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‘Celebrating Steve’ Special Event – 19 October, 2011

A little late and completely missed this last month, but a great look at the ceremony held at Apple headquarters shortly after Steve’s death.

0:00 Tim Cook
11:15 The Crazy Ones
14:45 Bill Campbell
23:27 Norah Jones
34:27 Al Gore
48:10 Jony Ive
57:16 Coldplay – Yellow
1:02:28 Coldplay – Viva la vida
1:07:38 Coldplay? – Fix you
1:13:26 Coldplay – Every teardrop is a waterfall
1:18:00 Tim Cook

I especially liked Al Gore’s tribute as well as Jony Ive’s speech.

Al Gore on Steve Jobs: He’s The Kind of Guy That Comes Along Once Every 250 Years (Video)

“As an Apple board member, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore spent a lot of time with company co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away earlier this month. During an interview at AsiaD today, Gore reflected on Jobs’s legacy and Apple’s future without him.”

Take a look at the video and the great blog post at AllThingsD.

Apple TV 2nd Generation Unboxing

Sorry for the poor video quality, next time I’ll remember to shoot video in 720p!

I get a lot of use with the XBOX 360 streaming content to my TV in my lounge room but there are a few things I can’t do with the 360 such as stream YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, etc to the TV. This is where the Apple TV comes in for me. I picked it up this morning and thought I’d capture the unboxing on camera in case there are others out there thinking of getting an Apple TV but not sure if its right for you.

I quite like it, its nice and small and completely silent which was something I was looking for. The 2nd gen Apple TV outputs 1080p which is nice, has built-in 802.11n WiFi (as well as Ethernet)  and can stream internet content such as YouTube, Vimeo and Flickr which was what I was looking for primarily. I already own an iPad and my girlfriend has an iPhone 4 already so taking advantage of the airplay functionality is great too. When iOS 5 releases next week there should be an update to the Apple TV also which will allow clone display of iPad and iPhone direct to the Apple TV.

It does the job nicely and is dead silent which is great.

Steve Jobs Has Died – Goodbye To A Visionary Master

Steve Jobs, 56, died peacefully this morning at his home in California surrounded by family and friends. Although the man has died, the Jobs legacy will live on in his products for years to come.

I am most definitely not an ‘Apple Fanboy’ by any account but I appreciate the work he has done for the industry and also the world. The technology landscape would look quite different today if it weren’t for Steve’s vision and passion for computers and technology. Some are now asking how Apple will fare in the coming years without a leader such as Steve. I personally think they’ll be fine.

Steve named Tim Cook as new CEO in late August of this year as part of a well documented succession plan at Apple and Tim is a highly capable individual who I’m sure will do a great job as CEO. Tim Cook was chief of operations at Apple before being named CEO and has been with apple for 14 years now so he already has a good knowledge of the company, and in fact he took over as interim CEO while Steve was away ill in 2010. However, What will happen when Apple’s current product pipeline dries up? Where will the new ideas for products come from? So many ideas came from Steve so will be interesting to see where the new ideas come from and what they might be. Steve left Apple in the best shape it’s ever been in and for a company that hinges itself on ideas and innovation to loose its innovative leader, Apple should be able to weather this storm better than most.

Rest in peace Steve Jobs, you were truly a guiding light. You set out to change the world when you started Apple, and…I think you succeeded.

Have You Had Problems Downloading iTunes 10 Lately?

itunes10logo For the past month or so many friends of mine (including myself) have had all sorts of issues downloading iTunes 10 from Apple’s website. For me, it gets about 99% complete and then just stops and never completes. This is very annoying, especially if you’ve just purchased an iPad, iPhone etc and you need to connect it to your computer (with iTunes installed) to configure it and set it up. You can’t use the device until you do this.

These days Apple does not include a CD containing the iTunes setup like they used to. Although there are a lot of people online these days, not everybody is (maybe they are only planning on going online on their iPad/iPhone and don’t own a computer?) and for those people getting their hands on a copy of iTunes or if they don’t have a computer getting these devices set-up is pretty much impossible.

So, if you are in this boat and are having all kinds of problems getting the set-up package to download correctly what can you do? When I first got my iPad I had this exact same problem and would have loved a solution. I ended up trying the download on another computer (which was running Ubuntu 10.09) and that ended up working. I then made the package available to my windows 7 OS and installed it.

It is a very annoying problem that I am surprised others are also seeing (not just me!). If you have seen this problem and have a solution you’ve tried that worked for you please post it in the comments section below. I have friends who are still having this problem and no matter what they try they seem to keep having problems. Short of me giving them the copy I have there aren’t a whole lot of options!

Barack Obama Loves His Mac…And Quite Possibly Pacman!

In the history of the United States and indeed the rest of the world, we’ve never seen a tech-savvy leader of a nation quite like Barak Obama. I can only think that its a good thing for the US, maybe they’ll get a decent broadband infrastructure in place before he finishes is presidency.


It looks like he really loves his apple products. He’s got his new Macbook, and I love the pop-culture reference of Pacman on the lid. Makes me wanna get some Pacman stickers of my own! Hehe