Bloomberg Leaked Apple-Release Specifics?

Wait, wasn’t it Bloomberg that did a hit and run piece about a rather implausible, science-fiction-y issue with SuperMicro hardware a few months ago? Entirely baseless, didn’t name names or give any other mechanism to substantiate the claims.

Stock on all three companies took a dive.

And now that same Bloomberg has released “leak” of the pending Apple release of macOS (v10.15), iOS (v13), and WatchOS (v6) that outlines a huge number of features.

Sounds quite suspicious to me, especially because of the source. They haven’t named a name or provide any other means to validate the claims they’re making. So, no, I certainly don’t trust anything revealed via Bloomberg.

Uh, This Message, Um, Is About, Er…

Sometimes, we’ll need to listen to someone drone on with variations of “uh” and “um” 1,440 times… in an hour. It would be quite annoyingly (and distractingly) interrupted by the occasional use of technical terms.

After a few minutes, I concluded that it must not have been the result of any distractions but was likely a psychological difficulty. It’s quite difficult, as a listener, to follow along with technical concepts when the presenter is struggling with a speech disfluency as significant as this.

California Air Tools

I am quite surprised with how quiet the California Air Tools compressor is.

How quiet?

The construction-grade Porter Cable compressor is 95dB at 1m above it. Loud. You’d actually require hearing protection if subjected to that for more than a few minutes. You’ll practically need to yell to be heard.

The California Air Tools compressor rates a staggering 62dB when measured at the same position.

You can easily have a casual conversation over it…or even a freaking whisper.

𝒇(𝓧) = The Generation of Functions

I honestly don’t really have a need for a function generator. This was inexpensive and small enough to fill an hour’s time.

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The most time-consuming part was understanding what orientation the electrolytic capacitors were to be installed. While the silkscreen on the PCB did have an indication that the capacitors had to go one way, there wasn’t a positive/negative marking. So I guessed that the white on one half of the circle must equal white on the capacitor.

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Oh, and peeling off the protective coating from the acrylic parts. There are a few bits still inside of some of the letters.

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There’s probably a slightly more elegant function generator — actually, there are several and more expensive — but this will do for now.

Before I build too many more things, I should see about building a power supply. Maybe the ubiquitous LM317 would be a reasonably inexpensive and capable project.

Also, it seems to me that I’m continuing to do things backward.

How so?

Because one would think that learning tasks would start with simplistic concepts and work toward more complex. I started with the complex (the QCX project) and moved over/back/into this, the simple.

End of the Smartphone?

Samsung hasn’t had the best of luck with certain tech. Not long ago, its top-load washing-machines turned into guillotines with regular usage — glass lids parting company with the slightest vibration.

And there was the Note 7 smartphone, which had a tendency to spontaneously and spectacularly burst into flame.

And now, with the release — and retraction within a few short days — of Samsung’s latest folding phone, I feel that it doesn’t bode well for Samsung, but it also indicates the looming end of an era: smartphones have Jumped the Shark.

But it folds!

And it fails.

Quickly.

Go ahead. Go Google samsung fold fail. I’ll wait. Here, I’ll do it for you:

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It’s also amazingly expensive. If you think a top of the line smartphone is pricey at US$1,100, that folding Samsung monstrosity is twice the cost.

Oh, and it flounders — it’s not waterproof.

I’m starting to suspect that Samsung’s business model — once thought to be a cost-savings process not expending resources on engineering, QA, or Product-testing teams — instead relies on consumers to buy their quickly-conceived products so they can try them out and find faults and failures.

That means that you’re not only going to buy a shoddy product, but you’re also going to do the testing and provide marketing feedback for them!

It’s a win/win from Samsung’s perspective. But a fail/fail for the longer-term. That feedback part that will be detrimental to them in the long-term.