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Macworld 2008: There’s Something in the Air

01.15.2008 @ 11:36 AM in Technology
macworld08.jpg Same as last year, I'm here to bring you the latest of round the web-updates and information on the shiny new goodies to be unleashed this year at Macworld 08. The show starts at noon EST, and feel free to keep refreshing the page to get the updates as I'll edit this post as soon as something new comes in. I'll be getting most of my info from Gizmodo live coverage. You can always check em out for more specs, but remember to hit me up for the commentary.
  • 11:30 - The Apple store has been down for the longest pre-keynote period, ever. This could mean a total store workaround, a lot more products, or perhaps some new functionalities are being installed. This could also mean that someone jumped the gun, but whatever, the downtime always marks the start of of the reality distortion field for the day. Productivity is grinding to a halt as when noon hits, I'm not doing squat but hitting refresh.

[Official Lunch for Macworld 08: Taco Salad with extra cheese FTW]

  • [12:08] - Its Started!! People are being let into the 4000 seat auditorium and Coldplay, once again, can be heard over the shuffle.
  • [12:13] - Coldplay, Kanye, now Feist.. I wonder who picks the seating music?
  • [12:14] - Feist cuts out, new get a mac ad, and here comes Steve!
  • [12:15] - “Welcome to Macworld 2008. We’ve got some great stuff for you. There’s clearly some great stuff in the air today.” Jobs starts the retrospective on all the products from last year, iPhone, iPod Touch, iMac. Leopard a great success.
  • [12:20] - Four Points to Discuss. The first was Leopard. Developers are working well with it and over 20% of Mac base has upgraded. Office 2008 now shipping. New Feature of Leopard is Time Capsule, Airport extreme base stations with "server grade" internal harddrive. This allows you to back up your mac wirelessly.
  • [12:22] - 500 GB version - $299, 1 TB $499
  • [12:23] - On to iPhone.. paraphrased "We sold a whole fuckin bunch!" 20K per day average. SDK in Feb, w00t!
  • [12:26] - New apps today for iPhone, Maps with location, Webclips, Customize home screen, SMS multiple people, Lyrics.... looks like the iPhone is moving into its useful stage now.
  • [12:33] - Web clips allow you to create up to 9 home screen bookmarks, will remember where you zoomed or panned.
  • [12:38] - Free update today for iPhones, iPod Touch gets Maps, Mail, Stocks, Notes, and Weather for a $20 one time fee.
  • [12:40] - iTunes Movie Rentals: Touchstone, Miramax, MGM, Lionsgate, Newline, FOX, WB, Disney, Paramount, Universal, Sony all gonna play nice to make this work.
  • [12:42] - Over 1000 movies, those 30 days after DVD release, watch anywhere instantly over broadband. 30 days to start watching, 24 hours to finish. Library Titles: 2.99 New Releases: 3.99
  • [12:45] - In the US, rentals available today, international gets it later in the year. SUCK it UK!
  • [12:47] - Apple TV take 2. No computer required, rent movies from Apple tv in DVD and HD quality, view photos from .mac and flickr. syncs with iTunes, natch. Oh, and there are 100 HD rentals for 4.99 available today.

[get photos of the Keynote via Macrumors]

