PS3 Counter-Strike To Support Keyboard and Mouse
This is a great start, but I'd like to see them backport the KB/Mouse to their older games as well.
I've always been a PC gamer, but this is step in the right direction. They could port it to Portal 2 with a Software patch, and I'd be a happy guy.
If more companies did this, the PS3 would be an obvious buy for me..
I also like the openness Sony's had with their PSN, and I like that I can buy Portal 2 for PS3, and get a Steam version for free.
Sony is a bunch of asshats in lots of areas, but they're doing OK on this part.
Steam Client for Mac Launches, Linux Client On the Way
I GREATLY prefer to buy games through Steam, and will often pay a premium to do so. It gives me the convenience of being able to download it on any PC I go to; It's in my list, along with every other game.
I don't need to store the DMG or ISO, and go through a manual install process. It's all there, in one place, easy as pie, and ready to move across systems.
Edward Tufte Weighs In on Apple's iPhone
If you look at his examples, his primary argument is that you can cram more information on the screen because of the iPhone's high resolution. I can't agree with him that this is a good idea.
Part of the reason that people BUY the iPhone is that it's simple and stylish, rather than the existing information heavy devices like Pocket PC phones. In particular, look at his example about the Weather- Apple's widget is small and sleek. It shows you the vital information, and it does it in strong fonts and bold styling. It's clear, and it's easy.
He squishes all of that information into a tiny corner, so that he can add a large repeating satellite view- Sure it's useful in some cases, and it's certainly a neat demonstration of the iPhone's abilities, but it fails when it comes to the task of quickly giving me the important information.
It makes me squint to see the tiny version of the temperature, and shows off, rather than helping.
Sometimes developers fall into the problem of working so often because they can, not wondering if they should.
Note- He dismisses this argument, saying that information density isn't the problem, it's laying it out clearly. I agree with him in general,in that complex information can often be presented simply, but in most of his cases, increasing the density would diminish it's usefulness.