Mitsubishi Pocket Projector

Mitsubishi Pocket Projector

Is that a projection in your pants, or are you just happy to see me? A while back Mitsubishi announced this great little “Pocket Projector”, a tiny DLP projector that weighs just 14 ounces and has a resolution of 800×600. It should be out in July with a retail price of $699.

CNBC Tiger Coverage and H.264

CNBC Tiger Coverage

Apple recently posted a segment from CNBC covering the release of Tiger, the next generation of Apple’s OSX operating system. The reporter speculates that Tiger could potentially double Apple’s market-share. The piece also takes a few jabs at Micosoft over the long overdue Longhorn (the next version of Windows).

If you are on a Mac running QuickTime 7 the movie displayed will be in the new H.264 Codec. It is simply amazing! The movie is 640×480, 30fps, (Standard TV quality). It’s over 2 minutes long and still is only 12MB. This codec could change everything relating to what we think about online content delivery. There is a very interesting article over at The Shape of Days detailing H.264.

If you are running Windows you’ll have to wait a little longer for QuickTime 7. Apple says it will be released soon.

Cmd + Opt + i

It looks like in Tiger Apple has made some changes to the keyboard shortcut for getting information about a file. Holding down Cmd + i has always brought up a window with file information. If you have multiple items selected, Tiger now brings up a separate window for each item, like it used to work under OS9. If you want information on all the items combined you now hold down Command + Option + i.

Bryce 5.5

Bryce 5.5

Remember Bryce? It’s software for creating 3D landscapes. Apparently it’s back (for the Mac). It’s been available for Windows, but I could have sworn that this app wasn’t being developed for the Mac anymore. They were selling a legacy version for OS9, but that was it. It also looks like it changed hands again. Last time I checked it was owned by Corel, but now it looks like it’s owned by DAZ. They just announced version 5.5, and it’s compatible with OSX. It’s sells for $99.95.

Apple says bye-bye Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer Mac

It’s official. Microsoft Internet Explorer is no longer bundled with OSX. If you do a Clean Install, or Archive & Install of 10.4 Tiger than Internet Explorer will not be installed. It’s about damn time! If you didn’t already know, Microsoft stopped developing IE for the Mac 5 years ago. As a result, the browser has become more and more incompatible over the years with emerging web standards. It really should have gone away a long time ago.

If for some STRANGE reason you are one of the few who actually prefer using IE on the Mac, and you want to upgrade to Tiger, than you should choose the “Upgrade” option from the Tiger install CD. If you already have IE installed, the tiger installation won’t remove it using this option.

The good news is that Verdana and Georgia fonts are still included with the Tiger install. They were only included in previous versions of OSX because they came with IE… They are Microsoft fonts. It looks like Apple licensed them for distribution. It’s a good thing too, because most web sites (including this one) use Verdana.

As a side note to this, Stuffit Expander is also not included in the install of Tiger. Apple’s built in tools will uncompress the other types of archives, .zip, .tar, .gz, etc… but if you want to uncompress .sit (or .sitx) you’ll have to download stuffit expander yourself. I think this was sort of an odd choice by Apple. I’m not sure why they decided to omit Stuffit.

Here’s to the crazy ones

Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,
disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They invent. They imagine. They heal.
They explore. They create. They inspire.
They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a
work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
We make tools for these kinds of people.
While some see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think
they can change the world, are the ones who do.

.Mac Virex NOT compatible with Tiger

If you’ve recently upgraded to Tiger and you use Virex, you should know that Virex is NOT compatible with Tiger. You should uninstall it asap. Even if you’ve turned off all scanning from within Virex it still leaves a background process called VShield running. That background process sucks up a tremendous amount of processor time, and will slow you mac down to a crawl.

Apple has put out a easy to follow article for uninstalling Virex. I also found this email on the Apple Support forums…

“…Thank you for contacting Apple.

Virex is not currently compatible with Mac OS X v10.4. Virex is compatible with Mac OS X versions 10.1.5 through 10.3.x. We will maintain updated virus-definition files for active .Mac members until May 31, 2006.

If you plan to upgrade to Mac OS X v10.4 and wish to uninstall Virex, please follow the instructions in this article:

.Mac: How to uninstall Virex

Apple takes virus protection seriously. As a result, .Mac email servers scan and remove viruses from all email messages sent to .Mac accounts, protecting you from viruses even if you don’t have virus-protection software installed on your computer.

To learn more, please read this article:

How .Mac scans email for viruses