The Basic Tools

Merlin Mann, on Episode 117 of Back to Work (around 1:22:05):

…[S]ometimes I will go downtown…I’ll shut [my iPhone] all the way down sometimes, put my headphones in my backpack not my pocket…buy a notebook and a new pen…and I will go somewhere that I have never been before and I’ll sit down and work on the thing that I wanted to work on. And now there is, literally, no excuse in the entire world for me to not be able to do something.

If you can’t figure out what creative thing to do with the most basic tools of your trade you should not be in that trade and you don’t deserve the tools.

Noah Stokes on Britney

The ever articulate Noah Stokes was recently on The Gently Mad Podcast:

When Rdio first came out I didn’t use it that much because it’s like “People are gonna see that I’m playing Britney Spears.” And then some switch just clicked and I was like, “You know what? Futon that. I’m just gonna…be loud and proud.”

Yep. Futon that.

All The Features

Ben Brooks recently wrote:

What I want is the iOS equivalent of a CMS: Massive power and expandability presented through a simplified, easy to understand interface.

Okay. Mr. Brooks listed off 20 features and concludes:

This should, and can, be easy to do — so where is it?

Here’s the thing about writing a CMS: it’s not easy. In a recent article about Microsoft’s Surface, John Gruber wrote:

The truth is, all design is about compromise.

This is all too apt to writing software. As with anything design – and writing software is Design – there’s always compromise. There’s always a tradeoff between ease-of-use and complexity, features and project duration, etc.

Apple’s iOS is a perfect example of this: it’s relatively easy to use, but it’s limited in what it allows users to do. You can’t always have all the features; you have to decide which compromises you’re okay with.

TeleGeography Map

TeleGeography’s Submarine Cable Map 2013 is a map that shows the cables that connect countries and make the internet. From the dedicated site:

The Submarine Cable Map is a free resource from TeleGeography. Data contained in this map is drawn from Global Bandwidth Research Service and is updated on a regular basis.

They’re selling a 36" × 50" print for $250.

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