The iPad Has Broken My Brain | TechCrunch →

April 06, 2011 |

It’s like my brain is locked in. I’m someone who has had an iPad for a year, but I’ve never used it for days in a row without touching a computer like I just did this weekend. And it seems to have re-wired my brain.

It’s the billion-dollar question: What’s so special about the iPad? This is something that’s impossible to understand unless you actually hold one in your hands and use it for a while: It changes everything. It changes the way you interact with computers. It changes you. Forever.

Starting with Mac OS X Lion, the behavior of two-finger scrolling will be reversed to match that of iOS devices. Why? Simply because it is more natural. It’s how it always should have been. But we needed iOS to learn that.

The good news? Scrolling is just the beginning; a global re-wiring has already started. It will affect the entirety of our computing experience, and there’s no stopping it.

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Oldie but Goodie iPhone speculation circa 2002 →

April 06, 2011 |

It’s really striking how far back some Apple rumors extend. The tablet rumors were nearly constant for years, during which we didn’t even get a glimpse of the actual device until just days before the iPad was officially presented on stage.

Here we have a little gem: one of the very first Daring Fireball articles, already dealing with rumors of a so-called “Apple iPhone” circa 2002:

Other than Jobs himself, who confirms nothing about an Apple iPhone, Mr. Markoff’s only sources are “industry analysts”. Industry analysts know nothing about Apple, and given their record in the tech industry in the last few years, it’s a wonder anyone quotes them at all. Even the Daring Fireball could have offered better insight than these bozos.

Funny how little some things change over the years.

An unrelated aside: what strikes me as odd now is seeing John Gruber refer to himself in the third person as “The Daring Fireball”. John has come a long ways since 2002, and I for one am very glad to know that he is still in the trenches, going strong, better than ever. It really makes the Internet a much more interesting place.

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Quote of the Day →

April 06, 2011 |

I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewriters.

Solomon Short (David Gerrold’s Alter Ego)

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The Read & Trust newsletter starts on a high note →

April 05, 2011 |

Read & Trust is committed to gathering together the best independent writers available—the ones recommended by the writers you read and trust.

Who better to kick start this amazing initiative than Patrick Rhone, one of my favorite authors on the Internet. Actually, one of my favorite authors, period. The first article in the series is nothing short of astounding. It is insightful, first-class writing at its best. Every bit as promised on the box, which is rare these days, and precisely that makes it all the more special.

If it piques your curiosity, go ahead and sign up. For only $5 a month it is a tremendous value. And with the likes of Marco Arment, Shawn Blanc, Ben Brooks and many more, it’s only going to get better.

These are not just excellent writers with a deep passion for writing, they’re also genuinely generous people, and a great source of inspiration for me. They are whom I look up to when I sit down here and type on this site, in the hopes that one day I will be able to achieve a fraction of what they’ve already accomplished. I’m grateful to have a chance to support their work in such a great way.

One article done, many more to come.

I can hardly wait.

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The pitfall in platform predictions by asymco →

April 05, 2011 |

However, the evidence has shown that no Goliath has ever stood for long against a suitably equipped David, especially in technology.

Admittedly, I’m linking to this piece mostly because this quote is every bit as awesome as it gets.

Once we get past that, though, we find a pretty interesting analysis of the future of mobile platforms, clinically performed by the always smart Horace Dediu. He really makes those so called ‘professional analysts’ look like amateurs.

I love it.

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When technology becomes so human that it's spooky →

April 05, 2011 |


This is amazing. Zdenek Kalal, a student at University of Surrey, England, has developed an object-tracking software named ‘Predator’. It is uncanny. As a biomedical engineer, I am familiar with the development of these algorithms and the difficulties that they entail. Kalal’s solution works flawlessly in a number of tricky scenarios that really show the power of his software:

After telling it what to look for (by dragging a box over the onscreen image) the Predator gets to work. Within seconds it can recognize patterns, objects and faces and track them as they shrink, grow and rotate. When Kalal hides from the camera and holds up a sheet of paper with his photo among a patchwork of thumbnails, Predator picks his face out immediately.

This technology could help a great deal in the development of many exciting new applications. The possibilities are endless.

Seeing it work, it’s almost scary. Certainly, the name ‘Predator’ seems appropriate, though it does very little to ease my concerns. I swear, the day that someone decides to launch a new product named ‘Skynet)’ I will retreat to the North Pole with nothing but a fishing rod and a bottle of vodka.

Via @LettersOfNote.

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Quote of the Day →

April 05, 2011 |

Anyone can be an idealist. Anyone can be a cynic. The hard part lies somewhere in the middle i.e. being human.

Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative: 29, 08-22-04

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Rands on the daunting task of getting started →

April 05, 2011 |

The fifth version of Rands in Repose has been a long time coming, but it’s close. The design is done and the migration of content is mostly complete. The process of learning an entirely new publishing platform is underway and mostly painless. What remains is an ever-growing list of details supplied by the act of starting.

Rands finally started updating his blog (not that there was anything wrong with it), and shares some valuable insight on the intricacies of getting started. This article is easily one of my favorites, with great tips on how to trigger our own creativity engines and save the day.

There’s also a bit of news on the technical front, but nothing too surprising at this point:

More importantly, there hasn’t been a driving need to update the site - just the increasing stench of death emanating from the MovableType platform.

Yes, Rands finally bids farewell to MovableType. This is understandable, since its parent company, Six Apart, is being sold around more or less every two days. Not exactly a great way to portray confidence in a product.

I’m eager to know what his new publishing platform of choice will be. If I were a betting man my money would be on Wordpress, since in my experience it would probably be the easiest platform to migrate to. However, I’m secretly hoping for him to come out with something really geeky, new and unexpected. In any case, he definitely knows a great deal more about this stuff than I do, so we’ll see.

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Shawn Blanc's first post as a full-time writer →

April 05, 2011 |

Passion and emotion have always been my motivation for writing. I am a passionate person — we all are — and writing is one of the ways I’ve found to express those emotions. I’d like to get better at it, and slowly I am learning a little bit more every day.

Brave, honest, and charming the way we know him. Good luck, Shawn.


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Fools of the Year by The Macalope →

April 02, 2011 |

It’s that time of year again when we look back at those who inflicted mental cruelty and suffering on us over the last 12 months, shake our fists at the heavens, and cry “WHYYYYYYYYYYY?!”

Great top-ten list of the most bizarre Apple coverage of the year. As usual, brought to you by our brown, furry friend, The Macalope.

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