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MN-Sen: Introducing the Blo & Go
From one standpoint, Minnesota's senior Senator Norm Coleman is certainly a lucky man. He has a lovely wife, Laurie Coleman, who has succeeded at several walks of life: she is a former runway model and actress, and currently an inventor and entrepreneur (and mother of the Colemans' two children).
july 2008
Swurl: Your Lifestream, Made Beautiful
RSS is magic and the things we do online are often beautiful - so why are all the interfaces for displaying the feeds of our activities so ugly? Enter Swurl, a visually stunning system for displaying a timeline of your activities on various sites around the web.

Developer Ryan Sit specializes in leveraging the visual to create new interfaces for data, his ListPic application lets users browse Craigslist by images. Just like Listpic creates a whole new experience for Craigslist, Sit hopes that Swurl will make interacting with lifestream data a much more visually enjoyable experience.

How it Works

The most important part of Swurl is the timeline view, where all the messages, bookmarks, album covers and photos you've saved in various services are organized in a calendar view. It's a great way to look back at days gone by - we've found already that it can't help but put your experiences into a different perspective.

In addition to the timeline view, Swurl also publishes your activities in a blog-type format. Each person's blog is highly customizable. If you've hesitated to send the URL to your crazy-chaotic FriendFeed page to your grandma, maybe you should send her to a Swurl page instead.

Inside of each item you'll find all kinds of visual treats, like a nice slideshow viewer, song lyrics displayed below the Flash audio player for each song in your time line and elegant captions on your photos. There are lots of nice little touches here and we hope it will only continue to improve.

One of the areas the app could really use improvement is in viewing your friends' activities. You probably don't want to use it for that, unless it's very casual. Swurl discovers your friends on various services but displays their activities in a boring list that's spotty and hours behind.

The big picture here for us is that RSS feeds and lifestream data in particular can really look great when displayed nicely and mashedup with various sources of data. By grouping your activities into a calendar view, Swurl really facilitates a change in perspective. We think you'll enjoy this app and we are excited to see where it goes in the future.
july 2008
Phasing out support for IE 6 across all 37signals products on August 15, 2008
On August 15th, 2008 we will begin phasing out support for Internet Explorer 6 across all 37signals products. In order to continue using the products without any hiccups, Internet Explorer 6 users should upgrade to a newer browser:

Download Internet Explorer 7
Download Firefox
Download Safari

The Internet Explorer 6 browser was released back in 2001, and Internet Explorer 7, the replacement, was released nearly two years ago in 2006. Modern web browsers such as IE 7, Firefox, and Safari provide significantly better online experiences. Since IE 6 usage has finally dipped below a small minority threshold of our customers, it's time to finally move beyond IE 6.

What are the implications of this transition?

As of August 15th, 2008, future features and any improvements made to existing features may not work with IE 6. If you are using IE 7, Firefox 2 or 3, or Safari, you don't have to do anything everything will continue as is for you. However, if you are using IE 6, and you want to make sure everything works, you will need to upgrade your browser to either IE 7, Firefox, or Safari. All of these browsers are free and all of them will deliver a much better overall experience. The web will be a lot better for you.

Special note for people using Basecamp with clients: If your clients are using IE 6 (you'll want to ask them) you may want to provide them some assistance in upgrading their browser.

Why are we making this change?

IE 6 is a last-generation browser. This means that IE 6 can't provide the same web experience that modern browsers can. Continued support of IE 6 means that we can't optimize our interfaces or provide an enhanced customer experience in our apps. Supporting IE 6 means slower progress, less progress, and, in some places, no progress. We want to make sure the experience is the best it can be for the vast majority of our customers, and continuing to support IE 6 holds us back.

Thanks again

Thanks again for your continued support. We look forward to dropping the rusty weight of IE 6 and improving the overall customer experience moving forward.
july 2008
One of our favorite uses for Backpack: How to pages
One way we love to use Backpack is for "how to" pages that guide us through confusing tech waters. These tutorial pages mean we don't have to waste time relearning processes from scratch. Some examples:

How to change FTP server for existing files
How to checkout apps from the Subversion repo
How to create accounts for Basecamp and Backpack from the console
How to create File Attachments in the console
How to deploy to staging
How to failover to status.37signals.com
How to format dates with strftime
How to merge a branch into trunk
How to rebase in SVN
How to restart a stage on dev
How to run solr locally
How to setup a local nameserver
How to setup MySQL databases for local apps
How to setup the Unix programs required by our apps
How to test local apps in VMware

And here's a look at one:

Jamis put it together and this was the reaction to it (from a Campfire chat):

Ryan: Jamis, thanks much for that page. really informative and well put-together
Jamis: thanks RS! I'm glad it's been helpful
David: haha, I bookmarked that page! went back there a ton of times for the openbar reform. merged trunk more times than I'd care to remember.
Jamis: yeah, svn rebasing is so insane. Most of the reason I made that page was for me to refer back to :)
Ryan: what a great use of Backpack

Do you use a 37signals product in an interesting or noteworthy way? Let us know.
july 2008
How to stop junk mail
Ive been learning how to stop receiving junk mail, and I thought Id share what Ive learned.

Reducing Junk Mail

There are several services that will help you reduce your junk mail:

- GreenDimes offers a free basic service, but I decided to do their $20 one-time fee because it offered a few extra things I wanted. GreenDimes walks you through some easy steps that will reduce unsolicited mail, and also lets you decline catalogs. Each time you receive an unwanted catalog, you go to GreenDimes and type the name of the catalog in. GreenDimes takes care of removing you from that catalogs mailing list. Ive been quite happy with this service, especially since its a one-time fee.

- ProQuo is a free junk-mail reduction service. In the future, they intend to make money when consumers opt-in to request offers; ProQuo will make money from those advertisers. I tried this service today. It lets you stop many services with just a couple mouse clicks per service, but for about 50% of the marketers (maybe 10-15 of them) you have to print and send a letter or leave to an external website to complete a form. Its still better than nothing though, because even if youre lazy you can opt out of a lot of junk mail with just your mouse for free. Overall, the service is free, easy, and helps you opt out of a wide variety of lists.

