from the past” department, Apple is working on bringing their handwriting recognition software to the Macintosh. The technology was used in Apple’s Newton, which, though a failure as a standalone product, featured excellent handwriting recognition. The important variable was memory: a desktop implementation should be pretty good on a fast G4 with lots of RAM. Cool.
along a link to an interesting paper today, “The Challenges of Integrating the Unix and Mac OS Environments” by Wilfredo Sanchez of Apple. I must say I’m getting excited about OS X, the public betas of which are expected this summer. The friend who passed this along is a serious software and network engineer, so his vetting of things carries a lot of weight with me.
a weblog called Joel on Software. He wrote a really good analysis of the Microsoft .NET stuff the other day entitled Microsoft Goes Bonkers. He’s right too – there’s no there there with dotNET. I would only add that the big problem is not a technological one, it’s cultural. That’s why I like Deepleap and sites like it. Companies like Deepleap are addressing the central question of how people will use the web in a more fundamental way than most others – it’s not about information, it’s about relationships. [link via calebos.org]
have been coursing through my brain in the last little while:
- No matter how many Ferrari stickers you put on, no matter how much you tint the windows, no matter how eager you are to blow by the minivans when the light turns green, your Honda Civic will never look like a slick racing car.
- If you have an annoying song in your head, all you have to do is sing or hum the first few bars of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire and the other song will be gone. It works astoundingly well. [BTW under no circumstances go to the official Johnny Cash website unless you enjoy inline audio messages every time you load up the index page. This has been a public service message.]
- I would appreciate it if someone could recommend good flowcharting software that works on Macs. Everything I’ve tried, including Visio under Virtual PC, makes me want to pierce my temple with a Robertson screwdriver.