What an incredibly strange guy.
What an incredibly strange guy.
Ian’s keeping my iChat Bonjour list chipper.
Availability is much better than I expected. They’ve had about 2/3 of the albums I’ve searched for.
Pricing is fantastic — every album I’ve searched for has cost $8-10, and those are all 256 kbit/s MP3s with no DRM.
Apple has not been able to negotiate similar availability for iTunes Plus (DRM-free 256 kbit/s AACs). I’ve only ever found one iTunes Plus album in my searches. None of my sought albums, with or without DRM, cost less than $10.
Apple should be worried. iTunes isn’t losing most of its business anytime soon, but this is a significant long-term threat — especially if Amazon continues to negotiate better distribution deals from the labels.
What if people had to pay some small fee (maybe $0.25) to leave a comment on a website, and the author could choose to refund the money if the comment was useful to the discussion?
I was going to write something about this, but this guy said it better than I was going to.
When I really want something, I buy it. […] What this means for everyone else, however, is that all the really obvious stuff to get me is taken off the table, because I’ve already gone out and gotten it. Done and done. What’s left then is a whole bunch of stuff I don’t really want, and I don’t see why people should feel obliged to buy me something I don’t really want, just because it’s the holidays.
Too bad it’s too late for this year.
Thanks for the link, Peroty.
I can honestly say that, yes Apple/Macs/OS X may not, or ever, be 100% perfect, but nothing, nothing, NOTHING would ever get me to buy a Windows PC, not the price, not the specs, not if it was made of pure gold. […] There’s just no comparison, and anyone who appreciates good design and user experience will surely agree.
— Graphis on MacRumors. Agreed — I’m happy to pay more for hardware, and have fewer choices, because the benefits to me of spending 100% of my computing time in OS X far outweigh those costs.
Just bought my first album from the aforementioned Amazon MP3 Store.
It was great. $9.99, using my Amazon-registered credit cards and billing address. Little downloader app works great and seamlessly. It didn’t nag me at all. The songs downloaded very quickly and were automatically added to iTunes with complete metadata and album art.
Apple might have a little more to worry about than I thought. Once you’ve tried the Amazon MP3 store, there’s absolutely no strong incentive to buy any other music from iTunes if it’s available on Amazon, and there are two strong incentives (price and format versatility) in the other direction.
(thanks, Marc LaFountain)
Silicon Alley Insider is worse than TechCrunch. And that’s impressive, because TechCrunch is worse than The Inquirer and whatever Fuad Abazovic is doing now. And ValleyWag is worse than all of them.
This isn’t “journalism”. It’s not even entertainment. The “blogosphere” is a small echo chamber in which a bunch of amateurs with no credibility and no skills think they’re speaking to and controlling the world.
I don’t know why anyone reads this shit. (Well, for Silicon Alley Insider, they don’t.)
I commend David for taking the time out of his well-deserved vacation to respond to these idiots. I sure wouldn’t have graced them with a comment. It’s painful enough to even justify a link — and this will be the only one.
Do the world a favor and stop reading these stupid, worthless blogs.
I rediscovered Transport Tycoon last week with the excellent OpenTTD (download the required original data files here). OpenTTD is an open-source rewrite of the original Transport Tycoon engine, but modernized and cross-platform native to OS X/Linux/Windows. Highly recommended.
(Pictured is my Grand Central station in New York, an airport with two monorail lines and four rail lines offering passenger and mail service.)
I’ve been playing this game in bursts every few years since its release in 1995. Me-in-1995 on my 486 would never have believed that I’d still be playing it 12 years later… at 1920x1200… on a Mac.
Just played with a Kindle for the first time in real life. I only spent a few seconds with it, but got some quick impressions:
Bottom line? A faster version at a lower price point will be great. Will reconsider in a few years.
Surprises at the moment:
Non-conformist snowman (thanks, szymon)
Tiff got me a giant light for Christmas. It rocks. Now we can take amazing pictures indoors.
The light is also great for macro and product photography.
And for the photo-geeky, here’s the setup for that nut shot.
It’s almost impossible to feel passion about Windows as a platform. Probably like many of your readers, when I use software or applications, my brain can’t help but subconsciously notice an infinite stream of little things that are weird or out of place or questionably designed that I want to fix. When I try to use Windows, this internal alarm is literally constantly firing. Every window, every dialog, every workflow, my brain trips up on 1 or 5 or 15 things that are hard to comprehend.
— Cabell Sasser to MacThemes 2.0 (thanks, Shawn Blanc)
They were the last major DRM holdout. This is a huge victory for everyone… except Apple.
When Warner dropped DRM last month, they only did so on Amazon’s service — possibly only because they had to (Amazon’s service doesn’t offer or support DRM at all). Sony BMG’s move looks similar - many of the same albums available DRM-free on Amazon will be sold at the same price with DRM on iTunes.
Apple’s not being evil to consumers here — the record labels are using Amazon as leverage against Apple. Amazon offers variable pricing, which the labels have been pressuring Apple to offer for years. They want to charge more money for popular songs and new releases, but Apple has maintained a firm flat rate of $0.99 per song, regardless of popularity.
As great as the Amazon MP3 store is, the other factors aren’t all pretty.
Overall, this is a good thing, but I’d hate to be Apple in these negotiations.
The MBA fallacy of thinking in a vacuum.
I have a choice: either start programming again, or hire someone to do it. I want the new company to be profitable in the first year so I don’t think the choice actually exists.
— Jakob Lodwick
If you want a largest lesson from open source, here’s mine: trust decentralization over centralization, voluntarism over coercion, bottom-up over top-down, adaptation over planning, openness over secrecy, practice over ideology, and markets over politics. Freedom works. Now go do it!
— Eric S. Raymond (via Told or Known)
Google added those left/right-arrow buttons in the ad boxes. That way, if you want to see more awful AdSense ads, you can just scroll through them all with slide and fade effects!
Someone at Google had a bit too much of the punch at the holiday party. They’re under the delusion that people want to see ads. This is a common delusion among publishers.
Canon’s new $180 image-stabilized kit lens. I had no idea this existed until Tal Atlas asked me about it.
Basically, it’s a newer version of Canon’s 18-55 kit lens, but with an image stabilizer (IS) added. That’s an incredibly compelling feature, and at $180, it’s the cheapest IS lens by a lot. (The next step up is the $500 17-85 IS, or my personal favorite, the amazing $950 17-55 IS.)
