Thursday, December 29, 2005

Nano thoughts

Well, I've been playing around with my Nano for a few days, and I absolutely love it. It serves the exact purpose I wanted it to serve; to carry all of my favourite songs, instead of my entire library (we'll let my 3G iPod do that), in something that is not only sexy, but also weighs next to nothing, so I can hardly feel it, even when it's hanging around my neck. The flash-based memory is a BIG plus too; instant load times and no hard drive glitches, brilliant.

I haven't been able to find one of those Podstar devil cases yet (see previous post), but I'm still looking. In the meantime, I picked up one of these leather Capdase cases; which I find really sleek and good looking, and it's a perfect fit as well; thumbs up.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Nano

So...Christmas has come for Apple Whore. I just got my hands on a new, 2GB, white iPod Nano. I'm gonna take this baby for a spin, but first I'm going case shopping tomorrow. I want one of these Podstar cases, but might have some trouble finding one...I hope I run into some place that carries them.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

God's Keynote Speech

Here's a little gem I came across whilst listening to the MacCast; it's a little audio skit, featuring a Jobs-esque keynote speech, delivered by God. It's from The Catholic Insider, a podcast from the perspective of a priest. I found it incredibly amusing, and definitely think it's worth checking out if you're an Apple enthusiast. I love the little stabs at Windows and how accurately the keynote style is reproduced.

Here's a link to the keynote:
  • God's Keynote Speech


  • This is the site you can find it on, if you're interested:
  • The Catholic Insider
  • Saturday, December 24, 2005

    Happy Holidays!

    Seasons greetings!

    Things have been quiet in the buildup to Macworld, but one issue that's popped up is how to get video onto the 5G iPod. How, oh how do we convert our .avi's and other video formats to iPod compatible formats? There's a bunch of third party software out there, most of which isn't free, sucks or leaves a watermark on your video unfortunately, and Quicktime Pro is both not only incredibly slow, but I also haven't figured out how to consistently convert (for free) to iPod compatible H.264 or MPEG-4 formats that contain both audio and video.

    Though I approve of Apple's long-term strategy, employing the iPod to get 3rd parties and media producers to switch to H.264, it'd be cool to be able convert all video extensions to formats playable on iTunes right now. I don't know that much about this area, unfortunately. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    Tuesday, December 20, 2005

    To buy or not to buy?

    We're now less than a month away from Macworld, and the web is rife with rumours, the hottest of which being of course whether or not Apple will release its Intel Macs in January, instead of June as Jobs originally set out. All indications point to a 'yes, they will' answer, but regardless of this, an interesting point was raised by my dad the other day.

    Apple will release its Intel systems this coming year, be it January or June. The question is, would it be worth buying some Macs still running the PowerPC chips before the new chips are fully introduced? Or do we wait and splash out for Intel systems in preparation for the future? Presumably, value would drop once the new systems are unveiled, but aside from money, there's a point to be made about performance.

    So software developers have been advised to switch to XCode and write all future software with Universal Binaries, providing support for both PowerPC and Intel architechture. However, the new Intel systems won't be able to run a lot of old PowerPC software natively, and instead are going to have to rely on Rosetta to translate. But at the same time, presumably developers will stop optimising their new software and updates for PowerPC architecture. So what we might see I think is a dip in performance on the new Intel systems when it comes to running PowerPC native software, but a dip in performance on the PowerPCs when it comes to running new software.

    Either way, firstly, if PowerPC system prices drop, buying one would basically be getting a great system for cheaper than it's worth. Secondly, there is a higher resale value for older, used Macs than old crapboxes...sorry, PCs...and if the current PowerPCs meet your needs, it certainly does sound tempting to go for it.

    So...to buy or not to buy?

    Worries dispelled. First Post.

    Thought this would make an appropriate first post, to sum up what this blog will be all about. When I have a bit more time I'll work on the layout.

    I'd just like to extend a warm greeting to Creative, I thought they might have been onto something when they created the Zen Vision:M and marketed it like this (albeit minus the iPod sexy factor).



    Pretty sleek looking, eh?

    Instead, it turns out that in reality Creative's new product looks like this when placed next to the masterpiece they're trying to replace:



    That is why Apple has 92% market share and Creative has 2.3%. And I was actually worried for a few weeks about this.

    Shame on them. I used to like Creative products.

    Apple forever baby.