Archive | January 2008

Macworld ’08 : a short recap

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As in previous years, uncle Steve has once again managed to introduce a series of products most of us will crave.Steve said he had 4 things to talk about:

– Leopard

  • Steve shared some of the numbers about Leopard. In the first 30 months, 20 percent of macs out there has upgraded to or come with Mac OS X Leopard, which is unprecedented in Mac OS X’s short history.

– iPhone / iPod Touch: 

  • Update 1.1.3 (iPhone dev team, GO !) was launched some cool new feaures: sms multiple contacs at once, customize and create up to 9 home screens, maps with location (thanks to google and skyhook technologies) and chapter and language support for video
    • The iPod touch, from now on, will come with mail, notes, maps, full calendar, etc. The update for existing iPod touch users is   $ 20 (not a good move in my opinion).

    – Apple TV – Take 2:

    • completely new interface (free update for existing Apple TV owners) and no computer required. 
      • Steve also announced the iTunes video rental service (back-catalogue (regular $ 2.99 HD $ 3.99) + new release 30 days after DVD-release (regular $ 3.99 HD $ 4.99)) for which they’ve partnered up with almost all of the mayor studios.
        • The rental service works on a 30 days – 24 hours system. Once you downloaded it, you’ve got 30 days to start watching it and, once you do, 24 hours to finish it you can view it multiple times in those 24 hours if you wish).
          • You can now view pictures straight off of flickr.

          Macbook AIR: 

          • The thinnest laptop in the world (fits in a large envelope)
          • The newest wireless technologies
          • No optical drive: optional external superdrive or remotely from another mac or PC over wifi using remote disc
          • 5 hour battery life 
          • Backlit keyboard
          • The smallest motherboard / core 2 duo chip ever on a mac
          • Complete (recycleable) aluminum casing
          • LED backlighting
          • No more mercury, PVC, flame retardants, etc.

           A great start to what I think is going to be another exciting year for Apple.

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          Moblog (1) : my desk

          taken with and uploaded from my iPhone

          How to bust a myth …

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          I don’t watch a lot of TV, but when I do I love to watch Mythbusters. It’s a show on the Discovery Channel in which Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage take urban myths and legends to the test. From “diet coke & mentos” to “can you really ride onto a big rig knightrider-style ?“, Adam and Jamie try them out and explain the science behind it. 

          Assisting them as the “build-team” are Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci and Kari Byron (recently nominated for the sexiest geek girl contest, even though we all know who wins in my book).

          There’s not much more I can say than to check it out yourself.  

          The WiFi Wabbit


          Be it a more recent discovery of mine, the nabaztag and the updated nabaztag/tag is probably one of the coolest gadgets I’ve seen lately. What it basicly comes down to is a rabbit that connects to the internet over your WiFi connection and is able to perform a wide variety of actions. For example:

          • It can read your incoming mail
          • It can read headlines
          • It can function as a talking clock
          • It can read out typed messages from your friends
          • It can play mp3’s your friends upload to it
          • It can read your rss feeds

          The only thing it can’t do, is take over the world … yet. And here’s why:  configurating the thing. If you know what your doing, it’s a piece of cake, but for your average consumer the set-up might seem very difficult and/or confusing.

          To set up your nabaztag(/tag) you need to connect to it by putting it in “ad-hoc mode”, connect to the it’s WiFi-signal, go to 192.168.0.1 ,which will bring up a very bare-bone, router-like set-up page.  Again, if you know what you’re dealing with it’s a piece of cake, but I think this product has way more potential

          If set-up were to be done over USB for example with a nice clean wizard, you’re not so geeky John Doe might actually consider buying it either for him or his kid; because, let’s face it, the thing looks like a toy (but I would soooo love to have one). 

          All and all this interactive WiFi-rabbit really is a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing it evolve over the coming years.

          http://www.nabaztag.com   

          50 mm f 1.8 Nikkor lense

          50 mm f 1.8 Nikkor lense, originally uploaded by ApplefanBE.

          This afternoon, Foto Nelissen, the local photography shop, rang me up to notify me of the fact that my new 50 mm nikkor f 1.8 lense was in stock again. Hopped on my bike and sped over there … got home … put it on ye’ good old d70s and fell in love. Small yet oh so sharp. Boy, am I going to have fun with this thing ….