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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 07:48pm on 05/06/2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
This week we gained possession of a pair of 8GB iPod Touches, through a surprisingly generous rebate program.

The iPod Touch is unlike any previous iPods, but is very similar to the iPhone. It's basically an iPhone without the phone, camera, or bluetooth. That doesn't sound like it leaves much, but what it leaves is high-resolution video iPod functionality, plus wi-fi networking, built on top of a miniature Mac OS X complete with web browser, email client, and other programs.

Apple's firmware doesn't allow adding apps that aren't already there, other than using web apps designed for the iPhone/iTouch platform. (A new firmware version coming soon will open this up a bit, but not by much.) However, people have figured out ways of fixing ("jailbreaking") the firmware to allow installing third-party apps, and there's even a de-facto standard packaging/installing system to make it easy to get and install programs.

A Linux guy gets started with iPod Touch )
Jailbreak for the good stuff )
Some added applications )
Music! )
Video )

So yeah, quite the fun toy here.....
Mood:: 'geeky' geeky
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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 06:23pm on 15/01/2008 under , , ,
Every so often I look at Apple's laptops, such as the just-announced ultra-thin MacBook Air and think "hmm, those are nice, maybe I should get one of those sometime."

Then I notice (again) that there's only one "mouse" button. I use three all the time (in Linux the middle button is a quick Paste of whatever's highlighted, and also opens links in a new tab). I could even get by with two buttons. But not one. And adding an external mouse kind of misses the point of ultra-portability.

Maybe someday there'll at least be a way to retrofit another button or two in there. Until then, sadly, no Macbook for me.

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