Moving to Mac: 6 Months In

It’s been about six months since I took the plunge and moved from PC to Mac. I thought it would be interesting to check in and see where I am now, how I am faring and what ?software I’m using.

Moving to Mac: The Trackpad

TrackPoints are getting scarce, though, and the Trackpad on the MacBook is a highly lauded feature; a friend even went so far as to call it “life-changing.” With praise like that, my expectations were high. So how well does it stack up?

Moving to Mac: Software Choices

When evaluating if a move to Mac was possible, I created a list of the software tools that I used on a day-to-day basis, and then looked for replacements on the Mac side of the fence, as it’s the software that determines my productivity.

Moving to Mac — My First 3 Weeks

One of my biggest concerns was adjusting to a touchpad after many years of using a TrackPoint. While the multi-finger touch options are really useful, especially for browsing and such, for heavy text work, I still keep reaching for my TrackPoint.

Moving to Mac: Why Now?

In my last post I provided some background on my decision to move to Mac after 20 years using PCs. It wasn’t a decision I made lightly, with three major areas of concern that I needed to address before considering the switch: Support, software and usability.

Live-streaming Event: Video Rights Roundtable

Online video and copyright have been through a lot in the past few years, evolving from a highly contentious relationship to more a transactional partnership. But media creators and technology companies have learned about each others’ businesses largely in conference rooms and in courts. Today, at the NewTeeVee HQ here in San Francisco, we’re holding an event aimed at bringing the discussion into the light, giving stakeholders the chance to talk to one another constructively. Participants today will include content owners, video sites and copyright service providers, such as Ethan Applen, director of technology and business strategy, Warner Bros.; Betsy Zedek, counsel, content protection, Fox Group Legal; David King, senior product manager of Content ID, YouTube; Michael Seibel, CEO,; and Yangbin Wang, CEO, Vobile.
We will be live streaming the event, starting at 9:30 am PT, for two hours. We hope you can join us — please leave your thoughts as to what’s being discussed in the comments section. And for those who want to talk about it online, the Twitter hash tag is #NTVL.
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Is P2P Dead? Not So Fast

Network security vendor Arbor Networks has been drumming up publicity for its upcoming Internet Observatory Report this week. One of the widely reported tidbits is that P2P has “declined dramatically in the last two years,” and that it has been replaced by YouTube and other streaming video sites. Wired News took away from the report that “P2P is dead,” and ReadWriteWeb ran with the title: “So long, P2P, Hello Streaming Media.”

Findings like these are puzzling to anyone who’s been frequenting any of the big torrent sites lately. File sharers still seem to be as busy as ever, exchanging pretty much every movie and TV show episode you could think of. And didn’t Cisco just recently forecast that global P2P traffic will keep growing in years to come? Turns out, it’s all about how you interpret the numbers.

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How Sonny Became 2008’s Big Flash Game Hit

sonny-2He’s a zombie commando with a British accent and a sensitive side, and he’s one of gaming’s biggest (if relatively unheralded) heroes of 2008. He’s Sonny, lead character in a Flash game of the same name, and when Armor Games published the title last December, it quickly became this year’s Desktop Tower Defense — in other words, a casual web game that’s attracted a huge, passionate following.

Armor CEO Daniel McNeely estimates that Sonny has been played 20 million times by 12 million unique players. On the casual game platform Kongregate, it’s by far the community’s highest-ranked, most-played title. Amid much geeky celebration, the sequel, cleverly dubbed Sonny 2, went online last Friday. It’s already been played over 700,000 times. Why the enthusiasm? Read More about How Sonny Became 2008’s Big Flash Game Hit