AnalogSenses

By ÁLVARO SERRANO

Rands on the daunting task of getting started →

April 05, 2011 |

The fifth version of Rands in Repose has been a long time coming, but it’s close. The design is done and the migration of content is mostly complete. The process of learning an entirely new publishing platform is underway and mostly painless. What remains is an ever-growing list of details supplied by the act of starting.

Rands finally started updating his blog (not that there was anything wrong with it), and shares some valuable insight on the intricacies of getting started. This article is easily one of my favorites, with great tips on how to trigger our own creativity engines and save the day.

There’s also a bit of news on the technical front, but nothing too surprising at this point:

More importantly, there hasn’t been a driving need to update the site - just the increasing stench of death emanating from the MovableType platform.

Yes, Rands finally bids farewell to MovableType. This is understandable, since its parent company, Six Apart, is being sold around more or less every two days. Not exactly a great way to portray confidence in a product.

I’m eager to know what his new publishing platform of choice will be. If I were a betting man my money would be on Wordpress, since in my experience it would probably be the easiest platform to migrate to. However, I’m secretly hoping for him to come out with something really geeky, new and unexpected. In any case, he definitely knows a great deal more about this stuff than I do, so we’ll see.

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Shawn Blanc's first post as a full-time writer →

April 05, 2011 |

Passion and emotion have always been my motivation for writing. I am a passionate person — we all are — and writing is one of the ways I’ve found to express those emotions. I’d like to get better at it, and slowly I am learning a little bit more every day.

Brave, honest, and charming the way we know him. Good luck, Shawn.

Onward!

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Fools of the Year by The Macalope →

April 02, 2011 |

It’s that time of year again when we look back at those who inflicted mental cruelty and suffering on us over the last 12 months, shake our fists at the heavens, and cry “WHYYYYYYYYYYY?!”

Great top-ten list of the most bizarre Apple coverage of the year. As usual, brought to you by our brown, furry friend, The Macalope.

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So a bar walks into an app... →

March 31, 2011 |

After testing a feature and evaluating its merits, if we learn it doesn’t improve the user experience or serve our mission, we’ll remove that feature. Rather than continue to make changes to the QuickBar as it exists, we removed the bar from the update appearing in the App Store today.

Interesting move, even if it’s heavily PR-motivated. It takes guts to recognize a mistake. At least this shows two things: 1) Twitter still listens to its users; and 2) they are not nearly as dumb as people thought lately.

Via @asymco.

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John Gruber Saw This Coming All Along →

March 31, 2011 |

John Gruber:

So here’s the Android bait-and-switch laid bare. Android was “open” only until it became popular and handset makers dependent upon it. Now that Google has the handset makers by the balls, Android is no longer open and Google starts asserting control. Andy Rubin, Vic Gundotra, all of them: shameless, lying hypocrites.

Uauh. Strong words. I know it’s not exactly protocol to link to a link, but this one is warranted.

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Quote of the Day →

March 31, 2011 |

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

Susan Jeffers, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, 1988

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The Value of Twitter, by Shawn Blanc →

March 29, 2011 |

Twitter is not trying to answer the question of who would or would not stay and pay. They are trying to find a business model that will support those who cannot pay so even more of them will sign up.

That’s it in a nut. Shawn’s take on the recent changes that are shaking up Twitter is, as usual, spot on. Just further proof that if you haven’t signed up for a membership yet, you’re really doing yourself a disservice.

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Amazon launches Cloud Drive and Cloud Player →

March 29, 2011 |

Cloud Drive is the name Amazon is giving to its media storage space on their servers. They give you 5 GB of storage for free and allow you to access the media from any computer. Cloud Player is the name of yes, the actual player. And it comes in two flavors: a player for the web, and one for Android devices. You’ll note an absence of an iOS player…

Finally it is Amazon who makes the first move. After the myriad of rumors, topped-up by the Benjamin Corollary, we finally have a legitimate cloud-music solution, and it is not by Apple.

The exclusion of iOS compatibility (for now) is not really significant, in my opinion. If it proves to be a profitable service, Amazon will want to drive some music purchases away from iTunes, and for that they need to reach the millions of iOS users out there. There’s already a workaround to play the songs through Mobile Safari, and 10 bucks say an iOS version of the Cloud Player app will be announced shortly.

For those of you who have access to Spotify, remember that this is a service in which you actually own your music, and don’t just pay for access to it. It’s easy to overlook that difference, but it is an important one.

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