Cats and Coffee: How OSX Leopard Doesn’t Like Java

applenojavalogo.jpgReinforcing the classic pessimistic argument against upgrading, “if it isn’t broken don’t fix it,” early adopters of Apple’s OSX “Leopard” are discovering that the operating system won’t run Java. Java, in case you weren’t aware, is a kind of programming language. The reason people like it so much is because it is cross-platform. That is, it’s supposed to be cross-platform.

Now, it turns out that a lot of people actually use Java on Macs. I, myself, use it to manage music on a Sony thumb drive Walkman I picked up on sale. However, programmers who work in Java are now thoroughly screwed until Apple can put out a fix and since Apple isn’t used to putting out fixes as often as good old Microsoft is, who knows when a patch will become available?

As a RegDeveloper.co.uk article points out, “Apple marketing monkeys, trying to woo developers to OS X, like to refer to the OS as “the only major consumer operating system that comes complete with a fully configured and ready-to-use Java runtime and development environment.”

Whoopsie!

Kind of tough when one of the very things you put in bold face on the brochure you end up being unable to deliver.

[RegDeveloper.co.uk]

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iPhone eXtreme in January of 2008?

Yes, that is the rumor–there will be an iPhone eXtreme in January of 2008. HOWEVER, this is ANYthing but confirmed. I simply stumbled across a guy who name drops like mad in his Twitter posts and in one of said posts, he drops:

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PLEASE KEEP IN MIND that this rumor goes almost COMPLETELY unsourced beyond this one dude on Twitter. The thing is, something like an iPhone eXtreme and NOT something like an iPhone Nano, makes sense.

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Audio Gadgets Never As Good As Analog Audio???

ipodvinyl.jpgNot to get too personal or anything, but I remember thinking that my very first mp3 player, my Diamond Rio, represented the future of audio technology. My belief was that while the tech in the Rio wasn’t not the end-all and be-all, mp3 audio technology would improve and become fairly close to perfect. Less than ten years later, we all listen to lossless digital audio, right? Well, Eliot Van Buskirk, over at Wired.com, says that digital audio will never and can never sound as good as old fashioned analog.

The deuce, you say, Eliot!

The point of his piece on Wired, which posted just hours ago, is that vinyl is slowly hammering the nails into the coffin of the compact disc. One of the reasons he says is the very thing we were told CDs were good for: sound quality. Eliot says:

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Biggest Gadget in Space has Power Supply Issues

iss20070819.jpgWhat’s the worst thing that could happen aboard a space station? Try running out of power. OK, that’s maybe not the worst thing, but it’s pretty damn bad. While the power hasn’t cut out entirely on the International Space Station, NYTimes.com is reporting that the station’s power system has been damaged.

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Walgreen Drugstores to Supply DVD Burning Kiosks

It may sound like a lame excuse, but one of the things that makes DVDs as expensive as they are is the packaging. Cases, labels, that cool printing on the disc, itself, and any liner notes can really add up in the costs department. So, how do you get around that?

Download movies directly to your computer?

Eh, well, yes, that’s one way–but what if you don’t have a computer or don’t have one with you?

Pay-per-view?

Uh, OK, that would work to, but what if you don’t have a TV with access to a PPV.

Plan ahead and rip some DVDs to your iPod.

ASIDE from that, starting next year you can go into your local Walgreen and use a kiosk to burn off a movie onto a DVD that you can then take with you. All right, so the audience for someone wanting a DVD burned in this fashion would be incredibly small, what with so very many options for acquiring movies. The iTunes Music Store just went wireless and ripping your own DVD is not very challenging. So, what’s the attraction to this kind of tech?

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Electromagnetic Pulse Technology Promises Fun, Human-Safe Bombing

Have you ever seen a movie where a nuclear bomb is dropped and just before everything gets blowed up to hell all electronics cease functioning? Well, this is based on a real deal with nukes where they emit a massive EMP, or ElectroMagnetic Pulse, that shuts down anything electronic faster than a Dick Cheney at a hot dog eating contest. Now, an October 28, 2007 piece at TheRegister.Co.UK is reporting that EMP Bombs are right around the corner–well, if you consider 2012 “around the corner,” that is.

See, the really cool thing about EMPs is that they don’t harm people. Despite the fact that the tiny little cells that make up our body, no one’s saying anything about EMPs hurting humans. This is a plus–especially for an enemy of America. This is because of three reasons:

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