Quote of the Day →

March 21, 2013 |

When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.

Milan Kundera (1929 - ), The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

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The Return of NetNewsWire | Black Pixel →

March 21, 2013 |

This is great news for all RSS users out there (myself included), especially given Google Reader’s imminent demise.

There is something else worth mentioning though:

As far as sync is concerned, we knew we would likely need an alternative to Google Reader as early as last year. At the time, the option that seemed to make the most sense was to embrace iCloud and Core Data as the new sync solution of choice. We spent a considerable amount of time on this effort, but iCloud and Core Data syncing had issues that we simply could not resolve. iCloud hasn’t worked out for us and Google’s announcement solidified and accelerated our plans.

This isn’t the first high-profile developer that wanted to embrace iCloud but was forced to look elsewhere due to Core Data’s shortcomings. That’s the alarming reality of iCloud today as far as third-party developers are concerned. If Apple wants iCloud to become the de-facto standard in cloud-based data sharing services, they need to step up their game and they need to do it yesterday.

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EU still unhappy with Apple over silence on two-year warranty →

March 20, 2013 |

Ars Technica:

The EU remains unhappy with Apple when it comes to informing customers about their right to a two-year warranty on their purchases, as reported by Dow Jones Business News. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding spoke on Tuesday about Apple’s warranty practices, pointing out that the company hasn’t been forthcoming in making customers aware that they can get free hardware repairs past Apple’s standard one-year warranty period, even after facing fines and lawsuits throughout Europe.

It’s a pity, and it’s true: most people in Europe don’t know they are covered by a 2-year warranty by law. Apple could make this very clear it they wanted to, by displaying it prominently on the Apple Online Store as well as informing customers in Apple Retail Stores when they buy a product.

It’s even more of a shame given that Apple is great at honoring this 2-year warranty period, far better than most manufacturers. Precisely yesterday, I kid you not, I went to an Apple Retail Store because the sleep button in my 16-month-old iPhone 4S was stuck, and they replaced the phone with a new one immediately, no questions asked. In 15 minutes I was in and out of the store with a new phone, just like that.

Alas, great customer service is meaningless if customers don’t know their rights. And Apple has the responsibility here to inform its customers of that right. It’s that simple.

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Why Gwyneth Paltrow's no-carb diet for children makes perfect sense →

March 14, 2013 |

The Guardian:

For half a century we have been told to avoid saturated fat, even though there is no good evidence that fat is inherently fattening. By diligently avoiding it, we have ended up replacing whole, unprocessed foods, such as red meat and butter, with starchy carbs of the highly refined and processed sort, often containing added sugar. Net result? We’re getting fatter.

Great article.

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Open and Shut →

March 01, 2013 |

John Gruber utterly (and in typical fashion) destroys this article from Tim Wu for The New Yorker:

Even more telling, and more damning to Wu’s use of this as a case study, is that soon after Windows 95, Apple radically opened up the Mac OS, in a use of the word “open” that Wu expressly states is what he means by the term: they licensed the OS to other PC makers [to produce Mac clones]( This was the most open decision — in Wu’s sense of the word open — in the entire history of Apple Computer Inc. And it nearly bankrupted the company.

The most embarrassing thing for Wu is that his article is actually very well written. It shows that he tried very hard to present a compelling argument. The problem, as John points out, is that his thesis is, well, bullshit:

The dogmatic assumption that openness correlates to success, evidence to the contrary be damned, overcomplicates the argument. “Wu’s theory is that open should generally do better than closed, unless the closed company is run by a genius.” Take the open/closed stuff out of that premise, and you’re left with something like this: _Companies run by geniuses should generally do better than those which are not._ That sounds about right.

If I were Wu, I’d very much like to be hiding under a big rock just about now.

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The Making of Pulp Fiction | Vanity Fair →

February 26, 2013 |

And this, my friends, is why I love movies. A fun teaser:

“In comes Sam with a burger in his hand and a drink in the other hand and stinking like fast food,” says Richard Gladstein. “Me and Quentin and Lawrence were sitting on the couch, and he walked in and just started sipping that shake and biting that burger and looking at all of us. I was scared shitless. I thought that this guy was going to shoot a gun right through my head. His eyes were popping out of his head. And he just stole the part.” Lawrence Bender adds, “He was the guy you see in the movie. He said, ‘Do you think you’re going to give this part to somebody else? I’m going to blow you motherfuckers away.’ ”
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The Unfollower →

January 30, 2013 |

Matt Gemmell:

Here’s my position: I’m not publishing a newspaper that you’ve purchased. _You_ walked into _my_ house. I’m OK with you hanging around, but 100% of the rules are made by me, and 100% compliance is absolutely mandatory. You get _zero_ say in my content. There is no Letters Page for your complaint. You can’t ask to talk to my superior, because I’m at the top of the tree - and I’m going to agree with _me_.

This is a great article. Social networks are chock-full of people who love telling you what you should write (and specially NOT write) about. I like where Matt stands: My house, my rules. If you don’t like what you see, you’re free to leave. Just don’t bother telling me about it: I simply do not care.

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Hello There, Racists! →

November 16, 2012 |

The (un)official motto of the GOP is “personal responsibility” - so with publicly available information, let the words, names, and faces of these racists be documented so that they may be responsible for them.

This is the other face of a deeply conflicted country. Stop racism NOW.

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The Best | Dustin Curtis →

November 08, 2012 |

Wonderful article, and so true. I’ve always felt strongly about this: the items you buy should always be the very best you can get. Period.

An interesting side effect, which I hadn’t anticipated, was that I developed a blind trust in the things I used. I trusted my lamp to be bright enough to light up the wheel well of a truck when its tire went flat, and it was. I trusted my wallet to hold cash, boarding passes, and IDs without deforming or falling apart, and it did. I trusted that my towel would dry quickly, because it was designed for travel, and it did. I trusted the zippers on my backpack to stay closed as I hiked through the night, and they did. These might seem like stupid things to worry about, but when you have trust in everything you own, you don’t have to worry about anything. It’s liberating and an amazing feeling. My life was markedly better because of it.

I will always choose quality over quantity. That means owning less stuff, which by the way is a bonus. I’ll have fewer items, meaning less clutter in my life, and the items I do get to have will always be top-notch. That’s why I have my GORUCK rucks, my Bianchi bicycle, my iPhone, you name it. It’s also why I’ve spent the last three weeks (and counting) researching indoor bike trainers, as opposed to just buying a cheap one in my local bike shop. I want to make absolutely sure that the one I end up buying is really the best for me. Would a cheaper one get the job done? Probably. Would it have the same feel, robustness, and customer service? Would it see me through 10, 15 or even more winters and still perform flawlessly? I doubt it.

Sure, it takes time and effort, and it’s usually more expensive up front to buy things this way. But it’s worth it, no doubt about it. Great things are built to last and if you choose carefully, most of the stuff you own should easily outlast you. They are final choices. That’s the code I live by. It gives me peace of mind, knowing I can rely on my things when I really need to. Knowing that they’ll always have my back.

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