Archive for March 27, 2020

Friday, March 27, 2020

Old macOS Desktop Pictures, Upscaled

Stephen Hackett (via John Gruber):

Every major version of Mac OS X macOS has come with a new default wallpaper. As you can see, I have collected them all here.

While great in their day, the early wallpapers are now quite small in the world of 5K displays.

Major props to the world-class designer who does all the art of Relay FM, the mysterious @forgottentowel, for upscaling some of these for modern screens.

See also: Joe Groff.


Chris Lattner on Swift, TensorFlow, MLIR, and SiFive

Accidental Tech Podcast (tweet) has a very interesting interview with Chris Lattner, covering a wide range of programming language and compiler topics, as well as the future of WWDC.


Update (2020-04-10): See also: MacRumors.

Amazon Sellers “Hijack” Listings to Sell Face Masks

Louise Matsakis (via Hacker News):

The 148th most popular book on Amazon Wednesday wasn’t actually a book at all: It was a package of 50 disposable face masks—the kind that shoppers have scrambled to buy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Surging demand for masks, as well as supplies like hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, has emptied store shelves, and in some cases led to skyrocketing prices on Amazon.


“Face masks and hand sanitizers are the number one and number two most searched terms on Amazon. That's attracting many sellers who are pulling every trick they can think of to get into search results,” says Juozas Kaziukėnas, founder of the ecommerce data firm Marketplace Pulse, who first alerted WIRED to the face mask listings.


By the end of February, Amazon announced it had removed 1 million products that were falsely advertised to defend against or cure Covid-19, as well as tens of thousands of items listed for inflated prices.