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Google Maps adds
street views and Mapplets, discussed here on
technology allows devices to autoconfigure
over a TCP/IP network using standard basic protocols.
EchoView FM is a set top box that receives content from your
computer via a WiFi or wired network and then displays it on a
television through composite, component or DVI connection with up to
720p resolution. Supposed to be available in Feb'07 for about US$199.
How to build
your own USB cable for the new 2GB iPod Shuffle. Three other
things, Apple should have used a standard mini-USB connector (like is
found on some cell phones), or else they should have used a regular USB
plug like memory sticks do. The third thing is that cable manufacturers
should sell some short (as in just a few inches long) USB cables of
various types for applications like this where the device is going to
sit right beside the computer.
TV is getting hacked a lot, now OS
X has been made to run on it (discussed here
on Slashdot). In July'07 it was hacked to allow for storage
expansion by attaching USB drives.
The Columbia Science and Technology Law Review writes an article
about trademarks for Engadget
gets sued over using tabs in OS X. Interesting that a 20 year old
patent is still alive and kicking.
In Aug'07 Apple
got sued over their use of a touch screen keyboard on the
iPhone. There's gotta be prior art on this one!
iSight could be taking pictures and sending them to malicious web
wireless ethernet to the limit, see also this
and this in San
Apparently the Linksys WAP11 unit has programmable control on its power
output. And the great 802.11b Homebrew
Antenna Shootout. And then there is Hawaii
Wi-Fi, a free wireless on the Big Island. And now the HAMs
are getting into the act. Non-line
of sight technologies may may long haul broad band more of a viable
alternative. Here's a neighbourhood that set up their own DSL
iTrip is an ultra low power FM
transmitter that turns an iPod into a micro radio station, giving
you to ability to share the tunes you are listening to with a number of
other people in your vacinity. Actually a pretty neat idea, much better
than running cables between, say joggers or cyclists...
In May'07 Sun announced JavaFX as
an alternative to AJAX, this leverages off the Java SE package and
sounds rather like a revisiting of the Applet idea.
Here's how to turn an old
laptop into a digital
picture frame, quite a nicely executed hack.
- Google's Presto is a PowerPoint like tool. Seems somewhat limited though. 
The Brick Apple
features a Lego Empire State building, Greenwich Village and World Trade Center,
as well as some nice cars.
- The Google Phone is for real, it will be Linux based with a layer of Java, target date is Spring'08. It sounds like it will be open for developers to produce new applications (which makes sense as a lot of what Google has been doing includes providing public use APIs). Wake up iPhone, time to open up or die. Slashdot discusses the Google Open Source Mobile Platform. Engadget has a lot of coverage of this: live coverage" of the announcement, Google and HTC's dream phone, a letter to Palm, and Palm's vague response, how Symbian, Nokia, Microsoft and Apple don't want to play, and a quick summary of all this. Microsoft's Ballmer calls Android a mere press release, guess Microsoft might be a bit concerned about the impact of this on Windows Mobile licensing. Dvorak says the gPhone is doomed - so it must be a good thing!
- USB 3.0 is starting to materialize, looks like the specification is supposed to be completed in mid-2008, so it probably means the first hardware might show in 2009 (Engadget says 2010). The new cable will include additional wires for the faster 3.0 transfers (up to 4.7Gbps, that's 10 times the speed of 2.0) and at the same time allow for complete backwards compatibility with 2.0 and 1.1 devices and cables. Engadget has some pictures of the connectors from CES'08. At CES'09 more details of USB 3.0 were released, including the fact that it's protocol design anticipates going as fast as 25Gbps (but that may need an optical link). According to NVIDIA, motherboard chip sets from Intel will not support USB 3.0 until 2011, possibly because Intel wants to shift to a new optical interconnection system it is developing with Apple.
its decision to outsource some jobs to India.
Time-Warner who controls a lot of cable internet service is looking at charging for bandwidth used, though this looks a lot like a pre-emptive strike against Apple's attempts to distribute high-definition media (which would eat into their DVD type sales).
- How Apple got Everything Right by doing Everything Wrong discussed here on Slashdot. Handy tips for the evil manager. 
resource that includes a web applet for calculation of the Easter
dates and algorithms for doing it yourself.
- EverNote is thought tracking and organization software with both a desktop and a web component to allow you to get at your "extra brain" from anywhere. Here is a review of it. It has a rather neat feature of being able to scan your photographs for included text and then being able to search on this text. 
- pybonjour is a pure Python interface to Apple Bonjour and DNS-SD libraries. 
International Currency Index, this artical confirms something I
have suspected since the 1980's, that the British Pound is way over
valued. In my trips to England from Canada I have always observed
that when in Britain I "spend pounds just like I spend dollars back in
Canada", so a person living in Britain must earn far more dollars to
have the same standard of living as a Canadian (or American). When
relatives from Britain have come to visit they have the reverse
impression, they are always amazed at how far their pounds go when
spent in Canada. The classic example of this (though largely a tax
artifact) is that the price of gasoline in the UK (in pounds) is the
same as in Canada (in dollars) - and this has held true since about
- Extracting data from old computer cassette tapes, in this case containing the 4K BASIC of the original Apple I, by digitizing the "audio" signal and then examining the width of the tone pulses. There's hope for that old box of Commodore PET tapes in my basement. 
