For those interested in the history of the Macintosh and GUI design in general, the linked articles are incredibly interesting.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
If Project Ara doesn't start shipping product soon, they may find themselves playing catch-up to this group, that is providing many of the same capabilities via a USB-attached case for already-shipping smart phones
For those who haven't heard of this before, Project Ara is an R&D project for a modular cell phone.
What this means is that instead of getting one large "brick" with all the features, you get an "endoskeleton" frame into which you can attach various modules. For example, a screen (clearly necessary to have one of these), battery, camera, speaker, microphone, processor, memory, NFC transceiver, cellular transceiver, Wi-Fi, etc.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
I saw a link to this stuff today, but I've never heard of it before. Looks pretty interesting. Looks like it has the potential to be the next great repair goop, along with duct tape and superglue.
If you've had personal experience with this, let me know. I'd be really curious to read something more than the manufacturer's own ads.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
This is pretty impressive. I don't think I'm going to want to put my own to the test (if and when I decide to buy one), but this does show that there should be absolutely no problem wearing it in the rain, or at a water park.
The beach may be problematic, but due to possibility of salt and sand getting under the crown, not due to water.
Still, it is worth noting that when Consumer Reports tested the Apple Watch, that one out of 4 samples failed a 24-hour submersion test:
We set our depth-test chamber to match the water-resistance specification claimed by each smartwatch manufacturer. We submerge the watches, then check them for proper functionality immediately upon removal from the chamber, then again 24 hours later. The stainless-steel Apple Watch passed the test on the first try. The first aluminum Apple Watch Sport we put through our immersion test seemed fine when we took it out of the tank, but we experienced problems with it 24 hours later. We then tried two more samples, which showed no problems, so the Apple Watch Sport passed our water-resistance test.The failure may have been a manufacturing defect, but defect or not, you probably won't get a Warranty replacement if it fails after being submerged in water, because the water-resistance rating Apple is publishing only promises 30 minutes at 1m depth. I'll be interested to read the reports when, in the future, some people try for warranty replacement after submersion in water for longer than 30 minutes or at a depth greater than 1m.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Click through to the full article.
I don't personally have a problem with a Chinese restaurant that is not owned and operated by a Chinese person, but their (or their marketing consultant's) decision to generate a Chinese logo using the wrong text is just unforgivable. Google Translate is not a suitable source for things like this, and nobody who actually reads/writes Chinese would make a mistake like this.
Saturday, May 09, 2015
So, for my home LAN, I use consumer gear like everybody else. Right now, this consists of a Zoom cable-modem/router, two Linksys routers in bridge mode (acting as Wi-Fi access points), and three powerline network adapters to connect them all.