Inception comes out on DVD a week from tomorrow. Best movie of the year.
Also, are we really still stuck saying “comes out on DVD”? I definitely won’t be buying the DVD, I’ll get it on iTunes. Do we just say “gets released”? But then that sounds like its initial release… “Available to own”?
Can I just reiterate my love for the new MacBook Air?
It has now been about a month since I first reviewed the product. At the time, I noted that it had replaced my MacBook Pro as my go-to computer. Some thought that might be a knee-jerk reaction. But a month later, the story is still very much the same. I never turn on the MacBook Pro anymore. It’s Air all the way.
And I don’t feel like I’m missing anything. Yes, the Pro is obviously more powerful, but for 99% of the things I do, I just don’t need all that power. What’s sort of amazing to me is that I’m just using the baseline 13-inch Air model too, with only the 1.86 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM…
It’s perhaps a little ridiculous, but I’m even considering getting the 11-inch model too just for situations where I want to be really mobile. But the 13-inch seems pretty perfect as a all-day work laptop.
I haven’t seen any data on it yet, but I have a feeling the Air is going to be a massive success when it comes to sales. The first one wasn’t. But the first one was a flawed product. This version, in my mind, is the best Mac product out there.
Tempted to buy and download it right now. But apparently there will be a 33% off sale starting on Friday. That would shave about $15 off the price, but some “exclusions apply”. What’s a Civ addict to do?
A couple weeks ago, I noted that I was going to try using Safari as my main browser. I lasted about a week. For this past week I’ve been back on Chrome, where I’m going to stay.
I take some shit for my undying love of Apple products, but the truth remains — as I’ve always said — that the only requirement for me using anything is that it has to be what I consider the best. Safari is not the best browser, in my mind. Chrome is.
In my week of using Safari, I have never seen so many beachballs. I have no idea why this was the case day in and day out, I was just doing regular browsing. The type of browsing that Chrome never has any problems with.
In general, Safari seemed noticeably slower than Chrome on everything from startup to rendering. And there were a number of quirks I saw when browsing certain pages that I don’t see with Chrome.
The extensions for Safari were also pretty meh. There are a few good ones, but most seem unnecessarily bloated.
To be honest, it’s a bit odd to see such a key Apple product that is getting beaten so badly. And it’s weird since I consider mobile Safari to be superior to mobile Chrome. All of the above are based on WebKit.
As I noted, one reason why I wanted to try going back to Safari was that Chrome insisted on coming bundled with Flash, and it causes the browser to crash quite regularly. So I’ve just deactivated it in the browser now. Works like a charm. No crashes yet.
The time with Safari reaffirmed my love for Chrome’s Omnibox and Pinned Tabs. I understand why some people like to have a separate search box, but my god, it just seems like a waste of space to me. As does full size tabs for things like Gmail which I always have open.
“Topping the list is Robo Defense, a tower defense game that I’m tempted to say is the Hydrox to Fieldrunners’s Oreos, but I fear that’s an insult to Hydrox.”—John Gruber on the shit state of Android apps.
I’m not even sure why just yet, but Path is very, very interesting to me. It’s almost as if Path is trying to out-Facebook Facebook, now that the latter is veering towards more public-facing data.
And Facebook is doing that because that’s the way the world is going. And that’s also the way to make money.
But maybe there is still room for private sharing. Twitter’s 140-character limit exposed something that people didn’t think they would want. Maybe Path’s 50-friend limit will do the same.
I think that Treehouse has a particularly good way of mixing private sharing with public sharing. I like the idea that private is the default and public is the option. I know we’re not even one day in, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Path go there.
This concept also sort of reminds me of the private Twitter account idea. It definitely appeals to some. But does that scale? And what on Earth is the business model behind that? I have to assume paid accounts, but Path is currently free.
Mainly, I’m just jazzed that someone is going against the grain. That’s exciting. Often the best ideas spring from that — though perhaps not the best companies. At first.
And there’s no denying that the app looks great.
The backlash is going to be swift on this one. But it would be foolish to write it off so quickly. There is definitely something interesting woven into this concept.
Simply titled: The Wolverine. And it’s not a sequel to the super-meh first one.
The rumored story of the screenplay, written by Christopher McQuarrie, will feature Logan in the midst of a romance with a Japanese woman who is married to another man. To win her hand, he must literally battle her samurai-filled family. It’s based on the Chris Claremeont/Frank Miller mini-series from 1982.
A couple weeks ago I noticed something really odd. My brand new MacBook Air went from starting up in about 10-15 seconds to well over a minute. Shutting the device down went from something like 3 seconds to about 30 seconds. Something was up.
I had actually noticed this on a few other Macs I’ve owned as well. My decked-out iMac, for example, was taking several minutes to start up. It has a quad-core i7 processor and 8 gigs of RAM. It used to start up super-quick, then it just stopped doing that one day.
I think I tracked the issue down to a Sprint USB modem I have. It makes you install this awful software to use it. And across my machines it seemed to be changing something in the boot cycle that was slowing them down.
But a Google search provided a fix.
This Apple Support page shows other users with the same issue (many also with USB modems). One of them posted about his solution. You open Terminal and run the following lines of code:
sudo chown root:admin /
sudo kextcache -system-prelinked-kernel
sudo kextcache -system-caches
After the first one, it will ask you for your system password.
Now, to be clear, I have basically no idea what this is doing. But I can happily report that it definitely works. I ran it once a couple weeks ago and it sped things right up. Then something slowed my machine down again (possibly the damn Sprint software), so I ran it again, and bam, just like new again.
Not sure which is worse: that the television studios clearly have their heads up their asses when it comes to the next phase of their content. Or that Google actually thought the television studios wouldn’t have their heads up their asses when it comes to the next phase of their content.
So far, based on what my eyes are telling me, it’s not a “false argument”.
Further, Lynch complains about Apple’s “negative campaigning”, but this battery life issue has nothing to do with Apple. Ars Technica randomly stumbled upon the issue when reviewing the new MacBook Air.
For no good reason, I decided to use Safari as my main browser today. Actually, there is a pretty decent reason: this. Flash can apparently shave 2 hours off of battery life on the new MacBook Air (and presumably other Macs as well). Chrome comes with Flash baked-in. Safari does not.
Yes, I have a Flash blocker extension installed on Chrome, but Flash has still been crashing my browser left and right in recent weeks. And it’s the only thing that ever seems to strain any of my computers at all. So I’m testing out the Flash-free Safari.
I’ve already noticed a few things I definitely would miss about Chrome:
1) The Omnibox. I don’t know why on Earth all browsers don’t have this. It’s just sort of silly to have two input boxes, one for URLs and one for search. Why not just have one input box to rule them all?
2) Pinned tabs. Tabs in Safari that I always have open, like Gmail, take up way too much space. On the flip-side, it’s nice to be able to see unread counts again.
3) New related tabs opening next to your current tab. A small thing, but I prefer this over related tabs opening at the end of the tab bar (which Safari does).
4) Tab overview. On the Mac version of Chrome, there’s a flag (formerly Labs) you can enable to allow a three-finger swipe down to show you an overview of all the tabs you have open — just like Expose for apps on the Mac.
Other than that, so far, so good. As a bonus, I’ve noticed that New Twitter is a lot less buggy in Safari too.