The biggest problem with Android? The users.
Stephen Hackett, on The Next Web’s withdrawal of its magazine offering for Android:
I’m starting to think that the biggest thing holding Android back isn’t the carriers and Google, but the users of the platform.
It occurred to me a few months ago that most of the rabid Android fans I know aren’t good friends, and never will be (for unrelated reasons).
There might be more to that anecdotal correlation than I thought. It looks like Android users tend to be content-thieving if-it-ain’t-free-I-don’t-want-it types, for example.
Another killer iPhone app: Momento
I haven’t kept a journal in years, but lately I’ve been considering the potential value in keeping track of thoughts and events too personal to share with the world. (I know, it’s hard to believe, but I’ve come to accept that TMI is an Actual Thing.)
Enter Momento: the perfect companion for private journaling. It’s beautiful, intuitive, and has important features like plain-text export and local (i.e. private) backup.
“We ride the Polar Express and it stinks”
A sobering post from 52 Tiger about what we really lose when we get lost in our devices.
That’s why I love the holidays: It’s a time for families to come together, set their expectations unrealistically high, and fantasize about a holiday experience that is perfectly wonderful… Then, you pour hot chocolate on your child, you piss off your wife and the best part of the day passes buy as you tweet the rest.
It’s worth reading the whole thing.
Another Windows 8 review: “dog’s breakfast”
Suppose that you are an expert user of Windows NT/XP/Vista/7, an expert user of an iPad, and an expert user of an Android phone… you will have no idea how to use Windows 8.
Sounds like the more advanced users at my school.
Killer [iPhone] app: Fantastical
If you follow blogs that talk about apps, you’ve probably already seen this, but if not:
Fantastical is THE must-have iPhone calendar app. It has completely replaced Apple’s built-in one for me. Its free-text event creation is flawless (especially when paired with the iPhone’s dictation), and the innovative “DayTicker” is the best calendar browsing implementation I’ve seen in.. forever.
Go buy it.
Why The Daily failed before it even launched
Great write-up from Marco Arment. I’ll summarise (very much in my own words): The Daily failed because Rupert Murdoch is an idiot.
Or, if you’d prefer Marco’s words:
There’s no room in today’s market for publications like The Daily, and their heyday ended long before the iPad launched.
Why I’m not rushing to deploy Windows 8 ANYWHERE
Suspicions: confirmed. It’s the next Vista / ME, but so much worse.