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Apple & iPod

Stay hungry, stay foolish – RIP Steve Jobs

You changed our industry, our world and our lifes. Today it’s a sad day for. Thank you for everything you did. We’ll miss you.

Windows Phone 7: my first comments

Update: the first update has been already announced, adding copy & paste (and some other enhancements) Before Christmas I got my Samsung Omnia 7, and I played a bit with it during the week I spent skiing in Cogne. Let’s start directly from the conclusion: I really enjoyed using it, the overall UX is great, better than the iPhone, but there are still some details and bugs that need to be fixed, hopefully with the next updates coming in the next months (the first update is already announced). But I’m not planning to migrate from my iPhone...

Apple relaxing SDK license agreement: MonoTouch (and Flash?) officially allowed

Do you remember when in April Apple changed the SDK license agreement in order to ban applications not natively written with Apple tools (like MonoTouch and Flash)? The (old) clause was: 3.3.1 — Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs. Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs (e.g., Applications that...

Is Apple doing a favor to HTML5?

As everyone know, with the latest release of the iPhone OS, Apple made all applications not developed natively with the Apple stack (XCode, Objective-C) “illegal”. This change created a big turmoil in all developer communities because that means that no translators/converters/adapters can be used to develop native iPhone app. While probably this had the goal to ban only the new iPhone Packager included in Adobe CS5 (which would have allowed Flash developer to develop a Flash application and automatically make it an iPhone app), it might probably effect also on many other libraries, like MonoTouch (even if this is...

All Apple WWDC 09 keynote in 1 minute

For those who were not able to follow live the keynote and have not found two hours of spare time to watch the recorded stream of the WWDC, here you can fine a video that recaps in a little more than 1 minute all the important news announced during the Apple WWDC 2009 keynote. Enjoy: WWDC 09 in 1 minute   Technorati Tags: apple,wwdc,iphone

iPhone OS 3.0: now with Push and copy&paste

With excitement I followed the live text-cast of the iPhone OS 3.0 Preview event. My favorite highlights are: Native access to Google Maps API and turn by turn directions Push Notifications (but no background apps) Copy&Paste Landscape mode in Mail MMS Web form auto-fill and password manager They started with a good pace, showing the new feature for the devs, and then they slowed the pace, showing some amazing apps that were not possible before OS 3.0, like...

It’s MacWorld day

UPDATE: The big news were: New iLife ‘09, with new iPhone with Facial Recognition, support for Flickr and Geo-Tagging New iWork ‘09, with possibility to share docs online on iwork.com New Aluminum MacBook Pro 17” (starting from 2800 USD, a bit too much in my opinion) DRM-Free songs on iTunes, and new pricing schema .69c for all songs, 1.29$ for the latest hits Today is the day of the usual MacWorld keynote: it will be without Steve Jobs, suffering from some health problems. As usual...

Mac vs PC: the ultimate fight

Not the usual "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" spot. This is the ultimate fight. Who is going to win? Watch the movie and you'll find out.

uTorrent for Mac officially released in beta

I was a big fan of uTorrent on Windows, and since I moved to Mac I missed it a lot. I started using Transmission but what I really missed was the possibility to start a download as soon as a new item appear in a RSS feed. But the wait is over: I just received an email announcing the release of the beta version of uTorrent for Mac. I’ve to wait this evening when I get back home to install it on my Mac, but on LifeHacker I found a a screenshot of it. Technorati Tags: uTorrent,mac

VMware Fusion 2.0 beta 2

A few months ago VMware released the first beta of Fusion 2, the first version of Fusion to add multiple display support. Today they released the beta 2: Safer, Stronger, and More Seamless: VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2 Now Available. I’m using Fusion2 beta 1 since a month or so, and I’m really enjoying using VS on my Cinema Display. The only problem I found is that the shared folder shows up as network folder, not as native disk inside Fusion, so I cannot run ASP.NET apps from it due to security reasons. In XP it was just a matter of increasing the...

