In a shocking, just shocking change, Microsoft has confirmed and killed the Courier. Remember the super-cool concept video of the split paned Microsoft tablet that people were all a-buzz a couple of months ago? Well, turns out (again, shockingly) that the system was just a video of technology that doesn't exist, and may or may not have parts of it appear in future products. Ironically the Courier was cited a few times in the past months as "the iPad killer". Uh huh.
Bummer, as it looked very cool. Of course, something that cool (especially from Microsoft) is indistinguishable from a tech demo concept video.
MacRumors says that Adobe Creative Suite 5 is Now Shipping, so you can grab 'em to check them out.
Sounds like for HTML5 Video in IE9 it will only support H.264, not Ogg, which Firefox supports. *sigh* more fragmentation, more differences in "standards", and all of it just turn into a PITA for developers.
Coding horror has a good look at What's Wrong With CSS. As someone who doesn't 'do' CSS, it's pretty interesting to see the analysis and some of the solutions he's come up with.
My buddy Khensu retired from Debian. Also known as Khensu he was best known for the nVidia driver packaging. My thanks for your contributions over the last 9 years, many many users have been the beneficiaries of your hard work. Thanks dude!
Confused by the whole "gizmodo iphone ethics, journalism police-raid" thing? Run through The Gizmodo iPhone saga flowchart and pretty much everything will be explained (or at least, flowcharted out).
OSNews points out that there is now a Free Software Blu-ray Encoder:
"Thanks to tireless work by Kieran Kunyha, Alex Giladi, Lamont Alston, and the Doom9 crowd, x264 can now produce Blu-ray-compliant video."
Merry Ubuntu release day!!
unprecedented almost unprecedented for Steve Jobs to so publicly speak, and his Thoughts on Flash are well worth the read.
Star wars + car wash + lots of Princess Leias ==
Princess Leia Car wash. I think I'm in love.
Paul Thurrott pointed over to the Windows Live Messenger new features guide. Looks interesting, though I still prefer Pidgin for it's cleanleness and simplicity, though I would like a bit more flash (but ad free). I'll try it out anyway.
The latest iteration of Google Maps has come with one minor addition... a wee little Earth View button, which will give you a google earth view as an alternative to the old and boring "map" and "satellite" views in your standard Google Map view.
The title of the post pretty much says it all. There are some caveats, but it does look good. I'm almost tempted to jailbreak my iPhone, use the 70 step process to install Android on it, and then play around with the pre-alpha of Fennec :)
I somehow managed to miss the announcement of Stack Exchange 2.0, even though I listen to the StackOverflow podcast every week.
Video is a sneak peek of the new BlackBerry OS 6. The article notes that they do have a case of iPhone envy, but we'll see if they do any better this time. My experiences with the Storm have not been good. Actually it was about as annoying as the fake-dancing people in the video.
Panic software has just released Transmit 4.0, an upgrade to the staple of FTP/File transfer apps for the Mac. It supposes ftp, sftp, amazon s3, webdav and more, plus all sorts of speed increases and sexy UI tweaks. Be sure you read through the (very nice and ajaxy) webpage, but don't miss the "one more thing" at the bottom which might just push me over the edge to buy this right now.
If you're interested in it, here's a video of the easy 70-step Android on iPhone install guide. I think I might wait until I get my 4th Generation iPhone and then I'll potentially mess up my 3G :)
Kyle Conroy asks Should I have bought that Apple Product? and compares what you'd have now if you had bought the same amount of Apple Stock instead of that first MacBook Pro. Of course, it's a pretty silly comparison, as you're comparing something that has a value that goes up (stock) compared to something that's value goes down (sometimes like a rock) (computer hardware).
They weren't put up on the main site, but Scott Adams did two great comics on That Lost 4G Phone. Hilarious stuff :)
Great funny view of what R2D2 hacking the imperial network might have looked like.
Winextra has a bunch of videos of different aspects in Windows Phone 7. Gotta say it looks pretty good, I'd definitely want to play with that (hint hint Microsoft). The one thing I'm still worried about with this new Phone OS is that it looks really good in demos, and like it came out of a designers dream, but will that work In The Real World. Case in point is the header in mail of the user, check out the email from Frank Wu in the first video starting at 0.27 in (link). That looks awesome, but do I really want half my email screen used up with a useless avatar? While it'd be great the first time, would it start to drive you crazy after scrolling half a page down for each email? Or would it end up with the user not adding in images for contacts to avoid this? Some of these things we won't be able to really see until these devices show up in the world.
