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The Tragic Beauty of Google+

Google+ is exuberant. It’s fun to use. And yet I’m pretty positive I won’t spend remotely as much time in it as I will in Facebook. You might have already guessed why: My friends, family and acquaintances are all on Facebook, where they add up to a bustling community I enjoy being part of.

Do not go gentle into that good night

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night.

Apple and Nike

What kind of company is Apple, anyway? They certainly have great technology, but to call them a technology company doesn’t seem quite right. They have great marketing, but to call them a marketing company isn’t true either.

The iPad Is a Tease

As Apple is about to release its latest quarterly numbers, new questions arise about the iPad’s “anemic” growth. The answer is simple – but the remedies are not. The iPad isn’t growing anymore. What happened? 

Innoveracy: Misunderstanding Innovation

Illiteracy is the inability to read and write. Though the percent of sufferers has halved in the last 35 years, currently 15% of the world has this affliction. Innumeracy is the inability to apply simple numerical concepts.

Say Hello To Microsoft 2.0

Last week I said goodbye to Microsoft. This week I say hello to Microsoft 2.0. But before we look at where I think Microsoft is headed, let’s take a quick look at where they’re coming from. The further back you look, the further forward you can see. ~ Winston Churchill

“Secular Prayers”

By making words physically beautiful – through the elegance of the script and the soothing texture and proportions of the paper – a Zen scroll becomes a piece of decoration that helps wisdom become a part of us.

Thoughts On Dropbox Carousel

Carousel, a new gallery app released today by Dropbox, aims at providing an integrated solution for all photos and videos stored in a Dropbox account, unifying them in a single interface that automatically sorts files by time and location.

Feeling trapped —

I often worry about coming across as a smart arse, sniping at organisational life from the sidelines. It’s easy for me, I work for myself. I have a degree of agency that many would envy. But I remember.

Three Brilliant UI Details in Carousel, Dropbox’s New Photo App

With the rise of digital cameras and smartphone photography, we lost photo albums–the actual, physical things we relied on to hold our memories. In their place, we have the photo apps that come preinstalled on our smartphones. It definitely seems like a bit of a downgrade.


Stop calling yourselves “creatives”. I recently read about a mother who is able to stretch a $14,000 annual income to feed and clothe her family. That, ladies and gentlemen, is creative. Your fucking banner ad campaign is not.

Twitter as a blank canvas — Benedict Evans

Pretty much everyone has the same common experience when they first use Twitter: bafflement. You go, you sign up, you load the account and… what? Of course, as we know from Nick Bilton’s account of the early days of Twitter, this was pretty much how the people making it felt.

You’re Doin’ It Wrong

Smartphones and tablets, along with apps connected to new cloud-computing platforms, are revolutionizing the workplace. We’re still early in this workplace transformation, and the tools so familiar to us will be around for quite sometime.

Rethinking What We Mean by ‘Mobile Web’

People are spending more time on mobile vs desktop. And more of their mobile time using apps, not the web. This is a worrisome trend for the web. Mobile is the future. What wins mobile, wins the Internet. Right now, apps are winning and the web is losing.

To get a job, write your story instead of a resume

I am 61 years old and I have been doing paid work since I was 16.