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Roman Food

Posted on Sun, 20 Apr 2014

Moretum

I needed to find a "Roman" dish for a G.E. class. This one actually sounds good. Better than the fish paste.

-Thanks for reading,
      Brian Schrader

My iOS 8 Wishlist

Posted on Wed, 16 Apr 2014

WWDC is right around the corner. It's not a very long list, but here's my feature wish list for iOS 8 and a little on the iPhone 6:

  • Actionable Notifications (like in OS X Mavericks)
  • Maps travel time (also like in OS X Mavericks)
  • Better Inter-App Communication (we've been asking for this for years now)
  • That Siri API we've been wanting (Cortana and Google Now aren't getting worse).
  • Offline Siri dictation (like in Mavericks...)
  • Battery Shaming (like in Mavericks... you get the point?)
  • Mac-iOS AirDrop compatability
  • A public API for developers to see and use the home screen background (Safari can do this, but its private)
  • As for the iPhone 6 I have but one request: better battery life (I can dream can't I?).

It'll be interesting to see what Apple brings to the table this year. The feature request lists get shorter every year, and this year its really short. It would make me happy just to see the features in Mavericks that I love make their way to iOS. I'd be thrilled with just that, though I'm sure there's more.

Really my biggest concern is if they'll announce any new retina Macbook Pros. I'll be in the market for one soon, and I don't want to get one if they are just about to refresh them.

-Thanks for reading,
      Brian Schrader

BloodMoon Eclipse Photos

Posted on Tue, 15 Apr 2014

The first sliver

Halfway there!

Bloodmoon's final form

The Universe is amazing, isn't it?

-Thanks for reading,
      Brian Schrader

Apple, Intel, and Matt Richman

Posted on Tue, 15 Apr 2014

Matt Richman brings up a great point. Apple is, in my layman's opinion, too dependent on their competitor for parts that are essential for its business (namely its A-series processors). There's been a lot of talk in the community about how beneficial it would be for Apple and Intel if they were to cooperate, and Matt points out a great starting point for their negotiations. It'll be very interesting to see if anything is announced at WWDC this year regarding a possible partnership.

One thing is for certain, and I'm not the first to say this, Apple cannot "out-pace" Samsung in processor design and manufacturing if they use Samsung's facilities to make their chips; Samsung will always be on even keel with Apple. If Apple wants to innovate beyond Samsung it needs to move to another supplier, and the only one capable of such volumes and quality would be Intel. The two were made for each other.

-Thanks for reading,
      Brian Schrader

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