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It’s Far Too Late for MS Office on iPad

4:05 PM, Mar. 14th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Microsoft has had a version of MS Office ready for the iPad for some time now. What's held it up has been the attempt to entice business users over to the Surface tablets instead.  John Martellaro thinks it's too late now, far too late, for Microsoft to reverse its strategy.

Stunning ‘Wolfram Language’ Has Knowledge of the World Built-in

3:40 PM, Mar. 12th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Wolfram Language is a knowledge-based computer language that's been in development by Stephen Wolfram for about 30 years. "It's a language where a vast amount of knowledge about how to do computations and about the world is built right into the language," according to Mr. Wolfram who formally announced the language last year.

That's all fairly abstract, but the working result is magnificent and needs to be seen to be appreciated. In this stunning YouTube tour of Wolfram Language, Mr. Wolfram illustrates the power of his creation. It has to be seen to be believed. How people in the future will use this new kind of computer language for research and analysis can only be guessed at right now.

An Awesome Computational Black Cylinder - But NOT a Mac Pro

2:05 PM, Mar. 10th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

The Curta hand cranked calculator was introduced in 1948. Developed by Curt Herzstark, it can do basic arithmetic and, a bit laboriously, square roots. This pepper grinder-like black cylinder is mechanically complex, beautifully made and ingenious.

Even though it remained popular in specific areas, such as sports car rallies even into the 1980s, it was generally superseded by the classic slide-rule in the 1950s and 60s. But who knows? Perhaps in the back of Jony Ive's mind, there loomed the concept of a black computational cylinder that ultimately resulted in the design of the late 2013 Mac Pro.

Computational speed:  Looks like a blazing hertz or two.

The TV Industry is Apple’s Gordian Knot

5:00 PM, Mar. 6th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple's TV Gordian Knot

Apple makes an enormous amount of money by selling hardware, and hardware generally doesn't change over its lifetime. However, in the TV industry, services come and go. Perhaps innovation by Apple consists of coping with change rather than eliminating it.

6 Tools to Keep Your Mac Life Sane and Quiet

3:45 PM, Mar. 4th, 2014 · John Martellaro · John Martellaro's Blog

Tools to Keep Your Mac Life Sane

Writers aren't the only people who need a sane and quiet workplace in order to get stuff done. Every Apple customer has things to accomplish, and unnecessary distractions just get in the way.  John Martellaro shares six tools and techniques that he uses to keep his working lifestyle sane and quiet so he can write.