Archive for May 14, 2008

Judie Lipsett Turns On Me

May 14, 2008

I get this secret communique from her via email:

holy shit. they just gave us the advantage 7510. damn

Apparently Microsoft broke the program I had her running under.

How the hell did they figure out the code was giving her a free HTC Advantage?

Foiled again!

Even worse, she’s blogging about her liberation from my brainwashing enslavement to the Borg time at Mobius.

My plans have turned to ashes. I go to sleep, grim.

Nikki Finke Gets Writing Award

May 14, 2008

“Best Of The West” Column Writing Win

The 2008 “Best of the West” journalism competition, recognized as the West’s most prestigious, is designed to reward journalistic excellence and to promote freedom of information. It is administered by the nonprofit First Amendment Funding and draws entries each year from journalists in the 13 states west of the Rockies[.]

This pleases me greatly.

Nikki is the only person with a moral sense writing about that warped pit of sin and evaporative sensation, Hollywood.

Just wanting to do that is award-worthy.

But Nikki gets to the truth. With style and elan.

I haven’t regularly read about Hollywood since buying Variety in the mid-late 1970s. I enjoy her site immensely.

Congratulations, Nikki!

Previously here:

TV Gets The Bottomfeeders
Tonight’s TV: Monopoly!
How Good Is The Movie Iron Man?
Nikki Finke’s Nightmare Is Becoming Real
Fall 2008 TV: Still Nothing To Watch
Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily
Vote Vote Vote For Nikki Finke!
You CAN Fight And WIN!
Quote: Nikki Finke (Again!)
Quote: Nikki Finke On Hulu
Quote: Nikki Finke

I Said Apple Sync Was Important: Here’s Proof

May 14, 2008

iPhone dev continues

My work with the iPhone SDK continues, working on three clients to our backend services at the moment. I’m very much looking forward to blogging about this as it’s cleared at work. But as you probably have noticed from my posts, working locally and synchronizing with the back-end is what I believe most iPhone applications are about. Do quick and stuff you need to remember on the iPhone, work out the details from your computer, keep everything in sync. That’s why I’m excited about Google’s data integration. That’s why I’m excited about integrating SQLite. That’s why I spend a lot of time working with SOAP integration.

This is a fellow I posted about earlier, programming for the iPhone (and, as it turns out, the iPod Touch too).

He has a good grasp of what the reality should be.

All this talk of Cloud Computing. None of it’s been real.

The iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPod Air will make it real.

MSI Wind: Photos Of Black Version

May 14, 2008

Update: Better images. Click each to enlarge.

Right now, the black MSI Wind is the top contender for my cheap subnotebook. If it turns out to be too big, too heavy, or otherwise flawed, the next contender is the Asus e900 — in black.

Previously here:

MSI Wind: Photo Of Three Colors
New MSI Wind Photos!
Update 3: Subnotebook Dimensions
MSI Wind Hits eBay In Italy
MSI Wind: $610 In U.S.?
Help Interrogate MSI About Its Wind!
Attention MSI: Wind Has Wings
MSI Wind: Photos And Video
MSI Wind = hp 2133 + Foleo?

A Perfect Subnotebook Accessory?

May 14, 2008

Whoa … this sounds lustworthy.

Go read the specs.

I really could have used both a cheap subnotebook and this when the band Girls Don’t Cry was still together and performing.

I’ll be watching for reviews of this. I hope it’ll be worth getting.

(And, yeah, maybe the next-gen iPhone will do video — or there will be a third-party app to enable it — but still. Why use up the iPhone’s battery when this would do the trick?)

Quote: Joanna Stern

May 14, 2008

I Gave Up My Notebook for an Eee PC 900

Last week the long-awaited Eee PC 900 arrived at our office. After it underwent the Ellis Island sign-in process—okay, rather our laptop tracking database—it was greeted by some eager onlookers. Like a great big bag of Cool Ranch Doritos, we passed the system around, and I think many of us licked our fingers clean.

“Licked our fingers clean”?!

If I did that after an in-store fondle, God only knows what I’d pick up.

