The parallel with Tesla’s Model Y announcement needs little elaboration. Musk finally announces Tesla’s CUV, a model many will would prefer to the Model 3 sedan. No trouble if both are available simultaneously or in close succession. But the Model Y is promised for the “last quarter” of 2020, and the base model for “early 2021” — past Tesla performance easily explains the skeptical quote marks. First deliveries are 18 months away and manufacturing plans are glowingly vague.
Textio is fueled by a massive data set of real-world hiring outcomes from hundreds of millions of job listings across industries and around the globe. Every month, this data set grows by 10 million new documents, with the latest hiring results attached to each one. The work with McDonald’s will further develop the platform’s capabilities in the hospitality and franchise industry.
…P.Net and PHP at one point that resonated strongly with me (sorry, can’t track down the reference). It talked about reading a book like the “Professional ASP.NET” manual and coming away with the feeling “Wow, those guys are way smarter than me”. In contrast, you read “Programming PHP” and every step and new capability that is revealed seems reasonable and understandable — you understand how you might have built it yourself but you’re thankful that they’ve included it in the system. Obviously that’s not an holistic comparison of these two very different systems but it is relevant t…
One of the problems I had with the design of Windows Presentation Foundation is they provided great power and flexibility in how visual transformations and animations for building user interfaces could be applied, but some effects were efficient in terms of GPU/CPU communications and memory bandwidth and some were extremely expensive. Without knowing details of the implementation, it was very easy to misuse the system and produce results that did not scale well (across data set size or across devices with different performance characteristics). In this case, the system was providing “artificial consistency” — in form the API appeared consistent but in practice it was not.
“The only other industry who names their customers ‘users’ are drug dealers” Can’t even explain why this one exists. Used a lot when the term UX came about in the early 2000s, is becoming pretty popular again in the “designing for addition” era.
The Mac and the iPad incarnate two different personal computing philosophies. The Mac is a “hands stay on the horizontal” machine, the iPad is a “touch screen, hands everywhere” machine. The Mac was born with a mouse pointing device and now sports a (very well implemented) trackpad; the iPad came into the world with a touch screen and our fingers as the basic input device, and now has a stylus Pencil and an optional Mac lookalike keyboard, but no trackpad.
While I was on the PalmSource Board, I learned that Manuel Petit, a former Be employee who had a gift for making low-level connections between hardware and software, had offered $800K for a BeOS source code drop, no support expected. Why? An unconfirmed story at the time held that BeOS was being considered for a tablet/smartphone project at Apple… He was rebuffed, Palm wanted $1M.
Of course, Apple has many proprietary devices and technologies, but a “Walled Garden”? The phrase is too pejorative and certainly too convenient. For a counter argument, you may enjoy a bit of time travel reading a piece on Apple and Flash that I wrote for CBS News in 2010.
An aside as an addendum: The TrueType Microsoft license is just one counterexample to the “Apple Walled Garden” trope, a condemnation that was born when Apple refused to license the MacOS. Those who keep harping on that particular “sin” forget that Apple nearly went bankrupt when MacOS was eventually licensed to PowerComputing, Motorola, and others. They also ignore that they may be tut-tutting their objections while using descendants of the TrueType font system, or that they may be using Apple products — iPods and Airports, as examples — that are friendly to the Windows world.