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Why I won't buy an iPad (and think you shouldn't, either)

Doctorow is a do-it-yourself tech maven who hates the iPad, specifically because it makes it so easy to access online content on Apple’s terms. We don’t own the content we pay for on the iPad, and we aren’t trusted with owning the insides. The way you improve your iPad isn’t to figure out how it works and making it better. The way you improve the iPad is to buy iApps.…

Indie Filmmakers, Meet Interactive Fiction

It’s a scary time. After all, people are learning to make their own iPhone apps to help their films stand out (something Who Shot Mamba by Brian Spaeth is actually doing really well.) Many filmmakers groan at the thought of learning such a complicated skill, or paying someone who has the skill a lot of money. After all, the code to program an iPhone looks like this: @interface JNBRequest :…

"How to Play IF" card

At PAX we debuted the “How to Play Interactive Fiction” postcard. If somebody is sitting down in front of an IF game for the very first time, this card should give him or her an idea of what commands are likely to work — and what commands are *likely* to work. It’s not trying to teach everything an IF expert would know; it’s just conveying the pattern.–Andrew Plotkin, rec.arts.int-fiction