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Daily Links for November

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

monthly links

  • (11.30) From David Foster Wallace, an author that we lost way, way too soon… an interesting look into the syllabus and how his could help you live your daily life.
  • (11.29) Is the Blackberry finished? The end seems near.
  • (11.28) This link speaks volumes about the ultimately spellbinding environment Apple has created with the iOS/xCode ecosystem. This a story about Mike Swanson, who just last month ended his 12-year tenure at Microsoft to become a full-time App writer.
  • (11.27) So much discussion revolving around Apple’s sales figures for iPhone’s, iPad’s, iMac’s, etcetera… often lost in the mix is how the Apple Retail Stores have contributed to these sales accomplishments. Now at 358 stores and counting worldwide, read here about yet another innovation Apple has pressed into service to make the shopping experience that much slicker.
  • (11.26) An interesting short interview with Craig Mundie from Microsoft regarding alternative interfaces as it pertains to Kinect. Also some sour grapes over the iPhone and SIRI.
  • (11.25) It has been rumored that Steve Jobs desired for Apple to own and maintain its own cellular network. This post to Wired’s Epicenter generally illustrates why…
  • (11.24) Apple will beat you in the marketplace and they’ll beat you in court… your choice.
  • (11.23) A few days ago I linked to STAMPED, a new app that came out earlier this week. I got started with the app myself by stamping a few things… this article though gives me reason to pause.
  • (11.22) Surprised this took an entire week to rear its pretty face… Ah, Flash… we used to love you, but now we don’t it seems… why don’t you take a long walk off a short pier.
  • (11.21) “Flash still has a significant presence on the Internet, but it’s arguably a legacy technology that will decline in relevance as mobile experiences become increasingly important” HTML 5 video in the post-Flash world.
  • (11.20) Out tomorrow, a new social app called STAMPED that allows you to share your ‘stamp of approval’ with your friends and followers… not a 2 or 3-star rating or any other level of ranking.. which is good… just the single 5-star stamp on the things you like best amongst books, movies, music, apps, websites, etcetera… who knows, might catch on…
  • (11.19) It’s a rough ride with a ton of legal bills when you’re trying to defend yourself against an entire industry trying night and day to copy your ideas…
  • (11.18) Inventor or Tweaker? An interesting viewpoint on the Jobs autobiography.
  • (11.17) iOS vs. Android… the war, the speculation, the debate goes on and on… but here’s the real deal… and what it says is that if volume is what you’re interested in, Android sells the most… but if it’s profit that reigns supreme, then no one is close to Apple and iOS. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for a product line comparison between Apple and Samsung that’s truly stunning.
  • (11.16) It’s looking like the engineers over at Apple have finally gotten that battery-life issue licked. Rumor has it that another iOS update is on its way next week…
  • (11.15) An eye-opening interview of Jeff Bezos of Amazon by Steven Levy for Wired.
  • (11.14) Reading Pogue’s review here… makes you think twice if you were planning on picking up a Kindle Fire.
  • (11.13) Not really tech-based… more science and nature… but I just found this little blurb on the Lysmata amboinensis amazing.
  • (11.12) The 6 pillars of Steve Jobs design philosophy. Makes me think of all the times I’ve actively appreciated an Apple-based design detail.
  • (11.11) A 64-member design team tasked with interface and UI changes that will affect hundreds of millions of users… An interesting look behind the curtain of Facebook design.
  • (11.10) The Macalope takes aim at the pundits… if you’re eWeek… better duck.
  • (11.09) With news yesterday that Adobe would be laying off another 700+ workers, I wondered what this meant for their quest to bring a stable Flash Player to mobile devices? Not that I care being an iPhone user… But Jobs had said HTML5 was the path all the way back in ’07… Adobe continued to reject that notion, but now here at the tail-end of ’11 it looks like Adobe is throwing in the towel… there will never be a functional Mobile Flash… Also in this article for the Gadget Lab, Mike Isaac lays out the cliff notes for the uninitiated.
  • (11.08) Everybody needs to remember that SIRI is still in BETA, although articles like this give Apple engineers something to chew on in their down-time.
  • (11.07) A sneak peak into the 3D filming of Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’… which unfortunately is not going to hit the big screen until December of 2012.
  • (11.06) Browser Wars 2011. Firefox and Internet Explorer in decline… Safari peaking… and Chrome on the rise. Long live WebKit.
  • (11.05) For all those predicting that the Kindle Fire will be an iPad killer, they’re looking past the ever-growing ‘fragmentation’ plaguing the Android market… a recent survey shows that over half of the Android devices released since ’07 stopped receiving OS updates from Google less than one year after their release… well short of the 2-year binding terms of most mobile contracts.
  • (11.04) Reading this article will give you a lot better sense of what “sandboxing” actually means to the end-user… more secure, sure… but what’s the trade-off? Many long-time Mac Software titles like BBEdit and Transmit FTP would have core-functionality gutted if heeded to the letter of the law… but Apple says ALL Apps must be compliant by March 1, 2012 or they’re out of the App Store… too bad.
  • (11.03) Being a huge patron of my local library, I was pretty excited to hear that Amazon would start offering Kindle books for check-out… but once the details were revealed… not so much.
  • (11.02) An even scarier evaluation from Marco Arment that predicts the extinction of the Mac Pro Desktop Towers by 2014.
  • (11.01) For our readers that are also Twitter lovers… a cool new page on the Twitter site that shows how folks are using the social network.

