In a continuing push to break new ground in digital media, ABC (Australia) has released ABC Now, a desktop media player for select ABC digital content.

The potential of this application is huge. When I read the description of what it would do, I couldn’t wait to try it. Unfortunately the interface isn’t entirely user-friendly at the moment, but it’s in beta, so expect something great to come.

For what is obviously planned for this media player the ABC is again demonstrating why Australians go to them for original online audio and video content – because they try to make it easily accessible.

Often they succeed in the attempt, and that’s why their podcasts and vodcasts have enjoyed such popularity. ABC digital content has succeeded because it is available. If there’s not much to choose from, people move on. The ABC’s integration online of text, audio and video content is impressive, to say the least.

If you haven’t seen it, check out an example of their in-page video player on this story.


January 22, 2007 by  
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Apple recently announced the much-anticipated iPhone. It’s a camera-phone, an iPod, possibly a PDA, and wireless internet device.

One of the biggest considered drawbacks right now is the battery life, not to mention the possibility of locked-in two-year contracts with a phone provider. It may give you 16 hours of music, but only 5 hours of battery life when actually being used as a phone. While it is a rechargeable battery it’s not a replaceable one, except by Apple, so good luck with phone contact for however many days or weeks Apple keeps your phone after you send it in for a new battery.

Read all about it, and see the pictures, at iLounge.


October 6, 2006 by  
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This is my birthday present from my beautiful wife, Kate. It’s a copy of the Tiger operating system for Mac 10.4.6 – mentioned earlier here. For a while I’ve been looking forward to getting it, not so much for the features the operating system provides, but for the programs (free) that won’t run on the previous operating system. I already have a bunch of applications in a special “10.4+” folder patiently waiting for good use – or simply for playing – with Tiger.

But it’s still wrapped in plastic, and I have vowed not to take it out until I have completed all my assignments… I look forward to using it one day.

It’s Superapple!

September 8, 2006 by  
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What’s that?!
Apple Patent design possibilities
Up there, in the sky!
Apple patent application possibilities

It’s a bird!
It’s a plane!
It’s an iPod!!
Or a phone!
It’s a… PDA?
Maybe an MP3 player?

Is it a camera…!?

I don’t get it.

Sorry, what is it?



MacNN has posted some of the contents of a patent filed by Apple for a “Multi-functional hand-held device”, which isn’t giving a whole lot away. It could be any one, or combination, of those things above. Impressive if they did actually manage to fit all of those features into something smaller than a brick.


August 8, 2006 by  
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The Mac OSX operating system’s versions have each been named after a member of the feline family. I’m running 10.3.9, which is Panther. While the current version I crave is 10.4+, Tiger, the unreleased version 10.5, Leopard (sneak peek), is set to be released in Spring 2007.

I also crave 1.2gB of memory, but that’s another story.

Leopard Tracker
Apple lifts lid of OS X Leopard
Apple rolls Xeon-based Mac, tips next OS


May 24, 2006 by  
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Five days ago I downloaded this program for Mac, Journler. It seems at first glance to possibly provide something I have been looking for in a blogging client. I spend a lot of time on the internet, a large portion of that looking at or for time-saving (free) applications. Perhaps if I didn’t spend so much time looking for or at these programs I would get more work done. I digress.

What I have wanted is a blogging interface that allows me to write offline, and easily post later at my online convenience. Some have seemed to provide me with that, but saving and then pulling up the posts again, editing them and keeping them in an easily accessible and understandable order has been lacking. Rather than a blogging interface, Journler is just that, a journal. As an extra, it allows you to blog journal entries. This means that instead of simply interacting with the blog, everything is on my hard drive. To really appreciate the promise this seems to hold, you would have to download and see what I’m talking about. Unfortunately if you don’t use a Mac, you would also have to spend a couple thousand dollars making the Apple switch as well.

The beauty is that you simply write a journal. Isn’t that what a blog is? Only if you want to lay everything out there. This is a journal where you can feel free to write poorly, then pick and choose which journal entries to post to your blog – the others remain private if you so wish, stashed away on your hard drive, yet accessible in an easily navigable way. Not only that, but you can record audio within the application, add music directly from iTunes, pictures directly from iPhoto, add video – all in a single journal entry and all within the program.

Now I sing the praises, while this is the first journal entry I have done with the full intention of sending it out as a blog post. Other paid-for blogging interfaces are Ecto and MarsEdit. They have free trial periods I will take advantage of during the World Cup to assess their useability and suitability. Until then, however, I’m going to give this a run and see how it goes. One downfall is that it says there is no support for WordPress, which is what my blog runs on. I will however, still see if I can get it to work.

I was unsuccessful. I think if I was running Mac OSX 10.4 (Tiger) I could get it to work, but I’m on 10.3.9 (Jaguar). The next version of the program is going to have the direct blogging option available for more blogging clients, including WordPress. Unfortunately, that too will only be compatible with Tiger. This means I still have to export content from the program somewhere else and then post it. My 30 seconds is valuable! Actually it isn’t so much. If it was I would be working on my assignment due next week.


September 27, 2005 by  
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Back from holiday. Just quickly throwing these things out there because I need some help

  1. Skype – I’m trying to configure Skype to record straight into Garageband (or other similar/better audio recording software for the purpose of online voice interviews. I’ve seen some stuff but am yet to get it to work. Specifically, I can’t find a step-by-step guide I saw a few months ago that dealt with Skype to Garageband specifically.
  2. Does anyone know how to make an iPod function as a storage device that will work in both Macs and Windows-based computers? I thought I had enabled it on my mac, but when I went and tried to use it on PCs at university it wasn’t recognised, and asked if I wanted to format my external storage device in FAT32 format or something. I didn’t because I didn’t know whether or not that would end up being a bad thing for the iPod as a whole, and didn’t want to lose the files I HAD transferred onto it.
  3. Quick links. Because I hardly have time to read these, but I really want to, maybe after putting these links here I can shut all the tabs and unclutter my desktop. These are all the websites I have open in tabs at the moment, with plans to read in full. Some are read and awaiting posting here, but this will have to do.

Alright, there’s a big storm rumbling through, and I’ve been trying to rush this post so I can unplug everything. Take care, see you soon. Oh yes, and help with 1. and 2. above would be appreciated.

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