A Force of Nature

Revolution in The Valley, page 25, Andy Hertzfeld:

Amazingly, the reality distortion field seemed to be effective even if you were acutely aware of it, although the effects would fade after Steve departed. We would often discuss techniques for grounding it, but after a while most of us gave up, accepting it as a force of nature.


Quoted from Mona Simpson’s eulogy for her brother Steve Jobs on October 16 at his memorial service at the Memorial Church at Stanford University via The New York Times:

His philosophy of aesthetics reminds me of a quote that went something like this: “Fashion is what seems beautiful now but looks ugly later; art can be ugly at first but it becomes beautiful later.”

Steve always aspired to make beautiful later.

Steve’s aspirations led to beautiful, now and later.

NEG Invisible Glass

Tech-On!: By laminating an anti-reflection film on each side of the glass substrate, reflections are dramatically reduced. Normal glass reflects 8% of light; NEG’s Invisible Glass refects just 0.5%. This is the future for all displays.

Elegance of Thought

Frank Chimero:

The American space program discovered that normal ink pens didn’t work on missions (no gravity in orbit to pull down the ink), so they spent millions to research and develop a pen that could write upside down. The Russians, the story goes, brought a pack of pencils.

The upside down million dollar pen is like a standing-height desk with small motors to adjust the height for standing or sitting. The ‘Russian’ solution: “a bar-height table and a stool.”

Corning Q3’11 Results: Display Technologies

James Flaws, Corning Vice Chairman and CFO:

The display supply chain experienced a contraction in the third quarter as demand for LCD TVs remained strong worldwide while panel makers ran at lower utilization rates, especially in Korea. We believe the supply chain exited the third quarter with about 14 weeks of inventory, which is a level we have not seen since early 2009. The inventory contraction is a major factor in Corning revising its estimate of the worldwide glass market to 3.2 billion square feet for the year.

LCD glass substrate volume for Samsung Corning Precision (SCP) declined 20% Q/Q and 25% Y/Y in Q3’11. SCP combined with Corning’s wholly-owned subsidiaries experienced a 10% Q/Q decline. Three months earlier Corning lowered expectations to 3.3 – 3.4 billion square feet, from 3.5 – 3.7 for 2011, due to poor TV sales and a more cautionary approach by LCD manufacturers.

Lumia 800: No Noise

Dan Frommer, SplatF:

So pretty much everyone — especially the carriers — rewrote their strategies around Android, and, when available, the iPhone. And so far, Microsoft has not offered anything compelling enough to disrupt that balance. It doesn’t seem to be attacking at either the high- or low-end of the market, or have any noticeably distinct strategy yet. It’s just there, not really making much noise.

Rewrote strategy? Carriers are in the business of offering subsidized phones and then attaching as much voice, text, and data plans as possible.

Microsoft’s strategy is to bully itself into a market with cold hard cash: the browser and search being two good examples. And now phones, with a massive infusion of financial capital into Nokia.

Microsoft did whatever was necessary to obliterate Netscape Navigator. Microsoft pays you to search on Bing. If Microsoft is serious about phones it should hand out the Nokia Lumia 800 for free to grab unit share, mind share, and then do what it does best: sell operating systems (Windows) and business software (Office). That’ll make some noise.

Futuristic Bullshit

John Gruber:

This video encapsulates everything wrong with Microsoft. Their coolest products are imaginary futuristic bullshit.

I actually liked the translucent/transparent refrigerator door: you don’t have to open the frig door to find out what you need to get from the grocery store. You keep the frig cool, save energy, and money. Of course money shouldn’t be a concern for anyone thinking of buying something like this when it first comes out.

Samsung Galaxy Note

Zach Honig, Engadget:

1280 x 800 pixels in a smartphone display is quite a feat, and it’s just as impressive to behold as it sounds. The Note’s 5.3-inch Super AMOLED screen is incredibly bright, vibrant and detailed, thanks to its 285ppi resolution.

1280×800 is unique for smartphones. I’m surprised Samsung broke away from 16:9.

What is the correct method of calculating resolution (as in ppi) for PenTile Matrix displays?

Pixels on a PenTile Matrix display are not hardwired pixels but virtual pixels: a pixel can be made up of 2×1 or 2×2 sub-pixels. And those sub-pixels can be made up of RG, BG, GR, GB or RGxBG, GRxGB, BGxRG, GBxGR.

Is 285 ppi accurate for the 5.3-inch RGBG Super AMOLED display? In light of virtual pixels is there a better method of measuring resolution?