- Catalog Choice is a site solely for opting out of catalogs. It doesnt tackle things like credit card offers, PennySaver, or list brokers, but the site is clean with a really nice user interface. One of the founders, Daniel Katz, has been interviewed by Bill Moyers, so I trust that theyre a legit organization, even though their WHOIS information is private and theres very little information about the group on their site. It sounds like three different environmental groups formed Catalog Choice as a non-profit. One piece of advice for Catalog Choice: please give a little more information about yourselves (e.g. history, founders, press) so that people can easily see that youre legitimate.

- 41pounds.org charges $41 for five years of service. The name comes from the fact that they claim to block 41 pounds of junk mail per year for you. I havent tried this service.

Contacting services directly

- You can visit the webpage of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) to opt-out online so that you dont receive mail from companies that use DMA lists. The pretty url http://www.dmaconsumers.org/cgi/offmailinglist takes you to the url https://www.dmachoice.org/MPS/proto1.php where you want to select option #3 (Remove your name from DMA Member Prospect Lists). You will have to provide a valid credit card number, but your credit card will not be charged.

- You can opt out of ADVO online.

Other options

- While youre at it, why not place yourself on the Do not call list at www.donotcall.gov to prevent most telemarketers from calling you? All you need to give is your phone number and an email address, and you will be permanently opted out. Read more about the do-not-call list if youre interested.

All these actions wont eliminate junk mail completely, but it will prevent a lot of the junk from showing up in your mailbox. These arent affiliate links, just stuff that I think people will find handy. Good luck!
july 2008
Digital Photography: Get Better Fireworks Photos This Fourth of July
When you snap pictures at the fireworks display on Friday, you'll either wind up with immensely rewarding photos or frustration that makes you wish you'd left your camera at home and just enjoyed the show. The outcome has everything to do with the preparation and knowledge you take to the event. Before you go, arm yourself with a few tips and tricks that will prepare you to capture fireworks in all their brilliant glory.
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july 2008
Current iPhones Keep Cheaper Plan on Reactivation
You won't pay a 3G rate for a 2G iPhone with a new service plan, AT&T confirmed for me today. This should be good news to anyone looking to either sell their so-called 2G iPhone when they upgrade to an iPhone 3G, or for those looking to buy (or beg) the older iPhone model without paying a fee for bandwidth they can't use.
july 2008
Microsoft releases Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2
Microsoft has finally released Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2 after nearly a year in beta...
july 2008
Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection 2 now available
Filed under: Software
This is news that is certain to make Mac based Windows Admins (of which I am one) very happy: Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection 2 is finally out of beta. The final release includes all the new features that Microsoft added, some of the highlights include:

The ability to open multiple instances of Remote Desktop without resorting to a hack (though I do believe that each connection spawns a new instance of the app itself).
Redesigned UI
Support for Network Level Authentication (which makes connections more secure)

You can get more info about this release from the MacBU blog post. Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection 2 is free, and a Universal app. And as always, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the very capable CoRD, which is an open source replacement for Microsoft's tool.Read
july 2008
TCPSocket: Sockets in the browser
Michael Carter of Orbited has written about how he now likes to call Comet sockets in the browser, and has an implementation available that looks like this:

PLAIN TEXT
JAVASCRIPT:

var conn = new TCPSocket(hostname, port)

conn.onopen = function() { alert('connection opened!') }

conn.onread = function(data) { alert('RECEIVE: ' + data) }

conn.onclose = function(data) { alert('connection closed!') }

conn.send('Hello World');

The above code code is all you need to know. It will open a TCP connection to hostname:port, and will send the data Hello World. Any data the server sends back will be alerted with the onread handler.

The exact mechanism behind this innovation is pretty straightforward: Orbited is a router and firewall for incoming TCPSocket connections from the browser. It uses Comet techniques to establish bi-directional communication with the browser, then forwards all data over a raw TCP socket to the end point. Configuration allows access control enforcement so that the TCPSocket can only be connected to pre-approved end-points, so that the Orbited server isnt an open relay.

While this presents a paradigm shift in the way developers are tackling real-time, web-based applications today, its actually a return to the original method of writing network applications. Instead of writing applications based on web frameworks and throwing a Comet server in the mix, you can simply use the client-server architecture where the browser is the client, and the server is an arbitrary TCP server.
july 2008
FriendFeed Finally Gets iPhone-Friendly
FriendFeed, the popular social network feed aggregator, has released a new version of its site that has been optimized for the iPhone. While FriendFeed has always featured a relatively spartan design, the standard version sports small fonts that make text difficult to read on the iPhones screen. The new version has increased the font size, and has further tweaked link placement and picture sizes to make the site more accessible to mobile users.

The site also includes a new Post photos from your phone link that will let users submit photos to FriendFeed straight from their iPhone. Each user is assigned a unique email address (something like jason+nota483realone@mail2ff.com). To submit a picture, users simply send photos chosen from the iPhones integrated photo viewer to the assigned address. The feature works well, but youll need to manually enter the obfuscated email address - there doesnt seem to be an easy way to save it to your address book.

You can read more details at the the official announcement here.

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july 2008
10.5.4 Leopard update brings fixes, prepares for MobileMe
Apple today released Leopard update version 10.5.4. Today's update prepares the OS for the MobileMe Service.
june 2008
WALLE - Robot with the heart of a Mac
The object of WALLE's desire, EVE, was actually designed with the assistance of Apple Senior VP of Industrial Design Jonathan Ive, who apparently spent a day with the Pixar team in 2005 consulting on the ultra-sleek floating robot.
june 2008
Vanity Spreads to Top-Level Domain Names
We all know about vanity domain names - www dot yourname here dot com, org, net, info, or otherwise. The Internet authority that oversees domain names is about to let you get a little more top heavy with your vanity, if you have deep enough pockets.


ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has voted to move forward on allowing new top-level domains (TLDs), which form the right-most part of a domain name, like .com, .uk, or .aero. The original TLDs included .gov, .com, and .org, and expanded to include all two-letter country codes, such as .au for Australia and .nu for the island nation of Niue. (If you look at www.tidbits.com, .com is the TLD, tidbits is the domain name registered in the .com hierarchy, and www is the local host name that defines a real or virtual server.)


