Daily Archives: April 12, 2010

Why We Love Steve Jobs

Yeah, I’ve griped a lot this weekend. Steve is a big boy. He can take it.

But now here is a happy bunny post.

It’s worth quoting what he said last week.

And, for lack of a more elegant way to say it, we think most of this mobile advertising really sucks.

Emphasis added by me.

“Really sucks.” Go on. Show me another leader of a fifty-billion dollar a year corporation who would dare say something like that.

And that is why we love Steve Jobs.

iPad Links: Monday, April 12, 2010

I wasn’t supposed to do any posts this weekend. But I did. Then I wound up doing seven frikkin posts today, before remembering I still had this kind of post to do.

Tomorrow might be a very short day and also lack a Links post. You have been warned.

And this one is shorter than it could be due to not getting around the Net today as much as I usually do.

MUST-READ: Opinion: The story BCG offered me $16,000 not to tell
The Magnetar Trade: How One Hedge Fund Helped Keep the Bubble Going
Want On iPad! ‘Kick-Ass’ subverts the comic-book superhero genre with humor and gore

Asus: Buy! Palm Said to Tap Goldman, Quattrone to Find Buyers
Google boosts open video by funding ARM Theora codec

Why Most Businesses Fail (A Theoretical Model)
“We’ll Figure it Out Later” is Not a Business Model

iCensored: Apple, Porn and the Magic of CSR
How Apple Really Screwed Up With 3.3.1
“How Steve Jobs knows layers of abstraction suck”
Universal Applications and Private APIs
Its all about the framework…
Sorry, Adobe, you screwed yourself
Rethinking a Gospel of the Web
Apple Restricts 3rd Party Data in iPhone 4.0

Right now, if you use no third party APIs to analyse usage of your application, you effectively know nothing. You get your download numbers from Apple, and that’s it.

Scribd on iPhone/iPad
Why I won’t be buying an iPad, and why it doesn’t matter as much as you think it does.
iPad + iPhone’s Clock app
The perfect iPad stand – you probably have one already.

iPad eBook Deconstruction:
iBooks on the iPad, a first glance
Wrapping Text in an ePub for the iPad
Anatomy of an iBooks page

UI/Web Design:
ATTN UI Designers: Scribes: 50% Less Fat
Matthew Rex Downham
CSS Sticky Footer Layout
Creating a Realistic Looking Button with CSS3
The HTML5 test – How well does your browser support HTML5?

Laura Dawson: Metadata Evangelist
The Tin-Cup Strategy: A Rant
E-books, Publishing, & Piracy
HTML5 for publishers

Pynchon and the Badass Luddites

See For Yourself = Win

Oh, I was really going to rip into the tablet magazine prototypes that were shown by Sports Illustrated, Wired, and Popular Science.

But I never had time.

I’m glad I never used up that time because now that these magazines have been released, people are ripping them to shreds in many of the same ways I would have.

Now you can go yell at them instead of me.

One post I’d especially like to highlight is by Rex Hammock. People like Rex because he’s so goddammed cheerful. But he’s no fool. I just love his review of the Popular Science one and must highlight this excerpt:

I think it’s a good thing they placed a $5 price-tag on the “concept app,” as the price will keep a lot of people from downloading it and using it and thinking this is what an app from a magazine company is like.

Now, if months ago I had come out and stated what absolute crap most of those prototypes looked like and how absolutely breathtakingly brainless they seemed, people would have jumped all over me.

Now all of you can go stab Rex and the others.

Thanks for being my Kevlar here, Rex!

And yeah, I would have told you so back then. But, hey, they like all that money you gave them, suckers! So, as far as I’m concerned, this is all Win.

For those of you who want to do better, start here: Web Designers: Wake Up And Smell The Touchscreen Coffee!

And if the current tools for doing that are inadequate, go yell at Apple.

Does Section 3.3.1 Kill Time Magazine?

A Commenter brought up something very interesting.

First, let’s review Section 3.3.1., which got everyone in an uproar:

3.3.1 — Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by Apple and must not use or call any private APIs. Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs (e.g., Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited).

The Commenter stated:

I understand this position, but the shockwave it can start with iPad development can be tooooooo big. imagine Time and other magazines having to code their Apps form the scratch instead of using something like WoodWing plugin for InDesign.

I believe it can be a good position for closed applications, but for magazines? It can be a dangerous road…

And from the WoodWing press release:

“Using newly-developed InDesign plugins, the layouts for any digital magazine can be enriched with interactive multimedia elements like video, slideshows, and dynamic content,” said Erik Schut, President of WoodWing Software.

Does any of that encroach on Apple’s new edict?

Writer Ray Banks

Writer Ray Banks blog
Writer Ray Banks on Twitter

Previously at The eBook Test:

Derek Raymond: Read ALL Of His Work

Previously at Mike Cane’s No Flickr Blog:

Saturday’s Child
Sucker Punch

Previously at Mike Cane 2008:

Writer Ray Banks

… crap, I have done too many blogs!

We Pause For A UX Note

Windows On iPad: Photos Of Horror

Those are not screensnaps. See first, see second.

Those are from Steven Troughton-Smith, a developer.

He’s famous for abusing his hardware like that.

Before this, he added the iPhone’s Clock app to the iPad.

He will probably blog this too.

Update: I should clarify. This is not showing Windows being displayed via one of those screen sharing programs. This is Windows put into the iPad.

FREE Vook Digital Book For iPad!

Love, Love, Love: Shakespeare in The City

That’s a link to Vook’s site. The iTunes link for the freebie is there.

This is your chance to see a Vook digital book for free. Take it!

eBooks: This Should Never Happen

Sony eBook Store: Inside Steve’s Brain

Click = big

Previously here:

Metadata Can Make You Rip Out Your Hair
The ePub eBooks Metadata Mess