Wednesday, April 7, 2010

2010 and beyond

My God's full of stars ... Dave.

Veritable tech grunt Sam Diaz takes a look at the present, the past and future of computing, because of the big media upset caused by the iPad. Personally, I’d say, the iPad is a major aftershock.


The first quake was a number of years ago when the first iPod hit the streets. It’s been very gradual conditioning every step of the way, and will continue to be,  until, finally, we’ll live in the true age of invisible computer appliances, everything just works, nothing arcane or strange to learn, completely natural gestures and communication to operate anything. Will that perhaps, be the long awaited, even feared, Singularity? Cool!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New: Hitler’s reaction to the iPad

Hacker violates an iPad

The chuzpah! The cajones!! The nerve!!! Filthy hacker MuscleNerd used a known iPhone OS exploit to crack the beloved miracle of Jobs and allows him to run third party apps simultaneously and run non-approved apps dirtying it beyond help.


The filthy nerdsylvanian hasn’t published his exploit yet, but apparently it’s easier than trying to regrow hair on Ballmer’s Rogaine resistant scalp.

iPhone cracker-whiz George Hotz is allegedly having his way with an iPad why Moshe’s team triangulates and attempts to pinpoint his location. Names will be taken, fingers crushed, thumbs lost, nothing to see here …

iPad user complaints

That in itself is an oxymoron.  Users cannot have complaints because the device itself is perfect in all aspects. Therefore, we chalk it up to user error. The device is so perfect, we have not been able to show it the proper appreciation. Again, user error. Next.

Taking the iPad to the streets

Farhad Manjoo shows off his iPad in the Farmers Market and gets an unscientific sample from passerby. Amazingly, nobody was wrestled to the ground while trying to make off with the device.

More on this here.

Goo-dobe? Ad-oogle? Fl-oogle? G-ash?

A number of open source pantywaists are getting their knickers in a right sheepshank over the burgeoning alliance between champeen of open source code, Google (really? Tell me and the rest of the community out there, what’s the secret algorithm, then, Squirrel Boy?), and proprietary graphic media overlords Adobe (you know, they didn’t invent Flash, they only bought the company that invented the stuff). It’s no secret that there is going to be netbooks and tablets by Christmas which will support Flash running the Chrome OS and be out there competing and getting a fair share of what traditionally had been Windows (and Linux’s) share of the market. Part of the scuttlebutt about that fabled meeting between Dear Leader and Squirrel Boy on the coffee shop patio touched on how Google is going to be influencing Adobe on improving the code in Flash, perhaps finally making it open source, though I wouldn’t bet on Flash going GPL or LGPL, probably closer to MPL. Another part of the scuttlebutt is that Jobs wanted it confirmed by looking straight in Squirrel Boy’s face whether or not Google and Adobe has been feeling each other out for eventual merger. (You’d think the part of the reason Jobs is abandoning Adobe is because Google is embracing it ?) Say what you will about Squirrel Boy, though, the engineers at Google insist on writing tight elegant code that gets peer reviewed to death before it goes out into the wild. Adobe, Microsoft and even Apple, on the other hand, have been known to release unsecure code, either knowingly or unknowingly, until some white, black or gray hat hacker informs the community, the company involved or the rest of the world, forcing a quick (or not so quick) patch. If Google’s engineers get to fiddle underneath the hood of Adobe Flash, one of two things may happen: 1.) They’ll probably think, “What a load of crud!”, throw the whole thing out and insist on starting from scratch, or 2.) pare down and eliminate all the buggy and useless stuff and make Flash both speedy and secure. I’m betting on the first option, myself. A third unstated option may be, why not stick with HTML 5****, and work on making that work more smoothly, more quickly and more secure, and to hell with Flash, Silverlight, Pivot and JavaFX? If that option crops up, I’d blame the blind idealists within Google’s code monkey tribe. Part of what makes Google successful is that they used open source code from day one in their operation and are now the eighty ton King Kong in the free and open source world, paying for and dictating the direction of where a lot of that code should go and that’s okay for most developers (except for a few justified paranoid cases out there). Microsoft is failing because they own the code they roll out and want to make the whole world use and pay for that code through the nose and dictate how the users employ the code. Then they ditch or disable that code just enough that you have to buy an upgrade that does exactly the same thing. People are getting sick and tired of that, especially since the Redmond brand of code is really, really, really sloppy, is still buggy and gets in the users way. People buy into Apple’s stuff because it’s code looks cool and elegant and doesn’t get in anybody’s way when they wanna’ do something (most of the time). People don’t mind upgrading, in fact, line up for days in anticipation of the new stuff. Google’s stuff is simple and just works. And if there’s a problem or the stuff don’t fly, out it goes, on to the next project.  Adobe’s stuff is slow, unwieldy and complicated. Now it needs a smart injection soon, especially if enough iPads take off to seriously influence how developers use video and graphics on the web. Who knows, if Google fixes Flash to the satisfaction of a certain man in Cupertino ….

