Towards truly pervasive computing

With iPhone stories pretty much drowning out all other news on the Internet, it seemed worthwhile to watch the keynote and see this marvel firsthand. Based on that presentation, it’s impossible to know how well the iPhone will perform as a telephone (I noticed that Steve Jobs “fat-fingered” the keyboard on several occasions during the demo), but that’s one impressive iPod and mobile Internet device.1

So, the real point of this post is that I recently obtained a new mobile phone, replacing the Nokia I reviewed 12 months ago. The update on that review is that someone I know obtained an identical model three months later which had a significantly sharper display, and Apple did add support for synchronisation with iSync, but it’s still not easy to synchronise under Linux. Both of my previous phones I had used for nearly two years, and had only upgraded when there was I felt there was a significantly better product available. However, this phone just wore me down with its user-unfriendliness: text and phone calls were easy, but anything beyond that (especially configuration) was just irritatingly difficult.
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  1. There are many features of the iPhone that could be described as “controversial” and could be discussed here. However ultimately the significance or irrelevance of these cannot be determined until the iPhone is actually on sale and in the hands of the general public. [back]

YouTube 2006 Highlights

2006 was apparently the year of online video. Not content with just blogging written words, or still images, great masses of Internet users everywhere uploaded themselves in full-motion, with sound, to sites like YouTube and Google video.

For those of us who didn’t have time to browse through the thousands of posts on YouTube to find the gems everyone is talking about, Wired has the highlights of the year. I’m still not sure what the fuss is about…

Sharing a Mac Printer with a Windows PC

I felt I had to blog about this because I’ve tried to do this twice in the last 12 months and each time the Internet has given me some wrong information that has led me to spend a frustrating hour puzzling as to why it didn’t work.

To allow a Windows computer to print over the network to a USB printer connected to an Apple Mac (step 5 is the important bit):

  1. Configure your printer as normal on the Mac.
  2. Turn on printer sharing: System Preferences->Sharing
  3. On the Windows PC, install the Bonjour printer wizard from Apple.
  4. Run the wizard and select your printer.
  5. When prompted to choose a printer driver, choose the default of generic/postscript. If you attempt to use the Windows printer driver which came with your printer, the PC will think that the job has successfully been sent to the printer, but the job will in fact disappear into the ether!

And you are done — Macs are that easy. 🙂