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Bluetooth! Bluetooth! Bluetooth!

A good article over at O’Reilly’s Mac Dev Center on Bluetooth:
What Is Bluetooth (apparently not a question, though)
Talks about what you might use Bluetooth for and how to get it rolling on Mac, Windows, and Linux.
Sadly, this passes for a blog post by me these days. Maybe this picture of Macy [...]

My “one more thing” prediction

My prediction for Apple’s special event on the 12th? Sales of Pixar videos through the iTunes Music Store in a manner similar to music buys. Also maybe someone else’s videos.
No new iPod hardware.
No G5 PowerBook (nor ever, methinks).
The G4 PowerBooks will get a speed bump nearer the end [...]

Blue in the Tooth

I’ve been getting a fair amount of questioning about Bluetooth lately, so I figured I’d post about why it’s so cool, how it’s not entirely geeky, and what I do with it.
The Good
The cool part about Bluetooth is that it’s just supposed to make peripherals easier. Phone, keyboard, mouse — all of [...]

Still happy

I’m still definitely happy with our Speakeasy service for DSL and VoIP. I’m looking into possibly setting up a little server at home again and using them for secondary DNS, but that will have to wait until I have some extra geek time. But I wanted to relate a customer service experience that [...]

eBay Scoops Skype

Cross-posted from my work blog.
I’ve read this morning that eBay has agreed to buy Skype, the fastest-growing provider of VoIP services, for anywhere from $2.6 to $4.1 billion dollars. Now Skype is cool, don’t get me wrong, but something doesn’t sound right about the angle the press is taking on the deal.
I’m [...]

More on AirPort goodies

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Macs now have a nice AirPort network manager. Here’s another good article from the AirPort Blog with more detail:
Using Tiger’s Preferred Network List

Yes. Yes, yes, yes.

Michelle tells me we now have internet at home again (Speakeasy DSL, by the way — highly recommend so far.) I’ve been basically offline at home since the end of July, so this is a welcome change. I’ll be setting up the wireless tonight.

The new Windows

Two things really made me smile today.
First, Mac is making inroads in corporate use. Here’s a survey that shows upwards of 20% usage in some places. [via Slashdot]
Second, Microsoft announced Longhorn’s official name today: Microsoft Vista. I’m really trying not to shoot them down too much, but I really [...]

Firefox/open source FUD

FUD: Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. Often used in connection with open source projects to scare people into sticking with known, but sometimes unsafe, proprietary software. Not always intentional, unless you count unnecessary sensationalism in tech journalism.
Background: the Spread Firefox website is built on Drupal which is the same software that [...]

Mac OS X 10.4.2 Update and New Airport Options

Finally, a nice wireless network manager in OS X! Airport has always been good (and sure enough better than anything on Windows or Linux) but there was never a way to reset a known network so that you won’t connect to it in the future. This was particularly difficult if you joined someone’s [...]