You have Microsoft and AT&T complaining … about Google and antitrust.
— John Battelle to Google CEO Eric Schmidt
You have Microsoft and AT&T complaining … about Google and antitrust.
— John Battelle to Google CEO Eric Schmidt
New pricing, effective June 1:
This is great news for almost anyone (including Davidville!) using S3 to store medium-size to large files, since it’s cheaper for most transfers and only penalizes very high volumes of tiny transfers (with the per-request fees).
But most websites and services use S3 to host images, video, or other large media types that are uploaded once and downloaded a bunch of times. For that, this pricing is FAR cheaper, especially if you can break the 50 TB/month bracket to get $0.13 per additional GB.
“Today (May 1) is the fourth anniversary of one of the most dishonest propaganda speeches in modern American history — President Bush did his flight suit strut on the deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln in front of a banner proclaiming ‘Mission Accomplished.’” (reblogged from azspot, thanks)
This is disturbing. (reblogged from sillydoggies, thanks)
Crocheted happy foods (thanks Serious Eats)
A behind-the-scenes retrospective on the Mac equivalent of Winamp, including what happened when iTunes came out. (reblogged from shelbot, thanks)
The place where CRT monitors go to die. Hazardous waste collection day at CAT Pickering. (thanks abrennan)
Twitter’s down more than it’s up.
“Why are we doing this? The short answer is simply that we want a lot of people to hear the record.”
Reblogged from Obeastiality. I actually downloaded this album myself last year, and I loved it so much that I bought the physical version with a bonus disc. (It was about $12 on Amazon and arrived 13 hours after I ordered it. No idea how.)
I wasn’t a huge fan of the bonus disc, but I didn’t regret purchasing it at all - my only regret was not discovering this excellent album, Little By Little, until a year after its 2005 release. I’m happy to support Harvey Danger for making such great music.
Includes why Fog Creek has a 0% chargeback rate (step 7). Well, not anymore.
Bears suck at balance. (reblogged from Post-its and a Sharpie, thanks)
Jakob Lodwick, founder of Vimeo: “Instead of just sending the photo directly, Sprint PCS sends a bunch of crap which programmers must build a custom parser for. Yesterday, they didn’t work on tumblr, but now they do.”
Thanks, Jakob! The Sprint Picture Mail parser was the single most procrastinated item on my to-do ticket list, having been sitting there, overdue, since March 7. This afternoon, I finally got to close that ticket. It was exhilarating.
Sprint is the only carrier we’ve encountered so far, worldwide, that does not attach their MMS photos to their emails.
Tired of the standard “A++++ Great Seller!!!” feedback on ebay? (reblogged from llama snippets, thanks)
It’s at 17,337 diggs so far. Kevin Rose said Digg would stop removing stories with this HD-DVD decryption key (the 2007 equivalent to the DeCSS code), and “deal with whatever the consequences might be.”
Of course, we all know the real winner here. No, it’s not Digg or its users — it’s HD DVD. Do you know how many units Toshiba is going to sell when stores open tomorrow?
— Ryan Block (thanks yum9me)
You know, I’m just not that impressed if great performance costs $830. Like the Athlon FX and Pentium EE, this is only released so NVIDIA can say, “We have the fastest video card,” with no expectations of any significant sales. I’m much more impressed by the incredible power offered by today’s $200 video cards.
xkcd: Online Communities - Definitely click through for the full-size version.
Fun Tumblr fact: I created the bookmarklet-2.0 photo picker because manually linking the xkcd comics every 2 days took too much effort.
Still. It’s been almost a month. (I actually sent it in on April 4 - they received it on April 6.)
Come on, Apple. You’re making me look bad for recommending your computers and “excellent” service. There’s no excuse for this.
They didn’t have a backup.
Tumblr This! Demo (on yuiseki - I have no idea what that is - looks like a third-party Tumblr Firefox extension - and it looks cool)
Using my tumblelog as self-promotion? Why not?
I would have included MS Paint in the list.
Only in Vegas can you, on one day’s notice, get 64 people to put up $500 each to compete in a Rock, Paper, Scissors contest.
