Apple WWDC Keynote

Apple WWDC, 2004, San Francisco, Keynote

So I only live about a block from the Moscone Center, the home of this years Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). Unfortunately I didn’t have the $1,600 it takes to get in. It sucks to be so close… yet so far. I actually though about trying to forge a badge and sneak in (geek).

Apple has really done up the Moscone Center nicely, cool banners and such. I’ll probably walk down there later today and take a few pics.

Anyway, if you’re like me (an Apple freak) and couldn’t go either, Apple has made this years keynote, by Steve Jobs, available online.

[ watch keynote ]

Liquid cooled Macs

Apple Powermac G5

A Boston Globe article looks at the current state of liquid cooling options for personal computers, including some notes about Apple’s new liquid-cooled PowerMac G5. “Liquid cooling isn’t a feature you’ll find on many computers, but Apple likes to stay out in front. Indeed, the company is touting its new liquid-cooled machine as an engineering triumph. Perhaps it is, but it is one born of necessity. The dual microprocessors that drive the new G5 run hot — so hot that the old cooling system was no longer adequate.”

[ more ]

Mac OS X ‘Tiger’

Mac OS X 'Tiger'

Tiger keeps up Apple’s blazing pace of innovation with more than 150 breakthrough new features, including Spotlight, a revolutionary new way to find files and information on your personal computer; Safari RSS, a new version of Apple’s innovative web browser that provides instant access to the most current RSS information on the web; Dashboard, a dazzling new way to get in and out of a collection of new all-purpose “widgets” quickly; and iChat AV multi-way video and audio conferencing, the industry’s first consumer solution with a stunning 3D interface.

[ ]

New Apple Displays

Apple Cinema Displays

Announced today (and I want one!):
Feast your eyes on more than four million pixels in the first high-resolution 30-inch flat panel display designed for the personal computer. The Apple Cinema Display line features a gorgeous new anodized aluminum enclosure to complement the Power Mac G5 or PowerBook G4 and includes PC-compatible 20-inch and 23-inch models. The state of the art starts at $1299.

[ ]

Retrieve email information from Apple’s Address Book

— From Mac OSX Hints
“Recently, I needed a plaintext list of all emails in my Address Book. Although Address Book has exporting capabilities, it exports all contact information. Needing only email addresses, I did the following:

  1. In create a new message
  2. In Address Book, select all contacts (Command-A) and drag them to the To: field in Mail’s new message window
  3. Select the To: field and select all recipients (Command-A)
  4. Paste the resulting comma-separated email addresses wherever needed
  5. Last, but not least, delete new message without sending (unless you have something really important to communicate with everyone you know).”

Apple PDA

Apple Insider recently covered Steve Jobs’ comments at this week’s “D: All Things Digital” conference, including a remark by Steve that Apple recently developed a PDA but decided not to ship it.

During a Q&A session, one individual pleaded with Jobs (as he clenched his Treo), begging for Apple to produce a PDA/Phone hybrid. Jobs told the audience member it would be best to remain happy with his Treo.

That’s a BIG bummer ! :( :( :(

[ more ]

Apple – AirPort Express

Apple's Airport Express

Today Apple announced ‘Airport Express’. The world’s first mobile 802.11g base station. Plug it right into the wall for wirless internet and USB printing. Throw it in your laptop bag for wireless hotel rooms. Connect its audio output to a stereo and wirelessly stream your iTunes music to any room in the house.

Mac + PC Just $129

Looks very cool!

[ Apple – AirPort Express ]

60 GIG iPod?

Toshiba today announced that it will offer a 60GB version of its 1.8-inch hard drive in the coming months and that Apple has already placed its order. Cindy Lee, deputy manager of Toshiba’s hard disk drive division, said the drive will enter mass production during July or August. All three iPod models (15GB, 20GB, and 40GB) use Toshiba drives, while the iPod mini uses a 4GB 1-inch drive from Hitachi. Lee noted that Toshiba is currently shipping 350,000 of the 1.8-inch drives per month to Apple.

Entourage vs. Mail, iCal, and Address Book

So I’m in the process of switching from Apple’s ‘mail’, ‘iCal’, and ‘address book’ to Microsoft’s ‘Entourage’. It totally sucks though. I actually really like iCal and address book, I just don’t like Apple’s It’s not quite up to snuff. I have PC based clinets who were getting blank emials from me, or attachments that were embeded, and they couldn’t save them to their drive. I hate to use Entourage just for email, because that kind of defeats the purpose (and benefits) of using the all-in-one app. On the other hand I really don’t like the idea of giving up my .Mac synchronization if I don’t use iCal / address book. I really like having the ability to keep my desktop and laptop in sync, with little or no effort. But, Enourage’s new ‘Project Center’ is awesome. It’s so nice being able to link contacts, calender items, tasks, emails, and files in one central location.

There are a lot of other little ups and downs to both systems. Why, oh why, can’t I just have one solution that does everything I want? Is that to much to ask? :)