One Of These Days I Will See This

January 19, 2007

This is by far one of the best films of 2006, and one of the best Sci-Fi films ever.

The excellent and eclectic site Scribez reviews Children Of Men – Alphonso Cuaron (2006).

Fear The Future

January 19, 2007

When Being a Verb is Not Enough: Google wants to be YOUR Internet.

Seeing Google as their only alternative to bankruptcy, the ISPs will all sign on, and in doing so will transfer most of their subscriber value to Google, which will act as a huge proxy server for the Internet. We won’t know if we’re accessing the Internet or Google and for all practical purposes it won’t matter. Google will become our phone company, our cable company, our stereo system and our digital video recorder. Soon we won’t be able to live without Google, which will have marginalized the ISPs and assumed most of the market capitalization of all the service providers it has undermined — about $1 trillion in all — which places today’s $500 Google share price about eight times too low.

It’s a grand plan, but can Google pull it off? Yes they can.

LifeDrive Notes: Microdrive Removal

January 19, 2007


LifeDrive Microdrive front


LifeDrive Microdrive back

LD autopsy

Total LifeDrive autopsy, guest-starring the boing-boing stylus!

All for today. Sunday is dd day!

Cancel That Trip To Fantasy Island

January 19, 2007

Sealand Won’t be Sold to Pirates

Previously on this blog: Fantasy Island

Apple’s Future Anti-Competitive Court Date Looms…

January 19, 2007

You could call iPhone perfect

I asked point-blank if third parties would be able to write and distribute iPhone apps and was told, point-blank, no.

However, it appears that there’ll be some third-party opportunities. I’m going to take a guess that iPhone software will be distributed the same way as iPod games: no “unsigned” apps will install, but apps will start appearing on the iTunes Store after successfully passing through a mysterious process of Apple certification — one that ensures that they meet a certain standard of quality and won’t, you know, secretly send your credit-card info to Nigeria.

The lockdown on software is an area of ongoing suspicious interest. I noticed that the iPhone’s pre-release browser was missing some plug-ins. I asked if Real and Macromedia et al. would be writing media plug-ins for the iPhone’s Web browser, and was told that no, the browser would ship with plug-ins, but Apple would be writing them all in-house. Odd, that.

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Andy Ihnatko writes on technical and computer issues for the Sun-Times.

Ihnatko is a long-time Mac columnist.