brainwagon "There is much pleasure in useless knowledge." — Bertrand Russell

11Jan/05Off

Getting started with “Getting Things Done”

After reading some of the material on 43folders.com, I decided to order, read and apply some of the lessons in the book. It's good! I'll have some more comments later, but some good additional pointers are here. Try reading them to see the flavor of Allen's approach, and to see if it might be helpful to you.

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11Jan/05Off

Just how do you get to become a pundit, anyway?

It's obviously not by having anything insightful to say.

Robert Scoble has quite possibly the most "I just don't get it" response to Jobs' MacWorld keynote so far.

Let's work this slowly so that even he can understand:

  • The Mac mini is the cheapest Macintosh ever released. It costs about the same as an iPod Photo. Even without keyboard/monitor/mouse, it's an inexpensive machine.
  • It's not the cheapest machine you can buy, just like the iPod isn't the cheapest music player you can buy, or iTunes isn't the cheapest music store you can use. Still, Apple managed to sell 4.5 million iPods in the last quarter, so perhaps more than just raw price enters into people's buying decisions.
  • The Mac mini is sexy. Very sexy. It's tiny. It's quiet. And it does lots of stuff because it comes with iLife, it does lots of stuff that people would like to do with their computer.
  • Most people really don't need a Windows PC. They have a Playstation 2/Xbox/Gamecube for games, and the Mac mini can do 95% of everything else. Running Virtual PC? Is there ever any reason to? Presumably if you want to do that, it's because you already had a PC in the past. Chances are, you still have that PC (unless of course it has been rendered inoperable by the virus du jour).

I've had one Mac in my house in the past decade, and it is powered off at the moment, but I think what Apple has done is really amazing. Not perfect. Not without flaws, but amazing. They are making cool products that people want to buy, and I bet they are gonna sell a ton of 'em. To say "it's not as cheap as it seems" seems like the wimpiest complaint imagineable, especially for a company which still charges $180 for their baseline operating system.

11Jan/05Off

Rx For XP

Microsoft has released a Malicious Software Removal Tool.

I thought that's what Linux install disks did.

Bad-dump-pump.

11Jan/05Off

Free beer that’s free as in speech

Not content with OpenCola? How 'bout Our Beer instead?

It does have one drawback:

It is based on classic ale brewing traditions but with added guarana for a natural energy-boost.

Call me a purist, but that seems, well, wrong.

11Jan/05Off

MacWorld Keynote Underway

New Mac miniWhat can I say, Steve is a master.

Short list of stuff so far:

  • Tiger improvements include:
    • Spotlight Desktop Search
    • Dashboard
    • Quicktime 7, with H.264
  • iLife '05, with new versions of all major apps

More later.

  • iWork, with Keynote 2 and Pages, a new wordprocessing app
  • The Mac Mini, $499 or $599, very small, very cute.
  • iPod Shuffle, $99 or $149, very small, very cute.

Off to a meeting. More later.

Final update: Whatever I could say would be redundant to Engadget's coverage.

11Jan/05Off

Apple Keynote in 1 hour

I'll try to blog shortly after to let you all what's what.