Archive for the 'Tech' Category

MacPro or economy car?

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

In case you were wondering, a fully spec’ed out Apple MacPro (hardware) with the two Cinema Displays costs $16,934.00.

At least Apple throws in the free shipping.

Update: If you can get an Apple Corporate discount, the setup only costs around $13,000.

[tags]Apple, MacPro, hardware, Where’s my sugar daddy? [/tags]

sony mylo announcement

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Sony announced a little device today that may be a first step towards a mobile blogging device…the Mylo Personal Communicator. The Mylo is Wifi capable, has a true Opera based Web browser and is Skype enabled. No word on battery life though.

I’m wondering if Sony will offer any blogger discounts on it.

[tags]Hardware, Sony, Sony Mylo [/tags]

Sony Playstation content

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

There is this Web site designed specifically for Sony PlayStations where one can download content for your PlayStation.

[tags]SonyPlayStation, podcasting [/tags]

Add cleverhack podcasts to Creative ZENCast

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

Add cleverhack podcasts to Creative ZENCast

[tags]podcasts, mp3 players, Creative ZENCast[/tags]

Google Desktop question

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

Here’s the log for someone using Google Desktop to read my feed….


Http Code: 200 Date: Aug 05 07:35:02 Http Version: HTTP/1.1 Size in Bytes: 24988

Referer: -

Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; Google Desktop)

Now I can see this person is a regular feed subscriber as the user agent hits my site regularly, I can see them clickthrough to posts, etc. All well and good, etc.

Now my question is, does Google Desktop hit a site’s RSS feed when the person is just viewing a site but is not subscribed to the site’s RSS feed? This behavior would be similar to Firefox hitting a site’s RSS Feed and showing the nicely orange RSS icon in the address bar.

I would test this behavior but there is no Mac OSX version of Google Desktop.

[tags]Google Desktop, RSS, RSS feeds, RSS Readers[/tags]

5 Minute Sony Micro PC Review

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Because I lead such an exciting party filled life I was hanging out at the champagne bars in Philly or perhaps made a hot Saturday night trip to Micro Center. Believe me, it’s easy to get those two activities confused.

Besides ogling the various multimeters on the shelf and getting disenchanted with their book section which was a mess, I did happen to come across a Sony Vaio Micro PC and played with that for a while. I’m definitely in the market for a tiny mobile blogging device, thus my interest in the product.

As for my impression of it. To me it felt like I was using a game controller as a computer. It was a little strange. While you could place your hands on the side to hold the device comfortably, the screen (also a touch screen with a stylus) and keyboard were comparatively tiny - and this is coming from someone with petite hands. The slidable screen, however small, was phenomenally bright and sharp. As for OS, the device I saw had your typical Windows PC software configuration - with Windows XP and a version of Microsoft Office installed.

Honestly, the device and it’s price point didn’t immediately grab me - I would have seriously considered the thing if it cost $800 or so. Also, the MicroCenter special was running at $1,699 - which was only a $100 less than the smallest notebooks and Tablets from Fujitsu.

[tags]Sony, Sony Micro PC, Fujitsu, Hardware, Hardware review, Mobile computing [/tags]

Is there a Newton in this Apple?

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

Agent: Mozilla/6.0 (Macintosh; U; StrongARM Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKitEmbedded/45 (KHTML-Lite, like Gecko) Safari/497

I know who this is, but if they’re *really* using an Apple Newton rather than spoofing the user agent, color me impressed.

[tags]Apple, Apple Newton, Old School Apple Hardware [/tags]

Internet Explorer 7 on Vista

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

I dunno about you guys, but this certainly looks like the IE 7 on Vista user agent…. anyone know what that MSDigitalLocker is?

Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0; MSDigitalLocker Vista 1.3; SLCC1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; Media Center PC 5.0; WinFX RunTime 3.0.50727; InfoPath.2; MSOffice 12)

[tags]Microsoft, Vista, Internet Explorer IE 7[/tags]

RSS converters, RSS readers and more

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

Some RSS converters and readers… is a handy site which hosts an RSS to Javascript converter. So basically what you can do is configure an RSS feed to be converted and then take the resulting Javascript and include it on your site. Here’s a link to setting up a cleverhack feed on your site. All this site really does is make the Javascript configuration dead simple for the non-Javascript savvy.

Judging from my site logs, apparently EarthLink the ISP offers their own RSS reader. Here’s the user agent:
Agent: myEarthlinkReader/1.0 (; 1 subscribers)

Another user agent I’ve seen in my logs is BASS/2.2. From what I could gather from the homepage, BASS/2.2
BASS is an audio library for use in Windows and Mac OSX software. If it’s merely an audio library, I don’t know why it appeared as a separate user agent though - although the visitor was listening to a podcast mp3 on cleverhack.

[tags]RSS,, RSS Readers, EarthLink, audio library [/tags]

seventh cleverhack podcast

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

We’re back and back to normal after a power outage earlier this week. The seventh cleverhack podcast covers such topics as Ironman Lake Placid, the Wall Street Journal using Technorati tools, trends in accessibility for the blind on the Web including Google Accessible Web Search and the importance of describing Web site elements correctly via “alt tags”, a discussion of RSS in Web Marketing spurred by Robert Scoble, new music from Cut Chemist, a new Death Cab tour date and some sound effects.

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Dell Purely You - sans anti-static and with no free shipping

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

Since I’ve been watching a little too much of the all news cable channels this weekend, I’ve seen those “Purely You” commercials. Anyway, I was watching the Dell Purely You “Factory” commercial, the one where the guy calls up a Dell phone rep and together they happily spec out a new machine for him and his family.

The video of the commercial shows the machine being “built by hand” at the factory. What struck me about watching it is seeing the happy Dell employees building the machine by hand without any anti-static equipment. So kids, stick your bare hands into your Dell, since they do it on TV.

Since the setting of the commercial is that the customer is *calling* a Dell representative, I thought it a tad bit misleading where the final shot (at least the version I saw broadcast on CNN) has copy touting “Free Shipping Online” - so if you order online - not calling a Dell rep - you’d get free shipping.

[tags]Dell, Dell commercial, stupid marketing tricks [/tags]

Saturday Compendium of Link-it-tude

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

Sorry for the incommunicado guys, it’s been busy these past few days. However, here’s a compendium of links for those of you not attending the Philly Blogger Meetup.

-The truth comes out: the Cooking A[n] Egg on a Macbook was a hoax.

-KinderStart has had most of their case thrown out against Google, but the judge is allowing KinderStart to replead on the point that Google does manipulate PageRank rankings manually. The idea is if Google manipulates PageRank manually, then PR is their opinion and they could be held for defamation.

Still doesn’t change the fact that KinderStart SEO and Web design needs help.

-Finally, does it really make me a geek if I go to a hair salon and notice that they use an Mac based Point of Sale system? I couldn’t see the boxes running the show, but the separate CRTs were definitely a few years old. The CRTs had that shiny eMac sort of look, but were flat and were old enough to have a serial cable connectors in the back. I was more excited about seeing the Apple logo than my haircut and color. Really.