My daily readings 06/21/2010

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    • Evernote — The latest version (3.3.5) brings some pretty solid iOS 4 support. This means not only does it offer fast app switching, but it also uses some of the more advanced background APIs. For example, you can both download and upload notes while the app isn’t currently open. Even cooler is that if you start recording an audio note and then leave the app, it will keep recording. A big red bar along the top of the iPhone will let you know that this action is still taking place, and clicking it will take you back into the Evernote app. The Evernote blog has more on it. You can find the free app here.
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    • GPS is just one example of the ever-widening gap between PCs and smartphones. Sure, PC makers could add a separate GPS chip to the motherboard, but why hasn’t Intel pursued location as a core piece of IP in its chipsets to drive a better mobile experience for laptops?

      It’s simple – they don’t need to. Intel loves high margins, and their market monopoly allows them to pursue margin at the expense of innovation.

    • In PCs, Intel dictates the pace of hardware releases– OEMs essentially wait for CPU updates, then differentiate through inventory control, channel / distribution and branding. Intel and Microsoft win no matter which PC makers excel – they literally don’t care if it’s Asus, Dell or HP.
    • Consider Infineon, which supplies the 3G wireless chipset in the iPhone. In order to stay in Apple’s graces, Infineon must do everything necessary to help the hardware and software play well together, including staffing permanent engineers in Cupertino or sending a team overnight from Germany. Do you think Intel does this for Dell?
    • It’s this overall combination of component advancement, system integration, and software which will continue to drive unprecedented innovation in mobile. Meanwhile, the WinTel monopoly is taking PCs along a slow linear path, where features and user experience drag way behind available technology.
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    • consuming and resulted in bloated code. With CSS3, these creepy hacks are becoming history. And better still, we can use CSS3 right now.
  • tags: ideas

  • tags: webkit

  • tags: Life, Love

  • tags: Life

  • tags: readability

    • Speaking of Readability, and with apologies for the off-topic self-promotion, I made a multi-column stylesheet which some may find appealing: http://anoved.net/tag/readability/
  • tags: ReadLater, Reading

    • I prefer to hit my “Read Later” bookmarklet for Instapaper and then use “toread” to send it to my email, since that way I keep it consistent and can archive the article in Gmail but use the Instapaper mobile interface on the go. Best of both worlds.
    • I’m running out of space on my browser’s bar for another bookmarklet. Plus, it seems like the market for this sort of service is sort of saturated.
  • tags: AppStore, iPhone

    • Yes, just like the dot com boom, this growth is unsustainable.

      But again, just like the dot com boom, once the market has matured to blow away the chaff, what remains will have proven pretty game-changing.

  • tags: Android

    • Blatant misinformation. At the beginning of this article, they suggest Google is going to impose a single UI, as though Sense and Motoblur would no longer be allowed. By the end, they acknowledge that they’re only hoping to make the default UI so good that it discourages other manufacturers from rolling their own, which we already knew. Terribly, if not manipulatively written.
    • This sounds a lot like the rational for the Nexus One. Google will a set a standard so high it will become the baseline for everyone else, minimizing fragmentation (if not eliminating it).

      It didn’t work then and I’m not sure why they think this is going to work now. Handset makers do not want to become “box makers” for Google, period. If that means splintering Android into a million pieces, so be it.

      Google has painted themselves into a corner. The most touted benefit of Android (that it’s “open”) is proving to be its biggest drawback. But now the question is how do they can maintain control of their platform without mimicking Apple?

  • tags: Android

    • Citing “multiple sources close to Google”, bloggers at TechCrunch report that the top priority for the next Android update, codenamed Gingerbread, is to homogenize the user experience and address criticisms of fragmentation. This could severely curtail the freedom of licensees to create their own user interface overlays – most famously, Motorola’s Motoblur and HTC’s Sense.
    • However, some developers fear they will need to choose between being ‘Motoblur programmers’ or ‘Sense programmers’, rather than having their Android apps run entirely unchanged on all the versions. This would create a world more like traditional Symbian – with very different user interface layers such as Nokia Series 60, DoCoMo MOAP, and the now defunct Sony Ericsson/Motorola technology UIQ, all with their own programmer bases.

