Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Who needs a DSLR?

This past weekend I decided to go to Banff without lugging a DSLR or a camcorder. I just brought my iPhone 4S and a Panasonic Lumix waterproof pocket camera. The photograph here is from a panorama shot on the iPhone 4S, stitched in

Thursday, October 20, 2011


I finally got my new iPhone 4S activated. The iPhone 3G in this photo served me faithfully for 3 years, and it still works, although it slowed down quite a bit after I installed iOS4 on it. The 4S is significantly faster, of course.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Birthplace of the Web

Birthplace of the Web (the computer that Tim Berners-Lee used to invent the World Wide Web)The computer Tim Berners-Lee used to invent the World Wide Web, photo by Robert Scoble.

The web's inventor offers a few words in tribute to Steve Jobs, whose company NeXT created the platform on which the web was invented.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Friday, September 09, 2011

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Doing the Unlikely

Image source: Apple
Apple has managed to do something everyone else so far has failed at: make UNIX usable for non-geeks. In fact, Apple has turned UNIX into a mass-market consumer operating system. How? iOS, which powers the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, is UNIX at its core. The typical iOS device user doesn't need to know this, and frankly, they don't care so long as their devices work properly. iOS shares core code with MacOS X, so there's a non-trivial degree of reusability between codebases, and lessons learned on iOS are transferred to MacOS X and vice versa. This is only to be expected, since both iOS and MacOS X trace their ancestry to NeXTSTEP, the platform on which Tim Berners-Lee invented the web in 1990. So UNIX is alive and well...and thanks to Apple, popular. Not bad for an OS first developed in 1969. For historical context, scroll through the UNIX timeline.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011