Foolproof (or close to it) iPhone 1.1.2 jailbreak →
Jailbreaking (allowing for unofficial third-party application installation) iPhones that have been updated to firmware/software revision 1.1.2 is an arduous process. It’s cumbersome, fraught with pitfalls, and inconsistently successful. In fact, given the questionable value of firwmare/software update 1.1.2, we’d recommending sticking with version 1.1.1 if you’d like to use third-party...
FastIcon Releases New Free Christmas Icons →
The Fast Icon has released a new set of icons: Santa Claus Hat, which contains 5 icons to give a festive and funny look to your desktop. The Santa Claus Hat is available as standard Mac or… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Apple Turns the Tables on Dell with Component... →
Analyst Shaw Wu is maintaining a neutral position on Dell in his periodic research notes due to the recent erosion of gross margins. The reason: poor procurement execution. Mr. Wu believes the unthinkable has now happened: Dell’s component costs may now be higher than Hewlett-Packard’s and Apple’s
Leopard the New Vista? →
I love when Apple haters get on their soapbox and rant about how Apple gets away with such sloppy and buggy work. This is the gist of an article written by Oliver Rist. I’m not sure what ticks me off more about Leoptard (I can’t take credit for that nickname—some Brit coined it): the fact that so many of the semi-important…
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Media Research Exec Says Music Industry Is On Its... →
Ponca City, We Love You writes “For years, the major record labels have fought a pitched battle against the MP3 format. Although major labels like EMI and the Universal Music Group have embraced MP3s in recent months, a story from the Mercury News says early returns from those moves indicate they’ve had little impact on the industry’s fortunes — for better or for worse....
Accordian Hero! →
Is Guitar Hero too tame for you? Too mainstream? Try Accordian Hero!
Key Lime Pie →
With few cows, no ice, and lacking refrigeration the only dairy product reliably available to the Florida Keys in the late 18th century was condensed milk. Add a local plantation abundance of small, sour key limes (known to most as West Indian limes; not the more common Persian/Tahiti lime), and inevitably someone — perhaps Aunt Sally — put them together to create the quintessential...
Comcast Prepping 100Mbps Cable Modems →
Comcast has revealed its plans to roll out DOCSIS 3.0 that will allow connection speeds up to 160Mbps down and 120Mbps up. Even though Comcast isn’t saying where it’ll fall, markets where there’s FiOS are probably going to continue having all of the fat pipe fortune—competition is good for people in those areas, bad for the rest of us. Now for the real bad news: The upstream magic—where...
Mort, Elvis, Einstein, and You →
Earlier this week I wrote about The Two Types of Programmers. Based on the huge number of comments, it seemed to strike a nerve. Or two. This surprised me, because it was never meant to be the inflammatory, provocative diatribe that many people interpreted it as. It got so out of hand that Ben Collins-Sussman, the original author of the post I quoted, was driven to post a followup clarifiying his...
Oakland Park honors its most famous resident →
On November 28, 2007, the Oakland Park City Commission unanimously voted to name the city’s new downtown park after Jaco Pastorius, The World’s Greatest Bass Player. Jaco’s hometown celebrates its most famous artist with a tremendous honor: a living memorial with a focus on the arts. The 2 1/2 year grassroots effort has come to […]
New Widget Page →
I’ve uploaded a few feed widgets I created for my various sites. All of them are now available on my Widget page. The widgets are for this site’s feed, MacMegasite, my rarely updated WorldBeatPlanet podcast, and my shared clippings from NetNewsWire. Share This
Last day in Vancouver →
Today was my last day in Vancouver. I’m leaving early tomorrow morning, so I’m already packed & ready. I had my best (and cheapest) meal of the trip tonight at Hon’s on Robson street. They give huge portions and almost everything is less than $10. Most of the time I was here we had lots of […]
DSvision bringing downloadable content to... →
Filed under: Gaming, Handhelds If you’re still teetering on the edge of picking up a DS Lite for yourself, here’s yet another reason to go ahead and pull the trigger. Dai Nippon Printing has partnered with AM3 in order to offer up a new way to get content / media onto Nintendo’s handheld. The system, dubbed DSvision, will enable DS / DS Lite owners to purchase a variety of...
Vista Branding Confusing Even To Microsoft →
Trotti Laganna writes “Lawyers are now arguing a case brought against Microsoft over Vista’s marketing. The software giant is being dinged for allegedly not telling the truth when it put the ‘Vista capable’ logo on PCs that would only be capable of running Vista Home Basic. Case in point - even the software giant’s marketing director Mark Croft was confused by the...
Best of Mashable: WordPress →
It’s hard to throw a rock now without hitting a WordPress powered blog. For those of you running your own installs of the popular platform, there is a world of plugins and themes out there for you to use. Enjoy some of our news and toolboxes covering this mega-popular blogging platform. (more…) Share This Can’t see the video? Click here
iriver's W7 media player and D27 dictionary loose... →
Filed under: Misc. Gadgets, Portable Audio, Portable Video iriver just took the wraps off their D27 QWERTY dictionary and W7 personal media player they teased us with last week. The D27 if a full-size, electronic dictionary with plenty of audio and video support. It features a 480 x 272 display, FM tuner, 2GB of flash, and up to 27 hours of battery life depending upon usage habits. More...
