This is a great insight into the creator of Instapaper one of my favourite apps on the iPad and the reason it does what it does so elegantly. Marco created it for a need he had and it’s an app he uses everyday, it’s not been made for the users, it’s been made for himself. If Marco is anything like me, his worst and most important ciritic is himself. Satisfying that critic is the only way to create something truly great, which is just what he’s doing.
This has been kicking around in my Instapaper for a while. I finally read it last night and boy did it feel like I was reading an article about myself. So many of the points made mirrored some of the ways I approach my work it felt kinda spooky.
Articles like this help you learn things about yourself. Go learn.
Ben Brooks posts his solution to something I’ve been thinking about since I got my iPad 2, how to post from iOS to your WordPress blog. I’ll be test driving this on the blog as I try and get back into posting more regularly.
It struck me tonight how annoying Mail is when copying an email address from the list of senders. For some reason it appends the name of the person and not just the email. Thankfully this little tip fixes things.
More on the four day work week from Carsonified.
If you work every week like you were going on holiday on the Friday then you can get all of your work done in four days rather than five. It takes concentration, dedication and a zero tolerance approach to distractions. The reward is an extra 52 days off a year. Is that worth it to you?
I can’t explain how intrigued I am by the notion of being adaptable to get the most out of your employees as well as being more interested in enriching heir lives.
Andy Rutledge talks about the four day work week at Unit Interactive. This sentence struck me most.
One of the fundamental tenets of our practice is to cultivate a high quality of life for ourselves and our team
Such a refreshing way of approaching business. If people enjoy what they do, they want to do what they do and they want to do it well. A little trust in your employees and a reward for their hard work goes a long way.
(Via Cameron Moll.)
If you didn’t like the original iPad, you’re not going to like the iPad 2. If you liked the original iPad, you’re going to like the iPad 2 even better.
John Gruber in his review of the iPad 2.
This seems to be the general consensus I’m reading at the moment. I can’t wait to get one and experience iPad over a prolonged period.
Regardless of what type of artist you are, personal style is essential if you want to succeed and avoid just being “another performer” or “another” of anything.
Jorge Quinteros being yourself. Essentially, work out what you want to create and then create it in your own way.
Occasionally you read something that really resonates with you.
Originality is occasional. Secondhand inspiration can do wonders in the hands of craftsmen. But thirdhand inspiration is always slightly blurry around the edges. It lacks focus. Young muses rarely deliver what they promise. Energy gets lost in every creative exchange, like a game of Telephone. The universe favors entropy.
At the moment I’m trying to design my blog. I find myself looking at all my favourite bloggers and at my collection of screen grabbed websites. Instead I should be looking at who and what interests me so that the site I design reflects me rather than the people I read.
A part of the iOS 4.3 update, iTunes Home Sharing lets you stream media from a copy of iTunes on your network to your iPad, rather than having to first transfer it during a sync operation. In addition, Home Sharing helps keep your library up to date. When you purchase a song on an iOS device and then connect to your iTunes library wirelessly, the song is automatically transferred to your library. It’s like turning your iOS device into an Apple TV.
(Via Shawn Blanc.)
Another very good blogger just launched a new site. I really like the clean, content centric look and feel to The Office of Chris Bowler. Chris is another one of those writers I suggest you go and subscribe to for some insightful thoughts on doing stuff and making the most of your time.
Along with iPad 2, Apple announced iOS 4.3 with be coming to an iDevice near you on Friday March 11th.
More free cool software is always a bonus and so I thought the biggest feature in iOS 4.3 for me would be iTunes home sharing. I got extremely excited on hearing it would be arriving on my iPhone 4. Why? Well this is how the iTunes page describes home sharing.
Browse iTunes libraries on up to five authorised computers on your home network and import whatever you like. You can also automatically import new purchases made on any of the computers.
I make use of this feature a lot with my iMac and MacBook Pro. Any purchases I make on my MacBook Pro are instantly copied over to my iMac and consequently backed up. It’s an excellent feature and brings a lot of peace of mind that my iTunes purchases are backed up. In typical Apple fashion I don’t have to think about it.
So when Engadget informed me that iOS 4.3 was to bring home sharing to my iPhone I jumped for joy((Well lifted my arm up and said yes!)). The prospect of being able to wirelessly transfer my iTunes purchases from my iPhone to my other Macs without having to remember to plug it in is just what the doctor ordered. I envisaged a moment where I wouldn’t be caught out by forgetting to sync to get my latest Podcasts. That is, until the iOS 4.3 page shattered my dreams.
Now you can play your entire iTunes library from anywhere in the house. If it’s on your Mac or PC, you can play it on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch over a shared Wi-Fi network.3 And not just music. Watch a film or TV programme. Play a podcast. Or listen to an audiobook. On whichever device you want — without having to download or sync.
It seems I’ll only be able to stream from my Macs and not have my Podcasts automatically transfer to my iPhone once downloaded. This makes me sad.
Aside from my disappointment in home sharing, I’m still looking forward to AirPlay becoming what I always hoped it would be and Personal Hotspot arriving for everyone.
The original iPad is listed on the Apple Store for £329, I’m hoping this is the new price of iPad 2 since $499 converts to £305. Please be so.
A wonderfully executed piece of branding for Burlingham Woodland Walks. Although I’ve spent some time in Norfolk, I’ve never been to Burlingham, and yet after seeing this I feel like I know the atmosphere of the place. A top piece of branding.
Now where did I put my walking boots…
Exciting news from Shawn Blanc today who is going to be writing shwanblanc.net full time. Massive congratulations to Shawn I’m sure he will be a great success and I’m looking forward to even more great content.
Ben Brooks on brain dumping that works for him.
This isn’t GTD, but is about getting things done.
His final line nails it for me. It’s not about subscribing to a preconceived way of working, but instead on knowing how you work and developing ways of doing things around yourself.
One of my favourite bloggers being interviewed by a blogger quickly joining my favourites list.
Make coffee, sit comfortably and read.