Quote of the Day →

March 13, 2011 |

Careful. We don’t want to learn from this.

Bill Watterson (1958 - ), Calvin and Hobbes.

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Twitter tells 3rd-party devs to stop making Twitter client apps →

March 12, 2011 |

Ars Technica:

That’s right, Twitter just told its third-party client application developer community that it is no longer wanted. Existing developers will face challenges going forward as Twitter takes back the platform. The company is adjusting the terms of service that govern its APIs in order to define stricter requirements for conforming with Twitter’s expectations regarding how the service is presented.

This seems like yet another Dick-move by Twitter. They wouldn’t be where they are today if it wasn’t for the enthusiasm of 3rd-party developers who created great apps like Twitterrific and Tweetie.

Speaking of Tweetie, this move is also ironic, considering that not too long ago Twitter bought it, and made it the official Twitter client for iOS and the Mac.

So basically, they let developers duke it out, then bought out the one they liked best, and ended the game for everyone. Way to go, Twitter.

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Shawn Blanc goes full-time →

March 11, 2011 |

It is hard to put into words just exactly how excited I am about the days ahead — I’m equal parts giddy and petrified over here. There’s that feeling of: I’m actually going to do this! Um, wait. I’m actually going to do this!?

I can’t recommend Shawn’s site enough. He’s incredibly brave for going at this as his full-time gig, and I wish him the best. Really inspiring. He even has some giveaways to help get his membership program going:

Starting yesterday, and running until midnight CST on Sunday, March 20, anyone who signs up to become a member of will be entered to win a prize. These are all top-notch prizes from some of my friends and heroes in the creative professional community.

Those will be the best 3 bucks you will ever spend. I’m only slightly offended that he rated two signed copies of Michael Lopp’s Being Geek and Managing Humans, at a lowly $25 each. I would kill to have either of those.

Via Daring Fireball.

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Quote of the Day →

March 11, 2011 |

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973).

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Devastation as Tsunami Crashes Into Japan | The New York Times →

March 11, 2011 |

TOKYO — An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan on Friday, the strongest ever recorded in the country and one of the largest anywhere in the last century. The quake churned up a devastating tsunami that swept over cities and farmland in the northern part of the country and set off warnings as far away as the West Coast of the United States and South America.

Horrific news today. Here’s how you can help (Via @jkottke):

Japanese earthquake relief: text REDCROSS to 90999 on your mobile phone to donate $10 to the Red Cross. More info here: [](
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Anand Tech reviews the 2011 MacBook Pro →

March 11, 2011 |

He likes them.

The new 13 is quite possibly the best balance of portability and performance. It’s the single largest upgrade you’ll find in the lineup. If you own a previous generation 13-inch MBP, the upgrade is 100% worth it. Graphics performance is solid under OS X however questionable under Windows.

I knew this review would hurt even before reading it. If you are in the market for a new laptop, however, Anand’s advice is solid gold.

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Mossberg gets scolded by Gruber →

March 11, 2011 |

Walt Mossberg has a 500-word section on “Drawbacks” in his review today of the iPad 2. The whole thing is a crock, an example of trying to be fair/balanced/objective by bending over backwards to find negative things to say about the device. No one is arguing that the iPad 2 is beyond criticism. But almost nothing in Mossberg’s list of drawbacks is valid.

I love Walt Mossberg, I think he’s one of the best at what he does. However, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been doing something, or how respected and admired you are, you need to stay focused. If you write something that doesn’t make any sense, people will notice. And they will call you on it.

Gruber here does just that.

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Angry Birds goes green in St. Patrick’s Day →

March 10, 2011 |

The game maker is promising hidden surprises and bonus content, in addition to 15 new levels and “fun in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.”

So fun. A friendly warning, though: stay away from this if you are a helpless procrastinator.

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Why Nobody Can Match the iPad’s Price →

March 10, 2011 |

Apple is the most vertically integrated company in the world. In addition to operating its own retail chains, all Apple hardware and software are designed in-house, and Apple also runs its own digital content store, iTunes.

Looks like it’s not so easy to build an “iPad killer” after all.

Via Alberto Lago.

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The Roger Ebert Test for Synthesized Voice →

March 09, 2011 |

Last Friday Roger Ebert, the movie critic who lost his ability to speak several years ago after his lower jaw was removed, used a [computer-created voice]( to tell a joke to an audience of over 1,000 people at the TED conference in Long Beach, Calif.

A great example of technology at the service of human beings. Probably the very reason why I started this site.

“If the computer can successfully tell a joke, and do the timing and delivery, as well as Henny Youngman, then that’s the voice I want,” Mr. Ebert said.

Truly inspiring.

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