It's one louder - iPhone 11 review

Excellent read from Jason Snell, echos some of my initial reactions.

My notes:

  • Camera is worth the upgrade, don’t forget the non-default option for “Photos capture outside the frame”

  • I’m using the 11 Pro, the matte finish is a nice touch, feels more secure in my hand, even in tougher situations with a two-year old around

  • The separation between 11 and 11 Pro is noted. However, I want the purple on the Pro. Please?

Jason does a better job than me…

Apple learned the importance of riding a bicycle

Putting aside the oddity that I’m sharing an article from Sinofsky of Microsoft fame…this is a fabulous read. By 1981 we’re now in a time where I have memories and was using technology. The more distance I get from Steve Jobs life and career the more I realize that I simply didn’t understand the genius of it all.

Watching Jobs at 26 on Nightline is mind blowing…I think I was a complete doofus at 26, thank goodness I lived through it.

Sorry for The Medium semi-wall but it is what it is. Excellent read with video clips and other content to boot.

PSA - Yelp swipes restaurant phone numbers for GrubHub-affiliated

Old news but have been meaning write on this. Good writing from the Verge, link below.

These topics are tough for the everyday user to understand or see an issue. This falls into the same thread as overall privacy on your mobile devices, what information do apps collect, and who truly owns your data.

GrubHub just makes me feel “icky” (technical term)

The Verge writeup

Disney moves to Samsung for POS?

Anyone else catch this? I’m an Annual Pass Holder at Disneyland and recently noticed that the mobile POS systems for the mobile carts like ice cream, cotton candy, etc. (not that I’ve ever purchased anything from those carts) now have a small Samsung tablet attached to them. Looks like it’s the POS card process portion.

It gained extra attention today as I stopped at every mobile cart and asked them if it was functioning, “do you take cards?” I only found one cart that successfully took cards and multiple other carts that stated it just didn’t work. One employee sited regular issues with the signal strength on them and error messages that don’t mean what the message actually says.

I took some time to try and find any public notice about the switch to Samsung online but couldn’t pin it down? Anyone else catch this? @ reply me on twitter or DM me, @prelusionescape

Best looking iPhone design ever?

What was your favorite iPhone design? I’m still not sold on the “why” of it all but the 5S is my favorite. it’s likely part of why I’m enjoying the 2018 iPad Pro so much. The way it feels in my hand, the balance on a table, and specifically how well I typed on the iPhone 5/5S are all part of it.

The design was durable but comfortable, balanced and light, felt great in a pocket. As a current victim of big screens I think I want to go back to a smaller size and use the iPad Pro as a larger brother to fill in when a bigger screen is needed.

Over the years I had hopes that my workflow would support doing more and more on my iPhone and lose the long term need/want for an iPad. However, that just didn’t play it. Too many trade-offs to have the larger screen in your pocket. Let’s hope that Apple gets this gap and provides a smaller screen solution for people like me.

iPhone 5 (Slate Black) was the best looking iPhone ever

VisiCalc - Lessons from their rise and fall

My first experience with a computer, my literal FIRST MEMORY of using a computer was an Apple IIe and the program was VisiCalc. My Dad’s business had purchased a computer because someone on their board thought it might be a good idea but after they got it they weren’t sure what to do with it. My Dad brought it home for a time and I vividly remember using VisiCalc first and then a few others. Eleven-year-old me was blown away by pretty much anything on that machine, let alone a spreadsheet.

I had no understand of the market for these things and certainly wasn’t aware of what was happening in the industry for much of the 1980s. My next spreadsheet was Lotus, but that plays into the “rest of the story” which WSJ details quite well.

Hmmmm, I do still have my 5 1/4” disks and a working Apple IIe, maybe I should take a stroll down memory lane?!

WSJ post on VisiCalc

Garbage In, Garbage Out

Early in my childhood I became a fan of the Christian band “Petra”. I made friends from church camp and youth retreats who shared their music with me. I especially connected with the song “Computer Brains” (link below if you’re so inclined). This thought is similar to what Brian posts, follow along and be prepared for some sobering thoughts to consider.

Thoughts lead to beliefs, beliefs lead to…

Brian Roemmele’s Twitter

Petra - Computer Brains

Bill Gates discusses Paul Allen

The more that time rolls on the more respect I have for Bill Gates. The work that he has done, post direct day to day involvement at Microsoft will impact the lives of billions for many years. Such grace and maturity in all that he does while still doing it all with child-like wonder and enthusiasm.

This retelling of the story of Paul Allen and their history together truly inspires and is a must read.