Daily Links for October

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

monthly links

  • (10.31) Shit.. this is what I’ve been afraid of for a while now..
  • (10.30) Mona Simpson’s eulogy for her brother Steve..
  • (10.29) Turns out that it is possible to port SIRI to an iPhone 4 as well as a 4th-Generation iPod Touch… Has to be jailbroken though unfortunately.
  • (10.28) For those of us who have kept a close eye on the relationship between Apple and Google the last couple years… I’ve wondered a few times how tenuous the situation was in that Google Maps are such an integral part of iOS… from the sounds of this story, it might not be long before Apple has its own in-house version of the mapping software… and chances are, it will be tied to SIRI and completely kick Google’s ass.
  • (10.27) As a public service to all of you DirecTV subscribers out there, many FOX channels will be disappearing for you on 11/01 including FX, the National Geographic Channel and many FOX Sports Networks… here’s a link that will give you the complete 411 as well as a means to show DirecTV some of your disgust… I know I did…
  • (10.26) How sweet of a change of pace is this… it appears Apple is in the planning stages to build a 171 acre solar energy farm adjacent to its new billion dollar iCloud data center in North Carolina.
  • (10.25) Marco Ament’s ‘in-depth’ review of the iPhone 4S.
  • (10.24) Apple posts the video from their special event celebrating the life and times of Steve Jobs, can’t imagine any Apple fans who would want to miss this… Also, Walter Issacson’s anticipated biography hits the streets today as well… doubting any of you actually visit a bookstore anymore… here’s the Amazon link.
  • (10.23) Ten years ago today… MacWorld’s review of the original iPod… my how the time flies.
  • (10.22) Pondering what Steve Jobs was working on at the end… the smart money makes a lot of sense…
  • (10.21) Like I’ve said 8 million times… they’re thieves I tell you… have an original idea parasites… Steve knew
  • (10.20) Decades old Calvin & Hobbes panel deftly explains the Occupy Wall Street movement.
  • (10.19) Yeah, whatever… you’re still a tool.
  • (10.18) A great read on the inside story of Dropbox.
  • (10.17) Although Apple missed their revenue forecast last quarter for the first time since 2002… Sweet Jesus, look at what they predict for this coming quarter.
  • (10.16) I’ve been saying for a while… and now the (sometimes painful) transition from MobileMe to iCloud has bore this out… Apple needs to come up with a way for those of us that have been around for a while and have multiple Apple ID’s… to merge them to a single, consolidated Apple ID… just a glimpse into some of the problems folks are having.
  • (10.15) With all the updates and new releases from Apple last week, the incremental update of OS X Lion to 10.7.2 went relatively unnoticed. Although in large part this update just served to connect the desktop to iCloud, other maladies were corrected… here’s an overview.
  • (10.14) Woz claims a little fear for the future of Apple.
  • (10.13) For all of you with fresh new updates to iOS 5… Here’s a definitive review of all the new functionality toiled over by Dan Moren for Macworld…. and another decent walk-through from Rene Ritchie…
  • (10.12) Whoa… I had only minor issues in upgrading an iPhone and an iPad to the new iOS 5 (so far at least… there might be some hidden buggaboo’s that I haven’t discovered yet)… but evidently that wasn’t the case for all… how many people do you think were hitting Apple servers at the same time? 10 million? 20 million? Anyhow, here’s a list of the things that were going wrong for folks…
  • (10.11) When you’re reading this article, keep in mind that Apple just sold a million iPhone 4s’ and SOLD OUT a pre-sale… someone should ask Mr. Lees how the pre-sale orders are looking for Windows 7 phones running Mango? The key I guess is to deliver the lines with a straight face.
  • (10.10) Steve Jobs entrance into heaven facilitated on an iPad… and the story behind the ‘iconic’ Apple logo remix that would certainly be considered viral at this point…
  • (10.09) A quick thought just now to visit Pixar’s website just caused me to feel the sense of loss all over again..
  • (10.08) A great piece of reflection as MG Siegler comments on the death of Steve Jobs for Tech Crunch. Included is a link to the original ‘Think Different’ ad with Jobs himself narrating… and as Siegler so aptly notes, he probably didn’t even consider the fact that he was describing himself.
  • (10.07) Leave it to the Onion
  • (10.06) An awesome Jobs video retrospective over at Devour…
  • (10.05) Steve Jobs passes… so sad indeed… Getting nostalgic on theScroll.
  • (10.04) A nice summarization of what Apple announced today at their launch event.
  • (10.03) As a professional designer in 2011 there are two companies in Apple and Adobe that you can’t live without. From there come hundreds of much smaller companies that make niche tools also necessary as means to an end. Typekit is one such company that does one thing well… which is to allow designers on the web to reference and use commercial fonts in their web designs. Typekit has now been acquired by Adobe. As all staff will remain the same and the company will continue to operate autonomously… here’s hoping nobody tries to fix something that isn’t broken.
  • (10.02) If I was President, I used to think the coolest parts would be having the nuclear launch codes, flying everywhere on Air Force 1 and meeting the championship teams from every sport for at least 4 years… but after reading this, I’d have to add having a pre-release iPad hand delivered to me by Steve Jobs.
  • (10.01) Nice try Psystar. I guess now you’ll have to actually come up with an original idea yourselves.

