Turn a Blank Notebook into a Lined Notebook | The Well-Appointed Desk

07.02.2015 01:00

This is so cool. I love the look and how flexible a blank notebook is. But lines is great for writing straight and for not wasting pages, by writing too big. This might be the solution.

I’ll be printing out these in a few days.


Twitter CEO

07.02.2015 01:00

The Verge:

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is taking personal responsibility for his platform’s chronic problems with harassment and abuse, telling employees that he is embarrassed for the company’s failures and would soon be taking stronger action to eliminate trolls. He said problems with trolls are driving away the company’s users. “We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years,” Costolo wrote in an internal memo obtained by The Verge. “It’s no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day.”

Yeah. The problem is that Twitter never took this serious, in the first place. And then they become big, and this problem suddenly grew bigger and uglier.


You Want to be a Writer? — Medium

07.02.2015 01:00

A excellent Medium post(or what the fuck we call the stuff on Medium), what it is like for most writers. We have a day job. And we don’t make much, if any money on it. But most important: we do it because we love it.



06.02.2015 01:00

Yes, I know. I have been thinking about taking the step into two factor authentication for a really long time. But I have never done it. This Article, over at Macdrifter got me to finally do it.

You should check it out!


Paper Based Markup Systems | The Cramped

06.02.2015 01:00

A great collection of paper based markup systems, over at The Cramped.


What if the iPad ran iPad OS? | iMore

06.02.2015 01:00


The Apple Watch runs WatchOS. It’s a stripped down version of iOS, optimized for a much smaller screen and much smaller battery. It also has its own, distinctive look and feel, including its own take on the Home screen, its own interaction methods like the digital crown and force touch, and its own, distinctive capabilities like the Taptic engine, optimized for a wearable.

In contrast, when Apple decided to launch the iPad, they used iPhone OS. It was originally suggested they use the exact same single-column interface, but because it wouldn’t make efficient use of the much larger screen, they decided to implement a dual-column interface instead. Yet the Home screen and design language remained the same as the iPhone, as did the interaction methods and capabilities.

Imagine instead, like the Apple Watch, the iPad ran its own distinct version of iOS: iPad OS. Rather than a stripped down version for smaller screens and batteries, imagine it ran an amped-up version that really took advantage of bigger screens and batteries, with a Home screen, interaction methods, and capabilities optimized for a tablet.

I’ve had the same though, and done the same thought experiment a few times. And I don’t think the answer is to have a iPad OS on its own. But I think it is to have a common core, shared by iPhone, iPad and iWatch, combined with a really focused design language for each one.

I think the iPad is great, but it still feels like a big iPhone. I would love to see a iOS version that really took the iPad serious.


iPad Air 2 Review

06.02.2015 01:00

Federico Viticci:

I have a very mobile lifestyle, in the literal sense of the word. My post-treatment physical therapy requires me to move often and avoid sitting for several hours a day whenever possible. And every day, I have to leave my house at least twice to drive around Rome for errands, buy fresh groceries, or just pick up my girlfriend at class. I can’t afford to sit at a desk for 8 hours and, truth be told, I like the freedom of not being constrained to a desk and use a desktop computer. One of the best takeaways from my journey so far is, without a doubt, a newfound appreciation for movement and the feeling of being free. This, I believe, has deeply changed how I work and slice up work times during the day.

I need and want to be able to work on an iPad. I could use most of my iPad apps on the iPhone, but, even with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, I wouldn’t have the extra room for content and overall enjoyment granted by a 10-inch display. I’ve bought five iPads since 20104, and the iPad Air 2 provides the absolute best combination of screen size, comfort, and performance I’ve seen to date.


Neil Youngs PonoPlayer

05.02.2015 01:00

David Pogue:

I’m 51 and a former professional musician. I know how to listen. But when I bought Pono’s expensive remastered songs and compared them with the identical songs on my phone, I couldn’t hear any difference whatsoever.

I got worried. Is the Pono story a modern-day “Emperor’s New Clothes” fable? Were those famous rock stars just imagining things?

There was only one way to find out: conduct a blind trial, using identical songs on identical headphones, comparing the Pono with a standard audio player — an iPhone. So that’s what I did. You can watch the process in the video above.

Check out the video. Audio and screens, there is a point where you just can’t see the difference. MP3 files back in the 90’s was bad. But what we get with modern MP3, AAC or just any streaming service is pretty good. It’s not perfect.

Pono was a bad idea from the start. A lot of people hate digital music because of what they think it is; this is the result. A player that delivers audio with a level of quality that most, if any human can distinguish from a high quality iTunes audio file.



05.02.2015 01:00

Realmac Software:

Typed.com is a blogging service for writers, journalists, artists, storytellers, and for anyone with something to say. It’s the online writing platform that we’ve been wanting to create and use for years.

Online services come and go, but we want to make something that stands the test of time. We want Typed.com to be around for decades to come, and with your help we can make this happen. We can build a blogging platform that’s sustainable and enjoyable to use.

Interesting, very interesting. Squarespace is great, but I think it’s a little bit too much for people that just want to write. And I think there is enough options for people that want something self-hosted. Everything from WordPress to my beloved Jekyll. But there aren’t enough good options, when it comes to hosted solutions. Typed looks good, really good.

Check out the Kickstarter if you are looking for a new CMS.


Brought to you by TUAW – BrettTerpstra.com

04.02.2015 01:00

Brett Terpstra:

It seems like everyone has written a retrospective in light of AOL shuttering The Unofficial Apple Weblog except for me. Odd, considering I owe just about everything I have now to TUAW. So here’s mine.

A great post by Brett, about his history with both AOL and TUAW, and more important, why TUAW was so important to him.

This is without doubt the best blog post I have read this year, and I’m pretty sure it will end up as one of my favorite things this year.