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A personal blog by Khürt Williams, full of inchoate writing on photography, coffee, and geekery.

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Machined iPhone 4G Cases.  I know I should’t — but I want one.

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Simply put, Apple is defining the emerging tablet space. It won’t feel the heat for a while yet, and even when (and if) it does, I doubt it’ll go the route of mimicking its competitors to stay in the game. That’s not something Apple’s done in the past, and as long as Jobs is in charge, I believe it’ll go the route of innovation before it chooses to passively fall in step with the rest of the industry.

Darell Etherington on Why the iPad Won’t Get Smaller: Apple «

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As a member of this wonderful web design community, I know it can be quite easy to get caught up with the creations of our colleagues. But this game of “keeping up with the Joneses” and searching through web design galleries for “inspiration” is a dangerous one to play. It has become all too easy to forget what really matters in web design: the users.

The web is for users says Jason Gross — The Perfect Web Designer Should Not Exist

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I don’t want to get into the debate about pro vs amateur, or quality issues regarding cameras – or indeed the threat to professional photography.

What really interests me is the way people use pictures. Yes, they are still a record of our daily lives, and of historic moments, but they are also used in the way words once were.

They are conversations. The picture doesn’t only prove that I was there and saw this, it says this was my experience of the moment. I saw it this way, and now I can share this photo with my friends, either by sending it from a phone or by uploading it to the web where I can express my point of view.

BBC – Viewfinder: No longer just for birthdays, holidays or Christmas (via lapuravidagallery)

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Exploring helps you figure out what you can do the next time you present or perform or interact. Rehearsing, on the hand, means figuring out exactly what you’re going to do so you can protect against the downside, the unpredictable and the embarrassing.

Seth’s Blog: Rehearsing is for cowards

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“How can there be a cherry inside if it has a 100% liquid center?” — that was my son questioning the seemingly contradictory text on the packing for some chocolate.

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Which leads to a general theory, reinforced by informal observation of hipsters with iPads in coffee shops: a tablet is, crucially, a more shareable computer. A laptop, with its fragile hinge-ware and space-gobbling keyboard, is just not comfy to share. A tablet is easier to bring to the café, easier to hand across the table or along the sofa, easier to seize in the heat of the moment, easier to hold up in triumph, easier to set aside when you need to meet someone’s eyes.

Tim Bray on the Samsung Galaxy

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Social networks only work if there’s a decent chance that your friends are on them. Apple’s Ping service will have an addressable user base of more than 100 million at its launch later today, while Microsoft never sold enough Zunes to make the social features worthwhile.

Welcome to the social, Apple | CNET News

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annesonsouza:

and everything you need to do is believe it.

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The paradox is that by the time you get to be senior, the decisions that matter the most are the ones that would be best made made by people who are junior…

Seth’s Blog: Senior management

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Eating locally grown produce is a fine thing in many ways. But it is not an end in itself, nor is it a virtue in itself.

Op-Ed Contributor – Math Lessons for Locavores – NYTimes.com

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Companies that refuse to break small promises have a much easier time keeping big promises. And they earn a reputation, one that makes their handshake worth more.

Seth’s Blog: Little lies and small promises

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At OSCON, today’s popular social networking services were compared to the closed systems of the 1990s. In those days, it wasn’t uncommon to, say, need to be on MCI Mail or CompuServe to be able to send another person on one of those services a message. They were closed e-mail systems. People didn’t tolerate that, and the current argument is that they won’t tolerate walled gardens among social networking services either.

The problem is, though, that they are tolerating those walled gardens—in spades. How can anyone argue with 500 million users? The people voted, and there is the result. It’s unlikely at this point that we will see an open source platform turn Facebook into AOL.

The Key To An Open Source Social Network Is Still People

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If you think about the technology of digital-rights management: How is it that the recording industry is able to hang on to the stuff in a way that the military can’t?” says John Pike, director of Global Security.org, the national security think tank. “It’s hard to understand.

Technology Review: The Hunt for the Wikileaks Whistle-blower

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Why would a tech site spend their time thoroughly testing other companies’ “death grips” and then publish the results when no one will click the link anyway? Apple gets page-hits, others do not.

