soothsaying bricks

Just so that everyone recognizes that I predicted this : Apple will launch a glorified iPod touch with a large capacity hard drive and fast networking, that is expected to be your “Personal Computing Device”, much like the Intel Personal Server

Suppose you’re traveling on business and carrying your personal server. You could sit down in front of any PC that has the necessary wireless capability and a small icon representing you would appear in a corner of the screen. When you clicked on the icon, it would expand to a much larger window, perhaps with a set of documents and applications that you are currently using, and you could access them in the same way as if you were sitting at your own computer.

Personal servers already exist in the market. The idea of a “shell” app on any Mac / PC that lets you use your iPod anywhere is pretty tempting to me — we finally have a world with all the infrastructure to support this. Well, maybe Apple wont. But someone really should — the time is right for this sorta stuff.


The Fuzzy Threshold Problem

this one is for all you Cake fans

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zune tagged

While I haven’t been able to get my hands on one yet(I’m waiting on Rhode to donate hers when she gets it), this whole Microsoft Zune thing seems like as if it was designed to be unspectacular and mediocre. Microsoft usually has a way about spewing awe, even if it’s for vaporware. For example, this Longhorn concept video, makes me want to run out and buy a copy. Why don’t I feel like that for the Zune? MacObserver is running an article with similar thoughts, and I agree that Microsoft isn’t really trying to compete here. There’s no way they can catch up with Apple’s 6-year lead instantly, so they’ve decided that they’ll simply launch a product that will dilute the market. Since the Zune looks(atleast from a distance) just like an iPod, it’s prevalence is going to take the “ooh, look he has an iPod” perception to “meh, it’s a Zune like thing; and that Zune is lame. What a loser.”. One may argue that millions of other mp3 players have not diluted iPod’s branding, but the difference is that this is Microsoft.

The next year is going to be a fun one for handheld devices. I’m saying handheld devices because I’m waiting for the real video iPod — a 9-inch UMPC tablet running a lightweight OSX — The Rebirth of the The Newton, I guess!

Update: After spending 2 minutes with Rhode’s Zune, I think it’s safe to say that it doesn’t really suck. It’s basically a fat iPod, a successor to the Portable Windows Media Players. The perfect analogy would be the characters from the “Hi, I’m a Mac” campaign — while the iPod is slim and suave, the Zune is quirky, plump and primitive; but definitely quite likable.


famous talkers

The guy behind the iPod, Tony Fadell was here at the CS building to give a talk (with good pizza afterwards, which was the whole point of going there). Things to note: They’ve sold over Eighty Seven Million of those, with over 100,000 of them being manufactured a day. He also passed around his new iPod shuffle for people to see, which is so crazy tiny that it’s not funny — you could actually swallow it.

Next talk to note: on November 16th; is Orkut Büyükkökten, the creator of Orkut.