I was casually flipping through a Frontgate catalog today, musing how I'll probably never have need for a chaise lounge made specifically my shower when I saw it. Page 65, on a Powerbook perched on a laptop caddy. Where they usually have Safari, or just as commonly Firefox, there it was. They were running Camino. Take that, jinglepants.
I now have in my possession a shiny new AppleTV, and let me tell you, it rocks. It just works. The hardest part was getting the cables into the back of my receiver. Within about 5 minutes out of the box I was listening to music on my home theater system with the most beautiful album art graphics I've ever seen. This things does do 1080i, and it does it well.
The syncing from the iTunes on my laptop was perfectly seamless and it was underway before I knew it. Even while syncing, I had full access to my entire music catalog with a screen-saver of all the album art. It must have pulled the art down separately, which is a great user experience. I really don't know (or care) what's streaming or playing directly off the unit. It just works.
It's also a stark reminder at the difference good speakers make in revealing the differences in the codecs. Even ripped at 160Kbps, the MP3s don't hold a candle to anything ripped with AAC. I may just have to go back and re-rip most of my collection. The MP3s feel like there's this layer of haze between me and the music. Anything AAC is clear, clean, and has a much wider soundstage. It could also just be better recording techniques and coincidence.
Sure, I wish it had a bigger hard drive and was more expandable, but you know, I'm sure I'll get my $300 worth just enjoying my music now that it's much more accessible to me, and I'll glady buy another in a couple of years.
I couldn't sleep one night last week and made a little feature run-through for Mac Desktop. Amit is hosting it for me because I couldn't get enough resolution on the one uploaded to Google Video, and you really need to be able to see what's going on. I hope someone finds it useful.
Be gentle to Amit, he's only got enough bandwidth for 15k downloads or so. This is my own doing, nothing to do with my employer. I just think this is a really great product and it's worth seeing what all it can do.
The project I've been leading was released early this morning:
Rest? Seems unlikely.
Friday night Sam and I had dinner with Om Malik, of Business 2.0 and GigaOM, and Matt Mullenweg, the creator of WordPress. Both are incredibly down-to-earth and very cool. We talked about technology and Apple fanatics and Camino, plus a number of other random things. Om is an even bigger Camino fan than I ever would have imagined, which makes me happy. It's conversations like this that make me realize just how much of a following Camino has developed over the years. The community continues to thrive, which is no easy task for an unstaffed, unpaid, open source software project that's competing with an OS vendor. There are many, many people who deserve thanks for that.
I swear I've met Matt before, but for the life of me I can't remember where. Maybe in a past life we were both yak herders in the mountains of Tibet.
Sam and I talked a lot about Camino on the drive up to The City and back, and then over a multitude of beers near our hotel. We're both looking forward to our upcoming Camino summit after WWDC in June as a chance to discuss ways to improve the project, attract new members, and streamline development. Hopefully we can put the wraps on 1.1 (or maybe we'll call it 1.5) within the next couple of weeks. We really need to get it out the door and into users hands. It's a huge step forward in so many ways.
A week and a half down, one more week to go in this lonesome hotel. My housekeeper brought me shampoo and toothpaste when she saw I was running out. My TV only has 19 channels. Exquisitely bored in California.