Monday, 22 May 2006

Crazy aviation

Physics says why not? Why not pour a cup of tea whilst performing a barrel roll in an aircraft with the engines off?

Common sense says you're barmy. But then common sense is actually not that common, really, is it?

Wednesday, 10 May 2006

Anti-virus Schmirus

This article just goes to prove my belief that some anti-virus vendors are like dentists who own doughnut shops: a dichotomy of complementary goods.
"Heard about these nasty viruses? Don't worry, guv, we'll protect you...for an unlimited subscription fee, naturally."
I wouldn't be too surprised to find that these unscrupulous vendors are writing these viruses, especially the ones which "aren't in the wild yet".
Only now McAfee have been caught short trying to tout to Apple users who tend to be more discerning than their PC brethren and who also know when the statistics don't add up. I'm sure it won't be long before Apple's new-found popularity with PC users will mean that their products finally succumb to the pandora's box that is the computer virus -- let's just hope that Apple can shoe-horn AV into OS X (as Microsoft is rumoured to be doing with Vista) before vendors such as McAfee and Norton start circling and demanding their pounds of flesh.

Tuesday, 2 May 2006

High-tech good ol' fashioned retail

Hearing so much about high-tech companies making millions out of selling on the web, it's easy to overlook this instance (Wired News) of a high-tech going the other way, or, as they would put it "thinking different".

Having visited half a dozen of these stores myself, I can vouch that it's definitely more than merely displaying goods & selling them. They all seem to have an atmosphere more like a very sophisticated hobbyists club. I've always wondered, though, whether they were bearing fruit for Apple, or whether they were expensive loos-leaders/follies. The stats in the article are impressive, although the analyst's (singular) prediction is interesting...

Monday, 1 May 2006

Treo 650 ROM Tool - finally!

Even with memory cards, internal memory is still premium space on PDAs (reminds me of the old main memory/XMS/EMS issues with DOS!). Because Treo's are phones, they're even more full of clutter: language files and network/vendor tied software that has been superceded by 3rd party stuff (eg. TCPMP and/or Pocket Tunes beat Realplayer hands down).

There was an earlier tool by a guy called Shadowmite that did a reasonable job, but Palm clamped down on it after they received too many support calls from people who tried & failed to use that tool. Now there's a new ROM Tool that promises to be more user-friendly and more repairable.