For $100,000 to $500,000, a company or an individual could apply for a TLD. Many years ago, when I worked at Amazon.com, I saw that TLD proposals were underway, and I suggested Amazon sponsor .book so that an ISBN number plus .book would result in a search result on the site. That wasn't possible then, it turned out, but would be possible under this new regime.


Names could be turned down in a first-pass review if they were offensive, violated trademarks, or were too similar to an existing TLD. There's little information now about how two companies that want the same generic TLD, like .book, would work that out. Bidding? First-come, first-serve? Shared delegated authority? These details are expected to be worked out over between now and about April 2009, according to the Wall Street Journal. The ICANN page on the topic is pretty bureaucratic and technical in discussing this issue.


Is this change necessary? Hard to say. It can be quite difficult to find the appropriate domain name for your business, non-profit organization, social site, or personal domain because of the exhaustion of generic words, and the vast growth in the use of sites to pull in advertising dollars through Google AdSense and affiliate program referrals. Opening up new TLDs could allow ISPs and other organizations to build a little more wiggle room.


For instance, a soccer organization could register .soccer, and then work with a registrar to allow both fans and teams to have domains underneath that. The related problem, though, is that companies controlling TLDs that have a relationship to their product might be more ready to yank domain names that have content or engage in behavior they disagree with. That might run counter to the rules that ICANN requires for domain name handling.


I could also see some interesting cooperative work emerge. Say 5,000 Mac users wanted to register .fanboy - to take back the pejorative - and were willing to pony up $20 each, if the TLD cost were $100,000. That's certainly do-able.


The proposal will also allow the creation of TLDs that don't use English. Domain names and TLDs currently are limited to a through z, and 0 through 9; domain names can also include one or more hyphens. An obscure system currently allows a kind of mapping for non-English characters and letters, and ICANN has been working on a way to allow a more straightforward encoding methd. They started testing this in October 2007. (See "ICANN Tests Non-Roman Characters in Domain Names," 2007-10-12.)


Part of the new TLD proposal would allow countries to request their two-letter code in characters from their native language or languages. The final report on that proposal will be presented at an ICANN meeting today. A draft report on the non-Roman character test was released on 24-Jun-2008.


The real question, of course, is how long it takes our fearless leader here at TidBITS to put together enough pennies for .adamengst.
 
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june 2008
Amazon's Bezos Invests in Twitter
Twitter just announced yet another sum of funding, this including money from Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezo's fund Bezos Expeditions. The company says the money will be spent on building up its infrastructure and reliability to become the communications utility it needs to be before it can become profitable.

Om Malik unearthed the rumor of this round of funding last month and noted that Spark Capital was believed to be the lead investor. The round is rumored to be for $15 million. Jeff Bezos's involvement was unreported until today.

Though some readers tire of hearing about every little bit of Twitter news, the involvement of the man who invented something so key in defining the web of the future (Amazon) in this little company aiming to redefine online communication should be of general interest. As founders are concerned, Bezos could be called Mr. Scalability - making this an awesome partnership to tackle Twitter's biggest obstacle.

We're excited to see what Twitter will do with the new infusion of cash and expertise. We use Twitter extensively here at RWW.

Thanks to Rob Cottingham for the enriched fail whale image in this post.
june 2008
Vimeo: Hey, People Are Watching Our Videos
Last month Barry Diller told investors that things were going swimingly at Vimeo, IAC's little video-sharing site. Not swimingly enough to consititute a real business -- the service is generating next to no revenues, Barry said -- but still, he was fond of it. He sort of talked about it as if it was a pet.

Here's another head pat for the service, from one of its employees. Vimeo's Andrew Pile notes that this week Vimeo served up more than 1 million videos in a single day - a 5x increase from its average a year ago. How to keep that going? More videos from Matthew Harding, who apparently generated about 25% of Vimeo's traffic that day with this video, which is indeed worth watching.



Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo

See Also: Barry Diller: Nope, Vimeo Isn't Close To Being A Business. But That's Cool.
june 2008
Dyson Plans Solar Powered Car
The king of vacuum cleaners, James Dyson, is betting that a souped-up version of his vacuum cleaner and hair dryer motors will power cars over hundreds of
june 2008
Ryan Boren: WordPress 2.6 Beta 1
The features we slated for 2.6 have been in the repository for awhile now, so were going to start our beta cycle in preparation for a mid-July release. Get Beta 1 here. 2.6 isnt a big release like 2.5 was, but it has a few new features for you.

Post Revisioning
A Press This bookmarklet for tumblelog style quick posting
Caching of static files with Gears for faster Admin page loads
A new and improved image editing dialog that offers lots of control over the images in your posts
Theme previewing as seen on WordPress.com
Built-in word counting in the post editor
The ability to disable remote publishing for the security conscious
XML-RPC API for changing blog options
Better SSL support for the Admin
Hierarchy-aware paging in the Manage Pages and Manage Categories admin pages.
The ability to relocate your content directory
The ability to move wp-config.php out of your web root
Drag-and-drop sortable galleries
Customizable default avatars
Bulk delete, activate, and deactivate for plugins
Check box range selection with shift-click
TinyMCE 3.1.0.1 with lots of bug fixes
jQuery 1.2.6 with some nice performance improvements
jQuery UI 1.5
Lots of bug fixes and performance improvements

Enjoy, and thanks for testing.
june 2008
Woz: How it all began
Filed under: The Woz
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and inventor of the Apple I and II, talks with the BBC about starting Apple in 1976. "Everything was ... thinking about the good of humanity," he said. His starting salary? $24,000 a year: maybe a quarter of what an Apple engineer makes today.

For those of you new to the Apple universe, this is an entertaining 10-minute brief of how it all began.

Woz has probably told this story a million times, but he talks about it with the same enthusiasm as if it happened yesterday. He discusses the Silicon Valley homebrew movement, Microsoft, and the perceived animosity between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

Also -- and totally off-topic -- Woz wears a giant watch. I mean, seriously. Huge.
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june 2008
Interesting Things Learned From Google Trends
Now that Google has entered the Alexa space with Google Trends for Websites, the general public has some access to hidden traffic data from Googles vaults. The service get its numbers from a combination of sources including search traffic, anonymous Google Analytics figures and other third party marketing data.

The emphasis is mine, but the Google Analytics figures are critical here.Google Analytics is widely used by many sites, so in theory these figures in the mix should deliver reasonable results based on fact.

