Enjackass. John Gruber nails the post-mortem on Engadget’s erroneous report about delays for both iPhone and Leopard. The short version: Engadget was wrong to have posted anything, because the supposed “internal email” referred to a published press release that should have been trivial to find and against which to fact-check.
about a company called LogoMaid that has ripped off Dan Cederholm’s SimpleBits logo. I’m going to post a long quote from Gruber’s site with links intact, because, as he said, it’s a good thing when high PageRank sites spread the word about crap like this (this isn’t as high as Daring Fireball, but it’s OK).
LogoMaid is an outfit that sells off-the-shelf logos and corporate identities for a couple hundred bucks a pop. Unsurprisingly, their work is not very original or good, and in some cases, is a flat-out rip-off. Dan Cederholm spotted this knock-off of his SimpleBits logo, on sale at LogoMaid for $199, and posted it to his Flickr account.
‘Beta’ Is Not an Excuse. The changing concept of “beta” has been a problem for some time, but it doesn’t seem to be getting better; it seems to be getting worse over time. I haven’t tried Disco yet, but from what I’ve read, it clearly sounds like an alpha or dev release – not a feature-complete, let’s-get-the-last-bugs-out product.
When ‘Smart’ Cut/Copy/Paste Attacks. “Once software starts down this path of guessing what it is the user is trying to do, and then doing something special based on that guess, it must guess correctly nearly every time, because the times when it guesses wrong are so annoying that they far outweigh the extra convenience of the times when it guesses right.”
The other people he could have called out were the geniuses at Palm (and others) who decided to use modifier-P for Paste rather than sticking with the de facto standard.
from John Gruber’s Daring Fireball on the Apple switch to Intel processors: Bombs Away.
Mac OS X 10.4 seems imminent. You can now pre-order Tiger From Amazon. In the US at least.
by John Gruber might have led to the quickest ROI that I have ever had from giving money to an online publication. Obviously I’m not calculating ROI, but in terms of the “give money, get more good things to read soon” equation, he’s doing a fantastic job (and I have a great tee to boot). The article prompting this outburst is today’s piece on the iPod: Why 2004 Won’t Be Like 1984.
to an article that has been making the rounds in a big way in the last ten days or so: How Microsoft Lost the API War by Joel Spolsky. There have been many reaction pieces, but this piece on Daring Fireball by John Gruber adds the most interesting perspective. “…whatfs ironic is that [Microsoft is] losing this war despite the fact that they won the browser war.”
Ronco Spray-On Usability. Daring Fireball by John Gruber is an exceptionally well-written weblog on a variety of interesting subjects. In this case he takes a look at recent complaints about CUPS by the noted Linux evangelist Eric S Raymond.
I don’t know the first thing about Unix programming vs Mac or Windows programming, but the point Gruber makes – that you can’t just approach UI as a nice-to-have afterthought – applies equally well to web development. On the web, form doesn’t follow function. Rather, form and function (at least at a high level) are intertwined to the extent that they are indistinguishable. They are the same job.