Star Wars VII, Trailer 2

The new Star Wars trailer is fantastic. Take a minute to look at the scene by scene breakdown at The Verge. And today the Battlefront game trailer was released. I’m not a gamer, but this looks pretty impressive.

OS X Reviewed →

Thanks to John for writing the canonical OS X reviews for so long. It sometimes took me weeks to finish them but I always learned things that helped me get more out of my tools. I look forward to hearing his thoughts on the next OS version on ATP.

An Interview with The Dan Plan →

An interesting Q&A session with the fellow who is testing the Malcolm Gladwell 10,000 hours posit by learning how to golf. I was interested to see he’s a 3 handicap now, about halfway through his journey.

Twitter and What Might Have Been →

Indeed, I would argue that what makes Twitter the company valuable is not Twitter the app or 140 characters or @names or anything else having to do with the product: rather, it’s the interest graph that is nearly priceless.

This is a really interesting way to look at Twitter as a business: based on who I follow, searches I do, etc., they know what topics I’m interested in and am willing to spend time on. I agree that this type of “interest” data should be incredibly valuable as it’s own product.

TIL: If you leave it to run overnight, Dropbox really will finish syncing 250k+ files to a new machine.


This cover of Radiohead’s Creep by Postmodern Jukebox is fantastic.

Designing for Humans — Accounting for Inclusivity and Accessibility

Dave does a really nice job calling out things with a nice mix between “gentle nagging” and “teaching”. If everyone who makes things spent 6 minutes watching this video and then let it seep into their consciousness, I believe they would inherently ask more questions and consider more conditions as they strive to create a…

Seven Plus or Minus Three →

I didn’t implement this at Crowd Favorite and, retrospectively, I wish I had. Not having to worry about this at all anymore is a definite plus to being back on my own.

The golf world finally getting what they want with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy playing together at The Masters on Sunday.

Sadly, chasing from 10 shots back.

I can’t convince my Apple TV to reliably AirPlay or play music from iCloud or rented movies from iTunes, but it handles like a champ.

Why I’m Buying a Macbook →

Steve and I have been drooling over this machine for a month now. Mine is also on order, and I am not feeling particularly patient about it. Hurry up and get here!

UPDATE: Steve calls out two features that other reviews haven’t spent much time on:

  1. The power brick is absurdly tiny and light compared to Apple’s other laptop chargers. This is a huge benefit for anyone who carries a charger with them, though the 9 hours of battery life means this probably only happens for me when I’m traveling.
  2. USB C is the new kid on the block now, but it looks to have the kind of early inertia that can propel it to becoming a new standard for both Apple and non-Apple laptops sooner rather than later.

Re-learning the “check Rotten Tomatoes before starting a movie” lesson. Again.

So the retail Apple Store has the MacBook on tables to try out but if you want to buy one you have to order it online.

First New Monitor Since 2008

Since December 2008 I’ve been using the same Dell 30″ display. Today I upgraded to a Samsung 34″ curved display in anticipation of getting a new MacBook tomorrow. I might have been able to get the dual-link DVI to talk to an HDMI port via a variety of dongles and adapters, but a native HDMI port does make things simpler. My 2012 15″ MacBook Pro drives it nicely, as should the MacBook1.

I like the curved screen; it does not feel like a gimmick. It’s fairly subtle and works nicely. I do miss the extra height a little from the 30″, but the extra width is really quite nice. I can set up two code windows plus a browser and see all three at once. Not to mention the built-in laptop screen for other odds and ends. I expect I’ll be using Spaces quite a bit on the smaller laptop screen, I wonder if I’ll continue to toggle between using them while mobile and not using them while plugged in at my desk or go all-in and use them with the external monitor as well. Time will tell.

  1. from Apple’s tech specs, “Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 3840 by 2160 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors”.