here is an ancient cubist-symbolism-laden quicktime collage,
done long before iApps came to the fore -- i don't remember
if this is sorenson codec #1 or #2 ...http://homepage.mac.com/retiarius/kube.mov
Because this is what the Apple investor relations department
will tell you, as they did me, if you call to confirm -- apparently
the share settlement provisions are all in the 10Q, not
the SEC Form 4 made public last week.
As for taxes, they verified that taxes started accruing on the
whole 10M wad the day they vested this month. Of course,
if you already have funds to put aside for the 35% fed and 10.3% state
rates, the money *can* be used for other purposes.
much agree with your observation that
elgato makes good stuff -- i happily own the eyetv 500
and am surprised apple hasn't acquired them.
it's unfortunate that the least cost HD-grade
living room mac HTPC needs a dual G5, an elgato box, + something
like a westinghouse 37"/42" 1080p monitor.
it'd be neat if apple made all the parts, but i'll
settle for the least technically challenging solution
for apple to pull it off -- software-enabling a
the mac mini, for 480p content, (from dvd, the ivideo store, or wherever)
*already* serves as both the set top box and the airport AV express.
it has the storage, the digital TV outputs, the QT decoders, the wireless.
all it needs is a bluetooth-enabled ipod to control it.
the standard complaint is it can't do 720p HD yet.
when hollywood & bollywood are ready for HD so will apple.
there is a wide spectrum of ipods that can enable video:
- a "roachmotel" type of unit that only allows PSP-level (272p)
or denser (480p with more decoder and/or screen heroics)
with no external display connection to please hollywood.
- ditto with poor (analog-only S-video) connectivity.
- one with a bluetooth addon which only controls an imac mini or
other mac that does the actual hosting and vga/dvi output
to a viewing room display.
sparing a full-quotation-reply-to-self, the easiest way
for apple to satisfy all the constraints for:
- apple video download store
- ipod-as-video display/storage unit + remote_control
- digital feed to (hd)tv
is for any new ipod to do 802.11g rather than dvi/hdmi-output,
and have the mac mini rather than the ipod do the tv interface.
if the nintendo ds at $100-$150 for display + wireless
can do it, so can ipod.
unfortunately, this implies...
the apple brand has given us high quality digital audio via the ipod.
as for video, the ipod photo dock with S-video out has been
a non-starter for those 2-8 megapixel digital photos
everyone owns. for apple to debut MTV-like lowrez 480p video
on a device with analog out would be a step backwards, besmirching
the brand known for higher quality multimedia.
yet 720p or better video via DVI/HDMI from an ipod,
from both CPU-intensive and power consumption...