A D3 Production
Check it out. i broke down and bought iLife '05 and created this little movie.
overall iMovie 5 is alright. it feels a bit slower than the previous version and there is a terrible fast/slow/reverse thing that happens when opening previous projects. a few new effects and transitions, but i will not be able to take advantage of some of the most advanced features, as i lack a 'real' video camera.
As cool as the Cube was, the Mac mini seems to beat it at its own game and is priced just above what the Cube goes for used. I'm looking forward to seeing it in person, although it is so simple that I'm certain that the trip to the store will take longer than the look at it.
I just took a scratch sheet of copy paper, cut two and a half inches off off the long end and gave it folds at two inches on two adjoining sides. The partial box approximates the size of the Mac mini. It is about the size of my Linksys wireless router. It is significantly smaller than my cable modem. It is significantly smaller than my external hard drive. It is more powerful and flexible than either.
Of course, it does have an external power supply. You can see it in the Quicktime VR spin-around. (It is the longer box. The square box is the Cinema Display's power supply. The display also routes USB through the power supply so it has just one cable leading to the display.) The "third-party accessorie"s Quicktime VR looks like a direct shot at Dell. It is like saying "you guys built a business on being the cheapest replaceable commodities and we have replacement box that is inexpensive but not cheap."
I think that once the refurbs and what-not start showing up, I will pick one up to use as a household file and printer server. It will be a lot better than the collection of dinosaurs I have around here that I keep meaning to make into servers.
Oh what a rabbit hole I jumped into this evening! I have some pretty special home network needs. I want Vonage VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) and to be able to VPN (Virtual Private Network) into the office. If I put the Vonage router in front of the wireless router (the WRT54G), then the VPN connection to the office doesn't work. If I put the wireless router in front of the Vonage one, the VOIP sounds craptacular. Solution: Add a QoS (Quality of Service) hack to the WRT54G. The one I used comes from sveasoft.com and was pretty simple to install.
The basic idea behind QoS is that the router collects packets of data right before it sends them. If it gets a packet that meets certain criteria (like from a specific mac address), it puts it in the front of the line to send out. This done, you can string the Vonage router behind the wireless so you can connect via VPN and still have nice call quality. I'd hate to not be halfway knowledgeable about this stuff and have to set this up/fix it. I think that the one thing that will keep VOIP from becoming mainstream is that the different pieces of the puzzle are still not able to communicate to one another so that they will play well without human interaction
I'm looking forward to 11AM CST on the 11th. The hardware is always cool to think about, but the stuff that keeps my old mac running is the improved software Apple keeps putting out.
It will be doubly interesting to see what iWork is because of Apple's approach towards free and open source software. Will iWork be a slick version one like Keynote, an acquisition like Final Cut, or something that draws on an open source base, like Safari did. I could see them buying a stong and venable word processing environment like Nisus Writer or making a front end to OpenOffice that rocks.
I wonder if Apple has an official leak office within their PR department as the leaks are not stealing anyone's thunder but are perking people's interest.