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Apple No Longer the Underdog

Apple: Unfortunately, no longer the underdog

Remember when Mac users were the fringe? The holdouts, the misfits, the ADB plugs in the USB holes? Don’t look now, but everyone’s found our party. That’s awesome—but I’m still not totally comfortable with it.

On the bright side, they're no longer "beleaguered" either.

Berlin’s Airport Fiasco

Wow. Who knew? So much for German Engineering. I guess that only applies when the product is actually finished?

German media have tracked down a list of tens of thousands of technical problems. Among them: Officials can't even figure out how to turn the lights off. Thousands of light bulbs illuminate the gigantic main terminal and unused parking lots around the clock, a massive energy and cost drain that appears to be the result of a computer system that's so sophisticated it's almost impossible to operate.

Every day, an empty commuter train rolls to the unfinished airport over an eight-kilometer-long (five-mile) stretch to keep the newly-laid tracks from getting rusty, another example of gross inefficiency. Meanwhile, hundreds of freshly planted trees had to be chopped down because a company delivered the wrong type of linden trees; several escalators need to be rebuilt because they were too short; and dozen of tiles were already broken before a single airport passenger ever stepped on them.

How the Banner Ad was Born

How the Banner Ad Was Born | Digiday

Back in the fall of 1994, Bill Clinton was nearly midway through his first term, Ace of Base was at the top of the charts, and the Web was in its infancy. Businesses were just waking up to the power of the Internet as a commercial platform. In California, the staff at Hotwired — the Internet offshoot of Wired — contemplated how exactly to pay the writers it hired.

And we're still living with them today…

Protocol Relative URLs

The protocol-relative URL - Paul Irish

In short, just specify things like this:

<img src="//">

The "//" will fetch via HTTPS or HTTP depending on how the user is currently visiting.

Google’s Inactive Account Manager

More companies should do this:

What should happen to your photos, emails and documents when you stop using your account? Google puts you in control.

You might want your data to be shared with a trusted friend or family member, or, you might want your account to be deleted entirely. There are many situations that might prevent you from accessing or using your Google account. Whatever the reason, we give you the option of deciding what happens to your data.

Using Inactive Account Manager, you can decide if and when your account is treated as inactive, what happens with your data and who is notified.

(You'll want to log in first of course.)

Stuck iPhone Power Button

Dave's old iPhone 4 had this problem.

He pointed out that it was pretty stupid of Apple not to have a way to shut down or restart the phone via software (the touch interface). I concurred1.


  1. And the "Assistive Touch" thing is not a real option.

Driving with Will Schusterick

One of the better "driving" videos out there if you can ignore the rampant "all" and "none" over-use.

Does Apple Assign Fake Projects?

Answer: no. Does Apple really assign engineers to "fake" projects as a loyalty test? and Regarding fake projects and loyalty tests.

Checkboxes that Kill Your Product

A good read about how the littlest design decisions affect things on a fairly wide scale: Checkboxes that kill your product — Alex Limi.

Mac Easter Eggs Revisited

Links to some good Easter Egg resources: Mac 101: Easter eggs | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog.

Gosh I used to waste so much time playing with these things in the pre-OS X days…

Remembering Hotline

Hotline revisited

Were you on Hotline? I was. A LOT. Mostly to chat…

Finding Nemo Sequel in 2015

Ellen DeGeneres' 'Nemo' sequel, 'Finding Dory,' set for 2015

Finding Dory? Really? Hmmmmm…

Textures Go Bye Bye

Daring Fireball Linked List: The Latest Apple Scuttlebutt

And regarding that system-wide UI overhaul, I hear the same thing as Rene Ritchie: "Ive's work is apparently making many people really happy, but will also apparently make rich-texture-loving designers sad."

Apple’s $13k OS

The untold story behind Apple's $13,000 operating system.

CNET looks at newly surfaced contracts, design specs, and page after page of schematics and code, revealing how Apple created its first disk OS, a chapter of Silicon Valley history critical to its later success.

13 Things Roger Ebert Said Better Than Anybody Else

13 Things Roger Ebert Said Better Than Anybody Else

My favorite? "All clear-minded people should remain two things throughout their lifetimes: curious and teachable."

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