Daily Links for September

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

monthly links

  • (09.30) So September is gonna go out with a bang… With Amazon’s announcement of the Kindle Fire yesterday, it would appear that things are a changin’ over the mobile/tablet/smartphone landscape… this article by Michael Mace seems to make a lot of sense at this point in the game… and John Gruber, as always, knows what he’s talking about.
  • (09.29)I bought this game for my grandson, he loves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!! This game has no directions… we can’t figure out how to play, or even how to restart the game. There aren’t any turtles in the game. A total waste of $5.” Reading user reviews is perhaps one of my favorite past times.
  • (09.28) How a web design goes straight to hell… I’d laugh hard if this didn’t hit so close to home.
  • (09.27) The official Facebook app for the iPad has been complete since May but has yet to hit the streets… the developer has quit and taken a job over at Google. Find out the potential reasons why right here.
  • (09.26) A great article on what’s really behind all the changes at Netflix. It’s not really looking like there fault as it turns out… it’s all about the content dont’cha know… some profane commentary from the Angry Drunk…
  • (09.25) Glad I signed up for that Spotify account before this happened… wondering how long it will be before they fix something that’s not broken enough times to jump the shark like so many great ideas before them?
  • (09.24) If you’re as big a fan of technological mockery as I am… this week’s Macalope is not to be missed. Fun at the expense of Microsoft, eWeek and Hewlett-Packard… do you really think the HP Board of Directors may be drunk when picking out their CEO’s?
  • (09.23) Par for the course… as they continue to deny Apple’s accusations of copyright infringement… check out this new Samsung store that just opened in Italy’s Centro Sicilia… somebody’s heads gonna roll.
  • (09.22) High Design. A review of Apple’s new Thunderbolt Display.
  • (09.21) On the 19th I posted a link to the statement from the Neflix CEO Reed Hastings regarding changes that were going down at the company. The aspect that wasn’t sitting right with me was the ham-fisted renaming of the DVD-only side to Qwikster. Here’s a tight piece of editing from Matt Drance that makes you wonder if Netflix even has a proofreader on staff.
  • (09.20) Here’s what happened, in cartoon form.
  • (09.19) Mea Culpa… although it appears that what prompted this apology is the imminent loss of an estimated 2 million subscribers… Gets you wondering what the net effect will end up being on the Netflix price increase… Seems they could end up losing as much revenue in lost subscribers as they’ll gain with the price increase… obviously they’re looking long-term at this point. Also announced is that the DVD-only side of the business will now be re-branded under the “Qwikster” name. This means that there will now be two websites to deal with which will also no doubt upset many… as the fallout continues.
  • (09.15) Wow. There’s a price increase that really hurts. Somehow it seems like an extreme lack of planning that Netflix wouldn’t have seen this coming in enough time to be able to slowly raise their prices over time… as it turns out, it looks like they’ll be losing a significant portion of their subscribers.
  • (09.14) John Sculley’s bungling ways are really what made Apple the behemoth it is today… that’s gotta hurt a little.
  • (09.13) Remember when Toyota was a company made up of apparently decent people? Well that ship has sailed… you gotta read this, I’m tellin’ you.
  • (09.12) Don’t be evil.
  • (09.11) An off-the-beaten-path story from this fateful day back in 2001. Very humbling how many different perspectives ripple out from this single catastrophic event.
  • (09.10) Wanna know what the Apple Board of Directors thinks of Tim Cook? Look no further than the 1 million shares of “restricted” Apple stock he was just given as compensation vesting in 5 and 10 years… my guess is that over the long haul that will amount to about 35 million per year… pretty sweet… you can bet that his seat at the helm of arguably the world’s most successful corporation has a lot more to do with skill then luck… maximizing economies of scale at a surgical level, that’s what makes Tim Cook the best and it’s why Apple will continue to thrive… the reason the world’s PC makers remain flustered is that they can copy Apple’s designs, but they can’t copy the efficiencies in Apple’s supply and production chain… sorry guys, you’re gonna have to have yourselves a couple geniuses and about 10 years for that to evolve organically…  an interesting analysis in Macalope, always worth a read…
  • (09.09) The rumor mills abuzz… My iPhone 4 is admittedly terrible for dropping calls. I’ve never been sure whether this is caused by the iPhone or the AT&T network… but either way, the iPhone 5 on the Sprint network with unlimited data is looking mighty tasty.
  • (09.08) Carol Bartz feels that Yahoo ‘fu*ked her over’ and she’s talking about it… to Fortune Magazine… and guess what? The interview cost her about 10 million dollars as she violated her non-disparagement agreement… one classy (potty-mouthed) woman… I love people who just say it like it is.
  • (09.07) Remember when Yahoo were the kings of tech? Now their share price is hanging around $13 and 75% of that value is their 40% stake in Chinese tech group Alibaba… right, I’ve never heard of them either… that’s why, today’s Google is tomorrow’s Yahoo… you heard it here first.
  • (09.06) Designed. All the way down to the sidewalk.
  • (09.05) “Steve Jobs and the Eureka Myth“. Adrian Slywotsky brings a little clarity to what more likely tends to happen within 1 Infinite Loop.
  • (09.04) A little deeper insight into the Netflix/Starzplay divorce from the Epicenter… be sure to click through as it’s a 2-page article… Also, as rate increases begin to hit the 25 million Netflix subscribers… how many are gonna bail?
  • (09.03) After 2 months now since Apple’s Final Cut Pro updated to a new version that provided no backwards compatibility with its predecessor, Apple has relented and begun selling the old version again… although you can get a copy only by calling Apple directly, the package is not being sold online or in the apple Stores.
  • (09.02) Did Apple security personnel impersonate San Francisco Police Officers? They did according to this Bernal Heights resident who had his home searched. Perhaps we have the first post-Jobs crisis gaining steam…
  • (09.01) As the Netflix price increases begin to hit subscribers, the apparent loss of their licensing deal with StarzPlay delivers a hit to the streaming side of things.

