A Simple Thought Experiment
rentzsch: Fifteen years from now, will you be using the same language(s) as you’re using today? If not, why not? I’m fairly confident I’m going to still be primarily speaking and writing in English, yes. Why do you ask?
A quick thought
Is it just me, or is the iPad’s autocorrection algorithm a lot less useful than the iPhone’s? I can’t help but notice—repeatedly—that it seems to be trying too hard to be helpful, making spelling corrections on the fly rather than “this is a typo” corrections. It’s corrected “kot” and “kast” to “cot” and...
Market Share and Mind Share
Disclosure: I work for Nokia. I don’t speak for them, they have no input into what I write here, so on and so forth. I usually avoid mentioning them, but on this particular topic, they’re very much the elephant in the room. So there’s been kerfluffle recently about relative “smartphone” market share between Android-based phones and iPhones. First we had one report...
At Smuggler's Cove
Me: what would you consider a big cocktail glass?
J: A pint glass.
Me: That's for beer.
J: I've had a cocktail in one.
Me: What was it?
J: I don't remember.
Translating Adobe's "Thoughts on Open Markets"
The genius of the Internet is its almost infinite openness to innovation. New hardware. New software. New applications. New ideas. They all get their chance. If only you morons had adopted SVG. As the founders of Adobe, we believe open markets are in the best interest of developers, content owners, and consumers. Freedom of choice on the web has unleashed an explosion of content and...
Charlie Stross on Ebooks →
One of the most clear-eyed pieces on the subject I’ve seen in a while. Stross does an eloquent job of getting across several important points, including two of my own big pet peeves. First, ebook production costs are not substantially less than physical book production costs, because most of that cost is not about the physical media. Editing, proofreading, typesetting, marketing and indirect...
12 things the world should toss out: Computer... →
Via benkraal, we find All Things Digital’s Kara Swisher writing: From wearable devices to sensors that will envelop our world to 3-D screens that will react to us, personal computing is about to get a lot more personal. Internet-based television now in development will recognize a viewer and deliver customized entertainment. And it will do this without the trusty keyboard and mouse....
The Tonga Room Survives →
The Tonga Room is one of the few original tiki bars to survive from its 1950s heyday to the present. From all reports the best thing about it is the decor—if you’re looking for good drinks, there are a number of better choices in San Francisco—but it’s high time we recognized that kitsch and alcohol, when combined, are historically significant.
Overheard at the Caltrain Station
Passenger: what time does the 7:30 train leave?
Conductor: A.M. or P.M.?