Well as of today I am no longer the Motrin man; I've gone off the stuff cold turkey. Felt okay and even worked in a nice 25 mile ride, although a fit of hiccups was not a good thing. Sometimes a bruise is just a bruise, whew.
Okay, so let's make a pass on the blogosphere, shall we?
Now that Obama's nomination as Democratic candidate seems assured, we're starting to see a bit more criticism in the press; like this: should have walked before they made him run. Ironically I think this will help; right now there are some - possibly including me - who could like him but are turned off by the sense of entitlement that seems to surround him. Turn him back into a normal person, and he's probably quite likeable.
More on the Centro, and the iPhone... So apparently I'm not the only one who likes the Centro; Engadget reports Palm's share is up because of it. Nice. And this was apparently at the expense of Apple, who's share went down, despite selling a passel of iPhones. Not everyone has had a great iPhone experience; Brad Feld is reconsidering using an iBrick. In fairness his problems seem more Vista-related than iPhone-related.
Joel Spolsky pontificates about Office Space: "During the lease negotiation, I sent the landlord a long list of upgrades we wanted -- at our expense, of course. Glass partitions, floor-to-ceiling mosaic tile, imported German fittings by Dornbracht, granite and marble -- and that was just what we wanted for the shower. I think the building management went into a little bit of shock. What? You want nice? Unheard of. Don't you know that you're going to have to pay money for nice?" We just built out a new building ourselves, so I could relate. Our philosophy is a bit different to his, though; we go for nice and cheap instead of just nice. I think we ended up with nice, pretty much, but we also sent a message with cheap that we're not Google or Microsoft. Yet. And have no aspirations to be like either one.
Peter Bright has published part III of the series chronicling his conversion from Windows to OS X. This article gives us a nice overview of the Mac OS internals, including why Objective C was chosen as the "system" language. Peter notes, as he did before, the difference in UI consistency between Windows (not so much) and OS X (quite a lot). A key difference is that while Apple engineers pretty much eat their own dogfood, at Microsoft just about every team has their own set of nonstandard controls!
In the same vein, Jeff Atwood wonders whatever happened to UI consistency? "And for my money, nothing is more disappointing than the overall fit and finish of Vista, which is truly abysmal. It's arguably the worst of any operating system Microsoft has ever released." Menus, buttons, windows, scrollbars, each team seems to be rolling their own – within Microsoft. And third parties just make things worse. This is what makes Windows such a UI mess. Either because it is easier to use the standard controls or harder not to, Apple developers seem to use them, which is the source of the relative consistency.
This is going to move the share needle: New Microsoft-HP Live Search deal is all about Silverlight. Well not all about Silverlight, search share is a big part of it too. The power of defaults in action... Still, having HP bundle Silverlight instead of Flash is a pretty big deal. And pretty rotten for Aperio, now we have to make sure everyone knows how to install Flash. It's not like we're going to abandon Flash for Silverlight just because of this. And it's not like many other vendors are going to either. So HP will basically be reducing the functionality of their machines - and increasing their support costs - because Microsoft paid them to do it.
Finally, here we have goosh, the Google shell. Now that's cool.