— Freakonomics Blog
From the Dan’s Data blog.
The bottom line remains, we as consumers, want our content free (as in Freedom) and if we don’t get it, we’ll take our content free (as in beer).
— HD-DVD key fiasco is an example of 21st century digital revolt (reblogged from fs-studio, thanks)
On PS3 you’ve got a guarantee that every machine is going to have a hard-drive and, with Blu-ray, you’ve got plenty of storage, whereas on Xbox 360 there’s no guarantee of a hard-drive and you’re working with the DVD format. Does that create limitations? Yep.
— Dan Houser, Rockstar’s Creative Vice President (reblogged, thanks yum9me)
That’s great, but I wonder if there’s a bigger limitation created by the PS3’s ridiculous cost and nonexistent install base, while the 360 costs half as much and has just under 10 million owners.
$16.98 after shipping. Great way to support xkcd and yesterday’s amazingly popular image.
One of the great things about being ignorant is that I often think my ideas are original. It’s a wonderful feeling.
— The Dilbert Blog: God for Weasels
“Using Networking Terms Unnecessarily: No, you don’t have ‘available bandwidth’, you have ‘free time.’ No, I won’t ‘ping’ you, I’ll send you an IM. No, I won’t take this conversation ‘offline,’ I’ll talk to you about it after the meeting. Can we please stop talking like this?”
(Partial reblog from cubicle 17, thanks)
As far as I can tell by digging through the hype and PR, Microsoft’s new Silverlight platform is a native-code browser plugin that allows dynamic applications to run in web browsers, much like Flash and Java. It’s going to be the Next Big Thing and revolutionize the web (much like Flash and Java promised long ago).
It’s a great idea, but it’s hardly original. It’s essentially a Flash competitor, and from the very little we’ve seen so far, it looks very good. They’re offering native plugins for Firefox (Win/Mac), Safari, and IE 6-7, while unsurprisingly ignoring desktop Linux users. (Can’t say I blame them.)
But I’m not about to drop everything to start making apps with this new platform. It’s brand new and technically still in beta, which means it’ll be at least 3 years until I can consider using it for something important. Until a certain age and saturation level, I can’t assume that my audience will have Silverlight installed in their browsers.
Flash reached that point a few years ago, but Flash has been around for a long time. Microsoft has a lot of work to do to get there. They can’t even depend on most Windows computers having the .NET runtime installed yet, and that’s been popular and stable since 2002.
The best thing about this is that the new competition is forcing Adobe to dramatically improve Flash (and the new Flex project), and in a few years, web developers will have some great, mature choices when making dynamic apps.
I have no idea why anybody is asking Britney Spears to get topless. Six years ago this would’ve been amazing, but now they could’ve put a seal in a silly hat and thrown some flowers at it and it would’ve turned out hotter. If it weren’t for the outfit, I wouldn’t even have been able to tell this was a girl.
— TheSuperficial.com (warning: the rest of the site isn’t nearly as good as that quote)
Ghostvirus takes offense to my statement that I can’t blame Microsoft for ignoring Linux support with Silverlight, saying: “They’re ignoring Linux because they want to popularize a Windows-centric software platform. The only reason MS supports Mac OS at all is to stave off accusations of being a monopoly. This is nothing new.”
They do want to popularize the Windows platform, and most of the time, Microsoft is able to pretend like other operating systems don’t exist. (That’s why they didn’t even bother trying to allow Mac and Linux users to use the Zune.)
But the web is different. Nobody uses ActiveX in websites because it’s only available in Internet Explorer on Windows. You can ignore Firefox and Mac users when you’re making desktop software, but you can’t ignore them on the web - especially since so many web developers are Mac users, and Silverlight will only succeed if it wins over developers.
It’s not about avoiding antitrust claims - it’s about giving their product a chance. And it’s a big effort: they’ve had to port a big chunk of the .NET CLR to OS X to make this possible.
Why would they support Linux? While it’s great on servers, hardly anyone uses it as a desktop OS. It would be a huge amount of work, and they’d only gain access to an audience that already hates Microsoft products. How likely do you think it would be that any desktop Linux users would install a closed-source Microsoft binary?
