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A new Kind of Apple

01.10.2007 @ 2:42 PM in Lifestream
Apple then and now I visited the Apple website today, and noticed that they finally changed their Copyright line to reflect their new identity. After the keynote and activation of the new site I noticed that the name had not yet been changed. It must be that today was the first legal day with the new name. Anyhoo,,, just a bit of web fodder to tail end (or kick off?) the slew of new Apple posts to clutter digg and the rest of the blogospheric blackholes. Methinks Apple Inc. is more sexy than Apple Computer Inc.

Snap! – Reflections

01.09.2007 @ 11:13 PM in Lifestream

Snap! - Reflections

Originally uploaded by Buffawhat. Taken 9 Jan '07, 7.13pm AST PST.

Going Home... I wasnt going to leave work so late again... But I needed to make up for the productivity lost drooling over the iphone. Look in the reflection to see my logo instead of T-Mobile's. Did I ever mention I loue to hack my v360?

Job Says Screw You Cisco, We’re Calling It The iPhone Anyways

01.09.2007 @ 9:08 PM in Technology
iPhone Behold, the "revolution of the first order." A little bummed that T-Mobile will not be able to pick this up. Perhaps Apple+Cingular will be kind enough and offer to pay off termination fees to switch and buy the new iPhone, which starts at $499( for 4GB, 8GB is $599) with a two-year contract with Cingular. I nearly fell out of my chair - as I was liveblogging with updates from Macrumors and Engadget - when Jobs confirmed the iPhone. This baby will pack some serious punch in the cellphone market and help Cingular nestle on down as the #1 Wireless carrier in the US. Check out the specs from apple with a little bit of info on each: Screen size - 3.5 inches
This is the biggest screen so far on any multimedia phone, and any iPod period. A built-in Accelerometer senses when you turn the iPhone on its side and changes the display accordingly. open your music player, and flip it on its side, coverflow opens. browse photos, flip it on its side, viewer goes widescreen.
Screen resolution - 320 by 480 at 160 ppi
once again, the highest resolution display of any phone or iPod. the media has really yet to see this thing hand one, but 160ppi gives a new definition to sharp display. This will come in handy when viewing the web; safari can zoom and shrink the whole page... no WAP browser on this baby, she's rockin Safari!
Input method - Multi-touch
Apple has been working on touch technology for a while, and we got a glimpse of this with the new macbooks; you can use two fingers on the pad to scroll up and down. When you try to do this with any ordinary smartphone, you fail. This is because the current touch technology is pixel based and cannot process multiple areas being touched at the same time. Using your finger is bad aim because the screen can't pick which of the 30 pixels you've activated is the one it should respond to. Multi-touch probably uses an algorithm to take the entire grouped touch area and focus it on the median area, and allows for multiple areas of touch.. like two fingers scrolling on the touchpad. This is just my intelligent guess on the technology, I haven't gotten any white papers on the tech yet and Apple will prolly keep them under lock and key.
Operating system - OS X
we're all kinda confused on this one... but I guess Apple has streamlined a special version OSX for the iPhone, kind of like Windows Mobile. however, the iPhone will work for mac and PC... but on the mac better I'm sure.
Storage - 4GB or 8GB
Of course there's a size choice! This is some serious storage.. no need for a media card... store it all right on the flash memory.
GSM - Quad-band (MHz: 850, 900, 1800, 1900)
Quad-band GSM means it "could" work for T-mobile, however Apple has teamed up with so many companies(Google, Yahoo, Cingular, AT&T) that the phone will only work on the Cingular network.

Dress Steve Jobs for Macworld!

01.09.2007 @ 4:42 PM in Technology
If you're bored waiting for the magic clock strike that signals Steve Jobs to the stage... make those minutes fly by with a fun little flash game from the Joy of Tech... cause why would you want to do any real work?
joy-of-tech

Photo Booth!

01.09.2007 @ 4:22 PM in Culture
We got a photobooth at the club. Brand new (what a shock, almost as big as the shock when I found out how much Joey coughed up for it... $4xxx.xx!) with a very bright flash. I'm going to maybe have to work on it a bit to make it more club friendly, but here's a few pics of some of my boys (the main boy of course, refuses to get in to take on with me).
me-with-boys [Matt on the left, and Robbie on the right]

Macworld 2007 Conference Today!

