Blog Notes: That’s A Wrap For Today

July 20, 2007

Bah. Why should I be doing this when I could be listening to the music of my MySpace Friends?

So that’s exactly what I’ve been doing.

Band recommendations in the future.

Most likely no blogging this weekend. The weather threatens to be great and I need some book-reading time.

eBookery For iPhone?

July 20, 2007

Open Library goes online with public domain book collection

the open library

If you have an iPhone and you try this and blog about it, drop me a line and I’ll link to you.

No Comments For You Here. Evah.

July 20, 2007

And all of you thought I was just some cranky bastard who wouldn’t put up with your shit.

Well, there’s that too…

Quote Of The Day: iPhone

July 20, 2007

A Commentard at The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:

Yo Steve!
I was in SF, CA, USA this week, and got to hold the mighty iPhone in my hand for a few minutes. It was almost as strong experience as holding a girl’s hand for the first time. Big!

The Greatest Feat In The History Of Mankind

July 20, 2007

Moon landing

The first manned moon landing on Earth’s Moon was the United States’ Apollo 11 mission, commanded by Neil Armstrong accompanied by Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin. Armstrong landed the lunar module Eagle on the surface of the Moon at 4:17:42 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, July 20, 1969. They spent a day on the surface of the Moon and then returned to Earth. A total of six such manned moon landings were carried out between 1969 and 1972. The Soviet Union later achieved sample returns via the unmanned moon landings Luna 16, Luna 20 and Luna 24. Since this was during the time of the cold war the contest to be the first on the Moon became known as the space race.

If you weren’t alive then to witness that, you have my pity.

Bonus: The Real Story of Apollo 11 – Stranger than Fiction.avi — a free documentary on Google Video that reveals details that had been kept hidden for years and years.

When You Lack Talent, Imagination, And Have a Rep For Robbing Everyone, What’s Left To Do? Legalized Looting.

July 20, 2007

Canadian iPod levy assumes you’re a criminal first, asks questions never

Essentially what this means is, if you buy an iPod or similar device in Canada, soon you’ll automatically be assumed to pirate music illegally, and will be forced to pay a small fee up front to the recording industry as penance. It’s like getting a parking ticket while your car is still in the garage.

I don’t engage in hyperbole, goddammit.

Hey, iPhone, Zune, and Zen: you get looted too!

Now go see Paddy Chayefsky for instructions.

Google To Everyone Else: Drop Dead

July 20, 2007

Our commitment to open broadband platforms

Oh! Google reveals its opening bid to steal the American cellphone market from Apple (and everyone else!):

In the U.S., wireless spectrum for mobile phones and data is controlled by a small group of companies, leaving consumers with very few service providers from which to choose. With that in mind, last week, as the federal government prepares for what is arguably its most significant auction of wireless spectrum in history, we urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt rules to make sure that regardless of who wins the spectrum at auction, consumers’ interests are the top priority. Specifically, we encouraged the FCC to require the adoption of four types of “open” platforms as part of the auction:

* Open applications: consumers should be able to download and utilize any software applications, content, or services they desire;
* Open devices: consumers should be able to utilize their handheld communications device with whatever wireless network they prefer;
* Open services: third parties (resellers) should be able to acquire wireless services from a 700 MHz licensee on a wholesale basis, based on reasonably nondiscriminatory commercial terms; and
* Open networks: third parties (like Internet service providers) should be able to interconnect at any technically feasible point in a 700 MHz licensee’s wireless network.

Unless Apple has its own complementary poker hand to play, I’d say the game is now Google’s.

Is there really going to be a gPhone by the end of this year?