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                          Every Computer is Distributed

                          My experience with a new LG 5K ultrafine monitor reminded me that modern personal computer systems are collections of computers.
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                          Choosing a Car for it's Infotainment System

                          More and more, car infotainment systems will affect our choice of which car we buy. And car manufacturers aren't ready to compete in that space.
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                          Podcast: Carmine Gallo on The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs

                          This week Scott and I sit down with Carmine Gallo about his new book The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs: Insanely Different Principles for Breakthrough Success. We talked to him a year ago about his ideas on how Steve Job's gives great presentations. The conversation was a lot of fun. Here's the write-up from IT Conversations. Apple's Steve Jobs has a reputation for innovation, particularly with Apple's company slogan of "Think Different". Carmine Gallo wrote a book that reviewed Jobs' presentation secrets and now details his innovation secrets. Gallo discusses his book, including the seven points of innovation followed
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                          iPhone 4 Underwhelmed Me

                          I know, they may take away my Apple Fanboy membership card. But the iPhone 4 that came yesterday hasn't blown me away. Here's my initial thoughts: The camera is better and the flash is nice. But it's still a phone camera, not a real camera. The screen is much clearer than my iPhone 3Gs, but not so much that it enables cool new things. . The glass back looks like one more thing to break. Facetime was fun the one time I did it. I'd probably do it a lot with my kids if they were little. Now, not
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                          My Initial Thoughts on the iPad

                          Image by Tom Raftery via Flickr On Saturday, the UPS truck pulled up to the front of my house and dropped off a couple of iPads (32Gb, no 3G). The driver said they were delivering about 350 of them around Utah County that day. I spent a good part of rest of the weekend playing, exploring, and evalutating it. Here are my initial thoughts. First, as many have already said, the screen is gorgeous and the form factor incredible. The first thing many comment on when they first hold it is: this is beautiful. The device was a little
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                          Exercising Power vs Doing Better Work

                          Paul Graham has a new essay called Apple's Mistake about how badly the AppStore approval process is broken. This line speaks volumes: An organization that wins by exercising power starts to lose the ability to win by doing better work From Apple's MistakeReferenced Mon Nov 23 2009 08:40:31 GMT-0700 (MST) Go read the whole thing and ponder what it means to organizations whose success is measured by the degree to which others use their platform.
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                          OS X Leopard Technical Details

                          Jordan Hubbard, Apple's Director of Engineering of Unix Technologies, spoke at LISA '08 last week. Most people are commenting on the date he gave for the release of Snow Leopard (10.6), the newest version of OS X. I have to admit, I'm ready for some stability improvements, but I was much more intrigued by the details of his talk (PDF). He spent the bulk of his talk on technical features in Leopard (10.5) that many aren't aware of. He starts with a number of security improvements in Leopard: file quarantine, sandbox, package and code signing, application
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                          Better Linking Between the iPhone and Laptops

                          Wouldn't it be nice if Apple would take the screen sharing technology that runs iChat and make it available for the iPhone? I'm sitting in a meeting and it would be nice to use a window on my MacBook Pro as the display for my iPhone. In fact, better linking between the iPhone and Apple computers in general would be nice. I miss things like Sailing Clicker since I moved to the iPhone. The iTunes Remote application is a good start, but it's just that--a start.
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                          Lovin' Genius

                          The latest version of iTunes has something called Genius which automatically creates playlists from a single song. When I downloaded the new version, I turned off the genius sidebar and figured it was something I'd just ignore. I was turned off by the need to genius to upload information about my songs to Apple and the idea that it has such strong tie-ins to iTMS. But yesterday Steve Fulling was raving about it, so I decided to give it a try. In less than 12 hours, I'm a convert. I still hide the sidebar because that's where all the
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                          Waiting for the iPhone--Again!