- A discussion of The Invisible Cost of IP Law. Where progress stalls in certain fields because of key patents acting as road blocks. This happened to some extent with the RSA cryptography patent, though its effect was largely restricted to the USA and it was further diminished because the patent was granted too early - before computer technology and applications were really ready for it. Another example is probably the touch screen display issue, not a lot happened with touch screen displays until the Apple iPhone popularized them in 2007, but I recall reading something that suggested that a key patent on touch screen technology had expired around then and with this expiry an economic obstacle to implementing touch screen based systems was lifted. This topic might well be worth a thesis in Economics. 
- Dell has let loose its Mini 9 (also discussed here on Slashdot), with pricing that start at $349 and climbs to about $499. Time for most of the recent netbooks to get repriced (though the Acer Aspire One and MSI Wind are pretty competitive with this). Engadget has a collection of early reviews of the Mini 9. The Dell service manual for the Mini-9 has been posted online, let the modding being. An unboxing of it here includes some good comparisons with other laptop and small devices to give you a feel of its size. Engadget asks its readers how they would change the Mini 9. The Mini 9 has been hacked to run Apple's OS X, so if you want a mini Mac notebook this might be a route to take. 
- From the evil ways to abuse the patent system department steps Apple, from a recent application it looks like they are trying to get a patent on an idea that is already used by a company they would like to see disappear. The strategy might be to get the bogus patent then get an injunction against the annoying competitor, effectively weakening or killing them off. It might even be possible to seek the injunction before the patent is actually granted (which might take a couple of years) thus attacking the target much earlier. Perhaps Apple should apply for a business methods patent on this process to protect themselves? 
- Apple has finally been granted a patent for The Dock, or at least some particular aspect of their implementation. 
- Making large pictures for your wall with Lego, discussed here on Slashdot. Another Lego mosaic artist, who wrote a program called Pixelego once to do this soft of thing, other pixel-brick programs are listed here. Lugnet has an online mosaic making tool here, it has an interesting presentation of the available brick palette. Another one, built as an applet, is here. 
- The Enable project is a multi-platform object drawing library build on top of Kiva. Kiva is a multi-platform implementation of DisplayPDF (which is used in Apple's Quartz 2-D graphics API). 
- Apple's monster (358 page) patent of the iPhone interface has been approved. Just in time for the Palm Pre and Android wars to start. Engadget gets some legal input on this - looks like Apple has already been violating some of Palm's patents, so there might be some negotiating to do... Do I hear "cross licensing agreement"? Apple may also have neglected to mention some prior art by one of the inventors of this idea. 
- A Python program for reading old Apple II DOS 3.3 disk images. 
- An outfit called MONEC Holding Ltd. is now suing Apple over the iPhone infringing their patent on an e-book reading device. 
- Nokia wants a piece of the iPhone pie, and they are suing Apple for patent infringement to get it. Engadget takes a closer look at what may be happening here. 
- How to turn a Dell Mini 10v into a Snow Leopard Netbook, a good Hackintosh experiment. Looks like Apple is intentionally making OS X not run on Atom chips, this gets further discussion here on Slashdot. A good video that shows how well a Dell Mini 9 works as a hackintosh. A hack to allow OS X to run on Atom chips has been released (and according to the comments there are some other approaches that work too). 
- Psystar's Rebel EFI Hackintosh tool gets reviewed and discussed here on Slashdot. Pystar is loosing its court battle with Apple. 
- I wonder why Apple never put an infrared receiver and transmitter in the iPhone/iTouch, as with it they would make very nice universal remote controls. You can "fix" this problem with the RedEye base which the iPhone talks to via WiFi and the base then sends the appropriate infrared controls to your home theater system. But still, its not a portable system and it costs nearly $200, to provide functionality that was standard in earlier PDAs like the Palm and probably costs about $0.25 to manufacture. An IR dongle type attachment (along with a universal remote application) has been announced, of course this probably makes more sense for use with the iTouch. The L5 iPhone IR dongle was shown at CES 2010. Logitech has released an app for the iPhone that turns an iPhone into a wireless trackpad or keyboard - this might make the iTouch a rather nice HTPC remote controller. The New Potato's FLPR IR dongle is another IR controller for about $80. The RedEye mini will bring the IR remote dongle down to about $49, it gets reviewed here. The i-Got-Control IRB1 is another entry into this market. 
- How to add the Apple in-line headphone remote control to a set of regular headphones. 
- So on 27-Jan-2010 Apple revealed the iPad, not everyone thinks it is a great thing and there could be a number of alternatives to consider soon. 
- The Dell Mini 5 is a small Android-based webpad, might be a good choice for those who think the Apple iPad is too large or restrictive, or who want something bigger than an iPhone. Engadget takes a look at this and rather likes it. 
- An options straddle trade along with a protective hedge. 
- There are issues with Apple's Time Capsule backup system. 
- The source code to MacPaint has been made available. 
- How Apple restricts the iPhone charging game. 
- It has been suggested that Apple may be mining their App Store for patent ideas - talk about prior art... 
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