Monday April 7, 2014

An iOS Developer Walks Into a Microsoft Conference

Justin Williams went to Microsoft’s Build conference last week and had a pretty good time.

A week or two before Build, I received a text message from Dave Wiskus of Q Branch/Vesper asking if I was still attending Build. He then informed me that he, Gruber and Brent would be attending the conference as well as part of the keynote.

2.5 hours into the second day keynote, lo and behold my long-time Mac and iOS development friends showed up on a Microsoft stage talking about how Vesper’s sync services are powered by Microsoft Azure.

Man, some people will do anything for a free Xbox.

Tuesday April 1, 2014

The Internet Without Emoji

Rene Ritchie is such a superstar that we had to have him on Unprofessional two weeks in a row. This time we cover love and relationships. Real stuff, man.

Cocoa Covers

Ben Packard had a neat idea: duplicate animations or tricks in his favorite apps, but with his own spin, similar to when a musician covers someone else’s song. It’s a playful, interesting take on what might otherwise be dismissed as copying.

His first cover is the zooming profile image from Tweetbot. Source code included.

Twitter Noise

Allen Pike writes about his muting habits:

I’m not interested in reading a random subset of my tweets just based on what time I happen to be reading them. Reading semi-random content instead of the best content seems crazy to me.

I mute any third-party service that cross-posts data (Foursquare, et cetera), and any hashtag that doesn’t interest me. Here’s the one that will freak people out, though: I mute over 50% of the people I follow. Not all at once. My policy is that if a person’s tweet causes any kind of involuntary negative reaction from me, they get muted for a period of time.

For me, muting isn’t about making other people shut up so much as it’s about making me shut up. I’m prone to snarking at people or engaging in stupid debates, and by using the mute button as a first reaction I stand a better chance of keeping myself happy and not pissing everyone else off.

The only recommendation I’ll make to others is this: read Twitter in whatever makes you happy, but don’t unfollow if a mute works just as well. Unfollowing is a social gesture. Muting is curation.

Friday March 28, 2014

TMNT Teaser Trailer

The character redesigns remind me of real-life Mario.

Thursday March 27, 2014

Design Culture

Dustin Curtis on testing redesigns for the Facebook news feed:

This is truly a nightmare scenario for any CEO: do you take the risk and proceed with the better user experience/product at the expense of short term numbers–with no promise that the better design will actually lead to long-term benefits–or do you scrap the new design and start over? The answer to this question is where company culture and identity dramatically peek through the curtain and express themselves in very raw form.

Dustin does a great job of not ranting or editorializing. I would have ranted and editorialized.

Tuesday March 25, 2014

A Series of Textures Going into My Face

This week on Unprofessional: iMore’s Rene Ritchie. I could talk to this guy forever.

Vesper Sync Diary

If you’re in the software racket and not reading my colleague Brent Simmons’s diary about developing sync for Vesper, you’re really missing out.

Friday March 21, 2014

An American Bro

John Saward for VICE:

He has existed for as long as there have been gluttonous men dedicating ceremonies to their own existence. Anyone who objects is either a slut or a hater or a minority, and you need to GET ON HIS LEVEL, SON. The only things that change are the miscellaneous wristbands he wears, and the brand of energy drink on the promotional T-shirt they gave him. He is a chest-pounding, chandelier-swinging, Godzilla-id mutant who does not need friends, just a hierarchy of other men around him who will simply acknowledge the noises he is making, his indignance, his fury. He doesn’t want relationships; he wants witnesses.

(Via Neven Mrgan)

Band Minifigs

Speaking of LEGO. I’d love poster-sized prints of some of these.

Minifig Posters

I would pay cash money for Pulp Fiction LEGO.

Úll 2014

I’ll be kicking off Úll Ireland this year. Paul and Dermot (and team) invited me out to check out the facility and help with the planning stages back in January, and I can say with the utmost confidence that this will be an event like nothing else. These guys are on to something, and you definitely want to be there to see it.

Just look at that speaker list.

Wednesday March 19, 2014

How Apple Can Win the Living Room Wars

Jesus Diaz for Gizmodo:

So I told Martin: What the Apple TV needs is to fine tune its current remote and turn it into a Wiimote.

Make it larger.

Add gyroscopes.


Four action buttons.

He’s right about physical buttons being a plus — and I would totally buy that gold Apple TV — but this is pornography, not design.

The Internet Doctor

On this week’s Unprofessional: the mysterious Orta Therox. We talk about what might have happened to that plane that went missing.

Monday March 17, 2014

Vector 34: The Importance of Design

I’m the guest on the latest episode of Vector, chatting with my friend Rene Ritchie about why design matters, and how we do things at Q Branch.