And still, we have Google Maps

“Del rigor en la ciencia”, Jorge Luis Borges

En aquel Imperio, el Arte de la Cartografía logró tal Perfección que el Mapa de una sola Provincia ocupaba toda una Ciudad, y el Mapa del Imperio, toda una Provincia. Con el tiempo, estos Mapas Desmesurados no satisficieron y los Colegios de Cartógrafos levantaron un Mapa del Imperio, que tenía el Tamaño del Imperio y coincidía puntualmente con él. Menos Adictas al Estudio de la Cartografía, las Generaciones Siguientes entendieron que ese dilatado Mapa era Inútil y no sin Impiedad lo entregaron a las Inclemencias del Sol y los Inviernos. En los Desiertos del Oeste perduran despedazadas Ruinas del Mapa, habitadas por Animales y por Mendigos; en todo el País no hay otra reliquia de las Disciplinas Geográficas.

And still, we have Google Maps because:

It’s common when we discuss the future of maps to reference the Borgesian dream of a 1:1 map of the entire world. It seems like a ridiculous notion that we would need a complete representation of the world when we already have the world itself. But to take scholar Nathan Jurgenson’s conception of augmented reality seriously, we would have to believe that every physical space is, in his words, “interpenetrated” with information. All physical spaces already are also informational spaces. We humans all hold a Borgesian map in our heads of the places we know and we use it to navigate and compute physical space. Google’s strategy is to bring all our mental maps together and process them into accessible, useful forms.

From lame to Lion—the 12-year evolution of OS X | Ars Technica

Over the past decade, Mac users made it through the most dramatic, unlikely, and successful operating system transition in the history of the industry. Last year, I noted that despite its king-of-the-jungle name, Lion was not the endpoint of a decade of Mac OS X development; it was the start of a new journey. Mountain Lion makes the eventual destination a bit more clear. Just hold on, my fellow Mac devotees, and we’ll make it there together.

The best overview of OS X to the date.

Carta a um Almeidinha ressentido

Temos conceitos diferentes sobre tolerância, mas só um de nós está pedindo a eliminação do contraponto para seguir vivo. Não me meça com as suas regras, portanto. A minha é bem menos pragmática: está calcada numa velha mania de acreditar que as coisas podem dar certo quando se pensa um pouco além do próprio umbigo. Me desculpa se falo como um adolescente para uma criança. É só uma vacina contra a bolha hermética que falamos antes. Podemos ter soluções diferentes para o mundo. Mas o nosso mundo ainda é o mesmo.

“Mayan Apocalypse”

Today’s so-called “Mayan Apocalypse” is, for this reason, a strange idea: there already was a Mayan apocalypse, and it happened in the ninth century, and perhaps again in the sixteenth.
That’s absolutely true.

Early personal computers weren’t known for ease of use. “I remember growing up with IBM PCs, using them, and being comfortable with the DOS operating system,” Okuda said. “But at the same time, I was frustrated with the fact that I had to think the same way the designers and programmers did.”
The Mac changed all that, Okuda told Ars. “The very first time I saw the Apple Macintosh, it was an astonishing quantum breakthrough. Here was someone beating their brains into guacamole in order to make this machine easy for me to use,” he said.
How Star Trek artists imagined the iPad… 23 years ago

Why Google Maps for iPhone is good for Apple | Macworld

But what about Apple? If, in the end, the company got just what it wanted—a robust, full-featured Maps app, albeit provided by Google as a third-party app—you could argue that Apple could quietly let its Maps app follow the Newton, OpenDoc, MobileMe, and Ping into the Great Retired Apple Offering Garden in the heavens, high above the iClouds.
Acho que é mesmo o melhor que a Apple deve fazer.

The main thing that no one has noticed is peace. The EU comprises by now most of the European continent, and, in those portions, the possibility of wars breaking out has reached the level statistically known as zero. Here is something new under the sun. And the achievement is being marked in a suitable manner—not by a military parade with planes overhead and tanks ruining the pavement, but modestly and quietly, in a simple and probably slightly melancholy prize ceremony in Oslo, to which everyone ought to say, hooray.
How Europe Earned Its Nobel Peace Prize: An Homage.
By Paul Berman