Yesterday Apple released iTunes 7 with some funky new interface updates. We didn't get a movie store like in the US but we did get some ipod games! While i'm not sure that the games will turn the ipod into the next gameboy they are cheaply priced and does open the ipod up for a lot of new potential applications
Here are a few of the cool new improvements in iTunes.
The first one is the cover browser that lets you scroll through your music via the cover images:
The next view now shows the album art along with the tracks, I have then ordered it by album.
Finally the ipod connection interface has been updated and there are now more options for which media to sync to your ipod (without having to go into preferences).
Some great updates to iTunes well worth the download.
I'm a huge Command & Conquer fan so when I saw the new box set of all the games in the series for £20, i brought it.
I'm not a huge fan of serial numbers, those annoying things you always have to enter. Never the less I put up with them but the Command & Conquer First Decade install took the piss.
The first screen asked for the First Decade serial followed by this screen:
Then after this I was asked to enter another one!!!
The game is still installing, looking forward to playing it.
*comments now disabled* - Please do not email me asking for codes.
I've been using Safari since I got a Mac, it's a nice browser and looks great within OS X. At work and on my laptop I use Firefox and now I've decided to ditch Safari for Firefox. The following reasons finally pulled me towards Firefox:
- Extensions - At work I love the Web development extensions, they make debugging so much easier and me so much more productive. On my laptop I love Stumble Upon, being able to sit there and just click one button to find an interesting web page is so effortless. Between work and home I have Google Browser Sync, this handy extension keeps all of my bookmarks, preferences and tabs synced.
- Speed - While Safari renders web pages very quickly there are some pages it struggles with. I'm not sure if anyone else has this problem but when browsing Digg.com the browser becomes unresponsive for 20-30 seconds while it loads a page (the more comments on a page the worse it is). Firefox doesn't have this problem and just loads the page as it would any other.
- Search - This has been fixed in the Safari 3 beta but it bugs me how the search opens a small box rather than being integrated into the browser. This means when I search I have to click on the box to give it focus.
I like to think I'm a pretty open person which is why on holiday I read The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was a very good read and I would well recommend it to anyone wanting to find out about alternatives to Intelligent Design. The religion details how our creator/god is an invisible flying spaghetti monster.
His followers are pastafarians and his chosen people are pirates. The book details some pretty convincing evidence (in the form of a graph) that declining sea levels are a direct correlation to the falling number of pirates.
Now the interesting part of the book comes in explaining gravity. Other religions acknowledge gravity and scientific theories can't really explain why gravity stops us floating into the air. The FSM theory is that for each person (and animals and objects I assume) the FSM has an invisible noodle holding you down on earth, meaning also that we are all connected to the god though a noodle. The theory also explains that the global rise in population and the average human getting taller are related as the FSM find it harder to hold us down with his noodles (but not too hard because remember it is a god).
Pretty convincing as you can see and completely plausible. This got me thinking while I was in Hong Kong. I observed that in general people were shorter than me, infact in general people in that area of the world are shorter.
Now if people are taller in the west and shorter in the east then the FSM finds it easier to keep the people in the east on the ground therefore we can predict that the FSM likes to hover some where over China. Perhaps there are more pirates in China (I'm not sure if software pirates count) ?
I might be looking into it too much but I don't believe that is unusual in religion. You can find out more about the FSM and the 10 million (and growing) pastafarians on www.venganza.org.