On My Agenda Next Week…

BarCamp Austin!

BarCamp Austin III

More on this later.


Zero Punctuation’s Review of “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune”

The quick version of the Zero Punctuation review of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune: Some very nice visuals, nothing new either gameplay- or plot-wise, and if you’re a white supremacist, you’ll love this game. Watch the full review!


Microsoft’s and Google’s Product Pipelines, According to Scoble

Robert Scoble (on Twitter): “The fact that Bill Gates couldn’t ship one new thing at his last Consumer Electronics Show was an indictment of their product pipeline,” and “Out of all the companies I study Google has the best product pipeline and best management. No one has figured that out yet.”


DemoCamp 17 Covered in the National Post

I am extremely pleased with the way DemoCamp 17 went. We had some great demos and Ignite presentations at the Toronto Board of Trade dining room, followed by one of the best post-DemoCamp after-parties at the Duke of Westminster. My thanks to all the attendees, the presenters, Jay Goldman for doing a lot of the heavy lifting and the very kind folks at the Toronto Board of Trade.

Pema Hegan of GigPark sent me a scan from today’s National Post, which appears below:

Article on DemoCamp 17 in the National Post.

I transcribed the article about DemoCamp:

DemoCamp Warms Up to Toronto Tech Crowd

More than 400 people packed the Toronto Board of Trade conference hall on Monday night for DemoCamp, a loosely organized gathering of Web entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and technology enthusiasts.

Startup companies that made an impression on attendees included Kaitlyn McLachlan’s AskItOnline online survey Web site and Alain Chesnais’s SceneCaster 3-D embedded imaging application.

But the real crowd-pleaser of the night had to be WirelessNorth webmaster Tom Purves’ fast-paced Ignite presentation on why the Canadian wireless industry “sucks.”

Although he was preaching to the converted, Mr. Purves spent just over five minutes pointing out the high price of Canadian cellphone service and compared different price plans from around the world. For example, did you know that Rwanda has better cellphone plans than Canada? Or my favourite stat of the night: According to Mr. Purves, one megabyte of wireless data transfer on Rogers’ network costs $50, a measurement not seen since the early 1990s, when relatively minuscule hard drives cost upward of $1000.

For his efforts, Mr. Purves was rewarded with a standing ovation.

Needless to say, Monday’s DemoCamp was the largest turnout in 17 different meetings. With the Toronto Board of Trade firmly on board (no pun intended) with DemoCamp’s main intention — to foster and develop new Canadian tech talent to the global market — there’s a good chance we may see a local success story sooner than later.

Or maybe cheaper cellphone plans. The jury’s still out on which will happen first.

David George-Cosh


Casual Cryptography for Web Developers

The article Casual Cryptography for Web Developers is probably the nicest, most concise explanation of some of the important crypto principles and practices that web developers will need. Whether you are new to web development, need a refresher or are just curious about the fundamentals, this is one of the best starter articles I’ve seen.


Slight MacBook Improvements Mean Savings For You!

MacBooks and MacBook pro

By now, you’ve probably heard about the latest revisions to Apple’s laptop lines.

For the MacBook Pro:

  • There are slight speed increases. The last revision featured “Merom” versions of the Core 2 Duo processors running at 2.2 and 2.4 GHz; the new ones feature the “Penryn” versions running at 2.4 and 2.6 GHz.
  • More RAM. The last revision featured graphics cards with 128MB and 256MB RAM; the new ones’ graphics cards have 256MB and 512MB. The new versions also boast new larger L2 caches.
  • A new trackpad. The new versions of the MacBook Pro feature the same multi-touch trackpad as the MacBook Air.

The only change made to the MacBook was processor speed – the last revision has speeds ranging from 2.0 to 2.2 GHz; the latest revision has speeds ranging from 2.1 to 2.4GHz.

Unless you’re one of those people who can sense the difference a few hundred megahertz makes and who absolutely must have the latest and greatest revision, this refresh of the Mac laptop line means that the machines supplanted by the just-announced models are now selling is today’s slightly cheaper special. There’s also a tiny bonus in that from this revision on, the Apple Remote no longer comes “free” with your laptop — it’s now a $20 add-on.

The now-previous generation of Mac laptops are selling for a couple hundred dollars less than they did a couple of days ago, and the refurbished ones (here’s the U.S. page for refurbished Macs; here’s the Canadian page) are even cheaper. If you’re looking for a new Mac and are trying to get as much bang for the buck as you can, this is a good time to go shopping.


Internet House Party

What if some of the most popular sites went to a college house party? Here’s what Those Aren’t Muskets! think: