Remix This, Argo

It’s been a while since the great web series Everything is a Remix was concluded. If you haven’t, you should still catch the four parts of that series. Truly amazing stuff only reinforced by those around us. Take the amazing actor-director Ben Affleck in an incredible interview at, he says:

“The Friends of Eddie Coyle was a movie that I copied—well, copied, whatever, was inspired by—for The Town. The Verdict was the poster I had on the wall during Gone, Baby, Gone.”

You’re basically the sum of all the experiences you’ve ever had, and they’re sort of shaken up in you and reproduced in the things you create, and that includes seeing movies. And I think you’re made better by watching the masters, that’s for sure.”

His newest movie, Argo, is released Oct 12.

The Cult Of Apple, Or Apple’s Free Ride

An article on New York Observer caught my interest for being a lot of things (despite meta). It truly does seems that all blogs are excessively covering anything Apple and, for that reason Ryan Holiday thinks Apple events:

“…a staged pseudo-event where the lazy media and a powerful corporation conspire to pad each other’s coffers.”

While I think that’s a tad over-cynical, I do think it’s something worth talking about. The “echo chamber” as it’s been coined seems to be a perfect fit for hit-hungry online media, Apple, and the Internet. The other side of this, however, is lots of blogs talking about subject they’re interested in and attempting to add some kind of value to to coverage. We vote with our eyeballs. Often for the more perverse coverage possible. Also, it’s very difficult for most sites to make money online.
So, why does Mr Cynical think this is the case?

“Because attending a two-day conference might rack up a few weeks worth of easy stories about sexy new gadgets, plus with every investor, celebrity, brand and executive temporarily in one place, bloggers can grab interviews or prep puff pieces without having to do any legwork.”

The thing is, as hard as it may be to like it, we’re in a cult of specifications. The readers want to hear about it and technology sites want to meet that demand. Meeting that demand makes them money. If the demand were for something different (like dramatic reenacting of handkerchief-wearing dog poses), I’m sure all the tech blogs would be reporting on Michael Arrington. Mixed in with all these lazy puff pieces is surely going to be lots of good coverage.

iPhone 5 Teardown

Something all geeks look forward too – seeing the iPhone 5 torn apart piece-by-piece. This is done by the ever reliable folks at iFixit (who also tore apart the new Apple EarPods). The biggest news is how easily the iPhone 5’s display can be replaced.

The Teardown also mentioned a screen replacement on older phones: “Compare this to the iPhone 4S, where it took 38 steps to isolate the display assembly, and this iPhone may be the most repairable iPhone we’ve seen in a while.

Sweet. Can a phone be desired any more than this one? iFixit is cool too, I recently purchased a few tools from them and they were great with the entire purchase.

The iOS 6 Maps Backlash

You might have heard something about this recently. In Apple’s new iOS version 6,  released in tandem with the iPhone 5, replaces the previously built-in Google mapping tool with Apple’s own tool. Many are angry with the missing details, poor mapping capabilities and, in some cases, incorrect directions.

Linking CWL – June 8, 2012

What a crazy week for security issues. If you have a password out there, this week you probably needed to change it. This week also saw the launch of a new chat service and more struggles for the faltering Blackberry maker, RIM. More on that and other news in this edition of Linking CWL.

Linking Calwell: May 25th, 2012

Lots of interesting happenings on the web lately. Here are a few of the stories on my radar right now:

  • This is Dell’s Windows 8 tablet – Dell does indeed look to be making a Windows 8 tablet. interesting how little RAM is in that thing too. All in all, not a horrible looking device. but, can it stand up to the iPad?
  • Canada’s Garage Sale Advisory – Heard of this? Neither have I. The Canadian Government recently released an advisory to remind us hat safety is more important than profits.
  • Rogers customer gets $1,500 refund – The ever-helpful Ellen Roseman again helps a customer out of a tight bind with Rogers this time. It’s worthwhile to understand some of the options available when facing these  kinds of high bills.