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December 13, 2010 5:30 AM
by Pete Mortensen
This past week finally saw the unveiling of Google’s long-awaited Chrome OS. Surprising few to none, the big revelation is that Chrome the browser is actually the entire operating system. Using cloud web applications, it will be possible to run a bunch of desktop-ish apps on a Chrome-based netbook at home, then go to work, fire up Chrome on Mac or Windows on your work laptop, and have the same experience there. Pretty snazzy stuff.
It’s yet another take on what cloud-based consumer computing could be (insert “network computing” if you’d like to relive 1996), an heir to the promise of Java and so many others. And it looks to have some legs, even if we’re still quite some ways from seeing commercially available hardware ready to run on it. Many developers will create apps for the platform, and its write-once, read-anywhere (WOMA!) promise is mighty seductive. It would be very easy to imagine a world in which no one develops for traditional desktop operating systems anymore, except for professional applications like video editing and design work. Sounds like bad news for Apple, right?
Not exactly. In fact, the wide proliferation of cloud applications with addressable APIs is just about the best thing that’s ever happened to Mac development since the launch of OS X. Increasingly, our data does live in the cloud, in addition to on our hard drives. But that doesn’t mean we need to interact with it out there. The iOS app ecosystem is clear evidence of that. Nearly all of them provide a nice, native interface to a cloud-based data set that can be addressed through a browser but isn’t as nice inside of one.
The same can be true for the Mac. Even as the web has eroded a lot of the traditional functions of the desktop OS, there is still a burning need for great UI that the vast majority of web apps, even Chrome, can’t deliver upon. I know that an increasing number of my favorite Mac apps are largely front ends for a far more complex web-based back end. MarsEdit for blogging, Reeder for RSS, Tweetie for Twitter, iCal for scheduling and others. In fact, the more successful ChromeOS becomes at getting people into the cloud, the more opportunities for native Mac clients there might turn out to be.
If anything, the ubiquity of the web has clarified what the most important user tasks are: social media, e-mail, web publishing, research, sharing of all kinds, rich media downloads. Now it’s incumbent on Mac developers to build beautiful and elegant ways to interact with those data sets. The coming of the Mac App Store is not a sign that our Macs will soon be locked down to Apple’s draconian standards. If anything, it will bring a tidal wave of great applications from under-appreciated developers. The coming of the cloud will be downright sunny in Cupertino.
Image via Conceivably Tech
Monday, December 13, 2010
December 13, 2010 1:13 PM
by Jessa Crispin
He lived a simple life in a small cottage, where he taught himself falconry and looked after an unusual collection of pets. Tall, with a powerful beard, he must have been an eccentric character. One story relates how his cottage was visited by a Jehovah's Witness collecting for their church. 'I am Jehovah!' roared White. 'How much have we made?'"
Saturday, December 11, 2010
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November 3, 2010 1:24 AM
Certain types of manure used to be transported (as everything was back then) by ship. In dry form it weighs a lot less, but once water (at sea) hit it, it not only became heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a byproduct is methane gas. Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM! Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was discovered what was happening.After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the term "S.H.I.T.," which meant to the sailors, "Ship High In Transit."
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
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Sunday, October 10, 2010
from the iMac
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Connection Type: WiFi
Server: Palo Alto, CA
Download: 14.10 Mbps
Upload: 6.78 Mbps
Ping: 73 ms External IP: 184.108.40.206
Internal IP: 192.168.0.4
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010
October 5, 2010 1:15 PM
by Matt Haughey
Meetings may be toxic, but calendars are the superfund sites that allow that toxicity to thrive. All calendars suck. And they all suck in the same way. Calendars are a record of interruptions. And quite often they’re a battlefield over who owns whose time.
That's a glorious intro sentence, worth quoting here for posterity.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Still tastes like chicken, really oldye chicken Sent from my iPhone 4 by Michael
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Geekosystem 9/27/10 12:29 PM Robert Quigley Uncategorized Bluegrass The Bangles The Cleverly Trio The Cleverlys Walk Like An Egyptian
Cover of The Bangles’ “Walk Like an Egyptian” by West Virginia-based bluegrass act The Cleverly Trio; even better than it sounds.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
September 29, 2010 4:05 PM
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Monday, September 27, 2010
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Boing Boing 9/23/10 10:45 PM Cory Doctorow cookie food happymutants maker ninja
Ninjabread Men (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
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