I've got a new toy

And here is how my blog looks on my new toy. Now back to my regular schedule. iPhone

Running Challenge for .NET developers

Spring arrived, days are getting longer and I started jogging after work again (of course, with my Nike+iPod gear). I also found out that Vito Arconzo, a .NET developer in Italy, also started running with an iPod, so I decided to set up a running challenge, and see how many .NET developers out there are using this geeky stuff. The challenge is named "Train for the UGIALT.net meeting", will start tomorrow, May 15th, and the winner will be the one that runs more kilometers in 30 days, before the UGIALT.net conference that will take place on June 14th. If you want to take...

VMware Fusion 2.0: now with multiple displays

Since I installed Win2008 on my Mac I never really used it: turning on my company's laptop was less painful than the usability problems that both VMware and Parallels have. VMware was not working very well with more than one display: if you open an application in Unity mode it will be stuck in the display the main Fusion application is running, and in fullscreen mode it is not possible to have more then one display. Parallels works fine with multiple displays, but I don't like the way the mouse pointer is handled in Coherence mode: there are...

iPhone to come to a shop near you... with Vodafone

In Italy everybody was excited to hear that TIM (the mobile company of the once telecommunication monopolist Telecom Italia) would be selling the new 3G iPhone starting from this summer. But today Vodafone made an unexpected announcement: Vodafone today announced it has signed an agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone in ten of its markets around the globe. Later this year, Vodafone customers in Australia, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Italy, India, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa and Turkey will be able to purchase the iPhone for use on the Vodafone network. ...

MacBook invasion at MVP Summit 08

I was looking at blogs with reports on the MVP Summit 08 and on a post from a TFS MVP from Canberra I found this picture of one of the meeting rooms: In this little portion of the room 3 MS MVPs are using MacBookPro (highlighted with the black circles)... are MacBooks becoming one of the favorite brands of laptops for .NET developers? Technorati Tag: macbook,mvpsummit08

Win on Mac

It's already almost 2 months since I got my Mac and, while all other switcher installed a virtualization software as first thing, I'm still running on Leopard only. Probably because I still have 2 other laptop running on Windows at home (my old one and my work one). But sooner or later I've to do it: but I've not decided yet what to install. I'm leaning a bit toward Fusion. I found a very complete benchmarking that says Parallels is better than Fusion (even though Fusion is faster hosting Vista), but it compared Parallels 3.0 with Fusion 1.0...

On the press

On today's online edition of The Globe And Mail, a Canadian national newspaper, in their selection of "RECOMMENDED LINKS: BETTER I.T. IN 10 CLICKS OR LESS", they included also my post about the 18 applications for Mac. Make Macs useful Last week's Macworld Conference & Expo showcased a lot of new Apple products, including its superlight and thin MacBook Air laptop computer. In most companies, however, IT departments stick to Windows-based machines, but Simone Chiaretta may be able to change that. MsMr. Chiaretta, an Italian .Net developer, recently published "18 (almost) free applications" for the Mac, which includes text editors, FTP...

18 (almost) free applications on my Mac

A bit more than 2 weeks passed since my post with some considerations on the Mac applications available and I had a bit more time experimenting and reading some advices from other and I think I almost decided my toolbox of must-have applications, so here I'm sharing my list of apps Read More...

Buy 11 cool Mac apps for just $49

If you are like me and you followed the live coverage of the MacWorld 08 keynote you might have already seen it, but if you missed the live announcement of the MacBook Air, there is a nice offer going on at MacHeist: they are selling a bundle of 11 Mac apps, priced $368,75, for just $49. Among the many apps, I want to highlight the one I'm interested in: 1password. a password storage app integrated with all the browsers available on the Mac CoverSutra: a iTunes controller AppZapper: uninstaller for the Mac....

Migrating from Outlook to Mail on the Mac (from a non en-US PC)

One of thing I'm doing these days is to try and keep all the 35.000 email I received and sent in the last 10 years. So I looked at how to move the contents of my pst files to the standard mbox mail format. Looking on the web I found a quite interesting explanation on the Microsoft KnowledgeBase: ENT2001: How to Use IMAP to Move Messages Between a PC and a Macintosh in Entourage, Outlook, or Outlook Express What the KB article says is that you just have to create an account on an IMAP mail server, configure both clients to get emails...