They don’t support Linux for the same reason they don’t support Opera, Camino, or even Internet Explorer 5: there’s just not enough of a potential audience to make their efforts worthwhile.
I absolutely love this app. All Mac users should try this as a Calculator replacement.
That was easy.
George W. just declared every May 1 to be Loyalty Day. (Completely missed that.) I don’t think he’s getting the point. We’re loyal to our country already, but loyalty to our country doesn’t mean blindly supporting an awful president while he directs an awful administration to continue doing awful things to our great country and a few unfortunate others. (thanks for the link, challenged confessions)
I think I want to try to become ambidextrous. Think of the productivity advances…
— Best second post ever
By Jeremy Zawodny.
Today’s Joy of Tech
What “terrorism” really is and isn’t.
This is HUGE.
Jeremy Zawodny’s take from a few months back.
Like Passover Coke, it’s sweetened with sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup. Now there’s a reliable way to buy it in the U.S.
This is going to be a big hit, since they’re formalizing and polishing what most of their recent customers have been hacking OmniOutliner to do.
Why you should convert long emails into public blog posts.
He’s claiming that CBS should have known that his racist remark would get him fired, so they should have dumped it in the few seconds they had on the delay before it went live. He wants $40 million.
South Park-style Mac vs. PC. Starts out slow, ends well. (thanks yum9me)
“If I ruled the world, all driving directions would be formatted like this example…”
Starring David Spade.
Personally, my ad cows are doing great without tricking readers into thinking ads are content.
It’s bad business to remind your customers that they are likely to lose it any minute.
— The Dilbert Blog: Old Presidents
Artificial butter flavoring for microwave popcorn is causing lung disease in factory workers. (thanks Ed)
“The kids have been coming home and telling their parents about the weird man who keeps coming to class to sing scary songs on his guitar.” (thanks gondaba)
People always fall for it.
Twitter, the simplest of all services, asks “What are you doing right now?” which I never know how to answer because whenever I think to post something to Twitter, I’m not doing anything interesting. When I am doing something interesting, the last thing on my mind is posting to Twitter. So I don’t post to Twitter.
— Pete Ashton
“It was just two notes blasted on a raspy electric guitar, but I could immediately identify it: the opening lick to the Rolling Stones’ Brown Sugar.” (thanks dubber)
I think it’d be easier to buy a handgun. What are they thinking? (thanks cubicle 17)
I finally got my MacBook back after over a month of waiting. It came back dirty and half-fixed. Thanks a lot.
I wrote this article last night and published it just after midnight.
My MacBook woke up this morning from sleep and promptly had a kernel panic (the OS X equivalent of the Blue Screen Of Death, except it’s gray and translucent). A few minutes into the next session, it rebooted itself for no apparent reason. And it’s on external power, so it’s not a battery issue this time.
It’s going back to Apple again. After a month of waiting, they gave me another faulty motherboard.
I feel sorry for the tech who takes my call in a few hours.
Pretty sure that one’s a hardware problem…
Today’s Cyanide and Happiness
No ethically-trained software engineer would ever consent to write a DestroyBaghdad procedure. Basic professional ethics would instead require him to write a DestroyCity procedure, to which Baghdad could be given as a parameter.
— Nathaniel Borenstein (via Coding Horror, thanks)
In Cox’s on-demand service, watchers of ABC shows and sporting events won’t be able to fast-forward through commercials. Genius move, guys…
I had no idea the site was this complex and was generating so much money. Those guys are geniuses.
I like how “non-lethal” has progressed to “less-lethal”.
Blade Interactive’s upcoming Hydrophobia game actually simulates dynamic water in a survival game set on a sinking ship. Cool idea.
Dissection of Bose speakers’ inferior sound and build quality, and why you should never buy Bose products. Long.
FogBugz is definitely not easy to get running on Linux (it relies on a distro- and platform-specific binary PHP extension), but damn, their support is incredible. Great job, Fog Creek.
Someday, I would like to use the high-altitude directions.
