OS X Mavericks, Performance Anxiety & Phoning Home

4:00 PM, Jun. 26th, 2013 · · Blogs

There are several ways an OS can telegraph the status of its health and well-being.  However, how that's communicated to the user, the developer and Apple are all very different things. Providing information to the Mac user that they can really use is a better approach. No intelligent agent required.

Apple’s iOS 7 Demo Shows Inconsistent Buttons

12:13 PM, Jun. 12th, 2013 · · Blogs

Looking at Apple's new iOS it seems they haven't even decided for themselves what things should look like. Too much more delay here is bad for third-party developers and, therefore, bad for us. See what Dave Hamilton found.

We Need To Develop Even The Most Dangerous Technology

3:34 PM, Jun. 7th, 2013 · · Blogs

As always happens throughout human history — though perhaps moreso today — our lives see us constantly exposed to new technological developments. Our perspective on them taints our gut reactions, and it's often easy to forget that all of it is simply part of the iterative design process we as humanity share. Nothing we have today, not cell phones, not cars, not even a can opener, was created in a vacuum. Everything builds on that which came before it, and this is an easy fact to forget — and an important one to remember.

Drobo vs. Synology: Choosing the Best NAS

10:13 AM, May. 29th, 2013 · · Blogs

With all of us collecting more and more stuff (i.e. data!), having some sort of centralized, network-accessible storage is becoming common and even necessary in our homes. To that end, Dave Hamilton sets about answering the question of which NAS to get and, more importantly, how you can choose what's best for you.

Google Glass, SciFi, Robert Heinlein & the Fair Witness Effect

1:30 PM, May. 15th, 2013 · · Blogs

The science fiction writer Robert Heinlein, in his legendary novel, "Stranger in a Strange Land," introduced the concept of the "Fair Witness." A Fair Witness was an expert observer with a perfect memory whose testimony in court was unimpeachable. When you think about it, that's what Google Glass offers.

Evomail for iPad Aims to Re-Invent Email, At a Cost

10:00 AM, May. 2nd, 2013 · · Blogs

Evomail, an iPad-only email client that aims to truly "re-invent email," was released today. I've been testing the release candidate they submitted to Apple, and from what I've seen it's a respectable first volley of a product whose path will be, in the words of its founders, "a marathon and not a sprint." Part of the reinvention is UI-related, and part is functionality, specifically allowing full-time push notifications from a 3rd party client. This reinvention, however, comes at a cost: you need to provide Evomail access to your email account so their servers can log in to check for mail and deliver these push notifications.

Oh, What We Could do With a Mac That’s 1,000 Times Faster

3:30 PM, Apr. 11th, 2013 · · Blogs

Future of super fast computing lost

Over the decades, personal computers have made enormous gains in speeds. But in the short term, not much has happened. On the other hand, the maintenance burdens on customers just kept increasing. That's why customers have moved briskly to the tablet.  In a sense, the PC industry failed its original vision, and customers moved on. Now what?