But it’s only $180 - that’s pocket change in the lens market. It’s also very small and light. For the price, it’s a great deal.
If you’re really on a budget and absolutely will not be able to afford a nicer lens in the foreseeable future… you probably shouldn’t have bought an SLR. But if you did anyway, this might be a good buy.
Under any other circumstances, though, I suggest that you save your $180 and put it toward the $950 17-55 IS USM, the best general-purpose SLR lens on the market from any manufacturer.
I love stories like this that defy conventional economic assumptions.
It looks like Starbucks only drives bad coffeeshops out of business.
(I know, I’m late on this one. Didn’t get around to reading it until now.)
Arguably, it’s nothing but a label. But we know that people’s brains are hugely influenced by labels. If your labels are The Great Satan and Axis of Evil, there isn’t much room for agreement.
timb in the Something Awful Forums Mac Megathread:
I “hear rumors” that the 10.5.2 ADC Seed has kexts for G92 and new Radeons. I’ve also “heard” of people getting off the shelf PC 8800 GTXs running under 10.5.2 (Mac Pro) with no modifications.
If this is correct, this seems to answer the video card question. Here’s what this is likely to mean:
I hope this happens!
I think it’s funny that this article praising Tumblr’s minimalism and focus is hosted on a WordPress blog with a giant photo-comment list, tags and categories, those giant stupid Snap Preview bubbles when I hover over any link, the cluttered row of sharing-site icons on the bottom of every post, top posts, recent posts, and a directory badge, all before you even get to the giant comments area.
Bill Israel’s unresolutions list is quite good:
- Slow down
- Learn a new programming language
- Budget better, save more
- Write (at least) one original article per week
- Read more
- Commit to a todo system (regardless of which one)
- Consume less frivolous media (less RSS, for example)
- More music, less TV
- More time with family/friends, less with my computer
I was going to only quote part of the list, saying I’d try to do those selected items. But as I went through it, on each one, I thought, “I should really do that too.”
After seeing the second Matrix in the theater and hating it, I had absolutely no desire to see the third one, but Tiff made me watch it tonight.
It was better than Reloaded, but not by much. I will say that the battle scenes (excluding any stupid hand-to-hand combat) were much better than those in the new Star Wars movies.
But the dialog and attempted philosophy were painful. I wish they had just stuck with the first Matrix. It stood on its own.
Computer people love computers — so when computer people tell you “don’t use computers for that”, or “don’t use these computers for that”, you really ought to listen.
— John Gruber on computer voting machines
Coincidentally, Transmission 1.0 comes in the middle of a strike by the Writer’s Guild of America, so it looks like testing will actually have to be done using ISO images of Ubuntu.
— Torrent client for for Mac OS X, Transmission, hits 1.0
Tomorrow, I’m calling Cablevision to cancel my TV service. I’ve been waffling about this for many months, but now, I’m ready to do it — and I’m committing to do it by writing it here.
It’s not that I have bad service. I have a nice digital/HDTV/HD-DVR package with hundreds of channels.
It’s not that I can’t afford it, although it will be nice to send Cablevision about $80 less every month. (I’m keeping the cable internet service because it’s awesome.)
In the spirit of Bill’s unresolutions that I intend to adopt, TV just isn’t a net gain in my life. The only benefit it gives me is to help consume time in which I can’t figure out anything else to do.
Not only should I be minimizing those occasions, but when they do occur, I have plenty of great alternatives.
Any of those would benefit me.
AdSense for content automatically crawls the content of your pages and delivers ads (you can choose both text or image ads) that are relevant to your audience and your site content—ads so well-matched, in fact, that your readers will actually find them useful.
Editorial Review makes sure that all Google ads are reviewed and approved by the Google team, ensuring that inappropriate ads don’t appear on your pages.
Jeff Atwood berates the incessant hype of shiny new programming tools, frameworks, and languages.
I agree, but I’d like to add to it: The new technologies don’t live up to their hype. At all. Anyone who tried using Ruby on Rails in 2006 (or even 2007) for a production application can tell you that.
I also assert that different frameworks are practically* equivalent to different languages, bearing a similar learning curve and requiring similar development investments. But that’s a future post.
* I use “practically” here for its real meaning, “in practice”, not the colloquial meaning of “almost”.
I shouldn’t have to say this, but here goes: suing people is like going to war. If you’re going to go to war with tens of thousands of your customers every year, don’t be surprised if they start treating you like the enemy.
Today’s article by Dan:
I think the leading Democratic candidates have a fundamental philosophical difference in how they see the world. Next to this difference, the tiny disagreements seem pretty trivial. I don’t think that Edwards and Clinton are completely wrong on the nature of effective leadership—but I do think Obama understands something they don’t know. Perhaps the others have been in politics too long? Perhaps they’re just too old to get it?
I’m a geek who loves electronics, computers, software, gadgets, and (occasionally) video games.
And I didn’t notice that CES was happening until Uncov derided it. This used to be one of the two biggest events in the industry (along with the also-now-irrelevant E3).
Is this CES’ fault or mine?
How could you possibly screw up DRM-free music? Even I can’t believe how badly Sony BMG managed to do it.
Ah, the wonderful world of retail.
You can’t say someone’s not electable when they keep on winning elections.
— Sen. Barack Obama (thanks, fuddmain)
Too many sections to quote.
The all-black schools (“inner-city” to the PC) would get the same treatment as the white ones — both are environments which decimate gifted minds.
US Navy warships are parked a few miles off the coast of Iran. They are there, apparently, to protect oil shipping lanes into and out of the Persian Gulf. Tensions are mounting. If provocation is at issue, those facts must remain front and center. If Iranian warships ever made it as close to the American coastline as US warships now lie to Iranian shores, our military would in all likelihood attack them. Iran is not attacking our warships - parked on their doorstep.
— Provocation in the Strait of Hormuz (thanks, friends)
Excellent, quick post.
I think the solution would be to create a programming-intensive BFA in Software Development—a Julliard for programmers. […] It would be a huge magnet to the talented high school kids who love programming, but can’t get excited about proving theorums. […] You might be able to major in Game Development and work on a significant game title, for example, and that’s how you spend most of your time, just like a film student spends a lot of time actually making films and the dance students spends most of their time dancing.
There’s a lot wrong with the way “Computer Science” is taught, and this would be a great start to fixing it.
This guy was desperately holding up this sign after tonight’s NY Tech Meetup. He blinked a lot and was really excited to talk to anyone. He has one of those great ideas that he’s afraid of everyone stealing so he’s planning to patent it… but he needs money.
