Doc Searls:

On the B2C side, Apple is working on behalf of its paying customers. This is huge. There isn’t a customer on Earth who wants to be tracked like an animal without clear and explicit permission, or to have pages slowed by tracking cookies, beacons and ads fed by unknown and unwelcome servers. Especially on mobile. Apple knows that because they talk on the phone and in stores every day with those customers. They’ve also seen abundant research (some cited above) that makes clear how much people hate having their privacy violated, which Adtech does with abundant impunity. Meanwhile adtech doesn’t talk to those customers. It only follows them. Ain’t the same.

Nice review of the Tom Bihn Cadet from Casey Liss. This is a bag that has always intrigued me, that and the Co-Pilot he also mentions. This looks like a good bag for non-backpack people. (Note I'm testing another shoulder bag that is quite different at them moment, if you are in the market that review should be up in a couple weeks.)

Fantastic post from Shawn. And it fits in with how I am using the Due app to help try and build some of these small habits. One of the things that never seems to get down at my house is emptying the bathroom garbage. So I have created a new task in Due which repeats weekly to empty those.

Same could be done for a reminder to start something else, like writing, that you want to build a habit of.

Gabe Weatherhead, responding to the Amazon workplace hubbub, and specifically Jeff Bezos’ email regarding the matter:

Second, sending a company email on the weekend implies that the company culture encourages working on the weekend and considers it completely normal.

Romain Dillet reporting:

“I don’t need new shoelaces, I need new shoes. I thought to myself, if I buy new shoes — they are work shoes, I only wear those shoes at work. If I buy new shoes, I’m committing to myself that I need them because I’m going to be there for a while. I’m going to quit my job.”

Congrats to Myke and Stephen on a year in the books.

Dan Moren:

This longevity goes hand in hand with the decline in specs that I wrote about last month. We’ll continue to use our devices as long as they accomplish what we want them to, not simply when specs suggest we “should” upgrade.

I have a 2008 MacBook Pro still in service as a home server, as it replaced my 2005 G4 Mac mini — and that happened just a few months ago. Apple really should be given credit for the longevity of their devices.

Quickertek has a sweet external battery pack for the new MacBook. It appears to charge the MacBook while it is running and adds 8-48 hours of battery life. The only downside? The price: $300. Still, I would love to get one of these.

Marco Arment:

In a few years, after the dust has settled, we’re all going to look back at today’s web’s excesses and abuses as an almost unbelievable embarrassment. Hopefully, the worst is behind us. And it’s time to stop demonizing people who use tools to bring that sanity to their web browsers today.

Good post. I should note that Marco’s site has 7 scripts that Ghostery needed to block. UPDATED: At the time of pub listing Ghostery did show 7 scripts, however as of 08-13-2015 Marco’s site now shows just one for The DECK ads.

I recently disable Mint analytics from this site and switched to Piwik. Both still owned on my own server, but the latter supports Do Not Track and allows me to provide and opt-out button.

This is a really great post on the coming content blockers for iOS. I personally cannot wait to get these. But it is going to be a massive change for the web, and bloggers specifically. For example: currently I run two analytics packages on this site (both in my own database, which I own), in Mint and Piwik. Now Mint doesn't honor “do not track” so every visitor not blocking that script is recorded. Piwik on the other hand does support “do not track” and so it won't track any browser with that option turned on, and it won't track those blocking the script either.

Why does that matter? Let me tell you why. Yesterday was a pretty typical day for the site, Mint tells me I had 949 unique visitors and 1,478 page views. That's a typical day for me. But what does Piwik tell me? It say I had 708 unique visitors and 1182 page views. So fewer unique visitors and fewer page views. Ad payouts are based on page views, by the way. And that's a dramatic difference if you rely on ads for money. The same people using do not track are likely to use content blockers — likely more people.

I'll be moving this site to just Piwik shortly and so my stats are going to drop like crazy, but I don't need those stats to make money with my site. And in fact you can use this site in Apple News (search for The Brooks Review and then scroll until you find it) with channels and everything laid out with no tracking from me.

Content Blockers and privacy in general is going to be a huge shift for every writer on the web. It's going to be fun.