HD-DVD and Blu-ray are two competing formats for the forthcoming wave of High Definition video on DVDs. They use the same laser technology but have enough differences (platter design, financial backers, etc.
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Worth reading: Henry Norr, one of the deans of Mac journalism, offers his impression of the Steve Jobs keynote. He comments on the potential impact a running Windows on a Intel-based Mac, which Apple exec Phil Schiller said would be possible, although Apple won't provide any support for such efforts.
The Macworld Steve Jobs keynotes are a good way to start the year. Jobs tends to set the bar for what the user experience should be for computing devices, providing perspective on what others are doing to make the human-computer interface less one sided.
In one of his latest missives from CES, Bob Frankston reminds us of how bandwidth isn't nearly as scarce as some would lead you to believe and that it's just that some people are making up reasons for why most of what's there needs to be dominated by something that's commercially profitable (like video on demand) for the established companies that don't want themselves or their Draconian business models to be disintermediated by the Internet.
Bob Frankston keeps telling me he's trying to fix the Internet. Ask him what's wrong with it.
Over the last few years, particularly as server-based deployments have eaten away at the software giant's bottom line, Microsoft has routinely derided open source software as being less secure than its own closed-source proprietary offerings.
Last week, I linked to an Engadget blog that claimed at least one Verizon Wireless' phone was defeating MP3 playback because Microsoft required it to. By way of Robert Scoble, here's part of the official word from Microsoft's Windows Media Team on that: It is absolutely untrue.
Video: At Macworld, Steve Jobs shows off the latest version of GarageBand and uses it to create his own podcast where he makes up "rumors" about an 8-pound iPod. Of course, GarageBand podcast work well with iTunes' podcast directory.
I'm at the Oracle/Sun announcement, sandwiched in the second row between news.com's Stephen Shankland and Gillmor Gang Steve Gillmor waiting for the wisecracking CEOs, Ellison and McNealy, to hit the stage at Oracle's conference center in Redwood City, CA.
At San Francisco's Moscone Center, Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs debuted an updated iMac. The machine sports the same sizes, same design, same features, and same prices as the Power PC-based iMac.