[From The iPhone Blog][tipb]:
> Equally interesting is what [[Siri][siri]] portents for Apple. Just like the App Store began the intermediation and exclusion of Google by offering users a better experience interacting with data in apps than via a web search, Siri continues it by theoretically making it easier and more enjoyable to engage in query/response with Siri than with Google. In typical fashion, Apple isn’t building a search engine to compete with Google, they’re building something to obsolete the current conception of search engines. And they’re not doing it by becoming a walled garden — there’s no profit in that. They’re doing it by becoming a walled gate with a multi-directional toll system.
Great observation. Reminds me also of how Apple got out from under the [Microsoft Office Sword of Damocles][microsoft 150] with [Safari][safari] and [iWork][iwork].
[tipb]: http://www.tipb.com/2011/10/12/ios-5-iphone-ipad-walkthrough/ “iOS 5 for iPhone and iPad walkthrough—TiPb”
[microsoft 150]: http://www.apple.com/ca/press/1997/08/AppleMicrosoft.html “Microsoft and Apple Affirm Commitment to Build Next Generation Software for Macintosh. The $150 million was a smokescreen to avoid the obvious anti-trust move of bundling Explorer in order to keep Microsoft continuing to develop Office for the Mac.”
[safari]: http://www.apple.com/safari/ “Safari: Browse the web in smarter, more powerful ways—Apple”
[siri]: http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/siri.html “Ask Siri to help you get things done—Apple”
[iwork]: http://www.apple.com/iwork/ “iWork: Documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. The Mac way—Apple”
I like FaceTime
The Richmond, San Francisco, California
iMac screencapture View at 100% to see me 😉
As there becomes more integration into the iOS and the Mac, I will be using [this][facetime] more.
[facetime]: http://www.apple.com/mac/facetime/ “FaceTime—Apple”
Continue reading about headphones after the jump
A friend asks whether they should use MacPorts or Homebrew.
What they are, are ways of installing Unix (Linux or BSD) software on your Macintosh in a way that they get updated. This is useful if you need to customize your (L)AMP stack, or process a document in LaTeX, or do graphing visualization or -code optimization… there are a lot of uses and having a consistent Linux-like or BSD-like tree of libraries and applications is usually the best option.
I use MacPorts and I’ve used Fink in the past. I never tried Homebrew.
Continue reading more ignorant comparisons between Fink, MacPorts and Homebrew after the jump
I read this old comment about recently-released Mac OS X Lion:
…but really it’s the lack of Rosetta that has me most annoyed. I admin 120 users who still use Office 2004 on G5s. This just pushed up the cost of upgrading them by $200 each.
Actually, no. The cost of that particular upgrade is zero because you can’t. Apple dropped operating support on the G5 in Snow Leopard. So you can’t even install Lion on this computer, you must leave the computer on Leopard. He would have an issue if he has Intel-based Macintoshes that are still using Office 2004 (or earlier-Office 2008 introduced in 2008) or Adobe Creative Suite 2 (or earlier—Adobe CS3 introduced in 2007). But he should leave those people with Snow Leopard, just as he left the G5’ers a few years back with Leopard.
This is just another indicator of how Apple rolls when they want to introduce something new:
Apple and the Motorola 68000 processor:
- 1984 68k Macs introduced with 68k processor
- 1994 first PowerPC Macintosh introduced with “System 7” (specifically 7.1). Applications fork into three categories: 68k applications, PowerPC-only, or “Fat binaries” (which run on but 68k and PowerPC Macs). PowerPC Macs can run 68k-only applications via emulation.
- 1998 MacOS 8.5 drops support of 68k computers.
- 2006 Intel-computers cannot run 68k applications.
- 2007 Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) drops Classic-mode, and with it, all support for 68k applications.
Continue reading about Apple and backward compatibility after the jump (or just to watch their Infomercial)
I remember reading about this sort of site a while back, but I never realized how convenient and cool it is until I downloaded it from the AppStore.
Swackett basically gives you an idea of if you should be wearing a sweater, jacket, or coat (and sunglasses or a hat). In the drastic inconsistency of San Francisco weather, that means yesterday it was suggesting a jacket, and today, it says I should be dressed as a trekkie:
Nothing fancy, just usable. You don’t have to even register unless you want to manage multiple locations.
This would make a great iPhone/iPad app also. Download swackett from the Mac AppStore
Tekrat tests the computer controlled vinyl cutter.