The Windows Home Server Blog has some details of the next generation of their software, "Vail". Link has a video of the new features, as well as the highlights of hardware requirements (IE: only 64-bit).
A redditer has posted a video of his app which Wirelessly syncs your iPhone with iTunes. This would be awesome to have, and according to the author it doesn't violate any of the rules, uses only legit APIs. Guess we'll see if a) it appears in OS 4.0 or b) it's rejected for duplicating functionality. Hopefully it appears somewhere, cause I'd really like to have this functionality :)
Found on reddit is a great video with some of the crazy stuff going on inside the crater during eruptions.
Another great one in the meme, where Hitler Finds Out That The Hitler Downfall Remix Videos Have Been Removed.
Great graphic over on F1.0 on the evolution of a photographer, in graph form.
Buddy of mine told me about Woopra today for site tracking and analytics, and since I've been getting a bit more serious about improving the site for people (yes, I'm working on getting something that doesn't look like it was designed in 1998) I've set this up. Please let me know if you see any issues with page load, responsiveness, etc.
A great wrap up of LO(L)ST: Season 1 using LOLCats. I just finished watching Lost Season 5, so I heartily approve this message.
The newly added Kinetic Scrolling (think scrolling through a list on your iPhone) seems to work well, and a nice addition.
Perl would be Voodoo - An incomprehensible series of arcane incantations that involve the blood of goats and permanently corrupt your soul. Often used when your boss requires you to do an urgent task at 21:00 on friday night.
So so true...
To turn this off, log into facebook and then:
5 Steps through pretty nonspecificly named menus, to get to an option that a) gives your details to advertisers and b) defaults to on... sorry Facebook, but that's pretty evil. Of course, they know if they default it to 'off' no one would ever turn it on, so they wouldn't make their next bazillion dollars from our personal information to other big companies.
There's a beta for 1Password for Windows available. If you don't know, 1Password is a password keeper with browser add-on capability that's been the premier app on Mac for a while now. Cool to see them bringing it to windows.
The Big Picture has STUNNING images from Eyjafjallajokull. Wow.
Daring Fireball has some great analysis of Gizmodo and the Prototype iPhone including some revelations such as the quote below:
According to several sources (of mine) familiar with the project, "N90" is Apple's codename for the fourth-generation GSM iPhone, slated for release this June or July. "DVT" stands for "design verification test", an Apple production milestone. The DVT milestone is very late in the game; based on this, I now believe that this unit very closely, if not exactly, resembles what Apple plans to release.
Very interesting... some people seem to really like the new design, some aren't too keen. I'm warming up to it, but people have a point in that the screws are very un-apple-like, and the design looks a lot like the borning "normal" HTC smartphones. Guess we'll see in the June/July timeframe...
TUAW has some found footage of iPhone OS 4.0, multitasking and app switching and shows how Apple is the king of the sexy minor details. Note the slick transitions between apps when multitasking and fast app switching and see how it (to me anyway, and admitted fanboy) makes you just want it, even though the transition has nothing to do with how well it works. It's the little details that count...
Great blip of an interview with Bill Gates where he's asked about the iPad, and shares how the huge success of tablet PCs is a windows innovation. Yup.
The Team Fortress 2 blog has details of some of the changes they'll be rolling out for the item drop rate. Also as an aside, the new unified look steam UI will be rolled out soon too.
Awesome cheezburger video of the happiest hamsters ever. Play this if you need a late-afternoon-and-oh-god-how-long-till-I-get-to-go-home moment.
9 to 5 Mac has the First Screenshots of Steam For Mac. Nothing hugely exciting if you've run Steam on the PC, but nice to see it is real :)
The Zeitgeist Project (the GNOME information logger, not the conspiracy theory nuts) has announced 0.3.3 which ads a bunch of fixes and magic. Looks like a nifty upgrade for folks running some of the GNOME 3.0 beta stuff.
Next time you or someone around you asks "why the heck would you develop for a company like Apple that does all these evil things to it's developers", you probably want to check out this estimate that the Top 1000 iPad apps make $372k a day. That's 372,000 potential reasons a day that a developer would accept whatever rules and restrictions Apple puts on them to break into that top 1000. I'm going to guess that the top 2000 apps are making decent money as well.
Just discovered Virtual Shackles through their hilarious comic Depth Perception, all about the lost iPhone 4th gen. Funny as hell. Started going through the comic archives too, looks like a great comic for geeks/gamers :)
Funny story over on RailsInside about how a Gorgeous Blonde (Who's Not DHH) Takes Over Official Rails Sites. Looks like @DHH got the domain issue fixed up now though, and all seems to be back to normal.
