Chuckellania for October 26th, 2021

Published on Friday, October 29, 2021

Another exploration of the usability of files and folders:

Because software rarely operate on "files in folders" anymore, "export" is increasingly the way software exposes data. But usually you don't want a dead snapshot; you want to "use this data elsewhere"—which requires repeatedly exporting & reconciling.

Silos and exporting are less convenient than files if you want multiple apps to interact with the same data.


A pre-release benchmark shows the Intel Alder Lake-P Core i9-12900HK outperforming the M1 Max, by 3.7% at single-threaded and 3.9% at multi-threaded tasks.

Surprising, but also quite possibly misleading. What does it take to actually reach that performance? Does it fit in a chassis that passes as a "laptop"?

I suspect these are lab numbers. I do not expect a Dell XPS or a Microsoft Surface to achieve them. Plus, by the time these ship in volume, we might already see an Apple M2 — likely with poorer multi-threaded performance, but perhaps with better single-threaded performance.

That said, competition is good, and I'm glad Intel is seeing the light on a heterogenous setup.


Almost without fail every year, there's a rumor that an upcoming Apple Watch will feature non-invasive blood glucose monitoring.

Perhaps where there's smoke, there's fire, but also, perhaps wishful thinking rather than actual information is driving the rumor mill here.


A Twitter rulebook.

I have a few quibbles with it, but perhaps rule 3 applies:

Never argue with anybody about anything. Really.

The iPod team delivered a shipping product within about 5 months of Tony Fadell joining.

That's mighty impressive. A "startup"-like team within a company with the kinds of resources a startup wouldn't have. I cannot help but wonder if Apple would still be this "agile" today with a new product launch. That's a tough needle to thread.


If you really needed that level of performance (you almost certainly did not), you could buy the $2,000 Apple Afterburner card for your $6,000 and beyond Mac Pro two years ago, and accelerate some specialized tasks, such as ProRes.

Today, the M1 Pro has that built in, and the entire 14-inch MacBook Pro costs $2k.

The march of progress.