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Hella Data Aggregation March 8, 2009

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Watched the Watchmen tonight. As a big fan of the book, I thought that it was a good rendition of the original graphic novel. The friends I was watching it with probably did not have the same enthusiasm as I did though. I’m not sure that graphic novel should have ever been turned into a movie (at least the film was better than the proposed script, which had Ozymandias killed by night-owl’s batarang at the last moment).

Awesome.

Awesome.

Anyway, I’d like to explain why Ozymandias was so awesome (at least in the book). In particular, I want to discuss the part where he watches 100 screens at once at half-volume, to absorb the aggregate data at once. For those of you not familiar, he describes it here:

Burrough's Cut up Technique

Burrough's Cut up Technique

He mentiones Burrough’s cut-up technique, which itself actually, is pretty facinating. American 20th century author William S. Burroughs cut up pages of a book and re-arranged the pieces, which he then read to get some sort of a subliminal meaning, in which he argued “the future could shine through”.

Ok. So it might sound like a stupid idea. But it is undeniable that if you aggregate many data sources at once and arange them in a useful manner, you can often see previously invisible patterns, and sometimes even catch a glimpse of where they go.

The internet provides us with an insurmountable ammount of data (mostly 4chan, I think), and it’d be great if we could aggregate that data somehow. Some of my favorite websites are Google Trends and TwitScoop, which both can say a lot about what’s on the mind of internet users.

Somtimes its just wierd.

Somtimes its just wierd.

Also, while I’m on the topic about data aggregation, take a look at Hans Rosling’s Ted Talk. Even you found what I said to be boring, you’ll find this speech pretty awesome. Keep the replies coming, and remember to bookmark this blog!

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Oh Dude Hella GUI February 26, 2009

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Ok. So. I made a new post on this blog, and yes, I did put it back online. Goddamn it.

So anyway, this morning, Apple announced that Safari 4 is gonna be 3 times faster than Firefox.

Safari 4, image taken of Lifehacker

Safari 4, via Lifehacker

Also, the browser takes the tab features we’re all used to and makes it hella pretty in regular mac fashion. For those of you who know me, you might take me as a Microsoft or linux fanboy (basically anything thats not mac).

It’s all about GUI really. Apple takes things that are already there and makes them pretty and easy to use. It is not made clear wtf not Windows can’t do this. Which brings me to the next image:

After having played with Windows 7, I feel like it’s just repackaged Vista (minus the annoying feature that asks permission to do any task on gods green earth, including using the mouse). So I have no idea why Windows released Vista, instead of just Windows 7 the first time.

GUI is not hard. It should be the first things these companies focus on. We can take Ubuntu 8.10 (linux) and stick a new gnome-skin on it, put avant-window-navigator on it, and we essentially get OSX. We can put a new skin on Vista and make it look like OSX (Ironically we can’t put a new skin on OSX, we can’t even make the top bar un-transparent).

This is my Vista desktop:

My Vista Desktop

My Vista Desktop

Why can’t Windows look like this out of the box? Instead, HP puts so much bloatware on these 2gb ram computers that they cannot even function without an out-of-the-box-reformat. This is why macs will win in the long run. Imma go download the Safari 4 beta now.