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The best laptop ever made

The best laptop ever made – Marco.org by Marco Arment (marco.org)

Apple has made many great laptops, but the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (2012–2015) is the epitome of usefulness, elegance, practicality, and power for an overall package that still hasn’t been (and may never be) surpassed.

I think this reads like a requiem to a lost loved one. I recently returned to the 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro after a year away. Apple still sells this model, brand new, just limited to the integrated-only GPU option (which I prefer as a non-gamer for its battery, heat, and longevity advantages), but I got…

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The Developer's Dystopian Future

The Developer's Dystopian Future by Ed FinklerEd Finkler (the-pastry-box-project.net)

I think about how I used to fill my time with coding. So much coding. I was willing to dive so deep into a library or framework or technology to learn it.

My tolerance for learning curves grows smaller every day. New technologies, once exciting for the sake of newness, now seem like hassles. I’m less and less tolerant of hokey marketing filled with superlatives. I value stability and clarity.

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I’m scared that either the job “web developer” is outpacing me, or my skills are atrophying.

Marco Arment links to developer Ed Finkler who is ageing and finding that keeping up with every flashy shiny new language and development framework is just exhausting and no longer interesting. I’m almost 48 — Marco and Ed are most likely much younger — and as a former1 web developer I’m already living into my…

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Google Blindness

I object to a huge, creepy advertising company having that much access to me and my data, I think it’s unwise to use many proprietary, hard-to-replace services in such important roles, and I think it’s downright foolish to tie that much of your data and functionality into proprietary services run by one company in one…

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Learning from competition

Learning from competition – Marco.org by Marco Arment

Reacting well to competition requires critical analysis of your own product and its shortcomings, and a complete, open-minded understanding of why people might choose your competitors.

Hmm … this one will stick with me all day. I don’t sell a product but one could argue that I sell my services to my full-time employer. What am I going to do today that will help me understand and overcome the shortcomings of the service I’m selling to them?

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