David actually talked to him and may have gotten some video. Hope so.
We have seen a number of instances where Google has failed to follow through with projects or initiatives and allowed valuable services to rot after an acquisition.
— Google neglects a rotting Jaiku. This is a very common story for Google acquisitions.
Some don’t even read at all. It’s one of the amazing miracles of the internet: write-only people. They can’t read but they somehow find a way to write. You see them commenting all the time in my blogs: “I didn’t actually read your entry, but allow me to comment on it all the same…” Lovely.
— Stevey’s Blog Rants: Blogging Theory 201: Size Does Matter
Some beaches have soft sand that feels delightful between your toes. This particular beach was made entirely of clam shells and ground glass. […] Halfway across this beach I was willing to give up the location of Osama Bin Laden. By three-quarters of the way, I was willing to join him.
Sounds like a great vacation.
That’s great news. Since I’m becoming a multi-computer user in 3-5 weeks, the sync capability might win me over from NewsFire.
The feedback on the plastic card debacle may have had something to do with this.
Again, no mention of iTunes.
I guess it’s possible that this is real. It sure seems possible.
But the part about the Mac Pro has already been proven wrong in many key ways.
Either way, I hope this isn’t it… it’s a bit underwhelming.
This is huge news in the enterprise search business (like my previous job). Quick definition for the unfamiliar: Enterprise search is very expensive software that businesses license to operate their own search engines, often for internal use only. For example, a big company might spend $250,000 per year for software that allows them to search all of their company documents, reports, spreadsheets, and other files on shared storage throughout the company. It’s a very different problem than web search, and has a very different market.
Anyway, FAST is (I think) the biggest player in this market, and Microsoft hasn’t really played a strong role in it until now (except with the mediocre SharePoint and Live Search), so this is a big deal. They probably intend to offer FAST’s software as a high-end, high-priced version of the Live Search brand, heavily tied into SharePoint. Not only will they rake in the huge revenue from enterprise search directly, but they’ll also sell more expensive Windows Server licenses. (They could, for example, require that FAST runs on only the most expensive Enterprise Datacenter Architect Ultimate Whatever edition of Windows Server.)
I suspect this won’t be good news for many FAST customers. I’d also expect to see some top-talent departures from FAST, as with most acquisitions of this size. Fortunately, this is great news for the rest of the enterprise search business: they’ll have a lot of new customers and talented staff to choose from.
(Thanks for the tip, Daily Meh.)
[Mad Magazine] instilled in me a habit of mind, a way of thinking about a world rife with false fronts, small print, deceptive ads, booby traps, treacherous language, double standards, half truths, subliminal pitches and product placements; it warned me that I was often merely the target of people who claimed to be my friend; it prompted me to mistrust authority, to read between the lines, to take nothing at face value, to see patterns in the often shoddy construction of movies and TV shows; and it got me to think critically in a way that few actual humans charged with my care ever bothered to.
— Robert Boyd (thanks, Jeff Atwood)
Another potential Diebold voting fraud. (thanks, John)
“The American people have been losing faith in the belief that their votes were actually counted. This recount isn’t about who won 39% of 36% or even 1%. It’s about establishing whether 100% of the voters had 100% of their votes counted exactly the way they cast them.”
It’s interesting that Obama won in exit polls, and all hand-counted districts, while Hillary Clinton won in all Diebold districts.
I have zero faith that there’s any significant distance between Clinton and the Bush club. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see Clinton pull the same tricks. She’s a pro.
Dan Meth at the Tumblr Rock Band Party — photo by Tiff
Lee Rubenstein at the Tumblr Rock Band Party — photo by Tiff
Justin Johnson at the Tumblr Rock Band Party — photo by Tiff
Erik Beck and Steve Nelson from Indy Mogul at the Tumblr Rock Band Party — photo by Tiff
Charles Foreman from iminlikewithyou and Dan Meth (playing Jared’s cowbell — best purchase ever) at the Tumblr Rock Band Party — photo by Tiff
The EPIC Tumblr Rock Party — david
The 1919 Boston Molasses Disaster
I’ve mentioned this numerous times at lunch, but I always forget to check Wikipedia afterward to get my facts straight. Tonight, I stumbled on it while doing research for a question about using turbinado sugar in iced coffee.
Anyway, the Boston Molasses Disaster was real, and it really killed 21 people. See for yourself. (Eat it, Blake.)
In extended listening sessions, I found the cables’ greatest strength to be its PRAT. Simply put these are very danceable cables. Music playing through them results in the proverbial foot-tapping scene with the need or desire to get up and move. Great swing and pace—these cables smack that right on the nose big time.
— Dave Clark on these $3000+ speaker cables. Wow. I love audiophile bullshit. Every time I’m reminded of this market, I’m frustrated that I’m not one of the genuises making money by selling snake oil to rich guys who think it will make their music sound better (and therefore, it does).
We used to have this saying “slower than molasses in January.” It turns out the speed of Molasses in January is thirty-five miles per hour. It is also a crushing wave of death.
— Dan, responding to this
Almost every car on the market comes with a built-in alarm system that honks the horn a lot if you open/unlock the door from the inside when the car thought it should be empty. Aftermarket systems are far worse - they’ll make their stupid array of noises if you look at them the wrong way, go near the car, generate another noise near the car, or breathe 3 miles away. And that’s assuming they’re installed properly and would never go off without provocation. (Sure.)
When I’m president of the world, car alarms will be among the first things to go. (Mobile-phone ringtones that make sound for more than 1 second every 5 seconds, will be first.)
I’d create a new crime definition: aural assault. Why don’t we have that now?
…[Bush] told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the U.S. should have bombed Auschwitz to halt the killing…
That’s the type of thinking you’d expect from someone who has never actually fought in a war or seen beyond the shelter of a very rich, old upbringing.
He also lit a torch memorializing the victims.
Of all memorial traditions and methods available to humanity, I would have chosen a different one here.
Are all of Bush’s foreign PR visits this bad? No wonder the world hates us.
I just returned my cable box (as promised). The only noteworthy aspect of this is that I had to wait in a 10-minute line of people returning their cable boxes.
Maybe there’s hope for humanity.
