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Daring Fireball

29.06.2015 02:00

John Gruber:

I was going to crack a joke about Jindal being more of a clown candidate for president than Donald Trump, but the more I think about it, the less funny this seems. It’s just outright pandering to bigotry and, especially, ignorance — from the sitting governor of one of our states.

It’s one thing to disagree with a Supreme Court decision. That’s part of politics and civic discourse. It’s another to argue that an entire branch of government lacks legitimacy. Keep in mind, too, that Republican nominees have held a majority on the Supreme Court for four decades. For fun, imagine the reaction from these Republicans if Justice Kennedy had been appointed to the Court by a Democratic president, instead of by Ronald Reagan.

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Lenovo

29.06.2015 02:00

Great post. I have always loved ThinkPad. Both in terms of hardware and design. I have owned two of them, and both of them were fantastic computers.

Remember, Steve Jobs used a ThinkPad running NeXTSTEP when he came back to Apple. I personally used Gentoo Linux on mine.

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On Moleskine

29.06.2015 02:00

I have been thinking about doing this post for a very long time. But episode #159 of The Pen Addict got me to start writing it.

Moleskine is a brand that does many different things, and they have a huge collection of different notebooks. Some of them are better than others. But there are three things they are good at in general:

  1. Marketing. Most people that either care or don’t care about notebooks have heard about Moleskine.

  2. Available. You can find a basic collection of their products in most stationary and book stores.

  3. Consistent. You know what you get.

Many pen and paper geeks are critical, and aren’t that fund of Moleskine, including myself, even though many, if not most of us started out or notebook addiction with a Moleskine of some sort.

I get why people get annoyed, when someone could get the same product, without the Moleskine brand for less money. Or get something way better for the same amount. People pay for the brand.

Moleskine is more or less the same as other global brands, like: Heineken, Burger King, Starbucks or PizzaHut. You know that the product is the same mediocre thing no matter where in world you buy it. It is true for Burger King, Heineken and Moleskine.

I order close to all of my pocked sized notebooks from Field Notes, and I usually spend some time in local stores to find a pile of new A4/Letter sized notebooks when I’m about to run out.

But there are times when I buy Moleskine, even though I know that I could get something cheaper, or something better. The situations when I go for a Moleskine notebook of some sort, either pocked sized or a large notebook is quite simple. It is either when I’m in a hurry, and need it for something, or when I’m somewhere I don’t know where to look for a store that stocks good notebooks. And sometimes it is a combination of the two.

The reason I go for Moleskine in those situations are just as simple:

  • I know what I get. I have pens that I know works good enough with the paper quality.

  • I know I can get it. There are not many books stores I have been to in a long time where I could not find Moleskine products.

I don’t recommend Moleskine products, except for the Sketchbooks, but it is the kind of thing I buy when I forget my notebook, didn’t expect to need one or run out. You can find them more or less anywhere, no matter if it is in your home town, or more or less everywhere else in the world. And that is worth a lot in certain situations.

There are a place for brands like Field Notes, Rhodia or Leuchtturm1917, because they really care about the quality aspect, like that really good burger place in your town. But there is also a place for the “good enough” brands like Moleskine, which is more like Burger King or McDonalds. It works.

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Six Colors

29.06.2015 02:00

Finally!

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The Brooks Review

29.06.2015 02:00

Interesting read it later service built on top of Pinboard.in. It is great for people that want to divide the stuff they want to read later from links they are considering to post.

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The Finer Point

29.06.2015 02:00

Great review. I think all the Nock.co products are very interesting, and the one product I own is fantastic. The good thing about Nock.co is that you know their paper products will work with the pens we love.

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The Pen Addict

29.06.2015 02:00

I would not expect Mr. MacSparky to be closet pen addict.

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The Brooks Review

25.06.2015 02:00

Ben Brooks:

Even with the MacBook Air the iPad has a clear size/weight advantage. But with the MacBook that advantage is just not there. Not when you factor in the MacBook has a built in stand (the monitor sits up on it’s own) and keyboard.

I thought when Apple released it, and I still think that the new MacBook is a “iPad Pro” for people that want or need OS X or people that need some kind of like an iPad with a proper keyboard. And I think many people, especially writers should consider it as their computer, and those who need more power should consider this as their second computer instead of an iPad.

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You can now sign up for Facebook Messenger without a Facebook account | iMore

25.06.2015 02:00

Interesting. I have been expecting this for a while now. Facebook Messenger is my favorite messaging app, especially after the Messenger.com web app came out. Messenging will be the next big thing after Social Networks, and Facebook knows that, and they are trying to get that market by allowing everyone – Facebook user or not use their platform.

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iOS 9 FAQ

25.06.2015 02:00

A nice FAQ about the upcoming iOS 9.

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