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The New Apple

Meet the New Apple and
What Steve Jobs Wouldn't Have Done are both two good articles that look at the changes in Apple since the passing of Steve Jobs.

But the big story — and the big picture — is that Apple seems to have come out of deep freeze. It feels light, like it’s moving forward. Like the cobwebs have brushed aside, and things are going to get fun again. Everything we saw at WWDC’s keynote points to a very interesting next few months for Apple — a period that will undoubtedly come into deep focus around the fall, when the company tends to roll out its major hardware updates. But unlike previous events, which have felt painfully predictable and iterative in the past couple of years, the next move Apple makes should be surprising. If the software and platform work that we saw at the keynote on Monday is any indication, the kind of apps and hardware that follow it aren’t just going to be business as usual.

Reclining Seats on an Airplane

Do you recline your seat on an airplane?
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Setting a Contact’s Default Address in Apple Mail

Setting a Contact’s Default Address in Apple Mail. It shouldn't be this hard.

Amazon Continues to Behave Poorly

Amazon’s Tactics Confirm Its Critics' Worst Suspicions

But the more basic problem here is that Amazon is violating its own code. To win a corporate battle, Amazon is ruining its customer experience. Mr. Bezos has long pointed to customer satisfaction as his North Star; making sure customers are treated well is the guiding principle for how he runs Amazon.

Yet Apple was the one that was taken to court…

Getting More out of LaunchBar

I probably use about 10% of LaunchBar, but I'm bookmarking these here to read up on how I can do more:

Kickstarter Wallets

If you've ever wondered why there are so many wallets on Kickstarter, they've published an article on that.

Wallets are a perennial around here: one of a handful of products you’ll consistently see at least two or three of on the site, well on their way to being funded, any time you look. Minimalist wallets, leather billfolds, elastic card-holders, carbon-fiber money clips, CNC-machined metal wallets, wallets made out of everything from superlight Tyvek to fabric from vintage men’s ties. (The ties were Laura Skelton’s idea: her Jetsam wallet was the first ever funded on Kickstarter.) There are enough wallets that while we were working on this article, Businessweek called us up to ask about them, and published this.

FWIW, I'm still very happy with my MoneyClamp clip/wallet.

Working from Home

Working from Home:

The main problem you’ll encounter when working from home is… well, you. We need constraints in order to reinforce productive behaviour. The idea of a work ethic goes out the window for most people when no-one is looking over your shoulder. Some people can just work diligently, regardless of whether anyone is checking up on them. That’s fantastic. Most of us, however, need some help.

Slacking off (regularly) when working from home is always self-defeating. Either the boss will notice and stop you working from home (or fire you), or if you’re the boss, you’ll suffer everything from shame to the collapse of your business. The secret to working from home is to work, and the secret to working is to have enforced boundaries.

I do a pretty good job of this, though I can always get better.

If you think working from home is easy, then you've probably never run your own business from home. I'm sometimes (only sometimes) envious of the people who can "leave work at work." When your work is right upstairs, or on your lap, you can never really get away from it unless you leave your home. And even then, it's tough, with iPhones and texting and whatnot.

P.S. Self Control may come in handy as well. But it's also somewhat dangerous if you don't know how to edit your /etc/hosts and ipfw lists.

Gyroscopic Precession

Very well done video. The bike tire example is nicely done.

So What’s the Question?

Irrational? What's the question? I don't see it.

Also, I don't think "being offended by something in which you don't believe" is the proper framing of the situation. Would Christians be offended if instead of "under God" was replaced by "under Buddha" or "under Allah"? Probably, and justifiably so.

P.S. I don't consider myself an atheist.

The Importance of Defensive Driving

Don't assume that everyone else is going to drive properly. Others make mistakes, but you can avoid accidents by driving defensively.

Smart ED Acceleration

One gear = no shifting.

I've roasted my fair share of "fast" cars within a city block…

My One Hope for iOS 8?

You know what it is?

That the damn Siri realizes my name is spelled "Erik" - not only on my iPhone, but on the friends who iMessage me or who say my name in other contexts.

Perhaps the type-ahead stuff will help with that.

I've always found it ridiculous that my iPhone couldn't be trained to spell my own name properly.

Halt and Catch Fire

Looking forward to this:

And the background info on the name, of course…

Nat’s First U.S. Kids Golf Event

Yesterday Nat played in her first U.S. Kids Golf local "tour" event.

Stupidly, we arrived at the course at 12:30, because tee times started at about 1:20. Unfortunately, her tee time was 4:47… so we went to Boston Market and to a driving range to kill some time, then came back to the course at about 3:50.

The course for 10-11 year-olds is 1900 yards or so over nine holes. That's an average hole length of about 225 yards. There were two par fives (280, 330), and two par threes (95, 75), but the rest of the holes were about 225. The rough was THICK and the fairways were quite narrow.

MediaTemple Server Health – Yellow to Red?

I think it's the fact that I'm running a virtual dedicated host, but these kinds of things aggravate me: why is my server status "red" when I'm barely using any of the CPU or Memory?