Macworld: Review: Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse

I ordered mine last week after selling my Wireless Mouse and Wired Mighty Mouse on eBay.

Macworld: Review: Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse

Less than a year after releasing the original Mighty Mouse (3.5 mice; October 2005), Apple has improved its powerful input device by replacing its USB cord with a wireless Bluetooth connection and upgrading its eyesight with a precision laser-tracking engine that works on almost any surface. The result is an innovative mouse that’s a near-perfect partner for portables, as well as a convenient desktop mouse.

The wireless Mighty Mouse is powered by either one or two AA alkaline, lithium, or rechargeable batteries that are inserted into the belly of the beast (two non-rechargeable lithium batteries are provided). Apple touts the ability to use a single battery as a benefit for portable users wishing to lighten their loads, but the weight difference of the second battery is negligible. Besides, since the Mighty Mouse doesn’t have a docking station for recharging, prudence dictates carrying around a backup set of batteries.

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Office 2.0 - Desktop

My employer has decided to initiate a work from home program starting in October of this year. I am very excited as this is something I have wanted for years. Back in 1998 when I started working as a consultant developing web sites I had thought for sure I would be working from home most of the time. The reality was that none of my clients liked the idea. They were still under the impression that people were more productive when they were being watched. So finally I will get my opportunity.

My employer is in the process of revitalising its core business (pharmaceuticals) and has hired so many scientists that IT folks were asked to leave the campus to make space. Of course, our budget was also cut and like all of IT these days we are asked to do more with less. Back in 2004, our CIO made the decision to outsource the corporate network and some SAP application development as a cost-saving measure. It's now been two years and the business (which is finally making a turnaround) is asking again, "What have you done for me lately?". Our CIO is under pressure to reduce cost and consolidate into a building that can not hold all her staff. Reducing staff would hurt morale so she has opted for a compromise.

I am not sure what the arrangements would be in October. Unsubstantiated rumours abound but I expect that we will have three days from home, two in the office schedule. Come in on Monday, talk with your manager about the week's priorities and hold in-person meetings; come in on Friday to recap.

I also expect that we will all be issued company laptops. My employer is becoming more and more Windows-centric each day. The only computer in the house that is mine exclusively is a mac mini. Of course, none of the corporate desktop apps (Oracle calendar, Internet Explorer, McAfee Anti-virus, Office 2003, etc.) exists on my mac mini. If the company is willing to purchase those things...But I expect it would be cheaper to issue a corporate laptop. I have the Cisco VPN client for OS X and so far it has worked well.

So until October, I am spending my time searching the web for cool home office setups like the one in the photos.

Homing software

It seems more and more software vendors are implanting "spyware" code in their software. Microsoft does it with Windows Genuine Advantage and now Apple has joined the list; first with the iTunes ministore and now with the widget updater.

Macworld: News: Mac OS X "phones home" with 10.4.7 update

Mac users got a taste of what its like to run Microsoft Windows as it came to light this week that the recently released update, Mac OS X 10.4.7, "phones home" to Apple servers periodically. Referred to as the Dashboard Advisory by Apple, the new feature ensures customer's widgets are up to date -- Apple said there is no transmission of personal information.