The 404 430: Where we Microsoft Courier your enthusiasm Video
While the Apple Tablet is much more fashionable to hype, the Microsoft Courier turns out to be very hype-worthy. We also find out once again that Rafe knows where he works. And the US has relaxed its grip on the Internet. Good thing? Bad thing? Irrelevant thing? Or over hyped like an Apple tablet.
In typical 404 fashion, this morning's show started later than usual, mostly because we couldn't shut up about all the things that made the 1990s one of the best decades ever.
Today's show begins with a history lesson about the fate of the Microsoft Courier tablet and its possible reincarnation with a modified version of the Windows 8 operating system.
If you couldn't tell by the hockey picture and the well-placed Sandlot quotation in the title, today's episode of The 404 Podcast celebrates Jeff's 28th birthday! Wilson and I are fully prepared to light up a string of firecrackers for Bakalar, but our third host is less than enthused about his age, so leave a comment and wish him a very happy birthday, will you?
Microsoft is working on a tablet PC called the Courier, Google gets under the hood of Internet Explorer, and how to use a mapping program on your cell phone to find a bathroom in the mall.
Hey, you know what we need a ribbon for, people? We need a ribbon for the fact that less than a third of U.S. students have even basic proficiency in science education. Science. Education. You know, the foundations of the universe? The familiarity with physics and electronics that leads to inventions like cars, computers, and fancy tablet computers? This is a serious problem, and sure, there's other news today, but this? This is important. Love, Molly.
There are a LOT of great pre and post-show moments. So many, in fact, that I couldn't possibly fit them all into one episode. As a result, here's a second collection!
Steve Ballmer talks about Apple's niche, Zune's app potential, and what's up with that Courier tablet.
It's Rafe and Molly on the show today, and it kind of turned into a blur of Apple-related frustrations. But hey, our opinions might not matter in the least: iPad 3G arrives today in all its closed-off glory, while possible competitor tablets from Microsoft and HP are dropping like flies. Plus, Apple now owns a powerful new collection of multitouch gestures. But dammit, they killed Lala.com, and we just cannot truck with that kind of behavior (iTunes.com? Hello?). --Molly
You'll know we're recording this episode from the stage before the show has actually begun because of the number of loud machinery crunching away in the background as vendors ready their booths. In the meantime, we cover Google's official introduction of the Nexus One, a 3D network arriving on your TV, and Microsoft's tablet computer. You heard me right. Microsoft.