Tom Reestman ~ Antennagate: The Finale? – The Small Wave.

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The creeping feeling that Android is the new Windows becomes an overwhelming sensation the first time you boot up Droid X. Seven sprawling desktop screens, littered with widgets, oodles of little programs—the vast majority of which you probably don’t want or need. It’s overwhelming and utterly incomprehensible if you’re not the kind of person who’s seen at least two non-JJ Abrams Star Trek movies. The minutes lost to clearing them to get to a reasonably clean desktop, one press-and-hold-and-swipe gesture at a time, brought me back to the sullen days of removing crapware from whiny relatives’ Sony Vaios. Breathtaking hardware, filled to the brim with crap. Why would Motorola make this the first impression of its phone? Stuttering and confusion?

Gizmodo’s Matt Buchanan reviews the Motorola Droid X

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That’s the thing about Apple marketing. They don’t talk about how many gigabytes of memory or how many CPU cycles or how many apps (much). They aim for your heart, and show you how technology can make your life better during its most important moments.

Gina Trapani ~ Lessons from Apple on Advertising and Aesthetics

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“Branding is the task of attaching a set of values to a company, product or service.”

Instead of only competing on product, price or technology. With branding, companies compete on value.

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The problem is that no one really cares what brands have to say about their product or service. No one cares about what values they use to describe what they want to sell.

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Good products communicate by being good products.

Mr. Brand Manager…tear down this wall! – Re-branding Branding via Thomas Petersen

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“form for disgruntled photographers” via 365sketches.org by John Lemasney

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John Underkoffler points to the future of UI (via TEDtalksDirector)

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Like most carriers and telcos, Verizon believes it brings, well, everything to the table, and subsequently demands all the credit. Apple, meanwhile, is the only Intel partner on the planet that does not have an Intel Inside logo anywhere on or near its products. If any talks between these two have taken place, you don’t need a vivid imagination to guess how they’ve gone.

Apple: Sorry we haven’t talked in a while. Where did we leave off?

Verizon: We were discussing where our logo would fit on the back of your phone.

Apple: [click]

Matt Drance on why a Verizon iPhone is not likely soon.

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What we need to see is how Android 2.2 gets rolled out to existing handsets. I’m already getting blasted by owners of various Android phones wanting to know when their handset will get the update. The truth is I don’t know, and I’m not sure anyone does yet. The phone update process hasn’t changed — Google released Froyo to partners, OEMs decide if they want to release it for a given phone and then the carrier has to bless the update and actually roll it out. I suspect that many existing phones will never get Android 2.2, and that will be a pity.

James Kendrick on Android and Flash

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It doesn’t look from here that Apple have lost anything, what makes Apple special, still makes Apple special. The bigger market wants stuff that is free from viruses, self-contained, reliable and instant on. The bigger markets are buying Apple.

John Molloy on why Apple has no “Marketing Danger”.

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If developers grow dependent on third party development libraries and tools, they can only take advantage of platform enhancements if and when the third party chooses to adopt the new features. We cannot be at the mercy of a third party deciding if and when they will make our enhancements available to our developers.

Steve Jobs – Thoughts on Flash

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Speaking from personal experience as one who has spent a fair number of hours in bars, there is a universal protocol for dealing with misplaced or forgotten personal items left behind by fellow patrons. Wallets, keys, phones, purses. Whatever. If you see something like that on the floor, or forgotten on a table, you pick it up and hand it to the bartender. If you realize you’ve lost something, you ask the bartender. Everyone knows this.

Daring Fireball: Gizmodo and the Prototype iPhone

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Tech geeks love numbers. When discussing computers, they speak of gigabits and gigahertz, of RAM and ports. The more tech adept among them will even swap out the internals or write their own code. They are tinkerers extraordinaire, and are just as happy customizing their rigs as they are in using their machines for their intended purposes, be it work or pleasure.

Then there’s everyone else.

Daily Kos: State of the Nation

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The problem was that Microsoft wasn’t selling Windows to Mac users (professional graphic designers and customers seeking a glossy, fun desktop experience on their premium-priced computers); it was supposed to be selling Windows to frumpy PC makers with no interest in flare, no appreciation for aesthetics, and really no desire to do anything but poop out easy to market, low quality, cheap PCs.

