You want obsessive? Here's your obsessive. And it's updated every day, at least through the end of the year. Give this guy credit. FWIW, I often find things on his personal ten-best list that are worth buying.
Update: The list has gotten so long he had to split it into two. At some point it becomes uselessly large, but I have no suggestion on how it can be made better. A best-of-the-best is kind of silly, because that is just an amplification of his own views. Few of the items on the list could go into sub-categories because the vast majority of the list is "best albums". If you have ideas on how he can improve the list, add them to his comments.
Gaah! He had to split it into four.
Update a year later: Yes, you could have guessed that he would do it again for 2007. There are some nuggets here for those of us who only catch up with new albums once a year.
Version 5 of the Unicode Standard has been out for a few months, and now the book is too. The pages are smaller than previous versions, but it is still a hardback monster. They got rid of the exhaustive and ever-growing list of every Han character, and added some of the important annexes that were only available online. At US$60, it is about the same price as some fat computer books, but if you are interested in the written languages of the world and how they are expressed on computers, it is a must-have item.
Via Chuqi: Michael Gartenberg of Jupiter Research on iPhone Madness is Starting. The best quote is "Come on, Phone UI is a disaster and there’s a lot Apple could do here".
Judy has a 2006 mid-level model aimed at phoning and not computing. Three UI notes:
When she got it, I managed to take a picture of myself that became the default backdrop photo. For the life of me, I cannot figure how I did it and how to get rid of it.
I have told her a few times that the phone has a feature where she can speak someone's name to bring up their address book entry if she does a bit of teaching. She has tried twice to find the feature but can't. I suspect if she did, the teaching process would be lousy too.
Sometimes the "menu" button takes you up a level in the hierarchy, sometimes all the way to the top.
I would love to see Apple take even a Mac-percentage portion of the cell phone market if for no other reason that it might cause some other manufacturers to spend some time thinking about their UI.