A New Feline is on the Prowl

Apple’s latest major operating system upgrade, Tiger, is being released to the world at large today. Those of us lucky enough to own Macs get to enjoy the benefit of a truly modern computing environment.

(Windows users will have to wait almost two more years before Microsoft pulls them out of the XP Stone Age with “Longhorn,” the next major Windows upgrade).

Tiger features over 150 new features and I’d say most revolve around two themes: integration and openness.

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Silly Machines Beget Silly Machines

At the entrance to Science World in Vancouver is a gargantuan machine. It’s noisy, ugly and performs absolutely no function of any value. It just moves balls of all sizes around, lifting them, dropping them, tossing them.

Oddly, it always has a crowd. I don’t see why. Its paint is peeling, it’s dirty, its motions are awkward and clunky… I suppose it has a certain charm, but really — it’s just a pile of junk.

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Handheld Computing On Its Last Legs

It’s clear that the end of the PDA era is nigh.

PDA’s are those infamous little digital daytimers that have been ridiculed by everyone from Bart Simpson to David Letterman.

Really, it’s good riddance to bad rubbish. This is one piece of technology that was never quite properly executed and, as a result, has driven itself into a state of irrelevance. As laptop computers become the norm and cell phones carry ever more information and function, the Stone Age concept of a handheld digital calendar has had its day.

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Sony’s PSP Suffers From a Beta Relapse

Sony has a funny way of constantly trying to reinvent the wheel — it’s as if their engineers are in a constant state of denial that the circle is its optimal shape.

A couple of the key technologies that makes up Sony’s phenomenal new mobile game player, the PSP, are proprietary. Oddly, these bits are nothing remarkable. In fact, they already exist in other standard technical forms. But Sony historically seems to like doing things their own way, despite their best interests.

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On the Wagon

Psp_back_full_1_1I’m sitting here writing through some pretty tough TD’s, my (former) PSP packaged up and ready to go back to Superstore.

It kinda breaks my heart, I love the little gadget, but it’s gotta go back. I’ve already bought an extra game for it, which I suppose I’ll chalk up as a loss, and I’ve been waiting for MVP 2005.

Unfortunately, I gotta say, see ya later, PSP. Why?

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Sony’s PSP is a Game Freak’s Crack Pipe

I careen down a twisting mountainside racetrack and lob a ball of fiery
napalm ahead. Mr. Grimm’s motorcycle explodes in a dizzying flash of
flames as my armoured vehicle ploughs through the debris.

I turn to drive through a shallow swimming pool, sending tourists
scurrying for cover. Ahead on the road is the nimble beach car piloted
by the ghost teenager, Krista Sparks. I open my missile bays and launch
a volley of heat-seeking rockets. The dead kid’s vehicle stumbles. I
fire more missiles and her car is reduced to rubble in an impressive
explosion.

All this from bed as I wait for exhaustion to put me under where I lie.

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On the Wagon

Psp_back_full_1_1I’m sitting here writing through some pretty tough TD’s, my (former) PSP packaged up and ready to go back to Superstore.

It kinda breaks my heart, I love the little gadget, but it’s gotta go back. I’ve already bought an extra game for it, which I suppose I’ll chalk up as a loss, and I’ve been waiting for MVP 2005.

Unfortunately, I gotta say, see ya later, PSP. Why?

First off, I’m suffering from truly debilitating pain in my right hand and forearm. Last night as I was reading a book (Princes of Ireland), I could barely turn a page. And yesterday I was almost unable to write my phone number on a government contract. My crack in the News column about not being able to write a shopping list is not bullocks, it’s totally true. My hand is screwed.

As well, as I was driving last night I suffered yet another photosensitive seizure. They’re okay if they only happen when I’m walking down the street, but when I’m driving? That’s bad news.

It was a big decision for a gadget freak like myself. I truly love this little device and was honestly addicted to it. The gamin quality is awesome and the screen is dreamy. But, heck, maybe it’s better this way. Summer in the Yukon is coming and I shouldn’t promote gaming activites to Cole.

All the same, there’s a tear in my eye.