Originally posted by Ensign Pulver
Welcome bikertwin, and thank you. A novel, intelligent, well thought out and properly spelled AI post? You MUST be new!
Your license check out scheme is pure brilliance and very Apple. I await your further contributions to the forum.
Ha ha, you make me laugh, Ensign Pulver! Glad I can contribute.
What I posted is definitely not insider information, since I don't live anywhere near California and don't deal with Apple distributors, marketers, etc. It's more what I'm hoping for, rather than what I'm expecting. The media server/media player integration just sorta occurred to me after digesting a bunch of sources:
* AI and various other rumor sites (although there hasn't been much lately!)
* A number of interesting posts here
* Rumors of an Apple personal organizer that was cancelled by His Steveness at the last minute
* Hints of a user/home directory syncing ability in Tiger
* General syncing improvements in Tiger
* Pen interface in Panther/Tiger
* "The year of HD" comment at MWSF
* Rumors on some guy's blog last week about a widescreen PDA/tablet
* The general promotion and failure of Windows Tablet and Windows Media devices (Steve often learns from others' mistakes)
* My wife and I seeing a Windows tablet device at a coffee shop a few weeks ago, and thinking with some Apple-ization that it might be kinda cool
* My own needs. I just sold my Lapzilla because it was too big and yet not powerful enough for making a lot of iPhoto DVDs. I want power and portability, so the perfect compromise would be a media server and a media player (in the meantime I bought a discontinued dual G5 2.0). I also have an almost-dead Sony Clié, and I realized I needed a portable device that also had input (i.e., my iPod mini's read-only interface for notes and contacts can't replace my Clié). I also want something that syncs with Address Book better, including syncing address book *groups*.
* PalmOne's overpriced Tungsten E2 (they raised the price 50 bucks and added Bluetooth after 18 months of development? I'm not impressed)
* Nokia's nifty new widescreen Linux thingy ( http://www.nokiausa.com/770
) (only $100 more than the Tungsten E2 and way cooler and more useful)
* MacsimumWhatever.com's "Neo" columnist (although he's far too long-winded; I've never gotten more than half way through any of his/her articles!)
* Cringely's take on the iTunes store selling movies
* Dealing with Rational ClearCase at work, where you check things in and out; and realizing where Hollywood will want to take DRM in the coming years (not that I agree, mind you, but knowing what's probably going to be shoved down our throats...)
It all kinda fits together. Sorta.