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  1. Seven Days With a Macbook →

    I agree with many of Steve’s points here, but I’ve had much better luck with my battery life. I’m getting 7-8+ hours easily on a charge – perhaps because he got the special order 1.3GHz model while I schlump along with the 1.2 model.

    My MacBook Pro is now my desk machine and I use it for my photography workflow. Just about everything else is done on my MacBook. I really like this little guy.

  2. Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover →

    As my friend Shawn put it, “This is NPR, not the Onion.”

    Thankfully there is a voice of sanity among Texas Republicans:

    “Your letter pandering to idiots … has left me livid,” former State Rep. Todd Smith wrote Gov. Abbott. “I am horrified that I have to choose between the possibility that my Governor actually believes this stuff and the possibility that my Governor doesn’t have the backbone to stand up to those who do.”

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.