Steve Jobs’ 60 Minutes – (Videos)

Great biography books of great icons are fun to read, but some people just hate to sit down and read.  People aren’t wrong, because reading sometimes can be quite tedious.  Reading is good when it’s fun, but when it’s not, it’s just not so fun!  Steve Jobs‘ biography is a fun read, but I bet there will be some folks who want to know more of Steve Jobs would still hate to sit down and read his biography.  This is why, we have CBSNews’s 60 Minutes to give thanks to for this show has bring to us Steve Jobs’ biography in images.  Watch Steve Jobs’ 60 Minutes right after the break.

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Imagining The TV Of The Future, Don’t Laugh!

One can imagine the future, TV might not require a physical display!  Instead, the future might have TV lovers install some sort of devices/gadgets in very small sizes along the corner of the walls.  I would like to think each space within the house or an area just needs a few of such tiny devices/gadgets to be adequately performed its tasks.  These devices/gadgets might not have to be bolted to the wall, but these could be sat on shelves and so on.  These devices/gadgets will basically litter the house through out.  These devices will be wireless.

Whenever users want to watch something, users just speak out loud in natural manners, and the devices/gadgets will project videos and information and so on in the midair.  The users might be able to adjust the positions of the projections through voice.  When pause the videos, users can just step right into the projections and see the projections almost as the real things — but make sure the things that look so real stay digital.  Even when the projections run the courses, users might be able to feel as if they’re inside the projections.  Users move up and down throughout the levels of the houses, the projections should follow but stay right infront of the users; this way, the users will not miss a single moment of actions.

Let imagining some more!  Imagining that the users might be able to interact with the projections and create personalized on-the-go projection moments such as he or she will be able to insert oneself into the projections through the use of a digital clone/avatar; he or she could just reach out and deflect digital objects within the projections such as a bullet so the new personalized on-the-go projection moment would have a different ending (i.e., the new hero — an avatar of oneself — will not meet his/her end when a bullet makes its mark).  Users might be able to change individual color of the objects within the projection moments.  Users can play God by manipulating everything within the projection moments.  It might be possible since we’re talking about digital and holographical things.

TV will no longer be TV, but it will be much more!  TV will be super computer, intricate telecommunication devices with holographical capability, personal assistant with super smart artificial intelligence, and a lot more.  Furthermore, users might be able to use various mobile devices to smoothly get update and feedback and seamlessly communicate with the TV-will-no-longer-be-TV devices (i.e., the things this article describes so far) — might also be able to tap into the processing power of these tiny intricate devices to make the mobile devices super powerful and smart even though the mobile devices are meant to be used for on-the-go purposes.

In the end, this is our imagination!  We will never know how and what the future engineers will use to bring about such technology.  The materials that will be used to build this imagination might be exotic.  Might require quantum computing?  I’m clueless, but I so wish this sort of imagination will come true!

Depending On How PC Makers Implement Secure Boot, Users Might Not Know How To Dual Boot Linux Operating Systems Alongside Windows 8

Long before Windows 8 ships, PC makers are already implementing new hardware and firmware on upcoming batches of computers so when Windows 8 is ready for the mass, these newer computers will be ready to use Windows 8.  There is a new feature that PC makers could implement which worries open source communities very much, and this feature known as Secure Boot.  Microsoft recommends Secure Boot so hackers won’t be able to install rootkits on systems with Secure Boot enabled easily.  This very same feature can also prevent users from installing unsigned operating systems such as Ubuntu.  Linux communities are worrying how Secure Boot might be too hard to be disabled, and users won’t be able to install various Linux operating systems alongside with Windows 8 easily (i.e., dual boot).  Some users might prefer to install Linux operating systems such as Ubuntu over Windows 8, and without an easy way to disable Secure Boot users won’t be able to do such thing.

Personally, I think Secure Boot is a very good idea.  If it’s true that Secure Boot can prevent hackers to insert rootkits between the firmware and the signed operating systems, then it’s more power to users.  Still, I have to agree with folks who are concerning of the possibility that Secure Boot might be too hard to be disabled.  Let hope they will come to term and make sure that all new computers to be shipped with Secure Boot will have an option somewhere in the BIOS to allow easy disabling of Secure Boot.  I know I will not be happy if I can’t run Linux operating systems alongside with Windows 8 through a method known as dual boot.  Of course, I can always use virtualization to run Linux operating systems within Windows 8, but virtualization is always going to be a lot slower and uglier than dual boot — virtualization can’t allow the virtual machines to use full capacity in term of power of hardware.

Hackintosh users should worry too!