Daily Links for August

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

monthly links

  • (08.31) Wow, this looks familiar… I’m racking my brain… where have I seen this before?
  • (08.30) Although I don’t necessarily agree with the long view here… I think the 5 things to look for in Apple’s advertising moving forward are spot-on… if you see these things starting to happen, ‘sell your shares’ henceforth.
  • (08.29) Holy Crikey’s… look who’s on a road to nowhere… hard to believe, even for someone who has never bought one of their products.
  • (08.28) There’s more to every story isn’t there? I don’t know about you, but I never imagined it was Steve Jobs making each and every decision over at Apple… How would that ever work out? A great little blog piece from The Small Wave.
  • (08.27) I’ve heard the term “fan-boy” thrown around a lot in my time… I don’t count myself amongst them as I was purchasing Apple gear when they were at $4 a share… but this guy? Definitely a bold and creative response to some bad news, and most likely… a fan-boy.
  • (08.26) Many know the story of Steve Jobs loosely… he started Apple, was ousted from the company by a Board coup only to return 3 CEO’s later to orchestrate one of the greatest second acts in the history of business… this synopsis by Frank Rose of his book ‘West of Eden’ gives the gist… a book I’ve read, it’s an excellent telling of the timeline that is Apple Computer.
  • (08.25) Having hit the nail on the head so many times… sometimes predicting trends that would take several years to emerge… the quotable Steve Jobs
  • (08.24) Steve Jobs resigns, the day has come. But as John Gruber details, we’ve seen it coming for a long time now… At this moment I’m not worried for Apple whatsoever, Apple will be fine. In fact, Steve Jobs greatest accomplishment wasn’t any specific Apple product, but rather, Apple itself. No company that I’ve ever run into ‘gets it’ more than Apple… and the architecture Steve Jobs put into place will continue to function as it has over this last decade plus… What has me unsettled is the health of Steve Jobs the man, a shame that a life force such as his couldn’t just live to a ripe old age. A shame that the nature of his ailments have caused him to step down prematurely… hopefully this new scenario will allow him to better his health and stick around the scene for years to come.
  • (08.23) I would have cut off a finger to have been the recipient of this rejection letter… long live Gonzo.
  • (08.22) A superb look at the point where Art meets Google Street View from Pete Brook for Raw File… This article contains links to the also excellent Google Sightseeing and Google StreetFunny as well as a shout out to Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Readymades’… how can you go wrong?
  • (08.21) Does Apple sue Gawker for purchasing a stolen pre-release iPhone 4? As this article points out, Steve Jobs has never been afraid of making unpopular decisions..
  • (08.20) Anonymous. Revolutionary hackers that have gone after targets ranging from Scientology to Bill O’Reilly leaving digital mayhem in their wake. Police and FBI attempt to track down the guilty but it’s a little like sticking your finger in a dike isn’t it… A scan of this article seems to indicate that maintaining different passwords across your online identity is a wise and prudent necessity moving forward… these guys seem to be be ramping up their activity.
  • (08.19) Not really tech or Apple related… but such good news I had to give it some space… say goodnight you creepy-ass mofo.
  • (08.18) For those of us who spend any amount of time on Wikipedia and other sites that employ footnotes. This is a great little extension from Ideon for Chrome and Safari users that will now display those footnotes inline without the need to jump away from the location on the page where the footnote occurs. I’m using it, recommended. And for the developers out there, here’s the original blog post on it as well as the source code that you can implement.
