March 27th, 2013
What’s an extension? An extension conflict? The command key?
A fantastic little site called The Essential Mac has all these keywords listed and defined — great if you’re new to the classic Mac operating system.
It’s also a great primer for everything from Control Panels to those pesky extensions in pre-OS X Macintoshes. And since time on this site seemed to stop in 1997, you have a classic reference piece. The Essential Mac comes courtesy of the South Shore Mac Users Group in Long Island, NY.
(via System Folder)
January 23rd, 2013
Patrick Rhone at Minimal Mac:
You want to know what true innovation is? Doing what the heck you want and not giving two rats about other people’s expectations and priorities.
Big, blockbuster innovations take time, timing, and a need. Be patient everyone. Jeez.
December 26th, 2012
Stephen Hackett at 512pixels:
In retrospect, it’s easy to see just how important the PowerBook G3s were to Apple. The machines bridged the gap between old-school and modern Macs, and each generation included significant progress in Apple’s mobile technology.
The photos are great, as is the analysis. Having never owned a PowerBook G3, I often find it hard to get the naming system just right.
[via Thomas Brand.]
December 13th, 2012
Nick Bilton at the New York Times Bits blog:
A focus on the iPad could be a boon for [Flickr]. Although a lot of people don’t take photos on their iPad, they sure do like to look at images on it. Could Flickr create a beautiful magazinelike iPad application that allows people to skim through high-resolution images on the service?
As a still-dedicated Flickr user (along with other Newton users out there), it’s nice to hear things are maybe…kind of…hopefully picking up at Flickr.
And Bilton’s idea is great: a way to browse stuff that’s somewhere, quality-wise, between Instagram and 500px. My friends and acquaintances still use Flickr for their good stuff. It’d be nice for this hypothetical iPad treatment to be a nicer version of the Contacts tab on Flickr.com. The problem is that, at least for my contacts, the quantity of stuff has decreased over the years. That’s a shame.
But I still use the hell out of Flickr, and plan to for as long as its around in something like its current form.
Improvements, though, are always welcome.
UPDATE: Good thoughts from Zach Inglis as well, especially on the Flickr-as-a-gallery ranking in the photo app wars.
December 12th, 2012
Maybe the beige model is next?
October 31st, 2012
Page 2 of a 1998 Italian Apple brochure introducing the iMac G3, the PowerBook G3, Mac OS 8 and related software.
Good “vintage” stuff from Riccardo Mori over at System Folder. Love the lady’s shirt.
August 20th, 2012
Funny what you find in a top-rated, university-backed medical research facility.
Man, those eMacs. Still plugging along.
July 25th, 2012
Thomas Brand at Egg Freckles gives us a history lesson in Apple skeuomorphism, all the way back to the beginning:
Before the Mac there was no skeuomorphism, because there was no graphical user interface. For almost thirty years the iconography of desktop objects have greeted users as they stare into their computer screens. The desktop metaphor has given new computer users a familiar foundation to ground their experiences upon, and expert users terminology such as “files” and “folders” we still use today.
Brushed metal, DVD players, and even the calculator – Brand shows that skeuomorphism is nothing new for Apple.
Even the Newton had its share of skeuomorphism, with the lined paper metaphor greeting us in the Notes app.