Month: January 2013



  • The B&B Podcast #91: The Penultimate Episode

    We discuss responsive web design, side projects, and the Netbot/ drama I stirred up. Also, this is the second to last episode of the B&B Podcast. Next week (2/7/13) tune in [live]( at 11a PT to listen to the last episode of the B&B Podcast.

  • BlackBerry 10

    RIM killed itself and reemerged as BlackBerry — good luck saving the company by changing your name… Anyways, the BlackBerry 10 OS is out on the new Z10. The hardware looks nice, the OS looks nice. Keyword being “nice”. Khoi Vinh upon [seeing the interface]( and its me-too attitude: >In fact, they demonstrate a startling […]

  • ‘Facebook Isn’t Worth It’

    [Richie Siegel writing about the value of Facebook, in the excellently designed, and new to me, Seersucker]( ((PS: Where the fuck are the RSS feeds?)) >The result of weak ties and the broadcast economy is that Facebook is also chipping away at the concept of effort. The energy I have to exert to like something […]

  • Quote of the Day: Bruce Nussbaum

    “But be aware of the fallacy of failure. It is celebrated only when you succeed. If you continue to fail, you’re going to be— A Failure.” — Bruce Nussbaum

  • ‘Apple Has a Porn Problem, and It’s About to Get Worse’

    [Joshua Topolsky in a post on *The Verge* worth reading]( >A cursory search of #porn and related hashtags within the Twitter iOS app unearths a cornucopia of adult material, yet Apple has taken no action in the case of that app. The existence of pornography on Twitter and in similar apps is also not a […]

  • The Holy Grail

    I applaud Yahoo for hiring Marissa Mayer as CEO, but it [sounds like she has fallen into a futile search for the holy grail on the web]( >“There is a way that you can introduce advertising such that it’s not intrusive, it actually adds value to the end user, and it actually enhances the experience,” […]

  • ‘Who is She?’

    I was born and raised in Tacoma, WA — it’s a small city, and at times a not very great city, but it is home. As a kid my parents took me along to the mall — which wasn’t touring the mall — truly we only went to Nordstrom and [Excalibur]( (so I could look […]

  • Quote of the Day: Andrea

    “Community is built by people passing each other in the streets, by NEIGHBORhoods, not ‘stranger’hoods.” — Andrea

  • The B&B Podcast #90: The Core Power Tools

    >Shawn and Ben discuss what should be on the short list of apps which most moderately computer savvy people should be using. I would add that Shawn also may have recorded the first B&B where he offends more people than I do — is that a factor of what Shawn said, or is that because […]

  • The HiRise Stand for MacBooks

    A while back I vowed to not buy anymore Twelve South items and sold off everything I owned from them. I recently caved when [the HiRise]( stand was launched — it seemed like it would be better than any other laptop stand I have used in the past. I’ve now been using that stand since […]

  • Quote of the Day: Patrick Rhone

    “I’m calling bullshit on every one of these silly pieces about imaginary chinks in the armor.” — Patrick Rhone

  • ‘Dropbox Selective Sync’

    [*The View From Fuji* posts a great tip]( which allows you to store your files in Dropbox, but not on any Mac. It’s a clever solution to a problem that [I see with Dropbox](, but it’s not the best solution. Essentially you add files and folders to Dropbox as normal, and after they are uploaded […]

  • “Analyst”

    What is the job of a stock market analyst, you know the people who set lofty expectations for financial performance of publicly traded companies (i.e. the people who set forecasts that Apple never meets), what is their job? I found a lot of definitions, but [let’s go with The Free Dictionary’s]( (([I much prefer this […]

  • ‘Depression and Me’

    [Relly Annett-Baker writing about her own depression]( >That’s what depression does. It takes something that should be joyous and challenging and full of discoveries, and turns it into a time of loneliness, fear and a desperate feeling of not being good enough. Of shredding every last ounce of self-esteem and self-respect. It turns you into […]

  • Quote of the Day: Paul Graham

    “Don’t ignore your dreams; don’t work too much; say what you think; cultivate friendships; be happy.” — Paul Graham

  • ‘Lame Duck Board’

    [Bill Rigby reporting for Reuters]( >”For Microsoft to really get back in the game seriously, you need a big change in management,” said Joachim Kempin, who worked at Microsoft between 1983 and 2002, overseeing the sales of Windows software to computer makers for part of that time. “As much as I respect Steve Ballmer, he […]

  • ‘How to Pair Socks From a Pile Efficiently?’

    [Amit on Stack Overflow asks]( >Given a pile of `n` pairs of socks, containing `2n` elements (assume each sock has exactly one matching pair), what is the best way to pair them up efficiently with up to logarithmic extra space? What a great question and the answers don’t disappoint. Of course the easiest way to […]

  • Fatal Design Flaw of the Workspaces

    Gizmodo has a [fascinating video]( on Vimeo showing a space that is only 350 square feet, but still a full living space. Most of these spaces have severe compromises — often no bathroom — but not this one. Every amenity is there, and the entire thing is amazingly well done. There’s [a lot of]( [these […]

  • Quote of the Day: Martin Luther King Jr.

    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

  • ‘Why the Fuck?’

    [Reginald Braithwaite asks: Why the fuck?]( >Why the fuck are the greatest minds of our generation toiling away in the Googleplex, harnessing the greatest computing resources in history, trying to figure out how to get Scott Hanselman to click on ads? Braithwaite asks a really good question — his motivation, or underlying point, is to […]