A funny picture from my camera blogged with Ecto

Here is a funny picture I just took off my digital camera: all my ice climbing tools, hanging drying with my clothes This is also a test of Ecto 3 beta: after my post of yesterday about my thoughts on the applications available on the Mac, I exchanged a few emails with Adriaan Tijsseling, the developer of Ecto, and he was very nice, and immediately released a new build (b20) that fixed the problem with the categories not being downloaded (actually it was a problem in Subtext MetaWeblog API implementation, that is missing the method blogger.getUserInfo). He also pointed...

Random thoughts after one week of Mac

It's now a week since I started using my Mac and I wanted to share some random thoughts: The MacBook trackpad... WOW... it's the way trackpad should be: if configured correctly you can right-click, left-click, double-click, drag&drop and scroll (both horizontally and vertically) using only the touch surface, no need to use the only button: the most usable trackpad I ever used I'm trying to use for all my day to day tasks (reading email, browsing, chatting, blogging, reading feeds, editing HTML and text, and so on) native Mac applications, so I've...

Tips for switching from Win to a Mac

If you are like me and just bought a Mac coming from ages of Windows you might be having an hard time loosing all your habits and learning to walk again. Today I found a reference to a post of one year ago that compared how the easy things are done on a Mac and on a PC: things like what the "Apple" key is used for, why when you click on the "X" in the application bar the window is not closed but only "hidden", why there is no "Delete" key, how to install an app, and so on. I...

Cinema Display + MacBook = coolest desk ever

This is how I spent the evening: unboxing the boxes, cleaning up the mess on my desk, connecting all cables and looking for a good position for the display and the MacBook. I also took some pictures of the whole unboxing process: you can have a look at the pics on my flickr account: MacBook unpacking set. Technorati tags: Apple, MacBook, Cinema Display, desk

MacBook unpacking: -1

Yesterday evening, after work, I went to the Apple store in Milano to buy the 20" Cinema Display, the USB keyboard and the wireless mouse, and today, just before going to work, the TNT delivery man gave me the MacBook I ordered almost 2 weeks ago.   This evening will be unpacking and setup time!!! Technorati tags: Apple, MacBook, Cinema Display

Finally I did it

Today, taking advantage of the International version of the Black Friday, I finally ordered a MacBook. I went for the mid version, which is the 13", 2.2Ghz SantaRosa-based Core 2 Duo, 120GB HDD and 2GB of RAM. So now I'm officially joining the ranks of the cool people developing .NET apps on a Mac. Now the difficult decision is: Parallels or VMWare Fusion? JD went for Fusion, Damien Guard for Parallels, Andrew Butel is using Parallels. Hammett did some testing compiling Castle on Bootcamp, Parallels and Fusion, and the winner was Fusion, which was even faster then Bootcamp. I...

MacBook with Santa Rosa and GMA X3100

There were rumors back in the beginning of October said that Apple was going to update the MacBook around the beginning of November. And as usual, this promptly happened, and the first of November Apple quietly unveiled the new specs of the MacBook: same price, but new processor 2.2Ghz based on Santa Rosa and the GMA X3100 graphic card. All the other specs remain unchanged. Now it's really time to buy my new laptop. Technorati tags: MacBook, Apple

Leopard officially announced for October 26th

It's official: Leopard, the new operating system made in Apple, has been declared Gold Master, and will ship on October 26th, starting from 6pm. You can already pre-order it on the Apple Store, or buy a MacBook online, and get the new OS X for only S&H when it will be released. Mac OS X Leopard product page also display a count-down to the release time (10 days and 3 hours at the time of writing) I think I'll wait till it ships so I'll not have to bother reinstalling the operating system.