So what can you learn from Google Trends for Websites?

Omnidrive joined the deadpool in January

Despite Nik from Omnidrive claiming that May was a record month for Omnidrive, Google Trends shows the site flatlined in January. I checked the front page of Omnidrive: the service is using Google Analytics, so if there was any traffic it would be on this graph.

Propeller is now the number two social voting site.

Propeller (formerly Netscape) moved ahead of Reddit in April for the first time, giving Propeller the number two spot in the social voting space. New comer Mixx is still a fair way behind, but is growing well. If youre wondering why Digg isnt in the chart, its because including Digg squashes the other lines flat.

Silicon Alley Insider is growing faster than the competition

If you take the two market leaders, TechCrunch and Mashable out of the equation, and look at the next biggest startup/ web 2.0 blogs, Silicon Alley Insider is growing the fastest.

People stopped using Megite. All at once

This could be a quirk in terms of the chart (maybe they stopped using Google Analytics?) but for a short time Megite was more popular than Techmeme, then the traffic stopped. Completely stopped. Tailrank is also showing no traffic as of mid April. Deadpool time perhaps?

Digg is more popular than the Australian Press

User generated content hating Australian journalists (not all journos, but some of them) should suck on this chart

Twitter may have officially jumped the shark

The graph seems to indicate that Twitter has peaked and is coming down the other side only just, and it may change.

FriendFeed and Plurk have similar numbers

FriendFeed has solid, steady growth where as Plurk is a rollercoaster. Still, both are looking good

Im catching up to Centernetworks!

Ive always been obsessed by numbers and benchmarking (I spent too long working in jobs with KPIs), and the one site I really wanted to emulate in terms of traffic and position was Allen Sterns Centernetworks. Great site, top bloke, and a great benchmark to aim for. Im getting there. I dont for one minute believe that The Inquisitr is pumping more traffic than Centernetworks, my guess is if I was doing half Id be lucky, but its still really rather cool to have a chart that says Im competitive with Allen. Now I just need some more links to improve the Technorati rank where Im 9023 to Allens 1456. Enough self indulgencemust go back to working harder
june 2008
Obama, McCain Debate Via Twitter
Silicon Alley Insider has the details: "Want to know what Barack Obama thinks about net neutrality? John McCain's views on white space spectrum? Good luck learning about that during any of this fall's official debates. But we're reasonably sure these and other issues will come up via a semi-formal debate the two campaigns are starting up today -- via Twitter."
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june 2008
Redesigns and office pics
The facelift continues! Pickled Onion rolled out newly designed versions of his world famous articles site and our network status page. We think you’ll find them more inline with the main site’s look and feel.

In the last podcast, we mentioned our new office and getting some pictures online. Shame on me for taking so long, but we now have a Slicehost Flickr account with a sampling of our new digs. It’s not quite finished, but we’re getting there!
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june 2008
Word clouds
It's a different way of looking at text: Wordle, a new (and addictive) Web-based tool, turns any text into a word cloud (via TEDblog). Here is the Wordle version of my recent Wall Street Journal article about the Solar Impulse project:








Put in a list of tags (in this case, my del.icio.us tags) and here is the result:








And the lyrics of John Lennon's "Imagine" produce this:
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june 2008
It Gets Worse: Joshua Schachter Leaving Yahoo
We just got confirmation from Joshua Schachter, the founder of delicious, that he has decided to resign from Yahoo!. Mike Arrington just spoke to him and he said that the recent news coming out of Yahoo! pressed his decision to leave now. Joshua also said that the decision was made today, and that he has no future plans but will instead join the gloriously unemployed.
june 2008
Murdoch: Digital Could Make Up 75 Percent Of Dow Jones Revs
Dow Jones gets about half of its revenues from its digital operations right now, and within a few short years, News Corp (NYSE: NWS). CEO Rupert Murdoch expects his subsidiary to receive 75 percent of its revs from its online business. Reuters reported Murdoch's remarks from the Cannes Lions 2008 international advertising festival, where he was joined by News Corp. COO Peter Chernin. He added that he wasn't solely referring to The Wall St. Journal, but the other DJ properties, which include its Newswires as well as financial pubs like Barron's and Marketwatch. Asked about what's surprised him since taking over the company last fall, Murdoch said he didn't expect "how cooperative the vast majority of journalists have been."

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june 2008
NginX Upgraded In Place
NginX 0.7.2 is now available. I was running an ancient version, 0.7.1 (just kidding).

So, I downloaded and built 0.7.2. Then I followed the instructions at the bottom of this page, which explain how to upgrade on the fly. It’s even cooler than just not losing any ongoing connections (which would be cool enough!). It also can be rolled back just as easily, if the new server proves to be faulty.

This is just too cool! Anyway, welcome NginX 0.7.2, RIP NginX 0.7.1.

Tags: Computers, NginX

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june 2008
72Photos Offers a New, Sleek Alternative to Flickr
For those that are hedging their bets by setting up shop elsewhere, the photo sharing web site called 72Photos is hoping to attract their interest by creating the next gen flickr. The site isn't brand-new, but they've been adding and perfecting their feature set since their initial launch last year when they were known as "XMG Image."
june 2008
First Look: TimesPeople Adds Social Layer To NYTimes.com
I've spent some time off and on today with the latest tool from NYTimes.com: TimesPeople, a Firefox add-on that functions as a combo recommendation engine and low-frills social network. The add-on is part of the beta phase: NYTimes.com promises that it will be "baked into the site" for the 1.0 launch. For now, it works like this: log in as a registered NYTimes.com user, pick a display name and location, add people to your network by searching the TimesPeople database or by letting TimesPeople load contacts from other networks (the only option right now is GMail), start recommending. It's not just about NYT articlesTimesPeople members can share ratings (hotels, movies, restaurants), reviews, and comments. The feed also can be sent to Facebook pages. The site's CTO Marc Frons describes it "as an example of opening up our site as a place for

our engaged community of readers to convene."