Great post on twitter from someone on The scariest pricing idea ever. That works. The "pay me what you think it's worth" model is something you'd think is crazy, but apparently works. Case in point: Radio Head's "pay us what you think it's worth" album.
Cool look at What a Tweet Looks Like. Amazing amount of data crammed into there.
Another "holy crap" video on the new Photoshop CS5 with the video look at Selecting hair with Refine Edge in CS5.
The idea of putting a camera onto a remote control car and calling it The BeetleCam Project is cool, but the pictures it gets are even cooler. Love the lion image, looks like she's about to give the "Beetle" a good smack to see what it is :)
Leon Timmermans has a nice look at Why Perl 6 is different.
Perl 6, like Perl 5, Ruby and Python steals a lot from other languages. As you may expect, it steals too many things to mention from Perl 5. It steals chained comparisons from Python, objects from Smalltalk (in particular Squeak's traits should be mentioned). It thankfully steals nothing from PHP.
Not to split hairs of course, but Perl 6 still isn't out, so it can be the most awesome thing since sliced bread, but if no one uses it....
The awesome Andy I has got a nice weigh in and round up all about The (Increasingly Plausible) Miraculous Engadget (and Gizmodo) iPhone 4G.
Okey-doke. Given that they didn't say "It has the same guts as an iPhone 3GS," we have to conclude that this is indeed a rogue Apple iPhone prototype.
Interesting. On a number of levels.
I was on the "it's a lame knockoff" bandwagon when this first came out, but the evidence seems to be mounting for this being a real thing (either that or greatly crafted PR from Apple).
If you're ok with whoring yourself out for free stuff, you can do so and get a free copy of WebSave from sandwichlab.
For you bastards who just got themselves a new MacBook Pro (you know who you are) you will of course need to check out this well designed docking station for Apple's MacBook line over at Engadget.
Great video of Axis Of Awesome doing their "4 chord song" routine
Sounds like the official Star Wars Blu-Ray Release is Coming Soon along with new of maybe a post-ROTJ animated series. Not so sure about the animated series, but the original series in Blu-Ray is a must buy.
Cool picture and explanation at io9.
Droid Incredible review at Engadget. Looks sexy, that's for sure.
I'm still not sure if the story on Gizmodo passes the sniff test (John Gruber certainly may or may not think so depending on how tuned your sarcasm-o-meter is), and it sure seems early for hardware rumors and fakes to be showing up, but the videos and image gallery are nice, and if you believe the story, it was actually running iPhone OS 4 before it was "remotely killed". Why they don't just re-install OS4 on it I'm not sure, but if it is the next version, it's got some sexy in it (but also far too many seams and buttons for and apple product). Guess we'll see in a month or two.
This is the most odd video of someone after their wisdom teeth were removed you'll see all morning. Thanks to Mike for this link.
Great news.... the project to re-do Star Wars in 15 second chunks has been completed. Looking at some of the examples and the 5 minute trailer, the quality ranges from awesome to awesome (in the good and bad spectrums of awesome). Wonder if it'd be possible to watch this like a real movie or if that'd make your head asplode?
The Photoshop CS5 64-bit benchmarks show that it's pretty damn fast compared to the previous version.
Missing the point (kinda) but still awesome is the second answer to this Code Golf challenge on Stack Overflow.
If you have a mac, and access to the iPhone 4.0 beta, you can Jailbreak iPhone 4.0 with Redsn0w 0.9.5 in only a few easy steps.
The 7 Most Soul-Crushing Series Finales in TV History from cracked. Some gems in there.
If you've been waiting, you'll be glad to hear that Silverlight 4 is Now Available.
Amazing Volcano in Iceland images and video on the Flickr Blog.
You can now Drag and drop attachments onto messages says the Official Gmail Blog. Only with a supported browser anyway, Firefox and Chrome (but really, who uses something other than those.... :)
Some people just have way too much time on their hands. 3 years of SimCity to achieve maximum population. Wow, just wow.
Sure it's an ad for 3D TVs, but this Mona Lisa & Leonardo Da Vinci: The 3D Truth in old Masters is epic. Thanks to grizzled for sending it over, and the suggestion of 720p and full screen.
Very cool to see some of the wild (and the coolest, the clear ones) Neat Hermit Crab Houses.
Via @curtismchale comes news that Perl 5 development has resumed, and that 5.12 is released. Here's the annoucement details of 5.12 with a few notible (but minor) changes, such as being able to survive the Y2k38 barrier and warning on deprecated features by default.
