UPDATE: THIS BLOG POST IS NOW OUT OF DATE. It is, in fact, possible, to install Windows on an external disk on modern Macs. For an updated treatment of this topic, for Macs roughly 2013-and-later, see here. However for macs much earlier than that, this information still applies, and is preserved for historical reasons. Continuing […]

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I don’t understand Fake Inbox Zero.  It’s the idea that your inbox should always have zero messages.  As distinct from Actual Inbox Zero: “It’s about how to reclaim your email, your atten­tion, and your life. That “zero?” It’s not how many mes­sages are in your inbox–it’s how much of your own brain is in that […]

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Something interesting has been going on. In case you haven’t noticed, it’s becoming cheaper and easier for anyone to distribute content these days. This inconvenient truth is leading to the death of the newspaper industry, and the fantastically overeager power grab from media moguls is causing technical folk to openly declare war. But with all […]

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I’ve been getting caught up on Fringe lately.  They are kinda notorious for encoding (fairly easily-decodable) messages into the shows, and famously their glyphs have been solved through machine-assisted cryptanalysis. As the series has developed, a group of beings called The Observers have become more and more important to the storyline, and they have always been depicted […]

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18 Oct 2012, by

The way forward

One of the remarkable things about computers is how quickly things change.  Of course, all good computer scientists get drilled into their heads at a young age that Moore’s Law will not fix a poor algorithm and may very well run out.  Even so, the idea that something can double for any amount of time, in any observable period, […]

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The startup community operates in a world of “get out of the building.”  Of “write more specs“.  Of asking “should this project even be built“?  This converges on a culture of “everything except the code.”  Have meetings about the featureset.  Write documents about the featureset.  Argue with other developers about the design.  Think about the […]

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Cory Doctorow gave a talk recently about how we are descending towards a dystopian future, which was based on an earlier talk with largely the same premise.  I doubt it. The premise is sound enough: TPM is here to stay, and it’s important that we have TPM that is controlled by actual people, and not […]

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Everybody’s weighing in on the Sparrow acquisition. Marco says if you want great indie developers, pay them well.  Eleza says “that’s what I did!”.  Selligy says that Apple should do something.  Matt says everbody should stop whining. It’s time for some sticker shock.  Matt has the right idea when he says: Thanks for that $10. […]

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In collecting feedback on my previous post discussing the new hotness of NSIncrementalDataStore, I seem to have unexpectedly lit a fuse.  On the one hand, that blog post has spawned a dozen new projects and has kept my inbox unusually full.  On the other hand, it met an unexpected amount of resistance–not just to the new workflow for […]

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Okay, somebody needs to say it:  Eric Raymond just said something really stupid: That’s wrong. Open systems are better, always. Cisco has just provided us with a perfect lesson in why that sentence is completely backwards, and why we can never trust closed-source software vendors not to do evil under the cover of their code […]

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