In the following NASA video, enjoy a new view of Earth at night...
Any frequent visitor knows how much I like all things space. Well this is one of the best (sorry that it's flash based)...
A humorous video has popped up asking for heaters for Norway.
More at http://www.africafornorway.no/
I found this through a nice article over at NPR about how the video challenges the way stereotypes are often used in aid videos for Africa.
Rocket Science described in the 1,000 most commonly used words...
I'm excited about today's iPad announcements. In fact, I'm excited about all of Apple's announcements today. My iPad 1 is "showing its age" mainly because Apple doesn't offer an upgrade to iOS6 for the device. But I don't need an iPad. Mine is working well enough. But a smaller iPad? That's something I might just consider. Especially when the price is as low as $329. I think $329 will prove to be a "tipping point" where people considering Kindle Fires and Google Nexus 7 tablets will walk right by and pick iPad which while more expensive is also considerably bigger.
Holding my iPad 1 for reading is a bit like holding a heavy hardcover book. Not comfortable but infinitely more comfortable than reading on a tiny iPhone display or reading on a cumbersome notebook type device. I expect holding the iPad mini to be like a paperback book. Lighter, smaller, easier to hold and still very readable. In fact, it turns out the screen isn't all that much smaller than the full sized iPad 2 and iPad 4. So interacting with apps should still be finger friendly. When will I get one? I'm not sure. But it's a given that I'll be getting my hands on one some time soon.
Chrome just crashed and took this entire article to davy jone's locker so I'm typing it again. Darn.
Anyway I ordered an iPhone 5 a few weeks back and watched with interest while it worked its way from China through Anchorage, AK, Louisville, KY through customs and to my local UPS store for pickup. I got it this afternoon and wanted to get the thing set up right away. Sorry. No unboxing photos, but there are already dozens if not thousands up already. My phone came almost fully charged and not scratched one bit.
Then I turned it on to find it was almost fully charged. I logged in to iCloud and hit "restore." I should pause here to talk about my chat with AppleCare last night...
I called AppleCare yesterday evening to go over the upgrade process. In the old days. I mean the really old days of Palm before NVFS, I could do a brain transplant to a new device in a matter of minutes. So I asked the guy whether I had to use the cable and deal with iTunes or if everything would "just come back". He said the apps wouldn't come back. He made it sound like I'd get to spend countless hours in the app store trying to remember whether this purchased item or that purchased item was recently on my phone or something I'd already deleted. Not to mention dragging everything around to recreate all the folders I had on my old phone. He put me on hold a second to go find out that... yes indeed. I could simply restore and absolutely everything (but music) would come back. Fine. That's what I wanted to hear....
I finally found a car I can drive to exact revenge on all those teenagers with those subwoofers in their cars. Perhaps a nice rendition of "Stars and Stripes Forever" at 97 decibels will do the trick. Photo originally appeard on engadget.
I've been limping along with a 2008 Macbook. I put a hybrid SSD inside. I put in 6GB of RAM. I tried a full SSD but I must have picked a bad brand or perhaps it was defective because the Agility 4 sent my Macbook to pinwheel kingdom. I was happy to be back on the hybrid SSD. Then I got iOS 6 and shared photostreams. I really would like to manage them from my main machine not just my phone. And that means Mountain Lion. Of course, there's other reasons for me to want ML but shared photostreams is certainly one of them.
I've been trolling he refurb list at apple.com. I found the anti-glare MBP from 2011 for $1800. It used to be over $2000. It was tempting. Sort of. Then I wandered in to Microcenter and saw the same machine for $1599. Wow. That's $200 cheaper than an Apple refurb and this one is new in box, eligbile for Mountain Lion up to date, full warranty and everything. I was tempted last year when this thing came out but I decided I could wait. Well I waited. At 30% off, I convinced myself now was the time. MC tried to sell me an accidental damage policy for $450. That would have wiped out the money I had just saved so I told them "no thanks". I also picked up 8 GB of DDR3-1333 RAM but I'll wait a few days to crack my machine open and put it in.
Microcenter also had 2 lower priced models on sale for $1399 and $1299 respectively but they were sold out today when I went to pick mine up. I had several criteria in mind. I wanted quad core for faster performance during video transcoding and facial recognition. I wanted to avoid any "bottom feeding" since that has led to me owning several Macs that can't run Mountain Lion. In a few years, I'm sure Apple will cook up some new secret sauce to kick the cheap machines "off the island".
Another thing I wanted was the new trackpad. I've been living with the pre-multi-touch trackpad for a long time and every time I play with the trackpad on somebody's newer Mac or in the Apple store, I'm convinced it's better than what I deal with now which is an external BT mouse.
I've been considering the iPhone 5 mostly as a better performing camera that will outperform the "never ready" camera in my iPhone 4. For me, 4G was mostly a "nice to have". Today, I found out it's a "not to have" in Michigan. Despite all those At&t commercials extolling more 4G in more places than Verizon, when it comes down to it, I have to drive 4 hours to use the 4G LTE on an iPhone 5. On money.cnn.com, they have an excellent chart that compares LTE rollout between Verizon, At&t and Sprint. For anybody considering iPhone 5, it's a big eye-opener.
At&t is fond of showing their 4G map "all colored in" but I now realize that the 4G LTE coverage is only indicated by those rather sparsely isolated yellow dots. **
UPDATE: After I hit "publish" on this post only a few hour ago, Engadget did an article saying At&t LTE was live in the "Detroit metro area" and sure enough, the image on the At&t web site is now updated to show Detroit and Grand Rapids added to the list of "coming soon" cities. So strictly speaking the CNN story is still accurate if you don't take the "coming soon" cities into account.
The good news is that if I pick up an iPhone 5 in the coming weeks, I won't be waiting around 'till 2013 to use LTE.