Posts tagged ‘apple’

Innovation

With the recent release of Haunted Empire, we’re back to another round of argument about whether Apple still innovates or not. Actually, it’s more contradiction than argument. An argument is an intellectual process, the innovation squabble is just automatic gainsaying. Online wrangling about Apple often devolves into a pissing contest over popularity and market share,…


The dead letter office

For as long as I’ve been using OS X, Apple has included a set of productivity apps that meet the basic requirements of most users. Power users often bitched about these apps—“I had a contact manager on my Palm Pilot in 1998 that could do things Address Book still can’t”—and a community of third-party developers…


New Apple affiliate link scripts

This afternoon, I followed James Thompson’s tweet to learn about Apple’s new affiliate program. It’s dropping the slow and exceedingly clumsy LinkShare and moving to the Performance Horizon Group (PHG).1 The changeover will be complete on October 1, so if you don’t switch over by then, your affiliate earnings will dry up. I clicked from…


Apple links and images

I’ve changed the affiliate links in the sidebar again, eliminating the Amazon link and settling (for now) on a Mac app, an iOS app, and an iTunes album or movie. Because all the links are to Apple stores, I decided to rewrite the script that generates the HTML for the link, the image, and the…


Quarterly quiverings

Today is that demisemiannual day in which Apple bloggers set aside their normal concern for fonts, rounded rectangles, and skeuomorphism and gather ’round the conference call to hear the latest financial pronouncement from the grandees of Cupertino. And as the great men speak in numbers that require exponential notation, the bloggers take to their keyboards…


Trite is a fight

I was drawn to Michael Lopp’s latest post by this Daring Fireball link. I don’t normally read Rands in Repose—the sociology and management of nerds holds no interest for me—but the quote Gruber posted was irresistible: While I’d continued to hear about the disdain amongst the executive ranks about Forstall after I left Apple, I…


A regular Joe

If you’re having trouble following the logic of Joe Nocera’s column about the imminent decline of Apple, I can summarize it for you in a few bullet points: Steve Jobs wouldn’t have allowed a disaster like the iOS 6 Maps app to happen because he was a perfectionist. The hockey puck mouse, the cracking plastic…


Maps, algorithms, and common sense

As I write this, my iPhone 5 is with dozens of its brethren on a UPS truck winding through Chicago’s western suburbs. I didn’t think it worth the bother to update my iPhone 4 to iOS 6 when it came out, so my experience with the new Maps app is second hand. I’m sure it’s…


The long dark night of the Siri

Although much of what I write about here is Apple-specific, there are topics I stay away from: Apple’s finances Apple v. Android Apple in popular culture I’m going to break format here and talk about the third one. Specifically, Apple’s current commercials for the iPhone and Siri. Because of the NBA playoffs, I’ve been watching…


Strain relief and the Apple power adapter

I followed somebody’s link (can’t remember whose1) to this Kickstarter project today. It’s for the Wrap_Up, a cable management device that clamps around your Apple power brick. I like the part that helps keep the thick cord (the one that plugs into the wall) in order, but I’m not too keen on how the thin…