Well, it only took several months but my book, Keeping It Straight, is finally available on the iBooks Store. That means, those of you purists who have been holding out to get it until you could support the beleaguered and cash-strapped Apple (hint: this is a joke) with your hard earned dollars and read it on your iDevice, now’s the time.
So, you are probably wondering why it took so long. Well, if you find out please let me know. Hopefully, the next book won’t take nearly as long.
We have been traveling to developing countries in Asia and Africa, visiting e-waste scrapyards and small repair shops, meeting “fixers” who breathe new life into gadgets that the western world has tossed away, and photographing the journey. Part travelogue, part investigative reporting, part soapbox, iFixit.org promises only one thing: a clear-eyed, thoughtful look at global repair culture.
This looks amazing! The beautiful site design alone is worth the visit but the subject matter is essential knowledge about the world we live in. Fascinating stuff.
“I think saying no is far too often misunderstood and misrepresented. I think it automatically puts one on the defensive, as if we must explain our reasons why. While its very definition may be negative, in practice it is often quite positive. I think we need to remove the wholly negative stigma from the idea of saying no. I think we need to return to a definitive support of the positive choice that saying no can bring.”—Enough – The Book — I have started to build out the site for my new book which will be available soon. You can go there now to read three essays from it.
This isn’t exciting because Apple’s the first company to create worthwhile digital textbooks. That honor goes to Inkling. It’s exciting because Apple’s the only company that is in a position to completely change how we learn, and iBooks certainly has the power to do so. For the first time ever, elementary and high school students will be able to replace twenty pounds of books with a one-and-a-half pound device.
“Electronics are our talismans that ward off the spiritual vacuum of modernity; gilt in Gorilla Glass and cadmium. And in them we find entertainment in lieu of happiness, and exchanges in lieu of actual connections.”—Mat Honan — Fever Dream of a Guilt-Ridden Gadget Reporter
Mike Daisey performs an excerpt that was adapted for radio from his one-man show “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.” A lifelong Apple superfan, Daisey sees some photos online from the inside of a factory that makes iPhones, starts to wonder about the people working there, and flies to China to meet them.
Riveting. Seriously, I hung on the edge of my seat for every word.
Over the years, I’ve learned to deal with most of these messes before they happen. A few sneak up from time-to-time, as has happened with my inbox this January, but I tend to have fewer messes in my life because the mess never gets started.
Gosh, so much to learn here folks. All the basics for keeping the cutter at bay are right there after the link, all you need to do is apply them.
Can you imagine running Lion on an iPad, or booting a MacBook Air and seeing Launchpad instead of the Finder? Apple allows its hardware to help dictate what software is best suited for it. The company is willing to compromise on software features for a better user experience.
When Microsoft says “No compromises”, I hear “Can’t let go of the past.”
Today marks the release of a very special milestone episode of Enough. This is our 100th episode and we pull out all of the stops (literally, this thing is four times as long as a normal episode). We thought it would be a great idea to get a bunch of our favorite tech geeks together to answer a very simple question:
What technology were you most excited about last year and what are you most excited to come this year (with some short version of “why” for both)?
I really want to take some time out to thank everyone who has ever listened to the show but especially those 3500 who subscribe and listen twice a week. It really, really, means a lot to me. The feedback I’ve received has been overwhelmingly positive and humbling.
This next year promises to be a good one for the podcast. Especially with my new book, Enough, coming out soon, I hope to spend a lot of time furthering the discussion of the topics therein.
If you have not listened to The Enough Podcast before, I invite you to do so at this time. Much of what I write about here, as well common topics that are of interest to all, is explored on a deeper level that only a conversation can allow.
Finally, I want to give a special thank you to my producer/co-host Myke. I really mean it when I say that the show would not be possible without him. He does all of the work. He does the production, editing, guest management, promotion, logistics — everything! I, quite literally, just show up. I appreciate him not only for this but also for being such a good friend and caring human being. A truly lovely chap.
“Why do we assume that simple is good? Because with physical products, we have to feel we can dominate them. As you bring order to complexity, you find a way to make the product defer to you. Simplicity isn’t just a visual style. It’s not just minimalism or the absence of clutter. It involves digging through the depth of the complexity. To be truly simple, you have to go really deep. For example, to have no screws on something, you can end up having a product that is so convoluted and so complex. The better way is to go deeper with the simplicity, to understand everything about it and how it’s manufactured. You have to deeply understand the essence of a product in order to be able to get rid of the parts that are not essential.”—
Abundance may seem to be antithetical to the idea of enough. But it is not in every case. It is only so when one is not doing enough with the abundance they have. When they are not allowing it to provide for others or being judicial custodians of the gifts they have.
Yep. Linking to my personal site again. It is topical to the ideas here so I call fair.
This interview is simply fantastic. Perhaps the best interview with a developer I have ever read. It is insightful, human, and, at times, deliciously geeky. It probably helps that Notational Velocity is one of my favorite programs of all time. Still, take the time out to read this. It’s great.