The transition to IP from old technologies is coming in handy for Brooktrout Technology. The company has hot video-over-IP media server that is helping the company move away from its TDM roots. It is also moving into the video messaging over wireless networks, and VoIP business. […] Read more »
My story on Qualcomm, The Next Monopoly, has only just hit the stands and already I need to update the information. According to reports coming from 3GSM, Qualcomm’s MediaFLO mobile TV technology is all set to take on the European DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld) and T-DMB […] Read more »
Pocketnow had a good look at the latest version of Microsoft’s Voice Command for the Windows Mobile platform and have published a review on their site. Voice Command is a program that lets you control your Windows Mobile device strictly by voice and is particularly useful […] Read more »
I’ve noticed this post getting a lot of play lately. Glad to see it’s viewed as useful to so many! Look for a Quicksilver & Tiger piece with new and exciting Quicksilver goodness in the coming days, here on The Apple Blog.
Quicksilver is one of the most innovative applications to be found on OS X. That may be my opinion, but there hasn’t been a person I’ve introduced to it that hasn’t said [in some form], “It’s changed the way I use my computer!” That’s awfully telling I’d say.
To be fair, LaunchBar and Butler are two more popular alternatives to Quicksilver – LaunchBar is $30 for a 5 computer license and Butler is Donation-ware. In contrast, the founding developer of Quicksilver (known as Alcor on his forums – look for an interview with Alcor in the coming weeks) seems to spend more of his time working on QS than getting around to creating a donation section on blacktree.com.
Why is it better? Alcor is one of the most responsive developers I’ve come across. Beta updates seem to come – on average – about every couple weeks. He is constantly answering questions and listening to the multitude of fans on his forums. I’ve not seen a similar, consistent practice by a developer…in my memory. So not only is Quicksilver fully featured and powerful as all get-out, but it’s always evolving.
OK, what does it do?!
Short answer: It’s a launcher. It allows you to open files from a keystroke instead of clicking through the Finder for them.
Long answer: What doesn’t it do? QS indexes your hard drive into a Catalog. That Catalog is available at a single keystroke and then allows you access to everything on your computer. Not only can you open applications, but using QS, you can move files around, append text to files, locate a file and attach it to an email…The list goes on and on and on and…
But to really appreciate Quicksilver, you’ve got to dive in. Nothing I could write would explain it nearly well enough (you’re probably saying to yourself, “Yeah, that’s painfully obvious…”). Seeing absolutely is believing. And as it says on the Quicksilver Preview page:
In the end, Quicksilver has one very important effect. , The effort associated with frequent tasks fades into the background and you are able to act without thinking. After an adaptation period, Quicksilver becomes an extension of yourself; the process fades away leaving only the results.
So let’s get started! Read more »
Mobile PC Magazine has laid it all out there with their list of the top 100 gadgets of all time. I don’t agree with some of them (the Clapper?) but there are some very cool gadgets that made the list I had forgotten about, even though […] Read more »
Earlier this week, I wrote about analysts discussing with Juniper its Shopping List. As expected CEO Scott Kirens did not say anything except this. “No, we don’t have all that we will need — although I’m not sure I would use the word ‘need.’ We don’t […] Read more »
Diabetics will tell you anything, ANYTHING that makes dealing with the chronic disease easier is a very good thing. Glucon, a developer of glucose monitoring devices, has been granted a patent for a method of constant level monitoring using photoacoustic waves in blood vessels. The flagship […] Read more »
3WTel, an Irish-start-up started a call between US and Ireland early in the morning on Valentine’s Day. A call that lasted nearly 12 hours and 52 minutes. The call, the company claims is a a world record for the “Most Participated and Longest Free International VoIP […] Read more »
Some of you may be getting the opinion that I’m a bit of a moaner. I have gripes about things only when I know the company could do better, and I think, in many cases these companies know they could do better. Unfortunately a combination of […] Read more »
It’s all the rage! Great comic over at Joy Of Tech. Read more »
Circuit City is now selling the iPod Shuffle online, with both the 512MB and 1GB versions of the Shuffle marked as immediately available. Update: Spoke too soon. Both are now marked as “SOLD OUT”. Read more »
Perhaps this is nothing new for you, the intelligent readership of The Apple Blog – but it was new to me… Ted over at PowerSDK posts about the death of his wife’s iPod. Sure, we’ve all heard about these things before, that’s nothing new – but […] Read more »
Business 2.0: As the 3G revolution picks up steam, wireless pioneer Qualcomm may be poised for market dominance that even Bill Gates would envy. In this article I have tried to highlight the role of QCom in the wireless food chain, and if all goes to […] Read more »
Good utilities that are self contained make the perfect tools for mobile computers. I love these little programs that often have no install routine and don’t write to the registry. A great place to find these programs is The Portable Freeware Collection, a site that has […] Read more »
Scott Hanselman has a great list of tools for your Tablet PC that every Tablet owner should have a look at. Some of the programs I have written about here on jkOnTheRun but there are also others worth checking out. Read more »
Qwest Communications, is not going away lightly and has launched a renewed bid for MCI. This was expected – after all Qwest had offered $8 billion for MCI and still got spurned by the MCI management. According to informed sources, Qwest pretty much met all the […] Read more »
