Tuesday, April 29, 2008

iPhone Simulation Developer's Kit for iRise

I've been working on the OneSpring iPhone Simulation Developer's Kit (SimDK™) for iRise. The press release we did with iRise got picked up today by MacWorld and PC World (where they butchered my name)! Cool stuff!!

Update: My name has been corrected! :-)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Put It On Your Calendar -

14 April 2008 - The beginning of the end of Blockbuster & Circuit City.

New Mac Clone

It's been a while since the last authorized Mac clone was run out of business by Mr. Jobs. Here for your litigation pleasure is an announcement from a small company out of Miami selling an unauthorized Mac clone, the OpenMac.

It certainly does fill a gap in Apple's lineup. If you don't want the built-in monitor of the iMac or notebooks, your choice is either the Mac Pro or the Mac Mini. The Mac Pro is great if you're just that - a pro. It's got the horsepower and expandability to rule the world. However, if you're not a pro, it's the Mac Mini for you. The underpowered, integrated graphics, low memory mini. Want to upgrade the processor? Can't. Want to upgrade the graphics card? Can't. Want more the 2GB or ram? Can't.

Macenstein has a great writeup about it.

This one will be interesting to watch as I'm sure the Apple legal team is sharpening their pencils.

Update: It looks to be a hoax.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

This is why I'm an Apple Customer

Well, one of the reasons. I recently had two issues with iTunes. I purchased a season of Scooby Doo (for the kids of course) on my AppleTV, but only 3 of the 8 episodes downloaded for some reason. I reported a problem with my purchase, and within 4 hours or so, I had a response with some troubleshooting ideas. They didn't work. Without a hassle, they reinstated the 5 missing episodes and I was able to download. Great customer service.

I have been listening to 3 purchased albums from a very cool band, Ike, recently. Unfortunately, on one of the two albums, three of the songs have a blip in the middle of the track. Very annoying. I again contacted iTunes and without question or hassle issued 3 download credits and asked that I wait three weeks so they could investigate. Awesome customer service.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

iTunes Number One

Apple announced today that iTunes is the number 1 music retailer, surpassing Wal*Mart. Pretty impressive.