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Ron Martinez

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TUAW ebook reader smackdown: Kindle 2 vs. iPhone (TUAW.com)

Mar 17th 2009 1:09AM Have tried eBook-reading on the iPhone. It works!

Yes, you can read paragraphs of text, bookmark, flick pages, and so on. And I still think the iPhone is the single most useful device I've owned.

But the Kindle arrives tomorrow. Because while I can read a book on the iPhone, I'd rather not.

TUAW Tip: Don't Torrent That Song... (TUAW.com)

May 31st 2007 12:28PM The user account name appears in DRM as well as non-DRM files. It never mattered before because sharing your DRM'ed file was useless.

Replacing with other characters is trivial and effective. I would not be surprised, though, if other information relating a file to its original purchaser is inserted into the binary.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steganography

By the way, as a matter of principle, you agreed not to distribute the music when you agreed to the terms of service. Whether or not you abide by your agreement is an ethical question, not a technical one.

Gates says TV is doomed, Internet where it's at (Download Squad)

Jan 28th 2007 12:24PM RichP at #9, believe all the flavor is chewed out of that "user generated content is dopey kids doing jackass tricks and free music rants" meme. Online video services have become a rich repository and reflection of the culture at large, with everything from juvenilia to consciously crafted art, first person journalism (including footage from extreme conflicts), and everything in between.

If it's real life your after (assuming you don't mean "real" real life, unplugged) you'll find it on the big mirror that is YouTube much more quickly and in greater variety than you will channel-flipping or browsing the aisles at Blockbuster.

Poll: iPhone at Macworld? (TUAW.com)

Dec 11th 2006 11:11AM Well, it's overdue, given growing market demand and speculation, and the overt attempts of phone manufacturers and carriers to fill the gap with iPod-oid music phones. So the onus is on them to get something out the door. Not to mention Wall Street's already factoring in iPhone revs in setting stock price targets.

But it would be no use to deliver a phone that isn't a true leap ahead of what else is out there, and that's probably putting pressure on this development.

mOSX, with some form of iLife/iWork mini-apps in your pocket? Or how about true iChat video phone-to-phone? And form factor: think about the perfect phone and it's got rich audiovisuals, plus a comfortable keypad for texting, emailing, or writing up notes. Then there's the nature of the network connect, and probably reconsidering some of the received design conventions of the mobile world, like the IP connection is via a carrier-controlled walled garden, and nothing unauthorized runs through it. Not exactly aligned with Apple's developer-centric delivery of dev tools with every copy of OSX.

Add to this the fact that carriers engage in extensive testing before they let a phone go live, because support calls hoover up profits and contribute to the dreaded "churn."

So, it means innovating on numerous fronts in a category notorious for rapid innovation and enormous uptake, and the kind of bullet-proof releases required of the console game industry.

A bit more than photoshopping a keypad onto a nano. ; )

Blast from the Past: Apple II Commercial with Dick Cavett (TUAW.com)

Dec 11th 2006 10:49AM Clicked on the link and got:

The url contained a malformed video id.

Mike Rose: So nice to be here... (TUAW.com)

Dec 4th 2006 10:25AM Oops, sorry for the double post.

Glad to hear it's all harmless!

Will check out the book. I've heard about it, and even indirectly referenced it the other day, oddly enough.

Anyway, onward and upward...


Mike Rose: So nice to be here... (TUAW.com)

Dec 3rd 2006 11:55PM This is a legitimate item to blog about, whether or not it turns out to be true. Anyone who's watched the Diggnation video can see that at least Rose believes there is reality behind his leak.

By the way, think it's never okay to threaten violence. I assume comment #8 was for laughs, but guess what? It's actually not funny. It's just degrading to everyone involved.

Personally, would report the guy, just to be on the safe side. Most big Internet companies (like AOL) have compliance teams that work with law enforcement to identify people engaged in hate speech, who threaten violence, sexual or child abuse, etc. Check in with the legal group at AOL, and they'll point you in the right direction. To my eye, that post crossed the line.

Flickr Find: What to do with 50 iMacs (TUAW.com)

Nov 24th 2006 2:52PM There are many kids who have no opportunity to put their hands on a keyboard, much less one connected to a Mac capable of running iLife apps.

Suggest the school visit this Website (founding sponsors include Yahoo!, AOL, and Cisco). At the bottom of this page there are links to organizations accepting non-cash donations.


Change one life, and you change the world!


SlingPlayer for Mac OS X (beta) lands 10/31 (TUAW.com)

Oct 25th 2006 5:32PM David (#3), yes there are uses for people for almost anything. But in fact, the vast majority of products fail, even if some have found them useful. Please don't assume that I take a solipsistic view of product viability.

My comments are intended in the broader sense, meaning is this likely to be an important new category of digital media product. I can probably come up with a dozen reasonable use-cases for SlingBox, as can you and others. Some may even be applicable to your own needs. But that doesn't mean this product is meaningful beyond a subset of potential users, and the marketplace is littered with such interesting but insufficiently useful products. Bet you can name a few yourself.

On a side note, my comment was pretty clearly my opinion, and from my perspective. I wonder about the purpose and intent of this comment board, if ad hominem comments ("typical attitude of an American," "please consider stepping out of your own shoes when thinking about stuff like this") greet reasonable opinions that may be of value to this community, or at least be a basis for discussion.

David, as a key blogger here, I'm curious as to your view on this. Are our opinions welcome here, even if they are negative about products you're interested in?

SlingPlayer for Mac OS X (beta) lands 10/31 (TUAW.com)

Oct 25th 2006 4:21PM I think there's a sea change away from hierarchically programmed, streamed content from centralized distribution points. Video programming is more interesting as an encapsulated object. Put another way, "Appointment TV" is dead or dying, and while some on this message board don't know it, those in the television business do. Witness, for example, ABC programming delivered via the Web. No SlingBox required.

Delivering a router for a dying media form is just a hack, though it might make a few sports-oriented viewers happy.

By the way, I travel extensively here and abroad for both business and pleasure. I don't eat McDonalds. And I'm guessing a SlingBox would be useless on the plane where someone might want it. My advice to Eyad #2 is if you're in another country and the only thing you can think of doing is streaming American tv to your laptop, you might just want to stay home. But then again, you don't travel yourself; you just know people who do. ; )