by Garethin Technology0 commentstags: Apple, dock, OSX, Technology
After some nine years or so, Apple has finally been granted a patent for its “Dock” – a central feature of the OSX operating system – patent number 7,434,177 titled “User interface for providing consolidation and access.”It’s an excellent feature, and constantly evolving (now incorporating “Stacks” of course) – and even though I hate the 3D version in Leopard, and have used a hack app to make it 2D, it’s still excellent – a great piece of usability and superbly implimented with features like the magnification of icons on rollover and the ‘genie’ effect of swooping open documents in and out of it.There is a superb article here which traces its history right back from its first genuine incarnation in the Nextstep operating system (which along with all other intellectual property) went to Apple in 1996 when they purchased NeXT, with Steve Jobs returning to the company he founded.
by Garethin Technology0 commentstags: microsoft, stuff, Technology
I’m doing a piece of work at the moment that sadly involves an end-product’s interface to be fulfilled with Microsoft’s venture into Flash and Ajax territory… “Silverlight”.Clearly the offspring of Steve Ballmer and one of The Borg, it has – as you can see from the “Loading” screengrab above – a preposterously high opinion of itself and what it can do.
by Garethin Technology1 commentstags: outer space, stuff, Technology
P. Michaud, S. Fisher and R. Carrasco from Gemini and T. Rector Univ. of Alaska at Anchorage / Gemini Observatory Nah… just kidding Barbapapa fans… Nothing nasty or sticky to get upset about… It’s just stars and space gunk.To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the telescope – one of the most important inventions in human history – here’s a superb, yet strangely creepy picture of something that appears to be an enormous amoeba snogging session, but which is in fact a supernova remnant in the form of a vast cloud complex named DEM L316, located in the Large Magellanic Cloud. There’s more from the Gemini Observatory here…
by Garethin Technology0 commentstags: Apple, art, camera, iphone, photos
Although I’d be the first to admit that the iPhone’s camera isn’t the best (kind of galling for such an Apple fanboy – but really, it *is* a bit pants), it’s still phenomenal what you can do with one, given a bit of imagination and presumably a shedload of patience…Look at these amazing, almost Hockney-esque montages by p0psharlow posted on Flickr…Tremendous. Spotted on Cult of Mac by Chris. Thanks :)
by Garethin Technology0 commentstags: Apple, mac osx, safari, Technology, web browser
(*NERD ALERT :: RISK OF DROWSINESS) I’ve always had a problem with the “History” in a web browser. Too linear, too uninformative – and too drawn out if you happen to visit a lot of websites (if you’re as big a geek as I am…)Thankfully Apple seem to have cottoned on to this if a report on the Apple Insider website is anything to go by. They’ve decided that a far more visual diagram (possibly a tree diagram) against a timeline (see the outline proposition from the patent application above) would make a better model that every browser’s current standard which is no more than an unstructured and unmanaged list in purely chronological.It’s a great idea and one that appears to be destined for implimentation in their Safari web browser (which is available for both Macs and PCs).Given that the report is based on new patent filings (from January and April), you have to wonder how far off this may be.But a big thumbs up from me… Great to see that the “Think Different” ethos is still alive and well in Cupertino.