Wednesday, August 29, 2012
I'm narrowing in on a vendor that has the software I'm looking for. Bonus points for the vendor for having the authority to resell the software with Apple's blessing. I will post more details about the vendor and purchasing options once the software becomes available for purchase.
In the mean time, check out the video below for a 'live' demo of NeXTStep running on a greyscale NeXT Cube powered by none other than the Motorola 68040 processor. The same processor that was used in the 1991 Apple Macintosh Quadra 900.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
I was playing with my HP/alm TouchPad and came across the 'Homebrew Pivot' patch from the webOS onTap Community Magazine project while browsing Preware.
Once the small patch is applied to your webOS device, the HP App Catalog Pivot feed is modified to point at the onTap magazine feed. You can download and install the Tweaks patch, also available in Preware, to enable or disable the onTap patch and toggle the HP Pivot feed with the onTap homebrew feed.
Right now the onTap writing team is putting the finishing touches on their first issue and should be out in the next week or two. I'll be sure to post an update article when the feed goes live and the first issue is published. The sample pages (see below) that have been developed by the onTap writing staff look just as polished and professional as did the content developed by HP.
As a long time fan of Palm (and Palm support forums moderator and blogger and podcaster) and their products, I'm really interested to see what the editorial staff at onTap has, well, on tap, for us. (Sorry, about the obligatory pun.)
For more information, there are a number of places you can check out online:
webOS Nations Forums
HP's Pivot Spring issue
onTap's Place Holder on the TouchPad
onTap Preview Screen Shots
"Apple [has] announced that Craig Federighi, Apple’s vice president of Mac Software Engineering, and Dan Riccio, Apple’s vice president of Hardware Engineering, have been promoted to senior vice presidents. Federighi and Riccio will report to Apple CEO Tim Cook and serve on Apple’s executive management team."
In the same press release, it was announced that SVP Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield, who announced his retirement earlier this year will be staying on and continue to report directly to Mr. Cook.
Monday, August 27, 2012
My first generation Apple TV is now connected the TV in my girl's room. They don't have a cable box so this gives them a way to watch TV shows and movies that my wife and I can monitor. But the first generation Apple TV was released in a time before 1080p and there is lots of HD content in the iTunes Store now.
I recently ran into a problem where a late episode of Discovery's Mythbusters. Regardless of what I tried, the episode wouldn't sync. Naturally, I ran to Google.com and started searching for answers.
I couldn't find any.
Then I realized that the episode was only showing an "HD" icon, and not the "HD SD" icon. SD being "standard definition," the 720p version of the show that the original Apple TV can play. And there was my light bulb moment. When I purchased the episode, I purchased the HD version to watch on my MacBook Pro or my living room third generation Apple TV. I needed the SD version so my kids could watch it in their room. Aha!
Once I downloaded the SD version of the shows, the episodes synced up to the first generation Apple TV normally.
So the lesson that I learned here is when you are purchasing HD content and you plan to use it on a first generation Apple TV make sure you go back and download the SD version of the show or movie if it doesn't automatically download.
To learn more about the Apple TV, in all it's versions, check out the Apple TV Wikipedia page.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Earlier this afternoon I finally got around to installing the Mountain Lion 10.8.1 update on my mid-2009 MacBook Pro.
NeXT's operating system software, NextStep 3 and OpenStep 4 wouldn't be installed directly on my Mac hardware, but rather I'd install it as a guest OS in Parallels or Fusion. The problem, really, is that legal copies of NeXT's software is hard to come by and my knowledge of UNIX and Linux is painfully low.
The Mac On Intel blog looks like a good place to get started.
If I'm going to get this done by October 5, it's going to take a lot of long nights and help from the community. Can I do it? I don't know, but I'll give it a try.
If you have some NeXT OpenStep experience running inside Parallels or Fusion, hit me up on Twitter with the handle @alanmgrassia.
The red smart cover is leather and you can feel the difference over the polyurethane covers both in weight and in flexibility. The leather cover feels more sturdy and a little bit heavier than my previous grey poly cover.
All in all, I'm pretty happy with the purchase. For more details, check out the Apple website.
My long time readers shouldn't worry, I'm not planning a defection any time soon. I'm still an Apple fan boy and I still very much love using Small, Medium, and Large; more commonly referred to as my iPhone 4S, iPad 3 (ok, ok, 'the new iPad', sheesh!!), and my 17-inch MacBook Pro.
So what's with all of this Android mind share then? It just seems that everywhere I look, there is an Android powered something or someone is asking me about whether to get a Samsung or an iPhone. And then there are the technology blogs, newspapers, magazines, podcasts, and all the rest that are talking about Android. Oh, and let's not forget the little spat between Apple and Samsung that is going on right now.
But the truth is, and by 'truth' I'm really talking about my 'opinion' here, is that copied or not, there are a number of interesting things going on with mobile devices running Google's mobile OS.
A good friend was over last night with his Samsung Galaxy S II and was talking about all the things that he does with it: file sharing, document and email printing, game playing, interfacing with the computers at work, and yes, the obligatory email and web surfing. Granted, that he is what many of you would call a 'computer geek' and did 'root' his phone, still, the enthusiasm was there.
About a week ago, a co-worker was asking me about whether or not to get an iPhone 4S or a Samsung Galaxy S III. Connie has an iPad 2, and while she didn't specifically say, I'm willing to bet that her high school age or older children both have iPod touches or iPhones too. The query came from a desire to have the 'best' phone. Since we were sitting in a conference room helping ourselves to a free pizza lunch, the other people in the room chimed in on the conversation. After about a 10 minute discussion, we all agreed that the phone from Samsung was a good phone, that there was an ability to reuse applications from the iPad on the iPhone, but at the end of the day, it came down to costs and not features or vendor lock-in. She had American Express card reward points to use and they were offering a free AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III. Not amount of marketing and jockeying for customer mind share can complete with 'free.'
And there was an article I was reading about the Samsung Galaxy Note for T-Mobile. Anyone else seeing a trend developing here? Anyway, I was intrigued about the Note. The device is massive. It measures in at 5.78 x 3.26 x 0.37 inches. (Not that I'm thinking about it, the Galaxy S III is almost just as big at 5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches.)
The interesting thing about this device is that it's what I'd call a 'tween' device. It fits in between a smartphone and a 7-inch tablet like the Google Nexus 7. Who knows if that category of device will take off or not. I'm sure many people will want to use a device that size, but the question is are there enough people to make it a viable market or not. Will have to stay tuned to find out.
The market has spoken and by and large, it's a two horse race: Apple's iOS and Google's Android. The device you pick is your choice to make. For me, iOS will be my mobile OS of choice. There are a lot of good things happening with Android, and it is just as powerful and functional as iOS.