5 July 2010

Extracts from “iPhone Four” by George Orwell

Winston woke up inside 101 Infinite Loop. “I told you,” said O’Brien, “that if we met again it would be here.” “Yes,” said Winston. O’Brien picked up an iPad from the table, and brushed his fingers over the screen. Without any warning except a slight movement of O’Brien’s hand, a wave of pain flooded Winston’s body. He grimaced, and tried to remain silent. After a few moments O’Brien moved his hand again, and the pain receded almost as quickly as it had come. He turned the iPad screen towards Winston. It showed a set of candy-colored sliders, and a selection of buttons, but Winston was unable to make out the text. “That was forty,” remarked O’Brien. “It goes up to one hundred. Please remember: if I need to inflict pain on you at any moment and to any degree I choose, there’s an app for that.” “Yes,” said Winston. ... Read more

23 June 2010

iPhone 4, SAR, and antenna contact

The iPhone 4 uses the metal edge of the phone as its antenna. This means that it’s pretty easy to make contact between the antenna and your hands. As you’ll know if you’ve ever grabbed the antenna of a TV or FM radio, the human body conducts, and can have a pretty big effect on reception. Users are now reporting that it’s true for the iPhone too. You can lose most of your signal strength by holding the phone the wrong way. ... Read more

23 June 2010

The computer for the rest of them

MacWorld has an article about the sense of disappointment and betrayal many of the old “Mac faithful” feel at Apple these days. I think it’s a bit brief and could use some expanding on. The Apple II was an open machine. Open architecture, anyone could program it. Steve Jobs wanted the Mac to be a closed appliance, but the hardware was quickly opened up as well as the software. The Mac really started to catch on once development environments like HyperCard allowed everyone to develop their own software, for free, and distribute it to anyone they liked. ... Read more

20 June 2010

1.x version of something sucks, film at 11

Jack Shedd rants about Android: Android is an asshole of an operating system. Stuck with an Android device for the last five days – the specific model of which I won’t mention because it doesn’t matter – I’ve been subjected to every inconsistency, idiocy and poor quality of thought Android has to offer. Oh, but it does matter which specific model. It matters a lot. The thing is, Android is a very young OS, and there’s a world of difference between Android 1. ... Read more

13 June 2010

Google/Android tip: Birthday reminders

If you open up Google Calendar and choose the Add link under “Other calendars” (on the left), there’s an option to “Browse Interesting Calendars”. On the Interesting Calendars page is a “More” tab. On the More tab is “Contacts’ birthdays and events”. This magic calendar contains the birthdays and anniversaries for everyone in your Google address book, which of course is synced with your Android contact list. The next step is to get reminders somewhere where you’ll see them. ... Read more

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