You can read more about Secure Boot through these sources:  http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2011/10/the-right-to-dual-boot-linux-groups-plead-case-prior-to-windows-8-launch.ars?comments=1#comments-barhttp://blog.canonical.com/2011/10/28/white-paper-secure-boot-impact-on-linux/

Super Fast AppleCare Service, Replacing My Logic Board And Memory Modules For Free In Regarding To Black Screen Of Death Of Mid 2010 MacBook Pro

I was pleased and still is of AppleCare Service for they had return my mid 2010 MacBook Pro in just exactly three days, and this was included shipping the machine directly to my house.  On arriving to one of many Apple Stores three days ago so Genius could take a look at the BSOD problem of my mid 2010 MacBook Pro, I was shocked to see the place was packed.  I had to watch where I was going in fear of bumping into people.  There I spoke to a stranger while waiting for a Genius agent to see me, she said Apple needed more stores or else the nightmare of waiting would continue.  Luckily, I had made an appointment through the Internet, and a Genius agent came to help me five minutes past my true appointment time.

The meeting with a Genius agent was pleasant.  He was willing to answer all my questions and more.  At one point, he told me that Apple acknowledged the BSOD problem and so I nodded in agreement.  Anyhow, he told me that my machine needed a newer logic board, and it would cost me nothing since Apple had extended one year of warranty for mid 2010 MacBook Pro on BSOD problem only.  My heart sunk as I heard of switching out the old for a newer logic board; I’d heard many people on Apple’s forums said new logic board could not solve their BSOD problem.  I told him the story, and he said Apple also knew of this and had instructed its engineers to use newer type of logic boards.  I reluctantly agreed and allowed him to keep my machine so it could be installed with a new logic board.

I was surprised and still is at the super fast service and the delivery of my mid 2010 MacBook Pro.  Apple used FedEx to ship back my machine.  It cost Apple’s $310 to have my machine fixed.  Anyhow, my machine came back with fresh installation of Mac OS X Lion.  I wasn’t worry since I had used Time Machine to back up my data beforehand.  To be fair, Genius agent had asked me about Time Machine backup in case they had to wipe all data off my machine for fresh installation of Mac OS X.  In the end, I was able to restore my data selectively.  So far so good, I had not experienced a single Black Screen of Death yet.  Crossing my fingers and hope everything will be fine for many days to come.

Here were the parts that Apple replaced for my mid 2010 MacBook Pro:

Problems they found were,

  • SD Card Issue
  • Memory Caused Kernnel Panic

After the replacement of bad components, they tested my hardware and no problem was found!

Facebook Fails To Protect 600,000 Accounts Each Day?

According to redtape.msnbc.msn.com, about 600,000 Facebook accounts could be compromised each day.  It’s a huge number in anyway you look at.  Each day bring anew the possibility of more people’s Facebook accounts are going to be compromised, and these people will have to worry about what the hackers will do to their lives.

Digital life is no longer isolated in the digital world!  In fact, digital life can be pretty much effective in enhancing one’s real life or vice versa.  Imagine if someone has your Facebook account credential and is able to log into your Facebook to change strict privacy settings to everyone can see settings for personal information, it can be quite embarrassing and at times troubling.

Here is a worse imaginative situation, what if someone pretends to be you using your Facebook credential to post child pornography?  Will the police and other bodies of authorities go after you or the true culprit?  As you can see, it’s quite scary indeed!

This is why I think it’s so important for people like us to be paranoid about our computer security at all times.  Do not let your guard down for one moment!  So, in regarding to securing your Facebook credential, it’s not stopping just at tightening up your Facebook’s privacy settings and changing weak password to strong one, but it’s more of the whole nine yards.

The whole nine yards?  It’s more of making sure the computer you are on is free of Trojans and malware and viruses and rootkits.  It’s more of making sure the computer network you are on is secure and requiring known users to enter latest and strongest encrypted/algorithmic passphrase before they can use the network.  It’s more of making sure securing one’s email accounts with strongest passwords so hackers cannot easily obtain the email accounts’ credentials, otherwise hackers can use these email accounts to reset passwords for your other important online accounts.  It’s more of making sure keeping your many passwords safe and secure, and it’s best to encrypt your passwords and store encrypted passwords in encrypted hard drives — you don’t have to lose passwords and yet prevent hackers from easily obtaining these passwords.  It’s more of making sure not to download strange software and communicate with strange people and open up strange emails and click on strange links in emails and click on strange links in instant messengers and so on.  Oh my, it’s more of a lot more, but I think you get the gist!

Anyhow, Facebook users best to change password at least once a month, and make sure password is strong enough to beat dictionary brute force cracking password method and memorable/unique enough so you don’t have to forget it.  It’s hard to create such password, but it’s worth it in the end!  Once log into Facebook, make sure change the privacy settings to stricter settings.  Don’t forget to remove applications that you are not trusting from having permission to interact with your Facebook account.  An example would be do not allow strangers to view your mobile numbers.

If you have a Facebook account, you must maintain it.  Even if you do not maintain it, you still have to make sure you visit it once a month at the least.  This way you can be sure your Facebook account is alright and isn’t doing something malicious without your knowledge.

OK, let me backtrack a bit, don’t try to install unknown antivirus software and computer security software, because these software might be malware themselves.  It’s best to use well known computer security software such as Norton of Symantec.  I’m sure there are other great computer security software out there, but I don’t have them at the top of my head at the moment, and so you have to do some research!

