A man who doesn’t own a cell phone (and apparently never has):
Even though we have two hands, I’m convinced that you can’t hold a cellphone and someone else’s hand at the same time.
Some really interesting points — I wonder how we combat this in the future, he says as he stares a two iPads and an iPhone.
A few people have been asking me about the Yohann iPad stands, I made a quick video to show them off. You must be a member to view this video.
A few people have been asking me about the Yohann iPad stands, I made a quick video to show them off.
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One of the things I wanted to start doing when I relaunched the membership system was to mix in some video. It just so happened I didn’t know how I would do that.
I’ve finally decided on a format, which is post-review looks at products, first looks at products before I review them, and reader Q&A. In this post is one of my first videos, a post-review look at the Filson Original Briefcase. All videos going forward will be exclusive for members.
Despite Facebook’s commitment to globalism, here we learn that the default norms for what you view will be set not by your global interests but by “whatever the majority of people in your region selected.” Yes, you can update your settings, but if you’ve ever tried to mess with your privacy settings on Facebook you know that won’t be easy. The vast majority of people will never escape the filter bubbles of their local regions.
This sounds like a terrible idea, people already have enough trouble getting out of their own bubbles. This seems like a way of amplifying just that.
This is a tragic and sickening post about the treatment Susan J. Fowler faced at Uber (along with the other women who work/ed there). I think this also warrants a reminder that this is far from the first allegation of a nefarious nature to surface about Uber. They have a track record of being sleazy.
Uber’s CEO did respond to these claims, saying:
I have just read Susan Fowler’s blog. What she describes is abhorrent and against everything Uber stands for and believes in. It’s the first time this has come to my attention so I have instructed Liane Hornsey our new Chief Human Resources Officer to conduct an urgent investigation into these allegations.
Well, bullshit, but let’s say it was the first time he heard this: you don’t task your Chief Human Resources Officer with investigating. you out right fire that person and everyone in senior positions within HR. I mean, that is, if you truly believe the behavior is “abhorrent”. If you don’t feel that way, you start a bullshit investigation and pass some quotes to the press.
So, Lyft then? Yeah…
This week I cover the new iPad commercials, video conference solutions, and give a sneak peek at some video content I am working on.
A lot to cover this week…
Apple released four 16 second long commercials promoting the iPad (easiest viewed here on iMore, fair warning that I didn’t read anything written on the iMore site, so no clue what they say). These commercials are the best step Apple has taken since the iPad Pro was introduced, to position the device for consumers. The fact they hit back directly about the absurdities people toss towards the device is only icing on the cake.
Well done, Apple, and about fucking time. But I think the “general” take is wrong on this. Here’s how John Gruber expresses this take in one of his bullets:
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Great post from Viticci going over the power aspects of DEVONthink — aligns well with how I am using the tool thus far. I’ll dive into my thoughts on it more later after I get a better handle on things.
Also, I should note, Viticci is now going to be doing weekly-ish posts on his iPad usage — so that should combine nicely with the weekly posts I do for members here on iPads — if you are looking for more iPad content.
And really, who isn’t looking for more iPad content?
When you find that perfect bag, but it doesn’t check any boxes. This post will annoy you, if I had to guess.
A couple of months ago I picked up a Filson Original Briefcase in otter green — this is a classic briefcase which has been around seemingly forever (along with Filson). My goal was to find a bag which would carry my iPad and a few other things around town — something not a backpack and something not overly techy/tactical/modern.
I have tons of bags, but they are all of the same breed and almost entirely backpacks at this point. And while I like the Tom Bihn Daylight Briefcase a lot, it didn’t feel right to me. Fantastic bag, but an ill fit for me and my personality on a daily basis.
Support our curriculum and workshops for San Diego Girl Scouts to create an epic platformer game for Scratch, web, iOS & Android!
Sounds like a great cause to back. I’ve pledged and am sad to see the general lack of funding for this project.
