Submitted by gaige on Wed, 08/01/2007 - 09:02
Many of you know that I've had a large number of (annoyingly expensive) smart phones over the years. In general, I've been pretty loyal to Sony Ericsson, especially the Pxxx series (P800, P900, P910, P990) because of their large screen, pretty good web browser, email support, and, in the case of the 990, the nice qwerty keyboard. However, after year-long+ suffering suffering over the P990's promised support for appropriate syncing on the Macintosh (something I consider absolutely crucial to a phone), I was finally given a gift by Apple— the opportunity to spend $600 and switch my service to AT&T so that I could get a phone that works correctly.
Submitted by gaige on Wed, 08/01/2007 - 08:49
Last night, Apple released the first update to the iPhone, software version 1.0.1. The update is only available via iTunes and is automatically applied the next time you sync. If you haven't applied it yet, you might want to do so before the weekend, as the big hack that has been promised for the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas is fixed in this version. Security details are available on the Apple web site. Since the Safari bug that is fixed also affects the Macintosh versions of Safari, Apple released another security update separately.
Submitted by gaige on Wed, 08/01/2007 - 08:43
Thanks to a pointer from Daring Fireball (great site, especially for Mac heads), today's article on the evolution of graphics is not actually from our favorite author on the subject, Edward Tufte, but from Anil Dash, for his article on Pixels are the new Pies, which covers the apparent move towards representing data with squares that are partially filled instead of with pie charts.
Submitted by gaige on Fri, 05/04/2007 - 05:16
Apple's biggest name has finally sent a reply to Greenpeace about the environmental leadership (or lack thereof) of the Company. On May 2, Steve Jobs posted his second open letter, this time discussing Apple's environmental policies.
Submitted by gaige on Thu, 05/03/2007 - 17:08
According to an article from MacWorld, Sun has committed some engineering resources to getting OpenOffice running on the Macintosh natively.
Submitted by gaige on Tue, 05/01/2007 - 06:45
Yesterday was a joyous day for all related to patents and technology! The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that patents require actual innovation, lest they be considered obvious. This does not completely remove all existing ridiculously obvious patents, but it does raise the bar for obviousness to the more sane application previously made by the Supreme Court in Graham v. John Deere Co of Kansas City.
Submitted by gaige on Sun, 04/15/2007 - 04:39
According to an article from the Washington Post, Chicago won the US bid to host the 2016 Olympics. What a great opportunity to show off more of the country! Good luck in 2009 for the actual bid and here's my early request for friends and family in the Chicago area to house us in 2016!
Submitted by gaige on Sat, 04/14/2007 - 08:29
TechDirt has an article that references a clip from The Daily Show which is pretty silly, but contains what appears to be an honest statement from Stewart saying "But to me, the situation is that there's a ton to gain for both companies. Viacom, they put their content on YouTube, it gets exposure, people know about their programming... it's a win for everybody in this situation." Nice to know somebody gets it...
Submitted by gaige on Fri, 04/13/2007 - 07:15
Yes, I know it's not the end of the world. Yes, I know it's not Vista's 4-year trek through the world of vaporware. Yes, I'm aware that I'm not currently writing anything that depends on it, but there are some people I know who have been waiting for Leopard to be released to replace or augment systems. But, in the end it's going to mean a better iPhone and a better OS X Leopard for all products.
Submitted by gaige on Sun, 04/08/2007 - 06:59
It's not surprising to read an article that describes the RIAA as having done something stupid, but here's an op ed piece from the New York Times by an independent record seller who directly blames them for the demise of that which the RIAA was trying to save: albums, CDs... and the missteps that were made on the way here.