  • (08.17) Here’s an interesting list of quotes posted by Google themselves documenting what their Android Partners are saying about Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility. A quick read suggests they were all written by the same (drunk) Google employee. What’s ironic is the fact that having this many partners is exactly why the Droid OS will remain a steamy pile of duty in relation to iOS. Say what you want about Apple’s closed system… but make sure to include the fact that it’s awesome, secure and it works.
  • (08.16) Apple releases the all-important 10.7.1 update to recently released OS X Lion.
  • (08.15) Still wondering how Google might benefit from its 12.5 billion dollar acquisition of Motorola mobility. The move seems purely made for the patents acquired and the perceived insulation they provide against Apple and Microsoft in the coming ‘mobile wars’… but why buy the cow when you can just buy the milk… the thought is Motorola had Google by the balls in that Microsoft was a suitor for those Motorola patents as well… time will tell, let’s keep our eyes on this one.
  • (08.14) How big is the new “Spaceship Headquarters’ Apple is looking to build in Cupertino? Just slightly bigger than the Pentagon it turns out… check this super-cool post from John Martellaro.
  • (08.13) You’ve heard the stories in the last few years of how social media helped to fuel this or that rapid organization/deployment of people towards a cause. Mubarak in Egypt, recent protestor organizations in Vancouver and San Francisco, etc… with the riots in England last week however, we start to see the next (il)logical chapter in the evolution of social media which goes to say, the guy who controls the cell towers, controls the social media. Que sera, we fought the law and the law won.
  • (08.12) As an architect, I’d give my right arm to be able to work on this one… Looks like you’ll be able to see Apple’s new headquarters from space… a really cool post for any of you architectural geeks.
  • (08.11) I’ve always maintained that John Dvorak is about 90% tool… I just ran across this beautiful piece of prognostication that John spewed into the world back in March of ’07… he continues to make a living while rarely knowing what he’s talking about.
  • (08.10) Remember that guy from Gizmodo that got ahold of a pre-release iPhone 4 and leaked the details? Well, he ends up getting off while the two guys that sold him the phone face charges. Evidently, something you found becomes something you stole the moment you decide to sell it.
  • (08.09) Remember when Quark Express was the king of the hill… Back in the day (1997) I had an employer that shelled out a grand for the software just to find out Quark wanted to squeeze us for another $500 for technical support… made me hate ’em… then came inDesign which I switched to day one… one way or another, Quark has just been sold to a private equity firm which basically delivers it to deaths doorway… karma’s a bitch guys, should have treated your customers better when you were on top, they would have been more likely to stick with you through the tough times… c’est la vie Quark, nice knowin’ ya…
  • (08.08) Things are going good when you get bigger than oil… even if it’s just temporary.
  • (08.07) For as goofy as he can sometimes get… Mark Cuban can nail it right on the head once and a while. In response to Googles ongoing software patent cacophony.
  • (08.06) A funny but true opinion on the use of the word ‘sexy’ as it pertains to electronic devices… it has become a crutch hasn’t it? Now excuse me while I go finish up the romantic dinner I’m preparing for my MacBook Pro.


