Optimizing for the wrong things

Maybe we are optimizing for the wrong things. Maybe efficiency isn’t as important effectiveness. According to the Wikipedia page on photosynthetic efficiency, typical plants have a radiant energy to chemical energy conversion efficiency of between 0.1% and 2%. And yet all human life depends upon the oxygen provided by these inefficient plants. Efficient? Clearly no, but very […]

Last Steps

“On December 7, 1972, NASA launched Apollo 17, a lunar mission crewed by Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Harrison Schmitt. It would be the last time humans traveled beyond low Earth orbit, the last time man landed on another celestial body, and the last time man went to the moon. The Last Steps uses rare, […]

By Example

Microsoft’s recent introduction of Live Mesh is a perfect example of a core difference between Apple and Microsoft. Apple is, at heart, a product company. Microsoft is, at heart, a platform company. Both produce products and platforms, but the way they approach the problem and communicate with developers is decidedly different. With Live Mesh Microsoft […]

The GM of MacBU wants to talk to You!

The general manager of the Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft is Craig Eisler. He’s been here now for just over 4 weeks. It’s been fun to watch him step into his new role and if nothing else watch as everyone adjusts to a new dynamic leader. Craig seems to be just that, a high energy, […]

iPhone requires iTunes account?

I just got the second email from Apple after signing up with them for breaking iPhone updates via email. I read the mail a little bitterly, since I felt the least they could have done was to send me an email when they had the ship date nailed down. Well, the tone of the email […]

Forward Looking Font Display

Yesterday, Apple released their own Safari 3.0 web browser for Windows XP and Windows Vista. Amid the security and performance comparisons, folks are also noticing that Apple has also ported their own sub-pixel display technology to Windows. Joel Spolsky summarizes the differences sucintly: Apple generally believes that the goal of the algorithm should be to […]


The best thing about Silverlight is its icon. For regular users it’s a web-browser plugin that allows you to view and use Silverlight content. What Silverlight content is there? Media and stuff. Have you ever seen a website done completely in Flash? Well, now you can do that but with Silverlight. From my perspective this […]