Notational Velocity 2.0β4 →
A long list of changes/improvements for this fantastic, must-have application.
Sebastian goes back to Mac OS 9 →
I tend to avoid using this blog as a “linked list”, but this story is the perfect example of what I mean when I talk about putting vintage technology to good use. Sebastian Patting, in his guest…
How FourSquare Intends to be vs. How FourSquare... →
[…] but people who believe that ‘gamifying’ life via social media is something a large number of people will want to integrate into their lives neglect the fact that realistic implementation of these concepts has until now been ‘fucking obnoxious’ in the real world. Lucid analysis by Leigh Alexander.
Espousing freedom is easy except when it threatens your own dominance. That’s...– John August, On Google, and evil
Generation Why? by Zadie Smith ~ The New York... →
My lucky day — after Paul Ford’s piece I discover this (thanks, indirectly, to Oliver Reichenstein). Take your time, cup of coffee or tea in hand, and read this amazing, insightful essay.
The Web is a Customer Service Medium →
Paul Ford doesn’t update his great Ftrain.com site very frequently, but every now and then he does it with must-read — even must-print — essays like this. I won’t give anything away by quoting a bit from it; read it all.
Everyone else is arguing about HTML 5's video... →
Marco Arment: I wrote this 18 months ago when Mozilla announced that Firefox wouldn’t support H.264 in the <video> tag, instead supporting only the free, open-source, fairly crappy Ogg Theora codec that nobody uses: By not supporting the practical [H.264] format, Mozilla isn’t making a brave statement or taking a stand: they’re just keeping everyone on Flash and preventing meaningful...
Facebook runs on a very stiff, crude model of what people are like. It herds...– Lev Grossman’s profile on Mark Zuckerberg for Time Via Buzz Andersen, who added: I think this is the best analysis of Facebook I’ve ever read. “The social equivalent of liver failure” is a genius phrase. I definitely agree.
The New Pentagram.com →
Cameron Moll: I probably would have linked this up yesterday, but the site wouldn’t pull up from me — presumably due to all the traffic from the tweets about it. The latency is well-deserved. Their impressive portfolio is front and center, and there isn’t a lick of Flash as far as I can tell. Even better, every portfolio piece has a unique URL. If there’s one thing agency sites desperately lack...
How your tablet can compete with iPad →
Great piece by Andy Ihnatko. I particularly agree with him on this bit: - A successful slate doesn’t necessarily need to run Android. I’m not convinced that sheer metric tonnage of apps are a real feature for a tablet. I know it isn’t a real feature of the iPad. After ten months of iPad ownership, during which I’ve defined and acquired the dozen or so apps that I really need, my app purchases...
Some options for reading RSS feeds on the classic... →
Continuing my investigations into various types of software to keep using a vintage Mac for modern tasks, after browsers and email clients, it’s time for RSS feeds reading. What are the options?…