Monday, May 24, 2010

The Big App Show by Adam Curry

How surreal.

A review of an app that reviews apps.

Adam Curry  (former MTV VJ and Current Crackpot on the No Agenda podcast show) has written and stars in an application delivered video review of other applications that are available on the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms. Some of his early reviews include Siri and Shazam (amongst others) with the promise of more every week.

So what's new?

Most app reviews (and I include my own here) are text based, these are video based. These have the affable Curry describe what he likes and doesn't like about the apps (I guess that's not all that new, it's what all reviews do. Curry has a somewhat more entertaining turn-of-phrase than most though). There are also direct links to the Apple App Store from which the apps can be downloaded / purchased.

Curry's see first, buy later approach is a more mainstream (and perhaps legal) alternative to jaibreaking your phone to try different applications before buying them or relying on a friend to buy the application before you do.

A nice approach. Great for free.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Steam for the Mac Released Today (and Portal is a Free Download)

I'm not much of a gamer but I wanted to see what was all the fuss about with regards to Steam. As it was a free download, there wasn't much reason not to try it.

The process to put it on your mac is, in theory:
  1. Download Steam for Mac at
  2. Install Steam
  3. Start Steam and let it update (I'm was stuck here in restart hell.....17 restarts before I could get past this stage).
  4. Login.
  5. Download Portal (free) and other games (not so free) (this is where I got stuck again).
 The games available at release include:
  • Altitude
  • And Yet it Moves
  • Bejeweled 2: Deluxe
  • Bob Came in Pieces
  • Bookworm Deluxe
  • BRAINPIPE: A Plunge to Unhumanity
  • Call of Duty
  • Call of Duty 2
  • Call of Duty: United Offensive
  • Chocolatier: Decadence by Design
  • Chuzzle Deluxe
  • Cooking Dash
  • Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!
  • Diaper Dash
  • Diner Dash: Hometown Hero
  • Dream Chronicles: The Chosen Child
  • Emerald City Confidential
  • Europa Universalis III
  • Galcon Fusion
  • Hearts of Iron III
  • Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Killing Floor
  • Loom
  • Luxor Mahjong
  • Machinarium
  • Osmos
  • Peggle Deluxe
  • Peggle Nights
  • Portal
  • Sam & Max 201: Ice Station Santa
  • Sam & Max 202: Moai Better Blues
  • Sam & Max 203: Night of the Raving Dead
  • Sam & Max 204: Chariots of the Dogs
  • Sam & Max 205: What's New Beelzebub?
  • Sam & Max 301: The Penal Zone
  • Simplz Zoo
  • Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 1 – Launch of the Screaming Narwhal
  • Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 2 – The Siege of Spinner Cay
  • Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 3 – Lair of the Leviathan
  • Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 4 – The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood
  • Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 5 – Rise of the Pirate God
  • Team Fortress 2
  • The Dig
  • Toki Tori
  • Torchlight
  • Wandering Willows
  • Wedding Dash 2: Rings Around the World
  • World of Goo
  • Zenerchi
There is a promise of more new games every Wednesday for the next few weeks. I'm wondering now though, if the servers will also fail every Wednesday. This might eventually be fun, but it isn't right now. Massive fail for not predicting the interest in this game.