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Robert Scoble has been lucky

Robert Scoble has been lucky enough to get loaned a Tablet PC – and he likes what he’s seen so far. While I agree with him that this form factor can change the way people use computers, he claims that the tablet form will be attractive to graphic artists, and that it could mean “Apple is toast in the graphic design business”.

I’m not so sure that Tablet’s will attract many professional designers. I know many, and only one uses any kind of tablet – most simply don’t draw, preferring instead to use the insanely great tools that Photoshop and Illustrator provide.

Robert also mention one of my old Apple faves – Knowledge Navigator. The Sculley-era Apple thing was Knowledge Navigator. It was never a real Apple project, more of a kind of promotional tool for the vision of where the company saw computing going. It remains, however, the most compelling vision of truly personal computing I’ve seen.[The Scobleizer Weblog]


Phil asked me when I

Phil asked me when I switched from Blogger to Radio about the way that Radio does its RSS feed. Radio lets you set both a title and a link for that title, and by default most of the time you put in the link to the story you’re referencing in the link box. However, this means that in aggregated feeds (like Haddock Blogs you click on the link, and it takes you to the original story the blogger is linking to – not necessarily the piece that you want to read.

The answer is to leave the link box in Radio blank. In this case, Radio fills in the link with the permalink to the story itself, which is what Phil (and probably many others) wanted. So that, in the future, is what I’m going to do.


Nick Monahan was on a

Nick Monahan was on a pretty ordinary trip with his pregnant wife, and ended up being fined over $300 for disorderly conduct at an airport. But this wasn’t the usual kind of “ground rage” you get when a passenger, perhaps a little the worse for wear, confronts ground staff over safety precautions.

Instead, Nick’s “crime” was simply to ask why an airport security person found it necessary, in front of a hundred other passengers, to touch his wife’s breasts and ask her to raise her shirt. In the ensuing case, Nick claims airport staff lied in statements, ignored video evidence, and generally acted like idiots.

But, and this is the ultimate point, they are idiots that thanks to ill-thought out legislation and the blanket consideration of “security” as more important than freedoms, have the law on their side. It’s an important illustration that what happens in most tyrannies isn’t a big decree from above that crushes freedom, but a million small acts by small people who now have more power over the lives of others. Power, as the old saying goes, corrupts. [Lew Rockwell]


Another new addition. Somewhere at

Another new addition. Somewhere at the bottom of the page, you’ll find a rather large icon that looks like another kind of coffee mug. This is a link to my Radio Outliner, an in interesting feature of Radio that’s in beta at the moment. It kind of works like a little scratch pad, for me to jot down things that pop into mind at any time, with notes on what I’m doing and so on.

Why is this interesting? Because potentially, it takes weblogging to another level – immediate interaction with whatever you’re doing. Of course, that takes potential distractions to another level as well – but it’s interesting, nonetheless.


Just added a link to

Just added a link to my Amazon wishlist to the links over there. Thought you might want to know.


“CBS promote The Clash/But it

“CBS promote The Clash/But it ain’t for revolution, it’s just for cash.”

Bye bye Joe. I never believed in all the politics (because, when you looked, there wasn’t much) but The Clash were one of the greatest bands ever.


Gulp! Could it be true?

Gulp! Could it be true? Could Microsoft be lining up a bid for Macromedia?

It certainly makes sense for Microsoft. Graphics – Macromedia’s strong point – are the one area where Microsoft has little or no foothold. Flash is a de facto standard that Microsoft doesn’t own. And the server side stuff that Macromedia does – most notably ColdFusion – would be a nice dovetail to Seattle’s finest software house.
[The Register]


Aaargh! Why is it that

Aaargh! Why is it that every time Jack Schofield writes for Guardian Online on Apple, I want to beat my head against a wall? This time, on a quiet day, Jack has time to go through the Apple 10-K filing for the figures on Mac sales.
The bare bones facts are, as Jack says, not good: Apple now needs to double its sales of Power Macs in order to get back to where it was two years ago. But on other product lines – most notably the consumer products – it’s lucky reasonably healthy, and the diversification into music with iPod has been a big success. Total Mac unit sales have been flat over the past year, which in the current economic climate is something of a triumph.
What gets the back up is the tone, with the off-the-top mention of Steve Jobs’ executive jet (which was a couple of years ago, and in line with his competitors). Jack doesn’t mention the flat unit sales, either.
A few years ago at an Apple lunch, Jack told me he thought that Apple was “a proprietary mini-computer company”, in a tone that suggested this was A Very Bad Thing. Looking at the hard time that Jack gives Apple in his coverage of them, and the completely uncritical approach to Microsoft from the same author, it’s easy to see what Jack believes is “impartial” reporting. [onlineblog.com]


Ben Hammersley is listing desktop

Ben Hammersley is listing desktop blogging apps for OS X – not yet complete, but getting there. [Ben Hammersley.com]


Boing Boing links to a

Boing Boing links to a Michael Moorcock essay on Tolkien’s infantilism. It’s a superb essay, and well worth a read. When I raised the same topic on The Well, I was surprised by the venom that the Tolkienistas had – proof, perhaps, that many Tolkien fans get far too close to Middle Earth, and too far away from reality. [Boing Boing]