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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2005-02-27

Maxi Review of the new Mac mini at AnandTech.

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Hi, Greg!

Java And Humour: An Improbable Combination. But it can be done: check out this “animated blog entry” called Totally Gridbag. Great fun!

 

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Can You Hear It, Apple? The gnashing of my teeth, I mean: exactly one week after I buy an iPod photo, Apple lowers the price by a serious margin! And they don’t speak about that price drop on the local Apple website, oh no. […. rumble gnash aaaahhrr….] Well, perhaps the price difference isn’t that big: after all, the new iPod photo does no longer include AV and firewire cables, they don’t come with a dock, and the smallest of the two only has 30 GB capacity. I suppose that’s some consolation…

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ThanksChris, for pointing me to Secure wireless email on Mac OS X. We need more literature like this: thoughtful, pretty complete, serious yet readable, and to the point.

Not Bad. Apparently (I haven’t tried it out) you can have the Wikipedia on your mobile phone, through WAP atwap.maxpedia.org. More details (well, a few at least) at maxpedia.org.

 

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I’m Beginning To Understand emotions such as this: “For five hours this afternoon I was convinced that I had lost my iPod. It was very emotional.” (http://www.scripting.com).

Tribute To The Model 100 Of Portables. Mobile PC has compiled a list of 100 mobile gadgets of all times, and who comes out on top: the Apple Powerbook 100 (1991), and I just happen to have one lying around – unfortunately, it is broken…:-(. In the top 20 of the list you’ll also find the HP-35 calculator (I had one of those a long time ago), the Palm Pilot 1000 (I still own and use a model 500), and the iPod. Guess I’m truly a gadget freek!

 

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aBout iPod. Just a few early experiences about the iPod:

  • It works. Full stop. As I have said before, that’s more than just nice.
  • The battery seems very powerful: I had the machine running for more than two hours, and the battery indicator didn’t move from “full power”. We’ll see what happens when I use for a whole day, of course.
  • The iPod is miraculously small: the spinning of the hard disk must remind me of the fact that there’s 40 GB in there! That’s four times the capacity of my iBook!
  • It is a relatively heavy piece of machine; I can see why you need some kind of carrying case or sleeve. At the moment, the Apple thingie from the original box will do, until I know better how I will want to use it.
  • It’s time the iPod gets Bluetooth, so you don’t have to mess about with those pesky cables for the earbuds!
  • The user interface is very practical: remember that all you have is a scroll pad and five buttons – and yet that is sufficient. This was probably the hardest part of the design…
  • The font used for the display of Notes, Contacts, and Agenda is very small. Well, I had to go see a doctor to check my eyes anyway ;-)

More. Soon I’ll start to Hack the iPod’s Notes. And I know there are other solutions available, but this may yet come in handy: iPod eBook Creator – convert books into notes on iPod

 

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2005-02-17

Well… It’s just a theoretical question, of course: is it subversive to listen to Frank Zappa’s “Heavenly Bank Account” (from his album “You Are What You Is”) while working, when you work at a bank? Let’s just say that this question only comes up if you happen to possess (and use!) a portable music player – did I mention my new iPod ;-?

Please No ! I have just received my first ever spam on my mobile phone: an SMS from number 477 20 01 61. I wonder what the phone company is going to do about it…

 

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Welcome, Little White Box. I have (at last, some may think) bought me an iPod – an iPod photo to be exact. Unpacking and trying out the machine was a pleasant experience – I must admit, that after all the tinkering I do with computers, old or new, it was nice to have a toy that just does a few things, but does them straight out of the box. I’ve started to put my CD collection into iTunes, and now I’m off to see if I can get a decent copy of my address book from an old (hah!) Palm Pilot to the iPod…

Anyway, beware of podcasts: while checking out a few examples I stumbled upon an interview with Michio Kaku, one of the “founders” of the string theory in physics. Before long I found myself on Amazon.com, buying his biography of Albert Einstein… I’ll have to make sure that doesn’t happen every day!

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2005-02-15

I Knew It.

The lost blog entry metioned on Bloglines.com

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Something To Think About: “Many of our assumptions about popular taste are actually artifacts of poor supply-and-demand matching – a market response to inefficient distribution” (The Long Tail – Wired). How will that change our society in twenty or fifty years?

Where Did The Blog Go? I posted a small entry about Pong in Forth for the Mac yesterday – and today nothing remains. Did I make a mistake, or did Manila lose track of February 12?

The lost blog entry metioned on Bloglines.com

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I’m Not Yet Convinced but at least JSF is starting to make sense, thanks to “JSF for nonbelievers” at the IBM developerWorks site. I must admit that my comprehension of JSF is probably influenced by working with Mach-II for half a year now: “event-based” architectures are quite natural and comprehensible now. And somehow I never liked Struts – I can’t say why, but it does not feel “right” to me.

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Help! From Apple’s technical note: “iPod only works (as a music player) when its hard disk is formatted for the appropriate platform using the Mac OS Extended (HFS Plus) or FAT32 formats“: does that mean I can have a HFS Plus partition (for my music) and a FAT32 partition for file sharing between OS X and Windows? I can’t seem to find a definitive answer to that question on the Internet – who can help me out?

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Software Patents: Council process segfaulted.

Or, in other words: “While the EU Parliament has proposed a clear exclusion of software patents, the Commission and Council have ignored the Parliament’s proposal and reinstated the most uncompromisingly pro-patent text in May 2004. However this text does not enjoy the support of a qualified majority of member states. Yet the Council has refused to renegotiate, and is still trying to push the text through. Meanwhile the European Parliament has asked for a restart of the procedure. The Council and Commission are poised to ignore the Parliament’s request. The 17th of February appears to be scheduled as a date of showdown” – Let’s do something about it (the past history of this dossier shows that protest can change European politics): if you live in Flanders, check out the Softwarepatenten.be site.

 

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NUKLEOS WEBLOG 2005-02-06

Sounds About Right:

I am nerdier than 77% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

 

(Edited on 2011-03-22: the original image is no longer available, so you’ll have to do with what was written on it: “I am nerdier than 77% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!“… )

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Bill Writes:The Internet is perhaps the most obvious example of this kind of interoperability, where any piece of software can connect and exchange data as long as it adheres to the key protocols” (read more in Bill Gates on Interoperability). Now let’s just dream: a standards-compliant, perfectly interoperable version of MS Internet Explorer on the Mac – wouldn’t that be a great birthday gift ;-) ?

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