If NYTimes.com had added TimesPeople a couple of years ago, I might have been wowed. Instead, it's more like whelmed. Pages with TimesPeople enabled take longer to load and provide less real estate for actual news. (On the other hand, at least the toolbar is only visible when I'm on NYTimes.com.) The idea of claiming people as "My People" whether or not you even know them is a little off-putting. Still, it's another sign of the willingness to experiment. If it winds up only limited to people trying to follow what Times staffers are doingand those staffers actually keep updating, that's probably the lowest form of engagement. But if the service keeps evolving andbig "if" comingif even a small percentage of readers become users by creating NYTimes.com-based networks of their own, the potential is significant. In the meantime, if you're looking for me, try sdkstl.

Video embedded below is of CNET (NSDQ: CNET) News.com's Caroline McCarthy interviewing two NYTimes.com software engineers, courtesy of CNET and Beet.tv:

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june 2008
MarsEdit 2.1.4 available
Daniel Jalkut of Red Sweater Software has posted MarsEdit 2.1.4. The version includes a new dock menu item for easily starting a new post, adds better Picasa support for Blogger users, and fixes some other minor issues.
june 2008
NYT's TimesPeople Social Network: Another Good Idea From The Times
The latest New York Times (NYT) digital feature: TimesPeople, a social network for Times users. Good news: You'd have to look pretty hard to find similarities between it and Facebook or MySpace.

In its current, beta form, TimesPeople is mostly a few features tucked into a Firefox browser tool bar -- not the bloated set of messaging features and status updates that you'd find on most social networks. Think of it as a personalized edition of the "most e-mailed stories" list, plus comments from people you know. You can also display stories you've shared on your Facebook profile; no word on Friendfeed or Delicious integration yet.

Future versions won't require Firefox; we take that to mean that the features will be built into the NYT Web site and won't require a separate plugin. Either way, we appreciate that it's not flashy or gimmicky; it fits well with the rest of the Times' image.

Will TimesPeople bring in new readers? Probably not many. But it could get people to stay on the site longer by giving them a list of stories that their friends have recommended, which they might not have found on their own.

TimesPeople is the latest in a string of good digital add-ons by the NYT - most recently, they introduced TimesMachine, an ad-supported archive of papers from 1851-1922, and allowed users to read stories via text message.

Update: The NYT's Derek Gottfrid points out in comments that TimesPeople members will have RSS feeds of their activity, which can feed into FriendFeed.
june 2008
English soccer pros to play Minnesota Thunder
The Minnesota Thunder soccer team officials announced today the club will play an English professional team for the first time. The Thunder will play the Burnley Football Club at the National Sports Center on July 15th.
june 2008
Videos Live Fast, Die Young On Web
Want to make a splash with your Internet video? Better do it fast: Web clips attract their peak audiences a mere three days after they're uploaded.

That's one finding from a study of more than 10,916 videos conducted by Web video and analytics firm TubeMogul, which looked at the popularity of videos in the first three months of their lives. The big picture: The study's results show that the life cycle of Web video follows a fairly rigid, predictable pattern. After two weeks, video audiences settle into a long, shallow tail, illustrated by the graph below.

For the purposes of the study, Tubemogul included only videos that had at least 1,000 views. Over that threshhold, the videos were selected at random and included some that got significant promotion on YouTube and other sites, as well as a few that, at some point, "went viral." Those videos showed up as outliers, like the video represented by the '+' on day 36 in the graph below.

What does this mean? Well, the notion that YouTube is full of evergreen content that can break at some point, strike a nerve and go viral, is just that-- a notion. Most video follows such a predictable pattern that their total audience can be estimated from number of views and time elapsed soon after a video is uploaded to the web.

Give it a try: Tubemogul used its study to create a views calculator (bottom of page) to predict the ultimate total number of views that a video will receive in a year. That's how we know this "viral video," added June 6, will have 50,675 cumulative views by June 6, 2009:
june 2008
72photos: ProtoScripty Photo Sharing Site
XMG Networks has thrown their hat into the on-line photo sharing ring with the launch of 72photos, an Ajax-heavy site which looks at least partially inspired by Apples iPhoto 08-generated web galleries.
june 2008
LinkedIn Raised Its Big Round; $53 Million From Bain and Others; $1 Billion Valuation
LinkedIn has closed its big round, which it had been working on for a while now in the midst of fielding some acquisition offers from strategics: it has received $53 million in funding, primarily from Bain Capital Ventures, the Boston-based PE firm. Other investors in the round include Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners.

The investors received a combined 5 percent stake in Mountain View-based LinkedIn, and the new financing round values the company at $1 billion, NYT reports, which is certainly heady, but at least for a company which has revenues and a clearer business path than others. The company has been on the IPO-watch list for a while now, but this financing probably delays it, and then the public markets being what they are, waiting out with this 'nuclear winter' round makes sense.

This brings the total money raised by the company to over $80 million and it has said it would have revenue of $100 million for 2008. LinkedIn, which says it is already profitable, will use the investment to make acquisitions and expand its overseas operations. The NYT story also breaks down in more details the revenue sources for the company: LinkedIn will get only a quarter of its projected $100 million in revenue this year from ads; part of it is also the premium subscription, which let users directly contact any other user; and then the third source of revenue is recruitment tools that companies can use to find passive job seekers. Also, the service is adding company groups beyond its current focus on individual business user: One new product, Company Groups, automatically gathers all the employees from a company who use LinkedIn into a single, private forum.

BW: CEO Dan Nye, whose brother, Benjamin, is a partner at Bain ("That was convenient in terms of an introduction," he notes), says LinkedIn didn't need the funds for day-to-day operations. In fact, the company hasn't yet spent a $12.8 million investment it took in January, 2007

Interesting that the company investors did a video about this investment, embedded below (a delicious skewering of the video, by Connie Loizos, here):

Pic courtesy: tychay .

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june 2008
Flickr Founders Leave Yahoo
Flickr, one of the few acquisitions that Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) has not messed up, at least on the product side, is now seeing the two co-founders leave: the husband-and-wife team of Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake are leaving the company, joining the mass exec exodus happening at the beleaguered company, reports TC. Fake left last Friday, while Butterfield will leave on July 12. Kakul Srivastava, the director of product management for Flickr, will take over Stewart's role as GM of Flickr. The two were driving a lot of product innovation within the company and Fake was leading the community/social tools development at Yahoo...then again, they lasted much longer that many other founders brought in by Yahoo, or even Google.

