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Rob Enderle Continues to Lose Brain Cells

Why Steve Ballmer's Early Retirement Is My Own Greatest Failure.

Yes, that's the actual title.

My last in person meeting with Steve Ballmer was in 2002. I remember it more distinctly because I had just thrown my back out and was in extreme pain. However, I was also the Senior Fellow for Forrester, which had just acquired Giga, and not only was I the most senior analyst in the room, I was also known to know Steve personally and was expected to guide the meeting. I'd opened with some banter, which Steve shut down immediately and, unlike in our prior conversations, he was combative, angry and polarizing. I was personally embarrassed. His behavior reflected on my own performance adversely, and it was clear he wasn't there to listen to but to tell us the way things were.

Gruber says:

I've heard from a few people that this is Enderle's modus operandi for any meeting — he just starts talking as soon as he enters the room and never shuts up.

New YouTube Logo – Never Mind

Brand New: New Logo for YouTube

Meh. I think it sucks.

Update: Never mind. They're not changing it.

The Wire Still Sucked

BTW, I eventually finished watching The Wire, and it sucked. Total waste of time. Didn't care about anything on the show - the people, the city, the story. Blah.

How Steve Jobs Got AT&T To Share Revenue

Aggarwal was impressed by the way Jobs was willing to take a risk to realize his vision. "In one meeting in the conference room with Jobs, he was annoyed that AT&T was spending too much time worrying about the risks of the deal. So he said, ‘You know what we should do to stop them from complaining? We should write AT&T a check for $1 billion and if the deal doesn't work out, they can keep the money. Let's give them the $1 billion [Apple had $5 billion in cash at the time] and shut them the hell up,'" Aggarwal recounted.

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Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs

For years there was this running joke that Steve had changed, that he was no longer that guy who made us all uncomfortable. Then an hour or a day later he'd do something that would show he hadn't really changed at all. And yet at some point Steve did change. It was subtle but real and it set the tone for the last 15 years of his life — the most productive 15 years of his life or that of any American executive.

This film misses all of that.

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A Gold iPhone

Really? It'll probably sell well, but I'll stick with black. And the bright green case I use to find my phone, because black is tough to see sometimes. :)

The New Mac Pro

Mac Pro Trailer from Apple:

Repair Permissions is Useless

Repair Permissions won't touch any files in any of the user's home folders since Installer.app can't target user folders specifically, only any folder or a specific path, and there are no packages in ~/Library/Receipts/. The only way it'd ever touch any files in a user's folder is if you installed something that let you explicity select a folder to install in (there are very few of those, none are available from Apple publically) and you chose a folder inside your user's folder. The receipt would still be installed in /Library/Receipts/ and it would only affect the user that installed it. It also won't fix permissions for any files that were created during the normal (or abnormal) use of OS X. This means it won't touch any cache files, database files, swap files, or settings files not created by the installer. If a file isn't listed in a receipt, it doesn't exist to the repair permissions process. It's really as simple as that.

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πfs (pi filesystem)

One of the properties that π is conjectured to have is that it is normal, which is to say that its digits are all distributed evenly, with the implication that it is a disjunctive sequence, meaning that all possible finite sequences of digits will be present somewhere in it. If we consider π in base 16 (hexadecimal) , it is trivial to see that if this conjecture is true, then all possible finite files must exist within π. The first record of this observation dates back to 2001.

From here, it is a small leap to see that if π contains all possible files, why are we wasting exabytes of space storing those files, when we could just look them up in π!

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Footnotes

  1. In more ways than one.

How I Created the Iconic iPhone Sound

Also titled: The History of the "Boo-Dah-Ling" Sound.

Neat!

Shell Scripting Primer

If you know a programming language, but don't know how to craft your own shell scripts, this resource from Apple is for you.

iPhones Benefit Google More than Android

As much as Apple will benefit from getting new customers with an entry level iPhone that benefits their ecosystem so will Google. We know Google makes more on iOS than Android and interestingly an entry level iPhone will likely help Google’s bottom line as well.

On Being Apple-y

After yesterday's post on "Being Googley" what better than a post on "being Apple-y"?

On Being “Googley”

The Meanings of Googliness talks about what it means to be a Google employee.

One of the first comments?

But really dude? On what planet is the biggest invader of privacy in the history of the planet ‘not evil’?

Uh, yup.

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