iTunes movie rentals vs Netflix

The latest Apple news swirling about comes to us courtesy of the Financial Times: Apple signs film deal with Fox studio. This will bring the long-rumoured movie rentals to iTunes. I’m a Netflix customer. For $20 a month, I have three of their DVDs sitting at home at any given time. (Current DVDs: March of…

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Nadyne’s unofficial guide to working in a booth at Macworld Expo (part one)

MWSF is coming! In the past few weeks, some of the newer members of MacBU have asked me what it’s like to work the show floor at Macworld Expo. We’ve got a big booth there, and we staff it with honest-to-goodness MacBU employees. It’s a great experience for everyone involved. MWSF attendees get to come…

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don’t forget – sign up to participate in usability studies!

It’s the end of year, which means that lots of people are on vacation right now. I’m in the office this week, gearing up for a series of usability studies that my team will be conducting after MWSF in January. Which means that it’s time to put out my standard plea: please sign up to…

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Q&A: what Apple news sites do you read?

In the comments to my last post, someone asked what Apple news sites I read. I looked over to my newsreader and discovered that the list was way longer than I realised (I’m such a geek), so this gets its own post. These are in alphabetic order, since that’s how they show up in my…

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ThinkSecret closes its doors

Today, ThinkSecret has announced that it has settled its lawsuit with Apple and is closing its doors. To which I said … hunh? they’re still around? For me, ThinkSecret stopped being relevant quite awhile ago. I can’t remember the last time that I read something there first. News there has felt like it’s at least…

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the bits have left the building

We’ve reached the last milestone in the release of Office 2008: Release to Manufacturing (RTM). The bits have left the building, and are on their way to manufacturing plants around the world to begin to make our DVDs. Then, come Macworld Expo, you can walk into your friendly local Apple retailer and buy your very…

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why I love living in Silicon Valley

I really do love living in Silicon Valley. I like that it’s 56 degrees outside and I think that it’s cold. I like that meetings almost never start before 10am, and if they do, they’re accompanied by both apologies and breakfast. When I first moved here, and my mother came to visit, she was appalled…

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my MWSF wishlist (MWSF 2008 edition)

It’s that time of year again — time for my MWSF wishlist. This is only a wishlist, not some deep analysis of what I think will actually happen. iPhone games — Please, Apple, please help me pass the time. I want casual games on my iPhone. Yes, I know about webgames with iPhone versions. That…

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the progression of an idea at OOPSLA

For OOPSLA 2008, one of the goals of the conference is to re-think how industry should be involved with presenting content at the conference. Historically, the venues which have the highest industry involvement are practitioner reports and panels. As Development Co-Chair, I’ve been thinking about this question. Lately, I’ve been focusing on the progression of…

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Black Friday Deal

Here in the States, the day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday. Why? It’s the day when retail businesses get into the black. Many stores open at 5am (although I’m hearing about some stores opening at midnight!), have extra early-bird specials between 5am and 7am, and then great deals for the rest of the…

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