Monthly Archives: February 2010

iPad Links: Sunday, February 28, 2010

Stuff directly or indirectly for or about the iPad, in no real order. These posts will likely be discontinued once an iPad is in hand.

Old school Steve Jobs flicks off IBM
Creating Jobs
The iPhone Obsession and Lying with Statistics

The Philosophy of Punk Rock Mathematics – Technoccult interviews Tom Henderson

Keeping the Internet open and free
The Game-ified Life
Achievements, Game Mechanics and Social Software
No. You Can’t Pick My Brain.
The Future Won’t Be Free
Harsh Reality of Innovation
What are People Really Buying Online?
NYU Professor Faces Libel Lawsuit in France for Refusing to Purge Negative Book Review

iPad vs. Kindle
Why people dislike the iPad
I Don’t Like The iPad Because…
My Thoughts on the iPad

15 Notable Note Taking Apps for Mac
The Evolution of iTunes – 2001 to 2010
A Guide to Ripping, Converting, and Sorting Video on the Mac

UI/Web Design:
Equal margins between HTML elements, done properly
CSS Globe
The Ultimate WordPress Guide For The Absolute Beginner Part 1

In every Links post, I try to pimp at least two eBooks (generally free ones). These will be consolidated into one post later on when traffic gets real here and people are looking for things to stuff into their iPad.

FREE PDF eBook: The Last Days of Vegas
FREE PDF eBook: Shades of Gray
Paul Auster to Young Writers: Lose the Ego

Steve Jobs Was Once A Nobody Too

Inside Steve’s Brain by Leander Kahney

Jobs’s birth parents had made attending college a condition of his adoption, but he dropped out of Reed College in Oregon after the first semester, although he continued to unofficially attend classes in subjects that interested him, like calligraphy. Penniless, he recycled Coke bottles, slept on friends’ floors, and ate for free at the local Hare Krishna temple. He experimented with an all-apple diet, which he thought might allow him to stop bathing. It didn’t.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

How many of those who encountered him in those days would have pronounced him anything other than a loser or a nutjob?

Things change.

(I can’t wait to read the “official” biography of Jobs in a year or two. I really want to see if he goes into the emotional depth of those pre-Apple days.)

Jesse Schell’s Monstrous Bonus-Point Police State

There’s a video extrapolating current gaming/social marketing trends into the future which is getting a lot coverage.

Watch the video. My reaction after the break.

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iPad Links: Saturday, February 27, 2010

iPad: A Goal-Directed Device
Will Apple become the next ebook giant?
Think the iPad is amazing? The ePad is ‘amazinger’
iPad Frenzy

5 Ways to Prepare for a Social Media Disaster
Unless You’re Changing It, Quit Your Bitchin’
Why Peace and Harmony Are Bad for Innovation

Information is physical
Weaponizing Mozart

Ayn Rand, Hugely Popular Author and Inspiration to Right-Wing Leaders, Was a Big Admirer of Serial Killer
Romancing the Stone-Cold Killer: Ayn Rand and William Hickman
Shrugging Off Ayn Rand

Brandon Steili Wants Flash

Awesome By Proxy: Addicted to Fake Achievement
Achievement Porn

Ibis Reader for iPhone: A Web App That Thinks It’s a Native App

Use ForeverSave: Never Lose A Mac Document Again

UI/Web Design:
Evolution of the Mind: A Case for Design Literacy
Predictable Design
Tablet usability: the future can’t come soon enough
HTML 5 Reference

Making Life Difficult for Android
Transmedia Storytelling: Pioneers in the New Age of Narrative
Transmedia Storytelling: Pioneers in the New Age of Narrative, Pt. II – Lisa Holton of FourthStory Media
Transmedia Storytelling: Pioneers in the New Age of Narrative, Pt. III – Jeff Gomez of Starlight Runner Entertainment
Long Overdue, 4th Pt. of TransMedia Storytelling: Enhanced Edition’s Peter Collingridge

Writer James Curcio
Fallen Nation: Babylon Burning FREE PDF eBook by James Curcio PDF Link [Save As…]
Writer Will Entrekin
FREE PDF eBook: Entrekin by Will Entrekin
The David Foster Wallace Audio Project

iPad TV Ad March 7th, Pre-Order March 8th?

Sunday, March 7th is the Oscar telecast.

