13 May 2010

ipads will replace netbooks desktops laptops fffuuuu troll journalist sheep apple rage crop

I dislike the kind of reality distortion field and hype machinery the original article adds to. Still, I think the attitude the picture (huge scroller) messages is disturbing and represents exactly the kind of deep lack of understanding most technical people have for everyday computing needs.

Most people want and need devices and services that perform well and reliably, are easy to manage or manage themselves. Modern PCs just don’t perform well in this area. It’s easy to ridicule, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if someone with money to burn actually was to prefer using two iPad over a piece of shit EUR 500 laptop for all less keyboard intense computing tasks.

Semi-related food of thought – self maintaining software: Google Chrome OS’s design goals (auto updating, browser-only OS, may not be usable for netbooks, but I do want something like this on public terminals I maintain), Google Chrome and Google Pack (installs updates automatically, even for third party software like Firefox and Flash, using a very tasteful process automated by Windows’ scheduled tasks).

[via:Joonas Mäkinen]

29 April 2010

Steve Jobs on Flash (on Apple’s mobile platform)

[via:Rasmus Andersson]

18 April 2010

A collection of concise e-mails sent by Steve Jobs

[via:John Gruber/RT]

17 March 2010

Wired founder John Battelle on the hideous content lock-in of the iPad

“But the real reason media companies love the iPad is the same reason I don’t: It’s an old school, locked in distribution channel that doesn’t want to play by the new rules of search+social.”

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I’m no expert on the iPad and its intended content format. But content like, say, the kind you’d get through an attempt at developing the glossy magazine concept, is worthless unless everything in it has urls and is googleable. Bear in mind that I’m the kind of person who’s having issues with the fact that newspapers and mags don’t put some kind of unique alphanumeric id on all articles inside the regular paper issue.

Something like Spotify’s url system for linking to artists, albums, song, playlists etc. represents a bare minimum of sharing features for content distributed through a proprietary distribution platform. In the case of Spotify, users still have to turn to third party services to gain basic web access to metadata. Being someone who gets most of his magazine reading done via url recommendations over the web and IRC, I’d have very little use for a modern magazine kind of medium if its content isn’t accessible via urls somehow.

But I have to say that trying to build a distribution platform resembling Spotify, Steam or iTunes for magazines/text/photo/video clip content just for the sake of control is a terrible idea. If done right, such a platform could be based on websites with paywalls (optimized for different screens) and provide cute custom applications for e.g. better local offline storage of content.

[via:Kari Haakana]

28 January 2010

SHINY THING MAKE IT ALL BETTER

“New shiny thing make everything all better, say clever science man yesterday.”

[via:Lehti]

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