• ‘How Large Will the Paid Feed Reader Market Be’

    Alex Kessinger after estimating the size of the paid RSS market: This isn’t going to be a huge world changing ecosystem, but there is room for one little monster to take it all. I am far more pessimistic about the size of the RSS reader market than Kessinger. It’s ripe for change and revolution, but […]

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  • Familiar

    I’ve had the same computer bag for 6 years. It’s made of a canvas-like material, faded green, with leather zipper pull tabs and the name “n*rich” in brown and pastel-blue on the flap. It was given to me by a colleague who felt it didn’t match her style. Due to its lack of padding, I […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Pat Dryburgh

    “I’m starting to learn to let the small things be small, and the big things be big.” — Pat Dryburgh

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  • ‘Battery-holding Tube Area’

    Shawn Blanc, reviewing the excellent Origami Workstation for iPad: Another great benefit of the Workstation is that it’s device agnostic and future proof. It works perfectly with an iPad 1, 2, 3, 4, iPad mini, or even an iPhone I concur with Shawn, I bought mine close to the same time as him and love […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Dan Moren

    “Because scars and all, it’s still my city—and that’s one feeling that never goes away.” — Dan Moren

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  • ‘Where’s the Fire?’

    Joe Cieplinski on Apple’s current state: Behind every one of these products is a brilliant idea. This is not a Ping situation, where Apple saw it had made a mistake and quickly cut it loose. Every one of these and many more could easily become world-changing, competition-killing features with the right amount of polish and […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Bruce Schneier

    “Empathize, but refuse to be terrorized. Instead, be indomitable — and support leaders who are as well. That’s how to defeat terrorists.” — Bruce Schneier

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  • A Mac Consultant

    Patrick Rhone doling out tips for those that want to be a Mac consultant hits the ultimate tip: Another great value add that gets a lot of bang for the buck — clean the screen. I keep a few of these Klear Screen Travel Singles in my bag. If someone’s screen needs a clean (and, […]

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  • New and Shiny

    Each time I hear about Apple’s stock price taking another hit, or being undervalued, I can’t help but shake my head. Wall Street seems hell bent on tanking share prices for Apple over the notion that, though the company is not currently sinking, they are mere moments from striking the proverbial iceberg. You’ve heard the […]

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  • New Backpacks

    There’s a couple of new backpacks that have come out that I feel are worth mentioning to fellow backpack nerds. The first is the Synapse 25 from Tom Bihn. This is a larger version of the current Synapse 19, meant to be of equivalent size as my beloved1 Smart Alec. The key difference seems to […]

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  • Quote of the Day: koeselitz

    “Forgetfulness is not the ideal when it comes to youthful indiscretion, as much as we in our self-loathing and shame may feel it is. The ideal is forgiveness.” — koeselitz [h/t to reader Rory M.]

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  • LCD Font Smoothing

    Doug Bowman shares a top tip on Twitter, his tip? To turn off LCD font smoothing on your Mac to get more readable text. I made the change this morning on my retina MacBook Pro and wow is text sharp. Looks fantastic now. I wonder what the origins of this feature are…

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  • The Private Network Effect

    For as long as I can remember I’ve been a golfer. I enjoy the hell out of golf, even though I’ve never been very good at it. A lot of things can ruin my enjoyment of a game of golf: Other people, other people that suck more than me, shit course-maintenance, and so forth can […]

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  • ReadKit

    A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to talk ‘geek’ over dinner with Justin Blanton, whose judgment I trust implicitly — to the point of immediately buying something if he says “get it” (budget allowing of course). As we were talking Justin mentioned ReadKit — something I had completely missed him posting about […]

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  • ‘How a Banner Ad for H&R Block Appeared on apple.com’

    Nate Anderson, reporting an CMA (a local ISP): “Wow, this is really wrong and crazy,” Henkel told me, since it suggested that companies felt free to operate as a “man in the middle,” one free to inject code of their own choosing into webpage requests that were—so users believed—simply between themselves and the websites they […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Matt Drance

    “Users are their currency, and Facebook is about to rob the bank.” — Matt Drance

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  • ‘Web Privacy, and How Consumers Let Down Their Guard’

    Somini Sengupta writing about Alessandro Acquisti, a behavioral economist at Carnegie Mellon University: Over all, his research argues that when it comes to privacy, policy makers should carefully consider how people actually behave. We don’t always act in our own best interest, his research suggests. We can be easily manipulated by how we are asked […]

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  • Start Paying

    Lex Friedman fighting the good fight: Many free apps are fine. But when you pay for a premium app, you are often paying for a deeper, more well-considered experience—one in which you are truly the customer, and not the advertisers supporting the “free” app behind the scenes. And, a bit later: You don’t buy a […]

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  • The Pants Defense of Texas

    Tim Cushing on stupidity in Texas: Arguing that a cell phone is nothing more than a set of pants pockets is deliberately understating the reality in order to justify skirting the Fourth Amendment. The argument is that because a cellphone is in a person’s pocket, it is fine to search the contents of the cellphone […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Seth Godin

    “All too often, the ones who are aggressively seeking the theory of the day don’t have a lot to show for what they did yesterday.” — Seth Godin

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