Windows Phone 7: Microsoft’s third failed attempt to be Apple — RoughlyDrafted Magazine

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The very nature of faith is that you don’t (and shouldn’t be) rational about it. In fact, you’re entitled to be aghast when anyone confronts you with proof. Proof and rationality aren’t the point.

Seth’s Blog: Are you rational?

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Generic Academy Award Winning Movie Trailer

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What do people who were once paid to be creative for a living do when they’re laid off?

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So long as a product can execute code and is hosted locally with outward access to the Internet, you are at risk. Period.

Windows Defenses Rendered Useless – Again by Matt Hartley

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Why do you need to feel like something in order to do the work? They call it work because it’s difficult, not because it’s something you need to feel like.

Seth’s Blog: I don’t feel like it

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The only company that can take a bite of the iPod is the same company that makes the iPod? It seems almost impossible now to imagine the iPod being beaten; there are just too many of the things, people are too used to them and the ecosystem strongly favors the device.

Worrying about the iPad Imitators? Don’t – AppleMatters

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And frightened people will resist any help you can give them, and they will blame you for the stress the change is causing. Scared people like to shoot the messenger. Duck.

Seth’s Blog: Frightened, clueless or uninformed?

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SSRP Sussex Safer Roads Partnership – Embrace Life – (2010) :90 (UK)

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The darndest thing happened in the last five days and I was fortunate to be privy to it. Apple has gotten people excited about computing.

But this time, it’s not nerds or geeks and certainly not IT industry analysts. It’s everyone else.

northtemple – On iPads, Grandmas and Game-changing

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The bulk of humanity doesn’t want a computing experience it can tinker with; it wants a computing experience that works.

Flash, iPad, Standards – Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report

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People talk about Steve Jobs’ reality distortion field, and I don’t disagree that the man has a quasi-hypnotic ability to convince. There’s another reality distortion field at work, though, and everyone that makes a living from the tech industry is within its tractor-beam. That RDF tells us that computers are awesome, they work great and only those too stupid to live can’t work them.

Fraser Speirs – Blog – Future Shock

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Does anybody seriously believe that Android, Nokia, Samsung, Palm, BlackBerry and a dozen others would since have produced the product line they have without the 100,000 volt taser shot up the jacksie that the iPhone delivered to the entire market?

iPad About «  The New Adventures of Stephen Fry

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Car enthusiasts (and genuine experts like race car drivers) still drive cars with manual transmissions. They offer more control; they’re more efficient. But the vast majority of cars sold today are automatics. So too it’ll be with computers. Eventually, the vast majority will be like the iPad in terms of the degree to which the underlying computer is abstracted away. Manual computers, like the Mac and Windows PCs, will slowly shift from the standard to the niche, something of interest only to experts and enthusiasts and developers.

Daring Fireball: Various and Assorted Thoughts and Observations Regarding the Just-Announced iPad

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Given a difficult technology policy problem, lawyers will tend to seek technology solutions and technologists will tend to seek legal solutions. (Paul Ohm calls this “Felten’s Third Law”.) It’s easy to reject non-solutions in your own area because you have the knowledge to recognize why they will fail; but there must be a solution lurking somewhere in the unexplored wilderness of the other area.

A Free Internet, If We Can Keep It | Freedom to Tinker

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It may come as a shock to us geeks, but many people can’t handle multiple choices on a computing device. They learn the one way to do something and they always do it that way.

minimalmac on why “missing features” in the iPad are a good thing.

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When the Mac first came out, Newsweek asked me what I [thought] of it. I said: Well, it’s the first personal computer worth criticizing. So at the end of the presentation, Steve came up to me and said: Is the iPhone worth criticizing? And I said: Make the screen five inches by eight inches, and you’ll rule the world.

Alan Kay: With the Tablet, Apple Will Rule the World – GigaOM

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InfoSec is a zero-sum game; it’s about staving off the inevitable and trying to ensure we can deal with the residual impact in the face of being “survivable” versus being “secure.

