Episode 96 of Accidental Tech Podcast was an excellent and super-entertaining show. I must admit that it would never have occurred to me that John Siracusa would have such an insane-sounding window “management” “system.”

That said, I agree with him about a few things. For one, while his examples might not have been terribly convincing, I was also a big fan of WindowShade in pre-OS X days; and when OS X did away with it, it was pretty disappointing.

However, thinking back, I probably used it a lot like I use tabs today. It was largely a way to keep different windows in the same app organized; and it was much faster than constantly going back and forth between items minimized on the dock.

Secondly, I also agree that the way windows work today isn’t terribly elegant, if not clunky. As I write this, I have two browser windows open – they’re not quick snapped to the edge of the screen. One is awkwardly on top of the other; and I constantly have to manually drag windows around to get them to look nice.

Exposé tried to solve this, but it never really clicked with me. As a result, like Marco Arment, I largely manage my windows with Command-Tab and Command-(option)-H. That’s not ideal, either, but that’s what I do.

Additionally, I never liked OS X’s method of layering windows; it makes no sense to me. Before OS X, each application was in its own “box”; and when a person clicked on any element, the whole app came to the front. Post OS 9, windows can co-mingle (à la Windows), but this breaks the conceptual model of each app being in its own box.

Since the web site of the developer of the app Siracusa later mentions is down, I downloaded LiteSwitch X last night. It allows you to enable the Classic Mac window layering style. So far so good.

It’s no big secret that John C. Dvorak is a clown, but I won’t hide my amusement at his or his editor’s inability to proofread what he wrote:

If you carefully follow the rumors for the upcoming Apple smartwatch, you’ll quickly realize flaws that may be part of the product. Certain patents have come to light, including one that indicates the wristband will actually being a “docking station” for the watch itself.

No, not the end of the world, but I caught it immediately; and I can’t help but guess that his thinking is as sloppy as his writing… I’m sure he had some idiotic point about Apple, but he’s just a troll; and I’ve already given him enough attention. I don’t even like linking to his site.

This photo is funny, but I seriously doubt this is anything more than someone trying to make him look bad (albeit in a humorous way).

Remember, people, photography is an illusion. Don’t believe the hype.

I’m not sure if these pictures are actual photos or stills from videos, but on a related note, you can make anyone who is being video-recorded look like they’re high if their eyes are visible. At 24 frames per second and up, I can guarantee that you will find at least one still frame with the subject’s eyelids halfway open, and frequently with their mouth in an awkward position.

Why do I bring this up? Because if you take enough photos of anyone, you can make them look stupid. As the president of France, François Hollande both shakes many people’s hands and has many photos taken of him (oh yeah and will have plenty of people more than willing to make him looks stupid).

Photography is an illusion. Don’t believe the hype.

Kara Swisher wrote a really great piece about the Washington Post acquisition — what makes it a particularly informative read is the fact that as someone who started in the Post’s mailroom, she has a great perspective on why the Post’s transition to digital was such a mess:

As it turned out, I ended up staying at the Post — with a few short departures for things like graduate school — for almost 15 years, in more jobs than I can remember, including the lowest rung in the then-backwater business section.

If you have the time, even her ethics statement is a great read.

Frankly, I don’t know enough about this issue to comment in an intelligent manner, but it certainly is relevant to those in the VFX industry, such as myself:

Foreign subsidies on visual-effects work may be enough to trigger World Trade Organization “anti-subsidy duty” rules that would impose a tariff on those vfx when they’re imported into the U.S., according to a panel presentation at the Siggraph conference on Thursday.


After seeing this posted on Daring Fireball, I decided on a whim to buy this new version of Logic. I’ve never owned it, but have always wanted to try it out. Let’s hope this doesn’t turn into another Final Cut Pro X, however I’m not getting that impression from Jim Dalrymple’s review. I’ll have to come back to this when I’ve played around with it.