Apple Funny Tech (General)

Geek Comics

If your a nerd like me, you should be reading geek comics. My two favorites are:

The Joy of Tech
PC Weenies

both well done, current, and quite funny.

Apple Software

QuickTime 7 Disappointments

It’s not a secret that I’m an Apple Zealot. I was eagerly looking forward to QuickTime 7 since its announcement. I installed Tiger on my Mac mini, and was impressed with the H.264 codec, despite it not really supporting my mac mini (not enough CPU apparently, even though it’s rather new) and still working fairly well. When the Windows preview came out, I naturally installed it and gave it a go. At about 2:30 today I uninstalled it. In my opinion it was either released way to early (even for a preview), or a very poor upgrade. It didn’t meet the quality I expect of a public preview by a long shot. I had several issues that led me to remove it and revert to 6.5:

  • iTunes reports no CD driver is installed when QuickTime 7 is installed. Go back to 6.5 and it’s having no problems. Why an incompatibility with a fellow Apple product (and a very popular one)?
  • Sllooowww. It was significantly slower when opening QuickTime compared to 6.5. Not to mention viewing a movie in my browser was much slower thanks to the plugin needing so long to load. I want thinks fast and simple. Not slow.
  • Marketing mania. If I don’t have the pro version, just hide the menu’s and go with that minimal UI stuff that made Apple great. Don’t gray them out and shove them in my face. I like Apple products because they don’t fall for this Microsoft like marketing push. QuickTime 7 broke that trend.

Media Players stink. The big 3 are now bloated garbage. Real Player was first to become so bloated it’s useless. Then came Windows Media Player. QuickTime was my last safe haven of clean simple media. Yes I know there are other products out there, but lets face it, they aren’t as good at handling video and have their issues (especially in regards to browser plugins).

I know some Apple employees read blogs, hopefully from the QuickTime team takes a moment to realize this and look at their product from the customers point of view. It’s a great platform, great video quality, but their player is becoming bloated and slow. It doesn’t feel like a normal Apple product.

Come on Apple. Think Different. Think simple. Think clean, fast, usable applications. Go back to your roots with great Applications. QuickTime 7 isn’t the best you can do. The only good thing in there is H.264. That’s it.


Someone should have used Firefox and Norton AntiVirus

A heck of a lot cheaper than this. Norton AntiVirus 2005 ($22.99 at time of writing), and Firefox (Free, forever) are not nearly as expensive as that phone bill.

It’s not hard to avoid that situation. It really isn’t. An 8 year old can do it.

Hardware Mozilla

USB drives to get smarter… with Firefox?

CNet has an interesting article up on Smart Drives. They are similar to USB Drives, though:

They developed a technical specification that lets consumers carry their entire desktop, including programs and personal preferences, with them as they travel between home and office. The specification even allows users to launch software and remotely access data on any Windows XP or Windows 2000 PC.

Will it take off? So far supporters include:

eight hardware manufacturers and 32 software companies supporting the U3 spec, including RealNetworks, Skype, TrendMicro and the Mozilla Foundation.

emphasis mine

It’s a really interesting concept, and something I’d really like to get my hands on. My only gripe is no word on cross platform support. My ideal drive would allow me to have data on any platform, and put binaries for each platform I want. So I can put my Mac Firefox, and Windows Firefox on there. And no matter what computer I use, I’ve got Gecko.

This technology would be great for allowing users to always have their prefered browser with them, regardless of what computer they use.

Still early on, but I hope they think about cross platform technology. Looking at technologies that took of, and those that didn’t, it’s clear cross platform is important. People don’t like the idea of needing specific requirements to use something. They just like to go. That’s why USB took off. Most devices work on any computer, and platform. I can take just about any mouse, and plug it in on any computer, and it will work. It’s why Apple’s ADC monitors were silly, but VGA, and DVI aren’t. It’s why Firefox is a wise business move. Why not have one browser for all platforms, rather than IE for Windows, Safari for Mac, Mozilla for Linux. But I digress. Cross platform functionality is important.

I’d love to see such technology in servers as well. It would be great to get zero config networked computers in a home. With many people having several computers in their house these days this is a big problem. Set up a wifi network, use one computer as a server, and let people login and access their files and programs. Essentially the server is just a disk (just like a USB drive).

Oh the possibilities!


Intel Inside

A very interesting note here:

Customers with existing PPC G5’s will have the option of a PCI-X based add-on card with a native Intel follow-on to the P4 “D” chip and of-course the Transitive/”Rosetta” bundle. Any other PPC machine bellow the G5 (i.e. G4, G3 machines) are not included on the current roadmap inclusion. Third-party providers have shown interest is providing a solution for down-level Macs.

In regards to the G5, IBM pretty much has hit a standstill with the existing PPC architecture (i.e. PPC G5) and scalability. The initial IBM roadmap to reach the 3 GHz mark never happened and has slipped not only months but years. This really disappointed Steve and everyone else at Apple as the architecture was quite promising.

The big problem is heat dissipation. As you guys have probably noticed, the high-end dual G5’s have been sporting “water-cooling” for some time now. The old saying in the industry is “The last to water wins”, IBM lost and Intel has clearly won.

How sweet would it be to have a G5 with a Pentium 4? Tri processor goodness! Would also be interesting to see Pentium PCI cards for older systems.

Funny In The News Programming

America’s Most Eligible Bachelor

According to this I’m potentially America’s Most Eligible Bachelor. I’m as nerdy as it gets. I’m writing this while taking a break from something that I was really enjoying: debugging a web app! Can you get any more nerdy?

Apparently that article hasn’t quite gotten around yet. 😉


Thank you Symantec

I’ve always liked their software, but now I really like them because of their business. This is great. I’ve spoken about this before. This is very important for all computer users.


Project Naming

It’s long been a tradition to name products, revisions, and milestones. We’ve all done it. We all still do it. Sometimes the names are rather boring “Longhorn”, sometimes a bit more creative. Looking at the Firefox roadmap tonight I noticed ben recently updated it so that Deer Park 1.1 alpha is Strippenkaart (Dutch transportation ticket, presumably influenced by the recent Xtech convention) [Google Link | Wikipedia (nl)]. Having spent quite a bit of time in Holland on family vacations (my mothers Dutch), I read it a bit more literally initially, than as a usual product name. Rather strange.

The phrase “Chicken Cutlet” has a rather different meaning in Dutch than in english though.

Project names are fun aren’t they?

And no, I don’t speak Dutch despite all that travel. I’ll recognize a word or two, that’s about it.

Funny Programming

I’m a geek

If your reading this blog, you already know that. Well, this blog post gave me a really good laugh [hat tip Photo Matt]. It describes me so well. I don’t have that many geeky shirts though as my Firefox shirt is about the only one decent enough to wear (though if you want to apply to advertise on my back, contact me, and send your company/product’s shirt, I’m always willing. Polo’s perfered, T-Shirts accepted). That really is a classic post. I really like #2 “Your body/sex appeal are nothing compared to the power of a processor”. Brilliant. So well written.

Apple Mozilla

Safari’s WebKit is now open

Hyatt made the announcement on his blog. Using bugzilla, and CVS. It says it’s even possible to get checkin access if your a contributor with a proven track record. I didn’t see any lxr like tool for viewing source via the web (very handy), or a list of reviewers. Perhaps that’s still to come, the website looks pretty new.

Anyway, congrats to the Safari team in addressing all those concerns a few weeks ago.

I’m curious how perhaps this can improve browser relations across the board. Not that the Safari team and Mozilla are so distant to begin with, but this could lead to bigger better things. This is great news for everyone.