AT&T CEO says 3G iPhone due next year (Webcast);... →
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson told a group of reporters at the Churchill Club in Santa Clara that an iPhone capable of operating on the company’s 3G HSDPA network (and presumably other 3G networks) will be available sometime next year. You can hear Stephenson’s comments in a recorded Webcast of the event. Responding a reporter’s question about a 3G phone, Stephenson said “You will have it...
Stefan, Son Escape House Fire →
By Andrew Shurtleff, Daily Progress.Stefan Lessard and his son were lucky to escape a six-alarm fire that destroyed their home this morning . The house is heavily damaged — total loss is presumed — despite the response from every last fire company in the county. It’s thought that the fire began on the front porch around 7:30am. Firefighters were only able to save Stefan’s...
Share the love: use the iPhone's EDGE connection... →
Among the laundry list of complaints some users have made about the iPhone, one is that you can’t use the iPhone as a modem for your laptop. While it’s convenient to have this always-on connection to the Internet, sometimes you want to take advantage of it with a big screen and a full, real keyboard. I know it’s one of the things I miss about my old Motorola E815. But, with a...
Stupid multithreaded benchmarks →
Dan Lyke ran a stupid benchmark—just incrementing a variable to a billion, one just flat out, and one between some pthreads locking primitives. I wanted to see what stupid results I would get if I used spin locks. First, the relevant bit of code (used nasm to compile it under a 2.6GHz dual-core Pentium running Linux 2.6): bits 32 global t1 global t2 section .data gv dd 0 glock dd 0 section .text...
Snarf down this white label RSS aggregator →
Ever want your own RSS reader with your own feeds? Why would you want to do that? Well, to control what your readers see. And also to get a reader out there that has your own brand on it. I think I’ll load this on my dad’s computer so he can see my feeds. Anyway, the reader is Snarfer. Here’s one they created for me (this is an EXE/application that you load if you have Windows). I can see a...
Washington Post: The New Drudge? →
Yesterday, Politico’s Ben Smith nailed Rudy Giuliani for nailing his mistress on the taxpayer’s dime. And in today’s Washington Post, what kind of coverage does this major, investigative piece receive? Three sentences buried in the middle of their debate coverage. So, what is their big story of the day? Foes Use Obama’s Muslim Ties to Fuel Rumors About Him Yes, a front...
Google unveils GPS-less handset locator technology →
Filed under: Cellphones If your smartphone came with a built-in GPS receiver, you can choose to just overlook Google’s latest technology, but if your mobile is among the 85-percent (or so) out there lacking an integrated GPS module, listen up. The search giant has revealed new software (dubbed My Location) that enables non-GPS-equipped phones to be pinpointed within three miles of their...
Orange Announces iPhone France and Unlocking... →
Orange announced pricing for the iPhone in France today. Orange will be selling the iPhone for 399 euro along with one of four plans with prices ranging from 49 euros to 119 euros per month. All… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
John and Cailin: the fantastic four - drupals... →
digg_topic = 'linux_unix'; digg_url = 'http://www.johnandcailin.com/blog/john/fantastic-four-drupals-unofficial-core'; using the term “content management system” to describe the drupal cms understates it’s full potential. i prefer to consider drupal a web-application development-system, particularly suitable for content-heavy projects. what are the fantastic four? ...
My XO Laptop is on the way →
I just got an email from OLPC welcoming me to the community and letting me know that my XO Laptop is on the way. Thank you for being one of the first to participate in Give One Get One. All of us at One Laptop per Child were inspired by the number of people who joined our Give […]
EMI to Cut RIAA Funding; Death of RIAA Near? →
The end for the RIAA may be coming much sooner than we had previously imagined. News comes to us today that EMI is attempting to cut its funding to the “industry’s trade bodies,” which is code for RIAA. The unnamed source said that EMI was looking at ways to “substantially” reduce these payments. The RIAA and the lesser known but similar IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic...
Orange Announces iPhone France and Unlocking... →
Orange announced pricing for the iPhone in France today. Orange will be selling the iPhone for 399 euro along with one of four plans with prices ranging from 49 euros to 119 euros per month. All plans include unlimited internet and visual voicemail. read more
the fantastic four - drupal's unofficial core →
an overview of drupal’s core application development modules, with a pictorial step-by-step guide on creating a simple photo competition. a nice illustration of why drupal is much more than a content management system.
Ramiro Gómez: The Most Incomplete List of Drupal... →
Inspired by Dries Buytaert’s regular announcements of new Drupal sites, I did some (re)search on which news sites, universities, organizations, companies, musicians, celebrities, communities, software projects, etc. are using Drupal for their websites. The result is the following list of sites, that impressed me somehow. Of course the list is far from complete, so feel free to post Drupal...
