Category: Software

Why I THINK I will buy an iPad (and don’t care if you do)

Just read the Boing Boing article again (Why I won’t buy an iPad (and think you shouldn’t, either). First of all that article reads like the worst kind of troll thread ever. But ok, I’ll bite :)

Incumbents made bad revolutionaries
I was a comic-book kid, and I’m a comic-book grownup, and the thing that made comics for me was sharing them

Gee, thats a nice story grandpa but we live in the real world where content publishers don’t want you to resell your shit. It goes for music, movies, games, books and…well yeah, just about everything. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t like it either but what the hell has that to do with the iPad? You really think the Marvel app for a desktop would be any different?

Infantalizing hardware
..Maker Manifesto: if you can’t open it, you don’t own it. Screws not glue…

Yeah I don’t care. I don’t care about that for my coffee machine, my fridge, my owen, my TV, my land-line phone, any of my previous or current cell phones, my remote, my car, my heating system and not even really for my desktop to some extent. See I don’t have the time or energy to screw in that shit. And I rather not have to either. But I see where you are coming from and to some extent I do agree, but again I just fail to see how this is very much relevant as an argument against the iPad since this argument can easily be applied to most of our house hold electronics (and yeah, even if you CAN screw something open doesn’t mean I or most people will, it’s a far cry between including schematics and having screws instead of glue if you ask me).

Wal-Martization of the software channel
And let’s look at the iStore. For a company whose CEO professes a hatred of DRM, Apple sure has made DRM its alpha and omega

I’m sorry but I think this is just dumb. First of all as I recall it the App Store was created because people wanted it, developers wanted to create native apps for the iPhone and not only apps built in XHTML/CSS/JS. Developers wanted to get payed, they don’t want to see their shit get stolen and they wanted to create native apps on the iPhone OS. Well it just so happens the weapon of choice for this platform isn’t Java and oh shit, I guess not enough people cared about that since iPhone and iPhone apps have been selling like crazy. I don’t really know how to put it any other way…hmm..lemme think…

PEOPLE DON’T CARE AS LONG AS IT WORKS AND WORKS GREAT. IF THEY DID THEY WOULD NOT BUY IT.

But that’s also the reason why I think the whole article is pretty much..blah. If someone doesn’t want to buy something, don’t buy it. To make a religion out of it is just stupid. I love open source, I think the latest Android devices rocks, I hope their will be a zillion Tablets that kicks ass! Anyway..where were I..

Journalism is looking for a daddy figure
I think that the press has been all over the iPad because Apple puts on a good show, and because everyone in journalism-land is looking for a daddy figure who’ll promise them that their audience will go back to paying for their stuff.

NO. They’re looking for a slick, easy to use tablet with a content distribution network so easy a five year old could get it. GET IT?

Gadgets come and gadgets go
Gadgets come and gadgets go. The iPad you buy today will be e-waste in a year or two (less, if you decide not to pay to have the battery changed for you). The real issue isn’t the capabilities of the piece of plastic you unwrap today, but the technical and social infrastructure that accompanies it.

Yes. And don’t buy hard-bread from Sweden (or Swedish crackers as Liam would say) because that means you’re supporting a socialist regime and that in turn could lead to the end of times. Wow man, way to be a downer. I’d say it’s far worse to buy a Windows copy or low and behold, a copy of the MS Office suite since that will truly and utterly means you’re supporting a social infrastructure of technically handicapped individuals (shit..not to mention enterprises!).

If you want to live in the creative universe where anyone with a cool idea can make it and give it to you to run on your hardware, the iPad isn’t for you.

..not unless you have an IQ over 30 and know that some of the largest companies of today didn’t build something you can physically touch but created software that runs on a little something called a web browser. But yeah, if you’re one of those many lucky individuals out there who surround yourself with friends who constantly create their own USB devices, for sure, the iPad is not for you…then instead get something which has a terminal prompt..oh and the ability to install drivers.

If you want to live in the fair world where you get to keep (or give away) the stuff you buy, the iPad isn’t for you.

