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Posts from January, 2010

January 23rd, 2010

Google’s Nexus One muzzles the foul-mouthed

While they’re at it, why not use “fudge”, “darn”, and “shucks” instead of replacing the offending words with hash symbols?

January 19th, 2010

It’s time to stop using IE6

I’m filing this under “ZDNet Imitates The Onion”.

I wish security vulnerabilities were the only reason why people should stop using Internet Explorer 6. Web developers have been campaigning steadily and conducting user outreach for many years to instigate upgrades. IE 6 support inflates web development budgets (because of the added work necessary to support an outlier platform), results in websites that aren’t as good and useful as they could be (because of client demands for full feature parity across all supported browsers), and a host of entrenched attitudes regarding web design that should have been shaken loose six or eight years ago. Unfortunately, as a web developer working on contracts I rarely have the option of arbitrarily cutting off IE 6 users, and currently most IE 6 users are themselves unable to upgrade.

January 11th, 2010

iPhone headphone mic works with [late 2008 Mac] laptops

This evening I wondered whether the four-conductor iPhone headsets (headphone plus microphone) could be used as conventional headphones on my computer, nevermind the mic. As it turns out, they not only work on Apple’s laptops, the mic does as well, as does the play/pause clicker. Now you can use Skype without taking off your earphones. (They’re also compatible with almost all of Apple’s iPods.)

Apple’s own documentation is sparse bordering on nonexistent. Product descriptions for their iPhone headsets only mention iPods. The most Apple has written about this is on page 25 of a PDF of the MacBook Pro user’s guide: “Audio out port: Connect external speakers, headphones (including iPhone), or digital audio equipment.

If you haven’t got a compatible laptop, you can make an adaptor that splits into Mic In and Stereo Out plugs, or buy one.

January 9th, 2010

Peggy Bacon in mid-air backflip

Peggy Bacon in mid-air backflip, Bondi Beach
The caption notes: “Peggy Bacon of Bondi, one of a troupe of girls who did pyramid stands on the beach, does a backflip for the photographer.” For whatever reason, this fails to dissipate the sense of strangeness in the picture.

What a wonderful photo.