Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Apple, remember the whole "Think Differnet" thing....well??

OK...so I love the iPad (not too keen on the name now) but I think the device fills a good niche for uses where the iPhone/iPod Touch screen is just to small.





with the iPod Touch I can VPN in (using built in Cisco VPN client), get all my Exchange goodness with ActiveSync and use Safari for all our internal web stuff. I can get RDP and VNC clients so I can look at and control my servers. I wish Apple would make Server Tools for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, and a remote screen sharing client. I can also load a SIP client and hop on my phone system. The new iWork and keyboard dock make for a great note taking device during meetings.....so Apple, why am I not buying one????

AT&T....is one reason. We are a Verizon house. I use a Blackberry Storm...I hate it. I would upgrade to an iPhone in no time flat if it would come to Verizon, and this iPad would by the ultimate technician "in the field" tool.

Also, it is apparently LACKING the VPN/ActiveSync functionality (since I can not find any mention of it on the info pages) of the iPod Touch...WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY????  This is supposed to be based on the iPhone OS, WHY would you remove that functionality and instantly remove IT people from your client list??  The iPhone/iPod Touch integration with ActiveSync is one of the BEST mobil email/Calendar clients I have ever used.  To me this totally negates this device to a consumer toy and you instantly remove a good bit of sales.  It shows once again that Apple does not care about enterprise, and I was so hopeful in the direction of the iPhone OS.  I hope this is rectified with OS 4.0.

Below is the CBS News Online story on the event, and you can go to the iPad website (link here) to see the event and short web feature.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Nostalgia - WOW the Amiga Days

For this that don't know the Amiga was THE computer back in the day for graphics...as I posted in a previous story, it was the launching point for the Video Toaster.  Here are a few examples of what is was able to do back then.

First, a demo reel from the same company that eventually revolutionized the Desktop video revolution..

Demo Reel 1..



Demo Reel 3..



then the Video Toaster 2.0 Demo...




Another Toaster Promo..



The computer Chronicles interview with Newtek about the Video Toaster..



One of my favorite Amiga games - Shadow of the Beast, one of the first games to feature Paralax scrolling give the illusion of depth to the background...



Here is a part 1 of a multipart history of the Amiga...



And a quick European Graphics Movie Demo with unheard of graphics/sound from a home computer..(not the best quality recording)



Check out Youtube for many many more trips down Amiga lane.....

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lightspeed users...blocking chat sites...add these NOW.

If you are using Lightspeed then you should immediately add these following sites to the forums.im catagory

chatroulette.com and chatrt.com as well as omegle.com and their associated IP addresses.

The danger here is that both site connect you to anonymous strangers for chat.  Although for adults this may be an exercise in chat adventure....for kids....this is very dangerous.  Omegle is bad enough as it is just TEXT chat but chatroulette is Audio/Video (yes, built in cam chat).  Upon testing, I was connected to a male chatter who was doing something less than appropriate on cam.

Apparently there is an iPhone app for Omegle as well.

Also, if you are using a student policy to block chat sites, make sure you use the option to block non-http sites that are unknown IP addresses and block https to blocked sites. and keep checking IP addresses and keep them current.  Most chat sites can be had by using https and they rotate their IP's in DNS.