Cloud: Security Doesn’t Matter (Or, In Cloud, Nobody Can Hear You Scream) | Rational Survivability

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There are fifty people applying for a job. Forty nine have great credentials and beautifully standard layouts on their resumes. One resume was hand delivered to the CEO by his best friend, together with a glowing recommendation about a project the applicant did for the friend’s non-profit. Who gets the interview?

Seth’s Blog: The ubiquity of competition was just what I needed to make my point about referrals being the key to getting the next job/gig.

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Planning a career at a career fair is a little like looking for a soulmate at a singles’ bar

Seth’s Blog: Career fairs…

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The skeptic will always find a reason, even if it’s one the rest of us don’t think is a good one. Relying too much on proof distracts you from the real mission—which is emotional connection.

Seth’s Blog: Too much data leads to not enough belief

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If someone is going to buy from you, is it because you’re the cheapest? That’s a hard thing to maintain. There better be a more sustainable reason than that.

Seth’s Blog: Why you, why now?

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In the U.S., over 38,000 people die each year in car crashes; that’s as many deaths as 9/11 each and every month, year after year.

Stop the panic on air security – Bruce Schneier on CNN.com

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You need to do something, get good at it, be passionate about it. This could take months or years, but if you’re having fun, that’s what’s most important.

From Zen Habits ~ The Short but Powerful Guide to Finding Your Passion

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my observations living in london:

the remarkable about thing about the iphone is the type of people who have them. It’s the everyday person. They are not just tech geeks or media types – but old, middle age and young. And these people don’t care about open source. They want something that’s easy to use, reasonably priced and, now it seems, applications.

Most people who criticise the lack of iphone’s openess are either tech geeks or open source idealogues. If people can obtain the phone on 2 or more carriers then the phone is ‘open’ for them. They don’t care about apple’s apps approach. As long as there is plenty of apps to choose from then they are happy.

commenter on Henry Blodget article Hey, Apple, Wake Up — It’s Happening Again

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My 2009 tweet cloud.

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We have a saying in Hebrew that it’s much easier to look for a lost key under the light, than to look for the key where you actually lost it, because it’s dark over there. That’s exactly how (North American airport security officials) act,” Sela said. “You can easily do what we do. You don’t have to replace anything. You have to add just a little bit — technology, training. But you have to completely change the way you go about doing airport security. And that is something that the bureaucrats have a problem with. They are very well enclosed in their own concept.

Rafi Sela, the president of AR Challenges, a global transportation security consultancy on how Israeli airports handle security

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Consumer Reports’s rankings, which put AT&T last and Verizon first, were based on actual customer surveys. Actual customers reporting their actual experiences.

Daring Fireball: Who Do You Believe, Randall Stross or Your Own Lying Eyes?

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So, how to protect your ideas in a world where ideas spread?

Don’t.

Instead, spread them. Build a reputation as someone who creates great ideas, sometimes on demand. Or as someone who can manipulate or build on your ideas better than a copycat can. Or use your ideas to earn a permission asset so you can build a relationship with people who are interested. Focus on being the best tailor with the sharpest scissors, not the litigant who sues any tailor who deigns to use a pair of scissors.

Seth’s Blog: How to protect your ideas in the digital age

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Obviously there is a lot more to the story of Indian/Puritan relations in New England than in the thanksgiving stories we heard as children. Our contemporary mix of myth and history about the “First” Thanksgiving at Plymouth developed in the 1890s and early 1900s. Our country was desperately trying to pull together its many diverse peoples into a common national identity. To many writers and educators at the end of the last century and the beginning of this one, this also meant having a common national history. This was the era of the “melting pot” theory of social progress, and public education was a major tool for social unity. It was with this in mind that the federal government declared the last Thursday in November as the legal holiday of Thanksgiving in 1898.

In consequence, what started as an inspirational bit of New England folklore, soon grew into the full-fledged American Thanksgiving we now know. It emerged complete with stereotyped Indians and stereotyped Whites, incomplete history, and a mythical significance as our “First Thanksgiving.” But was it really our FIRST American Thanksgiving?

