Monday, October 22, 2007

This Should Cause Some Concern in Redmond

Steve Jobs says that Apple intends to release a new version of MacOS every 12-18 months or so. Yeah, sure, it's also a way to squeeze out another $129 from Apple fanboys every year or two. But Leopard offers some amazing technologies, like Time Machine and Quick Look, things that aren't really incremental, but revolutionary. My personal favorite is the combination of Cover Flow file-system browsing with Quick Look. In fact, I think Cover Flow file browsing and the likely-upcoming multitouch interface will revolutionize the PC interface.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Frank Rich's Article on Iraq War Profiteering

is remarkable in a few respects -- the human toll it has taken, the failure of anybody heretofore to provide adequate oversight and this little statistic:

As the investigative reporters Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele observed in the October Vanity Fair, America has to date “spent twice as much in inflation-adjusted dollars to rebuild Iraq as it did to rebuild Japan — an industrialized country three times Iraq’s size, two of whose cities had been incinerated by atomic bombs.” (And still Iraq lacks reliable electric power.)

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