All this business about the capabilities of the new Nvidia hardware and the fact that Apple isn’t utilizing it to its fullest reminds me of the situation in late 2006 when it was noticed that the MacBook Pros contained wireless cards that conformed to the 802.11n draft spec but were reined in to 802.11g speeds. Then, at MacWorld Expo in January 2007, Apple introduced the Airport Extreme Base Station with 802.11n speeds and also released the 802.11n Enabler. The enabler was required in order for Apple to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley accounting laws and was included as part of the Airport Extreme price.
So, my expectation is that, in order for the full power of the new Nvidia chipset to be unleashed, it will require purchase of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. I don’t know if Apple will provide an enabler for purchase as they did with the wireless functionality. My suspicion is that they will not. Snow Leopard is the enabler. I would have upgraded anyway. But knowing that there are capabilities of my current machine that won’t be fully realized unless I do upgrade? That will certainly have me there on day one. What is intriguing is that if the 802.11n situation is a valid indicator, Snow Leopard could be seeing a release date soon after MacWorld Expo.
I’m sorry, but if you care so much about the classics (or want to be taken seriously), at least get the titles of your books right.
Update: October 24, 2008 1:50 PM
As Phil points out in the comments, this was a design decision and the titles of all books are correctly displayed on the title page. The title bar as you’re reading still displays the shortened title. I am sure it won’t bother most people and now that I know the rationale behind it, I plan to give Classics a chance.
I’m happy for Ian about Handshake being accepted into the App Store. It looks like a really useful application, and I agree with Gruber that this should be an included feature of the iPhone.
But you know what else should be an included feature of the iPhone? The ability to download podcasts without connecting to iTunes.
The debating back and forth about Apple having the Podcaster functionality in the works for iTunes now takes an interesting turn. Does anyone have any doubt that the ability to “beam” contacts to other touch devices is something Apple has on their someday-maybe-nice-to-have feature request list at a minimum?
One of the perennial GTD questions is about duplication of lists. Duplicating your projects list to have a list of that project’s next actions, copying your next actions from your projects’ actions to contexts. Personally, I have found that I usually work from my projects list anyway and don’t do this duplication that it seems that people consider endemic to canonical GTD. I think I have figured out a way to avoid the duplication and it is an approach that you can use with an analog or digital system. The meat of this approach boils down to tagging.
Digital Approach Using Backpack
Create a page for each project.
Tag each project page with “Project” or similar.
Use the project’s page to list out the project’s next actions.
Tag the page with the context of the project’s next action.
When you complete an action, change that context tag to the context of the new next action.
If several actions can be done next, tag the project page with all the applicable contexts.
Now, when you go to your Backpack account, go to All Pages and your list of tags will be on the right of the main content area. You can select your context or see a list of your projects by selecting the appropriate tag.
Analog Approach Using Levenger Circa System
List each project at the top of its own page. This works best with junior size paper and up, although a compact or 3x5 size could be used to keep a subset of your project’s upcoming actions.
List the project’s actions on that page.
Set up some dividers for your contexts. I try to keep my contexts to as few as possible, so my setup is pretty complete with about five dividers.
File your projects’ pages according to the context of their next actions.
When you complete an action you’ll decide what the next action is. Move the page to reflect the context of the new next action if applicable.
The analog approach obviously lacks the ability to readily see a list of projects or reflect a state where a number of actions can be completed next for a project. But the other concepts translate quite well.
What I like about this approach is that it can be pretty universally applied unless you’re using a bound notebook like a Moleskine. It could apply to a Hipster PDA or plain white paper filed in manila folders just as well as to Backpack or any of the other digital solutions available.
I have finally heard enough of this “simple economics” bullshit to call it out. In an ideal world, yes, tax cuts for the rich would trickle down in this wonderful waterfall of wealth that would eventually make its way down to the middle class and the poor. That would be fantastic.
But what that kind of naive thinking doesn’t take into account is that at the top of those giant corporations getting those hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks are people. Flesh and blood human beings. And for those people there is only one objective: maximize revenue while minimizing expenses. Those people at the top are only interested in themselves and the shareholders. The CEOs of these corporations don’t give a flying fuck about you or me. People are not always objective. And these people are some of the most greedy fuckers on the planet. If they have a choice between paying a living wage to their workers and lining their pockets, they will and have almost universally chosen the latter. And you can replace the living wage clause with environmental responsibility, health insurance coverage, or any other issue and the result will be the same.
What is astounding is that these selfish bastards have existed in a hyperderegulated economic situation with tons of tax cuts and all the other goodies they have lobbied for and take a look where that has landed us. We’re in the worst economic crisis of our time. Wealth didn’t trickle down. Millions of us - including those spouting this “simple economics” bullshit - have been fucked six ways from Sunday and didn’t even get a kiss first. In an academic vacuum, simple economics works great. But human beings do whatever they can get away with to improve their own situation. That’s why no one has to teach a child to lie. They do it instinctively. And no one had to teach people at the top how to keep filling their pockets.
So, I don’t want to hear any more about “simple economics.” It’s bullshit because human beings aren’t simple.