Thoughts on Flash →
It’s probably not the first time I link to this but… Here is a written proof of the difference between most CEOs and Steve Jobs: a visionary that really understood technology.
The End of Flash for Android →
In the wake of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean’s announcement this week, Adobe has issued a note saying that it hasn’t been developing and testing Flash against it and there won’t be any “certified implementations” offered — in other words, the age of Flash on smartphones is effectively drawing to a close. I wonder if everyone who wrote articles, or rather, rants about...
No Margin →
On the Nexus 7: “When it gets sold through the Play store, there’s no margin,” Rubin said. “It just basically gets (sold) through.” That must be music to the ears of Sony, Samsung, Acer, HTC, and anyone else trying to sell Android tablets for, you know, a profit. Where by “music to the ears” I mean “a shit sandwich”.
Choo, choo, all aboard the Pundit Express to PageHitsVille!– Cruftbox
The End of Upgradability For PCs →
To ask that every piece of modern electronics is designed to allow the tiny fraction of hackers to upgrade is the height of hubris, unreasonable, and a huge imposition on everyone else that has no desire to ever crack the case. All that ‘upgradability’ ends up making the product cost more and be more susceptible to failure. Catering to the fringe is not the way to make good...
Pinboard Database Schema →
Sometimes people write asking to close their account because they’ve built their own bookmarking tool. And I’d be a hypocrite if I tried to persuade them to do otherwise. For those intrepid souls who’ve thought about going this route but would like a point of departure, behold the Pinboard database schema! If you’re curious.
Wooga: Problems With HTML5 Games →
They open sourced their existing game and are quitting HTML5 for mobile games.
BlackBerry 10 device won't have a hardware... →
a RIM spokesperson has now confirmed that the first device to run BlackBerry 10 will not have a hardware keyboard. Then RIM CEO Mike Lazaridis in 2007: Try typing a web key on a touch screen on an iPhone, that’s a real challenge. You cannot see what you type. (…) The iPhone has severe limitations when it comes to effortless typing. Of course you have more screen space, with...
A Meaningless Metric →
Which mobile OS’s apps make most money? Surprise! It’s BlackBerry Economics 101 - First Lesson: Supply and Demand. That’s what happens when there is no competition: producers (e.g. app devs) can charge more. The obvious downsides are the lower potential number of sales/app and the fact that it won’t last long. Does RIM have more than a year left in it? I doubt it can limp on...
Surface: Between a Rock and a Hardware Place →
The math no longer works out for the Windows you-sell-the-hardware-we-sell-the-software model. Very insightful analysis by Horace and Grubber. But I think they’re wrong about one thing: Microsoft is not going to change. I don’t believe they have the culture to change when it comes to Windows/Office. Surface is far less ambitious than that for them. In a few months Surface...
Siegler on the new Microsoft Surface →
And a number of people have remarked about how good this new Surface looks. I don’t know, I look at it and still see the same mistakes that other OEMs that aren’t Apple make. It looks like a big Playbook. Dark. Lots of ports. Blocky. Vents. Then you add the keyboard and it looks like… a goddamn PC. AHAHAHA. brilliant! “Surface for Windows RT” and “Surface for Windows 8...
What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that...– Culture of Distraction — Matt Mullenweg
Why do Nigerian Scammers Say They are from Nigeria
Short answer: to select the most gullible targets. Paper (PDF) On a related note, I seem unable to get used to tumblr’s post by email behavior….
Why Apple Store MacBooks Have Their Screens Tilted →
Walk into any Apple Retail Store when it opens in the morning and you might notice that all of the new MacBook Pro notebooks with retina display are positioned at exactly the same angle. Hmm… Yeah I remember this because I always have to adjust the screen tilt anyway but I’ve never actually thought about it. The main reason notebook computers screens are slightly angled is to...
Shocked to find out there are tech startups in... →
I was shocked - shocked! to find out someone could be shocked by it.
How "Project Marklar" (AKA The Move To Port OS X... →
parislemon: Amazing Quora response the question: “How does Apple keep secrets so well?“ Kim Scheinberg (the wife of long-time Apple engineer John Kullmann): No one has ever reported that, for 18 months, Project Marklar existed only because a self-demoted engineer wanted his son Max to be able to live closer to Max’s grandparents. (via Tom Cook)
MIT No Evacuation Study Debunked
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8YFe6Q08M8 (Source: https://twitter.com/iA/statuses/211112968732151808)