..and neither is anything else so just off yourself why don’t you. Or well. Hmm. I guess you could try to influence the lawmakers in your country not to support out dated idiotic copyright laws. Or yeah, you could just vote with your wallet and make sure you buy awesome digital CONTENT that doesn’t have DRM (good luck).

If you want to write code for a platform where the only thing that determines whether you’re going to succeed with it is whether your audience loves it, the iPad isn’t for you.

Neither is Linux really where you can have a really awesome audience, problem is it’s not big enough. And don’t write music either since apparently (someone told me) making it in the music biz isn’t just about writing great music. Don’t write books either..or make movies..hmm shit…come to think of it.. most things are not really black and white.

Personally I’m on the fence about the iPad, I mean.. yeah I want one. But I think I’ll wait for some more candy in it. I do know I’m way more skeptical about using the HP Slate than the iPad. Why? Well because you can put as much lipstick on that Windows pig as you want, it’s still a pig. At least that’s my limited experience with everything Windows mobile. Come to think of it, that was an insult to all the pigs I’ve ever met :)

On the subject of Adobe and Flash and Apple

I just read a little something by Grant Skinner and what I don’t get is why not open source the player if it’s such a head ache for Adobe that some people make it seem? Because of course its profitable not to. See if it was open source there would be a LOT more “respect” throwed around than when you essentially lock your customers in and dont give them a choice. This is why I am frustrated with Adobe as with many other companies that has any form of monopoly, a history thereof or are part of an ogliopoly. This is why customers used to (and a lot still) dislike Microsoft, AT&T, Vattenfall, ComCast and even my own employer Telia.

This is why I dig companies such as MindTouch and others that have an open source core with Enterprise options/closed source built around it, and has a product that generates an output built in standards readable by all (in MindTouch case XML/XHTML).

To say that Adobe deserve respect and so on is true, all human beings deserve respect (plus Photoshop kicks ass…even though they are really bloating down their CS). To say that Adobe deserves CREDIT for being business savvy, buying up sweet IP, developing this IP and making good decions to get where they are now is equally true. But we are all doing them a HUGE favor by bitching and moaning. This all helps to give rise to popular opinion and in the end – options. For Adobe, just like with any other company that gets negative attention from its customers, it becomes crystal – it’s do or die time. And yes, everyone using a Flash Player IS a customer.

In the end I think Apple are actually doing the web as a tool for communication a favor by NOT including support for a closed prop. system that is A) WIDELY misused and B) a resource hog that for me in 90% of the time is making my browser blink, pop and crackle when I don’t want it too (ads). And I really couldn’t care less about Flash games.

To say that a user can uninstall Flash on their workstation/laptop if they don’t like it..well that’s kind of childish, that’s like me not getting any electricity from a company I dislike – see I can’t.. because I like hot showers .. just like to watch embedded web video. But believe me when those video sites go full frontal HTML5, my Flash player will go the same way Macromedia Shockwave player did a long time ago. Or maybe I won’t, maybe things will shape up and they will kick ass. Just look at what their doing with Flash 5 and converting AS to IPA.

Anyway. I don’t mind the “i-platform”, here I do get a choice because companies are FORCED to open up and build more effecient no-nonsense ways to deliver HQ video. And it doesn’t really matter if it’s Android or Iphone OS, you can bet your ass they will reuse those HQ streams in fast, efficient native apps for those platforms.

Hulk explains why the Hulk iPod Touch (iPad) will rock

hulk_ipad
Kapow bitches! The Hulk is sick of puny homans whining!
  1. “It’s just a big iPod Touch”
    Yeah? So? What were you expecting? Mac OS X + touch? So you’re telling me that if you could use your fingers on your laptop…that would be better than using the mouse? HAHA PUNY BRAIN!
  2. “It’s got no camera”
    Hulk SAD about this too. Was expecting to cyber with She-Hulk….he he. But will probably be in next version. HULK IS HULK!
  3. “No multitasking!”
    Puny! Hulk doesn’t care! Only time Hulk wants to multitask is to listen to music while bashing skulls. No biggie. NOT LIKE HULK!
  4. “No really cool software”
    That’s why there is an App Store. HULK SMASH!
  5. “No USB ports”
    PUNY! HULK IS NOT AFRAID…HULK IS STRONGEST ONE THERE IS!!! YOU WANT USB IN YOUR IPOD TOO? IT’S NOT A LAPTOP. USB YOUR FACE!
NOW Hulk says ENOUGH!
NOW Hulk says ENOUGH!

