• ‘Spelling Alphabet’

    I’ve mentioned before how insanely useful it is to know something like the NATO Alphabet (where people say “Alpha Bravo Charlie” instead of ABC). Sometimes you forget a letter, or are just too slow to feel comfortable saying it, well fear no more there’s now an app for that. No clue how useful this will […]

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  • ‘Welcome to Google Island’

    Mat Honan, for Wired, on what Google’s Island “is”: I was thirsty, so I drank the electrolyte solution down. “This is delicious,” I replied. “I know,” he {Larry Page} replied. “It also has thousands of micro sensors which are now swarming through your blood stream.” “What… ” I stammered. “Your prostate is enlarged. Let’s go […]

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  • 22 Workplace Tips We Learned From The Office

    Kevin Fallon has the list: Know how to motivate. Robert: There’s something about an underdog that really inspires the unexceptional. I love that show. Hands down this was the best episode — I did that prank at my office and it might be the funniest thing I have ever seen.

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  • Quote of the Day: Jim Lipsey

    “Why doesn’t Google buy up a mobile device company and offer their own phone rather than resell a Samsung handset?” — Jim Lipsey

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  • ‘Going Native’

    James Martin slamming the always changing world of web apps: Why are web apps worse than native apps? Because they encourage you, big-shot startup entrepreneur, to experiment on me instead of thinking through the job that I’ve hired your software to do. For the most part I really cannot stand to use non-native applications. If […]

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  • Some ‘New’ Weather Apps

    Marco reminded me that I’ve been sitting on a few weather apps that I tried recently. Let’s get started. Haze Haze believes that a subtly animated background image behind the temperature makes for a better iOS weather app. I assume. There’s no doubt that Haze is a pretty looking app, but what void does it […]

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  • Quote of the Day: John Gruber

    “It’s always a sign of trouble when you’ve built something you don’t want to use yourself.” — John Gruber

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  • ‘Evil Eric Schmidt’

    Google Executive Chairman Eric “Uncle Creepy” Schmidt made an appearance on an NPR show, and oh boy… On the idea of Google’s slogan (“Don’t be evil”) he had this to say: SCHMIDT: Well, it was invented by Larry and Sergey. And the idea was that we don’t quite know what evil is, but if we […]

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  • ‘Due.app and Reminder Notifications’

    Just Blanton on why he loves the repeating notifications in Due.app: As you can imagine, this is great for (recurring) tasks that don’t necessarily need to be completed by/at the specified time, but instead can be done within some hours-wide window; e.g., a daily workout routine, weekly status updates you send to your manager, a […]

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  • Someone Should Write a Mail.app Plugin

    When I first saw a post about hacking The Onion, I didn’t think much of it. But when I saw David Sparks post about it I immediately thought: this is a software problem that should be fixable. My first thought was to jump into Keyboard Maestro and create a macro that would show you the […]

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  • Naked WordPress

    This is a really fantastic tool for learning how to read and use WordPress themes. The code is heavily commented and easily explains what does what. <?php wphead(); // This fxn allows plugins, and WordPress itself, to insert themselves/scripts/css/files // (right here) into the head of your website. // Removing this fxn call will disable […]

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  • ‘Elegy for the Text Box’

    Paul Ford gets to the bottom of why I don’t like CMSs that have no difference between editing and published: Not only do web pages need to look good for readers, but since any bit of code is now a potential document, they need to work for writers and editors too. I was recently using […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Marco Arment

    “Facebook Home was flat-out badly designed: it’s designed for optimal input and failed to consider real-world usage.” — Marco Arment

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  • Amazon Coins

    Today, Amazon announced the launch of Amazon Coins, a new Amazon-specific “currency” for buying apps, games, music, and other items from Amazon. I’ve never been interested in schemes like this, for a number of reasons. First, why should I give money to a company for them to invest when I could be making even the […]

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  • ‘Reflections on Google Glass’

    I have, thus far, managed to avoid reading any review about Google Glass — mostly because I think the product is fucking horrible on many levels. But, for what ever reason, this article by Jan Chipchase was in my queue. In the article Chipcase poses this interesting thought (then he digressed and I stopped reading), […]

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  • The Missouri Drone Journalism Program

    The other day, on App.net, I wondered: How long before news stations switch from helicopters to those little quadracopter drone things. My thought was that quadrocopters seemed more able to get into areas discretely, cheaper to operate, and well easier to deploy quickly. They seem to make a ton of sense in journalism — though […]

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  • App Pricing

    Marco Arment, writing about app pricing and free trials, argues that simply pricing apps higher would have a net negative effect on the ecosystem: This apps-as-entertainment market falls apart if app pricing rises above casual-disposable levels for most people. Few people balk at spending $1-3 for something that doesn’t end up being that great, but […]

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  • Navigation Help

    One of the most interesting fields in technology right now is navigation. Navigation systems have truly taken the world by storm: Almost every American now relies on some form of computer navigation system to get from point ‘A’ to point ‘I’ve-never-been-there-before’. We now live in a world where people blindly follow navigation instructions from computers, […]

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  • ‘I Hate Dogs’

    Farhad Manjoo on the maddening issue of dogs being fucking everywhere in the U.S.: But here’s my problem: There’s now a cultural assumption that everyone must love dogs. Dog owners are rarely forced to reckon with the idea that there are people who aren’t enthralled by their furry friends, and that taking their dogs everywhere […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Jim Ray

    “Ultimately, though, these amount to little more than brave tales of how the 1% become the 0.1%.” — Jim Ray

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