Clever tool for importing, but too bad it requires a Mac.
Clever tool for importing, but too bad it requires a Mac.
John Gruber on the shut down of Vesper:
It’s also entirely possible that a notes app was never going to work, financially. That it was a bad idea from the get-go, and no matter how nicely designed the app was, no matter how lovingly well-crafted, no matter what price point we had picked (higher or lower), it wasn’t going to work financially.
That quoted bit should be framed and looked at daily by anyone making apps. Whether it was the consulting I did on Begin and Horizon, or the work I do daily with apps at MartianCraft — that rings true in all cases.
If you have the money or time, or ideally both, you can make an amazing app relatively easily. The problem isn’t lack of ideas, or lack of talent, the problem is: no matter what, you cannot guarantee you will make your money/time back.
I’m not arguing sustainable pricing is the issue, or that you can’t make money with apps. I’m saying two things:
Oh, that’s one thing, my bad.
I’m genuinely curious to hear the design justification for pull quotes on the web (particularly on mobile), because as a reader, I can give plenty of reasons for their removal.
I mentioned this on Twitter, but pull quotes don’t serve readers, they serve skimmers. What I mean by this is that it is all too common to come to an article and scroll through it before reading — to look at images, to see if the story looks interesting, if it is long. Pull quotes, do two things to help convince a skimmer to read the article:
Either way: I hate them. I have a method to do them on this site, but each time I have done them I shake my head and try to remember to never do them again.
Great resource. Remember, when thinking about price: you really only need one to two.
I had a lot of fun filling in for Federico. A huge thanks to Federico and Fraser for having me as a guest. We dive into 2Do but also talk about my iPad only journey.
This article encapsulates what is becoming a common refrain: no more todo lists, instead just plan every moment of your life on your calendar. It’s bullshit if you ask me.
Time boxing — setting aside chunks of your day for a specific category of work — is one thing, and while it doesn’t work for me, the purpose is noble. But planning each task on your calendar only works for the few people who have complete control over their schedules — otherwise life (kids, bosses, spouses, coworkers, pooping, etc.) gets in your way.
I think this trend is stupid, and your time is far better spent learning how to stop procrastinating than it is planning out every waking minute of your day.
I love his approach to improving as a photographer. I don’t know that I could stay that disciplined, but many of the same struggles are why I gave up on shooting RAW. Spending more time editing photos than taking them, that’s not why I love photography. Now I shoot with a film simulation preselected and only ever crop if I need it.
I can’t wait to hear how this method works out.
I listen to two podcasts and have always used the Apple app (blasphemy, I know), but Castro 2 has converted me. It’s such a well thought out app. Really worth it for everyone to check out just to see a fresh take on app design.
It would be a writing course. Every assignment would be delivered in five versions: A three page version, a one page version, a three paragraph version, a one paragraph version, and a one sentence version.
I’d pay to take that writing class.
That deposition — 170 transcribed pages — offers extraordinary insights into Trump’s relationship with the truth. Trump’s falsehoods were unstrategic — needless, highly specific, easy to disprove. When caught, Trump sometimes blamed others for the error or explained that the untrue thing really was true, in his mind, because he saw the situation more positively than others did.
Microsoft has accidentally leaked the keys to the kingdom, permitting attackers to unlock devices protected by Secure Boot — and it may not be possible to fully resolve the leak.
“Oops” seems like an understatement.
Not so much the fact you change your password, but that it leads people to pick less secure passwords because they have to remember so many changes. Fairly obvious, but nice this is coming about now. We are creatures of habit and patters, get yourself 1Password (despite their overly complex and overbearing new pricing models, it’s still the best).
If you’re teaching your kids profanity, you need to teach them that profanity isn’t something they’re supposed to use. Otherwise, how will they fucking learn to use it correctly?
Every time my kids swear, I can barely contain my laughter. It’s fucking hilarious.
The word was defanged, no longer a critical insult and no longer a viable strategy within art — though it never quite gave up its veneer of provocation. Even austerity can be made decadent: To wealthy practitioners, minimalism is now little more than a slightly intriguing perversion, like drinking at breakfast.
(via Steve Owens)
The title of this post is an understatement. One of my favorite places to shop right now is Walgreens. Why? Because they have somehow managed to unfuck the current payment system.
I can not only use Apple Pay quickly and easily, but my loyalty card is setup to work with Apple Pay too. Walk in, use my watch for the loyalty card and payment, and walk out.
I’ve seen these things take forever (Apple Pay fails a lot even at the Apple Store) but at Walgreens, for whatever reason, the shit is magically fast. That’s how it should be, and frankly it makes me prefer shopping there because of it. Office Depot is the worst by far — what a stupid set of systems we have right now.
Yahoo is a perfect illustration of how large Internet companies die—by fading into irrelevance. A healthy Internet service possesses three qualities: it encourages habit formation; it appeals to a younger demographic, which can age alongside it; and it displays evidence of growth.
Life on the road with just a GR2? Yes please.
If you want to turn your iPad into a nearly four-pound black laptop with mechanical keyswitches, this is the product for you.