Posts Tagged ‘apple’

Jony Ive

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

If you’re interested in design and/or Apple, you should read This Daily Mail article about Jony Ive. Jony is Apple’s VP of Industrial Design. Bonus: there’s a funny picture of him from high school.


Monday, May 31st, 2010

I haven’t written about android on this blog at all in the past, though I’d like to start doing so because a bunch of my friends are on android phones now. Anyway, if you’re considering android coming from an iphone, I thought that this comparison was overall quite accurate.

A few notes on some of the issues brought up in that post:
– Taking the battery out of the N1 is not hard. I have no idea what he’s talking about.
– The android browser is called “Browser” instead of “Chrome” because it’s not based on Chrome. They could have just as accurately called it Safari. (Of course, that’s changing with the latest release since they added Chrome’s javascript engine) Also: most phone users have never heard of Chrome and wouldn’t know what it was.
– The rollerball (or any directional controls on an android device) is primarily for navigating text more precisely than you could with just the touchscreen. A lot of reviewers seem to miss this… maybe it only becomes clear after a lot of use.

Video Editing

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

I’m learning my way around iMovie ’09… the UI definitely has some weird quirks, but I’m much more used to it now. Uploading to YouTube is far easier than it used to be. In fact, I’d say that “it’s as easy as it should be”.

I’m looking forward to recording more video at events with family and friends coming up this summer.

Here’s the video I threw together tonight from footage my brother and I recorded last year:
Un Truco IncreĆ­ble

(mostly in Spanish because it’s for our Chilean friends)

How not to write (part 1)

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

A techcrunch post begins with:

First, it was reported that Apple was talking to Verizon about getting the iPhone on its network in 2010. Then it was reported that Apple was actually working on new mobile devices for Verizon. With so much Apple blood in the Verizon water, it was only a matter of time before the Microsoft shark surfaced.

How is Apple bleeding in this analogy? Apple is considering jumping in to Verizon’s “water”, but the blood analogy doesn’t work. Nice try.

I make plenty of writing mistakes myself, but I at least try to make analogies coherent.

Scroll Direction

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

In high school, I used to tutor senior citizens to use computers at the town library. One thing that regularly tripped them up in the browser was the scroll bar. When they wanted to scroll down the page, their mental model of the page made them want to “pull the page up” to view the parts below. Thus, when they wanted to scroll down the page, they would press the up arrow. I’d never thought about scrolling this way, and I couldn’t really come up with a reason that their interpretation was wrong.

iPhone (and similar touch device) scrolling changes from the scrollbar model to the senior citizens’ model: now you flick up to go down the page, which feels intuitive, even for longtime scrollbar users.

The touchpad on macbooks has a gesture that denotes scrolling: dragging up or down with two fingers. Dragging down scrolls down the page (following the scrollbar, not touchsceen model). I use this a lot and really miss it when I’m on a non-mac touchscreen.

Today, the models converged in a funny way: I was reading through some blogs, and I scrolled down to a post that had a picture of the iphone browser interface. When I looked at the iPhone interface, my brain unconsciously switched scrolling models and I tried to scroll down by dragging my fingers up. Needless to say, I was quite confused for a moment.

Firefox problem and workaround

Monday, July 21st, 2008

For a while, I’d been having a problem where firefox would beach ball (aka hang) a lot on my mac. It wouldn’t be hitting the CPU, which seemed quite confusing. This behavior was much more pronounced when I was on a high-latency connection, like the ones on the shuttles to/from work. Sometimes, the problem wouldn’t happen at all.

Last night I finally decided to look into this, and found this bug: if you’re using a proxy configuration from a PAC URL, the browser hangs when it resolves DNS queries (it’s the result of some apple weirdness). So, my workaround is to not use the PAC file whenever possible (I only need it a few times a day). I guess this is only a workaround in a certain sense, but whatever. Since I made the change, I haven’t had any beach balls.

I’ve installed the switchproxy extension to make switching the proxy on and off really easy.