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Back to Mac Predictions

My predictions for Back to the Mac Event…

64 bit iLife: Wrong

64 bit iWork: Wrong

iLife for iOS: Wrong

Mac OS X 10.7 Release Date Announced: Partially Correct
They may predict quarter, but not a date.

New iLife Application: Wrong

Mac OS X Renamed iOS: Wrong

Event Streamed Live: Wrong

Verizon iPhone: Wrong

MacBook Updated: Wrong

MacBook Pro Updated: Wrong

Macbook Air with Intel Core i-series CPU: Wrong

11.6-inch Macbook Air Display: Correct

Carbon Fiber Unibody Design: Wrong

New MacBook Air: Correct

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: Correct

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Patents Continued…

Well that didn’t last long. Now Microsoft is sitting on the other side of things, suing Motorola for patent infringement.

If Microsoft wins it’s appeal before the Supreme Court and manages to raise the bar for proving patent infringement, it seems it weakens it’s attack for this case. What a dilemma.

Improving the Patent Process

I’m glad to see some action is being taken to improve the patent process. It may not be the right change, and the fact that it’s being done as part of litigation around Microsoft certainly calls into question the motives – but the backing of several competitors to Microsoft, including Apple, Google, and Facebook, among others, gives me hope that it’s an intelligent change that has a chance of improving things.

courts apply the "clear and convincing evidence" standard to determine whether a patent — one already approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office — is indeed valid. Microsoft, and other companies that deal heavily in intellectual property, would like to see the standard changed to "preponderance of evidence."

With the "clear and convincing evidence" standard, defendants must clear a high bar to prove a patent is invalid. Invalidity is a key defense for companies who are alleged to have infringed a patent.

Microsoft and friends would like to lower that bar. The "preponderance of evidence" standard, as Corporate Council writer Joe Mullin wrote, is akin to "more likely than not."

Such a change would make it easier for companies like Microsoft to argue the invalidity of a patent and, hence, make it easier for them to win a patent-infringement lawsuit against them. It potentially would save such companies millions of dollars a year on legal fees and damages awards, and would cut down on the number of frivolous lawsuits levels against them.


Turning the other cheek

Turning the other cheek turns out to have selfish advantages. Someone who does you an injury hurts you twice: first by the injury itself, and second by taking up your time afterward thinking about it. If you learn to ignore injuries you can at least avoid the second half. I’ve found I can to some extent avoid thinking about nasty things people have done to me by telling myself: this doesn’t deserve space in my head. I’m always delighted to find I’ve forgotten the details of disputes, because that means I hadn’t been thinking about them. My wife thinks I’m more forgiving than she is, but my motives are purely selfish.

Paul Graham (http://www.paulgraham.com/top.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+PaulGrahamUnofficialRssFeed+(Paul+Graham:+Unofficial+RSS+Feed))

Threads, processes and concurrency in Python: some thoughts

Link: Threads, processes and concurrency in Python: some thoughts

Good article about concurrency.

(via Instapaper)

GTD for Dummies

“GTD for Dummies”… it’s as simple as:

Write it down
Decide what’s next about it
Park that somewhere you’ll trust you’ll look at as a reminder
Keep your head empty and your list(s) current

Hope that helps.


iPhone 4 – the quandry

Watched Apples press conference yesterday about their antenna, and I believe them as to their findings and their intentions, but I personally still have a problem.

I love the design of the iPhone 4 – I would love to use without a case, but I can’t for 2 reasons Apple should have known before releasing:

  1. The antenna – it is an issue using it without a case. 
  2. The glass back – I’ve heard from several people that have experienced the black glass plate shattering when the phone is dropped. I’ve heard it’s not made from the same glass as the front. And the steel antenna is going to absorb shock like some kind of plastic composite would, transferring all the force of the shock to the weakest part of the phone – apparently the glass back. I haven’t heard much in the press about this, but it’s an issue.

Thanks for the free case, but I can’t use a case and enjoy the steel and glass design. I can’t use a case and enjoy the slimmest smart phone on the market because it’ll make it bulker than many other phones without cases. Why even show the phone outside of case if you’ll have to put it in one to make a call or protect it from shattering if dropped.

Definitely a whine – I probably won’t return it. I love the display. I love the improved camera. But Apple can’t claim this is the thinnest smartphone anymore in my book. Or even the best looking – it depends on the case, so that’s now it’s image. Or are they going to compare it to a Blackberry’s internals only ;).