— Carolyn, here
That’s nice, but who wants to read a bunch of text from blogs and news sites on a TV at 480p (at best) from 8 feet away? This might be useful to 7 people for about 3 minutes each. (thanks yum9me)
David’s Log, clustered by Clusty. Who needs tags?
Paul Graham’s latest.
Start about a third of the way through. David talks to Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur about why Tumblr’s awesome.
If the internet deleted every blog about blogging, it would save a lot of space.
Stabby the Pencil Holder, one of the many cool welded figurines that jovial_cynic makes in the SA Forums
Reading and enjoying a long editorial about a font is possibly the nerdiest thing I’ve done this week. Your turn. (thanks topherchris)
I don’t know why I keep watching this show. But I can’t stop.
When Davidville starts offering paid Tumblr accounts, I will personally go out and mug someone so I can buy one.
— We have the best fans.
“When a customer would refuse either AOL, MSN, NetZero, magazine offers, or whatever other D-SUB we had, we’d sign you up anyway.” (thanks Joel)
The 11 Frames of Jacob. Looks a bit like Locke, doesn’t he?
There’s nothing more toxic to productivity than a meeting.
— Getting Real by 37 Signals (reblogged from Incidental Thinking, thanks)
The early 2000s saw the rapid rise and gradual fall of the pop-up ad. With all current web browsers (even IE) blocking most of them by default, I think it’s safe to finally declare the death of the popup.
Now we just have to endure Snap Preview Anywhere and MyBlogLog Link Tracking hover-overs on every link in your stupid blog.
It’s not helpful. There has never been a time when I’ve idly moved my mouse past a link, gotten bombarded with a slow-loading hover-over widget, and benefited from it. Not once.
Now you can get speakers in the shower from Kohler and Polk. Great idea, but my shower speakers (above) only cost $30.
Crap, Iris came up on random. Now it’ll be in my head for a week again.
This is the best art I’ve seen in a long time. Don’t miss the video.
Very strange things happen in my office.
Everyone who’s getting excited about this: Don’t get your hopes up. Apple always patents crazy ideas that they never use. If every Apple patent went into production, we’d have about 12 Tablet-Macs and 7 widescreen iPod models by now.
I wish developing great products was as easy as writing a check. If so, then Microsoft would have great products.
— Steve Jobs (reblogged from Dirty Modern)
Here we go again.
with zero battery life, a laggy interface, poorly placed controls, unintuitive menus, and frequent crashes as you’d expect from fine Motorola products (and hopefully not the iPhone).
Cyanide and Happiness
Please Hammer, don’t hurt ‘em…
It’s a sad era when our vacuum-cleaner game consoles need third-party attachments to further cool themselves and sound even more like vacuum cleaners. Remember NVIDIA’s Flow FX?
The site’s pretty painful to read, but the headline says it all.
People are still getting used to Tumblr; we’re still in these early days that we’ll later think about when we say, ‘Why didn’t we come up with it sooner? It was so OBVIOUS.’
— Jakob Lodwick, Obeastiality
Damn it, I remembered that Desktop Tower Defense existed. Try the No-Squirt challenge mode… it’s a LOT harder. This is as far as I got (around level 44).
We’ve come a long way in technology when I can, on a whim, download a completely functional version of a $699 program for free, legally, right from the vendor’s website. And its 750 MB download is done before I can even make coffee. It probably takes its boxed-copy owners longer to find the CD.
My rate’s going to increase by $27/month (to around $125 for standard digital cable and internet service) in June because I’ve been a Cablevision customer for a year and therefore am no longer eligible for promo pricing.
If I were a DISH Network customer and switched to Cablevision, I could get the same bundle, but with more TV channels, for $79/month for a year.
With the price difference, I could pay my entire cellphone bill.
But I can’t get that price because I’ve been loyal to Cablevision for a year. Way to reward your customers!
Great profile piece. Don’t miss the video.
Jakob Lodwick stopped by our office last week and I forgot to unload my camera’s CF card until today. He’s a sharp guy, and you should watch Vimeo to see how their awesome service develops. They definitely get it.
(edit: Wow, this photo looked a lot nicer before the auto-resizing. I better switch from GD to ImageMagick soon.)
