No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, my faithful readers. I’ve been devoting all my spare time into a full site redesign. I’ve got the new look and feel done, and I’m working my way through re-skinning all the content. Stay Tuned…
A cool story on wired about Delicious Monster, a software company that just sits in a coffee shop all day rather than getting a real office. Sounds like a cool idea, but I don’t think I’d get anything done. I’d go broke on mochas long before I ever
turned a profit.
Delicious Monster’s main product is Delicious Library, a media cataloging tool for OSX. Nothting too exciting, except for one standout feature. It has some image capture glue built in that lets you use your iSight webcam to read barcodes.
Utica, New York, my home town recently proclaimed itself the birth place of chicken riggies, according to this article. Strangely, I have chicken riggies before, but never in Utica. Chicken riggies for the uneducated is just rigatoni pasta with chicken in a hot pepper tomato sauce. Pretty good stuff, but a little too hot for my digestive track. I’ll be sure to make it back home for Riggiefest, coming this May.
Utica (New York that is, there are also Utica’s in Michigan and Mississippi, and some other states, I believe) has had its name in lights so to speak many times. Its been mentioned a couple of times on the Simpsons (a very cool website, by the way) and in more than one Stephen King story.
Apple has been hard at work at some new projects:
Is the iPod MINI not quite small enough for you? How about the iPod Shuffle? Its a flash based Mp3 player that’s even smaller than the MINI; basically its the size of USB key drive. Note there’s a little extra Apple brand humor on the Ipod Shuffle page; there’s a foot note in the caption for the image that gives a size comparison of the Ipod Shuffle versus a pack of gum that tells users Do Not Eat iPod Shuffle. Bah doom tish! Pretty reasonably priced at $99 for 512Mb and $149 for 1Gb. After my excellent experience with iPod MINI, I think Apple is gonna have another winner with the shuffle.
More in the less is more department at Apple… Introducing the Mac mini. Reminiscent of the mac cubes from a few years ago, the mac mini is a cute little brick. Beyond in the small form factor, it also breaks into new territory for apple, low cost! At $499 (sans keyboard, mouse, and display), its by far the lowest cost mac ever. I think this will bring a lot of closet mac fans out. Personally, I’ve always like macs for their coolness factor and the fact that OS-X is very slick and stable. I’m interested enough to give one a shot, especially if I can use my own USB keyboard/mouse, and VGA monitor. I’ll have schedule a trip to the local Apple retail store and mess with one in person.
Did you know that you can add search types to the FireFox search gadget? I never noticed the add engines item at the bottom of the search list. There are a ton of other handy searches available. I added amazon.com, cddb.org and m-w.org to my list. Very Handy!
I was in CompUsa the other day and spotted a new 30″ Apple Cinema Display. Running at a staggering 2560×1600 resolution, it seems to provide acres of desktop real estate. Man, I would love to have one. But, at $3,000 I don’t see it ever happening. Hmm, $3,000 is more than all of the PC stuff I own at the moment cost new.
The Dave Matthews Band put up a new site to promote their next album. Not much to see other than a decent video that has some sound bites from all the band members. The teaser bits of new songs in the video sound interesting. The band has switched to another pop producer (Mark Batson), I hope they have better results than with their Everyday album. Stay tuned…
Interesting article on NYT, Remember When You Wanted Your Own Ms. Pac-man? on the growing popularity of owning your own arcade games. I’d still love to have a decent condition 80’s style game, but with both space and funds lacking at the moment, plans are on hold for now. MAME, gives you some of the flavor of the original games, but they’re just not the same without the standup cabinet and trusty mushroom joystick.