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Monday, January 02, 2006

Happy 2006

Another year has come and gone. This year in California it started with rain and high winds. I live in the hills of moreno valley in California and today the high winds blew off the solar heating panels for my pool off the roof.
* BTW solar panels where mounted on the backyard side of the roof, this is the front yard*


As well as knock down my lamp and turn my canopy into a pile of metal




O.k. so my 2nd day in the new year wasn't the best, but what the hell, there's good things to look forward to and Apple started off well with IDG's InfoWorld, the leading integrated media brand for strategic technology decision-makers, today officially announcing the recipients of its 2006 Technology of the Year honors, which recognizes 46 products across 45 categories.

Apple clinched the OS category, and the Quad G5 got best workstation!

OPERATING SYSTEMS

Best Client Operating System: Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger
Best Server Operating System: Mac OS X Server v10.4

SYSTEMS
Best Workstation: Apple Power Mac G5 Quad

There's praise coming from all ends. Apple already displays Wall Street Journals Walter S. Mossberg and Katherine Boehret qoute of "The gold standerd of desktop PC's" on their homepage.

Now also Gannett News Mike Wendland is putting the iMac G5 20" on the top of the list on computers to buy saying:
"This is the latest evolution of what, for two years, has been hands-down the finest personal computer available anywhere."[...]"Who this is for: Mac users. Also Windows PC users who want to switch. This is a powerful computer that will be all you need for years."

I have to agree, for those people using windows and want to switch to a virus free easy to use (and recipient of its 2006 Technology of the Year honor for best Client Operating System) OS with included software to import and edit your pictures(iPhoto), movies(iMovieHD), and easy to use DVD software (iDVD), Garageband (for those who want to make music),and of coarse for those who just want to listen to music, you have iTunes. You can't beat the iLife pakage which comes included with every new mac which includes the iMac G5.

But it seems lots of people have praises, even Good Morning America had a segment called "Then vs. Now: The Next Big Things for 2006". 2005 it was the nano, 2006 it will be the iPod with video. Hmmm, what was hot last year?, a iPod, what will be hot this year? another iPod. Sounds good to me. Shoot even Jonathan Ive, the designer of the iPod, has been made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

So keeping that in mind it seems "a company that makes video display products for military and industrial uses is setting its sights on a new market -- the iPod." Seattlepi.com is reporting about eMagin Corp. which has developed a wearable headset system that plugs into video capable iPod and displays video from it in front of one eye, using optical technology designed to give the picture a higher resolution and make it appear to the user like they are watching a 105-inch display from 12 feet away.



Scheduled to debut in the first half of this year, the EyeBud is expected to retail for as much as $599. This is for those who have money to burn, as noted in the article costs $200 more than a 60-gigabyte iPod.

but what is to come with the iTunes music store(iTMS) in the future?? Will a couple of web sites are reporting on Dec. 31, 2005 Apples .Mac service had increased the data transfer capacity from 10GB per month to 1024GB (a terabyte) per month.
This pic taken by a .mac user and was posted on Om Malik's blog
Shows the upgrade, The upgrade quickly disappeared from the account settings page. Could this be so .mac users can save their videos they got from the iTMS? We will have to wait for MacWorld to find out, stay tuned!

Other News
It seems a eager beaver reader of xlr8yourmac.com has gotten OS X Tiger Core Image to work on a B&W G3 350. It seems he flashed a PNY PCI FX5200 with a Mac BIOS.

It seems Apple Matters and sponsor MAKE magazine have a contest where First prize is a custom-engraved brand-new white 60GB 5G iPod engraved with the original Apple logo.
Second prize: A used Apple Newton. Own a piece of Apple history.
Third prize: A used Apple II
*Note, the Newton and Apple II is not guaranteed to function.

If you like a little more info on your downloads, Andrew's Mac Tips has found a small free hack for you.
DownloadComment is a tiny Safari hack."Once it is installed, files downloaded using Safari have their URLs added to the comments field of their info boxes.An added bonus is that DownloadComment also adds the comment to images dragged off websites and dropped into the Desktop."

Lastly The latest Hints & Tips has been posted.

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