Everything is broken and no one cares This post from Dear Apple is just so true, and so clearly on topic for Grenouille Bouillie! Have we reached the point in complexity where we can't make good quality products anymore? Or is that some kind of strategic choice? The original post is mostly about Apple products, … Continue reading Everything is broken and no one cares
At Taodyne, we mostly use Apple Pages to create our documents. For large documents, I'd like to be able to create numbered chapters, something like "Chapter 1", "Chapter 2", and so on. Apple Pages does not seem to have that feature. Let's not get used to it, and let's fix it. Apple Pages can read numbered … Continue reading Adding chapter numbering in Apple Pages
Is it normal to wait for your computer? Why should I wait 5 seconds when I click on a menu? Why does it sometimes take half a minute to open a new document? Developers, optimize your code, if only as a matter of public service! What about making it a New Year resolution? Why is … Continue reading Optimize!
Many have wondered what would happen to Apple after Steve Job's death. I'm afraid things started to go south at Infinite Loop long before Steve passed away. Case in point: Mac OSX Lion, which I think is the worst version of MacOSX ever (and I've used all of them since Rhapsody). What's wrong with MacOSX … Continue reading Apple started decaying before Steve Jobs’ death
In the 1980's, the war was about programming languages. In the 1990's, the war was about operating systems. In the 2000's, the war was about execution environments. In the 2010's, the war is about platforms. What can we learn from that?
Ivan Krstić writes in Sic Transit Gloria Laptopi about the woes of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project. The whole essay is a bit long, but definitely worth reading. It goes through the history of the OLPC project (including its roots in early experiments), through musings about the best choice of operating system, to … Continue reading The woes of the "One laptop per child" project
A friend pointed me to Microsoft Surface. Apart from the annoying fact that the site does not work with Apple's Safari (but it does with Firefox), I find it pretty interesting. Surface is, to put it shortly, a new breed of user interface using the same kind of multitouch screen you find on the Apple … Continue reading Microsoft Surface