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.
Excellent article from Pat about the appropriateness of using @font-face to load new fonts on websites.
Being a Mac user it’s easy to forget not everyone has the same clean rendering of fonts as I do, and Pat brings a great reminder that I can’t just go with what I see. Essentially he raises a great point. Just because we can use any font we’d like, doesn’t mean we should.
Anyone can get fans by simply showing up day after day and being genuine. But to get fanatics you have to do something long enough to create nostalgia. Or you have to do something crazy or wonderful enough to give your current fans something to get fanatical about.
Some how I managed to miss this little ditty in Notational Velocity. Slightly confused that it is ticked by default, but delighted that I now have an app that works as I always wanted it to.
Ben Brooks’ review of Twitterrific 4 finishes with this little comment.
It doesn’t feel finished — it feels like a version 1.0 product. If this was a version 1.0 then I would be excited for its future, but given the version 4 nature I am hardly impressed.
A fair assessment, but essentially this is a version 1. It’s so different to the previous versions and I believe that the Iconfactory actually started again like they did on iOS with the new version. Still, some of the decisions they’ve made are odd.
As a side note:
You can’t close image windows (Twitpic and the like) with the keyboard.
Try pressing escape and you’ll find this comment incorrect. I was being driven mad until I stumbled across this though, so I can see where Ben is coming from.
I would love to see something like this on iOS. Especially once I’ve got my iPad, but it’d be even better if it worked with my Mac too.
Interesting interview with Hewlett Packards CEO Leo Apotheker which includes this little nugget.
“HP will stop making announcements for stuff it doesn’t have. When HP makes announcements, it will be getting ready to ship,” he promises, saying the products launched on 9 February will be on sale just a few weeks later.
So how come everything launched today isn’t available til the summer?
And thinking about writing is not the same as writing.
Reading about writing is not the same as writing.
Tweeting about writing is not the same as writing.
Having a conversation about writing is not the same as writing.
Replace writing with whatever it is you want to do. Designing, taking photographs, running a marathon. You’re not doing it unless you’re doing it.
The question I’m still left with is. What if I find an article I want to read because someone I respect has linked to it, but which I really don’t agree with? I only support things I believe in and not everything I save to Instapaper falls into that category.
I’ve been trying to work a seemingly random collection of thoughts into a follow up post about New Adventures conference. It’s not really happened so I’ve chosen to just throw them out there to anyone who is interested.
Overall I enjoyed the day, it was fun, informative and pushed me out of my comfort zone, teaching me things about design and myself that are valuable and I am processing in order to improve.
Most enjoyable was Brendan’s talk. He was the most entertaining in delivery and engaged the audience excellently. His passion for design is infectious, but something I felt myself identifying with straight away. I don’t obsess over using the right pencil, but my friends can attest that I do obsess over other seemingly pointless items.
Most disappointing was Veerle Pieter’s talk about inspiration. I really enjoy Veerle’s blog, and so was looking forward to hearing her talk but, for me, it had too much example and not enough insight. I was hoping for some processes which people could adopt or adapt to make their own and use as triggers in the creative process. I know we all work differently, but hearing how someone goes about finding inspiration when all they are hitting is brick wall after brick wall can be inspiring in itself. Veerle also seemed to contradict some of the talks from the morning, with a theme of doing something a certain way because you like it rather than for a particular reason. Whilst design is subjective and sometimes we go with our gut, there’s usually reason for doing it beyond “I like it”.
Most thought provoking was Dan Rubin’s talk on maturing the industry by developing a language that has meaning and that everyone can understand. Having moved to a new job around 3 months ago and having had the opportunity to work on a couple of web jobs, this struck a cord. The things I mean when I refer to something and the things they mean when my new colleagues refer to something are easily confused on these jobs, however, when it comes to a print job everyone knows exactly what the other person means.
Elliot’s talk, Andy Clarke’s, Jon Tan’s and Mark Boulton’s were also some of the most informative, interesting and thought provoking talks that left me feeling inspired and motivated. Good stuff that I have already noticed is informing the way I work.
New Adventures was a really good day, which I thoroughly enjoyed, hopefully I’ll get to a few more in the future and I’m certainly hoping that I can make it to New Adventures 2.