• Adventures in Privacy: Google Edition (Part II)

    Ryan Bateman has some more information about how Google treats its users’ personal data: Google stores your wifi password if you have an Android phone and sign into it. It stores it in Google’s servers. According to Bateman, Google uses this information in its setup flow for new and factory-reset phones. Signing in to your […]

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  • Stop It, Stop It Right Now

    I thought we covered this a couple of weeks ago, but here’s Ted Landau for Macworld, with the borderline link-bait headline: “Why the iPad still can’t be a true Mac replacement“ For wired connections, you are limited to connecting only one peripheral at a time—via the iPad’s Lightning connector. And even with Apple’s Camera Connection […]

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  • Quote of the Day: John Gruber

    “Strapping a computer display to your face is not the answer.” — John Gruber

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  • ‘Scheduling Do Not Disturb’

    The lovable Ben Waldie posted a fantastic article detailing how to script Do Not Disturb mode on your Mac. He is using Automator and Calendar to schedule the script to turn on and off Do Not Disturb mode, but we can do one better because we have Keyboard Maestro. The macro. I simply created a […]

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  • Getting Help

    I’m not ashamed to say that when I started this site I modeled it closely after Daring Fireball and Shawnblanc.net — in fact I aspired to make this site larger than either of those. But over a year ago I realized that my goals had changed. I became so busy that I had no clue […]

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  • Where’s the Style?

    Over the weekend I saw a post by Derrick Story in Macworld come across my RSS feed, its title: “The 7-step edit in Aperture 3.4“. I rolled my eyes, saved it to Instapaper and went about my weekend. Then my in-law said something interesting. She was talking to my sister-in-law and remarked: “Why are the […]

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  • The Free App.net Hoopla

    Dalton Caldwell on the App.net Blog: Although App.net has had only paid account tiers thus far, we initially conceived of App.net as a freemium service. It took some time to get to this point, but we are now ready to make this vision a reality. Marco Arment on this change for App.net: What developers need […]

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  • Quote of the Day: John Moltz

    “It’s easy and fun to mock Google Glass (if only it were profitable, too), but I can’t very well mock it out of one side of my mouth while talking up an ‘iWatch’ out of the other side.” — John Moltz

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  • Breaking: Twitter Users Actually Like Ads

    According to April Underwood (who is a “product manager” in the “revenue” division): As interest in Twitter has grown, our focus has been on delivering better ads for users, not more ads. We believe our system is working well because users like the ads experience on Twitter. (Emphasis is original.) Allow me to translate that […]

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  • ‘10 Steps to Prototyping With POP’

    Alli Dryer details her 10 step process for prototyping with, the new to me, app POP: With POP, you snap photos of your freehand sketches, bring them to life by linking them together to simulate the user experience, and then easily share your prototype with others. This looks like a fantastic way to flesh out […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Marco Arment

    “But for Pocket to repeatedly state the opposite — that they were the first service like this, and that Instapaper followed their lead — is over the line, and I won’t sit here quietly and let that go unchallenged.” — Marco Arment

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  • Yonanas

    Karissa Bell reviewing the Yonanas ice-cream-ish machine: Here’s how it works: Drop pieces of frozen but slightly thawed (more on this later) fruit into the chute, switch it on, and push the fruit through with the plunger. Repeat as many times as you want. The result is a creamy, delicious blend of fruit that tastes […]

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  • Quote of the Day: John Gruber

    “You’d think if anyone would have a Copy function that worked perfectly, it’d be Samsung.” — John Gruber

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  • Amazon Item of the Week: Krave Garlic Chili Pepper Beef Jerky

    I have a suspicion that posting about beef jerky could prove heated, but I will nonetheless. I learned about Krave Jerky a couple of weeks ago and promptly ordered a package, or four. Not knowing much about the flavors I went with the above “Garlic Chili Pepper” variety. And it’s good — I’m salivating just […]

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  • ‘An Unconventional Way to Comment Your Excel Formulas’

    Jeff Davis offers two options for commenting Excel formulas. The first way is the obvious comment feature, but this has downsides. The most notable downside is the red arrow that is present in the corner of the cell — something that would lead most people to worry that there is a calculation error on that […]

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  • Write for iOS

    Some time ago Harry Marks posted about a preview of a new iOS app called Write. In his link to Write (which was where I first heard about the app) Marks notes: […]but several aspects of Write’s UX really piqued my interest. That was enough to make me check out the app. What I found […]

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  • The Power and Fragility of Excel Driven Business

    James Kwak in a very smart post about Excel: But while Excel the program is reasonably robust, the spreadsheets that people create with Excel are incredibly fragile. There is no way to trace where your data come from, there’s no audit trail (so you can overtype numbers and not know it), and there’s no easy […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Shawn Blanc

    “The laptop of yesterday is the iPad of today.” — Shawn Blanc

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  • Talking Publishing with Marco

    One thing that has really been on my mind lately is how publishing is changing. Many think it is a bit crazy that I went with a paywall, but even more crazy is that I was thinking of shutting down the site as it is and doing a periodical on the iPad instead (cooler heads […]

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  • The CMS War

    In response to my post waxing on about creating a CMS that I would actually love, more than a few people wrote in to ask for my opinion on their chosen CMS. Rather than attempt an in-depth examination of all major CMSs, and given my limited experience of most, I decided instead to give you […]

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