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Don Melton shares memories of Steve Jobs

Don Melton, former director of internet technologies at Apple and the man charged with pushing WebKit and Safari out into the world, has posted the full version of his Memories of Steve article to his website.

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Vector 32: The ultra-high definition future of television and transcoding

Vector is Mobile Nations' cross-site, cross-platform analysis podcast where we talk about the biggest stories and issues in tech with the smartest people in the industry. On this week's episode, Don Melton and Guy English join Rene to get super geeky about 4K TV (aka UHD or 2160p), HEVC (aka H.265), VP8, and the future of televisions, physical and digital media, and transcoding.

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Want to transcode Blu-Ray/DVD to MP4 video using disc images? Now there's a script for that!

Back in November, the legendary Don Melton sat down with me to record Vector 22: transcoding video, all about getting the best-possible results for personal use. Don was kind enough to formalize some scripts to help move media from Blu-Ray/DVD to MP4 format, namely, "transcode video file" and "detect crop". Well, Don's now updated both to version 2.0:

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Vector 22: How to rip and transcode video for the best quality possible

Don Melton, former Engineering Director of Internet Technologies at Apple, talks about his non-browser-based passions - Blu-Ray, transcoding, H.264, and managing massive amounts of media. Warning: Contains extreme nerdery.

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Ad hoc 7: RoboCop

Dead or alive you’re podcasting about Robocop! It’s another edition of 80s movies with Don Melton, joined by Matt Drance, Guy English, and Rene Ritchie. Yes, it's a bunch of Apple nerds talking all about the Paul Verhoeven classic, which, like the Matrix, has no sequels (but does have guns, guns, guns!).

How well does it hold up, was it prescient, how does it cross-over with other classic movie and TV fare, and have any of our demos ever gone ED 209 wrong? Find out!

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Ad hoc 5: Dune

Guy English, Don Melton, and Rene Ritchie talk about Dune, the classic Frank Herbert novel and the crazy David Lynch film. It all goes spice-wacky quickly, however, and no 1980s sci-fi is left unharmed. Yes, this podcast is a killing word.

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Debug 11.1: Don Melton on Blink, Servo, and more

Don Melton, former Engineering Director of Internet Technologies at Apple, returns for a special follow-up episode with Guy and Rene to discuss the newly announced Google Blink and Mozilla/Samsung Servo HTML rendering engines, and to tell us what us which new bear he's trying to get dancing.

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Debug 11: Don Melton and Safari

Don Melton, former Engineering Director of Internet Technologies at Apple, talks to Guy and Rene about assembler on the Apple II, open-sourcing Mozilla, building Nautilus, creating WebKit and the Safari browser, teaching bears to dance, and cleaning cusses from code bases.

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How Apple reduces duplicative efforts and complexity

Don Melton, who ran WebKit and Safari for Apple until last year, has been sharing his insights for a while now on his personal blog. His latest post delves into the canard of fake projects and loyalty tests, but in dispelling it, Melton also sheds light on why Apple's corporate culture makes such things outlandish to begin with. From donmelton.com:

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No Safaris left to conquer

Don Melton on why, when he looked upon the breadth of his WebKit and Safari work at Apple, he retired:

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