12-inch MacBook Air?

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The upcoming 12-inch Air has the fewest amount of ports ever on an Apple computer, as can be seen in the rendition above. On the left side is a standard headphone jack and dual-microphones for input and noise-canceling. On the right side is solely the new USB Type-C port. Yes, Apple is currently planning to ditch standard USB ports, the SD Card slot, and even its Thunderbolt and MagSafe charging standards on this new notebook. We must note that Apple tests several designs of upcoming products, so Apple may choose to ultimately release a new Air that does include the legacy components, though there is very little space on the edges for them.

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My first Apple laptop was a 12-inch PowerBook which I loved. My wife wondered why I didn’t get the 15-inch or 17-inch which were other options. I said it was something about that 12-inch PowerBook that looked and felt right.

I don’t think Apple would ditch the Thunderbolt connection and MagSafe both. Seems like a bit much, but I suppose it’s possible. Only time will tell.

The Talk Show Moves Networks

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One of my favorite podcasts has unexpectedly moved podcast networks! It was previously on 5by5 but is now on the Mule Radio. I don’t know the reason for the change. But people are speculating here and there.

My guess? The 5by5 Network is growing. Gruber, the main person on The Talk Show, probably couldn’t work around the scheduling contraints of the growing network. At least I hope it is that simple.

I’ll try to give the show a listen. But I’ll miss Dan and John talking on the same podcast.

Update 3: I woke up this morning, updated my Instacast and found a 5by5 special waiting for me to listen. Dan explains how it played out for him. Sounds like he was surprised about what happened. It was nice of him to at least put out a brief explanation.

Update 2: Seems the best coverage of this little drama can be found on the chandler blog. I wish a sense of finality could be brought to this subject. It appears from all the comments by those involved, or who are in the know, that it is none of our business why it went down the way it did. Transparency doesn’t apply in this matter, I guess.

Update 1: According to a Quora post it seems to have come down to money. Of course the comments are by a person listed as anonymous, so take it for what it’s worth.

I did manage to listen to the new Talk Show episode. It is not the same. I’ll give it a few more episodes. but I’m pessimestic side of it working out.

Figuring Things Out with Tomato

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Comcast made a lovely announcement last week that they were imposing bandwidth caps for their users. The limit is 250 GB a month. I have no idea how much bandwidth I use. Funny thing is Comcast is not giving users a way to determine how much bandwidth they actually use!

Comcast suggests using one of the “many online tools…to measure [your] consumption.” The problem I had was trying to find a tool that could measure all the devices in our household that access the Internet. You would think Internet access is limited to computers, but in this day and age there are many devices that access the Internet for information. We have two laptops, one desktop, two iPhones, an XBox 360 and a Nintendo Wii. I think that covers everything. So what tool would work for all these devices?

Luckily my searches stumbled upon a firmware alternative called Tomato. It did require me to purchase a Linksys WR54GL router, but I lucked out as it was on sale at Fry’s. The setup instructions were straightforward. I was up-and-running in less then twenty minutes. I am now set to track how much bandwidth I use.

I’ll let you know how it goes at the end of this month.

Another One?

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OK, last I heard, Facebook was the new MySpace.   At least that was what I heard.

I then go surfing last night looking for WordPress themes for my main blog and I stumble upon Virb.  I thought, cool looking site and all, but wasn’t sure what it was (plus, I was just looking for WordPress themes).  I then listen to the Mac Break Weekly and find out it’s the Virb that is the new MySpace.  (When is Vox getting into this mix?  Yeah, I suppose they’re not after the MySpace crowd, but Vox is pretty cool.)

So, of course I sign up.  Not much there yet, but it’s pretty cool and customizable as heck.  Very Web 2.0.  There’s a good slant on music, photos and videos there.  The basic design is clean, but like I mentioned, you can customize the style through WYSIWYG interface or through stylesheets and more.  Pretty straightforward stuff.  Give it a twirl.

Coming Clean

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Alternate Title:  Simplifying My Social (Networking) Life
 
It looks as if the big web hosting move is done.  I’ve managed to clean up 1.5 GB of data on the old service, cutting it down to a clean and manageable 512 MB of space on my new web host, TextDrive.  I’ll need to manage my space to keep under the 1 GiB.  The limit will keep me clean.
 
Doing the move also made me realize I am so spread out in the social network stuff.  I
enjoy the following sites, as of late, so I think they will stay i the rotation:

  • Flickr – I just love photography, and the social aspect Flickr brings to photography has help me grow.  The users also constantly inspire me to take more photos.
  • Vox – Flickr is to photography as Vox is to blogging, at least to me.  I have been able to read a tremendous amount of talented writing this past month I’ve been on Vox.  I only wish more of my friends and family would accept invitations I send them.
  • Last.fm – This site and service has opened me up to other music artists that I had not discovered or that I would not enjoy.
  • Yelp – Whenever I’m unsure of where to eat, Yelp has always pointed the way.  I need to contribute more to this site that has given me so many new places to eat.
  • Janella.com – I still will post, though less frequently, to the web site that started it all for me.  I think I’ll be trying more HTML / CSS / whatever-language-you-choose on the site, but I don’t think I will every abandon the site.
  • Linkedin – You never know when you or someone you know is looking for another job.

What falls by the wayside?

  • Mog – They tried to be a competing service to Last.fm.  But slight slowness and the lack of anything different has left indifferent to their offerings.
  • Yahoo! 360 – The promising power of Yahoo!  But for some reason, follow-up features are lacking.  Adding a RSS feed from Janella.com is the only thing keeping this blog updated.
  • 43 Things – A list of things to do that I never completed. I’m not too good with lists.
  • LiveJournal – Besides keeping up with my friends on LiveJournal, my blog there has only served as a mirroring service to Janella.com.  I think posting the same content to one blog is enough, right?

I’m sure I have signed up for some other services, but I can’t remember any of them right now.  I know there is a MySpace, a Friendster, and Multiply account out there some where.  I’m glad they are all free.  Imagine paying for all of those services I don’t use.

I’ve Been Vox’d!!!

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You heard about //Vox?
 
Well, Vox is the new social networking site from //Six Apart, the creators of Movable Type, TypePad, and LiveJournal – all good blogging platforms.  I’ve tried them all, and one thing is for sure: Six Apart knows their stuff.

Yes, I and everyone else I know is thinking, does the world need another social blogging network?  Well, Vox is sold on its “all about ease of use, privacy control, playing well with other web services, and staying connected to the people you care about.”  It is easy to use, and there are a lot of features in flux.

What I like: I enjoy the ability to easily integrate Flickr, Photobucket, or iStockphoto account.  I also like the ability to selections from YouTube and Amazon items in your blog entries.  The interface to create entries is simple to use as well.  I like the QotD (Question of the Day) which can prompts you to answer via a blog entry.  I also like the idea of neighborhoods – almost like adding a Flickr contact.  You don’t necessarily need to make the a Friend or Family, but you can read your favorite bloggers on Vox by having them in your Neighborhood.  Templates are nice as well.  There is advertising on your page, but it is very subtle.

What needs work: HTML tags can’t be used everywhere, such as My Profile and blog entries.  Since Vox is in Preview status, there is only a limited amount of users on the system, so only members can make comments on blog entries.  They could probably open this up with OpenID or some other method.  I would like to also see the ability to import a blog from another platform, such as LiveJournal, Blogger, or WordPress.

Overall, it has been a good experience on Vox.  Oh, so you want to see my page? Well you can view //my Vox here.

Would you like to get Vox’d?  I might send out invitations to those I know, once I receive them.  Just try it out.  At the least, you can get your name – if it isn’t taken already.