Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Tuesday, March 20, 2012 Saturday, March 17, 2012
I love (hate) seeing headlines like these. My interpretation: iPad has gone mainstream already. You don’t see people lining up for days at a macbook pro or windows 7 releases. But massive numbers of people still buy those products. And I think people have now realized that apple reliably releases a new version of the device around the same time every year, so there really is no need to go line up to get one. People are probably calmer about the whole situation. 
Anyways, all told, the funny thing is that this new iPad will outsell the original iPad and the iPad 2 come the end of the quarter. And this website will just report on another blockbuster earnings quarter for apple and how the stock is getting dangerously close to $1000 a share, without a moments thought to how silly this article is. 

I love (hate) seeing headlines like these. My interpretation: iPad has gone mainstream already. You don’t see people lining up for days at a macbook pro or windows 7 releases. But massive numbers of people still buy those products. And I think people have now realized that apple reliably releases a new version of the device around the same time every year, so there really is no need to go line up to get one. People are probably calmer about the whole situation. 

Anyways, all told, the funny thing is that this new iPad will outsell the original iPad and the iPad 2 come the end of the quarter. And this website will just report on another blockbuster earnings quarter for apple and how the stock is getting dangerously close to $1000 a share, without a moments thought to how silly this article is. 

Monday, March 12, 2012
Found this chart on asymco.com in an article comparing the new iPad to the macbook air of four years ago. It’s generally a fair comparison, but…
1) The 2008 macbook air actually had an ambient light sensor as well to automatically adjust keyboard backlight and screen brightness. 
2) Crude Geolocation is possible to do via software if the computer is connected to the internet. 
But I’m nitpicking here. There’s no doubt that progress is not linear - it is usually exponential. The website comes to the conclusion that the technological gap between the two platforms is about 4 years. This is an interesting conclusion. 

"The new iPad now exceeds the total display resolution, has similar speed and storage capacity while having twice the battery life of the thinnest laptop of four years ago. It also has very high quality cameras and GPS and cellular network connectivity which have yet to appear on mainstream PCs. It’s still a lot smaller and half the price and has a larger selection of available software titles at prices a fraction of its elder cousin."

Well, I’d actually argue that the main advantage the iPad has over the mac is that of better, higher quality software. Because the iPad is such a clean sheet design, borrowing only what it absolutely has to borrow from the mac and no more, it is able to become a highly optimized, zero-legacy platform. This is something the mac can no longer do as an aging and wider-spectrum (all types of different hardware configurations to deal with) platform. There are only 3 iPad generations, with each only having 2 major hardware configurations in terms of connectivity. This makes managing and writing the software that much easier and better. iPad also deals in a whole new paradigm of computing based on natural interactions (direct multi-touch and, now, voice) which are simpler, and thus add to its advanced-ness.
The problem for Asymco is that its is usually hard to quantify gains coming form software improvements. iOS has made possible (in fact, necessary) for us to have iCloud, for example. This adds a lot of quality to one’s computing, but its not easy to compare the gains from the old days when we had macs and no iCloud. 
In conclusion, it seems to me that the gap is probably narrower than 4 years. I’d say maybe 2, or 3 at the most.

Found this chart on asymco.com in an article comparing the new iPad to the macbook air of four years ago. It’s generally a fair comparison, but…

1) The 2008 macbook air actually had an ambient light sensor as well to automatically adjust keyboard backlight and screen brightness. 

2) Crude Geolocation is possible to do via software if the computer is connected to the internet. 

But I’m nitpicking here. There’s no doubt that progress is not linear - it is usually exponential. The website comes to the conclusion that the technological gap between the two platforms is about 4 years. This is an interesting conclusion. 

"The new iPad now exceeds the total display resolution, has similar speed and storage capacity while having twice the battery life of the thinnest laptop of four years ago. It also has very high quality cameras and GPS and cellular network connectivity which have yet to appear on mainstream PCs. It’s still a lot smaller and half the price and has a larger selection of available software titles at prices a fraction of its elder cousin."

Well, I’d actually argue that the main advantage the iPad has over the mac is that of better, higher quality software. Because the iPad is such a clean sheet design, borrowing only what it absolutely has to borrow from the mac and no more, it is able to become a highly optimized, zero-legacy platform. This is something the mac can no longer do as an aging and wider-spectrum (all types of different hardware configurations to deal with) platform. There are only 3 iPad generations, with each only having 2 major hardware configurations in terms of connectivity. This makes managing and writing the software that much easier and better. iPad also deals in a whole new paradigm of computing based on natural interactions (direct multi-touch and, now, voice) which are simpler, and thus add to its advanced-ness.

The problem for Asymco is that its is usually hard to quantify gains coming form software improvements. iOS has made possible (in fact, necessary) for us to have iCloud, for example. This adds a lot of quality to one’s computing, but its not easy to compare the gains from the old days when we had macs and no iCloud. 

In conclusion, it seems to me that the gap is probably narrower than 4 years. I’d say maybe 2, or 3 at the most.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Rant about abortion, contraception, and related law

Judging by our politics, America is the ultimate welfare state. How can such retarded policy makers and their supporters be so prosperous and so technologically advanced if they weren’t being carried by a small minority of really smart people who obviously must get irritated every time they hear of the other 99% and their “Values” ??

Monday, February 20, 2012 Friday, August 26, 2011

aaaaarrrrgghhhh

So, I just did in 2 hours what has been taking me (and still not fully working) 2 months!! This is all down to the fact that comsol is native on PC but runs atop java on mac/linux. On my macbook, the GUI itself is unbearable unstable. but I struggled with it and made it work (somewhat) b/c of the convenience of using a macbook. But I finally gave up yesterday and moved my work to the PC in the office, and its incredibly smooth even though the PC is a pentium 4 Dell! I’m pissed right now, understandable… this has been slowing my work down to a snail’s pace. And I come in today and boom… all done!

c’est la vie