Daily Links for July

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

monthly links

  • (07.28) Spatial Impossibilities from ‘The Shining’. And you thought that no one was paying attention… watch Part 2 here… and with that, I’m off on vacation. See you on the 6th.
  • (07.27) Crumple Pop is a company that makes effect plug-ins for Final Cut. Having used the new X version for about a month now… I’d say they’re barking up the right tree with their essay ‘Why we’re betting everything on FCP X‘. The main folks affected by the major paradigm shift of the new version remain pro editors… specifically those having to deal with very specific sometimes very complex situations… the rest of us? Well this is working just fine… Seriously.
  • (07.26) Sick like I am of sites that break their articles into multiple chunks spanning 2 or more pages? Here’s a new plug-in for Safari and Chrome that makes it a thing of the past. Run don’t walk…
  • (07.25) You up for a little reading? This bunch of characters from Microsoft Research have written an extensive, footnoted white paper on the premise that the servers required for ‘cloud computing’ be used in residential and office spaces to provide heat for those dwellings during the winter months… but wouldn’t those savings be nullified by how much I’d be spending on air conditioning in the Summer to keep from burning up?
  • (07.24) This is what happens when a “journalist” on a deadline runs up against it and nothing… nothing at all comes…
  • (07.23) Some hidden features in Mac OS X Lion from Tidbits.
  • (07.22) Long story short, the rag that is the Wall Street Journal took a shot at Apple by publishing a seedy opinion on the succession of Steve Jobs a half hour before Apple released their quarterly financial report, presumably to dampen the report… John Gruber offers up this masterful response… When Steve Jobs ends up leaving Apple for whatever reason, Apple will stay exactly as it is today… just without Steve Jobs.
  • (07.21) Let’s make it official, Google shutters Google Labs. Some running projects have been terminated while others will be incorporated into Google+ according to the company.
  • (07.20) Holy King of the Jungle… need the low-down on Lion? The article I look most forward to every time we’ve seen a new version of OS X would be John Siracusa’s review for Ars Technica…
  • (07.19) Looks like Mac OS X Lion is just about here… Apple Insider is reporting a Wednesday morning launch. In preparation, here’s a site that’s tracking application compatibility when moving to Lion… Here’s a decent article on preparing your Mac for the transition… and here’s an incredibly in depth look at getting a ‘clean start’ by employing manual Mac migration in your switch to Lion… All this said though… be smart like me and don’t update until 10.7.1 ships… if you choose to ignore this advise, don’t come crying to me.
  • (07.19) Sitting here right now enjoying the brute power of my 12-core Mac Pro… I found this in-depth review of the machine very illuminating (although close to 9 month old now, which is about 27 computer years).
  • (07.18) For those of you neck-deep in love with iOS… here’s a little something to wet your whistle as we begin to look forward to the Fall release of iOS 5.
  • (07.18) Just getting my WIRED subscription activated digitally on my iPad the other day… it struck me as odd how large the per issue download sizes are at approximately 250mb… that alone taps out most of the bandwidth limit for many peoples 3G packages… operating solely on wi-fi though I suppose it’s worth it for that top-notch Conde Naste design right… here’s a great article I found regarding reading on the iPad, give it a look…