Mireth Technology adds new browsers and Mac OS X... →
Mireth Technology Corp. has released version 4.1 of NetShred X, its easy to use internet track eraser that erases internet tracks, such as cache, history and email. NetShred X runs on Mac OS X. … [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Mireth Technology adds new browsers and Mac OS X... →
Mireth Technology Corp. has released version 4.1 of NetShred X, its easy to use internet track eraser that erases internet tracks, such as cache, history and email. NetShred X runs on Mac OS X. Version 4.1 adds support for Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), support for Safari 3 and support for most other browsers using the custom browser feature. read more
Twitter - Don’t Leave Crime Scene Without It →
When those clever CSI detectives aren’t guessing which type of African mud they’ve found on the killer’s shoes, they tune into Twitter, where they can find a “minute by minute diary of the victim’s life“. As insightful as they are, the detectives throw in an interesting exchange about the nature of Twitter, touching on the innermost secrets of human nature. “Some people just don’t value...
Macheist admits to malcor PR stunt →
OK, OK… so there’s been a lot of chatter all over the net about this malcor thing. Here’s the truth:
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2010 Olympic Mascots Unveiled →
The official mascots of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics were unveiled today. There are three: a sasquatch, a mythical sea-bear, and a thunderbird-bear spirit, all first-nations inspired. Here’s the design firm’s website. Previous olympic mascots: Beijing 2008, others.
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock goes 'gold' →
Aspyr Media on Tuesday announced the Mac version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock has been declared “Gold Master” and is scheduled to begin shipping to retail stores December 10,2007. Released in partnership with Activision, Inc, the Guitar Hero franchise makes its debut on Macs and “gives even more gamers the opportunity to unleash their inner-…
Wired Profile of Universal Music CEO Doug Morris →
From Seth Mnookin’s excellent profile of Doug Morris in Wired, regarding the music industry’s inability to deal with the digital download revolution: Morris insists there wasn’t a thing he or anyone else could have done differently. “There’s no one in the record company that’s a technologist,” Morris explains. “That’s a misconception writers make all the time, that the record industry missed...
Jack Thompson Facing Disbarment Trial →
pwizard2 writes “Gamepolitics reports that controversial Miami attorney Jack Thompson faces the start of an ethics trial this morning, a process which could ultimately see him disbarred. The review board has set aside the entire week to hear details on the case. ‘Over the weekend, Thompson turned to the Florida Supreme Court in an apparent effort to block this morning’s trial...
Emulate the OLPC or Eee PC operating systems in... →
Filed under: OS Updates, Linux digg_url = "http://www.downloadsquad.com/2007/11/27/emulate-the-olpc-or-eee-pc-operating-systems-in-ubuntu/"; Say you’re intensely curious about the stripped down, customized versions of Linux that are running on the tiny laptops like the Asus Eee PC or Nicholas Negroponte’s OLPC project, but you don’t feel like spending $400 to pick up a new toy...
3am at the Apple Store →
Buying a computer at 3am at the 24 hour New York City Apple store has some interesting perks.
Camino Project Now Accepting Donations →
Samuel Sidler: Through the Mozilla Foundation, we’re now able to accept tax-deductible donations that will go toward the development and advancement of Camino. What’s more, through the end of the year the Mozilla Foundation will match 2 to 1 every dollar donated (up to $10,000). Donating now makes your dollar go three times as far as it normally would. You can read more about their new directed...
The Voice of the Underground is silenced →
Emma Clarke the voice of the London Underground has just been fired for recording and posting some spoofs on her own website. “Mind the gap” no more. (To spare Emma’s server and in case she is forced to remove the files for some reason: External linkage to streaming mp3’s of these spoofs are below) “Do not drop litter on the train. Please use the tramps...
iPhone SDK already seeding to select devs? →
It’s not anything more than a rumor right now, but reports are floating around claiming that “select developers” are already receiving prerelease versions of the upcoming iPhone SDK. The kit is said to already be producing native apps, and development is being compared to other sandboxed APIs like Google’s OpenSocial — apps have “clear limits” on what...
Mac OS and Windows Through the Years →
The clever gang at Gizmodo set their Wayback Machine so they could compare Apple’s Mac OS and Microsoft’s Windows interfaces over the years. The visual history starts with Mac OS 7 and Windows 95 and ends with Mac OS X 10.5 and Windows Vista, and shows how both have gone from boxy and basic to translucent eye candy adventures — and also shows Microsoft’s penchant for...
Travel Day →
I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday, but I had an unusually pleasant and uneventful trip. Sunday after US Thanksgiving is supposed to be the worst travel day, but in this case it wasn’t. I got to the airport at 5AM for a 7AM flight, which meant I had to be up almost 3AM EST. […]
Lists of Linux equivalents for Windows software →
Filed under: Windows, Linux, Open Source You’ve made the big jump from Windows to Linux, but there are just a few programs that you can’t live without, so you find yourself jumping back on your Windows machine to edit a movie or sound file every now and again. Sure, you know there are open source alternatives to many of your favorite programs, but who has the time to track them down?...