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  • idid 1:03 am on January 31, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Gizmodo compares a slate of “Slates”… HP 

  • idid 11:30 pm on January 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    “in contemporary politics, if you can fake sincerity, you have got it made.” It works for all forms of selling. 

    in contemporary politics, if you can fake sincerity, you have got it made.

    Great piece from the bbc on the effective use of “authenticity” to get votes.

    George W. Bush won through appearing authentic… Sarah Palin shares that same ability to cut through the details to a simple (if irrelevant or illogical) message people can relate to.

    It has me quite concerned. Do we need another Bill Clinton that can lie effectively and has no moral compass to change the US? Probably not.
    It might make me comforatable in terms of political tactics but in the end nothing get accomplished towards real reform of government.

    Let’s see if Obama is smart enough to learn how to connect and drive reforms through a political mandate. So, far he’s failed to bridge that gap between what he thinks is good policy and what he projects as being good for people. They just don’t trust smart people.

    read the bbc article for clarity.

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  • idid 11:14 pm on January 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Wired blog: “Often it is only a small tweak like this that changes everything.” Right, the iPad GUI. 

    A lot of bloggers are forgeting about User Interface as a driver of product adoption and adaptation.

    What the iPhone did to cellular phones: making them mobile computers more than anything else, the iPad will do to laptops and desktops. Reduce the dependency on the keyboard/mouse for rapid navigation.

    I frakkin’ hate to use “Page Down” or (even worse) press the mouse on a small scroll-down target on a browser to read a long article. It physically hurts to read a lot on the web using these tools. The Mac has some better tools for navigating with a touch pad but I use the computer my job gives me 90% of the time. The iPhone probably reduced that 90% to 80%. An iPad would make a lot of those hours a lot less painful and reduce the onset of carpal tunnel damage even further.

    1.5 lbs and probably a lot less “lap heat” also will matter overtime to millions. Our tools change us, especially when they become addictions.

    Interfaces matter.

    Design even more so: posture, eye strain, tendon stresses, and simple frustration with getting things done without stress.
    Watch someone interact with their laptop for 4-5 hours a day and you’ll see physical problems in the making.

  • idid 10:23 pm on January 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    iPhone user: If you wanting to touch a blog paragraph to expand the PC’s view: go iPad 

    If the iPhone user interface is becoming a part of your relatioship to the web… an intuitive touch based User Interface, then you’re going to crave an iPad to make that experience even more enabling.

    If you’ve never used an iPhone then your only going to see something you can already do on a laptop and potentially for even less with a NetBook.

    The difference will playout overtime as those that continue to use a “carpal tunnel” inducing keyboard/mouse interface and those that move to a gesture-based interface *FOR READING* text.

    For programming, data entry, writing and complex mouse manipulation the touch interface if just poor design.

    But like the 80/20 database rule: 80% of the interactions are reads. For non-computer based professionals that number may be higher: consumers of media and text. That’s the target audience for the iPad. They will love the ability to flick pages about and rapidly start-up and switch between media streams.

    The iPad is a computer for media consumption. I must have one. The information junkie in me needs to be fed. The programmer/creator in me will want to create or manipulate media for it.

    It will change and challenge all other devices to compete for effective design. They will also get better and user interfaces as a result.

    This is an effective market force at work: innovation that meets the users needs.

  • idid 2:12 am on January 30, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    iPad has a modern browser. A modern browser is programmable. The iPad is programmable. 

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    Some programmers that grew up hacking Basic are complaining about the iPad. They should have joined “”why the lucky stiff” who started a project to make programming easier and more fun for kids called “Shoes”.

    Or another project to make progarmming for kids easier called “Squeak”.

    Or endorsed the efforts of the “One Laptop per Child”…

    But they were probably too busy craking out code to create something with a low barrier to entry that would enable the next generation to have a device around the house that will stimulate
    a desire to learn to create “programs”.

    But essentially, for the gifted kid the features of HTML(5), CSS, Javascipt, AJAX and probably close in terms of learning curve to hacking assembly language on an Apple II. It may not be a quick to produce results as:

    10 count = 1
    20 print Count
    30 count = count +1
    40 goto 20

    NOTE: Make a programmable web page that enraptures kids with a programming interface. I’m sure there’s already a “Logo in a webpage” site somewhere.

    Kids with curiousity will find the tools that allow them to play, create, make and build. I’m sure they are even as we complain about the “closed” nature of the iPad when it’s browser makes it one of the most programmable consumer devices ever pushed onto a stage at the Yerba Buena center.

