Subaru’s makeover from farm mule to WRC winner

It took a couple of years to climb to the top of the podium, but once Colin McRae scored his and the team’s maiden victory at the 1993 Rally New Zealand, the programme could really go through the gears.

And going through the gears meant the immediate introduction of the Legacy’s successor: the Impreza 555. This car will always be intrinsically linked to McRae.

The Lanark driver won his world championship in the famous blue and yellow livery in 1995 and the Subaru-Prodrive alliance went on to bag two more titles with Richards Burns in 2001 and Petter Solberg in 2003 with World Rally Car derivatives.

The evolution of the Impreza 555 into Impreza WRC97 was one of the stories of the World Rally Car era. Piero Liatti gave the WRC97 a debut win on the 1997 Rallye Monte-Carlo, the first rally of the new generation, demonstrating that this drop-dead gorgeous car had the pace to back up stunning looks.

Standing staring at the curvy lines and flared-arches at the car’s launch in 1997, the step from farmer’s field to arguably the WRC’s most stunning and successful creation was quite astonishing.

What a difference a decade can make.

iPadOS 15: A closer look

Nice overview of iPadOS 15 on Six Colors. iOS/iPadOS 15 may be one of the least exciting updates to the platforms in a long time, but for a platform that is 14 years into it’s life, there are still some great features here.

One feature I have been enjoying is the updates to iPad multitasking. Dan Moren notes that Apple may well be heading towards a more desktop-like system for multitasking going forward 1:

Apple has made substantial changes to how multitasking works in iPadOS 15. A lot of these changes are more visual than conceptual, but they lay the groundwork for potential expansion of multitasking features in the future.

Apple takes its time and sometimes makes extremely conservative decisions, but it’s hard to believe that iPadOS isn’t headed toward Mac-like multiple window multitasking being an option, especially on larger (and external) displays. Whether the windows will be freeform or follow some strict rules involving tiling, snapping, or some other organizational principle remains to be seen.

Another feature that has impressed is Live Text, which allows you to point your camera at any text, and then copy paste it anywhere you want. As an added bonus, it’s also integrated with Spotlight Search so that, with your permission, it can scan your photos for text and display the results.

Speaking of Photos, you can now view detailed metadata about your photos with a tap from within the Photos app too. On the face of it, these are minor features, but they are ones we will no doubt become reliant on in time to come.

  1. I really hope they do. The iPad Pro hardware in particular is too sophisticated to only display 2/3 apps at once. 

Rumor: ‘Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas’ Getting Remastered

Jared Nelson on TouchArcade:

A new report from Kotaku states that Rockstar is currently developing a remaster of that 3D trilogy–which includes GTA III, GTA: Vice City, and GTA: San Andreas–and is planning on releasing them on all current and last-gen consoles including the Switch, PC, and mobile devices. Rumors of old GTA games being remastered have run rampant for years now, and the only confirmation we have this time around is Kotaku saying it comes from a source they trust, but the whole idea isn’t really that far-fetched. Bringing them up to speed to run on more modern hardware and, more importantly, be able to be more easily maintained into the future makes a lot of sense given the historical importance of that particular GTA trilogy. Plus those games are still loads of fun.

I’m not sure that I’d care too much about a remaster of these games. I have already played them to death when they were released originally, as well as over the past decade or so that they have been available on mobile. What I’d love to see is GTA 4 brought to mobile.

Check Out iPadOS 15's New Multitasking Features

Multitasking can be done the same way as it was before, but there’s also a new multitasking menu that streamlines the multitasking experience, offering quick-tap options for entering into Split View or Slide Over with two apps. In the App Switcher view, you can also get into a quick Split View mode by dragging one app’s window onto another, which is handy.

Some positive changes to iPad multitasking in iPadOS 15. Not quite ‘desktop class’ multitasking, but a big improvement.

The iPad Pro is a killer machine but its software is killing me

Jason Snell:

So here comes the 2021 iPad Pro, which is an even more extreme dunk in terms of features. Adding an M1 processor isn’t going to add the same boost as it did on the Mac side, because the iPad Pro was always powered by an energy-efficient Apple processor. But it’s still an upgrade of two processor generations, and that matters. A new display on the larger model allows Apple to set a new standard for brightness and dynamic range. Thunderbolt accelerates the iPad’s connectivity with other devices.

And yet, in 2021, it feels like the same story: Apple killed it on the hardware side, and the software…well, the software lags behind, to put it nicely. Apple built a spectacular sports car, but where are the roads to drive it on?

I really hope iPadOS 15 brings some Mac-like features to iPad.

Jekyll Tags on Github Pages

If you want to add tags to your Jekyll blog but found out that it is simply not supported by Github pages. You are at the right place here.

It is true that Github pages do not support customized Ruby plugins for Jekyll site. It is also true that the great jekyll-tagging is not one of Github default jekyll plugins.

As a result, we need to implement Jekyll tagging without plugins, it sounds hard, but here is a step-by-step guide to achieve so.

I might finally have use for all these invisible tags I’ve been adding to the website.. 😎