Google gets Wiki with it

Today Google announced they have purchased the wiki company JotSpot. I personally have never used JotSpot in the past, but almost any wiki service has to be better than MediaWiki. WetPaint has become my favorite wiki client of late, and I certainly hope that JotSpot is as easy to use for the wiki crowd as WetPaint is.

Registration is down currently for new users, but look for it to be up soon where you can use your Google ID to sign in.

I look forward to how Google will integrate this into their new “office” type suite of products. I think that it could tie in quite well with Google Notebook.

$29 iPod shuffle 512


Yes the new 2nd Generation iPod shuffle is now shipping, and should be on shelves by Friday, but you can get one of the first generation ones for only $29. Simply check the Apple Special Deals section on the Apple Store.

I’ve had one of these from the day they came out, and it is still a great iPod and even better flash drive (thumb drive). These make a great Christmas present. They don’t qualify for free shipping (unless you order 2), but that only adds $4 to the price.

Look for this on the Apple Store to find the Special Deals:

Buy one today before they run out. (digg)

Windows Vista packaging


From the Windows Vista blog:

Designed to be user-friendly, the new packaging is a small, hard, plastic container that’s designed to protect the software inside for life-long use. It provides a convenient and attractive place for you to permanently store both discs and documentation. The new design will provide the strength, dimensional stability and impact resistance required when packaging software today. Our plan is to extend this packaging style to other Microsoft products after the launch of Windows Vista and 2007 Office system.

A copy of the now-popular MyBook drive casing?

Boot Camp 1.1.2


Apple has released Boot Camp 1.1.2 today with the following changes:

Changes in Boot Camp 1.1.2 beta

Boot Camp 1.1.2 beta contains several updates and is intended for all new and previous Boot Camp beta users.

Boot Camp 1.1.2 beta includes:

  • Support for the latest Intel-based Macintosh computers
  • Easier partitioning using presets for popular sizes
  • Ability to install Windows XP on any internal disk
  • Support for built-in iSight cameras
  • Support for built-in microphones
  • Support for the Apple USB Modem
  • Trackpad scrolling and right-click support on Apple Laptops
  • Improved Apple keyboard support including Delete, PrintScreen, NumLock, and ScrollLock keys
  • Improved International Apple keyboard support

Make sure if you are upgrading to create a new Windows XP driver cd and install that to get these upgraded features.

Bose TriPort IE: Unboxing and Review

Bose TriPort IELast week I got all excited when I saw Bose released ear buds at under $100. After a great weekend at the casino, I decided to take some of my earnings and buy a pair. I went into Best Buy for the first time in almost a year, and remembered why I don’t shop retail for electronics. I can’t stand every 3 feet someone asking if they can help me or if I need a service plan for that item.

I got the headphones and headed over to Panera to sit down and take some unboxing pictures.

Bose TriPort IE

I put the ear buds in and plugged in my iPod. Typically I listen to alternative rock, and I have to say it sounded horrible. The bass would overload the ear buds and the sound quality went to crap.

Bose TriPort IEFor acoustic music and just guitar sounds, it was amazing, but once the bass kicked in, it was all downhill from there. I even got a cd out and attempted to listen to the music at it’s lossless format, still horrible. I downloaded an mp3 at 320VBR and still wasn’t impressed. There is nothing worth the price about these ear buds. They even feel like they are going to fall out of your ear at any moment.
I was quite surprised at the horrible quality of these ear buds, being a previous Bose customer of the Quiet Comfort 2 and SoundDock for iPod and highly impressed at the sound quality of those items.

The case it comes with is quite convenient for the ear buds, but with the sound quality so shitty I went back to Best Buy and returned them. I simply felt the quality of the new ear buds Apple is shipping were better then these.
Bose TriPort IE

All in all, I would say to stay away from these ear buds. I’ve never tried out a pair of the Shure ear buds, but I would put stock in the fact that they are better than these.

Check out all of the unboxing photos here.

iPod shuffle 2.0 shipping

There have been rumors that the new iPod shuffles have been moved back to late November, but an iPod shuffle ordered within the last 2 weeks has a shipping date of today with a FedEx tracking number.

I’m not sure about when anyone like Amazon will be getting the shuffles in to ship, but they have removed the estimated ship date.

I can’t wait to get my new shuffle.

.Mac Webmail all AJAX'd up

Apple .Mac 4.0 Online ServiceWell the sneak peak of the new .Mac webmail sign is down, and in place is a brand new AJAX based interface for your .Mac email address. The new features include:

  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Quick Reply
  • Drag-and-drop functionality
  • A message pane
  • Message flagging
  • Address Book integration
  • Message previews

Check it our for yourself today if you are a .mac user. If you aren’t buy it here for only $79.

MacBook RSS Solved


Apple has released a firmware update for all MacBooks, even those who have received a warranty repair. It is only a 770k download and can be found via Software Update or at this page.

Firmware 1.0 fixed the “moo-ing” on the MacBooks, and this one is designed to fix the Random Shutdown Syndrome. I’ve personally never had this problem, but I know a bunch of friends who have.