TEACHING ABOUT THANKSGIVING – Native American Culture

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Droid First Week Launch Comparison: via www.readwriteweb.com

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Apple made $1.6 billion in operating profit off of the iPhone in Q3. Nokia, meanwhile, made $1.1 billion. Let’s put this in perspective. Recent numbers suggest Nokia controls roughly 35% of the worldwide handset market. Apple? About 2.5%.

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To people who follow Apple closely, this should be absolutely no surprise. It’s the same thing it does in the computer industry. Despite having a much smaller market share than its rivals, it makes more money than most of them. The key, of course, is that Apple maintains its high profit margins, while the competitors shuffle to battle each other for market share.

That’s not to say that Apple doesn’t care about market share for either its computers or the iPhone, it undoubtedly does. But it’s a secondary goal to running a successful business. A business which is now absolutely thriving in an awful worldwide economic environment.

While Rivals Jockey For Market Share, Apple Bathes In Profits

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not every existing Android phone will be upgradeable to Android 2.0 because individual device updates depend on phone makers and carriers, not Google

Android 2.0: Five reasons why it’s huge – Cell Phones & Mobile Device Technology News & Updates | Geek.com

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The demands that are being created by the [Apple] (APPL) iPhone and other mobile broadband technologies threaten to outstrip the amount of spectrum available for commercial mobile, and it’s important for the country that we get long-term planning right because it takes time to identify spectrum and put it on the market.

A Chat with FCC Chief Genachowski – BusinessWeek

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1000 phones. 2000 texts. One song. Symphonia. – Vodafone NZ

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Privacy depends, ultimately, on people and institutions showing a reasonable regard for the privacy interests of others.

Privacy as a Social Problem, Not a Technology Problem | Freedom to Tinker

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FemToCell uses YOUR existing broadband connection to make calls. Wait, you mean that you have to pay for this product, pay for your broadband connection just for a company to somehow manage to have you foot the bill for the service.

AT&T FemToCell: Why would anybody do this? | Macgasm

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Ever seen inside a Nikkor 18-200 VR lens, in the middle of a wedding? (via imanenigma)

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Blasted keeps track of the files you’ve been using on your computer and gives you super easy access to them. (via factoryjoe)

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Simply put, the iPhone is the first truly ‘personal’ computer; more personal to its owners than the PC ever was. Talk to iPhone owners (not to mention, the 20M iPod Touch owners), and this truth bubbles to the top again and again.

iPhone, the ‘Personal’ Computer – Future of the Mobile Web – O’Reilly Broadcast

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What if, just like becoming a cannibal or painting your face green, you eliminated righteous indignation as an option in your list of responses to various situations, no matter how unfair? What if the people you work with weren’t permitted to indulge? Just think of how much more you’d get done and how much calmer everything would be.

Seth’s Blog: Righteous indignation

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Confidence of success, is almost success; and obstacles often fall of themselves before a determination to overcome them. There is something in resolution which has an influence beyond itself, and it marches on like a mighty lord amongst its slaves; all is prostration where it appears. When bent on good, it is almost the noblest attribute of man; when on evil, the most dangerous. It is by habitual resolution that men succeed to any great extent; impulses are not sufficient. What is done at one moment is undone the next; and a step forward is nothing gained unless it is followed up.

Manvotional: Difficulties | The Art of Manliness

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We often think of journalism as encompassing what we know. But a key part of journalism that usually goes unreported is what we don’t know.

The 3 key parts of news stories you usually don’t get at Newsless.org

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If you look at Microsoft’s customers, they’re only satisfied when they don’t look at alternatives. And most of its core customers are Windows Enthusiasts and Microsoft shop IT departments that are careful not to examine alternatives out of fear their faith might be shaken if exposed to some reality.

Why Can’t Microsoft Develop Software for Zune HD? — RoughlyDrafted Magazine

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If you want to change what your boss believes, or the strategy your company is following, the first step is to figure out how to be the best informed person in the room.

Seth’s Blog: Willfully ignorant vs. aggressively skeptical

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My friend Chris took this near the end of his work day.

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Self-enforcing protocols improve security not by implementing countermeasures that prevent cheating, but by leveraging economic incentives so that the parties don’t want to cheat.

