Chasing My Own Tale
I’m not sure how I missed the Wes Anderson tribute the first 30 times we watched this episode of Yo Gabba Gabba.
Although the Gabba gang are not hunting the Jaguar Shark, they are squeezed in to a cockpit and wearing appropriately-colored beanies.
I had a wonderful walk with Valerie and her German Shepherd Eli
this morning. From the bus stop to her eye doctor visit. #goodturndaily
Not trying to be cynical, but whenever someone makes an assertion like “We value X” my next thought is “They don’t value X”. #pollyanna
Apple’s OS unification is already in progress. Here is how all 6 are coming together: rossolson.com/dwelling/?p=30…
Forefathers with their kids at the park today. Very nice to see. http://t.co/wOiORT1F8W
[Forefathers? That’s what you get for letting Siri guess what you said and not double checking.]
This week there has been discussion (John Kirk) (John Gruber, Daring Fireball) (Dr. Drang) about whether Apple will ever unify iOS and OS X. I say they already have. I can easily pull up a VNC client on my iPad and with some tweaks to the universal access preference pane and single window mode, I can have an OS X experience on my iOS device.
Today I have a GUI interface inside a Touch interface. (A TUI if you will.) It’s not perfect by any means, but with a few tweaks and some polish by Apple and it would be just fine.
And this isn’t the first time this has happened. Have you ever used terminal.app? Only a slim sliver of the Mac-using population ever have. But there’s one unification right there: a commandline on top of a GUI.
Both of the scenarios above are nigh on impossible to enjoy on an iPhone. But it works in a pinch. But on an iPad it is serviceable. And if there was a mythical iPad Pro? Then I might never buy another Mac again, except as a server.
Let’s take a fundamental digital era task: creating an event in a calendar.
I could use my mouse and keyboard in the calendar desktop app. (Traditional GUI)
I could open up a terminal.app window and use a commandline tool. (CLI)
I could run an AppleScript to create the event. (ASI?)
I could use VoiceOver and never touch the screen. (VOI?)
I could use the calendar app on my iOS device and only ever touch a screen. (TUI)
I could logon to the iCloud.com website and create the event through a web interface. (WUI) [And that might split into AJAX vs. REST techniques.]
To a certain extent the unification that people are talking about is simply a bit of polish and a tiny step forward. It sure is a good thing Apple never makes incremental improvements towards a larger vision. (AppleScript in Numbers) (Mavericks Full-Screen mode) (iWork Platform Independence) (iWork 2013 on Web/OS X/iOS)