Monthly Archives: October 2012

More Consistency

Scott Forstall, and his penchant for the over-the-top skeuomorphs in iOS, is leaving Apple and Jony Ive will be leading Human Interface for iOS (in addition to his duties as SVP of Industrial Design). Wow. If you’re like me, and always annoyed by the discrepancy between the clean, minimal aesthetic of Apple’s hardware and the […]

Decentralized

GigaOm: Sandy takes out Gawker, Huffpo other sites It’s ironic these websites went down. The Internet as we know it today is based on ARPANET, with the defining characteristic of being a decentralized network. ARPANET started as a project within the U.S. Department of Defense in the 1960’s. While the design of the Internet doesn’t […]

A Soft Sell

Last night, while I was watching the San Francisco Giants win the World Series, I saw commercials for Apple’s new Retina MacBook Pro 13 and Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system. It got me thinking about the differences in marketing software products versus marketing hardware products to regular people in their homes, not in their […]

Stanley

Now just remember what Huey Long said – that every man’s a king – and I’m the King around here, and don’t you forget it. —Stanley Kowalski, A Streetcar Named Desire via Vintage Gal

Work and Play

This past Thursday, CNBC’s Jon Fortt spoke with Steve Ballmer about the new Microsoft Surface (via The Loop). Ballmer explained how neither Google nor Apple “has a product that you can use, that lets you work and play, that can be your tablet and your PC. Not at any of those price points.” Ballmer’s got […]

Time Control

The image below is a scan from Rules and Regulations Governing Employees Engaged in Operation of the New York City Transit System (Whew). It belonged to my grandfather who worked for the Transit System in the 1940’s and 1950’s. I’ve posted more over at Famous But Unknown.

Tags

My friend Johnny Juice set up a great Tumblr for all the graffiti he snaps in NYC over at Dive Bar Graffiti.

Scoring & Compromise

I still believe the Verge’s scoring system is complete bullshit. Joshua Topolsky reviewed Microsoft Surface and gave it a score of 7.0 (out of a total 10) and yet says this in his summary: The promise of the Surface was that it could deliver a best-in-class tablet experience, but then transform into the PC you […]