Three years ago, Apple debuted its TV ad for the iPhone during the Oscars.

Will they follow suit with the iPad and also open up pre-orders the next day?

I think this is highly likely.

iPad Links: Friday, February 26, 2010

Stuff directly or indirectly for or about the iPad, in no real order. These posts will likely be discontinued once an iPad is in hand.

Not in their front yard
Apple Stacks The Deck Against Amazon’s Kindle App

If You Can Type, You Can Create Movies
Stealth Mode is Stupid: Why Your Ideas Don’t Matter
Nokia CEO Stung by IPhone Aims to Outdo Jobs With Apps and Maps
Parallel Computing: Why the Future Is Non-Algorithmic (repost)

In Praise Of Inefficiency: A Manifesto

Big change in the tech world
The Awful Anti-Pirate System That Will Probably Work
Publish and be deleted

The Best of Journalism (2009)

Friday Interview: Liza Daly & Ibis Reader
Video and Books: Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together?
iPhone Plants vs. Zombies Earns $1M in First Nine Days

Why Flash Doesn’t Suck

/sarcasm Thank you Apple for not including Flash on the iPhone I’m so glad I don’t get to watch things like this:

EOF – The Google Exposure

Sindice: The Semantic Web Index
Bueda API Turns Tags into RDF URIs

Who Will Watch The Watchmen?
Epic Fail in Congress: USA PATRIOT Act Renewed Without Any New Civil Liberties Protections

Tools of Change 2010: Observations and Impressions
This Manuscript Hires People
Content strategy is, in fact, the next big thing

UI/Web Design:
UI 2.0 – Emotional Software on the iPad
Toward a better tablet OS, part 1
Toward a better tablet OS, part 2
iPad User Experience Guidelines
These are your users… read and be horrified
How to get better at UI design
More Multi-touch Links

29 Jobs and a Million Lies
Free PDF: defiant: Practical Tips to Thrive in Tough Times
Writer’s Digest Magazine Digital Subscription

iPad Links: Thursday, February 25, 2010

Stuff directly or indirectly for or about the iPad, in no real order. These posts will likely be discontinued once an iPad is in hand.

Apple Removes Explicit Option From iTunes

Blockbuster Collapses: Shutting Down 500 Stores In Desperate Bid To Save $200 Million

How we implemented it
Lady Gaga generates 25 percent of Vevo’s traffic
Attack Unmasks User Behind The Browser
You Are What You Charge

Leaked file might be the first promo list of iPad books
iPad: First Overhyped, Now Underestimated
iPad: It is All About Pain

Legacy Monetary System:
citibank is so not fabulis
Reaching the Citi Limits

Emergent Monetary System:
Banking on mobile money
The Future of Money: It’s Flexible, Frictionless and (Almost) Free

Battery Performance with Flash Player 10.1 on Nexus One
MacHeist — JavaScript (Not Flash) Animation [expires in 5 days]

It animates on the iPhone:

(thanks to @BrandonSteili for screensnap)

Google facts and figures (massive infographic)
CHART OF THE DAY: In Case You Had Any Doubts About Where Google’s Revenue Comes From
Google’s Secret Plan, Revealed!
Imagine There’s No YouTube

Ibis Reader
vCard – meCard

Web Design:
Are you feeling touchy?
The Principles of Great Design
Introducing Web FontFonts

iBookstore and the Format of eBooks
You cannot copyright a Tweet
How Ning made me a chump and how you can avoid it
RapidShare Ordered To Proactively Filter Book Titles
Off The Bookshelf
Return With Us to the Thrilling Days Of Yesteryear—Via the Internet

Two free ePub eBooks today only: I am a writer. I have books.

Listed for Future Merciless Ridicule:
Why a touchscreen desktop Mac won’t happen

iPad Links: Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Stuff directly or indirectly for or about the iPad, in no real order. These posts will likely be discontinued once an iPad is in hand.

Happy 55th Birthday Steve Jobs: Tribute to the Apple Icon
Steve Jobs Admits Apple iPad Rumor Mill Malfunction

Is Apple Preparing To Add An ‘Explicit’ Section To The App Store?
App ‘Censorship’ Has German Tabloid Fighting Mad

On MicroSD Problems
Open Standards, Open Source
FSF: Why I Will Not Sign the Public Domain Manifesto
They Don’t Make Computer Manuals Like They Used To
A Floating Office in Every Dock

Typographic fun on the iPhone

Don’t Call It an iPad App!

