Interface versus Implementation

November 30, 2008 at 9:07 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

This free Windows utility shows the difference between the Windows and Mac mindsets. In the 16 months since the iPhone was introduced, Apple has not found a way to implement copy-and-paste in a manner consistent with the user interface. On the other hand, the Windows and Linux worlds will always favor implementation over interface, no matter how atrocious or confusing.

Link courtesy of Daring Fireball.

Mac Gloating

November 19, 2008 at 10:27 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

It’s well known that Mac fans are an insufferable bunch, but the facts speak for themselves – Ziff-Davis is no longer printing PC Magazine, while Macworld continues to consume dead trees. The Comdex trade show died over five years ago, while Macworld Expo keeps getting bigger and bigger. Good times for Mac users, even in this time of impending economic doom….

The Origins of Employer-Provided Insurance

November 19, 2008 at 9:34 pm | Posted in Rants | Leave a comment

Malcolm Gladwell’s New Yorker article is an interesting look back at how employer-provided benefits like health insurance and retirement pensions started. Most people believe that unions demanded such benefits from the company; in reality, it was the companies themselves that pushed these benefits on their workers.

What employers in the 1940’s feared was not employee benefits per se, but rather the portability of those benefits at a time of low unemployment and rising wages. Unions at the time wanted portable insurance plans so that the risk can be spread out over as large a group as possible. Sixty years later, these company-provided benefits are part of the reason why the industrial economy of the Midwest declined and why the American auto industry is on the verge of collapse. Meanwhile, European countries rebuilding from the war took another path – the government provided benefits to help reduce the burden on companies trying to rebuild themselves. In retrospect, it looks like they made a better decision, at least in terms of preserving social stability.

Close Call with Sarah Palin

November 6, 2008 at 9:46 pm | Posted in Politics | 1 Comment

As the election becomes the transition, seeing this video made me feel like we just dodged a bullet, much like the way the US must have felt after the Cuban Missile Crisis:

Who won this election for us? Katie Couric!

President Barack Hussein Obama

November 4, 2008 at 8:01 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Obama

Vote!

November 3, 2008 at 8:29 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Get out there and vote; get your friends and neighbors and relatives to vote. I don’t care if you’re red or blue or right or left or black or white – vote and make your vote count.

I Hereby Invoke Godwin’s Law

November 2, 2008 at 10:18 pm | Posted in Humor (G- and R- rated), Politics | Leave a comment

The GOP leadership debating election strategy:

Not approved by the Obama campaign

Rick Rashid – Microsoft Apologist and Attack Dog

November 1, 2008 at 12:06 am | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

Microsoft veteran Rick Rashid talks trash about Apple, saying that the Mach kernel code he wrote 25 years ago is still being used within the core of MacOS X. His implication is that old code is bad code. One only has to look at the “success” of Vista to show that new code doesn’t necessarily mean better software. In fact, the low-level network code of the TCP/IP stack powering the Internet is probably even older than that, not to mention code residing in vi and emacs.

During the late 1980’s, Rick Rashid was a professor at Carnegie-Mellon and the lead researcher and architect of the Mach kernel. However, one of his students was Avie Tevanian, who used Mach as the foundation of NextStep which eventually became MacOS X. Not only does a graduate student usually do more work than the professor, but often, the student eventually surpasses the master. MacOS X is Tevanian’s legacy, while the Windows NT core is more based on Dave Cutler’s work (DEC/VMS) than any of Rick Rashid’s ideas.

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