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Windows 8 a Disaster

According to Paul Thurrott, anyway:

This is not open to debate, is not part of some cute imaginary world where everyone's opinion is equally valid or whatever. Windows 8 is a disaster. Period.

While some Windows backers took a wait-and-see approach and openly criticized me for being honest about this, I had found out from internal sources immediately that the product was doomed from the get-go, feared and ignored by customers, partners and other groups in Microsoft alike. Windows 8 was such a disaster that Steven Sinofsky was ejected from the company and his team of lieutenants was removed from Windows in a cyclone of change that triggered a reorganization of the entire company. Even Sinofsky's benefactor, Microsoft's then-CEO Steve Ballmer, was removed from office. Why did all this happen? Because together, these people set the company and Windows back by years and have perhaps destroyed what was once the most successful software franchise of all time.

Michael Sam is Gay

The NYTimes has the piece: N.F.L. Prospect Michael Sam Proudly Says What Teammates Knew: He's Gay.

I'm glad to see that we're moving in the right direction. Even as little as five years ago, this would have been a bigger story than it is today.

Asked if he was nervous about the step he is taking, Sam told people at a Saturday night dinner party at the Los Angeles home of publicist Howard Bragman: "You all are the ones who are nervous. I'm excited."

Flappy Bird – Wha?

I don't understand how people can waste hours and hours playing a game like this, especially when they're forgoing much deeper, more meaningful experiences around them. Even watching a good movie would be a better use of time.

Analyzr 2.0 Coming in March

Three years ago today we released the first version of Analyzr - version 0.9.

By the end of next month, we'll introduce our first paid upgrade - version 2.0. It will add, among other things:

  1. Vastly improved screen recording
  2. Pictures in the Library
  3. Live Video recording via iSight, USB, Firewire, or Lightning cameras
  4. Export to YouTube, Flickr, and The Facebook
  5. Retina graphics app-wide

The Student version gets a few of these things, too, making both a nice upgrade. Currently (this may change), we'll offer upgrades at $149 and $29 - less than half the cost of a new purchase, despite the free upgrades many have enjoyed for two or three years.

I'll write more when the applications near release. In the meantime, you can check out the site or our page on The Facebook.

Woz Thinks Apple Should Make an Android Phone

Woz: we love him, but he's clearly out of touch with modern-day Apple.

How Did We Get Here – Nye vs. Ham

Eric Bangeman reports for Ars: How did we get here? A brief history of the evolution vs. creationism debate.

I'm looking forward to the Cosmos show on Fox.

No Such Thing as a Blind Spot

Rather than adjust your side view mirrors to see the side of your car, turn them out slightly to eliminate blind spots.

Apple’s CarPlay in a Ferrari

Unfortunately, I doubt my 2014 Kia Sorento SX will be offer a firmware update to replace UVO with CarPlay. I'd probably pay a decent amount if it was possible, though…

Bitcoin’s First Money Laundering Scandal

I've never really understood Bitcoin, but I read articles about it, and this one is good.

tcsh to bash

inessential.com: 10 Years:

It's been 10 years this month since "upgrade from tcsh to bash" was placed on my to-do list. It's starting to look hopeless.

I still use tcsh. Yeah, whatevs. :)

Get Rid of the Penny

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/07/get-rid-of-the-penny_n_4719984.html

More here and here.

How In-App Payments Have Destroyed Gaming

Read this: How In-app Purchases Have Destroyed The Industry (by @baekdal) #opinion.

Nye vs. Ham

Creation Debate Recap: Bill Nye Invites Us to Explore the World, Ken Ham Does Not

But what struck me more than anything about the debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye was the very different posture each took toward the pursuit of knowledge and the virtue of curiosity.

More than once, Bill Nye addressed the audience directly, urging them to get out there and explore the universe for themselves. "Let's keep looking," he said. "Let's keep searching."

If Ken Ham had a recurring catchphrase during the debate, it was, "There's a book about that, and it already has the answers."

The Story Behind ‘Think Different’

The Real Story Behind Apple's 'Think Different' Campaign - Forbes

Jobs was quiet during the pitch, but he seemed intrigued throughout, and now it was time for him to talk. He looked around the room filled with the "Think Different" billboards and said, "This is great, this is really great … but I can't do this. People already think I'm an egotist, and putting the Apple logo up there with all these geniuses will get me skewered by the press." The room was totally silent. The "Think Different" campaign was the only campaign we had in our bag of tricks, and I thought for certain we were toast. Steve then paused and looked around the room and said out loud, yet almost as if to his own self, "What am I doing? Screw it. It's the right thing. It's great. Let's talk tomorrow." In a matter of seconds, right before our very eyes, he had done a complete about-face.

I also just finished Ken Segall's book Insanely Simple, which I recommend as well.

TSA Agent Confessions

TSA Agent Confession - Dear America, I Saw You Naked. And yes, we were laughing. Confessions of an ex-TSA agent.

Once, in 2008, I had to confiscate a bottle of alcohol from a group of Marines coming home from Afghanistan. It was celebration champagne intended for one of the men in the group — a young, decorated soldier. He was in a wheelchair, both legs lost to an I.E.D., and it fell to me to tell this kid who would never walk again that his homecoming champagne had to be taken away in the name of national security.

There I was, an aspiring satire writer, earnestly acting on orders straight out of Catch-22.

Ugh. And…

"They're shit," he said, shrugging. He said we wouldn't be able to distinguish plastic explosives from body fat and that guns were practically invisible if they were turned sideways in a pocket.

We quickly found out the trainer was not kidding: Officers discovered that the machines were good at detecting just about everything besides cleverly hidden explosives and guns. The only thing more absurd than how poorly the full-body scanners performed was the incredible amount of time the machines wasted for everyone.

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