Living out of the Moment

My ongoing crusade.

1 year ago

The Philips S10

Copying Apple even when it makes no sense at all.

1 year ago

TextMate 2

After all this time I feel more positive about TextMate’s future than ever.

2 years ago

Medium and Other Similar Startups

A bit of a rant about the recent crop of startups like Medium which solve such non-existant problems that the creators can’t even describe the thing.

2 years ago

Being Realistic About Email

My response to Matt Gemmell’s unrealistic post on Managing Email Realistically.

2 years ago

The Cloud

I hate the word.

2 years ago

App.net or Twitter with a Better Business Model

Silly opaque name, gimmicky Kickstarter-like fundraising but still interesting.

2 years ago

A Better iPhone, iPad, iPod and Mac Home Stereo

Speaker docks for iPhones, iPods and iPads are expensive, ugly or offer plain terrible sound quality. Often they’re all three yet they’re popular. Your iOS device is a great interface for browsing and selecting music having to dock it significantly diminishes that experience.

This is a much better setup.

2 years ago

Some Minor Differences Between France and Australia

As observed during my month long stay in Grenoble.

2 years ago

Valhalla Island

A reminder that Valhalla Island is no longer on Tumblr. The new location has a Twitter account and an RSS feed for you to easily subscribe to updates.

2 years ago

Moving Away From Tumblr

The transition to Octopress is complete and it could not have gone more smoothly. Just a couple of days after I complained about Tumblr’s direction and as I was configuring my blog’s new home, this starts getting promoted on the Dashboard sidebar. Confirmation that I’ve made the right decision.

Regular programming will continue at the new location.

2 years ago

Photo replies, ask, fan mail and now highlighted posts. I mean, just look at this shit. The core of Tumblr has remained the same but the steady addition of gratuitous features pandering to the teenage masses participating in an online popularity contest has put me off. It was a refreshing switch from WordPress, a good 590 posts and a couple of years but Tumblr is going in a direction that is not for me.

When I get a chance I’ll be moving Valhalla Island to Octopress or a custom system similar to Brent’s. Hopefully this tool will help me smoothly transition the archive.

2 years ago

With Apple’s focus on the stuff that matters it’s surprising to see the very old link pointer cursor change in Mac OS 10.7.3. Stranger still considering the direction towards touch interfaces.

With Apple’s focus on the stuff that matters it’s surprising to see the very old link pointer cursor change in Mac OS 10.7.3. Stranger still considering the direction towards touch interfaces.

2 years ago

Australia’s richest person, Gina Rinehart, is disgustingly obese proof that money can’t buy beauty. External or otherwise. It boggles my mind and sickens me to think that someone with such vast financial wealth made from literally plundering the land would be so anti-tax.

2 years ago

The Dumbest Idea in the World

Maximising shareholder value that is. Roger Martin in his book Fixing the Game:

Imagine an NFL coach holding a press conference on Wednesday to announce that he predicts a win by 9 points on Sunday, and that bettors should recognize that the current spread of 6 points is too low. Or picture the team’s quarterback standing up in the postgame press conference and apologizing for having only won by 3 points when the final betting spread was 9 points in his team’s favor. While it’s laughable to imagine coaches or quarterbacks doing so, CEOs are expected to do both of these things.

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If this were the situation in the NFL, then everyone would realize that the “real game” of football had become utterly corrupted by the “expectations game” of gambling.

This is why I’d be bothered about Facebook’s IPO if I had an account there, the focus will be moved from what’s best for you as a customer to what’s best for the shareholder. I don’t even know why Facebook would want to do it, they had $3.5 billion of revenue last year, they don’t need the money and they’d lose control.

2 years ago