****The HTML5 editor is Ian Hickson of Google, Inc. Just thought you ought to know, folks. So, that’s another reason Dear Leader may have been having that nice chat with Squirrel Boy.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Katie Couric and Jake Gyllenhaal show their true colors

Justin Kocott: “Just something to do”

FSJ has already referred to the guy that decided to buy an iPad in Pittsburgh, then pound it to pieces with a baseball bat. This, however, proves my theory that stupidity comes in pairs, because this guy decided to put one in a blender. “Will it blend?” Oh, how cute. No, I’m not going to embed the code.  If you want to see this moron in action, be my guest.

I’d like to address what this says about parts of our culture.  The parts that still drag their knuckles. Back to this dreadful little Pittsburgh weasel. We were going to have a Frigtard of The Week award- forget it.  It’s been retired for the year. No one will top this.

What is the purpose behind doing this? Are we so starved for attention that we desperately want to make our YouTube moment that will live forever? Quoting the AFP word for word:

The video of the smashing of the 500-dollar device outside a Best Buy store in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday has attracted more than 280,000 views on the video-sharing site.

The Los Angeles Times caught up with Justin Kocott, the 19-year-old high school student who made the video titled “Brand new iPad getting smashed by a baseball bat.”

“I wanted to be the first one to do it before other people did it,” Kocott told the newspaper. “It was just something to do. I knew some people would hate it, but I didn’t think that many people would hate it,” he said. “A lot of people are leaving really bad comments (in the YouTube comments section).” Kocott told the Times he did not have anything against Apple and had actually bought two other iPads. “I do not at all hate Apple. I love Apple, actually,” he said.

Let me tell you, Justin.  They don’t like you. And neither do I.

I’ll just step out of the persona of this website for a second. I am not being the usual pro-Apple advocate here. I’m speaking as someone who knows the value of things. “It was just something to do,” you say. I suppose you use that flippant excuse anytime you want to do something society would otherwise condone? By that reasoning, if you go shoot someone- that’s just “something to do,” too.  Before anyone else beats you to it.

A lot of people can’t afford one of these.  You, however, decide to take good money, buy one of these devices, and then just smash it to bits…for fun?  I would hate to be your cat or puppy if you own one.  I guess dangling it over the overpass would be “just something to do.”

It’s wasteful.  And it’s a sad commentary on your parents, too.  Did they raise you to respect anything?  Or were you born into a family with a lot of money, so smashing a valuable computer for “kicks” is looked upon as “kids being kids.” You also bought two more, so obviously Daddy bought these for you- not too many Pittsburgh teens can drop 1.5K at a Best Buy, and trash a third of their purchase on a whim. You could’ve taken that extra $500 and donated it to a homeless shelter, if you were so inclined. But you wanted to be The Man on YouTube.

Judging from the response today on the various websites and blogs today, you are The Man.   A very small, pathetic one.

Shame on you.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

“I and iPad”

Woz tweeted this photo with that caption.

FSJ on the politics of the iPad

Interesting article here on CrunchGear about who did and who did not (ahem) get a review copy of the iPad prior to the launch.