20 October 2009

Will history repeat itself?

Once upon a time, Apple developed an amazing OS with a revolutionary graphical interface. They started selling devices which would run this OS. The devices were practically sealed units, and the OS would only run on Apple’s hardware. If you wanted to develop for the devices, you had to pay money to join a developer program. Some other companies approached Apple and asked if maybe they would license the OS and software to run on third party hardware. ... Read more

2 October 2009

Quote of the week

If there is anything else that I can do for you, which is required by law, don’t hesitate to call my office. If it isn’t required by law then don’t bother asking, because I think that you’re a worthless piece of s**t and I wouldn’t p**s on you if you were on fire (my opinion). You’re a poor, lonely, jealous, old man with aspirations of being a writer. You write your lies and uneducated opinions on people and issues from behind the safety of your slobber stained keyboard with the hope that somebody will read them that doesn’t know you and believe that you’re more than the pitiful, broke-down, lizard-looking thing that you are, in my opinion. ... Read more

19 August 2009

Why people pirate music

The Beatles have released the original mono mixes of 11 of their albums on CD (plus a compilation of singles) for the first time. The mono mixes were the only ones actually supervised by The Beatles and George Martin, and often differ from the stereo mixes (done by some namesless studio engineer as an afterthought). General fan opinion is that the mono versions are better. So that’s the good news. The bad news is, you can only buy the mono releases as a boxed set. ... Read more

8 August 2009

My trip to the UK [long]

It’s July 23. I’m in Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. It’s a relatively small airport, rarely crowded, and with an open and airy feeling. The queue to get to security screening was short, as usual. I gave my best performance of Security Theater; my liquids and gels were pre-packaged in a ziplock bag, which I dumped into a plastic tray along with my shoes. I’ve made a habit of removing all metal from my person before I even get to the airport. ... Read more

22 July 2009

Who took my Gatorade?

I went to buy a drink, because I was thirsty. Normally I’d grab a Gatorade and that would be the end of it. However, Gatorade have completely reworked their branding and split the product into a whole bunch of varieties: G, G2, something called “BR ING IT”, and several others with stupid names that either weren’t in that particular store or I didn’t notice them. So I was suddenly faced with a conscious choice I hadn’t previously faced. ... Read more

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