  • [12:55] - Steve's Demoing the iTunes rental service. Downloads appear to be fast and quality on point with specs. Create photo screen savers with Apple T[V from .mac galleries and flickr.
  • [1:03] - Free software update for existing Apple TVs. Entry price point reduced from $299 to $229.
  • [1:05] - Software update comes in two weeks
  • [1:07] - 20th Century Fox was the first studio to sign up for movie rentals. Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO of Fox is taking the stage, talks about future of Video rentals, DVD's and the availability of included digital copies, like on Family Guy: Blue Harvest DVD.
  • BOOM!!!!!!!!!
  • [1:10] - Macbook Air
  • [1:12] -"World's thinnest Laptop." Talk about competition specs and how 3lbs is a great weight, but it can compromise features and functionality. MacBook Air is 0.16" to 0.76". The thickest part of the MacBook Air is thinner than the thinnest part of the Sony. It fits inside a envelope.
  • [1:17] - Magnetic Latch with 13.3" widescreen display. Display is LED backlit, macbook style keyboard, ambient sensor. Essentially a Calista Flockhart macbook. Track pad is multi-touch FTW. rotate and resize photos and other things via pinch and finger pivots.
  • [1:20] - 1.8" Hard Drive, 80GB, option for 74GB SSD for your the cost of your firstborn child. 1.6 GHz Standard, 1.8 GHz Option, all Intel Core 2 Duo.... as Intel CEO, Paul Otellini, takes the stage.
  • [1:24] - 45 Watt MagSafe, 1 USB 2.0 port, Micro-DVI, Audio Out, 802.11n + Bluetooth 2.1/EDR, no word of lasers. Nope, no optical drive, but a Superdrive accessory is available for $99. However, special software lets you hijack "borrow" a mac or PC's optical drive.
  • [1:27] - 5 Hours of Battery Life, 2Gb standard Memory, $1799 base. Pre-order today, ships in months weeks. Full Aluminum case (recyclable), first mercury and lead free battery, blah blah, green, blah, hippie, blah
I'm really dissapointed no mention of the standard macbook being aluminized... its the only product still in lucite and plastic
  • [1:30] - Jobs mulls over how in just two weeks of 2008, they have updated the mac Pro, the Apple tv, iPhone and iPod Touch, Rentals, MacBook Air... sounds like a one more thing is coming.
  • [1:36] - Randy Newman takes the stage (Where the fuck is John Legend?) to perform and I lose my erection.
  • [1:38] - Newman has lost his marbles as he sings a song about the USA and Stalin and the Supreme Court.... great. Will someone get the crazy man off stage so we can have the "one more thing?"
  • [1:40] - is updated with information regarding the keynote.
  • [1:45] - And its over.

UPDATES: Dreamhost and the “Billing Issue”

01.15.2008 @ 10:54 AM in Technology
dhstatus.jpg The Twitterverse exploded this morning with Dreamhost customers freaking out about high charges, account suspensions, and overdrawn bank accounts. Currently, the DH panel is unavailable, as well as an increased load on all hosted sited. What the hell happened?
  • "Last night, this guy ran a standard billing cycle to clean up stragglers from 2007. Unfortunately, the biller was ran for 2008 (December 31st, 2008 to be exact). This caused everyone to be billed as if today was 2008-12-31, wreaking the havoc that we are so sorry you had to be put through."
I'm on MediaTemple for my personal endeavors, but we use Dreamhost as a hosting solution for Not only do we pay out of our ass for service, but support is simply shit. There is no way to contact them except for a shoddy threaded support panel, and the company number will answer with a message to tell you to visit I think this was the last straw for a lot of folk who are sick of dealing with Dreamhost. We'd have moved months ago if it wasn't for the sheer logistical nightmare of moving everything over, downtimes and dns issues being something we like to avoid. However, I think nows the perfect time to start more aggressively looking for a new host. If only Mediatemple had a faster mySQL system, but at least you can call them 24/7.
  • Are you currently getting rough fucked by the Dreamhost? Is your account touching a negative thanks to Josh? Let me know how you feel. Also, if Dreamhost has spared you and you guys go to the movies and shit, I wanna know what a success story sounds like.
  • P.S. - Dreamhost is "*extremely* sorry for the mishap." Golly, those asterisks make me feel so much better.


  • [11:15] - Panel still down, and now so is the Dreamhost Status blog.
  • [2:23] - Just got word that we were overcharged $1200 and it went through... waiting on the reversal. Dreamhost says we shouldn't worry because "we’re fixing it right as you read this (and maybe already have for your account)! The best move for you is to just sit back and pretend you never got those weird billing email(s) talking about owing lots of money!" HAHAAHA! Yea.. thats totally hilarious, we'll just laugh this off you fucktards! Panel is back up though.

So what happened and what did we they learn?