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june 2008
Google App Engine Goes Down and Stays Down
Google App Engine, which launched in April to compete with Amazons web services unit, has been having major problems over the last day. Currently, the application directory and, more importantly, all third party applications (heres our test application), are offline. Developers cannot even log in to the management console.
june 2008
Tiny URLs based on pk
Ive been wanting to make a short url for Pownce permalink pages for an upcoming project. Pownce note permalink pages on the website currently look like this: http://pownce.com/leahculver/notes/2477365/

The generic form is: http://pownce.com/&lt;sender username&gt;/note/&lt;note id&gt;/

While these URLs are pretty descriptive and simple, theyre also a bit long. The note id is really the only piece of information we need from the URL, the sender username is just fluff. Id like to have an alternate URL that is quite a lot shorter that redirects to the final (longer) URL.

I think the following set of characters look pretty good in URLs:
23456789abcdefghijkmnpqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHJKLMNPQRSTUVWXYZ
Basically, 0-9a-zA-Z minus the confusing characters: 01loIO.

Now, its fairly simple to convert a base 10 note id to this strange base 56 set assuming that the character order (digit-lower-upper) is maintained. The (very freshman-like) code is here.

The result is something like http://pownce.com/~g7YF/ will redirect to http://pownce.com/leahculver/notes/2477365/

This works very well for finding a note page based off a note id. Its also super handy for making a generic tiny-urlizing service. The only data that needs to be stored is the real URL and a numerical id - the unique primary key for the database row! I have no desire to run a tiny-urlizing service, but this would probably be how Id do it.

Note: Pownce user profile pages are in the form http://pownce.com/&lt;username&gt;/ so a non-username character, such as ~ can signify that this is a note permalink as oppose to a profile page. I like the tilde, its got style a bit confusing for the Unix folks though. Since its the code isnt in production yet, other character suggestions are welcome.
june 2008
Random Musings » NginX Reporting for Duty
Hadar's writeup on switching wordpress to nginx
june 2008
Steve Yegge on Server Side JavaScript
Steve does his thing, and goes in glorious directions, such as how we end up with a scriptable back end, how the JVM matters as a host for these things, SchemeScript, how defineProperty gets around the for .. in issues, Who likes to write their own giant deterministic finite automata to do string matching? Heh.
june 2008
Hydra: Give Your Photos Range
Recently, one passion of mine that has really taken over my spare time is photography. I have been interested in photography for some time now, but earlier this year I really stepped it up by purchasing a DSLR (a Nikon D40 to be exact). I am the type of person who learns by doing, so I purchased this camera not knowing what Aperture, Shutter Speed or what an 18-55mm lens was. These are all terms that I have learned since my purchase, but one term that I only recently started to research is HDR.

HDR means High Dynamic Range, and in photography, is when you combine multiple images with different exposures to create one master image (For examples of HDR images, check out the HDR group on Flickr). When I started to look for software that would help me create HDR images of my own, the one that seemed to come up the most was Photomatix. Unfortunately, I didnt have $99 to spend on it. One day looking through an issue of Macworld, I saw a program called Hydra, which did the same thing as Photomatix, but at a more affordable price.

To get started with Hydra, all you need is your 2 or more images you want combined. Hydra supports all RAW formats that Aperture does (outlined here). Hydra is split up into 2 windows, the first where the photos are displayed, and the second an inspector window.

Creating an HDR image with Hydra can be broken up into three steps. Importing the images to be combined, aligning those images, and then the final merge.

To import photos into Hydra, you can drag and drop them onto the Hydra window, open them from a folder, or use the media browser to find your images in iPhoto or Aperture.

The next step is aligning the images. The neat thing about Hydra, is that it claims you do not need a tripod when taking your images with different exposures. Hydra uses advanced aligning techniques to make sure that even if you didnt use a tripod, your images are perfectly aligned. You can align the images yourself, or have Hydra do it for you.

The last step, and the step that will affect the final outcome of your images the most, is the merging. There are two types of merging that you can do, each with their own options. 8-bit Blend takes 8-bit jpegs as input, and outputs an 8-bit image. You can adjust the smoothness of the blend, and how much of each image is used in the final output. HDR Merge allows you to take 8 or 16-bit images (RAW images) and outputs EXR. EXR carries much more information than even 16-bit images, and preserves every bit of dynamics.

Hydra also comes with an Aperture plugin when you download it, so you can create your HDR images right within Aperture. After you install the plug-in (move the plug-in file to ~/Library/Application Support/Aperture/Plug-Ins/. Create the folder if it is not already there), you just ned to select your image in Aperture, right-click, and select Edit With&gt;Hydra. A box will pop up, and you will be able to edit and save your final HDR right within Aperture.

Now I am no expert at creating HDR images, but so far the results of my testing have been pretty neat. Hydra allows you to export your final image as a JPG, TIFF or EXR. You can pick up Hydra for $59.95 from Creaceed software.

What are your favorite examples of HDR images?
june 2008
Technorati Confirms New Financing; New Business Focus Coming
Blog search engine Technorati, which was simultaneously pitching a sale through Montgomery & Co. as well as a new venture round, raised $7.5 million in a fourth round of financing according to a regulatory filing. Investors include Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mobius Venture Capital and FG Incubation.

I spoke with Technorati CEO Richard Jalichandra this evening, who confirms that a venture round has been closed and says that the company will make an announcement next week that includes more information.

Its also clear that the company is refocusing its business. We believe they are launching a blogger-focused advertising network based on documents we published in February. The company has, however, considered other strategies recently, including a blog rollup. Well know more next week.

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june 2008
Technorati Raises $7.5 Million, Crashes
Technorati, the once-promising, but has-been blog search engine, has raised $7.5 million of a $10 million Series D round, PE Hub reports, citing a regulatory filing. Returning to invest more: Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mobius Venture Capital, and FG Incubation, which runs Technorati Japan. Technorati has raised $30 million to date, according to PE Hub.

We must not be the only ones visiting Technorati for the first time in years today. Twice in the last hour, we've been unable to load the homepage due to "backend issues."
june 2008
Capistrano 2.4.0
Capistrano 2.4.0 is now available. Capistrano is the deployment tool of choice for many Rails programmers, but can be used for much more, allowing you to automate remote tasks using a simple task-oriented framework in Ruby.