I hate car people. And my office is full of them today.
With Jakob Nielsen.
This is a Matchbox car. Tiff’s macro lens is awesome. (That’s the full frame - no cropping was done. 100mm, 4-second exposure, f/22, ISO 400.)
In any Cocoa app, when you are in the Open File dialog (Cmd-O) or Save File dialog (Cmd-S) just press “/” and a little path sheet will roll out for you to type the path in directly. It even does tab completion, and completion on delay.
— gregday in the SA Mac Megathread
A 66-year-old therapist from Canada is denied entry into the U.S. because he did LSD in the 1960s.
Every now and then I come up with a hypothesis that sounds correct and has the added benefit of being totally impossible to verify. That’s almost as good as knowledge.
— The Dilbert Blog: Imagination
Interesting tumblelog idea. I don’t really know what to make of it.
Wow. (thanks SA)
“I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this happen.’” (reblogged from topherchris)
(reblogged from AZspot, thanks)
Hamas Mickey Mouse Teaches Terror to Kids - This is… scary. (thanks Tim)
Damn it, I keep barely talking myself out of buying this monitor for home. (I use the 2405 at work and absolutely love it.) But at this price, it’s going to be tough…
Nice idea, but we already have a standard portable media player connector for cars and accessories: the iPod Dock Connector. And unless Apple switches to this (unlikely), CEA’s “standard” will matter as much as PlaysForSure.
News Brews blends RSS feeds into multicultural beverage - Engadget
Very nice. They only have EMI providing DRM-free tracks (like iTunes) at the moment, but hopefully this will add pressure on the other RIAA member labels to drop DRM. No word on pricing, but I bet it’ll be $1.29 per track…
(reblogged from gondaba, thanks)
A hoax rumor went around earlier that claimed that the iPhone was pushed to October and Leopard was pushed to January. It’s wrong. And it’s an Apple rumor. Surprise.
I had no idea that <BUTTON> existed. And apparently Apple didn’t, either, since Safari’s rendering of it looks like it was unmodified from the KHTML rendering. (reblogged from juxtanews, thanks)
The Chicken Deli really outdid themselves today, with both tomato bisque soup and fruit tarts in stock. Best lunch ever.
It’s going to be like Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Awesome!
Is it just me, or do all of these suck?
It’s almost impossible to make healthy choices on a food stamp diet.
— Lawmakers Find $21 a Week Doesn’t Buy a Lot of Groceries
The HARDWARE also features a “No CPU, No Hard drive, No Graphics Card, & No Sound Card” concept. These PC components are stored in a Service Provider of the new INFRASTRUCTURE. Thus, subscribing to a PLAN of the Service Provider will allow the use of these components. The data from the components is then wirelessly transmitted to the user’s HARDWARE.
— More nonsense from Microsoft’s PC design competition. That’s not a new idea - it’s called a mainframe. We abandoned those a while ago.
This was the contest’s winner.
So I asked him, if he were king for a day, what’s the first thing he’d do to improve Air Canada? “That’s easy,” he said. “Change the class of the people who fly.”
Great Flash game. (via Instead of working)
The Post Office raises stamp prices by tiny amounts frequently, instead of large amounts infrequently.
I bet they make a killing from people like me who won’t actually go through the trouble of buying 2-cent stamps to match my remaining stamps at the old price, so we either double-stamp everything or throw away the old ones.
It’s the government-sponsored equivalent of mail-in rebates: making money from the lazy or forgetful.
to assume the truth of the very point raised in a question. It does not mean “raise the question”, though many people incorrectly use it this way. If you’ve ever said it, you’ve probably used it wrong. Wikipedia has examples of correct usage.
Tonight’s Lost wins Most Disappointing Episode of the Season.
When shopping is all we do, when commerce is all there is, that’s a big problem.
— Benjamin Barber, author of “Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults and Swallow Citizens Whole” (reblogged from blogspotter, thanks)
The interviewer asked, “How many pennies would you need to stack to reach the second story of this building?” It took me a second to realize that he was actually being serious, so I said if you got a big truck to dump thousands of pennies outside the building, it would most likely reach the second story eventually.
