indefensible: john gruber

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Apple uses experiences to sell products, as any Mad Men watcher could tell you.

James Mitchell, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 11:23 (eight years ago) link

that's a diff thing from being an experience company, tho

stet, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 11:24 (eight years ago) link

"apple is an experience company" is his turgid writing style, yes.

but i am a good-faith zinger, and that was a good piece.

caek, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 11:31 (eight years ago) link

basically slocki otm

caek, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 11:31 (eight years ago) link

Agreed. Was def a way better demolition of the Isaacson book than Siracusa managed.

I want to put NextSTEP on my old Thinkpad now, except the guy who installed it for Jobs says it was a total nightmare http://www.nextcomputers.org/forums/viewtopic.php?p=2209

stet, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 11:33 (eight years ago) link

the siracusa thing was just a long, boring list of tiny errors and a couple of unsupported larger, vague arguments

the jazz zinger (s1ocki), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 16:52 (eight years ago) link

i recently tried installing OPENSTEP in a VM and couldn't get past the driver selection stuff ):

radiant silverfish (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 17:50 (eight years ago) link

lol this guy has a hard time enjoying himself, lil uptight http://daringfireball.net/linked/2012/02/15/ios-86

lag∞n, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 18:43 (eight years ago) link

As soon as Schiller told me the name, I silently cursed myself for not having predicted it. Apple is a company of patterns. iPhone 3G, followed by a same-form-factor-but-faster 3GS; iPhone 4 followed by a same-form-factor-but-faster 4S. Leopard followed by Snow Leopard; so, of course: Lion followed by Mountain Lion.
I silently cursed myself for not having the beacons and yardsticks.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:57 (eight years ago) link

I wonder immediately about that “now”. I don’t press, because I find the question that immediately sprang to mind uncomfortable. And some things remain unchanged: Apple executives explain what they want to explain, and they explain nothing more.

this guy is v strange

lag∞n, Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:10 (eight years ago) link

I’ve been using Mountain Lion for a week, preinstalled on a MacBook Air loaned to me by Apple.

radiant silverfish (diamonddave85), Thursday, 16 February 2012 16:20 (eight years ago) link

oh my god

the jazz zinger (s1ocki), Thursday, 16 February 2012 16:24 (eight years ago) link

THIS is your FAVORITE FEATURE??

My favorite Mountain Lion feature, though, is one that hardly even has a visible interface. Apple is calling it “Gatekeeper”. It’s a system whereby developers can sign up for free-of-charge Apple developer IDs which they can then use to cryptographically sign their applications. If an app is found to be malware, Apple can revoke that developer’s certificate, rendering the app (along with any others from the same developer) inert on any Mac where it’s been installed. In effect, it offers all the security benefits of the App Store, except for the process of approving apps by Apple. Users have three choices which type of apps can run on Mountain Lion:

* Only those from the App Store
* Only those from the App Store or which are signed by a developer ID
* Any app, whether signed or unsigned

The default for this setting is, I say, exactly right: the one in the middle, disallowing only unsigned apps. This default setting benefits users by increasing practical security, and also benefits developers, preserving the freedom to ship whatever software they want for the Mac, with no approval process.

radiant silverfish (diamonddave85), Thursday, 16 February 2012 16:28 (eight years ago) link

lol

the jazz zinger (s1ocki), Thursday, 16 February 2012 16:29 (eight years ago) link

Sadly, the punning possibilities of 'mac-gruber' have only just now suggested themselves to me, when surely that meme wave was beaten into the ground by now.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 16 February 2012 16:31 (eight years ago) link

THIS is your FAVORITE FEATURE??

loool

caek, Thursday, 16 February 2012 18:09 (eight years ago) link

software signing is actually not a terrible idea; in fact many linux distributions have cryptographically signed packages using keys that are signed by the distributors. And groobs is on point with his hope that package-signing will make it onto iOS as the platform opens up.

All the work I do on my mac is in the terminal or a web browser anyway so new OS X features rarely mean much to me.

tinker tailor soldier sb (silby), Thursday, 16 February 2012 18:11 (eight years ago) link

me too. the last time i upgraded OS X for some reason other than "it came with the new computer" was 10.4.

caek, Thursday, 16 February 2012 18:15 (eight years ago) link

And groobs is on point with his hope that package-signing will make it onto iOS as the platform opens up.

