My new app Unread, an RSS reader for iPhone, will launch Tuesday, February 4th. It will be available for a limited time at an introductory price of $2.99 USD. The app should be up on the App Store around 12:00 AM in your local time zone. I’ll post another an App Store link on this website when the download is available.
Looking forward to it. And you should too, if you love reading feeds on your iPhone (remember, Unread is iPhone-only).
John Roderick, interviewed by Myke Hurley on Episode 77 of CMD+Space (transcript by Marco Arment):
I hate to sound curmudgenly, but … what is inevitable is that the mean quality of everything is declining. In the early ’70s, it was very expensive to make a record, and you had to be really good at it to even get into the studio to give it a shot. The record companies were very selective, and the music that made it all the way out to the marketplace was astonishingly good. Think about the music that came out between 1962 and 1972: what an astonishing quality of music, in every genre. Ten different genres of music were invented and perfected.
Now, we live in a world where there are probably more records coming out this week than what came out in all of 1967. All of that quantity probably hasn’t produced a single record that was as good as the worst record from 1967. Everything is easier to make, so more people are making it, the standard is so much lower for what you need, and it’s a confusing din.
As a culture, we are satisfied with worse, because there’s so much more of everything.
When a Marvin Gaye record came out 40 years ago, presumably, you went and spent your record-buying allowance on it, and you brought it home and listened to it exclusively for 2 weeks. It was an investment. This was it! You’re going to listen to this, or you’ve got an AM radio and a newspaper.
Now, we’re just clicking through songs. “How does this one sound? Oh, that’s good. How does this one sound? Pretty good. This one’s good.”
We’re just flipping through index cards.
This is so true. Read the whole post, with Marco’s observations, and listen to the podcast episode as well. It’s really worth your time.
I wrote about our change in music listening habits in my article Listen back in November 2011.
Here’s another great article from OS X Daily, found while I was trying to solve my recent issues with the home wireless network. Wireless Diagnostics is a much more versatile application than it seems.
From the article:
Note this solution is a workaround, not a proper fix. The slow Open/Save issue seems to pertain to accessing network drives, and this workaround prevents network shares from automatically mounting. Accordingly, this will not be a valid option for users who map network drives for auto mounting, or for users who rely on automating network shares in any way. You must edit a system file using the command line, if you are not comfortable with Terminal then waiting for an official bug fix is probably a better idea.
I’ve encountered this annoying problem on my Mac, and I can’t implement this workaround exactly because I often rely on automating network shares. But this may work for you.
The goal of a podcast should not be that the podcasters enjoy the show, but that the listeners enjoy the show. I think that’s lost on most podcast hosts.
Who is talking should be less important than what’s being said — just like writing a blog — and yet that’s not the case.
The who has become more important than the content.
Ben Brooks has been criticised for writing this piece, but the bit I’ve quoted above? He is absolutely spot-on.
I’m just sick of the way things are. We’re in an age in which we can’t live without accepting the logic of the market. Contemporary politics is all about short-term pragmatism. We have abandoned religion and philosophy … What we have left is the automatisation of doing what the market tells us. […]
I’m opposed to waste – of energy, or resources, or time. We need to build things that last. That’s an ideal, but it may not be realistic because we live in an age of accumulation. […]
We can almost recycle everything now. If we lived within our means – by being prudent – the 7 billion people in the world could have everything they needed. Global politics should be moving in that direction. But we think as people and countries, not as a species. […]
The world will always need revolution. That doesn’t mean shooting and violence. A revolution is when you change your thinking. Confucianism and Christianity were both revolutionary.
José Mujica — Selected quotes from: Uruguay’s president José Mujica: no palace, no motorcade, no frills | The Guardian
Tydlig starts with a clean sheet, then by only adding interface components that truly makes sense on iPhone and iPad it lets you focus on what really matters: your calculations.ù
I really love this approach. The user interface is so clean and beautiful. And I think this app really helps you understand how math functions work.