I’ve been living with the Roku Netflix Player for a couple weeks now. The elevator pitch is that the Player lets you stream Netflix’s Watch Instantly content straight to your TV. Look for a full review in the September issue of Mac|Life, but for now, here are some Things That Rule and Things That Suck about the much-anticipated Netflix set-top box.
Going green may just seem like the latest fashion trend, but the inconvenient truth is there is a mountain of gear that gets outdated every couple of months and a ton more that gets created with each Steve Jobs keynote address. With each new One More Thing, there are a millions of Tired Old Things that are invariably tossed aside--Americans throw out a couple million tons of e-waste each year. Progress is great, but it is time to stop and clean up our room, kids. And, as we all know, our tech gear is laden with toxins and cannot just be dumped in landfills. Here’s the lowdown on ecycling.
Starting at 10AM PDT, Mozilla wants the entire universe to download the official release of Firefox 3. Dubbed "Download Day," Mozilla is hoping to break the Guinness World Record for the most software downloaded in one day. If you feel like joining the hip crowd and smashing a made up world record click here and download away. If you have better things to do, like work, you can sit on the sidelines and make snarky remarks about how [insert random browser here] is cooler.
The intense secrecy surrounding every Apple product is legendary. Matt Hamblen of Computerworld found out just how secretive Apple is when he attempted to use the bathroom at Moscone after Monday's keynote. While waiting for a hands-on session with the iPhone 3G, Matt was told he couldn't go to the bathroom unattended and was issued an escort. Maybe Matt looked like a flight risk. You never know when a journalist is going to crack and start running into developer sessions and find out the real technology of Core Animation. (It's alien technology, but you didn't hear that from us.) When Matt had to use the bathroom a second time, he asked if he go to solo this time. No dice, once again he was escorted. As he returned to the press area he was asked to keep his voice down because Steve was conducting an interview behind a nearby curtain. Fortunately, he wasn't given detention for not using the restroom during the break. Read Matt's blog post about his experience. Meanwhile, Mac|Life has a friendly bit of advice for all journalists. Skip that second cup of coffee when you're dealing with Apple.
Our favorite non-Mac|Life tech journalist, Jesus Diaz of Gizmodo, whipped up the next great iPhone accessory. The Apple Videoconferencing Kit for iPhone 3G is sure to be a best seller with its sleek design and low $29 price point. Check out Jesus' entire post for maximum hilarity.
There is a very good chance iPhone 2.0 will be revealed tomorrow, and it will go on sale some time this week. Soon, I'll be standing in line with the rest of the iPhone faithful ready to plunk down my credit card for the next iPhone.
I got a letter a little while ago that warmed the cockles of my cold, black heart and instantly gave me the brilliant idea for this, my triumphant return to writing blog posts for MacLife.com. This letter was actually a bunch of letters, written by some cutiepants kids at Miraloma Elementary in San Francisco, to thank me for their classroom's new iPods.
While I was combing over every bit of rumor and speculation that has seeped from the slimy underbelly of the internet over the past few weeks, I had a revelation. Maybe it's iPhone fatigue, maybe it's the four Red Bulls I had before breakfast. Whatever it is, I'm sure it'll be a winner.