                          I've had mixed feelings about whether to upgrade my iPhone to the new 3G model. Ultimately, I get three things: 3G, GPS, and 8G more RAM than I have now. None of those alone were enough to tip me and together, they were marginal. Consequently I wasn't all in a tizzy over today's iPhone availability. Still, since I had a few friends who were excited to get one and were coming up to the Apple store in Salt Lake to get one, I figured I'd tag along and maybe pick on up. What I wasn't ready for was 7
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                          iPhones On Campus

                          Abilene Christian University has a program to give all students an iPhone. They've also got a video that shows how the iPhone might be used on campus (the video is conceptual, not factual). I found some of the ideas to be pretty interesting, but wonder how much IT support would be needed to pull them off. For example, in one sequence the students type things into an application running on the iPhone and a tag cloud is built on the projected screen in real time. Slick. The current standard in teaching IT support is Blackboard and anyone who watches
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                          Inside the MacBook Air

                          Have you wondered what it takes to take a MacBook Air apart and what it looks like when you do? Look no further. Here's a step-by-step with high-res photos from iFixIt. The battery isn't trivial to replace, but it's definitely easier than replacing the hard drive on an iMac. I'd do it. Unfortunately, the 80Gb drive is the largest one that will fit. I wondered about that because often Apple's top choice is one size smaller than the current leader in terms of space. I regularly crack open my new MacBook Pros before I've even turned them on to
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                          Unmounting Time Machine Drives

                          I love Time Machine. I've been in the habit of doing full disk backups, but that won't save me from accidentally deleting a file unless I notice before the full disk backup is made. With time machine I'm protected. I still do a full disk back up from time to time so that I have something to boot from and then restore from Time Machine on if my main drive goes belly up. One thing I've noticed: most mornings when I close up my laptop and take it with me for the day, the Time Machine backup disk won't
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                          MacBook Air SSD - Uncertain Performance Gain

                          One of the things that interested me about the Mac Book Air with the solid state drive was the hope that it might give better performance than a standard HDD and even better battery life. According to this review from Ars Technica, the performance gains mixed: [T]he summary is: the SSD does worse in sequential disk tests and writing in general, but spanks the HDD in random disk tests and reading from the disk. From No spin: Ars reviews the MacBook Air with solid state driveReferenced Wed Feb 06 2008 20:58:53 GMT-0700 (MST) What does that translate into? Booting
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                          One Good Reason to Love the iPhone

                          Some people wonder why I love my iPhone. I'll give you one simple reason: In all the years I've owned mobile phones, not one ever got better as it aged. The iPhone has gotten better three times now and promises to do so in the future. Today's bump added pseudo-GPS capability (which seems to work surprisingly well), a user-manageable home page, and multiple SMS recipients. As an aside, my update wasn't seamless. After it tried the first time, it told me I had to do a restore. That worked fine, restoring the software to the latest version and then
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                          Google Apps for the iPhone: Much Improved

                          Apple iPhone(click to enlarge) Since yesterday's announcement that Google had released an iPhone-ready look and feel for it's Google Apps, I've been playing with GMail and Google Reader quite a bit on the iPhone. This is a much improved experience. I'm impressed. The apps are responsive and function well on the reduced real estate of the iPhone screen. Because GMail pre-loads recent messages, clicking on a message to read it brings it up nearly instantaneously. The address fields also auto-complete. I could see myself using GMail on the iPhone instead of the built in Mail application and getting along
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                          How the iPhone is Changing the Wireless Industry

                          Apple iPhone(click to enlarge) The latest issue of Wired Magazine has a great article on the iPhone: The Untold Story: How the iPhone Blew Up the Wireless Industry. Very interesting behind the scenes details and analysis. Here's the summary: The hosannas greeting the iPhone were so overwhelming it was easy to ignore its imperfections. The initial price of $599 was too high (it has been lowered to $399). The phone runs on AT&T's poky EDGE network. Users can't perform email searches or record video. The browser won't run programs written in Java or Flash. But none of that mattered.
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                          Ten Four Reasons Businesses Shouldn't Use the iPhone

                          Apple iPhone(click to enlarge) CIO magazine has a piece on the 10 Reasons IT Should Not Support the Apple iPhone from Forrester Research. I realize we all like lists with numbers and ten is our favorite since we have ten fingers, but only the first four in this list are real reason. The rest are stupid. Let's look at them. The iPhone Doesn't Allow Data on the Device to be Encrypted - with all the problems businesses have with corporate data ending up on stolen or lost devices, I'd have to agree with this. Still, I'd bet the number
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                          Hard Drives and Apple

