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Stephen King, Not Just the Guy Who Makes Monsters – The New York Times

November 07, 2015

There’s a story Stephen King can’t resist telling. He was shopping for cinnamon buns and potato chips one day when a woman approached him. She told him that she didn’t care for horror stories like the ones he wrote, and preferred uplifting stories, like “The Shawshank Redemption.” When Mr. King told her he wrote that, too, she didn’t believe him.

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Clang is the Next WebKit | kickingbear

October 26, 2015

Guy English:

Clang appears to be following the same path that WebKit has. Apple switched over to Clang years ago and the pace of development of Objective-C accelerated immediately. A few years ago Clang became the default compiler for FreeBSD, displacing GCC. In early May Microsoft announced that they’re Bringing Clang to Windows. According to The Register, Microsoft will have a release of Visual Studio that uses Clang as the front-end to their compiler in November.

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Dot Info

October 26, 2015

John wrote like a mad-man in the beginning of Daring Fireball’s infancy and he kept writing and kept writing until his audience trusted and supported him. That is what has allowed John to have DF’s current format of commentary on link posts with bigger pieces written in between.

I couldn’t resist to not go “Daring Fireball” on a post with that title. There is a place for both, and it all depends on what you want to do with it. My view is that you can do both, write original content, and link to the interesting stuff; the former is the hard part, linking is easy. But it is easier to get lasting readers with the former, and not so with the later; while it is easy to get more views with the later.

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Twitter tips for those who already use Twitter

October 26, 2015

Glenn Fleishman:

Even long-term Twitter users are sometimes unaware of a few useful conventions and features. I’ve compiled several into this short post.

Great post!

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ANT

October 22, 2015

Clipcast is a distributed clipboard synchronization tool for Mac OS X and iOS. Well, actually, it’s more than that. It allows you to quickly sync text, photos and web links between your desktop, laptop and iOS devices --- as well as Android and Windows systems --- which makes it extremely convenient.

This one looks interesting. The thing that annoy me about the various apps I have used for this in the past is that they either doesn’t work on corporate-style networks, or that they are unmaintained. While Clipcast use Dropbox, which makes it very useful.

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Guide

October 22, 2015

Great guide to writing with iPad.

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Macsparky

October 22, 2015

The mechanism that is an SLR camera—the mirror, the shutter, and the rest—is a bit old and creaky. Removing it in mirrorless cameras madE competition from outsiders easier. I’d argue the same is true for the internal combustion engine. Existing car makers have so much specialized knowledge about how to make the best and most reliable internal combustion engines and, for many years, the acquisition of this specialized knowledge was the barrier to entry for anyone that wanted to make cars. However, that is changing. Electric cars are much simpler. There is an electric motor that is attached to a chassis with some sort of braking and steering mechanism. Carburetors, pistons, engine blocks, smog absorbers, oil pans, and all that other junk that are required to make an internal combustion engine all get thrown out the window with an electric car.

I mostly agree, I think, as for the fossil care, there will be a time and a place for it, for a very long time to come. But I don’t think it is the right thing for most people today. But I think people, like me, who has a lot of money invested in accessories and glass for a type of camera are going to stick with it for a while.

The question for me, is not if I should get rid of my DSLR or not, but rather if there are some mirrorless camera that fit between my DSLR and my iPhone; the answer to that question right now is: the Fujifilm X100-series.

Will my next camera my a DSLR? No, it will be something like the Fujifilm X100t. But I know I will buy another Canon DSLR when my current camera breaks

The reasons are simple:

  • I have most of the optics I want and need, and it is much cheaper for me to buy a few more lenses to have everything, than it is to sell them, and start from scratch.

  • I have a lot of other accessories

  • I know exactly how to get what I want from it

  • The view-finder in a proper SLR is much better.

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