Posted September 1st, 2013 @ 11:33am by Erik J. Barzeski
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.
Posted August 31st, 2013 @ 11:32am by Erik J. Barzeski
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.
Posted August 30th, 2013 @ 11:29am by Erik J. Barzeski
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.
Posted August 29th, 2013 @ 11:27am by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted August 28th, 2013 @ 11:22am by Erik J. Barzeski
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.
Posted August 27th, 2013 @ 11:20am by Erik J. Barzeski
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!
Posted August 26th, 2013 @ 11:10am by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted August 25th, 2013 @ 11:06am by Erik J. Barzeski
If you know a programming language, but don't know how to craft your own shell scripts, this resource from Apple is for you.
Posted August 24th, 2013 @ 11:04am by Erik J. Barzeski
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.
Posted August 23rd, 2013 @ 10:59am by Erik J. Barzeski
Posted August 22nd, 2013 @ 10:57am by Erik J. Barzeski
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’?
Posted August 21st, 2013 @ 10:55am by Erik J. Barzeski
Every Second on the Internet is worth a few of your seconds.
Posted August 20th, 2013 @ 10:49am by Erik J. Barzeski
TidBITS has a great explanation that makes everything pretty clear.
Apple isn't evil, and the industry may have gone this route in the end, but how they got there wasn't without fault or blame.
Posted August 19th, 2013 @ 10:46am by Erik J. Barzeski
Siri takes initiative to learn how to pronounce names in iOS 7.
Great. Big freakin' deal.
Siri still can't spell the word "Erik" any way other than "Eric," on my phone or the phones of my friends, and there's no way to teach it to do so.
If your name is Michele with one "l"? Tough beans. You're out of luck and perpetually doomed to have your phone, who knows you are the contact and who can pronounce your name just fine, constantly misspelling your name.
Posted August 18th, 2013 @ 08:43am by Erik J. Barzeski