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News bits and other fluff

I’m watching a great movie right now and only want to mention a few bits of news. The movie is Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece “North by Northwest”. Great fun with Cary Grant at his best. And now, here’s the news:

Apple again announces new products in the form of upgraded G5 Towers. For all the specs and dirt, go here.

This is cool. Dual 2.5 Ghz is pretty darn fast. However, they also announced that they will not be able to get to 3Ghz “any time soon” even though Steve promised they would at the last developer’s gathering. Apparently, the good folks at IBM cannot get their act together and make the chips work the way they are supposed to. Isn’t this the reason that Apple started buying chips from IBM instead of Motorola in the first place? We’ll see how this shakes out.

And, according to The New York Times (registration required) TiVo will offer a service in the near future that will allow you to stream video content from the internet right to your TV. This is in response to their deal with Direct TV going away. The feeling is that Direct TV is going to start offering their own TiVo-like boxes and also going to start doing the video streaming thing. So, the good folks at TiVo are trying to get a leg up now.

TiVo is a great gadget. We love it. If you don’t have one you don’t know what you’re missing. Go to the TiVo site to check it out and get one as soon as possible. It will change your life, believe me.

One other thing. If you are ever trying to find out who is trying to kill you and you go someplace to talk to a guy who can help answer some questions for you and he suddenly gets a knife in the back, for fuck’s sake don’t grab the knife and stand there for a picture.

If you don’t understand what I am talking about, go out immediately and rent “North by Northwest” and watch it. You’ll love it. I often wonder what Hitch could have done in today’s Hollywood with all the tools at his disposal. That would have been something to see.


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