Archive for April 2010

November: That’s When I Leave Apple

April 30, 2010

Now I have a date: November 2010.

That’s the target date for me to leave my iPhone behind for an Android phone.

That’s the day I get out from under Steve’s thumb.

Book Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

April 20, 2010

Last week, my wife and I had the rare opportunity to go to the movies. In the lost haze of time, before breeding, we used to go to the movies all the time. Nowadays it is a real undertaking, involving babysitting, meal prep, timing, and luck. Takes luck for there to be a decent movie to see.

Hot-Tub Time Machine was last weeks’ choice, and we regretted it. It is not The Hangover. And John Cusack is drifting into tiresome poserhood. Really mediocre.

There was one other movie we thought about, but we couldn’t make the timing work. A foreign film, which got incredible reviews: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Things Not To Type At The Shell Prompt

April 20, 2010

$ sudo chown -R .*

Really. Bad idea. No matter how screwed up the ownership of your .bashrc got. That command won’t help you.

No Sh!t Allowed in the App Store? Oh Please!

April 19, 2010

Everyone’s entire iPhone experience is controlled by Apple. Ditto for iPad owners.

Good thing Apple is never mistaken about what a user wants.  I am awed by Apple’s ability to know not only what I want to do today, but whatever I might want to do in the future.

The Pleasant Surprise of Lucid Lynx Beta 2

April 13, 2010

I liked Unix from the first time I saw it, in the early ’80s when I took a class in the summer at my dad’s community college.

I’ve been using Linux for a good long time — I remember when the move the 1.3 kernel was in the offing. I’ve installed it on a ton of machines over the years. I ran my own IMAP server in-house for a while, until webmail made that stupid. I’ve got multiple Linux servers in my house, and a passel of them at work.

For years I worked on Unix boxes; some of my earliest Java coding was done on a Solaris box. But Solaris, like BSD, is too niche to use as an everyday platform on commodity hardware. So, half my hard-drive is an Ubuntu installation, and that’s where I do most of my work.

Counting Down to the MacBook Touch…

April 8, 2010

Since before the release of the iPhone, the feature flow has been from Apple’s Mac OS X operating system to the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad operating system. Part of the iDevice’s reliability is the solid core of OS X underneath.

But with the release of the iPad, the future seems clear: The touch-based interface’s features are headed back to the Mac computers.

Why Can’t I Read Dune?

April 1, 2010

io9 Recently had a thread about sci-fi blind spots, supposed sci-fi masterworks that you have just missed. That got me thinking, and the ensuing discussion was interesting, but it left me with a question?

Why can’t I read the Dune series?