I really, really hope that transpires

Wub wub wub wubwubwubwub wub Pzzzzzzz WUBB wubwub (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 16 February 2012 21:57 (eight years ago) link

I knew the Dow was imprecise and rather arbitrary compared to something like the S&P 500, but the more I learn about the Dow the more nonsensical I realize it is.
It's a lousy yardstick for measuring all those billions of imprecisely-sized beacons.

James Mitchell, Monday, 20 February 2012 21:44 (eight years ago) link

find a new zing james

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Monday, 20 February 2012 22:29 (eight years ago) link

found one

https://twitter.com/#!/totallyslutsky/status/171666559666888705

caek, Monday, 20 February 2012 22:50 (eight years ago) link

:D

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Monday, 20 February 2012 22:54 (eight years ago) link

http://twitter.com/#!/jdalrymple/status/170699109177634816

markers, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 02:30 (eight years ago) link

http://twitter.com/#!/gruber/status/172054760323690497

markers, Tuesday, 21 February 2012 21:11 (eight years ago) link

o dammmn

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 21:28 (eight years ago) link

a signpost in life

valleys of your mind (mh), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 21:29 (eight years ago) link

he linked to The Oatmeal today, pretty indefensible imo

tinker tailor soldier sb (silby), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 22:32 (eight years ago) link

ppl on the internet hate everything eh

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 22:51 (eight years ago) link

If your interested in a deep, thoughtful take on the problems Mac developers are running into with sandboxing...

o _o⃑ (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 21 February 2012 23:20 (eight years ago) link

Don't even get the point of writing that other than as a beacon, a yardstick for the guy's impeccable taste.

Nicholas Pokémon (silby), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 17:26 (eight years ago) link

/tech-thoughts/

lukas, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 17:49 (eight years ago) link

My Thoughts About Purple Suspenders Over the Years

ಠ﹏ಠ (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 18:01 (eight years ago) link

1990-Writing this post: Was I ever capable of dressing myself?

ಠ﹏ಠ (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 18:04 (eight years ago) link

Best part about his site: the "in partnership with mediatemple" graphic. mediatemple hosts a number of tech/design sites for free, and those sites indicate that somewhere, usually in the footer. This guy is paying for their cheapest plan and still has a big old logo conspicuously displayed at the top of the page.

valleys of your mind (mh), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 18:43 (eight years ago) link

^ actual good zinging

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 20:14 (eight years ago) link

I have to hand it to mediatemple, their sponsorship has paid off so well that the cargo cult thinks they're making the next hot site just by putting the logo on the side, even if they're still paying for that "privilege"

valleys of your mind (mh), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 20:38 (eight years ago) link

in partnership with angelfire

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Wednesday, 29 February 2012 20:39 (eight years ago) link

http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lzupz2luBf1qafhi5.jpg

James Mitchell, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 21:58 (eight years ago) link

loooooool xp

caek, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 23:36 (eight years ago) link

Incisive, informed content curation.

James Mitchell, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 05:24 (eight years ago) link

http://twitter.com/#!/daringfireball/status/180424385470021632

markers, Thursday, 15 March 2012 22:49 (eight years ago) link

i like how he arbitrarily decides to refer to the new ipad as iPad (3)

faces of geth (diamonddave85), Friday, 16 March 2012 00:31 (eight years ago) link

ya that's awful

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Friday, 16 March 2012 03:05 (eight years ago) link

Why would he not call it "the 2012 iPad"

Why I ask you

Nicholas Pokémon (silby), Friday, 16 March 2012 04:29 (eight years ago) link

(3)

faces of geth (diamonddave85), Friday, 16 March 2012 14:57 (eight years ago) link

srsly that shit has to stop. he doesn't call it the MacBook Air (3) or the iMac (14), does he? ffs. I bet he'd drive a Porsche 911, but he wouldn't call it a 911 (7), either.

stet, Friday, 16 March 2012 15:26 (eight years ago) link

Porsche 911 (Never Forget)

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Friday, 16 March 2012 15:26 (eight years ago) link

Get the feeling he'll be eating some serious Mike Daizey claim chowder after this weekend's This American Life.

James Mitchell, Friday, 16 March 2012 23:00 (eight years ago) link


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