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Just to let everyone know, I am officially moving the site to it’s own domain, so I can set up a custom design there. The new address is http://www.liltechguy.com. If you don’t see any posts there, don’t be alarmed, as I am in the middle of exporting the posts from here to there. I will be taking down this wordpress account in 2 weeks. 

Aside from trying to get this blog back up and rolling, I am also working on another, krishammons.com. This site showcases a few of my past web projects and will mainly be used to promote my freelancing web design service. Any ideas on how to incorporate this blog with the site?

I decided now would be a good time to slide in one more post before the much anticipated iPhone. Since I won’t be getting one for some time, I promise, no more iPhone post for a while, haha. But, I wanted to add in my bit of opinion of what iPhone could end up being and if it even will be successful.

Apple has been through all of this before. A big product, amazing innovations, and a result of altering the industry. However, this third go around is a bit different. Apple has put a lot of energy and money this time in publicizing the iPhone and its amazing features.  Never has a consumer product received so much hype and talk a whole 6 months or so before it is even launched. It is obvious that Apple views this as an extremely major product release that isn’t just going to be another great phone but change the industry.Seeing the advanced technologies that go into iPhone, and how well they seem to work together and create a truly unique user experience, I believe the phone will have a tremendous impact on the mobile market. The phone could very well be a dud with consumers because of the price, service carrier and a number so potential ‘annoyances’ that come with a ‘1.0’ version of any product. I doubt it will flop – Apple mania is just too big – but even if it is a flop, the technologies under the hood will be a game changer. The accelerometer, touch screen, customized keyboard, and the ‘pinch’ will completely change how consumers look at and react with their mobile devices. Have we seen these technologies before? Of course, geeks have seen all of these technologies in concept products for a while now. However, once again, Apple is implementing all the right technologies at the right time. For Apple, it is about taking leading edge technologies, making it solid and usable for the common person, and implementing it in a way like no other.

Finally, all I will say is to mark your calendars because June 29th, 2007 will be a day that consumer electronics and technology history remembers for a long time to come. Whether iPhone is a success or failure. 

Following up on media coverage of Apple much anticipated device, Walt Mossberg and the Wall Street Journal has released his review of the iPhone. Mossberg called the keyboard a ‘nonissue’ though he did admit it took him about 5 days to really become fluent with typing on it. Furthermore, he did note several flaws of the device such as AT&T’s exclusive deal with Apple and its slow EDGE network. All in all, Mossberg says that the iPhone sets a new bar for smartphones to date.

You can read his article here, or view his video review here

I am a huge fan of David Pogue, a technology journalist for the New York Times. So, like many wanting insight, it was great to see David Pogue’s take on the iPhone. David Pogue seems to feel that while there are mis-steps, the many good things about iPhone overshadow the bad.

You can read the rest of his article here.

There are tons and tons of quickies out there in the world. Luckily though, the quickies on this blog won’t get you fired or divorced. My first ever Mac quickie is so easy!

If you’ve ever found yourself wanting to know about your Mac, check out Apple’s recently made video podcast. Apple is using their Geniuses to release one ‘Quick Tip’ per week on a podcast. Like all other podcasts, the easiest way to get the weekly installment is to open up iTunes and search for ‘Apple Quick Tip’ within the podcasts section of the Apple Store. This will not only give you the most recent tip, but continue to give you new podcasts as they come available. If you don’t want to mess with iTunes or load your hard drive with video tips, you can go to the latest tip directly on Safari or your favorite browser; just point your browser to www.apple.com/business/videotips .

I believe that to do something well, you must first love what it is that you’re doing. Secondly, and perhaps even more important, you also must be informed and knowledgeable on what you are doing to do it effectively. Working with these two cocepts as I recently sorted through my blog post, I began to realize that there’s a definite trend to the last several posts on this blog — they are all Mac and/or Apple related. I also realized that being a college student doesn’t allow me to do actual technology reviews of hardware products like I would like to do for this blog. Those things, along with my recent full-time switch from Windows to the Mac, is what has lead me to change the content of this blog to Apple content only. Since most of my content has been Mac related, you – the reader – will not notice much difference. However, I plan to really focus solely on the Mac and Apple related content from hardware/software announcements to third party software reviews. So stay tuned and enjoy a future of Apple craziness that I love to write about.

As Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference was kicked off by Apple CEO Steve Job’s keynote presentation, Apple’s stock fell. During and shortly after the keynote address, Apple’s stock price slid over $4 per share. The slide is believed to be caused by the lack of enthusiasm by Mac developers and the ill-received news that iPhone would be able to have 3rd party apps developed for it, but only via Web 2.0 in Safari, iPhone’s web browser. This wasn’t exactly what the developers were looking for and the market vigorously responded.

Part of the slide could also be due to high expectations by traders and market analyst about today’s keynote. The fact is that market analyst like to think that each time Steve Jobs walks on stage, something revolutionary is going to end up announced, unveiled or talked about. However, those who follow technology close expected more than what the keynote offered, a recap of features slated to appear in Leopard, which ships later this year.

I am right on the heals of hearing Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs, wrap up this years WWDC keynote. I have to say that while the keynote didn’t introduce any big-ticket items that some Mac fans were looking for, I think it was what everyone realistically thought would happen. The biggest and most pleasant surprise came right out of the gate when EA Games announced that it will be bringing some of its most popular titles to the Mac, including EA Sports favorites starting in August. Steve continued on into Leopard, and like last year, showed 10 new features coming in the new version of OS X. He unveiled the sleek new desktop and finder, which all appear to be big gains; but, both are more or less eye candy. A new previewing feature called Quick look was introduced and that also looks very nice. Beyond that, nothing ‘new’ was really shown about Leopard. Steve Jobs re-outlined the features shown at last year’s WWDC.

Once the 10 features were covered, Jobs announced that Apple’s Safari has grown to nearly 5% of the browser market share. Furthermore, Apple plans to port Safari fully over to Windows XP/Vista. This should be very interesting and Steve announced that a beta of Safari 3 for Windows and OS X Tiger will be available today via www.apple.com/safari

Finally, ‘one more thing …’

Apple announced that it will open developers to the iPhone via Safari. Meaning that developers will be able to develop applications for iPhone using the latest in web standards within iPhone’s Safari browser. This news proved to be unpleasing to most developers, who wanted all out control to develop more client style apps for Apple’s much anticipated phone.

I will post more on this soon as possible but so far, this keynote is exactly what many expected. Sure, the games and Safari news was a surprised, but both are definite positives for Apple. While developers appear to be unpleased, I think it is not a decision that Apple wanted to make but had to because of AT&T. Much like Apple is puppeted with iTunes and DRM. Steve Jobs is all about healthy partnerships and he knows that forcing too much can hurt those partnerships. Apple also realizes that web development is a hot thing right now and is really where things are headed. So, this development move does not surprise or even upset me.

I just finished talking with some family who have come to visit. They came by and noticed that I had recently switched to a Mac and was asking me about the pros and cons to owning and operating a Mac. Being just casual users, I was quite surprised at the complexity of their questions that most users would not even think about. In ending the conversation at the time, I finished with the idea that I do still use Windows on my Mac since I have an Intel iMac and basically said that both have its advantages and disadvantages and that for me OS X and the Mac suits me better. I began thinking later, however, about the idea of how important the Operating System of a computer really is and how important (or unimportant) it will be in the coming years. As online products evolve, such as the free online services Google provides, the need for typical desktop applications will decline. I am already using an online word processor, spreadsheet, calendar, and RSS reader. Because of the services, I am able to go anywhere, on anyone’s computer and use the services I want with the settings I have set. So, as you use Windows, Linux or OS X machines, remember that they will never be as important for the average user as they once were. Will traditional operating systems die? No way, there are still definite advantages for power users and content creators. However, to the one who wishes to just email, read news, and share photos, the operating system will become ever more transparent.