The Value of Self-Enforcing Protocols | threatpost

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There’s a lot of ways to work with appreciation. You can pull out a pen and paper and list all the things you love, the things you need, the things you depend on. You can remember someone or something that is no longer in your life. There’s also that famous workshop exercise where you have to eat a raisin or a potato chip very, very slowly.
But then there’s just the simple checking in right where you are, wherever you are and discovering the appreciation that is already present.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Weekend Meditation: Appreciation

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Perhaps the biggest challenge for business owners is developing the ability to see the “big picture” in their particular business and to make sense of all the various parts that have to be developed, maintained and orchestrated. It is easy to get caught up in focusing more on systems — doing things right — at the expense of understanding whether they are doing the right things.

Systemic vs. Systematic | E-Myth Worldwide

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What is impractical now with 3G may become routine with 4G/LTE.

Why the iTablet is Critical to Apple’s Future | Hidden Dimensions | The Mac Observer

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People who love computers overwhelmingly prefer to use a Mac today. Microsoft’s core problem is that they have lost the hearts of computer enthusiasts. Regular people don’t think about their choice of computer platform in detail and with passion like nerds do because, duh, they are not nerds. But nerds are leading indicators.

Peeve Farm

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iPhones come locked so they can’t be used with other carriers, so people spend hours and plenty of money to ‘unlock’ them. That’s bear shaving. Better to figure out an easy way to pay AT&T their tribute so they can be truly unlocked…

Seth’s Blog: Bear shaving

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I get asked a lot why Apple’s customers are so loyal. It’s not because they belong to the Church of Mac! That’s ridiculous. It’s because when you buy our products, and three months later you get stuck on something, you quickly figure out [how to get past it]. And you think, “Wow, someone over there at Apple actually thought of this!” And then three months later you try to do something you hadn’t tried before, and it works, and you think “Hey, they thought of that, too.” And then six months later it happens again. There’s almost no product in the world that you have that experience with, but you have it with a Mac. And you have it with an iPod.

The Seed of Apple’s Innovation

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If you don’t like the way someone is acting, understand you can’t change his behavior, you can only change his circumstances. … Sure, people are willing to lie, break promises, willfully misunderstand, avoid responsibility and blame others. But why? They’re doing it because under the circumstances, it seems like the right thing to do.

Seth’s Blog: He’s doing his best

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The external world is remarkably consistent, and yet we blame it for what’s going on inside of us.

Seth’s Blog: The confusion

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The only reason to go to work, I think, is to do work. It’s too expensive a trip if all you want to do is hang out. Work will mean managing a tribe, creating a movement and operating in teams to change the world. Anything less is going to be outsourced to someone a lot cheaper and a lot less privileged than you or me.

The Last Days of Cubicle Life – The Future of Work

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It’s through space that air fills your lungs. It’s through space that your body moves. It’s through space in the vibration of the air that sound is heard. It’s in the gaps between veins that blood flows. Without the space between these letters, there would be no words for you to read -it would all be incoherent.
In this way, you realize something…
Emptiness truly roars. Silence speaks. Space gives birth to form.
It’s in the gaps that beauty is found.

How to Find Beauty in Life – Think Simple Now

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The iPhone is the client, the MacBook (they’re all Pro) the server, and you can bring it into the office and plug into the corporate Exchange server with one click. Never has the fear of Apple holding developers or users hostage been so overstated. Apple’s rigorous march forward and its deep understanding of what the market will want next is not only keeping them ahead of the competition but building the markets they will own tomorrow. They’re like WIllie Mays and the basket catch, making the hard stuff look easy. The market may have bounced down a bit on the Jobs no-show, but Steve and company — and the smiling developers — know better.

Why Apple wins. every. time. by Steve Gilmour

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Bing, of course, stands for But It’s Not Google. The problem, as far as I can tell, is that it is trying to be the next Google. And the challenge for Microsoft is that there already is a next Google. It’s called Google.

Seth’s Blog: The next Google

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Luxury goods are needlessly expensive. By needlessly, I mean that the price is not related to performance. The price is related to scarcity, brand and storytelling. Luxury goods are organized waste. ……. Premium goods, on the other hand, are expensive variants of commodity goods. Pay more, get more.