So, I can bake a cake. And I can make a decent frosting. But when it comes to putting the frosting on the cake, I’m not very good. Then there’s the decorative part. My handwriting sucks to begin with. But to write on a cake, I don’t get to use a normal pen. I get to use a sack of frosting. And rather than running it along the paper, you have to try to squeeze it out at as close to even a rate as you can manage. So if my cake turned out a bit fugly, it’s hardly my fault.
Wow. Don’t forget your word choice. You’re one well-placed dot away from “CJ is 600!”
So far, I don’t miss cable TV… but I do miss the clock on the front of the box.
Now we don’t have a clock in the living room anymore.
But I’m sure I can come up with a replacement for less than $80/month.
I had a chance to use Apple’s Numbers spreadsheet program for significant work today. It’s really quite good for home users and small businesses. I like the separation of individual tables in the workspace: it more closely matches the way most people actually use spreadsheet programs.
If you need legal Mac office software, don’t bother with NeoOffice (Mac-native OpenOffice port). It’s not worth free.
The $70 for iWork is a much better deal than Microsoft Office for Mac ($131 for noncommercial home or student use, $355 otherwise) if you don’t need to frequently interact with Microsoft’s file formats.
I’m turning 50 next week. So I thought I’d take the opportunity here to list 50 things I’ve learned in 50 years—truths gleaned from experience and the words of others that guide, inspire and sometimes haunt me.
You know how much I hate list posts, so my linking to this anyway (and reading it, and loving it) should indicate how great it is.
Apologies to whoever posted it last week - I bookmarked it for later reading and didn’t get to it until now.
This is the longest 3-5 weeks ever.
Watch this 20-minute video about consumerism when you have a chance.
If nothing else, you might question why you think you need to buy new things when the opportunity arises. At worst, you could save some money.
Come on. It’s Sunday. We both know you have 20 spare minutes. And don’t just play the video in a tab somewhere while browsing the internet and chatting: actually watch the video.
I’m out of hard drive space on my laptop. It’s a 120 GB drive: the largest capacity available when I ordered it last year.
I had more disk space in my desktop PC in 2001.
In the desktop hard drive world, I can get a top-of-the-line, amazingly fast, completely silent 1 TB drive for about $275. Of course, since the Mac Pro has 4 drive bays and comes with a 320 GB drive, I’ll be able to put in the three spare 250 GB drives from my dead gaming PC for free!
Every checkout lane was open. And there were still half-hour lines at each one. It was easier to go shopping on December 31, 1999.
Everyone’s freaking out because we’re getting 3-6 inches of rain and snow tonight. I should send all of them to live in western Pennsylvania for 6 years to learn some perspective.
Can anybody recommend a tumblelog that primarily links to whatever’s going around the Internet this week that everybody is talking about and will be gone by the next week? […] I don’t really like it when people say, “Oh, you saw the thing with ______, right?” and it’s some stupid hampsterdance-like website that I had never heard of. It’s even worse if it’s somebody like a parent.
I’d love to know that, too, especially for popular videos. I’m always the last guy in the universe to see that funny video.
Then when I comment (reblog) on thoughts or images of others, those people immediately know. All without spam and other complexities.
I dunno how long this lack of spam will last. I mean, if someone creates a spam tumblr account and just re-blogs all the posts by other popular users (adding links to their sites in their reblogs), then their posts will show up for all those who follow the people being re-blogged, and unlike comments, there’s nothing the original poster can do to remove this spam.
We recognized this possibility when creating it, but haven’t seen any spam so far. It’s not a very attractive spam venue: HTML is stripped from Notes in the Dashboard, and they’re limited to a very short, summarized length.
Rest assured that we’d very aggressively remove any spam that cropped up.
They couldn’t schedule this in, say, July?
One thing that makes being an Apple pundit fun is that it’s akin to Cold-War era Kremlinology — to predict or analyze an opaque, secretive organization, you’ve got to read between the lines of the few things they do say, and you’ve got to know how to interpret silence.
Good quick read.
The reblog function allows some sort of commentary but also puts a cost on the commenter. I can reblog somebody’s comment, but my response now goes on my tumblelog with all the other things I put there. If I have something valuable to add, I will add it. If all I have is something stupid (like the guy who left a comment on an article about egg salad wondering why he had wasted five minutes of his life reading about egg salad) I won’t bother leaving a comment. It is sort of like a comment—but I have to have it on my tumbelog for everybody to read. By increasing the cost of leaving a comment, reblogging eliminates comments left by people who know they are stupid.
It’s 2008 and I actually need a cassette player.
Alex: My first website was neon green background with a background media loop.
Alex: I almost got beat up in high school because of it.
Alex: They taught good web design the hard way.
I’m junking my current RSS roster because it’s crap (except for friends and xkcd). I’m looking for quality blogs that are worth my time investment. […blah blah blah I want good tech/software/Apple blogs]
This is tailored specifically to Marc’s interests, since I know him.
Note that none of the must-reads update every day (unless you count the Linked List section of Daring Fireball, which is also good). That’s one of the reasons they’re so good.
If you have time:
These update much more frequently than the Must-Reads and are OK to skip posts in.
For general tech news without Engadget-like post volume, I suggest any of Ars Technica’s various feeds.
By New York State law, landlords are required to pay annual interest to people on their security deposits. My security deposit was slightly over $2500.
I got $0.18 for 2006’s interest. (Yes, they actually sent an 18-cent check.) Granted, they only had it for 6 months, not the full year… but still, how exactly is this money invested? That’s a 0.0072% interest rate. Even assuming that they want too much flexibility and too little risk for a CD, the absolute worst bank savings account they could find would have yielded at least 1.5%.
This year, I got a check for $2.00. That’s a huge improvement! 0.08%! (…for the whole year.)
Of course, any idiot could have bought a 1-year CD instead, which offered about 5% when I renewed my lease. That would have given me $125 every June.
I have no idea how this is invested… what money-holding method pays interest at all, but at such low rates?
Thanks Keystone Realty Associates!
We got a quesadilla maker for Christmas. I was skeptical at first, but it’s pretty awesome. Our first attempts were perfect.
I don’t get how Marco stands all day at work. I’ve been trying to do it for the past 3-4 days and my lower back is aching. Aching!
If anything is aching except your feet, you’re doing it wrong.
Check your posture. Don’t lean more on one leg than the other. Don’t sway. Widen your stance slightly if it helps you distribute the weight evenly.
Are you having to lean down? If so, you’re really doing it wrong. Raise your monitor so that the top edge is a few inches above eye-level (when looking straight ahead, not downward). Raise your keyboard and mouse enough so that your elbows form a 90-degree or slightly obtuse angle.
ideas: Who’s excited?
