Archive for June, 2010

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

About a week ago I linked to a video called the secret powers of time, here’s another from the RSA series titled Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us by Dan Pink. Another really interesting 10 minute look at the psychology that drives us. I’m starting to become addicted to this series.

iPhone 3G With iOS 4 Battery Life / Performance Bug

There’s been various reports of poor battery life in particular with the iPhone 3G and iOS 4. After updating I noticed battery life was reduced for my phone, but not as bad as many others were reporting (I’d say a ~15% reduction in battery life). I did however find what appears to be a fix. […]

iPhone 4 Teardown Analysis

iFixIt has their traditional teardown posted. After analyzing every picture, a few things are noteworthy: Stainless Steel Antenna The stainless steel antenna strikes me as more than just an antenna, but Apple will never admit it. The iPhones before all suffered from the same structural weakness. If dropped so that it lands on a corner […]

The Goonies Deleted Scenes And Alternate Ending

Those from my generation will obviously remember The Goonies. For those who aren’t, you should know it is still occasionally shown on cable TV. Apparently they did a 25th anniversary reunion. As a bonus some cut scenes are coming out, including one with this terrible mechanical octopus. I’m glad that never made the final cut.

The Secret Powers Of Time

Professor Philip Zimbardo on how your perspective of time impacts pretty much everything in life and how it’s fundamentally changing thanks to technology. There’s been a lot of talk about this lately. I guess this is pretty much the idea behind his book The Time Paradox. I guess I should add that to my list […]

Introducing “It’s All Good”

Several months ago I was looking for a good way to monitor not just my server, but the actual services on the server. Just responding to a ping doesn’t mean everything is OK. As the old saying goes “if you can’t find it, build it”. The result of this is a little project called It’s […]

Phil Plait On Retina Display Resolution

There has been some ongoing debate the past few days about if Apple’s new Retina display is really better than the human eye can detect. Some have even gone as far as calling it false marketing. Phil Plait, whose background includes calibrating a camera on board Hubble wrote a really great blog post that sides […]

Pull Over Before You Pull It Out

Jabra, the company known for their mobile headset did an interesting survey of driving distractions. We’ve all seen a ton of these in the media over the years, generally we know that pretty much everyone eats at least occasionally while driving (72%). We also know people talk on the phone. We know some even text […]

Initial iPhone 4 Thoughts

Here are my general thoughts on the iPhone 4 since the announcement. Hopefully I’ll be able to check one out in the store soon enough. The “retina” display is the killer feature – I’ve yet to see anyone report anything other than words of astonishment after viewing it. Low resolution displays, poor refresh rates, bad […]

Firefox On Bing Again

Back in December a Firefox was featured on Bing. They did another one today: