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.
Gruber has posted an exposé
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.
From Daring Fireball:
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.
More good stuff
from John Gruber’s Daring Fireball on the Apple switch to Intel processors: Bombs Away.