Mareen: “Where am I?”
Fun puzzle. I recognized the objects but not their location. (the answer) Aaaah! I should have known.
It looks like Intel created Merom SFF specifically for the MacBook Air, a product that wasn’t in Intel’s lineup or roadmap but one that Apple needed. […] it’s a tremendous feat on Apple’s part. This isn’t the first time Intel has put together a one-off chip for Apple; if you’ll remember, the CPU in the Apple TV was a special Dothan that wasn’t a part of Intel’s standard lineup.
There’s more to Apple and Intel’s relationship than simply providing CPUs blindly in one direction.
Something tells me that even if AMD recaptured the x86 performance/efficiency edge (like it held for years before the Pentium M and Intel Core architecture), Macs would still be using Intel chips. And I bet the next version of the iPhone uses an Intel XScale CPU.
I wouldn’t rush out there and buy one just yet.
And finally, there’s the price. Sure, it looks slick. But:
The MacBook Air only makes sense if:
Now, a $1500 MacBook Air with a cheap SSD, an ultra-low-voltage CPU, and a built-in cellular modem will make a great travel companion when it exists… in 2012.
This isn’t good news to me.
Voters and candidates in the primary season have been hollering about “change” but I’m afraid the dirty secret of this campaign is that the American public doesn’t want to change its behavior at all. What it really wants is someone to promise them they can keep on doing what they’re used to doing: buying more stuff they can’t afford, eating more shitty food that will kill them, and driving more miles than circumstances will allow.
— Jim Kunstler
Has anyone seen the Little Mermaid Broadway show yet? It only opened less than a week ago, but I’m curious to hear what people think.
I saw it early and free because Tiff built many of the costumes (including the incredibly awesome Ursula tentacle dress).
I haven’t seen any other Disney-on-Broadway shows for comparison, but I thought it was great. They did a great job of making us forget that they’re not really underwater, and the casting was excellent.
It’s different enough from the movie that there’s a reason to see it on Broadway — but it’s not different enough that you’d like it if you didn’t like the movie.
It’s a better show than Lion King on Broadway, so if you intend to see a Disney musical and enjoyed the Little Mermaid movie and story, you’ll like the Broadway version.
Yesterday’s Stevenote in 60 Seconds (thanks, Marc LaFountain)
I’ll know that Tumblr has made it big, or old-stupid-media has finally died, the day someone writes an article about us that isn’t 95% about David’s age and academic history.
Careless design attracts careless behavior which, in the aggregate, leads to a community of sloppy lowlifes.
— Ricky Van Veen
Why Apple must charge $20 for the iPod Touch’s software update:
Apple must charge for substantial enhancements to products that do not have revenue recognized on a subscription basis or it has to restate prior earnings. The iPod touch does not have revenue recognized on a subscription basis. The iPhone does. As does the Apple TV. Hence, they get free updates and the iPod touch does not.
Just like the $2 fee for the 802.11n update on MacBooks and MacBook Pros.
It’s an accounting requirement - one of the many in place to attempt to prevent another Enron.
It doesn’t matter how good or bad the [Amazon Kindle] is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore. Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.
— Steve Jobs
I just deleted Signal vs. Noise from my feed reader because they don’t post enough high-quality content.
Now that we can move icons off of the iPhone home screen, is anyone keeping the iTunes WiFi store on page 1?
My rejects, shifted to page 2:
shey.net announces first padded case for macbook air<br/><br/>pre-orders available soon — email me for pricing.
Jobs did mention the Office 2008 release, but there was no demo, and, in fact, much of what Jobs actually said about Office was negative — emphasizing that they were “finally” native for Intel, and that they were the last of the major developers to do so, even later than Adobe.
Maybe it’s a result of competition in the office software space with Apple’s own iWork. Maybe it’s resentment over the time it took for Office to go Intel-native. Maybe it’s a sense, by Jobs, that Apple is no longer in a position where it needs to reassure the press and its own customers that Microsoft supports the Mac. I think it’s a little bit of all those things.
How times are changing.
How unfair to men with erections, people snogging with wifi-enabled children, women in the second year of their pregnancy and fat men with a table leg stuck up their arse.
Photo from here.
When Geeks Go to a War Protest (thanks, szymon)
Ron Paul: Who Owns You (narrated by George Carlin)
The 3-5 week shipping delay on Mac Pros with the 8800 GT video card option isn’t because they’re short on cards.
The 8800 GT (G92) driver required for these cards only exists in the Leopard 10.5.2 update. It’s a huge update, and is still being beta-tested by developers.
I bet when 10.5.2 is released (…in 2-4 weeks), the Mac Pros with 8800 GTs will ship immediately.
Port Authority is the physical version of MySpace.
— Dan Meth at lunch
My proposed re-organization of all future cross country flights. Each section will be walled off and everyone will not have to pay hundreds of dollars to feel uncomfortable.
I’d swap the Obese People and Loud People. Loudness can still be heard through the paper-thin walls that the plane is likely to have, and obese people are often quiet enough to sit near (as long as there’s no risk of sharing a row).
We can use the immense mass of the obese people as an additional loudness barrier.
Plus, it makes more sense to put the Loud People in front of the Babies. That way, the obese people get rewarded for our use of their fatness by not having to deal directly with babies. Let the loud people deal with the babies instead - they’re already loud.
Macworld Wrap Up - 1938media. This guy’s awesome. (His predictions were here.)
The first bit’s about Macworld, and the second part is about how Apple views the market and feedback compared to Web 2.0 sites.
He manages to do what most video shows and podcasts can’t: cram a lot of information, entertainment, and value into a very short timespan (in this case, a minute and a half) so you don’t feel like you’re wasting your life away by watching it.
The biggest surprise from this year’s Macworld Keynote was that there were no surprises.
— Sean Sperte
Seeing Cloverfield today. My prediction: we won’t find out what the monster is.
Why they continue to believe statements made by politicians and government agencies is beyond me.
What is going on? […] The best theory I’ve heard is: “Windows Vista.” When people found out they’d have to buy a new computer and learn a new interface, a certain slice of them just said, “Well, if I have to buy a new machine and learn a new interface, I may as well get the cool-looking, virus-free one.”
