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Portable Studio in a box

datePosted on 18:14, August 4th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

Hot on the heels of AJA video’s NAB announcement of their IO HD box, MOTU has just announced their version of Portable Studio in a box, the MOTU V3HD. According to MOTU’s website “With one simple plug-and-play FireWire connection, the V3HD turns your Mac or PC desktop or laptop computer into a powerful HD/SD video production workstation equipped with all the video and audio I/O you need.” Both boxes seem — at first glance — to be very similar. AJA’s box works with Apple’s ProPres 422 (hardware), while V3HD seems to be hardwired for DVCPro HD (hardware). V3HD works with FinalCut Pro on Mac platform and supports Adobe Premiere Pro on Windows. All you need is a Workstation/Laptop with Firewire 400/800 connections. So go ahead and build that portable HD/SD studio you always wanted…’s easy.

Take that JesusPhone…..

datePosted on 11:51, July 6th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

Okay, so by now you all know that I kinda hate the iPhone. I think it’s gonna be the big wake up call for Apple/Steve. We’ll see, but in the meantime Nokia has beefed up the N800 with a simple software upgrade. New features include Skype (yehaaa), Flash 9 (wohoo) and SDHC support (upto 8GB), so run and grab it here. This means that you can grab two 8GB SDHC card and have a fully functional linux Computer w/ 16GB of Disk in your pocket. Get some skype-out minutes and you can leave your iPhone at home. All this and battery life improvement as well. My advice to Apple, stick to what you know, make better Computers/OS’s and let the phone makers make the phones :-).

Pictures: WWDC bash featuring Ozomatli

datePosted on 20:38, June 22nd, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

Well it took a little while to get these out the door, but I think you’ll agree, the wait was well worth it. These are 60 of the best (out of a collection of 1228) pictures I took on thursday night (June 14, 2007) during Apple’s WWDC07 bash. I think 5% keepers is a pretty good number…right. Well enough talk, click and jump to my gallery site.

Mac OS X Leopard Server features

datePosted on 01:57, June 12th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

In addition to discussing several new features for the consumer edition of Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), Apple has disclosed some new functionality for Mac OS X 10.5 Server, also scheduled to ship in October. Among them: a wiki server; Podcast Producer; Spotlight (find content stored on other servers); and a new iCal Server, based on the CalDAV open standard. Leopard Server can also automatically configure Leopard clients for use on the server, including file sharing, Mail, iCal, iChat, Address Book and VPN settings.

There is also a built-in Network Health Check, a new Server Preferences application and a server status Dashboard widget.The new iCal Server can interface iCal 3 in Leopard, Mozilla’s Sunbird and OSAF’s Chandler. Spotlight Server delivers search results of content stored on mounted network volumes. Content indexing is done automatically and transparently on the serverCore services also see an update in Mac OS X 10.5 Server. Apache 2, MySQL 5, Postfix, Cyrus, Podcast Producer and QuickTime Streaming Server will be 64-bit.

Other new features include Server Admin 4 with new file sharing and permission controls; iChat Server 2 to securely communicate over instant messaging; External Accounts to enable Leopard users to store their home directory on an external FireWire or USB portable drive; a new System Imaging Utility that uses a workflow-based editor to create customized images that can include Boot Camp partitions; Xgrid 2 for ad hoc distributed computing in environments without dedicated controllers, and QuickTime Streaming Server 6 with support for 3GPP Release 6 bit rate adaptation.

Mac OS X 10.5 Server will carry a price of $500 for a 10-client edition and $1000 for an unlimited-client edition.

MacNN | WWDC: Mac OS X Leopard Server features

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Oh and one last thing….

datePosted on 20:40, June 11th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

iPhone, aka. Apple Inc.’s Achilles Heel. Well, just about everyone was waiting for a SDK for the bloody thing. They wanted to rush to the AT&T store on June 29, buy a iPhone and start developing real software for it. You know, the kind of software that is actually useful. Well Apple’s idea of software development is this:

“You don’t touch our phone, you just use AJAX and HTML and design webpages that can be loaded (using wireless) on the phone”. Now I have no idea how this qualifies as a Application development platform, but according to Apple it does.


datePosted on 19:19, June 11th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

Okay so Stevie did his keynote…..10 “new” things about Apple’s OSX Leopard. Well more like 3 news things and 7 recycled things….you decide:

  1. New Desktop (New Menu bar, New Dock, Stacks, consistent window look, prominent active window).
  2. New Finder (New sidebar, search other macs and servers, shared computers, back to my mac, cover flow).
  3. Quicklook
  4. 64-bit (64-bit cocoa, one version runs 32 and 64 bit apps side-by-side).
  5. Core Animation.
  6. Boot Camp.
  7. Spaces.
  8. IChat (AAC-LD for audio, tabbed chats, photo booth effects, ichat theater, backdrops).
  9. Timemahine.
  10. Hmm maybe I missed this…..

All this fun can be had for $129. But you have to wait ’til october.

WWDC Day1 – Keynote

datePosted on 11:37, June 11th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

Started lineing up at 7:00 am this morning. Front of the line people actually were here at 5:00 am….Now that takes some dedication. NOT ME!!!! Anyways some shots of the massive lines outside/inside and upstairs at the Moscone West. It’s 8:40 am right now and we’re all waiting….good pastaries, lots of coffee and juice…..YUM!!!

San Francisco here I come….

datePosted on 01:41, June 11th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

So I’m back at my hotel –after getting my badge, bag, t-shirt and dinner– and am getting ready to go to bed early. Need to be in line for WWDC keynote tomorrow at 6:00 am. Now that is fully 3 hours before the keynote, I better get a seat in the main Ballroom. We’ll see what Stevie announces tomorrow….Let me guess, a damn SDK for the damn iPhone. That better not be true. I am predicting today that iPhone will fall flat.

OSX Keyboard Shortcuts

datePosted on 19:58, June 8th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

Head over to and have a peek at their list, detailing a ton of keyboard shortcuts for OS X (and also ones for Windows XP). The list has your standard shortcuts and some “super secret” ones that the author has collected overtime. Did you know you can hold down the “shift” key after login to prevent startup items from opening?


datePosted on 09:30, June 7th, 2007 by Many Ayromlou

I did not get a chance to post this last night as I was totally smashed. At 7:43 pm last night this was the scene in our machine room. A happy XSAN of 13TB being burned in for the next 12-hours. It’s 9:30 am now and I just stopped my abusive dd command (dd if=/dev/zero of=/Volumes/RAID/crap.null bs=32m count=4096000). The filesize is 10TB with a 220MB/s write throughput (non-optimized) and I think the system has passed the test. Now for the real test Final Cut Pro Editing……

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