by Charles Ying

Kevin Spacey on the Future of Television

August 27th, 2013

From The Telegraph:

“We have learned the lesson that the music industry didn’t learn – give people what they want, when they want it, in the form they want it in, at a reasonable price, and they’ll more likely pay for it rather than steal it.”

“It’s all content. It’s just story. And the audience has spoken. They want stories. They’re dying for them. They’re rooting for us to give them the right thing. And they will talk about it, binge on it, carry it with them on the bus, and to the hairdresser, force it on their friends, tweet, blog, facebook, make fan pages, silly GIFs, and god knows what else about it.”

The full lecture is also quite interesting:

Designed by Apple in California

June 11th, 2013

Designed by Apple in California

I once met Tim Cook just after he became CEO. Puzzled to what to ask a man whose company has so inspired me, I asked him to sign my iPhone. Tim smiled, declined and said, “I strongly believe that artists should sign their work.”

Google’s fork of WebKit – Blink

April 3rd, 2013

Google’s official announcement, and developer FAQ.

For sensible commentary about the core mission of Blink and the history leading up to the fork, there’s Alex Russell’s post from Google’s perspective, and Maciej Stachowiak’s comments from Apple’s perspective.

For more detail, there’s the threads between Google (Adam Barth and co.) and Apple (Darin Adler and co.) folks on the WebKit dev mailing lists.

There’s a lot of interesting goals for Blink which I’m excited to see: implementing the DOM in JavaScript; snapshotting in V8; incremental and parallel layout; and multi-process improvements.

I’m also excited to see what Apple is working on, but we’ll need to be patient there as Apple’s style is “show, don’t tell”.

Maciej says it best: “I do not consider Blink to be a hostile fork. I wish the Blink developers good luck & godspeed.”