Daring Fireball: Microsoft’s Long, Slow Decline
“Microsoft seems to have conceded that the enthusiasts who’ve switched to the Mac in recent years are gone for good. Their apparent goal for Windows 7 was merely to make something better than Windows Vista. If Microsoft were a healthy, functional, competitive company willing and able to honestly assess its own shortcomings — like the Microsoft of the ’90s that conquered the entire industry — their goal would have been to make something not just better than Vista, but better than anything else on the market, including Mac OS X.”
As usual, Gruber nails it. Not quite sure how any one guy can be so consistently spot on and express those ideas so perfectly. Like Microsoft should be doing, I come to every blank page thinking “I want to write something better than Gruber.”
I would be remiss if I did not at least, um, note that Simplenote has been updated with what the developer describes as an “interim” icon. Even though the new icon is not final it is a vast improvement over the previous one. Kudos to the developer for being gracious and responsive to this.
Why isn’t that Buddha statue fat?
Dan Benjamin answers the question many have asked about my collection of Buddhas.
Twitter 101 for Business — A Special Guide
This is simply wonderful. A wonderful introduction to Twitter. It is aimed a business but there are lessons here for everyone. (via Dan Benjamin)
Could You Survive Without Money?Meet The Guy Who Does: DETAILS Article on men.style.com
“We don’t revere our ascetics, and we dismiss the idea that money could be some kind of consensual delusion. For most of us, it’s as real as the next house payment. Suelo doesn’t take public assistance or use food stamps, but he does survive in part on our reality, the discarded surfeit of the money system that he denounces—a system, as it happens, that recently looked like it was headed for the cliff. ”
I’m more than a little fascinated by these types of stories. I think we all are. I think that there is something deep within us all that feels trapped by our dependence on the material world. In fact, all the worlds major religions have, at their center, stories of those who have given up material possessions to lead lives of hardship and poverty (Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, etc.). Interesting that these are the people we hold in high esteem yet how far we live from the lives they chose.
JK Wedding Entrance Dance (via BoingBoing)
This is just about the most amazing thing I’ve seen in a while. I laughed, cried, laughed some more. How come I never get invited to weddings like this?
HOW TO DRAW TREES? by Austin Kleon
“And so, after endless drafts, I learned a valuable lesson:
Don’t try to be clever. Just draw.”
SpeakerSue Says… » Social media doesn’t work
Here is the thing: Social media is word of mouth.
Great post by Sue blowing a well deserved hole through a “study” masquerading as “research”.