      In the Symbian world, all these three have been donated to the open source Symbian^3 project, though it is not yet clear how prescriptive the Symbian Foundation will be about the user experience.

    • According to the TechCrunch report, Google believes proprietary overlays are variable in quality and often slow down the device. It cannot, in the open source world, ban these UIs as Apple can, but it aims to make them “as pointless as possible” by enhancing the vanilla look and feel and ensuring it drives the fastest and most efficient performance for the handset.

      However, Apple levels of UI performance are almost impossible for a platform that is geared to a wide variety of devices and vendors, and Google may, once again, be overestimating its own power, and the need for its key partners to differentiate themselves.

  • tags: Startup

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    • 只不过,有记者这个身份,会约束人们表达自己好恶的本能,它要求你提供尽可能多的事实,而不是看法。

      八十岁的时候,海伦离开供职五十七年的美联社,开始成为一个专栏作家。

      专栏作家与记者的区别是,她从此提供看法。

    • 我自己有过这种经验,知道英雄与混蛋的道德模式最容易煽动人们的情绪,一个“反对……!”的立脚点很容易变成一个集体的代言人,使人热血激沸泪水涟涟。
    • 我们都痛恨暴力和对记者的虐杀,但是ANN的话让我不能不去想—-我之前对安娜的评价是否没有保留?抒情的背后没有更复杂的事实?单纯的强弱黑白的报道能不能完全解释现实?

      我说“也许她是在一个那样的环境下,常常被迫害的人很难避免……”

      “但这样慢慢会变成你本来反对的人”

      “……那么你认为最好的方式是什么?”

      她说“最好的防御就是准确”

    • 后来看完老郝这个片子,我觉得领导的决定是对的,音乐是一种倾向,抒情,也可以说是一种强烈的看法,音乐一起,观众就跟着一哽,一软,被影响了,但是如果出发点就是为弱者张目,事件的因果和逻辑就可能来不及宕实,直接进入了情绪。


      同情是人类最美好的品质之一,但先入为主的悲情是需要我们共同警惕的。

      有个朋友把一篇批评我的文字发给我过,我觉得说的真好,引在这儿跟老郝老范分享

      如果你用悲情贿赂过读者,你也一定用悲情取悦过自己,我猜想柴静做节目、写博客时,常是热泪盈眶的。得诚实地说,悲情、苦大仇深的心理基础是自我感动。自我感动取之便捷,又容易上瘾,对它的自觉抵制,便尤为可贵。每一条细微的新闻背后,都隐藏一条冗长的逻辑链,在我们这,这些逻辑链绝大多数是同一朝向,正是这不能言说又不言而喻的秘密,我们需要提醒自己:绝不走到这条逻辑链的半山腰就嚎啕大哭。


      他写道“
      准确是这一工种最重要的手艺,而自我感动、感动先行是准确最大的敌人,真相常流失于涕泪交加中

  • tags: scribd, HTML5, PDF

    • It’s a huge relief to look at a file on scribd and have the file be HTML, rather than flash.

      I used to avoid scribd, but now I’ll happily use it. As well as the pauses and slowdowns, even the flash text rendering is wretchedly bad in comparison with the HTML rendering I get in Safari.

      Scribd have done a great job in moving over to HTML, and I’d expect the growth to keep coming. Good on them!

      Can’t find the transition item here on YCN, but the first article of the transition to HTML is:

      http://coding.scribd.com/2010/05/17/facing-font-in-html/

    • Same here. I was using OReilly Safari the other day, which also hosts PDFs like Scribd. I kept cutting and pasting sample code from I book I’d purchased, then wondering why the code had ransom spaces inserted into it that kept breaking things.

      And then I remembered: Safari is Flash, Scribd is HTML. This is why Safari cut and paste doesn’t work.

      Scribd dudes: please talk to OReilly.

    • If you look at scripd’s source code, you cannot really call it “HTML5”. It’s the same old nested DIVs with absolute positioning and class names such as “only_ie6_border”. Plus some CSS3 eye candy. Hard to see why it couldn’t have been implemented years ago.
  • tags: Motivation

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