It seems the total looting from the faulty script was valued at about $7.5 Million. However Josh, the man who we all hate right now, takes the blame on himself, and maintains that the billing system is completely robust and secure. Rubust and secure, but not human proof, which is where today's Fubar came from. See, Josh was merely trying to catch up on old bills from 2007, and rerun the payment systems to retry for those that never went through on the last days of January due to a systems upgrade.  When he put the dates down, he put the year as 2008, instead of 2007. What happened was the secure and robust system ran exactly as he told it to, billing for December 2008 and making almost everyone's account appear 11 months behind.
  • The end to this story is that of course, I’m very very sorry, we’re very very sorry, and I’m sure you’re very very sorry this happened. A new service is running right now (in parallel on all the controllers) that fixes all those future charges, and if your credit card was automatically rebilled, refunds the payment automatically. You don’t have to contact us or your bank, and you’ll get an email when your account is finished fixing up. It’s going to take several hours to complete. There are a lot of you these days! If, because of this billing mistake, you somehow incurred some fees from your bank or credit card company, please let us know after tomorrow (today we are just replying to all 10,000+ billing messages with a generic explanation) and we’ll do our best to make it right for you. The moral of this story is that “flexibility” is rarely desired in programming! The less a program will accept/the less a program will do/the less options and preferences it has, the more usable it is/the more understandable it is/the more stable it is.

Diabeetus: Battle of Minas Toothache, err Tirith

01.15.2008 @ 9:29 AM in Culture
minas_tirith_1.jpg I was under a rock last year, but over the last christmas Break (2006), a few candy loving Tolkien-heads whipped up a scale model of the Battle at Helm's Deep, from the Lord of the Rings, natch. This year, they topped it all with The Battle of Pelennor, complete with Dead Nazgul King and mount. Some folk have too much time on their hands. I wish I did. [Link]

Kitten Tenders

01.14.2008 @ 9:05 AM in Culture
When the first link you find this morning is an ad for "Kitten Tenders," you start to wonder about the impending quality of your workday.  Enjoy a savory treat below. [youtube width="600" height="501"][/youtube]

Weekend Update: Lampinelli, BDSM, and Family

01.14.2008 @ 3:55 AM in Lifestream

[Click above to visit the flickr set]

I was Lisa Lampinelli's personal whore

lampinelli_web.jpg Actually, it was our bouncer James, making out with her, but I was her homo hospitality liason for the evening. See, Lisa Lampinelli perfomed at Shea's Theatre Friday night, and like a good fag hag, she brought her ass (and pals) to Marcella's for her after-party. True to her schtick, she latched on to James, our beloved black bouncer who by then end of the night was shirtless showing his "runaway slave" tattoo to her and getting a little Lampinelli action. I hear he didn't get the "bomb-ass-pussy" but that she would make it back to buffalo and "BOOM!" I think I like Lampinelli more than Kathy Griffin, at least Lisa came to Marcella's and she's actually cool people.

Blackout and BDSM

Now, there was a little issue that made my running arounds interesting. We had a black-out party that night. The first this year, a black out party is when we turn the lights out at midnight and folk dance to glowsticks and black lights. Essentially, everyone does their drugs, and a few people get fucked on the dancefloor, but you can't see shit. Since, I'm the light guy, I'm pretty much jobless at Black-out parties. I end up making my coins by dancing or running around for our manager, Richard. When I used to dance and whore around, I would dress up in my leather gear or something fierce and parade around dripping in glowlights. Nowadays, I'm getting older and grumpier and I can't stand to dance for tips and trolls as much, but I always try to do a little something for the black out parties. This time, I decided to borrow a custom made gas mask that belongs to a "boy" of mine. I think I scared a few people with it. If you are wondering why someone would own an Anubis style gas mask, let custom order it, lets just say my "boy" enjoys certain BSDM elements where this would come in handy. Think oxygen and sensory deprivation. I live a full life, eh? anubis.jpg I also realized that night that I've crossed over in my alchohol tolerance for Jack Daniels. I was power drinking that night, and Joseph loves to pour strong drinks for me. Yet, I couldn't even taste the alcohol and I was pretty nimble running around for Lampinelli. However, look below and you can tell I was pretty lit... me.jpg

Dinner with the Folk.

I paid for it in the morning however. Wasn't a hangover like I expected. No, Nater woke up still drunk at noon with my pops and my (for all intents and purposes) stepmom to take me out to lunch. We headed over to Pearl Street Grill to eat and then I got to show my Bradford living folks a bit of the Elmwood Strip. dadnatejerrie_web.jpg Ooh, I almost forgot, I picked up a new vinyl too. Urban Treeson. After Pearl, we went to Hero so I could introduce my folks to the people who have been taking my money that last few weeks, but they had their intern at the store.... Bah! Regardless, I caved to the Treeson craze and picked up the black and crying model. urbantreeson_web.jpg I skipped out on Saturday at the club, since Mike and I broke up, I've been wary of going out and dealing with fallout. I thought for a moment that since we ended things amicably that everything was ok, turns out he back to his bitter self again, this time talking about his "whore of an ex husband running off and fucking the Canadians," and how "he should break up every week, he feels so good." I'm trying to not let shit like that affect me, it just sucks to see another ex go the shady route. least I didn't have to break his ribs... yet.

