The WWDC Question

Each year, I seem to only go to one training event: Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (also known as WWDC). You’ll notice that Apple hasn’t updated the site since the end of the conference last year, which means we’re now into March and we don’t know when the conference will be. (For comparison, last year WWDC’s date was announced on February 16th, or so my archives would indicate.)

So I’ve decided to do some detective work. Based on the last two years, we can assume the following:

  • WWDC occurs with at least one day falling in June.
  • WWDC occurs at Moscone West in San Francisco.
  • WWDC runs five days, from a Monday to a Friday.

Apple has no information about WWDC 2006 yet, but luckily the Moscone Center is not quite as secretive. While WWDC is not listed, there are three events listed in June that are scheduled to use Moscone West. If we mark these off on a calendar as conflicts (WWDC takes up the entire building), we get a calendar that looks like this:

Based on this calendar, I think we can safely rule out the last two weeks of June, and possibly the first full week (as the Saturday is often used for registration and setup). If I were to guess based on this calendar, I’d bank on it being June 12th-June 16th.

This would be (of course!) horrible for me, as it’s the last week of our semester at work and there will undoubtedly be an exam that needs monitoring. This would make WWDC three for three in terms of causing conflicts and difficulties. I just can’t win.

Comedy Explosination

It’s a three-for-all today.

One: Colbert Report taping, tonight. Guest looks to be not so important, but Stephen is the man.

Two: Channel 102 at 8:30. Hopefully Colbert won’t run long so that I have to miss new episodes of Running From Johnny Law, The Outer Limit, and Puppet Rapist.

Three: Aziz Ansari and Andy Blitz are the music clerks you love to hate in Human Giant’s Other Music. Featuring Julie Klausner and Brian Huskey too!

Abracadabra – Quicksilver Mouse Gestures

I was in a meeting a week or two ago where one of my bosses was using the Mac in our conference room and, upon realizing he had to open another app, hit Command-Space as a reflex. Nothing happened – Quicksilver wasn’t installed. Those of us who use Quicksilver (about half of my group) all giggled – because we’ve all been there, grappling on a machine without QS installed.

For those of you who, like my boss and my coworkers, live and die by Quicksilver, there’s a plugin you should definitely check out. Its name is Abracadabra, and it enables a third trigger type: mouse gestures. I got to play with this while it was in alpha, and I have to say, it’s really damn slick, and a natural extension on top of QS.

Marcus Volwalker has a great tutorial to help you get started. And if you need help with triggers in general, check my last tutorial.

God Of War

US lags in propaganda war: Rumsfeld

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States lags dangerously behind al Qaeda and other enemies in getting out information in the digital media age and must update its old-fashioned methods, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Friday.

Modernization is crucial to winning the hearts and minds of Muslims worldwide who are bombarded with negative images of the West, Rumsfeld told the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Pentagon chief said today’s weapons of war included e-mail, Blackberries, instant messaging, digital cameras and Web logs, or blogs.

E-mail? More accounts than I can remember.

Blackberries? I’ve got a Sidekick, close enough.

Instant messaging? Four accounts – oh yeah, and I set up the IM server at work.

Digital cameras? Three if you count the cameraphone, two otherwise.

Blogs? Check.

Who knew I was such a warmonger?

DJ Max

Like many others around the globe, I am completely enthralled with the recent release of Pentavision’s DJ Max for the PSP. It is a solid recreation of my much beloved Beatmania series, except perfectly adapted for a portable. It has over 50 tracks (many of which are surprisingly good), a metric ton of things to unlock, and a nice steady difficulty curve.

If you own a PSP, you owe it to yourself to pick this up. And if you have already picked it up – or even if you haven’t and just want more information – I’ve started work on translating as much info about the game as I can and slapping it on my wiki. Contributions are always welcome. You can read the info at:

http://vjarmy.com/wiki/index.php/DJ_Max

If you don’t have a PSP, don’t fret: Beatmania’s US release for the PS2 is just over a month away. And if you want to learn more about that, why, there’s a wiki page for that too!

The Worthlessness Of Mac Rumor Sites

I was asked today by a co-worker if the “true video iPod” rumors from ThinkSecret were true:

Think Secret can confirm recent rumblings that Apple is nearing completion of a completely revamped video iPod that will shed the ubiquitous mechanical click wheel for a touch screen and will sport a 3.5-inch diagonal display.

I could go on and on debunking this, but I think Matt Thomas made a very clear point over at NewsVine, and for the sake of brevity, I will quote it entirely:

I’m excited about this new iPod.

In the meantime, I’ll enjoy watching TV content downloaded onto my new Mac mini with DVR that’s connected to my Apple plasma television. Later I’ll listen to my new iPod shuffle — one of the new ones released at Macworld last month — and fire up my new 13.3″ Intel-based iBook to play a few games.

Life sure would be fun if Think Secret actually had believable sources. Sadly, that ain’t the case.