Bil Gates on Paul Allen

Fascinating - NeXT 1989 Catalog

A treasured gem of a catalog. By 1989 NeXT had settled on both it’s image and the powerful combination of hardware and software. Amazing to see the threads here that are still influencing Apple and it’s platforms today. The former NeXT team eventually and not initially successfully brought the successor to NeXT’s OS forward as OS X in 2001.

My favorite sections are the third party portions of the catalog.

For further reading if you’re asking yourself “who was NeXT and why should I care?”. Also, it’s prerequisite to know who Avie Tevanian is.

NeXT 1989 Catalog

Ode to Sir Jony

The 90s were a dark time for relatively penniless Apple fans. I was young and the possibility of owning an Apple computer was an impossible dream. Each year that went by found me sliding deeper into a Microsoft Windows-induced technological depression. Oh hi there Windows 95 you look nice but why are you so mean to me? Oops, I made the mistake of buying version A. Curse you, oh failed SDLC dictated by delivering a product whether it’s ready to ship or not! Wait, where’s plug n’ play?

Steve comes back into the picture and randomly brings Microsoft’s money and a relatively unknown Jony Ive with him. My beloved delivery of the newest Mac Mall catalog would later tease me with this crazy computer called an iMac that I wouldn’t be able to afford for a decade. No PS/2 ports, all usb, no floppy drive, crazy cool colors…I wanted it all.

And now the news that Jony is moving on from Apple. Congrats to FT on an awesome, scoop-laden article.

While my head swirls with mixed feelings while I digest all of this I’ll simply leave with quotes from “A Day In the Life”:

“I read the news today, oh boy

About a lucky man who made the grade

And though the news was rather sad

Well, I just had to laugh”

FT Article

Doing something when you're not doing something a/k/a Sabbath

Intriguing to see a NYT on a topic that often swirls in my head. As a Sabbath-keeper many of the principles Ms. Tsui speaks to are well known to me. There is extensive research showing the positive impact on health, happiness, and even productivity when you take time to observe a rest of Sabbath.

In a recent post on LinkedIn that went viral, Ian Sohn, president of the digital advertising and marketing agency Wunderman Chicago, wrote in defense of his vision of a healthy and humanistic workplace: “I never need to know that you’re working from home today because you simply need the silence. I deeply resent how we’ve infantilized the workplace. How we feel we have to apologize for having lives. How constant connectivity/availability (or even the perception of it) has become a valued skill.””

Perhaps it’s worthy to think of our expectations of others, especially in off hours when rest should be valued.

NYT Article

Catalyst to the Rescue?

Watching from the sidelines the WWDC keynote was mind-glowingly awesome. I don’t have much time for development work in my day to day life but I did get that the biggest announcements were developer-oriented…Catalyst, SwiftUI, Combine, and more.

Still re-reading this article from MacStories’ John Voorhees, one specific sugget says it all, “So, if Catalyst isn't fully automatic and SwiftUI is the future of UI development across all Apple's platforms, why introduce Catalyst now? The answer lies in a product realignment of the Mac and iPad relative to each other and the rest of Apple's product line that's designed to address weaknesses in both platforms' software ecosystems.

Lots to unpack here but the future looks bright for both iOS and MacOS.

MacStories read

Google and OEM-based attack vectors

On paper, Android conceptually seems like a grand, world-bettering idea. Common OS shared by a world full of hardware manufacturers, self-monitoring through it all. In execution, however, it seems to have been a nightmare. From the horrible slowness of new OS adoption to malware to “XYZ” skins to maintaining security….a nightmare.

From the Ars article, “"One of these security tests scans for pre-installed PHAs [potentially harmful applications] included in the system image," Google officials wrote in their Android Security & Privacy 2018 Year In Review report. "If we find a PHA on the build, we work with the OEM partner to remediate and remove the PHA from the build before it can be offered to users."

This is indeed some complicated stuff but even a layman could see the challenge here.

Ars Technica Post

Tim Cook's Stanford Commencement Keynote

Tim Cook recently spoke at Stanford and it’s worth the time to watch. I wonder how often these graduates will go back and reconsider Tim’s comments. There’s some deep, tough talk here.

“Crisis has tempered optimism. Consequences have challenged idealism. And reality has shaken blind faith,” he said. “Our problems – in technology, in politics, wherever – are human problems. From the Garden of Eden to today, it’s our humanity that got us into this mess, and it’s our humanity that’s going to have to get us out.”

Direct link to Stanford’s story.

Silicon Valley's Unofficial Nerd Heritage Trail

Came across this article a while back and discovered again when I was clearing out some “saved for later reading”.

Rediscovering this article, I think about the risks and pure magic that you find on this trail. I long for the days where simple discovery was valued without immediately being squashed by VC-influenced metrics.

Maybe there is some glory is revisiting this trail and carving out some time in our lives to take chances!

Skift artcile