WWDC Keynote

Well, there's a lot of coverage of the WWDC keynote elsewhere, so I'll just give a couple of opinions and call it a day. First, Panther looks great, there are a lot of changes at the system level that make sense and were expected. The new features all make sense strategically, and put them solidly ahead of MSFT in the OS innovation department yet again. MSFT has attempted to create buzz for Longhorn, something that won't see the light of day for another two years at least. I can only imagine all the innovations we'll see from our friends in Cupertino in the same time period. Second, I'm drooling over the new hardware architecture. It puts Apple in a place where they can plausibly compete with the Wintel architecture, even if they are only slightly behind in performance, the OS is so much better that it makes for a good argument. By the time the machines hit the streets, the top end Wintel machine will be faster than the one we saw today. Regardless, I will be replacing my aged tower when these machines hit the streets, and I'm excited to see what they, and Panther, can do.

Gold Chains in the ATL

I also know where I am going to be tomorrow night. If you live in the ATL, you should come down to MJQ and represent.

WWDC Keynote tomorrow

I guess I know where I will be tomorrow at 1 pm ET.

New Blogger notes

I like the new version of Blogger, but I wish that all of the features they offer me on my Windows machine/IE were there when I logged in with Mozilla or Safari. It's definitely an improvement from a performance perspective, although I haven't really discovered any new features that I find terribly useful. The interface is much bluer.

Busy Weekend

What a busy weekend. In addition to my normal golf tournament babysitting duties, we have the Club Professional's Championship running this weekend, and weather has been the opponent for the tournaments all weekend. I've still managed to fit some pool time into my schedule, with regular exits to use the Wifi network at the nearest Starbucks. Because I have a T-Mobile cell phone, my Sidekick actually, I get unlimited access to the T-Mobile hotspots for $19.99 a month, and it has worked out great. In Atlanta, there is no shortage of Starbucks locations, so I can bring my machine wherever I go without fear that I'll be far away from VPN access to work.

Hilarious Software Review

This review of a shareware metronome application is the funniest thing I have read in June. (Thanks Buzz)

Europe Smarter Than the US?

Europe outlaws business model patents.

Bring Her Home

"On June 13, at approximately 9:45 p.m., our friend and co-worker Lay Kian "Canny" Ong was abducted from the parking lot of the Bangsar Shopping Complex in Malaysia." This needs more exposure. If you've got a blog, and feel like linking to this post or that site, it would be great. She is a friend of a good friend of mine, and everyone is worried sick about the situation. There's more information on how you can help at the site. Update: They found her, but sadly, she was already dead. If more news about this story appears, I will make certain to link to it. It really is a tragedy, and my thoughts are with her family and friends. Another Update: Here's an article, which is very disturbing, about the body they found.

Memory Watch

A watch with up to 256 Mb of Memory built into it that you can access via a handy USB cable that is also built into it. Seems to me that this is an industrial espionager's wet dream.

Final Scratch for Mac OS X

Final Scratch is finally available for Mac OS X. Cool stuff.

Hmm, validation.

Todd got our most recent event site to validate. My involvement with this one was purely scoring information in the form of leaderboards and scorecards during the event, but it's nice to know that something I've worked on has validated.

Tired

Man am I tired. Not sure why exactly.

iTunes and New Releases

I suspect that the sustained amount of tracks that Apple will continue to sell via the iTunes music store will continue to decrease. I think this because they don't seem to have the new releases that matter to what I perceive as their target audience. The new Radiohead cd, Hail to the Thief, was released today, and it is nowhere to be found on the iTunes music store. In fact, they also do not have about ten other new major label releases that I think matter from the last couple of months. For instance, the new Metallica cd, although that may have something to do with Metallica themselves, I find it amusing that their music is not available via this legal electronic distribution channel when they complained so vehemently about Napster. While adding the indies will be a huge step forward, and I am happy to see Apple pursuing them, I think they need to take a look at the Billboard top 200 album chart every week, and ask themselves why about half the CD's on the current one are not available from their store. I don't think a brick and mortar store would find it acceptable to only have half the merchandise that their customers were asking for, and I hope that Apple is treating this the same way.

Test post via email

Testing out posting to the site using my Sidekick. That is all.

The next time...

It's odd, I find myself in this weird purgatory of relationship land. I've been single, after about eight years of being in a single relationship, for about eight months. I thought originally that I would remain single for a few months, then be ready to date again. Unfortunately, I think the heart takes longer to heal than I originally thought. Of course, this depends on the type of person that you are. I find myself still missing her, and it's not easy for me to say that at all. It's even more difficult to write about it in an open manner like this, but I think that it's good for me to express these thoughts. I shouldn't miss her, I keep telling myself. Eight months is a long time to get used to the idea of not having someone in your life. I have wondered quite a bit if it was my loneliness that was driving that feeling, missing waking up next to someone that you want to spend time with, the meals out, the closeness and ability to confide in another person without reservation. I've tried to date, and discovered that I am still too messed up emotionally to pull it off. There's parts of me that are ready, without any doubt at all, but the core, my "rendering engine" so to speak, is just still too confused. Unfortunately, the end result is a person with this hint of constant sadness, at least internally. I bought a shirt last week that has the slogan "I believe the next time I fall in love it will be forever," and god do I want to believe that, really I do.

Designing with Web Standards

I did find the time over last weekend to read Designing with Web Standards. I can recommend this book with any hesitation whatsoever, and regardless of whether your role in Web development is as a designer, developer, business owner, or hobbyist. Jeffrey did a fantastic job of making the case for design and development with standards, but not in a heavy handed manner, and with wit that I wish I could employ. He also describes the pitfalls to watch out for and the techniques to use to avoid them with aplomb. I found it one of the easiest to read books about Web development I have ever read. Pick it up.

The Days Fly on by....

Boy, I'll tell you, you work head down on something for a few days, and everything becomes a blur. I'm a little tired, actually more than a little. I guess I have the consolation of a paycheck though.