Month: September 2013

Why I Work All The Time

Because I am my job. I enjoy building a business that literally has my name on it. It’s frustrating and scary and amazing all at once. Great post… Man is meant to be busy. But busy on certain types of things. There is not supposed to be some distinction between work and not work. It’s all supposed to be work…and none of it is supposed to feel pointless or soul crushing. You’re not supposed to …

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Marco Arment’s Overcast

#xoxofest @marcoarment: My podcast app is called Overcast – it's about halfway done, but the back end half. http://t.co/fx2lHaZRXc — Kevin Marks (@kevinmarks) September 22, 2013 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Based on the current hotness that podcasting is going to experience in 2013 and 2014, Marco (founder of Instapaper and The Magazine) has a new podcast app: I like some iOS podcast apps, but I don’t love any of them. So I’m making my own. It’ll be released …

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Sen Franken Questions iPhone 5s and 5th Amendment Implications

Another reason I’m passing on the latest iPhone is because of the 5th Amendment and the fine legal line between something you “know” and something you have or are. Or to put it simply, is a password more secure because you “know” it and the government would have to compel you to give up that knowledge rather than something that is tangible in the sense of a fingerprint or other biometric data that you “have” …

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My Jerry Maguire Moment

I’m writing this while sitting at the bar waiting for takeout from my fav pizza place dive in my old/new city of Columbia. This time it feels more permanent. That’s most because I’vd started both my new business and my new life here. This is my Jerry Maguire moment in time and place. Everyone here that I tell I picked this patch of famously hot dirt over Asheville looks at me a little curious and …

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4D Star Collapse Lead to Our Universe?

Here’s your Monday afternoon mind-bender… It could be time to bid the Big Bang bye-bye. Cosmologists have speculated that the Universe formed from the debris ejected when a four-dimensional star collapsed into a black hole — a scenario that would help to explain why the cosmos seems to be so uniform in all directions. via Did a hyper-black hole spawn the Universe? : Nature News & Comment.

How Google Solved Android’s Fragmentation Problem

With an app, of course. Fascinating to ponder that Google is trying to basically blow up the PC industry with Chrome (the Win 8 Chrome app runs exactly like my Chromebook and I’m betting they take that over to OSX as well) and is doing a similar thing with this decentralized Android strategy to iOS. Rather than having the big updates come to a device via an operating system update (“yay iOS 7 is coming …

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(Fe)Male Identity(ies)

My amazing friend (and a rare Baptist MDiv/MAR/PhD) Thomas writes this fantastic post: Admittedly, the overall message of the post seems to be one of trying to teach children good social media practices, but it does much more than that. For starters, there is what appeared to many commenters as blatant hypocrisy: the mother decried certain photos of teenage girls while peppering her post with photos of her attractive and fit sons, bare-chested on the …

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Nexus 5 with LTE?

My Nexus 4 is the best phone I’ve ever owned (having owned every previous iPhone up to the 5 and a couple of other Android phones like the Galaxy S3). Being a relatively recent convert to the Android world, the ecosystem is such a better fit for me than iOS (though I still respect that platform, of course). And if the next Nexus phone is anything like the new Nexus 7 tablet, I’ll love it …

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Cryptonomicon

I can neither confirm nor deny that my next book will be based on this sentence… “In the future, superpowers will be made or broken based on the strength of their cryptanalytic programs,” a 2007 document said. “It is the price of admission for the U.S. to maintain unrestricted access to and use of cyberspace.” via N.S.A. Foils Much Internet Encryption – NYTimes.com.

Twitter Hashtags and Crisis Management

One thing that’s frequently seen in 2013 is some form of crisis that begins on and manifests itself across social media platforms. The folks at Social Media Today have some great tips for using hashtags effectively during times of crisis (even though they have a typo in their post title, evidently): Use a Twitter Hashtags in a Crisis | Social Media Today: “One given in an incident: if you use social media, people will use …

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Microsoft Acquires Nokia

Android and Motorola vs Apple and iOS vs Microsoft … and … Nokia: REDMOND, Washington and ESPOO, Finland – Sept. 2, 2013 – Microsoft Corporation and Nokia Corporation today announced that the Boards of Directors for both companies have decided to enter into a transaction whereby Microsoft will purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, license Nokia’s patents, and license and use Nokia’s mapping services. via Microsoft to acquire Nokia’s devices & services …

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New Mac Pro Alternative

Fun read of an insanely expensive yet pretty awesome setup… So it was decided. New Mac Pro. Will buy.Or so I thought. A couple of months ago a change in circumstances meant my girlfriend’s need for my 11” Air went from “After you buy a new Mac Pro” to “Yesterday”. Since the Mac Pro was still months away I had to make a decision. via I couldnt wait for the new Mac Pro – Hopefully …

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How to Expire Contest or Coupon Related Tweets

If you use Twitter for anything marketing related, you’ll occasionally bump into the need to delete or expire a tweet (or series of tweets depending on the campaign). Here’s a nifty tool that helps solve that problem: A former Twitter engineer has released an app that lets you schedule your tweets to be deleted. Enable Spirit for Twitter and append a hashtag like #1m, #2h, or #3d, and your tweet will disappear after the specified …

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Chromecast Love

I’m watching a great BBC production on YouTube about the Syrian conflict while getting some Labor Day work done (and while Willie chews a bone) via Chromecast. I didn’t immediately understand what Chromecast meant for my media consumption but it really is revolutionary in bridging the gap between web content and my ‘tv’ which has basically become a dumb screen for content via Roku and Chromecast now. Posted from WordPress for Android

Favicon Cheat Sheet

Favicons have been handy for web browsers for years. However, with the proliferation of devices (not talking just computers and mobiles here), you need to keep up with your favicon optimization (never thought I’d type that). Here’s a nifty “cheat sheet” that walks you through proper sizes for everything from iOS and Android to the Chrome browser to GoogleTV and iPads… Obsessive cheat sheet to favicon sizes/types via audreyr/favicon-cheat-sheet · GitHub. While there’s no demonstrable …

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How is GMail’s Promotion Tab Affecting Your Email Marketing?

How are things going with your email newsletter as we head into the all-important holiday season? Trends don’t look good if you’re doing your email marketing the same way you did things in 2004… Before the tabbed layout, open rates to Gmail had been above 13% for 15 weeks. They never dipped below that threshold unless there was a specific holiday. For instance, weekday opens for Gmail fell to 12.5% on the week of Valentine’s …

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