Friday, June 8, 2012

iPhone 5

I'm really liking the design if this is it:

A very impressively machined and built piece of metal.   The SIM cardholder fits so exactly, and all the little screws and bits inside really makes me think it's not a fake.  Or if a "fake" it's some prototype from a short-list of possible designs built by Apple.  I'm sure they build a variety of shapes and sizes to try.

But then we were all convinced last year's iPhone update would be wider and flatter.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Retina Macbooks

Should be awesome.

I use it less and less, but I do have a Boot Camp* installed copy of Windows 7.  And that may be awful.

Windows running on one of them would be crazy small--it won't know about the super-small pixels.  I know our Windows programs don't have 64x64 sized icons for toolbars on a retina display** :)  Buttons will be minuscule, text will be unreadable; or you'll have to set to some 1/2 resolution setting so everything will instead be big and blocky.  Either way, Mac OS will look great, and Windows will look like crap.

* It was months ago, but I remember some idiot saying that Apple using some puns was a sign they were going down since Steve Jobs passing.  "Boot Camp" is an excellent example of puns being used in product names under Steve Jobs.

** Most of our Windows program toolbars are 24x24, like everybody else's.  24x24 is exactly the size of one of the tiny icons inside a folder on iOS on an retina screen.

Now the Macbook wouldn't be that high for Dots Per Inch, doing a little math:  look at an iPhone screen, and imagine a toolbar button the size of the red square in the middle of this image.  The icon plus some of the separator space--think you could click that with a mouse?

Saturday, June 2, 2012

More WWDC Guesses

iCloud Time Machine for Mac.  Much like the iCloud backup that's available for iOS, but for the Mac.

Apple could still be smart and media files like mp3, Mac App Store apps, the whole set of OS files, etc would be treated like they already are for iCloud syncing.  Apple doesn't need a million copies, one for each person who downloaded a song, they need one copy linked to a million accounts.  It's only each person's individual and unique files that would have to be stored--just as they already do with the iTunes Music Match for audio.

All as automatic as Time Machine, but instead of the backup being on a USB drive, it's all up in the cloud.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Interesting comparison of what's important

I've been working on the code highlighting and stuff for FTP On The Go and ViewSRC, and was using the code from various websites to test.

A fascinating comparison of what is important to different companies that you can do on your own computer:  go to, and right click the background of the page and pick the "View Page Source" or similar menu item.  Everything squished down and unreadable by a person.

Same thing for and many others.

Then try

I'm sure internally Google and the rest are all formatted for humans, but are stripped of returns and spaces when sent out to the world to save a few bytes of bandwidth.  But Apple instead sends those few extra bytes, so for anybody who looks, even the code of their website looks beautiful.  Now that's attention to detail.

Windows 8

I got the the new Windows 8 preview thing, and it's a huge departure from Windows.  There will be a ton of relearning.

And there's a lot of stuff I don't really like, and things that makes it less user friendly.  A small example:

Before, when the screen saver was on, you could tap the mouse to indicate "I'm going to use the computer".  You'd be presented either right into your desktop, or to enter your password.  Nice and easy. Unless you have a cat, that worked 100% of the time.

Now if you have a password set, after moving the mouse, you must then click/drag the new overlay lock image up and out of the way.  And no, I can't start with the screensaver on with clicking and dragging up; it has to be 2 distinct actions--one to turn off the screensaver, another to hide the lock page.  Adding a second or so for every time you want to use your computer.  So I now have to do 2 actions to tell the computer I'm ready instead of 1.

And to make it more fun, while I saw it "bounce" once to show what's beneath, no amount of moving the mouse to a corner (which is a new standard "thing" for Windows8), or wiggling madly will give any hint about what to do next.  Clicking isn't the craziest thing to try if you're guessing what to do; but unlike iOS, there's no obvious "Slide To Unlock" text hint about what to do.

I can see how the new unlock process makes perfect sense for a tablet that can be bumped around in a bag, but for a desktop or laptop it simply adds another step without any real benefit.  That's the problem with Microsoft shoehorning everything into one OS.  Stuff that makes perfect sense one a tablet doesn't work on a desktop.  Pre-iPad, they'd gone the other way and focused on the desktop and let the tablet version try to adapt to those mouse/keyboard schemes.  Which is why they never sold many tablets.  Now they're doing things that make sense with touch on a tablet and adapting them to the desktop...we'll see how that works.

Steve Jobs famously pushed the first Mac OS developer(s) to shave seconds off the startup time.  1 second times a million people every day adds up.  Microsoft is now doing the opposite, times 100 million people*.

*they hope.  I have my doubts, I think many people will stick with Windows 7 the way people have stuck with XP.