                          One of the great things about blogging is that it gives you and outlet to vent when you get crappy customer service--heck, I think that drives blogging more than anything. Dave Winer got ripped off in an Apple store yesterday and told the tale on his blog. I've owned, if you count the machines I buy for my students in my research lab, dozens of Apple machines in the last five years. Overall, I find them to be moderately reliable--but I have to admit most of the problems I've had have been on new-release machines. I've never taken my
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                          Taking an iMac Apart

                          I wanted a bigger hard drive in an Intel (Core Duo) 20 inch iMac than the one it had and took advantage of CompUSA's clearance sale to pick up a 750Gb drive. I'd taken the cover off of my G5 iMac plenty of times and it's dirt simple, so I thought I was in for an easy time. I was very wrong. My first clue should have been the separate RAM bay door on the bottom of the machine. No one puts a RAM bay door on a machine that's easy to crack open. Where the back simple lifts
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                          The Optical Disk is Dead

                          My recent travels had me wishing for a lighter bag--that implies a smaller laptop--or no laptop. I'm not ready for the latter, but I'd be happy to give up the optical drive on my laptop to get it. I never use it on the road. I'm willing to plug one in for the rare cases where I use it. I'm ready to jettison optical drives on all portable computers.
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                          Leopard and Mail

                          I was forced to upgrade to Leopard last week by a Tiger update gone bad. I'm not convinced I can blame Apple--I've updated my machine hundreds of times before with nary a fault and I was, without thinking about what was going on, installing a monitor and plugging and unplugging USB devices while the update was underway. I might have messed something up. In any event, I had a problem that I couldn't find enough information to fix (something to do with a file locking problem in the IPv6 code, but I couldn't figure out the file name). Reinstalling
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                          Free Ringtones on iPhone

                          The 1.1.2 update to the iPhone quietly added the ability to add free custom ringtones to the iPhone. The ringtones can be made from any (non-DRM'd) ACC file on your computer. I discovered this accidentally while downloading SoundSource from Rogue Amoeba. They had a new freebie called MakeiPhoneRingtone. Just drop an ACC sound file under 40 seconds onto the app and it puts it in iTunes, ready to be downloaded to the iPhone the next time you sync. Works like a charm.
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                          Spending Loyalty

                          Radiohead is earning customer loyalty while Apple spends it.
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                          Don't Say This About My Product!

                          I don't think I'd want anyone saying this about my product. Can't believe Apple's saying about their own product.
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                          Microsoft Keeps Plugging Away

                          Microsoft release the next Zune to very little fanfare compared with what Jobs generated with even the most recent iPod refresh. For all the crap Microsoft took over the Zune ("oh look! it comes in brown!"), you have to admire the perseverance. The fact is that this is how Microsoft wins lots of battles: "release, watch, redesign, lather, repeat." Office, Outlook/Exchange, and the XBox are all examples of Microsoft powerhouses that were less than exciting in version one. Heck, can you remember Windows 1.0? What a dog. Microsoft has the affluence and smarts to have a long range attitude
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                          Think Similarly

                          This post at CrunchGear showing a 1989 Apple ad encouraging people to "think different" by challenging the status quo, followed by a video about Apple not allowing third party apps on the iPhone touched a nerve following the most recent iPhone update. The latest iPhone update is the first that's fixed anything more than security flaws. There were some minor UI changes--nice to have--and a new icon for the iTunes music store. Besides ruining the symmetry of the application list, the addition really rubbed my nose in the fact that this is a walled garden. "Hey, buy some music
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                          NBC's Troubles

                          NBC has announced that it will open its own download site for it's programs after a dispute with Apple over the price and DRM for its programs on ITMS. There are a lot of people who think NBC is mad to take their shows off of ITMS and maybe they are, but I think NBC and others are bound to explore their options in this brave new world. We call NBC, CBS, ABC, and others "networks" because in the old days they had to worry about distribution because of the limits of technology (VHF television has a 50 mile
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                          Apple Gives $100 to Early Adopters

