We’ll be back, tomorrow, Saturday, mid-day

Completely nutso afternoon and evening …expecting one new piece of digital hardware to be delivered of several on the way – and three arrived. And, of course, there was a software problem with the most important piece. Which I just resolved; but, now, I’m brain-dead and need a bunch of sleep.

See y’all mid-morning or a touch later.


Among other upgrades throughout our networked life at Lot 4. I decided to return to a proper desktop in our home office. Much to my dismay, I learned Apple no longer offers a 21″ iMac. So, here’s a snap of the 24″ beastie sitting on my desk. Actually works out OK for projects needing graphics here and there, notes to myself on projects, etc..

I’ve used larger BITD; and I didn’t trade-in my laptop. It’s moved to the living room along with other new [and not so new] goodies. Wiped out my next couple of SSA checks, though.

Congressional panic over Apple’s EULA

Just days after a sensationalist report by the LA Times suggested that Apple was spying on users’ location based on an incorrect understanding of the company’s revised privacy policy, two Congressmen, one a chair of the House Privacy Caucus, have demanded that the company answer a series of basic privacy questions.

The original report by David Sarno of the LA Times set off a firestorm of privacy panic three days ago after it suggested Apple was tracking iPhone users’ locations in some radical new way that other devices weren’t, and assumed that users were powerless to do anything about it…

The report has since been amended twice, once to note that users can turn off Location Services entirely or on a per-app basis, while also stating “there’s nothing to indicate that these settings prevent Apple itself from gathering and storing location data from Apple devices,” and again two days later to acknowledge that the privacy policy change is not really new at all, but rather simply a restatement of the privacy policy contained in the company’s product EULAs, which contained precise language instructing how users can withdraw their consent for system wide and per-app data collection.

What the LA Times failed to report is why the change in presenting the privacy policy was made, and how users can opt out of geographic location data used by Apple’s iAd program. Formerly, Apple and third parties used Location Services solely to power features such as locating the device in Maps, Find My Phone, GPS driving directions, and similar applications. With the company’s purchase of Quattro Wireless, it’s now in the business of display advertising, and can potentially allow third parties to collect geographic and other user information to enable ads to provide more relevant and targeted results.

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Guardian Eyewitness

Protesters v Police in Thailand

Eyewitness is Guardian’s first service that has a mode specially designed for the iPad. I enjoy the hell out of it. One of the most satisfying apps I have found – so far. Not that I’m looking for many.

My essential review of the iPad only takes two sentences:

The iPad easily replaces a laptop used as a laptop. It does not replace a laptop used as a desktop computer.

Works for me.

How one magazine plans to offer a digital alternative

As they display in the video, the concept isn’t limited to any single device or style of device. I know from the several regular IPTV productions we watch on the living room TV set – and several more which only interest me; so, I tend to watch them on my monitor in the study – the devil is in the details of how many formats are worth supporting?

I remember the cyber screams of anguish as DLTV’s offering progressed through a couple generations of growth – to the move of 95% of the talent over to Revision3 – as support was dropped for niche formats which garnered a very small number of eyeballs.

How much time and money do you want to dedicate to offering everyone’s favorite format? I’m perfectly capable of handling it in reverse – as should be any geek. If I find something interesting – one time or ongoing – if I can download and record it, I usually can convert it to stream up to our AppleTV and into the HDTV. Or into iTunes or Quicktime and onto my desktop monitor.

Cray partners with Intel, Microsoft – launches desktop supercomputer

Supercomputer maker Cray has announced a new desk-side, low-end, bladed office supercomputer in conjunction with chip partner Intel and software partner Microsoft. The new CX1 supercomputer is the first product to come to market after Cray tapped Intel as its future strategic chip supplier, dissing long-time chip partner Advanced Micro Devices.

Cray, which has been struggling financially since clustered Linux boxes became the rage in supercomputing a decade ago, is known for creating the fastest vector and parallel supercomputers in the world, and with the CX1, it is trying to push down into a market where newbies in life sciences, digital rendering, financial services, and other fields are playing around with supers for the first time.

It’s also attempting to lure scientists and researchers with discretionary IT budgets to forget using shared, giant clusters and get their own box and tuck it in behind their desk where no one can see it to run their workloads locally. The personal supercomputer is not a new idea, but this is the first time that Cray is trying it out in the market…
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