Google’s ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Mantra is ‘Bullshit,’ Adobe Is Lazy

Steve Jobs on Google:

This don’t be evil mantra: “It’s bullshit.”

I agree wholeheartedly. Google has manufactured an incredible public lie that centres on the myth of their altruism. I don’t buy it for a minute. There’s no way for a company like Google be good and make money. Their applications are the classic sleigh-of-hand trickster tools: they want you to look at what they’re doing with the one hand they have offered to you, but ignore the other one they have behind their back (or in your pocket).

I am convinced, Google is the best example of true internet evil.

via Google’s ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Mantra is ‘Bullshit,’ Adobe Is Lazy: Apple’s Steve Jobs | Epicenter | Wired.com.

Results of Study on Cellphone Use Surprise Researchers

…laws banning cellphone use while driving has not resulted in a reduction in car crashes…

And this surprises anyone?

As any Whitehorse resident is aware, laws and bylaws in and of themselves are completely irrelevant: dog shit is everywhere around here and traffic lights are routinely ignored, despite laws and bylaws that threaten punishment.

Laws and bylaws are merely a guide, a suggestion, for social behaviour, they are by no means representative of reality, and they do not by default force behaviour.

Whitehorse is a city or people that generally accept dog shit in public places, and that do not condemn people who run red lights. In other words, both behaviours are socially acceptable here.

Just because bylaws exist that make such acts illegal, does not mean otherwise.

So it is with cell phone use while driving: it is a socially acceptable behaviour. No amount of laws will make it otherwise.

Authorities and government would do well to understand this and start applying some creative thinking that would enact social change to the problem.

via Results of Study on Cellphone Use Surprise Researchers – Bits Blog – NYTimes.com.

Time to take eBooks seriously, unfortunately

There’s a certain irony in the fact that contemporary books are almost completely created on computers, yet are delivered as products physically, on paper.

They are written in word processors. Their pages are composed in layout applications. They are prepared for delivery in a very specific digital format.

Then, oddly enough, they are printed.

Why?

Is it utility? Efficiency? Romanticism? Habit?

Is there any real reason for words to ever meet paper?

These are important questions to ponder because we are at a pivotal point in the history of books.

From here on in, there will be fewer and fewer books that will be delivered on paper.

Within a year or two paper books will be the exception rather than the norm.

Like it or not, this is a certainty. Continue reading

How much is free worth to you?

Free.

It’s a word  that we take for granted these days.

It’s how we do things online.

Google, Facebook, Twitter and their ilk work hard to foster this mentality.

But it’s not altruism that guides them.

They know that what we give them is of a much greater value than the web baubles and beads they toss our way in return.

Otherwise, how would Google have turned its mediocre suite of “free” online tools and services into $4.9 billion of revenue in the last three months?

Or Twitter have sold its data stream to Microsoft and Google for $25 million?

Well, like my grandpa used to say, “There no such thing as a free lunch.”

And nothing proves that more than the modern internet.

So let’s take a peek at what “free” supposedly means online. Continue reading

Open Letter From OK Go

We’ve been flooded with complaints recently because our YouTube videos can’t be embedded on websites, and in certain countries can’t be seen at all. And we want you to know: we hear you, and we’re sorry. We wish there was something we could do. Believe us, we want you to pass our videos around more than you do, but, crazy as it may seem, it’s now far harder for bands to make videos accessible online than it was four years ago.

This whole letter is well worth reading, not just to understand how the music business is shifting, but to understand how the internet is, in a way, creaking and moaning under its own weight.

I don’t even know the band and it makes me want to buy the album. This letter is just that intelligent and valuable.

via Open Letter From OK Go – OK Go.

iSlate: The Son of Apple TV

I’m almost ashamed to contribute to the horrendous noise surrounding Apple’s pre-mythical tablet that is supposedly heading our way next Wednesday.

But I have an idea about its purpose and functionality that I haven’t heard before, so in the hope of gaining a point or two of that proverbial blog-pundit cred, I’m gonna put this out there.

It’s pretty clear that Apple has let its “hobby”, Apple TV, wallow for the past few years (but, for the record, let it be known that I absolutely adore my Apple TV). There’s nary a hint of rumour surrounding an update. Yet it’s equally clear that Apple’s tablet (actually, I’ll go with the company’s registered trademark and call it the iSlate, as awful a name as that is) has been in the lab for several years, just waiting for mass technology to catch up with it.

So I imagine the iSlate to be, in part, Apple TV’s replacement. The Son of Apple TV, if you will.

The iSlate will act as a conduit for iTunes to other display media.

On the one hand, you’ll be able to watch a movie on the iSlate.

But with a simple swipe, you’ll be able to “toss” the video stream to another display, like your TV screen.

The iSlate will act as a conduit for the stream, and it will second as a control device for the video screen, even as it gains the ability to augment that content with new information.

Apple will also release an upgraded Airport Express with an HDMI output port to support the streaming of HD video from the iSlate. It will be insanely diminutive in physical size  (think of small box of matches) and cost about $69.

Some existing Apple technologies will be supported right away. Apple TV will immediately gain the ability to support Wifi HD streaming, so faithful owners of this device won’t have to buy a new Airport Express (or is that wishful thinking?).

And iPhone OS 4.0 will have the feature built in, so you’ll be able to stream either on-board video to your TV from your iPhone, or enable your iPhone to act like a conduit between iTunes and your TV.

I hope that Apple opens this up (though this is doubtful) to any video source on your iPhone or iSlate, enabling you to tune into, say, an iPhone Boxee app or a live CBC TV app video stream.

Even better, though, is that content developers will be able to author mixed-media content specifically for what would potentially be a multi-screen environment.

You could, for example, watch a live stream of a football game on the big screen and have access to stats, manual instant-replays, live forums, Twitter, and other content on your iPhone or iSlate.

Furthermore, Bonjour-based internet access to your iTunes library will become a reality, so you’ll be able to access all your content from wherever you are.

The point of such a feature would, of course, be to kill the set-top box, but also to enable you to socialize with your video media.

You’ll be able to go to a friend’s house and, as long as they have a new Airport Express or Apple TV (a product which will be discontinued after the release of the iSlate) hooked up to their TV, you’ll be able to use your iSlate or iPhone to hook into your iTunes library at home and stream video to the big screen.

Of course, this is not all the iSlate will do. It will also be an excellent display medium for former print media, as is the most popular concept. But it will be so much more than an e-book reader, and open up new opportunities for content publishers to develop cross-media content that utilizes potentially multiple outputs simultaneously.

One more minor prediction: iWork 2010 will work in a similar fashion. You’ll be able to work on a document on the iSlate, but when you come near a Mac, you’ll be able to toss the document onto its screen with a single gesture. Furthermore, the iSlate will act as a keyboard and touchpad (if you like) when you’re working on documents on your Mac.

Finally, price point. The iSlate’s base model with 32 GB of memory must ship for less than $500 to really take off. So $499. A 64 GB model will cost an extra $200, and we’ll see a 128 GB model debut in about 8 months.

There you have it, my own little contribution to the mass hysteria surrounding the iSlate.

You may all now return to your normal, pre-iSlate lives.