01.09.2007 @ 4:04 PM in Technology
Today is the day every Machead has been waiting for since last September.
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At 9am PST/ 12pm EST, Our faithful leader Steve Jobs will get on stage and "boom!" us with a slew of new and put-down-your-pantsable products from apple.... we hope. Rumor Roundup.
  • iPhone - If this baby gets announced, it won't be called the iPhone (Cisco actually owns the rights to the name)... maybe the macphone... mmm sexy... Anyways, diggnation's Kevin Rose is call the deets for this one, claiming GSM and CDMA capabilities launching this month on all carriers. It's going to be sexy small, with various memory sizes available and could possibly be a slider phone. This product has been the desire of so many for so long, and if Apple doesn't give us something we can use to call our mother with... Apple may take a serious hit to its already unstable stock. On the long shot... Apple may give us the holy grail and slam as many mac functions as possible into their first official multimedia mobile computer.
  • HD iTS Downloads - Jobs promised this would happen early first quarter 2007.
  • More Mac OSX 10.5 clues - Job's will very likely be "boom"ing along to a slideshow presentation giving more info on Leopard, along with launch dates and prices.
  • Touchscreen iPod - Talked about for the longest time, the touchscreen iPod could toss Zune into even more of a tizzy. Equipped with a widescreen display, and nixing the cult click wheel for a new intuitive (smudge-free?) touch navigation system. Add wifi or some sort of sharing capability.. and Microsoft will be forced to consider a new approach on the Zune.
  • iTV - Jobs unveiled Apple's first official set-top media connecting device in September... claiming for an early 1Q 2007 launch... however word has spread that the iTV will not be ready for MacWorld... Jobs will probably just give more info and a date and price.
  • Spec boosts! - Draft-n wireless support, Quad-core chips, and bigger displays.. You never know what you'll get, but Apple is always good about beefing up its current products when it launches its new ones.
Come back after Lunch (I'll be eating Chinese and blogging on my lunch hour...) for the goods.

----=Updates=----

here are "as I get em" updates on the Macworld conference. I also stickied this post for now. Up to the date information gleamed from MacRumors.com

11:45am EST - The online Apple store is down... this is normal...

12:05pm EST - Everyone has been let in and the conference will begin shortly.

12:11pm EST - haha!! Sheryl Crow's "Every Day Is a Winding Road" plays in the background as people still take their seats.

12:16pm EST - Steve is on Stage! Click the link below to catch the rest of the updates!

12:16pm EST - Steve talks about the success of the native Intel macs.

12:25pm EST - Steve talks about the success of iTunes, disney partnership. Confiirms Paramount Partnerships. Makes fun of Zune... Chinese arrives...

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mmmm...

12:30pm EST - the iTV... err.. Apple TV as it's called now. 40GB HD, 720p HD video, hdmi component usb rca wireless, 802.11 g,b, and n, intel powered, store videos music and photos, use iTunes to sync, dl content form iTS, stream up to 5 computers, uses apple remote. Steve gives a live demo.

12:35pm EST - Steve demo's photo streaming with the iTV/AppleTV

12:40pm EST - Apple Updater just prompted me to upgrade iTunes to 7.02. I've been neglecting for a while... what a coincidence it reminds me again at this time.... hmmmm.

12:42pm EST - Job makes every go nuts as he announces three new products.. the widescreen ipod, the mobile phone,, and an internet communicator.

12:45pm EST - Oh Snap! Jobs tricks us! Its three devices... in ONE! and it IS the iPHONE!!!!!!

12:48pm EST - Jobs talks about how every phone, even smartphones, are simple and not good enough.. talks about the iphone being years of research in the making. The iphone is meant to be simple and easy to use, with simple navigation and big features.

12:50pm EST - Jobs talks about how they got rid of all the buttons and invented a heavily patented tech called "multi-touch." No keyboard, no stylus... just a smart system to use your fingers with.

12:55pm EST - It RUNS OSX!

iPhone demo [image from Engadget's live coverage.]

