Quotes of the Day →

July 13, 2011 |

Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re right.

Henry Ford (1863 - 1947), US automobile industrialist.

This one is dedicated to my brother who, there’s no doubt in my mind, can do anything.

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Own your identity →

July 12, 2011 |

Marco Arment:

If you care about your online presence, you must own it. I do, and that’s why my email address has always been at my own domain, not the domain of any employer or webmail service.

Truer words have never been spoken. Also:

I’ve always built my personal blog’s content and reputation at its own domain, completely under my control, despite being hosted on many different platforms and serving different roles over the years. It has never been a subdomain of any particular publishing platform or host.

To me this is also essential. In the beginning, Analog Senses was a Tumblr blog, but even then it always had its own domain name, from day one. It’s great that Tumblr lets you use custom domain names, and I’m not sure I would have chosen them to host my blog otherwise.

When the time came and I decided to leave Tumblr and move Analog Senses to a self-hosted Wordpress site, all I needed to do was back up my database, redirect the DNS to point to my new server, import the backup into Wordpress, and after a couple hours of tweaking minor details I was all set. This sort of freedom is only possible if you own your content and, most of all, if your online identity belongs solely to you.

The original Tumblr-based Analog Senses still exists, by the way, but it has taken on a new role. It’s now named Analog Tumbles to avoid confusion, and it acts as a companion to this site. It’s mostly an Instagram feed, but it also features those posts that have a direct relationship with the Tumblr network (posts in which another Tumblr blog is mentioned, for example, or links from Tumblr that mention Analog Senses). The fact that Tumblr is a social-network-turned-blogging-platform or vice-versa means that there are a few situations that are easier to handle from within the system, and that’s why I decided to keep it.

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Quote of the Day →

July 11, 2011 |

Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman. Believing what he read made him mad.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Irish dramatist & socialist.

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How Apple Led The High-Stakes Patent Poker Win Against Google →

July 11, 2011 |


If you’ve seen Casino Royale (the remake, not the original campy version), you’ll recall the scene where James Bond loses all his money attempting to call what he believes to be a Le Chiffre bluff. He is forced to exit the game, but then Felix Leiter, the CIA operative also in the game, tells Bond he’ll stake him since he’s clearly the stronger player. Again, that’s more or less what Apple did with this maneuver to Google’s Le Chiffre.

Great piece explaining the bidding process for Nortel’s patent portfolio, which includes over 6,000 patents spanning mobile and wireless innovation. The bidding war ultimately ended with Google as the big loser, beaten by an unlikely alliance formed by Apple, RIM, EMC, Ericsson, Sony and Microsoft.

For the average consumer, it’s easy to forget that the mobile computing industry is a fierce battle that’s not only being fought with great products, but also with plenty of backstabbings, backdoor deals and odd partnerships.

The phrase “the enemy of my enemy…” seems appropriate. Also, the poker analogy throughout the article and the James Bond references are pretty cool.

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July 5th

July 05, 2011

1:05 am, July 5th. Which makes me 28 years old.

And here I am, feeling better than ever. It’s still very true, mind you, the best is yet to come.

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Love Your Creation →

July 04, 2011 |

Josh Lewis:

We learn how to create by taking in the creations of others. We learn how to shape an experience for someone else by having experiences of our own. So, you want to know how to make someone weep for joy? Have someone make you weep for joy.

Fantastic read. There is so much to take in from here, that it would be a crime to spoil it. Trust me, go read it. Now.

With my thanks to Christian Sheehan, who spotted it first.

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Quote of the Day →

June 13, 2011 |

Never explain–your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.

Elbert Hubbard (1856 - 1915)US author.

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Quote of the Day →

June 09, 2011 |

Luck is what you have left over after you give 100 percent.

Langston Coleman.

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iTunes Match will not be available outside the U.S. →

June 09, 2011 |


Our international readers wanted to know if iTunes Match will be available outside of the US. Unfortunately, for now, iTunes Match is limited to US iTunes Store users. While the service may eventually be available to users in other parts of the world, it will require inking agreements with record labels, music publishers, and other rightsholders for each separate country or region. Apple may be in the process of doing that now, but the company said there is nothing to announce regarding availability of iTunes Match outside the US at this time.


This was too good to be true. Particularly in Spain the situation doesn’t look good at all, since the SGAE (General Association of Spanish Authors, manager of copyright licensing fees) has a track record of putting barriers to the arrival of new services like Netflix with its abusive licensing fees (reported to be 2-3 times higher than other European countries like France or Germany).

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