                          Here's a letter from Steve Jobs saying Apple will grant iPhone early adopters a $100 Apple store credit in light of yesterday's price cut. Dave Winer would have settled for a t-shirt. Frankly, I would have too. Something very cool and commemorative. Maybe with pictures of arrows poking the wearer in the back! I wasn't mad at all about Apple dropping the price. As my pal Steve says in his letter: "That's life in the technology lane." I knew I was an early adopter and there would be bugs, bumps, and price cuts down the road. Still, I'll take
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                          iPhone Copy and Paste

                          No, copy and paste isn't one of the new features in today's iPhone update, it's just a concept video from lonelysandwich. This is a pretty good way to show how it would work--much more effective that text could ever be. I love the voice-over on the iPhone man. Nice. \t\t\tiPhone Copy and Paste from lonelysandwich and Vimeo.
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                          A Metadata Interface for Spreadsheets

                          Mike Farmer asks why spreadsheets (including Apple's new Numbers) don't include ways of getting at data. Now that we have an easy way to assemble our data and make it look great we need a way to get at our favorite data. Imagine for a second, that on the left side of Numbers there is an option for getting your data from a Data Warehouse, Web Site, Web 2.0 interface (i.e. RSS, WebService, etc), or XML & CSV files. Now imagine that you click on one of those and you get a Metadata explorer that shows user friendly views
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                          A First Look at Numbers

                          I just published a first look review of Numbers, Apple's new spreadsheet, at Between the Lines. This is a cool product that points to some changes Excel has long needed. I'm not what you would call a spreadsheet power user, but I do use them a fair bit. I'm going to be using Numbers.
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                          Fake Steve is Outted

                          If you haven't heard, a reporter (Brad Stone) from the NY Times outted Fake Steve. It was a fun ride.
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                          Green Pixel Plague on Apple Displays

                          Doug Kaye has been bitten by the green pixel problem. He blames the display, but I don't think it is that simple. Here's why. I too have been troubled by this problem since I got a 30 inch display. Over that time, however, I've had 4 different Powerbooks or MacBook Pros and they've exhibited different behaviors. One would give me the green pixels every time, all the time. No amount of rebooting or reconnecting the display would fix it. With two, I never saw the problem--not once. With the MacBook Pro I'm using now, I see the problem occasionally,
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                          Shutting Down Dell

                          Now that Apple's market cap is twice that of Dell's ($127.8B vs $63.6B), there's only one logical thing for Dell to do: shut Dell down and give the money back to the shareholders.
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                          iPod Silence is Disconcerting

                          I've got a weird problem with my iPod. It won't play music, podcasts, or anything else I load on it. It's making sound--you can hear the clicks in the head phones. And it thinks it's playing the display shows the song dutifully playing with the progress bar moving along. I can even feel the hard drive spinning up as it starts to play. But no sound comes out. I've checked the volume and looked through the settings. I've restarted the iPod. I've even restored it to factory defaults and reloaded everything. Nothing works. Given that it makes sounds for
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                          Reading News on the iPhone

                          Before the iPhone was released last week, news of an RSS reader for the iPhone started showing up. If you go to http://reader.mac.com/ with a browser, you see the message "This application can only be viewed using the iPhone." Visting it with an iPhone just shows the message "type an RSS URL into your browser" or something like that. I thought "that's lame--they built a whole Web site to tell me to type a URL into by toolbar?" But when you do, the browser automatically redirects to reader.mac.com and displays the RSS as a nice iPhone formated screen. It's
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                          iPhone First Impressions

                          Waiting for the iPhone in SLC at the Apple store(click to enlarge) A little less than a year ago, I asked "what mobile device should I buy?" I received a lot of good advice on different phones, but in the end decided that nothing was quite right. I've had my iPhone for about 60 hours now. For the most part, I've been pretty amazed. Apple set a very high bar and they delivered. Count me as an unabashed fan. When I was waiting in line on Friday, Paul Beebe from the SL Tribune was wandering around talking to people.
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                          iPhone Update

