Early Monday, San Francisco

San Francisco: early Monday

By Graham K. Rogers

It is just after 7am here and my phone, computer and body are still set for 22.30 in Bangkok. It looks like another clear day, so I will be doing the touristy thing early on. I have managed to deal with some of the jet-lag, but not the cold. I haven't lived in a cold climate for almost 20 years and while Dennnis Sellars describes yesterday as "sunny and reasonable warm", I was shivering in my socks. I had to remind myself that rooms have heaters too.

As I was awake earlyish, I went through some of my e-mail and was pleased to see feedback from yesterday's posting, but I am still sleepy enough to write over the file (never mind, I have backup). Along with the e-mail, I am looking through some of the early Mac-related news. At dinner last night, the consensus among the intimate group of media people from South-east Asia was that despite all the rumours, not one of us was putting money on what would come out of the Jobs' magic hat on Tuesday. You may note Nokia's newest device, the N76 which could not possibly be a model for an Apple phone: good design is not a feature here and it looks plain ugly..

MacNN has some pre-show images; Loop Rumours discusses an Apple communicating device along with MAcRumours focussing on Steve Jobs and hype. I am not convinced that the iPhone name is dead as several patents exist in that name, not just the one that Lycos has.

MacDaily News has a story that suggests Apple has at least one revolutionary product to announce. This would fit in well with the "recruitment" drive that went on when columnists such as me from the outlying regions were actively invited to attend the conference. I was told that they really wanted lots of exposure world-wide: and what would be the point of such an exercise if the device/software/event was not going to impinge on the users from places such as Asia, as well as the usual suspect?

MacDaily News also has a take on an article concerning Bill Gates' Keynote speech In Las Vegas yesterday in which he outlined Apple's big disadvantage. I guess that advantage might erode a bit when Vista hits the shelves at the end of the month (or sometime).

O'Grady's Power Page also takes a look at the über-device and analyses it by way of the Apple teaser advertisement that apppeared late last week. Their take is "a nano-computer, masquerading as a smart-phone". Does one hope for an updated Newton with phone connectivity? That would please at least one member of last night's dinner group who still, like many, laments the demise of the Newton.

The Boston Globe takes the heretic line that the shock and awe here might be that Steve Jobs is stepping down: "is legendary Apple CEO on the way out?" They cite the options scandal, and analyse in much detail. One also might bring into the equation the illness he suffered a year or two back, his success in turning Apple round (what do you do with success? Walk away); there are also the closer links with Google to think about and Bill Gates' own lessening of ties; although Jobs is no Bill Gates.

And Gates is no Steve Jobs.

Wired News is reporting on an interesting piece of software this morning that allows TV to be recorded on the Mac or a phone. They call this the TiVo to go and it is available for $100 (about 4,000 baht -- or perhaps less in Phantip Plaza) which is not that cheap.

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