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The "software company" bubble

August 21, 2011

It's amazing what you can see when you refuse to open your eyes -- or need to talk your book. Take, for example, Marc Andreessen's article in the WSJ titled "Why Software is Eating the World." I became skeptical when this line appeared in the introduction: And, perhaps most telling, you can't have a bubble […]

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Trials of the early adopter

July 25, 2011

Update: this post is now completely obsolete. I've posted a much more comprehensive guide to installing Python, NumPy, SciPy, matplotlib and IPython on Lion here. This post is meant as a public service announcement for an extremely small audience. If you don't think this is directed at you, then it almost certainly isn't. I'm happy […]

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I love natural scrolling in Lion

July 24, 2011

I want to add my voice to a (silent?) minority: I love natural scrolling in Lion. For those readers who aren't yet running Apple's latest OS, scrolling has been reversed in the new software: to scroll down the page, flick your fingers up; to view a panel to the right, drag your fingers left. It […]

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Why the Mac App Store is a brilliant idea

October 20, 2010

Apple announced this afternoon that the App Store is coming to Macs - a brilliant move on their part. When the iPad was announced, I speculated that it would imitate the Dashboard of Mac OS. Instead, it pursued a "single serving app" model, with great success. So great, in fact, that now the tables have […]

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Signs of the times

April 5, 2009

The top two most-emailed stories on right now are "I Hate My iPhone" and "The iPhone Gold Rush". The first is written by a woman who blames her poor spelling and lack of dexterity on her phone (you may remember this argument from such debates as "CDS killed the economy").  The second is about […]

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