Finally got my Daring Fireball t-shirt on Saturday afternoon! Wore it to go out the moment I got it from the postman. The t-shirt feels really comfortable. If you are interested, you too can own this t-shirt or t-shirts of other designs from the membership page. When you buy a t-shirt, you are also subscribing to a full content feed plus a special Linked List.
Steve Jobs is not making the whole keynote on his own. He has invited Phil Schiller, SVP of WW Product Marketing, Bertrand Serlet, SVP of Software Engineering and Scott Forstall, VP of platform experience, to do the introductions of the different products and software.
Finally, all Mac products are now Intel-based. The Mac Pro, the successor of PowerMac, has been announced. The Mac Pro will be powered by 2 Woodcrest processors, the updated Intel Xeon processors and part of the Core 2 Duo lineup, up to 3GHz in the same case design. The new Mac Pro will allow up to 2TB of internal storage with 4 500GB hard drives and 15GB of memory. There are up to a possible five million Build-to-Order configurations. They are available as of today in the US. The base configuration starts from US$2,499. Will have to wait a while for availability in Singapore if going by past product launches.
The other one that has yet to transition to Intel processors is the Xserves. They are also going to be using Woodcrest processors. They will have similar specs as the Mac Pro and allow up to 5TB of internal storage. It will still be in the same 1U case design. The new Xserves will be available from October.
Well, that’s all the product launches that have been made so far for product launches. The keynote is now talking about Leopard, the next version of Mac OS X.
Go to the two site above to get updated information as it happens. For me, I’ll be interested in getting a Mac Pro now and pair it with a 30-inch Cinema Display.
Update: You can watching a streaming QuickTime video of the keynote here. Tried to watch, but the streaming was a little flaky. Guess it might be the bandwidth limits in office. Will try to watch it at home in the evening.
Update II: Found out that there are updated Apple Cinema HD Displays as well, but without the in-built iSights as many rumor sites have predicted. The screens now have brighter screens with higher contrasts.
Am trying Zooomr out. It’s a photo sharing site with social networking tools built into the site. They are currently giving away free Pro accounts just by you signing up and blogging about a photo that you have placed on their site.
Update – 11 July 2006: Got an email from Zooomr that informed me that my account has been updated to Pro, which gives me a 2GiB transfer limit monthly.
Here’s a case of a 20 year old guy being charged with “Theft of Services”. Apparently, he has been making use of free wireless services provided by a Vancouver, Washington coffee shop without ever stepping into the cafe to buy anything for a period of three months. He allegedly parks his truck in the parking lot to use Brewed Awakenings’ wireless access. He was warned by police after the cafe staff called 911. But he didn’t leave and when police came around a second time, they arrested him.
Am not sure such a thing will happen in Singapore because most places do not have free wireless access anyway. I guess it would only happen to unsecured home wireless networks, particularly in our built-up HDB blocks. I find that the majority of wireless networks in my block are unsecured and anyone with a wireless card would be able to make use of the network. I’ve accidentally used a few of the networks.
Yet another brilliant fightback by the Aussies to ensure their progress into the last 16 for the first time in history. They’ll be facing Italy in the second round.
Australia seem down and out as early as the 3rd minute when Croatia scored from a wonderfully taken freekick. It sparked a major attacking display from Australia and they were unlucky not to have equalised till just before half-time through a penalty by Craig Moore after a Croatian player, Stjepan Tomas, had fisted the ball away following a corner.
But a elementary error by the Australian keeper allowed Croatia to once again take the lead. And this started the offensive onslaught on the Croatian goal again. The goal Australia needed came courtesy of Harry Kewell in the 79th minute. And they defended with the lives to ensure they got the point they needed to move on to the next round.
Unfortunately, Brett Emerton would not be available for the Socceroos for the next match after receiving two yellow cards and thus a red. Dario Stimic was also sent off just before Emerton. And to show that referees are human too, Graham Poll, the English referee, showed three yellow cards to Croat Josip Simunic before brandishing the mandatory red card after the final whistle.
The most exciting game of World Cup 2006 thus far. Hopefully, things will heat up in the knockout stages after a rather tame first round.
Just finished watching the World Cup Group F match. Quite an exciting match though not fantastic. But I guess the heat took much out of the players from both sides. Australia came back from been behind to a controversial goal in the first half and finished strongly in the last ten minutes of the game with two goals from Tim Cahill and 1 from John Aloisi. A good fightback from Australia. Looking forward to the next match where they will face world champions Brazil.
Just read on Apple.com about the launch of the 13.3 inch MacBook, the newest iteration of the iBook. It will come in both white and black colors, just like the current line of iPods, though you’ll need to pay more for the black version as the color is only available for the higher end MacBook. You can find out more from the link. And with this introduction, it rounds up the whole notebook family. From what I can gather, it seems unlikely that there would be a 12 inch version of the MacBook Pro as Apple has removed both the iBooks and 12 inch PowerBook from their product range.
So, what is Steve Jobs going to announce on Thursday when he opens the new Apple Store in Fifth Avenue, New York City? Could it be iPods? Or Intel-powered PowerMacs?
Update: Apparently, Apple has bumped up the speeds on the higher end MacBook Pros. The 1.83GHz model now sports a 2.0GHz Intel processor and similarly for the 2.0GHz, it gets bumped up to 2.16GHz. All new models sport the same price as before.