Taffy Brodesser-Akner:

Besides, the Grill Sergeant told me, that incident — the one in which she referred to the man who allegedly robbed the bank where she worked as an N-word — was 25 years ago, in the 1960s. People used different words then. This is a thing I’d hear very often: that 25 years ago was in the 1960s, that it was a different time. Over and over, people on the boat — in the Deen group but also at large, who saw my lanyard identifying me as part of the Deen group — would bring up race and say what a different time it was 25 years ago in the 1960s. It was just at the dawn of the civil rights movement, after all. Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., all that. Actually, I’d point out, 25 years ago was just about 1990. For perspective, here’s what was going on in 1990: pregnant women knew not to smoke; Beverly Hills, 90210, was on; the Internet existed. 1990 was pretty recent, in fact.

The entire piece is equal parts hilarious and terrifying.

Arik Hesseldahl:

HP approached both Lenovo and Dell about the possible sale of its $32 billion (2013 sales) PC operation. In both cases it was rebuffed.

In another case, HP approached two India-based companies, Wipro and Infosys about the possible sale of its $28 billion IT services unit, known as Enterprise Services. Again it was rebuffed.

In a third case, it approached IBM about the sales of its $1.2 billion Business Critical Server business, but was turned down.

Yikes. In other words, not a lot of choices for the once-great company. So now we’ll get two mediocre ones.




People will say, “There are a million ways to shoot a scene”, but I don’t think so. I think there’re two, maybe. And the other one is wrong.”

David Fincher is perhaps the greatest living director - and I’m well aware of who I’m comparing him to by saying that. This video shows you why.

I have been on tumblr since 1989 and this is the boldest statement ever published on this site.

"And he’ll show us the inside of someone’s fridge."

Colin Campbell on the 25th anniversary of SimCity:

So, it’s not about how many levels you beat or how many monsters you slay. It’s about how smart you have been in creating utility.

The city blocks require servicing, with police stations and schools and such. You feed the streets. It’s like a pet.

Probably my favorite videogame of all time. (Well, technically SimCity 2000, but still.)

Dawn Chmielewski:

Bose secured a league sponsorship deal that effectively allows it to elbow Beats — and any other rival headphone manufacturer — off the playing field.

Under terms of its agreement with the league, the NFL confirmed, Bose received a broad set of rights that entitle it to prevent players (or coaches) from wearing any other manufacturer’s headphones during televised interviews.

There should be a term for this nonsense. An “on-the-clock-block”? Just thinking out loud here.

This is a classic example of a company paying up so they can appear to be “winning” (or maybe more apt: “not losing”) rather than actually innovating and winning legitimate market share. See also: the NFL’s deal with Microsoft to use Surface tablets to block the actual and natural use of iPads.

David Pierce on Windows 9 10:

With most or all of those ideas undone or at least de-emphasized — when you use the touch screen you get Continuum, which adds some of the Metro shell on top of the desktop and turns on a back button – Windows 10 feels like a platform that hasn’t seen serious or meaningful change in eight years. Apps have gotten much more powerful and there’s a handy way to search everything, but when you pick up a Windows PC it may not be immediately clear which decade it comes from. It’s the best Windows 7 ever, but it’s still Windows 7.

Such a strange, yet predictable response to Windows 8 by Microsoft. Windows 7 was the de-Vista-ing of Windows. A return to Windows XP. Windows 10 is the de-8-ing of Windows. A return to WIndows 7. 

How many development years has Microsoft collectively wasted on these OS boondoggles? It’s the epitome of a company that wants to change, but can’t.