— Stories about bad interviewers
Superman doesn’t magically make the battleship as tough as he is just by laying hands on it. The ship is still subject to normal physics, so when Clark grabs and lifts he should end up with two large handfuls of torn steel, and look like an idiot.
— Dan “Dan’s Data” Rutter
I’ve experienced Jamaica Blue Mountain both in a mild roast and in a dark roast, and they could be two entirely different coffees. The mild roast made me want to compose a sonata, and the dark roast made me want to go scrape barnacles off an oil rig. I ended up doing neither, because I couldn’t afford the next cup.
— Slashdot | What is Your Favorite Way to Make Coffee?
friends say(s?) I should try the Toddy cold-brew coffee method for better iced coffee. I’ll definitely give it a try - I’ve been looking for an excuse to get a Toddy for a while.
Postage hikes will never surpass inflation—and the forever stamp will never become a good investment.
— Is it a good idea to invest in “forever” stamps?
Twitter has its famous server-down cat photos, but Something Awful started the clever-error-message craze years ago.
The Office’s awesome season finale completely made up for this week’s terrible Lost episode.
Now all they have to do is attach giant rockets to the Earth, blowing backwards, to slow down its rotation enough to make this useful. (reblogged from iatz, thanks)
I used to blog for readers. I now tumblelog for me.
— mac [minutia]
I didn’t even know it was an option.
“Millions of colors” is inaccurate, since Apple’s using 6-bit LCD panels.
If all the experts tell you to go right, and you decide to go left, you’re probably stupid. But if you get lucky, and discover a pot of gold along the stupid path, people will call you a leader. You’ll still be stupid, but fewer people will feel the need to point that out.
— The Dilbert Blog: Stupidity Plus Luck Equals Leadership
Bad Science » The Amazing Qlink Science Pedant
The FCC classifies “broadband” as at least 200 kbps, so some House reps are trying to increase it.
The past and present Paul Reubens. (reblogged, thanks tumbl.us)
I’m rocking out to Phish in my mother’s dining room. The MacBook Pro speakers really kick the MacBook speakers’ asses.
Driving in New Jersey sucks.
Wow: “The fastest possible Pentium 4 is nearly 50 percent slower at compilation than a midrange Athlon 64 or Core 2 Duo CPU.” I had no idea the difference was that big. The P4EE and Pentium D series really sucked.
“Fructose apparently tricks the brain into thinking you are hungrier than you actually are. Unlike carbohydrates made up of glucose, fructose does not stimulate the pancreas into producing insulin. Nor does it promote the production of leptin, a hormone made by fat cells. Under normal conditions, the amount of insulin and leptin in the body signal to the brain that you’ve had enough to eat. Meanwhile, fructose doesn’t seem to suppress the production of ghrelin, the hormone that triggers appetite, which normally declines after eating.” (thanks Serious Eats)
His observation, after years of playboy behavior, is that a woman who takes off her shoes at your place isn’t planning to put them back on until morning. If she doesn’t take them off, she’s mentally prepped for a quick escape.
— Footwear Theory of Motivation
He’ll be OK. You don’t really have to follow the link.
Firefox 3 on Mac to get Aqua form controls
Who do you know who will defend the current method of healthcare delivery, administered by insurance companies whose central task is to minimize cost and maximize shareholder return?
— Salon reviews Michael Moore’s new film, Sicko
Ask (no longer “Jeeves”) should attack Google’s AdSense business first, not the search business, because it’s much easier to take.
I hope this is bogus (and being an Apple rumor, that’s 90% likely). The $1199 17” iMac is one of the best deals in the computer world, and definitely the second-best deal in Apple’s lineup (behind the $1099 MacBook).
We do have a very good response in the mill. You’ll see that from us in the late summer.
— Denny Strigl, Verizon’s COO, who decided to pass on the iPhone. AT&T now has a 5-year exclusive.
Apple screwed up so badly for so long that they sent me a brand new replacement. I’m cautiously satisfied.
Ripping Ryan Block of Engadget a new one for the bogus iPhone-delay report last week.
