Friday, January 12, 2007

Sports @ SJSU Growing?

I not a sports buff, by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I'm just a geek. But this article today from College Hotline and this one from the Merc caught my attention - strange whispers of a stadium getting built near campus with some real promise of expanding SJSU's image across the Bay and beyond.

More attention, even in sports, would mean more revenue for the school, and possibly more opportunities for students. I'm not saying the deal would necessarily be the right thing for the school, but I'd definitely like to hear more.

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Your Mac Life

Burke (from Axis.ds) and I met Shawn King from Your Mac Life after Diggnation ended at the expo. Shawn invited us to the afterparty at the Great American Music Hall last night. Lots of fun - great food (excellent chocolate) - great bar (open, of course) - and lots of interesting conversation.

Oh, and did I mention that Paul Kent, IDG's World Expo VP IN CHARGE OF MACWORLD, sang in a rock/blues/funk band. Who said that geeks can't jam?
Happy Anniversary to Shawn, again. He got married at the Your Mac Life after party last year!

I'll have all my pics from the party up on flickr later today, as well as a couple videos from the conference.

Best line of the after party from Burke: "Drew... I think I'm drunk."
Best response from me: "Yes, Burke... yes you are."

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Time Off is Over

After taking a good portion of the break off, I decided to go to MacWorld this week. WOW. If any of you missed what Jeff Han did at TED in February of last year - don't fear - Apple incorporated it into the new iPhone.

They've struck gold on this one, with a blazing 2 Mb upload speed. True, it isn't the six or nine you'd expect from your LAN, but for now, you can get directions and view video clips from friends just fine. And before anyone complains that the battery life is going to be too short to listen to your music (4 or 8 gigs worth), just know word on the grapevine says that the new (or old, if you remember them) thin, mesh batteries that used to be too slow, are now efficient enough to hold longer charges at lower heat levels then they used to be...

...that's geek talk for, "the battery life won't be much of an issue in a year or so."

Anyone at Mac wanna let me demo it for awhile?

There was plenty of other eye candy there as well, from video glasses for your ipod to iTV... I mean Apple TV, which is basically a front end media player for the masses. It's not hard to make your own Linux box to do what Apple TV does anyways, and yes, the authentication process WILL BE A TURNOFF FOR A LOT OF BUYERS who aren't interested in supporting hardware that reinforces protection for the media giants. But still, it's sleek, it's trendy, and it will at least push the markets towards complete internet based media faster.

Broadcast is soooooooooo dead.

Hey, and check out Diggnation this week. They broadcast live from the expo. Way cool. I got some pics taken with Jay, Kevin and Alex. Even Leah Culver was there; not to mention the geek architect behind it all, Daniel Burka.

And then there were the after-parties...

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