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Aionescu wrote: "It is utterly unfair to compare Windows on a Mac laptop. Regular Windows-compatible (OEM/designed-for/Logo'ed) machines have something called "ACPI Tables"" That would be more compelling if Windows' battery life on a Mac laptop was not pretty much the same as Windows' battery life on a non-Mac laptop with similar specs. And if a similar differential wasn't seen on non-Apple Hackintoshes. Also, Apple may well provide the appropriate ACPI stuff for Windows among the Bootcamp Windows drivers for Apple hardware.
Books are going to be like photographs. We must take far, far, far more digital photographs than we took film photos. But unlike film, we don't make prints of them all. We might make a print of one digital photo in a hundred, probably the one that really stands out. If it's really special, we might get it printed in a larger format, frame it, and hang it on the wall. That might be one in a thousand. Similarly, eventually we'll read ebooks most of the time, and only obtain hard copy of the books that mean the most to us. Perhaps in extra-nice editions. Right now, your bookshelf probably includes some special books that really speak to your personality, and a bunch of books that are just there because it'd be a hassle to get rid of them.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2012 on Books: Bits vs. Atoms at Coding Horror
"But unless the publishers are willing to treat eBooks with the same respect and care that they give to their printed books – and most importantly of all, adjust their pricing to reflect the brave new economy of bits, and not an antiquated economy of atoms – they're destined to eventually suffer the same fate as the Encyclopedia Britannica." Um. Britannica isn't out of business, they just aren't publishing the print edition anymore. They're still doing the DVD-based product, and the web-based version. Britannica *did exactly what you're saying*. Their DVD edition costs about $30, not the $1300 of the print edition. The DVDs has been that inexpensive for years and years. The web edition likely has a similarly affordable annual subscription price. Britannica even tried being completely free on the web, around 1999-2001. They had topical articles in a portal-type arrangement, along with the encyclopedia. It wasn't workable, so they went to a registration model.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2012 on Books: Bits vs. Atoms at Coding Horror
The thing I find challenging, is lighting a paper notebook (or other reading material) that sits beside the keyboard, without causing glare on the screen.
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2011 on Bias Lighting at Coding Horror
Instapaper also integrates with the kindle, does it not? That'd be one reason to still use it.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2011 on Serving at the Pleasure of the King at Coding Horror
My cynical explanation is that you can build a bigger fiefdom if you start a redevelopment project. If your team is just integrating with an existing, external open source product, your manager might ask if you really need so many people, you might lose status and at worst your budget gets cut.
"Apple isn't being sued for shipping Open Source because their target market is vanishingly small compared to Microsoft's" I'm sure if a smartphone company thought they could take down the iPhone by finding a patent violation in open source used by iPhone OS or its software development toolchain, they'd make the effort to find such a violation and find some way to persuade the IP owner to sue Apple, perhaps by buying the IP first.
I like keeping some roleplaying polyhedral dice on my desk, to roll around in my hands when I want a tactile distraction. They're also useful for deciding how to answer user help requests. 1-4 "Have you tried rebooting", 5-8 "Log out and then back in" etc.
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2010 on Programming Your Hands at Coding Horror
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