He discounts crapware and the iPod effect, saying their effects would have been seen much earlier. I disagree: technology journalists probably replace their computers a lot more frequently than most people. Someone truly sick of Windows’ problems (which aren’t just Microsoft’s fault, but that of the entire Windows software and user community) could still be using an XP computer they bought in 2001. After all, hardware of that era (1.33 GHz Athlons, early Pentium 4s) is still in common use.
Another effect could explain much of it: true viral marketing. Most people use whatever the people around them use. Few will risk deviation. Most people don’t use Macs because they’ve never seen them and don’t know anything about them (or they know only what was true about them back when they sucked).
But when someone buys a Mac, it opens the eyes of the people around them. They start asking questions and they see how easy and simple it is. The seed of Windows doubt is planted. And every time they get frustrated by their computers (a daily occurrence for normal people), that seed grows, because they’ve learned of an alternative.
Eventually, their perception of Macs changes from “I don’t know or care what those are” to “I want one.” And at that point, the only thing stopping them is cost. It’s not if they’ll buy a Mac, but when.
Once their PC dies, or they’ve set aside enough money, they switch.
Don’t see it if you have any problems with motion sickness. I don’t, and I was still incredibly uncomfortable and won’t be able to consume anything for a while. Imagine filming the Blair Witch Project after a lot of coffee in the back of a U-Haul driving across the Pennsylvania Turnpike in April.
Content: It was like a 90-minute-long trailer. Fans of J.J. Abrams won’t be surprised by much. A few funny lines. Minimal corny dialog.
Overall: eh. It’s probably going to disappoint you if you’ve been anticipating it. I don’t regret seeing it, but I wouldn’t see it again. Probably worth waiting for Netflix if you expect potential nausea.
Also, I’d love to know what camcorder model had such amazing battery life.
When I started working out, I lost 10 pounds but got 4 inches taller.
For me to have to pay to puke? I can do that on my own, in a bar, and I can at least get drinks.
— Lindsey on Cloverfield
I was laughing when we had the debate a couple days ago…. People were asked, “What’s your biggest weakness.” So… I’m like an ordinary person, so I thought they meant, “What’s your biggest weakness.” So I said, “Well, you know, I don’t handle paper that well, you know, my desk is a mess, I need somebody to help me file stuff all the time.” So the other two, they said, “My biggest weakness is I’m just too passionate about helping poor people. I am just too impatient to bring about change in America.” You see, if I had gone last, I would have known what the game was. I could have said, “Well, you know, I like to help old ladies across the street. Sometimes they don’t want to be helped. It’s terrible.
— Barack Obama (thanks, Dan)
Apparently we lost Arrogant’s award show. We were a finalist, as explained so well here:
110,872 votes cast have been cast for the finalists
We’re near the bottom: best 2007 startup. I guess we could have lost to one of the other big names like iMedix or Ribbit.
I’m glad we ignored their requests to fly out there on our own dime and spend $40 per ticket to attend this incredibly important event in person.
Permlinks are way too long and beyond a user’s control.
“The electromagnetic field surrounding the power lines is enough to make fluorescent tubes glow.”
If you’re in the U.S., could you take a few minutes today and register to vote? The primary is coming up quite soon and you can probably register in time—and there’s a pretty good chance that your state will be important. You can probably do it in a post office if you can’t do it online—so just add five more minutes to your lunch and if your boss gives you a hard time, call him an Unamerican terrorist. You’ll want to vote in the general election anyway—so you might as well get it out of the way now. Also, get three other people to register as well.
…in the Nevada primary. Wow. Red state, I guess.
A PR representative for McDonald’s on the radio today referred to “the quick-service restaurant industry.”
Uh… fast food?
A more realistic — and less idealistic — view of Bushenomics is that the Bush administration and its cronies came at the economy with the attitude of oilmen.
[…] With privatization, one dollar out of every three for direct military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan goes to private contractors like Halliburton and Blackwater. So when someone says, “Support the troops!” with budget appropriations, they should really yell, “Two-thirds support to the troops! One third support to Halliburton, et al.!”
- They inherited a vastly wealth country.
- They looked at it like the oil under the Alaskan wilderness. They craved to pump it out, turn it into cash and grab as much of that cash as possible.
Comprehensive, correct, and scary as hell.
A curious top side-effect of working on an 8-core server.
If we wish to count lines of code, we should not regard them as “lines produced” but as “lines spent”: the current conventional wisdom is so foolish as to book that count on the wrong side of the ledger.
— Edsger Dijkstra (thanks, Daily Meh)
Are you saying that this linux can run on a computer without windows underneath it, at all ? As in, without a boot disk, without any drivers, and without any services ?
That sounds preposterous to me.
If it were true (and I doubt it), then companies would be selling computers without a windows. This clearly is not happening, so there must be some error in your calculations. I hope you realise that windows is more than just Office ? Its a whole system that runs the computer from start to finish, and that is a very difficult thing to acheive. A lot of people dont realise this.
Microsoft just spent $9 billion and many years to create Vista, so it does not sound reasonable that some new alternative could just snap into existence overnight like that. It would take billions of dollars and a massive effort to achieve. IBM tried, and spent a huge amount of money developing OS/2 but could never keep up with Windows. Apple tried to create their own system for years, but finally gave up recently and moved to Intel and Microsoft.
Its just not possible that a freeware like the Linux could be extended to the point where it runs the entire computer fron start to finish, without using some of the more critical parts of windows. Not possible.
I think you need to re-examine your assumptions.
By “jerryleecooper” on ZDNet. (thanks, livejamie)
Everyone is reporting election irregularities on the part of the Hillary campaign. There is widespread cheating and voter suppression going on all over Clark County—and it’s obviously coming in from the top down. Whether it made enough of a difference to swing the election is another question—but there is no question that Hillary was running a scorched-earth, no-holds-barred campaign in which all of her surrogates were instructed to cheat in every way possible.
— Widespread Cheating & Vote Suppression by Clinton Campaign in Clark County, NV. What a surprise. Hillary Clinton is corrupt and willing to cheat, lie, and defraud our democracy to win. See? No different from the current administration.
Nice happy review of Arrogant’s award show, then Ted stuck this in at the end:
Oh, right. One more thing. This is the last Uncov. Ever. I have been getting tired of it, and this has been manifesting itself in my writing. After seeing the spectacle at the Crunchies, I think it’s finally time to quit.
I’m sad to see him stop, but I’m inclined to agree. This is a good time to get out of the web-startup-blogosphere-press circlejerk. It’s only getting worse, and I’d hate to be associated with it, even via humor or criticism.
