Daring Fireball: Online Privacy Should Be Modeled on Real-World Privacy
— Read on daringfireball.net/2020/09/online_privacy_real_world_privacy

Daring Fireball: 2020 iPad Models Now Feature Hardware Microphone Disconnect:

This is the kind of attention to detail around privacy that defines using Apple hardware, and can only come from the deep integrations and control of design they have.

Daring Fireball: ‘Who Would Have Thought an iPad Cursor Could Be So Much Fun?’
— Read on daringfireball.net/linked/2020/03/24/mod-ipad-pointer

See also:

https://sixcolors.com/post/2020/03/in-praise-of-the-ipados-134-cursor/

Further evidence of what I had posted earlier… The new iPad OS pointer is Apple redefining the utility of one of the fundamental interfaces of our time, giving it context and intelligence nobody would expect on the desktop.

Daring Fireball: Convergence on the Laptop Form Factor:

I think Heer gets this right. It’s not about iPad moving closer to Surface conceptually; it’s about moving closer to the laptop ideal. For certain tasks nothing beats the laptop form factor, and quite possibly never will. All computing platforms that are used for such tasks inevitably take on that form. What’s new this decade is the detachable 2-in-1 form — one device that serves as both a laptop with keyboard and trackpad and as a handheld tablet. Microsoft got there from one direction, Apple from another.

I think it’s more than just a direction, but a destination. The iPad was released as an ideal, and for certain things it was perfect on Day One… But for other things, it wasn’t as well suited by itself, and so each release is steering the ship, adding things to make it a little better for edge cases while trying not to lose the spirit…

For Microsoft, the PC was their original ideal, and they’re trying to make it as broad a platform as they can, while truly satisfying nobody.

The fact that today’s iPad OS update is happening on the 19th anniversary of the original GA release of Mac OS X suggests to me that this might be a moon-shot release of sorts.

(164) iSongs – YouTube

November 21, 2019

(164) iSongs – YouTube:

Popular songs covered with Garage Band on iPhone, in realtime.

I have done this once, The Who’s Baba O’Relily, with a bit of trial and error… It’s fun.

Fun Tip: You can export from Garage Band to a ringtone, if so inclined…

A low moment in Apple’s proud history, and a sadly iconic moment for Tim Cook. I hope avoiding those tariffs is worth it.
— Read on daringfireball.net/2019/11/cook_trump_campaign_ad

Back to windows after twenty years – Signal v. Noise
— Read on m.signalvnoise.com/back-to-windows-after-twenty-years/

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What this experiment taught me, though, was just how much I actually like OSX. How much satisfaction I derive from its font rendering. How lovely my code looks in TextMate 2. How easy it is to live that *nix developer life, while still using a computer where everything (well, except that fucking keyboard!) mostly just works.

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I remember when I read your column, one of the sentences that most surprised me was: “I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”
Yes, I strongly believe that. I think there’s many meanings behind this. One is, it was his decision, not mine. Two, at least for me, I can only speak for myself, it gives me a level of empathy that I think is probably much higher than average because being gay or trans, you’re a minority. And I think when you’re a majority, even though intellectually you can understand what it means to be in a minority, it’s an intellectual thing. It’s not intellectual for me to be in a minority. I’m not saying that I understand the trials and tribulations of every minority group, because I don’t. But I do understand for one of the groups. And to the degree that it helps give you a lens on how other people may feel, I think that’s a gift in and of itself.
— Read on peopleenespanol.com/chica/tim-cook-the-power-of-diversity/