I was incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to try Vision Pro this week. The experience was overwhelming in the best possible way. I'm still collecting my thoughts for a longer Design Diary post, but it was so transformative that I'm finding it hard to put the experience into words.

As I work on that, I wanted to ask for any questions folks had with regards to using it and more generally for the platform from a developer/designer perspective. I'll do my best to answer to them.

Another good experience write-up: daringfireball.net/2023/06/fir

It seems that Apple is "over the bar" on a variety of important "must haves". (One is the consistent "no nausea" reports, including from multiple females. Another is affordable for enough developers.) Maybe they finally got there so it's time to release to developers to innovate.

The Safari web-page in your Dock feature of Sonoma is implemented as little apps.

Once created you can take them out of your dock, move them around, potentially copy them to other machines even.

They're just implemented as code-less .app bundles with an Info.plist containing the start URL, an icon and a signature.

Very neat.

Thinking how Apple with no handheld controllers and highly crafted use of eyes/fingers mirrors the original iPhone vs. smartphones with keyboards. Also running full "desktop" browser vs stripped-down "mobile" ones.

* Privacy - no one can see what you are working on or viewing…

Thinking about Apple vs laptops/iPads/phones/etc:

*** What is much better at? ***

Some obvious ones:
- Lots of pixels in wide field of view & lots of perceived 3rd dimension space => more places/ways to put/organize things
- Eye tracking instead of mouse/touch => standing/sitting no desk/lap, quicker, hands-free
- Finger(s?) flexing vs finger tip press => richer gesture language
- More immersive sound w/transparency => quality, aural cues including location


I've seen and read a bunch of people's accounts with the #VisionPro, but the one from Tested is definitely the most in-depth and hype-restrained. youtube.com/watch?v=f0HBzePUmZ #WWDC23

Ooo boy, this is going to by quite a summer 😳.

@emilymbender is the most brilliant and generous teacher we have on what LLMs can, should, cannot, and should not be expected to do. I am so grateful that she uses social media to teach. Do read her Thai library thought experiment explaining language and understanding.
h/t @ct_bergstrom medium.com/@emilymenonbender/t

it's sunday night and twitter is still a dumpster fire so i think it's finally time to re-post my all-time favorite tweet (iykyk)

because the original context for this is lost to antiquity, i want to set the stage by sharing one of my favorite absurd stories about software. (🧵)

Given all hype about #5G I wrote an explanation that (I hope) doesn't require getting into the technical weeds to see past the BS.

The kernel panic was introduced in an early version of Unix and demonstrated a major difference between the design philosophies of Unix and its predecessor Multics. Multics developer Tom van Vleck recalls a discussion of this change with Unix developer Dennis Ritchie:

"I remarked to Dennis that easily half the code I was writing in Multics was error recovery code. He said, 'We left all that stuff out. If there's an error, we have this routine called panic, and when it is called, the machine crashes, and you holler down the hall, `Hey, reboot it.`'"

(Text from Wikipedia)

In 1962, when John Glenn was set to be the first American to orbit the Earth, he bought a $40 camera and some NASA guys helped jerry-rig it so it could be used in his spacesuit.

Completely not NASA sanctioned, it brought back the first photos taken by a person in space.

#space #photography #nasa


The launch of ChatGPT Plugins is of the most significant platform offerings ever. Embedding, distribution, utility. And it reminds me of @danb ‘s Cornucopia of the Commons essay where the act of using the database adds value to it. bricklin.com/cornucopia.htm

It can't be said often enough: a prototype is worth a thousand meetings.

What should Amazon have said would happen to DPReview.com after being frozen to show an example of support for the Internet as a trusted repository? Example: "Read-only for at least 20 yrs not breaking incoming links with goal of in perpetuity." (I chose 20 years for DPReview.com because I think its content could be useful to at least some people that long, not just historians. "Vintage" cameras are used for a long time. Info in forums have helped many users dealing with technical issues.)

Archive.org has dpreview.com going back to 1999. I just donated to them to help keep all that information around. The manner of the shutdown ("available in read-only mode for a limited period after...[April 2023]": dpreview.com/news/5901145460/d) is a reminder of how important doing that is. H/T: @nizmow@hachyderm.io

Amazing Invention- This Drone Will Change Everything - YouTube youtube.com/watch?v=DOWDNBu9Dk

Rober is known for his squirrel and glitter bomb videos. This is very different and inspiring - a very positive story in a number of ways. Not the least of which is innovation in Rwanda. It's also about doing good with engineering rather than trying to maximize ROI and capturing all the value. Worth a watch. And no mention of GPT.

I love the subtle pushback against racism and stereotyping that happens in Mark Rober videos. I wish more SF tech people were a little more like him. ♥️👍🏿

Plus, this Zipline drone delivery is pretty cool. I'm still sad that over the past 10 years, we put so much more time + effort + resources into trying to put monkey jpegs into people's 401ks, than into technology like this.


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