Posts tagged ‘apple’

Post mortem

The first 30 minutes or so of yesterday’s Apple event were, for those of us viewing it remotely, a psychedelic mix of color bars, sudden jumps forward and backward in time, and simultaneous Mandarin translation. I was so distracted by the video stream’s bizarre behavior I didn’t get a chance to tweet about Phil Schiller’s…


Sherlocked and unSherlocked

In the current episode of The Prompt, the boys delve into the history of Sherlocking, both real Sherlocking, as with Sherlock/Watson and Dashboard/Konfabulator, and imagined or predicted Sherlocking, as with Reading List/Instapaper and Camera/Camera+. It’s a fun episode, but it’s missing two things: A photo in the show notes of Myke in a deerstalker. A…


Credit where it’s due

Friday morning I got a text and an email from the bank that issues my credit card. The fraud protection division had denied a suspicious transaction a few minutes earlier and wanted to know if it was actually an authorized purchase. I didn’t like that both the text and the email asked me to reply…


Revisiting the iPad checklist

Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about the future of the iPad. Last Wednesday, for example, Thomas Brand over at Egg Freckles linked to no fewer than four ruminations, ranging from doom-and-gloom to now-wait-just-a-minute. All of this was spurred, no doubt, by the 16% drop in sales year-over-year reported in late April. Tim Cook…


The newly green Apple

I listened to the latest episode of The Prompt today, and as the boys were talking about Apple’s new video on environmental responsibility, I thought about Tim Cook’s confrontation with a right-wing shill at the last shareholders’ meeting. I was going to write something about it at the time but didn’t get around to it.…


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…