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Linkdump for March 6th

by Rob Friesel
  • at The Apple Blog:

    It is underpowered, it is overpriced, and, worst of all, as Gizmodo points out, it is not easily upgradeable after the fact, so most users would be advised to bite the bullet and pay Apple’s extortionate rates for in-house upgrades, or risk breaking something.

    And/but as tb's article points out, it's actually not such a bad idea to use one as a functional digital hub for your home media system. Considering the similar footprint and form factor as the tv, this might not even be all that far off the mark. (Think of it as a sort of hobbyist's Mac?) As for slow processors? How else are you supposed to get the standby power so low? As for the small hard drives? External storage has gotten so cheap and so fast, that almost doesn't matter.

    (tagged: reviews blog )
  • at Ajaxian
  • at ignore the code (via JR): crux seems to be:

    People think in time. Whenever possible, provide explicit temporal views of user’s data, and incorporate time into other views. This helps people search for files, and puts currently visible files into a temporal context.

    Whenever possible, use time spans and fuzzy dates like “yesterday” or “a year ago” instead of precise dates.

  • at A List Apart
  • by Mike Davidson (via DF):

    The death of the newspaper is a depressing thing to absorb, but what’s much more disappointing to me is that I feel like news itself has been devalued. There’s an oversupply of news-”ish” information on the web, and people have decided — usually without realizing it — that free “news snacking” is a better value proposition than paying for in-depth reporting. As one who is surrounded by news snacks everyday in the form of Newsvine, RSS feeds, instant messages, and other inputs, I’m as guilty as anyone of this mentality. At the end of the day, I just feel like through my various short-attention-span news inputs, I will absorb most of the news zeitgeist without any cost to me.

  • at Media Matters (via DF, but may as well have gotten it straight from the source…)
    (tagged: taxes news )

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day. Science fiction writer by night. Weekend homebrewer, beer educator at Black Flannel, and Certified Cicerone. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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