Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Microsoft patches bad browser bug - At last!!!!

BBC NEWS : Microsoft patches bad browser bug

Congratulations Microsoft! After almost 2 weeks of pressure the software monolith has moved into action and patched another nasty hole in IE 6 and Outlook. The exploit uses a vectored graphics dll which can be harnessed to allow malware onto a user's PC.


MacOS User? Webmaster? Try this!

I wonder if one of the MacOS using team members here (ie all of them but me) could try out the ShortStat widget.

Here you go Paul - an image

Monday, September 25, 2006

I Gotta Get Me One of These!

Seitz 6x17
160 Mega Pixels!!! Coming to a phone near you soon . . . not!!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

iTunes 7.0 - Cover Flow Fun!

Simply put iTunes 7.0 is the biggest update to iTunes since it was first launched way back when. Everything looks a lot slicker (unless you're on an ancient graphics card, in which case things will look rather funky). My favourite new feature is Cover Flow. iTunes has always had the feature to embed and display album cover art but they've taken it to a whole new level with iTunes 7.0. Cover Flow, bought from Steel Skies, basically allows you to browse your collection in a much more hands on manner, flicking through your album art until you find an album you like. It might, or might not be a better way of browsing through your library but whatever it's very gratifying to see your music displayed with it's associated artwork, presented much more beautifully than before.

Music & Video bought in the newly renamed iTunes Store will obviously come with artwork embedded. iTunes Cover Flow will also automatically go and look for your missing artwork (with some success, although some bands with similar names might end up with the wrong covers, Savoy for instance). This is great for all those CDs you imported into your library. If the automatic search isn't successful then you can, as before, add custom artwork lifted off of the net (good old Amazon!!). There's a whole new project now for me to embark on, getting album art for all of my songs.

Finally does anyone know why Apple have changed the look of iTunes from a green tint to a blue tint?


History of the iTunes logo

The Mighty Nokia N93

First up, this is a big big phone. So big in fact, that you can only just get away with stashing it in your jeans pocket. There is a reason for the size though - it does a lot of things, most of them very well indeed.

1. Phone
2. Text
3. Email
4. Web Browsing (no, not like Opera mini, think Safari!) via Wireless G or GSM, etc.
5. Video recorder (full 640x480 with 48khz stereo, 30fps MP4)
5b. Video player, including H.264, same as iPod
6. Still Camera (3.2mp with 3X optical zoom
7. Radio
8. MP3 and AAC player
10. Document viewer and editor (MS and Acrobat)
11. Video calling
12. Games machine (with full 3D acceleration)
13. TV out (PAL and NTSC, works will all apps and functions)
14. Calendar, Diary, DoTo, etc. etc.
15. Voice recorder
16. Torch

The most impressive features, the reason why I love this big beauty, are the wireless web browsing and the video recorder, both of which work (almost) flawlessly. The still camera is not quite up to the same standard but still 'good enough' for my needs. One other point of note is just how bright the screen is, it's very bright! To think that these kind of features will become part of all phones sometime before the end of 2008 is quite amazing and probably spells the end of most other devices. Having said that, I guess that the other devices will just have to stay two steps ahead. So perhaps these feature rich phones spell the end of low end devices.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Get a Mac and get Gisele Bundchen!

New Apple ad on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Gisele Bundchen evidently represents how Mac OS X apps are nice and sexy while PC apps look like cross dressing fat blokes.

Couldn't agree more!

Also is it me or is the Mac guy trying to look like Kevin Rose?

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Apple iMac now with Intel Core 2 Duo and 24" screen

Apple - iMac Range

Appled slipped the newly updated iMacs out without so much as a whisper. So here they are the new improved iMacs with Intel Core 2 Duo chips and now available with a 24" screen.

The best desktop pc just got better!

The Mac Mini also got a speed upgrade too. The Core Solo model is no more and the high end Mac Mini now sports a 1.83GHz Core Duo. It's now only £400 to get the new 'low-end' Mac Mini. That's a very tempting price indeed!

Surely the MacBook Pro will get the Intel Core 2 Duo sooner rather than later!? It's not a heat issue that's for sure since the Core 2 Duo is slightly cooler running than the Core Duo. Expect an announcement soon.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Amstrad PC 1512 SD

Amstrad PC 1512 SD
Originally uploaded by pcesarperez.
Now this takes me right back to my earliest computer memories. The Amstrad PC 1512 SD that Dad would bring home from work. This and James' CPC 464. The first game I remember playing on a computer was MS Flight Sim on the Amstrad PC. Chicago Megis Field in glorious CGA! More memories coming this way soon....

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