Obi-Wan Kenobi Is Dead, Vader Says →

May 12, 2011 |

CORUSCANT — Obi-Wan Kenobi, the mastermind of some of the most devastating attacks on the Galactic Empire and the most hunted man in the galaxy, was killed in a firefight with Imperial forces near Alderaan, Darth Vader announced on Sunday.

Best thing I’ve read all week.

Via Daring Fireball.

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Speaking of Standing Desks →

May 10, 2011 |

Marco Arment:

I got used to the standing desk after a few weeks. I don’t even notice it anymore. It’s easier to take coffee breaks because I’m already up — I just need to start walking. I burn more calories and strengthen my legs all day instead of sitting and getting fatter. No complaints on this one.

Great post from Marco, explaining in great detail how his own back problems motivated him to build his very own standing desk (out of Diet Coke cans!). He eventually moved to a new one, but remains convinced that standing is the way to go.

The Coke-can standing desk on its last day

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The Dangers of Sitting →

May 10, 2011 |

Fantastic, eerie-looking infographic about the dangers of sitting for over 8 hours a day. This has been reported as part of an ongoing series of articles on If you care about your health, you may want to spend a few minutes learning how you can change your habits for the better.


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Quote of the Day →

May 10, 2011 |

We are always the same age inside.

Gertrude Stein (1874 - 1946), US author in France.

So true. And let’s hope that never changes.

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Conde Nast starts offering digital subscriptions in the New Yorker iPad app →

May 10, 2011 |


An updated version of that magazine’s iPad app lets users subscribe to the weekly magazine for $5.99 a month, or the equivalent of a $1.50 an issue. That’s a steep discount from the app’s old model, which only sold individual issues for $4.99 a pop.

Finally. A classic magazine is at last available  in a digital edition (and internationally) at sane prices. For those of us who live overseas, getting the print edition was never a realistic option. Now, it’s an instant subscribe.

It makes so much sense that I’m convinced in the near future almost every publication will offer similar deals for digital-only editions. The New York Times, Time, Sports Illustrated… they all have already announced their plans to do so. And the rest will follow soon.

Today is a happy day for enthusiastic readers. Dead-tree magazines are a thing of the past. The future is now.

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Microsoft Buys Skype for $8.5 Billion →

May 10, 2011 |


Updated at 12 midnight: Microsoft has bought Skype for $8.5 billion, in an all cash deal. The deal closed a few hours ago.

Interesting. According to this piece, it’s the biggest acquisition in the history of Microsoft. Read on for the details.

Via @asymco.

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My question on Pack Light. Go Fast. →

May 09, 2011 |

OK, so first of all, thank you so much Uri for answering, and specially for doing it so soon (it’s been only about three hours since I sent the question).

I am a huge fan of Pack light. Go Fast., a blog about the art of packing light and the freedom it gives you. It includes a ton of great tips to get rid of the stuff you don’t need to bring with you on a trip, so that you can focus on having a great time wherever you go.

I have been wanting to buy one of the excellent Goruck backpacks for my trips for quite some time now, but I wasn’t sure which one to pick. Uri’s answer is great, reasoned, and pretty much just what I needed. Go read it for the details.


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U.S. Carriers Begin Blocking Android Tethering Apps →

May 04, 2011 |


Google told ZDNet that it isn’t officially blocking tethering apps. However, Google does say that Android users on specific carriers may not be able to find the app in the Android Marketplace. In other words, Google isn’t denying that certain apps are being blocked by the carriers.

One of the great aspects of being “open”. Now, it is true that Android is open, but the ones reaping the benefits of this openness are mostly the carriers. The end users? Not so much.

Here’s Chris Ziegler’s take on it, too (Via Daring Fireball).

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