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Grant Robertson

Member since: Apr 26th, 2006

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Reverse engineering confirms Apple iPad is 'a really big iPod Touch' (Download Squad)

Apr 6th 2010 10:36AM Scoff if you must but, the real story here is:

You will never. Ever. Evar. Get your shinny Win 7 Hp Slate to go a whole 12-14 hour average modern day of "work/on the go" time, at a whopping 75% duty cycle (9 of those 12 hours) and still have battery left.

Unless HP or another PC maker is prepared to shatter our existing understanding of physics or materials science, the iPad wins.

Apple has made some really slick strategic moves over the last 5 years to push battery boundaries and it's really starting to show. In fact, now that you see the iPad, the design decisions in the MacBook Air make *so* much sense. You think Apple got the idea to trade battery swap-ability (something only a fraction of laptop owners *ever* do) for 20%-30% more runtime (something everyone notices, immediately) by accident? Hell no. It's bold, daring and unstoppable R&D. Plain and simple.

'A giant battery with a tiny [circuit] board attached to it' - Why, yes.. it is. Thanks for noticing! I guess that's why *I* get tired before my iPad does!

'Gang of Six' browsers petition EU for immediate review of Browserchoice screen (Download Squad)

Mar 5th 2010 3:05PM No one argues about Apple bundling Safari for a litany of reasons. Chief among which is, Apple doesn't control the market. Microsoft's overwhelming market share makes the bundling issue much more serious.

Beyond that, Webkit (Safari) is an open rendering engine, which by and large to standards. IE is notorious for poor standards support, forcing web companies to design sites and apps to the lowest common compatibility denominator -- effectively rendering a de facto standard that is sub-par when compared to actual published standards. Web browsers don't exist in a bubble, and they have far-reaching impacts on the ability of other companies to compete on the web.

Overarching all this is Shawn's point, which made perfect sense to me. We aren't debating the philosophical argument of "should" the EU mandate a choice. Microsoft proposed it, the EU accepted Microsoft's proposal, and it's now a legally binding agreement between a mega-corporation and a mega-government. As they say in the south, "It's all over but the shouting." The argument isn't whether this is right or wrong, but whether MS is living up to it's own self-proposed promise.

'Gang of Six' browsers petition EU for immediate review of Browserchoice screen (Download Squad)

Mar 5th 2010 2:57PM Pardon but, Sun and AOL are both "American companies."

Comedy Central's Daily Show and Colbert Report get yanked from Hulu (Download Squad)

Mar 2nd 2010 8:55PM Two 'v's, one 'a'. Savvy.

Perhaps I could interest the tech savvy Canadian gentleman in one of the many fine internet dictionaries?

Sorry, the irony was just too great a temptation!

How to use Mac fonts on Linux (Download Squad)

Feb 4th 2010 2:49PM Oooh! Neat tip.

Also useful to know.. most of those fonts are TrueType, and can be easily used in all flavors of Windows. So if you miss Lucidia Console and want to ditch Win 7's "Consolas", you can grab that same tarball and go.

Google is phasing out Gears, phasing in HTML5 (Download Squad)

Dec 1st 2009 4:08PM I'm at least 7 times more confused as to the purpose and mission of Chrome OS now. Thanks Google!

Sigh.

Microsoft will pay content providers to shun Google -- and get in bed with Bing (Download Squad)

Nov 23rd 2009 12:47PM Yes. And he's also the lead web patrol officer for the Society for the Prevention of Snarky Commenter Replies. The SPSCR doesn't take kindly to bloggers who choose to take comic jabs at the commenters who take anonymous jabs at them and their editing mistakes. They've recently teamed with Readers Who Constantly Re-evaluate Your Editorial Mission for Fun and Luls -- so it appears he's doing dual duty. Poor over-worked guy.

OpenOfficeMouse boosts productivity with 18 buttons. Yes, 18. And a joystick. (Download Squad)

Nov 8th 2009 8:11PM Anyone who claims Open Office's interface is "a heckuva lot better than Ribbon" is just averse to change. Being a somewhat recent convert to Ribbon, and having to use Office a lot for work, I've gotta say... Ribbon might be the best UI design work to come out of Redmond, ever. It makes older versions of Office look like WP 5.1 for Dos by comparison.

Twitter plans to cut the noise out of trending topics ... but how? (Download Squad)

Nov 6th 2009 2:19PM It's about freakin time. From the moment they started publishing the trends, Twitter became almost useless for actually following them.

I'm starting to question the pace at which they're rolling out new stuff. Not that Twitter should never have a new feature, but they've really blown it on a couple of points lately.

Breaking: iPhone users 300% more likely to Tweet after sexy parties (Download Squad)

Oct 21st 2009 5:09PM "Wow, this site is getting worse by the day."

Thanks for noticing, we've really been trying to suck more lately. I'll take this as an early sign that our Q4 "Replace quality with total crap" initiative is paying dividends. Hiring Sebastian was a big part of that mission. :)

See Seb, isn't this job a blast? I mean, *plenty* of people hated me before I became a tech blogger -- but for sheer economy of effort -- there is nothing like tech blogging for adding to the list of people who'd rather you catch fire so they have an excuse to spit on you.