Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Adobe to Release PDF for Industry Standardization

Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced that it intends to release the full Portable Document Format (PDF) 1.7 specification to AIIM, the Enterprise Content Management Association, for the purpose of publication by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

PDF has become a de facto global standard for more secure and dependable information exchange since Adobe published the complete PDF specification in 1993. Both government and private industry have come to rely on PDF for the volumes of electronic records that need to be more securely and reliably shared, managed, and in some cases preserved for generations.

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Limited Numbered Signature Edition

According to Engadget Microsoft is releasing a special edition of Windows Vista for die-hard fans:

You have to be seriously freaking into Vista if you're even thinking about the Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Limited Numbered Signature Edition (seriously, we didn't even think Microsoft was capable of a title like that), but at least the price is on target ($259) and they claim it's signed by the man himself, Billy G. Something tells us it's just an embossed signature print or something along those lines, but either way it's down to you and 19,999 others prepared to get their fanboy on with the latest, greatest version of Windows.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Trouble accessing some sites in the UAE

As many of you have probably noticed, a number of sites (including are not reachable from the UAE (outside the freezones) including at the moment due to the earthquake near Japan.

For some reason the problem seems to sort of solved by entering the proxy information into your browser as follows:

Internet Explorer 7
Tools > Internet Options > Connections > LAN settings
- and enter "" and port "8080"

Safari > Preferences > Advanced > click Proxies: "Change Settings..."
- Tick "Web Proxy (HTTP)" and enter "" and port "8080"

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

iPhone euPhoria

Well, Apple finally unveiled its iPhone at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco. For some odd reason Steve Jobs won't allow a video stream of his keynote (even through paid subscription), so "watching" the keynote has to be done via an irc chat channel or auto-updating website. Sharing in the sense of international buzz is still a real trip, perhaps more so as watchers are effectively "blind" - though rapid photo uploading by sites such as MacRumors and Engadget made the experience considerably more visual.

As AME Info readers will know, Klaus our CEO recently switched to Mac, so like me he is salivating over the iPhone to the point of hijacking Apple HQ, kidnapping Steve Jobs, and demanding the prototypes in exchange for his release. So why are we so excited? In brief, because among its many features, which you can read about on Apple's site, I won't go into full detail here, the iPhone:

1. Is unbelievably tiny and beautiful in its form
2. Has a fully functional version of Safari to browse the web
3. Runs widgets, meaning it will have loads of applications
4. Will play videos
5. Has an inbuilt camera
6. Amazing bluetooth headset

On the downside, the American version isn't out until June, and the European one (which should include the Middle East, seeing as Apple Middle East is run under Europe) in Q4 2007. The rest of Asia has to wait until 2008 - though doubtless they won't, and there will be grey market ones coming out of Hong Kong all over eBay by May.

But for a few months at least, the world will have to sit and wait. Hopefully over time more details will emerge, as I have many questions about the device:

- what processor will it have?
- how will it handle Flash-heavy websites that cause Safari to chug in my 800mhz TiBook?
- will the camera have macrofocus so it can be used as an emergency "scanner", like my old Palm Zire 71?
- can the camera record video or just stills?
- will video chat be possible, either in future models or via peripherals?
- will it easily accommodate peripherals, particularly a dock-with-proper-keyboard?
- how much will the Euro-model be, for those buying it without a mobile phone contract?
- as well as syncing, will it be mountable as an external Flash drive?
- will the Bluetooth headset allow listening to music, unlike on the Motorola iTunes RAZR where this function has been deliberately crippled?
- and how useable will it be for people with really fat, clumsy fingers?

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Test Windows Vista - without installing it

The test drive requires IE 6.0 or better.

Try it out here