Apple inside: the significance of the iPad’s A4 chip Macworld:
Now we have the Apple A4, a brand new design for a SoC produced and owned by Apple, using the same ARM architecture that powers the iPhone. The A4 runs at 1GHz and supposedly helps the iPad achieve a maximum battery life of 10 hours, thanks to its tight placement of circuitry and small form factor. In integrating a CPU with a GPU, it follows in the footsteps of other energy-efficient SoC processors, like Nvidia’s Tegra.
Intel cannot, and will not, win everything.
Fraser Speirs - Future Shock: “
The Real Work is teaching the child, healing the patient, selling the house, logging the road defects, fixing the car at the roadside, capturing the table’s order, designing the house and organising the party.
Think of the millions of hours of human effort spent on preventing and recovering from the problems caused by completely open computer systems. Think of the lengths that people have gone to in order to acquire skills that are orthogonal to their core interests and their job, just so they can get their job done.”
Fraser has a very good point that applies to people like me in the engineering field. Engineers often work with complex and very imperfect software, because the vendors know that we’re engineers, and therefore willing to tinker and workaround problems. To that end, I spend more time using Perl and MySQL to glue systems together than I do actually getting chips out the door. Of course the iPad won’t help me, but perhaps its ideas will grow and reach before I retire.
A neat collection of hidden gems that even after 6 years were new to me!
(Via Minimal Mac)