Install it via RubyGems:

gem install capistrano

You can read the entire release announcement on Jamis Bucks weblog.
june 2008
Celebrating the best in iPhone and Mac software development
Apple today celebrates the achievements of many innovative developers by revealing the winners of the Apple Design Awards 2008. The awards recognize technical excellence, innovation, and outstanding achievement in software development in seven categories. Take a look.
from google
june 2008
Facebook No Longer The Second Largest Social Network
It was sort of inevitable given Facebooks monster growth over the last few years, but April 2008 was the milestone: Facebook officially caught up to MySpace in terms of unique monthly worldwide visitors, according to data released by Comscore and shown above. Both services are attracting around 115 million people to their respective sites each month.

Most of Facebooks user growth, however, has been in international markets - MySpace is still dominates Facebook in the U.S. market, with 72 million monthly uniques. Facebook has 36 million monthly uniques, up from 23 million a year ago.

Facebook added 75 million monthly uniques over the last twelve month, but just 13 million of those visitors are located in the U.S. MySpace added 5 million U.S. uniques during that period - at this rate it will take 4+ years for Facebook to catch up to MySpace in the U.S. market.

Theres a real question about how valuable all these international users are from an advertising standpoint. Well be publishing our thoughts on that next week.

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june 2008
Hands-on with Mobile Twitterrific for Apple iPhone
Iconfactory's Craig Hockenberry has made no secret of the fact that he has been working on an iPhone version...
june 2008
Metallica "ear spanks" management, reinstates online reviews
Metallica demands that early reviews of six tracks from its new album be removed... after the band invites journalists to come listen to them. Update: the band "ear spanks" its management over the issue.
june 2008
AirPort Utility 5.3.2 available for Leopard
Apple has released AirPort Utility 5.3.2 for Leopard. According to the release notes, the package includes AirPort Base Station Update 2008-002, and applies general fixes and compatibility updates for AirPort Utility and AirPort Base Station Agent.
june 2008
Cell Phone Popcorn
I better start using a headset. Hat tip: NewTeeVee Station and Phil Black.
from google
june 2008
For the love of all things holy, will you filthy bloggers please stop doing this?
"Apple is to geeks what breasts are to men." That is the headline on this appalling article which belabors the analogy about breasts and Apple products and adds that "the press and bloggers have been `pussy-whipped' by Apple PRs team" and features the image (above) of boobs on an iPhone. I've blogged about this a lot in the past but I am not going to give up the crusade. Friends, it is wrong to objectify women in order to sell products or drive traffic to your Web site. So please stop doing it. I know most of you agree with me on this, and I know you also agree that the only way to stop these outrages is to keep calling attention to them, every time they happen. I know it's awful to look at it. It makes you sick. As it should. It does that to me too. But we must be strong. Thanks to dear reader Dianna for playing watchdog on this one.
june 2008
WSJ, IAC (Finally) Launch FiLife Personal Finance Site
As promised (several times), Dow Jones/News Corp and IAC have finally launched* FiLife, a personal finance portal/service site that's been more than a year in the making.
june 2008
Iconfactory prepares Twitterrific for the App Store
Our favorite little blue bird has been getting a lot of attention on the Apple site, thanks to its upcoming appearance in the new iPhone/iPod App Store. In their blog, Gedeon Maheux of the Iconfactory talks about the native version of Twitterrific for iPhone and iPod touch.
june 2008
OmniFocus for iPhone will be location-aware
Filed under: Software, WWDC, iPhone
Guy-I-wish-was-my-friend Merlin Mann writes at 43 Folders about OmniFocus for iPhone, a project he's involved with. Perhaps the most exciting new feature is the fact that OmniFocus will be location-aware.
OmniGroup says that by "using your location, OmniFocus can create a custom list of actions to complete nearby. Buying groceries? OmniFocus can show you the closest grocery store and create an instant shopping list."
Pretty sweet. OmniGroup expects that OmniFocus for iPhone will be available via the App Store around the launch date in early July.
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june 2008
Paul Steiger's ProPublica Opens For (Non-Profit) Business
While his former colleagues at the Wall Street Journal deal with the reverb from News Corp's (NYSE: NWS) acquisition of Dow Jones, long-time WSJ managing editor Paul Steiger has been crafting a new journalism venture that went live today: ProPublica, "an independent, non-profit newsroom that will produce investigative journalism in the public interest." (Disclosure: Our colleague Elizabeth Osder was involved in the launch as internet media consultant.) The ambitious plan includes Steiger as editor-in-chief, president and CEO, Steve Engelberg as managing editor and roughly two dozen reporters, researchers and others in what is billed carefully as "we believe ... the largest such staff at any news organization in this country."

Set against the backdrop of the changing news emphasis at other publications and the budget cutting, ProPublica proposes to be a news source for other media outlets with plans that calls for offering its investigative reports as exclusives free of charge before publishing on its own site. The risk, of course, is that ProPublica, which plans to highlight other reporting as well, could become an excuse for publishers and editors not to support investigative reporting at their own outlets. ProPublica is funded by the Sandler Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, the JEHT Foundation, and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
june 2008
Adium releases new beta version, now even more psychic
Adium has a sweet new beta version available this morning. If you don't automatically see 1.3b2 when you check for updates, then make sure you've enabled "Update to beta versions when available" under the General tab in the Preference pane.
june 2008
Don't tackle your own good news
When we launched the new Backpack, we were going to increase the prices across the board. It was a big overhaul and we felt the improvements were worth it.

But at the last minute, we changed our minds and decided to let old customers keep using Backpack the same way for the same price (or less).

Why? We didnt want the excitement of the new launch to be drowned out by customers upset by a rate hike. We feared the new Backpacks good vibes would get hijacked by pricing naysayers. So we took that possibility off the table.

The result: A decent number of people thanked us for grandfathering them at the same (or a lower) rate. But to most it was a non-story. And in this case, a non-story was a big win. It let the spotlight shine on the good news instead.

Lesson learned: Dont tackle your own good news. The blogosphere can be an unforgiving place. Take pains to eliminate any negative aspects that might overshadow a launch or other good news.
june 2008
This Is A Mistake
Image via Wikipedia

I don't post as much about music and digital technology as I used to. I have come to the conclusion that most artists and their managers get it these days. And the ones who don't are a lost cause. So better to move on and start thinking and writing about something else.

