11 May 1999
Apple's big day went pretty well. I got to see the whole keynote speech -- Steve Jobs, Avie Tevanian and Phil Shiller -- thanks to a free satellite simulcast Apple provided on WU's campus, for which I am grateful. (I think they lost money on it; there were only about 6 people there watching. The scene at the conference, however, was bustling. Jobs noted that attendance was up 43% from last year -- quite a nice jump.)
There was a lot of fun news; I finally have the feeling again that Apple is not just playing catchup (though there's still some of that left to do) but is moving ahead again in really cool ways.
The biggest 'catchup' news (to me) was that Dragon Systems will be bringing their continuous-speech software to the Mac this year. That's been a missing capability on the Mac side for years; it's good to see that hole being filled:
Sure, there were other cool previews of exciting software coming later this year, and sure, the new PowerBooks are cool (though out of my range currently), but the really excellent news from the keynote, news that I can use TODAY, was the announcement that NPR is now available as a 24-hour QuickTime Streaming channel.
The video streaming channels (BBC & others) don't come through well enough over a modem to be more than a curiosity, but a simple high-quality, low-bandwidth audio stream like NPR is exactly the kind of thing I want easy access to over the Net. Cool.
A moment of silence:
Doonesbury came off as quite pro-NATO bombing last week, which surprised me (the strips will appear on the official site next week).
There's been some talk lately about demonstrable software bloat in specific Microsoft products, where a program like RegClean is made many times larger than it really needs to be through the inclusion of completely unrelated resources in the program file. While it's true that this is evidence of poor and/or sloppy programming, I think this fellow's point is well taken:
See the entries before and after his comment for additional cogent discussion of the findings.
Thanks to Lawrence Lee of Tomalak's Realm for the tip that expired/deleted MSNBC articles can sometimes be found at ZDNN if they were syndicated. The article I was wanting to point to concerned Prodigy's failure to understand the word "unlimited":
I don't have anything to add to what others have already said, I just felt it was worth calling plenty of attention to. Somebody wanna buy Prodigy a dictionary?
Sometimes the Net provokes me into fits of grammar fascism. Though I'm sure it's not one of my best qualities, it does serve me well when dealing with someone else's copy (like I've done for years now on the school's site). I certainly abuse English syntax myself here in my Log, but as programmers, musicians and writers will all tell you, it's OK to break rules as long as you know what rules you're breaking and why.
I don't mind errors so much in logs or on other nonprofessional sites, but on commercial sites or news sites, I expect there to be paid editors watching over what's published, and they should either catch these sorts of things or find some other job.
So, by no one's request, here are the more annoying errors found on 'professional' web sites this week: reign in (rein in) (ZDNet fixed it in the repost of MSNBC's article - hey, editors who actually edit!), greatful (grateful), hearby (hereby), and the perennial favorites "sneak peak" (sneak peek) and rampant apostrophilia - "it's" as a possessive (should be its, just like hers and his), idea's as a plural (ideas) and many more. Grrr.
Camworld is switching gears:
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