Yesterday, after seeing that there’d be no iPhone 5, I tweeted that the mobile market seemed to be stagnating just as the PC market has. I renege that tweet.
There’s a post from Time’s Techland that sets it straight:
The iPhone 4S Apple did announce today is essentially the enigmatic “iPhone 5” we trussed up by another name. It has the 8 megapixel camera we’ve heard so much about—also, it turns out, capable of 1080p video. It has the dual-core A5 chip, currently powering Apple’s iPad 2 (putatively seven times faster than the iPhone 4’s). Its battery life is a tick better (eight hours of talk time instead of seven). It supports both GSM and CDMA technologies, making it the first truly global iPhone.
We got the iPhone 5, just by another name. It’s true. I mean, it’s not like the iPhone 4S is missing some feature that I was hoping for. Furthermore, the iPhone 4S is the opposite of stagnation. Now that I’ve had time to think about it, I realize that Siri is exactly the next leap in progress. The screen is done: the resolution can’t get any crisper and there is a real limit to how big the screen is going to get; You may personally want a 4″ or a 5″ inch screen (and those things are already out there), but the phone’s not going to have a 10″ screen. So, if the screen is done, what’s next? The thing that would next make the phone more advanced is if you could operate it with your voice, and now you can.
I also like that the 4S looks the same as my 4. I wasn’t planning to upgrade. So, now my phone is still in fashion until the next one.
I don’t get it. It looks neat. And it conveniently hovers over pages from other sites (e.g., time.com). But what I expect to find most on the WordPress bar is some kind of Blog This (I guess ’round here it’s called Press This), but I don’t; I don’t see it anywhere. Is this some kind of half-assed attempt to get me to just link to the original content instead of giving my spiel on it; Like preventing right-clicks on a web page in an effort to deter image saving? If that’s the case, it’s annoying, ’cause I’m just gonna copy and paste the link manually (funny, what passes for “manual” on computers) and then blog about it.
That and, oh, Blog Of the Day. Word around the forums was that Freshly Pressed sucks. It does. A kind poster (q.e., timethief) showed me Blog Of the Day, which can be found at botd.wordpress.com. Much better. It’s funny (as in strange, ’cause I’m not laughing) that I can’t find a link to that anywhere on wordpress.com’s front page.
What’s developing is a very clear-cut test in delayed gratification, in which those willing to wait to watch a movie will pay a fraction of the amount paid by those who can’t.
Read more: http://moneyland.time.com/2011/09/27/soon-youll-have-to-wait-even-longer-for-movies-via-netflix-or-redbox/#ixzz1ZA41sJCj
They want consumers to spend more. When there’s an economic slowdown, I read that a solution is for consumers to spend more–to stimulate the economy. But what are the spendings of the rest of us compared to the minority that hold all the wealth?
Now, I want to be clear. I am not some looter who thinks that the wealthy have some sort of charitable obligation to bail the rest of us out of this crisis. Regardless of whether they have earned their wealth, I have not earned their wealth. But I am pretty sure that they’re not spending. Because if they were, there’d be no need to call on the rest of us, who’s money amounts to nothing compared to theirs. I feel I should follow their lead–if I ever want to be wealthy–and keep my money to myself.
I caught news off Twitter about two new themes available for WordPress. I admit I like Parament. I don’t want to like it. It looks like Ars Technica’s color scheme. But it does look better than the Twenty Eleven I was previously using. So I convinced myself, “Why be a…”, funny, I can’t think of a word to put there. I want something to the effect of ‘prude’, but this has got nothing to do with sex. It’s basically, “Why be anal?”, but I’d rather a word that isn’t slang.
Okay, here’s a new word from the Thesaurus: dissentient. I haven’t seen it in context, but the definition,
Adjective: In opposition to a majority or official opinion.
Noun: A person who opposes a majority or official opinion.
, seems to fit, so I’m going to try it: Why be dissentient? Cute, Firefox’s inline spell checker is flagging it as misspelled, I guess because it’s not in it’s dictionary.
I grabbed a copy of Portal when it was offered on Steam for free.
I had heard about the game before. I had seen a small demonstration of it on the XBOX. It looked like an interesting puzzle game.
Now that I’m playing it, I’m most impressed with its graphics. It appears to be running on the Half-Life engine; I can’t tell whether it’s Half-Life 1 or two because I’ve only played 1 and I don’t remember how bad the graphics were. The graphics are essentially low-tech. When I move the character around in the elevator, serious tearing can be seen.
I just tried taking a screenshot through Steam. Of course, it doesn’t work. The screenshots come out clean even though there is visible tearing on my screen.
Regardless of the low tech graphics, the game looks great! The sci-fi environment is smooth an polished. It doesn’t need much detail to look good. The particle effects in the game look good. There are reflective surfaces that seem to mirror the world they’re in.
I’m impressed when people make great looking things with seemingly low tech stuff
I was looking for a desktop background. Windows 7 has a section called Solid Colors. Lo and behold! I saw a color that looked like my first Windows (3.11):
Screen capture of a Windows 95 desktop.
But that’s a screen capture of a Win 95 desktop. For reasons unbeknownst to me, neither Bing nor Google was able to turn up (at least, in the first few pages) a decent screen capture of a Win 3.11 desktop (one that would show the solid color with the blue windows).
haddock, plural; haddocks, plural
- A silvery-gray bottom-dwelling fish of North Atlantic coastal waters, related to the cod. It is popular as a food fish and is of great commercial value
A picture of the fish Haddock from Wikipedia.
Google also lists Cod as a synonym. That reminds me of Benjamin Franklin. He wrote that he maintained a vegetarian diet, except for Cod, occasionally.
I like how Google’s definition shows the syllabication; I was frustrated, for a moment, yesterday when trying to find the syllabication of ‘simpler’.