(NOTE: I’m paraphrasing).

Seth’s Blog: Luxury vs. premium

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The iPhone is all the netbook I’ll ever need.

Apple, Don’t Join the Netbook Fad – AppleMatters

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Next time I encounter a Microsoft executive tsk-tsking about the onerous “Apple Tax” imposed by a Mac’s needless glitz, I’m tempted to ask him what car he drives—and whether he chose the model with the cloth seats and hand-cranked windows, or one with a few creature comforts.

Eight Reasons Your Next Computer Should Be a Mac – PC World

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Apple is known for its savvy marketing, but its campaigns seldom target the enterprise. Its core customer base consists of students, educators, creative professionals, and individual consumers, whom it courts with a brand message that’s equal parts Porsche and Picasso. Far from being a business darling, Apple paints the Mac as the anti-corporate PC: You either “think different” or shop elsewhere.

Desktop Linux: Why it may have lost its chance | Open Source – InfoWorld

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For us, it’s about doing great products. And when I look at what is being sold in the netbook space today, I see cramped keyboards, terrible software, junky hardware, very small screens, and just not a consumer experience… that we would put the Mac brand on, quite frankly. And so it’s not a space, as it exists today, that we’re interested in, nor do we believe that customers in the long term would be interested in.

Daring Fireball

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Prediction: The effort required to outsource a task involving the manipulation of data of any kind will continue to decrease until it will be faster and cheaper to outsource just about anything than it will be to use in-house talent. What will you do today to ensure your prosperity when that happens?

Seth’s Blog: Sixty to zero

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While Microsoft is busy, fighting over the desktop Apple is busy getting people to carry the desktop with them. If you have an iPod Touch or an iPhone you know how much that product has displaced your laptop. You also realize that for most people an iPod touch or iPhone is enough computer. And this time “enough” is competitively priced.

by Chris Seibold Apr 14, 2009

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Forget the “Apple tax”—maybe PCs cost less because Windows is worth less

The Microsoft discount —Dan Miller, Macworld.com

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Whenever a trade association raises the barricades and tries to lobby their way into maintaining the status quo, they are doing their members a disservice. Instead of spending time and insight and effort reinventing what they do and organizing for a better future, the members are lulled into a sense of security that somehow, somehow, the future will be just like today.

Seth’s Blog: Beware of trade guilds maintaining the status quo

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The studios have a very long history of betting against technology people want, and on technology people don’t want. This is just another such case. The technology people want always wins in the end — no duh — and usually benefits the businesses who fought that technology to the death. Here’s hoping the technology people want — Boxee — doesn’t wind up benefiting the studios fighting it now.

Marc Hedlund on the Hulu/Boxee splitt

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Every Mac geek out there screams for this machine and screams most loudly when it comes time to buy a new computer. They look around and realize that there’s no way they need the power of a Mac Pro (and no way to justify the price) but they don’t want to feel locked in to an iMac or something. Why, they moan, doesn’t Apple make a machine for me? I want to be able to swap out the video card and really bump up the RAM.

If you’re that guy time to shut your pie hole. The reason that Apple doesn’t make that machine is because you, me, and about three other people really want it. Apple isn’t in the business of making computers for people who feel like stripping them down and mucking with the motherboard, the company is in the business of selling computing solutions to people who don’t want to mess with a computer. Face it, if you’re willing to swap out a video card and add a hard drive you’ve got both the time and expertise to trick out a Linux box or really make Vista sing.

Rick Ellis

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People like to conflate the concept of property ownership to that of data ownership. I mean it’s you right? You own your house so surely, you own your e-mail address, your name, you date of birth records, your identity. However when you go into the details, from a conceptual level, it doesn’t make sense.

You don’t nor need to own your data » By Elias Bizannes » article » Liako.Biz

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Android Market has a zero installed base, and its initial customers will overwhelmingly be people who don’t buy software: Linux users, DIY hobbyists, and Windows Mobile defectors.

Five More iPhone Myths — RoughlyDrafted Magazine