Particle Debris (week ending 3/5) Required Reading and Comic Relief

On Monday, Seth Weintraub, at 9to5 Mac, delved into the political situation between Apple and Intel. Now that Apple is making its own chipset for the iPad, passing on Intel's offerings, Intel probably doesn't feel that Apple is such a favored customer anymore. In "Why doesn't Apple get Intel's best chips anymore?" Mr. Weintraub explains the situation with the i7, Mac Book Pros, and the NVIDIA/Intel situation. It's required reading for any Apple fan.

If you'd like to learn more about the Apple lawsuit against the High Tech Computer Corp (HTC), Engadget posted the legal document that describes, chapter and verse, just how Apple believes HTC has violated numerous patents. Diagrams included. It's a great resource and fascinating reading for our inner-geek.

If you're after some comic relief, Matthew Miller with ZDNet provided an ample demonstration of complete cluelessness when it comes to how a company innovates then protects its intellectual property (IP). "Apple's lawsuit against HTC may have soured my iPad purchase decision" is so very sad, it's actually funny. Be in a jolly good mood before you go after a few chuckles here.

Later in the week, I found a gem at Macworld/Macuser: "Seven reasons Chrome isn't my default browser" by Lex Friedman. If you've been thinking about experimenting with Chrome, Mr. Friedman provides some thoughtful reasons why you may want to stay with Safari after all. By the way, if you install then delete Chrome, check out this article about what Chrome leaves behind.

I subscribe to Silicon Alley Insider's Chart of the Day. This week, the chart of the day showed the relative consumer spending on DVDs, Blu-ray and digital downloads. It's still true that even though digital downloads get a lot of press, they still represent a tiny fraction of DVD sales, and, of course, Hollywood executives know this. Unfortunately, many tech writers still do not. The Chart tells all.

On Friday, I was directed to this page that reiterates the video output modes of the iPad. This is supported via Apple's 30-pin connector to component or composite cable. No doubt, this limitation is imposed by Hollywood executives who, in exchange for content agreements, specify that the iPad cannot output a high definition signal on component cables -- which could be captured and pirated. (Component cables lack the High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) protocol that is required to protect HD signals, from source to the TV.)

What I haven't found out about is the cable and connectivity solution to connect an iPad to a standard projector that has VGA input. If anyone has come across this solution, let me know. After all, it's one reason for including iWork on the iPad -- the facility to display Keynote presentations.