James Kendrick posts an extraordinary story about his day of jury duty, which ended with him being discharged for possibly the oddest reason I’ve ever heard. Well worth reading.
MacMerc points to a great feature on one of IBM’s countless web sites about using the Mac Mini as a high-end embedded development board. “It has a broader array of connectors, a faster processor, and support for a very large amount of memory. The development kit is fairly complete, with support for AppleScript, C, C++, Objective-C, Java?, Perl, Python, and Ruby programming out of the box or you can choose to use some third party Java tools such as Eclipse or Netbeans.”
Thomas Hawk is one of the first to take advantage of JupiterResearch’s decision to invite selected bloggers to read and post comments on their reports, and does a fantastic job with his work on How TiVo and Microsoft Ought Best to Fast Forward the DVR Revolution. This is something that benefits both the blogging community and Jupiter, which has been way ahead of the curve in terms of encouraging public dialog. If you’re interested in the media player landscape, Thomas’ comments are very worth reading.
And my favourite bit of the FAQ (from FlickrBlog):
I liked Flickr BEFORE you even heard of it!
You shall be recognized for your discerning taste in web sites!! I bet you also liked the Flaming Lips before they appeared on Beverly Hills 90210, and for that we salute you. Pro account holders will get super mega bonuses, to be announced soon.
The Unofficial Apple Weblog does a nice piece at Attack of the Clones and a blast from the past, one that will bring tears to many people’s eyes.
1997 was the year Gil Amelio gave his final Macworld keynote – and spoke for 3 hours, without saying much of anything. No one was listening anyway.
It was the year that Apple begged
Or perhaps it was Gil’s speech that brought tears to the eyes. All I remember about that keynote was that there wasn’t enough room, and I ended up sat on the floor at the right hand side, and the 20 minutes or so that Jobs was on stage demoing NeXTSTEP – from his IBM ThinkPad, of course. Painful.
Steve Jobs to return to Cupertino as more than just a “strategic consultant” – after forcing him out 12 years earlier. He accepted, agreeing to be the “Interim CEO.”
However, TUAW isn’t quite right on this one: Jobs did, in fact, return to Apple as a consultant, but as the Apple PRs of the time said "Steve Jobs has no operational role at Apple." That was probably Gil’s biggest mistake: with no operational role, Jobs was free to spend his time plotting to oust Amelio. Although, actually, being in charge of something probably wouldn’t have stopped him plotting anyway.
Mary Jo has the scoop in Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 Details Begin to Leak.
Microsoft is sharing quite a bit more IE 7.0 specifics privately with key partners, sources who requested anonymity claim.
Sources say that IE 7.0 – which is code-named "Rincon," they hear – will be a tabbed browser.
There’s much more, of course, including lots of security enhancements. I don’t know if it will move me back from Firefox, but I’ll keep an open mind.
Cory’s on form today.
Cory Doctorow: A reader writes, “Much-blogged ‘On Bullshit’ essayist Harry Frankfurt, of Princeton’s philosophy department, has asked me to pull a 131-word excerpt from his essay from my blog, saying that it’ll hurt his profits. Has the guy–an academic, no less–never used quotation in his work? Never heard of fair use?”
Here’s 131 words from On Bullshit for your perusal. In my view, the claim that this is either a “clear infringement” of copyright or will displace sales of the book is so unlikely as to constitute bullshit.
One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern, or attracted much sustained inquiry. In consequence, we have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves. And we lack a conscientiously developed appreciation of what it means to us. In other words, we have no theory. I propose to begin the development of a theoretical understanding of bullshit, mainly by providing some tentative and exploratory philosophical analysis.
"I told them they should release things before their time, like what they’ve done with Doctor Who," he said. "Give out the first episode online, because it’s going to be valuable. You’ve got that cool factor, and it’s the whole, ‘I’ve seen it before you have’ kind of thing."
Bailey said the leak "is great, and it’s the first time we’ve ever seen them do it, and so we’re really impressed with them."
The only comment I’ve heard about this from BBC insiders is "bullshit". So I’d take Mr Bailey’s claims that one of the world’s largest media organisations is following his plan with a pinch of salt.
Ack. Not good at all.
But once you install the new iTunes 4.7.1 “update” (more accurate to call it a “downgrade”) you lose that ability. Without telling anyone, Apple has stolen some of the rights you paid for when you bought your iTunes music, by adding limits to the number of people you can stream your music to in a 24 hour period. Imagine if your boom-box refused to switch itself on if too many people were in the room — the 21st Century equivalent of gathering in one room to listen to music is gathering on one network to do so, and Apple has just appointed itself the absolute, tyrannical ruler of the size of the social group that you’re allowed to stream iTunes music to.
Apple has done this downgrading several times before, taking away rights you paid for, like the right to burn a playlist 10 times (down to seven), the right to stream over the Internet (now jut the right to stream over the LAN) — and Apple’s also used its ability to remotely disable features on your iPod and in iTunes to shut out competitors’ products, like the Real music player and iPod Download, both of which offered legal functionality to Apple’s customers.