Archive for the ‘Tech’ Category

Not an endorsement. Not product placement. Just what they use: Apple.

I’ve talked before about the presence of Apple computers in the Obama White House (see: Talk about product placement! and iPad penetration) … today I was browsing the White House Flickr photostream (gee is that one word now?) having followed a link to Pete Souza’a excellent action shot from August last year of President Obama […]

What if Marco is right about an “iPhone Plus”?

A crazier prediction: iPhone Plus is real, and huge — Marco Arment. Worth a read if you’re interested. – P

Farewell Aaron Swartz. RIP

I’m so sorry to read of Aaron Swartz’s suicide. Whether you know his name or not, Aaron Swartz made an impact — a ‘dent’. If you don’t, and you’re interested, do some research. 1 I offer my sincere condolences to those who knew Aaron and loved him, and those who mourn his death now. Naturally, […]

Is Android catching up? Maybe.

Interesting Gizmodo article* from a self-described ‘demanding power user’ of smartphones, describing a big jump in the latest version of Android … An iPhone Lover’s Confession: I Switched To the Nexus 4. Completely. (Leave aside the dumb ‘confession’ angle. They can’t help themselves.) Read his article and let’s talk. I’ll wait. Me? Still good with […]

Your bullets cannot harm me … my iPad is like a shield of steel?

Following up on some earlier MacBook bullet abuse … Watch a gun video here at Engadget and see a 9mm and .357 magnum pistol fired — at an iPad! Now, WHO does *this* blog post remind me of …? Someone. Guns. It’s on the tip of my tongue … … Nope. Can’t think. 🙂 … […]

Samsung design is “not as cool” as Apple’s

Samsung / Apple UK judgment On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic(UK) Limited’s Galaxy Tablet Computer, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do notinfringe Apple’s registered design No. 0000181607-0001. A copy of the full judgment of the Highcourt is available on the following link In the […]

A second apology (this time from Apple)

Apple’s iPhone Maps application (in iOS6) was delivered half-baked. That seems obvious. Here’s Apple CEO Tim Cook apologising for (shock, horror) ‘the debacle’. Good on him. Will it pull the sting? My first reaction to the shortcomings was to install a bookmark on my home screen for the web app of Google Maps (see below). […]

Scratch testing an iPhone5. Gulp.

Holy cow. I’ll be getting one of these phones … but I’ll treat it a little better than THIS: I don’t expect my gear to be literally bulletproof. But wow, the internet is FULL of drop-tests-to-destruction … is there a name for that? Shiny-gadget-bashing-porn? – P UPDATE: From 9to5 Mac Shocker!  

@Gruber is worth reading about Amazon and Apple’s different approaches

John Gruber reflecting on Amazon’s Kindle tablet announcements … Amazon’s play … This was a good presentation, but it was a nearly perfect presentation for its intended audience of invited tech press, largely because of the way it positioned Amazon against Apple and the Kindle Fire against the iPad. … … Make no bones about […]

A photo of himself every day for 12.5 years

via Jason Kottke …

Happy in Apple’s ecosystem, thanks.

I’ve had two experiences in the last week which have confirmed my satisfaction with life in Apple’s ecosystem. The first was the morning after I got back from my visit to Wellington last week. I woke up and went to switch my iPhone on and found the power/sleep button on top VERY stiff. This phone’s […]

Dragon imagery and hanging on to past Mac OS functionality

Apparently this cool design is like a mascot/logo for LLVM compiler software … The LLVM logo is a stylized wyvern (a kind of dragon). Dragons have connotations of power, speed and intelligence, and can also be sleek, elegant, and modular (err, maybe not). In addition, there is a series of influential compiler books going back […]

Satiric comment on Apple patents

Of course it’s exaggerated but … a wee bit funny …

“HPPrintSettings plug in” crash on OSX

If you’re having trouble printing to an HP printer after installing the latest (Aug 2012) HP drivers update rolled out via Apple Software Update (er, like I was today crash, crash, crash after installing it last night), here’s a fix: [Thanks to Upton666 at Apple Support Communities who pointed this out] Upton666 Re: Problem with […]

Attention to detail and credit where it’s due

Apparently some TV commentators made fools of themselves in the eyes of the geek community by not recognizing Tim Berners-Lee (who invented the hypertext transfer protocol, and with it the basis for hypertext markup language, thus the world wide web) when he appeared in the London Olympics opening ceremony. I grinned in recognition (he’s still […]