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Twitter’s problem

April 12th, 2016

I already quoted Gary this morning but I might as well do it again. In Daily Vee #29 (go right to the moment here) he said:

This is it in a nutshell. Twitter’s “problem”. I remember in 2007 being able to tweet, at a bar in Philadelphia, “I need a beer” and someone bringing me one within a few minutes. I likely had less 200 followers then. I have 3,000+ now and no one is listening to me at all on there.

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Is GoPro doomed?

April 12th, 2016

Those that follow along here on my blog know that I love my GoPro. And I “only” have the HERO 3. See this, this, this, this, and this for examples of me playing around with my GoPro.

GoPro’s stock price and sales figures are plummeting. And as I sit here, going over everything they have, and comparing their strategy against other companies that had similar products and failed — I don’t know exactly what can save them. In fact, I rewrote this blog post three times as I’ve changed my mind about what might work.

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PHP is pretty bad

April 11th, 2016

Since I wrote “I’m perfectly happy using PHP” last week I figured I’d show the other side’s viewpoint as well. There are those out there that loathe the language. Evee goes off on PHP like no one else could:

Her analogy to a toolbox full of tools that you can’t really use properly is apt. I do feel like I write a lot of workarounds for things. I’ve always thought it was due to the depth of my knowledge of the language. Perhaps it isn’t. Perhaps it is indicative of it.

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Use what works, play with the new

April 8th, 2016

I had Unmark’d Kyle Slattery’s post on his company site (which I think is rather good looking; here is why) regarding why his company uses Ruby on Rails. It is a good post. Notice this bit:

Bingo. By the time I finish editing this post seventeen more frameworks, libraries, or pseudo-languages will have been released. And honestly, that is fantastic. Because out of those a few will take off, be well supported, and become great utilities for future projects to benefit from.

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Blue Origin’s New Shepard lands again

April 6th, 2016

This video is absolutely mind-blowing. Everything about this was science fiction a few years ago. In fact, the video looks fake while you watch it because you can’t believe this is happening on Earth. And now with some regularity.

Watching this video makes me think that I’ll be alive when people (perhaps even with their kids) will take off, orbit the Earth a few times, and land as a recreational pastime. Decades after that, who knows? Dinner on a restaurant in orbit? Miners working for weeks or months at a time on the moon? Vacations to Mons Huygens?

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The Loop Magazine closes

April 6th, 2016

Jim Dalrymple:

We’ve all failed. We have an idea, or an itch that needs scratched, or a vision for something and we use every fiber of our being to get it out into the world and it dies on the vine. Sometimes quickly, sometimes it is a long haul. Quitting something is incredibly difficult.

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Digital Transformations

April 6th, 2016

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, on LinkedIn:

Satya’s Build keynote introduction made it clear that he believes technology can change society for good. We can all agree that it is changing society, but it is arguable whether or not all of it is for good. His position is that he’s both optimistic — that in the long run the changes will be good — and driven — that he and Microsoft will try to make good decisions about how technology fits into our lives.

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Snapchat’s Chat 2.0

March 30th, 2016

Nearly all of the tech coverage I read about Snapchat’s latest update lead with “stickers” being part of the update. Don’t get me wrong, I love Bob the walrus. But how can they not lead with the fact that they’ve added realtime video and voice calling?

I remember the first time I ever tried video chatting on a Macintosh in 2004. That was over 12 years ago! I used iChat and spoke to a shirtless Chris Clark (who was then living in Perth, Australia). The video quality left a lot to be desired. But it was a miracle!

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IFTTT tries to strong arm Pinboard

March 29th, 2016

Maciej Cegłowski on Pinboard’s blog:

Platforms mature and will, inevitably, have more requirements as they get more features. Apple News, as an example, demands that content be provided in a specific format — much akin to RSS — so that publications will be shown in the best light in the app. If Apple News had, say, 15 users, I’m sure Apple News would be doing all the work to get content from Time Magazine, The New York Times, etc. into the app. However, that isn’t the case. It is up to the publisher to provide all of the content in a digestible format.

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The outdoor reward

March 23rd, 2016

Sarah Pressler, our Project Manager at Plain, wrote the latest Links From Last Week post (a series we publish on the Plain blog) and shared a bunch of stuff Kyle and I have been doing elsewhere on the web. I liked this bit:

That is precisely what I end up doing. Yesterday, in fact, I tackled an Ops issue that was a lot of brain work (for me, since I had never done it) and when I was successful I instantly signed off and went for a walk with Eliza.

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Becoming cameras

March 22nd, 2016

Matt Hackett, CTO/Co-founder of Beme, on Ev’s blog*:

Periscope, Beme, YouTube, SnapChat. These services were not on my phone 1 year ago. Now I use them every single day. We live in a world where we can be, see, and hear anywhere we want in the world at any time. As Matt put it, we are becoming cameras. Click through to read the entire piece.

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