                          I'm number ninety six in line. I'm about half way up, so I expect there's about 200 people here. The Apple guys have been by to pick up trash and hand out slurpees (very nice!). They said we'd "be fine" so I expect that the inventory is good. There's lots of news crews and reporters working the lines as well. People keep showing up. The security guards for the mall came by a while back and gave us "the rules" regarding saving places, etc. People can swap in and out of line, but if they try and save places
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                          In Line for iPhone

                          I'm in line at the SLC Apple store. So far, it's been kind of fun. A little bit of a party atmosphere. The Apple store employees just came by handing out water. Unfortunately, the line is going around the building to the west and so the shade is getting scarce. It's going to be HOT before this is all done. I brought some sunscreen and have been sharing it--gotta make friends to survive.
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                          iPhone Tour

                          I'm watching the 20 minute guided tour of iPhone that Apple posted today. While Amanda might be cheating the word "amazing" it's an excellent word to describe the phone this video shows off. Coupling a large multitouch screen with Apple's legendary design skills clearly makes for a much better phone than anything I've used. Of course, touch is believing in this case and that's still a week away. Still, I can't see how businesses will be able to keep them out of the hands of employees. If you don't want one of these phones after watching the video, I
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                          First iPhone App

                          Want a glimpse of the first iPhone app in the wild? OneTrip is a shopping list application that is built with the iPhone's form factor and multi-touch screen in mind, but will run in Safari on any platform (and apparently Firefox as well). one thing I noticed when I played around with it is that there's no log in. That makes it simple, and cookies are good enough to keep your list around from visit to visit. But the power of a Web-based application lies partially in it's ubiquity. I want to be able to maintain my list on
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                          Cancel or Allow?

                          I have no idea what security feature in Vista this Apple ad is making fun of, but it's still hilarious. I also like seeing the IT guy tape the camera to PCs head in this one. I know IT guys who would really do it that way!
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                          Cisco Sues Apple Over iPhone Name

                          Steve Jobs jumped the gun in announcing the iPhone according to a lawsuit filed today by Cisco. Dan Farber has the entire complaint at Between the Lines. They ought to just call it the Apple Phone. Here's some other related links from Between the Lines: \tCisco explains its decision to sue Apple \tApple picks wrong fight with Cisco; misfires on iPhone trademark \tIf not an Apple iPhone, then what name \tCisco v Apple Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition Complaint \tCisco sues Apple over the iPhone name What's the rest of the story? Apple can't be that stupid. Or can they?
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                          New iMacs Today: Bigger and Cheaper

                          Apple rev'd the iMac today. The two big changes I see: a 24" model and they're cheaper. I'd put in a purchase request for two 20" iMacs for my lab a week ago. With the new ones, I can get the 24" model for just $100 more than my original proposal. A no brainer... Bonus: there's a new batch of ads.
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                          MacBook Pro and the Bleeding Edge

                          One problem with life on the bleeding edge is that there isn't as much infrastructure built up and parts are scarce. Take Apple's MacBook Pro, for example. I've got a gleaming example sitting by my desk that I've been playing with for a few days. It's very fast at some things and Rosetta works well. Too well, perhaps. You might forget to upgrade some G4 apps to native ones because they still work passibly. But, that's another story. Two problems I've run into so far. First, Apple switched to SATA drives for the MacBook Pro. That probably gave them
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                          Apple at 30 Years

                          This weekend marks the 30 year anniversary of Apple. By way of celebration, Larry Magid, of the the series Larry's World on IT Conversations interviewed Lee Felsenstein, an early pioneer in the personal computer space who conducted the Homebrew Computer Club meeting where the Apple I debuted. He not only reviews the history of those early days, but also has strongly held opinions about what makes a personal computer "personal" and is critical of plans for the $100 laptop.
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                          If Microsoft Sold the iPod...

                          This parody of what the iPod packaging would look like if Microsoft sold it is simply too good not to share. Update: The original link apparently isn't working anymore. Here's another, but if that doesn't work for some reason, just go to YouTube and search for ipod repackaging. There's several copies there.
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