So I said I don’t care about the Apple T.V., and I’m sticking to my word. I don’t see why it’s necessary to spend that much money on a device that doesn’t provide a high level of functionality. To be more specific, a functionality that you cant recreate through any number of other means. However, I am somewhat turned on by recent development that Joost can be run through the Apple T.V. For those who aren’t in the know, as I am, Joost is a on-line T.V. service currently still in the beta stage of development. I’m actually more interested in Joost than anything else, but the idea that cable subscription services may become obsolete is somewhat comforting.


So this is exciting. EMI Has announced that it will be offering its entire music library (that which is already on iTunes) DRM free. Its good to see the record industry respond to consumer/retailers advice and do whats good for them. It looks like it is going to cost you 30 cents more per song, but between a few friends that’s nothing. Happy music sharing.

Oh, and for those who care, this doesn’t include the Beatles catalog, yet.


The Apple TV is shipping today. At long last, everyone I know with a plasma t.v. and surround sound in their living room can watch their grainy ass pirated copies of Fragle Rock in the luxury. Thank God.

I don’t get it. Even if the Apple TV provides some functionality that you’re really jonesing for, there are plenty of other options available.


This article from AppleInsider outlines a rumored redesign of Apple’s iMac line of computers. I’d be excited if I hadn’t purchased and iMac in the last six months. Instead I just feel stupid and worthless.


Quicksilver

18Mar07

I’ve been using Quicksilver for quite some time now, and it has become an integral part of my setup. On the surface, Quicksilver seems like a very simple application, but when you get to exploring its many capabilities, you quickly realize how useful/powerful it actually is. The purpose of the program is to allow you to perform your most basic computing tasks without taking our hands off the keyboard, thus cutting down the time it takes to perform those mundane tasks. It all starts with the most basic actions, like opening and closing programs, but before you know it, you’re navigating iTunes and writing emails without opening any other programs. Here’s a link to a really good run down of Quicksilver and getting started with it. I strongly support doing so.

P.S. – For more information and more sophisticated uses for Quicksilver, see 43folders.com. Merlin Mann has a real jones for the program.


I just ran across this article from Merlin Mann’s website 43folders.com. Very funny.


Not that I’ve been looking too hard, but I’ve often wondered why no one had put out a third party Apple remote. I just assumed that there would be a whole slew of more functional of not more jazzy remotes released to capitalize on the ever growing market for Apple accessories. Nevertheless, the first of my knowledge is here, and I lust say it is pretty neat. It’s called Rex, and is produced by the company Sik. As this TUAW post explains, it has all the same functions of the regular remote, but slides into the express card slot on the MacBook Pros, making it easy to carry around. I find this to be especially practical as the Pros lack the space for the regular remote to magnetize to the computer, a feature that you find on the MacBooks.