On A Day When Palm Gets Everything Wrong, Apple Gets It Right

May 30, 2007

YouTube Coming to Apple TV

This is Big. Very, Very Big.

It wipes out this and paves the way for what I predicted here.

Previously in this blog:
AppleTV Gets Trashed, iPhone Next?
Reference: Unofficial YouTube Blog
YouTube Vs. P2P: YouTube Wins?
Reference: Converting Video For Apple TV
Reference: Apple TV
P2P Forever And Ever!
A Funny Feeling About The iPhone
TV: From Podvision To Stevevision

LifeDrive Notes: PTSD Is Beginning…

May 30, 2007

Why, I ask myself, why do I have 5 copies of crap taken via P2P and I can’t find a single copy of something vitally important like a backup of my old TE MemosDB?

I’ve been through two-thirds of the CD-Rs with no hint in sight.

I tackle the final third tomorrow.

I also have a Plan 9, if this doesn’t work out.

No more blogging this day.

Over & out.

Comment in the LifeDrive thread.

My Reaction To Palm’s New Foleo Device

May 30, 2007

Millennium 03

OK, I Really Must Get To My Fekkin CD-Rs Now!

May 30, 2007

I get easily distracted just by my own blog! Looking at the Dashboard, it amazes me.

1) If I never put a link from this site on any other site ever again, the content here alone is such that people will come to this blog just from search engine queries.

2) This blog is actually useful to people. Yeah, shocks me too. But people come here, read a post, and then go on to click through to a link in an entry. I can see when people hit this blog to really learn something.

I don’t know what the hell is up with all the Terrahawks activity in search engines today.

Related post.

Gerry Anderson’s New Captain Scarlet: Yikes!

May 30, 2007


Following 12 weeks of pre-production, animation work on New Captain Scarlet began on 5th May 2003, but by Christmas Anderson was not happy with the way it looked. It turned out that the software being used on the series was totally inappropriate for television work and by the time Anderson realised this they had spent half the budget and only had about 60 shots ‘in the can’.


One of the problems the original production team had run into was the design of the new Cloudbase –now renamed Skybase. The model was so huge that they couldn’t render it in one go. “The biggest model we ever made at Foundation Imaging”, said Thornton referring to the company founded 10 years ago to provide groundbreaking computer-generated visual effects for shows such as Babylon 5 and Voyager, “was the Enterprise, and I think that was just shy of a million polygons –Skybase was originally three million which was way over the top.”

Emphasis added by me.

Half the budget wasted to no good end?

And people think only a government can waste money.

Previously in this blog:
Gerry Anderson category

Reference: Gerry Anderson TV

May 30, 2007

See episodes streaming, online.

When it bloody works (it is not working now!).

LifeDrive Notes: Memos Or Bust! Day Two.

May 30, 2007

Right. Time for me to get off the Net and jump back into the gene pool of my CD-R backups.

Sink or swim.

Do or die.

Fight or flight.

What or ever.

Comment in the LifeDrive thread.

AppleTV Gets Trashed, iPhone Next?

May 30, 2007

The trouble with Apple TV
Steve Jobs’ latest is a dud – and that speaks volumes, says Fortune’s Brent Schlender.

Wow. This is just shocking:

Take Apple TV, the $300 set-top box that Jobs unveiled last October and that finally started shipping in at the end of February, several weeks late. You don’t see many ads for it on TV, even though Apple is blitzing the airwaves with iPod and iMac spots, and after living with one for the past few weeks, I think I see why. It’s just not very good. It’s about as uninspired as another prominent dud, the Zune, the MP3 player Microsoft launched last year. In fact, the Apple TV is so Zune-like, you’d think Jobs was so busy with the iPhone that he outsourced the Apple TV project to the folks up in Redmond.

As for the iPhone:

So it really makes you wonder whether the iPhone, when it finally arrives next month, will be clunky and misguided despite its gorgeousness and slick user interface. Apple could turn off customers if the pricey device can’t really do what it promises because of little gotchas like insufficient bandwidth or short battery life or an unusable virtual keyboard.

Now that I have a LifeDrive, I have a perfect excuse not to be one of the early adopters of the iPhone. I have my hands full with the LifeDrive and don’t need another headache so soon.

Previously in this blog:
Reference: Converting Video For Apple TV
Reference: Apple TV
P2P Forever And Ever!
A Funny Feeling About The iPhone
TV: From Podvision To Stevevision

I Never Saw This Mentioned In Predictions Of The 21st Century

May 30, 2007

Laptops are crippling millions with back problems
Last updated at 08:03am on 30th May 2007

Booming sales of laptops have led to a surge in the number of computer users with back and muscle problems, experts have warned.

Girls as young as 12 are being diagnosed with nerve damage caused by slouching over screens, a group of leading chiropractors said.


“I also see many people in their twenties and thirties with a dowager’s hump – a rounding at the base of the neck – after only a few years of looking down at a small screen while sitting slumped on a chair for long periods.”

Hey, that’s called Writer’s Hump where I hail from.

Next year’s headline:
Palmtop PCs Leading Cause Of Eyestrain

I Don’t Know Where To Link So Just Go And Scroll Down

May 30, 2007

Table of Malcontents

I mean, really, how could I choose among:

* Topps’ Hollywood Zombies
* The Design of the Nazi Triangle
* Insanely Detailed Map of Star Trek’s Planets
* Removing Half The Brain Works Better Than You’d Think

Just go and scroll down.

It’s one amazing, wonderful thing after another.

I’m left, stunned, like the Joker in Batman, who asked, “Where does he get those wonderful toys?”