  • (07.17) I for one put more trust in a President with good taste in technology… Looks like an iPad on the table next to him, a MacBook Pro under the First Lady’s feet and a FLIP Ultra in front of the snacks…
  • (07.16) Wow! That’s a cheap iPad 2… someone over at is looking for a new job this week… UPDATED: Sears apologizes for mistake but cancels all orders placed at the discounted rate nonetheless… boo!
  • (07.15) That PDF vulnerability that we talked about on the show a couple weeks ago… Apple provides the fix with the iOS 4.3.4 update.
  • (07.14) Apple’s contentious Final Cut Pro X release has created uneasy feelings among Mac professional content creators. Should they be concerned about their investment in the Mac platform as Apple goes mainstream? Dave Girard argues that it’s too early to hit the panic button.
  • (07.13) In this amazing long-form blog piece from Charlie Park… Edward Tufte’s “Slopegraph” is examined and analyzed with the greatest of care. Tufte, a long time influence on me personally… proof-read this essay himself… make sure you have at least a half hour to kill.
  • (07.12) Netflix begins the process of seeing how much they can get away with… I would say this one will depend on how many DVD’s you usually rent in a months time.
  • (07.11) Remember when we started hearing objections to the sorts of data Google street view trucks were collecting? Well that situations getting hairier by the day, currently approaching class action status…
  • (07.10) When all else fails… tilt the playing field.
  • (07.09) He has written about Kissinger, Benjamin Franklin and Einstein… Walter Issacson’s ‘official’ biography of Steve Jobs due out next March officially gets a new name.
  • (07.08) Not only will they “gate rape” you… they’ll also steal your iPad… really makes you want to fly somewhere… some would say that the terrorists have won.
  • (07.07) You could swing a dead cat and hit a WordPress update these days… but I just updated one of my installs with the newly minted version 3.2 and was pleasantly surprised… It’s worth it just for the GUI update, I love the new typefaces, much cleaner… have a look
  • (07.06) As of today, a race against time. A hacker exposes a security hole in the latest version of iOS (4.3.3) that could be exploited towards malicious ends. Will that happen? Or will Apple beat them with a fix? Standing by…
  • (07.05) Apple’s Final Cut Pro X FAQ’s eased some fears here and there… but mostly confirmed the bad news for pro’s on the high-end. Reporting from Ars Technica.
  • (07.04) For users of Apple “Pro” apps… thoughts of what Pro means these days within the Apple lexicon have crossed most of our minds… a brief suggestion on the Observatory.
  • (07.03) In all the uproar over Final Cut last week, overlooked has been the new Apple DataCenter in North Carolina as the company prepares to bring iCloud online this Fall. So to catch things up a bit, first let’s take a look at the straight facts from Data Center Knowledge… Next, let’s have a look at the conspiracy theory from tech crackpot Cringely… and then back to the DCK for a check on Cringely’s math
  • (07.02) Let’s assume that Apple is not a bunch of dummies and that there’s actually a plan in place here… some thoughts on the creation of Final Cut Pro X from Lonelysandwich.
  • (07.01) Aptly named from the mothership, “Answers to your Final Cut Pro X questions“.