This ‘web’ stuff is such a goddamn house of cards compared to real software.
— Power Failure — Thought Palace
Way to stand up for what you believe, everyone. I’m truly amazed that even with control of Congress and Bush’s miserable approval ratings, the Democrats still can’t get anything done.
And they share the immense profits from their users’ mistakes. (reblogged, thanks AZspot)
“What the iPhone potentially does promise is to make the features that most people don’t use on their phones - web browsing, more advanced kinds of messaging, email, music playback, etc - far easier to use,” states Breen. “The question is how many people desire these kinds of features; are there enough to propel the iPhone to the top of the heap? I kind of doubt it.”
On Windows, I hated shareware with a passion. I would go out of my way to avoid having to pay for anything. Software was something to be hoarded. Things could not be more polar on the Mac. Mac software is often of such high quality, and with great attention to detail, that you want to pay for it.
— Why don’t you pay for software? - Download Squad (second comment)
(thanks Instead of working)
This looks kinda cool, but like every other iPod game, I can’t try it. There’s no demo and no return policy. And most of the games are from crappy publishers (EA). There’s no way you’d ever find something as innovative and fun as modern indy games from big publishers in the mobile-game business.
“That should scare the hell out of every one of you reading this.”
Stealing electricity, bogus water softeners, wi-fi delusions, water powered cars, daytime running lamps, the expensive Quantum Xrroid, yet another fuel ‘catalyst’, and recharging batteries the crazy way. Dan Rutter is awesome.
(reblogged from macminutia)
Stir briskly and completely, then serve with a straw.
SPOILER ALERT: I totally could have called it. I recognized in Jack’s flash
back that the phone he was using, the Motorola KRZR, didn’t come out until 2006.
And I still didn’t make the connection.
I just learned that the iPhone cannot be used as a modem from a laptop. That’s fatal for me. So an iPhone is not in my immediate future.
When my trusty E815 dies and I can’t dial up using “minutes”, I’ll happily shell out for Verizon’s unlimited EVDO-tethering service on a brand new unsmartphone, and I’ll keep using an additional pocket for an iPod.
I’ve yet to meet a human being who isn’t a restaurant expert by virtue of his or her experience at eating.
— The Dilbert Blog: 900 Comments and Counting
AppleInsider “sources” claim that the Mac mini is about to be discontinued. Given that it’s still running a Core (not 2) Duo and is an absolutely terrible deal compared to the MacBook and iMac, this isn’t a huge surprise.
David asked about something this morning, and over the next hour, I explained:
It’s like following Wikipedia links.
“A number of people are all up-in-arms over this, but I have to ask: why?” By Cubicle 17.
The new Ubuntu systems save you $80.
ImageMagick kicks GD’s ass in resize quality. It’s not even close.
Expect far better Tumblr image quality soon…
I’m talking about how laptops just seem to slooooooooooow down as their components degrade.
— Migrant on the SA Forums. SA is full of many experts in many different fields, but there are some exceptions.
tweetvolume.com (thanks tumbl.us)
MISHEARD LYRICS: Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter. Amazing… perfect… I don’t know what else to say. You absolutely must watch this. (thanks phantom-thought)
I’ve been a Verizon Wireless fan and user for 3 years, but their phones are buggy and limited, and their smartphone data plans are unreasonably priced.
The Sprint Employee Referral Offer (SERO) is an under-the-radar deal that Sprint’s been running for a few months. Basically, you get:
For $30/month. Yup. $30. Total.
This is incredibly tempting. I think I’m going to do it and get a Q. Anyone have any experience with this, or any reasons I shouldn’t do it? Reblog this post with your input or email me.
I had a similar experience in my high school’s Ohio Senior Proficiency Test. We had to copy an “honor statement” in cursive, and everyone was whispering around the room, “How do you make a capital J? Hey, anyone remember how to make an S?” I went to Catholic school until middle school, and cursive was mandatory for all assignments after 2nd grade. Now, I never use it, and would need to think about each letter as I wrote it. (thanks azspot)
An interesting Digg-like site with a twist: visitors don’t boost stories by explicitly voting on them. Instead, stories get “points” based on how many people actually click through and read the story and how many people leave comments.