(I tried to come up with an alternative, less vulgar word to use in place of “circlejerk”. I looked it up in OS X’s Dictionary/Thesaurus application, and it redirected me to the Wikipedia article on non-penetrative sex [not work-safe]. Oh my. Anyway, I couldn’t think of a nicer word that was accurate, so live with it.)
Christian Montoya on web development and how it doesn’t fit in the standard “work in the office for X hours per day” requirement of “stuffy” workplaces.
Most new Windows machines come loaded from the factory with promotional software that most Mac users would consider adware. It’s a slippery slope to malware adware (as opposed to the non-malware adware that ships with these machines) from there. The simple truth is that Windows users are more accustomed to being annoyed by their machines.
— Daring Fireball: Why the Mac Doesn’t Seem Viable for For-Profit Malware
We’re considering colocation instead of leased dedicated servers.
I’ve never run colo servers before.
Just don’t move to Dreamhost.
— Hendrik’s comment on the downtime post
To reach this sweet spot, we borrowed an idea from Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of Toyota. He calls it Five Whys. When something goes wrong, you ask why, again and again, until you ferret out the root cause. Then you fix the root cause, not the symptoms.
Analysis of downtime and future disaster prevention.
I recognize that this is a slim percentage of my audience, but if you:
…you should absolutely license InnoDB Hot Backup. It does exactly what it says — back up InnoDB databases without any locks or downtime — and it does it extremely well (and surprisingly quickly).
Throughout our server migration, this helped tremendously. It’s absolutely required if you need MySQL replication. And it’s going to be our new backup method, too.
This is one of those nights you read about in books about startups.
— Me, last night, getting into the elevator to finally go home.
kaukasische spezialität (via Kiyo)
After a day of coffee and standing for a long time on concrete followed by a very long leg workout then not drinking much and falling asleep, I guess I should have expected this.
How Microsoft marketing ‘Macs’ a product: “Microsoft marketers have learned their lesson. They no longer expect Mac users to pick up a package marked ‘Certified for Windows Vista,’ with a jumble of specs on the front. Here’s how Microsoft renamed and repackaged the same mouse for Mac users. It’s clear that Mac users have a preference for clear, simple packaging.”
This is not a good day for Apple. Especially in the after-hours market.
[…] The sad reality is that I’m going to firmly support anyone that wins the nomination for the Democratic party. I’ve been hearing that same view from all of my democrat friends.
But the trouble is that it doesn’t feel like my party at times.
It feels like Republican-lite.
I hope I’m wrong.
The Democratic party has been failing democrats for years. I’ve completely given up on them being able to accomplish anything.
At least visit for the cool domain name. The Butter Room interviewed me about Tumblr development, Facebook apps, SR-71, and the Yankees.
Guess who has the best Tumblr? Amir’s girlfriend Diana.
Each topic is carefully selected and then analyzed well. She doesn’t just sloppily reblog facts that she reads — she actually takes the time to dig in and explain the topic in “real person” talk.
Also, lots of bullet points, of which I’m a fan.
Wow, that is good. Agreed.
Something we’ve wanted for years—for people who visit Last.fm to be able to play any track for free—is now possible. With the support of the folks behind EMI, Sony BMG, Universal and Warner—and the artists they work with—plus thousands of independent artists and labels, we’ve made the biggest legal collection of music available to play online for free, the way we believe it should be.
Wow. (thanks, John)
Maybe we couldn’t be so easily convinced to wage unnecessary wars if people cared as much about soldiers and foreign civilians as they do about actors.
A sheet of instructions provided by the Clinton campaign to its precinct works captures its program for the Caucus: “It’s not illegal unless they [the temporary precinct chairs] tell you so.” This certainly suggests that, for the Clinton campaign, the operative standard of conduct was, simply and only, what it could get away with.
— [PDF] The Obama Campaign’s Formal Complaint regarding irregularities in the Nevada caucus (thanks, Dan)
People with joint email accounts (ie, “John and Becky Smith”) always have the most ridiculous questions.
At Last, a $20,000 Cup of Coffee (thanks, Marc LaFountain)
Incredible. Don’t miss the explanatory photo slideshow showing exactly how it works.
Designed by three Stanford graduates, it lets the user program every feature of the brewing process, including temperature, water dose and extraction time. (It even has an Ethernet connection that can feed a complete record of its configurations to a Web database.)
Filled with too many amazing quotes.
“The whirlpool, it messes with your mind,” said Mr. Freeman, the owner of the Blue Bottle. “There’s no way to rush it.” Mr. Freeman said he practiced stirring plain water for months to develop muscle memory before he brewed his first cup of siphon coffee.
While I don’t think any coffee maker could be worth $20,000, I’d happily risk $5 to try the coffee it makes.
The biggest part of running a service like Tumblr (or Hype Machine) is saying no.
Anthony gets it right.
If we implemented every user request and every feature that everyone else has, here’s what would happen:
In short, Tumblr wouldn’t exist if we said “yes” to every request.
Imagine the elegance of the iPod if Apple had listened to every ridiculous, edge-case, impractical user request.
Scott Adams asked his readers to compose song lyrics based on random phrases that seem like they might have a deeper meaning (but they don’t).
Here’s the result: The Hit Song You Wrote (lyrics included).
If you just passively listen, you’ll never notice that anything is unusual about it.
if you’re plugged into the social news space or the blogosphere at all, you’ve probably already heard about the mini-revolt that took place at digg a few hours ago.
That’s one of the most self-important Web 2.0 fluff sentences ever written. But that’s just the start of Muhammad Saleem’s smug arrogance:
frustrated by what we saw as a move to suppress the top contributors to the site and penalize them for their popularity, andy (mrbabyman), reg (zaibatsu), and myself (msaleem) decided to have an impromptu conference call to discuss what was going on. obviously angry, we decided that we had to fight back at the system somehow, and that we weren’t going to take this lying down.
I always wonder how different the world would be if kids knew there are a million jobs in the world to choose from, and not just fifty.
— The Dilbert Blog: Your Job When You Grow Up
My wonderful XTi is finally beaten by this:
But there’s a significant barrier for XTi upgraders with accessories:
Seems like a nice update for new buyers to choose, but existing XTi owners aren’t really given enough compelling reasons to upgrade. (Especially if you’re a two-camera family and would have to replace everything twice.)
Thanks, peroty. I love the way JWZ dismisses Windows users.
