Apple BootCamp

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BootCampSo Apple have released an official solution to running Windows XP on the new Intel macs. Its called BootCamp and whilst still in beta it does a very good job.

I think this could be good news for Apple. People will be less scared about switching to the fairer platform if they are still able to boot into Windows whilst transitioning. This way they can still run the Windows applications they are used to until they find a suitable (or in most cases superior) solution for Mac OS X. In fact, market analysts seem to agree with me; Apples share prices have risen 6.2% since the release of this tool.

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Whats Happening?

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cd Ok so people have been commenting (moaning) about how long its been since the last CD. It has been a while, but ive had a very busy couple of months with work.

First off, im pretty much the only developer working on a £300,000 till system front-end which I foolishly decided to build in Visual Studio.NET 2005. This project is nearly finished now after about 6 months development. Somebody else can build the reporting back-end for it :)

Ive also been working on a site for my friends father advertising his flat (called Mountview. Check it out). Which has taken up the odd hour or so here and there.

Ive also taken it upon myself to try and learn Objective C (A very difficult language considering I only know smatterings of c++) which is coming along quite nicely. Ive made a "Hello World" app and everything! Im hoping to develop some groundbreaking apps for Windows and Mac when ive learnt enough.

Ive also been playing around with Ableton Live 5. A music composition and mixing program and hope to create some house tracks of my own eventually. Ive played around with music composition packages before such as Cubase and Sonar so this shouldnt be too difficult.


Now that the excuses are over, lets talk about the next CD. Yes, there will be one. Ive just compiled an initial list of tracks which needs to be whittled down to be able to fit on 2 cds (I think its currently sitting at around 200 tracks!). Ive decided to go ahead and do a 2 disc mix this time so that I can keep everyone happy. The first cd will be for the fluffy disco lovers whilst the second disc will satisfy all those dirty, electro house lovers (I hope!).

As for the tracks, obviously there are far too many to mention at the moment. Ill probably include the new Antoine Clamaran one, the new ones from Martin Solveig, Roger Sanchez, T-Funk, Til West, Tomcraft and Tom Neville. There are loads more but youll have to wait and see.

Should be done by the middle of next month guys...

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Site Updates

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Ive been neglecting the mix cd section of the site for the last couple of months so ive brought this back up to date today with the two missing cds.

Im quite surprised that the cd database now contains nearly 500 tracks! (497 to be precise).

Im working slowly on the next version of the site, which will contain some web 2.0 stuff that ive been developing such as a live search, new image gallery application and an enhanced music database.

Dont expect the new site to be ready for a few months yet as I havnt got a lot of spare time to work on it.

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Web 2.0 Rss Reader

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After playing around with the Javascript xmlHttpRequest object and some backend ASP ServerXMLObject requests, I have ended up with a very ropey version of an RSS reader that runs entirely from a single page with no re-loads. Its no NetNewsWire, but its a start...

Feel free to view the Javascript used and thanks to Sitepoint for their excellent tutorials and especially their makeRequest.js file which makes all of this possible.

You can view the results here. Unfortunately, it doesnt degrade well in Internet Explorer (scrollbars) and I couldnt really be bothered to fix it at this time, perhaps I will do some more work on it soon. Note that the local feed link will not work, this was something I used to test my scripts.

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