Wherein He OBSERVES: “Apple has built an entire ecosystem to support and enrich the iPad for both customers and developers. To be competitive, a newcomer to the tablet software market needs to replicate or sidestep the need for nearly all of Apple’s major efforts, including synchronization of media and data with Windows PCs and Macs, integration with popular web services, an integrated payment system that customers will actually use at a reasonable rate, a well-stocked music and video storefront, plenty of high-quality third-party apps and fun games, a sophisticated SDK and development environment, widespread retail availability and customer support, and an assortment of good first- and third-party accessories to fulfill common needs (cases, chargers, docks, screen protectors, extended batteries) and give the device new uses (tripods, speakers, styluses, input and output adapters, wall and car mounts).”
“[T]he Pro users of yesteryear’s products, the people with the biggest investment in old technologies, are not the people who should be calling the shots in the design of their successors. These are the people who complain that an iPad can’t have third party software installed from anywhere but the App Store, ignoring the massive convenience and security gains the policy affords average users. These are the people who are still using slotted screwdrivers and Edison light fixtures and manual transmission cars.”—Crotchety Old Power Users - Release Candidate One
“Part of the complaint about Christie’s absence is that he didn’t even coordinate his schedule with that of his lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno; while he went in Florida, Guadagno was away in Mexico, leaving the state senate president in charge. Now the Christie administration has let it be known that Guadagno is not traveling for leisure, but to spend time with her cancer-stricken father.
“If there is such a thing as an unforgivable sin, surely it is the act of preventing a tormented being in the end stages of natural life from the merciful conclusion he or she expressly requested when of sound mind. Through willful ignorance, political calculation, or sheer stupidity, Sarah Palin and her idiot ideological cohorts want to eliminate the last bit of dignity many of us are allowed. And for that, if for nothing else, she is a fucking monster.”—Sarah Palin Is the Only Real Death Panel
“What we are witnessing on either side of the Channel is the double whammy of a debt-ridden public sector making cuts wherever it can and a bonus-addicted private sector making cuts wherever it’s profitable — with the resultant disaster foisted on a general public now so cowed and coddled and fearful and risk-averse in the age of terror and technology that an inch or two of snow sends everyone into a blind panic.”—Snow! Hit the Panic Button - NYTimes.com
He SEZ (regarding Google’s Android development): “Android will continue to exhibit what Google does best: great low-level engineering and tight integration with Google’s other services. But it’s never going to be Apple-like in user experience, polish, or design.
Attention to detail, like most facets of truly good design, can’t be (and never is) added later. It’s an entire development philosophy, methodology, and culture.”
It BEGINS: “In 1986, having just completed some layouts for a Jonny Quest strip, professional comic book artist Steve Rude decided to fax his work to a personal hero - celebrated cartoonist Alex Toth - in the hope of garnering some productive feedback. Toth’s brutal handwritten response, the reading of which must have been more than a little painful for Rude despite the inclusion of some undeniably sound advice, can be seen below….”
It SEZ: “The focal point is ReverbNation’s email platform FanReach, which suddenly becomes an available tool for MySpace artists. But, MySpace artists can use this inside and outside the MySpace walls, and effectively manage their most important communication assets. MySpace bands will have the power to:
• Collect and import email contacts.
• Send targeted emails or messages to those contacts.
• Manage their contact list and view stats for each email sent.
• Grow fan relationships across the web from their Myspace Music profile.”
“Palin’s PAC website was able to stay up, because somehow her computer people are more knowledgeable and capable of taking on a collective of hackers than the nation’s financial companies and the cornerstones of America’s consumer economy. Remember when that woman was only protected by a single, easy-to-guess Yahoo! password question?”—Wonkette - Internet Pirates Try To Take Down Our Greatest Institution: Sarah Palin