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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Apple's closed philosophy in their iPad is a disappointment

According to,0
Apple has also created a version of its iWork desktop productivity suite for the iPad -- that could make the iPad a competitor to both Windows netbooks and Apple's own MacBooks as an entertainment device that also doubles as a lightweight productivity device. Each app -- Pages, Numbers, and Keynote -- will cost $10 each and be compatible with the Mac OS X versions. The iPad versions of iWork can open both Microsoft Office and iWork files, but save only to the iWork and PDF formats. So sharing with Office users won't be as easy as it is on the desktop version of iWork.
I understand the reason for doing this -- it's to reinforce their bottom line. But in this day and age there is a huge push for collaboration and openness. By forcing users to only save in Apple's iWork format, they are moving in the opposite direction of what the public wants.

Apple had an opportunity to send a message that they support open file formats. But they don't, not in their office apps nor in their audio (no FLAC compatibity) or email attachment viewer (not compatible with  OpenDocument files).

$499 for a base model is not a lot of money; relative to the price of netbooks. If Apple had demonstrated that it was interested in getting along with the rest of the world, I would have been one of the first in line.

Unless they change their philosophy about this, I'll continue using a different portable platform -- one that supports open file formats.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My Public Diigo Bookmarks (weekly)

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My Public Diigo Bookmarks (weekly)

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

My Public Diigo Bookmarks (weekly)

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Friday, January 08, 2010

Animal Rights Activists Protest Motorcyclists

"motorcycle gangs are one of the biggest abusers of wearing leather, and we decided it was high time that we let them know that we disagree with them using it…ergo, they should stop."

Hehe, read the rest of the story here.

Monday, January 04, 2010

700 Free 16x16 Pixel Icons - Creative Commons License

I'm currently in the process of converting my very old and tired website to a Google Sites website, and have been searching for small icons I could use to represent Adobe Acrobat files, Word files, etc. Almost by accident, I came across a set of 700 (!) nice looking 16x16 icons which are perfect for my application.

I was only going to tweet about it, but I found I wanted to say more than 140 characters would allow... :)

The icons are available at, and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license, meaning they are totally free to use or modify as long as you attribute the source of the icons to the creator.

To use the icons in your own projects, simply download and extract the zip file (see the website) to your local computer. Luckily for us, the creator included an html file which allows you to view all the icons in your web browser, making finding the icon you're looking for quite easy.

Here are some examples, taken from the website:

Icon sample: Empty drink glass Icon sample: Hourglass delete Icon sample: Green tag Icon sample: Expand sidebar Icon sample: Tile view Icon sample: Page Icon sample: PHP page Icon sample: Internet Explorer icon Icon sample: DVD Icon sample: Align left Icon sample: Bold text Icon sample: Numeric list

p.s. This was my first blog entry created with ScribeFire. If this blog post gets uploaded correctly (I'm worried about the graphics), I'm wondering why I didn't start using this earlier!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

My Public Diigo Bookmarks (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.