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Tuesday,  01/15/08  10:12 PM

Still on my old laptop hard drive, in the process of rebuilding my new one.  (The rebuild doesn't have anything to do with it being faster, or larger, it has to do with an NTFS corruption issue.  But I digress.)  Anyway onward, let's see what's happening...

So Mitt Romney has won Michigan.  Powerline analyzes the state of Republican play.  My main attraction to Romney is that he's a governor.  Really, that is much better preparation for being President than having been a senator.  Plus, he's a successful businessman, and seems to have a really stable family.  If only he weren't a Morman, not that I care much about religious beliefs, but it seems a leading indicator of lack of intelligence...

Apple!  Whoa.  Did you see the Jobsnote?  I treasure them as performances, not only communications from an innovative computer company.  I'd give yesterday's performance a solid 8, unrelated to the announcements themselves, which I'd give a 10. 

Mahalo has a fantastic 60 second summary of the 90 minute presentation, if you're in a hurry.

So the new Macbook Air will garner the most attention - it is beautiful - but I actually think the iTunes Movie Rental stuff is the most significant.  About a year ago I bought an original AppleTV, I like it, but it hasn't set my world on fire.  The friction of buying movies online from my computer (in my office), waiting for them to download, and then waiting for them to sync to the AppleTV before watching them (in my family room) was just enough to keep it from being used a lot.  Now that is all history; you rent online from the family room, and poof, you start watching it immediately.  And a lot of the content is HD!  I agree with Popular Mechanics that this makes the whole Blu-ray vs HD-DVD issue moot. 

John Gruber analyzes iTunes rental details and makes an excellent point: how about a 27-hour day?

But back to the Macbook Air, yes, it is beautiful.  And I notice it has an option for a solid state disk, 64GB of SRAM masquerading as a hard drive.  As Jobs said, "they're pricey, but they're really fast".  This could be a peek into the future.

Macbook Air

After I watched the Jobsnote I turned to Reggie (my cat) and said, "what a great time to be alive".

More techno-lust on my part: the Dash internet-connected GPS.  I want one.  In fact, I've wanted one ever since I had my first GPS in my car, eight years ago.  Someday they'll be built into every car.

Did you know expensive wine tastes better, because it's expensive?  Yes, apparently.  "Researchers from the California Institute of Technology and Stanford's business school have directly seen that the sensation of pleasantness that people experience when tasting wine is linked directly to its price."  This explains so much.  My taste in women, for example :)

I wonder if Maseratis drive better because they're expensive?

Glenn Reynolds watched Terminator, the Sarah Connor Chronicles, and I did too.  "Not bad, and Summer Glau makes a surprisingly credible Terminator robot. Well, maybe it's not surprising considering her scarily-credible role as a biologically enhanced killer on Firefly/Serenity."  I found myself rooting for it, I think it wasn't as good as I hoped, but wasn't as bad as I feared.  I'll give it a chance - this could be the first TV series I watch in, well, years and years and years...

Robert Scoble is on the move again; Microsoft's most famous blogger spent the last year at Podtech, and is now moving to FastCompany.tv.  I like Robert and definitely wish him well.  I must tell you I'm from Missouri on this whole "video podcast" thing, however; I still like text because it can be skimmed.  But I'm an oleosaur.

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