Russ Beattie offers a Tip for new Yahoo Employees: Check which building you’re in before heading to the toilet.
And of course I got busted by a new coworker upon scrambling out of there who was kind enough to understand the confusion but I’m sure was thinking down deep somewhere, “Great, the new guy’s a perv…”
The New York Times:
Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner, authors of “The Bomb-itty of Errors,” an award-winning, hip-hop Shakespearean play, have written “Nerds,” which they call “a musical software satire.” It is to be performed this week at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
The musical explores the lives of Mr. Gates and Mr. Jobs, a founder of Apple, from their teenage years to the present, and includes supporting characters like Apple’s other founder, Steve Wozniak, and fictional female love interests.
First Noah Wylie plays Jobs, now we get this. What’s next – “Steve Jobs: The Opera”?
Apple have released some more developer docs for Tiger, this time sneak preview documentation for Xcode 2.0. Of note is the new object-graph management feature in Core Data:
Object-graph management allows you to work with the data in your application, including full undo and redo support. It also provides a well-defined data integrity infrastructure. Object-graph persistence means that the data in your application is automatically stored to, and then retrieved from, a file on disk.
I wonder if this persistence is truly automatic and does away with user-initiated save points in documents (no more file-save – it just happens, all the time, continuously). How far does this full undo/redo support go?
Would doing away with the File/Save routine be a step forward? I think the answer is a definite “yes”. One of the nicest things about Microsoft’s OneNote is that it doesn’t have a Save option – everything is saved as you work. It’s another step away from a computer-centric vision of documents and towards a more natural mode of working.
HP CEO Carly Fiorina left the company. Reaction:
Joe Wilcox: HP CEO Changes Quick Take
Michael Gartenberg: Fiorina steps down at HP
It’ll be interesting to see if this impacts on the Apple/HP relationship, particularly the partnership over the iPod.
FeedDemon 1.5 is official. I’ve just starting using this in preference to NewsGator, primarily as an experiment – I’m interested in moving away from using Outlook for everything, so I’m also using FranklinCovey’s PlanPlus for Windows rather than the Outlook version.
From David Pogue’s latest NY Times piece:
The truth is, I try to avoid making electronic versions because they are instantly, and I mean INSTANTLY, pirated. On the warez (pirated software) Web sites, you can find every book Ive ever released in electronic form.
Can’t say I blame him. There’s a vast, huge amount of book warez floating around online, and almost all of the ones I’ve seen have been books which have been made available in digital form legitimately but have then been cracked and redistributed. There are, of course, also many books which have been scanned and posted, but I’d suspect these are actually the minority.
However, the answer of course can be summed up in two words: price and availability. Online stores for digital books are a pain in the ass, with formats that suck and – worst of all – they charge through the nose for the books themselves. The number of times I’ve seen a digital book which costs MORE than the Amazon discounted paper version is silly. Roll on the iTunes Music Store for books.
Anyone noticed that Gmail has suddenly gone crazy over invites? I appear to have 50… if anyone wants one, email me at ianbetteridge At gmail dot com and you’ll get one.
Podcast Tuner is “a podcasting tool that does everything you wish the others did.” Mac only. [via Scripting News]
Google is heading for a possible showdown with academic publishers according to an article in the latest issue of Nature. It seems that while Google has committed itself to putting the contents of the world’s great academic libraries online, it has yet to get the agreement of the publishers of copyrighted works.