Tweetbot for Mac is available on the Mac App Store | Tapbots →

October 19, 2012 |

Tweetbot is a full-featured Twitter app for the Mac based on the award-winning apps for iPhone and iPad. With retina support, sync via iCloud, and multiple column views, Tweetbot is the premier Twitter app for the Mac.

Instant buy. It may seem a bit expensive for a Twitter client but trust me, it’s worth every penny. I like how Gruber puts it:

$20 for a Twitter client? Damn straight. Screw the race to the bottom. I’m happy to pay for quality work.
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Gary Rides Bikes →

October 18, 2012 |

Meet Gary, and listen to his story: the chronicles of a cyclist living in the busy roads of LA. Great blog with some wonderful stories, such as this classic passage about cars from the Orson Welles film, “The Magnificent Ambersons” (1942):

“With all their speed forward they may be a step backward in civilization.”

And just like that, it was an instant subscribe to my RSS feed.

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Tomorrow is Global James Bond Day →

October 04, 2012 |

It has been announced that October 5th, 2012 will be Global James Bond Day, a day-long series of events for 007 fans around the world.

I know I’ve been silent for a while, but this is worth posting about. I like the way Mr. Bond himself plans to celebrate:

Tomorrow is World #JamesBondDay. I will be tweeting live slipping between the sheets and slipping a few Martini’s down my neck. Join me,,,

I’ll have mine shaken, not stirred. How about you?

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Interpreting some of Twitter’s API changes →

August 17, 2012 |

Marco Arment, on the “Individual Tweet” section of Twitter’s Display Guidelines, which will become Requirements in the near future:

Embedding tweets in a blog post in any way other than their dynamic embed code is effectively prohibited.


I’m pretty sure this means that I can’t just display a tweet as a link and blockquote when I want to quote it here.

I don’t think that’s accurate. Guidelines are one thing, they apply to everyone, but Requirements are a different matter entirely. This is the Internet. Twitter may force these requirements upon developers who need access to their API. That’s their leverage. But the rest of the Internet doesn’t give a rat’s ass about Twitter’s requirements, and why should they? Individual tweets have public URL’s just like every other webpage. How we decide to link to these pages on our personal sites is nobody’s business but our own.

I suppose the one thing they could do is block incoming links from sites that don’t follow the requirements, but I doubt they’ll ever dare to do such a thing. For all their tough talk, Twitter needs the Internet more than the Internet needs Twitter.

So, Twitter. Thanks for the guidelines, but I’ll pass. As long as tweets are accessible via public URL’s, I will link to them however I want. If that changes one day, I’m not sure I would see much of a point in using Twitter anymore. In any case, I assure you, you will not see any of that embedded crap on this website anytime soon.

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The Real History of the @reply on Twitter | Maniacal Rage →

August 17, 2012 |

In the wake of Twitter’s latest “Fuck You” to third-party developers, Ben Brooks points out this nice article form Garrett Murray about the origin of the @reply syntax that has now become standard practice across many places on the Internet:

I have always half-jokingly taken credit for inventing the @reply on Twitter. Or at least for starting its wide-spread use on Twitter—I got the idea from seeing people do it over at Flickr, where it had been happening for more than a year. But until today I continued to claim I was the first person to do it on Twitter.

Funnily enough, as many have pointed out, the main reason Twitter has grown so dramatically in the last few years is its incredibly active and engaging user base. They made Twitter into what it is today by coming up with the most compelling features and pushing them so hard that they ended up being officially integrated into the service.

Twitter is a unique service in that it’s a network largely built and shaped by its users. It still is, despite the recent changes, but they need to be extremely careful moving forward or they risk alienating the very same users that made them relevant in the first place.

Call me crazy, but I’d argue that if Twitter wants to keep thriving, screwing with its developer community is not the smartest way to go about it.

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Manually Migrating to a New Mac | Matt Gemmell →

July 25, 2012 |

Great news for Mac geeks all around: today is Upgrade Day. OS X Mountain Lion, the next major version of Apple’s desktop operating system (previously known as Mac OS X), is due out today.

If you’re planning to do a clean install, Matt Gemmell has rescued this fantastic article that will help you get your Mac ready for the upgrade:

This checklist is for situations where you want to start fresh with a clean installation of OS X and just your essential apps and files, which can provide a general speed boost and may also be a useful preparation for a major new version of OS X.

This may be a good way to kill some time while we wait for John Siracusa’s traditionally epic review of the new OS, which should also be out later today.

Enjoy, my friends, this day comes by just once a year.

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