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Steve Jobs Was Always Kind To Me (Or, Regrets of An Asshole), by the former editor of Gizmodo.

What's in a pair of shoes? Universe Dented, Grass Underfoot, from Daring Fireball.

And, whilst I dare say you've seen it already, I've got to note his 2005 commencement address at Stanford, subtitled by TED as "How to Live Before You Die". There's much to really listen to in but fifteen minutes; genuinely worth the time.

(As a postscript, I notice the Hong Kong teen responsible for the design above, Jonathan Mak, was offered a job as a result. Suddenly, karma =:)


Tech

After seeing my swapfile usage rise up to 5GB+ routinely, with 4GB physical memory, I decided it was time to look into memory prices again - and even the modules I need for Dandelion (DDR3 1066MHz SO-DIMMs) were so cheap I just couldn't justify not picking up a pair. Ye gods, what a difference! Even with Aperture (the main memory hog, for good reason), OmniWeb, Firefox, Safari, iTunes, Mail, and a couple kitchen sinks.. no swap usage at all, and still around 3GB free. Pleasantly easy to drop into place - just flipped Dandelion over, out with ten small screws around the underside cover, a precautionary disconnection of the battery, and the usual DIMM procedure. An SSD will follow in due time, probably displacing the DVD-R, given I've written about three discs in its lifetime, but that's well down the priorities - the next significant purchase will be the TC17E-II teleconverter, as and when (eventually?) possible.

Pragmatic Programmers, publishers of fine 'puter books (in most formats, including paper), also offer a monthly magazine on various topics of computer geek interest. Free, in HTML, PDF, epub, and mobi formats.


Furriness

I'm delighted to note that jessie_pup succeeded in tracking down the tiger from my previous entry; she can be found over at the Kigurumi Café, and the original whence that dance loop came, over here. Yay!

Pointed toward the guy's artwork by plushlover, I thought marko_t_rat might enjoy José Alves da Silva's "Mouse Love". =:D (Not that I'm saying rats and mice are the same, any more than I'd claim hares and rabbits are identical. Not sure I've ever seen a hare, other than on video - roohbear sent me a clip of a jackrabbit (which is, yes, a hare =:) outside his office a few years ago, with some quite impressive ears)


Music

eliki wrote this instrumental piece recently. See what you make of it; I felt it transcended its sombre inspiration, becoming not only reflective, but also hopeful.

 
 
 
 
 
 
I don't really follow The Onion, but they do have a way of coming up with some seriously good satire, even where the situation seems beyond parody to begin with - their classic "Our National Nightmare of Peace and Prosperity is Finally Over" in Shrub's early days, for example. That they were able to take a sad moment as Jobs' death, and get a hearty chuckle out of people - that's a sign you know what you're doing. ^_^

Mm, I never really had the opportunity to cross paths with him - came close, as Cleaner 5 was under consideration for being showed off at one of the keynotes. (And if you've not watched it yet, do consider that commencement. Seriously, it's good) Fairly remarkable just how much of an impact one person can have on an industry - WIMPs displacing CLIs as the norm, CGI into the land of the full-length feature, creating a mass market for tablet computing, and plenty more. With any luck, there's enough of that spirit left in the company to ensure they continue blazing new trails; I'm confident there's a good future left, for them, and the industry as a whole.