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RMS Responds To NPR File-Sharer's Blog

jeffehobbs Thought Exercise (634 comments)

Just imagine if instead of "file sharing," it was "beard sharing". And someone could come along and just get exactly the same length beard as you, just by wanting it! Now who's feeling threatened, not just by Alan Moore, but by all potential beardos everywhere. Now who's livelihood is under attack. Why, we'd probably be so hungry, we'd have to eat things right off our own feet.

more than 2 years ago

Legislation To Make Web Devices Accessible To Disabled Users

jeffehobbs iOS 4's "VoiceOver" function is amazing (274 comments)

I suggest anyone who has interest is seeing what is possible with universal access, check out the iOS's "VoiceOver" mode (triple-click by default in iOS4).

VoiceOver speaks out loud whatever the sight-disabled user hovers over onscreen, then registers the choice via double-click. It's a tremendously effective system and I'm impressed at how universal it is throughout the iOS. Apple is doing some good work here that the rest of the industry would do well to pay close attention to

more than 4 years ago

Talk of an Apple Search Engine To Thwart Google

jeffehobbs Re:Gene Munster is a hack (276 comments)

Without a tuner? No HDMI inputs? No remote? That's the lamest, most expensive HDTV ever.

more than 4 years ago

Why Flash Is Fundamentally Flawed On Touchscreen Devices

jeffehobbs Re:The real reason is flash would cost Apple $ (521 comments)

Ding ding ding ding ding ding!

I love Apple's products as much as anyone, but the above comment's assessment of the situation is dead-on. They *could* make it happen, they certainly could make it an imperfect option, but the real fact is that Apple wants to keep a tight control the delivery of downloadable music, video and games on this platform.

more than 4 years ago

The iPad Questions Apple Won't Answer

jeffehobbs Re:seat (671 comments)

That is ok-- choice is good, and it's not a zero-sum game. Put another way: Some people do not want to install the projector, screen, soundsystem and seats of a home theater. Some people just want to watch a freakin' movie.

more than 4 years ago

Best Filesystem For External Back-Up Drives?

jeffehobbs Re:The solution.. (484 comments)

I second this (DNS-323 myself). Runs like a champ, very low-power, files
available to every machine (and a WD TV Live) from any room in the house.

more than 5 years ago

NYT's "Games To Avoid" an Ironic, Perfect Gamer Wish List

jeffehobbs Re:list (189 comments)

I dunno, that dangling L shape has given me some pretty salacious ideas from time to time. Just to be safe, I'd ban Tetris too.

more than 5 years ago

Google Releases Source To Chromium OS

jeffehobbs Obligatory (664 comments)

No filesystem access. Less space than a hard drive. Lame. :)

(For the record, I think this sounds very exciting -- the first truly new OS idea in a decade).

more than 5 years ago

Neuros LINK Mixes Quiet, Aesthetics, and Ubuntu

jeffehobbs Re:Even for power users... (121 comments)

Check out the MSI media live bareBones. My daughter is watching Backyardigans right now via Ubuntu/Boxee. TV out has always worked, even 'out of the box.'

more than 5 years ago

Negroponte Sees Sugar As OLPC's Biggest Mistake

jeffehobbs The software was the #1 problem... (268 comments)

...followed quickly by the hardware at #2.

Seriously, they missed the boat on faster chips by about a generation, chips that would have been 'good enough' to do web browsing and video playback at a low power draw. The Geode (right?) in the XO is just too slow.

more than 5 years ago

Comic Sans, Font of Ill Will

jeffehobbs AppleScript can fix that (503 comments)

I once wrote an AppleScript bundle .app that moves Comic Sans to the trash, then emails itself out to everyone in the user's Mac OS X Address Book. In fact, I still keep it around. Enjoy.

more than 5 years ago

Ideas For the Next Generation In Human-Computer Interfaces

jeffehobbs Re:voice control (170 comments)

Back when Mac OS 9 had kind-of-sort-of voice control, you could launch programs by putting them in a specific folder. I made an alias for "Unreal" -- which took up 190 MB of RAM and took about 3 minutes to load on my PM 7500. Whenever someone would come over my dorm room to use my computer, I made a point of mentioning very loudly how something was "UNREAL!" -- and then they got to sit there while 'Unreal' loaded, very, very slowly.

more than 5 years ago

Apple's iPhone Developer Crisis

jeffehobbs Highly unlikely (315 comments)

The article linked is incredibly vague and seems to presuppose that the trajectory of all open-source projects is up, up, up. While this is possible -- if Google puts the resources into constant improvement, Android certainly will improve -- it presupposes that Apple is going to be standing still. Not so. Apple's iPhone platform is now a moving target, and the year to two-year market advantage is going to be difficult for Android to top.

Google, as much as I love some of their products, has shown themselves to be a bit spotty with support and improvements to many of their initiatives. Everyone understands that mobile is a big deal, but if Google's decides that they can dominate search just as much on the iPhone than on their own platform, it's possible their drive to improve Android will wither.

The fact that the platform is open-source means virtually nothing to consumers, by the way. They simply want to make calls, surf the web and play games.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Feared Mac Vs. Vista In '05

jeffehobbs Re:Broken premise (652 comments)

Apple customers buy new OS upgrades in droves. Seriously, check out some stats. And with good reason; each upgrade offers clear advantages over the last, well-communicated by Apple to their customer base. It's those last two tricks that MS has failed to do with Vista, both in the consumer space and the enterprise market. It will be interesting to see how they/if they iterate and improve for Windows 7. My bet is "nope".

more than 6 years ago


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