Speed up Safari 4

Safari Icon

Safari 3 started up a whole lot faster than Safari 4 final and it’s been annoying me up until now. Disable some of the rather useless eyecandy for Safari 4 to restore the more speedier Safari:

Bring back old progress bar, this I don’t do for speed but because the old one actually showed PROGRESS which the new one does not

defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4IncludeToolbarRedesign -bool FALSE No go, doesn’t work :(

Disable bookmarks cover flow. Who uses bookmarks anyway?

defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4IncludeFlowViewInBookmarksView -bool FALSE

Get rid of Top Sites. Cool but useless feature.

defaults write com.apple.Safari DebugSafari4IncludeTopSites -bool FALSE

Just copy and paste the italic text into terminal and hit enter and reboot Safari 4. Voila, feel free to clock the difference, it is noticeable faster at least for me.

Weekend LAN

Weekend Lan

I’ve had a great weekend playing some computer games with my friends. After fucking around with Cider Ports and CrossWeaver for Games and Urban Terror I had enough and this morning I got up and installed Boot Camp. Both Martin and Jörgen did the same, Jörgen however ended up with some trouble and it took us basically the whole day of fiddeling around to get everything working. But this time we are ready for the next LAN.

Apple and Mac might be great for a lot of stuff but unfortunately it is still true that if you want a hassle free gaming experience you have to go Windows. Lucky for us that we had Boot Camp. I went up on Steam and bought Counter Strike Source (again I might add, I have lost one Steam account) and we tried it a bit before packing up. The next time though we are all set up (you reading Zek:) and ready to go.

Use Mac VNC client on Windows VNC servers

If you find Windows Remote Desktop annoying with the constant logging in/out (and don’t care to much to patch it for concurrent connections) you’re most likely going to go with VNC for that Windows install of yours.

Here is a tip, if you are running a VNC install on your Windows machine, say TightVNC, you can then in Finder just go to the menu and select “Go” and “Connect to server” (or just do COMMAND+K). You can then type in vnc://your.ip.adress:port and voila…you don’t have to use a VNC client for your Mac but can use the built in.

OneSwarm

This is actually a lot more interesting than I first thought. It IS really anonymous since my IP is never exposed to anoyone else than the friends I add. If I add a friend, Kalle and Kalle adds a friend, Totte then Totte will never see my IP adress and will never know if he is downloading a file from me or Kalle  (or some other friends friend for that matter). This way you truly do have a circle of trust where you are protected. Pretty darn smart.

Boot Camp experience

Today I did the unspeakable act of installing Windows onto an Apple machine.
It made me feel like a dirty little girl is what it did..is what it did.

Anyway, the process wasn’t exactly painless since I after the first install got the “no disk error” which appearantly popped up because I was supposed to somehow figure out that I was supposed to re-format the partition that the boot camp guide pre-formated for me (uhm..). After I reformated (that is, deleting the partition that boot camp made and re-created it during win setup) I tried again and this time got another error message. Something about hal.dll and so on. Appearantly this could be solved by removing the extra 200mb partition that was there (that had some relation to the EFI..which is nice to have if you’re planning on Vista..which I’m not). Said and done, after I removed that everything went as smooth as silk and my Windows install is actually pretty god darn fast.

Why did I do it? To use a certain VPN client that was only available for Windows (and naw, it didn’t work well through VMWare of CrossOver). XBMC is a fantastic piece of software though…I installed it and noticed that it really doesn’t matter at all to me what OS I run on my “htpc” as long as I have XBMC!

On a side note, I need to get a cleaning cd for my Macbook Pro since it still refuses to burn DVDs (but burns CDs just fine weirdly enough).