LG Optimus 3D: A Meat-Grinding Experience

Amar Toor, Engadget:

The question, however, is whether the medium is stunning enough to warrant a purchase, which brings us to the Optimus 3D’s most cilantro-like quality: the glasses-less 3D experience. It’s not for everyone. To be fair, it’s definitely cool (in the “let me whip out my phone at a bar and make conversation” sort of way), and the novelty can be genuinely intriguing… for about five minutes. After that, spectators may either get bored with it, or end up feeling like their eyes were just juggled through a meat grinder (our experience skewed heavily toward the latter).

You Will Fill That Space

Patrick Rhone:

If you buy a big house, or a buy a large hard drive for that matter, you will in all likelihood fill it. No matter how much of a “minimalist” you are, you will fill that space. Why? There is no cost to doing so. There is no real hardship for buying that extra couch, assuming you have the money, in the case of the house. With the hard drive, there is no real cost to keeping ten thousand photos all in RAW or having a dozen text editors when you only use or need one.

I’d like to consider myself a minimalist-in-training. I want to pursue minimalism, not for the mere sake of minimizing, but for the goal of living a simple life. I want time, lots of time, to focus on things I like, read broadly, think deeply, write a lot, and be with my family and friends.

If The Setup asked, “What would be your dream setup?”

I like big empty spaces. An expansive room with glass walls, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. With nothing but a simple wooden desk and a comfy chair. That would be my idea of a perfect room. In that room would be my iPhone 4 and my 17-inch MacBook Pro. That would be it.

And I don’t think I would fill that space.

Back in April, I was bitten by the SSD bug. There were so many reviews lavishing praise on the incredible speeds of these things. Review after review. So I took the plunge and purchased the cheapest, most reliable, and fastest SSD: the 50GB Mercury EXTREME Pro RE SSD from Other World Computing. I chose the RE version because it had more provisioning and a five-year warranty. I still don’t quite understand this business of provisioning, but more the better, right? There were other reasons for replacing the hard drive with a SSD (you can read Silent, Cool, Green MacBook Pro to find out), but the point is: at the time of this writing, I’m using 18.23 GB out of 49.68 GB.

Still lots of space left.

I think the cost of filling up the hard drive or, in my case, the SSD is that performance might deteriorate. More stuff means more stuff to go through, and that would reduce speed. Plus, I like keeping things tidy. Have a look at my desktop:

That’s a lot of space, 1920×1200 minus however tall the menu bar is. I like it empty because it allows me to start fresh every time I log into my Mac.

Space, and lots of it, helps me focus.

Once I started going down this minimalist path, there were certain quirks or habits that I picked up. Here’s the two I talked about: absolute minimal disk usage, and a completely blank desktop.

Back to Rhone:

No matter how much of a “minimalist” you are, you will fill that space.

Nah. Nope. Not gonna happen.

2011 MacBook Air Thunderbolt Limited to One External Display

Anand Lal Shimpi:

Eagle Ridge is available in two form factors (normal and SFF) and is effectively half of a Light Ridge chip. That means you only get two Thunderbolt channels (2 x 10Gbps bidirectional = 40Gbps aggregate bandwidth) and one DP output. Apple used the small form factor version of Eagle Ridge in its new MacBook Air to cut cost and save on motherboard real estate. The MacBook Air’s GPU also doesn’t support more than one external display so there was no point in using a Thunderbolt controller with two DP outputs.

One DisplayPort output. That means you can connect only one external display to the mid-2011 MacBook Airs. If you want to add that second monitor the only way as far as I know is to get a DisplayLink-powered USB graphics adapter.

Small/Medium Display Shipments Decline

Vinita Jakhanwal:

Shipments of small- and medium-sized display (SMD) panels fell for the second straight month in May as demand decreased from cellphones and all other major product categories—with the major exception of tablets […]

Looking at the latest reports from Apple and Samsung would suggest smartphone demand was out of this world. iSuppli tracks small/medium displays from just Taiwan and South Korea. Excluded are Japan-based display manufacturers, some of which supply small/medium panels to Apple.

Still I find it difficult to believe smartphone demand is weak. Maybe the extraordinary collapse of Nokia’s smartphone business has something to do with it.

Apple: #1 Smartphone Brand in Second Quarter 2011

Strategy Analytics Senior Analyst, Alex Spektor:

Global smartphone shipments grew a healthy 76 percent annually to reach a record 110 million units in Q2 2011. We had previously reported on Apple becoming the largest smartphone vendor in terms of revenue and profits. Now, just four years after the release of the original iPhone, Apple has become the world’s largest smartphone vendor by volume with 18 percent market share. Apple’s growth remained strong as it expanded distribution worldwide, particularly in China and Asia.

Apple’s position at the top of the smartphone market might be short lived. Samsung grew its smartphone market share from 5.0% in Q2’10 to 17.5% in just one year.

One nagging thought: Apple reports sales as in sales to customers. So when Apple announced iPhone sales of 20.3 million for the second quarter, it meant 20.3 million iPhones got into the hands of customers.

When other brands report sales, what does it mean? Sales to customers or sales to the channel? My gut feeling is that it’s the later. And if that’s the case, Samsung stuffed the channel with 19 million smartphones in the second quarter. Big deal.