Apple Introduces What It Calls an Easier to Use Portable Music Player

”It’s a nice feature for Macintosh users,” said P. J. McNealy, a senior analyst for Gartner G2, an e-commerce research group. ”But to the rest of the Windows world, it doesn’t make any difference.”

Steven P. Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, disputed the concern that the market was limited, and said the company might have trouble meeting holiday demand. He predicted that the improvement in technology he said the iPod represented would inspire consumers to buy Macintosh computers so they could use an iPod.

New York Times article posted 15 years ago today. How time flies!

– via Hacker News

Photo of Tatsuya Takahashi and Yuki Ohta via Attack Mag

Liberation Through Limitation

Attack Mag interviews Korg designers Tatsuya Takahashi and Yuki Ohta.

The Democratization of Synthesis: Korg Designers on the Making of the Minilouge

A Volca is not a jack of all trades, they are each good at one thing, and this is something in common with the comeback of hardware in general. It’s simple machines doing simple things so your mind is free to enter a creative space. That’s at the root of the Volca concept: liberation through limitation.

Attack Mag nailed it with the “Democratization of Synthesis” line. Since purchasing my little Korg Volca boxes Tatsuya Takahashi has become a personal hero.

Stop Calling Night Owls Lazy

Waking up early is perceived as a quality. Which is ridiculous. There’s no reason to think of it as a quality.

levels.io on night owls, and the concept of time.

In a nut shell, where possible, we should be working when we are most effective, and when we do our best work.

Totally agree, and I tend to be a night owl as well, but I have a day job so balance can be difficult.

Time is such an odd construct.

Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed

We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.

– David Cain

Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The Forty Hour Work Week)

My wife sent this over to me today and it’s a fantastic read. It’s funny because I was just talking to a co-worker about the exact scene from The Corporation mentioned by the author in this article.

The Hostile Email Landscape

This isn’t how the internet is supposed to work. As we continue to consolidate on a few big mail services, it’s only going to become more difficult to start new servers.

Short read and great illustration on trends that can threaten the open internet. 

It’s a catch 22 – Gmail is so damn good, which is why so many people use it, but by using it we contribute to the problem.

Give me convenience or give me death, right?

– via hacker news

The Cost Of Mobile Ads

We measured the mix of advertising and editorial on the mobile home pages of the top 50 news websites – including ours – and found that more than half of all data came from ads and other content filtered by ad blockers.

I’m not at all surprised. Well, maybe a little. More than half of all data in the sample is ads. – leading the pack is boston.com, 38.9 second load time reduced to 8.1 seconds without ads. Holy cow.

Via NYT, HT @Brian Krogsgard / Post Status Newsletter

The Cost of Mobile Ads on 50 News Websites

Is college worth the cost?

Is college worth the cost? Many recent graduates don’t think so.

I certainly don’t think so. I regret my decision to attend University of Baltimore. I’ve saddled my family with a huge debt that will take years to pay off, and I’ve seen exactly zero return on investment.

I will say that I don’t feel the sane about community college. I got a lot out of my time there for a reasonable price and it kick started me on my career path. I feel it was a good value and time well spent.

YMMV, but in my case the things that have benefitted me the most in my career are things that I took the initiative to learn myself.

via WaPo