Canon announced a new lens: EF 200mm f/2 L IS USM. 200mm at f/2 with IS makes that the most useful indoor telephoto I’ve ever seen.
Update: $5,999. Ouch.
The pickup-counter guy placed a clear drink in a fancy cup on the counter and announced, “Iced grande iced water!”
It’s not the CPU speed, as everyone assumes.
This was the first time I played Monopoly in 10 years. It astonished all of us that we played the game so seriously as kids — it’s incredibly complex and capitalistic as far as boards games go. I wonder how popular the game is outside of America … is this game fun or comprehensible for children in socialist societies?
Great photo! Most people don’t like Monopoly even in the U.S. because they have no attention spans and claim it takes too long. But it takes too long because of their own house rules imposed to make it easier.
How to make Monopoly NOT take forever: Don’t artificially inflate the amount of money in the game. Play by the official rules — and that’s it. People go bankrupt sooner, so the game ends quickly.
Most people don’t actually know the official rules, so here’s some reminders:
A few helpful unofficial tournament rules:
And some strategies to win quickly:
(nerd level: 105%)
Has anyone used The Planet for hosting and had good or bad experiences?
Please let me know by email: me at marco.org
This photo is really funny if you pretend they’re married. (Featuring Carrie and Marc at Tiff’s birthday dinner)
— by David
I cleaned out my RSS feeds. I cleaned out my twitter. I cleaned out my blog. I was tired of being bombarded by all the senseless information of the Internet. I unsubscribed from the hundreds of news blogs, and subscribed to blogs whose content I enjoyed reading. I cleaned out my digital life, and now I have a sense of freedom that I’ve never felt before.
— Michael Mistretta (thanks, Shawn)
If you’re writing online, forget everything you were tortured by in high school English class.
— Seth Godin: Just say it
Sorry, I don’t want to spam your dashboard, but at least it isn’t of kittens and cheeseburgers or cheesy friends and I showing off our best Paris Hilton poses to reflect the fun we’re having when we go out for cheeseburgers at night.
Many bloggers seem to be on a perpetual hunt for the front page of Digg. Sure, it brings you hordes of eyeballs, but then they turn around and leave. What’s the point of that, really?
— Seth Godin: Who are these people?
Please support Barack Obama. I want, for once, someone I can vote for not because I dislike the other candidate, but because I’m proud of mine. Obama is the real thing.
— xkcd blag (thanks, AZspot)
It’s fascinating. People use tumblr as a generic name in their own domains. […] It’s glorious branding victory for davidville. We don’t search - we google…
We’ve been very careful never to use Tumblr as a generic noun. It’s always “your tumblelog” or “your account” — never “your Tumblr”. And it annoys me when people get it wrong, even though it probably benefits us.
“I feel safer!” By Clay Bennett (thanks, cowboyo)
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen of the United States of America. Our union is in its weakest state in history.
$_COOKIE, not just
$_POST like I thought.
Nobody ever eats the last piece of cake at office birthdays.
I’ve unfollowed a lot of people today since we added the easy Unfollow button to the corner panel.
If you get the axe, it’s because I skimmed through your first page of content and decided that you don’t post enough stuff that’s both original and relevant to my interests. Sorry.
Most people that alter colors are… not very good at picking colors.
— Jacob Bijani on Tumblr theme customization
I’m ready to direct some traffic to my little side project, Instapaper. I’ve been using it for months and couldn’t live without it now.
Here’s the basic premise:
Instapaper solves both of those problems. Try it out and let me know what you think.
I’m getting unexpectedly great reactions to Instapaper. Reblog the original post and add your comments if you’d like!
Digit3: “Instapaper gets my second-born, since I already promised my first-born to Tumblr.”
Inky: “Creating an account on Instapaper is quicker than saving a bookmark on del.icio.us. Saving a page for later is even quicker.”
Hannah: “Hurray for an internet application that helps you read more!”
Jakob Lodwick: “It’s worth signing up just to see the perfectly elegant handling of user accounts. ‘If you didn’t set a password, you don’t have one.’ Oh, Marco!”
Inky’s friend: “I can close tabs if I use this!”
Han: “I’m always trying to save items to read later. I usually forget about them, though. Not anymore!”
Ben Gold: “It’s like Delicious, but with Tumblr simplicity.”
Purzlbaum: “Oh, das ist wirklich cool.”
I had just been asked a question — I don’t remember which one — and Obama was sitting right next to me. Then the moderator went across the room, I think to Chris Dodd, so I thought I was home free for a while. I wasn’t going to listen to the next question. I was about to say something to Obama when the moderator turned to me and said, ‘So, Gov. Richardson, what do you think of that?’ But I wasn’t paying any attention! I was about to say, ‘Could you repeat the question? I wasn’t listening.’ But I wasn’t about to say I wasn’t listening. I looked at Obama. I was just horrified. And Obama whispered, ‘Katrina. Katrina.’ The question was on Katrina! So I said, ‘On Katrina, my policy …’ Obama could have just thrown me under the bus. So I said, ‘Obama, that was good of you to do that.’
— Richardson’s Choice (via vertigo). That shows great character for Obama. Much better than Bush using a woman’s shawl as a tissue when he thought nobody was looking.
This is a huge honor! Thanks, John.
Comment from Bill: “Not bad for 6 hours work. ;)”
This is big news. He had a lot of followers. (More than Jakob.) But he’s not endorsing any other candidate on the way out.
If the majority of his followers choose to vote in one direction, that could definitively hand the primary to Hillary or Obama.
Vanilla is one of those foods it feels good to run out of.
I’m amused that Instapaper made it onto TechCrunch, and that was the only community that left a bunch of negative comments.
…its design is simple (only 61 words — including credits — on the front page!)
— Andrew Weissman on Instapaper. Now that’s a design measurement I wouldn’t expect to be made. We should judge more sites by that!
No more yes men and women in the White House, because I’m not gonna be right on every issue.
— Barack Obama (via Dan)
Instapaper probably won’t win any awards for the largest number of features packed into a web site. But it does one thing and does it well.
— Instapaper: Bookmarking doesn’t get much easier than this - Download Squad
Sovereign Bank sent me a check for $0.07.
My security-deposit interest check for $2.00 was apparently an error. They sent me too little. (Duh.)
So they sent an extra 7 cents.
Thanks a lot.
What you hear on Radio 1, or MTV, does not constitute all music. Not even a small percentage of all music. Half of that bollocks can hardly even be called music.
— nostrich.net » I Like All Music