A smart take on Chrome OS from Jon Stokes:
Apple and Microsoft began decades ago with “the PC,” and they’re
currently involved in a slow and painful process of trying to
stretch and push “the PC” out towards the Internet and towards a
more useful and integrated relationship with the cloud as a new
type of server. Google, on the other hand, began with the
Internet, and it presumes the cloud in everything it does. With
Chrome OS, the company is now trying to push and stretch the
Internet back down onto “the PC” as just one of a growing range of
“Speed safety and comfort will be the keynotes of tomorrow’s highways.” Awesome.
Alexander Micek on last week’s report on laptop reliability from SquareTrade:
When you only have two data points to model, however, two things
happen: (1) you can easily model the two points with a linear
curve that perfectly fits the data (R2=1). (2) Your model is
capable of predicting nothing. So, the SquareTrade authors have
formed an inappropriate model based on sloppy data to make
Just in case you’ve forgotten, Apple has a directory of iPhone web apps that predates the native App Store. Slim pickings, as you might have guessed.
(Judging by my email, one misconception many people have is that iPhone web apps only work when you have network access. That’s not necessarily true — you can write an iPhone web app that runs offline, uses local storage (via HTML5), and launches from your home screen without the MobileSafari browser chrome. My favorite example of such a web app: Neven Mrgan’s Glyphboard.
Apple updates the Launch Services documentation to address Snow Leopard’s abandonment of creator codes.