To me, all of this seems like typical geek behaviour: something is making them uncomfortable, and so they attack it on “rational” grounds.
If arguments heat up, it is always worth thinking about if the current discussion warrants the intensity. If it doesn't, then looking into exactly what is causing the discomfort in you usually turns out to be insightful.
Drew Crawford writing about Garbage Collection:
What this chart says is “As long as you have about 6 times as much memory as you really need, you’re fine. But woe betide you if you have less than 4x the required memory.”
Really long article, greatly done. A must read for anyone in the mobile field. (via daringfireball.net)
I had a simple thought today, and since I haven't read anywhere about it.
Remember that slide in the iOS 7 announcement talking about car integration? What if that external display and controlling technology has its inception for the rumored iWatch device, and the Car integration is just a second use case for it?
After having that out of the way, let me just get the different use cases I can imagine and enjoy:
- Navigation: the ideal display if you are hiking, walking or riding a bike.
- Media control and display: obvious
- Siri: just a relay to the phone, only needs a nice mic.
- Third party support: the bits are already there, apps can just take advantage of it once apple releases this part of the SDK.
- Fitness: Great display for exercising.
- Geo-Caching and Geo-Location based games: with not having to pull out your phone all the time totally more enjoyable.
- Everything the Pebble does already: Notifications, Messages, etc.
Knowing Apple, the iWatch would not only be an external display, they probably would add a lot of sensors that would actually benefit the user. Movement sensors like the one in the fuel band. In combination with the Geo-Data on the phone this can give you a detailed fitness profile. Probably measuring the heart-rate is something doable as well.
In any case: Even when just brainstorming from the top of my head about that kind of device, there are a gazillion valid, enjoyable, life improving uses for it. The question is not if they will make one, but when it will arrive.
It turns out that the setting under System Preferences » Appearances that sets the smallest font size to be aliased on-screen also influences PDF creation (which makes sense, as OS X renders everything on-screen as a PDF, I think).
So if you generate any (business) PDFs on your Mac make sure to go to that setting and set it to the lowest value (4 in times of writing). Otherwise all Fonts smaller than this setting will get a flag set so they don't anti-alias and look exceptionally bad.
The design decision why your personal choice of having ugly fonts in smaller font sizes should be hard baked into generated PDFs puzzles me. It strikes me simply as an over-eager implementation of a feature that makes the world a worse place.
Tested it on the latest Mountain Lion (10.8.2) - still applies.
My idea? The 8-bit music suddenly gets a little piano. And the piano suddenly gets some goofy vocals. And out of the blue, the game starts singing you a weird kind of piano rock opera track, existentially discussing your gaming performance. And this, hopefully, freaks you out and makes you die.
You just have to love cabel. Make sure to listen to the Awkward Voice Memos as well.
Well, there wasn’t anything to be done about it, certainly not anything easy, but as you might imagine I’m not having my daughter growing up thinking girls don’t get to be the hero and rescue their little brothers.
What a great, great dad. Reminds me that I'm really looking forward to Anita Sarkeesian's "Tropes vs. Women"
The recent ousting of Scott Forstall struck me as first real post Steve Jobs job decision. That got me thinking: What is it what is really missing since Steve Jobs died? Apple is running like a good oiled machine, quick releases of solid to great hardware and software. Obviously the company is in good shape.
One obvious thing Apple lost with Scott Forstall is a keynote style different from Cook, Cue, Schiller (and Frederighi). I think Scott did manage to come as closely to Steve in terms of boldly presenting a product as anyone at Apple ever did. He is gone now and it will be interesting who is able to step up. I don't know if Jony Ive can or even wants to. The closest to Forstall I ever saw presenting on stage is Randy Ubillos, responsible for the iMovie rewrite and last seen presenting the iPhoto for iOS. However he is still far off.
However to me the biggest void is the lack of the customer perspective Steve Jobs brought to the table. He was constantly looking for solutions for every day life. The Digital Hub, iTunes, iLife, iPod, iTunes Music Store, iWork, iPhone, iPad: they all are great solutions to tasks that were hard before their inception. You could really tell that Steve had his mind set to solve and improve everyday life. Currently I don't see that drive in any of the executives at Apple. To me that drive is the essence of Apple's success: the drive to provide and sell innovative solutions to problems people have, even if big obstacles are in the way.
The music industry, telecommunication companies, media companies, adobe - none of them have their focus on the customer. Steve did, and more over, he was that customer. Apple's products excelled in the non-professional area. He owned that position and presented the case when it was needed. I don't see Tim Cook writing the open letter about Flash or DRM. None of the current executives have his proverbial Chutzpah which is so needed for that. I like nothing more to be proven wrong on this, but it is my deepest belief that this is a void left by Steve that needs to be filled by someone for Apple to stay a great company in the long run. And that someone doesn't exist yet. He or She needs to emerge, the sooner the better. Maybe Jony Ive can become this one, but my guess is that his industrial design backround is more of a hinderance than help for that.