Link Archives

  1. Overcast →

    I bought the in-app purchase for Overcast and I’m linking to Marco’s post to support him because I enjoy the ATP podcast he runs along with Casey Liss and John Siracusa.

    However, Overcast wasn’t a fit for me. I found the navigation to be awkward and the per-podcast playback settings nearly impossible to find (hint, click on the podcast logo on the left side of the player controls along the bottom of the screen to bring up the episode screen, then the playback settings for the podcast can be adjusted using the button/link in the bottom right corner). I’m sticking with Castro for now, but will be keeping an eye on Overcast.

    I’m also not a huge fan of his approach to become an intermediary between the podcast providers and me. The Overcast service checks podcast feeds, and the Overcast client talks to the service – this is basically the model that Google Reader made popular for RSS feeds. I do understand how this can make checking for feeds more efficient on the client, but it introduces a single point of failure.

  2. Wearing Android →

    I agree with most of this, but I get a lot of utility from seeing notifications on my wrist. Note that I already severely limit what notifications I receive, so when my wrist buzzes, it’s pretty much always for something I care about.

  3. The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats →

    The only way to slash government for real is to go back to basic economic principles: You have to reduce the demand for government. If people are getting $15 an hour or more, they don’t need food stamps. They don’t need rent assistance. They don’t need you and me to pay for their medical care. If the consumer middle class is back, buying and shopping, then it stands to reason you won’t need as large a welfare state. And at the same time, revenues from payroll and sales taxes would rise, reducing the deficit.

    This is an incredibly well written piece; it was hard to decide what to quote. (thanks Matt)

  4. Colorado Mountain College →

    A pretty cool case study we released last week on creating a WordPress-powered website for Colorado Mountain College.

    This post is part of the thread: Crowd Favorite – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.

  5. Withings Activité →

    This is definitely more than a little appealing. Unfortunately:

    1. It’s not shipping (yet)
    2. It doesn’t have a way of receiving notifications

    I’d love to stop carrying a separate Fitbit and watch. My experience with the Pebble has shown me that being able to see notifications without pulling my phone out of my pocket is actually a nice feature.

    (thanks John)

  6. Ugh Fine, I’m Buying a Moto 360 →

    I’m tempted by the 360, but I think I’ll probably pass on it – at least for now. That’s assuming people will figure a way to hack iOS support into is pretty quickly, otherwise it’s a non-starter for me.

  7. Digital Design Leadership: Alex King →

    I’m a big fan of good interviewers, so I was thrilled when Richard Banfield (CEO of Fresh Tilled Soil) asked me to sit down with him for his series on digital design leadership.

    Richard asks some good probing questions about my experience in growing the team at Crowd Favorite, how I approach challenges, and our transition into the larger and more distributed post-merger company. I hope you enjoy it!

    Runtime: ~19 minutes – and there is a text transcript!