I'm all on my tod this weekend, getting some quiet time to myself. Lorna's in Bristol with her family, and my sister-in-law's up with Mum.

I celebrated by running Blackrock Depths with my WoW guild last night, getting to the Emperor, before wiping at 3am. Boo. Still, it was our first time there and I'm sure we'll do better next time.

This morning, I've been pottering around doing odd jobs around the flat, including hooking an Airport Express up to the surround sound system in the living room. So, now I can play iTunes though the Big Sound System, including my podcasts. Happy, hapy, happy.

Also, have coffee. Coffee good.

Nine Million Bicycles - Nine Million Bicycles - EP - Katie Melua
Working from home today - more precisely, Mum's home.

She had her first dose of chemo yesterday, a six hour process at the hospital, and I'm up here just in case.

I am working, with my work phone routed through to my Skype account. And it's working seamlessly so far. I particularly like the way that it automatically pauses iTunes when a call comes in, or goes out. Better integration with Address Book would be nice, though.
My copy of iLife '06 turned up on Friday, and finally got the chance to play with it today. Mainly, I played with iPhoto.

My, does it fly. Jobs wasn't joking when he said that it was faster than before. The application's major weakness has been addressed.

The full screen editing is really excellent, too. I suspect we're seeing elements of Aperture being incorporated into the basic package. Very impressed.

Oh, and FlickrExport works, which is good.
From TUAW:
Yet another significant update that should be added to the list of major updates and changes that were cut from yesterday's keynote: web access to the .Mac iDisk
At last!
People in the UK might like to note that when Steve Jobs and the Apple UK press releases said that iLife '06 and iWork '06 were available "now", they meant "sometime next week".

So, that was a worthwhile trip to the Apple Store, then.
I sat last night and thought about the new iMac. I came to the conclusion that I wouldn't even consider buying a new one until World of Warcraft is Intel-native, and maybe Photoshop, too.

And then I find this post on the WoW forums. The game will be Intel native by the end of the month.

Somebody phone my wife and tell her to take the credit card off me NOW.

Never buy version 1 of anything. Never buy version 1 of anything.
iDVD supporting widescreen: that's one from my wishlist, like calender printing with iPhoto
Garageband supporting podcasting: maybe I'll have a reason to use it now. :)
iWeb looks interesting, but I suspect Karelia can relax about Sandvox.
Ah. Monsieur Le Jobs, with these iPhoto improvements, you are really spoiling us.
If anyone's playing with the new Google Talk, I'm available as adam.tiinworth@gmail.com.

Finally, a use for the Jabber support in iChat.
I've been using a Palm PDA since 1999, but I'm beginning to question if I really get any value out of it I couldn't get from a mobile phone.

I'm interested to see what other people's thinking about this is. So, a poll!

[Poll #552306]
Jobs unaware of Mighty Mouse

Heh. :)

I particulalrly liked this comment, too:
I told Lieutenant Jobs about needing more buttons on his mouse when he was assigned as I.C. I.T. during the Pathan North West Frontier Campaign in 1873. He protested but fitted the regimental Abacus with an extra line of beads and sprayed it white. It should be noted that his uniform was dyed white and had only one button. Form was everything to him then, and now.
My Mighty Mouse is here!

A review will be forthcoming...
From a press release that just dropped into my in-box:

CUPERTINO, California—August 2, 2005—Apple® today introduced Mighty Mouse, its next generation mouse with several innovative new features that make using a Mac® even more powerful and easy. Mighty Mouse offers power users up to four independently programmable buttons, without compromising simplicity for users who prefer just a single-button mouse. Mighty Mouse also introduces an ingenious Scroll Ball that lets users scroll in any direction—vertically, horizontally and even diagonally. With the Scroll Ball, users can scroll with natural, fluid movements, making Mighty Mouse perfect for applications from viewing web pages and photographs, to video editing and music creation. Mighty Mouse is priced at just £35 (inc. VAT).

More here.
Boy, downloading RAW images over USB from a 1GB Compact Flash card really makes you think about upgrading to a machine with USB 2.

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