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Speech tests so far…

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Apple Speakable Items, speech

Well, so far, I’ve had decent success talking to FireFox. This is largely thanks to the LifeHacker article by Adam Pash. If Speakable Items is turned on, it will create a Speakable Items folder for you when you open an application that you want to give voice commands to. My observations show that it can take a minute for the system to notice. (It probably depends on how many apps you have running.)

So far, I have not had success with WOW. I know it’s possible becauseĀ  Sean Forsgren over at has written a fantastic article on it. I don’t know for a fact, but I suspect that I have a problem becuase I am running WOW from an external drive. I will be investigating this.

Metroblogging Azeroth: Trading epic mounts for errrr…. epic mounts

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Even reading this…I can’t believe it.

Metroblogging Azeroth: Trading epic mounts for errrr…. epic mounts: “« Yet Another Reason to Play WoW on a Mac… | Main
Trading epic mounts for errrr…. epic mounts

posted by Paul Hollingsworth at 11:05 AM on April 11, 2007
I was going to write a story about this but I’m speechless.
5000 Gold for sex.

I wonder if this is a TOS violation.

‘I play a level 70 night elf druid and would prefer someone who was into roleplaying (I have a costume!) boy honestly anyone will do, as long long as you have the gold. I would also be ok with a woman too, as long as you have the gold!’
The craiglist ad is after the jump.



Posted by: Michael #1 at April 11, 2007 12:03 PM
I’m guessing some form of mind control is going to be required for this transaction to be completed.

Posted by: sean bonner at April 11, 2007 12:23 PM
this fiasco has totally lit a fire in my guild. a lot of us are pretty crass individuals but this subject has drawn a new line. moms beware.

Posted by: Peebers at April 11, 2007 01:51 PM
That’s just crazy.

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WoW on iPhone?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Again, people dreaming about WOW on the iPhone. Notice that this guy realizes how a problem that would be. He’s concentrating on the processor, which I ignored before, but the gut still says ‘no way.’

WoW on iPhone?: “

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iPhone World is reporting on an anonymous tip from a ‘reliable source’ that Apple’s forthcoming iPhone will run WoW:

  • The Source said, ‘watch out for the iPhone and their new video iPod when it comes to gaming. Imagine playing WOW on them using the touch screen interface. Think of the impact its going to have on the handheld game market and Apple’s revenue.’
  • He/she said He/she was told that WOW on the iPhone worked with both WiFi and EDGE (without simultaneous phone use) and full multi-tasking with 3G in the future. New iPod will utilize WiFi.

My instincts say ‘no’ on this one. I don’t know much about the iPhone’s ARM11 processor, but I’d be surprised if even the most powerful of phone CPUs could render a game like WoW playably. And even if it could, would you really want to play on a screen that size? Heck, I had enough trouble on my old laptop’s 12′. Furthermore, I believe Blizz have said that they think a keyboard and mouse are essential for playing WoW, when giving reasons for not porting the game to consoles. But enough baseless speculation. Does anybody know about that ARM11 CPU? Let me know in the comments if this is impossible or merely unlikely.

P.S. The above image isn’t evidence of WoW on iPhone, it’s just a quick Photoshop.

(Via WOW Insider.)

Play WoW on Apple’s iPhone?

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

You know, I covered this back in February. It seems damn unlikely. The game is tricky enough with a mouse and keyboard. These people are clearly high.

Play WoW on Apple’s iPhone?: “Sean Bonner:


There’s a pretty crazy story on iPhone World claiming to have confirmation that the iPhone will run WoW. No, like, for realz. From the story:

…Imagine playing WOW on them using the touch screen interface. Think of the impact its going to have on the handheld game market and Apple’s revenue.’

I tried to get more on WOW but all I could get was ‘Steve goes big and WOW is as big as they come when it comes to on-line games.’

…was told that WOW on the iPhone worked with both WiFi and EDGE (without simultaneous phone use) and full multi-tasking with 3G in the future. New iPod will utilize WiFi.

I saw this story over on WoW Insider where they are a little skeptical. I’m a LOT skeptical, and in fact am calling BS on the whole thing. I know people with Mac laptops that can’t run WoW, no way this thing will be able to. As awesome as it would be, I just can’t see it happening. And the touch screen controls would SUCK for playing WoW. You’d need some kind of bluetooth keyboard, and if you have that why not just use a laptop? That said, what would be awesome would be if some elements were accessible, perhaps you couldn’t fight mobs or PvP, but checking mail, auction house, or working on trade skills seems a little more doable. I guess we’ll have to wait and see but my guess is no way.

