venomous porridge – A conversation I have every month or so

venomous porridge – A conversation I have every month or so.

NSFW, but funny take on Flash.

Theoretical Creative Destruction

Recently one of my more devout friends got into a mini-debate about so-called Creation Science and the veracity of the Bible as a scientifically true book. His pièce-de-résistance was the article below. It’s not my purpose here to refute Creation Science itself, but to refute calling it true science. It is, like phrenology, a pseudo-science.

Recently one of my more devout friends got into a mini-debate about so-called Creation Science and the veracity of the Bible as a scientifically true book. His pièce-de-résistance was the article quoted below. It’s not my purpose here to refute Creation Science itself, but to refute calling it true science. It is, like phrenology, a pseudo-science. Continue reading “Theoretical Creative Destruction”

iPads and Humans

http://northtemple.com/2010/02/01/on-ipads-grandmas-and-gam

First my Dad. Next I’m sure my technophobe Aunt. I’m just waiting for her call after my Mom chats her up about the thing.

I’m now convinced about adjusting my parents accounts using Parental Controls. I’ve long been a tough love advocate with them figuring they should be exposed to what they have to deal with on a computer. When the inevitably stumble, be there with iChat to help.

But since it looks like Apple has a Second Coming of the Mac, I’ve had a change of heart. I’m going to start favoring the human side more like the author said and downgrade their accounts to SimpleFinder. Get them some of that iPad experience today.

Pressed to Move

Well the move to WordPress from MovableType is complete. WP is a much easier platform to work with.

Importing, however, was a nightmare. Had to hack a PHP page to get things working. It’s not 100% because of a few posts not porting over correctly and possibly a handful of broken links. But this is close enough for government work!

Ballmer Embarrasses Himself (Again)

The Associated Press: With Windows 7 and new designs, PCs looking better:

“Microsoft has more to contend with than computers running other operating systems. People have begun to use such gadgets as the iPhone as tiny mobile computers.

But Ballmer scorns the idea that smart phones could unseat PCs as the technology of choice for on-the-go consumers.

‘Let’s face it, the Internet was designed for the PC. The Internet is not designed for the iPhone,’ Ballmer said. ‘That’s why they’ve got 75,000 applications — they’re all trying to make the Internet look decent on the iPhone.'”

(Via Google News.)

Now that’s so stupid, I’m embarrassed for him.

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All the Logic You Can Muster That Is

Mac sales ‘defy all logic,’ says analyst | Mac | Macworld:

“Apple could grab more market share if it lowered prices, but O’Donnell wasn’t holding his breath. ‘The talk on the street is a $799 notebook,’ he said, referring to persistent rumors that Apple will introduce a lower-priced MacBook this year. ‘But I don’t think they care about prices. They’re all about making profit.’”

(Via MacWorld.)

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Snitches Get Stitches

USB Standards Group: Okay for Apple’s iTunes to Block Palm Pre | John Paczkowski | Digital Daily | AllThingsD:

“But the USB-IF didn’t quite see things that way. ‘In the view of the USB-IF, Palm’s allegation (if true) does not establish that Apple is using its Vendor ID (VID) contrary to the USB-IF’s policies,’ the group said. ‘Therefore, under present USB-IF policies, the USB-IF does not consider the alleged use, without more, to be ‘improper.’’
Ugly news for Palm, and it only gets worse–because the USB-IF goes on to suggest that Palm itself is violating its Membership Agreement by using Apple’s vendor ID number to disguise the Pre as an Apple device.”

(Via Digital Daily.)

Dumb.

AppleInsider | Palm Pre beats expectations, drops WiMo to focus on WebOS

AppleInsider | Palm Pre beats expectations, drops WiMo to focus on WebOS:

“Part of that strategy involves dumping any distractions, including both the company’s original Palm OS and the Windows Mobile partnership that Palm forged with Microsoft in 2006, a year before Rubinstein arrived. Palm’s support for Windows Mobile helped nearly double Microsoft’s market share at the time.”

(Via Apple Insider.)

I really hope this works out for them. WebOS looks mad cool.

A New Outlook on Office

Microsoft: Next Mac Office due late 2010 with Outlook | Business Center | Macworld:

“However, Apple’s next version of Mac OS X, Snow Leopard, will include native support for Exchange Server when it’s released next month, which means business users can connect to Exchange data via Apple’s built-in Mail, iCal, and Address Book applications. With this move imminent, Microsoft’s inclusion of Outlook in Office for Mac at the end of next year might be too little, too late, he said.”

(Via Macworld.)

Competition is magic.

How to Not to Take Privacy Seriously

Palm Pre debacle highlights location privacy issues | Security | iPhone Central | Macworld:

“On Wednesday mobile application developer Joey Hess wrote in his blog that the Pre periodically uploads location data to Palm. He was widely quoted, and the information left some readers upset.”

(Via Macworld.)

Duh.