Month: August 2011



  • Why Markdown? A Two-Minute Explanation

    Well done. Read this, then take the 5 minutes to learn Markdown.

  • Byword Daily File

    A pretty clever use of Lion’s versioning system. I like it.

  • U.S. Files Antitrust Complaint to Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

    Tom Schoenberg for Bloomberg: >In the complaint filed today in federal court in Washington, the U.S. is seeking a declaration that Dallas-based AT&T’s takeover of T-Mobile, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE), would violate U.S. antitrust law. The U.S. also asked for a court order blocking any arrangement implementing the deal. Total penalties to […]

  • The Microsoft PC

    Listening to the [latest episode of Hypercritical]( (#31), John Siracusa added some really great thoughts to HP’s *current strategy* of spinning off the PC division. He looks at the move from the perspective of Microsoft. It’s an interesting perspective since Microsoft now has one of its largest (if not its largest) Windows OS buyers wanting […]

  • Action, Reaction

    Mike Vardy was kind enough to let me jump on his podcast this week. We talk about productivity and reacting versus being proactive.

  • Code Editors for iPad: Textastic vs. Koder

    Last week I asked on Twitter what everyone was using to edit code from FTP sites on their iPads. The overwhelming majority voted Textastic. However a few brave folks mentioned Koder. At first glance Koder caught my eye, but Textastic had such praise that I needed to buy and try them both. Before we can […]

  • More TouchPads on the Way

    Mark Budgell: >Despite announcing an end to manufacturing webOS hardware, we have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand. We don’t know exactly when these units will be available or how many we’ll get, and we can’t promise we’ll have enough for everyone. We do know that it will be […]

  • OmniFocus and Geektool

    houthakker in the Mac OS X Tips Geeklets section: >It can be useful to glance at a key OmniFocus action list on the desktop, without having to fire up OmniFocus and choose a perspective. (A red Due Now list perhaps, or an orange Due Soon, or a context list, or simply the Inbox, as a […]

  • Paul Thurrott on Explorer in Windows 8

    Paul Thurrott points out another odd thing about the Windows 8 Ribbon UI in Explorer: >The Microsoft post describing the new ribbon UI goes into great detail about telemetry data, which provides the company with information about what users are really using in Explorer and elsewhere in Windows. And according to that data, the top […]

  • Shawn Blanc’s Amazon Tablet Thoughts

    Shawn Blanc speculating on the Amazon Tablet: >If Amazon is going to make an inexpensive device that is backed by their brand and ecosystem, then why not make a better Kindle rather than a crappy tablet? Shawn poses some very interesting questions and thoughts. That said I think he is wrong about the iPad 3 […]

  • What Does the Amazon Tablet Need to Do?

    Marco Arment responds to [my post]( about his [Amazon Tablet speculation]( What’s interesting to me is how he views the usage of iPads versus how I view that same usage. I would love to see more concrete data on this matter — so email me if you have some data on it. One thing I […]

  • Apple’s Vision for the Future of Computing Versus Microsoft’s

    Looks about right.

  • Monoprice PoweRocks Universal External Backup Battery


  • Forkbombr: Extortion & Jackassery

    As if you needed another reason to steer clear of the “9to5” sites.

  • ‘Streamlined’

    Tom Warren on Windows Explorer in Windows 8: >Essentially, Microsoft wants to optimise explorer for file management tasks whilst creating a streamlined command experience and keeping the user interface and heritage of previous versions of Windows. From the screenshots it would appear they are taking the “more is more” approach to UI design.

  • The Amazon/Kindle Tablet: Speculating on Speculation

    There’s a strong possibility that I will regret this statement later, but: I don’t think the Amazon Tablet, as rumored, is going to sell very well — even with “Amazon front page Help”. Marco Arment [argues that the Amazon Tablet]( will put battery life first, then price. Meaning it will be a crappy feeling product […]

  • Quote of the Day: Jean-Louis Gassée

    “Spanning an amazing arc of thirty years, the company with the anti-establishment image has become the most disciplined, best-managed high-tech giant — and arbiter of taste.” — Jean-Louis Gassée

  • “Appears to be Clueless”

    Groklaw: >I don’t usually like to predict outcomes on motions, but I will go out on a limb here and predict that Apple is granted the right to intervene if for no other reason than Lodsys appears to be clueless with respect to the law.

  • IGG Software Sales for Relief

    IGG Software: >In response to the flooding in Vermont due to tropical storm Irene, IGG Software is donating the proceeds from all of today’s sales to relief efforts in the state. We will also contribute a matching donation to the cause. Our hearts go out to the people of Vermont during this difficult time. I […]

  • [SPONSOR] WeatherSnitch 2

    It’s black, it’s beautiful, it’s simple, it’s fast, it’s the weather app you’ve been looking for. It just takes one look to get you hooked. WeatherSnitch 2 will change your expectations of not just weather apps, but all mobile apps. View the weather by month, week or day, each with unique benefits. Built-in push notifications […]