(Via Metroblogging Azeroth.)

OMG: Home-made Mac Mini Portable

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

This thing gets 3 hours of battery life!? That’s damn impressive. It does not look like a great World of Warcraft platform though.

Home-made Mac Mini Portable: “

diymacmini.jpgPeter Green is too good for laptops. MacBook? Too unoriginal. He prefers a self-made Mac Mini touch-screen device that has a 3-hour battery life and its own stand. We admit, three hours is more than our PowerBook gets, so that’s kinda cool.

The only bad part is, everyone on the train thinks he’s a big dork. Well, they think the same thing about us too, even without a DIY MacMini.

Mac Mini Portable MK III on train [Flickr]

(Via Gizmodo.)

Do you fly? Maybe you should DING!

Monday, October 9th, 2006

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Yeah it’s hard to believe, but a major Airline (Soutwest) wants your business so bad, that they wrote an application that runs on a Mac (10.3.9 or better) that notifies you of sales on airlines.

I haven’t tried this yet, but I fly this airline all the time. This seems like it’s worth sharing.

At Last! Something useful to do with Second Life! Brilliant!

Sunday, September 24th, 2006


I’ve dabbled in Second Life, but couldn’t find much to do that had lasting enjoyment. After I toured around looking at everyone’s nifty creations, I realized all the neat stuff had to be purchased from someone. Blah.

In case you missed it, SL is one of the few other MMORGS that has Mac and PC clients. It cost $10 to join for life and you can build nearly anything in-game.

Anyway, I found this article (see below.) Apparently some guilds discovered that SL is a great place to plan raids (see the screenshot below) like a war room. It’s a pretty sexy idea. Add Vent and that’s a pretty dynamic remote planing tool.

Which brings me to my point there’s a point?. What if Guilds used SL for guild halls? You all get together and buy some of their virtual land. Build a structure you like (the sky is literally the limit.) Post text from DKP’s and bank inventory for people to see. Hold meetings. Plan Raids and BG campaigns.

I know you could just get one of the free guild web sites, but none of them are interactive at this level plus you get to fly. This could be fun and add to the guild value.

At Last! Something useful to do with Second Life!: “Sean Bonner:

Planning WoW instances in SL

I’ve written before about my less than glowing feelings about Second Life. I’ve got friends who practically live there, and guildies who spend tons of time on their own island but everytime I check it out I leave disappointed and wondering ‘ok, so… ?’ Well, some folks on the alliance side of We K(no)W finally figured out something useful to do there – plan raids during Tuesday downtime. Above is my Avatar standing on the UBRS map with a few notations. I’ll admit I only lasted a few minutes in there again this time, but at least it was interesting finally!

(Via Metroblogging Azeroth.)

Apple iPhone Rumor Update – January ’07 Release

Monday, September 18th, 2006

There may be no fact here at all, but I still had to wipe the drool from my chin. That is the skinniest phone/ipod I’ve ever seen. Wait we’ve never seen one before?!

Apple iPhone Rumor Update – January ’07 Release: “

• Three models in ’07, one in January at Macworld
• 3-megapixel camera
• 2.2-inch screen
• iTunes integration, no 100 song limit
• Made from off-the-shelf parts
Previous rumors

Sources: Apple phone on track for early ’07 [Think Secret]

(Via Gizmodo.)

The iPod dock for value-driven consumers (stolen from Engadget)

Monday, September 18th, 2006

The iPod dock for value-driven consumers: “

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If you haven’t throw down for one of the bazillion iPod docks out there, you may have considered just making your own. But for those out there without the technical know-how — or more importantly, adequate funding — you’re probably stuck syncing your ‘Pod flat on the desk with that plain ole cable Apple tossed in. A dissatisfied (and apparently broke) Mac user finally felt that enough was enough, and resorted to creating an iPod dock from what appears to be an old Apple accessory box, a generous helping of tape, scissors, and a black marker. While we assume any smallish cardboard box would fit the bill, using the prior home of an AirPort Express card just adds that critical dash of Apple flair to the whole creation. If you’re a bit short on cash, or just admire your own handiwork, be sure to keep reading for an internal view, and then hit up the read link to peep a full gallery of construction photos so you don’t screw yours up.

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(Via Engadget.)

Phun Philled Phoney

Thursday, September 14th, 2006


The kids over at have procured a mockup of and Apple iTunes/iPod phone due out in the distant future.

What do you think of this crazy gadget?