12:57pm EST - 8GB, music, widescreen video, 2MP camera, syncs with itunes, cingular branded, can sense if you are holding is widescreen or portrait, 11.6mm thin

1:05pm EST - GSM, EDGE, Wifi + Bluetooth 2.0, quadband.... steve demo's phone capabilities. no 3G.

1:10pm EST - Visual voicemail allows you to pick which message to listen to... instead of having to sit through 5 to get to the 6th.

1:15pm EST - onscreen keyboard claimed to be easier to use than those "plastic keys on a smartphone." boy... Jobsy hates those smartphones eh? SMS messaging, pick up conversations where you left off.

1:17pm EST - rich featured HTML email with IMAP or POP, uses real web browsing with safari.

1:18pm EST - intelligent connection switches automatically between EDGE and Wifi for optimal speed. push-imap mail free from yahoo, same as blackberry.... (I hopes this will work for T-mobile.....)

1:25pm EST - Steve spends a while showing how well safari works on the iPhone... goes to Amazon.com... multi-touch technology lets you zoom in and zoom out of fully rendered pages with pinch and pull gestures...

1:30pm EST - Steve calls this a revolution of the first order... This phone is serious business

1:32pm EST - Apple CEO Eric Schmidt on stage... they joke about a merge... "merge without merging," talk about the push for collaborations and new technologies for consumers... pats Steve on back for a good job.

1:35pm EST - Oh man, Yahoo in the house too! Co-Founder Jerry Yang walks up and they chat about all the yahoo apps designed for the iphone.

1:40pm EST - Steve's gives a demo situation of the iphone and then ask jokingly how it stacks up to other phones

1:45pm EST - Shows features and some accessories... and talks about pricing....

1:48pm EST - 4GB model $499, 5GB model $599, available in June...

1:49pm EST - on Cingular.. the exclusive US carrier.. in japan for 2008.. ahahaha bout time japan gets fucked out of a good phone!

1:57pm EST - after the grande ole Partnership speech with Cingular... Steve's clicker stops working and they rush backstage....

2:00pm EST - Chaos subdued as Jobs announces that Apple Computer Inc. is no more... say hello to Apple Inc.!

2:03pm EST - Oh look... last keynote (Showtime 2006) had John Legend... this year... John Mayer....

2:05pm EST - John Mayer plays "Gravity" Steve gets choked up thanking everyone... (it also seems that John Mayer is a staple at Macworld.

2:08pm EST - John Plays "Waiting for the world to change"

2:10pm EST - Steve and John hug, and John thanks Steve for making the world fun.

2:12pm EST - Show's over guys... James Brown "I Feel Good" comes on and thats it.

DIAF NFTA

01.08.2007 @ 10:42 PM in Buffalo

DIAF NFTA

Originally uploaded by Buffawhat. Taken 8 Jan '07, 6.42pm AST PST.

Sometimes the NFTA can eat my ass. One particular time being today. I miss the 4:17 bus because it comes 5 minutes earlier than schedule... I go back inside the office to dick around till the next bus arrives at 5:25. Being wary that the bus is running "hot," I get there at 5:17. Bus arrives late at 5:30; figures.

Give a Mug, Get a Mug!

01.08.2007 @ 6:37 PM in Lifestream
I'm participating in my first blog-by-mail event at C.A.C. We're doing a mug swap, and I was tipped to this fabulous coffee receptacle sharing celebration by the loverly Jennifer. I'm sending a mug to a California blogger, and receiving one from far away but beautiful New Zealand. I haven't been in contact with a New Zealander since I was running my old design forum and had a rambunctious geeky gal on my team with the curious handle of PastyWhiteBoy. She used to tease us with pictures of the beach and her backyard. Ahh, the connections we can make...

Sausage!

01.08.2007 @ 11:58 AM in Lifestream

Sausage!

Originally uploaded by Buffawhat. Taken 8 Jan '07, 7.58am AST PST.

I havent made breakfast before work in so long... Maybe its just getting home from the club and being up for 18 hours already that gave me the boost

Snap! – still a mess

01.07.2007 @ 2:20 AM in Lifestream

Snap! - still a mess

Originally uploaded by Buffawhat. Taken 6 Jan '07, 10.20pm AST PST.

The table hasnt gotten much cleaner... I need an energy boost.