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.


Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are paying to get around Adblock Plus | The Verge

04.02.2015 01:00

The Verge:

Some of the web’s biggest companies have been paying to get around Adblock Plus, according to a new report from Financial Times. Microsoft’s Bing search ads and Taboola’s “recommended links” box are among the ads that are currently slipping through Adblock Plus’s filter, and FT confirms that it’s the intentional result of a paid deal between the makers of Adblock and the owners of the ads. According to FT sources, the companies have paid Eyeo (the maker of Adblock Plus) to be added to an official whitelist, which allows them to bypass the plug-in. Google has a similar deal, as has been previously reported.

Seriously? This is both extortion and bullshit. I have mixed feelings about parts of the ad industry and the “ad blocker” industry.

Just deal with the fucking ads.



04.02.2015 01:00

I can never make up my mind about the Midori Travelers notebooks. They look cool. And it isn’t that expensive. But I prefer having notebooks, that look more like a book. I can just stick them in the bookshelf.


Three Questions With Patrick Rhone — The Pen Addict

04.02.2015 01:00

The new “Three Questions” series at the Pen Addict is great. And this is my favourite this far. Some great tips in there.


Why WordPress Should Be Your Only Choice — The Brooks Review

04.02.2015 01:00

Ben Brooks:

I’ve been a long time defender and lover of WordPress, and I could recount some pretty terrible stories of things that have happened to me, or people I know, running WordPress. The thing about WordPress is that it is big, like really big — it’s used everywhere. And it has gotten a bad wrap in nerd circles, mostly because it used to be that a link from John Gruber would bring a WordPress site to it’s knees.

There are a lot of really good points there. I’m not a huge WordPress fan, it’s a good CMS, it isn’t for me.

There aren’t one reason why I use Jekyll, and there aren’t one reason for why I don’t use WordPress or Squarespace; but the key reason is that my workflows for managing Jekyll is way more efficient.


Choosy – A smarter default browser for Mac OS X

31.01.2015 01:00

Interesting app. I’m not in the market for it right now, but this is something I would have paid a lot of money for back in the day.

This is also a good tip for people that want Safari as their default browser, but want to use Chrome for everything related to Google.

Check it out, I know I will, the moment I need it.


Duck Duck Go

31.01.2015 01:00

Okay, I’m trying to move over to [Duck Duck Go][0] for the third time, in as many years. I don’t use that many Google Services, and I only use them if I have to. They don’t provide many services that I absolutely need. The exceptions right now, is Google Analytics, and Search.

I’m trying to replace Google Search for Duck Duck Go at the moment. The reason it didn’t work the last few times I tried, was bad support for Duck Duck Go in Safari on iOS and OS X. They have also redesigned the web site.

This is what I’m going to do. Duck Duck Go is going to be my go to search engine for at least a month. And I’m switching back if it doesn’t feel right after that.

Google Analytics is another thing. I’m not 100% sure what to do. Analytics is one of the things I’m not 100% sure if I want to pay for at the moment. And Google Analytics is good enough right now. But I’m going to do one thing this year. To figure out if it is something I’m going to continue with, and if I am, then I need a plan to move it away from Google.

This might be the year I move everything, except for the few people I talk on Google Talk with, and the few people I know that use Google Docs.

0]: https://duckduckgo.com/?t=osx


AOL is shutting down TUAW

30.01.2015 01:00

TUAW is shutting down, and Macword isn’t what it used to be. I think some newer and smaller site have taken over what Macword and TUAW used to be. But I think it’s better to just shut down, than to do one cut back after another, after another, like Macword have done.

Sad news.