April 2010 Archives

This article bitches and moans because Palin and others aren’t trying to make political hay from the oil spill in the Gulf.

The question is, does everything demand that somebody speak about it? For God’s sake, isn’t there enough noise already that we don’t need to complain about the lack of it? Does everybody need to make political hay from everything? Or isn’t silence OK anymore?

If they said anything, they’d just be lambasted for trying to rationalize the deaths of eleven workers.

Shut up, already. Let silence be OK for once.

Some choice quotes from the MacNews summary of the MarketWatch piece:

“There is no way that this is not negative in some way for the company,” [Roger] Kay told MarketWatch. “The question here is what is Apple hoping to get?”

Easy answer: They’re trying to make sure that this doesn’t happen again. It’d be a significant disincentive for future iThingy prototype thieves if this one went to jail.

And this one:

“Apple has been drifting into looking like the wrong side of their famous Big Brother ad for some time,” added Rob Enderle, a longtime Silicon Valley technology analyst. “This could easily turn out to be one of the biggest mistakes the firm has ever made because the investigation … could showcase other Apple problems as this story snowballs.”

Um, yeah. Rob Enderle is one helluva’ analyst. I’m sure he’s right about this one, too.

As explained by Engadget, this technote is a bone lobbed gently towards the slobbering beast that Adobe has become in recent months. The technote says that it Apple is giving programmers (including Adobe’s Flash plugin developers) access to hardware acceleration for H.264. And that’s all fine and good, because the net result will be lower power consumption when using Flash to deliver video encoded with H.264.

Less power? As in “longer battery life?”

Yeah, as in “longer battery life for those Macintosh laptops that are selling like hotcakes.” According to Apple’s numbers, the average selling price of Macs is down, implying the lower-end models (laptops, anyone?) are selling better than the more expensive ones (desktops, anyone?).

Would longer battery life yield a better user experience? You betcha’. And that’s just what Steve Jobs wants.

Path of the Volcano's Ash Plume

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I don’t know the original source and can’t find it, but this animated map makes it very clear why flights have been grounded in Europe.

From USA Today I find out that it apparently isn’t illegal to be in the country illegally. Huh? Worse yet, the bill is controversial! Double-huh?

I suggest English lessons for our illegals. Otherwise, they won’t be able to read the laws making it illegal for them to be here illegally in the first place.

Idiots. Spending millions on a new branding and deploying it with yesterday’s technology? iPhone users can’t even skip to the site’s content. It’s all Flash.

Classic case of my ignoring “look before you leap” and “think, then speak.” AT&T made a Quicktime movie of the site for iPhone users. It’s not HTML5, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Mea culpa.

But… really, AT&T? Was Comcast’s move so inspirational that you had to follow suit?

These guys have a bunch of items that I don’t see happening. I would bet a nickel, however, on a unified inbox for the Mail app. That’s it. The rest? Dunno’.

My Heart Gently Weeps...

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I’ve been on Facebook for something like a year now and I must say that I have enjoyed the experience. It has been fantastic for loosely reconnecting with old friends and friends whom I have known for a long time. (Ha! See what I did there?) Therein is one of the reasons I like Facebook: it allows a loose connection to people. By “loose connection,” I mean a connection that you don’t have to maintain like exchanging E-mail addresses and occasionally pinging them to see if it still works, etc. It’s a nearly maintenance-free connection that’s there for use if you want to use it.

Why else might I like Facebook?

Another reason I like Facebook is that it provides something of a performance venue where we interact with our audience. After reading a years’ worth of updates from 400+ people, I have reached the conclusion that, for the most part, we post status updates for our own entertainment. We throw something out there and hope that we get a response. Sometimes, we expect the audience to laugh. Other times (especially when deriding our favorite politicians), we hope the furor is kept down to a dull roar. Nonetheless, it’s fun to make a ripple in the pond and see what happens.

The other very interesting aspect of the pond that is Facebooks is that I’m getting to know a bunch of very diverse and fascinating adults who grew out of the kids I once knew. There’s the French Horn player who became a music teacher. There’s the wicked-cool guitar player and A.A. Milne fanatic who grew up to own a recording studio and label. There’s the kid who always liked bikes and grew up to be a personal cycling coach. As adults, all three like cycling, just like I do (though with different degrees of intensity), something I wouldn’t know without Facebook. We occasionally discuss gear and rides. And perhaps, one day, I’ll get to ride with one or two of them, which would be neat because, as adults, they sound like very interesting people. As kids, we never really got along.

And who knows? Perhaps today, as adults, we wouldn’t get along, either. Some of my reacquaintances (as I call them) were frontin’ and hatin’ as recently as our ten-year high-school reunion, which was a little over a decade ago. But I had a civilized discussion with one of them regarding one of the finer points of grammar (neither one of us could figure out who was right). It was fun.

My point? We grow up, most of us, and since I can’t know these people in person, it is most excellent to be able to know them via the interwebs. There are some really cool people in this world, and I went to high-school and college with a fair number of them. Not that they might think I’m all that cool. Heck, I’m pretty much still the same geek I used to be. Or that’s what I tell myself, anyway. But perhaps I’ve grown up, too.

Anyway, Facebook allows that loose reconnection to occur, and I have enjoyed it.

He is Risen!

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He is risen, indeed!

Denial or not, there are some pretty enlightening tidbits in this article.

Among them:

Neither Waxman or Stupak—who betrayed the pro-life community by negotiating for more than a week with the White House to ensure his vote on the health care bill—had anything more than a cursory understanding of how the many sections of the bill would impact business or even individual citizens before they voted on the bill, says House Energy Democrat staff. “We had memos on these issues, but none of our people, we think, looked at them,” says a staffer. “When they saw the stories last week about the charges some of the companies were taking, they were genuinely surprised and assumed that the companies were just doing this to embarrass them. They really believed this bill would immediately lower costs. They just didn’t understand what they were voting on.”

No clues, just as I suspected. But then, I haven’t read the 2,000 pages of legislation, either. And even if I did, could I possibly understand its implications? I say, if you can’t understand what you’re voting on, should you be voting at all?

(Thanks again, John!)

Well worth the read. I really couldn’t have said it better myself, though I’ve tried.

What angers many Americans is the abandonment of a concept that laid the foundation of the Constitution and the nation itself: limited government.

And I’ll keep on trying. I may only have only 13 followers on Google Reader and only 50 viewers of this site per day, but Rush Limbaugh Glenn Beck… heck, is there a Republican/Conservative to admire these days? Maybe you’ll start making some noise, too.

It only takes a match to start a forest fire. I’m jus’ sayin’.

(Thanks, John!)

Mac OS X Server v10.6.3 Update installs Apple’s PHP v5.3.1 over your custom install.

If you used sudo make install before, just do it again. I can’t see that Apple did anything particularly unusual with their PHP build. Just don’t forget to sudo mv php.dSYM php in /usr/bin because of the screwy results of make install.

Your mileage may vary, of course, so proceed with caution.