Smooth Like a Baby’s Butt: My Brushed iPod

Well I did it …I got bored and decided to “fix” my iPod by giving it the brushed look. No more gross finger print smudges on this baby anymore. Yes, I know the pictures suck…give me a break. It’s pretty hard to take pictures of something that reflects so much light. So deal tongue wink

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Xbox 360 Blowout!!

Xbox.com :: Xbox 360: Fact Sheet

<a href="http://www.xbox.com/en-US/xbox360/peripheralsfactsheet.htm&quot; title="

Xbox 360 Peripherals Fact Sheet”>Xbox 360 Peripherals Fact Sheet

OH MY GOD big surprise  cool grin big surprise  cool grin big surprise  cool grin

I am far too bouncy right now to write anything of length…I will write more tomorrow when I have absorbed and processed all this information…but again, OH MY GOD.

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Caption: A very early example of the graphics of the Xbox 360.

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Caption:The Xbox 360 and the new controllers.

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Caption: A closeup of the new wireless controllers.

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Caption:The Xbox 360 with come with a portable 20GB removable hard drive.

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Microsoft about to debut antivirus tools?

Microsoft about to debut antivirus tools?

Speculation among security industry sources suggests that Microsoft may be preparing to introduce its standalone antivirus software next week.

Industry watchers said Thursday that the software giant very well could take the wraps off its emerging security product plans in a scheduled announcement on Monday…At least one security expert said that Microsoft is readying a shrink-wrapped antivirus package that it will offer through retail channels for “significantly less” than $25.

Over the last two years, Microsoft has amassed a range of different security technologies via a string of acquisitions. In February 2005, the company purchased Sybari Softwarepurchased anti-spyware specialist Giant Company Software, and in 2003 the company bought GeCad, through which it picked up technology and staff to develop an antivirus “engine,” or core software that recognizes malicious code.

Wow…I will definitely be watching for this one. This apparently has come out of no where which is the interesting thing. Every suspected this, but until this speculation there hasn’t been any recent gossip regarding the AV program. We’ll see Monday.

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Digital Web Magazine – Web 2.0 for Designers

Digital Web Magazine – Web 2.0 for Designers

To summarize, these are what we see as the six main themes covering design in the Web 2.0 world:

1. Writing semantic markup (transition to XML)

2. Providing Web services (moving away from place)

3. Remixing content (about when and what, not who or why)

4. Emergent navigation and relevance (users are in control)

5. Adding metadata over time (communities building social information)

6. Shift to programming (separation of structure and style)

A very interesting read for all you aspiring web developers out there.

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Does Apple get away with things Microsoft could not?

Does Apple get away with things Microsoft could not?

Imagine this scenario: Longhorn comes out and Windows Movie Maker, Remote Desktop, and Outlook Express were no longer part of the OS.  Instead, Microsoft included them in a seperate $70 package. And then imagine that Longhorn was essentially a Windows XP Service Pack 3 with a bundled Google Desktop Search like function, a Lite version the DesktopX Run-Time, and a few other niceties.  How do you think people would react? How do you think the media would react?  Probably not with glowing praise.

But that’s exactly what has happened with Apple.  A few years ago, Apple was touting MacOS X as the way to make movies and DVDs and manage your photos and other such things. It included a pretty nice DVD making program and a pretty strong movie making program.  But as the latest version of MacOS X shows, Apple has no problem removing significant programs from its OS and charging for them seperately. Some might say that’s the ultimate “bait and switch”.  Whatever you want to call it, I think most would agree that if Microsoft had done the same thing, there’d probably be something just short of a riot.

Well I am glad someone else is talking about this so I can just quote this person and say that I whole-heartedly agree. This way there is proof I am not the only one who feels this way. If you want an example of this, consider that the fact that every single service pack that Microsoft has ever released for a piece of software they wrote has been free. Now consider the fact that “every major upgrade”…pfft…that’s funny….coming from Apple has been for pay (They paid for 10.0, then 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4).

Anyways, for any of you Apple Fan Boys…you may not want to read this article…it may make you question the meaning of life.  LOL 

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Browsing with Lynx

I am just bored enough to be browsing around my blog using Lynx. If you don’t know what Lynx is I will explain. It is a text-only web page browser. This is how the internet used to look before modern web browsers. Basically, the only thing that is displayed is the text and links of your website. Believe or not, there is some actual reason behind doing this, besides boredom. Using the text-only web browser allows you to see your website’s structure with no CSS or other styling applied. Yes, this is simple to do in Firefox, but that wouldn’t be nearly as cool. smile

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Exclusive: Internet Explorer v7.0 Build 0719

Yes, These have been comfirmed by an inside source to be real images of an internal Alpha build of Internet Explorer 7 (IE7). Don’t ask for a link, I don’t have one to give, these are just images…that’s all I have for the time being.  cool smirk

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Xbox 360 specs and next-gen Xbox Live details blowout!

Xbox 360 specs and next-gen Xbox Live details blowout!

shock shock shock shock

Now, it seems a full list of Xbox 360 specs and Xbox Live details has been leaked. This list comes from a thread on the Team Xbox forums (the thread has since been deleted), and the TXB poster originally got it from another un-named forum.

2 types of Xbox Live:

Xbox Live Silver (no subscription required)

Xbox Live Gold (subscription benefits)

Features for Gold service

(S) Also for Silver

(O) Also for Offline

{ … Some boring Xbox Live Stuff… }

The Hardware:

1. Support for DVD-video, DVD-Rom, DVD-R/RW, CD-DA, CD-Rom, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA CD, MP3 cd, JPEG photo CD

2. All games supported at 16:9, 720p and 1080i, anti-aliasing

3. Customizable face plates to change appearance

4. 3 USB 2.0 ports

5. Support for 4 wireless controllers

6. Detachable 20GB drive

7. Wi-Fi ready

Custom IBM PowerPC-based CPU

– 3 symmetrical cores at 3.2 GHz each

– 2 hardware threads per core

– 1 VMX-128 vector unit per core

– 1 MB L2 cache

CPU Game Math Performance

– 9 billion dots per second

Custom ATI Graphics Processor

– 500 MNz

– 10 MB embedded DRAM

– 48-way parallel floating-point shader pipelines

– unified shader architecture

Memory

-512 MB GDDR3 RAM

– 700 MNz DDR

Memory Bandwidth

– 22.4 GB/s memory interface bus bandwidth

– 256 GB/s memory bandwidth to EDRAM

– 21.6 GB/s frontside bus

Audio

– Mulitchannel surround sond output

– Supports 48khz 16-bit audio

– 320 independent decompression channels

– 32 bit processing

– 256+ audio channels

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Site News: Monday the 9th

Well, I’ve been playing around with this new plugin for EE that provides an easy method of assigning Keywords to individual entries. These keywords can then be grouped, displayed, or used to aid in searching for a specific topic. Also, there is another new EE plugin that does something called weighting. Basically, it calculates the number of entries in each category (for example) and then changes the font size relative to more popular categories. This same technique can be applied to the Keywords I was just talking about. These are both still very much in testing and are still quite ugly to look at, but I thought I would share these for people to play with and break (Lara smile ). Let me know what you think.

[Edit] Yes, I know the spacing is a bit funky still, I am well aware of that. [/Edit]

Keywords:

Keywords

Categories:

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