While digging through some of John Gruber’s old articles today I came across this one which puts many of what I see as the most distinguishable and sometimes most frustrating differences between the Mac and Windows platforms into words. In it he diverges away from the title of the post and discusses the difference between an operating system being built upon a “windows-centric paradigm” (e.g. Windows) and one that is built around a “application-centric paradigm” (e.g. Mac). Money quote:
So the Mac paradigm enforces a three-level hierarchy: you’ve got the system, which runs applications, which display windows. The Windows paradigm tries to eliminate the middleman, presenting a system, which displays windows — i.e. the idea is not that your windows belong to applications, but that they belong to the Windows system itself. The problem with this is that it’s an illusion, in that Windows is still very much an application-centric system. It just doesn’t look like it. When it comes right down to it, Windows is almost every bit as application-centric as the Mac, but the Windows human interface attempts to disguise this, ostensibly to make things simpler.
Overall, the article is a great read and does a brilliant job of moving the Mac vs. Windows debate past the common “eye candy”, etc. themes.
Google recently released a new layer in Google Earth that displays the Ancient Rome of Constantine in 3D. They partnered with the Rome Reborn project (through the University of Virginia) to bring models of thousands of buildings in Rome. Check it out here.
While this is great and all it’s frustrating that the suggested system requirements involve 3GB of RAM as well as a “high end” graphics card. None of which Google states on its webpage for the layer (see above link). Doesn’t it make more sense for a company that wants to expand the availability of knowledge to create it in such a way that it is actually more accessible? I’m running Google Earth right now on a Mac Pro with 5GB of RAM and a very high end graphics card and the layer is still lagging quite a lot and getting any of the imagery to look like the video is near impossible. Oh, well, maybe it will still be a few years before this is truly feasible.
Welcome to what is about the third iteration of this blog. Now that I have a website designed and published I plan on using this blog space more than it has been used in the past. I’ve experimented with using such tools as Tumblr and Blogger as well as hosting my own WordPress blog, but this seems to be the easiest and the most likely to be updated.
Anyway, this blog will serve to give an outlet to my thoughts as well as my art. With how much news I read in the course of a day there’s quite a few thoughts in my head that would be better served were they to be written down; that’s what I hope this will accomplish. If you have questions, comments, or anything random then feel free to shoot me an email (either here or through the contact form on my website). Enjoy.