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January 26, 2007

Red Bull launch RB3

Filed under: Formula One — admin @ 9:20 am

Red Bull launched their 2007 challenger today, and Adrian Newey is hopeful of a good year.

I agree with Adrian — it does most certainly look ‘McLaren-esque’. But whilst I broadly agree that three years of stable regulations are bound to produce similar cars up and down the grid, when he says that this design is ‘evolutionary’ I disagree.

Compare the 2006 RB2 to the new 2007 RB3.

Alright, looks aren’t everything — there’s a hell of a lot of engineering under the skin that we can’t see that may have been carried over. But it’s clear that the aerodynamics are radically different, the sculpting around the rear of the car is much tighter, the nose, front wing, rear wing, engine cover…

A good test would be to strip the two cars of their livery and sit them side by side. Then we’d see how re/evolutionary the design is.

It’d be also interesting to put an MP4-21 next to it.

Having said that, I think Red Bull are going to go very well this year.

January 10, 2007

Apple evolves

Filed under: Apple,Geekery — admin @ 9:14 am

I hate to admit it, but I was sitting on my sofa last night watching the textual reports from MacRumors.com coming in on the MacWorld Keynote. I started watching it at work at 5.15pm (the GMT when the keynote started), left work around 5.40pm and got home just after 6.15pm. In that time, Steve had unveiled the iPhone.

I frantically scrolled back down the page to see exactly how he’d unveiled it — it wasn’t the ‘One More Thing’ that I thought it would — it came right after the Apple TV announcement. I have to admit, I was 50/50 as to whether Apple would ever release a phone — they’re a computer company, right? — but they broke the mould when they released the iPod, and we knew the iTV/Apple TV box was coming so perhaps it’s not that surprising that they’re branching out into telecommunications.

I’ve yet to watch the keynote cast — there’s a lunchtime task — but from what I’ve seen on Apple’s site the iPhone appears just great. Their engineers have spent a lot of time working on the interface and interaction methods, figuring out what the phone should do (and what it should not do) and how it should do it. First impressions are that Steve’s right — current smart phones do not appear so smart now. I know that when it’s released (apparently by Q4 2007 in Europe) I shall want one.

So I guess it’s not surprising that ‘Apple Computer Inc.’ is no more. Long live ‘Apple Inc.’!

Amongst the furore, I wonder what’s happening with Leopard? Cabel Sasser has an interesting piece on a new patent filed by Apple for an interface creation tool — perhaps a resolution independent interface? Who knows. Hopefully we’ll be double-wowed by Leopard when it’s announced.

January 9, 2007

MacWorld 2007

Filed under: Apple,Geekery — admin @ 3:57 pm

There’s around an hour to go until Mr Jobs comes on stage and puts us all out of our misery. Will it be a phone? The ‘iTV’ product? Video iPod? New look (and resolution independent) Leopard? Who knows.

MacRumors are covering the event live (albeit in a textual, non-video type way) as Apple aren’t providing a live feed for us non-US citizens. LoopRumors are also text-covering it.

January 3, 2007

Great interface design quotes

Filed under: Design,Quotes — admin @ 2:58 pm

LukeW has some great Interface Design Quotes — including quotes from Steve Jobs, Charles Eames and Jeffery Veen.

My favourite is by ‘unknown’ (unfortunately):

“Design is the art of gradually applying constraints until only one solution remains.”

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