If you have teenagers with cell phones they are no doubt spending many, many hours a month texting their friends. An entire language used in texting has evolved known as leetspeak (l33t in texting language), short for elite speak, which kids are using for texting quickly […] Read more »
It’s that time of the year when we’re looking to increase the size of our staff by 2 (doesn’t every company have that?). We’re in need of 2 writers who have the skills to pay the bills. Also, if you’ve got sweet graphic design skills, we’ve […] Read more »
Silicon Valley venture fund Crescendo Ventures got a bit of bad news today – another one of their optical/telecom investments went poof …. in the air. Swedish optical component maker Optillion called it quits and filed for bankruptcy. During the boom times, this company had raised […] Read more »
I am dead tired. After coming from DEMO, all I have done is work, and pack. I am even dreaming of boxes and packing tape. Anyway today was the big moving day. The movers arrived promptly at 11.30 am, and since I was all packed and […] Read more »
French startup Musiwave announced a mobile streaming music platform “called Smart Radio” that will compliment the existing over the air download service its providing for operators like Vodafone and SFR. Musiwave claims its software will let users “seamlessly create their own personalized streaming music channels,” thanks […] Read more »
VTech just introduced a new 2.4GHz cordless usb7100 phone that is a must have for all Skype fiends. It can be expanded up to four handsets. In addition to being a Skype Phone cordless phone technology, it does all the usual crap like caller ID, call […] Read more »
Recently, I was fortunate enough to get a Cingular-branded Treo 650 for my birthday. This was an upgrade from my Treo 270, and included a number of new features including Bluetooth and an SD slot for PalmOne peripherals and SD memory cards. Since I’m a geek, […] Read more »
Updated with Corrections Michael Moe of boutique investment research firm, ThinkEquity Research seems to have committed the first cardinal sin of our world – he did not give proper credit where it is due. In an article in The New York Times announcing his company’s weblog, […] Read more »
CNN has published an interview with the CEO of LM Ericsson who proclaims that 2005 will be the year of mobile broadband. "We are about to start a whole new stage in mobile communications — Mobile Triple Play — enabled by mobile broadband," said Chief Executive […] Read more »
Gear Live points to a great setup tip for Verizon Wireless customers which lets you use a proxy server to access the Internet from your Verizon phone without the $4.99 per month fee. There are complete setup instructions for a number of different phones with all […] Read more »
Seems that someone at Apple slipped-up and sent a periodic email to consumers in Great Britian, and it included the box art/logo for the upcoming Tiger release. The inclusion was apparently a mistake, as subsequent emails featured different graphics, omitting the Tiger box. Basically, it looks […] Read more »
Every new technology goes through a phase, where the sheer newness makes early adopters like myself put-up with all sorts of bugs. Hey that’s all part of living on the bleeding edge – you will bleed a little. Actually first couple of million users will put […] Read more »
In a few hours, Juniper Networks is going to kick off its analyst day, outlining its strategy for the future and how it plans to compete with Cisco Systems and newer Chinese rivals. But one question on everyone’s lips is going to be: who will Juniper […] Read more »
Nokia is feeling might bullish about the whole 3G thing and expects 70 million 3G users by end of the year. My various estimates – read different market research firms – show about 55 million 3G uses at end of 2005. So Nokia knows something more […] Read more »
The standard Mail application is what many people use, but it’s far from perfect. We’re going to take a look at some of the more annoying features, or lack thereof. Read more »
Google has updated the beta version of their popular Toolbar and added some new features. The coolest one for me is the addition of a spell check function that works on all text entry boxes on the current web page. It works pretty well in my […] Read more »
If you live in the US or in the west, you think Google has all the answers. But in reality where most of the planet doesn’t speak english and the content is not digitized finding information is still a nightmare. The Broadband Blog’s Ramesh Jain writes, […] Read more »
India might be one of the hottest broadband and telecom destinations for equipment makers, but for its citizens the country is a frustrating ride on a dial-up roal to nowhere, says Broadband Blog’s Abishek Puri. “Internet services have so far still stuck in the dial up […] Read more »
Mega has released an MP3 player with some cool features, including Bluetooth for using with your cell phone. The Mega Player 522BT is a flash memory based player that has an FM tuner and recording capability integrated into the small gadget. The Bluetooth profiles supported are […] Read more »
Light Reading reports that a small consolidation in the VoIP business is going on right now, the latest deal being Finnish test vendor NetHawk Oyj’s purchase of Richardson, Texas-based ipNetFusion in a bid to boost its VOIP testing capabilities. The deal is being valued at $26 […] Read more »
The awesome team from Panic have released version 3.0 of their award winning FTP client Transmit. Improvements include support for FTPS, column view, tabbed connection, a sidebar, better synchronization features, WebDAV support, and tons of others. I will be posting a more in depth review as […] Read more »
TiVo CEO, annoyed by “Windows nightmares”, switches to Mac, his IT department follows Read more »
Okay guys – if you are in the market for a DSL service, let me tell you which company to avoid: Speakeasy. Last year in a bid to help a small company and support competition in the broadband market, I signed up with Speakeasy. The whole […] Read more »
Think Fox News, except the participants are talking about HDTV and PVRs and all that crap. Anyway Phillip Swann, who grandiosely calls himself Swaani will take on Forrester Research analyst Josh Bernoff on March 15, at a panel at the 10th annual High-Definition TV Summit, produced […] Read more »