This is a great blog for anyone interested in inventions or patents or both. Thanks to David Orange for the link.
From an article by Barb Dybwad: Gaining my religion: seeing the light of Mac:
Evans lists the primary strengths of the Macintosh computer as being usability and good looks. Both are absolutely true and yet, both are also so often used as arguments *against* the Mac, which is portrayed as losing a war in which the only salient metric is functionality. Usability and ‘style’ are seen as secondary considerations when in the market for a personal computer – as if packing more and more difficult to use features into a dull, utilitarian box is the only way to the top of the heap.
This is absolute hogwash, as the success of the iPod clearly demonstrates.
In Seattle again – snow has been forecast for the last two days but hasn’t arrived.
Meanwhile, at the Happels’, dinner time is very cosy.
My friend Seb has done a nice little WAP service which UK readers may find useful.
Type in an ISBN number on your phone while browsing in Borders and it tells you how much the book costs at Amazon. Seb has some reservations about the ethics of this, but it’s quite cute anyway! He decided it was up to you to decide whether or not to use it..!
More info at Amawap.
Despite being one of the founders, I’ve been very bad at posting stuff to Living Without Microsoft in the last few weeks. But some of the other guys have been doing a much better job, and there has been some interesting news there recently. If you’re interested in alternatives to the Monopoly, check it out…
Oh, and please send in your contributions!
IT Conversations looks as if it has more than enough interesting stuff to keep my iPod topped up for a while!
And there are plenty of RSS feeds available. One thing that’s good is the option to download AAC files instead of MP3s. These provide better quality for a given file size, but the main advantage on iTunes/iPods, when playing long talks, interviews, audiobooks, is that the system stores a bookmark which remembers how much you’ve listened to. If you go and listen to something else and then come back, you carry on where you left off.
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