Saturday, April 30, 2005
Friday, April 29, 2005
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Flip4Mac WMV Player
Flip4Mac WMV Player plays back Windows Media Video 7,8,9 SD and HD, and Windows Media Video 9 Advanced in QuickTime Player directly. Flip4Mac WMV Player Pro includes all the playback capabilities of the WMV Player, plus import Windows Media Video 7,8,9 and Windows Media Video 9 Advanced, convert to other QuickTime formats and editing of Windows Media files. Now if somebody could write a similar software for using Real Media files on the Mac directly in QuickTime...
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
MacOSX 10.4 (Tiger): first impressions on Mac mini
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Jazz Festival Vienna 6/28 to 7/29
Monday, April 25, 2005
Grolsch Blikbeugel can-to-bottle-converter
Although I don´t like beer cans for environmental reasons, I still like the idea of the beer brewery Grolsch from Netherlands. The Blikbeugel converts a beer can into a bottle, including that old fashioned snap on to close the "bottle". I guess it only works with beer cans from Grolsch, but I will try to get a Blikbeugel ASAP for testing purposes ;-)
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Trypod speaker for MP3 players
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Friday, April 22, 2005
"Champi Chute", a parachute for champagne corks
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Just received a Sony MFM-HT75W for testing purposes. Basically its a WXGA (1280*768) LCD monitor with TV tuner. What makes it truly outstanding is a Sony technology named "X-black". Believe it or not, an X-black LCD looks so much better than any LCD I have seen anywhere! When you look at more than a dozen LCDs at an electronics retailer all in one row, the X-blacks stand out of the "ordinary" LCDs like in the old times the Sony Trinitron TVs among the rest of the world. But beware: there are a lot of Sony LCDs that look just as dull as the ordinary LCDs, these are the Sonys without X-black technology. One big caveat, though: right now X-black is available in some Sony subnotebooks with 10" WXGA up to 19" SXGA LCD monitors, but not bigger. So I will wait for my next 30" LCD monitor/TV until Sony brings X-black to bigger monitors, too.
Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Brother MFC-620CN arrived
Just got a Brother MFC-620CN plus NC-2200W wireless print server. Its a printer/scanner/fax with built in answering machine and flash card reader/writer. Some small details: it supports USB 2, but only at 12 Mbps, the Compact Flash slot supports only Type 2 cards, so no MicroDrives! Right now it is connected via USB, but I will try the Ethernet and WLAN connectivity, too. Supposedly some options like network scanning don´t work on MacOSX. I will test and see... BTW: the European version does not include the handset shown on the left side of the picture above.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
finally a picture of the Panasonic AG-HVX200
Monday, April 18, 2005
Panasonic HD camcorder for 6000$
At NAB in Las Vegas Panasonic showed off its new AG-HVX200 camcorder: 3 CCD, 16:9, supports DVCPRO including HD, 1080/60i, 1080/24p, 1080/30p, 720/60p, 720/24p, 720/30p, 480/60i, 480/24p, 480/30p, multi-codec DVCPRO HD, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO and DV, uses P2 Flash memory up to 4GB (soon 8GB). Price: $5995. Up to now a DVCPRO HD camcorder was not available at less than 60000$.
Sunday, April 17, 2005
DVD Video Zoom in MacOS X 10.4
The new "DVD Video Zoom" feature in MacOS X 10.4 let´s you magnify the video image to reduce or eliminate the black letterbox bars that appear on some DVDs while maintaining high video quality. Finally!
Saturday, April 16, 2005
burn ISO9660 CDs in MacOS X 10.4...
According to Apple, MacOSX 10.4 can burn CD and DVD disk images for any supported file system. Finally a way to burn standard ISO9660 CDRs for my Vieta MP3 car radio?
Friday, April 15, 2005
MacOS X 10.4 server as Airport base station?
Thursday, April 14, 2005
.NET VNC Viewer
There is a .NET VNC Viewer, that could be compatible with the Samsung Nexio XP40, that I mentioned yesterday. The author tested it on Windows, PocketPCs and SmartPhones, and writes, it should work with Windows CE devices with .NET Compact Framework 1.0 installed.
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Samsung NEXiO XP40
Just read a preview of the Samsung NEXiO XP40 at InfoSync. Especially the 5" LCD with 800*600 pixels, WLAN and optional Bluetooth would put it way ahead of VGA PocketPCs. If there is a VNC client for it and if the battery life is reasonable, which means for me one long day while using WLAN and Bluetooth quite a lot, this could be my new dream machine. BTW: the image shows the "old" Samsung NEXiO XP30 with WVGA resolution, that was announced last year...
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
MacOS X 10.4 available April 29th
Monday, April 11, 2005
Flip4Mac plays Windows media in QuickTime player
Sunday, April 10, 2005
my Mac mini arrived
On Friday I received my Mac mini from the AppleStore. It was built to order as 1,4GHz/80GB model with additional Bluetooth, AirPortExtreme and international system software. I also bought a 512MB RAM expansion and the DVItoVideo adapter for connecting to a TV. As soon as I receive my new Fujitsu Siemens PocketLoox 720 I will be able to control and view it from the palm of my hand...
Saturday, April 09, 2005
FlipStart (re-) design?
Friday, April 08, 2005
FlipStartPC available 2005?
FlipStart showed a tiny Windows XP computer at Demo2004 in 2/05 and hinted at an availability date of January 2005, which obviously didn´t happen. The specs look very interesting. A size of 14,8*10,1*2,6cm, 450 grams weight, 1GHz CPU, WinXP, QWERTY keyboard, 30GB hard drive, 256MB RAM, 5,6” 1024*600 LCD, 8MB VRAM, 802.11b/g, optional Bluetooth and mobile phone network access modules, USB2. The FlipStart´s lid features an optional control and display unit to allow users to check email, play MP3s or check personal information without having to open up the machine, lithium-ion polymer battery (2-6 hours battery life), internal mic speaker with headphones and ear bud jacks, 1.3MP digital camera.
Thursday, April 07, 2005
Google maps with satellite images overlay
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
Sony NW-HD5 available 5/05
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Monday, April 04, 2005
Sunday, April 03, 2005
TypeIt4Me 2.1 for MacOSX
There is a new version of TypeIt4Me for MacOSX. TypeIt4Me expands your abbreviations as you type. YES, it’s like autotext, BUT TypeIt4Me works in ALL applications, not just one. There is a version for Classic, too, which can use the same abbreviations file as the MacOSX version. Cost is 27$. I use it since more than ten years and it is one of my most essential utilities on all my Macs since then.
Saturday, April 02, 2005
Solio solar charger
At MacWorld Expo in San Francisco Solio introduced their solar charger with built-in rechargeable battery. Within a few weeks they will introduce a new model, that finally gets rid of their proprietary plugs and will use standard USB connectors to recharge a huge variety of mobile phones, PDAs, MP3 players and all types of electronic gadgets, that can be recharged via USB.
Friday, April 01, 2005
PatchBurn 3.1 for MacOSX is final now
PatchBurn 3.1 is a tool to patch existing CD/DVD-drivers (under Mac-OS X 10.2.x) or to generate and install new device profiles (under Mac-OS 10.3.x and later). It allows many, otherwise unsupported burners to be used directly with Mac-OS X, iTunes and DiscBurner. Absolutely essential!