Still, the WWDC announcements reminded small software companies everywhere that their efforts could be duplicated by Apple at any time. Think of Growl (very similar to the new Notifications feature of Mountain Lion); the Classics app (whose bookshelf design was borrowed for iBooks); Instapaper (now made obsolete by a new feature in Mountain Lion’s version of Safari); and so on.
I talk about Instapaper a lot, about how I love it and about how it’s the app I use most on my iPad (and how Instapaper for iPad accounted for more than half of my decision to get an iPad), but I don’t think I’ve ever talked about how I started using Instapaper. It happened because Apple announced Reading List last year, and when I looked into it I learned that there was a much better app for the web and iOS that did the same thing but in a cooler way.
Development of Safari is quite a bit behind that of Chrome and Firefox now. I’d love to switch back to Safari if there was a way to write decent extensions for it that could rival what Chrome can do, let alone what Firefox can do. But I doubt that will happen any time soon. I’m sure some people will use the Safari Reading List feature, but I doubt it makes even a dent in Instapaper’s sales/subscriptions.
The new, Apple-developed map application will include driving directions and walking directions, but no transit information, at least not standard. Instead, if you want to figure out how to get somewhere without driving, users will have to download a third-party application.
I wondered whether Apple was switching from Google-provided maps data to other data as a giant FUCK YOU to Google or whether maps was really something strategic that Apple felt it should be controlling in its users iOS devices. The answer has arrived: Apple doesn’t care about doing a better job than Google in maps; they care primarily about not using Google’s maps.
It comes to 39 roughly chronological instances, spanning across Jobs’ life from his youth to his death.
Reading these 39 passages was pretty troubling. Interspersed in a massive biography, they might be lost or seem fundamentally repetitive enough to skin, but isolated and presented back-to-back, they paint a picture of a guy who was very troubled by food and who was obsessed with it in a totally unhealthy way.
Perhaps it’s true that his obsession was fueled by the mental anguish of his adoption and perhaps his ridiculous and insane practices caused or contributed to his cancer. Tough to say. What’s clear is that it’s more in line with mental illness when pickiness degenerates into a fierce anti-food ideology and paranoia about foods.
This is not how a service works when its developers actually want it to succeed.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Malcolm Gladwell himself is behind this.
My favorite one:
Of course no Balliol man could think of eating a fellow Balliol man.
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I want to be a fly on the wall in the conference room where they come up with this.