    If we are stuck in our “typying *is* computing* paradigm we will miss the sea change. Computing is movement. Typing is just one form of movement. An efficient movement for creating text like this.

    OK… now sketch more something with the keyboard.

    But we have a mouse.

    OH draw me a mouse sketch.

    Now, sketch on an iPad. It’s an world of improvement.

    Can we program by connecting widgets using gestures? Probably. We just need to open the door to thinking about the possible given the new technologies the iPad enables.

    Watch the iPad apps that emerge. There’s a possible future that it’s easrly critics didn’t stop to consider becuase the keyboard interface could never enable it.

    Touch. It’s the next big thing.

    When you Wii bowl, are you programming a computer? Is there a Wii program that could be considered a programming environment to open kid’s minds to the possibilities of programming?

    Games typically give kids a desire to learn how to program. Giving a kid desire is certainly half the battle to unlocking curiosity to learn.

    iPad games will also encourage a desire to “open” the system and create a new emrsive experience.

    The iPad will change what we think of as computing: it’s interaction now that matters… programming the world with ideas.

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  • idid 4:59 am on January 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Steve Gillmor offers his take on the Tonight Show musical chair game with “A Hard Day’s Night” 

  • idid 10:34 pm on January 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    For a “Conservative”, Andrew Sullivan, is Remarkably Liberal in His Thinking 

    I find myself eager to see what Andrew Sullivan’s “Daily Dish” is talking about on a Daily basis. It has views on culture, Politics and society that I find well grounded in a practical moral framework. When I disagree with him I don’t find myself outraged by his views… just aware that we carry different views of the world. I felt the same way about William F. Buckley. He was often wrong in my view but I understood his thinking and could see why he felt the way he did.

    With many modern conservative’s I just see an intent to manipulate facts to serve a basic agenda that is indefensible in my way of thinking… dangerous to the effective workings of a social order and government. What we are experiencing now as a country is the inability of democracy to act in it’s own self interest… subject to political manipulation, people atcually are dismantling the effective use of government and creating a country that fundamentally is unsustainable in the long term.

    I do believe in the effective pendulum of US political life and hope that many current trands can be reversed as the impacts of destoying our givernement and economy become clear… but the danger of slipping into facism is also ever present. And I don’t mean the “Obama is a Facist” meme… I was very adament that the Neo-cons and GW Bush we’re making America a facist state…
    did make America a facist state. Recovery from that political tangent is still slowly being reversed. I would like to see that trend revered a lot faster.

    I’m still Hopeful but cautious in my optimism that America can acutally use the intended controls of democracy to make effective decisions. The power of the media and power lobbying forces are still perverting the system and corrupting politics to a degree that we may not be able to recover and right the ship of state in time.

    So, Andrew Sullivan’s view help be believe there are still a few Political Observers that speak from a core system of beliefs that promote social justice and intelligent public policy.

  • idid 11:01 pm on January 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    My life would be quite different if we had a Sarcasm punctuation mark years ago. 

    I tried to get the in habit of tagging Sarcasm using HTML tags in my email but it’s difficult to be consistent since the user of sarcasm just assumes that the intent is clear. But it’s typically misunderstood.

  • idid 6:23 pm on January 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Why Android is Important for iPhone Users: “How to Tether Your Android Phone | Smarterware” 

    Android will apply the pressure on Apple/AT&T to compete. Tethering is a perfect example of something the iPhone could and should do today but doesn’t.

    Why doesn’t the iPhone share it’s Edge internet link since it supports Bluetooth and Wifi? You can void the warranty and use some software that will make it work but warranty’s are pretty useful for devices that cost $599 to replace and a lot to repair.

  • idid 6:06 pm on January 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    It works on the iPhone: Gordon: An open source Flash™ runtime written in pure JavaScript 

    Check out this website I found at

    There are web technologies emrging that will make the iPhone “webkit” based Safari browser adequate for a lot of application development and help a lot of applications reach iPhone users without Apple’s approval being required.

    Of course, the most interesting iPhone apps that many will want work against Apple’s or AT&T’s vested interest” Google Voice being a prime example.

    Thankfully, Andriod will allow those applications to become popular and put the proper pressure on Apple to remember that applications in the end drive purchasing patterns. Android competition will keep them more open and allow developers to create “better” applications that Apple can… and to unhook AT&T from having predatory control of what will become essential services overtime like “Speak to me map directions”. AT&T wants $10/month for Google maps to talk to you. Android makes that a feature of the product (may just on the Nexus One, not sure).

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