Obama Launches iPhone App

From BarackObama.com:

Obama ’08 is your official, comprehensive connection to the heart of Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s campaign, giving you the tools you need to make an impact and stay in the know.

Making a difference takes only moments using the Call a Friend feature. Want to do more? Find your local Obama for America HQ or look up local campaign events.

Download Obama ’08 from the App StoreYou’ll have instant access to Barack’s positions on important issues, as well as local and national campaign news as it happens. Photos and videos from the campaign trail are all here, too.

Chrome is Available for Download

Downloading now.

Update:

First impression…. meh. I keep searching for the bookmark button only to find it to be a pain to have to click a new tab and then a bookmark. Also, I really don’t like the look of it. It’s clean, sure but I like having the Firefox bookmark toolbar at the top for sites I uses constantly like Wikipedia, or del.icio.us, or my blog’s dashboard.

And it doesn’t seem to be scrolling very smoothly. I’ll play around with it for a few more minutes but I’m not really too impressed with it.

Update 2

It was nice of google to put up YouTube tutorials for the features in Chrome. It would have been even nicer if the videos were available.

Update 3

Well, I can’t play with Chrome at home. I have Macs and a Win2000 machine running. (Chrome only runs on Vista or XP)

Google Chrome Screenshots

Google Blogoscoped has screenshots of Google’s browser, Google Chrome, that will be available for download tomorrow.

Google announced their browser Google Chrome to be available on Tuesday, but their download page and tour was already partly available at gears.google.com/chrome/ just now, as Uval in the forum noticed. While the download itself didn’t work when I tried, I was able to extract some screenshots, from the frontpage but also the YouTube videos. And while the product tour videos themselves seemed to require a special group membership at YouTube, the video still previews are public and you can paste the video identifier into a URL like this one to see more high quality stills.

Spam Turns 30 This Month

From Yahoo! Tech:

The date: May 3, 1978. The culprit: Gary Thuerk, a marketer for the old Digital Equipment Corporation. His crime: Sending a sales e-mail to 393 users on Arpanet (then a U.S. government computer network and the predecessor of today’s Internet). Little did Thuerk know that he’d just become the world’s first spammer.

That first piece of junk e-mail (which wasn’t called “spam” until about 15 years later) has been memorialized over at Brad Templeton’s Web site (Templeton is a Net pioneer, the creator of the legendary rec.humor.funny Usenet group, and chairman of the Eletronic Frontier Foundation), along with a thread of outraged replies.

Thuerk’s message was first greeted by a stern reprimand from one Major Raymond Czahor, chief administrator of Arpanet, followed by a long discussion thread as Arpanet users—many of whom were wary of censorship on their messaging network—mulled the impact of this first piece of junk e-mail:

“I don’t see any place for advertising on the ARPAnet,” user Mark Crispin wrote at the time. “Certainly not the bulk advertising of that DEC message. From the address list, it seems clear to me that the people it was sent to were the Californians listed in the last ARPAnet directory. This was a clear and flagrant abuse of the directory! I am not sure as to how far this should be carried though.”

(via Clusterflock)

Microsoft Quietly Unveils Vista-to-XP Downgrade

On a completely related topic, I’m loving the switch to Mac. Mrs. C has a brand new iMac and couldn’t be happier.

Redmond (WA) – Microsoft has reportedly begun offering a downgrade option to PC makers who want to allow their customers to have the option of using XP over the pre-installed Vista software.

Computer manufacturers including Fujitsu, Lenovo, and HP now mainly offer PCs exclusively with Vista pre-installed. Customers who would prefer to have XP can request a downgrade disc for computers that come with Vista Business and Vista Ultimate. These two versions allow downgrading as part of the software licensing, but the process is difficult without a specifically coded disc.

Apple now sells more than one in six laptops in U.S.

From Computerworld.com:

August 28, 2007 (Computerworld) — Apple Inc.’s share of the laptop market is growing — the company now sells more than one in every six laptops purchased in the U.S., a research firm said today.

“Apple’s definitely up,” said Stephen Baker, an analyst at Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group Inc. “Their sales are continuing to grow faster than the rest of the marketplace.”

NPD, which collects its data primarily from retail sources and excludes most online and all direct sales, said Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops accounted for 17.6% of June’s unit sales, an uptick of more than three percentage points from May’s 14.3%.

Baker attributed the jump in market share to refreshes that both laptop lines recently received. The lower-priced MacBook was updated in mid-May with faster processors and more memory, while 15-in. models of the high-end MacBook Pro were outfitted with new backlit LED screens in early June.

The market share increase pushed Apple past Gateway Inc. into third place on NPD’s list of laptop sales leaders, behind Hewlett-Packard Co. and Toshiba Corp. Research firm IDC also has Apple in the third spot; data it released last month put Apple’s share of U.S. sales at 5.6%, far behind leaders HP (28.4%) and Dell (23.6%) but tied with Gateway.