Let end this post by me saying more of the same, if you know how to make it super hard for hackers to hack your Facebook account, then you’re halfway success in preventing hackers from hacking many other accounts of yours, assuming you’re as devoted to securing other accounts the same way you have with your Facebook account.  Why halfway?  The other half is rest on the shoulders of the web service providers and various factors that are outside of your control.  If the web service providers lack in security measures, hackers don’t have to hack you but they can just hack the web service providers directly and obtain your credentials along with every other user who uses the same web service providers.

Combination of Luscious Lumia 800 and Refreshing Windows Phone 7.5 Just Feels Appropriate

Windows Phone’s latest OS version is Windows Phone 7.5, nickname as Mango.  Although I’m an iPhone user, for some reasons Windows Phone 7.5 intrigues me with its approach to how a smartphone should be.  Instead of focusing on sea of apps, it seems to me Windows Phone 7.5 focuses more on bringing the best and the most useful features to the forefront so whatever users do on Windows phones will be more natural.

As I said I’m an iPhone  user, and so I do not know about Windows Phone operating system much — this might change in the future!  Thanks to the Internet, I’m able to research, read many comments, opinions, reviews, and video blogs about Windows Phone 7.5 OS.  By researching on Windows Phone 7.5 through the Internet, I’ve to say Windows Phone 7.5 emphasizes what I think I’ll love more than what I’ve seen so far with Android and iPhone platforms.  Albeit, Windows Phone 7.5 does have apps just like Android and iPhone smartphones, but Windows Phone 7.5 does not prioritized apps over activities.  Windows Phone 7.5’s tile (Metro style) welcome screen is the testament to activities centric approach, and this is completely different than how Android and iPhone platforms do things.

Since I do not have a personal experience with a Windows Phone 7.5 OS just yet, therefore I won’t be able to articulate what make Windows Phone 7.5 OS awesome.  Fortunately, I can point you to an article which PCMag had written back in late September, and it’s a great read on Windows Phone 7.5 — the article articulates very well in regarding to what make Windows Phone 7.5 a different beast than others and an interesting one too.  The article’s title is Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango’.

The latest excitement of Windows Phone world involves with Nokia.  Nokia releases Lumia 800.  Lumia 800 is the first Windows Phone ever for Nokia.  It’s really pretty.  Many reviewers voice that Lumia 800 looks very similar to Nokia N9 externally (i.e., design), but internally these two types of smartphones are very different.  Even the operating systems for the two are different.  Lumia 800 uses Windows Phone OS, but Nokia N9 uses MeeGo OS.

I think Nokia has made the right choice for its first Windows Phone Lumia 800 in regarding to the external design of the phone.  By sticking to the same design as N9, Lumia 800 is gorgeous.  Especially the many colors Nokia has for Lumia 800 are quite rich and luminous.  In my opinion, I think girls do like the way the colors glisten on Lumia 800 smartphones.

What a combination right?  Lumia 800 looks refreshing and pretty, and yet it comes with Windows Phone 7.5 which is also looking very refreshing and gorgeous.  I think the combination of great external design and intuitive operating system might be enough to convince customers to overlook its average horsepower in term of internal components’ specifications.

Lumia 800’s tech specification isn’t anything but average.  It’s not a dual-core smartphone.  It has 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255.  According to PCMag, Windows Phone 7.5 isn’t supporting dual-core processors just yet, and so there isn’t a surprise here to see the new Lumia 800 has not a dual-core processor.  At least the camera is up to date which has 8 megapixel dual-LED flash.  Unfortunately, it has no front-facing camera.  In term of networking, PCMag suggests that Windows Phone 7.5 isn’t supporting LTE just yet, and so Lumia 800 cannot use LTE which is a faster wireless communication of high speed data.  LTE network is faster than 3G network, and sometimes people refer to LTE as 4G network.  Lumia touts a mediocre RAM size which is 512MB RAM.  In term of staying active, Lumia 800 has 13 hours of talk time and 7 hours of video.

Lumia 800 is surprisingly fast even though its specification is mediocre.  The video right after the break briefly introduces you to Lumia 800, but it also demonstrates Lumia 800’s super fast response.

The video right after the break briefly goes into the details of Lumia 800’s design.

In conclusion, I think Windows Phone 7.5 is an amazing and refreshing smartphone operating system.  It might be a refreshing or even a better choice for users who care not for smartphone operating systems that prioritize applications over activities.  The best thing of all is that Windows Phone 7.5 has the best parts of both world, because Windows Phone 7.5 isn’t doing without apps even though it’s prioritizing activities over apps.  Windows Phone 7.5 shines through on Nokia’s Lumia 800.  Nokia’s Lumia 800 has the look and the feel that speak volume, and the coupling of Lumia 800 and Windows Phone 7.5 just feels appropriate.  Perhaps, style and functionalities are enough to compensate for Lumia 800’s mediocre specification.

Sources:  http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2387131,00.asphttp://www.engadget
.com/2011/10/26/nokia-lumia-800-vs-nokia-n9-the-tale-of-the-tape/

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