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  • Blog Post: The Virtual Mac - a little idle speculation

    Apple's " Boot camp " software has created a big stir , hasn't it? Apple is a leader in industrial design: which is why my wife has an iPod Nano - the iPods have a magic to their design which no-one else seems able to match. The number of things which borrow from the original iMac design shows how...
  • Blog Post: Very much alive.

    It's been great to spend the holiday weekend out and about with the family, and I spent Saturday evening been playing with the pictures I'd shot - I can't say much about the software involved but it's very, very cool. I set my laptop to record Dr Who and the qualifiying for the Malaysian Grand prix ...
  • Blog Post: Touch phones.

    I was wrong. People seem to get on better with "touch" phones than I thought. I understand that different form factors suit different people. Just as some want a PDA and some want a phone, it seems that some want 12 keys, some want Qwerty and some want touch. HTC have sold 2 Million of their touch phones...
  • Blog Post: Thames Valley Park* ...

    In my quest trying to find something for an earlier post, I found this image which was too good not to share. In the Credits was a link to Janina Köppel's Excellent SP-Studio site. It's done in flash, which proves that although flash is often put to bad uses, that's not always the case. We had a lot...
  • Blog Post: PCs and Macs. And smartphones.

    Having had a go at Google, I suppose it's time to look at Apple. Odd as it may sound Microsoft people don't dislike Apple. iPod's market penetration among Microsoft employees is probably higher than the population as a whole. Ask many of us what hardware we'd choose to run Vista on and a lot would prefer...
  • Blog Post: Apple's real problems shipping a virus

    Apple have had to post the following on their website We recently discovered that a small number - less than 1% - of the Video iPods available for purchase after September 12, 2006, left our contract manufacturer carrying the Windows RavMonE.exe virus This known virus affects only Windows computers,...
  • Blog Post: Mobile phone round-up

    Steve has been had a play with the HTC "Touch" (lucky man). He asks "who on Earth would want an iPhone?!" That's simple, any one who buys for what the badge says about them. The kind of person who thinks a £300 (after contract) fashion accessory phone is just what their image needs. I've quoted the description...
  • Blog Post: Media Centre Edition is dead, Long live Windows Media Centre.

    I want an Xbox 360. Someone gave me an original Xbox and the games still impresses me. When I got the Xbox I already had a cable TV decoder, VCR, and DVD player lashed into the back of the TV. I gave the DVD player to my Dad because the Xbox did that job. But it's not a pretty piece of furniture and...
  • Blog Post: End of an era. Apple is no longer a computer company.

    I don't know what has happened between Steve Jobs' company and the one owned by the Beatles. It was always the case that the guys from Cupertino had to call themselves Apple Computer to keep themselves distinct. Not anymore. Scoble got it from Om Malik who thought it was of the noteworthy part of...
  • Blog Post: It must be the truth ‘cos it’s there in the news

    I have learnt better than to read everything I read on The register . But, deary, deary me. It seems only 26,000 iPhones have been activated in the UK. That was against a launch forecast of 100,000 for the first weekend. Indeed the register paints a picture of carphone warehouse having stacks of unsold...
  • Blog Post: Vista vulnerabilities - a comparison.

    Perhaps it's a bit strong to say "if complete and utter chaos was lightning, Jeff Jones would be the sort to stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armour and shouting 'All gods are bastards' " (as a favourite quote has it) but you must admit it's a better opening than "Blimey, XP was...
  • Blog Post: It must be the truth #2. Astroturf and a rather less green Apple.

    Silly me believing stuff I read on the Internet. First there was the The register's story about only 26,000 iphones being activated in the UK . Next came Electronics weekly's usual " Made by Monkeys " e-mail - I'm not sure how I ended up on the list for it, but I haven't unsubscribed because once in...
  • Blog Post: On QuickTime....

    I've just mentioned a post by Robert Scoble, and I mentioned Photosynth a couple of weeks ago. Before I went to Barcelona, I downloaded Scoble's video showing Photosynth - it was in QuickTime .MOV format and I hadn't put QuickTime onto the build of Vista I was running. I've been raving about Sony's Bravia...
  • Blog Post: iPod Killer ? Only if it has a French accent.

    This Friday the BBC carried a story Microsoft has said reports that the company is planning an MP3 player to rival the iPod are based on "speculation and rumours". Indeed, they are. Speculation and rumours aren't always wrong. It made me go back to something I started last Friday after reading a story...
  • Blog Post: Would Apple sue Scoble's new company ?* . Don't Google for Podcasts. And other stuff from my weekend reading.

    Before I was working for Microsoft, I read Douglas Coupland's book "Microserfs" . I visited Redmond in1997 and was amazed how close it was to the book. Half a dozen pages in Coupland writes "WinQuote ... gives continuouse updates on Microsoft's NASDAQ price ... Most staffers peek at Winquote a few times...