• Too Big to Trust

    Galen Gruman: It’s time for Google to admit what it does and to act consistently on its policies (or withdraw policies it doesn’t intend to enforce). That honesty will help stem the loss of trust. People know that companies exist to make money, but they need to know the true relationship they’re entering and don’t […]

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  • Negative Criticism

    Matt Gemmell on negative criticism: I still struggle with that type of feedback, and anyone who says they don’t is deceiving themselves. It’s all too easy to take it to heart, without trying to assess the validity of the remarks first. You have to cultivate an attitude of being open to pushback, without letting yourself […]

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  • Leica T (Typ 701)

    What company does this description sound like (from Andy Westlake): Most cameras are built around an internal chassis, with all of the electronics fixed to it and a body skin finally added over the top. Leica has done something completely different; instead the body is formed from a solid block of aluminum, with all of […]

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  • Fast Lanes for Web Traffic

    Edward Wyatt for the New York Times: Those earlier rules effectively barred Internet service providers from making deals with services like Amazon or Netflix to allow those companies to pay to stream their products to viewers through a faster, express lane on the web. The court said that because the Internet is not considered a […]

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  • Hello, Net Discrimination

    Tim Wu, in The New Yorker, on a response President Obama gave in 2007: “The answer is yes,” Obama replied. “I am a strong supporter of net neutrality.” Explaining, he said, “What you’ve been seeing is some lobbying that says that the servers and the various portals through which you’re getting information over the Internet […]

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  • Anti-Net-Neutrality

    Marco Arment on the FCC’s (and Obama for that matter) bullshit: It’s ostensibly the FCC’s job to see through this bullshit language and do what’s right for the country and the people, but only the fool who believed that ISPs are trying to build something beneficial here would believe that the FCC gives a damn […]

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  • FCC To The Internet: “F Off”

    Kottke on this bullshit: The hell with that. Yep. Kottke has a good summary of what’s going on (as always).

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  • 1Password for Mac Keyboard Shortcut Tips

    Good keyboard shortcut tips for 1Password, didn't know a few of these.

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  • Which Cities Sleep in

    Fantastic information.

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  • Lytro Unveils the Illum

    The original Lytro was a cool gadget, but this looks like a cool camera. The distinction between the two is going to be huge.

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  • Google Screwed Up Google Glass Launch

    Gene Marks: Yes, it’s getting attention. But only as a creepy gimmick which, I’m sure, is not the kind of attention that Google intended when they initially introduced it. As cool as it is, let’s admit that Google Glass will go down in the annals of bad product launches. And it will do so because […]

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  • Barham on Checkmark 2

    Nate Barham on Checkmark 2: Next is Checkmark’s most impressive feature. Location-based reminders. Regardless of the rest of the app, and the rest of this review, no other app I’ve used even comes close here. In fact, were Apple to add the same functionality to its own reminders app, I can think of no greater […]

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  • OmniOutliner 4

    I really like the apps that the OmniGroup puts out there, despite my sketpicism about the direction that OmniFocus is taking, the work is some of the best work on OS X. I’ve long been an OmniOutliner fan, having used version 3 extensively, and keeping the iPad version on my iPad home screen. When version […]

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  • Out of the Park Baseball 15

    I’ve played this Baseball sim every year now, and it really is addictive. It’s all about making the trades and setting the rosters, love it.

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  • Sketch 3

    Last week Sketch 3 was released. I’ve long owned Sketch, but never really used it — I didn’t get. I own Acorn, Photoshop CC, Pixelmator, and Sketch — and I have to say while most of these apps seem to be the same thing, Sketch is different. I’ve been consulting on more apps lately and […]

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  • Nest and Privacy

    Interesting tidbit in this Forbes article from Parmy Olson: Crucial to Nest’s pitch to utilities: its thermostat learns a household’s activity over time through multiple sensors that detect things like temperature and movement, and automatically changes the temperature accordingly. Honeywell’s thermostats don’t detect movement, relying more on customer programming. Also, while Honeywell funnels all user […]

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  • For a Smile Today

    One of my favorite blogs on the web.

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  • Thoughts on Project Collaboration Apps

    Jared Sinclair’s post today about Glassboard got me to thinking about this type of app in general. I call them project collaboration apps because they deal more with discussions than planning. (Whereas project management apps deal more with planning than discussion.) The best project collaboration apps I have found are: Glassboard Quip Slack Basecamp The […]

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  • Friday App Design Review: Glassboard

    Jared Sinclair has a nice design review of Glassboard up today, but he misses the absolute worst part about Glassboard: knowing what is new. I only ever know when something is new by going into the notifications screen — otherwise I get lost. That should be the first thing fixed. To that end, Sinclair addresses […]

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  • Google’s Lack of Taste

    To me, this Google blog post about their new camera app “bokeh” feature epitomizes why Google struggles with “taste”. You need not look any further than the piss poor looking images used in the post. It doesn't even look like they tried to select decent images.

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