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ROKR – Harsh Words

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PRing tangible consumer gadget stuff is great, people can pick it up and play with it. They are more likely to ‘get’ what it does. Its not abstract or concept driven like web services or software applications. So it is really unusual to wish that you weren’t PRing a device, at worst it usually gets is media indifference.

The vehement reaction of Engadget readers to the offer of a free giveaway of a Motorola ROKR handset surprised me, not even poorly received products like the Palm IIIc or the Hewlett Packard HP-150 got that kind of reaction.

According to reviews across the web the device has a number of shortcomings:

  • You can’t charge the battery while the phone is synching tracks
  • The device can only hold 100 tracks
  • It looks like an already well established Motorola model
  • Sync with iTunes is slow
  • It is harder to use than an iPod (but then what isn’t?)

But its not all bad:

  • Speakers and headphones considered good
  • It is a competent cell phone
  • Price is reasonably competitive with a cell phone contract
  • It has an improved screen

Slate has got a good analysis of why the device has managed to provoke that kind of reaction.

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Grabbing a Tiger by its tail

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Corsaire have published a downloadable white paper on making Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) more secure. Whilst Tiger is the most secure OS that you can get on default settings, there is more scope to prevent less risk.

Corsaire’s white paper covers everything from setting password policies to securing the firmware and is a valuable resource for Mac users in a relatively easy-to-follow format with lots of screen grabs. After reading this there is no excuse for your Mac to be one hardcore mofo.

Kudos to for pointing this one out

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Palm to announce Treo 670 / 700?

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Rumours and pictures of the Palm Treo 670 have circulated for months.

Now it looks like there may be some truth in them. Microsoft, Palm and Verizon holding a joint conference means that this isnt another Palm supports Microsoft Exchange or .net frameworks for infidel devices.

This looks more like the real deal. (Picture courtesy of

Time to move to Symbian.

Check out the media invitation below:

Palm, Inc., Microsoft Corporation and Verizon Wireless Announce Press Conference for Sept. 26 SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 23, 2005–Ed Colligan, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) president and chief executive officer; Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman and chief software architect; and Denny Strigl, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, invite the news media to join them for a press conference on Monday, Sept. 26, at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco beginning at 9 a.m. PDT.

Admission will be limited to members of the business and technology news media who present current press credentials.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. outside the Twin Peaks conference room on the second floor of the hotel.

RSVP Members of the news media who plan to attend in person are asked to RSVP to Ryan Luckin of A&R Partners at

Webcast Details The press conference will be accessible via live webcast at links below beginning at 9 a.m.

A replay, podcast and written transcript of the press conference also will be available starting at approximately 12 p.m. and listed in Monday’s news release.
To view the webcast please click on the following links (Due to their length, the following URLs may need to be copied/pasted into your Internet browser’s address field. Remove extra spaces if they exists.):

For 56 kbps: sfo_press_conference_20050926_56.asx
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Date & Time Monday, Sept. 26 Press Registration: 8 a.m. PDT and continental breakfast Press Conference: 9 a.m. PDT
Valet parking will be provided at the hotel

The Palace Hotel 2 New Montgomery St. San Francisco, Calif.

Broadcast Video and Other Materials Video and photographs will be available from several sources, including the following: — Palm’s Multimedia Library ( Preregistration is required to access broadcast-quality video and stills. — Microsoft’s press room ( — Verizon Wireless’ Multimedia Library ( Preregistration is required to access broadcast-quality video and stills. — Cameras are permitted on-site — an audio mult-box will be provided. Please direct any media inquiries to Ryan Luckin of A&R Partners at or 408.910.9265. Please direct any broadcast inquiries to WCTV’s media relations at or 212.445.8220. CONTACT: A&R Partners for Palm, Inc. Ryan Luckin, 408-910-9265 SOURCE: Palm, Inc.

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Originally uploaded by renaissancechambara.

OK so you have your favourite IM service that you like to use, but its a free world and some people are just wrong and chose MSN instead. Or you have an ID for years on ICQ that some people still use. What do you do with them all? When you have IM ID congestion you need Adium X. Adium is a multi-protocol messaging client that is slicker than an eel skin codpiece and full of open source goodness. There are funky themes and other extras with Adium, allowing you to customise it more than and a 1987 Vauxhall Nova. Its just a shame about the Orville the Duck icon they use to represent the application, instead here is some graffiti I photographed down by the Truman Brewery a while ago..

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Future of Apple

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San Jose Mercury News technology blog has a week long online discussion going on here about the future of Apple Computer. Some of it makes interesting reading.