Pretty much guarenteed to be the cutest cat investigates an ipad you'll see today.
The twitter blog's Hello World post goes into some of their issues, monitization, and the introduction of
ads "promoted tweets". Also confirmation of their purchase of the Tweetie app and rebranding it as Twitter for iPhone. To be free sometime this week.
Scott Kelby answers some Photoshop CS5 Questions, at least from the point of view of photographers.
Very cool! The Lightworks Oscar winning video editor goes open-source to allow the program to release it's full potential.
With their usual flair for excitement and great marketing, Microsoft has posted their What's New in Visual Studio 2010 page. I'm not saying that a programming IDE can be exciting, but I might point to the xcode page as a counter point. Just sayin'. (At least the main visual studio page has a tiny bit of color/graphics).
I think there's something to be said about the maturity of a platform when you have polls about What is the best Ubuntu system cleaner?
The Music Industry & Online Piracy by the Numbers. Great infographic.
Remember that awesome clown heist vignette all-in-one-shot thing from last year called "Carousel". It was done to advertise for Philips TV... anyway, this year they did it again, calling the new project
Parallel Lines, where there are 5 different movies, all completely different, but with the same lines of dialog.
The fanboys will be happy to know that the MacBook Pros were finally given the i5/i7 upgrades that have been rumored for the last six months. AppleInsider has the release story and the look inside with the details. Short story is upgraded processors, graphics, batteries, display size, hard drive (if you feel like shelling out $1300+ for the 512G SSD option) and a new trackpad that has the same inertial scrolling as you're used to on your iPhone.
In case anyone is feeling generous, my uber-dream machine (with SSD HD) is $4193 CND, and my "I'd be perfectly happy with that upgrade" machine is a (mere) $2460 CND (or $2880 with 8G of RAM, which probably would be better assuming I didn't just go aftermarket for the RAM).
IO9 collects a list of great scenes from movies that are cursed with being a bad movie with one epic scene. Great place to check out the clips if nothing else.
The Google Blog brings word of The next generation of Google Docs, including better image import, speed, and improved sharing/collaboration features.
Some Mac specific of course, but some great looking wallpapers on the Appstorm post of 50 Hot Designer Mac Desktops.
Yup, it's released. Been a busy day though so I haven't had a chance to look too deeply in. You can check out the discussion of it over on Digital Photography Review, where they highlight the features that are most likely to affect photographers. There's also the 61 minute launch event, and the full CS5 press release.
Pricing and Availability:
Adobe Photoshop CS5 and CS5 Extended are scheduled to ship within 30 days with availability through Adobe Authorized Resellers, the Adobe Store and Adobe Direct Sales. Estimated street price for Adobe Photoshop CS5 is US$699 and US$999 for Photoshop CS5 Extended. Upgrade pricing and volume licensing are available.
Apple Insider has some evidence for new MacBook Pros ahead. Tuesday? Thursday? Next week? Either way, not the time to be plunking down $3k for a sexy new laptop from Apple, at least for the next bit. Only a rumor, brought to you by a site that looks at other rumor sites who hear things from people who have a friend who works at a place where they saw some new SKUs. Maybe.
This morning Microsoft Introduced KIN, a New Windows Phone from Microsoft. This used to be "Pink" if you had heard about that before. If you want ann annoying, auto-playing, loud, marketing-heavy and content-lite page, you can check out Kin.com. About the only view you get of the phone without having to sit through an annoying, loud, marketing-heavy and content-lite video is clicking on the Kin One and Kin Two links in the left sidebar.
Note to Microsoft and marketers. Sometimes people want to know WTF something is about, not see random vignettes of pretty people dancing at clubs and having fun while they happen to have your product in their hands. Seriously, if you thought that "welcome to the social" was kinda lame, you'll have a ball with this one.
For you Windows Developers out there, you'll be happy to hear that Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 has been released.
I'd love to see this sort of UI element thought go into some of the more common operations we do every day.
Just a reminder that the Adobe Creative Suite 5 Launch is less than 8 hours away.
No one really knows what this will bring, it might be an announcement of CS5 and what it can do, or it could be a release. It might include the content aware fill that was demoed a while back, or that might be just a "labs" demo. There's also a rumor that Lightroom 3 might be released at the same time.
A bit extreme, but I have to say that this Bacon cooker is pretty effective.
The twitter blog makes it knows that the official Twitter for iPhone is the newly aquired Tweetie which is (IMHO) one of the best iPhone twitter apps. I'm even ok with having paid $ for it before it
was will be made free.