If we accept the high expense of combating global warming, and it turns out we can’t make a dent in it no matter what we do, or the earth cools on its own for reasons we didn’t forsee, we’ve really screwed the pooch. It would be the biggest fuckup of all time.
— The Dilbert Blog: Global Warming – Part 2
I think you’d be surprised at the number of complete shit CS grads out there. I might consider hiring ~5% of the CS people I graduated with, if not less. Most of them could barely program Hello World without google or a TA/professor’s help, yet they graduated by leeching off other people, and because of grade inflation. They’ve never done any extra-curricular programming, learning, etc. They’re not actually interested in programming or CS. But they heard you can make lots of money as a programmer, so they stuck it out to the end.
— cronio on the SA Forums. It’s amazing how true this is.
The story behind Desktop Tower Defense and the ridiculous amount of money the author makes from the ads around it.
I’ll admit it: I use these at home. Howard Stern recommended them to his audience, so I gave it a shot. You can get regular Charmin adult-sized wipes in the grocery store by the toilet paper, and they come in a discreet blue plastic container.
If your blog article or forum has IntelliTXT, ContentLink, or other double-underlined contextual ad links in it, I won’t read it.
It’s short-sighted to think that the additional revenue (if there really is any) is worth alienating and ultimately reducing your audience.
Warning: extremely nerdy.
Not very well.
Google’s new Street Search is amazing.
Please do not email us to tell us the forums are closed. If you must email us anyway, please don’t email us. Please don’t send email. Please uninstall email and unplug the internet and cancel your internet service and destroy your computer and chop off your hands and go to the laundromat with a roll of quarters and get in an unused drier and feed it quarters until you either run out or you melt.
— SA’s maintenance message
PHP does not automatically deallocate StdClass objects.
The Hawaiian take on outdoor seating (reblogged from Instead of working). Do they have full service? If so, do the waiters come out on jet skis?
CWA survey: average broadband speed in US is 1.9Mbps (reblogged from AZspot, thanks). At least we’re beating the UK. But being solidly defeated by Canada is pretty sad.
The Apple TV is about as uninspired as another prominent dud, the Zune, the MP3 player Microsoft launched last year. In fact, the Apple TV is so Zune-like, you’d think Jobs was so busy with the iPhone that he outsourced the Apple TV project to the folks up in Redmond.
— CNN Money: Why Apple TV is a dud. Ouch. (thanks AZspot)
Don’t miss the original Pentium 4 review for a bit of geek nostalgia.
The Foleo?! This is the “revolutionary” new mobile device that Palm has been working on? You have to be joking. It’s 5% as useful as a laptop at 50% of the cost and 80% of the size. Great job, Palm.
This would make me very happy. Too bad it’ll probably cost more than an entire laptop.
Today’s Cyanide and Happiness
Beer sales are flat. Wine is ascendant. How did this happen?
Benchmarking these two eras. While the Mac Plus won’t run Doom 3, it does surprisingly well.
What McCain fails to recognize about this issue is that most broadband providers are monopolies; and, where there is competition, it is between two monopolies - both willing to sacrifice neutrality for the profits they can make. In this country, we regulate monopolies. If we didn’t, there wouldn’t be an Internet.
— McCain Wrong To Oppose Net Neutrality (thanks AZspot)
Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac is almost ready, with 3D graphics support and VM version snapshots. This is awesome, but I wish they didn’t want their existing 2.0 customers to pay $50 for the upgrade (or $40 if you preorder within a week).
Lindsey works upstairs. She seems normal at the office.
You can buy a multi-gigahertz, dual-core computer today with multiple gigabytes of RAM and a terabyte of hard drive space for under $800.
But Dell ships it with a ball mouse. That’s right. If you want to upgrade to an optical mouse, that’ll be $10 extra.
More news about Parallels 3.0 from their official blog. SmartSelect sounds pretty awesome, and it makes MS-Office-in-Parallels use a lot more friendly to Mac users.
The best code is no code at all.
— Coding Horror