Daily Links for April

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

monthly links

  • (04.28) How the iPhone knows where you are… an in-depth look into how it’s done.
  • (04.26) If cash is King, Apple is an Emperor. If Apple didn’t make another dime moving forward, they’d still have enough cash on hand to continue SG&A and R&D for the next 7 years.
  • (04.21) Careful what you’re sending to the cloud… the problem with FREE is that you always get what you pay for, there’s a reason behind almost all cliches. Inevitably, our data stored in the ever-growing plethora of free server spaces will be breached… it’s just a matter of time. Tread carefully.
  • (04.20) As we spoke about on the show this evening… your iPad’s and iPhone’s are storing your location data unencrypted on the computer’s you use to sync those devices. Download the open-source iPhone Tracker software here. Running it from the machine you sync with will display all the places you’ve been on the map. Pretty creepy. If you’d like to encrypt this information, simply select your iPhone or iPad under “Devices” in iTunes and check “encrypt iPhone backup” down in the Options box… I always feel like, somebody’s watching me…
  • (04.19) More growing pains on the App Store… As Apple realizes that they are most likely falsely impacting popularity algorithms, the company moves to clamp down on incentivized app downloads
  • (04.16) I literally stumbled across a link to this article the other day that’s an awesome read, especially if you’re a Chicagoland Netflix subscriber…. how does Netflix get you those DVD’s so fast? Here’s how its done
  • (04.14) David Pogue peers into the real reasons behind the shuttering of FLIP Video.
  • (04.13) At long last, rumbles from the jungle on the Final Cut Pro front… going on 2 years since the last stable release (7.0.3), Apple announced yesterday that Final Cut Pro X will most likely ship in June which is very happy news for all of us that are addicted to this software. Even better news is that long time issues have been addressed… the program is now 64-bit native which gives it access to all the cores your machine may be blessed with and the interface has been completely redesigned (i.e. Logic, Aperture) and after all this time, the rumor is the program will now be able to access as much RAM as your computer has as opposed to the current 4gig limit. Larry Jordan offers as much of a pre-release review as possible under the weight of an Apple NDA.
  • (04.12) Bad news from AT&T for the bandwidth hogging Netflix junkies… Starting May 2nd, DSL customers will be limited to 150 GB per month. AT&T claims this will only affect 2% of its customers while claiming the average user is at about 18 GB a month. A little more detail from the Huffington Post.
  • (04.01) iMac’s for every last bit of data input, Final Cut Pro for the editing together of highlight reels, h.264 the video encoding format of choice… Apple products are at the heart of the incredibly complex process behind and MLBTV… have a look inside Major League Baseballs NYC mission control central…