“The device was about the size of a paper notebook, and it packed a high-resolution color touchscreen with a virtual keyboard, gigabytes of solid-state storage, cellular connectivity, GPS, and a built-in microphone and speaker. Sophisticated software based on UNIX let you tap icons on a desktop and use pop-down menus to use it for note-taking, connecting to online services, driving directions, e-mail (complete with junk-mail filtering), social networking, 3D games, and both network TV shows and wacky user-generated video. Accessories included a wireless keyboard for those who preferred to touch type, and if you lost your tablet, a clever service even let you use the GPS to track it down.”
How the Apple iPad Was Dreamed Up — in 1988 – PCWorld
why the future of multi-touch music controllers might be created outside of apple (using windows 7, linux, or google’s android)
via create digital music talking to stantum (lemur/jazzmutant cofounder Guillaume Largillier)
“In other words, we’re waiting for someone to ship a product that incorporates their technology. Windows 7 already includes multi-touch APIs out of the box in all but its Starter edition, so the Windows platform is a major candidate. Windows, while proprietary, has none of the developer, language, software, or hardware restrictions that the iPad platform does, so if your application doesn’t fit the iPad model or needs pen input, Windows’ stock just rose. Free software is possible too. Linux already supports the Stantum Slate PC and a number of other digitizers, support that will be baked into the kernels shipping in this year’s major Linux distros. We’re not just talking drivers, either: the whole Linux community is working on everything from libraries for environments like Java to support in the windowing system to touch-centric distros. (More on the Linux situation later this week.) Google’s Android has a multitouch API, too. I’ve used it, and got frustrated quickly not because of the OS, but because the hardware on current phone handsets just doesn’t work well with more than one finger. That could change if Stantum’s tech starts to appear in licensee products; Android as a touch OS could take off.”
Bookmarks from June 22nd through June 26th:[del.icio.us]
- The history behind Ricci v. DeStafano, the Supreme Court case that will decide who gets the good jobs in cities across America. (1) – By Nicole Allan and Emily Bazelon – Slate Magazine – “The story behind Ricci is just one example of an entrenched conflict over municipal hiring that extends back in time and across the country. For at least two generations, competition for jobs in many cities has been framed as a battle between one ethnic or racial group and another over who is an insider and who is an outsider”
- The Soulvine: Kobe and Antonio on the bus | LA Wave Newspaper | The Soulvine – the mayor is so unpopular kobe doesn’t even want to be on the victory bus with him.
- L.A’s mayor getting schooled – Los Angeles Times -
Teachers at eight of the 10 L.A. Unified schools run by Villaraigosa’s team give him a resounding thumbs down.
- Charter’s upheaval provides some progress for Locke High – Los Angeles Times “A year ago, Green Dot Public Schools, which runs 12 charters serving the city’s urban poor, took over the school. The effort to transform Locke has been a nationally watched test of whether such a large, deeply impoverished urban high school could be transformed by a charter operator. Charter schools are publicly-funded but operate beyond the direct control of school districts, exempt from many regulations and union contracts.”
- In C and Me: listen – Steve Hicken talks about In C and its impact on academia and tonal music.
- Consumerist – How To Launch An Executive Email Carpet Bomb – Customer Service -Here’s a classic tactic for rattling the corporate monkey tree to make sure your complaint gets shoved under the nose of someone with decision-making powers. Let’s call it the “EECB,” or Executive Email Carpet Bomb…
- Wooster Collective: Shit We’re Diggin’: Improv Everywhere’s MP3 Experiment 6 -an interesting flashmob in nyc
- Driving on L.A.’s Westside: 10 miles in 60 minutes – Los Angeles Times what it’s like to drive on the westside of LA (i live on the eastside and commute to CSUF by train)
- Daring Fireball: Regarding the WSJ’s Report That Steve Jobs Had a Liver Transplant john gruber has an interesting theory (really 3) about who and why the Wall Street Journal would print an unsourced article about steve job’s liver transplant.
- Buying A Book For The Kindle Is Digital Russian Roulette – Podcasting News – “According to Gear Diary’s Dan Cohen, DRM is the Kindle’s Achilles heal. Cohen upgraded his iPod touch and bought a new iPhone 3GS recently, and found that he couldn’t download much of his substantial Kindle library to the supported devices”
- RIP: A Remix Manifesto -In RiP: A remix manifesto, Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.