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

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.

Panasonic is bringing back the SL-1200

As for why Panasonic is bringing back the 1200 now, after a six-year hiatus, the company says it’s a direct response to the recent growth in vinyl sales.

I still have my ollllld 1200’s. I bought them second (third?) hand 15 years ago and they looked like they were atleast 15 years old when I bought them. Super awesome, all around.

Article at ars

Image via Panasonic

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.