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Archive for January, 2014

Canceled My Netflix

I just canceled our "two screens at a time streaming only" Netflix account. Even at only $7.99/month, it wasn't worth it. Netflix seems to have fewer and fewer of the movies we want to watch, and Amazon Prime's streaming may actually be pretty good soon. But mostly, we don't really stream movies much anymore. At […]

How I Lost My $50,000 Twitter Username — Medium Why someone would pay $50k for "@N" is beyond me, though.

“Insanely Great” Book

Is this worth buying? Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer that changed Everything eBook: Steven Levy: Kindle Store Edit: Never mind. The Kindle version was only $4.99. Duh.

Creating Animated GIFs for Documentation - David Smith Step 1: Record using QuickTime Player Step 2: Convert using GIF Brewery Step 3: Profit!

Gambling as a Career

The Wizards of Odds - Video - Pro gamblers win about 55% of the time. I know a friend who has a system for winning 55-57% of the time based on a very simple rule (I will not share this rule with you). He's done it over four or five years now, and he's […]

30 Years of Mac

Michael Tsai - Blog - 30 Years of Mac is well worth a read, if for no other reason than it links to the mac-icon-standard.ttf font first reported by Greg Barbosa (from Apple) (more here). Many of the links are worth following as well, including this one. And duh, the Apple page is here. P.S. […]

The Techtopus: How Silicon Valley's most celebrated CEOs conspired to drive down 100,000 tech engineers' wages | PandoDaily In early 2005, as demand for Silicon Valley engineers began booming, Apple's Steve Jobs sealed a secret and illegal pact with Google's Eric Schmidt to artificially push their workers wages lower by agreeing not to recruit each […]


I never liked Quark, but I respected the position it held in the industry. But now, it is no more: As the big dog of desktop publishing in the '80s and '90s, QuarkXPress was synonymous with professional publishing. In fact, it was publishing. But its hurried and steady decline is one of the greatest business […]

The Upside of Failure

I once told Carey that Natalie had to "learn to fail." She reacted strongly at the time, basically telling me that I was stupid, and what did I know about failing at anything? I've learned a lot about failing, and it's important to learn to fail. You can't learn how to avoid future failures if […]

Augmented Reality Glasses

Yet another creepy video showing the "power" of augmented reality via glasses. The guy not only cheats at 8-ball, but uses his glasses to access personal information to scam on a bartender. Nice. Real nice. 😛

Peter Smart lives up to his name with this little article: Rethink the Airline Boarding Pass. Brilliant. I'm flying somewhere right now (to Orlando, for the PGA Show). I've already had my boarding passes fall apart because I've had to shove them in my pocket.

The Verge has a bunch of tweets and commentary on Nest's acquisition by Google: Why is everyone disappointed by Google buying Nest?.

Review & Outlook: Apple's Star Chamber - Which gets to the heart of this bizarre case: The numbers show that, far from hurting the market, the publishers' and Apple's agency model actually helped it. They allowed Barnes & Noble to gain a foothold in the e-book market, provided relief to the independent brick-and-mortar stores, […]

Nest Acquired by Google

Oh PS with Nest’s built-in sensors now Google knows when you’re home, what rooms you’re in, and when you’re out. Just FYI. — Ryan Block (@ryan) January 13, 2014 Great. More here.

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