Signal has already been providing fully end-to-end encrypted chat and voice calling features, but the newly added feature will make it even easier for privacy conscious people to convey their information face-to-face through video calling without compromising security.
There are a lot of options out there, but Signal is by far the easiest and most respected in encrypted communications. But what I still find most shocking is that I can’t passcode protect the app on iOS.
Jason Kottke, writing about Ian Bogost’s post on Apple design (which is a shit show of a post):
Who makes all the apps that people want to use on their iPhones to chat/connect/flirt/collaborate with their loved ones? Facebook, Snap, Google, Slack…not Apple, who initially wasn’t even going to provide a way for 3rd parties to build apps for the iPhone. Almost every attempt by Apple to build services to connect people — remember Ping?! — has failed. Even iCloud, which promised to unite all Apple devices into one fluid ecosystem, was plagued for years with reliability problems and still isn’t as good as Dropbox.
I’d argue iMessage is a killer app for the platform, and has a better implementation than any of those listed above. Slack on iOS is a turd — Facebook’s app has been known to spy on you. If the argument that design is the the details (which is what Bogost bangs on and on about), then the detail being overlooked in those other message apps is respect for users — both in privacy and ease and reliability.
iCloud v. Dropbox is an interesting issue — for a long time iCloud Drive was not as good as Dropbox, but I’d argue that in the past 6 months it has surpassed Dropbox. The issue here is everyone has a sour taste in their mouth for iCloud. (I also argue that Dropbox no longer has a sustainable business, but to each his own.) But the truth is that I saved this post to Ulysses from my small iPad, with Ulysses open on my large iPad. Set down the small iPad and selected this post to write my comments. It was there, no sync indicator, just seamless interoperability.
It’s sad to see Instapaper die, but my goodness is a Workflow up to some magic.
I spent some time over the weekend paying out the nose for DEVONThink 2 Go, and getting that setup. This is one of those apps where it seems absolutely pointless until it just clicks. It has not, as of yet, clicked for me. I honestly have no clue where the benefit of this app lies, so if you use it please chime in for me. (I a, testing several ideas in it, but odd app.)
In the mean time, let’s talk about my Read Later service struggles and highlight some other apps I do know how to use.
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This is something only paranoid people have, this is something everyone should have.
I posted a link to an article which pokes a little fun at the bug out bag mentality, in doing so I knew I was going to get some questions — specifically whether or not I have a bug out bag. So, yes, of course I have a bug out bag — I’ve had one since 2012. Allow me to explain why I have one, why you should have one, and how to build one without having to read posts by people trying to survive a nuclear zombie apocalypse where everything is also flooded and people are generally trying to kill each other.
A tall order.
Artificially slowing the iPad’s pace.
Daniel Steinberg on passion behind teams at Apple:
iBooks Author could have been a trojan horse into the personal publishing business. It would have been classic Apple. Instead of small authors going to Amazon’s platform, they would have started with iBooks Author. Apple should have made it easy for them to push to Amazon as well. Why? Because these people wanted to publish on Amazon but they weren’t considering publishing with Apple. Thousands of authors would have come to Apple to create content and stayed with Apple after publishing content there.
Yes, I switched to Todoist and I think it is really good but not earth shattering.
The first time I tried Todoist, I was enamored by one feature: the daily emails. I love those, as they are a great way to make sure I see my list for the day, at the top of the day when I can really do something about it. I quickly brushed Todoist aside for 2Do, as I didn’t trust the sync system and the unencrypted nature of Todoist.
Truthfully, in many ways 2Do is the better app. But when I found out Todoist was now encrypting sync data properly, I felt it warranted a full look. I switched everything over and found an app with less power, but which is actually more powerful for me.
Owning your content by having a microblog at your own domain is empowering. Maybe you’re writing about what you had for lunch. Maybe you’re photo-blogging an important trip. Maybe you’re posting from your iPhone at a protest outside the White House.
It’s certainly a step better than the arbitrary Twitter “verification” bullshit.