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Gawker.TV Meetup tonight in SF at Zeitgeist

Daniel Eran Dilger

So I met this woman in a bar i the Marina while I was dressed up as a Mexican wrestler for a Sunday Recess event, and anyway ended up getting invited to a meet up event being held by Gawker TV tonight at 8PM at Zeitgeist, an earthy Mission dive bar sporting a patio of picnic tables. I was invited before she knew I wrote for RoughlyDrafted, but it’s all cool and there’s nothing they can do about it anyway at this point. You should come say hi. HOWEVER: in no circumstances should you leave your iPhone on a bar stool.

Also, be advised that Zeitgeist is dangerously close to a KFC serving the Double Down.

TONIGHT! Gawker.TV Meetup: San Francisco Edition – Top – Gawker.TV

April 30, 2010   3 Comments

Speaking of Ironies: Adobe Flash, Al Gore and the iPad criticism on his Current TV

Daniel Eran Dilger

Earlier today, John Gruber of the Daring Fireball posted the line:

“Irony: Me, using my iPad to watch a video from the WSJ of Adobe’s CEO talking about how essential Flash is to publications like the WSJ.”

It reminded me of my own experience in being directed to Al Gore’s Current TV, by video blogger Ben Hoffman, who had created an “iPad sucks” video for broadcast on Current’s Tech Report. Current still uses Flash to present its videos (the entire site is tagged “beta”).
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April 30, 2010   10 Comments

Why Steve Jobs Loves Adobe Flash

Daniel Eran Dilger

Steve Jobs doesn’t offer his thoughts all that often, but when he does, they are articulated in masterfully convincing language. His latest “Thoughts on Flash” sounded like a distillation of every RoughlyDrafted article on the issue of Flash, boiled down into a devastating six point skewering. Secretly though, Jobs really does love Flash, here’s why.
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April 30, 2010   74 Comments

RIM takes on Apple with BlackBerry OS 6: the black iPhone OS 2.0

Daniel Eran Dilger

RIM’s big BlackBerry platform confab, the “Wireless Enterprise Symposium” or WES, recently debuted the company’s upcoming version 6 of its BlackBerry Operating System that runs its phones (well the latest ones anyway). You might think of it an an old version of the iPhone OS, but with lots of black in the interface.
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April 29, 2010   25 Comments

EFF, Wired, MarketWatch, Yahoo: Outrage ensues over Apple’s reporting of iPhone prototype theft

Daniel Eran Dilger

Enemies of Apple are boiling to the surface like ants scrambling from a rotten log on fire. Their outrage emanates from a deep moral disgust over the company reporting the theft of its property and appealing to the rule of law.
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April 28, 2010   75 Comments

Microsoft’s Great Windows 7 Growth Lie

Daniel Eran Dilger

Windows Enthusiasts, the insulating layer of blubber on Microsoft’s monopoly whale, are excited to see Microsoft’s Q3 Windows unit licensing and profits growing faster year over year than Apple’s new Mac shipments. They think Windows 7 is winning. But they’re wrong, here’s why.
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April 26, 2010   26 Comments

Gizmodo’s iPhone 4 story, as painted by PC World and IDG’s Apple haters

Daniel Eran Dilger

Windows Enthusiasts are busily chattering about Gizmodo’s iPhone 4 exposé, attempting to either create elaborate conspiracy theories that suggest Apple planned the whole thing, or alternatively, insisting that Apple screwed up and allowed a leak disaster that it could have prevented. They’re all wrong, here’s why.
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April 21, 2010   33 Comments

The Tales of Two Top Secret Stolen Smartphone Prototypes

Daniel Eran Dilger

The web is atwitter with reports of a top secret stolen smartphone prototype. This moment, it’s what appears to be Apple’s 4th generation iPhone. But nearly the same thing happened last year, too. Things just didn’t go as well that time.

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April 19, 2010   50 Comments

Podcast: Adobe Flash vs Apple iPhone OS

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Gene Steinberg of the Tech Night Owl invited me to talk about Flash and the iPhone OS.

You can tune into the live broadcast stream Thursday nights from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Pacific, 9:00 to 11:00 PM Eastern, at http://www.technightowl.com/radio/. An archive of the show will be available for downloading and listening at your convenience within four hours after the original broadcast.

NOW PLAYING! April 15, 2010 — Kirk McElhearn and Daniel Eran Dilger

You can also access the show’s Podcast feed, now available at: http://www.technightowl.com/nightowl.xml.

Listen live, pull up earlier podcast episodes via iTunes, and subscribe to the Tech Night Owl RSS feed at:

The Tech Night Owl LIVE with Gene Steinberg

April 15, 2010   1 Comment

John Gruber gets a little too daring with his fireballs

Daniel Eran Dilger

I like to skewer pundits who deliver arguments that are factually wrong, only present part of the whole story, and invent things under the premise of having “sources.” That leaves me open to the same kinds of criticism. But if you’re going to attack my work, get the facts right, tell the entire story, and don’t assail sources that you don’t know anything about as being nonexistent and fraudulently invented when you really know that’s not the case at all.

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April 14, 2010   45 Comments

Chronicles of Conflict: the History of Adobe vs. Apple

Daniel Eran Dilger

If you didn’t know any better, you might think this whole Apple vs Adobe thing blew up out of nowhere because Steve Jobs woke up one morning with a stiff neck and decided to take it out on Adobe. Those of you who imagine there might be more to it than that that might like to reminisce with a little walk down tech history lane.

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April 14, 2010   66 Comments

Five Tremendous Apple vs. Adobe Flash Myths

Daniel Eran Dilger

Proponents of Adobe Flash insist that Apple’s iPhone 4.0 restrictions amount to “restraint of trade,” that the company’s Flash platform covers the vast majority of computers, that Adobe doesn’t need Apple and could bury it by cutting off its apps for the Mac in retaliation, that Apple really owes Adobe a hand, and that by not offering Flash, Apple is violating a universal doctrine demanding Choice. They’re wrong, here’s why.
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April 10, 2010   87 Comments

iAd: Is Apple taking mobile ads in a new direction?

Daniel Eran Dilger

Steve Jobs apparently thinks “mobile ads suck,” so what is he doing about it? The story so far is that his Apple bought Quattro Wireless, turned it into iAd, and will be bundling it into its iPhone OS Software Development Kit so that App Store publishers can monetize their apps. But that’s nothing new, and doesn’t really change anything.
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April 7, 2010   25 Comments

iPad, the destroyer: 19 things it will kill

Daniel Eran Dilger

Pundits, particularly of the Windows Enthusiast variety, don’t understand the iPad. It won’t kill the netbook and certainly can’t kill the notebook, they tell us. If only they knew what the iPad was really meant to destroy.

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April 2, 2010   174 Comments

Podcast: Multitasking, Flash and other misconceptions about the iPad

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Gene Steinberg of the Tech Night Owl invited me to talk about common misconceptions about the iPad, from multitasking to Flash.

You can tune into the live broadcast stream Thursday nights from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Pacific, 9:00 to 11:00 PM Eastern, at http://www.technightowl.com/radio/. An archive of the show will be available for downloading and listening at your convenience within four hours after the original broadcast.

You can also access the show’s Podcast feed, now available at: http://www.technightowl.com/nightowl.xml.

Listen live, pull up earlier podcast episodes via iTunes, and subscribe to the Tech Night Owl RSS feed at:

The Tech Night Owl LIVE with Gene Steinberg

April 1, 2010   1 Comment