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You're not worried about going from one free Reader to another? I haven't settled on a replacement yet, but find myself leaning towards Feedbin at the moment. $2 a month, so there's motivation to sustain, they also are working with Reeder to build integration in, which is promising.
8 months, 1 week ago on Lots of Changes at Google: What it Means for You
I still remember my 11th grade English teacher waking me up by slamming the book on my desk. It changed who I was and inspired my passion for reading. Just picked it up again now that iBooks has scroll mode. Seems fitting to read it that way :)
1 year, 1 month ago on Poetry Friday: Jack Kerouac
@barrettrossie @MSchechter Yay! I WIN THE INTERNET!
1 year, 2 months ago on The End of Civility?
YOU'RE ALL #&%ing WRONG :) Sorry, couldn't help myself...
@ginidietrich @rdopping I don't know. I find myself having enjoyable political and religious conversations more and more. The only shift was I stopped trying to change the person's mind and just made it more about trying to understand theirs and try to get them to understand mine. I just don't and won't ever believe that the right answer is to have less of these conversations in public. It's about doing a better job of having them.
I don't know if we're uninhibited emotionally as we are just uninhibited logistically. Not really sure we're increasingly rude just on or because of social networks, but think it may just be that we've been on them long enough to be as comfortably awful as we are in plenty of other mediums. I also think it's hard to say that losing ones inhibitions online is an inherently bad thing. Cant tell you how much more I get (and hopefully my readers) since I've let go of some of my inhibitions and put more of myself out there.
To me this has way less to do with the inherent nature of the technology and far more to do with the inherent nature of people. I love the idea of civility, but I also think it leads to a watered down conversation. We go for cheap, we go for easy and nuance gets lost along the way. This has nothing to do with social media or any other technology, it only has to do with us and the way we use the tools at our disposal.
Congrats! Try not to screw up :)
1 year, 2 months ago on Leaving Lifehack
@edgarrr @ginidietrich Yeah... see here's the thing. My driving directions with Google were never an issue. GPS has been a real problem for me in Brooklyn. In a single drive I was asked to turn into a blocked off street and asked to make 12 illegal u-turns. I'm not saying they wont fix the problem, but to an extent the fact that this shipped is a problem.
Do the maps have benefits over Google? Yes, but sound mapping data and usable directions in many areas aren't two of them. And those are pretty big issues...
When I was away from home a week ago, the maps were great (there were a few missed turns, but nothing terrible), this weekend at home, I used them just to get a feeling for how they were, the results were awful.
The other essential part of your comment was that Google HAD these issues. In a week, hundreds upon hundreds of posts have been added to a site showing things in Apple maps that are absolutely wrong, to the point of comedy where a comparable Google site had about ten posts in the last year... and they've been using Google's maps for some time now.
I know part of that falls to the level of expectation of Apple, but frankly, that's the expectation they want consumers to have of them and in this case, they failed.
1 year, 2 months ago on Apologies in a Crisis and Other Lessons from Apple
@ginidietrich (and yes, I know they need live data to improve, but still...)
@ginidietrich I don't think that's fair either. For one reason or another, Apple (or Google) decided to exit the deal leaving customers with a worse map app than they had the day before. And if that was going to be the case, Apple should have set expectations properly. Or better yet, should have found a better solution.
Nice to see Mr. D getting with the times :) The policy was put into place and killed just as quickly. It was a short sighted moment and Apple quickly realized the mistake (things are still a bit in flux since Ron Johnson left). The new head of retail was trying to cut costs, but the community made it pretty damn clear that this would happen at the expense of the reason people go into Apple stores.
I've also been impressed by the apology, it also went beyond his words. Go on the App store and see how prevalent other map options are. I worry about maps (and iOS in general) under Scott Forestall, but hopefully this shakes a few things up.
You wont hit rock bottom until you start using Brett Terpstra's Slogger to archive all everything into Day One. That's when you KNOW you've gone off the techie deep end :)
1 year, 2 months ago on If This, Then That (IFTTT) Lets You Automate the Internet
@Danny Brown @ginidietrich Now you're speaking my language. And thus a paid option was appealing. But I do think you've always been a great voice against crappy business practices and this is really one of them. I understand Twitter's need to turn a profit, but what a crappy way to do it.
1 year, 2 months ago on As Twitter Locks Out Developers, a New Site Welcomes Them
@Danny Brown I tend to agree with you that this will be a net positive for Twitter the company. I just still think it's a crappy thing for the devs who helped them get here and shows what kind of decisions they will be making going forward. I also think, as an informed customer, that these are changes that are distinctly not in my favor and the favor of the average, ignorant user. To quote John Gruber, everything I love about Twitter is in the top right quadrant... https://dev.twitter.com/blog/changes-coming-to-twitter-api
@Danny Brown @ginidietrich I don't think I could possibly disagree more. And I don't think you would be if Jugnoo was one of those great companies that happened to be in the wrong quadrant either. This isn't about the user. It's about the profit. This makes Twitter worse, not better.
@Danny Brown @Rodriguez247 @ginidietrich And while I'm arguing (cause I enjoy it). This is something that my beloved Apple is going too far on as well. Omitting useful apps like TextExpander and Moom to offer a "safer" experience is some BS. It hampers innovation. In Apple's case it isn't about cash, it's about perceived safety, but it's the similar, excessive corporate policies that favor the bottom line over the developers and users (even though the users don't know better).
@Danny Brown this is one of the better takes I've seen on things. http://appcubby.com/blog/twitter/
@Danny Brown @ginidietrich I heart you, but that's some BS. Tweetbot blows Twitters apps away and they are being discouraged. Hell, Twitter killed their Mac App and is limiting what those clients can do. They want us to use the web client so they can control the experience. Not ensure its quality.
@Danny Brown very true, but they are clearly diminishing the importance of the engagement quadrant. And that's where and why I use the service.
@jasonkonopinski @KenMueller @ginidietrich Neither do I for that matter. It's the ability to choose how I use the tool, not the ads that I'm frustrated with. I'd even willingly accept the ads in better tools. But Twitters development on their app is stagnant at worst and detrimental at best. Blocking innovators like Tapbots is just plain stupid. I think far too many people conflate the ads with the third-party tools. Devs should have to help support the site by showing ads (good for the goose, good for the gander), but shutting out all devs is just plain crappy.