISOs you've used, but doesn't grok other media.
Is there an all singing, all dancing video jukebox for any OS?
They say the Zune will have an FM radio tuner. And they say it will allow you to send a copy of your songs to your friends, which they can listen to three times. And they say that this wifi activity may be hard on your battery compared to normal use.
I would way prefer a device that did FM transmitting like the iTrip except that it permitted autodiscovery. You point your device at someone else wearing the distinctive included headphones, and unless they have changed their configuration for secrecy, then you listen to what they are listening to. This would require way less battery use & be just as good for record execs (right?). You might throw some signaling into 2.4gHz, but wifi would be huge overkill. Track info can already be sent over FM.
Isn't that a much more desireable device? Why is my idea broken?
I'm exaggerating. But if I'm not mistaken, Google changed their main blog feed to no longer contain full content. It's only the first few lines of articles, and no links or html.
Hopefully this is just some technical snafu, and someone changed their blogger settings accidentally. They went to type="text/plain" rather than type="text/html". If it's some marketer's brilliant ploy to drive up traffic, I hope someone decides that it's more worthwhile for them to get their message out instead.
I figure I'll have to upgrade my 300 watt power supply so that I can handle a better card. I spent a few hours reading up last night, and it sounded like everyone was suggesting either a Geforce 7600 GT for value or a Geforce 7900 GT if I intend to splurge.
I don't know what ATI cards to look at because everyone seems to be talking about NVidia lately. Don't know why.
If anyone knows the current state of the union, or would like to suggest a different line of cards to look at, I'd really appreciate it. And I know the basics of picking between different cards w/ the same GPU, but if anyone has any advice there that would also be very helpful.
I mean, I hate computers as much as anyone, but I really like how effective I am at working in Windows. I really like taskbar+maximizing as a general workflow.
I like the candy colors in Windows XP. I like the way quicklaunch works. I don't so much like the All Programs menu, and would prefer a dashboard with bigger prettier icons like the dock + Application directory, but not a big deal.
And there are big glaring problems with using a Windows computer, too. But there are different big, glaring problems with Mac OS.
If I bought a Mac, I'd be one of the maybe-macos-is-ok toe-dipping switchers, just like people who'd never used it before. But I used it for YEARS. Mac OS X was brutal to me. I'm sure with a core duo it won't feel like the gui is dipped in molasses, but I'm still skittish.
And while it'd be a huge improvement in hardware compared to my current setup, it'd either cost $2000 or it would be a crucial step down in specs. And I'd be trading Google Desktop for Spotlight.
Work is really frustrating right now. Like five months ago, my boss asked me into his office to check out a product because he wanted my "buy in". We were going to get a real bug tracking database. The product is called Enterprise Wizard, and it's basically a low-quality web based RAD tool. Its business logic is infinitely customizable and is not any more suited to issue tracking than it is suited to any other rudimentary database function.
I hated it, and told him so. I showed him some other bug tracking tools that work better, and he pointed out that they are not as flexible as the tool he was showing me. We were going to use this tool for tracking things that were not bugs. He wanted to be able to add a bunch of fields to issues so that they could be perfectly categorized. The thing I showed him couldn't do that, and it was the public opinion of the software developer that this sort of categorization should not be done. This turned him off, rather than turning him around. I backed down.
Enterprise Wizard got "buy in" from everyone else but the CFO, who was to approve the (expensive) purchase. He didn't understand why we needed it. Neither do I. So my boss and his boss made a more extended case for the purchase and got it included in this year's budget.
So now I actually have my hands on it. We're going to use it for our internal computer help desk (not bug tracking). It is worse than I expected. Aside from not being a help desk application, it has inane bugs. The same sort of inane bugs that I would have to deal with if I developed the thing myself. No, I couldn't develop something as flexible as Enterprise Wizard. Those guys bit off a way bigger task than I would aim for. My boss and I agree that implementation will take at least until April. I would lean on him to change his mind about using this product, but I don't know how much respect that would cost me. As if he respected me. He's already sold it to the CFO. Maybe he thinks he can't back down now.
Earlier today I was "documenting" a list of the rules that Enterprise Wizard's consultant put in the system. Because my boss doesn't want to figure it out any other way. While looking at a stack trace from an uncaught Java exception, tears welled up in my eyes. I cried, if only a little. I was literally bored to tears.