Category Archives: Apple

License agreement as literature

George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm (August, 1945) has 29,966 words.

Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 (October, 1953) has 46,118 words.

Apple’s  “Apple Developer Program License Agreement” (June, 2017) has 42,993 words.

In terms of plot, setting, and character, the license agreement is no match for either of the former two works. But all three could be classed as dystopian.

AI and haiku

Siri does haiku. Haiku is a very ancient form of Japanese poetry, based on a pattern of seventeen syllables over three lines of five, seven and five syllables. It is also the bane of introductory literature students unfamiliar with poetry (or syllables, or creative writing), as often they are required to start writing haiku with little or no background information.

But Siri can make that quite easy:

Siri can write haiku. It can even write haiku about haiku, as the last example demonstrates.
Siri can write haiku. It can even write haiku about haiku, as the last example demonstrates.

That last haiku, in fact, is an item of envy: wish I’d thought of that.

Why I didn’t become a graphic artist

I spent most of my grade school years drawing pictures instead of doing classwork. Classwork was easy, so I did that quickly and then “illuminated” my work with fanciful spacecraft, mythic maps, and lots of lizards and horses. My maps were quite good, my spacecraft were probably not flyable, and everything else was quite poor.

But now, thanks to powerful computer hardware and clever software, I can make cartoons based on nothing more than photographs that I’ve taken and odd comments. Such as this:

Cartoon showing two stacks of CD-ROMs mulling over their fate.
Combine powerful computers and software, a decent photo or three and some brief text, and you have cartoons!

You can find more such efforts at KLJC Computing Cartoons.

CD-ROM retirement

Fact: you can get 24 CDs worth of information on a single 16 GB SD card; it would take just 8 such cards to store all the information on these CDs. Yes, these were my CDs (since recycled). CD-ROM retirement (full size)

It takes a huge number of CDs to store as much information as one relatively modest SD card.
It takes a huge number of CDs to store as much information as one relatively modest SD card.

Time travel in Mac OS X

Apple touts Time Machine, their backup technology, as a marvel. But there are other forms of time travel. (The moiré pattern is a result of taking a photo of a laptop screen; the laptop was rather busy at the time.) Mac OS X time travel (full size).

Mac OS X not only has Time Machine, but features time travel, too.
Mac OS X not only has Time Machine, but features time travel, too.