But this post by Bob Lefsetz on AC/DC doing an exclusive deal with Wal-Mart was too good to pass up. Here are some choice lines by Bob on the subject:
To limit AC/DC sales exclusively to Wal-Mart is akin to limiting bubblegum sales to Tiffany.
and
AC/DC is the biggest band still alive in the minds of teenagers.
and
But AC/DC cares not a whit about all this, about the new generation.
Its like theyre having a fire sale, trying to get everybodys dough
one last time. They dont understand what they MEAN TO PEOPLE!
and
What kind of crazy fucked up world do we live in where a band wont let
its fans buy its record? One where the only thing that matters is
money? Where music takes not even a back seat, but rides in the trunk?
and
The closest Wal-Mart to me is almost twenty miles away! Assuming
theres no traffic, thats an eight dollar fuel surcharge on the disc.
But at least Ive got wheels Kids, home from school, music addicts,
but without their drivers licenses, are inured to getting their music
online. And if you wont sell it track by track, theyll steal it that
way. If you dont know this, youre still living in the twentieth
century, still waiting for Napster to come along and blow your mind.

My son Josh loves AC/DC but if it's not on iTunes, it's not going to get on his iPod. Clearly AC/DC and/or their manager is in the category of clueless.
june 2008
Adobe Lightroom Exchange
When you look for plugins and addons to Adobe products, most users would be encouraged to go to the Adobe Exchange site. This is where developers would add and advertise their product, be it free or commercial. Up until recently this wasn’t possible for Lightroom users, but now we finally have a Lightroom Exchange. The featured product there currently is SlideShowPro for Lightroom, but there are many others there from such well known figures ase Matthew Campagna and Jeffrey Friedl. As a user, you should check out what’s available. As a developer you should be adding your product to the list. I know I will be.
from google
june 2008
How To Avoid Creating These Terrible Favicons
Favicons, those 16X16 ico files which represent a particular URL have been known to be pretty, but there are some favicons out on the web that are just plain awful. Despite their size, a good favicon helps out your readers in a number of ways. For instance, if you use FireFox and have a number of tabs opened, each tab displays the favicon of the website that tab has loaded. Also, a favicon that has been aesthetically designed will give your site a better chance of being seen when mixed in with a ton of other websites. Not to mention, a great favicon would inspire other designers as well as possibly having your site featured in a post which discussed the best designed icons.
june 2008
Game Over. Hulu Wins. They Have The Daily Show. And Colbert.
Ok, Ive been ridiculously hard on Hulu from the beginning. But that ends. Today.

Because Hulu is now streaming full episodes of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, from Comedy Central. No more Tivo. No more dealing with BitTorrent. I can just log in and watch the show in 480p, and that makes me very, very happy.

I will never again refer to Hulu as Clown Co. Or mention that Hulu means cease & desist in Swahili. And I will stop making fun of them for stealing Googles mission statement and planning to sell panty hose.

Hell, Ill even let the occasional puff piece in Fortune go by without comment.

Hulu is also adding a few shows from PBS later this month, including NOVA, Carrier, Scientific American Frontiers, and Wired Science. Frankly, I couldnt care less. Ill be watching the Daily Show.

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june 2008
MacHeist bundle extended with VectorDesigner, more
Filed under: Software
In a co-promote with MacRumors Live's coverage of today's little event out San Francisco way, the MacHeist team has spiced up its 12-application retail bundle with a few new additions: VectorDesigner, SoundStudio (yet to be unlocked) and TextExpander. Add those to the original suite and you've still got a great deal at $49, especially for switchers or those new to the shareware universe. As always, a significant portion of your purchase price on the MacHeist bundle goes to support worthy charities (and another portion goes to support thirsty developers).As a side bonus for those who are ordering the bundle before 10 am Pacific time tomorrow (24 hours after the start of the keynote), there's a lucky 15th app: VoodooPad. If you're up for it, check out the bundle tomorrow morning and you might find something extra in your Mac stocking.Read
june 2008
NginX Reporting for Duty
Last week, my friend Jamie Thingelstad tweeted from the Rails Conference that he was considering switching to NginX (I’ll probably drop the caps starting now) after sitting in on a session about it.
from google
june 2008
Join TUAW on IRC
Filed under: WWDC
There is nothing better than sharing the joy of a Steve Jobs Keynote with fellow Apple fans. That's why several of TUAW's bloggers (myself included) are hanging out in the tuawrocks room in IRC (the server is: irc.freenode.net, channel is 'tuawrocks'). Join us to chat about what we hope to see, the live coverage, and the aftermath.If you're looking for a good OS X IRC client give Colloquy a try.Permalink
june 2008
Musings Over Morning Coffee
So let's talk a little bit about The Speech. No, no, not that speech. We spent the weekend talking about that. I am talking about this speech (Media reviews: "Put McCain's speech against Obama's - and this was a wipe-out.").
june 2008
Rumor: Mac Fusion - a new developer Mac
Filed under: Rumors, Apple
Gallery: Mac Fusion


On WWDC Eve, we at TUAW are hard at work keeping an eye out for the unknown and unexpected. We just received a tip showing what appears to be the Mac Nano computer that we've all wanted -- and it looks to be aimed towards the developer crowd. The pictures appear to show a Mac geared towards developers on Windows and Linux systems. "Leave Windows behind. Build your Apps for OS X" states the title. While we are extremely cautious about rumors like these right before WWDC, we did have a rumor that a "new Mac" or at least an updated Mac might be released.Thanks Jackie!Read
june 2008
Bush's Saturday Radio Address
Congress will soon vote on legislation to fund our troops serving on the front lines of the war on terror.
...there is no reason for further delay...the bill must not exceed the reasonable and responsible funding levels I have requested... the time has come for them to support our troops in harm's way...Our men and women in uniform and their families deserve better than this...our troops are taking on dangerous missions with skill and determination...the men and women of our Armed Forces risk their lives to make sure their fellow citizens are safer...They've earned the respect of all Americans...Congress should pass a responsible funding bill that gives our men and women in uniform the resources they need -- and the support they have earned.
june 2008
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