Why Wii Will Win

November 26, 2006 at 3:06 pm | Posted in Fun Indoors, Technology | Leave a comment

From my weekend visits to various electronics stores, it seems that the Wii may be the hit of the season, due to the scarcity of the PS3 and the staleness of the Xbox360. Sean Malstrom’s excellent analysis of the game console market explains why this may be the case. His analysis is well written and addresses technical, business, historical, and social issues. Nintendo, as the underdog, is executing an Apple-like integrated and innovative strategy rather than Sony and Microsoft’s technical and incremental strategy; if correct, the current console war is already over and Nintendo has won.

Old Scanners Under MacOS X

November 18, 2006 at 4:25 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

My Canon 1240U scanner has been idle since GraphicConverter stopped support of CFM-based Photoshop plugins.

Thanks to the Open Source community, those with older USB scanners can use them under OSX via a TWAIN interface. The SANE project has been ported to the Mac platform. You have to install five separate packages and it relies on Unix utilities, but it works very well. The bottom line is that I get to keep my scanner and avoid using Photoshop.

Zune Disappoints

November 10, 2006 at 11:16 am | Posted in Rants, Technology | Leave a comment

Even if Microsoft were to make their Zune system as good as the iPod, many aspects of their business model treat the customer like an idiot and criminal.

Customers are Idiots: Microsoft is engaging in deceptive marketing by selling songs in terms of points. Each “point” is slightly more than 1 cent, making a 99 cent song worth 79 “points”. In addition, you have to buy points in 500-point blocks. I suppose Micosoft needs to float their customers money because they aren’t making enough with their cash holdings. After giving their PlaysForSure customers and partners the shaft, why would anyone trust them this time? Zune is only version 2.0 and we all know they don’t get it right until version 3.0.

Customers are Criminals: By far the worst aspect of Zune is that a portion of each player goes to the music companies to offset real or imagined losses due to piracy. If Microsoft were really serious about this, they should have disabled playback of all non-DRM files in the Zune. I say that if you buy a Zune, you should not feel guilty about downloading anything on the Internet.

The Return of Checks and Balances

November 7, 2006 at 11:58 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

The long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works.

Gerald Ford, 1974

Vote Anyways

November 6, 2006 at 12:19 am | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

If this article is true, then it doesn’t really matter who wins the midterm elections tomorrow. The chaos in Iraq will eventually lead to an American withdrawal, leaving behind a failed state suitable for takeover by Al Qaeda. Unlike Afghanistan, Iraq has better infrastructure, oil reserves, and a largely anti-American population. In addition, we may have brought terrorism right to the borders of our two closest allies Israel and Jordan.

Who has done the best job promoting radical Islamic terror? It’s probably a tossup between Osama and George.

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