CNet: MacBook Pro declared ‘best-performing’ Windows laptop.
ExtremeTech: Windows 8 causes most precipitous PC decline in history.
Windows was a ‘skin’ over DOS, Windows 8 seems like a poorly-implemented mobile-targeted skin over Windows 7. Most ‘average’ users I come across spent enough time adjusting from WinXP to Win7 (and the new ‘ribbon’ interfaces on Word/Outlook/etc.). They look at Win8, shake their heads and contemplate Macintosh.
Publisher’s Weekly: Tablets Overtake Dedicated E-readers as Most Popular Devices.
DesignYouTrust: Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 10.
Oh my, that’s beautiful.
Ramy Majouji: Syncing Fonts Between Macs with Dropbox & Fontcase.
GigaOm: By the numbers—How Google Compute Engine stacks up to Amazon EC2.
Google kicks EC2 to the curb, seems like.
JakeSavin.com: The Longest-Lived Shortcut Key in Personal Computing.
AppleInsider: Bear spray-armed thieves rob Vancouver Apple Store.
Anything that can be used defensively can also be used offensively.
NY Times: Barnes & Noble Weighs Its Nook Losses.
“It was a failure of brand, not product.” And this article won’t help sales any. B&N had a mighty hill to climb, and it’s a wonderment they’ve done this well against Apple and Amazon.
DP Review: Nikon issues service advisory on D600’s dust issue.
Ack. This seems to confirm it’s a design issue. Nikon should move more decisively on this one, IMHO.
PhoBlographer: Canon—5D Mk III and 1D X Aren’t Properly Focusing with A Speedlite.
No wonder I had problems with the rental I was using last summer, shooting an awards presentation! Good grief. Wish I’d known this. I would have rented a Mark II.
Alternet/Bill Moyers: Why U.S. Internet Access is Slow, Costly and Unfair.
Bill Moyers: ‘The summer of love?’”
Oh, read it.
xlr8yourmac Mac user reports on NAS & Wireless connected NAS.
“The lessons of the experience: A single Drobo (or any disk array) is not a secure file storage solution. There are indeed other possible issues besides drive failures. I’m not sure that I would even trust two units as a complete back-up solution. One really needs at least an additional off-site back-up of some sort.”
Lifehacker: Is “Burn-In” Still an Issue on TVs and Monitors?
In spite of what they say, YES. It’s still an issue. If you’re a faithful blogger and leave your browser in the exact same spot on the screen all damned day long, day in, day out, for weeks years. LCDScrub helped me, saved me from having to replace the LCD on my older 24” iMac. Now I move my browsers around more, and have a more aggressive screensaver/sleep cycle on my system.
Apple Insider: Apple tells reseller new Mac Pro coming in spring 2013.
kottke.org: Lotus 1-2-3 is 30 years old.
As I’ve mentioned in years past, I was lucky enough to work on Wall Street when the personal computer and spreadsheets hit the streets. It started quietly, and then roared through downtown Manhattan, sweeping all existing systems to the dustbin of early computer history.
In specific, I remember a gaggle of analysts crowding around my Apple III, while running some projections in VisiCalc. The VAX in the background, the size of a washing machine, hooked to Chase by a 300 baud shove-the-handset-in-rubber-cups modem, was collecting dust at that point.
I should also mention, fax machines were still novelties back then. We had a single page roller fax. You had special adhesive paper to wind on the roller, and it would take nearly ten or fifteen minutes to render a single sheet of fax. The fax revolution was still to occur.
Mashable: Apple Reportedly Ready to Release a 128GB iPad.
Photographers on the go will like the sound of this.
ZDNet: Is it all over for social? Clues are everywhere.
“When tech companies are looking for coders, academic qualification counts very little. What matters are things like problem solving skills, design acumen, creativity and the ability to turn ideas into reality. Of course life is never quite that simple and it doesn’t take long to surround such creativity with business processes that - guess what - were often developed back in the industrial age and are administered by people skilled in those processes. It takes a very strong, dedicated and enlightened management to really do things differently.” Hmmm. I would put it another way. Computers and the Internet can become blinders, limitations to younger generations. Especially when programmed to emulate older industrial processes. “Think Different” is hard to imagine, because we still haven’t yet touched more than a small percentage of potential.
On Taking Pictures: Graphics Cards and Photoshop CS6 on Hackintosh.
ITWorld: Why unlocking your phone without permission will be illegal.
@richardjpope: hacks & experiments
Riccardo Mori: Right now.
“I’m writing this and I’m thinking about all the obsession about workflows and frictionless setups and I’m thinking ‘Screw it, sometimes the best workflow is what you have with you’ or something like that. Maybe a bit of friction is necessary to make you go just a wee bit slower, enough to make you think about what you’re doing and not simply do stuff in auto-pilot.” Reminds of a drummer friend of mine back in NYC. Killing time before a gig, no sticks, no drum … a dumpster did as well. And it was a total blast.
DP Review: Sigma launches DP3 Merrill with Foveon sensor and 75mm (equiv.) lens.
Certainly looks fascinating - that Foveon tech is very smooth and luscious - but they don’t mention a price.
Reuters Exclusive: U.S. nuclear lab removes Chinese tech over security fears.
“Switches are used to manage data traffic on computer networks. The exact number of Chinese-made switches installed at Los Alamos, how or when they were acquired, and whether they were placed in sensitive systems or pose any security risks, remains unclear. The laboratory - where the first atomic bomb was designed - is responsible for maintaining America’s arsenal of nuclear weapons.” Okay, who was the nuclear scientist who dreamed this was a good idea? Oh, wait …
ReadWrite: Guy Kawasaki Dishes On How Hard It Was To Work For Steve Jobs.
Mercurial leaders make your life hell, but you really do get to accomplish great things. I’ve mentioned many times before on this weblog that one of my former assistants had previously worked for Jobs, and echoed this same opinion. I don’t think anyone believed me in quoting that opinion. Thank you, Guy.