Surat Lozowick on Software

The contradiction of digital/technological minimalism

Why is digital and technological minimalism such a trend? It’s because computers are inherently excessive. Modern computers are not built to do one thing well, or to do just enough. They are built to do many things, to do more … Continue reading

Disposable Culture

We live in a culture of disposability. Supermarket aisles are lined with disposable cups and plates, with food in disposable packaging, each item with an expiration date, when the food will become disposable as well (what leftovers haven’t already been … Continue reading

Software obsolescence

Tim Hindle on planned software obsolescence: New software is often carefully calculated to reduce the value to consumers of the previous version. This is achieved by making programs upwardly compatible only; in other words, the new versions can read all … Continue reading

Criticism of the Inadequate Clipboard, or: An Ode to Clipboard Managers

Apple calls Mac OS X Lion “the world’s most advanced desktop operating system,” and it’s probably true. Files are automatically saved and versioned. With the Mac App Store, app installation is easier than ever. Backup is built-in. You can even … Continue reading

The One Rule →

Michael Lopp on Mission Control: It might not seem like a lot of change, but after religiously trying Exposé and Spaces for years, Mission Control finally feels like my desktop and not a set of sexy but poorly integrated tools … Continue reading

With Lion, Apple has made the concept of spaces accessible to everyone

I’ve never used Spaces on Mac OS X. I’ve seen plenty of accounts from others that do, and I’d considered that they could probably fit well into my workflow. I just never put the time in to learn them and … Continue reading

Lion is the future

As I read through various reviews of Mac OS X Lion, one theme kept popping up like those sneaky new scrollbars: that Lion is the foundation for the next era of Apple’s desktop operating system, representing a transition more than … Continue reading

Why Lion’s natural scrolling doesn’t really matter

One of the most controversial, widespread and noticeable changes in Mac OS X Lion is the reversal of the scrolling direction, what Apple calls “natural” scrolling. With natural scrolling, you’re now dragging the content, instead of the frame; as Apple … Continue reading

The importance of software

The Department of Defense in a report on “Open Technology Development” (PDF), on the importance of software to the military: Software is the fabric that enables modern planning, weapons and logistics systems to function. It might be the only infinitely … Continue reading

The effect of Apple’s App Store policy: an inferior experience for users

Apple’s strict policy of forbidding apps that link to (or even mention1) external stores, subscriptions or purchasable content — developers are required to use Apple’s in-app purchase and subscription service exclusively (forfeiting 30% of each sale) — is beginning to … Continue reading