Bad metrics

In the 90’s and early 2000’s, Apple fans used to overwhelmingly reject the idea that marketshare was an indicator of product quality. They had no choice — otherwise they’d have had to accept the argument that Microsoft simply made better things.1 On Friday, John Gruber posted a link to an article he wrote in 2013 Read More …

No imagination

The people of this country have chosen the path of least resistance, the path of no imagination, the path of accepting the lie that what currently is must by necessity always be. We’ve chosen guns over children, time and time again, arguing that there’s nothing we can do. We yell and rant that even discussing Read More …

Farrago

I like to podcast, but I don’t like to edit. Actually, I kind of do, I just don’t like to spend a lot of time doing it. Hence my joyous reaction when Rogue Amoeba released Farrago last week. PS. My podcasts are Don’t Nihongo It Alone, Not Speeding in Reverse, and Pocket Sized Podcast, in Read More …

The Return of Pocket Sized Podcast – what’s old is new again

In case you somehow missed it (yes, I’m kidding), Pocket Sized Podcast is back after a three-year coma. It seems that what’s old is new again. Thanks to Ronnie, it has a .fm domain name: https://pocketsizedpodcast.fm. We are going to revitalize our mission of covering Apple hardware and software, apps, and notable Apple community people, Read More …

My Neighbor OMSI

OMSI (the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) has an IMAX theater, and they periodically do amazing things like host Studio Ghibli film retrospectives, which they are in fact doing right now. If you’ve ever wanted to kick back and get lost in the world of My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, or Nausicaä, you still Read More …

Subscriptions and status quo thinking

Just by writing this post, I’m going to make some people mad and other people roll their eyes and stick their fingers in their ears, I already know it. As far as a lot of people in the Apple community are concerned, the discussion about the subscription model for apps is done, it’s been decided, Read More …

Rethink

I quit using Facebook several years ago, but I still like Twitter for getting instant news and for keeping up with specific people that share interests, or who I think I can just learn something from. There are a lot of smart and interesting people in the world. Still, I need a change this upcoming Read More …

Twenty Five for real?!

Whoa. Pcalc turned 25 years old on December 23rd. I’ll admit, even though I’ve listened to Pcalc creator James Thomson talk about the history of his Mac and iOS calculator app on podcasts and have used the app myself on iOS almost since (I think) its inception on that platform, I had no idea that Read More …

Bitcoin’s reality — savior or enslaver?

Bitcoin has always represented the irrepressibly optimistic side of libertarianism, the voice whispering in our ears that true freedom can be grasped simply by circumventing a few tenets of society with bold new ideas. And let’s be honest, the notion of unregulated currency created with nothing more than mathematics has the same appeal as does Read More …

Now Listening in Overcast Workflow

I like to tweet out podcasts that I’m listening to in case other people are looking for things to listen to and want ideas, as well as to show podcasters that someone is enjoying their work. The other day someone asked me on Twitter how I automatically get my tweets formatted the way they are. Read More …