Hidden bug fix in iPod Nano Update 1.0.2

Last month I got the new iPod Nano Video (3G), and I was a bit disappointed when I saw it didn't work well with my Audi A3 iPod car radio adapter: it emulates a 6 disc CD charger (5 playlist and the all songs list) but with the new iPod it didn't recognize any playlist but only the "all songs" CD. Last week Apple released a fix for the new Nano firmware (version 1.0.2), and even if the release note doesn't include anything about problem with integration with 3rd party devices, now my iPod car adapter recognize all the playlist (well, not...

Leopard to be released on October 26th

Pardon my excitement, but finally my wait for the my next laptop is going to be over soon: the usual sources of Apple rumors say that probably Mac OS X 10.5 codename Leopard is going to be announced on October 26th. Funny to notice that at the moment Leopard is the 2nd most sold software on Amazon, and it's still in pre-sale. Technorati tags: Leopard, OS X, MacBook, Apple

Mac OS X Leopard Final Candidate and Office:mac2008

With October approaching, Apple released to the developers subscribed to the early access program a build that is said to be the first in the Release Candidate cycle, aiming at the Golden Master build by the end of October. And together with this release, the Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit announced the release date and the pricing for the next version of Office for Mac: Office:mac2008. The standard version, with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Entourage with support for Exchange will be sold at US$ 400. But if you don't need to connect to an Exchange server you can save more than 50% of the...

Yet another iPod Nano Video (3G) unboxing gallery

Last Tuesday, for my birthday, 11th September, I received a gift from my wife: the new iPod Nano Video (3G) Red. Less then a week after it has been presented to the World by Steve Jobs. So, even if not very .NET related, I wanted to post here the first impressions and some picture.     Just a little bad experience: the gift message was printed only on the shipping notice, and the cardboard shipping box was still shaped to hold the old iPod Nano 2G (tall and thin). As usual, iTunes display the exact model and color of the connected device....

New Nike + iPod interface

Yesterday Steve Jobs announced the new version of the iPods (new colors for the Shuffle, 3G Nano "fatty", iPod "classic", iPod Touch). There are a lot of posts about this, so I'm not going to increase the echo chamber effect. Just want to focus on one think that is very important to me: the Nike+ sport kit. Steve Jobs itself announced during the keynote that the new iPod Nano is compatible with the current version of the Nike+ Sport Kit, and the product page on Apple site reflects this, and provides some images of the new Nike+ UI (Thanks to...

New iPods on the way

There has been a lot of speculation in the last month after some mock-ups and UI video of the new iPods leaked. Today many sources reported that Apple will be holding an event on September 5th to present some innovations to their digital music players lineup. The invitation features a cover flow style front with the foremost album cover containing a silhouette iTunes dance holding an iPod (and the other album cover being Beatles' albums). Speculations say that Apple is going to announce OS X based iPods, probably an iPod Nano 3G with a new form factor (here a mock-up),...

What is a Mac doing in a Die Hard movie?

Today I just stumbled upon a trailer of the 4th episode of the Die Hard saga (Live Free or Die Hard) and it seemed to me that one of the actor was the guy that personifies the Mac in the Get a Mac Apple's campaign. A quick search on Google and I...

The best way to spend the lunch break: running with your iPod

Wellington waterfront is so beautiful and relaxing that you cannot avoid spending most of your spare time wandering along the promenade that surround all the Lambton Harbour. So, when it's not raining or the wind is under 20 knots I spend my lunch break running from my office till the end of Oriental Parade and return. I think that running is the best way to spend your lunch break: you get fit, you eat less, you have a "real" break from your work stuff and you enjoy the warmest hours of the day outdoor. And now that the sunset is at 5pm, it's...

iTunes causing VS to throw LoaderLock exception

Today I started getting a strange exception every time I try to enter a character in a textbox: LoaderLock detectedAttempting managed execution inside OS Loader lock. Do not attempt to run managed code inside a DllMain or image initialization function since doing so can cause the application to hang. But I was just typing a character in a test application with only a textbox, not doing anything so exotic. After banging my head against the wall for a few hours I found on MSDN forum a strange compatibility issue between Visual Studio 2005 and iTunes 7.1: LoaderLock detected, only when...

