Even back in the Newton era people speculated on all the formfactors for the NewtonOS. In the end there was only the Newton and eMate.
You get an updated 30″ monitor with a built-in AppleTV. Is 30″ big enough? It is for me. Putting a CPU & hard drive into the TV would make it remarkably like an iMac.
What else is due for a refresh? What about the Mac Mini. I do not think this is a product that Apple cares about. I also think Apple needs to keep it on the price list as a gateway drug for people who already have a monitor and want to switch to the Mac.
Apple has already described OpenCL which will allow everyday programs to be able to access the power of the GPU without having to write code specific to that GPU. OpenCL will be in the core of Mac OS X 10.6. Machines like the old MacBook would be left out of this revolution but not anymore. When Apple releases 10.6 they will be able to claim a performance boost on all these new machines.
I noted a small sign on the teller machine at my bank. It said that it now accepted deposits. This was not remarkable. I was able to make deposits with my Marianne Card way back in 1983. Back in ’83 the pocess was simple. I would fill out a deposit slip, endorse my check, and put the whole mess in a special envelope. Then I would tell the ATM the amount of my deposit. The ATM would accept my envelope and print something on it. I assume that it was my account number and the amount I claimed. The deposit would show as a pending transaction until a human opened the envelope and confirmed what I had said on the deposit slip matched. It was a glorified night deposit box.
Twenty five years later I thought nothing had changed. I was wrong. First off, no special envelope was needed. You can feed up to 30 checks at a time. Each check is scanned. The ATM shows the check on the screen and asks you to confirm the amount which it has already read correctly. Once all the checks are loaded the reciept is printed with an image of each check. This is very cool.
Naturally this is all the result of the Check 21 regulations that were put into effect after 9/11. However it came into being it is a great benefit for customers.
I have had a chance watch the first episode called “Great Leaders Inspire Greatness in Others”. This text appears in blue where we usually see “A Long Time Ago…”. Instead of a long scroll of yellow text going off to infinity we get a cheesy voiceover. This is not only more time efficient but it actually fits the intended style of a Saturday serialized action show.
This paticular episode featured Yoda and a handful of clones against a minion of Duku. Apparently each episode will ecapsulate a single story focusing on a single character. In this way the formula worked.
I enjoyed the episode and look forward to watching future episodes starting with Episode 2 that aired right after this episode.
First thing I did was look for a wireless network called either Starbucks or AT&T. I found neither among the myriad wireless networks there was only one that was open: T-Mobile. I tried it. It let me connect with no trouble. I opened a web browser and tried to hit a web page. I got the T-Mobile intercept page. The URL bounced around a couple times before landing on a Wayport URL.
The page had a large T-Mobile banner and a little tiny AT&T box about 100 pixels square. My hopes soared. This might actually work. I clicked on the box. I got bounced around and landed on an AT&T sign-in page. There was a space for my username, a popup button for the domain, and a password field. I filled the form out with my DSL account info and waited a second.
It actually worked. I got a small popup window with a timer. I was able to launch my VPN software and get some work done. I’m always amaized when stuff like that works. It did seem a bit hidden. I’m curious to try another Starbucks.
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