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Quick update on Macworld iWorld 2012

January 27, 2012
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Quick update on Macworld iWorld 2012

I saw a lot of kinda cool stuff at Macworld yesterday. A lot of stuff I’ve seen before. The Berklee College of Music folks always put on great informative and entertaining sessions – they’re worth the price of admission alone. I like them so much, let me plug their new online extension school: Berkleemusic.com I’ve…

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Macworld Expo now also “iWorld”

January 24, 2012
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Macworld Expo now also “iWorld”

It makes complete sense. Starting a few years ago, and following Apple’s own shift in focus, the Macworld Expo has been less about Macs and more and more about iPhone et al. Last year I noted that it was dominated by iPad apps, accessories, and hardware. Now the show name has officially taken on that…

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Apple’s great Mac OS X bait and switch

October 26, 2010
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Apple’s great Mac OS X bait and switch

It’s been almost three years now since, with great fanfare , I switched from a UNIX Workstation to a Mac as my primary desktop workstation. That change was many years in the making – I worked with Mac OS X along side my trusty UNIX workstations for several years before making the complete jump. Apple…

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Hands on with SipToSis SIP / Skype gateway

October 12, 2010
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Hands on with SipToSis SIP / Skype gateway

I’ve known about SipToSis for quite a while but I’ve never worked up the energy to experiment with it.  I finally thought it was about time to do so. When I first considered all the moving pieces to getting it working, I gave myself about a 25% chance of success. To make it even more challenging, I decided to…

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With iPad, computers demoted to “Syncing stations”

July 11, 2010
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With iPad, computers demoted to “Syncing stations”

Perhaps Apple has made their hand-held products too good, too soon. At some point, the only reason we need a computer anymore is to sync our iPad. One could say this is a problem for the future, but I know people personally that are ready for the computerless, iPad-only world today – they can do…

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Windows can try, but it will never be Mac OS X

December 8, 2009
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Windows can try, but it will never be Mac OS X

Microsoft keeps striving to make their interface look more and more similar to its rival Mac OS X. But regardless of how similar the UI becomes, it can never offer what Mac OS X can in one respect: real UNIX underneath. Even if you clone all the UNIX command-line tools (which is something I was…

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iSpykee – Open-source Spykee for iPhone

March 15, 2009
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iSpykee – Open-source Spykee for iPhone

I finally finished making my previously mentioned iPhone hack for Spykee into a form I could release for public consumption.  It’s still not perfect, but at least I’ve removed external dependencies so it can be installed without too much difficulty. Basically you run the “controller” software on your LAN (the same LAN as the Spykee…

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Spykee iPhone Hack

November 20, 2008
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Spykee iPhone Hack

At left you’ll see my first cut at a rudimentary Spykee mini-console for iPhone.  If you’re familiar with the standard PC or Mac Spykee console app, you’ll recognize many of the functions. This app only implements a sub-set of the full PC and Mac consoles.  I basically wanted to get some minimal functionality working before…

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Spykee wi-fi robot – first looks

November 17, 2008
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Spykee wi-fi robot – first looks

I saw the Spykee robot at Costco and so I went home and researched what it was all about. Then I decided to run back to Costco and pick one up before the US supply runs out. It was $229.99 Spykee was created by a French company, Meccano and is being distributed in the USA…

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Going green with a Mac Mini

March 25, 2008
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Going green with a Mac Mini

There have been rumors flying about for a long time that the Mac Mini was going to be discontinued by Apple. Now it’s looking like it might be here for at least a while longer, according to AppleInsider, who report that a new version is in the works. I have been working on an elaborate…

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