Wait … is that a festering blister on my trackpad thumb?

Blog Notes: Blogger Version

May 14, 2008

WordPress’ code gnomes have recently done some tinkering that is biting me in the ass now that I’m simulposting.

When you see the Previously here: at the end of some posts, that list is manually generated by me. I try to look up the relevant posts and put their titles and links in.

This used to be a simple process. Without going into boring techy details, WordPress is now abbreviating the URLs when I copy/paste them from Visual format.

This is playing havoc over at Blogger, as the abbreviation is interpreted over there as being a Blogger link, when it’s actually a WordPress link. That means a 404.

I just caught that today.

And right now I’m so dispirited by it that I don’t have the strength to go through the Blogger posts to make any fixes.

I’ve added the URL for my WordPress blog in text in the sidebar, so I hope that will lead people who hit a bad link over to the source blog.

MSI Wind: Photo Of Three Colors

May 14, 2008

— swiped from InkTech, Italy

But over at the Laptop Magazine blog, silver was also mentioned as a color.

I hope, unlike the Asus EeePC, MSI will make black the readily-available color.

Previously here:

New MSI Wind Photos!
Update 3: Subnotebook Dimensions
MSI Wind Hits eBay In Italy
MSI Wind: $610 In U.S.?
Help Interrogate MSI About Its Wind!
Attention MSI: Wind Has Wings
MSI Wind: Photos And Video
MSI Wind = hp 2133 + Foleo?

New MSI Wind Photos!

May 14, 2008

Whoa. This stuff was published April 28th and it only gets to me now?!

Why didn’t anyone leave a frikkin Comment with the URL?

Go see the retail box and slipcase at Tweaktown.

Previously here:

Update 3: Subnotebook Dimensions
MSI Wind Hits eBay In Italy
MSI Wind: $610 In U.S.?
Help Interrogate MSI About Its Wind!
Attention MSI: Wind Has Wings
MSI Wind: Photos And Video
MSI Wind = hp 2133 + Foleo?

Update 3: Subnotebook Dimensions

May 14, 2008

Click for Update 4.

This adds the MSI Wind. Note that it will have two different weights, depending on Linux (3 cell battery) or Windows XP (6-cell battery)! Note that it will also be larger(!) than the hp Mini Note with a weight that approaches it too.

hp Omnibook 300 – source: hp Omnbook Archive
11.1″ x 6.4″ x 1.4″ – 2.998 lbs

hp Mini Note (2133) – source: hp specs
10.04″ x 6.5″ x 1.05″ – 2.8 lbs

MSI Wind – source: I4U News
10.23″ x 7.08″ x 0.748″ – 1.24″ -2.3 lbs (Linux), 2.6 lbs (XP)

Palm Foleo
10.55″ x 6.67″ x .94″ – 2.5 lbs

Asus Eee
8.86″ x 6.30″ x 0.79-1.26″ – 2.0 lbs

Everex CloudBook
9.06″ x 6.73″ x 1.16″ – 2.0 lbs

Everex Cloudbook Max
9.4″ x 6.9″ x 1.1″ – 2.2 lbs

Celio Redfly
9.0″ x 6.0″ x 1.0″ – 2 lbs

Fujitsu LifeBook P1610/P1620
9.13″ x 6.57″ x 1.36″ – 2.2 lbs

MacBook Air
12.8″ x 8.94″ x 0.16-0.76″ – 3.0 lbs

Lenovo U110
10.8″ x 7.7″ x 0.72″-0.88″ – 2.4 lbs

Note: Bookmark this post in case changes are required.

Here is a very rough montage I put together to compare the Palm Foleo, hp Mini Note, and MSI Wind:

XO and Asus EeePC: Comparing Size, Keyboards & Screens – Updated
P1610 vs Asus eeePC size
hp Mini Note (2133) versus Asus EeePC top photo
hp Mini Note (2133) versus Asus EeePC keyboards photo
hp Mini Note (2133) versus Celio Redfly front photo
hp Mini Note (2133) versus Celio Redfly head-on photo