Tekrat wrote me today:
So TechShop SF is finally open so that means I can finish up a lot of projects I’ve been meaning to do. One on the list was this graphic I wanted to print up a while ago. Unfortunately the one I tried on my laptop was the only one that came out right today 😀 Is the Macbook Air have the same as the Macbook Pro? As soon as I get my new blades I can cut another…
Unfortunately, the answer is no.
iPhone 4, iPad, MacBook Air 13″, MacBook Pro 15″, MacBook Pro 17″
Must. Be. Patient.
You may have forgotten by now, but the first lines outside Apple Store were for the openings…
My graduate school friend, Dave, called me that morning and mentioned that an Apple Store was opening up in the area and . We casually showed up just before noon and were totally blown away by the lines.
The line for Apple Store
Apple Store, Palo Alto
(3 exposures, 1/200-1/400sec, f/2.9), iso100, 11.8mm (47mm)
I took this photo nine years ago today (October 6, 2001) outside Apple Store Palo Alto. It was the ninth Apple Store opening, and the first street-level Apple Store.
The sign reads: “5 down, 95 to go.” It is a reference to the fact that Apple has only 5% market share and the retail store concept was trying to reach %.
Apple . The anticipation buildup was stolen from the first lines for Microsoft Windows 95 six years earlier. Apple’s nearest competitor, failed three years later in 2004. Microsoft would copy this idea eight years later —
I’d say the retail store idea worked better than Apple could have ever imagined.
Discouraged by the lines that morning, we had lunch across the street at . When we finished, there was no line and we walked right in. They still had some free t-shirts when we left.
That was a good day.
Update: Apple and Microsoft go head-to-head with Microsoft’s fifth store-to-be.
Now that this site has been down for a month (Thank you, ), I tried to see restart this blog with a deep thought.
I couldn’t come up with anything.
So instead, I’ll talk about the tech news. Recently a lot has been going on about Steve Jobs latest missive: “Thoughts on Flash” to which, Adobe’s CEO quickly responded to in the Wall Street Journal.
Instead of rushing to Apple’s defense here, I thought I’d provide some thoughts on these “thoughts.”
Continue reading about three thoughts after the jump.
While going through the MacHeist nanoBundle 2 purchase, that one of the items was MacJournal. I already own it, so I gifted it. But it caused me to take a peek again at the application—the last time I used it was back when it was freeware .
It occurs to me that it might make a useful reading notebook to complement my Kindle (and my iPad next month). I haven’t been keeping track of the copious clippings and notes I take with it. Here is my first attempt:
Here is the process I am trying to use:
- Create a journal in MacJournal called “Reading Notebook.”
- Import all the Kindle Clippings I’ve not clipped up as entries
- Create an entry for a book I am reading, tag it with some search terms in the inspector.
- Search and cut the related Kindle Clippings out of the various notes, and paste it to the bottom of the book entry.
- organize, summarize, and delete as I go.
- Import kindle clippings often and delete often.
We’ll see how it goes. I made out some stubs for other ideas for journals.
- Organizing Journal – keep a record of my failed attempts at self-help.
- The Woodwork – I’ve stored unfinished drafts for blog posts in a myriad of places: Things, folders with the title, TextEdit RTF documents, and drafts on the blog. I plan to consolidate them here. Note that MacJournal has a “publish to WordPress” feature, but I don’t think it’s robust enough for me. I’ll continue to use the website, .
- Things to Buy – Things is getting too cluttered with a lot of stuff that I don’t plan on buying for years. Delicious is in the same state. (I’ll still use TaskPaper for last-minute organizing before a major purchase and other maintenance purchases.)
For most notetaking, I’m still happy with opening an RTF, dropping it into a folder, and using Spotlight (via Leap) to find things. This just formalizes a fraction of it.
Purchase MacJournal with 6 other applications on MacHeist (2 days left!).
A while ago, when I saw Mark Kater, he showed me the vinyl sticker he got for his Macbook Pro. The next time I stopped by, I remembered to photograph it.
Mac am Ironman
Tagged, Financial District, San Francisco, California
Leica M8, Cosina-Voigtländer NOKTON 35mm F1.2 Aspherical
1/30sec, ISO160, 35mm (47mm)
The processing is pretty much the Toy Camera preset in Aperture. Pretty powerful huh?
He got it from some place on etsy. It turns out die-cut vinyl Macbook decals that incorporate the apple logo are hugely popular—there are literally hundreds of them.
Continue reading about Stickers and such after the jump