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The iPod to measure value of currencies

For some years, the price of McDonald´s Big Mac was used to gauge the value of a specific currency. Now one of Australia´s largest bank has developed a new indicator for foreign exchange based on Apple´s ubiquitous digital music player. iPod nano

One of the basic differences between the two foreign exchange indicators is that whereas Big Macs are made in a host of countries, iPods are made only in China and in theory it should cost the same anywhere – with some allowances made to import duties and volume discounts.

The first reading of the iPod index for 26 countries listed Brazil as the place where the iPod is most expensive and Canada where it is the cheapest. No surprise there. My brothers always ask me to buy electronic equipment for them when I go to Brazil for the holidays. I once went to the Brazilian Apple site and was shocked by the cost of computers. My 12″ Powerbook, which cost me about CDN $ 1,800 (roughly about BR$ 3,500-4,000) was listed at almost 10,000 brazilian reais!!! That would be almost CDN$ 5,000 at the time. For that reason alone, I leave my Powerbook at home when I go to Brazil…

If you want to know more about the iPod index, go here.

January 23, 2007 at 10:30 am 2 comments

Keynote address

Here’s what the new iPhone looks like:

iPod features:

Internet:

Cell phone:

January 13, 2007 at 7:33 pm Leave a comment

I’m a computer gadget freak

I have a confession to make.

I’m a computer geek. Have been for as long as I can remember. My husband and I can’t go into electronics stores because I can’t be trusted to play the responsible wife and say “you don’t really need another gadget, honey”. Truth is, I want the gadget or the new computer as much as he does.

I remember the first computer my family had. My dad has always been keen about new technology, you see. We weren’t wealthy, we never owned our home, but we were the first to have a video game console in our street (before Atari, when all it could play was ping pong), we were the first to have a vcr (my brothers and I quickly converted our bedroom into a movie threatre and would put signs out announcing the movie of the week and charging our friends some token amount to watch it), and we were the first among our friends to have a PC.

It was a big clunky machine with a green screen and no hard drive to speak off. If you wanted to write a text, first you had to insert a diskette on drive A and load the word processing software and then load a blank diskette on drive B to save your work. It ran DOS. It was hard to use. You had to know all sorts of command codes just to type the stupid text. But when we loaded the Prince of Persia video game my brothers and I were blown away. After years of playing pac man in Atari, Oddyssey, and the like, the graphics on the computer were unbelievable. When the prince jumped, you could see his muscles flexing. We were hooked.

I had similar wow moments – truly blown-away reactions – at other points in my life. Like when a cousin of my cousin, introduced us to the internet and IRC chat rooms before the internet was widely available to the public. The cousin worked for the World Health Organization in Brasilia and had internet at work. When I first sat down in front of his computer and typed “hello” and someone on the other side of the world said “hello, where are you from?” back, I was totally mesmerized. Of course we could contact people on the other side of the world before through the telephone, but who’s going to pick up a phone and dial some random number in Australia? I came back from that vacation at my cousin’s telling my dad “we MUST get internet”. So we upgraded our computer, bought a modem, updated our OS, and joined the internet back in July 1996. I met my husband on the internet in September of that year.

I’ve had another wow moment this week. I had read about the iPhone and seen the pictures and was sufficiently blown away by it all. But this morning I finally watched Steve Jobs’ keynote address and his demo of the iPhone. It’s incredible. I don’t think Apple is far off when they say they reinvented the phone. Each element of the device – internet, ipod, cell phone – is revolutionary in its interface and ease of use. We can all bicker about the lack of hard drive space (4-8 gigabytes may not be enough for some people), the inability to run things like Skype on it, the fact that it comes with exclusive contract with Cingular phone services in the US. All these things are details that will evolve with time. Hard drives will become smaller and more powerful allowing small devices like the iPhone to handle much larger drives without compromise in speed, battery life, size or weight. I believe that phone companies as we know it – cellular or not – will no longer exist in the future. Instead, all our comunications will be done through the internet through programs like Skype.

Right now I’m just wowed and sad. Wowed for witnessing the development of another revolutionary product. And sad that it probably won’t be available in Canada for a very. long. time. And that’s too much for a computer geek like me to handle…

January 13, 2007 at 2:46 pm 5 comments

I’m a computer gadget freak

I have a confession to make.

I’m a computer geek. Have been for as long as I can remember. My husband and I can’t go into electronics stores because I can’t be trusted to play the responsible wife and say “you don’t really need another gadget, honey”. Truth is, I want the gadget or the new computer as much as he does.

I remember the first computer my family had. My dad has always been keen about new technology, you see. We weren’t wealthy, we never owned our home, but we were the first to have a video game console in our street (before Atari, when all it could play was ping pong), we were the first to have a vcr (my brothers and I quickly converted our bedroom into a movie threatre and would put signs out announcing the movie of the week and charging our friends some token amount to watch it), and we were the first among our friends to have a PC.

It was a big clunky machine with a green screen and no hard drive to speak off. If you wanted to write a text, first you had to insert a diskette on drive A and load the word processing software and then load a blank diskette on drive B to save your work. It ran DOS. It was hard to use. You had to know all sorts of command codes just to type the stupid text. But when we loaded the Prince of Persia video game my brothers and I were blown away. After years of playing pac man in Atari, Oddyssey, and the like, the graphics on the computer were unbelievable. When the prince jumped, you could see his muscles flexing. We were hooked.

