At least someone is paying attention

It’s hard to beat John Gruber’s opening clause here:

I’ve been up to my ears in jackassery lately, ->

but it’s nice to see someone in the media effectively acting like a watchdog these days. It’s not just Gruber, either. Lately there seems to be a lot of independent but popular writers in the Mac media calling “bullshit” when they see it and parsing said bullshit with highly logical retorts. Even MacWorld stood up for decent journalism recently when they were linked to a sensational piece published under their own umbrella corporation: so it’s not just the bloggers.
The sad and scary thing is that this watch-dogging is of the major media, which is itself supposed to be watching over the government and all else that is powerful and potentially dangerous to normal citizens. I can’t decide if the trend of independent people checking up on the large media organizations is a sign of hope that a technology may finally be helping the common man and the cause of equality, or a portent of doom that our major media institutions are not fulfilling their social task at all.

In the meantime, I’ve found a new iChat status message.

iChat Jackassery Status
Also, go use Apple’s new .Mac Webmail. It’s gorgeous. Turn on Keyboard shortcuts in the preferences.

Zunerific

I can’t decide which is better:

Show me your stupid.

I'm with stupid.

I also think that this zune logo is almost cool, but it doesn’t make sense in three dimensional space. What are those vertical lines right down the center? Are they supposed to be diagonal cross bars on the top and bottom horizontal planes, or are they vertical supports on opposite corners and if so why? I don’t think any structural engineer would sign off on this icon design: the slightest weight on the top would likely result in an immediate racking, shifting, and collapse of the whole thing. Which sounds like a plausible future for the Zune, actually.

It should actually look like this, if you want to see the Z:

Zune Z logo

Or like this if you don’t want it to turn into a pile of web 2.0 colored rubble:

Zune Sturdy Logo

(those are on me Microsoft, I know your designers are hopelessly lost)

Which brings up another point: no one will ever accuse this product of having timeless design. While the 5 year old iPod looks a little clunky (compared to todays iPods, it’s still more elegant that the Zune), it’s white and polished metal appearance still looks brilliant. This brown turd Zune box with neon highlights will look as old as day glow yellow leotards in 5 years. Admission of internal contradiction: I actually like the box colors, they’re just not timeless.