Leopard to be delayed till October

From Apple Hot News: ... we will not be able to release Leopard at our Worldwide Developers Conference in early June as planned. While Leopard's features will be complete by then, we cannot deliver the quality release that we and our customers expect from us. We now plan to show our developers a near final version of Leopard at the conference, give them a beta copy to take home so they can do their final testing, and ship Leopard in October. ... And the reason for the delay is that: iPhone contains the most sophisticated software ever...

Running with an iPod

Everybody is speaking about the 100 millionth iPod sold, so no point repeating the same thing again and again. I decided to keep my Apple/iPod posts to less than one per week. So, for this week, I want to talk about the best (in my opinion) iPod accessory: the Nike+ running kit. It is made up by and accelerometer/transmitter that sits in (or on) your shoes, and a receiver that fits into the iPod dock connector, processes the data received from the sensor, and drives the iPod display showing the current speed, distance and other useful information about your current...

Building a Zen laptop

  Here I am blogging from my laptop again. Yesterday I formatted the disks and reinstalled XP and today, as soon I came back from work, I launched all the various updates, and while I'm writing this post the installation for Visual Studio 2005 is running. Unfortunately the reinstallation didn't fix the problem I had with too much CPU in kernel time. At this point I'm pretty sure it's an HW problem, probably the disk or the disk controller. I could buy a new 2.5" disk and hope it will fix the problem, but what if the problem lies somewhere else?...

The end of online music stores as we know it?

Apple and EMI just announced that the iTunes store will be selling EMI music in AAC format without DRM. Jobs already expressed his feelings about DRM a few months ago, and now, with the partnership of EMI he made his (and probably everyone except Microsoft ) dream come true. You can read a a full coverage of the press announcement on Word of Apple website or its transcript on AppleInsider, and also the official EMI and Apple press releases. What is it going to happen starting from next May: Singles (of EMI artists) will be sold in an AAC double quality DRM-Free...

Am I an iMan?

Yesterday after work I was running on Oriental Parade, and I thinking about all the iThings my wife and I have. I've got a black iPod Nano 2Gb 1G, Daniela has a green iPod Nano 4Gb 2G, and we also have an old 20Gb iPod (4G), the wedding gift from my brother, with a custom engraving with the wedding date (22/01/2005). So we have 3 iPod. But an iPod is sad if it is left alone, so I have a lot of other iThing around my home: Lanyard Headphones for my Nano, so it hangs on my neck and wires...

iTunes 7.1 is out, with fullscreen coverflow

I'm becoming an Apple fan more and more ever day. A few days ago they just released the new iTunes, version number 7.1. Using iTunes 7.1, you can now enjoy your favorite iTunes movies, TV shows, music, and more from the comfort of your living room with Apple TV. iTunes 7.1 also supports a new full screen Cover Flow and improved sorting options to let you decide how iTunes should sort your favorite artists, albums, and songs. And they also say it should fix many of the compatibility issues it had running on Vista. If you are interested...

One step closer to the Mac

I've been thinking about getting a mac since I saw the new MacBook Pro more than one year ago: now my old 4 years old laptop (Acer Travelmate 430) is starting to have some problems (running very high on kernel mode CPU time, probably due to some HD failures) and the macbook option is getting more and more real. Probably I'll not buy a MacBook Pro since it costs too much (4.749 NZ$ or 2.499 euro), but the MacBook 13"" with 2GB of RAM is what I'll probably buy. I knew about Parallels, the software that allow you to run a Windows OS...

Again on iPhone

Just found (kudos to Luigi, a ex-colleague in Italy) an amazing video demo of the capabilities and interaction of the new iPhone. A few weeks ago I said then my next cell phone would have been a Windows Mobile 6 device. Well, after watching that video, I think I might wait till the iPhone adds 3G connectivity to enter the European market. PS: If your reader doesn't support embedded video, click here to watch the video

Vista UAC vs Mac

Apple released a bunch of new ads. (well, probably some time ago) The best is the one about the new User Access Control of Vista: If you are reading this with a newsreader that doesn't support video embedding, here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80sWifG40B0 PS: I WANT A MACBOOK!!!!