I had similar wow moments – truly blown-away reactions – at other points in my life. Like when a cousin of my cousin, introduced us to the internet and IRC chat rooms before the internet was widely available to the public. The cousin worked for the World Health Organization in Brasilia and had internet at work. When I first sat down in front of his computer and typed “hello” and someone on the other side of the world said “hello, where are you from?” back, I was totally mesmerized. Of course we could contact people on the other side of the world before through the telephone, but who’s going to pick up a phone and dial some random number in Australia? I came back from that vacation at my cousin’s telling my dad “we MUST get internet”. So we upgraded our computer, bought a modem, updated our OS, and joined the internet back in July 1996. I met my husband on the internet in September of that year.

I’ve had another wow moment this week. I had read about the iPhone and seen the pictures and was sufficiently blown away by it all. But this morning I finally watched Steve Jobs’ keynote address and his demo of the iPhone. It’s incredible. I don’t think Apple is far off when they say they reinvented the phone. Each element of the device – internet, ipod, cell phone – is revolutionary in its interface and ease of use. We can all bicker about the lack of hard drive space (4-8 gigabytes may not be enough for some people), the inability to run things like Skype on it, the fact that it comes with exclusive contract with Cingular phone services in the US. All these things are details that will evolve with time. Hard drives will become smaller and more powerful allowing small devices like the iPhone to handle much larger drives without compromise in speed, battery life, size or weight. I believe that phone companies as we know it – cellular or not – will no longer exist in the future. Instead, all our comunications will be done through the internet through programs like Skype.

Right now I’m just wowed and sad. Wowed for witnessing the development of another revolutionary product. And sad that it probably won’t be available in Canada for a very. long. time. And that’s too much for a computer geek like me to handle…

January 13, 2007 at 2:46 pm 5 comments

Analysis of iPhone

Here´s a good analysis of the iPhone and why it can be seen as a revolutionary product:

The Dust settles: iPhone aftermath

January 11, 2007 at 5:21 pm Leave a comment

iPhone: my new consumer dream…

After months (if not years) of speculation, Apple announced yesterday it´s iPhone, a revolutionary new electronic gadget that combines a cell phone, a widescreen iPod, and an internet communications device. No, it´s not just a smartphone. It´s a new product, with a new design, that will change the way we use our phones and connect to the internet in much the same way the iPod changed the way people listen to music. Oh, and the phone bit of it is a quad-band GSM phone and it also includes a 2 megapixel camera.

Iphone

The new iPhone comes with a sleek new interface, with a touchscreen instead of the usual buttons found in cellphones & smartphones out there. It runs OS X and comes in 4gb & 8gb versions. Steve Jobs, Apple´s CEO, annouced it should be ready to ship in June to the USA market, end of 2007 to Europe & Asia in 2008. Nobody says anything about when it would be arriving in Canada 😦

The one drawback is that Apple teamed up with Cingular and the new iPhone will be available only with a 2-year contract with that phone company. It doesn´t look like there will be “free” iPhones out there but I trust someone will come up with a hack soon enough. It´s also unclear, at this point, if there will be similar agreements with cellphone companies when the iPhone is released outside the US. Apple stocks went up 7% after the announcement while its competitors in the smartphone business (like RIM, the maker of Blackberry) watched its stocks go down just as much.

iPhone calls

I WANT ONE!!!!!

Go to the apple site for a detailed overview:

Apple site

January 10, 2007 at 5:34 pm 3 comments

Mac Pro – A Dream

The new Mac Pro quad Xeon 64-bit worksation is out and I want one. I can dream can’t I ????? It was less than a year ago when I switched from a pretty powerful Dell and Windows XP to my current Mac PowerBook G4. It’s not that I was fed up with Microsoft or Windows XP. I used to do music on my Dell and had no problems at all. I used Cubase and had all kinds of controllers hooked up and I never had a problem. I was going to Barcelona with Alex and I needed a machine more for my digital photography than for anything else plus it had to be a laptop for portability. I’d heard that Mac’s were the machines to own if you were doing anything with graphics or music. I wasn’t happy with the laptop choices and since Alex already owned a Mac I thought I’d give Mac a try. Besides, I was already attracted to them because of their design and packaging. I know, I know, packaging doesn’t add to the computer in any way but I thought that if they spend that amount of time and effort in the packaging and seeing the PowerBook’s simplicity and design, well, the combination sold me. I really love my laptop. I’m not in the business of high powered database design or business modelling anymore (I think I’d use Microsoft if I was) so the Mac is just what the artist ordered.

Now they have come up with the Mac Pro.

The design of this machine is amazing. You can go to the Arts Technica site for a complete review. I just wanted to dream here and show just a few of the features of this machine, like the insides…

Those 4 hard drive bays are drawers and all you have to do is drop a hard drive into them, close the drawer and it’s done. No cables. It takes a pro only 30 seconds to install one. You can install 4 500 GB drives. I couldn’t fill those in a lifetime.

Of course, to display all this power I’d have to have the Apple cinema display, the 30 inch HD display. It’s awesome to see.

Feast your eyes on more than four million pixels in the first high-resolution 30-inch flat-panel display designed for a personal computer.

Then, to top all of this off and provide a beautiful interface to Adobe Photoshop CS, I would add an Intuos Cintiq 21UX tablet. This input device is amazing, go see it at Wacom’s site.

So, if I could, this is what I would order…..

The Mac Pro with Both Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and AirPort Extreme
A 500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s, one 16x SuperDrive Accessory kit, two 3GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors, this is extreme but 16GB (8 x 2GB) of memory, Mac OS X and an ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB (2 x dual-link DVI) graphics card. The 30 inch Apple Cinema HD display and the Wacom Intuos Cintiq.

All I can say is Wow ………………..

August 21, 2006 at 3:16 pm


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