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Are Coders Worth It?

Yeah. Of course! :D

But it's still worth reading this article.

My Questions for Tim Cook

My questions for Tim Cook by Horace Dediu is a good read.

My favorite? The fourth.

Android’s Market Share is a Joke

The joke:

Two farmers bought a truckload of watermelons, paying five dollars apiece for them. Then they drove to the market and sold all their watermelons for four dollars each. After counting their money at the end of the day, they realized that they’d ended up with less money than they’d started with.

“See!” said the one farmer to the other. “I told you we shoulda got a bigger truck.”

The rest (actual information).

Media Consumption

Wow.

In 2009, according to the media research company eMarketer, the average U.S. adult consumed about 10 hours and 32 minutes of media per day. (That's including multitasking, so if you spend an hour browsing on your iPad while watching TV, that counts as two hours.) By 2012 that total was up over an hour to 11:39 per day. That's almost eight hours more per week, per person. Now multiply that by America.

Better Domains for Dropbox Shared URLs

This site uses Dreamhost's built-in URL redirection, but it would be pretty easy to build an actual redirection script on any of my available domains.

Perhaps nslog.com itself, or barzeski.com if I don't mind it being a bit longer.

All the Mashed Potatoes

Daring Fireball: All the Mashed Potatoes:

Microsoft gets a lot of heat for not leaving enough on the table for others. My mother, who's English, and quite a character, once said of Bill Gates, "He sounds like someone who would come to your house for dinner and say, ‘Thank you. I think I'll have all the mashed potatoes.'"

That's Google today. What major tech giant has Google not pitted itself against? Whose mashed potatoes do they not seek to take? Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon — Google has made enemies of all of them. The difference between Google's predatory rapaciousness today and Microsoft's of yore is that Microsoft wore it on their sleeve, they owned it, celebrated it.

What rankles about Google is their hypocrisy.

Google Versus Everyone

Daring Fireball: Google Versus

Larry Page, on stage at I/O today:

Every story I read about Google is “us versus some other company” or some stupid thing, and I just don’t find that very interesting. We should be building great things that don’t exist. Being negative isn’t how we make progress. Most important things are not zero sum, there is a lot of opportunity out there.

Google fans seem to eat this kumbaya stuff up, to really believe it. But Google is the company that built Android after the iPhone, Google Plus after Facebook, and now a subscription music service after Spotify. They entered the RSS reader market, wiped it out, and are now just walking away from it. Gmail? Webmail but better. Think about even web search: Google search wasn’t something new; it was something better. Way, way, way better, but still.

Consider maps. Google Maps entered a market where MapQuest and others had been around for years. That wasn’t something great that didn’t already exist. It was a better version of something that already existed. Google is a hyper-competitive company, and they repeatedly enter markets that already exist and crush competitors. Nothing wrong with that. That’s how capitalism is supposed to work, and Google’s successes are admirable. But there’s nothing stupid about seeing Google being pitted “versus” other companies. They want everything; their ambition is boundless.

Emperor Norton I of the U.S.

I love sites like this. I have to get off that site now or I might waste half a day on it.

Throwing Discs Forehand

iOS 7 Bounce Physics

Apple's been doing nice stuff like this for so long, stuff like this is no longer thought of as all that awesome.

NeverWet Water Repellant Spray

Nice.

When Siri Finds out Steve Jobs Died

Good Salmon Recipe

I think I'll try this one. It looks great.

Dave Dunipace, Inventor of the Modern Golf Disc

Vertical Video Syndrome – Just Say No

I will point out, however, that vertical videos work quite well for the golf swing. It's more vertical than horizontal, and Analyzr lets you rotate videos (and they stay rotated).

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