The Third Installment, still shitty as ever

01.11.2008 @ 3:01 PM in Lifestream
 lame.jpg I'm not gonna post a reaction video because this shit (literally) does not phase me anymore. Maybe cause I'm a sick fuck to begin with or because I have had to deal with situations at work in the back end of the ballpark like this. Anyways, 2girls1cup had a sequel, called 2girls1finger. It featured the same shit, a little more fiber in this one, but ya know.. gross.  Well, I just found out about the newest edition, 4girlsfingerpaint.  figure it out. Remember a time when tubgirl and goatse and lemon party were the only ways to freak out your friends?

Wilfred Wood: 7 inch Coot Vinyl

01.11.2008 @ 1:57 PM in Lifestream
wood.jpg Wilfred Wood is a master of creating unique and lovable expressions of humanity from polymer clay. Drawing his inspiration from unconventional sources, like fat people, androgyny, contortionists, and freaks, he will occasionally release his figures as resin casts. This time, he's given us all his newest oddity: Coot.


Isn't he adorable?  Coot is a alternate to Juggernaut, a vinyl cast of the same form but carrying a club instead of a hair dryer. Hair dryer? What do you need one of those for Coot? You are bald, even your nuts are hairless! From the smile to the absurdity of it all, Coot is another great new vinyl to just be released. He's also limited to 400 worldwide, so get him while you can. Produced in cooperation with Gum Productions.

Twittertale snitches on your potty-mouthed Tweets.

01.11.2008 @ 12:31 PM in Technology
twittertale.jpg I've got a bit of a potty mouth. In fact, a quick search in my blog reveals about 11 pages of choice worded posts. Alright, so I curse like a sailor, and I'll never stop. I do tone it down a bit around the old folk, children under 2, and clergy that i haven't slept with, but pretty much I'm a foul mouthed jerk. Deal with it. My tweets are also a bit vulgar at times, and thats understandable, its my venting machine. I've noticed that a lot of my other twitter pals tend to do this as well. and there is a new site called Twittertale that rats us out, reposting the foul tweets.  It's not suprising I found myself on the naughty list a few times, like today... twitter_tale.jpg If you twitter and you tend to be a bit sassy, you might wanna search to see if you made the list. Regardless, if you enjoy the foul mouth rants of others, subscribe to the feed. Now fuck off.

Want: Size? Burgerman Umbrella

01.11.2008 @ 9:41 AM in Lifestream
I would never hint hint for gift ideas around near my birthday (WEDNESDAY JAN 16TH!!!!). Eff that, I want this! sizeburgerman.jpg Jon Burgerman is a doodle fiend. He probably scribbled these awesome exclusive pieces for size? in an hour and then cashed the check. I'm not sure what makes these so striking, is it the "?" riddled amidst a cast of contoured characters? Maybe. Is it the limited 300 per piece run worldwide availability that makes me wanna skip a rent check right now to get these the whole set? Perhaps. However it could just be the fact that this is the coolest umbrella I have ever seen in my entire life and I want it in my hands like Obama (nObama 2008!) wants Hillary (FTW!) in the back of his trunk. All that life changing, rain repelling, pimp statusing Mark-Brickey-Piss-your-pants-you-jealous-Mofo could be mine for £11.99, or ~$40US. The rest of the set is pretty slick: the Hoody is reversable (black with pockets lined) and along with the shirt and sweater they all feature unique drawings of their own. A belt was created too, but I couldn't find it for sale.

VibraExciter: cyberdildonic pleasure for the man who twitters a lot.

01.10.2008 @ 12:18 PM in Lifestream
vibra_2_1.jpg What do you get the guy who has every cellphone gadget imaginable? You get him the VibraExciter, one the the few cyberdildonic devices tailored for men. In short, it's a cock ring with two eggs attached to a hands free unit that goes off for when your phone gets a call or a text. I'd be afraid to get this, with the amount of tweets i get on my phone, especially after @keithburtis or @jowyang gets on a roll, I don't think I'd be able to maintain a flaccid state. vibra_1.jpg