Microsoft Understands Windows 8


While working on a project for a client, I needed to confirm that various computers were writing certain kinds of metadata to files. One thing I needed was an example of the metadata written during a screen capture by Windows 8. Since I have upgraded my recently purchased Windows 8 machine to Windows 7, I needed another source. Aha! Why not see what I can find at microsoft.com? I found the following image at windows.microsoft.com:Start_RTM_3ROW2

Windoze8_exifHere is what I found in its metadata:

Adobe Photoshop CS5.1
Macintosh

*snicker*

UPDATE—Vodkalanche!

Thank you, Mr. Green, and welcome VodkaPunidt readers.

Cheers!

NGC 3185


potw1326Spiral galaxy NGC 3185 is about 80 million light-years away from us in the constellation of Leo (the Lion). The galaxy’s spiral arms swirl outward from the center of the galaxy toward the rim where they join a blue disk of young stars. At the galactic center of is a small but very bright nucleus containing a supermassive black hole. Supermassive black holes have masses many thousands of times that of our Sun, and they become active as matter falls towards them. When this happens the black hole lights up, sending away streams of particles and radiation at almost the speed of light.

ML_GalaxyNGC 3185 is a member of a four-galaxy group known as Hickson 44. NGC 3190 is a somewhat more famous member of the group. Apple uses a blue-tinted image of it as the default wallpaper for its Mountain Lion operating system.

Image Credits: NASA, Apple

It’s Not Just Not-For-Profits


The tax gatherers and their facilitators among our betters in the Congress are bent out of shape because for-profit entities such as Apple don’t voluntarily pay more taxes than they owe under the tax code. Charles C. W. Cooke explains their reasoning thus:

Along with “loophole,” “gimmick” is the voracious Left’s newest way of describing “compliance with our rules.”

BTW, Apple is the largest single tax payer to the U. S. Treasury, paying around $16,000,000 per day. The government manages to spend its daily collection from Apple by 12:03 am.

These are the folks who want to run your health care.

Security Recommendation for iPhone Users


There are many applications circulating for iOS devices (iPod, iPhone, and iPad) that are not available from Apple’s App Store. Some of them are OK. Some are not.

Apple has very stringent vetting requirements for the apps permitted for sale via the App Store. This provides users with a margin of safety and security not present with unscreened apps.

I strongly recommend that iOS users should not install apps from other sources.AppStore

popcorn4bkUPDATE—I am informed that I am to be mocked incessantly because of this post. Gee, I hope the mockery is at least somewhat entertaining.

When does the feature start?

iPad Mini?


John Paczkowski has a post over at All Things D, “confirming” that Apple will release an “iPad Mini” this fall. This will supposedly kill off Android tablets for the holiday buying season.

Maybe. Maybe not.

I’m typing this on an original-recipe iPad that I have been using since the first day iPads were available with 3G. It has replaced my Mac laptop for most applications. It completely replaced my HP/Linux netbook as a mobile device. Indeed, the only other mobile device I still use is my iPhone. All the 7-in Android tablets that I’ve tried were too small to be useful as a laptop replacement and too large to useful as a phone.

I have a Kindle Fire, and I use it around the house for viewing content available in Amazon’s ecosystem. However, I don’t see it as competing with my iPad; what it replaced was my iPod Touch. So I’ll bet that any new product from Apple won’t be aimed at competing with Android tablets in general. The real competition is from Amazon and the Kindle Fire, and the killer response isn’t an iPad Mini. It’s an iPod Maxi. There’s the product line that needs refreshing.

We’ll see.