Serious threat to the web in Italy
When It Doesn’t Pay to Be Google’s Guinea Pig
How my site disappeared from Google search

Nathan Myhrvold:
Software patents are the problem not the answer
Brilliant inventor or patent troll?

Augmented Identity
Augmented Identity App Helps You Identify Strangers on the Street

Web Design:
2010 – Beginning of a Touch and Gesture Future?
Saul Bass: the designer should care about design
My two year old can scroll
The Politics of Design
1993 Steve Jobs interview about working with Paul Rand
Showcase of Great Web App Interfaces

What Is the Future of Online News?
Loyalty lessons from Lady Gaga
Build around your discovery mechanism

Steve Almond
Self-published This Won’t Take But a Minute, Honey Harvard Bookstore Bestseller
Twitter: Brazil: A Novel
Avatar Plug Of The Week Part One – Warren Ellis’ Captain Swing And The Electrical Pirates Of Cindery Island

System-Declared Uniform Type Identifiers
Image Metadata and UIImagePickerController

iPad Links: Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Stuff directly or indirectly for or about the iPad, in no real order.

iPad Colocation

Apple App store’s dirty little secret
Apple exec Tim Cook talks Apple TV, iPad A4 processor, more
NVIDIA’s Optimus is primed for new Apple MacBooks
2006: The Perfect Thing [creation of the iPod]

B&N: Nook “Single Best-Selling Product”; CEO Rebuffs iPad Fears
The Cult of Done Manifesto
Simplicity is hard. Let’s go shopping!
May 28, 1998 : Interview with Nathan Myhrvold [direct link to PDF file]
In the marketplace of ideas, the currency is page views.

Scrolling HTML with Flash Content on Touch Devices
Flash, Google, VP8, and the future of internet video

Exclusive: How Google’s Algorithm Rules the Web

For the life between buildings – some notes on the iPad
Did Steve Jobs outburst reveal iPad’s largest weakness: GPU?
Apple Confirms: iPad Uses PowerVR SGX Graphics Hardware
Why the iPad is not for web browsing (yet)
The iPad and the Financial Web…To Infinity and Beyond

Web Design:
Looks Matter Because We All Have Feelings
No one cares about your website
Regarding Apple stance on multitasking and why most tech users are clueless
Adii Rockstar — the first touch-friendly website I’ve seen

Writers’ Co-op Publishing
Cesar Torres: ‘12BW’ Comes in Three E-Book Flavors, Too
12 Burning Wheels

iPad Links: Monday, February 22, 2010

Stuff directly or indirectly for or about the iPad, in no real order.

Portfolio Design Trends: vCard Websites
Damian Kulash’s Screed
Why Bowie and the Grateful Dead are the web’s real visionaries
The Power of Massive Twitter Accounts – Or Lack Thereof
What really happens when you navigate to a URL
Indispensable? I Think Not…
Enough with the “expert” guilt
Sawyer Weighs In On Intellectual Ventures
When to be worried
Jesse Schell’s mindblowing talk on the future of games (DICE 2010)
iTunes U
Leaving the iPhone
First Look: Apple’s Massive iDataCenter
Daring Fireball – Money Machine?

The iPad Project
Dashboard for iPad
Impact of Touch on WebApps
Make Your Own (Paper) iPad and iPad Sighting at NYC Starbucks

If Eric Schmidt Thinks Privacy Doesn’t Matter – He should Publish His Own Browsing History
Google Buzz and Kids – Parental Control Nightmare
Usborne, Phaidon, Sheil Land and leading authors say no to Google
2004: Something fishy with Google library project
2004: Google Library Agreement With University Of Michigan Published

FSF Urges Google to Kill Flash
Con: An Adobe Flash developer on why the iPad can’t use Flash
Pro: Flash Player content, Mouse Events, and Touch input
Flash Player 10.1 on Google Nexus One

The Dark Side of Social Media and Privacy

Uniquely Attractive Invitations
iPad: Publishers look for the winning formula
Why the iPad metrics could hurt the print industry
Warning: Apple’s iBookstore is a lock-in!
Textbooks That Professors Can Rewrite Digitally
Slush Pile Queen
The Staggering Work of Publishing Genius

Authorship in the Information Age

Jaw-Drop Stunning:
Papervision 3d