Just fading away

Older tech never really dies. It fades and becomes an ever fainter background in our civilization’s palimpsest, never quite reaching invisibility.

For example, as earlier generations outsourced their memory to books, I have largely outsourced my memory to the net. But not entirely, of course. I still have plenty of books at home, and they also largely function as part of my memory. But the net is easier to carry around, even if more fragile due to signal strength and/or battery life.

Trace, or poke?

Finger-gesture-pattern lock screens: A lot of people choose from a very small set of possible choices. Learn the six most common, or so, and you’ll be able to unlock most phones that use them.

This makes TouchID — one of the few features that I liked about my iPhone 5s — all the more secure, since it reads your fingerprint.

(h/t Mr. Gruber)

A joke too serious to be funny

The title of this piece at Stratechery — “If Steve Ballmer Ran Apple” — makes it sound like a one-liner, but it isn’t. It’s a very thoughtful analysis, and has a great closing paragraph:

“Ballmer did exactly what our capitalist system dictate he do: he maximized profits to the benefit of Microsoft’s shareholders. The implications of suggesting he was a failure are far more profound than most of his many critics likely realize.”

Apple Is Watching You

In a discussion to a post over at Dave Winer’s:

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“Why wear a watch when you have the time thrown at you all over the place?”

Because a watch isn’t just a timepiece. It’s also a sensor on your wrist.

This piece on Medium is one I think makes two great points about where the Apple Watch could evolve to:

* A controller for home devices, in the “Internet of Things” model.
* Specifically, a controller for your TV.

Say what you will about the UI shown in Minority Report, it clearly had an impact. I suggest that a sensor actually on your wrist will be much more efficient than anything movie-sensor-like on the server box itself.

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Oh, and this: “iWatch will never be in the same league.”

What was the quote from the head of Blackberry? Oh, yeah, here:

“We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone,” he said. “PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in.”

So, PC guys are not going to just walk in and do fashion? Hm. Ever hear Jobs’ quote about how Microsoft has no taste? I’d argue that what Apple’s product has always been isn’t tech, but tastefulness. Buy their stuff, and be considered tasteful. If that isn’t the basic product fashion sells, what is?