Adios Jericho

March 29, 2008 at 10:29 pm | Posted in Fun Indoors | Leave a comment

I was one of the many thousands of Jericho fans who lobbied to save the show from cancellation last year. However, I was unable to watch any of Season 2 until today when I finished all seven episodes in one sitting.

Although I wish that there would be a Season 3, CBS has cancelled Jericho and the finale brings closure to the show on a positive note – the corrupt Cheyenne government should fall and the United States restored. Any resemblance to the current political situation is purely coincidental 🙂 I’m looking forward to the DVDs.

Aspen Terminal

March 25, 2008 at 10:41 pm | Posted in Macintosh, Technology | Leave a comment

Having a jailbroken iPod is pretty cool – I’ve added applications that make it more useful. These include an HP-15C calculator, eBooks, and some games. However, the best addition is shown below. It uses a pie interface to enter escape sequences, but it would be even nicer to use it for alphanumeric entry and do away with the software keyboard. I think I can get used to a pie interface better than a 9-key pad used for text messaging.

Aspen Terminal

Obama on Race

March 18, 2008 at 10:12 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

We should break out of our ADD-induced coma that passes for political discourse in this country and understand this speech. Let us put ourselves in the shoes of those we disagree with, even for a few minutes.

Big Forehead

March 17, 2008 at 7:58 pm | Posted in Fun Indoors | Leave a comment

 Big Forehead

If anyone knows who she is – please comment.

Another Wall Street Bailout

March 14, 2008 at 8:00 am | Posted in Rants | Leave a comment

Wall Street continues to rob the American people. Somebody please take this company out back and shoot it in the head. Twice.

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Thoughts on iPhone SDK

March 8, 2008 at 10:04 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

The March 6th iPhone SDK announcement may seem mundane in the eyes of most people. However, as with the iPod introduction in the wake of 9/11, last week’s event as the US slips into a recession will be looked upon as the transformation of Apple into a dominant force in enterprise computing.

Some facts:

  1. iPhone 2.0 allows third party development using the Cocoa API on a Mac-only development platform.
  2. Full support of enterprise requirements, including licensing Microsoft Exchange technology.
  3. SDK support for gaming using the iPhone/iTouch unique (and patented) touchscreen, accelerometer, and software.
  4. iPhone 2.0 software will be distributed using the iTunes music store and will not require tethering to a Mac or PC.
  5. iFund – $100+ million to create startup companies creating iPhone 2.0 software.

Here are the implications of each:

  1. What the SDK will do for Apple is initiate a “halo effect” in corporations just as it used the iPod to get consumers to buy Macs. Once enterprise developers start using Xcode, they will be more likely to develop Mac applications. After all, programmers like shiny new stuff rather than buggy and boring Microsoft tools.
    The other shoe may drop later this year if Apple announces support for developing Windows apps using Xcode. When Apple bought NeXT, they also bought a lot of Windows code. Just as OSX/Intel was kept secret before 2005, these Windows apps are “Vista Compatible”.
  2. Microsoft has been distracted by Yahoo, Google, RIM, and the EU. They are making a bad deal here but don’t know it – they are willing to risk killing Windows Mobile to cement their monopoly on enterprise back-ends like Exchange. However, Apple continues to support Exchange alternatives. Corporations will see Exchange licensing as a cost to be cut in favor of either OSX flat-fee or Linux no-fee. The iPhone doesn’t care what happens on the back end.
  3. Like the Nintendo Wii, the iPhone offers unique hardware that will be very difficult to duplicate, technically and legally. The games initiative is less pointed at the iPhone than it is at the iTouch, as a way to postpone market saturation/burnout.
  4. Leveraging their existing distribution offers companies a win-win. They get increased security by dropping RIM/Blackberry (whose architecture is subject to disruption, not to mention sending intellectual property to RIM servers outside the US). Instead, companies use standard, secure VPN to link corporate iPhones directly to their servers. However, they outsource distribution of apps (not data) to Apple, which takes a 30% cut and will probably offer custom stores-within-stores. Imagine corporate support/download areas in iTunes (Universities and entertainment companies are already doing this). Need to talk/chat to your local IT staff? – just tap on the company’s logo on your Home screen. The stupid Microsoft Help paper clip doesn’t stand a chance 🙂
  5. The iFund is an insurance policy. Companies either will create their own apps or will buy apps or companies incubated by iFund. With money getting tight, this will attract the best and the brightest, and they will be using Macs.

One realizes how much Apple is aiming for the enterprise because these announcements  have not discouraged the hacking and jailbreaking communities who will continue to serve markets that Apple isn’t addressing (like those of us who refuse to pay a single dime to AT&T).

One also realizes that the biggest con job Apple pulled was taking “Computer” out of their name – the Mac has always been and always will be Apple’s priority.

Goodbye Classic

March 6, 2008 at 10:46 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Before upgrading to Leopard, I launched Classic one last time and relived the days of running a cooperative multasking operating system with a very difficult and kludgy Pascal-based programming envrionment (Inside Macintosh anyone?). Even then, it was a heck of a lot better than Windows (Win2000 was good, but I was already using Linux and would have been my OS if the Mac disappeared).

Here are the OS9 applications that managed to keep their place on my hard drive until I upgraded to Leopard a few weeks ago. From the upper left and going clockwise:

Goodbye Classic 1

Goodbye Classic 2

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