Sony has put out a trailer for Crysis 2, or as I've called it: Yet another 5 years of hardware torture. Crysis 1 is still used to torture hardware you know....
Some pretty sweet AppStorm Reader Setups with all sorts of lustworthy hardware and desktop art. Wish I could get my office that clean!
Engadget has a Fusion Garage JooJoo review. This is the "CrunchPad" web tablet that was going to set the world on fire. Interesting stuff for sure, and some of the things in there (*cough* flash performance) is a reminder that sometimes, just sometimes, some design decisions are done for a good reason :)
To prove I'm not all about the apple fanboyness, I give you a video of a Standing Cat. I'm not sure if it freaks me out or makes me laugh. Awesome either way :)
Happy iPhone OS 4.0 day everyone! A potentially big day for the fanboys, you'll want to start off with the Gizmodo iPhone OS 4 Live Coverage, Gdgt, Engadget (announcement, liveblog), or the various others in the news.
Wonder what will be coming.... there haven't been any rumors before the announcement (other than speculation that's been going on since OS3.0), but since the announcement lots of people have chimed in with their wishlists.... better home screen, multitasking (or some Apple-y way of doing it within the paradigm of the iPhone/iPad and not turning it into a desktop OS), and more. Boy Genius Report has a nice rumor roundup. Of course, lets not forget Twitter.
Hijinks Ensue has another great Edward Olmos T-Shirt that I want. Team Edward forever!
Two cool articles:
I'm sure I've linked this before, but hey, one more time cause it's great stuff :)
Great writeup on Gizmodo on The Thrill of Flying the SR-71 Blackbird from a pilot who flew it and who did some pretty awesome stuff.
She likes the high Mach, as we penetrate deeper into Libyan airspace. Leaving the footprint of our sonic boom across Benghazi , I sit motionless, with stilled hands on throttles and the pitch control, my eyes glued to the gauges.
Gizmodo has a list of 8 Cruel But Completely Justified iPad Wallpaper Pranks which I'd love to do if I knew anyone who had an iPad. Only cause I'm jealous of course.
Short story is dual core, super fast, 5 bays, option for double redundancy, built in gig-E NAS, Time Machine compatible, plus all the other magic that Drobo does.
Buddy of mine or IRC posted a cool Web Design Time-lapse. I'm pretty sure if you freeze frame you can see me chatting to him on IRC :)
Lifehackers Hackintosh Updates Like a Charm to 10.6.3. So if you want the bling of Snow Leopard without the cost of a MacBook or iMac attached, you'll be happy to know you can update with peace of mind.
IO9 tells us how to Download 700+ Free Scifi Books Onto Your iPhone.
Jeff Atwood is advocating Three Monitors For Every User over at Coding Horror. Outside of the fact that I don't have enough video ports to make this work at home, I have to agree. The "center focus" issue for me is hardest, though the downside is the lack of desk space.
Finally! Sounds like we'll get a peek as to if we should upgrade our iPhones now or wait. The iPhone OS 4.0 Preview Event Scheduled for This Thursday will hopefully give us the details.
Well, if you want to escape from the iPad mania for a day, you can do so here on UFies.org. First up, check out that over the weekend WordPress 3.0 Beta 1 was released. It's not 100% complete, but does have the Wordpress MU (multi-user) integration (though you still need to do some tech contortions to get it working).
This is slightly relevant as I'm looking at moving the UFies.org blogging software from Movable Type to Wordpress, though I'm open to suggestions on why or why not.
Dear internet, it's crap like Gizmodo's Essential iPad Apps list that makes me want an iPad more and more. You are all bastards!
Two great posts over at Stack Overflow:
Rails 3.0: Second beta release is out the door and the last stop before the RC.
PACMAN: The Movie - Trailer. Awesome and trippy.
A new A-Team trailer. It still looks horrible, but man I still want to see it :)
This one may not be an AFJ.... Check out the GNOME 2.30 Release Notes or the press release. Mostly iterative, cleaning up the platform and introducing a few new programs and features. Congrats on the GNOME team, and looking forward to GNOME 3.0 (ETA today + 6 months!)
Today is normally a day to avoid the internet entirely, but I did venture out and find a couple of cool things. I'll try to catalog the good stuff as I find it.
If you want a pretty awesome expose of the iPad, Andy from the MacBreak Weekly podcast finally came out from embargo and was able to do a full iPad Reveal podcast, which thanks to the magic of the internet, is now in video on YouTube.
Sadly I suggest you avoid this video, as the more and more that I see iPad information, the more I want one, even though I didn't really want one at the start of the whole thing. I hate you Andy, I really do.