Still hard to believe he’s gone.This post part of Blogtober 2011, just a little thing of mine where I (attempt to) post something up on my blog every day in October 2011.
Apple founder Steve Jobs have been busy defending the iPhone 4, which has been mired in problems since before its launch. The latest scandal to crop up, dubbed ‘antennagate’, is so-named because the phone’s antenna gets poor reception if the phone is held the wrong way. Watch Jobs try and convince the world it’s not a big deal in this animation.
Yes, I know it’s in Mandarin. If you’ve been following the iPhone 4 story so far (even tangentially) you won’t have any issues following the video, though 🙂
Bill had added new code to QuickDraw (which was still called LisaGraf at this point) to draw circles and ovals very quickly. That was a bit hard to do on the Macintosh, since the math for circles usually involved taking square roots, and the 68000 processor in the Lisa and Macintosh didn’t support floating point operations. But Bill had come up with a clever way to do the circle calculation that only used addition and subtraction, not even multiplication or division, which the 68000 could do, but was kind of slow at.
Bill’s technique used the fact the sum of a sequence of odd numbers is always the next perfect square (For example, 1 + 3 = 4, 1 + 3 + 5 = 9, 1 + 3 + 5 + 7 = 16, etc). So he could figure out when to bump the dependent coordinate value by iterating in a loop until a threshold was exceeded. This allowed QuickDraw to draw ovals very quickly.
At first, Dylan’s portrait looks like a pointillist painting. But on closer inspection, you see that Jobs is rendered in the words of “the crazy ones” TV ad, using a variety of Apple-related fonts — Motter Tektura, Apple Garamond, Myriad, Univers, Gill Sans, and Volkswagen AG Rounded, to be exact.
A couple of the popular ones:
1 never gonna give you up
2 Never gonna let you down
3 Never gonna run around and desert you
1 Never gonna make you cry
2 Never gonna say goodbye
3 Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you
3. This Company
1. I like big butts and I can not lie
2. You other brothers can’t deny
3. That when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist, and a round thing in your face, you get sprung
And my personal favourite:
Steve Ballmer discovers he has hands.
Dear Apple Community,
Unfortunately, my decision to have Phil deliver the Macworld keynote set off another flurry of rumors about my health, with some even publishing stories of me on my deathbed.
As many of you know, I have been losing weight throughout 2008. The reason has been a mystery to me and my doctors. A few weeks ago, I decided that getting to the root cause of this and reversing it needed to become my #1 priority.
Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause—a hormone imbalance that has been “robbing” me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis.
The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment. But, just like I didn’t lose this much weight and body mass in a week or a month, my doctors expect it will take me until late this Spring to regain it. I will continue as Apple’s CEO during my recovery.
So now I’ve said more than I wanted to say, and all that I am going to say, about this.
Steve Miller’s “The Joker” is an awesome song. [iTunes Link]
Exactly like the old-school classics I’m looking for.
Recently, I’ve been enjoying:
DragonForce – Through the Fire and Flames [iTunes Link]
Heh – thanks, Guitar Hero!
John Petrucci – Glasgow Kiss
Thanks to Jim Lowe.
Bowling for Soup – 1985 [iTunes Link]
Some old school classic.
ZZ Top – Sharp Dressed Man [iTunes Link]
A good old-school classic.
Katy Perry – Hot N Cold [iTunes Link]
Gotta keep up with the new stuff as well, yeah?