Creative CEO Sim Wong Hoo interviewed is interviewed by Steven Levy in Newsweek. Among lots of interesting comments is this on Steve Jobs:
Steve Jobs is a personality that we all have to reckon with. His way of dealing with the media and all these things is legendary. But he was not the first to come out with this MP3. We started way back in 1999. We paid a lot of school fees for our mistakes along the way, but [our] company has transformed from a sound-card company into a company where we do all kinds of external products.
I wonder if Mr Sim shouldn’t be worrying more about mobile phones than Apple…
Oh good grief. MobileTracker – Motorola E1060 does not have iTunes.
A Motorola spokesperson noted to MobileTracker in an email early Wednesday morning that while iTunes was shown off with the E1060, this was a special case meant just for the demonstration. "E1060 was used to demonstate iTunes client; however, it is not our iTunes product."
Rich Brome, who is on site at the 3GSM conference in Cannes, also confirmed in an email early Wednesday that iTunes is not on the E1060.
In an Apple-like fashion, Motorola is keeping the first iTunes enabled phone under very close wraps. While Motorola wanted to show off the software, it appears the company wanted to keep the device secret.
Cait nails the current round of immigration scare stories in Moolies: Inevitable General Election hot air:
Michael Howard announces health checks for immigrants. Because of course, all immigrants, be they Irish, French, American, Japanese… (oh, I’m sorry, you meant the nig-nogs didn’t you? Whoops – let’s use the nice euphemism: citizens from "developing" nations) are the causes of TB and HIV in this country. Nothing to do with the homeless roaming the streets of London, or the increase in unprotected sex by idiots.
This kind of kneejerk filth makes me increasingly angry since the Labour Party, so called bastion of fairness, is so frightened of losing power that they are also joining the "let’s knock immigrants" bandwagon.
The fact of the matter, re: the above story, is that the Labour Party govt sponsored a huge, hundreds of thousands of pounds worth report condeming NHS tourism last year, and found (although this was kept somewhat quiet, versus their headlines that they were sponsoring the report, naturally) that in the key hospitals they targetted as being most at risk, that there is *no statistically significant amount of overseas "custom" of NHS services*. Neverthless, that information only comes through magazines like Private Eye (thank God for Private Eye), and the message the general public was left with was "Immigrants take your taxes and are disease ridden freeloaders". Howard gratefully takes the baton and runs only a few steps further with it, to keep nailing that message home.
The Michael Howard story is based on a lie. A fabrication aimed squarely at enhancing a climate of fear, and it is standing on another lie perpetuated by the Labour Govt.
I despise them all.
Couldn’t have put it better myself.
SpamSieve named as one of Daring Fireball’s Apps of the Year, 2004.
Michael Tsai’s SpamSieve epitomizes the idea of utility software that does one thing, and does it well. What SpamSieve does is identify spam in your email, and it does so with accuracy that approaches perfection.
If you have a Mac and get spam, get SpamSieve – it’s the best application out there.
And I’ve just realised that this is the second time in a week I’ve plugged it
Link: Digital Web Magazine – News – Misinformation about the IE7 announcement.
As we understand it there won’t be any version available for the Mac, much less for other platforms other than XP with service pack 2 (“Microsoft Internet Explorer for Windows XP Service Pack 2 customers”).
No real surprise, given the success of Safari on the Mac (and the sort-of success of Firefox too). Microsoft has nothing to gain from working on a new version of IE for Mac.
UPDATE: Commenter Charles (see below) suggests using Darwine to run IE6 on the Mac.
And suddenly you get two good ones at the same time. Lots of people are getting very excited about Onfolio 2.0 Preview Release, which is understandable as it’s a very interesting piece of software. Part RSS reader, part search tool, and part note taker, it’s like a combination of FeedDemon and OneNote – but strictly for Web pages.
As I already use both FeedDemon and OneNote, I can’t see me switching – but it’s definitely a product worth trying out.
Joe Wilcox: Get a Life. There’s no IE-Windows Divorce.
I’d like to encourage the news media not to get too carried away with crazy reporting about today’s Internet Explorer 7 pre-announcement. That’s exactly what CNET News.com has done with the story, "Reversal: Next IE Update Divorced from Windows." The story leads with, "Reversing its longstanding policy, Microsoft said on Tuesday that it will ship an update to its browser separately from the next version of Windows."
The headline and lead-in are both misleading. Microsoft hasn’t divorced IE from Windows, nor is it shipping a browser separate from Windows Longhorn based on some policy reversal. Oh, please. Get a life.
Perhaps a little strong there, Joe, but broadly correct
Steve Rubel points to a great scoop for Dean Takahashi at The San Jose Mercury News: Intel CEO Paul Otellini is blogging behind the firewall.
I’m not, but I wish I was. Scoble talks about Blogging Demo, along with a million other people around the Internet.
Demo is getting a vast amount of attention because there are a vast number of bloggers there, all pouring what must amount to thousands of words onto the Internet about it. I don’t know what the organisers have done to encourage this, but there’s a lesson for a lot of companies – if you’re having a conference, encourage live blogging (yes Apple, this means you).
Chris Lanier blogs about United Media’s objection to a Windows Media Center program which displays UM’s comics. As Chris puts it:
If you don’t know Comics for Media Center is this nifty plug-in that displays comic strips inside of Media Center. The concept is rather simple and here’s how the plug-in works….
A feed is obtain through a third party website (i.e. not mcesoft.nl or the site hosting the comics which is United Media) –> That feed has the URL’s to the images on the site that hosts the comics (United Media in this case) –> Comics for Media Center takes that feed with the URL and displays them inside of MCE.
That sounds simple and it is! But wait, United Media is claming that this is “Unauthorized use of Intellectual Property”. The important thing to remember about them being displayed in Media Center is that it’s really just Internet Explorer. By downloading comics using Media Center (which is using IE) you might just be violating someone IP, even through you can download them in Internet Explorer and it’s not violating anything. Stupid, you bet!
Of course, if UM was smart it would buy the program and update it to include adverts, thus hitting a new market. But instead it uses what it probably a spurious claim over IP to try and force people to visit its web site to read – something that’s unlikely to happen if it continues to be this consumer-unfriendly.